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16 January 2017
New US Packing Capacity Expected to Improve Producer Profitability
US - The Vice-President Pork Analysis with EMI Analytics is confident new US processing capacity will result in improved profitability for North American pork producers by mid-2017, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Ukraine Reports Further ASF Outbreaks
UKRAINE - Three further outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been reported on large farms in southern Ukraine....
USA Hog Market Report
US - Cash hogs and futures have held up remarkably well in the face of some of the largest weekly slaughters in history, writes Allan Bentley, USA Sales....
Pig Gene Advance Could Boost Sperm Stocks From Prized Animals
UK - Gene-editing techniques could help to improve stocks of farmed pigs by boosting supplies of sperm from prized sires. Scientists have created male pigs that could be used as surrogates capable of producing...
2017 US Pork Production Forecast Increases Again
US - The USDA has updated its World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), a monthly proceeding that integrates new developments and data into the existing outlook for agriculture commodity markets,...
Diagnostic Breakthrough Made in Cause for 'Shaking Piglets'
AUSTRIA - Cases of newborn "shaking piglets" have been reported since the 1920s both in Europe and abroad. Yet an additional cause for these congenital tremors has so far eluded researchers. A previously...
13 January 2017
Red Meat Sector Applauds Changes to Foreign Worker Programme
CANADA - The Canadian Meat Council is applauding changes announced last month to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Programme....
More ASF Reported in Ukraine
UKRAINE - A new outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been discovered on a farm in eastern Ukraine....
South East Asia Hog Market Report
SOUTH EAST ASIA - Pig farming is growing fast in Vietnam, and pig prices in the market are still in serious decline. One of the main reason for the decline in pig price is the enforced closure of the Chinese/Vietnam...
German Pig Meat Demand Under Pressure
GERMANY - Consumer demand for pig meat in Germany has been under considerable pressure in the last five years. Recent data published by the German market information agency, AMI, indicates it is taking...
Brazil Resumes Fresh Pork Exports to South Africa
BRAZIL - Brazil will resume exports of fresh pork to South Africa following the lifting of the ban South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)....
12 January 2017
Union Urges Govt to Compel Banks to Allocate Funds to Agriculture
GHANA - The General Agriculture Workers Union (GAWU) has appealed to the Nana Akufo Addo administration to use policy tools to compel commercial banks in the country to cede a substantial portion of their...
Canadian Pork Research Gets $1.8M Investment
CANADA - The Government of Canada is providing an additional $1.8 million to the pork research cluster to continue responding to consumer concerns around the humane treatment of animals, Agriculture Minister...
More Funding for UK Antibiotic Resistance Action
UK - Funding for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance has more than tripled this year in support of a new business plan which will help UK farming play its part in the global...
Farmers, Smallholders Warned Not to Feed Kitchen Scraps to Animals
UK - The Animal and Plant Health Agency is warning farmers and smallholders not to feed catering or kitchen waste to livestock such as pigs and poultry, even if they are being kept as pets....
EU Pig Prices: Germany Is Ahead
EU - This second week of the new year, the European price structure starts moving. After the Christmas season, the live animals’ market was only scarcely supplied with low quantities at brisk demand....
11 January 2017
Reduce PRRS, Improve Health With Vaccination Programme Change
NETHERLANDS - A change in vaccination programme has been shown to help improve health and reduce PRRS on farms in the Netherlands....
Kyrgyzstani Meat Exporters Barred from Transporting Goods to Russia
KYRGYZSTAN - Kyrgyzstan is no longer allowed to transport its goods to Russia by road through the territory of Kazakhstan, Advisor to the Director of the Veterinary and Phytosanitary Safety Inspectorate...
95% Pig Farmers Ready for Compliance with New Antibiotic Rules
US - US pig farmers are not only well aware of new federal rules for on-farm antibiotic use, but already are complying. In a survey conducted by the National Pork Board in November, 95 per cent of pig...
Changes to Express Entry Programme Expected to Hurt Meat Processors
CANADA - The Canadian meat Council says changes made by the federal government to the Express Entry Programme will make it harder for Canada's meat processors to retain skilled butchers and meat cutters....
November Pork Exports Set New Record
US - US red meat exports continued to build momentum in November, highlighted by a new monthly volume record for pork exports, reported the US Meat Export Federation....
Danish Crown Acquires German Slaughterhouse
DENMARK - Danish Crown has acquired a slaughter house in Germany that slaughters cattle, pigs and lambs....
10 January 2017
PCV2 Vaccination Beneficial to Piglet Health
NETHERLANDS - Is is almost always beneficial to vaccinate pigs with the CIRCOVAC vaccination, even when only low clinical symptoms are observed, explained a veterinarian working in the Netherlands....
German Pig Breeding Herd Continues to Contract
GERMANY - Provisional figures from the November census indicate that, at 27.3 million head, the German pig herd had fallen by 1 per cent relative to the same point in 2015....
Dutch Pork Exports Declined in Q3 2016
NETHERLANDS - Fresh/frozen pork volumes exported from the Netherlands were back 6 per cent on the 2015 figure during the first nine months of 2016, at 610 thousand tonnes....
Safeguarding Biodiversity Must be Integrated Across Agricultural Sectors
GLOBAL - Governments from 167 countries have given unprecedented recognition to the need to protect biodiversity across the agricultural sectors as a key action to achieve sustainable development, including...
Weekly Overview: Cuts to 'Red Tape' Promised for UK Farmers
GLOBAL - Speaking last week at the UK's Oxford Farming Conference to leaders from the food and farming industry, Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has outlined her hopes for a reduced regulatory burden...
US Pork Exports Spiked in November
US - US pork exports in November spiked up to the highest volume of the year, topping the next highest month (May) by more than 10 per cent. Compared to November 2015, pork exports were up 18 per cent,...
Banff Pork Seminar Takes on Global Importance
CANADA - The chair of the Banff Pork Seminar Organizing Committee says the Banff Pork Seminar has evolved into a meeting of global significance. The theme of the 2017 Banff Pork Seminar, which kicks off...
Pork Commentary: Global Market Thoughts!
GLOBAL - It’s the New Year and we are thinking about the China swine markets and how it will affect us, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc....
 
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