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PORK AND PORTS

A strong dollar has made U.S. pork more costly than meat from competing countries, which has led to a slowdown in exports, especially to China. And cargo slow-downs due to a labor dispute at West Coast ports has left stocks of pork products piling up.

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WSJ: Feed Now Suspect in PEDV

With a dearth of solid leads, investigators are exploring whether something in pig feed could be a conduit for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, which has spread to 27 states and killed millions of young pigs since it was first identified in the U.S. last April. One focus of the inquiry: porcine plasma, a widely used… read more

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Divergent Markets

US hog producers are seeing record high prices for pork, due to effects from PEDV.  However, China is purchasing frozen pork for reserves this week to support its domestic pork prices. First purchase amount is set at 65,000 tons.

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PORK’S STRATEGY

The National Pork Board (NPB) has released a new strategic plan for the next five years with the goals of building consumer trust, driving sustainable production and growing consumer demand.

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PEDv UPDATE

The total number of pig farm samples that have tested positive for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus now stands at 8,622 in 31 states according to a Pig Site article. Since full reporting of testing began in Nov. 2013, a total of 35,126 farm samples have been tested, of which 22 percent have tested positive for… read more

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PORK OUTLOOK

Shortages of hogs and packing plant workers in Canada, exacerbated by recent government restrictions, may severely cut hog processing and pork exports, helping to keep North American retail pork prices near record highs. “If those Canadian pigs don’t flow south, you’re going to have U.S. hog farmers bidding against each other to get pigs,” says… read more

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

 Check out FarmWeekNow.com and FarmWeek for stories on voter registration, hogs and pigs report, and the latest farm bill toolbox.  

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PEDv VACCINE

– Animal health company Zoetis says it has received a conditional license from USDA for a vaccine to combat PEDv. The vaccine should be available to vets later this month. The announcement follows the conditional approval in June of another PEDv vaccine offered by Harrisvaccines Inc.

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TYSON-HILLSHIRE UPDATE

 Tyson Foods has agreed to sell off its hog acquisition unit, Heinold Hog Markets, in order to win U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approval of its $8.5 billion purchase of Hillshire Brands. The proposed settlement needs approval from a federal district judge in Washington.

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PEDv UPDATE

The deadly virus that has ravaged about 10 percent of the country’s hog supply and sent pork prices soaring could be spreading through animal feed, a study has found.

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