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ThePigSite Newsletter - 11 April 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – EU Farmers' Group Works to Improve Industry Prospects

Farmers' group, Copa-Cogeca, has highlighted the actions taken in the EU recently to improve the drastic state of the pig meat sector, as well as outlining new measures that would improve the longer-term prospects for the industry.

The move came after debates in Copa-Cogeca's Pig Meat Working Party. Chairman of that group, Mr Tavares, said: "In view of the crisis which has been hitting the EU pig meat sector since 2007, Copa-Cogeca has been working hard to ensure measures are introduced to relieve the crisis. Feed costs in particular increased sharply recently which hit producers hard as they account for between 60 and 65 per cent of total production costs and producers have been squeezed by high input costs and low prices.

Mr Tavares highlighted the positive result of the EU Commission's decision to open private storage aid temporarily in February for pig meat, with prices picking up somewhat in the main pig meat-producing countries. He warned, however, that the first meat will come out of storage in May and that measures may be needed to prevent the price sliding downwards again.

He also welcomed the EU's recent agreement to allow imports into the EU of animal feed with traces of unauthorised genetically modified materials up to a limit of 0.1 per cent, which he said will help keep a lid on feed price rises. A reconsideration on the future return to the use of meat and bone meal in non-ruminant diets would help reduce dependence on imported soybean, he added.

China's Agriculture Ministry has vowed to enhance supervision on animal products following the recent pork contamination scandal.

Vice Agricultural Minister, Gao Hongbin, said that it is imperative to crack down on illegal feed additives such as clenbuterol and enhance quality supervision during the process of slaughter, sale, transport and stock in major pig-breeding areas. He also called on producers to modernise pig production and genetics, as well as on local authorities to take precautions against imported animal diseases.

And finally, foot and mouth disease (FMD) has been blamed for the dramatic fall in South Korea's pig production. There were 2.85 million or 28.8 per cent fewer pigs produced in this last quarter than during the fourth quarter of last year.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

US Breeding Herd Crawls along the Bottom (April 2011)
By Chris Harris, Editor-in-Chief of ThePigSite. Our snapshot of the ongoing global pig industry trends as reported in April 2011 Whole Hog Brief. To read the full detailed analysis, including all the commentary and graphical data, subscribe to the publication.
BPEX Export Bulletin - March/April 2011
The British Pig Executive's (BPEX) Export Bulletin for March/April 2011 reports pig industry trends from around the world, with the focus on the trade show, Alimentaria, which took place in Lisbon recently.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update - March 2011
James Park, senior economic analyst with AHDB Meat Services Economic and Policy Analysis Group, explains the latest trends in the UK and EU.
Summer Breeding Tips
Pig breeding company PIC offers tips on how to be cool by being prepared for high summer temperatures.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - April 2011
The forecast for 2011 red meat and poultry production is virtually unchanged from last month, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
Novartis Animal Health
* Company News

Hermitage Deutschland GmbH Successful Partnership
GERMANY - Franz Kratzer started his Bavarian pig production in the early 90's with a small herd of breeding sows and specialized piglet rearing with 3,000 fattening places.
PIC Strengthens Leadership Position in the Philippines
PHILIPPINES - PIC Philippines celebrates its 15th anniversary by announcing two milestone agreements to grow its dam line production base by more than 5,000 GGPs and GPs.
Boehringer Ingelheim: Strong Growth in Animal Health in 2010
GERMANY - In the business year 2010, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) almost compensated for the anticipated loss of turnover announced in advance last year, nearly achieving the previous year's level.
* Global Pig Industry News

   Brazil

 » 2010 Revenue 65 Per Cent Higher, Reports Marfrig
 » Brazil's Pork Exports Gain Again in February

   Korea, South

 » FMD NEWS: Number of Pigs in South Korea Plunges

   Canada

 » Eco-Friendly GM Pigs Under Development in Ontario
 » PRRS-Free Herd Certification Pilot Project
 » Eden Valley Buys Larsen Plant in Berwick
 » Staying Current on Feed Requirements Advised
 » Focus on Planting Forward Contracted Crops
 » Pork Commentary: The Only Sure is Volatility

   United Kingdom

 » BSAS/WPSA 2011: Meeting Focuses on Food Security
 » Animal Health and VLA Merge to Create New Agency
 » UK & Brazil Call for Action on Food Prices
 » FAWC Recommends New Pig Housing Systems
 » VLA: Coal Tar Poisoning
 » Good News, Bad News
Pfizer Animal Health
   United States

 » Market Preview: Crop Report Contains Surprises
 » Weekly Outlook: Focus Remains on Corn Demand
 » CME: Livestock Production Above Year Ago Levels
 » Taking the Mystery Out of Pork Production
 » USDA Proposes New Requirement for Meat Products
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Deal With Columbia Will Benefit US Pork Producers
 » Higher Retail Pork Prices Needed for Profitability
 » CME: Wholesale Pork Prices Gain Ground
 » U of I Offers Programme for Industry Professionals
 » USDA Raises Live Pig Price Forecast

   General

 » China Viewed as Critical Long-term Trade Partner
 » Food Price Index Shows First Decrease in 8 Months
 » Agreement on Greater Commodity Transparency
 » Groupe Grimaud Forms Alliance with Pen Ar Lan

   China

 » Who Can Guarantee China's Pork is Safe?
 » Tianli Agritech Begins Selling Its Branded Pork
 » Pork Supplied to Macao Safe
 » China Promotes Rearing of Local Breeds
 » Global Pig Forum 2011 Announced
 » China Vows to Tighten up on Food Safety
JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust
   Jamaica

 » CBG Spends $400 Million to Get More Pork Eaters

   Denmark

 » Man's Best Friend May be the Pig

   Ireland

 » Pig Producers Protest to Highlight Weekly Losses

   Ukraine

 » Ukraine Export Restrictions Sow Uncertainty

   European Union

 » Recent Successes & Future Challenges for Pig Sector

   Australia

 » PorkFest in Full Swing

   Russian Federation

 » Three New Outbreaks of ASF Reported in Russia
Biomin - the natural way
That's all for this week!

Ed.
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