Controversies Impact the Hog Market
The news this week revolves around the corn market and the
impact of USDA’s big surprise in last Thursday’s Grain Stocks
report. In case you missed it, USDA said in that report that year-end
(e.g. Sept. 1) corn stocks were 1.708 billion bushels, 322 million more
than was in its September World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates
(WASDE) report and 300 million bushels more than the average pre-report
estimate of 1.407 million bushels.
That increase is a complete reversal from the June stocks report that
said corn inventories were 300 million bushels smaller than expected.
It also implies the lowest summer feed usage since the 1970s, which puts
feed and residual use for this past crop year at about 5.2 billion
The “found” supply offsets some of the concern over 2010 corn
yields, but it also raises questions about the source of the corn in
question. USDA says it has accounted for this year’s early harvest
and kept 2010-11 corn out of the year-end 2009-10 stocks numbers. Most
analysts are not buying into that explanation, however, since new crop
corn was being widely used to blend with poor quality old-crop corn.
Add that to the needs of southern poultry growers for higher quality
corn and it is difficult to see how some crop-year crossing has not
Mycoplasma: Still a Profit Robber
Mycoplasma pneumonia (MPS) is still present in swine
after all these years. Change seems to be the operative word in the
swine industry, but it would seem that MPS may be one disease risk that
steadfastly lurks as a profit robber.
Since it was recognized in the 1950s, enzootic pneumonia or MPS
associated with Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (Mh) has been a fairly reliable
contributor to respiratory disease in grow-finish operations. The major
reasons for this include:
• Mh infections are widespread in pig populations;
• Mh infections are easily transmitted between pig populations;
• Mh infections can be present for long periods of time without
causing substantial clinical signs; and
• A potpourri of stressors and co-infections can exacerbate disease
Pork Added to Mandatory Price Reporting Bill
President Barack Obama signed the Mandatory Price
Reporting Reauthorization bill, which renews mandatory price reporting
for beef, pork, and lamb, and adds dairy products for five years. The
legislation modifies existing law by requiring Mandatory Reporting of
Wholesale Pork (MRWP) cuts in order to expand transparency in the pork
Agriculture vs. EPA — The issue of the Environmental Protection
Agency’s (EPA) regulations and initiatives on U.S. agriculture is
getting more and more attention:
• Senate Agriculture Committee: The Senate Agriculture
Committee held a hearing to “Examine the Impact of EPA Regulation on
Agriculture.” Senators of both parties raised concerns with EPA’s
spray drift guidance, settling clean water act lawsuits, greenhouse
gases, dust spreading, atrazine regulation, E-15 ethanol use, and
phosphorus standards in water. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), chair of
the Senate Agriculture Committee, asked EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
if these new regulations would even benefit conservation or (did they)
just hinder the lives of farmers? She also expressed concern that the
EPA was not setting achievable goals for farmers and not providing them
with the proper resources and tools needed for new compliance
obligations and regulations. Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) complained of
the nonstop regulatory assaults on agriculture and the effects on small
• Congressional Members: A group of House of
Representatives members met with EPA to discuss the application of laws
under the agency’s jurisdiction to farmers, ranchers and small
businesses. The members indicated that many of “today’s
environmental programs are not only highly controversial in our
districts, but are viewed as resulting in consequences and wide-ranging
negative effects that were never anticipated or considered when the
existing laws were passed.”
Secretary Vilsack Asked to Scrap New Livestock Regulations
In an open letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak,
Mark Legan, pork producer from Coatesville, IN, a member of the National
Pork Producers Council (NPPC) board of directors and chairman of the
NPPC’s Competitive Markets Committee, asks USDA to scrap the Grain,
Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA)
proposed rule and start over. Legan wrote:
“Dear Secretary Vilsack,
“I spent seven years as an agricultural Extension agent before
starting out in hog farming in Putnam County, Indiana. I sincerely
appreciate your efforts to revive rural America. I also attended your
recent competition workshop in Fort Collins, CO.
“I have a suggestion, if you really want to entice people back to the
rural lifestyle and increase competition in the livestock industry:
withdraw the regulations you proposed in June that will result in
government – not producers –deciding how livestock are bought and
sold in this country.
Oct. 5-6, 2010: Food System Summit,
InterContinental O’Hare Hotel, Chicago, IL; contact: www.foodintegrity.org.
Oct. 14-16, 2010: USan Antonio International Farm
and Ranch Show, San Antonio Livestock Expo & Freeman Coliseum
for more information contact: http://www.farmandranchexpo.com
or call (210) 226-1177
Nov. 4-5, 2010: : Iowa State University Swine
Disease Conference for Swine
Practitioners, Scheman Building, Iowa State University
for more information contact:Julie Kieffer at firstname.lastname@example.org or(515)
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- Upon identifying scouring piglets, place a Compost-A-Mat
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- This will create a clean and warm area for piglets to dry up and
help overall farrowing house performance.
- The Compost-A-Mat should remain in the crate for seven days or
until piglets have stopped scouring.
- At this point, the Compost-A-Mat will contain fecal material and
can be broken down for feedback.
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