New Swine Health Intelligence Centre Offers Defence Against Disease

US - The National Pork Board's new Swine Health Intelligence Center will provide the US Pork industry a new line of defense against new and emerging swine diseases.

Hog Supplies Plentiful

US - There’s not a lot of mystery as to why hog prices are weak: There are LOTS of hogs out there! What is more, the price impacts are pretty much on line with those supply gains. No one wants to hear that, but let’s investigate, writes Steve Meyer in the National Hog Farmer.h

It's Time to Check Iron Levels of Baby Pigs

ANALYSIS - The weaning weight of a baby pig is significantly greater than it was 20-30 years ago, but protocols have not changed to reflect management practices, leaving many baby pigs iron deficient, reports Sarah Mikesell.

Over 85,000 Pigs to Benefit from Welfare Awards

ITALY - Compassion in World Farming has celebrated the commitment of leading food businesses to improve animal welfare standards at their Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards held at the Milan Expo on 9 June, hosted by chef, writer and broadcaster, Allegra McEvedy MBE.

Weekly Overview: Looking Forward to the Future of the Pig Industry

GLOBAL - Cutting-edge technology to safeguard pig health was promised by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) at its Innovations Conference at the UK's National Agricultural Centre last week.

Study Evaluates Disinfectant against PED Virus

A disinfectant based on hydrogen peroxide has been tested against the porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) virus at Michigan State University, and confirmed to be effective under simulated commercial conditions.

USDA forecasts growth in global pork trade in 2015

The latest global outlook report published by the US Department of Agriculture estimates an increase of almost 2% in world pig meat production in 2014 as a whole, to 110.6 million tonnes. Global pork exports will increase by 4% in 2015, to 7.2 million tonnes.

High-flying Pork Prices Come Back Down to Earth

GLOBAL - The global pork industry has been searching for stability during Q1 2015, with strong supply growth and relatively weak demand driving the market, according to the Q2 2015 Rabobank Pork Quarterly.

Viet Nam Hog Markets

VIET NAM - The market pig numbers and the demand for pork just before TET (the New Year Festival) were higher than first estimated. There was an adequate supply of pork for the holidays, writes Ron Lane, Business Director for Asia Pacific and Meggie Vo, Genesus Marketing Representative in Viet Nam.

Hog Markets Could Use a Little Good News

US - It was another tough week for hog and pork markets even though hogs held relatively steady in the face of continuing large slaughter totals, writes Steve Meyer for the National Hog Farmer.