NPPC Says Pork Exports to Canada, Mexico Critical

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After yesterday’s announcement from the Trump administration concerning trade, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has stated today that they will work to preserve tariff-free market access for U.S. pork exports to Canada and Mexico.

“As far a pork is concerned, the trade deals with Canada and Mexico have been tremendous for U.S. pork producers,” said NPPC President John Weber. “Our exports to those nations exploded because of the trade pact we have with them. But we know that some concerns have been raised by others, so we are committed to working with the Trump administration in looking for ways to improve our trade relationships with Canada and Mexico.”

“Trade in pork with Canada and Mexico has been so successful that any disruption in exports with either partner could hurt our producers’ ability to compete,” Weber said. “We need to make sure we maintain and even improve our pork exports to our neighbors while working to ensure that others benefit as much as we do.”

Ag Group, Export, Government, International, Meat, NPPC, Pork, Trade

ChronoMate Helps Provide Reproductive Predictability

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Swine producers at the Iowa Pork Congress this week will be able to learn more about ChronoMate from Ceva Animal Health, a global swine health company with U.S. headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas.

ChronoMate™ (altrenogest) from Ceva facilitates synchronization of estrus in sexually mature gilts that have had at least one estrous cycle. This allows sow farm managers to more accurately control the critical breeding and farrowing schedule for gilts, which maximizes the flow of uniform pigs throughout the system.

Founded by veterinarians, Ceva introduced ChronoMate last year as the first of its swine health solutions. The company is exhibiting this week in booth 1217 at the Iowa Pork Congress.

Animal Health, Ceva, Pig, Pork, Reproduction, Swine

Livestock Groups Concerned With Trump’s Trade Action

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Animal ag groups jumped to respond to President Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and may seek to take action on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Tracy Brunner, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), said “We’re especially concerned that the Administration is taking these actions without any meaningful alternatives in place that would compensate for the tremendous loss that cattle producers will face without TPP or NAFTA. Sparking a trade war with Canada, Mexico, and Asia will only lead to higher prices for American-produced beef in those markets and put our American producers at a much steeper competitive disadvantage.”

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) also urged the Trump Administration not to retreat from pursuing new trade opportunities in the Pacific Rim, and to protect the agricultural trade relationship between the United States and Mexico.

NMPF President, CEO Jim Mulhern said, “While we recognize that TPP as it now stands has no path forward, we urge the Trump Administration to look for future opportunities to increase our dairy exports in Asia and around the world. Our competitors have been successfully negotiating trade agreements over the past several years. This puts the U.S. agriculture sector at a competitive disadvantage if we don’t pursue our own initiatives,” he said.

The TPP “was far from perfect, but was beneficial to the U.S. dairy sector because in addition to new market access, it also made significant progress in focusing on other barriers, including sanitary/phytosanitary standards, as well as the abuse of geographical indications to block competition in common food categories,” said Matt McKnight, Acting Chief of Staff for USDEC.

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Philip M. Seng said “USMEF remains fully committed to our valued trading partners in the TPP and NAFTA. These countries account for more than 60% of U.S. red meat exports. We urge the new administration to utilize all means available to return the U.S. to a competitive position, so that our industry can continue to serve this important international customer base and further expand our export opportunities.”

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Livestock, Markets, Meat, National Milk, NCBA, Trade, USDEC, USMEF

Visit Ceva Animal Health at Iowa Pork Congress

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The 45th annual Iowa Pork Congress January 25-26 in Des Moines will be featuring the latest products and technology for the swine industry from some 300 exhibitors, including Ceva Animal Health, which will be introducing a new product at the show.

This is the first time Ceva Swine has exhibited and the company will have its Swine Health Team on hand to talk with producers about their dedication to the swine industry, passion about pigs and focus on providing solutions to the challenges customers are facing. “Ceva is an innovative company that has an entrepreneurial spirit led by talented people,” says Ceva Swine Business Unit Director Gary Robertson.

Pork Congress, sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association, is North America’s largest winter swine trade show and conference, featuring seminars, training sessions, social events and youth activities. “I invite producers to take advantage of as many of the activities and seminars as possible. Pork Congress is a great place to learn and share ideas,” said IPPA President Al Wulfekuhle.

Visit Ceva at booth number 1217.

Animal Health, Ceva, Pork, Swine

Culver’s Sponsors FFA Day at #CattleCon17

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As part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers program, the restaurant is sponsoring an FFA Day at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show on Friday, Feb. 3, in Nashville, TN. The restaurant will cover registration fees for the first 250 FFA members who register to attend the trade show using the promotion code “FFACULVERS”.

“The NCBA trade show is part of the largest event in its industry, so it’s a great opportunity for future agricultural leaders to network and learn,” said Jessie Corning, senior marketing manager at Culver’s. “We’re excited to help more FFA members attend.”

FFA Day is open to all FFA members and advisors. With over 300 exhibitors and 7,000 industry professionals, farmers and ranchers in attendance, FFA Day is a valuable opportunity for FFA members to learn about career options available in the cattle industry.

Ag Group, Beef, FFA, NCBA

Pork Forum – Power of Pork: Moving Mountains

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The 15 producers who serve as members of the National Pork Board from across the U.S. and Pork Checkoff staff leadership will gather in Atlanta, March 1-3, for the annual National Pork Industry Forum.

Each year the delegates confer, vote on resolutions and advisements and provide valuable direction on the important issues facing pork producers and the industry. The theme for this year’s Pork Forum, Power of Pork: Moving Mountains, references the current record-breaking U.S. pork production and pork producers’ continued work together to meet the challenges and opportunities of a growing industry.

“While our industry is growing, so is demand for our product – both domestically and internationally,” said Jan Archer, president of the National Pork Board and a pig farmer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. “With faith and focus, resolve and connectedness to each other, we can achieve our goals and move mountains.”

At the meeting, Pork Act Delegates will rank eight candidates for the National Pork Board and submit the list to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, for approval.

Ag Group, Events, Policy, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Swine

Coppens International Unveils Aquatic Feed Innovations

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Coppens International, an Alltech company and leading international aquatic feed solutions provider, has announced a wide range of projects that have emerged from their partnership with Alltech in 2016, including the introduction of several new algae products containing innovative Alltech technologies.

The two companies have added the following Alltech aquaculture technologies to the Coppens International aquatic feed range with hopes to provide customers with a sustainable alternative to fish oil and inorganic trace minerals as well as provide functional additives to support fish health:

ForPlus: an algae-derived fish oil replacer containing very high levels of DHA omega-3 fatty acids
Bio-Mos: supports gut integrity and overall performance by promoting good bacteria and building defense
Actigen: developed through nutrigenomics as a natural means of maintaining gut health and integrity to support overall performance
Bioplex: optimises overall health, growth and performance of fish using organically bound trace elements such as zinc, copper, manganese and iron

“Our full range of commercial feeds now contains a range of new additives, which are specially designed for the benefit of our customers,” said Gijs Rutjes, technical sales support manager at Coppens International. “We have added Alltech’s ForPlus, which is not only derived from algae, but is a fully traceable and sustainable source of DHA omega-3 and a fish oil replacement.

Amongst the latest innovations being unveiled, Coppens International will introduce a new product to market, Neogreen, a high-quality, sustainable trout feed and the first on the market to contain ForPlus.

Agribusiness, Algae, Alltech, Feed, Nutrition

Ceva Acquires Product Portfolios From Merial, BIVI

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Ceva Santé Animale has completed the acquisition of a diversified portfolio of products from Boehringer Ingelheim following its acquisition of Merial Animal Health.

The new product portfolio includes swine and cattle vaccines and multi-species nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. All products will be immediately available through local Ceva companies or its distributors, with no interruption of supply. Products acquired in the acquisition are primarily available in the European Union (EU).

“We are delighted to acquire this range of products and strong pipeline of R&D assets. The knowhow behind these products dates from Pasteur, Rhone-Merieux, Merial and now as Ceva we are conscious that we have a responsibility to maintain this strong veterinary scientific tradition. Our customers can be assured that we will continue to invest to develop the products of both today and tomorrow,” said Dr. Marc Prikazsky, Ceva Chairman and CEO.

Ceva has gained significant market share in swine biology with the addition of 4 Merial vaccines:

Circovac vaccine against Porcine Circovirus type 2
Progressis vaccine against Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS)
Parvovax vaccine against Porcine Parvovirus
Parvoruvax vaccine against Erysipelas and against Porcine Parvovirus

This acquisition also includes the bovine vaccine Mucosiffa and 4 non-steroidial anti-inflammatories:
Equioxx – equine
Genixine – equine, bovine and swine
Ketofen 1% injection and tablets for dogs and cats
Ketofen 10% injection equine, bovine and swine

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Ceva, Company Announcement, Merial

Insights into Consumer Trust from CFI

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The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) conducts an annual consumer study to better understand how to earn consumer trust. Their latest research approach has identified influential consumer groups and made an effort to understand how they not only dictate food trends, but drive conversations that impact the decisions of others.

In a first-of-its-kind method, the 2016 survey used digital ethnography that can provide insights like unspoken motivations, values, top-of-mind issues, emotional triggers, preferred social channels and sources, behaviors and trusted brands. This kind of research provides a greater understanding of how to connect to consumers because the information provided goes beyond what people say and pinpoints what they actually do.Read More

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Livestock Groups Respond to Organic Marketing Rule

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Several livestock industry groups have responded to a last minute regulation issued by the Obama administration this week that adds animal welfare standards to the nation’s organic food production law.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) amendment to the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 will increase regulations for organic producers raising livestock and poultry, including new indoor and outdoor space requirements for animals. The amendment will also specify which common practices are allowed and prohibited in organic livestock and poultry production. Livestock groups fear this specification will eliminate the ability for producers to use their discretion when making sound decisions about animal care.

“This parting gift from Agriculture Secretary [Tom] Vilsack is not welcomed,” said National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) President John Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa. “This unnecessary, unscientific midnight regulation won’t win him any friends in the agriculture community he’s apparently joining. This is precisely the type of executive branch overreach that Congress will reign in through regulatory reform.”

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Tracy Brunner released the following statement in response to the final rule:

“The Obama Administration has bowed to the whims and demands of animal activists rather than talking to the industry as a whole to see what is best for the program and for consumers. This rule sends a clear signal that an activist agenda is more important to the outgoing Administration than any true attempt to clarify a consumer’s perception of what ‘organic’ means.”

Ag Group, Animal Welfare, NCBA, NPPC, Organic, politics