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Monday 13th June 2016.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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World Pork Expo Overview

ThePigSite was in Des Moines, Iowa, last week for the 2016 World Pork Expo. Reporting for ThePigSite, Sarah Mikesell spoke to Brett Stuart, President of Global AgriTrends, about the price drivers into 2017.

Mr Stuart explained that exports are the critical driver to watch regarding US hog prices.

"The supply factor of the US hog situation is fairly stable, and we continue to see production ticking higher driven by productivity as well as additional hog expansion. We're kind of going through a soft expansion phase in the US hog sector."

From the demand standpoint, Americans generally eat about 50 pounds of pork per year. At about 48 to 52 pounds, it's a very stable number and probably more stable than supply, he said.

"Looking at the current situation, we definitely have some concerns, but the plug factor in that equation is exports. We produce; we eat it domestically; and we export," he said.

Jim Long, president of Genesus, also spoke about pricing, noting that China is the one to watch.

"The biggest dynamic right now in the world is what's going on in China," Mr Long said.

"The massive liquidation last year to the last year-and-a-half of 11 million sows is driving prices up to a level that's creating profitability there of $160 to $180 per head. It's pulling more pork to China, which is supporting the North American and European markets."

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In other news, an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported in South Africa

Two farms were affected - one in Letsemeng, Free State and one in Mamusa, North West Province. In total, 450 cases were reported.

ASF was also reported on a Ukrainian pig farm close to the border with Romania. The outbreak in Dovzhok resulted in 55 cases.

Outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) have been reported this week in Canada. One case was discovered on a finisher farm in Oxford county, Ontario and the other in a sow barn in southeastern Manitoba.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Effect of Modified-Live PRRS Virus Vaccine on Shedding of Wild-Type Virus from Pigs
A clear way to reduce the risk of infection (or reinfection) of a farm by PRRSv is to reduce the presence of virus in the environment. This study was designed to determine if the use of a PRRS modified-live virus vaccine (MLV) reduced the viral shedding into the air and therefore potentially contribute to a better outcome of a regional control program on the field.

Animal Variation and the Derivation of Optimal Shipping Strategies for Finishing Pigs
The difference between the average individual and the population mean response depends on the amount of genetic variation in a herd.

The Hidden Dangers of Lipopolysaccharides
Lipopolysaccharides pose a serious and often overlooked risk to pigs. Several tips can help limit their negative impacts, writes Diego Padoan DVM, BIOMIN Swine Technical Sales Manager EMA.

Company News

WPX: Exports Are Critical Driver to US Pig Prices into 2017
ANALYSIS - Brett Stuart, President of Global AgriTrends, told pork producers exports are the critical driver to watch regarding US hog prices. Stuart spoke at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica business session held at the 2016 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Novus Continues and Expands 25-year Industry Commitment at World Pork Expo
US - The playing field for pork production has been elevated and continues to rise in 2016. As producers face more regulations and challenges than ever from suppliers, consumers and the US Government, Novus International, Inc. is looking forward to providing new and innovative programs and solutions to customers at World Pork Expo.
Novus Launches Project Horizon at World Pork Expo
US - Today at an exclusive event in their tent at World Pork Expo, Novus International, Inc. launched Project Horizon, their commitment to helping producers navigate through the transition to antibiotic-free production.
WPX: Genesus' Jim Long on Global Hog Prices, Market Drivers
ANALYSIS - Jim Long, president at Genesus, speaks about global swine prices and industry drivers at the 2016 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Research Monitors Genetic Diversity of European PRRSV
EUROPE - The porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus mutates rapidly, especially European strains, creating a challenge for diagnostic laboratories to monitor the disease. Today, Thermo Fisher Scientific presented research at the Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress showing the genetic diversity of the PRRS virus and how the company is monitoring and evolving its diagnostic tools to ensure highly accurate results.
Amazing IGA Response Found in PEDv Oral Fluid Testing
ANALYSIS - A recent study that evaluated the antibody response against PEDv in serum showed the best results when using the IGA response.
Novus International Celebrates 25 years of Helping Feed Tomorrow
US - Novus International commemorates 25 years of business this month. The Company, which originated as the Feed Ingredients division of Monsanto, started on its path of Health through Nutrition when Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. acquired it in June 1991.

Global Pig Industry News

   South Africa

African Swine Fever Reported on South African Pig Farms

   United States

Hog Outlook: Forecast Lowered for 2016-2017 Red Meat Production
Pork Quality Assurance Plus® Revisions Unveiled at World Pork Expo
US Pork Producers Advised to Prepare for Changes in Antibiotic Use Rules
WPX: Steve Meyer's US Swine Economic Outlook
CME: Pork Imports and Exports Down
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: Hog Slaughter Expected to Be Higher This Week
World Pork Expo Expected to Attract Over 20,000


Brazilian Maize Price Hinders Livestock Producers


European Commission Clears SPF-Danmark-Danish Crown Acquisition


New Ukrainian ASF Outbreak Hits Farm Close to Romanian Border


US$14.33 billion Worth of Animal Feed Additives Expected to be Sold in 2016

   United Kingdom

UK Pig Feed Consumption Forecast to Increase
What impact Might Brexit Have on UK Agriculture?
Cost of UK Pig Production Falls

   European Union

EU Pig Prices Increasing Through May
EU Pig Prices: Severe Weather Warnings – Discounted Prices in Germany
Parliament Calls for EU Action to Help Farmers Fight Unfair Trading Practices


New PED Case Reported in Ontario
Further Cases of PED Reported in Manitoba
Increased Sow Mammary Cell Development Can Help Improve Milk Yields for Piglets


China, FAO Strengthen South-South Cooperation on Sharing Agricultural Expertise


International Report Confirms More Government Vets are Needed

   Russian Federation

More ASF Reported in Russian Pigs


Growth in Spanish Pork Exports Continues


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