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Tuesday 3rd January 2017.
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Big Surprises in USDA's Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report

Welcome back to all our Pig Site readers after the Christmas and New Year holiday. 

The big news over the holiday came from the latest USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report, which surprised many with its revised number of hogs that are expected to come to market between December and May.

The inventory of hogs over 180 pounds, which are hogs that should come to market by the third week of January, were 12.580 million head, 2.5 per cent higher than a year ago and in line with pre?report estimates, according to the Steiner Consulting Group.

However, the inventory of hogs between 120?179 pounds was adjusted to +4 per cent above year ago levels. These are hogs that should come to market between late January and late February.

Hogs in the 50?119 category, basically late February and mid April timeframe, were also expected to be up 4.5 per cent from last year and feeder pigs under 50 pounds (late April through to May) were up 4.4 per cent.

The latest inventory numbers reflect a significant upward revision in the pig crop for the September ?November time period and thus more hogs available for marketing this coming spring.

In the UK, a new ‘Targets Task Force’ has been put together by RUMA (Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance) to discuss how meaningful objectives to reduce, refine and replace antibiotic use in all UK livestock sectors can be identified.

The first meeting of the task force looked at the wide range of activities already underway and how each sector could play its part in reducing antibiotic use.

RUMA chair Gwyn Jones says a common, co-ordinated strategy was agreed at the meeting and that over the coming months, each sector will define objectives to lower disease burden, improve immunity and use products more effectively to minimise the development of antibiotic resistance.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Consumer Perspectives on Pork Quality
I was recently at the National Swine Improvement Federation (NSFI) conference in Raleigh, NC. This conference is held annually with most attendees being involved directly in the pork genetics industry. One of the key topics this year was consumer perspective and pork quality. Three different speakers, one from the National Pork Board, one private consultant, and one from the warehouse retailer Sam’s Club (owned by Wal-Mart) gave excellent talks about consumers’ wants and how the industry is not meeting these demands, writes Nick Boddicker, PhD.

Nutriad Concludes 2016 Spain Maize Mycotoxin Survey
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that cause a toxic response (mycotoxicosis) when ingested by farm and companion animals.

Company News

Formulating for Optimum Gut Health and Performance in Swine
CANADA - Remarks by Anthony Edwards, ACE Livestock Consulting, Australia, during the swine breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
NUTRIAD Presents Poland 2016 Mycotoxin Survey Maize
POLAND - Mycotoxins are a hidden danger in animal feed. One of the most important negative factors in crop production and animal feed quality is the contamination of feed commodities by moulds and mycotoxins. As much as 20% of the world’s cereal grains are generally known to be contaminated with measurable levels of mycotoxins (Placha et al., 2009).
Pork Commentary: Lean Hog Futures Increase Despite Negative Hogs and Pigs Report
US - After last weeks December Hogs and Pigs Report that indicated the US breeding herd and Market hog & inventories were up beyond any expectation year over year (Breeding +1 per cent - Market +4 per cent), it is surprising that lean hog futures went up over $2.00 this past week, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Pork Commentary: USDA Hogs and Pigs Report Its Raining Pigs!
US - The December 1st Quarterly USDA Hogs and Pigs Report surprised us with not only the growth of the breeding herd but also the size of market inventory, writes Jim Long.
Genetic Improvement and Nutrition Trends
CANADA - Remarks by Uislei Orlando, PIC North America, during the swine breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
Gastrointestinal Tract Diseases Interfering with the Nutrients Absorption and Reducing Feed Conversion in Pigs
CANADA - Remarks by Zygmunt Pejsak, National Veterinary Research Institute, Pulawy during the swine breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
Protein Sources as Functional Ingredients in Pig Diets
CANADA - Remarks by Alfons Jansman, Wageningen University, Netherlands, during the swine breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
Mycotoxins Modulate the Inflammatory Response?
CANADA - Remarks by Ana Paula Bracarense, Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Brazil, during the swine breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
Improving Protein Utilization Efficiency Through Better Understanding of Immune and Stress Responses in Pigs
CANADA - Remarks by Jae Cheol Kim, Murdoch University, Australia, during the swine breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
4th BIOMIN Front Runners Forum Held in Ooty, India
INDIA - Four years ago, BIOMIN India came up with a new concept to approach and provide solutions to our customers: the BIOMIN Front Runners Forum. This event supports our aim to be the knowledge and strategy partner to our customers, and to help them to become – and remain – market leaders in the livestock industry—in other words; get ahead of the crowd.
Combined CIRCOVAC+SPRINTVAC Vaccine Does Not Reduce Efficacy
FRANCE - Combining vaccines often brings convenience but at the cost of efficacy.
Digestibility Is the Top Reason Livestock Producers Use Phytogenic Feed Additives
GLOBAL - Digestibility enhancement ranks as the number one reason that the livestock industry uses phytogenic feed additives (PFAs), according to a recent survey of more than one thousand agribusiness professionals.
Russia Hog Market
RUSSIA - Currently, pig prices are fluctuating between 110 and 115 Roubles per live kg ($1.77 to $1.85). With pig meat consumption increasing in Russia by 6.6 per cent in 2016, pig farming continues to be very profitable in Russia. Currently, there are approximately 300,000 new sow places with finance approved (and some already under construction) and another 200,000 new sow places in final stages of approval, writes Simon Grey – General Manager, Russia, CIS, and Europe.
Agro Eco Receives Genesus Pigs
RUSSIA - On Wednesday 23rd November, Agro Eco received 1,317 pigs from Genesus to complete the stocking of their new 2,700 sow Nucleus farm in Voronezh.
European Agency Recommends Zinc Oide Withdrawal
EU - The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended that all veterinary medicines containing zinc oxide should be withdrawn. This decision follows an EMA conclusion that the benefit-to-risk balance for veterinary medicines containing zinc oxide is negative.
Pork Commentary: Is There a Santa Claus? US Hog Farmers Hope So
US - US hog prices, lean hog futures, and small pig prices continue a rapid rebound heading towards Christmas. Santa Claus has come early for American hog producers, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Nutriad Concludes 2016 Spain Maize Mycotoxin Survey
SPAIN - Multinational feed producer Nutriad, concluded its 2016 Mycotoxin Survey in Spain, which included 107 maize samples from different Spanish regions.
Market Reports

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Big Surprises in USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report
What Could Drive Livestock Markets in 2017?
Hog Outlook: Iowa Hogs Experience Biggest Monthly Loss Since 2013
Agriculture Industry Not Without its Challenges, says Rabobank Report
USDA AMS Raises Average US Hog Dressed Weight
Research Studies Importance of Threonine:Lysine Ratio in Pig Diets
Wide Range of Expectations for US Hogs and Pigs
Researchers Recommend New Pig Feed-Particle Size Analysis Method
US Red Meat Production Above Year-Ago Levels
WH Group to Acquire California’s Largest Pork Processor Clougherty


Lower Costs Make Genomic Selection of Pig Breeding Stock Economically Viable
Return to Moderate Winter Weather Makes Biosecurity Easier
Pork Export Markets Expected to be Especially Important in 2017
2017 Pork Industry Outlook in Manitoba Positive
Improved Concrete Floor Design Extends Sow Longevity

   United Kingdom

Targets Task Force Co-ordinates Antibiotic Reduction in Farming
Meryl Ward to Stand Down as AHDB Pork Chair
Rodenticides Leaflet Explains Rule Change and Options
Welsh Government Recommends CCTV Not Mandatory in Slaughterhouses
Defra Confirms UK Pig Herd Up 3 Per Cent in June
Farmer Confidence Falls Amid Prospects of Labour Shortage


More ASF Reported in Ukraine
Ukraine Reports New Outbreak of ASF


Milk, Pork Purchase Prices on Rise in Estonia


Merry Christmas to All Our PigSite Readers

   Russian Federation

ASF Reported on More Russian Pig Farms


ASF Prevention Regulations Causing Pork Shortage in Northern Cameroon

   European Union

EU Pork Exports Stagnate in October
EU Declaration to Phase Out Pig Castration is Behind Schedule


Irish Pig Prices Remain Stable


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