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Polish Meat Processor to Acquire Pig Breeding Business 

Polish meat processor Gobarto S.A. (formerly PKD Duda S.A.) has signed a preliminary deal to acquire local pig breeder PPH Ferma-Pol sp. z o.o. from Poland’s Ministry of Treasure.

The contract is worth about PLN 22 million (€4.9m).

As part of the deal, Gobarto declared it will invest at least PLN 10 million (€2.2m) in the company within a 48-month period following the acquisition.

In other news, researchers at the University of Illinois, US, have examined how added fat may affect the digestibility of nutrients in pigs.

Dr Hans H. Stein, professor of animal sciences at Illinois, set out to determine the effect of the relative concentrations of saturated (SFA), monounsaturated (MUFA), and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) on the apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) of minerals in diets fed to pigs.

The apparent total tract digestibility of calcium, phosphorus, and sulfur was increased in pigs fed diets containing soybean oil, corn oil, palm oil, or tallow compared with pigs fed diets containing no added fat or choice white grease.

Added fat did not affect the ATTD of potassium, manganese, sodium, or zinc, although there was a tendency for magnesium digestibility to be greater in pigs fed diets containing soybean oil or corn oil, compared with pigs fed diets containing tallow or choice white grease.

In disease news, African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported in Kenya, South Africa, Russia and Ukraine.

In all four countries outbreaks were reported on commercial and backyard farms. In Ukraine, an outbreak was also discovered after two pig carcasses were found in a dumpsite near Shpola city. Laboratory tests of samples taken from the pigs gave positive results for ASF.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

How to Reduce Pig Weight Variability?
In a sector aiming at standardizing the final product at the maximum, variability in pig weight at slaughter age is still one of the major issues in the swine industry nowadays, reports Miquel Collel (Director, Scientific Marketing Affairs, Global Swine) and Olivia Azlor (Global Marketing Director, Global Swine), Merck Animal Health.

Consumers and Pork Quality - Tenderness
For the pork industry, there is one common goal: to provide a cost competitive, wholesome, uniform and quality product to the consumer.

Company News

Agro Belogoria Launch Genesus Duroc Meat Brand
RUSSIA - On Sunday November 20th, Agro Belogoria, Russia’s 4th largest pig producer and packer, launched its Genesus Duroc Pork.
China Hog Market - Eurotier and the Chinese Pig Industry
CHINA - Last week, Genesus was at Eurotier. The Genesus presence was split over two booths with our European partners, JSR Germany and Pork-Ex from Denmark. Both booths were constantly busy with a flow of existing customers, new customers, and industry friends. Pig producers are cashed up and looking to expand, writes Alexander Kovachevich, GM China Area.
Nutriad Presents Digestive Performance and Mycotoxin Management in Medan
INDONESIA - Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, through its distributor in Indonesia Kalbe Animal Health successfully launched their Digestive Performance products ADIMIX® (ADIMIX® Precision & ADIMIX® Easy) and their Mycotoxin Management portfolio (TOXY-NIL®, TOXY-NIL® PLUS and UNIKE® PLUS) at a technical swine seminar in Medan (Indonesia).
The Impact of Gut Health and Gut Integrity on Performance of Livestock Animals
CANADA - Remarks by Franz Waxenecker, BIOMIN, Austria at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
ASPAC Performance and Portfolio Expansion Mark Another Successful Year for AB Vista
UK - Animal nutrition technology company AB Vista, has revealed a successive year of global market share growth driven largely by strong sales of the Quantum Blue and Econase XT enzyme product lines.
NAMI Announces Additional Free Education Programming for 2017 IPPE
US - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) announced it will sponsor three additional free education programs at the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), scheduled to take place Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2017, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.
FluSure XP® Vaccine With Strain Update Now Available From Zoetis
US - Zoetis Inc. has announced the availability of its FluSure XP® vaccine updated with clusters IV-A and IV-B of the H3N2 subtype. Because influenza A virus of swine (IAV-S) continues to evolve and challenge swine herds, Zoetis has responded by updating FluSure XP to include the most relevant strains found to be circulating in US herds.
Pork Commentary: US Producers Losing $35 Per Head
US - As Thanksgiving holiday ends, it was good to have the celebration but the one less day of slaughter from the holiday puts even greater pressure on shackle space and allows packers to bid even lower. Last Friday, the Iowa-Minnesota average price was $42.31 lean a lb. The losses per head are in the $35-40 per head range. It’s ugly.
Market Reports

AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 5 December 2016
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 5 December 2016

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

Hog Outlook: Hog Slaughter Up Again Following Thanksgiving Week
Research Ties Sow and Progeny Diet to Kyphosis Risk
US Pork Exports Looking Positive
Added Fat in Pig Diets May Affect Digestibility of Nutrients
Rebound in Live Hog Markets Dependent on Continued Steady Pork Demand
Livestock Futures Markets Record Higher Prices
Pork Checkoff Addresses Growing US Pork Supply


More ASF Reported in Kenya

   South Africa

South Africa Reports Further ASF Outbreaks

   European Union

Progress Report: Castration of Pigs in the EU
EU Pig Prices: Pigs Continue to Be in Demand – Price Barometer Still Pointing Upward


Study Shows Sows Can Tolerate Temperature as Low as 9°C
Technology Procedures Training Change in Response to Risk of Disease Transmission


Gobarto Signs Deal to Acquire Polish Pig Breeding Business

   United Kingdom

NPA Looking for New Senior Policy Advisor
New UK Pork Strategy Aims to Close the Productivity Gap
UK Food Producers Call for Tariff-free Access to the Single Market
Warnings of Food Price Increases Underline Importance of British Food Production
Scotland Launches Action Plan for New Generation Farmers

   Russian Federation

Russia Reports More ASF Outbreaks


Ukraine Reports More ASF Outbreaks


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