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Tuesday 26th May 2015.
Lucy Towers - TheFishSite Editor

Lucy Towers
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Is European Pig Market Turning?

The pig market across Europe is starting to look up and show some signs of recovery following the ban on imports of pig meat by Russia.

Analysts report that pig slaughterings in Europe are nearly two per cent higher in the first quarter of the year than in the same period last year.

And market prices this week showed signs of turning.

Schweine.net reports an optimistic atmosphere in the sector, with demand from the slaughter companies brisk.

Last week saw slight price increases in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, although the German price increase fell short of expectations.

Prices were unchanged in Spain, Denmark, France and Austria.

The main challenges facing the European pig sector are familiar across all livestock sectors - an increase in the volume of meat available and a volatile export market influenced by exchange rates and market access.

With Russia still excluding EU pig meat, the growth in sales to other markets is vital to maintain demand.

However, the mix of products demanded, the balance of fresh and frozen and recovering production in the United States means that, although exports may be maintained in volume, the market is increasingly competitive and the financial value can vary significantly.

Pork exports from the EU during March rose by 19 per cent year on year, reaching 139,000 tonnes.

While shipments in March 2014 were down in the wake of the Russian ban, the latest figure is also higher than the same month in earlier years. It is the highest March figure in records back to 2002.

Strong sales to Asia and Oceania have driven the increase, with China, South Korea and Australia among the major growth markets.

The weak euro has ensured that EU pork remains competitive on these markets as demand strengthens.

German pork producers were hit hard by the Russian import ban, with prices low and many producers losing money.

Although showing slight signs of recovery this week, German pig prices have been low so far this year.

The ongoing impact of the Russian import ban is one contributory factor, along with subdued consumer demand across the EU and an increase in production.
The situation might have been even worse were it not for strong sales to Asian markets, helped by the weak euro.

Nevertheless, most producers have been in the red since last summer and there are signs that this could lead to tighter supplies from the end of this year.

On the health front, the outbreak of African swine fever in the Baltic countries neighbouring Russia and Belarus – the centre of the Russian import ban on pig meat – has seen further cases of the disease found in wild boar in Poland, Lithuania and Estonia over the last week.




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This Week's Articles and Analysis

A Longitudinal Survey of African Swine Fever in Uganda
There was a high incidence of African swine fever in an important pig-producing area of Uganda but researchers did not detect persistent virus infections in blood or serum.

Effects of Space Allocation and Parity on Group-housed Gestating Sows
At the stocking densities used in this Australian study, stocking density, parity and space allocation had minimal effects on commonly-used welfare measures although the older sows had larger litters when the had more space.

Uganda Pig Feed Trials Show Benefits of Local Feed Solutions
Report on an investigation by the CGIAR Livestock and Fish research program aimed at improving pig feeding on Ugandan smallholdings by Brian Kawuma for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

Ensuring Proper Water Supply on Your Pig Farm
Having a constant supply of water is a necessity for pig farming and in many countries it is a legal requirement. This guide from BPEX 2TS explains how to set up drinkers on your farm, how much water should be available to pigs and the quality of the water.

New Technology Aids Feral Pig Research
Feral pigs are a threat to Australia's natural environment, but in this article from Science Network Western Australia, Dr Peter Adams from Murdoch University explains how he uses GPS tags and thermal imaging technology to crack down on the pests.

Company News

Nutriad Sponsors Swine Symposium in Poland
POLAND - Nutriad was a proud Silver Sponsor of the 13th Digestive Physiology in Pigs (DPP) conference, held in Kliczków (Poland) from May 19-21, 2015.
Nutriad Hosts Distributors Conference in Dubai
UAE - The 2nd Dubai MEA Distributors Conference took place from 5 to 7 May 2015 at Le Meridien Hotel in Dubai. Nutriad animal production experts presented their latest findings and provided information on best practices and application of Nutriad products.
Pork Commentary: US Lean Hog Price Keeps Increasing
US - A month ago, the US lean hog price was 62.31, a week ago last Friday 77.14, while this past Friday closed at 81.85 cents per pound. That is a 20 cents per pound increase in the last four weeks. We continue to be on the path to 95 cents plus, writes Jim Long, President-CEO Genesus Inc.
Genesus is Expanding Their Team
GLOBAL - Genesus is pleased to announce the addition of seven new employees and agents all formerly with JSR Group of Companies (Topigs-Norsvin).
Market Reports

USDA Cold Storage - 26 May 2015
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 26 May 2015
USDA Livestock Slaughter - 22 May 2015
UK Agricultural Price Index - March 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 21 May 2015
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - May 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

NPA Awards First Fellowship
UK Pig Supplies Remain High
Cranswick Hits £1 billion in Revenue
NFU Urges New Crop of MPs to Back British Farming
Volatile EU Export Market Shared by Pig Sector
UK Pork Imports Increase in 2015

   Lithuania

More African Swine Fever in Lithuania

   Canada

Manitoba Agriculture Minister Looks Forward to Return to Normal Trade with US
Manitoba Pork Hopeful US Will Avoid Retaliatory Tariffs
Meat Council Supports Canadian Trade Agreement

   Poland

Further Outbreak of African Swine Fever in Poland
More African Swine Fever in Poland

   European Union

EU Pork Exports Rise in March
Commission Reports Knock Back Country of Origin Labelling Plans
EU Pig Prices: Disappointment at Slow Price Increase - Positive Signs
Commission to Conduct Survey on Animal Welfare
EU Soy Consumption Hidden in Animal Products
EU Announces New Scientific Advice Body

   Germany

German Pork Producers Suffer from Low Prices

   United States

CME: New Slaughter Plants Welcome for US Pork Industry
Record Second Quarter Earnings for Hormel Foods
US Proposes Law to Collect Animal Antimicrobial Data
Illinois Researcher Receives Swine Nutrition Award
COOL Pork Retaliatory Impacts Depend on Tariffs
CME: MCOOL Retaliation to Impact Canadian, Mexican Producers
Help for Organic Farming Certification
CME: Hog Slaughter Higher Than 2014

   Norway

Confirmed Case of MRSA in Norwegian Swine

   Global

International Farming Organisations United on Trans-Pacific Partnership
Global Protein Developments: What are the Implications for the Meat Industry?
WTO Rules Against US over Country of Origin Labelling

   Brazil

China-Brazil in Bilateral Trade Deal
JBS Sees Sharp Rise in Profits

   Latvia

Further African Swine Fever in Latvia

   Spain

Livestock Animal Size Increased Since Roman Era

   Mexico

Mexican Pork Exports Expected to Increase in 2015

   Netherlands

Hendrix Genetics, NPM Capital to Join Forces

   Estonia

New Cases of African Swine Fever in Estonia

   Denmark

Danish Pig Numbers Grow

   China

China-Brazil Strengthen Agricultural Relations

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