Concerned about the actual ability to feed animals should there be a drought, crop disease or other such disaster that affects new crop feed grain supplies, leaders of organizations representing North American pork producers urged their respective governments to address the feed availability issue. In a meeting held in Menda, Mexico, representatives of the Confederation of Mexican Pork, the Canadian Pork Council and the National Pork Producers Council, discussed the tight world grain market supplies.

For example, in the United States, USDA estimates that there is only a 20-day supply of corn carryover stocks for this year. That's the lowest level since 1995.

Earlier this month, at the 2011 National Pork Industry Forum, NPPC's producer delegates approved a resolution for the organization to work on feed grain contingency plans with fellow feed grain consumers such as grain exporters and the ethanol production sector. Last week, NPPC representatives delivered a request to USDA to allow the release of non-sensitive Conservation Reserve Program acres. While that ground, estimated at 4 million to 8 million acres, would not be useful this year, it could be placed into the planting rotation for next year's crop.

Steve Meyer, president Paragon Economics, has expressed concern over the prospect of livestock producers literally running out of corn in late summer between those few weeks where old-crop supplies tighten and before new-crop harvest begins. Meyer has recommended producers make plans to secure adequate, actual supplies of corn. He added that producers who raise livestock in states outside of the Corn Belt are more accustomed to securing their feed needs, it's the Corn Belt producers who could find themselves short as their supplies will have to compete more directly with ethanol production.

The statement released by the producer representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico following the Menda, Mexico, meeting is as follows:

Mérida, Mexico; March 11, 2011 – Today the pork industries of the three North American countries met in Merida, Yucatán in Mexico.

In that meeting the main worry expressed by all participants was the short and long term availability of feed grain.

Industry representatives have already expressed these worries to their national governments but country delegates agreed to make a call for North America Free Trade Aggreement agricultural ministers to meet and address this issue seriously.

If the availability of feed is not addressed in a responsible manner, the ability of hundreds of millions of people to consume pork and other meat and poultry products will be jeopardized.


Rigoberto Espinoza, presidente de la, Confederacion de Porcicultores Mexicanos

Doug Wolf, president, National Pork Producers Council

 Jurgen Preugschas, president, Canadian Pork Council

Source: NPPC