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Tuesday 29th March 2016.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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 US Hog Inventory Up Slightly, Breeding Herd Down

The USDA released its latest US Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report over the Easter weekend. 

According to market analyst Ron Plain, the March Hogs and Pigs report said the nation's hog inventory was up 0.4 per cent on the first day of March. The breeding herd was down a tiny 0.03 per cent and market hog numbers were up 0.4 per cent.

Analysts Steve Meyer and Len Steiner also commented on the release of the report. They believe that hog supplies will be adequate over the summer and autumn and that capacity constraints will not be a serious concern unless farrowing rate improves for Mar-May and pigs per litter returns to a +2 per cent growth rate.

In Europe, the market is awaiting the release of 90,000 tonnes of pig meat from the private storage aid that was opened in January.

Most of this product will be released back onto the market in the three weeks starting 17 April and the remaining product will be released in May or June. 

If the release of stored product results in the lowering of prices, it would increase the pressure on the EU Commission to open a new storage scheme, said AHDB Pork.

In other market news, BRF has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Argentinian company Alimentos Calchaquí Productos.

Alimentos Calchaquí Productos operates in the cold cuts market and owns leading brands such as Calchaquí and Bocatti.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Challenges of Pig Farming in Cameroon - Surviving in a World Without Meatpackers
Pig production in Cameroon as in many countries of Sub-Saharan Africa requires good pioneering skills. With only a minimum of organised trade, high feed costs and a high disease pressure, being successful could hardly be a larger challenge. Jonas Tchenda has managed since 1978, writes Jean Armand Bokally Dande.

Interaction Between Pig Density and Dietary Energy on Performance and Returns
Dietary net energy and stocking density independently affect performance, feed utilization and profits in the finisher barn.

Company News

Zoetis Awards Scholarships to Over 350 Veterinary Students
US - Zoetis and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) announced this year’s winners of the Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. Now in its sixth year, this program recognized 353 second-and third-year veterinary students at this week’s 2016 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Conference – awarding more than $700,000 in scholarships.
New Website to Focus on Sustainable Pork Production
GLOBAL - A new website focused entirely on sustainable, responsible and successful pork production was launched this week to bring news, trends, research updates and commentary to all links of the global pork chain.
Pork Commentary: European Union Continues to Produce More Hogs
EU - The European Union continues to have hog marketings increase despite financial losses of $20 - $25 per head, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
USA Hog Market
US - This seems to be shaping up as a very traditional pricing year, as something always seems to short the pig supply in the 2nd quarter, writes Allan Bentley, Sales & Service.
Market Reports

USDA Hogs and Pigs - March 2016
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 29 March 2016
USDA Cold Storage - 24 March 2016
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 24 March 2016

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Hog Outlook: US Hog Inventory Up in March
CME: Upward Revisions Made to US Pig Crop Again
CME: Cold Storage Report Supportive for Pork Prices
Smaller Corn Particle Size Reduces Costs for Pig Farmers
US Ag Organisations Optimistic Over Cuba Opportunities
CME: Lean Hog Futures Down Sharply
Swine Health Information Center to Improve Pig Disease Detection
FSIS to Streamline Food Safety Rules for Pork


BRF to Acquire Alimentos Calchaquí Productos

   European Union

Release of Pork From Private Storage to Start Soon
EU Pig Prices: Price Increase Continues
EU Politicians Call Again for Country of Origin Labels for Meat
Strong Start to 2016 for EU Pork Exports
EU Pig Prices: Easter Business Is Boosting the Market
EU Agri-Food Exports Rise in January

   United Kingdom

Scottish Pig Producers Back New Pig Health Charter
Could There Be a Return of Pig Swill in the EU?
Devil is in the Detail for UK Pig Herd Gains
Pig Market Showing Signs of Traditional Seasonal Changes


Management Key When Assessing Loan Applications for New Hog Barn Construction
PED Heightens Awareness of Importance of Role of Livestock Transporters in Biosecurity


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