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Monday 8th February 2016.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Weak First Quarter Expected on Global Pork Market

A new report from Rabobank states that the global pork market is expected to remain weak in the first quarter of 2016, followed by some - partly seasonal - improvement leading into the second quarter.

The Global Pork Quarterly Q1 report suggests that sufficient supply and modest demand development mean the Rabobank five-nation hog price index will bottom out in the coming months, at the lowest point since 2006, after a stronger-than-expected drop at the end of 2015.

“Recent positive demand and price developments in importing countries will start to support prices in exporting countries during Q1,” says Albert Vernooij, analyst Animal Protein at Rabobank.

For China and Brazil, the market is expected to remain positive. In the US, industry expansion is expected to slow after near-record supply growth in 2015, while packers’ margins will remain strong due to limited available capacity. 

For the EU, its recent pork market recovery is predicted to reverse, after the closing of the pigment private storage scheme.

In disease news this week, Scotland's government announced that Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) will become notifiable in the country from 2 March.

Grace Webster, British Veterinary Association Scottish Branch President, said: “This successful outcome will support Scottish agricultural industry in taking control of this very serious disease and could well be extended to novel disease in other species. This is a fantastic example of government, vets and industry working together for the benefit of animal health and welfare and farming communities across Scotland.”

Also in PED news, Ontario, Canada, has reported a third outbreak of PED this January. The outbreak was reported on 27 January on a finishing farm in Bruce county.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Improving Health and Welfare in Organic Pig Production
This handbook from ProPig, a project of Core Organic, provides organic pig farmers with the information they need to keep healthy pigs and to recognise potential symptoms early to avoid suffering of the animals.

Lung Scoring: Feasibility of Improving Pig Lung Health
This article from Ceva looks at the benefits of lung scoring in pigs. Specifically, the article looks at the results of a lung lesion survey using Ceva's lung program in the Philippines and Vietnam compared to other countries, write Michael Quilitis, Paul Manzano, Bang Nguyen, Duoc Nguyen, Tien Nguyen, Mark Mombarg, Roman Krejci and Philippe Mazerolles, Ceva.

Company News

USA Hog Market
US - We hear this term (Rewarding the Market), but having a marketing plan means we need to pull the trigger, writes Allan Bentley, Sales & Service, Genesus.
Zoetis Collaborates with National Pork Board to Extend Access to its Pig Care Training Program
US - Starting this month, Zoetis will be working with the National Pork Board to help extend the reach of Individual Pig Care, an in-barn education and training program from Zoetis. For nearly 10 years, this program has highlighted the importance of early identification of sick pigs, which can improve treatment outcomes and reduce herd mortality. Ultimately, this knowledge helps ensure producers are supplying safe, high-quality pork and more pigs are reaching their full market potential.
Ingelvac PRRS® MLV 250-Dose Option Now Available
GLOBAL - Protecting your herd against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) just became more convenient. In an effort to give producers and veterinarians a broader choice of sizes, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) now offers a 250-dose option for Ingelvac PRRS® MLV.
Pork Commentary: Iowa Pork Congress Report
US - This past week we were at the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines, Iowa, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Market Reports

USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 5 February 2016
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 5 February 2016
USDA Agricultural Prices - 2 February 2016
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 2 January 2016

Global Pig Industry News


Belarus Bans Pork and Pig Products From Crimea


Global Food Prices Fall Again, but Future Prospects Rest on El Niño
Danish Pig Farming Model Rolled Out in VietNam, Philippines
Push for Jobs for Young People in World Agriculture


BDporc Publishes First Portuguese Results

   United Kingdom

BVA Launches Strategy to Help Vets Speak Up for Animal Welfare
PED to Become Notifiable in Scotland
UK Pig Farm Incomes Fall Sharply
Consultation Launched on Future of Pig Industry Professional Register
Brexit Could Place British Farming in Jeopardy Warns New Report
Global Pork Market to Remain Weak in Early 2016
Vets Disappointed with Lack of Company Policy on Stunning Before Slaughter
PEDV, PRRS and Semen Extender Impacting Markets


Pig Genomics has High Value in Selection for Difficult to Measure Traits
Pig Farmers Move to Needle-Free Injectors Worth the Investment
Time Right for Saskatchewan to Expand Hog Production, Processing
Changing Approach to Trade Deals Creates New Pork Export Opportunities
Further PED Outbreak Reported in Bruce

   United States

CME: Slaughter Hog Prices Should Move Seasonally Higher
CME: Winter Weather Affecting US Meat Plant Operation
Livestock Manure Now Treated as Resource Rather Than Waste
Save the Dates for World Pork Expo 2016
Search is on for America’s Pig Farmer of The Year
Hog Outlook: Seaboard Foods to Buy Portion of Christensen Farms


Lithuania Reports Seven New ASF Outbreaks

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Private Storage Ended, Markets Well-Balanced for the Most Part
EU Sow Prices Remain Steady


€1M Package Announced for Irish Pig Sector


Japan Opens Door to Mexican Pork

   South Africa

South African Drought: No Relief in Sight


Pork CRC Pushing Australian Pork Producers Onto World Stage


Chinese Pork Imports Continue to Rise in 2015


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