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Monday 18th January 2016.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Ukraine Bans Russian Meat Imports

The Ukrainian government has decided to ban meat and some other food imports from Russia in response to the embargo placed by Moscow on Ukrainian food imports.

The ban came into force on January 10, and it is expected to remain in place until at least August 5, according to the Ukrainian government.

"Ukraine exits the free trade area with Russia, raises duties on all goods and puts a trade embargo on all food products manufactured in the Russian Federation, as well as on car building and engineering products," said Ukrainian Prime Arseniy Yatsenyuk, according to a statement released by the country’s government. 

In other news, benchmarking and knowledge transfer have been highlighted as two essential tools to help farmers manage their businesses in volatile markets.

Giving evidence to the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-committee hearing on “Responding to price volatility and creating a more resilient agricultural sector” Sir Peter Kendall, chairman of the UK's Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB), said that there has been a failure to provide farmers with the instruments to help farmers cope with volatility.

In his evidence Sir Peter called for a greater understanding of the commodity cycle and a greater understanding of risk to be shared with in the farming sector. He said that farmers did not like concept of benchmarking and he called for a new way of being able to explain to farmers how they should compare their businesses, both at home and around the world.

He suggested that mandatory price reporting could help farmers understand the markets.

Lord Curry in questioning the witnesses on benchmarking on the farm said that it was an essential tool. “If you want to encourage resilience, then understanding how you relate to your peers is essential,” he said.

Eirwen Williams, Director, Menter a Busnes, an independent economic development company building support programmes for the farming sector in Wales, said that by forming discussion groups farmers are able to share ideas and benchmark their achievements.

“Getting farmers to engage and benchmark isn’t an easy thing to do, but they see the benefit when they do,” she told the committee. - Read more on the hearing, here.

In disease news, South Korea reported an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) at a pig farm in Jeollabuk-Do. Thirty cases were reported on the farm but all 670 pigs susceptible were destroyed to contain the outbreak.

African Swine Fever (ASF) cases continued to be reported across Europe this past week. Poland reported two outbreaks in wild boar close to the boarder with Belarus, Lithuania reported six outbreaks and 76 new outbreaks were reported in Estonia.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

The Broken Sow: Fix Your Sow and You Fix the Piglets
Stop looking at the dead piglet in the farrowing pen. By the time you have found it you have missed out on the basic cause of its death. Generally the cause has nothing to do with the dead pig other than the fact it could not survive, write Lorne and Vicki Tannas, swine specialists and nucleus support for Genesus farms in China.

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MSD Animal Health at 2016 IPPE
US - Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) has announced its renewed commitment to the poultry industry with several programs at the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), which are aimed at helping customers learn more about poultry production across the world and troubleshoot issues in their operations.
Canada Market Report
CANADA - As we close the books on 2015 it is always good to review. Then I will attempt the “fool’s errand” of what 2016 may hold, writes Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario.
Pork Commentary: Surge in Small Pig Prices
US - Last week US cash early weans averaged $57.54 and 40 pound feeder pigs were up to $64.52. A jump of almost $20 per head in the last few weeks and up $7.00 from a week ago. We believe cash small pigs are truly a barometer of supply and demand.
The Roxell Sow Concept: Feeding Process Tailored to the Needs of the Animals
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Market Reports

AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 15 January 2016

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

CME: Lean Hog Futures Gaining Ground
Hog Outlook: Big Losses for Iowa Pig Producers
USDA Reports: 2016 Output Up 1.9 Per Cent Over Last Year
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
CME: US Pork Supplies Revised Up
NFU Recognises Women’s Contributions to Agriculture
CME: What Caused the Hog Slaughter Crash this Week?
Pork Crisis Alert Text Service Announced
Chipotle Ordered to Submit Documents Following Norovirus Outbreak
COOL Repeal Brings Ontario Weaners South
Hog Outlook: 2015 Commercial Hog Slaughter Up
CME: Volatile Financial Markets Affecting Livestock Futures


Despite New Challenges Mood Positive at Banff Pork Seminar
Normalized US-Canada Hog Trade Expected to Take a Year
New Sow Housing Conversion Web Site Launched
Banff Pork Seminar, Honouring the Past, Embracing the Future
New Review to Provide Insight Applying Manure on Tile Drained Lands

   United Kingdom

New International Markets for Northern Ireland Pork in 2016
Pig Farmers Urged to Talk Finance
Impact of FTA's on Livestock Sector in Focus at AHDB Outlook Conference
Benchmarking and Knowledge Transfer Essential to Farmers Managing Volatility
OFC: What Strategies are Needed to Feed a Growing Population?

   European Union

Pig Group Seeks €2 Million EU Funding
EU Pig Prices: Market Cleared – Price Increase Observed in Some Countries
EU Commits Nearly €161 million to Combat Animal Diseases in 2016
Cost of Pig Production Falls 16 Per Cent


Lithuania Reports Six New ASF Outbreaks


Estonia Reports 76 More ASF Outbreaks

   Korea, South

South Korea Reports New FMD Outbreak


Brazil's Ag Exports at Record Levels in 2015
Aurora Alimentos Pledges to Eliminate Gestation Crates for Breeding Sows


German Pig Numbers at Lowest Since 2011


Poland Reports New ASF Outbreaks


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