New US Food Safety Company Focuses on Analytics, Innovation

Fri, 29 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS – Passport Food Safety Solutions, Inc. announced its formation to provide an innovative “systems” approach to helping meat and poultry processors consistently meet increasingly stringent food-safety standards.

 

Farm Trespass Warning for Pokémon Go Players

Fri, 29 Jul 2016

UK - The new mobile app Pokémon Go has become contagious, capturing the public's imagination, but a specialist in real estate and agricultural law has warned that players could find themselves breaking trespass laws.

 

Tight US Slaughter Capacity Expected to Pressure Nov-Dec Live Hog Prices

Thu, 28 Jul 2016

US - The Director of Risk Management with h@ms marketing services anticipates lower live hog prices come November December as US slaughter hog numbers approach processing capacity, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Pigs Demonstrate Potential of Gene Therapy for Metabolic Liver Diseases

Thu, 28 Jul 2016

US - As part of research to find a new approach to correct metabolic disorders in humans without a whole organ transplant, a study has tested gene therapy in pigs suffering from hereditary tyrosinemia type 1 (HT1), a metabolic disorder caused by an enzyme deficiency.

 

NFU’s Largest Member Consultation on Brexit to get Underway

Thu, 28 Jul 2016

UK - An ‘options paper’ detailing the National Farmers Union’s ambitious vision for British agriculture post-Brexit has been agreed by its national Policy Board. This means the organisation can now embark on its biggest ever consultation with its 47,000 farmer and grower members.

 

NZ Farmer Confidence Hit by Brexit Vote

Thu, 28 Jul 2016

NEW ZEALAND - Farmer confidence has picked up slightly since surveyed last in January but remains weak, according to Federated Farmers’ July 2016 Farm Confidence Survey.

 

Why Part-Time Pig Keeping Won’t Hog Your Schedule

Thu, 28 Jul 2016

UK - Post-doc research scientist, DEFRA consultant and prize-winning pig breeder Michaela Giles’s new book ‘The Commuter Pig Keeper’ explains how part-time pig keeping can be made to work. Based on her own experiences, the book is a real labour of love. ‘People who like pigs are really nice people,’ she says – and after five years of teaching pig keeping courses, she should know. Ahead of the book’s release, The Pig Site found out more.

 

How Retailers are Reducing Waste in the Pork Chain

Thu, 28 Jul 2016

UK - Finding ways to limit retail waste has been identified as a key part of the battle in securing food supplies for the world’s growing population. In the second of a series of articles, Voice Of Sustainable Pork examines what retailers are doing to cut waste in the pig supply chain.

 

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Ceva Sponsors IAHAIO Conference Held in Paris and Reiterates its Commitment to Promoting the Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction (HAI)

Wed, 27 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - The International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) is the world’s leading forum for the promotion of science, research and education in the field of HAI.

 

Pigs Soybean Meal Phosphorus Digestibility Not Affected By Production Area

Wed, 27 Jul 2016

US - Research at the University of Illinois is helping to determine the effect of growing conditions on the nutritional value of soybean meal.

 

What Does the Colour of Meat Tell You?

Wed, 27 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS – You just pulled a package of pork out of the refrigerator that you bought four days ago, and the colour looks darker that when you first bought it. Has it gone bad or is that normal?

 

Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US

Wed, 27 Jul 2016

US - The number of pig farm samples that were confirmed positive for porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) in the last week was six. There was one premises confirmed with having porcine delta coronavirus (PDCoV) and none with the dual infection (PEDV and PDCoV), in the 21 July 2016 report.

 

China's Pork Imports Continue to Rise

Wed, 27 Jul 2016

CHINA - Chinese imports of fresh/frozen pork continued to increase significantly in June, up 138 per cent to 762,000 tonnes.

 

CME: Pork in Cold Storage Down From Last Year

Wed, 27 Jul 2016

US - The results of the latest USDA ‘Cold Storage’ report probably did not get as much attention as the feedlot survey but we think it perfectly encapsulates the current state of the US meat industry, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Ceva Posts Strong Double-Digit Growth in First Half of 2016

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

FRANCE - Consolidated sales of the Ceva Group reached €455m at the end of June 2016, representing growth of 7 per cent versus last year +13 per cent at a constant perimeter and exchange rates.

 

EU Pig Prices: The Markets Are Balanced

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

EU - At the beginning of this new week of slaughter, the pig slaughter markets are well balanced throughout the EU.

 

Little Sign of Slowdown in EU Exports

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

EU - EU pork exports in May 2016 were marginally lower than in April but were still nearly double their level in the same month last year, at 226,000 tonnes.

 

Weekly Overview: Romania, Moldova at Risk of African Swine Fever Spread

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - Romania and Moldova are now at high risk of African Swine Fever (ASF) due to the spreading of the disease through southern and western Ukraine, said the Russian veterinary authorities.

 

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Molecular Biology Paves the Way for Gut Health Innovation in Livestock Sciences

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - Several narrow, advanced fields of study that examine the cellular metabolism of living organisms are setting the foundations for genuine innovation relating to gut health and performance in animal production in the years ahead. Breakthroughs may help define future nutrition strategies and the substitution of antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs).

 

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Osborne Awarded Patent for Innovative Heat Pad Indicator Light

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

US - The US Patent and Trademark Office has recently awarded Patent No. 9,361,770, for one of Osborne Industries' newest products: the Osborne Heat Pad Indicator Light.

 

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Pork Commentary: National Pork Industry Conference Part 2

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

US - Last week we wrote about the National Pork Industry Conference (NPIC) that was held in Wisconsin and we focused on Dhamu Thamodaran of Smithfield Foods Report on Markets. This week we will give some other observations re NPIC.

 

World Bank’s Safeguard Policies to Give More Protection to Farm Animals

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - The Humane Society International has welcomed the reference to meaningful animal protection standards in the final draft of the World Bank Group’s Safeguard Policies.

 

Many Options Available for Mitigating Pain During Painful Procedures

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

CANADA - The Veterinary Council with the Canadian Pork Council says pork producers have a number of effective options to choose from for managing pain in pigs during painful procedures, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

South Korean Pork Imports Remain Stable

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

SOUTH KOREA - Korean imports of fresh and frozen pork have remained largely static in the first six months of 2016, up less than half of one per cent, at 230,000 tonnes.

 

Big Dutchman China Welcomes Two New Directors in Sales Division

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

CHINA - Big Dutchman China is pleased to announce two additional members to its executive team. Mr. Ron Lane joined Big Dutchman as the Director of Sales for the Pig business unit and, in addition, Mr. Bruce Zhou as the Director of Sales for the Poultry Meat business unit.

 

More ASF Reported on Russian Pig Farms

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

RUSSIA - Fifteen new outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) have been reported in farmed pigs and wild boar in Russia.

 

Hog Outlook: Hog Prices Plunge

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

US - Hog prices were sharply lower this week. The national negotiated barrow and gilt carcass price averaged $69.88/cwt on Thursday, down $4.08 from a week earlier and down $7.31 from two weeks ago, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

CME: Hogs Post Record Slaughter Levels

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

US - USDA-NASS has released its June monthly livestock slaughter numbers. Although USDA-AMS reported daily slaughter gives us a fairly clear picture of what monthly slaughter was before the monthly report comes out, the monthly numbers are helpful in terms of putting longer term trends in perspective, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Pig Producers Advised to Check Alarms Are in Working Order

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

UK - Pig producers are being urged to check that they have working alarm systems in place in their pig units as warmer summer temperatures could impact on their pigs' health and welfare.

 

Russia Warns of ASF Risk to Romania and Moldova

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS - Russian veterinary authorities have warned that the spread of African swine fever in Ukraine poses a severe threat of the disease spreading further into Eastern Europe into Romania and Moldova.

 

Brazil’s Soy Production Expected to Increase Sharply

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

BRAZIL - Brazil features over 75 million hectares of underused pasturelands which could be turned into productive cropland, according to Rabobank.

 

Canadian Meat Industry Welcomes Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

CANADA - The Canadian meat industry has welcomed the signing of a Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement which represents an important milestone in the Canada–Ukraine bilateral relationship and will create new opportunities for businesses in both countries.

 

EU Pig Production Levels Up in April

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

EU - Provisional figures from the EU Commission show that EU pig meat production increased year-on-year in April, up 5 per cent to 1,950 thousand tonnes.

 

Urban Agriculture: Why ‘One Size Fits All’ Approaches Do Not Work

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

EU - Global interest in urban agriculture is growing. However, the importance of local context is not reflected in current governance approaches, argues a new study which evaluated urban agriculture in Belgium and Poland. The authors say that considering city-specific factors can help urban agriculture achieve its full potential, and recommend a broader policymaking strategy that considers the benefits beyond food production.

 

Only Half of Consumers Aware of Food Waste Problem

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

US - Even though American consumers throw away about 80 billion pounds of food a year, only about half are aware that food waste is a problem.

 

Big Dutchman Takes Over Pig Equipment Supplier

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

GERMANY - The Big Dutchman group, based in Vechta-Calveslage, Germany, has acquired the PAL-Bullermann group including their exhaust air treatment division I.U.S.

 

Quality Based Pork Grading System Would Benefit Canada's Pork Market

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

CANADA - Canada Pork International says creation of a pork quality based grading system, modeled after what already exists in the beef industry, will ensure the right product is selected for right market and give Canadian pork an edge with international buyers, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

ADM Launches High Protein Feed Ingredient

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS - PROPLEX DY, a new product launched by ADM Animal Nutrition at World Pork Expo, offers a source of digestible amino acids that can improve returns on their feed investment, while reducing reliance on expensive and/or variable protein products.

 

Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

US - The number of pig farm samples that were confirmed positive for porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) in the last week was 12. There was one premises confirmed with having porcine delta coronavirus (PDCoV) and one with the dual infection (PEDV and PDCoV), in the 14 July 2016 report.

 

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The Truth About Mycotoxin Binders

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - Binding, or adsorbing, specific mycotoxins to limit their negative effects in livestock is a well-established method for mycotoxin deactivation. While a large number of binder products containing clay minerals such as bentonites are commercially available, there is a certain amount of confusion in the market regarding claims authorized by the European Commission.

 

Researchers Find Fungus a Possible Precursor of Severe Respiratory Diseases in Pigs

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

AUSTRIA - Respiratory diseases in pigs typically involve multiple infections from different pathogens. Some pathogens play a greater role than others in the progression of the disease. The fungus Pneumocystis carinii is a relatively common cause of pneumonia in Austrian pigs, but its role has so far remained largely unexplored. Pneumocystis is considered to be less dangerous than other pathogens, as it probably requires other underlying conditions to sufficiently weaken the immune defence of the animals first.

 

ASF Continues Spread on Ukrainian, Russian, Lithuanian Pig Farms

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

EUROPE - More outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been reported on pig farms in Russia, Lithuania and Ukraine.

 

EU Pig Prices: Stabilising on the Level Achieved

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

EU - After the price increase last week, prices are expected to stabilise for the most part.

 

Canada Hog Market

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

CANADA - When discussing the pork industry I’m reluctant to reference anything as easy. This is a hard game of inches and as any participant who’s has been involved for any length of time can attest it can give you a ride that would make any theme park roller coaster look like a Sunday drive, writes Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario.

 

New €500 million Support Package Outlined for European Farmers

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

EU - The European Commission has presented a new package of measures worth €500 million from EU funds to support farmers in the face of ongoing market difficulties, particularly on the dairy market.

 

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Pork Commentary: National Pork Industry Conference Report

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

US - Last week we attended the National Pork Industry Conference (NPIC) which is held in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.

 

CME: US Sees Record First Half of 2016 for Meat Production

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

US - Before getting into the topic of the day, we remind readers that USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has some important reports being released this week, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Maple Foods Bacon Production gets C$500,000 Boost

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

CANADA - In a move to help increase exports of Canadian pork to highly valuable international markets, the governments of Canada and Manitoba are to invest C$500,000 in an expansion project that will increase bacon production at Maple Leaf Food’s Winnipeg-based facility by eight million kilograms every year.

 

Brazilian Pork Exports Record Strong Growth

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

BRAZIL - Brazilian exports of fresh/frozen pork for the first half of 2016 increased by 56 per cent on the same period last year, to over 301,000 tonnes.

 

Regulatory Climate Needed to Support Competitive Agriculture

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

CANADA - The General Manager of Manitoba Pork suggests government can best assist farmers by creating a regulatory climate that allows agriculture to access the resources needed to remain competitive in a global market, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

CME: Retail Pork Prices Moving in Seasonal Fashion

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

US - USDA-ERS released June average retail meat prices on Friday, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

EU Agri-Food Exports Increased in 2015

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

EU - EU exports for agricultural products reached €129 billion in 2015, an annual increase of 5.7 per cent, securing the EU's position as a top world agri-food exporter with a net trade surplus of €16 billion.

 

UK Chief Veterinary Officer to Speak at 2016 OV Conference

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

UK - Nigel Gibbens, the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer; Peter Jinman OBE, Chair of the RCVS Certification Subcommittee and Ian Wright, Head of ESCCAP UK & Guideline Director for ESCCAP Europe, have been announced as speakers at the 2016 Official Veterinarian Conference, ‘Safeguarding Animal Welfare – the role of the OV’ on 29-30 September.

 

Quality Assurance Key to Success of Canadian Pork in Japan

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

CANADA - The Executive Director of the Canadian Pork Council says Canada's ability to verify the steps taken on the farm to ensure the quality and safety of Canadian pork and the care given to the animals that produce that pork is an import component of Canada's ability to compete in Japan.

 

China Ruling the Global Pork Market

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

CHINA - Continuing strong Chinese import demand and stalling supply will continue to support global pork prices through 3Q 2016, according to the Rabobank Global Pork Quarterly Q3 2016 report.

 

EU Launches Meat Observatory to Provide More Market Information

Mon, 18 Jul 2016

EU - EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has launched a new Meat Market Observatory aimed at improving market transparency for the beef & veal and the pigmeat sectors.

 

Formal Complaints Over 'Fake' Supermarket Farm Branding

Mon, 18 Jul 2016

UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has written to formally complain to National Trading Standards Institute over the use of ‘fake’ farm branding by retailers on some food products.

 

GMO Labelling Bill Passed in US

Mon, 18 Jul 2016

US - New legislation designed to offer consumers more information about genetically engineered ingredients in their food passed in the US House of Representatives yesterday on a vote of 306-117.