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May 10, 2010
 
In this issue:
  Hog Slaughter Runs Return to “Expected” Levels
  Eight Measures to Help Achieve 30 Pigs/Mated Female/Year
  U.S. Agriculture Loses as Congress Waits on FTAs
  NPPC Launches New ‘Hogs on the Hill’ Blog

MARKET PREVIEW
Hog Slaughter Runs Return to “Expected” Levels
Weekly federally inspected (FI) hog slaughter totals have returned to “expected” levels the past two weeks, actually exceeding the numbers suggested by USDA’s March Hogs and Pigs report by roughly 23,000 and 16,000 head, respectively. Those slight over-runs, of course, follow three weeks in which slaughter runs were sharply lower than the numbers expected from the report, with the cumulative slaughter since March 1 still 110,000 lower than the forecast level (Figure 1).

The April shortfall was driven by several factors. Lingering performance challenges cannot be ruled out, though most of the production adjustments to corn and feed quality were accomplished last winter. And, some cattlemen understandably decided to “feed them a little longer.” The difference in the outcome for cattle feeders and hog producers, of course, is that when cattle feeders do this, they are usually hoping for a reversal of an ongoing price decline and the extra weight just makes the price decline worse.

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PRODUCTION PREVIEW
Eight Measures to Help Achieve 30 Pigs/Mated Female/Year
There are 12 farms in the Swine Management Services’ (SMS) benchmarking database of 724 farms that produced 29 pigs weaned/mated female/year or more for the last four quarters. The average size of these herds is 722 mated females, with nine under 1,000 mated females and three over 1,000 mated females. These dozen farms take different routes to get this production level.

In an effort to learn more about these top-producing farms, we looked at eight production areas to see how much variation there was among the 12 farms. The eight charts attached include the entire database of 724 farms and where the 12 top farms fit in. Even these farms have the potential for producing more pigs with a few minor changes in their production management procedures.

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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
U.S. Agriculture Loses as Congress Waits on FTAs
U.S. agriculture is losing markets as Congress fails to address the pending free trade agreements (FTA) of Columbia, Panama and South Korea. That was the message delivered at a press conference by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). NPPC said that analyses done by Iowa State University show that if the United States does not approve the pending FTAs, the United States would be shut out of the affected markets within 10 years. The analyses also shows that the U.S.-Korea FTA would add $10 to the price U.S. pork producers receive for each hog marketed. According to AFBF, in 2008-2009, there was almost a 50% drop in U.S. agricultural exports to Columbia. AFBF said, “For agriculture, Congress’ inaction on these agreements is no longer about potential gains, but now about preventing losing what we already have.” In 2008/2009, U.S. wheat dominated almost 70% of Columbia’s wheat market. According to NAWG, the U.S. share of Columbia’s wheat market could drop as low as 30% if Canada approves its pending FTA with Columbia before the United States does. This would result in an annual loss of more than $92 million for the U.S. wheat industry.

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NEWS FLASH
NPPC Launches New ‘Hogs on the Hill’ Blog
The National Pork Producers Council’s (NPPC) new blog, “Hogs on the Hill,” launches today.

“Hogs on the Hill” opens up another means of communicating issues of importance to U.S. pork producers.

NPPC says it also serves as a way to bypass media gatekeepers who have not been very responsive to NPPC’s rebuttals to editorials and stories critical of the U.S. pork industry.

Visit the new blog site by going to hogsonthehill.blogspot.com/, “The Voice of the U.S. Pork Industry with a Swine’s Eye View.”

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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 8-10, 2010: "Sustaining Animal Agriculture: Balancing Bioethical, Ecnomic and Social Issues." Jefferson Auditorium, USDA's South Agriculutre Building
Washington, DC;
For more information contact: Council for Agricultural Science and Technology at <a href"http://www.cast-science.org>www.cast-science.org</a>

 


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



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 BLUEPRINT

As positive margins return to pork producers’ ledgers, owners and managers are recounting the hard lessons learned as they redouble efforts to improve risk management skills, measure and manage production variance with greater precision, and produce quality pork in a safe and sustainable manner. At the heart of the 50th edition in the Blueprint series, published April 15th, 2010, is a focus on new and improved pathways to profitability.

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 MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS

The May 15 edition of the National Hog Farmer will feature the fifth class of the “Masters of the Pork Industry,” featuring personal and professional profiles of industry entrepreneurs destined to leave their mark on the North American pork industry. This special edition also features 21 products nominated for the National Hog Farmer’s World Pork Expo New Product tour and a full slate of WPX events and activities.

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