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Monday 16th February 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Exploring the Prospects for the Pig Sector

It's been down, down, down for pig prices in the UK and European Union over the last months, according to a market specialist manager speaking at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Outlook Conference in London last week.

Stephen Howarth of the AHDB/BPEX said that cause of the falling prices has been supply ahead for demand, with the reductions even more extreme in the European Union than in the UK.

Rising production in the US as the recovery from PED begins, as well as greater output from Canada and the Russian import ban have exacerbated the problem and, with UK supply forecast to remain strong for the year ahead, demand will need to strengthen in order for prices to firm.

Risks to the future prospects of the sector identified by Mr Howarth are disease, retailer commitment to local sourcing, feed prices and exchange rates.

Also at the Outlook conference, delegates heard that in future, consumers are expected to have a renewed focus on ethical issues but this will not be too much at the expense of price.

Richard Nicholls from the market analysts, Future Foundation, said that consumers will seek greater transparency when shopping for meat and dairy products. Changing tastes will see consumers across the globe looking for new experiences in their purchases; they will buy meat and dairy products for special and unusual occasions.

As for the Asian market, between 2014 and 2020, gross domestic product is forecast to grow at 4.9 per cent year on year, according to Nick Miles of the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD).

However, the grocery market in Asia is expected to see an 8.5 per cent compound annual growth rate, he said. This compares to between two and four per cent for the EU.

Mr Miles said that Asia has now overtaken the US in terms of economic output and the grocery market is expected to benefit further from this growth. Asia's growing middle class is becoming a major target for meat and dairy exporters, he added.

Mexico is number 16 in the global rankings of pig meat production. The sanitary authority has recently announced the country is free of Aujeszky's disease, which is expected to boost pork exports in future. In order to boost pork consumption, which currently stands at 16kg per person and year, the Mexican producers' confederation, CPM, has planned several events during the year so consumers can taste pork from different regions of the country.

Pork quality is affected by what happens to the animals on the farm, during transport and in the plant and that affects the eating experience. Attendees at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta had the opportunity to get a taste of the three-day Pork 101 programme offered through US universities.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Welfare of Pigs During Transport
To maintain an adequate level of animal welfare during the marketing process requires having a fit pig that is carefully managed and handled, according to Dr Temple Grandin of Colorado State University. She explains how to achieve this in a factsheet for Pork Information Gateway.

Composting Dead Pigs
Amy Quinn and Ciaran Carroll of Teagasc explored the options for composting and presented their findings at the 2014 Pig Farmers Conference.

Individual Pig Care Programme Improves Performance and Health in Nursery-growing Pigs
A programme called 'Individual Pig Care' from Zoetis improved production and promoted more effective management with more targeted use of medication, according to this new study.

Emergence of Highly Pathogenic PRRS in Medium-scale Swine Farms in Cambodia
In the first investigation of its type, researchers have found that there is a high incidence of highly pathogenic porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) in medium-scale pig farms in south-eastern Cambodia and that the first infections were on farms near a main road from Viet Nam.

Genomics Set to Drive New Era of Pig Genetic Improvement
Genomic technologies that combine genetic analysis with bioinformatics, are set to become a much bigger factor in pork genetic improvement according to William Herring, director of genetic development for PIC.

Company News

Responsible Treatment of Ileitis
UK - Responsible use of antibiotics can save swine producers money and improve the control of common swine diseases such as ileitis (PPE), according to the global animal health company, ECO Animal Health.
Mycotoxins in Focus at VIV Asia 2015
THAILAND - The 'Mycotoxins in Focus: Trends, Facts, and Effects' conference, co-organised by Biomin, is set to provide an insight into the latest mycotoxin trends and occurrences to delegates at VIV Asia 2015 in Bangkok.
Novus Releases Video of Green Acres Research Farm
US - Novus has released a video of Green Acres Research Farm, highlighting its commitment to providing solutions that address customer pains.
Dr Travis Cigainero Joins Ceva Animal Health
US - Dr Travis Cigainero has joined Ceva Animal Health as The Manager of Broiler Technical Services.
Hog Slat Features New GrowerSELECT Fans at Iowa Pork Congress
US - Hog producers, industry leaders and agribusinesses gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, for the 43rd annual Iowa Pork Congress at the end of January, writes Hog Slat's Scott Bauck.
ACMC Tip: Temperature Control at Weaning
UK - Poor temperature control at weaning can be responsible for triggering many post-weaning disease problems in piglets, says ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson.
Market Reports

BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 13 February 2015
USDA Feed Outlook - February 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 12 February 2015
USDA WASDE - February 2015
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 10 February 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: Hog Futures Rallied on Friday
Hog Outlook: Record $5.6 Billion of Pork Exported in 2014
CME: Labour Crisis Close to Resolution
NFU Praises Introduction of Freedom to Export to Cuba Act
CME: Revisions to Pork Forecasts
Pork 101: Hands-on Learning Experience Explores Quality, Value
CME: US Hog Slaughter Capacity to get Another Bump
Improving Sow Longevity May Improve Productivity
December Repeats Broken Record for Pork Expenditures
National Farmers Union Welcomes COOL Lawsuit Dismissal

   United Kingdom

Key to Success in Developing Markets
Battle of Ethics and Price in Consumer Choice
UK Creates Food Enterprise Zones to Drive Growth
UK Pig Industry Promoting MRSA Testing in Imported Pigs
Compound Pig Feed Prices at Lowest Level Since 2010
UK Prepares PEDv Contingency Plan

   Norway

LA-MRSA Suspected in Norwegian Pigs

   Canada

First Canada-Korea Trade Mission Welcomed
Producer-Customer Connection Important to Retain Trust
Future Looks Bright for Animal Science
New Swine Health Information Network Under Development
Canada Publishes Wholesale Meat Specifications
PEDv Unlikely to be Eliminated from Ontario But Still Containable
Welfare During Transports Varies According to Trailer Compartment
Researchers Target Faster Truck Washing, Reduced Costs
Manitoba Relaxes Restrictions on New Hog Barn Construction

   European Union

Strengthening Food Safety in Europe
MEPs Call for COOL of Meat in Processed Foods
EU, FAO to Tackle FMD in the Balkans
EU Pig Prices: Trend Remains Friendly
Ten Years of Online Traceability for Safer Food in Europe

   New Zealand

Government Offers Tax Relief for Drought-Affected Farmers

   Poland

Further ASF Outbreaks in Poland

   Russian Federation

Russian Pork Imports Down 40 Per Cent

   Brazil

Brazilian Pork Exports Boosted

   Global

Seeking High-tech Solutions to Tackle Pig Diseases
Mexico: Hog Market
Pork Commentary: Trade Show Reports

   China

China: Hog Markets
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rising

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