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30 March 2017
CME: 'Hogs and Pigs' Pre-report Estimates Range Wider Than Usual
US - USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be releasing the much-anticipated Prospective Plantings report this Friday and also their survey on quarterly Grain Stocks, according...
Pig Prices Stabilise with Up to €1.74C/Kg Being Paid
IRELAND - Reports from pig suppliers around the country this week show a stabilising pig price after a number of weeks of rising prices....
Trade Show Highlights Active Month for US Beef, Pork Promotions
MEXICO - In March, USMEF’s efforts to promote US red meat in Mexico included participation in ANTAD 2017, the premiere trade show for Mexico’s retail sector, along with hosting workshops and seminars...
Saskatchewan Pork Producers Oppose Carbon, Support Provincial Govt's Position
CANADA - The Chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board says the potential imposition of a carbon tax offers nothing good for agriculture, writes Bruce Cochrane....
QMS, FDF Launch New Poster to Highlight Careers in Red Meat Industry
SCOTLAND, UK - A new poster aimed at highlighting the careers available in the Scottish red meat industry has been launched today (29 March 2017) by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Food and Drink Federation...
29 March 2017
Pork Checkoff Tours No. 1 Customer for US Pork Exports
MEXICO - With Mexico’s hunger for US pork continuing to grow, members of the National Pork Board spent 13-18 March in Mexico City building trade relations. The delegation invested its time immersing...
Ag Minister Wants Gambia to Get Into Livestock Exporting Game
GAMBIA - The Minister of Agriculture has called on his staff of The Gambia Livestock Marketing Agency (GLMA) to redouble their efforts in promoting livestock production to satisfy local demand and enable...
NAFTA Renegotiation Could Jeopardise US Food Processors Access to Canadian Products
US & CANADA - The Research Lead with Agri-Food Economic Systems says US food processors need to be sensitive to the potential impact on them of reduced access to imported Canadian products under a renegotiation...
28 March 2017
Pig Prices Strengthen After Weak Start to the Year
SCOTLAND, UK - Farmgate pig prices have strengthened following a period of downwards seasonal pressure in the early weeks of 2017, according to analysis by Quality Meat Scotland’s Economics Services...
IFA Reiterates Case in Brussels for Ban on Brazilian Meat
EU - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has met with Irish MEPs, senior officials in the EU Commission in DG Sante, DG Agriculture, Commissioner Hogan’s cabinet and COPA, to reiterate the IFA...
More Responsive Research Programme Expected Under Next Ag Policy Framework
CANADA - The Chair of Swine Innovation Porc anticipates a more responsive swine research programme under Canada's next Agricultural Policy Framework, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Pork Commentary: Brazil - Glass House Syndrome
BRAZIL - The Brazil Meat Scandal is a big deal in Brazil and has global ramifications, writes Jim Long, President-CEO Genesus Inc....
COFCO Meat's Profit Surges
HONG KONG - The annual net profit of Hong Kong-listed COFCO Meat Holdings Ltd jumped by 530.8 per cent year-on-year to 950 million yuan ($138.18 million) in 2016, thanks to the decline in China's population...
World Banks Reports on Viet Nam's Substandard Pork Abattoirs
VIET NAM - Abuse of antibiotics and pesticides in agricultural production and livestock breeding was thought to cause an increased risk of antibiotic and pesticide residues in food, a survey said....
27 March 2017
Another Positive Week for Sellers; Weekly Contribution Prices Also Up
UK - Another positive week for sellers with the SPP putting on 0.86p to stand at 151.04p and weekly contribution prices also rising by up to 3p/kg with most now between 150p – 158p/kg according to spec,...
CME: Hog Slaughter in February Down 0.6%
US - USDA issued its monthly production statistics for beef and pork, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc....
IFA: Brexit Cannot Derail Farming, Food Growth Targets
IRELAND - Speaking at the ASA debate on Brexit in Kilkenny last week, IFA President Joe Healy dismissed any suggestion of diluting growth targets for the farming and food industry because of Brexit. ...
Improved Communication with Public, Media Top Priority for Agriculture
CANADA - The Chair of Manitoba Pork says improved communication with the public and with the media has become a top priority within the Canadian pork industry, writes Bruce Cochrane....
NPPC Urges USDA to Abandon GIPSA Rule
US - Citing grave concerns that they would “cause serious harm to the pork industry,” the National Pork Producers Council said the US Department of Agriculture should not finalize – or at least exempt...
Report: Spanish Pork Exports to China Hit Record High in 2016
SPAIN - Spain's exports to China hit a record high in 2016 with €5.03 billion ($5.43 billion), Spanish news agency EFE reported on Friday....
24 March 2017
CME: Pork Inventory in Cold Storage at February End Down 9%
US - The latest USDA cold storage report did not present any major surprises but broadly speaking we thought it buttressed the bullish case for beef prices in the very near term, reports Steiner Consulting...
NPPC, NCBA Farm Bill Priority: FMD Vaccine Bank
US - The US pork industry’s top priority for the next Farm Bill is establishing a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank, the National Pork Producers Council told a House Agriculture subcommittee...
Pork Producers Call for Clarity in Animal Care Codes
CANADA - The Chair of Manitoba Pork says pork producers are looking for more clarity as dates approach for final changes to Canada's new Pig Code of Practice and its incorporation into the Canadian Pork...
Cost Shared Programme Helps Pork Producers Improve Animal Welfare
CANADA - A programme being offered by the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan in partnership with Sask Pork is helping the province's pork producers access equipment which will help them comply with...
US Pork Tastings Attract Attention at Shanghai Food Show
CHINA - Offering Chinese traders and HRI managers samples of US pork loin, brisket and boneless butt, USMEF was able to demonstrate the products’ quality and versatility at the Food and Hotel China (FHC)...
23 March 2017
CME: Key Countries Announce Plans to Suspend Brazilian Meat Imports
US - The scandal that has affected the Brazilian meat packing and processing industry in recent weeks continued to play out, with a number of key importing countries announcing that they would suspend,...
Rising Pig Prices Inidicated for Coming Weeks
IRELAND - The pig trade remains relatively positive this week, but a number of processors have attempted to take heat out of the rising market, according to Tom Hogan, Chairman of the IFA Pigs Committee....
EU Pig Prices: Quotations Inconsistent; Netherlands Closing Gap
EU - This week, the European slaughter pig market appears to be altogether inconsistent....
Agriculture Fares Well Under New Saskatchewan Budget
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board says, despite higher costs and reduced supports, agriculture fared well under Saskatchewan's latest provincial budget, according to Bruce Cochrane....
AgForce Welcomes Improved Farm Debt Mediation Process, QRAA Revamp
AUSTRALIA - AgForce has welcomed more rigorous farm debt mediation processes and a revamp of the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority to assist farmers in financial stress but have called for a broader...
 
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