Revisiting the December Pig Crop Report
At what point do we punt the December Hogs and Pigs
Report? That is the question that is weighing on the minds of both
market analysts and producers as hog slaughter numbers remain far below
expected levels and weights show no signs of “backed up” hogs. I
realize there are performance issues, so let’s discuss the report,
what it suggested for this spring, and the forces that could be driving
numbers in various directions.
First, let’s address the December report. You might recall, it was a
bit bearish in that virtually every inventory category except “kept
for breeding” was slightly larger than was expected by industry
analysts. Analysts certainly are not always correct in their pre-report
estimates, but they do give us an idea of what the market is trading
going into the release of a key report. And, “actual vs.
expectation” is a key issue in short term moves in the futures
Agents Dominate Postweaning Diarrhea
The most common infectious agents with potential to cause
post-weaning diarrhea includes:
Rotavirus: This virus affects pigs from 3 days to 12 weeks of
E. coli: This bacteria has many variants and affects pigs as
diarrhea or edema disease from birth to 16 weeks of age.
Coccidia (Isospora): This parasite includes signs and lesions
that are seen in pigs from 4 days to 4 weeks of age.
Coccidia (Eimeria): This parasite is a dose- and hygiene-related,
sporadic disease that occurs in pigs from 3 weeks of age to maturity.
Salmonella: This bacteria affects pigs of any age and is usually
associated with inadequate hygiene or concurrent disease.
Lawsonia: This bacteria affects pigs from 4 weeks of age to
Less common infectious agents include:
Brachyspira: There are various species of this bacteria that are
associated with colitis of variable severity.
Whipworm (Trichuris): This parasite can occur in pigs over 3
weeks of age and is still a threat.
Transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE): This virus occurs in pigs at
3 days of age to maturity and is still a threat (discussion to
Protection Liaison Opposed
Members of the Farm Animal Welfare Coalition wrote
President Barack Obama urging him to not appoint a White House animal
protection liaison as advocated by the animal rights movement. The
coalition said, “To politicize the care and compassion we routinely
demonstrate with our animals implies our science and producer
experience-based programs to enhance animal care, along with state
anti-cruelty programs and the more than half dozen federal agencies
charged with overseeing animal care and handling, are not working.”
Those signing the letter were: American Farm Bureau Federation, American
Feed Industry Association, American Soybean Association, Biotechnology
Industry Organization, Livestock Marketing Association, National Pork
Producers Council, National Renderers Association and United Egg
Producers Support Resolution to Stop GHG Regulations — Nearly
140 agricultural organizations are supporting Senator Lisa Murkowski’s
(R-AK) resolution to disapprove the Environmental Protection Agency’s
(EPA) endangerment finding, which would block EPA from moving forward
with regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. In a letter
to Senator Murkowski, the groups stated, “Without an effective
international agreement on emission reductions, unilateral action by the
United States only serves to further damage our economy and encourage
businesses to relocate. EPA’s finding puts the agricultural economy
at grave risk based on allegations of a weak, indirect link to public
health and welfare and despite the lack of any environmental benefit.”
Those signing the letter included American Farm Bureau Federation,
American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers,
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council,
National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National
Milk Producers Association, National Pork Producers Council and National
Appoints Pork Delegate Body for 2010
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the
appointment of 154 pork producers and six importers to the 2010 National
Pork Producers Delegate Body. All of the appointees will serve a
one-year term. Appointments were based on nominations received from
state pork producer associations and importer groups.
Appointed members by state include:
Alabama: Luther Bishop, Joseph C. Hall;
Alaska: Patricia R. Worrell, Richard C. Worrell;
Arizona: Elizabeth J. Beck, Michael D. Terrill;
Arkansas: Steve C. Stephan, K. Brad Vines;
Colorado: Brett B. Rutledge, Keith A. Siemsen;
Delaware: Henry C. Johnson, IV, John B. Tigner Jr.;
Florida: Ricky Lyons;
Georgia: Glenn Derochers, Dania S. DeVane;
Hawaii: Wayne I. Simokawa, Evelyn A. Telles;
Idaho: Thomas A. Goodwin, Bradley K. Thornton;
Feb. 2, 2010: Swine
Profitability Conference, Forum Hall, Student Union, Kansas State
University, Manhattan, KS; contact: http://www.ksuswine.org.
Feb. 2-3, 2010: Illinois Pork Expo, Hotel Pere
Marquette and Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL; contact: www.ilpork.com.
Feb. 4-5, 2010: North Carolina Pork Congress, North
Carolina State Fairgrounds and Marriott Crabtree Valley, Raleigh, NC;
contact: Ann Edmonson at (919) 781-0361 or email@example.com or go to www.ncpork.org.
U.S. pork producers must be able to compete in foreign markets
without restrictive tariffs or sanitary barriers to trade. NPPC’s
mission of gaining and expanding access to markets through free trade
agreements is paramount to the continued success of the U.S. pork
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