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Monday 2nd March 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

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Merger of Denmark's Top Pig Processors

Denmark’s two cooperative slaughterhouse companies – Danish Crown and Tican – have agreed to combine their activities in a joint company.

Tican has been looking to find an economic business partner for some time, and that is the background to the decision from that company's point of view.

At Danish Crown, the decision was reached after consulting both Danish and foreign competition experts.

Tican's revenue (2013/14) was DKK5.2 billion. It has 2,200 employees and 277 members, and slaughtered 1.9 million pigs last year.

It was founded in 1931, and has its headquarters in Thisted in north-west Jutland. The company’s products include fresh and frozen pork, bacon, ready meals as well as a number of other processed meat products. Tican is a limited company (Tican A/S), which is wholly owned by the cooperative company, Tican amba.

As well as its slaughterhouse in Thisted, Tican owns processing companies in Denmark, the UK and Poland.

Danish Crown is the larger partner in this potential merger, with a revenue of DKK58 billion last year, 26,000 employees and 8,278 members. Its latest pig slaughter figure was 22 million at its facilities in Germany, Sweden, the UK and Poland in addition to Denmark. It also slaughters cattle and processes beef.

The company can trace its roots back to 1887, since when it has expanded through numerous mergers and acquisitions over the years. In addition to slaughtering and processing in Denmark, Danish Crown owns a number of foreign companies which slaughter, process and sell meat products worldwide. Danish Crown is made up of the limited company Danish Crown A/S, which is wholly owned by the cooperative company Danish Crown amba.

The Danish Crown group is the biggest of its kind in Europe within pig slaughtering and pork production.

Danish Crown and Tican jointly own DAT-Schaub (for natural casings) and pig transportation company, SPF Danmark.

The merger of the two companies is conditional on approval by extraordinary general meetings at Tican and by the Board of Representatives of Danish Crown as well as the relevant competition authorities.

In other news, market pig numbers and the demand for pork just before Tet (the New Year Festival) will ensure an adequate supply of meat in Viet Nam, according to a report from Genesus.

Nguyen Xuan Duong, Deputy Director of Livestock at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Livestock, has reported that livestock production and markets in 2014 have been good with more benefits and returns to the farmers. Compared to the previous year, pig numbers were up by more than two per cent at the latest count and three per cent more pig meat has been produced.

USDA has not yet published its regular weekly up date on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea. Poland has reported African swine fever in three more wild boar, all in an area where there have been previous positive cases.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Are My Pigs Eating?
Typically, up to half piglets consume no creep feed before weaning and about one in five does not eat any starter feed within 48 hours post-weaning, according to R. Gauvreau and D. Beaulieu of the Prairie Swine Centre in its Annual Research Report 2013-14.

Nitrous Oxide for Piglet Euthanasia
A study at the University of Melbourne in Australia has demonstrated that 90 per cent nitrous oxide in air can effectively euthanise piglets.

Comparable Farrowing Progress in Confined and Loose-housed Hyper-prolific Sows
A new Danish study reveals that confinement in a farrowing crate before and during farrowing did not affect farrowing progress of sows but confinement of the sows for four days after farrowing reduced piglet mortality.

Survey of Serum Vitamin D Status across Stages of Swine Production and Evaluation of Vitamin D Premixes
Subclinical hypovitaminosis D appears to be more common than previously thought, especially in commercial pigs kept indoors, according to a new study at Iowa State University.

Feeding Reduced Crude Protein Diets with Crystalline Amino Acid Supplementation Reduce Air Gas Emissions from Housing
Researchers at Michigan State University have found that it is possible to reduce ammonia emissions from growing-finishing pigs without sacrificing performance by reducing the crude protein level in the diet and using amino acids to ensure the pigs' requirements are met.

Company News

Strong First-half Performance for Genus
GLOBAL - Genus, the group that includes PIC, Génétiporc and Birchwood Genetics, has reported strong first-half performance.
Novus Wraps up a Successful Year at IPPE 2015
US - Novus wrapped up a successful year at IPPE 2015.
Big Dutchman Presents Equipment for Modern Pig Production at VIV Asia
THAILAND - Big Dutchman will be present at this year’s VIV Asia with many new and further developed products for modern pig production as well as a surface area of 432 square metres - the largest booth the equipment supplier has ever had in Asia.
Biomin Receives GMP Certification for Premix Facility in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - The 4.7-hectare Biomin premix plant in Binh Duong is the first and only premix facility in Viet Nam to obtain the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) according to the requirements of the GMP+ Feed Certification scheme.
Latest Audio Series Focuses on Applied PRRS Research, ARC
US - The 'At the Meeting' audio series highlights historical comparisons to PRV and a large-scale porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) study, says Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Boehringer Ingelheim Continues Support of Independent PCV2 Research
EUROPE - More than 30 European scientists joined the award ceremony, which has taken place at the Boehringer Ingelheim headquarters in Ingelheim, Germany.
Viet Nam Hog Report
VIET NAM - The market pig numbers and the demand for pork just before TET (the New Year Festival) will ensure an adequate supply of meat, according to Ron Lane, Genesus Business Director for Asia Pacific and Meggie Vo, Genesus Marketing Representative in Viet Nam.
AB Vista Appoints New Commercial Manager for North America
NORTH AMERICA - AB Vista has appointed Stacey Homen Henthorn as Commercial Manager for North America, following the company’s continued growth in the region.
Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

Brussels Must Match UK Pig Farmers in Professionalism
Pig Industry Scholarship Celebrates Success
European Commissioner Promises to Simplify CAP
NFU: 'Ensure Farming Can Thrive'
Research Helps with Glässers Diagnosis
Strategy Laid out to Make British Farming More Competitive
Politicians Need to Ensure Food Chain Works
Environment Agency Turns Down Pig Farm Permit Application
New Report Reveals Alarming UK Self-Sufficiency Figures

   United States

CME: Retail Pork Prices Declined Slightly in January
Cold Storage Report Confirms Backlog of Product
Economic Models Give Insights Into Global Sustainability Challenges
USDA Announces Funding for Research, Education, Extension
US Meat Production to Hit Record High as Food Price Inflation Stays Low
Pork Commentary: US Hog Numbers Pushing Higher
New Product Stops Shedding of PEDv in Newborn Piglets

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Significant Price Increases in Europe
Antimicrobial-resistant Foodborne Bacteria Levels Rising
EU Pigmeat Storage Scheme Welcomed
Commission Launches Private Storage Aid for Pig Meat
European Welfare Group Calls for Action on Pig Castration
European Parliament Members Hear Why British Pork is Special


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Lower Live Hog Values Expected to Curtail Thoughts of Expansion
Researchers Target Specific Strains of Brachyspira
Lack of Workers Impacts Livestock Sector Profitability


Romanian Meat Industry Expects VAT on Meat to be Cut


Cutting Food Waste Could Save Global Economy US$300 Billion
Agricultural Production 'Not Suitable' for Food Challenges of the 21st Century


Three Polish Wild Boar Test Positive for African Swine Fever


Merger Announced of Danish Crown, Tican


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