From WATTAgNet:The past week has been an active one for the global pig industry. Here are eight industry stories that have appeared on WATTAgNet.com during the week ending October 6:
1. Factors for EU pork producers to consider for success – Rabobank analyst Albert Vernooij revealed five factors for European pork processors to take into account in order to position themselves in the increasingly competitive industry: cost competitiveness, sourcing, efficiency, market approach and client access.
2. Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement approved – Negotiators from 12 countries approved the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which includes provisions for the pig industry.
3. Reused tote bags likely cause of PEDv entry into U.S. -- The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service released a root cause investigation report that identified reuse of contaminated flexible intermediate bulk containers also known as tote bags, as the most likely cause for how the swine enteric coronavirus disease viruses -- including porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and swine delta coronavirus -- entered the United States.
4. Improvement needed in Vietnam pork sector -- A recent report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development stated that the Vietnamese pork industry needs to make further improvements to enable it to face global competition.
5. Classical swine fever returns to Russia – After an absence of nearly eight years, classical swine fever has returned to Russia. Five animals were affected in the southeastern portion of the country.
6. Canada’s duBreton to increase crate-free production – Quebec-based pork producer duBreton announced plans to raise 300,000 more pigs without the use of gestation stalls or traditional farrowing crates by 2018.
7. New NPPC staff member – Dustin Baker has joined the National Pork Producers Council as the manager of production issues.
8. Royal Frozen Food recalls pork – Royal Frozen Food recalled about 230 pounds of frozen beef and pork products that were not produced under a fully implemented Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan.