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07 April 2015
CME: Port Dispute Partly to Blame for Poor US Meat Exports
US - The dispute between Representatives of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and West Coast port operators was one factor in another month of relatively poor US exports of meat and poultry,...
Pork Commentary: US Price Expectations
US - We sometimes wonder how we end up thinking as we do. It is as if we are in a different universe compared to other commentators. Last week we read after we wrote our commentary the expectations of...
Hog Outlook: Hog Slaughter to Stay Well Above Year Ago Level
US - The March Hogs and Pigs report indicates hog slaughter will stay well above the year ago level through August. The inventories of market hogs by weight group were from 6 per cent to 9.4 per cent larger...
02 April 2015
Swiss Must Knock Down Trade Barriers, Says Report
SWITZERLAND – Half of Swiss farm receipts come from farm support measures and major trade barrier reductions should be rolled out to address this....
USDA Report Prompted Higher Hog Prices
US - Release of the latest USDA Hogs and Pigs Report has triggered some improvement in live hog prices, writes Bruce Cochrane....
01 April 2015
New Humane Society to Protect Animals in Saskatchewan
CANADA - A new humane society has been established in Saskatchewan to take over enforcement of the province's Animal Protection Act, writes Bruce Cochrane....
New EU Meat Labelling Rules in Force from 1 April 2015
EU - New rules on the labelling of fresh, chilled and frozen meat (from sheep, goats, pigs and poultry) will apply from 1 April 2015....
Time-out on Trade Talks, Global Negotiations Stall
GLOBAL - Talks at the World Trade Organization over food safety and animal and plant health as part of the on-going trade negotiations have come to an impasse....
31 March 2015
US Plan to Combat and Prevent Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
US - A smarter and judicious use of antibiotics will help to slow the emergence of resistant bacteria....
India Changes Import Requirements for Pork, Pork Products
INDIA - The Indian Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries (DADF) has recently published a draft veterinary certificate with changes to imported pork and pork products....
Pork Commentary: Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report - Hope or Disaster?
US - The USDA has released its March 2015 Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report, but is it hope or disaster? writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc....
NOAH Calls for Evidence-based Decisions on Future Legislation
UK - The UK industry body for veterinary medicines, the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has called for backing for the EU regulations and changes that will increase availability of medicines for...
Lean Hogs Futures React to Report as Expected
US - The USDA’s quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, released on Friday came in close to analysts’ pre-report expectations and Lean Hogs futures reacted as expected today with nearby contracts posting small...
CME: USDA Hogs Report Supportive for Deferred Futures
US - The USDA has released the results of its quarterly Hogs and Pigs inventory survey of markets, which can be seen as neutral for spring and summer futures but supportive for deferred contracts, write...
WTO Sets Up Disputes Panel over Russian EU Trade Tariffs
GLOBAL - The dispute settlement body of the World Trade Organisation has established a disputes panel over Russia’s tariff treatment of agricultural and manufacturing goods from the EU....
NFU Call for Hold on COOL Talks Until WTO Ruling
US - The National Farmers Union in the US has urged the government not to discuss laws changing Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL) until after a World Trade Organisation ruling on the matter....
30 March 2015
South Korea Imports New Vaccine after FMD Outbreaks
SOUTH KOREA - The South Korea government is continuing with efforts to control Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) in pigs and cattle....
27 March 2015
Canada Remains Top Destination for High Value US Ag Exports
US - In 2014, Canada remained the top destination for US exports of high-value agricultural products, with a total of $17.2 billion....
Agricultural Innovations Developed by New Funding
UK - £16 million is being invested in 25 projects aimed at developing innovative business ideas to support UK agriculture....
26 March 2015
Paraguay Aims for Classical Swine Fever Free Status
PARAGUAY - The National Service of Quality and Animal Health (SENACSA) together with the private sector is working hard on the preparation of technical documents to submit to the OIE in order to obtain...
Opportunities for Red Meat Exports to China in Spotlight
UK - Future exports of beef and lamb to China could mirror the successful blueprint of pork and benefit the entire supply chain, according to EBLEX....
25 March 2015
FDA Releases Farm Feed Guidelines
US – A period of public comment is now open on draft guidelines on farm animal feed, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced....
CME: Latest USDA Report has Bearish Implications for Pork
US - USDA released on Monday, March 23, the results of its monthly survey of refrigerated warehouses and we think the results have bearish implications for beef, pork and chicken, write Steve Meyer and...
Agriculture Industries Call for Future Growth, Sustainability
UK - The Agriculture Industries Confederation (AIC) is urging the next Government to pursue growth and sustainability....
Producers Urged to Register with PigTrace Canada
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board is encouraging any pork producer in the province who is not yet set up to report hog movements to contact Sask Pork or PigTrace Canada to be issued a premise...
24 March 2015
Cyclone Pam Destroys Agriculture, Kills Pigs in Vanuatu
VANUATU - Strong winds, heavy rains and floods resulting from Tropical Cyclone Pam have caused extensive damage to agriculture throughout Vanuatu, including the main food and export crops, livestock, and...
FMD Control a Shared Duty to Reach FMD Free World by 2020
PHILIPPINES - Controlling Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and other transboundary animal diseases at source should be a shared obligation among countries—both infected and uninfected—as governments target...
Agriculture Must Adopt Better Water Management to Ensure Sustainable Food Supplies
GLOBAL - As people around the world celebrated World Water Day 2015 on Sunday 22 March, the United Nations released a new report predicting major water shortages of 40 per cent across the globe in line...
23 March 2015
Punitive Trade Barriers Hit European Exports
ANALYSIS - Significant trade and investment barriers are being built by Europe’s leading trading partners....
20 March 2015
Increased EU Pig Production and Drop in Prices Forecast
EU - In 2014, EU pig meat production started recovering from the low 2013 level supported by lower feed costs and increased productivity, according to the latest European Commission 'Short Term Outlook...
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