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Monday 18th July 2016.
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Pig Grunts Identify Personality, Welfare

New research from the University of Lincoln, UK, and Queens University Belfast has found that the grunts made by pigs can be linked to personality and welfare.

The study involved 72 male and female juvenile pigs. Half were housed in spacious ‘enriched’ pens with straw bedding, while the other half were kept in more compact ‘barren’ pens with partially slatted concrete floors, which adhered to UK welfare requirements.

Tests were conducted to see how the pigs responded to social isolation and new objects, and to see whether their responses were consistent across two tests (defining their 'personality').

The study indicated that pigs with more proactive personality types produced grunts at a higher rate than the more reactive animals. It also found that male pigs (but not females) kept in the lower-quality conditions made fewer grunts compared with those housed in the enriched environment, suggesting greater susceptibility among male pigs to environmental factors.

In other news, China’s rising pork prices are still the centre of attention in the global pork market.

“China plays an increasingly important role in the global pork market,” says Chenjun Pan, Senior Animal Protein Analyst at Rabobank.

“China needs to increase imports to cover the supply gap in 2016. In total, we expect China to increase pork imports by 30 per cent. The EU, the US and Canada are well-positioned to increase exports to China given their availability of product and the adaption of production systems in response to China’s ractopamine-free policy.”

Beyond 2016, China will likely maintain its level of imports, even when local production recovers in 2017. The latest Rabobank report holds the view that local users of imported pork will continue to rely on imported pork due to its consistent quality and lower price, compared with local production.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

More Milk Production for Better Piglet Performance
Getting better piglet performance starts with higher quantity and quality milk production. Phytogenic feed additives can support both, write Richard Markus, Assistant to Development Director and Christine Hunger, Product Manager Phytogenics.

Oral Fluid Sampling as a Tool for PRRSV Surveillance in Gilts
Gilts are a potential source of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and their introduction into breeding herds is a pivotal step of disease control, write Giacomini E et al, Merial, Italy.

Company News

Biosecurity in Pork Production – Bio-Exclusion
GLOBAL - There are three types of biosecurity in pork production: bio-exclusion – avoiding the entry of a new pathogen; bio-management – controlling the level of pathogens already on the farm; and bio-containment – preventing the spread of pathogens to other farms. The focus of this report is bio-exclusion, writes Dr Joe Rogowsky, Director of Health and Biosecurity at Genesus.
China Hog Market: How are China's Pork Markets Developing?
ANALYSIS - China is a pork-based meat-eating country, when Chinese people say meat they mean pork. Other meats are described such as chicken meat, beef meat and so on, writes Alex Kovachevich, Genesus General Manager China.
BIOMIN Streamlines Digestarom Product Portfolio
GLOBAL - In an effort to focus on major livestock species, BIOMIN has streamlined the number of products within the Digestarom® phytogenic feed additive portfolio.
Pork Commentary: Hog Market & Lacking Traction
US - A few weeks ago summer hog futures were approaching 90¢. But just like the corn market which has seen a collapse of almost a $1.00 per bushel, the lean hog market has declined to near 80¢. Packer cut-outs are okay with USDA saying 89.48 (Fob plant).
Global Pig Industry News

   United States

CME: Cash Hog Price Decline Continues
Hog Outlook: Pork Retail Price Down From May
GMO Labelling Bill Passed in US
Pig Manure Could Build Roads in Future
Strong May Results for US Pork Exports
CME: Last Few Weeks Disappointing for US Hog Producers
Processing Methods Improve Pigs' Digestion of Industrial Co-Products
Hog Outlook: More Pork Coming to US from Europe, Less from Canada

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Scarce Quantities on Offer Are Boosting Prices
EU Launches Meat Observatory to Provide More Market Information
EU Pig Prices: Price Increase Continues as Pigs in Demand

   United Kingdom

Formal Complaints Over 'Fake' Supermarket Farm Branding
Andrea Leadsom Appointed UK's New Ag Secretary
Pig Grunt Rate Can Convey Welfare Information
UK Pork Exports Still Increasing in May


Local Food Standards a Sticking Point in EU-US Free Trade Talks
Public Trust in Agriculture and Freedom to Operate
Global Food Prices Increased Rapidly in June


Fibre from Straw Could Improve Gestating Sow Diets
Improved Slatted Floor Design Expected to Improve Sow Comfort
Move to Group Sow Housing Fuels Interest in Precision Sow Feeding


Rabobank: Opportunities in China as Pork Imports Increase to Fill Supply Gap


2016's First Half Tough for Brazilian Pig, Poultry Producers


Dutch Pork Exports Down in Q1 2016


Poland’s Pork Exports on the Rise


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