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12 August 2015
Is US Agricultural Productivity Growth Falling?
US - Future agricultural productivity growth is expected to fall as a result of current reductions in research funding, according to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture's Economic Research...
Success of TTP Important to Canadian Pork Producers
CANADA - The chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board says Canada's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be a critical component in the future viability of Saskatchewan's pork industry,...
Retaliatory Tariffs on US Exports to Canada and Mexico Threaten Entire US Economy
US - The past president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association warns the entire US economy will be impacted if the US fails to resolve Canadian and Mexican concerns over Mandatory US Country of Origin...
Mexico Leading the Way on Satellite, Drone Use in Agriculture
MEXICO - Mexican officials say the country is at the 'forefront' of technology use in agriculture and fisheries, allowing a more precise analysis of the sectors....
11 August 2015
New Structure Unveiled for Danish Crown Pork
DENMARK - Danish Crown is changing the structure of its fresh pork division....
Responsible Rodenticide Use Encouraged in Ireland
IRELAND - Rodenticides can have negative impacts on a wide range of non-target wildlife, but good practice by farmers can reduce such effects....
Scottish Union Calls for Set Agricultural Wages Under General Law
SCOTLAND, UK - NFU Scotland is calling for abolition of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) and for agricultural worker’s pay and conditions to be determined under general employment law....
10 August 2015
Weekly Overview: Pulled Pork Campaign Delivers Results for British Pork Sector
ANALYSIS - Whilst UK dairy and sheep farmers are suffering with low prices, pig farmers are experiencing some great results following the AHDB Pork Pulled Pork Campaign....
07 August 2015
Chinese Government Downplays Spike in Pork Price
CHINA - The Chinese government has played down the recent spike in the price of pork, after concern that the costliness of China's favorite meat could have implications for monetary policy....
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
US - The number of pig farm samples that were confirmed positive for porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) in the last week was 10. There have been no premises confirmed with having porcine delta coronavirus...
UK Farming Unions Call for Price Discussions with Ministers
UK - The UK’s four main farming unions are calling for the four UK farming ministers to hold a joint meeting with them to find solutions to the serious problems currently facing farmers....
06 August 2015
Chinese Jitters Create Risk for Pork Exporters
CHINA - Over the last month, doubts about the state of the Chinese economy have increased, which could be a cause for cause for concern among global pork exporters....
Manitoba Pork Optimistic over Canada's Participation in TPP
CANADA - The chair of Manitoba Pork remains confident Canada will be a full participant in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Poultry, Pig Animal Welfare Research Boosted in Australia
US - Research into animal welfare has been boosted by a $1 million Adelaide State Government grant to expand pig and poultry facilities at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy campus....
05 August 2015
Mexico has Potential for Greater Pig Productivity
MEXICO - Mexico has lots of potential for development and growth in productivity of the pig sector, according to agriculture and fisheries secretary Enrique Martinez y Martinez....
04 August 2015
MCOOL, VCOOL: Both Create a Hot Issue
US - Mandatory country-of-origin labeling adversaries continued their tit-for-tat last week as Sen. Debbie Stabenow promoted her proposal to change MCOOL to VCOOL (i.e.: voluntary), writes Steve Meyer...
UK Pig Industry Views Sought on PEDv
UK - Moves to make PEDv a notifiable disease have taken a step forward as Defra, together with industry organisations, is now seeking views on the proposal....
Brazilian Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Animal Health
BRAZIL - Brazil's Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply has committed to prioritising the use of the department's resources on protecting animal health....
03 August 2015
Weekly Overview: New Study Hopes to Shed Light on Worm Situation in Pigs
ANALYSIS - UK Pig farmers have their chance to help experts tackle the issue of wormer resistance this summer by completing a survey devised by a world leading animal health organisation....
Satisfying Stringent Pork Export Demands Depends on Producer
CANADA - The manager of producer services with Sask Pork says satisfying the stringent demands of high end buyers of Canada pork, such as Japan, is all about what happens on the farm, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Germans Reduce Animal Antibiotic Use
GERMANY - Germany has had noticeable success in reducing the amount of antibiotics prescribed by veterinarians, according to the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)....
AHVLA Report: Neonatal Diarrhoea, Osteoporosis and Inclusion Body Rhinitis in UK Pigs
UK - The Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has looked into neonatal diarrhoea due to rotaviral and clostridial enteritis, inclusion body rhinitis with and without systemic involvement,...
Consumers Do Not View GMO Labels as Negative 'Warnings'
US - Labelling food containing GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) would not act as 'warning' labels and scare consumers away from purchasing these products, according to a new study from the University...
31 July 2015
Farm, Consumer and Competition Groups Oppose JBS-Cargill Pork Merger
US - The American Antitrust Institute, Food & Water Watch, Iowa Farmers Union, Missouri Rural Crisis Center and National Farmers Union have demanded that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate...
Producer-Buyer Contract Arrangements Aided by New FAO Legal Guide
GLOBAL - A new legal guide from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is designed to support more equitable contract farming arrangements, and better policy making....
More Ecological Requirements for Chinese Agriculture
US - China’s farmers must use less fertilizer and pesticide, the government has announced in a push for cleaner water by the year 2020....
30 July 2015
Canadian Wild Boar Movement Reporting Now Mandatory
CANADA - Regulations under Canada’s Health of Animals Act that took effect just over one year ago for producers of domestic swine now apply to producers of farmed wild boar, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US
US - The number of pig farm samples that were confirmed positive for porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) in the last week was 10. There have been no premises confirmed with having porcine delta coronavirus...
29 July 2015
UK Government, Pig Industry to Launch Emerging Disease Plan
UK - On Monday 3 August, a new model that sees the Government and the pig industry work together to beat emerging animal diseases. ...
US Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Pork
US - Washington State health officials are investigating several cases and clusters of Salmonella infections that appear to be linked to eating pork. The ongoing investigation of at least 56 cases in eight...
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