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February 28, 2011
 
In this issue:
  Trade Forecast Looks Good for Pork
  Age, Genetics Determine E. coli Virulence
  House Cuts $61 Billion from FY2011
  Pork Board Unveils New Promotional Effort Friday

MARKET PREVIEW
Trade Forecast Looks Good for Pork
USDA’s quarterly Outlook for U.S. Ag Trade, released last week, contained some very positive information for U.S. pork producers. The quantity of U.S. pork exports is expected to grow by 1.6% in 2011, but USDA predicts the value of those exports to jump by nearly 20%. As I have pointed out before, exporting large volumes is nice, but bringing back even larger amounts of cash pays the bills! Should those two figures come to fruition, 2011 exports will be very close to the 2008 record, and 2011 export values will shatter the existing record, also set in 2008.

The report also contained forecasts (or perhaps a better characterization is “assumptions” for this report) regarding macro-economic variables which are so important when one is dealing with trade issues. The forecasts for U.S. and Canada gross domestic product growth were 1.6% and 1.5%, respectively. Those percentages are a bit conservative relative to some that we have seen. Europe is forecast to grow at roughly the same rate as Japan. Mexico and Korea are both near 3.5% for 2011 growth, while Brazil (+4.0%), India (+5.9%) and China (+8.6%) are, as expected, predicted to be the areas with the most robust growth (Figure 1).

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SWINE HEALTH PREVIEW
Age, Genetics Determine E. coli Virulence
Not all E. coli bacteria are created equal. This bacteria is commonly isolated from pigs, and may or may not be the primary cause of disease, depending on the age of the pig and the genetic makeup of the pig and the E. coli.

At the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, we test the genetic makeup of the E. coli bacteria using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for specific genes that are associated with virulence, or the ability to cause disease. A list of the genes we test for is listed below.

In order for an E. coli bacteria to cause disease, it first must attach to the intestinal lining of the pig. The E. coli have genes that encode for fimbria or adhesion factors that allow the bacteria to adhere to the gut. For example, if the E. coli has the gene for the F18 fimbria, the bacteria can adhere to the F18 receptor in the gut of the pig and can potentially cause disease.

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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
House Cuts $61 Billion from FY2011
The House of Representatives passed its Continuing Resolution (CR) that cuts $61 billion for the remaining seven months of fiscal year 2011. The cuts were a priority for the Republican leadership. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was the target of many of the amendments that passed during the four-day debate. Some of the amendments passed included: block funding for EPA’s proposed dust rule; not allow EPA to use funds to implement the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution rules for the Chesapeake Bay; block funds to enable EPA to retroactively withdraw clean water permits; block funds to impose new Clean Water Act restrictions on coal industry mountain top removal; and, block funds for EPA regulations that list coal ash as hazardous waste subject to regulation under the Solid Waste Disposal Act. The CR will be considered by the Senate beginning next week. The deadline for passing the CR is March 4. If Congress and the administration fail to reach an agreement by then, the government would have to shut down.

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NEWS FLASH
Pork Board Unveils New Promotional Effort Friday
The National Pork Board will be unveiling details of a new branding initiative and consumer marketing campaign for pork before pork producers attending the National Pork Industry Forum in Phoenix, AZ, on Friday.

Board members will get their first glimpse of the pork checkoff-funded campaign during their two-day business meeting Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. To make sure that delegates to the annual industry meeting are the first audience to preview the campaign before it is introduced to the general public in April, the board’s Wednesday session will be closed. The board’s Thursday session will be open to the public.

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PORK INDUSTRY CALENDAR
March 1: Employee Management Workshop for Agricultural Operations (three-part workshop), Northwestern Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA; for more information contact: Russ Euken, extension livestock specialist, by phone (641) 923-2856 or e-mail reuken@iastate.edu or Mark Storlie, swine field specialist, by phone (563) 425-3331 or e-mail mstorlie@iastate.edu.

March 5-8, 2011: 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
Phoenix, AZ. For more information contact: aasv@aasv.org.



March 30 & 31, 2011: London Swine Conference, London Convention Centre, London, Ontario, Canada. Please check our official website www.boarsemen2011.com for further information and don't hesitate to contact us if you should have further questions.



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 BLUEPRINT

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 MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS

The January 15 edition of National Hog Farmer features an exclusive report from the largest livestock trade show in the European Union – EuroTier 2010 – staged in Hanover, Germany late last year. The special report includes a closer look at loose sow housing options, a profile of the German equipment and technology test center, plus a glimpse of some unique, energy saving features in a 1,000-sow, farrow-to-wean operation. Go to http://www.nationalhogfarmer.com to view the issue.

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