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ThePigSite Newsletter - 11 January 2016

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Monday 11th January 2016.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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UK Government to Increase Investment in Agriculture

Last week ThePigSite featured coverage from the Oxford Farming Congress, held 5-7 January.

Speaking at the conference, agriculture secretary, Liz Truss, said that the UK government plans to increase investment in agriculture by 12 per cent over the next five years to £2.7 billion.

“We will invest in technology, digital systems, growing our exports, world leading science, protection against animal health and plant disease and flood defences,” Mrs Truss said.

Mrs Truss also said that the British government will be publishing a new programme for Food and Farming for the Environment covering the next 25 years, which will include decentralising decision making in the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and cutting red tape for farmers.

Also speaking at the conference, former environment secretary Owen Paterson and European Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan, debated the advantages to UK farmers from leaving the European Union.

Mr Paterson said the UK could grow its rural economy, improve the environment and protect the country from plant and animal diseases if it was outside the EU. 

He also commented that the UK can leave the political arrangements of the EU and still have access to the European market.

“They have a £70 billion surplus with us, five million Europeans depend on sales to the UK; they have an enormous strategic and selfish interest in being able to export to us,” Mr Paterson told the conference.

However, the Mr Hogan said that access to the internal market from outside the EU would come at a price.

“Would the British Exchequer be prepared to pay a price that fully guaranteed your access for agricultural products?” he asked.

“Would it expect farmers to pay part of the access-fee through higher taxes?” 

In other news, South Africa has finally agreed to resume pork and other meat imports from the US.

Only a limited number of US poultry and meat products have been exported to South Africa in recent years, due to sanitary requirements by the South African authorities. The US argued that these health requirements were not backed up by science.

After missing a deadline for import agreement on 31 December, South Africa was running the risk of losing its benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which allows it to export to the US with reduced tariffs. However, South Africa has now avoided this, and US officials were positive about the conclusion of negotiations.


The Roxell sow concept: Feeding process tailored to the needs of the animals

The Roxell sow concept: Feeding process tailored to the needs of the animals

Modern pig farms operate on a larger scale and sell their products in a very competitive market. To be successful they need top performing, automated feeding and drinking systems. It’s for these farmers that Roxell develops and builds feeding systems, well known for their strength, durability and optimal feed distribution, offering a maximum in feed savings.

For the gestation area, a lot of pig farmers are working with Fidos, the electronic sow station. Sows are put on different feed curves, according to the backfat thickness of the animal. This enables growers to respond perfectly to the individual needs of each animal, so that the sow remains in perfect shape.

The Roxell systems enable to optimize the management of your houses. Each step in the feeding process is tailored to the needs of the animals. The materials used are durable and robust, and the digital output of the system provides growers with the daily feed intake and growth of the animals. This way, pig farmers work much more efficiently and monitor the productivity by optimizing the feed conversion.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

How to Farm Pigs - Feeding
This guide from the FAO provides small scale or backyard farmers information on how best to feed your pigs including diets, equipment and regime.

How to Farm Pigs - Housing
This guide from the FAO provides information on how to create the most efficient pig housing for small scale or backyard pig production.

How to Farm Pigs - Health Issues
This guide from the FAO provides information on all the major diseases and parasites that may affect the pigs in your small scale or backyard pig unit. Information given on the illness includes signs and prevention.

Company News

Boehringer Ingelheim to Acquire Merial
GLOBAL - On 15 December 2015, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) announced that it had entered an agreement with Sanofi to swap businesses. The deal will see Boehringer acquire Merial, making the combined company the second largest animal health company.
Nutriad Expands in China
CHINA - Global producer of feed additive solutions Nutriad is expanding its commercial team in China, as it announced the appointment of Mr Jim Zeng as National Sales Manager.
Pig Population Health Research Update
CANADA - Population health and the role genetics plays is a fascinating area of research and its implications for the industry can be substantial. New technology and computing power has allowed advancement in this area that previously was not possible and/or feasible, writes Nick Boddicker, Ph.D.
2016 Begins – Our Observations
CANADA - As we begin 2016 and look towards the New Year, we find ourselves wondering what the future is in hog markets and profitability. 2 years ago now we predicted 2014 – The Year of the Pig Farmer. We believed record profits were coming and 2014 did have record profits. For 2016 we see a grinding year with some profits but mostly lots of work and lots of challenging scenarios.
Pork Commentary: Good News – Pig Crop Smaller than Last Year
CANADA - The USDA December 1st Hogs and Pig Report had a very surprising statistic. In the three months of September–November the US pig crop was smaller, compared to the same time last year. This in the face of some dire predictions of massive expansion and unsustainable production levels that could overwhelm future packer capacity.
Market Reports

USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 8 January 2016
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 8 January 2015
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 7 January 2015
USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 5 January 2016

Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

OFC: Call for Economic Viability for Sustainable Farming
OFC: Can UK Farming Afford to Leave the EU?
OFC: Welfare Friendly Sow Pen Wins OFC/RASE Practice with Science Award
Phase Two of Pulled Pork Campaign to Air in February
Can Feeding Fewer Food-competing Feedstuffs to Livestock Improve Sustainability?
OFC: Call for More Entrepreneurship on Farms
OFC: Investment in Research to Make British Agriculture More Competitive
Research Finds Improved Land Use Efficiency Helps Climate

   United States

CME: US Pork Export Data Showing Improvement
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: US Pork Export Value Down
Nominations Open for 2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year
2016 Brings Lots of Hog Market Questions
USDA Updates Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease Federal Order
Weekly Outlook: Pork Industry Faces Tight Margin Year
What Factors Will Impact Livestock Markets in 2016?
CME: Hog and Pork Supplies Plentiful

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Market Cleared at the Beginning of the Year
Most Europeans Think CAP is Important
EU Private Storage Aid for Pigmeat Now Open

   South Africa

South Africa Finally Agrees to Resume US Pork Imports


Estonia Reports 15 New Outbreaks of ASF


Swine Movement Reporting Fines Expected in Early 2017
COOL Repeal Has Limited Impact on US Demand for Canadian Market Hogs
Manitoba Pork Releases Cost Estimates For Building Finishing Barns
Canadian Pork Producers Advised to Watch for Signs of Seneca Valley Virus
Strong US Dollar to Benefit Canadian Pork Producers into 2016
US Remains Biggest PED Threat to Canadian Swine Farms


More ASF Reported in Ukrainian Pigs


Food Prices Fell in 2015 as Global Economy Dwindled
Pig Flu Virus Study Shows Worrying Pandemic Profile


More ASF Reported in Latvian Wild Boar


Italian Pork Imports Decreasing


Farmers Urged to Prioritise Safety in 2016


Taiwan Election Candidates Discuss US Pork Imports


Dutch Pork Exports to Non-EU Countries Increasing


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