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Monday 22nd July 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Spotlight on Brazil

The cost of pig production in Brazil rose by more than four per cent in June, according to Embrapa's Swine and Poultry Concordia (CNPSA). This followed lower spending on animal feed in the first half of the year and as a result, the cost of production was down by more than eight per cent over that period.

Feed represented more than 76 per cent of the cost of pig production in Brazil last month.

According to the latest figures from the country's pigmeat exporting association, ABIPECS, Brazil exported 40,626 tons of pork in June, which is seven per cent down on June 2012. The total volume of pork exported in the first half of 2013 was 240,515 tons, 10 per cent less than the same period last year.

The value of pork exported for the month was US$98 million, nine per cent less than the same month last year. The corresponding figure for the first six months of 2013 was eight per cent below last year's figure at US$630 million.

A new report from Genesus Brazil confirms the slowdown in the pig market there.

After the price recuperation that began in May, prices stabilised at around break-even in June, and now in July a slow decline has set in. This seems to be a result of low demand in both domestic and international markets.

Looking at the June pork exports figures, ABIPECS president, Rui Eduardo Saldanha Vargas, explains that the Ukraine market, which was closed to Brazil in March, reopened in mid-June. This is the major reason for the poor figures in the first half of the year, and is why the second half should be better, he says.

With the closing of the Ukraine market, Russia became the main destination of Brazilian pork this year. ABIPECS believes that the Japanese market could become important in the short-, medium- and long term, now that it has partially opened to Brazilian exports.

If optimism could pay the bills, Martin Riordan of Genesus says pig producers would be smiling from ear to ear.

He explains that in January of this year, the cost of production figure was R$3.00 so over six months, it has fallen by 34 cents of a real (the Brazilian currency). Most of this decrease has been generated by lower feed costs, due to the good harvests of corn and soybeans taken in during the first months of the year, bringing the prices of these basic ingredients down from the critical levels they had reached.

Widespread recent protests show that there is not a lot of optimism in the air in the Brazilian economy generally so there is no encouragement for high investments, particularly in an activity such as pig production that has not shown a return for many years, according to Mr Riordan.

In the last week, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply has announced that the region of Acre is free of Classical Swine Fever.

Finally, monitoring the spread of African Swine Fever in the Russian Federation, new outbreaks have been reported in the last week in the regions of Belgorod, Volgograd, Moscow, Smolensk and Pskov. The latter region borders Estonia, Latvia and Belarus.


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Russia Ensures Development of Livestock, Poultry Production

   Global

Russia-US in Talks over Trade Resumption
First OIE Veterinary Education Twinning Project
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   Jamaica

Caribbean Broilers Store Devoted to Pork
Jamaica's Agricultural Sector Must Produce More

   United States

CME: Livestock, Poultry Weights Show Upward Trend
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Hog Outlook: 2014 Pork Production Forecast to Rise
NFU: Halt Smithfield Purchase by Chinese Company
NFU President Discusses International Food Aid Reform
Jim Wyckoff's Wednesday Closing CME Grains: Rain Forecast Spooks Corn Bulls
Allendale, Inc. Releases US Cold Storage Estimates
CME: Near-record for Beef, Pork Prices
NFU: Farmers Need Fair, Functional Markets
Livestock, Poultry Transporters Get Temporary Waiver from Hours Rule Provision
AgFeed Industries Files for Bankruptcy
Smithfield Shareholder Still Presses for Break Up
New System Gives Insight into Animals' Feeding Habits
USDA Holds to Corn, Soybean Yield Trend Lines
Corn, Soybean Production Prospects Continue to Evolve
Pork Commentary: The Canary in the Coal Mine

   United Kingdom

Technology Boost for UK Agricultural Industries
Landowners Call for Ideas for Red Tape Reform
#buybritish Banners Take over British Countryside
Stockmen Targeting Better Performance

   Syria

Four Million Syrians Unable to Produce, Buy Enough Food

   Finland

Atria Buys Saarioinen's Slaughter Operations

   Mongolia

Building EU-Mongolia Relations on Agriculture

   Hong Kong

HK 2014 Pork Market Forecast to be Comparable to 2013
Smithfield's China Bidders Plan HK IPO after Deal

   Ukraine

Livestock, Poultry Production up During First Half of 2013

   Philippines

DA to Upgrade Livestock Auction Markets

   Canada

Draft Pig Code of Practice Stimulates Full Range of Public Response
Changes to M-COOL Could Add Significantly to Pork, Beef Costs
Proposed Updated Pig Code of Practice Peaks Public Interest
Research Shows Soil Phosphorus Levels in Balance
Proposed Changes in Housing Gestating Sows Generates Concern

   Brazil

Costs of Pig and Broiler Production up in June
June Pork Exports Down Compared to a Year Ago
Ag Minister Declares Acre Free of Classical Swine Fever
Brazil: Hog Markets

   Malaysia

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   Austria

New Study Addresses Trade-offs Between Food Security, Climate Change Mitigation

   Australia

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   Spain

Spanish Farmers Concerned by CAP Issues

   European Union

CIWF Urges UK to Stop Importing Irish Pig Meat
European Commission to Seek Answers to Food Waste
EFSA Launches Consultation into Guidance on Stunning Practices
EU Pig Prices: Increasing Demand for Meat Quickens Pig Prices

   Latvia

Seven CSF Outbreaks in Wild Boar Populations

   Korea, South

Number of Pigs Edges up in June

   New Zealand

Kiwi Border Security Worry for Pig Farmers

   China

China's Farm Produce Prices Retreat Last Week

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