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Monday 14th March 2016.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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UK Pig Industry in Crisis

A new report has revealed that the price UK farmers and pig producers are receiving for their pigs has fallen by a third in around two years.

Since late 2013, the average pig price has fallen steadily. Price falls have accelerated in the past 12 weeks, losing 13p/kg (around £11 per head).

As a result, many pig producers are now losing money and there is an increasing risk some will decide to leave the industry, affecting the level of UK pork available to the market.

Produced by the AHDB Pork market intelligence team, the report aims to provide an overview of the pig industry in the UK and a round-up of the state of the market.

Stephen Howarth, AHDB Pork market specialist manager, said: “The report has been produced against a backdrop where production continues to rise as efficiency and productivity improve and record weights are being seen.

“This all leads to more pig meat on the market. At the same time, demand for pork has dropped, even though the price is falling. UK pork is having to battle hard against cheaper EU imports, exacerbated by the weakness of the euro against sterling and a supply glut on the continent due to increased production and closure of trading routes to major export partners.”

In disease news, Canada's Ontario province has reported three more outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED).

In Eastern Europe, African Swine Fever (ASF) has been found in wild boars found dead or hunted in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. ASF was also found on two pig farms in Burundi.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Animal Nutrition Severely Affected by Mycotoxins: Can Mycotoxins be Managed?
Mycotoxins are highly toxic secondary metabolic products of molds. Mycotoxin producing molds damage crops which can cause great economic losses at all levels of food and feed production.

Neither Photoperiod in the Farrowing Room nor Time of Weaning Affect Nursery Performance
Weaning, which requires adapting to a new feed source and environment, may result in anorexia and reduced growth in the initial 24 to 48 hours in the nursery.

Company News

Vietnam Hog Markets
VIET NAM - The National TET holiday for the Lunar New Year officially seems to last about 10 days from February 4th to February 14th. However, the business was slowed down a week before and after the official holidays. Many company internal business meetings will take place after the New Year holiday to make their plans for the coming year, write Paul Anderson and Meggie Vo.
Opportunities to Improve Pig Feeding Precision and Reduce Costs with the Latest NIR Technology
THAILAND - Recent developments in near infra-red (NIR) spectroscopy have the potential to substantially improve feed formulation precision and reduce losses associated with feed ingredient variability.
Zoetis Announces the 2016 Nomination Period for its ‘Honoring Caregivers’ Award Program
US - Zoetis is kicking off the 2016 nomination period for its Honoring Caregivers award program. Now in its fourth year, this annual program shares the stories of exemplary pig caregivers and celebrates those who go above and beyond to provide the best care for pigs, every day.
Internal Positive Control Reagent Improves Accuracy of Veterinary Diagnostic Tests
US - Veterinary diagnostic laboratories now have access to an internal positive control (IPC) reagent that is designed to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of their test results.
Pork Commentary: New Sow Barn – Faith In The Future
CANADA - This past week we had the honour of attending the new sow barn open house of long time Genesus customer Suncrest Colony in the province of Manitoba, Canada.
Infographic: The Global Mycotoxin Threat 2016
GLOBAL - The prevalence of mycotoxins, toxic fungal metabolites found in almost all types of agricultural feedstuffs and grains, is a major concern with regards to feed contamination and presents a genuine risk to livestock animal production.
Diagnostics Critical in New Norm of Emerging Swine Diseases
ANALYSIS - Diagnostics are the most critical element in detecting and differentiating emerging diseases from endemic or already occurring domestic disease, writes Sarah Mikesell.
Research to Develop a Digestible Calcium System for Pigs to be Presented at Pig Feed Quality Conference in Bangkok
THAILAND - The latest data to be published from research to determine the digestible calcium (Ca) requirements for pigs and corresponding digestible Ca availability in feeds will be presented at the upcoming Pig Feed Quality Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, between 31 March and 1 April.
Mycotoxin Testing and Survey Results: Biomin Webinar
GLOBAL - Watch the webinar with experts from BIOMIN and Romer Labs for an an in-depth discussion about monitoring mycotoxins using available detection methods.
Ceva Reports Annual Growth of 12% and Reaffirms Ambition to Enter the Global Top 5 by 2020
GLOBAL - Ceva Santé Animale has today posted growth of 11.9% constant perimeter and 10.4% at constant exchange rates for 2015 on turnover of 857 million euros. Its performance moves it up the table of animal health businesses to number 7, and continues its record of posting double-digit growth every year since the Group’s formation.
Market Reports

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 14 March 2016
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 11 March 2016
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 7 March 2016

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

CME: Pork Cutout Values Explained
Hog Outlook: Canadian and US Hog Herds Growing
Management of Manure Key to Maximising Its Value
CME: US Pork Exports Looking Stronger in January Data
CME: Dollar Value of 2015 Pork Sector Exports Posted Largest Decline
US Pork Exports Struggle But Finish 2015 Strong
Hog Outlook: Slaughter Weights Up in Iowa-Minnesota


Ontario and US Continue to Pose PED Risk to Western Canada
More Research Needed into Seneca Valley Virus
Feeding Management Key to Maximizing Sow Productivity
PED Confirmed on Ontario Pig Farms
Low Canadian Dollar Stabilizes Canadian Pork Sector Profitability
Food Safety Assurance Justifies Added Cost of Needle-Free Injection

   United Kingdom

AHDB Pork Tackling the Tail-Biting Challenge
Co-op Price Cuts Emphasise Difficulties in Red Meat Sector
Women's Contribution to Farming Celebrated by Minister
UK Pig Industry in Crisis, says AHDB Report

   European Union

EU Vote for More Antibiotic Responsibility, Research Welcomed
EU Pig Prices: Markets Are Stabilising – Dutch Quotation Going Up Slightly
Assessing Environmental Impact of Meat Production
Farmer Organisations Push for Action on Crisis Ahead of EU Meeting
Global Pig Prices Remain Continued Decline in 2015
EC Approves Avril Pôle Animal and Tönnies Merger
More Wild Boars Found with ASF Across Europe


Latvia Reports 26 New ASF Outbreaks


More ASF Outbreaks Reported in Estonia


Hungarian Pork Processor to Expand Output Capacity

   South Africa

South Africa: The Cost to Farmers of Cheap Meat Imports


ASF Outbreaks in Burundi Farmed Pigs


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