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June 28, 2010
 
In this issue:
  Friendly Pig Crop Report,
But Keep an Eye On Litter Size
  Postweaning “Fading Pig/Anorexia Syndrome”
  EPA Delays E15 Rule
  Canada Passes Free Trade Agreement with Columbia

MARKET PREVIEW
Friendly Pig Crop Report,
But Keep an Eye On Litter Size
Friday’s quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report contained few surprises, but a few interesting numbers that should be carefully noted as producers make plans for the coming months. See Table 1 for data.

The key number for short-term markets is a market herd at 58.612 million head or 96.3% of one year ago. That is not a small market herd by any stretch. In fact, it is the third-largest ever for a June 1 count. The only two larger were in 2008 (61.27 million) and 2009 (60.842 million).

This relationship underscores the fact that we almost need to put any of these all-time records in a pre-porcine circovirus (PCV) vaccine and post-PCV vaccine context. While PCV vaccine is not the only driver of higher numbers, it is definitely a major one and the only one that we can track to a particular point in time.

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SWINE HEALTH PREVIEW
Postweaning “Fading Pig/Anorexia Syndrome”
Found in pigs worldwide, Hemagglutinating Encephalomyelitis Virus (HEV) infection has been largely ignored for decades, but the disease is still present and causes clinical problems. HEV was first linked to neurological disease in baby pigs in Ontario, Canada in 1962. Shortly thereafter, it was also identified as the cause of a postweaning syndrome of anorexia, lethargy and depression that was called Vomiting and Wasting Disease.

HEV is an RNA virus. HEV is a serologic Group 2 coronavirus different from the serologic Group 1 coronaviruses that include Transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV) and porcine respiratory coronavirus (PRCV). Bovine coronavirus is more closely related to HEV. HEV only infects pigs.

Researchers at different institutions have been able to reproduce both clinical syndromes by experimentally infecting pigs with HEV. HEV replicates in the nasal cavity and tonsils and is also subsequently found in lung, stomach and small intestine. HEV is thought to spread to the brain through sensory nerves. Inflammation of nerves in the stomach is associated with the Vomiting and Wasting Disease in postweaning pigs.

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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
EPA Delays E15 Rule
The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would delay until fall a decision on whether to increase the blend rate for ethanol above the current 10% limit. In a statement, EPA said more testing still needs to be conducted on cars to how they perform on a 15% ethanol blend. EPA said the ‘preliminary results “look good.” Growth Energy said, “As you would expect, we find this further delay unacceptable. The fact that the federal agencies involved here cannot meet their own deadlines – on a decision that means so much to our nation – reinforces a public perception that government bureaucracy does not work in the best interests of the public. With fossil fuels getting dirtier, costlier and riskier to extract, as we are witnessing with the epic catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, now is the time we should move on expanding the production and consumption of clean, renewable fuels like ethanol.” Growth Energy filed the petition last year requesting the increase to 15% blend.

Roadmap to Achieve Renewable Energy Goals — USDA released a report outlining the current state of renewable transportation fuels efforts and a plan to develop regional strategies to increase the production, marketing, and distribution of fuels in the United States. The report, “A USDA Regional Roadmap to Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard by 2022,” provides information on current production and consumption patterns and projections to meet the RFS mandate of 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022. USDA's report identifies numerous biomass feedstocks to be utilized in developing biofuels and calls for the funding of further investments in research and development of:

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NEWS FLASH
Canada Passes Free Trade Agreement with Columbia
The Canadian Senate has given final approval to a free trade agreement (FTA) with Columbia, providing immediate market access for Canadian pork and pork products and placing the United States at a distinct trade disadvantage.

Back in late 2006, more than three and a half years ago, the United States and Columbia signed a free trade agreement. The Columbian Senate in 2007 voted to approve the agreement by a margin of 55-3 and the House by a margin of 85-10. The U.S. Congress, however, has not yet begun debate on the implementing legislation.

Iowa State University agricultural economist Dermot Hayes says the U.S.-Columbia FTA, when fully implemented, would raise U.S. live hog prices by $1.15/head. He says if the United States does not implement its FTA with Columbia, within 10 years the country will be completely shut out of the Columbian pork market because of Canada’s FTA tariff advantage.

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PORK INDUSTRY CALENDAR
July 18-21, 2010: 21st International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada;
For more information contact: (604) 688-9655 ext. 2 or ipvs2010@advance-group.com or go to http://www.ipvs2010.com/.

August 31, 2010: 20th Annual Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. Swine Conference, Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL
For more information contact: (217) 357-2811 or go to www.hogvet.com.


September 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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