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National Hog Farmer Weekly Preview
September 12, 2011
 
In this issue:
  Pork Demand Remains Relatively Strong
  An In-depth Look at Batch Farrowing
  Coalition Urges Limits on Antibiotic Use
  Pork Exports Extend Surge

MARKET PREVIEW
Pork Demand Remains Relatively Strong
Last week's export data for July was another chapter of good news about U.S. pork exports this year. The details appear elsewhere in this week's Weekly Preview, but having that data allows us to compute a fresh set of demand indexes for pork, beef and chicken. As you know from past discussions, the same data also allows us to look at monthly real per capita expenditures (RPCE), another measure of demand strength or weakness.

Figure 1 shows our traditional demand indexes for the three major species. All observations from 2010 and before are for calendar years. The last observation on the chart (for 2011) is for the 12 months from August 2010 through July 2011. The reason I use a 12-month rolling average is that there is a fair amount of seasonality to pork demand, and taking a partial year would mean we are comparing only a portion of that seasonal pattern to seasonal patterns in the past year. That comparison could be either positive or negative, but could almost certainly be misleading.

July's pork demand index was 0.5% lower than that of July 2010 but, given the strength of pork demand since last summer, the 12-month rolling index is still up 4.8% from the same month one year earlier. Beef demand fell by 1% relative to last July, pushing its 12-month rolling index down to +0.75%. Chicken demand declined 2% in July relative to last year, but again based on past months’ strength, its 12-month rolling index is still up a healthy 4.8%.

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PRODUCTION PREVIEW
An In-depth Look at Batch Farrowing
(Second in a two-part series)

Last week, we reviewed the history of group/batch farrowing. In the mid-70s, pork producers wanted to become more efficient, utilize their labor better and reduce their cost per pig. They turned to batch farrowing. Many different systems were tried, but most settled on the 20/1 grouping system, which is a weekly farrowing program.

The Swine Management Services (SMS) farm benchmarking database currently has 13 farms using a batch-farrowing program. They range from 250 to 1,600 sows with from 40 to 300 farrowing crates. Most have a five-group system and farrow batches of sows every four weeks. Several different genetic lines are represented.

Table 1 shows a composite of production from these farms, with the Top 10% averaging 26 pigs weaned/mated female/year (PW/MF/Y); all farms averaged 24.89 PW/MF/Y, while the Bottom 25% averaged 23.79 PW/MF/Y.

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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
Coalition Urges Limits on Antibiotic Use
A coalition of medical and consumer groups is urging Congress to limit the use of antibiotics for livestock. The coalition sent a letter to Congress saying "the evidence is so strong of a link between misuse of antibiotics in food animals and human antibiotic resistance that (the Food & Drug Administration) FDA and Congress should be acting much more boldly and urgently to protect these vital drugs for human illness. In fact, government data show that the vast majority of antibiotics in the United States are sold for use in food animals, not people." Members of the coalition include Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Feed Availability Hearing Set – The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry will hold a hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 14 to examine the issue of feed availability and its effect on the livestock and poultry industries. Witnesses will include representatives of the livestock, poultry and feed industries.

FY '12 Agriculture Appropriations – The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which funds the USDA and the Food and Drug Administration. The bill provides $19.78 billion in discretionary funds – a decrease of $138 million from FY 2011 appropriations. This compares to the House-passed bill of $17.081 billion in discretionary spending. The bill includes:

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NEWS FLASH
Pork Exports Extend Surge
Pork exports in July soared and kept on pace to set a new export value record in 2011, according to trade statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

July pork exports totaled 186,501.7 tons valued at $480.06 million – an increase of 16% in volume and 24% in value. These figures push the 2011 total to 1.375 million tons worth $3.3 billion – increases of 14% and 20%, respectively, over last year. July exports equated to 28.7% of production valued at $59.35/head, compared to 23.8% and $45.95 in July 2010. For the year, pork exports equated to 27.3% of production and a per-head value of $53.63.

"July was another outstanding month for red meat exports, as we continued to expand the presence of U.S. beef and pork throughout the world," says USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng. "This is a testament to the commitment U.S. producers and exporters have made to the international markets. Despite market access restrictions, high tariffs and other trade barriers, the investments we are making in foreign markets are paying tremendous dividends. And this success couldn’t come at a better time, as it is adding jobs to the U.S. economy and delivering much-needed returns to our farmers and ranchers. Those producers are dealing with high operating costs, adverse weather and many other significant challenges, and the export markets are clearly the best thing they have going in terms of profitability."

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PORK INDUSTRY CALENDAR
Sept. 17-20, 2011: Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN. For more information contact: http://www.cvm.umn.edu/.

Sept. 17-18, 2011: Preble County Pork Festival, Preble County Fairgrounds, Eaton, OH. For more information contact: (937) 456-7273 or info@porkfestival.org.

Sept. 20-21, 2011: 72nd Minnesota Nutrition Conference, Holiday Inn, Owatonna, MN. For more information contact:http://www.regonline.com/.

Sept. 21, 2011: Future Trends in Animal Agriculture Symposium, Jefferson Auditorium, South Agriculture Building (Wing 7), Washington, DC; e-mail PennsylvaniaB@aol.com.

Sept. 20-22, 2011: 49th annual Farm Science Review, Molly Caren Agricultural Center, London, OH. For more information, go to http://fsr.osu.edu.



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 BLUEPRINT

The April 15, 2011 Blueprint edition of National Hog Farmer offers details on creating stable herd health by developing a herd health profile, provides a review of basic immunology and gives details on how to select the right vaccine. The final article looks at efforts by a consortium of swine disease researchers to understand genetic disease resistance. www.nationalhogfarmer.com.

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 MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS

The Aug. 15, 2011 edition of National Hog Farmer magazine features several articles on protecting market access. The reports focus on verifying production, assuring pork safety, keeping pigs healthy and safeguarding herd health. Find these articles and more at www.nationalhogfarmer.com.

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