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TODAY'S IMPACTFUL NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Position statement on the import of boars from the United States
August 20, 2014
Following a significant number of emails and phone calls yesterday and today, NPA has issued a position statement on the import of genetics from PEDv risk countries.

Lukewarm demand and dirt-cheap imports see DAPP drop a penny
August 20, 2014
Lukewarm demand and dirt-cheap imports see the DAPP drop nearly a penny to 158.35 (w/e August 16) and SPP has dived a similar amount to 158.27p — you still couldn't slide a gnat's whisker between them.

Our barbecue market just went up in smoke
August 20, 2014
The pork barbecue market is a myth. Warmer weather over the past 20 years hasn't meant better prices. In fact when it's warmer than average, the chances are that prices will fall.

Shoppers say balls to chops
August 20, 2014
It's cheap. It's versatile. And it makes brilliant meatballs. Pork mince is turning out to be an outstanding success with cash-conscious shoppers. Consumers are now spending 51 percent more on it — that's a staggering 45 percent more by volume, comparing May-July with the same period last year. In July pork mince sales accounted for 7 percent of total pork sales. It's hardly surprising if you compare prices at Waitrose today…

Meat inspectors to strike next week
August 20, 2014
A strike by Food Standards Agency meat inspectors and official vets has been called for Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Two four-hour walkouts are scheduled to take place 6.30-10.30 on Tuesday, August 26, and again at the same time on Wednesday August 27.

NPA to alert retailers to import risks
August 20, 2014
Government is currently investigating African swine fever pathways into Britain, with particular emphasis on imported pigmeat from Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. This is an issue that also concerns NPA, so it will be highlighting the risks in its next round of meetings with retailers.

'Invisible hand' is very invisible
August 20, 2014
Everything you ever wanted to know about neoclassical economics is embodied in this chart (above). It also sums up the current behind-the-scenes agonising between processors and producers as they seek a fair price formula in the run-up to the demise of the DAPP. The chart, which was first published over 140 years ago, although not specifically to illustrate pigmeat prices, has two curving lines which show how price responds to supply and demand.

The National Pig Association is the representative trade association for British commercial pig producers
and is allied to the NFU and represents the pig interests of NFU members.
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