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Feed biosecurity must address risk of PEDV transmission

Tue, 25 Jul 2017

The biosecurity of swine feed is important for producing healthy animals and safe pork. But until 2013, feed was considered a low-risk vehicle for transmitting viral pathogens to swine.

 

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Jim Long Pork Commentary: Summer market continues to be lucrative

Tue, 25 Jul 2017

The summer hog market continues to provide strong profits. Lean Hogs over 90¢ lb. Last year same time U.S lean hogs were averaging 72¢ lb. The difference at least $36 per head to the better. Huge profit margin improvement.

 

ARC and E Approach Proving Effective in Dealing with PED

Tue, 25 Jul 2017

CANADA - A programme originally set up in Ontario to combat Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome has been has been extremely effective in dealing with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

CME: June Hog Slaughter 3.2% Higher Than a Year Ago

Mon, 24 Jul 2017

US - USDA released Thursday afternoon its monthly tabulation of livestock statistics for June and the data contained some interesting insights, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Diplomat Says Mercosur Should Seek More Food Exports to China

Mon, 24 Jul 2017

ARGENTINA - The Southern Common Market (Mercosur) should have a bigger share in China's food imports, said Diego Guelar, Argentina's ambassador to China, on Friday.

 

Two PRRS Outbreaks in Uruguay Pig Farms

Mon, 24 Jul 2017

URUGUAY - The country's veterinary authorities have reported two outbreaks of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) at two pig farms, one based in Salto and the other in Canelones.

 

Rise in Pork Prices Owing to New Stimulus Programme

Mon, 24 Jul 2017

VIET NAM - Pork prices have risen recently following programmes to stimulate demand and to control the number of pigs raised by farmers, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

 

IFA Calls for Total Contribution Pension System to be Introduced in 2018 Budget

Mon, 24 Jul 2017

IRELAND - IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson Maura Canning has called for the current averaging system to be moved to a total contributions system for the purposes of calculating a person’s Contributory State Pension payment rate in the 2018 Budget.

 

Using Pig Model to Study Chronic Diseases May Help Minimise Drug Failure Rate

Mon, 24 Jul 2017

GLOBAL - Scientists may be able to minimise the failure rate of drugs for diseases linked to high-calorie diets, such as colon cancer and type 2 diabetes, if they test treatments using a pig model, according to an international team of researchers.

 

SPP Continues Long Running Rally

Mon, 24 Jul 2017

UK - Although some spot prices have eased back a shade, most stood on and the SPP continues its long-running rally, putting on a further .34p and now stands at 164.2p, and weekly contribution prices also took their cue from the spot market, with a near universal stand on, writes Peter Crichton in his "Traffic Lights" commentary for 21 July 2017.

 

Global Pig Meat Production Set to Rise Further

Mon, 24 Jul 2017

GLOBAL - Over the next decade global pig meat production is expected to increase in line with demand, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook. However, pig meat, traditionally the world’s most consumed animal protein, is set to be overtaken by poultry meat, writes Bethan Wilkins, AHDB analyst.

 

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Genesus Global Market Report: July 17 USA Market Report

Mon, 24 Jul 2017

We have increased packing capacity coming up and that has been the talk of the industry. There has been sow expansion and will continue to see more as we fill this new capacity.

 

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Ceva continues to deliver double-digit growth, sales up 20% versus S1 2016 driven by organic growth and acquisitions

Mon, 24 Jul 2017

Consolidated sales of the Ceva Group reached €546m at the end of June 2017, representing growth of 20% versus last year and +6.6% at constant perimeter and exchange rates.

 

Progress and Changes in Tulip Ltd

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

UK - The recovery of Tulip Ltd is now three months ahead of schedule – the business has been in profit for some weeks now. Focus now moves to optimisation and competitiveness of the business. Today the employees at the site in King's Lynn have been informed about proposals which will put 118 jobs at risk.

 

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IAV-S Elimination in Breed-to-Wean Herds is Challenging - but Possible

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

Influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S) continues to present an ever-changing health challenge in breed-to-wean populations.

 

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Precision delivery coated butyrate: tackling Salmonella in pigs while increasing performance

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

When Salmonella is present in the gastro intestinal tract (GIT) of pigs, it might contaminate carcasses during the slaughter process, and become a source of food poisoning and bacterial gastro-enteritis in humans. While some natural compounds can limit Salmonella growth in vitro, the challenge for feed additive producers is to render them effective in vivo, while maximizing their potential to improve animal health and performance.

 

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Veterinarian Offers Tips for Surviving a CSI Audit

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

US - While audits are part of doing business, many pork producers still worry about going through the process. Amber Stricker, DVM, steps in to help clients prepare for or undergo an audit, which is typically the Common Swine Industry (CSI) audit.

 

Uzbekistan Reopens to US Pork

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

UZBEKISTAN - Fresh/frozen US pork has been added to the eligible products list for Uzbekistan, with an effective date of 1 January 2017.

 

Improved Trailer Design Offers Improved Animal Welfare, Faster Loading & Easier Disinfection

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

CANADA - A Research Scientist Ethology with the Prairie Swine Centre says improved swine transport trailer designs offer improved animal welfare, faster loading and unloading and easier cleaning and disinfection, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

Human in Vitro Fertilisation Could Evolve Thanks to Piglet Study

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

US - It is estimated that parents seeking to have children through in vitro fertilization (IVF) spend between $12,000 and $15,000 each session plus the cost of medications, which could average between $3,000 and $5,000.

 

North Korean Food Production Hit by Worst Drought Since 2001

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

NORTH KOREA - DPR Korea's crop production for 2017, including staple rice, maize, potatoes and soybean, has been severely damaged by prolonged dry weather conditions, threatening food security for a large part of its population, according to a new FAO update prepared in collaboration with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.

 

Governor of Iowa Kicks Off China Farm Mission

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

CHINA - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is leading a trade mission to China that will feature officials from groups representing the state's major agricultural producers.

 

Bacon Performing Well; Roasts Continue to Decline

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

UK - During the 12 weeks ended 18 June, the primary pork volume sales decreased by 3 per cent on a year-on-year basis, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. However, a 5 per cent increase in the average retail price meant that overall spend was up by 2 per cent, writes Rebecca Oborne, AHDB Analyst.

 

UK Pig Slaughterings Down in June

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

UK - Millie Askew, Senior Analyst reports that at 845 thousand head, UK clean pig slaughterings in June were 2 per cent lower than in the same month in 2016, according to latest data from Defra.

 

Full Benefits of CETA Expected to be Delayed by Technical Issues

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

CANADA & EU - Unresolved outstanding issues are expected to delay the full benefits for Canadian agriculture of Canada's free trade deal with Europe, reports Bruce Cochrane.

 

Vaccine Bank Needed to Protect Food, National Security, Say Ag Groups

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

US - Citing economic and food and national security concerns, an ad hoc coalition of more than 100 agricultural organisations and allied industries groups urged Congress to include in the next Farm Bill language establishing and funding a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank.

 

EU Pig Prices: Price Pressure Continues

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

EU - The EU slaughter pig market quotations are maintaining last week’s trend. While prices remain under pressure this week in the northern and central European member states, markets appears balanced in the southern countries.

 

Higher Interest Rates, Stronger Dollar Weaken Pork Industry Profits

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

CANADA - The Director of Risk Management with h@ms Marketing Services says indications of rising interest rates in Canada and the impact that's having on the value of the Canadian dollar is taking a bite out of the profits for Canadian pork producers, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

APL Continues to Back Pork Producers in Face of Industry Price Shock

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

AUSTRALIA - "The fundamentals of the Australian pork industry remain sound, despite the significant challenges facing the sector" is the message Australian Pork Limited (APL) CEO Andrew Spencer delivered at an Agribusiness Australia breakfast in Perth.

 

Health Insurance Costs Threaten Farm Viability, Says Study

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

US - According to a new US Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded study, lack of access to affordable health insurance is one of the most significant concerns facing American farmers, an overlooked risk factor that affects their ability to run a successful enterprise.

 

US, China Commend Comprehensive Economic Dialogue

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

US - Senior Chinese and US government officials spoke positively of their first Comprehensive Economic Dialogue (CED) in Washington on Wednesday after they reached a wide consensus.

 

CME: Grilling Demand Waning; Hog Supplies to Increase

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

US - With the July Lean Hog futures contract off the board, there is now a roughly $12 spread between the cash index and the nearby August contract, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Higher US Hog Numbers Expected to Result in Lower Market Prices

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

CANADA & US - The Director of Risk Management with h@ms Marketing Services says a dramatic increase in US hog numbers will signal a shift to lower market hog prices, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

Cranswick Successfully Completes 'More Together' Challenge

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

UK - Cranswick have raised over £13,500 for various local charities following their completion of the "More Together" charity initiative.

 

FAO Animal Health Campaign Helps Support Food Security, Livelihoods

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

SYRIA - In strife-torn Syria, the food security and livelihoods situation of some 234,000 people has received a strong boost owing to a recently completed animal health campaign led by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Syria Veterinary Medical Association.

 

Resources Now Available to Help Barn Workers Cope with Stress of Swine Diseases

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

CANADA - The Human Resources and Training Coordinator with Manitoba Pork says there are resources available to help swine barn workers cope with the stresses involved in dealing with the devastation caused by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, according to Bruce Cochrane.

 

Pig Plants Struggling to Get Supplies in Some Parts

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

IRELAND - The main processors remain on the same official quotes as the previous week, with the southern plants leading the way on €1.74c/kg.

 

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Advance breeding results with new genotyping technology

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

AgriSeq targeted genotyping by sequencing (“GBS”) solutions include a Bovine ISAG 200 Parentage Panel that delivers more lineage information and flexibility to cattle breeders

 

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New Hypor Libra* meets the growing global demand for carcass quality

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

Hypor has combined the top genetics from Canada, France and Spain to improve the carcass quality of the new Hypor Libra* (pronounced Libra star), the world’s most ‘prolificient’ sow: the sum of prolific and efficient.

 

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Ontario pork producer increases number weaned with Hypor Libra*

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

After repopulating a year ago and purchasing Hypor replacement gilts from Genex Ontario, pork producer Gary Terpstra has significantly increased overall production.

 

CME: Pork, Poultry, Egg Forecasts for 2017 and 2018 Unchanged

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

US - In the cash market, as reported by USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), fed steer prices were higher week-over-week, writes Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

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Hypor Magnus Boar scores high on Maple Leaf Foods’ monthly index ranking

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

Pork producers that use the Hypor Magnus Duroc on their operations held 58 of the top 120 rankings on the Hams Marketing index for pigs shipped to Maple Leaf Foods in Brandon, Canada, during 2016.

 

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Pork Commentary by Jim Long: National Pork Industry Conference Report July 17, 2017

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

Last week we attended the National Pork Industry Conference (NPIC) held at Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Their were approximately 950 registrants for the four day conference. NPIC had many speakers and events. Our observations:

 

Trade Deficits Key to Renegotiating NAFTA, Says US

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

US - The United States on Monday launched the first salvo in the renegotiation of the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), saying its top priority for the talks was shrinking the US trade deficit with Canada and Mexico.

 

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Veterinarian offers tips for surviving CSI audits

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

While audits are part of doing business, many pork producers still worry about going through the process. Amber Stricker, DVM, steps in to help clients prepare for or undergo an audit, which is typically the Common Swine Industry (CSI) audit.

 

Recognition of Experience, Competency of Farmers Fundamental to Animal Health Strategy

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has welcomed the launch of the National Farmed Animal Health Strategy (NFAHS) 2017-2022 and the Animal Health Surveillance Strategy for Ireland 2016-2021 by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

 

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Ceva Phylaxia inaugurates state of the art vaccine plant to support “Innovation with Impact” growth plan

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

7,8 billion forint (€ 25m) investment will significantly increase production at its Budapest Campus.

 

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CEOs from Leading AH Companies Discuss Market Access in China

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

CHINA - Kisaco Research has announced the dates for the next event in their Animal Health Innovation series: Animal Health Innovation Asia. Leaders from the Chinese and Global animal health industry will gather in Beijing this October to discuss innovation, business partnerships and opportunities to work together in the region.

 

Agricultural Imports in 2017 Rise Rapidly

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

CHINA - China's imports of major agricultural products continued to increase fast in the first five months of the year, driven by price gaps between domestically produced products and imported products, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

 

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New Technology wins the Future!

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

The Animal Husbandry Innovation and Development Summit hosted by Big Dutchman, the world-leading supplier of livestock equipment, was successfully held at Grand Metropark Ocean Spring Resort Qingdao, China, on 17 May 2017. The topic of the summit was “New Technology wins the Future”.

 

Raw Pork Main Cause of Hepatitis E Infection in EU, EFSA Reports

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

EU - Last week, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said that consumption of raw or undercooked pork meat and liver is the most common cause of hepatitis E infection in the European Union (EU).

 

Chinese, US Enterprises Sign Agricultural Transaction Contracts

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

US & CHINA - Some 20-odd Chinese and US enterprises on Thursday signed agricultural transaction contracts worth $5.012 billion, under which Chinese enterprises will import 12.53 million metric tons of soybean and 371 tons of pork and beef from the US companies.

 

UK Not Ready for Brexit's Impact on Food, Report Warns

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

UK - The UK is unprepared for the most complex ever change to its food system, which will be required before Brexit, according to a new briefing paper published by SPRU, the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex.

 

Pig Prices on a Plateau?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

UK - Although the SPP put on a significant 1.43p this week to stand at 163.86p, signs are emerging from the other side of the Channel that prices are levelling off, according to Peter Crichton in his "Traffic Lights" commentary for 14 July 2017.

 

Gov't, AGPI Firm Submit Proposals for Sale of Lety Pig Farm

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

CZECH REPUBLIC - The Czech government and the AGPI firm representatives have handed over to one another their offers for the sale of the firm's pig farm in Lety, south Bohemia, situated at the site of a former Nazi internment camp for the Roma, the human rights minister's spokesman Michal Kacirek told CTK last week.

 

Biosecurity Key to Gaining Control of Manitoba PED Outbreak

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

CANADA - The Veterinary Counsel with the Canadian Pork Council says biosecurity remains the key to gaining control of a surge of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea cases in Manitoba, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

FY 2017/Q4: Cargill on Path Toward Higher Performance

Fri, 14 Jul 2017

US - Cargill has reported strong financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended 31 May 2017. In the second year of an ongoing transformation, Cargill raised earnings across all four business segments in both periods. It also advanced the capabilities, expertise and partnerships needed to be the leader in nourishing the world in the years ahead.

 

Pig Price Increase Spurred by Southern Plants

Fri, 14 Jul 2017

IRELAND - Chairman of the IFA Pigs Committee Tom Hogan said there was no official change in pig prices from the main export plants for this week, but the 4c/kg increase given by the two main southern plants the previous week, has spurred on all other buyers to increase their prices.

 

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Heat stress: It’s not just for market hogs

Fri, 14 Jul 2017

Losses due to heat stress are commonly associated with market hogs, particularly during transportation in the hot, humid summer months, but recent research shows that weaners and feeder pigs are adversely affected as well.