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Monday 19th September 2016.
Lucy Towers - Editor

Lucy Towers

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Co-op Commits to 100 Per Cent British Bacon by May 2017

UK retailer Co-op has extended its commitment to back UK farmers by pledging to sell only fresh bacon that is 100 per cent British by 1 May 2017.

The new sourcing initiative will make the Co-op the only major UK food retailer to stock 100 per cent own-brand fresh British beef, chicken, pork, lamb, bacon and turkey.

It is already the only retailer to use British meat in all its chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches.

The move has been welcomed by the pig industry. Zoe Davies, Chief Executive of the National Pig Association, commented: “This is an important step for the Co-op and is a resounding endorsement for British farming. It’s important retailers do more than roll out the bunting in their aisles to support UK farming and switching to home-produced bacon is the strongest move a retailer can make.”

In other news, classical swine fever has killed 222 pigs in South KoreaThe outbreak was discovered on 4 September in 80-90 day old pigs at a farm in Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do. The source of the outbreak is thought to be due to contact with wild species.

Canada reported a further outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) this week in a Manitoba sow barn. This is Manitoba’s ninth outbreak of PED.

In Ukraine, two more outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been reported on village pig units. In total, seven cases were reported.

And in Norway, a study to find a successful strategy against LA-MRSA in pig herds has found that pig workers are the principle source of infection. This transmission route was previously unidentified.

“This is an important discovery and herds must be monitored if they are to remain free of MRSA, particularly in countries where there is little or no import of live pigs,” says Petter Elstrøm, researcher at the Department of Antibiotic Resistance and Infection Prevention.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Five Steps to Help Fallout Pigs Bounce Back
In nursery performance, consistency is key. Pigs that fall behind the rest of the group can lag through future phases and require additional days to finishing. To promote uniform groups, work toward a goal of 0.5 percent or fewer fallouts in the nursery.

Listening to Consumers to Maintain Agriculture’s Social Licence
Today it seems everyone has an opinion about how food should be grown, writes Angela Lovell.

Company News

Russia Hog Market Report
RUSSIA - Current prices in Russia are around 104 Roubles ($1.59) per live kg. This means good producers continue to be making $50 to $70 per pig profit. Despite this, there is a degree of nervousness in the market, writes Simon Grey, General Manager Russia, CIS, and Europe.
Pork Commentary: Russia Road Trip Week 2
RUSSIA - Our Russian road trip continued last week. We had the opportunity to get more insight on where Russia’s cropping situation is at, writes Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics.
Hypor Boars Score a Cut Above the Competition for Meat Quality
US - Both of Hypor’s Duroc boars made the final cut at MoonRidge Foods (MRF), based on their exceptional meat quality. MRF recently invested $52 million into a new, niche pork processing plant in Pleasant Hope, Missouri that markets exclusive Duroc derived pork to high-end restaurants.
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Global Pig Industry News

     United Kingdom

Co-op Commits to 100 Per Cent British Bacon by May 2017
UK Government Sets Targets for Reducing Antibiotic Use in Farming
Will New Food Labelling Regulations Build Trust and Confidence?
Farmland Wildlife in Decline, but Union Says Intensification Not to Blame
Producers Share of Pork Price Continues to Rise
UK Chief Veterinary Officer to Speak at 2016 OV Conference

     United States

Hog Outlook: Pork Retail Price On the Up
American Farmers Seek More Support as Incomes Remain Low
CME: Iowa State University Hog Returns Dropped in August
CME: Confluence of Factors Pressuring Prices Lower
July Pork Export Volumes Higher Year-over-Year
US, Chinese Researchers Study Energy Digestibility in Wheat Bran Fed to Pigs
CME: Changes to Livestock Mandatory Reporting


Manitoba Reports Ninth PED Outbreak
Precision Feeding Promises Reduced Environmental Impact
Pig Farmers Warned to Avoid Grain with Signs of Mould


Latvian Meat Processor Eyes Expanded Output, Higher Sales

     European Union

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Are Going Up
EU Weaner Prices Starting to Taper Back


Importance of Antibiotic Resistance in Farming Stressed Ahead of UN Event
FAO to Host Online China-Focused FMD Emergency Preparation Course


New Study Confirms Successful LA-MRSA Strategy for Pig Herds


More ASF Detected in Ukraine

     Korea, South

Classical Swine Fever Kills Hundreds in South Korea


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