Developed World Unlikely to Expand Pork Production in 2010 Source: Feedinfo News Service (dated 08/01/2010) January 8 2010 – Pork production in developed countries is not likely to expand in 2010, an industry expert has said. Dr Tom Elam, president of FarmEcon LLC said: “Canada, EU and US have been very slow to adjust to higher costs. We have had two years of continuous losses and very modest declines in sow numbers. Producers in the developed world should not be in a financial position to expand production in 2010 and that applies everywhere not just the US. The developing world is in better shape, particularly China, and we will see some production growth there.” Speaking at a conference, Dr Elam said profitability decline in pork production in the US started in 2006. He added: “We have too much pork for export and local demand and we are going to have to cut back on our numbers.” Dr Elam went on to say that: “Canada is leading the decline in 2010 pork production, down about 7 per cent in 2010, maybe more. In terms of production growth China will lead the world as they have traditionally done for quite some time.” Brazilian pork production is predicted to grow by 4 per cent in 2010 while the US pork production is predicted to decline by 3 per cent in the same year. Dr Elam said he expected US and Brazil to benefit from an increase in pork exports during 2010 as demand for pork will outstrip production capacity in developing countries.