New Sensors Could Enable More Affordable Detection of Pollution, Diseases

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

US - When it comes to testing for cancer, environmental pollution and food contaminants, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, non-intuitive and complicated.

 

US Pork Industry Plan to Allow Continued Production in Presence of Disease

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

US - Iowa's Agriculture Secretary says a plan being developed by the US pork industry will enable state animal health officials to allow pork production to continue in the presence of a foreign animal disease outbreak, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

Urban Ag Only Provides Small Environmental Benefits in Northeastern US

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

US - "Buy local" sounds like a great environmental slogan, epitomized for city dwellers by urban agriculture. But when it comes to growing fruits and vegetables in vacant lots and on rooftops in cities, is the practice really better for the planet than conventional farming?

 

Amid Cattle Slaughter Row, Punjab Budget Bats for Pigs

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

INDIA - Even as the Centre's ban on cattle sale for slaughter at animal markets has triggered a country-wide debate, Punjab government on Tuesday announced setting up of new pig breeding farms, saying "there was need to diversify in agriculture allied activities."

 

Norway: Close Cooperation in Pig Supply Chain

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

NORWAY - Pigs are farmed on a very small scale in Norway, with a total of 90,000 sows and average herd sizes of 50 sows. The three per cent of land that can be used for agriculture, the caps on herd sizes of 105 sows per farm and the 2,100 slaughter pigs produced per year do not allow for further growth, although growth is not actually needed since the country is almost 100 per cent self-sufficient in pork and the market is highly regulated.

 

FAO Provides Emergency Aid to Combat Hunger in North-east Nigeria

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

NIGERIA - Seeds and fertilizer for more than one million people are being distributed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in north-eastern Nigeria for the planting season that begins this month.

 

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Survey identifies gaps in employee biosecurity practices

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

For biosecurity to be effective, everyone working within the farm needs to understand and comply with the defined protocols. In reality, a person’s attitude can make or break the outcome, so it’s important that the on-farm staff view biosecurity as a priority.

 

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Food Citizenship report launch. Citizens not consumers: How thinking of ourselves differently can build a better food system

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

The result of a ten-month inquiry with six organisations including the RSPB and Co-op to explore a Citizen food system, the Food Citizenship Report explores the false and limiting idea of ‘the consumer’. The report includes a review of international and UK food citizenship projects, and a Food Citizen’s Toolkit.

 

CME: Dramatic Shift in Price Ratio of Pork Items

Wed, 21 Jun 2017

US - Whether it is highly marbled choice ribeyes, succulent bacon, inventively flavored chicken wings, or full fat milkshakes, consumers are voting with their dollars for more flavor, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Pig Processors Fail to Follow European Market

Wed, 21 Jun 2017

IRELAND - There has been no change in official quotes for pigs this week, which remain at €1.70c/kg.

 

Tyson Announces Plans to Invest $59M to Expand Macon GA Distribution Center

Wed, 21 Jun 2017

US - Tyson Foods, Inc. is investing $59 million to expand its distribution center in Macon, a move that will add jobs, improve efficiency and support the company’s plans for growth.

 

Wheat Co-products Vary in Protein Digestibility When Fed to Livestock

Wed, 21 Jun 2017

US - Research from the University of Illinois is helping to determine the quality of protein in wheat middlings and red dog, two co-products of the wheat milling process that can be included in diets fed to pigs and other livestock.

 

GB Pig Slaughterings Pick Up Slightly in May

Wed, 21 Jun 2017

UK - UK production of pig meat was 74,300 tonnes in May, up 1 per cent compared to the same month in 2016, and the first year on year increase seen in 2017, writes Duncan Wyatt, lead analyst at AHDB.

 

NPPC Calls on Government to FMD Vaccine Bank

Wed, 21 Jun 2017

US - The National Pork Producers Council is calling on the US government to provide one billion dollars over five years to fund the creation of a Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine bank, reports Bruce Cochrane.

 

Pilot Testing of Canadian Pork Excellence Wraps Up

Wed, 21 Jun 2017

CANADA - The Manager of Producer Services with Sask Pork says final adjustments to the new Canadian Pork Excellence Programme are now in the works, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

CME: Small Changes in Lean Hog Futures Contracts During W24

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

US - Cash fed cattle prices declined sharply last week, daily data reported by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Market News Division showed prices declined by $6.00 to $8.00 per cwt. between sales that occurred on Tuesday and trade on Thursday, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Better Supply Chain Communications to Play Vital Role in Post-Brexit Era

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

UK - While there will be tough and challenging times ahead there will also be opportunities in the post-Brexit era, according to Stuart Ashworth, Head of Economics Services with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

 

UK's AB Agri Teams Up with China to Develop Better Animal Feeds

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

UK & CHINA - AB Agri, a UK-based animal nutrition and feeds producer, is enhancing technological cooperation with Chinese clients by co-developing safer and more nutritious feeds.

 

Implementing FDA's Guidance 213 Benefits Livestock Producers

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

US - The Chief Veterinarian with the National Pork Producers Council says changes to regulations governing the use of antibiotics in livestock production in the US have had a positive effect, according to Bruce Cochrane.

 

New Jobs in Danish Crown

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

DENMARK - The increase in the supply of pigs to Danish Crown’s abattoirs can be ascribed to the combined effects of Danish Crown’s own growth package, the subsidy scheme for new housing units and the Danish government’s agriculture package.

 

Canadian Hog Industry Focusing on Recovery for PED Situation

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

CANADA - Canada's pork sector wants to work with federal and provincial government to address the issue of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Virus in Canada. This was the message Western Canadian hog producers took to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food last week.

 

Range of Tasks Makes Farming an Especially Risky Occupation

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

CANADA - The Director of the Manitoba Farm Safety Programme says the wide variety of tasks to be done on the farm, makes farming one of the more risky occupations, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

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Nutriad launches its NutriTrace® minerals in USA

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

The American pork sector continues strong in 2017, driven by the export market and slightly lower hog weights. Companies across the sector are investing in new plants and supply is set to increase by 3% to 4% this year. With this positive outlook in mind, the World Pork Expo (WPE) in Des Moines, Iowa (USA) was set to be a success. At the WPE, multinational feed additives producer Nutriad shared information on its leading technologies and new product lines.

 

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Merial challenges farm vets to walk 141 million steps for charity

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

Representatives from Merial Animal Health and a group of farm vets will walk a combined 70,500 miles, or 141 million steps, raising money for charity Farm Africa, as part of Merial’s #CALFMATTERS campaign to raise awareness of calf pneumonia and improve the health of beef and dairy calves by vaccinating against the disease.

 

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Jim Long Pork Commentary: Global mega producers: think globally, act locally.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

Genesus as the founding sponsor have in conjunction with the National Hog Farmer the most read swine magazine and e-letter in the United States have jointly initiated the Global Mega Producer program.

 

Slightly Negative Note: Cull Sow Prices Ease by a Penny

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

UK - Another positive day for sellers and prices firmer than the current Government is looking at present, with the SPP rising by 0.85p to stand at 161.70p compared with 119.43p twelve months ago, Peter Crichton reports in his "Traffic Lights" commentary for 16 June 2017.

 

Drop in Soybean Prices Disappoints Zambian Farmers

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

ZAMBIA - Farmers have cried foul on the drastic fall of the prices of soybeans by more than 100 per cent during this year’s maize marketing season.

 

Colombian Foodservice Clients Partake in US Meat Training

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

US - At the request of a food distributor in South America, USMEF conducted US pork processed meat training sessions for foodservice managers in three major Colombian cities. The training, held in Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena, was funded by the Pork Checkoff.

 

American Farm Bureau Urges Exercising Caution Against Cuba

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

US - American farmers are likely to soon have a new market for agricultural products, owing to the White House’s decision to begin normalising relationships with Cuba.

 

Study Reveals Global Diet, Farming Methods 'Must Change for Environment's Sake'

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

GLOBAL - Reducing meat consumption and using more efficient farming methods globally are essential to stave off irreversible damage to the environmental, a new study says.

 

NPPC Applauds US President's Stand on Environmental Regulations

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

US - The National Pork Producers Council is applauding the stand being taken by the Trump Administration on environmental rules that impact agriculture, reports Bruce Cochrane.

 

Consistent Pork Quality Assurance Across Regions Critical

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

CANADA - The Chair of Manitoba Pork suggests, when marketing product to international buyers, it's critical for production standards in one region be consistent with those in another region, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

Diagnostics Offer Opportunity to Reduce Antibiotic Use

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

ANALYSIS - At a time when the industry is looking for every opportunity to reduce the use of antibiotics, diagnostics offer a solution.

 

CME: Seasonal Pattern in May ERS Pork Retail Price Apparent

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

US - On Wednesday, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released the monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for May, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Pork Major Issue in US-Taiwan Trade Ties, Says US Official

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

TAIWAN - The United States is revising its trade policy and advancing its relations with Taiwan but there are still some barriers, such as agricultural issues and pork imports, which are hampering progress, a US official said in Taipei Thursday.

 

Tanzanian Govt Bans Pig Imports to Curb ASF Spread

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

TANZANIA - The government has banned, for one year, importation of live swine and its products following an outbreak of Africa Swine Fever (ASF) which has hit some regions in the country.

 

Putin Says Sanctions Led Russia to Self-Sufficiency in Pork, Poultry

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

RUSSIA - Russia is now almost completely self-sufficient in pork and poultry meat as a result of anti-Russian sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during his annual "Direct Line" call-in session.

 

Vissan Slashes Pork Prices to Boost Sales

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

VIET NAM - Several southern retailers are launching promotional offers to boost the sale of pork amid slump in prices, which have hit farmers hard recently.

 

China Backpedals on Pollution Curbs Leveled at Pig Breeders

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

CHINA - The Ministry of Agriculture on Thursday was forced to reinterpret stringent guidelines aimed at curbing pollution from livestock breeding, after many provincial-level authorities were found to have enforced the regulations so harshly that they put farmers out of business.

 

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ADM enters speciality feed ingredient collaboration with Anco

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

Archer Daniels Midlands Company (NYSE: ADM) announced today that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with Austria-based Anco Animal Nutrition Competence GmbH to provide Anco’s line of specialty feed ingredients to ADM Animal Nutrition customers.

 

US Supply Gap Widens Due to Surging Demand for Organic Produce

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

US - Produce processors and retailers are finding it increasingly difficult to secure sufficient supplies of organic produce, as domestic demand continues to rise at a pace that exceeds production, according to a new report from CoBank.

 

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Injection syringes – your reliable ic choice

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

The Swiss made Socorex® self-refilling syringes with spring-loaded plunger and three-way valve system are designed for serial precision animal injections.

 

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Genesus global market report: Russia

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

The Russian pig Price continues to remain high at 115 Roubles ($2.01) per live kg. Good producers have a cost of production that should be 65 Roubles per kg (all costs). On a 125kg live-weight pig at slaughter means profits of over $100 per pig.

 

World Pork Expo: PIC Advances Swine Nutrition with Manual, New Tools

Thu, 15 Jun 2017

ANALYSIS - At PIC, they are providing genetics as well as the technical expertise to producers to help realize the genetic potential at the slat level. One of those areas of technical expertise that PIC invested in during the last year is nutrition, reports Sarah Mikesell live from World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

 

EU Pig Prices: South Preparing for Holiday Season

Thu, 15 Jun 2017

EU - The European slaughter pig market continues to be well-balanced this week. Almost all quotations tend to remain constant and steady. The Spanish quotation went up slightly, while the British quotation – which has been corrected to the ISN standard – gave in a little because of fluctuations in the exchange rate.

 

Higher Pork Volumes Make Access to Export Markets Increasingly Important

Thu, 15 Jun 2017

US - The Vice-President Pork Analysis with EMI Analytics says the higher volumes of pork being produced in the US will make access to export markets increasingly important, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

Call for Concessions for Farmers Under Carbon Pricing System

Thu, 15 Jun 2017

CANADA - Keystone Agricultural Producers is calling on the Manitoba Government to provide certain exemptions for farmers from taxes under a carbon pricing structure and a reinvestment into agriculture of carbon taxes collected for other greenhouse gas emitters, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Pig Supplies Still Suppressing UK Exports

Thu, 15 Jun 2017

UK - UK exports of fresh/frozen pork remained behind year earlier levels in April, at 18.6 thousand tonnes, writes Bethan Wilkins, AHDB analyst.

 

Global Food Import Bill on the Rise Despite Stable Markets

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

GLOBAL - Global food commodity markets are well-balanced, buoyed by ample supplies of wheat and maize and rebounding production of oilseed products.

 

Where Climate Change is Most Likely to Induce Food Violence

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

GLOBAL - While climate change is expected to lead to more violence related to food scarcity, new research suggests that the strength of a country's government plays a vital role in preventing uprisings.

 

Call for Nomination of Bodine to Key EPA Enforcement Post

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

US - On Monday (12 June), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council sent a letter to US Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Thomas Carper (D-Del.) urging them to support the nomination of Susan Bodine to be the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) assistant administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA).

 

Repositioning Pork to Reach a Changing Audience

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

US - With the consumer market for pork and other protein sources changing rapidly, the Pork Checkoff is putting the finishing touches on a plan to capitalize on those changes by repositioning pork marketing, Terry O’Neel, president of the National Pork Board, told an audience at World Pork Expo last week (Thursday, 8 June).

 

TAU SA Commends Agri Sector for 22% Growth

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

SOUTH AFRICA - The South African agricultural sector has not been a contributing factor to the recession the country currently has to contend with, and TAU SA congratulates the entire agricultural sector, and in particular all farmers, for the remarkable achievement of growing the agricultural sector by an astounding 22 per cent, whilst other sectors are experiencing unfavourable conditions.

 

NFU Welcomes New Defra Secretary of State in Open Letter

Tue, 13 Jun 2017

UK - NFU President Meurig Raymond has congratulated Michael Gove MP, Defra Secretary of State.

 

Farming Breakthrough Could Alleviate Human Antibiotics Time Bomb

Tue, 13 Jun 2017

UK - The discovery of an organism able to target harmful bacteria and leave ‘good’ bacteria intact in pigs could be poised to drive a long term change in how people with drug-resistant infections are treated.

 

Pig Prices Approaching Temporary Plateau

Tue, 13 Jun 2017

UK - Another positive day for sellers and, although prices are to some extent approaching a plateau for the time being, pig numbers remain tight and demand is firm, writes Peter Crichton in his "Traffic Lights" commentary for 9 June 2017.

 

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Jim Long Pork Commentary: World Pork Expo Report

Tue, 13 Jun 2017

Last week the World Pork Expo was held in Des Moines, Iowa. The World Pork Expo is the largest Global Swine Event held annually. Our WPX report.

 

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Genesus and National Hog Farmer: Global Mega Producer Initiative.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017

At the WPX Genesus in conjunction with the National Hog Farmer launched the Global Mega Producer Initiative. The Initiative recognizes the Global Producers over 100,000 sows.