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ThePigSite Newsletter - 15 February 2016

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Monday 15th February 2016.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Free Trade Agreements to Influence Livestock Market Competitiveness

This week ThePigSite is publishing all the latest from the UK's AHDB Outlook Conference 2016, held Tuesday 9 February. 

Speaking at the conference, Andrew McLay from the agriculture and agrifood consultancy, Promar International, said that world livestock market competitiveness will hinge on free trade agreements.

He said that competitiveness in export markets is multifaceted and not just about the cost of production.

Other influences such as tariffs, exchange rates, transport costs and consumer demands also come into play, he said.

Also at the conference, a talk by Prof Alan Matthews from Trinity College Dublin looked at the implications of Britain leaving the EU on food and agriculture.

If the UK votes to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum, the British government would have to renegotiate all its trade deals with both Europe and third countries.

Prof Matthews said that UK membership of the EU was as much about broader political questions as it is about economics.

ThePigSite will be publishing more from the AHDB Outlook conference in the next few days. 

In disease news, two more outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus have been reported in Ontario, Canada, over the past week.

On February 9, two more outbreaks were reported in the Perth and Middlesex areas. Both farms affected are finisher units.

In African Swine Fever (ASF) news, Russia has reported an outbreak on a pig farm in the Penzenskaya region. Of the 292 pigs susceptible on the farm, one case was reported and 43 pigs were destroyed as a result.

ASF was also reported in wild boars in Ukraine, Latvia and Estonia.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Genetics of Teat Number in Swine
Teat number and more importantly number of functional teats is an important factor in sow productivity.

Duration of Immunity of Hyogen® in Fattening Pigs Against Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M.hyo) is a major infectious agent in swine, it is of worldwide relevance, and responsible for persistent dry cough, retarded growth rate and reduced performance, write Miklós Tenk, Tamás Szalai, Marianna Ivók, Éric Brunier, Zoltán Nagy, Zoltán Rozsnyai and Zoltán Pénzes, Ceva.

Company News

Pork Commentary: Manitoba Swine Seminar Report
CANADA - This past week we attended the Manitoba Swine Seminar held in Winnipeg Manitoba, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Improving Sow Reproductive Efficiency Using Genomic Selection
GLOBAL - Commercial pig breeding in general follows a crossbreeding program, where the selection decisions are made within a pure breeding nucleus and the final slaughter pigs are produced from crossbreeding in commercial herds
Nutriad Mycotoxin Survey Spain
SPAIN - Mycotoxins, especially aflatoxins are a constant concern for agriculture. Some weather patterns, such as were seen in Europea throughout 2015, have put the industry on high alert.
Market Reports

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 15 February 2016
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 12 February 2016
USDA WASDE - 10 February 2016
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 9 February 2016

Global Pig Industry News


Further PED Outbreaks Reported in Ontario
Livestock Producers Have Opportunity to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use
Western Pork Processors Desire More Saskatchewan Grown Hogs
As Market Hog Weights Rise Feeder Size Needs to Increase
US Assured Manitoba Weanling Exports Unlikely to Rise Following Repeal of M-COOL

   United States

Hog Outlook: Pork Exports Up in December
CME: High US Red Meat, Poultry Production Means Prices Down
US Farm Income Forecast Suggests More Hard Times Ahead
CME: US Beef, Live Hog Imports Up from Last Year
Hogs and Pigs Report Presents Cause for Concern
Hog Outlook: Winter Weather Impacting Hog Trade

   United Kingdom

UK Farmers Can get Free Happerley Passport on 19 February
What Factors Will Influence Competitiveness of UK Livestock Markets?
Welfare Research Can Influence Change, Lead to On-farm Solutions
What Are Implications of Brexit for UK Food and Agriculture?
AHDB Clears Up Trichinella Testing Confusion
Survey Results Show Flood Damage Cost Cumbria Farmers Thousands
Scottish Pig Prices Lowest for Eight Years
Outlook Remains Challenging for Pig Producers
Busting Myths and Misunderstandings Over Antibiotic Resistance and Regulations
Farmers Warned to Dispose of Plastic Waste Carefully or Risk Huge Fines
Christine Walsh Appointed Managing Director of MLCSL

   European Union

Virtual Toolbox to Bolster Europe’s Food and Agricultural Security
EU, Colombia to Increase Trade in Organic Products
EU Pig Prices: Markets Continue to Be Balanced - Quotations Unmoved
EU Crop Sowing Figures Good News for Animal Producers


Antibiotic Resistance Solution Needed for Food Security
Limited Growth in US and Canadian Pork Exports
More ASF Reported in Ukraine, Latvia and Estonia
Food Insecurity in South Sudan Exacerbated by Livestock Raids

   Russian Federation

More ASF Reported in Russian Pigs


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