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Monday 19th October 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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EU Pork Industry Unlikely to See Opportunities for Margin Improvement

Rabobank has warned underperforming EU pork producers that they could find themselves out of business by 2025 if they don’t start making good “strategic decisions.”

The report, 'The EU Pork Industry: Competitive Power is Key', says that decisions should be based not only on company position, but also on five key success factors: cost competitiveness, sourcing, efficiency, market approach, and client access.

The focus should be on reducing the cost of production through efficiency-improving investments, and by strengthening their position in the value chain by either making strategic investments or through a merger or sale to strengthen their competitive position.

In other news, scientists in Europe are addressing the high costs of feed in pig production.

The ECO-FCE project aims to find strategies to optimise feed efficiency in monogastrics, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen and phosphorus excretion.

As part of the project, a novel study by Spain's IRTA showed that increasing the precision with which feed is offered (by using more homogeneous groups of animals and up to 9 different feed formulations across the growing and finishing period) was beneficial compared to 2-phase or even 5-phase conventional feeding.

Other work also demonstrated that the use of exogenous enzymes in combination with liquid feeding and prolonged soaking of ingredients improved nutrient utilisation and productive results in fattening pigs.

In disease news, Lithuania has reported a new outbreak of African Swine Fever in a backyard pig operation in Vilnius County. A further eight outbreaks were also reported in wild boar across the country.

Estonia also reported 27 new outbreaks in wild boar.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome: A Review
The clinical presentation and signs of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) infection differ significantly between herds, depending on the stage of pregnancy when infected in sows and the age of the pig.

Factors Affecting Killing-out Percent in Pigs
Killing-out percent (KO%), also known as dressing percent, is important to pig producers since it determines how much saleable carcase weight is obtained from the live pig.

Why Advanced Multiple Mycotoxin Detection Matters
A new technology promises to revolutionize the simultaneous detection of mycotoxins and greatly expand our scientific knowledge. Several cases in the field along with the 2014 BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey results reveal the value of multiple mycotoxin detection in terms of understanding threats to livestock along with the direction of future research, write Christina Schwab and Paula Kovalsky.

Impact of Corticoid Treatments Concurrently Injected with PCV2, Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Vaccines in Weaners
Dexamethasone is widely used in pig practice. Immunosuppression is frequently mentioned in the contraindication section of Summary of Product Characteristics. On the other hand few papers have been published on the topic, regarding pigs, write P. Tessier et al, Merial.

Company News

Viet Nam Hog Markets
VIETNAM - At the end of September and according to the General Statistics Office, Vietnam had about 2.5 to 3.0 per cent more pigs on farm as compared to last year at this time (all livestock are up about 4 per cent), write Ron Lane, Business Director for Asia Pacific and Meggie Vo, Genesus Marketing Representative in Vietnam.
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Announced the Recipients of its European 2015 PRRS Research Awards
EU - Boehringer Ingelheim provides three €25,000 grants to fund independent research projects that generate new and practical information to allow a better understanding of this devastating swine disease PRRS (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome)
AFIA to Offer FSMA Phase III Training at IPPE
US - The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will host its second Food Safety Modernization Act Phase III training Jan. 27, 2016, as part of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Ga
Pork Commentary: Trans Pacific Partnership
GLOBAL - We see real positives with the US Pork Cut-Out at 88¢ lb. with US weekly markets hog numbers around 2.3 million the 88¢ amazes us. The 88¢ reflects the real demand ongoing for Pork and the cut-out is not much lower than it was this past summer when there were significantly less hogs coming to market. 88¢ tells us pork must be moving not only domestically but as exports, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

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Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

Pork Marinades, Shoulder are Bright Spots for UK Retail Sales
UK Pig Meat Production Growth Slows

   European Union

EU Publishes Aid Package for Farmers
Underperforming EU Pork Processors Urged to Make ‘Strategic Decisions’
EU Politicians Agree to Strengthen Organic Rules
EU Rejects National Bans on GM Food, Feed
Survey Highlights Consumer Misunderstanding of Food Waste
EU Meat Production Growth to Slow
EU Pig Prices: Inconsistent Development - Steady in Germany
Ailing Pig, Dairy Sectors Get EU Promo Boost
New Copa President Calls for EU/US Free Trade Deal

   United States

Hog Outlook: Most Hog Producers Still Profitable Despite High Supplies
CME: By-Product Value Affecting Pig Packer Bids
New Study Reveals Antioxidants for Meat Preservation
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: US Consumer Meat Demand Continues to Rise
Allendale, Inc: What Will WASDE Mean for Grain Prices
CME: US Hog Slaughter Tracked Above Year Ago Numbers
US Meat Production, Trade Expected to Increase in 2016
California Passes First Law to Ban Growth Promoting Livestock Antibiotics
US Cash Hog Prices to Decline in 2016
Pork Exports Continue to Exceed Year Ago Levels
CME: US Hog Slaughter Up


Swine Transport Wash Facility Assessment Helps Improve Services
2016 Could See Eradication of PED from Canada
US PED Presence Continues to Threaten Canadian Pig Farms
US Traffic Through Manitoba Poses Highest PED Risk


Researchers Find New Ways to Optimise Feed Efficiency in Pigs


Agriculture Must be Included in Global Climate Change Debate
Cargill's Earnings Up on the Year


Lithuania Reports More ASF Outbreaks


Estonia Reports 27 New ASF Outbreaks


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