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Monday 12th October 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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US, Canadian Pork Industry Welcomes TPP Trade Deal

In this week's news, the announcement that trade ministers of 12 countries had finally come to an agreement on the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal, after five years of negotiations, was welcomed by the Canadian and US pig industry.

The TPP agreement covers a whopping 40 per cent of world GDP and one third of global trade, with its member countries being Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam.

The agreement aims to promote economic growth, support the creation and retention of jobs, enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness and reduce poverty. It's ultimate goal is to create open trade and integration across the region.

The agreement will bring opportunities to US pork as some current tariffs will be cut. Vietnamese tariffs, for example, which can be as high as 34 per cent will be eliminated in five to 10 years. Similarly, Malaysia will cut all tariffs within 15 years.

In Japan, duties on more than 65 per cent of tari ff lines will be eliminated within 11 years and on nearly 80 per cent within 16 years. Gate-price-specific duty will also be reduced from 482 yen/kg
to 50 yen/kg in 11 years.

The US National Pork Producers Council expressed their confidence that the TPP agreement will benefit all sectors of the US economy and will provide enormous new market opportunities for high-quality American pork products.

Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, said the TPP agreement could be “the most important commercial opportunity ever for US pork producers,” and estimated that a good outcome for pork in the trade pact could increase US pork exports over time exponentially and help create more than 10,000 US jobs tied to those exports. 

The agreement was also welcomed by the Canadian Pork Coucil (CPC). Rick Bergmann, Chair of the CPC, stated that the agreement will put Canada in a strong negotiating position and secures Canada's ability to export pork to Japan on fully competitive terms with the US and other TPP pork-exporting countries.

In disease news, more African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks have been reported in Estonia and Latvia.

Fourteen new outbreaks were reported in wild boar in Latvia and 21 outbreaks in Estonia, also in wild boar.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Increasing Uniformity of Finished Pigs
Variation occurs for many reasons: season, management, nutrition, feeding strategy, genotype, environment, gender and health. It is important that the effort and resources put into producing finished pigs are not wasted at the final stage and that uniformity among pigs being sent to slaughter is maximised.

Antibiotic Treatment Early in Pigs' Lives Has Long-Lasting Effects
This study by Dirkjan Schokker and colleagues, published in PLoS One, found that use of antibiotics early in piglets' lives has long-lasting effects on their gut microbiota composition and immune system.

Overcoming Heat Stress in Pigs Through Nutrition
Heat stress affects the pig industry in tropical climates and temperate regions as well. Economic losses due to heat stress in the US swine industry alone are estimated at US$316 million annually, write André van Lankveld and Simone Schaumberger.

PRRSv Monitoring Using Oral Fluid Sampling: Case Report in French Farrow-to-Finish Farms
Nowadays, oral fluid sampling is of great interest for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSv) monitoring. This method is easier to use, faster and causes less stress to pigs when compared to the standard blood sampling. The objective of this study was to compare PRRSv antibody profiles obtained with these two techniques in two positive but stable herds, write M. Liber et al, Merial.

Company News

IPPE Young Leaders Programme Launched to Fund Event Attendance
US - The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is launching the fourth annual Young Leaders “30 under 30” programme that targets young professionals who normally would not have the financial resources or opportunity to attend IPPE.
Russia Hog Market
RUSSIA - Pig price continues to remain stable at 112 Roubles per live kg ($1.71). This is despite a reported increase in pig meat production of 8 per cent over last year. Russians like to eat pig meat.
Pork Commentary: Packer Margins Reflect Pork Demand
US - The US marketed 2,270,000 hogs last week up about 200,000 from the same week a year ago. The great news is US pork cut–outs are averaging in the 86¢ per pound range, which in our opinion is a powerful price with the amount of pork coming to market, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 12 October 2015
USDA WASDE - 12 October 2015
UK Farming and Food Brief - September 2015
UK Animal Feed Statistics - August 2015
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 8 October 2015

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

Pig Producer Share of Retail Price Down in September
NPA Calls for End to Micro-pig Fashion Craze
Government Proposes TB Infected Pigs be Compulsorily Slaughtered

   United States

CME: How Will the TPP Affect the US Livestock Industry?
Hog Outlook: US Pork Imports Up in August
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
Pork Producers Applaud Mandatory Price Reporting Act Reauthorisation
CME: Hog, Cattle Markets Focused on Supplies
Hog Futures Offer Reasonable Pricing Opportunities


TPP Expected to Maintain Canadian Pork Access to Japan
Researchers Explore Genomics to Identify Resilient Pigs
Alberta Pork to Release PED Biocontainment Plan
Strong Pork Demand Bolsters Live Hog Prices


Global Food Prices Up Slightly in September
Working Towards Better Surveillance of Animal Antibiotic Use
World Grain Yield to Fall Short of Last Year’s Record
Global Agriculture Faces Decade of Flat or Falling Prices
Supply Management Survives as Trans-Pacific Partnership Concluded

   European Union

What are the Risks of Using Insects as Food or Feed?
EU Pig Prices: Steady in the North – Weak in the South
Value of Pork Traded Within EU Falls
First Elements of €500 million Package for Farmers Adopted


Antimicrobial Use Decreasing in Danish Pigs


Wild Boar ASF Outbreaks Spread Through Estonia
More ASF Detected in Estonian Wild Boar


More Wild Boar Dead in Latvian ASF Outbreaks
Latvia Reports Further ASF Outbreaks


Mexico Increases Global Agricultural Exports


Belgian Pork Exports Up Marginally


China's Changing Diet Means it Needs a Global Food Chain


Free Range Pork a Growth Area for West Australia


Spanish Pig Sector Continues to Grow


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