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28 April 2016
Cost-Effectiveness of EU Animal Disease Programmes Unclear
EU - EU animal disease programmes do a good job of containing disease, but it is hard to tell whether they are cost-effective, concludes a new report from the European Court of Auditors....
26 April 2016
Farming Group Launches Major Campaign on Benefits of Livestock
EU - Farming organisation Copa & Cogeca launched a major campaign in Brussels to underline the multiple benefits of the EU livestock sector and meat for growth, jobs, vibrant rural areas, a balanced diet...
22 April 2016
Verified Canadian Branding Strategy Boosts Consumer Awareness of Canadian Pork
CANADA - The Director of National Marketing with Canada Pork International reports the "Verified Canadian" branding strategy is proving highly effective in increasing the public's awareness of and desire...
Electronic Medicine Book to Record Antibiotic Usage Data
UK - An electronic medicine book for pigs (eMB-Pigs) is now available for all UK pig producers, in light of the need to collect accurate on-farm antibiotic usage data....
21 April 2016
Irish Farmers Call for Formation of a Pig Industry Forum
IRELAND - The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) National Pigs Committee Chairman Pat O’Flaherty is requesting the formation of an industry forum for the pig sector, similar to the structures already in...
20 April 2016
Mexico Opens Market to Spanish Pork
MEXICO - The Mexican market is now open for fresh pigmeat from Spain, with a number of other EU Member States expected to follow in the coming months. ...
EU Delegation Visits China, Japan to Promote Agri-Food Trade
EU - Phil Hogan, the EU's Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, is visiting China and Japan in the coming days accompanied by a business delegation of more than 60 senior European agri-food...
Feed Regulatory Changes Expected to Reduce Livestock's Environmental Footprint
CANADA - The Animal Nutrition Association of Canada says eliminating Table-4 of the Feeds Act will allow the formulation of feeds that will better match the nutritional needs of animals while reducing...
New Zealand Proposes New Animal Welfare Rules
NEW ZEALAND - The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback on proposed regulations designed to take the next step in improving animal welfare in New Zealand....
CME: Pork Retail Prices Lower than Last Year
US - USDA-ERS published March’s average retail price data on 15 April. These values provide an estimate for average retail prices for pork, turkey, broilers, and beef, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
19 April 2016
Mercosur Trade Offer Could Open Up EU Pork Market
EU - Reports circulating around the EU over the last week suggest that EU negotiators are preparing to offer some South American countries import quotas for selected agricultural products....
NFU Favours Remain Vote in Brexit Debate
UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has said that the interests of farmers would be best served by remaining in the EU after the referendum in June, based on current evidence....
18 April 2016
Brazilian Pig Producers on Alert for Corn Shortage
BRAZIL - The chief executive of the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA), Francisco Turra, has said animal protein producers are concerned about a shortage of corn in Brazil....
15 April 2016
USDA Acts to Clarify Living Standards for Organic Pigs
US - Organic livestock and poultry production requirements in the US are likely to be changed to ensure consistent application of regulations and aid consumer clarity, after proposed amendments by the...
Canada Funds Genomics Research to Help Detect Ag Pests, Diseases
CANADA - Canada has announced $30 million of funding over six years to support advanced research in agricultural genomics to mitigate biological threats to agriculture....
14 April 2016
Agricultural, Food Groups Urge Support For TPP
US - The National Pork Producers Council joined 225 other agricultural and food organisations in expressing support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and in urging congressional lawmakers to...
13 April 2016
Concerns Over Mercosur-EU Trade Talks Continue
EU - Following a meeting of the EU Farm Council in Luxembourg yesterday, farming organisations have welcomed opposition among farm ministers to a proposed EU trade deal with Latin American bloc Mercosur....
USDA Issues Revised Senecavirus A Guidelines
US - The USDA has issued a revised guidance document describing procedures and responsibilities for handling pig herds suspected of having senecavirus A to ensure that foreign animal disease investigations...
12 April 2016
Farmers Warn EU Ministers of Impact of Mercosur Trade Agreements
EU - Farm organisation Copa & Cogeca has urged Ministers to reject outright an EU Commission offer on agriculture which includes sensitive agriculture products in the free trade talks with the Latin American...
11 April 2016
France Launches Action on Animal Welfare
FRANCE - New animal welfare rules from France will aim to place welfare at the heart of the agriculture strategy, according to farming minister Stéphane Le Foll....
UK Government Reverses Decision on New Welfare Codes
UK - The National Pig Association has given a guarded welcome to the Government's unexpected volte-face over animal welfare codes....
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...
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