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Monday 23rd February 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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Pig Sector Faces Market Challenges

Strong production and weak demand are conspiring to push pig prices down in the UK and the EU generally, according to a market expert speaking at the Outlook Conference in London recently.

Stephen Howarth, Market Specialist Manager for the pig sector with BPEX, identified the root cause of the problem as supply running ahead of demand in both the United Kingdom and the European Union over the last year. Prices have been in decline for the last 12 to 18 months, he said.

Comparing production costs and pig prices across Europe, Mr Howarth said UK margins are better than most. Production costs remained below prices for 18 months in the UK and although they are now approaching break-even, per-kilo prices are well below cost of production in almost all other EU countries.

This difficult financial situation is leading to an increase in sow slaughterings in a number of countries, not least in Germany.

Looking ahead, he predicted that UK pig meat supply will remain strong in the year ahead, adding that demand will need to pick up for producer prices to become firmer.

Both the United States and Canada exported less pork in 2014, as trade was disrupted by PEDv and the Russian bans, among other factors, according to a BPEX report.

Throughout 2014, pork trading in the US followed the trend of the previous year, with imports increasing by 18 per cent as exports were down one per cent, reflecting growing domestic demand.

However, with limited availability but sustained demand, unit prices for US pork were up 11 per cent on the year and by much more than this in the middle part of the year. This brought the total value of pork exports in 2014 to $4.9 billion.

In Canada, exports fell three per cent in 2014 compared to the year before, with imports down four per cent.

The situation in the US is not helped by a prolonged strike by West Coast dock workers.

Three European supermarket groups have been given top marks in an annual global farm animal welfare report published last week. Full marks were awarded to Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Coop Group (Switzerland).

Now in its third year, the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) provides an annual review of how the world’s leading food companies are managing and reporting their farm animal welfare practices.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Rodent Control on Farms
At the 2014 Pig Farmers' Conference in Ireland, Michael McKeon of Teagasc shared his knowledge of rodent behaviour to achieve effective rodent control.

Lactation Failure in the Sow
Lactation failure or postpartum dysgalactia syndrome involves one or more of the following symptoms: mastitis, metritis and agalactia, infections of the udder and uterus and reduced milk production, respectively. Agnès Waret-Szkuta and Guy-Pierre Martineau of the Institut National Polytechnique-Ecole Nationale Veterinaire in France explain the causes, prevention and treatment in a factsheet for Pork Information Gateway.

Effects of Fibre on Optimal Threonine:Lysine Ratio for 25 to 50kg Growing Gilts
Research at the Hans H Stein Monogastric Nutrition Lab at the University of Illinois reveals a higher threonine requirement for pigs fed a high-fibre diet than for a low-fibre diet, based on optimised growth rate.

Early Indicators of Iron Deficiency in Large Piglets at Weaning
Larger piglets in the litter are more likely to suffer from iron deficiency anaemia than their smaller littermates, a new Danish study has revealed.

Kansas Swine Day 2014
Proceedings of the Kansas State University Swine Day 2014.

Lessons on Group Sow Housing
Delegates at the 2015 Banff Pork Symposium heard that the topic of housing sows in groups has shifted from a controversial area of discussion to a clear way of the future, particularly with a new Pig Code of Practice set for implementation.

Company News

Ceva Santé Animale Launches Responsive New Web Site
FRANCE - A refreshing new design and responsive features will allow users an improved experience when browsing Ceva's new web site.
AB Vista to Show Benefits of Optimised Enyzme Use at VIV Asia
THAILAND - AB Vista will demonstrate how to make the most of enzymes at this year’s VIV Asia exhibition on Booth G033, Hall 103, during the show in Bangkok from 11 to 13 March.
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.
Sharing Information Helps Hypor Serve Its Customers Better
US - Success can best be achieved by building effective two-way relationships, says Hypor. Sharing information allows greater insight and accelerates the progress of science, technology and development.
Biomin Web Site Now in Polish
POLAND - Biomin has launched a Polish version of its corporate web site.
Zoetis Selects Grant Recipients for PEDv Research
US - Zoetis has awarded research grants to Suidae Health and Production and to Iowa State University to discover solutions that can help improve control of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in breeding and farrowing herds.
Zoetis Reports Five Per Cent Increase in Full-year Revenue
US - In its report for the last quarter and full year 2014, fourth-quarter 2014 revenue was up five per cent from the same period of the previous year at US$1.3 billion.
Market Reports

UK Slaughter Statistics - 20 February 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 19 February 2015
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - February 2015

Global Pig Industry News


Automated Truck Washing to Improve Farm Biosecurity
Successful PEDv Containment Credited to Quick Early Response
Canada Hog Market
Consumers Can Expect to Pay for Changes in Animal Welfare Practices
Chinese New Year Celebrated with Launch of New Chinese Sausage
Government Supports Traceability and Swine Health Projects
Controlling Air Quality for Better Swine Health
Failure to Address M-COOL Could Cost US Economy $2 Billion Per Year

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Pigs Fed Distillers Dried Grains Regulate Sulphur Retention
Hog Outlook: Negotiations Continue for West Coast Dock Workers
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
Center for Food Integrity CEO to Discuss ‘Big Food’
Pork is Not Over-consumed in US, Says National Pork Board
US Public Wants to Avoid COOL Retaliation
WTO Hears US Appeal in Country of Origin Labelling Dispute
CME: US Meat Exports Facing Significant Headwinds
Opportunities and Barriers to Feeding the World’s Growing Population
CME: Cattle and Hog Futures Closed on a Positive Note
West Coast Port Disruption is FMD Lite
Smithfield Food Restructures
Pork Commentary: US Hog Prices Languish


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Polish Farmers March for Land Rights, GM Issues


Lithuania Reports Two More Wild Boar with ASF


2014 Pork Exports Down for US, Canada
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EU Agriculture Commissioner to Address US Conference
Three Supermarket Groups Head Animal Welfare Benchmark Table

   Cape Verde

Drought-Stricken Cape Verde Receives Animal Feed

   United Kingdom

UK, US Collaborate on Animal Disease Prevention Research
Rivers Can be a Source of Antibiotic Resistance
Importance of Farming Highlighted Ahead of General Election
Cranswick Sets Its Sights on China
Trials and Tribulations in the UK Pig Sector

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Continue Upwards


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Brazilian Pork Exports Decreased in January 2015
Brazilian Pork Carcass Quotes Rising


One-third of Butchers' Pork Still Not Irish


Further ASF Reported in Latvia


HKScan Sees Sales Fall But Profit Rise
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