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RUSSIA - Seventeen new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been reported to the OIE.
As the cause of the PED outbreak detected in mid-May in the Midwest US remains a mystery, the Canadian industry is taking proactive steps to help prevent its spread to Canada.
Nutraferma, innovator of biotech solutions, has launched UltraPro+, a new balanced peptide protein that improves average daily gain and feed efficiency in piglets.
A new pig campaign demanding EU countries adopt pig welfare laws has received more than 100,000 signatures.
Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) launched Pig Project to raise awareness of "appalling conditions" on many EU pig farms and "flagrant disregard of legislation".
Huvepharma and Enzyvia LLC announced that Huvepharma has acquired the global rights for the full OptiPhos brand, product and registrations from Enzyvia LLC.
UK - It’s an age old problem, when the summer temperatures rise, fertility in pigs (and many other mammals) declines. It is nature’s way of limiting the number of offspring produced in the winter when the temperature is cold and food is in shorter supply.
US - Multinational meat and food processor, Hormel Foods has lowered its full year guidance range for the 2013 financial year from $1.93 - $2.03 per share to $1.88 - $1.96 per share.
GLOBAL - Raising the efficiency with which farm animals utilise the nutrients they absorb from their feed will be the next important step in increasing farm productivity. This was a conclusion from the high-level biennial science gathering, InnoVision, organised by Nutreco R&D on 18 June 2013.
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent a letter to US House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson praising the existing Price Loss Coverage (PLC) provisions in the committee’s version of the 2013 Farm Bill.
CHINA - The prices of farm produce in 36 major Chinese cities slightly climbed last week, according to new official data.
AUSTRALIA - Australian food producers and exporters will benefit from new strong Australian voices to be deployed to Viet Nam, Malaysia and China, with extra agricultural specialists being sent to gain more market access.
EU and ZAMBIA - The EU has signed a new agreement to boost agriculture and promote access to renewable energy in Zambia.
US - Ceva has launched Cevazuril®, its new parasiticide against swine coccidiosis, in Mexico. From June 3rd to 7th the product was presented in the two most important pork producing regions: Tepatitlán and Sonora.
US - The US-based National Pork Board reports lower recommended cooking temperatures for pork have been well accepted, particularly by food service, Bruce Cochrane writes.
Exports of US pork and beef in April edged higher than the previous month but still lagged behind year-ago levels, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
Poland will become the first EU country in ten years to export pork to Taiwan, reports the website Grocerynews.pl.
Users of Topigs genetics in the USA wean 3.5 piglets more per sow than other pork producers, according to the company.
Two new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been reported in Russia – both are at private farms in the Voronezh region on the border with Ukraine.
CANADA - June Lean Hog futures last Friday closed at $103.30 making a big run from $88 at the end of March (about $30 per head improvement), writes Jim Long.
UK - As from 1 July, data collection and submission of real welfare assessment becomes mandatory for Red Tractor compliance.
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