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May 3, 2010
 
In this issue:
  Canada’s Breeding Herd Slips Further
  Happy Anniversary to (pandemic 2009 H1N1) Flu
  Let Ethanol Incentives Expire
  Federal Agencies Say No Studies Link Animal Drug Use with Human Resistance

MARKET PREVIEW
Canada’s Breeding Herd Slips Further
Last week’s Hog Statistics report from Statistics Canada indicated an increase in the year-on-year rate of reduction of the country’s breeding herd compared to the January report. The April 1 breeding herd inventory was 1.304 million head, 28,000 fewer than the revised Jan.1 estimate and 81,000 head (5.8%) fewer than on April 1, 2009.

The revision to the Jan. 1 estimate was smaller than I expected, taking it from 4.3% lower than one year ago to 4.5% lower. Recall that the Jan. 1 breeding herd decline was much smaller than Stats Canada’s estimated 7.8% decline of both Oct-Dec farrowings and pig crop. The April report revised the fall pig crop up slightly, but the percentage change for those three categories still do not agree well at all.

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SWINE HEALTH PREVIEW
Happy Anniversary to (pandemic 2009 H1N1) Flu
A year ago, we were all up to our eyeballs dealing with issues surrounding a novel strain of influenza in humans that quickly became known as the “swine flu.” Time marches on, as does the popular press. The news cameras turned to chronicling an ongoing parade of other natural and unnatural disasters, and we can generally agree that it’s one of those issues that is good to see in the rearview mirror.

Flu marches on, too, so this anniversary is an opportunity to take stock of what happened with the virus after the spotlights disappeared.

Everyone is certainly aware that the pandemic 2009 H1N1 (p2009H1N1) influenza virus was first reported in the United States after it was diagnosed in pigs that were exhibited at the Minnesota State Fair last August (2009). Cases were later reported in commercial pigs in five states as part of the voluntary U.S. Department of Agriculture’s flu surveillance program www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/?navid=USDA_H1N1. Many other pig-producing countries have similarly reported finding the virus in pigs. At this point, detecting the virus in pigs is not a news story. It is, however, necessary to keep track of what types of influenza virus we’re finding in swine herds so we can keep up with them from a diagnostic and control standpoint.

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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
Let Ethanol Incentives Expire
The livestock, poultry, and meat sectors are urging Congress to let the ethanol incentives, Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and the tariff on imported ethanol, to expire this year. In a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee leadership, the sectors in a letter stated: “Although we support the need to advance renewable and alternative sources of energy, we strongly believe that it is time that the mature corn-based ethanol industry operates on a level playing field with other commodities that rely on corn as their major input. The blender’s tax credit, coupled with the import tariff on foreign ethanol, has distorted the corn market, increased the cost of feeding animals, and squeezed production margins – resulting in job losses and bankruptcies in rural communities across America.” Those signing the letter were American Meat Institute, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Pork Producers Council and National Turkey Federation.

Agricultural Transportation Report — USDA released a comprehensive report, “Study of Rural Transportation Issues,” on agricultural transportation in the United States, mandated by the 2008 farm bill. The report covers the four major modes of transportation commonly used by agriculture – truck, rail, barge, and ocean vessel. USDA said, “Agriculture is the largest user of freight transportation in the United States, with 31% of all ton-miles recorded in 2007, being used in the movement of agricultural products. This report provides policy makers the vital information needed to make strategic infrastructure and policy decisions to meet rural America's transportation needs, now and in the future." The report examines some of the major issues facing agricultural transportation, including the dramatic effect of deregulation on the rail industry, a growing gap for funding the inland waterways and highway systems, availability of containers and ocean vessel capacity, and the infrastructure that may be needed to support a projected increase in biofuel transportation. The report is available at www.ams.usda.gov/RuralTransportationStudy.

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NEWS FLASH
Federal Agencies Say No Studies Link Animal Drug Use with Human Resistance
Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, concurred in a legislative hearing last week that there are no definitive studies proving a definitive link between the use of antibiotics in animals and human resistance.

They testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health April 28. Their remarks were in response to queries from Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) as to whether there were definitive studies to link the use of antibiotics in animal feed to changes in resistance in humans.

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PORK INDUSTRY CALENDAR
May 16-19, 2010: Alltech's 26th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium,
Lexington, KY;
For more information contact: www.alltech.com.

June 9-11, 2010: World Pork Expo, Iowa State Fairgrounds,
De Moines, IA;
For more information contact: www.worldpork.org.



July 18-21, 2010: Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, RiverCentre,
St. Paul, MN;
For more information contact: (765)-463-3594 or www.cvm.edu/VetMedCE.



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 BLUEPRINT

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 MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS

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