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February 13, 2012
 
In this issue:
  New Pork Export Records Set in 2011
  $2 Billion of U.S. Pork to Japan with Room to Grow
  Agricultural Exports Outpace Previous Record by $20.5 billion
  National Pork Board Responds to McDonald's Announcement on Stalls
  Career Opportunities

MARKET PREVIEW
New Pork Export Records Set in 2011
By Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc., Des Moines, IA

Perhaps the worst-kept secret in recent memory – U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports set new records in 2011. New records were actually reached in November, but it’s the magnitude of the record that is impressive and deserving of further attention.

Figure 1 shows annual exports of pork muscle cuts to the top seven destinations in 2011, plus all “other” countries. Japan and Mexico are still the clear leaders among our markets for pork muscle cuts, taking 477,678 metric tons (526,401 tons) and 379,091 metric tons (417,758 tons) of pork, respectively, for 2011. Those figures were 18.5% higher and 1.3% lower, respectively, than were 2010 shipments to these two markets.

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PORK EXPORT PREVIEW
$2 Billion of U.S. Pork to Japan with Room to Grow
By Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation

In March of 2011, the outlook for U.S. pork exports was in question. Japan, the top customer for American pork, suffered a natural disaster of epic proportions – a devastating earthquake that spawned a killer tsunami and a nuclear meltdown. Many analysts predicted not only would the market for U.S. pork exports to Japan tumble, it might never recover.

Fast-forward 11 months and the picture is much different. Not only have U.S. pork exports maintained their pace, they already have set new value records and are on track to set a new volume record.

In short, Japan is a critical trading partner for the U.S. pork industry. Through the first 11 months of 2011, Japan bought 451,509 metric tons (995.4 million pounds) of U.S. pork valued at nearly $1.8 billion, putting them within reach of being the first nation to import one billion pounds of U.S. pork in a single year (valued at $2 billion). The totals marked increases of 14% in volume and 19% in value – both achieved despite the hardships inflicted by the earthquake and its aftermath.

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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
Agricultural Exports Outpace Previous Record by $20.5 billion
By P. Scott Shearer, Bockorny Group, Washington DC

U.S. agricultural exports reached a record $136.3 billion in calendar year 2011. There was an increase in both the value and volume. This is $20.5 billion over the previous record set in calendar year 2010. According to USDA, exports of almost all major U.S. commodities rose in 2011. Grains were the largest contributor to the overall record at $37.7 billion, an increase of $9.2 billion over 2010. Cotton saw the biggest year-to-year increase, up 44% and reaching $8.5 billion. Pork and dairy exports set records at $6 billion and $4.8 billion, respectively. Beef exports were at an all-time high of $5.4 billion. Beef volume surpassed the 2003 levels (the last year before the bovine spongiform encephalopathy [BSE] case in Washington State), which disrupted U.S. beef exports. Both value and volume of beef rose.

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NEWS FLASH
National Pork Board Responds to McDonald's Announcement on Stalls
By Joe Vansickle, Senior Editor

McDonald's Corp. announced Monday that it would begin developing a plan to transition its pork supply away from farmers who use conventional sow gestation stalls.

Following is a statement from the National Pork Board in response to that action:

“The National Pork Board recognizes that food companies, including McDonald's, make decisions in the best interests of their businesses.

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PORK INDUSTRY CALENDAR
February 23 - 24: Michigan Professional Pork Producers Symposium, Lansing, MI. Go to http://www.mipork.org/ for more information.

March 6: Iowa Pork Regional Conferences, Carroll, IA. Pre-register by calling the Iowa Pork Producers Association at (800) 372-7675 or sending an e-mail to schristensen@iowapork.org



March 7: Iowa Pork Regional Conferences, Sheldon, IA. Pre-register by calling the Iowa Pork Producers Association at (800) 372-7675 or sending an e-mail to schristensen@iowapork.org.



March 8: Iowa Pork Regional Conferences, Nashua, IA. Pre-register by calling the Iowa Pork Producers Association at (800) 372-7675 or sending an e-mail to schristensen@iowapork.org.



March 9: Iowa Pork Regional Conferences, Iowa City, IA. Pre-register by calling the Iowa Pork Producers Association at (800) 372-7675 or sending an e-mail to schristensen@iowapork.org.



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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Career Opportunities
Chief Veterinarian
Miratorg Agribusiness Holding, www.miratorg.ru/sites/en/default.aspx , is recruiting a Chief Veterinarian for biggest swine production in Russia. We are looking for highly motivated, extremely well qualified person. This specialist should have a minimum of 5 years operational experience required, in swine production or a similar position (company should have a minimum of 20,000 sows). Salary is discussed with successful candidate. Submit resume to Human Resources at i.zhukov@belpig.ru.

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Hog Farm System Manager
Coleman Natural Foods seeks an individual to source hogs for production expansion. Ideal candidate would have extensive knowledge of farming, livestock, grain markets, and experience in natural hog production. Must have strong communication skills, and serve as liaison between producers and management. Computer proficiency with solid Excel for yield reporting, budgeting, etc. Weekly travel in Iowa and Northern Illinois, based out of home office in region. Submit resume to careers@colemannatural.com or call 303-468-2549.

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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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