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Whole Hog Issue 213,October 2012
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Whole Hog Issue 213,October 2012

Price: £70.00

The front page of the October 2012 issue writes up commentaries from various EU member states about the current welfare rules and how they will affect sow numbers in 2013. The impact of recent feed price hikes is also mentioned.  The US census results are discussed on page 2. The EU’s latest Outlook report predicts a fall in pork exports in 2013 and this is described on page 3.  Page 4’s discussion of the Global Pig Price Index considers why the cycle seems to have stalled.  Pig prices in Europe seem to have hit a plateau on page 5. Canadian exports to Russia have soared and the Canucks seem to be on a growth path with their exports now. On page 7 US pork export volumes are seen to have fallen in the most recent month’s data.  Australia’s pork exports are on a flatline and imports are growing steadily on page 8.  Page 9 the South Korean import trade – which can still show some growth on “normal” demand if a comparison is made with 2010. on page 10.  News in Short on page 10 includes reports on Taiwan’s discovery of ractopamine in US-sourced pork, the forecast of falling feed demand in 2013 by Alltech, VION’s closure of its Scottish meat plant and the subsequent war of words with a potential buyer, the Rabobanks’ reports on commodity prices and its view of pork prices in 2013, and the USDA’s GAIN report on the Japanese pork market. The back page sets out the Short View on pig prices and the Global Price Monitor covering 18 countries.