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Monday 19th December 2016.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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China Forecast to Maintain Pork Imports in 2017

A new report from Rabobank has revealed that it expects consumers in 2017 to benefit from downward pressure on global meat prices.

The report, Prices Under Pressure in a Supply-Driven Market: Global Outlook for Animal Protein in 2017, found that high supply and a competitive market are expected to push down current prices.

Rabobank also predicts that China will continue to exert a huge influence on global meat markets. The world’s most populous country increased pork imports to record levels in 2016 and it is forecast that these import levels will remain constant next year.

In the US, production is expected to continue growing, but consumers’ appetites are being tested as record levels are reached. The strong dollar and uncertainty over future trading relationships with China and Mexico create potential headwinds for American producers.

The US is currently the world’s largest exporter of pork to China, excluding the EU.

The US's pork exports made the news this week as they recorded double digit growth from last year. 

USDA statistics showed that October pork exports totaled 201,936 metric tons, up 14 per cent year-over-year and the largest monthly volume since March 2014.

Export value was $521.1 million, up 16 per cent. For January through October, export volume was 6 per cent above last year’s pace at 1.86 million mt, while export value was up 3 per cent to $4.79 billion. 

Also this week, US hog slaughter broke new records. Market analyst, Ron Plain, stated that hog slaughter for the week ending 16 December totaled 2.544 million head, up 4.1 per cent from the previous week, up 1.8 per cent from the same week last year, and 1,000 head more than the old record set two weeks ago.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Nursery Weight Predicts Finishing Pig Performance
New research from Purina Animal Nutrition shows that every pound a pig gains at weaning can be correlated to nearly 2 pounds at the end of nursery and nearly 4 pounds at finishing.

Discerning Pig Screams in Production Environments
Pig vocalisations convey information about their current state of health and welfare. Continuously monitoring these vocalisations can provide useful information for the farmer, write J.Vandermeulen et al, M3-BIORES, KU Leuven, Leuven Belgium.

Company News

Canada Hog Markets – 2016 Review
CANADA - As we review 2016 from the table compiled by the OMAFRA Swine Team, we see perhaps a more normal year, if such a thing exists anymore in this industry, writes Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario.
Pork Commentary: US Hog Price Begins Rebound
US - writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Czech Points: Prague Hosts European PRRSspective
CZECH REPUBLIC - The place: Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic. The occasion: the 2nd Boehringer Ingelheim European PRRSspective, attended by veterinary practitioners and researchers from across Europe to hear the latest information on controlling the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). The theme: 5 Steps to Success, with the day’s programme built around the 5 Step Process developed by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health to assist pig farmers and veterinarians in deciding and implementing a strategy to control PRRS in a pork production system.
Global Pig Industry News

   European Union

Only Small Increase Expected for EU Pigmeat Production in Next Ten Years
EU Pig Prices: Quotations Steady to Increasing

   United States

Hog Outlook: US Record's Record Hog Slaughter
NPPC Expresses Concern Over Midnight GIPSA Rule
US October Pork Exports Largest Since 2014
US Ag Department Sued Over Animal Welfare Rules at Slaughter
December Hog Futures Dramatic
USDA Announces $3.8 million for Organics Research
New Study Aims to Market Whole-Hams Year-Round
Most US Farms Still Family Owned According to New Report
Find-A-Vet Tool Helps US Pig Farmers Locate a Veterinarian


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Supply-Driven Global Meat Markets to Put Pressure on Prices, Rabobank Says

   United Kingdom

Farmers Urged to Take Extra Care to Work Safely in Winter
Some Relief for UK Pig Meat Sales


China - The Gift That Keeps on Giving?


Tom Hogan to Take Over as IFA Pig Committee Chairman


Positive Year for Brazil's Pork Exports


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