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20 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United States WH Group to Acquire California’s Largest Pork Processor Clougherty
US - WH Group Limited's subsidiary Smithfield Foods has entered into a definitive agreement with Hormel Foods Corporation to acquire California’s Largest Pork Processor Clougherty Packing LLC and its...
Pig Industry News from Canada Improved Concrete Floor Design Extends Sow Longevity
CANADA - Research conducted on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc indicates improvements in the design of slatted concrete flooring will improve the comfort and longevity of group housed gestating sows, writes...
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Farmer Confidence Falls Amid Prospects of Labour Shortage
UK - Farmer confidence in the dairy and livestock sectors has risen over the last year, with overall farmer confidence for 2017 rising by 12 points, a new survey by the NFU has revealed....
Pig Industry News from Spain Nutriad Concludes 2016 Spain Maize Mycotoxin Survey
SPAIN - Multinational feed producer Nutriad, concluded its 2016 Mycotoxin Survey in Spain, which included 107 maize samples from different Spanish regions....
19 December 2016
Pig Industry News from European Union Only Small Increase Expected for EU Pigmeat Production in Next Ten Years
EU - Following a strong recovery in 2014 and 2015, EU pigmeat production is now expected to expand only marginally (by less than 1.3 per cent by 2026 compared to its 2016 high levels) due to limited consumption...
Pig Industry News from United States Hog Outlook: US Record's Record Hog Slaughter
US - We've got another record. This week's hog slaughter totaled 2.544 million head, up 4.1 per cent from last week, up 1.8 per cent from the same week last year, and 1,000 head more than the old record...
Pig Industry News from United States NPPC Expresses Concern Over Midnight GIPSA Rule
US - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has expressed concern over the issue of a regulation by the Obama administration that could restrict the buying and selling of livestock, lead to consolidation...
Pig Industry News from United States US October Pork Exports Largest Since 2014
US - US pork and beef exports continued to build momentum in October, with both achieving double-digit increases from a year ago, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export...
Pig Industry News from Global Weekly Overview: China Forecast to Maintain Pork Imports in 2017
GLOBAL - A new report from Rabobank has revealed that it expects consumers in 2017 to benefit from downward pressure on global meat prices....
16 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United States US Ag Department Sued Over Animal Welfare Rules at Slaughter
US - The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its unreasonable delay in responding to an AWI petition - filed in May 2013 - to amend the...
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Farmers Urged to Take Extra Care to Work Safely in Winter
UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging farmers to take extra care this winter to stay safe and well on farm....
Pig Industry News from Canada Smart Pig Handling Videos Generate Keen Interest World Wide
CANADA - Two "Smart Pig Handling" videos released by Manitoba Pork have attracted almost 300,000 hits on youtube, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Pig Industry News from Global Supply-Driven Global Meat Markets to Put Pressure on Prices, Rabobank Says
GLOBAL – Consumers are set to benefit from downward pressure on global meat prices during 2017, according to a new report from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group. ...
15 December 2016
Pig Industry News from China China - The Gift That Keeps on Giving?
CHINA - In the past 18 months, China has become an increasingly important destination for global pig meat exports....
Pig Industry News from United States USDA Announces $3.8 million for Organics Research
US - The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced the availability of up to $3.8 million in funding to support research, education and extension...
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Some Relief for UK Pig Meat Sales
UK - The amounts of bacon and sausages purchased from retailers in the 12 weeks to 6 November were higher than a year before but pork sales were still depressed. These were among the results of the latest...
Pig Industry News from Canada Canada Hog Markets – 2016 Review
CANADA - As we review 2016 from the table compiled by the OMAFRA Swine Team, we see perhaps a more normal year, if such a thing exists anymore in this industry, writes Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus...
Pig Industry News from United States December Hog Futures Dramatic
US - The rally in December hog futures has been more dramatic that most participants expected, us included. In the wake of such shifts there is always the temptation to discount the volatility as simply...
14 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United States Most US Farms Still Family Owned According to New Report
US - Farming is still overwhelmingly a family operation according to a new report, “America’s Diverse Family Farms 2016,” released this week by the USDA Economic Research Service....
Pig Industry News from European Union EU Pig Prices: Quotations Steady to Increasing
EU - The positive trend is continuing for some quotations on the European pig slaughter market. The quotations are partly stabilising on the level achieved....
Pig Industry News from United States New Study Aims to Market Whole-Hams Year-Round
US - The Pork Checkoff has recently funded a study to look at how whole-ham sales can be increased year-round....
Pig Industry News from United States Pork Commentary: US Hog Price Begins Rebound
US - writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc....
Pig Industry News from Czech Republic Czech Points: Prague Hosts European PRRSspective
CZECH REPUBLIC - The place: Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic. The occasion: the 2nd Boehringer Ingelheim European PRRSspective, attended by veterinary practitioners and researchers from across...
13 December 2016
Pig Industry News from Ireland Tom Hogan to Take Over as IFA Pig Committee Chairman
IRELAND - Following the completion of his four-year term of office, Chairman of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) National Pigs and Pigmeat Committee, Pat O’Flaherty, has congratulated Limerick farmer,...
Pig Industry News from Canada Use of Heat Quicker and Cheaper for Cleaning Swine Transport Trailers
CANADA - A researcher with the University of Saskatchewan says the use of heat to kill pathogens is speeding up the turn around time for swine transport trailers following cleaning and disinfection leading...
Pig Industry News from United States Find-A-Vet Tool Helps US Pig Farmers Locate a Veterinarian
US - Find-A-Vet is a timely tool created by GlobalVetLINK that assists US pig farmers who are searching for a veterinarian for their animals. The Pork Checkoff, collaborating with the Ames, Iowa-based...
Pig Industry News from Brazil Positive Year for Brazil's Pork Exports
BRAZIL - According to figures compiled by the Brazilian Association of Animal Proteins (ABPA), pork exports continued the good performance registered in early 2016....
12 December 2016
Pig Industry News from Global Weekly Overview: Resistance to Drug of Last Resort Found in US Pig
GLOBAL - A new study has discovered, for the first time, bacteria that carry a transmissible carbapenem resistance gene in a pig in the US....
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Ventilation Guide Now Available for Pig Farmers
UK - Previously only available electronically, the AHDB Pork Ventilating Pig Buildings guide is now available in hard copy format, and can be ordered from the AHDB Pork website....
Pig Industry News from Canada CETA Offers Opportunity for Canadian Pork to Distinguish Itself in Europe
CANADA - The President of Canada Pork International says the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Europe will give Canadian pork the opportunity to distinguish itself in that market, writes...
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