Effective Vaccination Programmes Offer Excellent Payback

Thu, 27 Apr 2017

CANADA - A Territory Manager with Zoetis says the payback on an effective vaccination programme can range from two to one to as much as seven to one, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

Calysta, Cargill Officially Break Ground on New Feed Production Plant

Thu, 27 Apr 2017

US - NouriTech and its lead investors, Calysta, Inc. and Cargill, were joined by state and local elected officials yesterday to officially break ground on a 37-acre Memphis feed production facility.

 

CME: Total Commercial FI Slaughter for Hogs 99.3%

Thu, 27 Apr 2017

US - USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), produces a volume of data which livestock markets depend on. Key reports include monthly "Cattle on Feed", "Quarterly Hogs and Pigs", monthly "Cold Storage", and "Cattle Inventory." NASS also compiles and publishes official slaughter data, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

New Programme Keeps Pace with Competition

Thu, 27 Apr 2017

CANADA - The Manager of Quality Assurance and Animal Care Programmes with Manitoba Pork says Canada's new on farm pork quality and animal welfare assurance programme matches and exceeds those being offered in other countries, according to Bruce Cochrane.

 

CME: Frozen Pork Inventory at End of March Down 10%

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

US - The highlight of the USDA-NASS (National Agriculture Statistic Service) "Cold Storage" report released 24 April was the decline in frozen beef inventories, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Market Indicators Suggest Push for Significant Pig Price Increase

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

IRELAND - Quotes from the main processors remain in the range of €1.68/kg- €1.70c/kg again this week. Reports from pig farmers around the country indicate that the majority of pigs are moving at prices of €1.70c/kg plus, into export plants.

 

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Moving Sideward

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

EU - This week, the European slaughter pig market appears to be in a continuously steady state. The quotations have been constant with no exceptions. The week after Easter is presenting markets which are altogether balanced.

 

China's Food Prices Continue to Dip

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

CHINA - The average price of food in 50 Chinese cities continued to drop between 11 April and 20 April, official data showed Monday.

 

Call for Patience in Assessing Survival of Fall Seeded Cereal Crops

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

CANADA - The Executive Director of Winter Cereals Canada is calling for patience as winter cereal growers assess the viability of crops that were planted last fall, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Perdue 'Very Good' for US Agriculture, Says NPPC

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

US - Calling him “very good for America’s farmers and ranchers,” the National Pork Producers Council congratulated former Georgia Governor George “Sonny” Perdue on his confirmation by the US Senate as the new Secretary of Agriculture.

 

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AB Vista appoints new business manager

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

AB Vista has appointed Fernando Garcilopez as Business Manager for Spain, Portugal and Italy. Mr Garcilopez joins AB Vista with more than 15 years’ experience in the feed additives commercial and technical area, having worked with some of the key players in the animal nutrition industry.

 

Enzymes, Processing Can Increase Digestibility of Fibre Boosting Positive Nutritional Effects

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

CANADA - A researcher with the Prairie Swine Centre says the use of enzymes or various processing methods can allow pork producers to capture the benefits of increasing levels of fibre in swine diets while mitigating the negative effects, according to Bruce Cochrane.

 

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Nutriad appoints new technical manager in China

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

Multinational feed additive producer Nutriad announced the appointment of Dr Wei Wang as Technical Manager for China. As part of an ongoing strategy to increase its presence in this dynamic market, Nutriad continues to invest in building technical and commercial support teams in China, allowing them to further improve their constant engagement and support to customers.

 

South West Spring Regional to Continue Antibiotic Focus

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

UK - The final NPA spring regional meeting, which takes place in Exeter on Tuesday night, will continue the focus on antiobiotics, reports NPA's Alistair Driver.

 

Ag Minister Submits Proposals to PM to Help Pig Farmers

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

VIET NAM - Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong has submitted a variety of proposed solutions to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to help the struggling pig-farming industry recover.

 

APHIS: New Animal Welfare Inspection Reports

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

US - APHIS is posting Animal Welfare inspection reports involving business entities that occurred after the Agency restricted the public’s access to the search tool for the Animal Care Inspection System on 3 February 2017, while the Agency conducts a comprehensive review of the information on its website.

 

Korea Celebrates Success of US Meat at Event

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

SOUTH KOREA - Celebrating continued growth and success in South Korea while also recognizing the many partners that have helped the US become the top beef and pork exporter to that country, USMEF hosted the “World Class US Meat Appreciation Event” at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul.

 

Estonian Milk, Meat Prices Up in March

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

ESTONIA - The average purchase price of raw milk was up 41.3 per cent on year in March, while the purchase price of pork increased 11.6 per cent, Statistics Estonia reported on Friday.

 

Threatened Changes to US Trade Policies Cause Market Uncertainty

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

US - The Vice-President Pork Analysis with EMI Analytics says talk of changing US trade policy is creating uncertainty in hog markets but, as yet, has not impacted prices, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

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Canadian Market Report - April 24 2017

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

Although it may not sound as exotic as the Bar X Land & Cattle Company as I’ve commented before the Ontario Land & Hogs Company has proven once again to be a very sustainable model. I draw from two recent items in the news below.

 

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Genesus newsletter: appointment of Sarah Either

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

Genesus is very pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Ethier to the position of Genetics Technician.

 

Higher Canola Meal Inclusion Offers to Reduce Costs of Lactating Sow Diets

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

CANADA - Research conducted by the University of Manitoba suggests pork producers can reduce feed costs by including canola meal at higher levels in the diets of lactating sows, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

CME: Average Weight of Producer Barrows, Gilts Up 0.2%

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

US - Cattle and hog weights have been trending in opposite directions in the last few weeks. Some of this is seasonal but it also may reflect some of the short-term supply issues in both markets, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Pig Prices Continue Upward Track

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

UK - Prices continue their upward track, with the SPP putting on another 1.11p to stand at 155.58p, and reports of spot pigs being traded as high as 165p in some parts of the country are continuing to flag up an ongoing shortage of pigs thought the whole of Europe (of which we are currently still a member!), writes Peter Crichton in his "Traffic Lights" commentary for 21 April 2017.

 

Higher US Pork Production Increases Importance of Exports

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

US - EMI Analytics says expanded hog US processing capacity and higher slaughter hog numbers will make continued access to export markets even more critical to keep on top of increased supplies of pork, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

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EXAFAN: Cutting Edge Company at Figan

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

EU - EXAFAN in a leader in the supply of complete in-house produced equipment for agricultural operations of poultry, swine and other species, as well as the management and start-up of turnkey projects.

 

EU Pork Exports Continue to Grow in 2017

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

EU - Although January’s performance of 187,500 tonnes was not repeated, EU exports of fresh/frozen pork to the rest of the world in February still showed an annual growth of 5 per cent at 176,000 tonnes, writes Duncan Wyatt, lead analyst at AHDB.

 

IFA Campaign: Brexit Event in Goffs Starts Important Week

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

IRELAND - More than 600 farmers are packed into Goffs in Kildare today at the beginning of an important week for IFA’s Brexit campaign.

 

Congress Showcases US Red Meat; North American Trade Also Highlighted

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

MEXICO - USMEF capitalized on a key opportunity to showcase US beef and pork items and interact with meat industry leaders and government officials in Mexico City by participating in the International Meat Congress hosted by the Mexican Cattle Feeders Association (AMEG), the Mexican Agriculture, Livestock Productions and Fisheries Secretariat (SAGARPA) and Mexico’s Bovine Productive Chain Programme.

 

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Scientists Prepared to Scale Up Processing Straw for Feed to Commercial Levels

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

CANADA - The Plant Manager with the Canadian Feed Research Centre is confident the method developed for processing straw for use as a feed supplement for gestating sows can be scaled up to commercial levels in the event feeding trials show the product is of value, reports Bruce Cochrane.

 

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Selection Intensity and Genetic Improvement

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

CANADA - Animal breeding aims to improve livestock populations by utilizing the genetic differences among individuals, writes Dinesh Thekkoot, PhD, University of Alberta and Genesus Inc.

 

Improved Cold Chain Logistics to Safeguard Food Security

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

CHINA - Efforts have been started to accelerate the development of cold chain logistics, according to a plan issued by the State Council on 21 April.

 

Pig Prices Remain Settled with Deals Up to €1.72C/Kg

Fri, 21 Apr 2017

IRELAND - Chairman of the IFA Pigs Committee, Tom Hogan has reported the Irish pig price remained relatively stable once again this week.

 

Better Way to Predict Environmental Impacts of Ag Production

Fri, 21 Apr 2017

US - Consumer goods companies often rely on life-cycle assessments (LCA) to figure out the potential consequences of how they design products and source ingredients. This kind of assessment, while sophisticated, often lacks detail about how the products affect natural resources such as land, water and biodiversity.

 

Mexico Hog Market

Fri, 21 Apr 2017

MEXICO - Mexican pork exports grew 9.5 per cent in 2016, compared to the previous year, writes Fernando Ortiz.

 

IFA Discusses Brexit with Minister for Foreign Affairs

Fri, 21 Apr 2017

IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy has met with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, to discuss the threats posed by Brexit to Irish agriculture.

 

Despite Slower Growth Outlook for Agriculture Remains Positive

Fri, 21 Apr 2017

CANADA - Farm Credit Canada reports, despite slower growth in farmland values, the outlook for agriculture on the prairies is positive, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

Eastern Manitoba Fall Seeded Cereals Hardest Hit by Winter Kill

Fri, 21 Apr 2017

CANADA - The Executive Director of Winter Cereals Canada reports winter survival of the fall seeded cereal crops is variable with crops in eastern Manitoba hit the hardest, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

CME: Retail Pork Prices Sharply Higher in March

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

US - Retail pork prices were sharply higher in March, largely due to the run-up in the price of bellies the previous month, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Canadian Pork Excellence Incorporates Latest Research, Technology

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

CANADA - The Manager of Quality Assurance and Animal Care Programmes with Manitoba Pork says the update of Canada's on farm food safety and animal care programme incorporates the latest research and technology, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

Australia, US Sign Bilateral Food Safety Recognition Agreement

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

AUSTRALIA - Australian exporters are in a significantly stronger position as preferred suppliers of safe, high quality food to the United States of America (USA) after the signing of a bilateral Food Safety Recognition Agreement this month.

 

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Genesus Global Market Report

Wed, 19 Apr 2017

Mexico increases pork exports

 

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Pork Commentary: China, China, China

Wed, 19 Apr 2017

CHINA - China’s current hog price liveweight is 16.49 CNY/kg, or US$1.08 liveweight/lb. The USA liveweight price is $0.47/lb and Spain $0.62/lb. It doesn’t take an ag-economist sitting in a university cubicle to figure that Chinese producers are receiving up to $125 per head more than US producers. A reflection of Chinese domestic supply and demand, writes Jim Long, President-CEO Genesus Inc.

 

New Study Offers Good News for Pork Producers

Wed, 19 Apr 2017

US - What happens when meat scientists get their hands on nearly 8,000 commercially raised pigs? They spend a year running dozens of tests and crunching numbers to arrive at research-backed management recommendations for pork producers.

 

Feed Research Centre Develops Feed Processing Method for Straw

Wed, 19 Apr 2017

CANADA - The Canadian Feed Research Centre has developed an experimental puck shaped straw fibre based feed supplement for gestating sows housed in groups, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

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Genesus appoint new General Manager, China

Wed, 19 Apr 2017

Genesus is pleased to announce Lorne Tannas as General Manager, China. Lorne has had a distinguished career in swine production.

 

Minister Says Lithuania Seeks to Speed Up Food Exports to China

Wed, 19 Apr 2017

LITHUANIA - Lithuanian Agriculture Minister Bronius Markauskas on Tuesday said he expects to speed up procedures for Lithuanian food exports to reach the Chinese market.

 

CME: China's Use of Ractopamine Poses Export Challenge

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

US - Last week the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released its semi-annual review of global livestock and poultry markets. For all those interested in global trade flows and the outlook for US trade in 2017, we think you will find this 18 page report valuable, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

“Click-Clack” Doesn’t Mean Your Medicator is Working

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

GLOBAL - Many of the chemical products used in poultry and swine production are delivered through the water system.

 

What Can Big Data Do for the Swine Industry?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

ANALYSIS - Big data is a hot topic in agriculture, and it's no stranger to the swine industry. Researchers are identifying how to apply big data and modeling to improve swine health in North America.

 

Close to Two Billion People Dependant on Imported Food

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

GLOBAL - Researchers show empirically: when population pressure increases, food is imported.

 

Proposed Canadian Carbon Tax Offers Advantage to US Agri Exporters

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

CANADA & US - The Chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board warns the imposition of a carbon tax in Canada will put Canadian agriculture at a substantial competitive disadvantage, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

New Bacon Range Launching at Taste of Grampian

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

SCOTLAND, UK - Visitors to this year’s Taste of Grampian food and drink festival at Thainstone on 3 June will have the opportunity to sample two exciting new bacon products which will be officially launched at the event.

 

Rise in Canadian Farmland Values Slows Down

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

CANADA - Farm Credit Canada reports average farmland values in Canada continued to climb in 2016 but lost steam in most provinces, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Young Athletes, Restaurateurs Given Taste of US Pork at Events

Mon, 17 Apr 2017

CHINA - Taking a creative approach to reaching young consumers and foodservice companies in southern China, USMEF offered tasting samples of US pork at two separate events in Guangzhou. The promotional efforts, which included sharing of nutritional information and displays of various US pork cuts, were funded by the Pork Checkoff.

 

Compliance with Mandatory Swine Movement Reporting Continues to Build

Mon, 17 Apr 2017

CANADA - The Manager of PigTrace Canada reports compliance with mandatory swine movement reporting continues to build, according to Bruce Cochrane.