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Monday 22nd February 2016.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Will Pig Farmers Suffer in 2016?

Continuing our coverage from the UK AHDB 2016 Outlook conference, Jackie Linden reported that 2016 may bring another difficult year for pig producers. 

With global pig meat output growing faster than demand, pig producers had to manage with lower margins in 2015. With market conditions looking to be similar this year, it looks as if pork producers may be in for another difficult year, said Stephen Howarth, Market Specialist Manager with the AHDB.

However, Mr Howarth did say he sees signs of an EU-led price recovery later this year although he was uncertain about the timing and scale of any upswing.

On a lighter note, Brenda Mullan, Acting Senior Analyst with the AHDB, said there are no signs of a rise in feed prices on the horizon – at least, not yet.

Following three years of good harvests, global stocks of key feed ingredients, wheat, maize (corn) and soybeans have risen.

The same cannot be said for South Africa, however, where the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation has reported that pig feed prices are expected to remain high following the 70 per cent increase in maize prices due to continuing drought conditions.

Pig farmers are trying to maintain the same level of production as in the past but with limited, and increasingly expensive, resources.

In disease news, the UK and US are calling for more to be done on preparing for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).

The National Pork Producers Council has urged congressional lawmakers and the Obama administration to make dealing with an outbreak of FMD a priority.

“Improving preparedness for an FMD outbreak through development of an adequate vaccine bank must be a priority,” testified NPPC immediate past president Dr Howard Hill, a veterinarian and pork producer from Cambridge, Iowa, before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture.

Marking the 15th anniversary of the UK's FMD outbreak, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) emphasised the vital role of vets and veterinary surveillance in protecting the UK from devastating disease outbreaks.

The BVA is marking the anniversary by asking the government to reflect on the vital role of vets and veterinary surveillance after Defra was asked to make a further 15 per cent budget cut in last year’s Autumn Statement (November 2015).

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

PEDv Impact on Pig Prices and Supply – A Look at 2015, 2016
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) drove supply down in 2014 and boosted prices to all-time highs. However, the lack of PEDv in 2015, as producers feared and prepared for continued high levels of PEDv but didn't see them, has left the US with abundant supply levels and plummeting prices, writes Sarah Mikesell for ThePigSite.

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The aim of this study by Ceva was to assess the safety of Hyogen® and evaluate the boosting effect of the J5 component of Imuvant™ on the efficacy of Hyogen® vaccine in 3-week-old piglets, write Miklós Tenk, Anna Kollár, Ferenc Misák, Mariann Ivók, Nimród Pálmai and Zoltán Pénzes, Ceva.

Company News

Mexico Hog Market
MEXICO - The average slaughter price during the first weeks of 2016 is still going down, which started at $23.50MXP/Kg and at the end of last week (February 12th.) finished at $22.67 MXP/Kg (-3.53%), writes Carlos A. Peralta – President Genesus México.
Delacon Joins New Partnership to Meet Challenges in Animal Nutrition
US - Delacon announces that Land O’Lakes, Inc. animal nutrition businesses, including the new business unit, PMI Nutritional Additives, will be its exclusive partner in the United States for phytogenic feed additives.
Alexander Kovachevich Joins Genesus
CHINA - As of the 15th of February 2016 Alexander Kovachevich has joined Genesus Genetics, as the General Manager for the China area.
Pork Commentary: US Lean Exceeds Price a Year Ago
US - There was some welcome news this past week when 53-54 per cent lean hogs averaged 65¢ per pound, while a year ago the same week they averaged 63¢ per pound. It’s been a long time since we have had lean hogs surpass the same price the year before.
AB Vista Plans for Continued Growth in Former Soviet Union
GLOBAL - AB Vista has appointed a new Technical Sales Manager to its Former Soviet Union region, as it continues to expand its product and service offering in the emerging market.
MSD Launches First Intradermal Vaccine Against PCV2
PORTUGAL – MSD Animal Health held the High Quality Pork Congress on 4th and 5th February in order to present the lastest state-of-the-art intradermal vaccine against PCV2: PORCILIS PCV ID.
Market Reports

AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 22 February 2016

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

CME: Hog Profits Expected to Improve in Coming Months
US Pork Exports Solid in December
CME: Pork Production Running Above Year Ago Levels
NPPC Calls For Foot and Mouth Disease to be Made a Priority

   South Africa

Drought Will Have Disastrous Consequences for Pig Farmers

   United Kingdom

High Weights, More Sows Add to UK Pork Production
Vets Mark Foot and Mouth Anniversary by Protesting Budget Cuts
Pig Feed Prices Forecast to Stay Low
Pig Producers Urged to Save Money by Removing Non-productive Sows
Another Year Pig Producers Would Prefer to Forget?
Scottish Farming Projects get £2 million Boost
Steps to Sustainable Livestock
UK Pork Imports Decrease in December


Cramer Livestock and Crop Production Expo Showcases Quality of Saskatchewan Pork
Enriched Environments Help Reduce Sow Aggression
Trade Advocacy Missions Prove Successful for Pork
Piglet Enrichments Early in Life Leads to Benefits Later On
Government, Industry Share Commitment to Humane Transport of Livestock


Government Eager to Hear Feedback on Agri-Fisheries Programmes
Lanao Del Norte Farmers Receive P174M in Agricultural Support

   European Union

Curb Use of Antibiotics in Farming, EU Politicians Urge
Record Value for EU Agri-food Exports in 2015
EU Animal Welfare Rules Need Better Enforcement Rather than New Legislation
EU Pig Prices: Steady Quotations – Friendly Atmosphere
EU Ministers Highlight Continued Crisis in Pigmeat Sector
Antibiotic-Resistant Foodborne Pathogens Continue to Spread in EU


Pork Production Costs Rise in Brazil


Mixed Picture for Asian Pork Importers


Denmark's Pig Breeding Herd Starting to Fall


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