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Herd Expansion From Record Prices

Wed, 2011-12-21 11:50
On 23 December, the USDA will release the results of its latest survey of the US swine inventory. Hog producers enjoyed record hog prices this summer and I believe that has caused some modest herd expansion, writes Ron Plain in his Swine Economic Report.

Chinese Meat Industry & Economy Continue to Grow

Wed, 2011-12-21 11:49
Is the Chinese bubble about to burst? For some time now out of the BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China - China's growth rate has been not only one of the most rapid, but it has also been dragging the rest of the world economies along behind it - shining as a beacon to the faltering economies in Europe and the US

Bacon Ornament

Sun, 2011-12-18 17:17

Buffett’s Surging Silo Sales Boost Cargill Costs - Bloomberg

Wed, 2011-12-14 16:55
In a year of record agricultural earnings in the U.S., Steve Ruh spent a chunk of his income to build what’s become an increasingly common sight at farms across the Midwest -- grain storage bins. The Illinois corn grower started with 250,000 bushels (2 million gallons) of storage capacity in 2009 and added 100,000 this year to avoid wasting precious harvest time in line at grain elevators. He can now hold crops in gluts, hoping to sell at higher prices when grain is scarcer, and is storing half the 400,000-bushel corn crop this season at his farm in Sugar Grove.

A different subject: Talking about smaller litters

Wed, 2011-12-14 14:31
Attending a conference on the end of piglet castration in the European Union, held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, I notice that both the topic as well as the visitors are unique. The topic is unique as the theme of castration always used to be discussed, but hardly ever before a whole public conference was organised, attracting 150 international experts. The only other one I came across was held mid-last year, on Raising Boars, in the Netherlands as well.

Persistent resistance on antibiotic-free farms

Wed, 2011-12-14 14:29
Bacteria taken from farms still showed resistance, up to 2 ½ years after the administering of antibiotics was discontinued, a Canadian study says. Farms quitting antibiotics may still be breeding grounds for drug-resistant germs, reported Science magazine.

Antibiotics in swine feed encourage gene exchange

Wed, 2011-12-14 14:29
A study to be published in the online journal mBio® (Nov 29) shows that adding antibiotics to swine feed causes microorganisms in the guts of these animals to start sharing genes that could spread antibiotic resistance.

Composting Helps Swine Farms Improve Biosecurity

Wed, 2011-12-14 14:23
Following an initial project begun in 1999 at the Iowa State University (ISU) swine breeding farm, the university’s swine teaching farm started composting mortalities eight years ago in an effort to increase biosecurity practices. Swine farms manager Jay Lampe said the move was positive.

Faulty Forecasts Roil Corn Market

Wed, 2011-12-14 08:54
Over the past two years, the Department of Agriculture's monthly forecasts of how much farmers will harvest have been off the mark to a greater degree than any other two consecutive years in the last 15, according to a Journal analysis of government data. This year's early-season forecasts also appear to have been way off.

Canada: First out of a sinking Kyoto ship? -

Tue, 2011-12-13 07:04
For Canada, the cost of either meeting its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, or failing to do so, was too much to bear. On Monday, the country became the first signatory of the landmark climate treaty to back out of the deal, citing the huge potential cost of legally binding commitments.

Rabobank Report: Outlook 2012 Down, But Not Out

Wed, 2011-12-07 09:23
While the long-term bull run in agri commodities remains, we expect prices across the agri complex to ease from their record highs, continuing the downward trajectory since mid-2011,says Luke Chandler, Director of Agri Commodity Markets Research. Prices need to stay at these higher levels through 2012 to encourage farmers to continue expanding production and keep pace with demand growth, and to allow global inventories to rebuild.

What the textbooks don’t tell you about…Using the vet efficiently

Mon, 2011-12-05 14:57
I wrote about this six years ago. So why the need to look at things again? This column is based on what the textbooks don’t tell you, or don’t cover sufficiently, at least in my opinion. The two best veterinary textbooks on pigs, written by pig specialist vets, of course, cover the veterinary subject brilliantly, but strangely neither of them tell you how to use vets effectively.

Measuring amino acids in pigs – new method

Mon, 2011-12-05 14:56
New methods of measuring the amino acid requirement of pigs aim to reduce feed use, protect the environment and improve the economy for farmers.

Evidence supports ban on growth promotion use of antibiotics in farming

Mon, 2011-12-05 14:54
In a review study, researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine zero in on the controversial, non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in food animals and fish farming as a cause of antibiotic resistance. They report that the preponderance of evidence argues for stricter regulation of the practice. Stuart Levy, a world-renowned expert in antibiotic resistance, notes that a guiding tenet of public health, the precautionary principle, requires that steps be taken to avoid harm.

Ag groups ask for changes to proposed child labor regulations

Mon, 2011-12-05 14:51
Dozens of agriculture groups are pressing the Department of Labor for changes to what they believe are overreaching proposals to on-farm child labor regulations. The National Pork Producers Council, National Farmers Union, American Sheep Industry Association and National Turkey Federation last week submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed on-farm child labor regulations.

Corzine Subpoenaed by House’s Agriculture Committee in Probe of MF Global - Bloomberg

Fri, 2011-12-02 17:54
The U.S. House Agriculture Committee voted to subpoena Jon S. Corzine, former chairman and chief executive officer of MF Global Holdings Ltd., for a Dec. 8 hearing on the collapse of the New York-based brokerage.

The Great Global Warming Fizzle -

Wed, 2011-11-30 09:01
This week, the conclave of global warming's cardinals are meeting in Durban, South Africa, for their 17th conference in as many years. The idea is to come up with a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to expire next year, and to require rich countries to pony up $100 billion a year to help poor countries cope with the alleged effects of climate change. This is said to be essential because in 2017 global warming becomes "catastrophic and irreversible," according to a recent report by the International Energy Agency. Yet a funny thing happened on the way to the climate apocalypse. Namely, the financial apocalypse.

Agriculture Department Cuts Reports on Crop Inventories

Tue, 2011-11-22 23:24
Forced to cut its budget, the Agriculture Department has decided to eliminate dozens of reports, including the annual goat census (current population: three million), and the number of catfish on the nation’s fish farms (177 million, not counting the small fry).

NPPC Wants Japan In TPP Trade Talks

Mon, 2011-11-14 11:19
The National Pork Producers Council today welcomed Japan’s announcement that it would like to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) multi-lateral trade talks. The TPP would be a regional trade bloc, consisting of Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.

NPPC backs reauthorization of ADUFA

Mon, 2011-11-14 11:00
First enacted in 2003, ADUFA allows FDA to collect fees from the animal health industry for the review and approval of animal health products. The fees supplement the agency’s annual congressionally-approved appropriations and have enabled FDA to dramatically reduce its review time for new animal drugs. ADUFA allows medications to be introduced more quickly while maintaining high standards for safety and effectiveness.