FYI on Swine
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Updated: 3 hours 44 min ago
Sun, 2012-02-05 10:42
Tyson Foods highlighted the damage high cattle prices, and chicken overcapacity, are wreaking on protein groups as it unveiled profit falls at all three major meat divisions – if not by as much as investors had expected. America's top meat processor revealed a slump of 48%, to $156m, in earnings for the last three months of 2011, as an inability to pass on rising feed and livestock costs halved its operating margins.
Sun, 2012-02-05 10:39
The world pork sector is poised for a takeover spree as companies favoured by the recovery in industry margins take out players who, thanks to relatively high costs or market positioning, have fared less well.
Sun, 2012-02-05 10:32
Hog farmers yesterday warned of protests as the government mulled the possibility of easing restrictions on the import of meat products containing the controversial feed additive ractopamine. At a provisional meeting called yesterday amid escalating concern over the possibility of opening the country to US beef from livestock fed with the lean-meat enhancing drug, the Republic of China Swine Association (ROCSA), a nationwide association of pig farmers, reaffirmed its opposition to removing the ban.
Tue, 2012-01-31 16:24
A key factor enabling China's transformation ("China Population Balance Tilts Urban," World News, Jan. 18) is the ability of landowning local governments to simply grab land instead of transferring ownership by means of a sales contract. Much of this land is arable and turned into industrial parks, plus housing.
Tue, 2012-01-31 14:42
The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) of USDA has given approval for six pork processing plants in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina to export fresh pork to the U.S. After an 18 month review, Brazilian inspectors have been determined to be available in sufficient numbers and properly trained to establish the compliance of plants in the state. This approval will likely encourage other pork importing countries to consider Brazil as a supplier and further harmonize standards.
Tue, 2012-01-31 14:41
During the past few years, many comparisons have been made with the agricultural economy that existed in the late 1970s, with record grain prices, high farm profits, and rapid increases in land values.
Tue, 2012-01-31 14:41
U.S. pork producers should see another profitable year in 2012, says Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics. He projects a $12-per-pig profit for the average farrow-to-finish producer. Of course that means there are opportunities for greater profit as well as risks for less profit.
Tue, 2012-01-31 14:40
U.S. exporters will continue to see “massive demand” for meat overseas, especially from China, the world’s biggest pork consumer, according to Brett Stuart, the co-founder of farm-industry researcher Global AgriTrends.
Tue, 2012-01-31 14:39
Top trade officials from the United States and European Union said today they were pleased with a final ruling from the WTO, which went against Chinese trade restraints on raw materials. The WTO’s Appellate Body said in Geneva that China needs to bring its restraints on exports of the materials into conformity with international trade agreement. The materials in question are used in the chemical and steel industries.
Wed, 2012-01-25 09:17
Fri, 2012-01-20 15:23
Researchers studying a potentially deadlier, airborne version of the bird flu virus have voluntarily suspended their studies for 60 days because of concerns it could be used as a devastating form of bioterrorism, according to a letter published in the journals Nature and Science on Friday.
Wed, 2012-01-11 15:42
Beijing. The price of pork in China could soon rival US payrolls as the world’s most watched economic indicator. International investors are increasingly focused on domestic demand in the world’s second-largest economy as their key measure of global economic health.
Wed, 2012-01-11 15:21
The U.S. on Tuesday dropped barriers to imports of Brazilian pork after roughly a year-and-a-half of working to guarantee the meat will comply with sanitary standards. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized Brazilian inspectors as capable of approving slaughterhouses in Santa Catarina state to export raw pork to the U.S., Brazil's Agriculture Ministry said in a press release. Cooked or processed pork from some other Brazilian states may also be exported via meatpacking plants in Santa Catarina, which the Agriculture Ministry says has been free of foot-and-mouth disease since 2001.
Wed, 2012-01-11 14:51
Rain in Argentina on Tuesday brought some relief to the drought-stricken central part of the country, but concerns remained. The persistent dry spell, blamed on La Niña, has not only worried agricultural producers, but could affect tax revenues, officials say. Two of the crops most affected by the drought, corn and soybeans, are important revenue-makers for the government through taxes, said Carlos Casamiquela, director of the National Institute of Agricultural Technology. If the soybean crops are damaged as much as some forecasts predict and international prices rise, the revenue the government can pull in would be affected, he said.
Wed, 2012-01-11 13:40
Meat suppliers can track a single pig all the way from live animal to pork chop, thanks to new technology from IBM that may limit or prevent disease outbreaks. Pigs are identified with a barcoded ear tag. That tag helps track various pig parts as they pass through the slaughterhouse and on to the processing plant, the distribution center and finally the package in a grocer's case. Some trial systems are being installed in slaughterhouses and retail stores in the Chinese province of Shandong. China's interest stems from an outbreak of blue-ear pig disease from 2006 to 2007. The illness doesn't affect humans, but at the time, it led to a pork shortage and sent prices soaring. There was worry that the disease could spread to other pigs around the globe.
Tue, 2011-12-27 13:33
Pointing out that pork producers depend on risk-management tools, including futures contracts, to deal with the volatility in feed grain and hog prices, the National Pork Producers Council early this week urged Congress to bolster confidence in the futures market in the wake of the MF Global bankruptcy.
Wed, 2011-12-21 11:51
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) education and research has increased over the past 10 years, yet there is still more to be learned about this profit robbing disease. In keeping with its annual commitment to the advancement of research and understanding for PRRS control, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is announcing a call for proposal submissions for its annual Advancement in PRRS Research Award. A total amount of $75,000 will be awarded to study PRRS in an effort to control its impact. Proposal submissions are due 1 January, 2012.
Wed, 2011-12-21 11:50
On 23 December, the USDA will release the results of its latest survey of the US swine inventory. Hog producers enjoyed record hog prices this summer and I believe that has caused some modest herd expansion, writes Ron Plain in his Swine Economic Report.
Wed, 2011-12-21 11:49
Is the Chinese bubble about to burst? For some time now out of the BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China - China's growth rate has been not only one of the most rapid, but it has also been dragging the rest of the world economies along behind it - shining as a beacon to the faltering economies in Europe and the US
Sun, 2011-12-18 17:17