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Monday 5th February 2018.
Emily Houghton - ThePigSite Editor

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This month is focussed on pig meat – its place on peoples’ plates; defining its quality; and the innovations emerging in its processing.

Making pork fashionable
While pork consumption has been relatively stagnant in most developed countries, average consumption in South Africa has increased by roughly 3.5% per year over the past decade. Johann Kotzé, CEO of the South African Pork Producers Association (SAPPO), talked to Glenneis Kriel, about this trend. Johann Kotzé describes the challenges that the pig industry has faced over the years, and how SAPPO is working with long-serving and emerging farmers to make pork fashionable.

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Pork 101
The International Production and Processing Expo 2018 recently took place in Atlanta, Georgia, where thousands of meat industry representatives gathered to share their knowledge and innovations for the year. A feature of this year’s conference was the Pork 101 session, sponsored by Pork Checkoff, American Meat Science Association and Merck Animal Health. The session highlighted AMSA’s three-day ‘Pork 101’ conference whilst also discussing issues in the quality and consistency of pork meat and value differences in swine, pork carcasses, pork primals and processed pork products.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Making pork fashionable
While pork consumption has been relatively stagnant in most developed countries, average consumption in South Africa has increased by roughly 3.5% per year over the past decade. Johann Kotzé, CEO of the South African Pork Producers Association (SAPPO), talked to Glenneis Kriel, about this trend.

Pork 101
IPPE 2018 featured a session run by representatives from the Pork 101 project, who presented the features of the three-day processing course that will take place at various locations across the US.

Company News

Jim Long Pork Commentary: Where we at? Where are we going?
This past week, a year ago, US 53-54% lean hogs were averaging 69¢ lb; this year, this past week 73¢ lb - 4¢ higher, or about $8 per head to the good.
Food-chain specialist: Communicate the emotional side of pork production, not the technical
The food supply chain has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. “It’s so much more complex and consumer driven,” said Justin Ransom, supply chain strategist. “Today’s consumer can ask for specific things, whether it involves cars or clothes, and they can get it. They think it should be the same for the food they put in their bodies.”
Strategies to maximize long-term genetic gain in the genomic era
Genomic selection (GS) is a new method for improving economic traits in animal populations by utilising information from molecular markers, phenotypes and pedigree.
Genesus Global Market Report: China
As we welcome 2018, the year of the dog, the Chinese pork producer should be fairly optimistic.
Hypor Libra* raises interest, lowers feed cost
As the world’s most “prolificient” sow - the sum of prolific and efficient – the Libra* balances traits in feed conversion and mothering ability to lower the feed cost per pig. “Producing more pork with less feed requires a highly balanced animal,” says Hypor R&D Director Abe Huisman. The Hypor Libra* gives you more of what you DO need and less of what you don’t.
Jim Long Pork Commentary: Iowa Pork Congress report
Last week we attended the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa is the number one hog producing state in the US.
AB Vista IPPE Tech Talk – Feed Intelligence and the role of NIR in identifying incremental gains
Precision nutrition is an aspiration for many companies as they look to identify ways in which to increase profitability. The concept is grounded in delivering precise nutrient requirements to the animal.
New forms of swine influenza pose tough but manageable challenges
New strains of the swine influenza virus continue to emerge, making it difficult for pork producers to manage, two experts who specialize in the disease of food animals said at a recent webinar organized by Farm Journal’s Pork.
Hypor Magnus earns top marks in Hickory Ridge trial
Best pork; lowest cost. In any recipe for Total System Profitability, those are key ingredients. That may explain why the Hypor Magnus stole the show in a recent terminal sire trial at Hickory Ridge Research and Consulting against our biggest global competitor when it comes to the sire line.
Genesus Global Market Report: EU and Spanish pork markets
The Pork price for the Spanish market has ended 2017 at € 1,015 / kg live weight, above 1€ but bordering this. 2018 has already come down from the psychological barrier of 1€ to 0.995 / kg live weight. The average price for 2017 was € 1,261 / kg live weight compared to € 1,130 / kg live weight for 2016.

Global Pig Industry News

   United States

The 'cultured' meat movement at IPPE 2018
Iowa pig farmer appointed America’s Pig Farmer of the Year
Registration opens for Pork Checkoff annual Pork Management Conference
Iowa Pork Industry Center announces Iowa Pork Regional Conferences
NFU urges Trump to make good on promises regarding trade and infrastructure


US opens up to pork imports from whole of Mexico

   United Kingdom

Gilt Watch hosts first meeting in Warwickshire
Facelift for the "Controlled Environment for Livestock" handbook
NPA urges government to shift focus to permanent EU labour supply

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