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Monday 30th June 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
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US Hog Inventory and Pig Crop Tumble Five Per Cent

The inventory of all hogs and pigs in the United States on 1 June 2014 was 62.1 million head - five per cent lower than on the same date last year and down one per cent from 1 March 2014.

At 5.85 million head, the breeding herd inventory was down slightly from last year but slightly higher than the previous quarter.

Market hog inventory, at 56.3 million head, was five per cent lower than 12 months previously and down one per cent from last quarter.

The March-May 2014 pig crop, at 27.4 million head, was down five per cent from 2013. Sows farrowed during this period totalled 2.80 million head, down slightly from 2013. The average pigs saved per litter was 9.78 for the March-May period, compared to 10.31 last year.

These reductions are likely related to the mortalities from porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED).

In Mexico during the second half of 2014, pig slaughter prices are forecast by Genesus to remain at the same level as the first half of the year.

Crops are expected to be good to excellent and so grain and feed prices are not expected to change either.

There has been a sharp reduction in new outbreaks of PED but there are some shortages of pigs resulting from losses resulting from the virus in the first six months of the year.

At the International Pig Veterinary Society Congress and Mexican Pig Veterinary Society (AMVEC) Congress in Cancun recently, the Undersecretary of Livestock of the Secretary of Agriculture said that the pig industry will grow by 3.4 per cent during 2014, which means 30,000 sows. Genesus expects the increase to be nearer to 7.5 per cent.

African swine fever has been reported for the first time in Latvia in the last week, making it the third EU member state to be affected by the virus. A total of five wild boar and three domestic pigs have been confirmed as infected in two regions, both close to the border with Belrus.

And finally, turning to news of porcine epidemic diarrhoea, the number of virus-positive accessions in the US has increased by just 98 in the most recent week recorded, and the reporting authority has corrected a previous statement about a first case in Arkansas, so the number of states affected has returned to 30.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Development of an Air Filtration System for Swine Transport Vehicles to Protect Against Airborne Diseases During Transport
A review of the progress made at the Prairie Swine Centre, presented at the 33rd Centralia Swine Research Update. The necessary components have been identified and a prototype is now being tested.

Nutritional Values Established for Oilseed Meals in Pig Diets
Researchers at Professor Stein's Monogastric Nutrition Lab at the University of Illinois has found energy concentration in sunflower seeds and canola seeds to be higher than in soybean meal or corn (maize). Looking at phosphorus digestibility, the levels were similar for canola seeds, canola meal and sunflower seeds if phytase was added to that of soybean meal.

Influence of Experimental Infection of Gilts with Swine H1N2 Influenza A Virus on the Pregnancy and Reproduction
Infection of pregnant gilts with swine H1N2 influenza A virus in the second month of pregnancy did not cause abortion or other reproduction disorders in this experiment in Pulawy, Poland.

Swine Respiratory Disease Minimally Affects Responses of Nursery Pigs to Gas Euthanasia
New research from Iowa State University reveals that standard operating procedures for gas euthanasia do not require adjustment for nursery pigs with respiratory disease. For carbon dioxide, the minimum exposure to 70 per cent carbon dioxide concentration respiratory arrest was 10 minutes. The effective time and concentration for argon remain unknown.

Controlling Odours and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Stored Swine Manure
Agricultural Research Service microbiologists have identified natural tannins that offer potential for pig farmers to control odours from pig slurry during storage and spreading on the land, reducing the risk of complaints from neighbours.

Company News

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Market Reports

USDA Hogs and Pigs - 27 June 2014
USDA Agricultural Prices - 27 June 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 24 June 2014

Global Pig Industry News


How Long Before Good Profits Come from Pigs in Mexico?


How Improving Welfare Can Improve Profits
US Exporters Appreciate Chinese Red Meat Trade Team Visit
Chinese Farm Product Prices Fall Slightly
China Serves up New Food Safety Penalties


African Swine Fever Found in Latvia


Westfleisch Sees Sales Hit €2.5 Billion

   United Kingdom

Two Million Hectare Shortfall in UK Land Predicted
Massive Savings from Monitoring Piggeries
British Pig Farmers Reminded about New Flooring Regulations


Australian Bacon Choice of Sydney Commuters
Australian Pork Labelling in Delis Allegedly Misleading


Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Resume in Canada
Blast Heating Shown Effective in Disinfecting Transport Vehicles
Swine Manure Applicators Invited to Participate in
PED Survey

Efforts to Control PED Slow Spread of Other Production Diseases
Report Recommendations Could Help Competitive Position of Canadian Ag
Mandatory Pig Movement Reporting Could Enhance Competitiveness of Pork
Mandatory Pig Movement Reporting Could Help Improve Disease Movement Control
Pork Commentary: Ontario Pork Congress Report

   United States

Three Truths about Public’s Perception of Genetic Modification
Part II: Three Truths about Public’s Perception of Genetic Modification
Hog Futures: August Lean Hogs Closed up Tuesday
Legislature Receives Thanks for Support of Humane Farming Rights
South Korean Food Company Launches Lysine Production Facility in Iowa
Hog Futures: August Lean Hogs Closed Down Monday
Researchers Study New Class of Deworming Agent
Pork Demand on a Roll


Covenant Signed for Grupo AgriMex-Holanda


Danish Crown Rationalises Sow Slaughterings


FAO Says Iraq Faces Serious Food Security Due to Conflict

   European Union

EU Pig Price Quotations Increasing
EU Tops Global Agri-food Exporters League

   Russian Federation

Tests Confirm Presence of African Swine Fever in Wild Boar


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