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Monday 21st March 2016.
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European Commission Activates New Measures to Combat Pork Market Crisis

The European Commission has activated additional exceptional measures to combat the crisis in agricultural markets, after a meeting of ministers which was met by farmer protesters in Brussels last week.

The new measures, outlined by Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, make use of all the tools made available in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to support EU farmers, whilst remaining flexible to the needs of different member states, the Commission said.

For the pig industry, the opening of a new pigmeat private storage aid was considered. It was also decided to establish a Meat Market Observatory which will look specifically at trends in the pork and beef markets.

The Commission also said it will give its full consideration to a temporary extension of state aid that would allow member states to provide to a maximum of €15,000 per farmer per year, and no national ceiling would apply. 

It also noted that the Russian situation continues to be monitored and that they are working hard to lift the ban. In the meantime, over €30 million has been specifically earmarked for finding new markets for pigmeat and dairy products.

Reacting to the new aid package, EU farmers' organisation Copa and Cogeca said it’s a move forward and has the potential to alleviate pressure hitting the EU agricultural markets, but it remains to be seen how it will work in practice.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Why do Mycotoxins Lead to Decreased Productivity and Profitability in Animal Production?
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that cause a toxic response (mycotoxicosis) when ingested by higher animals.

Will Hogs Provided with Whey Compensate in Their Feed and Water Intake?
There has been very little research conducted to determine how inclusion of liquid whey would affect nutrient intake in nursery pigs, which became the objective of this experiment.

Company News

Diagnostics Help Pinpoint Disease Amid Antibiotic Use Concerns
ANALYSIS - Antimicrobial use has garnered much attention lately, and an industry expert explains the critical role that diagnostics play in pinpointing disease challenges so the right health solution is administered.
EU and Spanish Pork Markets
EU and SPAIN - Spain becomes the third largest hog producer in the world (after China and the US) and the first out of the EU, surpassing Germany, writes Mercedes Vega, General Director for Spain, Italy & Portugal.
MSD Animal Health Introduces PORCILIS® PCV ID at 2016 High Quality Pork Congress
PORTUGAL - On February 4-5, MSD Animal Health held its 2016 High Quality Pork Congress in Lisbon, Portugal, bringing together swine producers and veterinarians from across Europe to discuss the benefits of needle-free intradermal vaccinations for both pigs and producers.
2015 BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey Out Now
GLOBAL - The BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey constitutes the longest running and most comprehensive survey of its kind, using state-of-the-art analytic tools. More than eight thousand samples taken from 75 countries worldwide in 2015 alone.
Harrisvaccines Receives Production Platform Vaccine Licensure
US - Merck Animal Health has announced that its recent acquisition, Harrisvaccines, has been granted licensure of its Prescription Product, RNA Particle (RP) vaccine platform from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Pork Commentary: June Lean Hog Contracts Reach New High
US - Last Friday, US June lean hog contracts closed at 83.075¢ per pound a life of contract high.
Market Reports

USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 21 March 2016
UK Slaughter Statistics - February 2016
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 21 March 2016
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 21 March 2016

Global Pig Industry News


Brazil Hits Record Pig, Poultry Slaughter in 2015
Brazilian Pork Exports a Step Closer to South Korea
BRF’s 2015 Net Income Grows 46 per cent to R$3.1 billion


Are Concerns Over Livestock Transport Times Unwarranted?
Microbiome in the Gut Offers Avenue for Reducing Dependence on Antibiotics
$500 Million Added to Young Farmer Loan Program
Swine Innovation Research Targets Quick Turn-Around
Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Worth $300-500 Million Annually

   United States

Low Canadian Dollar Means Higher Canadian Hog Exports
Hog Outlook: Pork Retail Prices Down in February
CME: Retail Pork Records Price Decrease
CME: Livestock, Poultry Producers Benefited from Benign Feed Markets
Pig Producers Aware and Ready for Antibiotic Use Changes
CME: Hog Byproduct Values Increasing
Lower Prices Expected to Fuel Rebound in US Meat Exports in 2016
CME: Pig Prices Projected to Rise

   United Kingdom

UK Pig Herd Declined in December
Farms Alerted to End of Routine Long Term Rodenticide Baiting
Producer Share of Pork Retail Price Continues to Fall
Small Gain Made in UK Sow Productivity in 2015

   European Union

New EU Regulation to Boost Use of Fertiliser from Farm Waste
EU Pig Production Fall Still Some Way Off
EU Ag Council Consider New Pigmeat Private Storage Aid


Latvia Reports 13 New ASF Outbreaks


Lithuania Reports Seven New ASF Outbreaks


World Animal Feed Additives Market "Poised for Significant Growth"


AASV: Antibiotic Use in the Australian Swine Industry


Ireland's Pork export Growth May End in 2016


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