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Monday 22nd August 2016.
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Lack of Development in Breeding, Feed Holding Back Indian Pig Production

A lack of development in the feed and breeding sectors of the pig farming industry are currently holding India's pig production back.

India's pork production in 2015 was estimated at 464,000 metric tons, registering growth of only 1.4 per cent, which was mainly due to population growth.

According to a report from USDA FAS, the major challenges that affect the growth of India's pork sector include lack of sufficient breeder farms, deficiency of feed and fodder resources, diseases like classical swine fever, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), and porcine rotavirus, limited availability of vaccines, and insufficient slaughter and processing facilities across the country.

The sector is also constrained as most pig farmers undertake pig farming as a livelihood rather than scientific pig farming with improved foundation stock, proper housing, feeding and management.

In other news, the US recorded strong growth in pork exports to China, Hong Kong, Canada and Central America. As a whole, the US's pork exports ended the second half of 2016 on a positive note. 

Pork exports reached 187,939 metric tons (mt) in June, up eight per cent from a year ago, while export value increased 11 per cent to $505.4 million.

June pork exports to China/Hong Kong remained well ahead of last year’s pace, increasing 84 per cent in volume (50,374 mt) and 73 per cent in value ($98.8 million).

“New opportunities for US pork were developed in China/Hong Kong over the past year, and the inroads we made with importers and other key buyers in the region will pay long-term dividends,” said USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng.

In disease news, African Swine Fever has been reported on pig farms in Lithuania.

In the US, more pigs have tested positive for influenza at two Michigan county fairs. No ill human contacts have been reported, according to state health officials.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Principles and Decision Making in Pig Diet Formulation
From a macro level, once growth and feed intake in the specific production system are known, the first step in diet formulation is to define the most economical net energy (NE) level.

Training Caregivers to Spot Sick Pigs Early Leads to Higher Performance, Lower Mortality
Pig health is critical for maintaining animal welfare and ensuring a steady supply of safe and affordable pork. “Sustainable Health” is a series of articles about common health issues in today’s swine herds and options available for managing them sustainably.

Company News

USA Pork Market
US - Unfortunately, we lost $10- $12 in the futures market in just 6 weeks. Using the latest hogs and pigs report numbers we are probably going to set new weekly slaughter records this fall. With that said, I do not see the need for packers to chase cash hogs for a while, writes Allan Bentley, US Sales.
Animal Nutrition Advancements to be Showcased at WNC Pre-Conference Symposium
CANADA - Industry experts will share research and expertise on how to leverage tools and ingredients for animal performance and environmental benefits, at the Western Nutrition Pre-Conference Symposium in Saskatoon, Canada, on September 20th.
Genesus Appoints New Sales Manager for Western Region
CANADA - Genesus is pleased to announce the appointment of Art Goelema as Sales Manager Western Region.
Safer, More Reliable Method to Test for Trichinella in Pork
EU - Germany-based Gütersloh Veterinary Services recently shared its experience in routine Trichinella testing in swine carcasses with the validation and implementation of the PrioCHECK™ Trichinella AAD from Thermo Fisher Scientific, a new alternative artificial digestion method which offers many benefits, including worker safety and constant product quality.
Pork Commentary: Asian Road Trip Week 3
ASIA - Our Asia road trip continued last week having already been to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and now to China, writes Jim Long, President-CEO Genesus Inc.
Pig Producers Can Now Evaluate Herd Health While On the Go
US - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) has launched its new free mobile apps that assist swine veterinarians and farmers in maintaining healthy herds and productive farms.
AB Vista Welcomes New Technical Sales Manager for Australasia
GLOBAL - AB Vista has expanded its global team with the appointment of nutrition expert Dr. Ken Greaney, who joins the company as technical sales manager for Australasia.
Global Pig Industry News


CME: Slower Growth for Canadian Livestock Expansion
Antibiotic Regulation Changes Will Benefit Livestock Producers
Hydrovac Based Swine Transport Cleaning Expected Soon

   United States

Hog Outlook: Pork Retail Price Increasing
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More H3N2v Detected in Michigan Pigs
CME: Large Soybean Harvest to Improve Feed Prices
CME: Lower Feed Prices Expected to Boost US Meat Production
Record US Crop Production Forecast Good News for Feed prices
US Pork Exports to China, Canada, Central America Strong
PED Being Dealt with as Endemic Infection

   United Kingdom

Producer Share of Pork Retail Price at 10-Month High
Global Pork Prices Starting to Pick Up
CCTV in Slaughterhouses is Cost-Effective and Feasible, say Experts
Funding Must be Spent on Agriculture, say UK Farming Unions
Further Calls for Post-Brexit Revolution in British Farm Funding
UK Pork Exports Continue to Rise
Treasury Confirms Agricultural Spending Will Remain Till 2020
NFU Consultation Period on Brexit Now Open


Danish Crown Job Losses as Decline in Pigs for Slaughter
Researchers Investigate Manure Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Danish Breeding Herd Still Shrinking

   European Union

EU Pork Exports Reach Another New High
EU Pig Prices: Quotations on a Steady Level


More ASF Reported in Lithuanian Pigs


Lack of Development in Breeding, Feed Holding Back Indian Pig Production Growth


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