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World Pork Expo 2015: Upbeat and Focused on the Future

  • 16 Jun 12:25

World Pork Expo just completed its 27th year, drawing approximately 20,000 pork producers and other professionals from 41 countries to Des Moines, Iowa, June 3-5. Brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), this year’s Expo featured the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, while its Junior National again set records for youth participation. The Big Grill served up 10,000 free pork lunches, a range of seminars attracted abundant crowds, and meaningful discussions about global issues, from trade agreements to the future of antibiotics, occurred throughout the week. “This year’s Expo was the best I have ever. Read more...

Not Kidding About Goat Profit

  • 11 Jun 09:21

Goatmeat is establishing as an industry in Australia and attracting the media after a $240 million export year in 2014. This is according to Meat and Livestock Australia, hot on the heels of a television appearance from MLA's Goat Industry Development Manager, Julie Petty. New records were set last year with 2.13 million head of goats processed. International customers include the US, Taiwan and China, writes the MLA team. Kyle McDonald of McDonald Holdings, a Charleville, Queensland, goat producer who featured on Landline, has made goats an integral part of his family’s mixed farming business for more than 15 years. Market Opportunity Between. Read more...

Survey Shows Consumers' Interest in Labelling of Non-stun Slaughtered Meat

  • 11 Jun 09:18

The British Veterinary Association has called on the European Commission to back proposals to introduce labelling of non-stun slaughtered meat after a study found 72 per cent of people want information on stunning of animals when buying meat. The survey asked 13,500 meat consumers across 27 EU Member States their opinions on meat slaughtered without stunning. It was commissioned in July 2011 to assess the public’s appetite for labelling, after European Parliament proposals to include labelling of non-stun slaughtered meat in Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers were withdrawn in order to achieve consensus. Commenting,. Read more...

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Costs, Disease, and Lower Demand Hit Turkey Growth

  • 10 Jun 10:39

In recent years higher production costs, disease outbreaks and lower consumer demand have made it difficult for the global turkey industry to expand since reaching its peak of almost 5.7 million tonnes in 2012, reports industry analyst, Terry Evans. Indeed, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), output in 2013 at 5.6 million tonnes showed a cutback of 1.5 per cent on the previous year (Table1 and figure 1). While the estimates for 2014 point to a possible small recovery, the outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) currently hitting turkey flocks in the USA will almost certainly put a damper on growth there which will impact on the global. Read more...

Global Pork Prices Falling

  • 10 Jun 10:37

Global pork prices were exceptionally high in 2014, at least outside the EU, whereas this year, it looks like the opposite will be true. Based on prices of exports from the four major exporting regions (the EU, US, Canada and Brazil), the average price reached over US$3.50 per kg last summer. By the end of the year, it had subsided to a more normal $2.95 per kg. Since then, export prices have continued to fall sharply and by March, the average was as low as $2.55 per kg. This is the lowest level recorded since December 2009, is 17 per cent lower than a year earlier and as much as 27 per cent down on last summer’s peak. Pressure on prices continued in. Read more...

Weekly Overview: World Pork Expo Roundup

  • 9 Jun 11:15

Last week saw over 20,000 pig producers and other professionals gather in Des Moines, Iowa, US, for the 2015 World Pork Expo trade show. Covering the event forThePigSite, Sarah Mikesell spoke to some of the most important figures in the North American pig industry about some of the current major issues. Jim Long, president of Genesus, spoke about how the Russia import ban and thehuge sow liquidation in Chinawill support EU and North American markets. Mr Long said that all indications show that over 7 million sows have been eliminated from the herd. In context, 7 million sows is equal to Canadian and US sow production combined. "I believe we are going to get a. Read more...

EU Ministers Debate Future of Organic Agriculture

  • 9 Jun 11:13

EU agricultural leaders have discussed the future of organic farming, and how to solve problems in the industry. At an informal meeting of the Council of Ministers for Agriculture held on 1-2 June in Riga, the Latvian side, representing the Presidency of the EU Council, initiated the discussions on the situation regarding organic agriculture and its development in the European Union. The area of European land involved in organic farming has more than doubled since 2002, representing some six per cent of agricultural land in the region, which is six times the world average. The topic of the informal meeting was Sustainability, growth and consumers’ needs. Read more...

What is Really Going on in the US Pork Industry?

  • 8 Jun 11:46

Ahead of the World Pork Expo, ThePigSite asked the President of the US National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Dr Ron Prestage, for his views on the current state of the US pork sector. ThePigSite: Dr Prestage: What do you see as the main challenges facing the US sector right now? Dr Prestage: "NPPC’s top issues are trade, specifically, getting Trade Promotion Authority approved in Congress and finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations; the 2015 dietary guidelines, which recommend what Americans should eat; an Environmental Protection Agency proposed rule on water that could have a significant negative impact on farmers; and the Country. Read more...

FAO Food Price Index Near Six-Year Low

  • 8 Jun 11:45

Major food commodity prices declined again in May, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), hitting an almost six-year low as cereal prices fell substantially. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 166.8 points in May, down 1.4 per cent from April and as much as 20.7 per cent from a year earlier. There is a favourable outlook for this year's harvests, as the FAO has upgraded its May 2015 forecast for global production of wheat, coarse grains and rice. The Organisation anticipates bigger maize harvests in China and Mexico as well as more abundant wheat harvests in Africa and North America. The Organisation's latest Cereal Supply and. Read more...

World Pork Expo: PEDv Update - Not Nearly As Severe in 2015

  • 5 Jun 10:59

Dr. Howard Hill, past president of the National Pork Producers Council, provides a US industry update on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv), reports Sarah Mikesell live from the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. US producers have seen a bit of a reprieve from PEDv and aren't seeing the significant losses like the industry experienced in 2014. "We do have outbreaks this year, but most of the outbreaks have occurred in finishers rather than sow farms like they were last year," said Dr. Hill. "Most of those are occurring after the first cut - after we take the first pigs to market - and we believe that the trucks are being contaminated. Read more...