Farmers Advised to Plan Strategy Now Before Downturn

Fri, 09 Dec 2016

UK - Farmers could enjoy a buoyant couple of years ahead of Brexit but the industry may face another downturn after 2020, experts have warned. It is therefore vital that they re-evaluate their business plans to make the most of the good times and protect against future volatility.

 

African Swine Fever Reported in Russian Zoo

Fri, 09 Dec 2016

RUSSIA - Russia has reported more outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) in wild boar, with one outbreak affecting a zoo.

 

Bright Ideas to Shape the Future of Farming Wanted

Thu, 08 Dec 2016

UK - Farmers: Do you have a bright idea which needs some help to develop? Or a project that’s already under way which could be rolled out across the industry? If so, the Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum wants to hear from you. It is seeking to bring together innovators, researchers and investors to turn bright ideas into reality to help the agricultural industry meet the challenges of the future.

 

Enriched Pens Linked to Less Gestational Stress, Lower Piglet Mortality

Thu, 08 Dec 2016

GLOBAL - Housing sows in enriched pens can reduce stress and have a positive impact on the development and survival rate of piglets, according to scientists.

 

Spanish Pork Exports Continue Growth

Thu, 08 Dec 2016

SPAIN - For the first nine months of 2016, Spanish export volumes of fresh/frozen pork products were up 24 per cent on the previous year, at 1.1 million tonnes.

 

Microbiome Research Offers New Line of Defense Against Pig Diseases

Thu, 08 Dec 2016

CANADA - A scientist with the University of Saskatchewan says, as the pressure to reduce antibiotic use intensifies, the role of the microbiome in promoting animal health will become increasingly important, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

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Halamid® Approved for Veterinary/Food/Feed Applications in Greece

Thu, 08 Dec 2016

GREECE - The Greek Authority for Medicinal products and Disinfectants (EOF) has recently approved Halamid® for Veterinary applications and Food and Feed areas in their country.

 

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The Value and Risks of Online Communities in the Social Media Era: Minimizing Brand and Financial Damage During a Crisis

Thu, 08 Dec 2016

CANADA - Remarks by Adrian Moss, Focus Business Communications, United Kingdom at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.

 

Resistance to Drug of Last Resort Found in Farm Animals in US

Wed, 07 Dec 2016

US - Carbapenems are one of the most important classes of antibiotics used in humans, and are an important agent against multi-drug resistant bacteria.

 

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Continue Increasing

Wed, 07 Dec 2016

EU - The Christmas trade is flourishing on the European pig slaughter market. Demand for pigs for slaughter is on a high level altogether. So, many quotations could go on increasing.

 

Slowing Chinese Pork Imports Expected to Challenge North America in 2017

Wed, 07 Dec 2016

US - The President of Global AgriTrends anticipates a substantial slowdown of Chinese of pork imports will create challenges for the North American pork industry in 2017, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

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Pork Producers Advised to Be Aware of Approvals and Doses When Administrating Pain Control Drugs to Pigs

Wed, 07 Dec 2016

CANADA - An Assistant Professor in Swine Behavior and Welfare with the University of Saskatchewan says its important for pork producers to be sure the compounds used to control pain during painful procedures comply with the pork industry's on farm pork quality assurance program, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Weekly Overview: Polish Meat Processor to Acquire Pig Breeding Business

Tue, 06 Dec 2016

POLAND - Polish meat processor Gobarto S.A. (formerly PKD Duda S.A.) has signed a preliminary deal to acquire local pig breeder PPH Ferma-Pol sp. z o.o. from Poland’s Ministry of Treasure.

 

US Pork Cutout Outperforms Last Year's Levels

Tue, 06 Dec 2016

US - The pork cutout has outperformed year ago levels despite notably more pork available on a daily basis in the marketplace, writes the Steiner Consulting Group.

 

Lower Yen and Peso Expected to Pressure US Pork Exports Demand

Tue, 06 Dec 2016

US - H@ms Marketing Services says the lower value of the Japanese yen and Mexican peso, compared to the US dollar, could influence the export demand needed to clear a heavy supply of pork being produced in North America, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Trade Talks with Japan Key in Event TPP Fails

Tue, 06 Dec 2016

CANADA - The Chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board says, in the event the Trans-Pacific Partnership collapses, it will be important for Canada reinvigorate efforts to achieve a bilateral trade agreement with Japan, writes Bruce Cocrane.

 

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Pork Commentary: Agromek Denmark

Tue, 06 Dec 2016

DENMARK - Last week was the Agromek show in Denmark. This is our report and observations, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.

 

Ukraine Reports Further ASF Outbreaks

Tue, 06 Dec 2016

UKRAINE - A new outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported on a Ukrainian backyard pig farm in Stavrove, Odessa, close to Moldova.

 

Hog Outlook: Hog Slaughter Up Again Following Thanksgiving Week

Mon, 05 Dec 2016

US - We've got another record. This week's hog slaughter totaled 2.540 million head, up 18.0 per cent from last week which was light because of Thanksgiving; up 4.8 per cent from the same week last year; and if not revised, the most ever in a week. Prior to this fall packers had never slaughtered 2.5 million hogs in a week. They have done it four times in the last seven weeks, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

Progress Report: Castration of Pigs in the EU

Mon, 05 Dec 2016

EU - For centuries, surgical castration has been performed on pig farms across Europe. Until recently, the procedure was performed without the use of anaesthesia or analgesia. But now, the EU has proposed an outright ban on surgical castration, effective 1 January, 2018. While some member states have taken great steps in the right direction, progress in other countries has been slow or non-existent, writes Melanie Epp for The Pig Site.

 

Research Ties Sow and Progeny Diet to Kyphosis Risk

Mon, 05 Dec 2016

US - Research from the University of Wisconsin has given pork producers some things to consider when identifying and mitigating the causes of kyphosis, a condition characterized by an abnormal, outward spinal curvature in pigs. While the causes for the condition remain unclear, the research has demonstrated a dietary connection to kyphosis.

 

More ASF Reported in Kenya

Mon, 05 Dec 2016

KENYA - Another outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported on a farm in Senyende, Kenya.

 

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Nutriad Concludes 2016 UK & Ireland Mycotoxin Survey

Mon, 05 Dec 2016

UK - The Nutriad 2016 mycotoxin survey concludes that this year’s harvest of wheat in the UK and Ireland is of medium quality (>LOD but below EU recommendation levels) in terms of mycotoxin contamination but the situation is much worse than in last two years.

 

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Agro Belogoria Launch Genesus Duroc Meat Brand

Mon, 05 Dec 2016

RUSSIA - On Sunday November 20th, Agro Belogoria, Russia’s 4th largest pig producer and packer, launched its Genesus Duroc Pork.

 

South Africa Reports Further ASF Outbreaks

Mon, 05 Dec 2016

SOUTH AFRICA - Another outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported in Tswaing, North West Province.

 

Added Fat in Pig Diets May Affect Digestibility of Nutrients

Fri, 02 Dec 2016

US - Added fat increases the energy content of swine diets, but it may also affect the digestibility of nutrients. Dr Hans H. Stein, professor of animal sciences at Illinois, and a team of researchers have studied the effects of fat sources with different concentrations of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids on mineral digestibility.

 

US Pork Exports Looking Positive

Fri, 02 Dec 2016

US - USDA/FAS has released its weekly update on US beef and pork exports and the data continues to paint a very positive picture for both proteins. Keep in mind that the weekly report only covers sales of beef and pork muscle cuts while the monthly statistics include all fresh/frozen meat exports plus they will also included exports of cooked and processed items, writes the Steiner Consulting Group.

 

NPA Looking for New Senior Policy Advisor

Fri, 02 Dec 2016

UK - The National Pig Association (NPA) is looking for a new senior adviser to join its award-winning team.

 

Gobarto Signs Deal to Acquire Polish Pig Breeding Business

Fri, 02 Dec 2016

POLAND - Polish meat processor Gobarto S.A. has signed a preliminary deal to acquire local pig breeder PPH Ferma-Pol sp. z o.o. from Poland’s Ministry of Treasure. The contract is worth about PLN 22 million (€4.9m), the group said in a statement, writes Jaroslaw Adamowski for The Pig Site.

 

Study Shows Sows Can Tolerate Temperature as Low as 9°C

Fri, 02 Dec 2016

CANADA - Conversion of gestation sow housing from stalls to group systems signifies a major shift for the recently revised Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs. One specific study at Prairie Swine Centre aimed to investigate management options that would take advantage of potential merits of group sow housing.

 

EU Pig Prices: Pigs Continue to Be in Demand – Price Barometer Still Pointing Upward

Thu, 01 Dec 2016

EU - The atmosphere remains friendly on the European pig slaughter market. In most of the participating countries, the quotations are going up moderately.

 

Rebound in Live Hog Markets Dependent on Continued Steady Pork Demand

Thu, 01 Dec 2016

US - H@ms Marketing Services says a strengthening of North American live hog prices will be dependent on a continued steady demand for pork, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

New UK Pork Strategy Aims to Close the Productivity Gap

Thu, 01 Dec 2016

UK - Closing the productivity gap between English and EU pig producers and a new focus on pork as a midweek meal solution are two underpinning themes of AHDB Pork’s three year strategy published for consultation today (1 December).

 

UK Food Producers Call for Tariff-free Access to the Single Market

Thu, 01 Dec 2016

UK - The largest coalition of food producers in the UK’s history has come together for the first time to call for tariff-free access to the Single Market and continued access to a competent and reliable workforce in order for British food and farming to flourish post-Brexit.

 

China Hog Market - Eurotier and the Chinese Pig Industry

Thu, 01 Dec 2016

CHINA - Last week, Genesus was at Eurotier. The Genesus presence was split over two booths with our European partners, JSR Germany and Pork-Ex from Denmark. Both booths were constantly busy with a flow of existing customers, new customers, and industry friends. Pig producers are cashed up and looking to expand, writes Alexander Kovachevich, GM China Area.

 

Warnings of Food Price Increases Underline Importance of British Food Production

Wed, 30 Nov 2016

UK - The National Farmers Union has said warnings of a food price increase next year adds gravitas to the need for a strong, secure and viable domestic food production system.

 

Livestock Futures Markets Record Higher Prices

Wed, 30 Nov 2016

US - This past week, livestock futures markets recorded higher prices, according to the latest Daily Livestock Report published by Steiner Consulting Group.

 

Pork Checkoff Addresses Growing US Pork Supply

Wed, 30 Nov 2016

US - America’s pig farmers will produce a record-breaking number of market hogs this year, resulting in ample supplies of pork hitting grocery stores and restaurants. It is anticipated that this high level of production will continue well into 2017.

 

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Nutriad Presents Digestive Performance and Mycotoxin Management in Medan

Wed, 30 Nov 2016

INDONESIA - Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, through its distributor in Indonesia Kalbe Animal Health successfully launched their Digestive Performance products ADIMIX® (ADIMIX® Precision & ADIMIX® Easy) and their Mycotoxin Management portfolio (TOXY-NIL®, TOXY-NIL® PLUS and UNIKE® PLUS) at a technical swine seminar in Medan (Indonesia).

 

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The Impact of Gut Health and Gut Integrity on Performance of Livestock Animals

Wed, 30 Nov 2016

CANADA - Remarks by Franz Waxenecker, BIOMIN, Austria at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.

 

Scotland Launches Action Plan for New Generation Farmers

Tue, 29 Nov 2016

SCOTLAND - A 10 point action plan aimed at kick-starting a new generation of farmers by dramatically increasing the number of starter opportunities on public land has been published.

 

Russia Reports More ASF Outbreaks

Tue, 29 Nov 2016

RUSSIA - Russia has reported more outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) on pig farms.

 

Technology Procedures Training Change in Response to Risk of Disease Transmission

Tue, 29 Nov 2016

CANADA - Steve's Livestock Transport says, in response to the growing risk of disease transmission during transport, procedures and technologies have change and there's been a greater emphasis placed on training, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

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NAMI Announces Additional Free Education Programming for 2017 IPPE

Tue, 29 Nov 2016

US - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) announced it will sponsor three additional free education programs at the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), scheduled to take place Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2017, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.

 

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FluSure XP® Vaccine With Strain Update Now Available From Zoetis

Tue, 29 Nov 2016

US - Zoetis Inc. has announced the availability of its FluSure XP® vaccine updated with clusters IV-A and IV-B of the H3N2 subtype. Because influenza A virus of swine (IAV-S) continues to evolve and challenge swine herds, Zoetis has responded by updating FluSure XP to include the most relevant strains found to be circulating in US herds.

 

Ukraine Reports More ASF Outbreaks

Tue, 29 Nov 2016

UKRAINE - Two further outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been reported by Ukrainian authorities to the OIE.

 

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ASPAC Performance and Portfolio Expansion Mark Another Successful Year for AB Vista

Tue, 29 Nov 2016

UK - Animal nutrition technology company AB Vista, has revealed a successive year of global market share growth driven largely by strong sales of the Quantum Blue and Econase XT enzyme product lines.

 

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Pork Commentary: US Producers Losing $35 Per Head

Tue, 29 Nov 2016

US - As Thanksgiving holiday ends, it was good to have the celebration but the one less day of slaughter from the holiday puts even greater pressure on shackle space and allows packers to bid even lower. Last Friday, the Iowa-Minnesota average price was $42.31 lean a lb. The losses per head are in the $35-40 per head range. It’s ugly.

 

Weekly Overview: Canada Moves Closer to Restoring Pork Exports to Argentina

Mon, 28 Nov 2016

ANALYSIS - Canada's pig industry has been in the news this week following the government's commitment to restoring access for Canadian pork to Argentina.

 

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FluSure XP® Vaccine With Strain Update Now Available From Zoetis

Mon, 28 Nov 2016

US - The addition of two new H3N2 virus clusters helps offer the most relevant protection against influenza in swine

 

US Feeder Pig Imports from Canada Up from Last Year

Mon, 28 Nov 2016

US - Preliminary data on live animal imports from Canada to the US are collected by USDA-APHIS and published by USDA-AMS. Starting with feeder cattle, (as this number impacts placements of cattle into feedlots), year-to-date we have imported almost 173,000 head, reports the Steiner Consulting Group.

 

Hog Outlook: US Hog Slaughter Up From Last Week

Mon, 28 Nov 2016

US - This week's hog slaughter totaled 2.531 million head, up 3.2 per cent from last week, up 5.7 per cent from the same week last year, and if not revised, the second most ever in a week behind the 2,532,244 head slaughtered the week ending on November 5, 2016, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

UK Pig Production Costs Remain Above Competitors

Mon, 28 Nov 2016

UK - Average pig production costs in Great Britain fell by 6 per cent in 2015, to £1.33/kg, but even bigger falls in other EU countries meant that GB costs remained among the highest in Europe.

 

Better Data Better Management to Improve Competitiveness

Mon, 28 Nov 2016

ANALYSIS - Agriculture is at the start of a digital revolution and to advance it will need to embrace and understand the increasing amount of data that is being collected and is available, writes Chris Harris.

 

Canadian Farms Converting to Group Sow Housing Accelerates

Mon, 28 Nov 2016

CANADA - A scientist with the Prairie Swine Centre says, as Canadian Pig Code of Practice 2024 deadline for converting to group sow housing approaches, the level of interest in making the change is accelerating, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Manitoba Government Committed to Reducing Red Tape Obstructing Agricultural Development

Fri, 25 Nov 2016

CANADA - The Premier of Manitoba says one of his government's top priorities is reducing the red tape that is obstructing agricultural development, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Canadian Vets Identify Challenges in Antibiotic Free Pig Production

Fri, 25 Nov 2016

CANADA - The Veterinary Counsel with the Canadian Pork Council says key concerns among veterinarians working with animals in "Raised Without Antibiotics" programmes include challenges in maintaining animal health and animal welfare and in accessing alternatives to antibiotics, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

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Ceva Acquires Hertape and Inova to Enter Brazil’s Top 5 Animal Health Companies

Fri, 25 Nov 2016

BRAZIL - Move will increase the group global vaccine footprint with significant entry into the ruminant, Foot and Mouth disease market and a first entry into companion animal vaccines