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Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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How Will Brexit Affect the US Pork Market?

US pig market analysts have been discussing the impact that the UK's exit from the EU might have on the US's pork market.

In the wake of brexit the US dollar has strengthened against the pound, making US products more expensive. 

Steve Meyer and Len Steiner explained that when the dollar becomes stronger suddenly the price of US products goes up, making US pork less competitive relative to other exporting nations.

When the US dollar goes up the US market also becomes more attractive to ship to. The result is a shift in the relative flow of products into the US, ultimately impacting returns of US livestock producers.

Chris Hurt, Extension Economist at Purdue University, said the US only exports a small amount of pork to the EU. In 2015, only 0.2 per cent of US pork exports were destined for EU28 countries.

However, due to the strengthened the US dollar against the Euro, the 19 EU countries using the Euro are now at an immediate price advantage over US pork.

The longer-term economic implications of Brexit may be the most important and could reduce the rate of world economic growth. If Brexit does slow world income growth, that could be negative for global sales of pork, said Mr Hurt.

Following on with our Brexit coverage, the National Farmers Union has held a consultation on what a domestic UK farming policy should look like.

The agreed principles from NFU Council include ensuring the best access to markets in Europe, securing trade deals, preventing lower standard imports and creating an agricultural workers scheme.

In disease news this week, South Africa has reported three more outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF).

Reporting for ThePigSite, Glenneis Kriel spoke to the CEO of the South African Pork Producers Association, Simon Streicher, about the outbreaks.

Mr Streicher explained that the outbreaks have not had a big impact on commercial production, it is only affecting small-scale producers.

“Most commercial producers have sound biosecurity measures to prevent an outbreak. Small scale producers, on the other hand, cannot always afford these measurements, which ironically are aimed at protecting their investments,” Mr Streicher said.

ASF has also been reported this week on pig farms in Poland, Ukraine, Russia and Lithuania.

There has also been another outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) this week in Huron County, Ontario, Canada.

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Feed Processing and Nutritional Quality among Wheat Classes Fed to Weaned Pigs
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Global Pig Industry News

   United Kingdom

NFU Council Agrees Farm Policy Principles Post Brexit
How Will UK Meat and Livestock Sectors Face Challenges Following EU Exit Vote?
'Three Years of Uncertainty' for Meat Trade Post-Brexit
Holistic Approach Improves Meat Sustainability
Minister of Agriculture to Answer Brexit Questions at Livestock 2016
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UK Farmers Call for Reassurance on EU Support Schemes
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British Pig Producers Confident About Future
UK Sales of Pork in Decline Again


PED Reported in Huron County
Brexit Vote Results in Stronger Canadian Hog Prices

   United States

CME: How Dollar Movements After Brexit Vote Affect US Meat Trade
Hog Outlook: More Hogs Than Expected
How ‘Brexit’ Might Affect US Agriculture
CME: More Pigs in the Pipeline
CME: Pork Inventories Decline
Modest Pork Expansion, But Brexit Casts Shadow


ASF Hits Lithuanian Pig Farm


ASF Reported on Ukrainian Pig Farm

   Russian Federation

Russia Reports More ASF on Swine Farms


Failure to Raise Pig Prices is Unacceptable, says IFA

   European Union

EU Urged to Provide More Measures to Alleviate Market Pressure
EU Pig Prices: Scarce Supply is Boosting Prices

   South Africa

Biosecurity Key to ASF Control in South Africa
South Africa Reports More ASF Outbreaks on Pig Farms


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