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11 April 2016
USDA Provides Millions in Funding for Animal Nutrition Research
US - The US Department of Agriculture has announced funding awards worth $6 million, in grants to institutions looking into farm animal nutrition and growth....
Exports to Slow as Rise in EU Pig Production Continues
ANALYSIS - European pig production grew by 2.5 per cent last year on top of a one per cent rise in 2014 largely driven by growth in the EU’s leading producers Spain and Germany....
08 April 2016
Renewed Interest in Expanding Saskatchewan Hog Finishing Capacity
CANADA - The chair of the Saskatchewan Pork development Board says improved opportunities for generating income through pork production has stimulated renewed interest in expanding hog finishing capacity...
EU's Young Farmers Held Back by Lack of Land, Credit
EU - Nearly 61 per cent of EU young farmers consider the availability of land for purchase and 57 per cent the availability of land for rent as the most difficult challenges they face, often due to issues...
07 April 2016
New Guidance on Pig Welfare Legislation
UK - New guidance to help pig producers comply with legislation is to be drawn up by the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC)....
Study Finds Exit From EU Poses Serious Risks to Farmers
UK - A Brexit is likely to have significant impacts on the agricultural sector in the UK, a study by Wageningen UR in the Netherlands, funded by the UK's National Farmers' Union (NFU), has shown....
National Pork Board Applauds Efforts to Curb Antibiotic Resistance
US - The National Pork Board is leading the conversation to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria and applauds the action steps defined by the White House through the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating...
Poland Increases Role in Pork Trade Within EU
EU - Analysis of trade figures shows little change in the volume of pork traded between the 28 EU Member States in 2015....
06 April 2016
New Manitoba Finishing Barns Would Keep Weanlings in Canada
CANADA - A Marketing Rep with h@ms Marketing Services says the construction of new finishing barns in Manitoba would allow more of the weanlings currently being shipped to the United States to be grown...
Swine Health Information Center Commits $3.3m to Fighting Swine Disease in 2016
US - The US based Swine Health Information Center has allocated over $3 million in 2016 to help the US pork industry become better prepared to respond to emerging disease threats, writes Bruce Cochrane....
USDA Reports Record Growth In US Organic Producers
US – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a significant increase in the number of certified organic operations, continuing the trend of double digit growth in the organic sector. ...
Modernization Proposes Elimination of Table-4 of Feeds Act
CANADA - As part of proposed revisions to the federal livestock feed regulatory framework, Table-4 of the Feeds Act will be eliminated and replaced with maximums for certain nutrients, writes Bruce Cochrane....
05 April 2016
CFIA to Review Changes to Canada's Livestock Feed Regulations
CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has completed as series of information session on proposed changes to Canada's feed regulations, writes Bruce Cochrane....
04 April 2016
Weekly Overview: New EU Animal Health Law Aims to Reduce Disease, Improve Ag Competitiveness
ANALYSIS - The EU has adopted a new Animal Health Law which will come into force on 20 April 2016. The new law aims to help prevent animal diseases, reduce the use of antibiotics and therefore, keep EU...
New EU Animal Health Law to Improve Ag Competitiveness
EU - The EU has adopted a new Animal Health Law, which Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said was another weapon in the fight against animal diseases and antimicrobial resistance....
01 April 2016
EU Live Pig Trade Declined in 2015
EU - Following the introduction of new Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) regulations in the EU in April 2015, there was a concern that the trade in live pigs between EU countries could be reduced....
Vets Concerned Over Move to Industry-Led Welfare Codes
UK - Vets have expressed concern after it was revealed that different farm sectors would gradually be taking over responsibility for guidance on farm animal welfare codes....
Getting UK Pig Producers Through Tough Times
UK - The pig industry is one that mirrors classic economic theory. When supplies are scarce, prices are high and this leads to increased production and surpluses, resulting in a fall in price followed...
29 March 2016
Weekly Overview: US Hog Inventory Up Slightly, Breeding Herd Down
ANALYSIS - The USDA released its latest US Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report over the Easter weekend. ...
Could There Be a Return of Pig Swill in the EU?
EU - Pig swill has been a dirty term since the foot-and-mouth outbreak in the UK in 2001, but Japan and South Korea manage to use it safely and effectively, so could there be scope for a return in the...
24 March 2016
EU Politicians Call Again for Country of Origin Labels for Meat
EU - Food safety MEPs reiterated their support for introducing mandatory country of origin labelling of meat and milk, in a non-binding resolution voted on Tuesday. ...
Devil is in the Detail for UK Pig Herd Gains
UK - Focus on producing more litters per sow and improving uniformity in finisher pigs when they go for sale, producers are advised. These were two key points discussed by producers at the latest meeting...
23 March 2016
US Ag Organisations Optimistic Over Cuba Opportunities
US - As part of a thaw in relations between the two countries, new opportunities for collaboration the US' and Cuba's agriculture sectors were announced during President Obama's historic visit to the island....
Swine Health Information Center to Improve Pig Disease Detection
US - Research planned by the US based Swine Health Information Center will improve the detection of viruses that may put the US Swine herd at risk, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Creativity in Agriculture Needed to Meet Hunger Goals
GLOBAL - The international community needs to find new and innovative ways of working together if it is to meet the goals laid out in the UN's new Sustainable Development Agenda, FAO Director-General José...
FSIS to Streamline Food Safety Rules for Pork
US - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a proposed rule that would amend, consolidate and streamline existing regulations for meat and poultry products....
21 March 2016
Weekly Overview: European Commission Activates New Measures to Combat Pork Market Crisis
ANALYSIS - The European Commission has activated additional exceptional measures to combat the crisis in agricultural markets, after a meeting of ministers which was met by farmer protesters in Brussels...
Brazil Hits Record Pig, Poultry Slaughter in 2015
BRAZIL - Good chicken prices last year and swine in 2014 led to record slaughter numbers in Brazil in 2015, according to the general coordinator for livestock in the Ministry of Agriculture, John Solomon....
New EU Regulation to Boost Use of Fertiliser from Farm Waste
EU - The EU Commission has proposed a Regulation which will significantly ease the access of organic and waste-based fertilisers to the EU single market, bringing them on a level playing field with traditional,...
18 March 2016
EU and Spanish Pork Markets
EU and SPAIN - Spain becomes the third largest hog producer in the world (after China and the US) and the first out of the EU, surpassing Germany, writes Mercedes Vega, General Director for Spain, Italy...
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