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AASV Research: PEDv Transmission Through Feed Dust

Thu, 21 Sep 2017

ANALYSIS - Jordan Gebhardt, PhD candidate and a veterinary student at Kansas State University, shares new research about Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), and its transmission through feed and dust.

 

Conflicts Drag Down Food Security Amid Growing Global Food Output

Thu, 21 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - Robust harvests in Latin America and rebounding agricultural conditions in Southern Africa are on course to improve the global food supply situation, but ongoing civil conflicts and climate-related shocks are affecting progress towards hunger reduction.

 

Continente Promotes Portuguese Pork in Stores

Thu, 21 Sep 2017

PORTUGAL - Portuguese hypermarket chain Continente is promoting national pork meat under its private label brand in all of its 255 stores.

 

CETA Agreement Between Canada, EU Comes Into Force

Wed, 20 Sep 2017

CANADA & EU - The date of 21 September represents the start of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), reports Rebecca Oborne, AHDB Pork analyst.

 

EU Pig Prices: General Drop in Prices; Markets Under Pressure

Wed, 20 Sep 2017

EU - All across the continent and almost without exception, the European slaughter pig markets are presenting decreasing prices.

 

Iowa Regulators Reject New Rules for Hog Confinements

Wed, 20 Sep 2017

US - Over loud protests, state regulators voted unanimously Monday to reject proposed changes to rules governing large-scale livestock feeding operations in rural areas that advocates say are needed to protect Iowa's land, water and air but ag producers argue would hurt their industry.

 

Canadian Farmers Advised to Adjust to Higher Dollar

Wed, 20 Sep 2017

CANADA - The Chief Agricultural Economist with FCC is advising farmers to be prepared for the impact of increasing interest rates on the value of the Canadian dollar, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

CME: Hog Futures Rebound Even as Cash Prices for Pork, Hogs Lose Ground

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

US - Hog futures rebounded on Friday even as cash prices for both pork and hogs continued to lose ground, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

World Hunger Again on the Rise, New UN Report Reveals

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released Friday.

 

GB Sow Productivity Continues to Rise

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

UK - In the 12 months ending June 2017, the productivity of the GB sow herd continued to increase, according to latest data from Agrosoft, writes Millie Askew, Senior Analyst at AHDB Pork.

 

Donetsk Republic Bans Iconic Ukrainian Pork Delicacy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

UKRAINE - The Ministry of Agro-Industrial Policy and Food of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic has banned the import of all pork products made in Ukraine, including salo, the iconic meat product consisting of cured slabs of fatback.

 

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Jim Long Pork Commentary: US Packer Capacity

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

Last Thursday the US set a new record day for hog marketing of 455,000 head per day.

 

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Taking oral-fluid samples for PRRS: How many and when?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

Oral-fluid sampling can provide a simple, reliable way to surveil for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), Marisa Rotolo, DVM, of Iowa State University, reported at the 2017 American Association of Swine Veterinarians conference.

 

SHIC Offers Training for Rapid Responders to Novel Disease Outbreaks

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

US - The Swine Health Information Center has launched a new training programme for members of its Rapid Response Corps, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

CME: Sharp Decline in Pork Belly Prices

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

US - The sharp decline in belly prices has been astounding (down 50 per cent in the last few weeks). But it also makes a bit more sense once you take a step back and look at the extreme volatility in this product during the last few years, writes Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

GB Pig Prices Face Corrections Late Last Week

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

UK - All the signs were there earlier in the week that prices would be facing something of a correction today, and they did, writes Peter Crichton in his "Traffic Lights" commentary for 15 September 2017.

 

Cargill Expands Animal Nutrition Business in Thailand

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

THAILAND - Cargill’s animal feed and nutrition business is expanding its capabilities in Thailand by acquiring a feed mill in Prachinburi province in Thailand.

 

Canada's Ag Minister Takes NAFTA Message to New Orleans

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

CANADA & US - Canada's Minister of Agriculture took his message of the value of the North American Free Trade Agreement to New Orleans last week, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Study Finds Health Risks of Natural Origin Frequently Underestimated

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

GERMANY - The following are the findings of a representative study recently conducted by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on the risk perception of contaminants in food.

 

Manitoba Pork Expands Swine Disease Management Team

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

CANADA - Manitoba Pork has expanded its swine health management team, reports Bruce Cochrane.

 

Industry Calls for Urgent Action on Organic Derogations

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

UK - The NFU, NPA and stakeholders across the industry(1) are urging the European Commission to extend two derogations for organic pig and poultry which are coming to an end on 31 December 2017.

 

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Can we find the ‘next PED’ before it finds us?

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

Paul Sundberg, DVM, recalls sitting around a conference table in San Diego in spring 2013, talking with other swine veterinarians about a new pig disease burning through China at the time. “We all said, ‘Boy, it’s a good thing we don’t have it.’ And then we went away,” he told Pig Health Today.

 

CME: Market Participants Respond to Dramatic Decline in Cash Hog Prices

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

US - Hog futures have sold off quite aggressively in the last few days as market participants respond to the dramatic decline in cash hog prices, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

England's Breeding Herd Steady; Fattening Pigs Up in June

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

UK - Defra figures from the 1 June Agricultural survey indicate that England’s pig herd increased modestly compared to the previous year, reaching almost 4.0 million head, writes Bethan Wilkins, AHDB Pork analyst.

 

Saskatchewan Crop Yields Looking Better as Harvest Advances

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

CANADA - Saskatchewan Agriculture reports crop yields are looking better than had been feared as the harvest moves forward, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

Seminar Provides Education on Quality, Value of US Pork

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

MEXICO - USMEF partnered with the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) to present a sales seminar for meat industry personnel in Mexico City.

 

FAO Praises High Quality of Belarus' Dairy, Meat Products

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

BELARUS - Belarusian dairy and meat products are of high quality, Raimund Jehle, FAO Regional Strategic Programmes Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia, told the media on 14 September.

 

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Genesus Global Market Report: Mexican pork market

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

The Mexican pork market has been strengthened over the course of the current year. Despite having a slight decrease in the Easter season, which is normal due to a lower red meat consumption, the market has recovered its pace and has put prices up during the summer that is coming to an end, as we can see on chart 1.

 

CME: Pork Supplies Expected to Increase Further in 2018

Thu, 14 Sep 2017

US - USDA updated its projections for 2017 and 2018 grain, livestock and dairy production. There were a number of surprises, particularly on the grain side, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

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Hypor partners with Biotronics to improve accuracy and safety in ultrasound scanning

Thu, 14 Sep 2017

Hypor has signed a cooperation agreement with ultrasound technology company, Biotronics, in the research testing of the new BioQStation to improve the speed and animal safety of ultrasound scanning.

 

Advanced Planning Key When Converting to Group Housing

Thu, 14 Sep 2017

CANADA - The Coordinator of the National Sow Housing Conversion Project says the importance of advanced planning has been the key lesson learned from producers who have made the conversion from stall housing to group housing of gestating sows, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

Positivity for Global UK Pig Meat Exports

Thu, 14 Sep 2017

UK - AHDB has just published its latest Brexit report outlining UK prospects for meat and dairy products in the global marketplace, reports Leo Colby, AHDB Pork Consultant.

 

Canadian Ag Well-positioned to Respond to Rising Interest Rates

Thu, 14 Sep 2017

CANADA - The Chief Agricultural Economist with FCC suggests Canadian agriculture is well positioned to withstand increasing interest rates, according to Bruce Cochrane.

 

NPPC Seeks Waiver from ELD Mandate

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

US - The National Pork Producers Council yesterday asked for a waiver and exemption for livestock haulers from US Department of Transportation regulations that could have negative effects on animal well-being.

 

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Still Stable; Uncertainty Increasing

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

EU - This week, the European slaughter pig market is being shaped by primarily unchanged quotations. Apart from Germany, quotations are also developing in an unchanged way in the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and Austria.

 

Hunan Pursues Greener Agriculture

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

CHINA - Central China's Hunan province is pursuing a greener agriculture through transformation and upgrading of its livestock and poultry industry, according to a waste to resource meeting held in Changsha county on 5 September.

 

Open Farm Day Offers First Hand Look at Agriculture

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

CANADA - Manitobans who typically wouldn't have the opportunity to see agriculture first hand are being invited to take in the special events planned as part of Open Farm Day this Sunday, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

CME: Labor Day Lowers Cattle, Hog Slaughter in W36

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

US - Cattle and hog slaughter was lower last week as processing plants were closed in observation of Labor Day on Monday, 4 September. Total cattle slaughter was estimated at 555,000 head, 4.8 per cent higher than the previous year, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Global Cereal Output Heading for New Record

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - Global food prices dipped in August, mainly as the prospect of bumper cereal harvests pushed up expectations for larger grain inventories.

 

Tulip Announces Investment in UK Pig Farming

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

UK - Easey Holdings Ltd is a family-owned pig farming operation consisting of four key divisions - breeding herds (sows), growing herds, a veterinary practice and a livestock transport business.

 

Pork Producers Advised to Turn Yards into Controlled Access Zones

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

CANADA - Manitoba Pork is encouraging producers to convert their yards into controlled access zones, reports Bruce Cochrane.

 

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Hypor Increases Genetic Progress with New Testing Station in Sichamps, France

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

Hypor is investing in a new facility in Sichamps, France with 72 Nedap Pig Performance testing (PPT) stations to track the daily growth and feed intake of the Hypor Maxter and Magnus boar.

 

Livestock Production Much Smaller Challenge to Global Food Security

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - Humans face mounting challenges when it comes to finding ways to sustainably feed an exploding population. As populations become wealthier and more urbanised, the demand for animal products continues to climb.

 

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Can’t we just let boars be boars?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

Growing up on a small pig farm in the 1960s, we castrated boar pigs to remove taint, the odor that emanated if you fried pork from an intact boar in the skillet. Boar taint is the primary reason farmers around the world have castrated boars for hundreds if not thousands of years.

 

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Jim Long Pork Commentary: US Lean Hog Prices have rapid decline

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

A month ago US 53-54% lean hog were 84c lb; last Thursday they were 67c lb. A drop of 17c or about $35 per head. Amazing what a few more hogs coming to the market and expectations of even lower prices can do to returns.

 

CME: US Pork Export Tonnage Falters in July

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

US - Last week, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) compiled and posted the monthly US trade data for meat and livestock, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Hog Producers Positioned to Withstand Higher Canadian Dollar

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

CANADA - H@ms Marketing Services says the majority of pork producers in western Canada have protected themselves from the rise in the value of the Canadian dollar stimulated by rising interest rates, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

Pig Prices Showing Return to Seasonal Pattern in 2017

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

UK - Following the volatility of recent years, 2017 has seen prime pig prices return to a more normal seasonal pattern, according to Iain Macdonald, Senior Economics Analyst with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

 

Cherkizovo Ranks First Among Russia's Meat Producers

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

RUSSIA - PJSC Cherkizovo Group, the largest vertically integrated meat and feed producer in Russia, last week announced that it has come first in the 2016 Agroinvestors ranking of Russia’s top meat producers.

 

China's PPI Rises 6.3%; CPI Up 1.8% in August

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

CHINA - China's consumer inflation picked up in August, driven by higher food prices, while the factory-gate prices also rose, fueled by rising commodity costs.

 

SPP Continues to Drift Downwards

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

UK - The SPP continues to drift downwards albeit at a fairly slow rate dropping by .49p this week to 164.17p, reports Peter Crichton in his "Traffic Lights" commentary for 8 September.

 

Threats to End NAFTA Expected to Make Negotiators' Jobs More Difficult

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

CANADA - According to Bruce Cochrane, the acting Executive Director of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance says his confidence that the renegotiation of NAFTA will move forward as quickly as desired has slipped.

 

University Expert Calls for Brexit to Revolutionise Sustainable Farming

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

UK - Brexit should be used as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to end industrialised farming in the UK and make a radical shift towards more sustainable smallholdings and allotments, University of Sussex Professor Dave Goulson has said.

 

US Pork Exports Lower in July

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

US - July pork export volume dipped below its year-ago level for the first time in 15 months, with export value also down slightly, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF.

 

Continued Inflation in Retail Pork Prices

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

UK - In the 12 weeks ended 13 August, volumes of fresh and frozen pork sold decreased by 5 per cent year-on-year, according to data provided by Kantar Worldpanel, writes Annie Linekar, AHDB Pork's trainee analyst.

 

EU Pig Prices: Markets Remain Unchanged; Prices Decrease in South

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

EU - Compared with last week’s reports, the European slaughter pig market has hardly changed. The market situation in majority of the EU member states continues to be stable with unchanged quotations.

 

Study Reveals Whole Grains Decrease Colorectal Cancer Risk; Processed Meats Increase Risk

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - Eating whole grains daily, such as brown rice or whole-wheat bread, reduces colorectal cancer risk, with the more you eat the lower the risk, finds a new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). This is the first time AICR/WCRF research links whole grains independently to lower cancer risk.

 

Increased Interest Rates Negatively Impact Hog Producers

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

CANADA - The Director of Risk Management with h@ms Marketing Services says the Bank of Canada's latest interest rate hike will increase financing costs for hog producers while lowering returns by stimulating an increase in the value of the Canadian dollar, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

China's August Inflation Expected to Rise as Food Prices Increase

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

CHINA - China's consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, is expected to pick up in August, with food prices likely to increase.