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ThePigSite Newsletter - 18 January 2010
Monday 18th January 2010
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Editorial - All Exporters Seem to be Courting China

US pork exports during November totalled 383.2 million pounds, 11.3 per cent more than 12 months earlier and the largest monthly total since October 2008, according to industry experts. They add that although 2009 pork exports were down compared to 2008, last year was easily the second best year ever for US pork exports. US pork exports in 2010 are expected to be back close to the 2008 record, they predict.

So where will all this pig meat go? The answer, it seems, will be China. Mexico, Russia and China as the key markets to watch during 2010 as they will strongly influence prices.

But the US is not the only country courting China as a destination for its pig meat. This week, Canada Pork International said it is preparing to step up the promotion of Canadian pork and pork products internationally with a focus on specific key markets, particularly China. And Ireland's Bord Bia is also predicting that 2010 offers a great chance for the EU to grow its share of Chinese pork imports.

With all that competition, exporters are likely to find the international market very challenging in the coming year.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Pig Numbers, Pork Output Fall in Australia in 2009
The latest ABARE statistics show a decline in the Australian pig industry. The report has been summarised by Jackie Linden for ThePigSite.
FAO's Mixed Outlook for Pig Meat
By Chris Harris, Senior Editor, ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in January 2010 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - January 2010
According to the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates from the USDA's World Agricultural Outlook Board (WOAB), both pork production and import estimates have been raised.
US Feed Outlook - January 2010
Domestic changes this month are based in part on USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service's Crop Production 2009 Summary and January Grain Stocks reports, according to this month's Feed Outlook Report from USDA Economic Research Service. The report, subtitled Corn Production Record Large in 2009 is by A. Baker, E. Allen and H. Lutman.
People's Republic of China - Livestock and Products Annual 2009
China's pork production will continue rising in 2010 to more than 50 million metric tons (MMT), according to Michael Woolsey and Jianping Zhang in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Brazil - Livestock and Products - Annual 2009
Pork production is forecast to continue to improve in 2010 after a good performance this year, according to Joao F. Silva in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Never Stop Improving
* Company News

Biogas Know-How from Calveslage
GERMANY - Tierzuchtgut Losten in Bad Kleinen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is one of the most modern pig farms in Germany. In future, this innovative business enterprise will be heating its housing systems according to climate-friendly principles.
Genesus Ships Breeding Pigs to Korea
SOUTH KOREA - Genesus Genetics recently exported several hundred head of registered Genesus purebred boars and gilts via chartered Korean Air Boeing 747 to GusiWorld Co. Ltd. of Gwangju, Korea.
Hermitage Appoints New General Manager in Germany
GERMANY - Hermitage Deutschland GmbH has appointed Dr Walter Vaitiekunas as its new General Manager, effective 1 January 2010.
Date Change for VIV China 2010
CHINA - VNU Exhibitions Europe, organiser of the VIV trade shows, announces a date change for VIV China 2010. VIV China will take place from 6 to 8 September 2010 at the New China International Exhibition Center in Hall West 1, 2 and 3.
* Global Pig Industry News


 » Call for Nominations for World Veterinary Day Award
 » Three Countries Key in Influencing 2010 Pork Prices

   United States

 » Smithfield Completes Sale of RMH and Maverick
 » CME: Higher Average Slaughter Weights in 2009
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Weekly Outlook - Larger Corn and Soybean Crops
 » ARS Gene Collections Vital to Animal Research Efforts
 » Interim President For American Humane Association
 » CME: A Jolly New Year for Pig Producers
 » Pig Fed Additional Tryptophan are More 'Chilled'
 » November Pork Exports Continue 2009 Rebound
 » Ag Groups Join Together over Welfare
 » Model Helps Forecast Boar Fertility at Birth
 » Weekly Review: 2009 Was 2nd-Best Year for Pork Exports

Circovac - Nothing protects earlier
   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Trend of Inconsistency Across Europe

   Hong Kong

 » Hong Kong Discovers Pigs With H1N1 Virus


 » Details Emerge of H1N1 Flu in Danish Pigs

   United Kingdom

 » Feed Driver Hours' Relaxation Ends
 » VLA: Erysipelas Blamed on Non-Vaccination
 » VLA: Three Different Viruses Found in Flu Outbreaks
 » NFU Welcomes Ombudsman Decision
 » Thames Valley Cambac Acquires Allied Livestock
 » Research On 'Country of Origin' Labelling Published
 » Pig Industry Supports EU Food Labelling Rules
 » UK Food Industry Emissions - The Solution?
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - October-December 2009
 » Stage is Set for Firm Demand This Spring
 » Record-Breaking Spanish Ham Goes on Sale
 » No Outbreaks But Flu Monitoring Continues in UK


 » Study Shows Rats Involved in Spreading MRSA
 » Observe Your Pigs for Early Warning of Tail-Biting

SowComfort - Never before has standing been so easy!

 » Chance for EU to Grow Share of Chinese Pork Imports
 » Guidance for the Year 2010 from Zhongpin
 » AgFeed Splits Pig, Feed Businesses


 » Italy Reports More H1N1 Flu in Pigs Last Month

   New Zealand

 » NZ Scheme Extended to Cover Farm Veterinarians
 » Welfare Prosecution Sends Message to Farmers


 » Ebola Outbreaks in Pigs in Philippines

Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae information centre

 » CPI Steps Up Promotion of Canadian Pork
 » Bilateral Free Trade Agreements Key to More Exports
 » New Session Added to 2010 Banff Pork Programme
 » Progress to Restore Canadian Pork to China  » Pork Commentary - Canada Indicates Huge Liquidation


 » Farmers Blamed for Creating Pork Shortage
 » Pork Prices Head Up Ahead of Chinese New Year


 » Irish Producers Furious at Pork Price Drop
 » Ireland's Export Growth Set to Resume in 2010

   Russian Federation

 » Another Russian Wild Boar Dies of ASF

   Korea, South

 » Seoul Govt Tightens FMD Controls

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That's all for this week!

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