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ThePigSite Newsletter - 24 October 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – China's Premier Shows Concern for Pork Supply & Prices

China's Premier, Wen Jiabao, last week urged officials to boost pork production by ensuring that incentives reach pig breeders and feed prices are kept stable during the coming winter months.

In September, consumer inflation dipped to 6.1 per cent, retreating from three-year highs, but stubborn food price pressures remain a worry for policy-makers.

"To rein in prices, we must first properly deal with food prices," the Premier told officials.

The price of pork, a key meat for many Chinese people, was levelling off but winter could add new pressures, he added.

"With the arrival of winter, consumption (of pork) will increase," he said. He urged officials to boost production by ensuring that incentives reach pig breeders and feed prices are kept stable. Corn processing projects should also be restricted to counter rising prices for that grain, Mr Wen said.

In the US last Friday, President Obama signed the Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia after they had been ratified by Congress.

Also resolved in the last week was the trade dispute over trucking between the US and Mexican governments. The National Pork Producers Council has welcomed the resolution, which had been disrupting trade between the two countries.

And finally, in the EU, the European Commission is putting forward new proposals to improve the protection of consumers and industry against possible future dioxin contamination of foods, following last winter's crisis.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Demand Holding up in a Volatile Market
Against a back cloth of a volatile market, meat demand appears to be holding up although cheaper meat cuts have retained their popularity, writes ThePigSite Editor in Chief, Chris Harris.
BPEX Export Bulletin – October 2011
The British Pig Executive's (BPEX) Export Bulletin for the second week of October 2011 reports pig industry trends from around the world.
United Kingdom Pig Meat Market Update – October 2011
By the week ended 24 September, the DAPP had fallen to 144.80p per kg dw, over three pence down on the price four weeks earlier, according to James Park, senior economic analyst with AHDB Meat Services Economic and Policy Analysis Group in his latest explanation of the trends in the UK and EU.
Feed Outlook – October 2011
World coarse grain production in 2011/12 is projected to reach 1,136.3 million tons, up 5.1 million this month as increases in other countries swamp the decline in the US, according to the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
US Pork Outlook – October 2011
Pork production in 2011 is expected to be 22.6 billion pounds, 0.9 per cent more than last year, while 2012 commercial pork output is now forecast to be 23.1 billion pounds, according to Rachel J. Johnson of the USDA ERS in the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook.
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* Company News

Practical Pig Vet Moves to MSD
UK - Specialist pig vet, Ricardo Neto, MRCVS, has joined MSD Animal Health as Pig Business Unit Technical Manager. He will lead the company's technical customer support and be responsible for its comprehensive and expanding range of porcine veterinary products.
PIC Offers Boot Camp
US - Your operation runs well but you are always looking for those little tweaks to make it more productive and more profitable. Let PIC help you.
Animal Farming Exhibition at Kiev, Ukraine
UKRAINE - Hermitage continued to strengthen their position in the Ukraine market with successful participation at the recent Animal Farming Exhibition held in Kiev from 4-6 October.
Merial Invites Applications for Research Award
US - Merial is pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Veterinary Research Award for Graduate Veterinarians.
Novus Showcases Annual Sustainability Report
US - Novus International Inc. yesterday launched a new interactive sustainability website enhancing visibility for the company’s sustainability initiatives worldwide.
Successful 2TS Focus on Health Meetings
UK - The three 2TS Focus on Health conferences last week were a great success, say the organisers, BPEX.
* Global Pig Industry News

   United States

 » Market Preview: Pork Leads Way in Meat Demand
 » Corn & Soybean Supply Likely Close to Estimates
 » CME: Beef & Pork Exports at Record High
 » International Chefs to Headline Pork Butt Initiative
 » EPA Does Not Plan to Regulate Farm Dust
 » CME: USDA Announces Reports to be Dropped
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » CME: Demand Up for Beef, Pork & Poultry
 » New Swine Breed Developed with Iowa Swabian Halls
 » Checkoff Dollars Should Be Distributed More Fairly
 » CME: Retail Meat Prices Continue to Climb
 » President Signs Free Trade Agreements
 » Tariff on US Pork Lifted by Mexico
 » Discounted Registration Closing for ISU Conference
 » NPPC Questions Need for EPA Reporting Rule
 » Record Pork Retail Prices in September
 » Pork Commentary: US Meat Production for 2012
Performance, Unleashed
   United Kingdom

 » New Export Web Site Launched by EBLEX and BPEX
 » Top Five Services Offered for Pig Health Scheme
 » BPEX Research Head Appointed
 » 'Pork Not Porkies' Plastered Across the UK
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - October 2011
 » Packington Free Range Farm Rebrands
 » AHVLA Scanning Surveillance Report - August 2011
 » Red Tractor Responds to CIWF Challenge
 » Award for QMS's Meat Cooking App
 » Tide Turns for British Producers

   Philippines

 » Govt Promises More Modern Processing Facilities
 » Pork Producers Urge Special Corn Importation Permit

   General

 » Canada & Russia Grow Livestock Trade Partnerships
 » USGC's DDGS Actions Bear Fruit in Southeast Asia
 » Pig Joint Venture Advances Diabetes Treatment

   Australia

 » Pork CRC's CEO is on the Road Again
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   Canada

 » Third Swine Health Forum Set for Niagara Falls
 » National Biosecurity Training Generates Keen Interest
 » Live Swine Display Proves Most Popular
 » Changes for Maple Leaf 's Prepared Meats Business
 » Pork Producers Applaud Maple Leaf's Investment
 » Consistent Application with New Manure Spreader
 » Maple Leaf Restructuring Generates Mixed Feelings
 » Call for South Korea FTA Talks to Resume
 » Health Board Helps Build Canadian Research Capacity

   Ireland

 » Teagasc Pig Farmers Conference
 » Teagasc Urges Pig Farmers Urged to Cut Input Costs
 » Genetic Traits Identified in Pigs for Tastiest Meat

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Slaughter Pig Markets Steady
 » EU Steps up Dioxin Contamination Prevention
 » CAP Reform Proposals Discussed at Ag Council

   China

 » China's Farm Produce Prices Down
 » Beijing Removes Tainted Pork Knuckles from Market
 » Wal-Mart Exec Replacement Normal, Says MOC
 » Premier Urges Officials to Boost Pork Production

   Viet Nam

 » Viet Nam Hog Markets

   Thailand

 » Brand-Building is New Focus for Betagro

   Netherlands

 » Nutreco Raises Quarterly Revenue

   Russian Federation

 » Two More ASF Outbreaks in Krasnodar Reported

   Denmark

 » Airtight Grain Storage Increases Nutrient Digestibility
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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