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March 14, 2011
 
In this issue:
  Global Economies Play Larger Role in Today’s Markets
  Finding, Rebreeding Sows that Recycle Is a Key to Better Farrowing Rates
  Senators Call for an End to Ethanol Subsidy
  Pork Exports Perform Well in January

MARKET PREVIEW
Global Economies Play Larger Role in Today’s Markets
Most of what you read in this column would fall under the umbrella of microeconomics. That branch of the dismal science encompasses consumer economics (utility, consumer behavior, demand, etc.), theory of the firm (production economics, logistics, etc.) and price theory, which deals with how prices are determined and discovered. It focuses on only one or a few products and the markets that determine the levels of output and usage and the prices of those goods.

The “Great Recession” has focused considerably more attention on macroeconomic issues over the past three years. Gross domestic product (the total value of all of the goods and services produced within a country), interest rates, employment and unemployment are just four of the metrics that are used to describe the health of the economy. But economies of individual countries are now far more interdependent than they once were.

Macroeconomic Impacts
There are three ways that macroeconomics impacts our market. The classic impact, of course, is on demand. Figure 1 shows a slightly modified version of the national income accounts that measure the impacts of various forms of spending on national income and output. Consumption, government expenditures (net of taxes), investment and net exports all contribute positively to gross domestic product, which represents both the value of output and, when considered along with the savings rate, total expenditures in the economy.

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PRODUCTION PREVIEW
Finding, Rebreeding Sows that Recycle Is a Key to Better Farrowing Rates
As we continue to look at the importance of finding sows that recycle after breeding and their impact on subsequent farrowing rate, we will continue to use a subset of 22 farms. These farms are collecting and recording more detailed information than most farms collect.

Two programs developed by Swine Management Services (SMS) – Breeding Technician Report and In-Depth Breeding Analysis Report – are used to analyze the data and provide the farms with more detailed information by tracking semen batch, breeding technician by number of matings, day of the week bred, time of day bred, when returns are being found, etc. (see accompanying charts and tables).

Table 1 and Chart 1, Farrowing Rate by Days to Return to Estrus, shows 10,000 females out of 122,407 females returned to estrus and were bred on the 22 farms over the most recent 52-week period. These farms vary by size, genetics and geographic location. The data is broken down by parity and into six groups by the days to return to estrus after breeding.

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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
Senators Call for an End to Ethanol Subsidy
Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced legislation that would repeal the 45 cents/gallon Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), more commonly known as the ethanol blender’s tax credit. Senator Coburn said, “The ethanol tax credit is bad economic policy, bad energy policy and bad environmental policy. The $6 billion we waste every year on corporate welfare should instead stay in taxpayers’ pockets where it can be used to spur innovation, stimulate growth and create jobs.” The American Meat Institute (AMI) commented, “With the U.S. corn supply at record lows, corn prices at record highs, and ethanol production absorbing 40% of U.S. corn production, government subsidies for corn-based ethanol, like VEETC, continues to artificially inflate the market for corn. As a result, the cost of feeding livestock has increased, which in turn drives up the cost of food production for everyone in the supply chain, trickling down to the consumer.” The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) countered, “At a time of rapidly rising gas prices, which threaten a fragile American economic recovery, it makes no sense to deprive Americans of a lower cost choice at the gas pump or to stop America’s investment in an American-made, job-creating alternative to foreign oil. If recharging our economy is a top fiscal and economic priority for these senators, then job one should be redirecting the $1 billion a day we spend on foreign oil back into the U.S. economy. Ethanol is part of the solution, not the problem.”

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NEWS FLASH
Pork Exports Perform Well in January
U.S. pork export sales in January well-exceeded year ago levels, but fell short of totals from the previous month, according to statistics released by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Pork exports totaled 181,652 tons valued at $396.9 million – an increase of 15% in volume and 19% in value over January 2010.

“Despite some significant market access issues – some ongoing and some new – our exports performed quite well in January,” says USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng. “U.S. meat products continue to command excellent prices throughout the world, which is providing a boost for the American producer and the entire meat industry.”

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PORK INDUSTRY CALENDAR
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.

April 11-14, 2011: The 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will be held at the Omni San Antonio Hotel in San Antonio, TX. The conference will explore the growing necessity of involving consumers as stakeholders in food production. Topics include the food supply; food security; food safety; animal agriculture’s importance in the ecosystem; and effective ways to communicate with consumer stakeholders. A schedule of events, registration and hotel information is available at the NIAA website: www.animalagriculture.org, or call NIAA at (719) 538-8843 for additional information.



May 22-25, 2011: Alltech’s International Animal Health and Nutrition Industry Symposium, Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, KY. For more information contact: www.alltech.com/symposium.



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 BLUEPRINT

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 MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS

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