Pork exports from the United States to Mexico, its biggest market, are likely to grow more slowly in 2015 after three years of record increases, as a deadly pig virus abates in both countries, industry experts said.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters.
For several weeks there has been a slowdown in activity at west coast seaports because of a dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union. This is causing serious problems for U.S. meat exporters and has the potential to become a crisis. Containers of meat destined for export are piling up and growing old at west coast docks.
Abigail Redalen, DVM, and Eva Jablonski, DVM, have joined the Pork Technical Services team at Zoetis to assist in providing value to their veterinary and producer customers. Both Dr. Redalen and Dr. Jablonski bring a wealth of swine veterinary and production experience to their new roles.
Natural gas spot prices fall at most locations. After prices rose in trading last Thursday, with forecasts of warmer temperatures and a three-day holiday weekend, prices across the country fell on Friday.