Government Eyes New Markets for Scottish Red Meat

Fri, 24 Jun 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has declared his utter determination to maximise markets and incomes for producers of Scotland’s premium food and drink.

 

Improvements in Pig Trade Must be Reflected in Producer Prices

Fri, 24 Jun 2016

IRELAND - Chairman of Irish Farmers Association (IFA) Pigs Committee, Pat O’Flaherty, has said farmers are expecting the recent upward price trend to continue over the coming weeks and months.

 

IPVS: Diagnostics Help in Monitoring, Controlling Swine Respiratory Diseases

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

IRELAND – From 7-10 June, the 24th International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress gathered swine veterinarians from all over the globe. Thermo Fisher Scientific, world leader in serving science to deliver diagnostic tools and services, delivered a symposium on how diagnostics can help better monitor and control respiratory swine diseases, writes Nuria Martínez Herráez, editor of El Sitio Porcino, the Spanish sister of ThePigSite.

 

Romanian Meat Processor Eyes Higher Exports to EU

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

ROMANIA - Romanian pork meat processor Kosarom SA is aiming to expand its export sales to the EU to 20 per cent of the company’s total sales to compensate for the relatively low purchasing power of Romanians, according to senior company representatives.

 

PED Containment Top Priority for Canada

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

CANADA - Manitoba's Chief Veterinary Officer says all pig movements on and off PED infected farms are being tracked in an effort to identify the source of infection and to ensure it does not spread to other farms, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

EU Pork Exports Continue Strong Growth

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

EU - EU exports of fresh/frozen pork continued to show strong growth into April.

 

First Veterinary Training Programme Available in Wales

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

WALES, UK - The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and BVA Welsh Branch have welcomed the announcement (13 June) by the Welsh Assembly’s new Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs that Aberystwyth University and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) are joining forces to deliver a veterinary medicine programme focused on meeting farming and livestock demands in Wales, and tailored to animal health and welfare needs in the country.

 

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Increasing Throughout Europe

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

EU - Currently, the pig slaughter markets are displaying a friendly face all over Europe. Accordingly, the quotations went up in all significant countries. The positive values range from 3 cents (Denmark) to 6 cents (Germany).

 

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China COFCO-Genesus Pig Imports - June 2016

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

CHINA - In the first week of June 2016 Genesus supplied almost 1000 animals to the Chinese company COFCO for one of their nucleus farms. COFCO Corporation is a leading supplier of agri-products, diversified foodstuffs and services in China, fully integrated and providing grain and oil products to one quarter of the world’s population.

 

Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in US

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

US - The number of pig farm samples that were confirmed positive for porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) in the last week was three. There were no premises confirmed with having porcine delta coronavirus (PDCoV) and one with the dual infection (PEDV and PDCoV), in the 16 June 2016 report.

 

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CIRCOVAC Prevents PCVD on Your Pig Farm, Reduces Antibiotic Use

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - Porcine Circovirus Associated Disease (PCVD) is a devastating disease that causes wasting in piglets and can lead to serious production and economic losses for the farmer.

 

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Novus International Reinforces Global Enzyme Presence with CIBENZA® EP150 Registration

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

EU - Novus International, a global leader in animal health and nutrition solutions, has obtained approval for CIBENZA® EP150 enzyme feed additive in the European Union as of June 8, 2016.

 

Help Secure the Future of Outdoor Pig Production

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

UK - East Anglian pig producers and farmers in the region are being encouraged to attend an AHDB Pork meeting, titled ‘Maintaining water quality in East Anglia’; with the view of helping secure the future of outdoor pig production.

 

Scottish Pig Herd Expands in Size

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - The Scottish beef and pig herds increased in size during 2015 while the Scottish sheep flock contracted slightly, according to a report published by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

 

Better In or Out - What Could the EU Referendum Decision Mean for UK Agriculture, Fisheries?

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

UK - There has been a multitude of information and scare mongering from both sides of the EU referendum campaign. With the vote being held tomorrow (23 June 2016), here I will try to sum up the views of many UK agricultural organisations, as well as taking a look at the effects of a BREXIT on other countries.

 

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Pork Commentary: Cash 80¢ is Here!

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

US - Last week, everyday, lean hogs (53-54%) exceeded 80¢ lean lb. with some days 82¢. Excellent to see and gives producers profits of about $30+ US per head, writes Jim long President – CEO Genesus Inc.

 

How important is PRRS control?

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - The annual cost of Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome (PRRS) to the swine industry is $664 million, according to Dr. Derald Holtkamp, associate professor of veterinary medicine at Iowa State.

 

Weekly Overview: British Pig Genetics in Demand in India

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

ANALYSIS - A high-level delegation from the Punjab government has paid a visit to the UK to assess British pig production and genetics as the Indian state intends to develop its burgeoning pig sector.

 

Further PED Reported in Oxford County

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

CANADA - Another case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) has been reported in Oxford county, Ontario, Canada.

 

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Game Time: What a Pig’s Guts and Euro 2016 Have in Common

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - We might think of skin as being the surface barrier between an animal and the outside world, but we need to consider also a much larger surface: the gut wall.

 

Thirteen More ASF Outbreaks Reported Across Russia

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

RUSSIA - There have been 13 new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) reported across western Russia in both wild boar and farmed pigs.

 

US Pork Producers Concerned Over Anti-Free Trade Rhetoric

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

US - The National Pork Producers Council says, despite the anti-free trade rhetoric being heard as the US moves toward its 2016 presidential election, trade remains critical to the heath of the US economy.

 

Danish Pork Exports Record Slight Decline

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

DENMARK - Danish pork exports for the first quarter of 2016 recorded a slight decline, down 6 per cent to 273,000 tonnes, on the same period a year earlier.

 

CME: Brexit Impact on US Dollar Important for Livestock Markets

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

US - This week includes the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. And judging from the number of potentially market moving events already on schedule, this could be a long week for futures markets participants, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

South Africa Halts Pig Imports Following ASF Outbreaks

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

SOUTH AFRICA - The South African government has banned the importation of pigs into the country following outbreaks of African Swine Fever.

 

Producer Optimism Shines through at the 2016 World Pork Expo

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

US - This year’s World Pork Expo reflected an optimistic tone as more than 20,000 producers and ag professionals, including 1,100 international guests from 35 countries, convened at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines, June 8-10.

 

CME: Modest Rise in US Pork Prices

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

US - Inflationary pressures in the US economy remain muted and lower food prices have played a role in keeping prices in check, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Hog Outlook: Pork Retail Price Fell in May

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

US - The average retail price of pork during May was $3.781 per pound. That is down 1.8 cents from the month before, but up 8.5 cents from a year earlier. Bacon prices were higher than last May, but chop and ham prices were lower, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

Researchers Report Growing Interest in Electronic Sow Feeding

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

CANADA - A research scientist with the Prairie Swine Centre says there appears to be a growing interest among pork producers in the use of electronic feeding systems, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

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NUTRIAD present at World Mycotoxin Forum

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

CANADA - International feed additives producer Nutriad was present in Winnipeg (Canada) where the 9th World Mycotoxin Forum (WMF) combined with the 14th IUPAC, to create the world's largest mycotoxin event with the purpose of increasing awareness of human and animal health risks due to mycotoxin contamination.

 

How Pig Processors can Tackle Food Waste

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - In the face of a growing world population, tackling the huge amount of food that goes to waste is a vital step to securing sustainable food supplies. In the first of a series of articles on reducing waste across the pig supply chain, VOSP looks at what processors can do to make a difference.

 

Researchers Investigate Economic Impact of Climate Change on Farms

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

US - An interdisciplinary team from the University of Illinois recently investigated the effects of climate change on farmland values in the Southwestern United States.

 

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Utilising Advancements in NIR Technology to Optimise the Feed Production Process

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - Understanding the variability in feedstuffs could be the key to unlocking greater returns from feed formulation, according to Dr Hadden Graham, Global Technical Director at AB Vista.

 

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Growket is a New Company of Symaga Group

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

SPAIN - The new brand from Symaga Group, Growket, was launched last week has been by Alfonso Garrido, president of the group. Symaga was founded in 1985 by Alfonso Garrido for manufacturing silos and livestock equipment.

 

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Swine Industry Veteran Wes Johnson Joins Ceva

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

US - Longtime industry sales veteran Wes Johnson, has joined Ceva Animal Health’s swine business unit as strategic account manager with a keen focus on the custom vaccine business. In his new role, Johnson will focus on helping to launch the company’s customized swine vaccines to key accounts, as well as growing and managing Ceva’s portfolio of swine products.

 

South East Asia Hog Markets

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

SOUTH EAST ASIA - Paul Anderson, Genesus General Manager South East Asia, provides an overview of the hog markets in a selection of South East Asia countries.

 

US Pork 2016 Export Data Shows Impressive Progress

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

US - For the first four months of 2016, US pork and pork variety meat exports totaled $1.8 billion in value and 1.26 billion pounds in volume, down nine per cent in value and unchanged in volume compared to the same time period last year.

 

Livestock’s Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

ANALYSIS - As the November 2015 Global Climate Change Conference COP21 concluded in Paris, 196 countries reached agreement on the reduction of fossil fuel use and emissions in the production and consumption of energy, even to the extent of potentially phasing out fossil fuels out entirely, writes Frank Mitloehner.

 

Zinc Deficiency in Animal, Human Diets Should be Avoided

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

GERMANY - New research carried out by the Chair of Animal Nutrition at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has found that even minimal zinc deficiency impairs digestion, albeit without any typical symptoms such as skin problems or fatigue. Hence, short-term zinc deficiency in the diet should be avoided.

 

IPVS: MSD Animal Health Explains How to Build Consumer Trust in the Pork Industry

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

IRELAND - The 24th International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress was held in Dublin, Ireland, from June 7-10, 2016, simultaneously with the 8th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management. MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) sponsored the event and presented the latest state-of-the-art technologies in pig health. They were also on hand to help the pig industry and to deliver high quality animal protein to the global market, writes Nuria Martínez Herráez, Editor of ThePigSite's Spanish sister site ElSitioPorcino.

 

British Pig Genetics in High Demand in India

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

UK - A high-level delegation from the Punjab government has paid a visit to the UK to assess British pig production and genetics as the Indian state intends to develop its burgeoning pig sector.

 

Meat and Poultry Industry 'Essential to US Economy'

Thu, 16 Jun 2016

US - The US meat and poultry industry accounts for $1.02 trillion in total economic output or 5.6 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), according a new economic impact analysis conducted by John Dunham & Associates for the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

 

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Unchanged to Increasing

Thu, 16 Jun 2016

EU - The European pig slaughter market is put under tension with the quotations developing in an inconsistent and conflicting way.

 

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Preventing PCVD on Your Pig Farm Whilst Increasing Uniformity

Thu, 16 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - Porcine Circovirus Associated Disease (PCVD) is a devastating disease that causes wasting in piglets and can lead to serious production and economic losses for the farmer.

 

EU Weaner Prices Increasing Slightly

Thu, 16 Jun 2016

EU - Weaner prices across the EU have remained largely stable since firming through January and February.

 

US Pork Industry Opposes Proposed Ban on Packer Ownership of Livestock

Thu, 16 Jun 2016

US - The National Pork Producers Council warns, if allowed to move forward, a proposed ban on packer ownership of livestock could result in considerable disruption within the US pork industry, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Opportunities and Challenges for the Sub-Saharan Africa Meat Market

Thu, 16 Jun 2016

AFRICA - A new study of Sub-Saharan Africa’s meat supply chain reveals that demand is expected to grow but that many producers may struggle to meet this unless they move to a more commercial base, writes Rupert Claxton, Gira.

 

CME: Supply/Demand Estimates for US Pork

Thu, 16 Jun 2016

US - It is easy to get lost sometimes amid all the various reports that are issued each day. There is daily and weekly slaughter numbers, carcass weights, cold storage reports, inventory reports, export data, etc. One of the ways in which analysts try to manage all this flow of information is to construct a balance table that accounts for three components: how much is coming in (this could be from domestic production or from import sources, how much is going out (this is product that is consumed domestically or sent to export) and finally what’s the change in inventory position, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

AHDB Pork Offering Environmental Permit Training to Refresh Pig Teams

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

UK - AHDB Pork is offering bespoke on-farm workshops for pig farm managers and stockpeople wanting to learn more about their responsibilities under the Environmental Permitting Regulations, particularly how to avoid non-compliances.

 

Webinar on the African Swine Fever Regional Strategy for Africa

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

AFRICA - African swine fever (ASF) is reported regularly in almost half of African countries and incursions have occurred in several previously unaffected countries during the past decade.

 

Brexit Will Have Negative Effects on Ireland's Agriculture Sector

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

IRELAND - Irish Farmers Association (IFA) President Joe Healy has warned that a British exit from the EU would be very damaging for the farming and food sector in Ireland.

 

CME: US Feeder Pig Imports from Canada Increasing

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

US - Today we will review official monthly live animal imports from Canada and Mexico, focusing on the year-to-date (through to April) cattle and hog numbers, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Severity of PED Outbreaks in Manitoba Variable

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

CANADA - A Veterinary Epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development reports the severity of disease in the three latest PED infected Manitoba swine farms has been quite variable.

 

Pig Producers Should Not Underestimate Value of Abattoir Feedback

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

UK - Fighting ‘invisible’ diseases and pathogen challenges can be a tall order if uninformed and pig producers could be inadvertently wasting valuable time and money treating conditions ‘in the dark’.

 

What is Role of Welfare in Livestock Production?

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

UK - Moves for a total ban on the use of antibiotics in the treatment of animals need to be reined back and vets need to be allowed to use all means available to ensure animal health and welfare.

 

New E-Learning Course Aims to Help Prevent Child Labour in Agriculture

Tue, 14 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - FAO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) are reaching out to agricultural professionals to raise awareness about the importance of child labour issues.

 

Opportunity Exists to Better Protect Canadian Swine From Cross Border Disease Spread

Tue, 14 Jun 2016

CANADA - The Veterinary Council with the Canadian Pork Council says an opportunity exists to create a system that will better protect the Canadian swine herd from the cross border spread of disease, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

First Ever Global Standard to Measure Food Loss and Waste Introduced

Tue, 14 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - A partnership of leading international organizations is launching the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2016 Summit in Copenhagen. The FLW Standard is the first-ever set of global definitions and reporting requirements for companies, countries and others to consistently and credibly measure, report on and manage food loss and waste.