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January 30, 2012
 
In this issue:
  Pork's Demand Indicators Holding Strong
  No Bones About It
  House Members Introduce Egg Production Legislation
  FMD Vaccination Planning Guidelines are Available

MARKET PREVIEW
Pork's Demand Indicators Holding Strong
By Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc., Des Moines, IA

It appears 2011 domestic pork demand will end the year showing a gain compared to 2010. I say "it appears" because the final pieces of data – December pork exports and imports – will not be available until mid-February. My calculations for December 2010 through November 2011 show demand 1.2% higher than the same period 12 months earlier. Plus, the calculations of University of Missouri Agricultural Economist Ron Plain, who used estimated December trade figures, indicate demand will be positive for the 2011 calendar year.

That record was built with solid gains in the first half of the year and "hanging on" in the second half as burgeoning exports reduced the amount of pork available in the United States and, I believe, a softening economy slowed the pace at which retail prices could be increased. Retail prices still set a record in September at $3.56/lb. and remained near that level ($3.46/lb.) in December, but steady demand would have pushed those values even higher given larger exports and concurrent lower domestic availability/consumption.

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SWINE HEALTH PREVIEW
No Bones About It
By Steve Ensley, Darin Madson, DVM; and Kent Schwartz, DVM, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Rickets and osteomalacia (Table 1) are disease names associated with metabolic bone disease in growing and adult animals, respectively. The causes of metabolic bone diseases are usually related to deficiencies or imbalances in phosphorus, calcium and/or vitamin D deficiency.

Calcium and phosphorus are essential nutrients that are tightly regulated in the blood because of the critical metabolic roles they play. Both are needed for normal mineralization of bone matrix which provides for normal bone density and strength. Bone is the reservoir for calcium and phosphorus, and acts as a buffer to assure calcium and phosphorus are adequate in blood.

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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
House Members Introduce Egg Production Legislation
By P. Scott Shearer, Bockorny Group, Washington, DC

Congressmen Sam Farr (D-CA), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Elton Gallegly (R-CA) have introduced HR 3798, the "Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012." The legislation would codify the agreement between the United Egg Producers (UEP) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to establish a national standard on cage sizes and enriched housing for egg laying hens. The changes required would be phased-in over 15 to 18 years. Congressman Farr said, "Having consistent rules and a national standard will help egg producers meet the consumer demand for safe, wholesome food and will send a message that doing what's good for animal welfare and what's good for industry economics are not mutually exclusive." The act would:

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NEWS FLASH
FMD Vaccination Planning Guidelines are Available
Officials who will be involved in decisions related to the use of vaccines to help control a U.S. outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) have two ways to access important guidelines.

The National Animal Health Emergency Management Services (NAHEMS) Guidelines and the Appendix on FMD vaccination are available without registration at www.cfsph.iastate.edu/.

These documents are also available on the Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) PReP collaboration Web site, fadprep.lmi.org which requires registration to access.

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PORK INDUSTRY CALENDAR
February 2-3: For the third year in a row, the North Carolina Pork Conference, hosted by the North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC), will be held in conjunction with the Southern Farm Show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh on Feb. 2-3, 2012. A block of rooms is reserved at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley for the conference; call (800) 228-9290 or (919) 781-7000.

February 8-9: The Missouri Pork Expo kicks off Feb. 8 with a talk on Global Markets, Domestic Impact by Joseph Kerns of International Agribusiness Group, LLC, Ames, IA. For more information, contact MPA by phone at (573) 445-8375, e-mail Angela@mopork.com or visit www.mopork.com.

March 19-21: Annual meeting of the Midwestern Sections of the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science, Hy-Vee Hall and Veterans Memorial, Des Moines, IA. For more information contact: http://adsa.asas.org/midwest/2012.asp.

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 BLUEPRINT

The October 15, 2011 Blueprint edition of National Hog Farmer tackles the new industry target of 30 pigs/sow/year (P/S/Y). As producers strive to achieve the lofty milestone, new challenges and new debates arise. With the push to increase reproductive efficiency, the health and dietary demands on sows becomes increasingly important, the impact on pig flow and facilities is magnified, and the bar to capture full genetic potential is raised. This special edition and more is posted at www.nationalhogfarmer.com.

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 MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS

All facets of the pork industry are being challenged to maximize lean growth while finding new ways to utilize a broad array of feed ingredients without sacrificing growth, feed conversion or carcass quality. The January 15, 2012 edition of National Hog Farmer takes a hard look at the relationships between gain, feed efficiency and optimal profitability. Those articles and more are available at www.nationalhogfarmer.com.

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