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Proper nutrition essential for long-term sow profitability

Right feeding strategies can lead to herd longevity
The stress of a gilt’s first litter can result in under-conditioning, which can affect the length of time it takes for the sow to return to estrus, and proper nutrition strategies are essential to prevent this lag time or a slump in future production, according to Mike Hemann, Great Lakes Region swine nutritionist for Purina Animal Nutrition LLC. Proper nutrition can also help to keep young sows in the herd longer.
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High pig feed prices challenge British bacon producers

National Pig Association calling for local shoppers to support industry
UK producers, representing 10 percent of the UK's weekly pig production, could be forced to quit by Christmas due to poor crop-growing weather around the world making feed too expensive, according to the National Pig Association. British pig farmers have faced a 25 percent increase in the cost of pig feed ingredients, such as wheat and soya, in recent weeks as a result of poor crop-growing conditions, particularly in the U.S.
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Trinidad & Tobago poultry, livestock feed prices expected to rise

Likely effects on meat prices cause for further concerns
Trinidad & Tobago's poultry and livestock feed prices are expected to rise in response to the U.S. drought — local feed producers said they saw corn and soybean prices increase 20 percent in their last shipment, and expect that number to go up another 33 percent in the next shipment, according to reports. The nation must import nearly 100 percent of its raw feed ingredients. 
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Asia feed grain importers seeing high prices, low stocks

Australia feed wheat supplies dropped due to demand, poor weather
Asia's feed grain importers are seeing increased prices and decreased stocks as the worst U.S. drought since 1956 pushes Chicago corn futures to over $8 per bushel and strains alternative supplies in places like Australia, according to reports. A 25 percent jump in cash prices for Australia's feed wheat as a result of reduced stocks is hurting Asian feed makers, who get their supplies from Australia and replaced some 7–8 million metric tons of corn with feed wheat, worth about $2.0–$2.2 billion, in 2011. 
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Scottish pig producers hit with feed price increases

Wheat, barley, soya bean meal all more expensive
The modest improvement in Scottish pig prices in recent weeks has been overshadowed by a surge in feed prices, according to Stuart Ashworth, head of economic services with Quality Meat Scotland. The higher pig prices, up 1.25p/kg since the middle of June to 150.62p/kg the last full week of July, follow slightly tighter supplies as the volume of prime pigs reaching UK abattoirs decreased between May and June. 
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Poultry, meat organizations call for ethanol production mandate waiver

Groups want waiver to stand for remainer of 2012, into 2013 due to drought
As U.S. drought conditions continue to be the worst in 56 years, and corn yield forecasts continue to drop significantly, a coalition of poultry and meat organizations have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to waive the federal mandate for the production of corn ethanol. In a petition delivered to the agency, the coalition asked for a waiver “in whole or in substantial part” of the amount of renewable fuel that must be produced under the Renewable Fuels Standard for the remainder of 2012 and for the portion of 2013 that is one year from the time the waiver becomes effective.  
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International Egg Commission joins Food and Agriculture Organization for sustainability

Group aims to improve measurements of livestock environmental impacts
The International Egg Commission has joined the new United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization-led partnership to improve how the environmental impacts of the livestock industry are measured and assessed. As the global consumption of meat, dairy products and eggs continues to rise, increasing attention must be paid to the livestock sector's environmental performance — such as the efficiency with which it uses scarce natural resources, its impact on water resources and how it contributes to climate change. 
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Pig feed price increases cause challenges for UK producers

Wheat futures rising and expected to continue increases for foreseeable future
The price of feed wheat, the most important component of pig feed in the UK, has risen by over £20 per metric ton since the beginning of June, presenting challenges for pig producers as their production costs rise, according to a report by the British Pig Executive. At the start of June, UK wheat futures for July delivery came in at £171 per metric ton. 
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Montana ranchers need hay after fires destroy crops

Emergency coordinators putting out calls for donations
Montana ranchers are in need of hay donations to feed their livestock to help offset the 300,000 acres destroyed in recent fires, according to reports. Calls have been sent out to the surrounding areas by disaster and emergency services, but responses have been sparse so far. 
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Codex Commission adopts global ractopamine standards

Acceptable daily intake, maximum residue levels for pigs and cattle given
The Codex Alimentarius Commission has adopted global food safety standards for animal feed ingredient ractopamine hydrochloride, setting out an Acceptable Daily Intake and Maximum Residue Levels for pig and cattle muscle, fat, liver and kidney. Codex global food safety standards are designed to ensure that public health is protected and to facilitate the fair trade of safe food products by providing international food safety reference points for all countries, according to Codex. 
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