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Monday 25th April 2016.
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Global Pig Meat Production Expected to Decline

Global pig meat production is forecast to decrease by 1 per cent on the year to 109.3 million tonnes in 2016, according to AHDB Pork analysis of the USDA's latest global outlook report. 

Furthermore, the latest forecast is 2 per cent lower than October’s estimate as the outlook for the world’s largest pig meat producer, China, has changed. Having predicted an increase year on year in October, USDA now forecasts a decrease of 3 per cent year on year, to 53.5 million tonnes. The reduction in output is thought to be due to poor producer profitability last year, a slowdown in China’s economic growth and issues surrounding its environmental regulations.

EU pig meat production is expected to exceed October’s forecast by 1 per cent to 23.2 million tonnes but is still down 1 per cent on 2015 as low pig prices caused a contraction to the EU pig herd.

US production is forecast to increase further by 2 per cent on the year to a record level of 11.3 million tonnes. Output from Russia and Brazil is also forecast to increase, by 3 per cent and 2 per cent respectively. 

In other news, Mexico opened its doors to fresh pigmeat from Spain. The EU has been working with third markets to remove technical barriers for trade. With this announcement, it is expected that other EU member states will also be approved for export to Mexico in the coming months.

In disease news, a new outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) was confirmed on a grower-to-finish farm in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada.

Also, African Swine Fever continued its spread through Lithuania, with seven wild boars affected. 


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

A Guide to Ventilating Pig Buildings
The pig building ventilation guide from AHDB Pork aims to help producers provide optimum living conditions for pigs, thereby improving production efficiency, through a better understanding of the principles of ventilation and types of system available.

Company News

CEVA Enters North American Swine Market with New Approach
ANALYSIS - Veterinarians have told CEVA that in today's market they need to be extremely responsive, and CEVA is ready to delivery.
MSD Animal Health to Acquire Worldwide Rights to Whisper® Veterinary Stethoscope System
GLOBAL - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health inside the United States and Canada) today announced plans to acquire worldwide rights for the Whisper® Veterinary Stethoscope System from Minnesota-based Geissler Companies.
Nutriad Gold Sponsor of Pig Feed Quality Conference
THAILAND - With record turnout, the 2016 Pig Feed Quality Conference in Bangkok once again proved successful in presenting the latest in ‘science, trials and applications’ in pig nutrition to its attendants.
Pork Commentary: China Market Sizzling
This past week we had visitors from China. The industry there is currently making fantastic money with China hog price of 19.54 rmb/kg liveweight calculating to $1.37 US lb. liveweight. A 250 lb market hog is bringing $340 US per head, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Hypor Names Graydon Bell as General Manager for USA
US - Former Hypor Sales and Marketing Manager and industry expert, Graydon Bell, will return to the Hypor team as General Manager, USA
AB Vista Video Sheds New Light on the Positive Effects of Complete Phytate Destruction on animal nutrition
GLOBAL - A new video from AB Vista reveals details about why complete phytate destruction in the digestive tract may lead to increased growth efficiency in swine and poultry.
Market Reports

USDA Cold Storage - 25 April 2016
USDA Livestock Slaughter - March 2016
USDA Livestock Slaughter - 2015 Summary
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 25 April 2016
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 25 April 2016

Global Pig Industry News


Survey Identifies Challenges in Attracting, Training, Retaining Pig Farm Workers
New PED Outbreak Reported in Ontario
Verified Canadian Branding Strategy Boosts Consumer Awareness of Canadian Pork
New Research Shows Sows Prefer Cooler Temperatures
Feed Regulatory Changes Expected to Reduce Livestock's Environmental Footprint
Positive Developments Reported for Canadian Pork Over Past Year
Calls for Extension of Pilot Canadian Truck Washing Protocol
Researchers Explore Methods to Reduce Mycotoxin Contamination in Pigs

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: The Market is Going Nowhere
EU Agri-Food Trade Continues to Increase
Mercosur Trade Offer Could Open Up EU Pork Market

   United States

Hog Outlook: Pork retail Price Up From Last Month
CME: Pork Retail Prices Lower than Last Year
FDA Takes Steps to Withdraw Approval of Swine Drug Carbadox
EU Delegation Visits China, Japan to Promote Agri-Food Trade
CME: Hog Cash Market Trending Sideways


Global Pig Meat Production Forecast to Decline

   United Kingdom

Electronic Medicine Book to Record Antibiotic Usage Data
NFU Favours Remain Vote in Brexit Debate


ASF Outbreaks Continue in Lithuania


Pig Waste Converted into More Useful Products in Pilot Plant


Austria’s Gierlinger Launches Production at Serbian Meat Processing Plant


Italian Meat Company Balances Tradition, Quality with Need for Greater Sustainability


Irish Farmers Call for Formation of a Pig Industry Forum


China Offers New Market Opportunities For Brazilian Pork


Mexico Opens Market to Spanish Pork

   New Zealand

New Zealand Proposes New Animal Welfare Rules


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