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Monday 12th January 2015
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Challenging Issues Addressed at Oxford Conference

The annual Oxford Farming Conference took place in that fine British university city last week, from where Editor-in-Chief, Chris Harris, reported for ThePigSite.

The UK has called for a rethink on the 'three crop rule', which is part of the greening arrangement within the recent reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The move is part of the British government’s bid to reduce the burden of red tape and regulation on the farming sector.

Environment and agriculture secretary, Liz Truss, told the Conference that more decisions need to be taken in Britain for the benefit of British producers.

She added that she is also working to change regulations covering pesticides and the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, which she said should be made on scientific evidence alone and at national level.

Agriculture minister, George Eustice added that there should be room for decisions to be taken on a national level working within a European framework.

Scotland's Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, said that a potential EU referendum was one of the biggest threats to British farming. He said that leaving the EU would cost the farming community nearly £20 billion in support from the CAP but called for a fairer share of the proceeds of the CAP and called for a simpler system.

Lord John Krebs addressed the Conference on the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change. Among the measures deserving serious consideration is GM crops, he said.

Changing policies on pesticides, animal feeds and welfare are threatening to reduce wheat crops in the UK and the pig herd each by one-third, delegates to the Conference heard.

It was the stark message from the CEO of the Agricultural Industries Confederation, David Caffall. In a heated debate, he said that research by the AIC had shown that while new technology was of critical importance to the agricultural sector, all too often it is hampered by regulation.

From the same platform, environmental campaigner, George Monbiot, blamed poor farming practices, environmental degradation and the decline in rural communities on the subsidies received by farmers.

Also at the Conference, was the launch of a new report that says increased productivity in British agriculture is directly related to R&D and that the sector needs to focus more on both public and private research in order to grow.

A greenhouse gas calculator developed at Aberdeen University has won the Practice with Science Award run by the Oxford Farming Conference.

Away from the Oxford Farming Conference, a market analyst predicts that reduced pork production in China in 2014 and potential reductions in Europe in 2015 could create new market opportunities for North American pork producers during the coming year.

The chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board said, despite the challenges posed by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea in 2014, North American pork producers saw record profitability as the result of high hog prices and lower feed costs.

More than 300 Chinese pigs have died from foot and mouth disease some 3,000km from the previous known outbreak in Tibet.




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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Maintaining Growth in Pigs Weaned from Large Litters
A review of some research into optimising diets for weaned pigs from large litters by Peadar Lawlor and colleagues at Teagasc. The inclusion of milk by-products appears to be beneficial but cereals need not be cooked, they told the 2014 Teagasc Pig Farmers Conference.

Skip-a-Heat
Could skip-a-heat benefit the productivity in your sows or gilts? BPEX offers advice in No.15 in its Work Instructions series.

Versatile Aquatic Plant Provides Fuel for People and Food for Pigs
A new study indicates that duckweed has potential as a good protein source for pig diets, according to researchers at the University of Illinois.

Emerging Threats Quarterly Report – Pig Diseases – July-September 2014
Among the health issues featured in this quarterly report from the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) are elevated mortality in Klebsiella septicaemia outbreaks, a changing pattern in the occurrence of PRRS and the continuing threat posed by genotype 2 PRRS virus.

Company News

Producer Says SowMAX Reduces Feed Waste
GLOBAL - Interest in SowMAX was high at EuroTier 2014 in Hannover, Germany, and one producer has seen a reduction in feed waste, writes Hog Slat's Scott Bauck.
IPPE Offers Free Cuttin' up, Cookin' Demonstrations
US - The 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will host a variety of cooking demonstrations and a student culinary arts competition in the Cuttin’ Up & Cookin’ Booth, B8641.
Corbett Named Vice President of Osborne Industries
US - Osborne Industries, Inc., has named Vicki Corbett as Vice President, CSM, by the company’s Board of Directors.
Market Reports

BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 12 January 2015
GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - November 2014 - 9 January 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly 8 January 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

OFC: How Well are Farmers Caring for Environment?
OFC: How Can Agriculture Rise to Challenge of Climate Change?
OFC: Greenhouse Gas Calculator Wins Science Award
OFC: Anglo-German Scholarship Announced at Conference
OFC: Changes to Common Agricultural Policy to Reduce Red Tape
OFC: Increasing Productivity in British Farming through Research
OFC: Food, Farming Key to Britain's Economic Future, Says Minister
Focus on Industry Prospects at AHDB Outlook Conference
New Funding for Animal Welfare Research Network
Agriculture Development Board Appoints New CEO
Exit from EU Would Pose Risk to Scottish Farming
AHVLA Report: Piglet Deformities, PRRS, Septicaemia, Endocarditis
Minister Sets out Priorities for Northern Ireland Agriculture

   Canada

Health Alliance Develops Action Plan to Address Gaps in Swine Health
Banff Pork Seminar to Focus on Adapting and Evolving
Infectivity of PEDv Contaminated Stored Manure Investigated
Reduced Pork Production Overseas Offsets North American Increase
Mechanical Manure Separation Changes Phosphorus Distribution
Canada's Pork Output Needs to Match Processing Capacity
Research into Soluble Fibre in Gestating Swine Diets
Pork Industry Responds to Canadian Labour Shortage
Canadian Food Processing Industry in Critical Shortage of Workers
Canada: Hog Markets

   Philippines

Philippines to Ban FMD-Susceptible Imports

   Australia

Livestock at Risk from Adelaide Hills Bushfire Ash
Australian Farmers Urged to View Biosecurity Like Insurance

   United States

Hog Outlook: Pork Exports Down in November 2014
NFU Joins Coalition to Normalise Relations with Cuba
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: US Meat Export Pace Slowing
CME: Minor Revisions Expected in WASDE Report
US Meat Exports Break Another Record on Value
US Feed Association Offers Online Feed Manufacturing Course
US Trade Deals Should Aim to Reduce Trade Deficit
US 2015 Hog Industry Will Be Good But Not as Good as 2014
CME: Price Slump Continues to Pressure Lean Hog Futures
Smithfield Pig Producer Freed 20 Per Cent of Sows from Stalls
More Pork Is on the Way
Minnesota Vets Identify New PED Virus Strain
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in the US
Pork Commentary: Reaction to 1 December USDA Report

   Ireland

New Irish Agriculture Secretary General Appointed
Irish Pig Sector Faces Another Crisis
Irish Minister Urged to Take Action to Protect Pigs from PED

   China

Foot and Mouth Disease Moves Across China
How Western Companies Can Navigate China’s Animal Protein Market
Further FMD Outbreak Reported in China
Farmland Protection Needed in China
Chinese Food Prices Rise Slightly

   Global

Global Meat Price Index Approached Record in December 2014
Cargill Starts Anniversary Year with Strong Sales Growth
Weekly Overview: Regulatory Changes and Agricultural Support
Acquisition of Novartis Completed

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Uncertainty Is Dominating Markets
Agriculture Commissioner Vows to Tackle Supply Chain Profit-Taking

   Brazil

Brazil Appoints First Female Minister of Agriculture

   Japan

Further PED Outbreaks in Japan

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