SILVER AWARD FOR OUR FARM “LOS MARTINEZ DEL PUERTO” IN PORC D’OR PRICES

A1-47838838.jpgAntonio Aguilera, our farm manager at Los Martinez del Puerto, collecting the prestigious award.

Our farm was awarded on November 6th with one prize.  This award was organized by IRTA, PHIZER and MARM.
More than 600 professionals from the Spanish pork industry, including manufacturers and technicians from all of Spain, businesses linked to pork production, as well as local, regional and national authorities attended the hotly anticipated event which has placed itself as the annual event in the livestock industry in general, and in particular pork production.

 

TULIPS, FLEUR DE LIS AND THE ECONOMIC BUBBLES

Tulip mania or tulipomania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed. Continue reading

ALTERNATIVES TO PIG CASTRATION

lomo de cerdoSince 2010 The European Commission and representatives of the swine sector voluntarily agreed to abandon surgical castration of piglets before January 2018 (European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs; SANCO 2010).

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THE PORK SECTOR IN CHINA

BANDERA-CHINAWith more money in their pockets, millions of Chinese are seeking richer diets and switching to meat such as pork, which is China’s second-most important staple. Continue reading

BRITISH PIG BREEDS

The most popular pig breed in use in England is the Duroc, Landrace or Large White, because of their shape, leanness and ease of keeping. But there are a large variety of farmers now keeping more traditional breeds which are now becoming more popular and thus their products are too. Continue reading

ALTERNATIVES TO SOYA IN PIG FEEDS

COTTONSEEDS

University of Illinois researchers examined the acid amino digestibility in canola, cottonseed and sunflower products that can replace soybean meal in diets fed to pigs. To determine if it makes economic sense to use them, producers need to know the concentrations and digestibility of the nutrients they contain. Continue reading

FAO FORECASTS AN INCREASE IN WORLD MEAT PRODUCTION

World meat production is anticipated to grow by 1.4 percent in 2013. Prices have remained at historically high levels since the beginning of 2011. There is no sign of overall price decreases, despite reduced feed costs. Continue reading

USDA CORN AND SOYA OUTLOOK

According to the US Department of Agriculture in its Nov. 8 Crop Production report, US 2013 corn production was forecast at 13,988,720,000 bushels, up to 145,400,000 bushels, or 1 percent, from 13,843,320,000 bushels forecast in September and up 30 percent from 10,780,296,000 bushels in 2012. Continue reading

EU/CANADA TRADE DEAL: PROGRESS MADE BUT BIG RISE IN PIGMEAT CANADIAN IMPORTS STILL THREATENS MARKET BALANCE

Reacting to the trade liberalising deal struck between the EU and Canada in October, it is welcome the fact that the Canadians have agreed to respect EU quality standards but we have major concerns that Canada will gain increased market access for substantial volumes of pig meat under the deal. Continue reading

In the second consecutive week without a Crop Progress report from the US Department of Agriculture, “trade expectations”—the opinions of agricultural market experts—are fast becoming more valuable commodities in their own right. Continue reading

INCREASE IN US FOOD PRICES IN 2006-12

Food price increases have outpaced most other components of consumer demand in the 2006-12 period, the US Department of Agriculture said in its August issue of Amber Waves, the result of a notable increase in the volatility of food and energy commodities prices and other macroeconomic factors. Continue reading

UNCERTAINTIES ABOUT EU-27 CEREALS AND MEAT

While early June’s flooding events in central Europe caused limited local damages, the effect of the abundant precipitations on more extended areas may impact negatively final cereal yields. Higher pressure of pests and diseases or soil saturation might occur. This concern is the most dominant weather feature, with downward risk prevailing at the moment. Continue reading

DECREASE OF EU PIG MEAT PRODUCTION IN 2013

After two consecutive years of increased pig meat production in the European Union, 2012 marked a 2% decrease. High feed costs, the restructuring process or the implementation of new welfare rules are the main drivers for such a decline in herd numbers and in meat production. Continue reading

EU-27 CEREALS ESTIMATES FOR 2013/4 SHOW STABLE PRODUCTION DESPITE BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS

Copa-Cogeca released new EU-27 cereals estimates for the 2013/14 marketing year, showing EU grain production is estimated to be quite stable this year reaching 286.6 million tonnes, despite the catastrophic weather conditions. Continue reading

NEW RECORD IN 2013 US CORN PRODUCTION

Corn production is forecast at 13.8 billion bushels, up 28 percent from 2012, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, US Department of Agriculture (USDA). If achieved, this total will set new record production for the United States. Continue reading

OILSEEDS ESTIMATES SHOW GOOD HARVEST THIS YEAR IN THE EU-27

New EU27 oilseeds estimates for the 2013/4 marketing year released  a good EU-27 oilseeds harvest this year, despite the adverse weather conditions, with productionrising by 5.8% on last years levels. Continue reading

AMERICAN CONSUMERS ORDER HEALTHIER PROTEINS AT RESTAURANTS

Consumers’ first line of defense in healthy consumption when they eat out is cutting an item out or cutting down on an order, which is not the best news for foodservice operators, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company. Continue reading

A VETERINARY STUDENT WINS A PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FOR WORK WITH PIGS

A BPEX-funded PhD student has won the prestigious President’s Award for a paper presented at the 2013 British Society of Animal Science Annual Meeting. Continue reading

NEW STANDARD ON VETERINARY LEGISLATION

At the 80th General Session of the OIE in Paris in May 2012, the 178 Member Countries adopted a new normative chapter on veterinary legislation for inclusion in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code. The new chapter is applicable worldwide. Continue reading

EXTREME TEMPERATURES IN THE CORN BELT

While the devastating tornado near Oklahoma City dominated news reports this week, the US Department of Agriculture noted that during the previous week, the central Plains and western Corn Belt experienced record high temperatures above 100°F while heavy rainfall in parts of Iowa, Minnesota and the Dakotas brought planting to a standstill. Continue reading

NEW EUROPEAN MEASURES FOR THE AGRI-FOOD CHAIN

The European Commission has today adopted a package of measures to strengthen the enforcement of health and safety standards for the whole agri-food chain. Food safety is essential to ensure consumers’ confidence and sustainability of food production. Continue reading

REDUCING SALT IN MEAT PRODUCTS

Fresh, animal-based proteins are naturally low in sodium, containing 50 to 70 mg per 100 g. But many meat and poultry processors add sodium-containing ingredients, primarily table salt (sodium chloride) and phosphates, to improve flavor, functionality and yield. This is particularly true for processed meat products. Continue reading

IMMIGRATION REFORM AND THE AMERICAN MEAT INDUSTRY

Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council, testified on behalf of the Food Manufacturers Immigration Coalition, a broad coalition of food manufacturers, about industry’s vision for progressive immigration reform. Brown spoke at US House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security hearing Feb. 26. Continue reading

Better prospects for the global pork market in 2013

The second half of 2013 offers better prospects for the global pork market on factors such as strong export demand for pork, higher prices and declining production, according to the “Rabobank Pork Quarterly”. Continue reading

European Commission urges 9 Member States to implement sow stalls ban

The European Commission urged  nine EU Member States for not complying with EU Directive (EC) 2001/88 on the protection of pigs, which introduces a ban on the use of individual stalls for pregnant sows and gilts on January 1st. Continue reading

FAO ON CEREAL TRADE

World trade in cereals in 2012/13 is forecast to reach nearly 303 million tonnes, 5.4 million tonnes more than predicted in February, but 4.5 percent (14.2 million tonnes) less than the record registered in 2011/12. Continue reading

FAO CEREAL SUPPLY OUTLOOK

FAO’s latest forecast for world cereal production in 2012 has been revised upward by 4 million tonnes since the February figure to 2 306 million tonnes, but still about 2 percent down from the previous year’s record. Continue reading

RUSSIA REQUESTS NEW MEASURES TO SPANISH VETERINARY SERVICES ON THE EXPORT OF MEAT

Following results of inspections carried out at Spanish plants in March 2013 and negotiations held between the Rosselkhoznadzor and Agricultural Production Health Department of the Ministry of Agriculture held in Moscow on March 27, 2013, Continue reading

US FARMERS WILL INCREASE CORN PLANTINGS IN 2013

US farmers intend to boost 2013 corn planted area slightly but trim soybean area from 2012, the US Department of Agriculture said in its March 28 annual Prospective Plantings report. Continue reading

MEAT PRODUCTION CLIMBS 5% IN USA

Total commercial red meat production in the United States during January 2013 was 4,348.3 million lbs., up 9 percent from December and up 5 percent from January 2012, the US. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Livestock Slaughter report. Continue reading

ARGENTINA: AN UNPREDICTABLE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT II

The European Union requested consultations with the Government of Argentina under the dispute settlement provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO), concerning certain measures imposed by Argentina on the importation of goods into Argentina. Turkey, Ukraine, The United Status, Australia, canada, Guatemala, Japan and Mexico requested to join the consultations on the same matter. Continue reading

DENMARK TAXES SATURATED FATS

Denmark became the first country to tax saturated fats. The tax hits all foods with a saturated fat content above 2.3 percent. Denmark’s Confederation of Industries calculated that the tax adds 12 cents to a bag of chips, 39 cents to a small package of butter and 40 cents to the price of a hamburger. The Danish government implemented the tax because it wanted Danes, who lag behind European life expectancy numbers, to get healthier. Will they? The research on “fat taxes” is sparse, but there’s good reason to be skeptical about the potential public health gains. Continue reading

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The Rosselkhoznadzor and Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment of Spain on the issue of African swine fever control

In view of the wide spread of African swine fever (ASF) in Russia including its spread in wild fauna as well as taking into account Spanish Veterinary Service’s significant experience of the disease control during 1960-1995, the Rosselkhoznadzor applied to the General Directorate of Agricultural Production Hygiene of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment with a request to hold a videoconference in order to share experience in the field of development and implementation of measures aimed at prevention of the infection spread including its spread in wild boars. Continue reading

PRICE AS THE MOST IMPORTANT PURCHASE DECISION IN MEAT

Price continues to be one of the most important purchase decision drivers for consumers at the meat case according to the 8th Annual Power of Meat study released in the Annual Meat Conference in Nashville. Continue reading

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RUSSIA BAN ON USA MEAT

From today, Russia will impose a ban on chilled and frozen US meat imports starting in February after the US failed to provide documentation confirming that meat exported to Russia will be free of ractopamine, a feed additive.
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CONSEQUENCES OF NEW WELFARE REGULATIONS FROM 1ST JANUARY

New regulations on pig welfare have come into force on 1 January 2013. Pig stocks in the European Union could fall by as much as 10 percent and the price of pork could rise substantially with the implementation of new animal welfare regulations.

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PIG STOMACH MUCINS ARE EFFECTIVE AS ANTI-VIRAL AGENTS FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS

CERDOS VIVOS

Scientists are reporting that the mucus lining the stomachs of pigs could be a long-sought, abundant source of “mucins” being considered for use as broad-spectrum anti-viral agents to supplement baby formula and for use in personal hygiene and other consumer products to protect against a range of viral infections. Continue reading

RUSSIA BANS AMERICAN PORK

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is warning the meat industry that Russia may ban imports of US beef and pork on Moscow’s requirement that meat be tested and certified free of ractopamine, a feed additive. Continue reading

WE RENEW OUR TRUCK FLEET

Last week in Porcisan we have renewed our vehicle fleet for the transport of our livestock. We have five new trucks from Scania, which  is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks. Continue reading

PORK AND CORN DEMAND IN CHINA

China’s corn imports could reach 20 million tonnes per year within a five-year period as the country’s pork production and pace of industrialization increases, according to a report by Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory Group. Continue reading

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“NADIE PUEDE SER SENSATO CON EL ESTOMAGO VACIO” *

A principios de los años 90, la revista  británica The Face era de las más cool  del planeta. En esta revista, Eva Herzigova salió fotografiada como un carnicero. Eva Herzigova, la cara de Wonderbra, manchada de sangre, lavada  y cogiendo  un sangriento trozo de carne picada

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AMERICAN CORN STOCKS

The US Department of Agriculture on Sept. 28 estimated Sept. 1 old crop corn stocks at 988 million bushels, down 12 percent from 2011. Pre-report trade estimates averaged 1,126 million bushels. Continue reading

USA PORK PRODUCT EXPORTS TO RUSSIA RESTRICTED TEMPORARY

According to Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s federal oversight agency for veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance, a temporary restriction on imported pork products was imposed on shipments from Triumph Foods, St. Joseph, Mo., and Tyson Fresh Meats, a division of Tyson Foods, based in Springdale, Ark. Continue reading

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USA 2012 CORN PRODUCTION DECLINES BY 13 PERCENT

US 2012 corn production was forecast at 10,727,364,000 bushels, down 13 percent from 12,358,412,000 bushels in 2011, the US Department of Agriculture(USDA) said in its Sept. 12 Crop Production report. Continue reading

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USDA OUTLOOK FOR 2012 CEREAL PRODUCTION

US 2012 corn production was forecast at 10,778,589,000 bushels, down 13 percent from 12,358,412,000 bushels in 2011, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in its Aug. 10 Crop Production report. Continue reading

CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS IN USA

Modest  deterioration in the corn and soybean crops was reported in the latest Crop Progress data from the US Department of Agriculture for the week ended July 29. Spring wheat crop conditions improved slightly during the period, the USDA said. Continue reading

WIM DELVOYE AND HIS TATTOED PIGS

Pigs can expect to be branded, but one farm has turned the process into an art form, decorating them from head to toe with tattoos. Crowds are flocking to Art Farm China in Yang Zhen, Beijing, where Belgian artist Wim Delvoye displays his colourful sows and boars.The animals are still on display to farm visitors while they are anaesthetised and decorated with designs by Wim and his co-artists

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2013: THE ODYSSEY FOR EUROPEAN PIG PRODUCERS AND THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR USA

On January 1st 2013 all European pig farms must be adapted to the new Animal Welfare Regulations for Livestock. European pig producers will assume the high costs for the  compliance of our farms with the new regulations, the decline in pig production, the subsequent rising costs and the lose of competitiveness in comparison to non-European producers that do not have to implement such restrictive standards. Continue reading

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HOW THE PROPERTIES OF CUTLERY AFFECT THE CONSUMER’ EXPERIENCE?

VERSACE DISHES

Our perception of food depends both on the contextual conditions in which it is presented and on the way the food is consumed; hence, there is a  current trend toward investigating these contextual variables in empirical research. In most meal situations, people interact with the food that they consume by means of a variety of accessories, such as dishes and cutlery that fulfill the consumers’ functional requirements. These stimuli play an important role during the consumption of food. Continue reading

UKRAINE, THE ORACLE PIG AND THE EUROPEAN CUP

Ukraine will go for an enormous beer-loving pig to predict the outcome of football matches at the upcoming European Championships, from 8 June until 1 July in Poland and Ukraine. Continue reading

500.000 PIGLETS IN CHILE LEFT TO STARVE

500,000 pigs at a slaughtering company have been abandoned and left to starve, with no supply of food and water for five days. Continue reading

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ARGENTINA: AN UNPREDICTABLE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Argentina will fail to import  hams from Spain to increase the supply of domestic products, a measure that occurs at a time of trade tension between the two countries after the expropriation to 51% of YPF-Repsol. Continue reading

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COLLABORATION WITH LA LONJA DE VIC

Through our website, PORCISAN has established a partnership with the web platform www.llotjadevic.com  de la Lonja de Contratación y Mercado en Origen de Vic  in order to exchange our news.  We believe that in this fact will contribute to create more dynamism in both websites.

STRONG INCREASE IN SPANISH MEAT EXPORTS

According to data from ICEX, Spain exported about 1.70 million tons of meat and meat products, with an estimated worth 3.815 million euros in 2011. These figures represent a growth of 18.5% in value and 13.7% in quantity. Continue reading

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TEST TUBE BURGER FROM CELL STEMS

Worldwide meat consumption is projected to double in the coming 40 years (source WHO).  Current stem cell technology and skeletal muscle cell biology present opportunities to grow meat in a laboratory “ex vivo” environment with a higher efficiency of converting basic nutrients into edible animal proteins. Already, we are capable of growing pieces of tissue that consist primarily of skeletal muscle from porcine stem cells, derived from muscle biopsies. Continue reading

6th IMS World Pork Conference

Concerns over the future of cheap energy, supplying the rising demand for pig meat around the world, the effect of biofuels on feed and global consumer requirements will be the focus of the World Pork Conference in Germany in October. Continue reading

FAO: FOOD OUTLOOK II

Slow growth in Asia, which hosts approximately  65 percent of the global pig population, is constraining global pig meat production to 110 million tonnes, only 1 percent higher than in 2010. Disease outbreaks in late 2010, decimated pig herds in both China and the Republic of Korea, with the resulting shortages pushing up national pig prices in both countries by 60 percent over the past 12 months. In China, production is estimated around 52 million tonnes, 2 percent more than in 2010, but the smallest expansion since 2007. Continue reading

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GERMAN AUTHORITIES CLOSE PIG FARMS DUE TO CHLORAMPHENICOL

At least 26 farms in the southern German state of Bavaria have been temporarily closed by local authorities due to use of the banned feed additive chloramphenicol. Continue reading

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CARME RUSCADELLA AND PORK

The Sant Pau restaurant is built on the personal and professional development of two people from Sant Pol de Mar, Toni Balam and Carme Ruscalleda. They started working together in 1975 in the grocery store owned by Ramón Ruscalleda and Nuria Serra. It was from there that they gathered up the courage to create the Sant Pau – Carme Ruscalleda in 1988, a restaurant that is committed to quality and originality. Continue reading

2010-2012 GENERAL OUTLOOK FOR CEREALS

For cereals, the EU usable production in 2011/2012 is expected to remain largely unchanged at around 275 mio t* as an area decrease by 1.1% is met by an increase of 1.0% in yields. In consequence, cereal markets tend to remain relatively tight in the EU and a further reduction in stocks can be expected. Oilseeds continue to gain share in EU arable land use but growing conditions are expected to curb usable production by 2.2% to about 28 mio t. Continue reading

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PIG MEAT SECTOR SCOPE FOR 2011-2012

EU agricultural markets are strongly affected by the macroeconomic outlook. The overall EU meat market in 2010 was characterised by an increase in production (2.4%) and a recovery in EU net trade position. Production continues to increase in 2011, but is expected to decrease slightly, by -0.3% in 2012. Overall EU meat consumption in 2012 is likely to remain at the level of 2010. Continue reading

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MCDONALD´S AND PORK PRICES

Hog futures rose 22 percent in the last six weeks before cooling off slightly this week, a rally that was not only attributed mainly to China but also to McDonald´s, according to commodity traders in Chicago. Continue reading

“NO MAN CAN BE WISE WITH AN EMPTY STOMACH”*

Back in the  the early 90s,  UK magazine The Face was the coolest thing on the planet. In this magazine, Eva Herzigova was photographed as a butcher. Eva Herzigova,  blood-smeared, washed out and holding a lump of bloody mince meat. Continue reading

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CHINESSE GOVERNMENT WILL SUPPORT PIG PRODUCERS

The price of pork in China has been pushed up by a rise in labour costs, higher feed  prices and a drop in pig numbers. China will release pork reserves into the market when needed to help stabilize prices as the country struggles to contain inflation. Continue reading

IF COCA-COLA ACCUSES GOLDMAN SACHS OF MANIPULATING METAL PRICES…

If Coca-Cola accuses Goldman Sachs of manipulating metal prices, who should accuse commodity funds of immobilizing most of the cereals in the world? Continue reading

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COLLABORATION WITH THE MIGUEL HERNANDEZ UNIVERSITY

Porcisan constantly collaborates with different universities.

Recently, we show our installations with the latest technological advances to the students of Professors Ms. Maria de la Luz García Pardo and Ms. Gema Romero Moraleda who belong to the Food Technology Department of the Animal Production Area at the Miguel Hernández University (Orihuela- Alicante- Spain). Continue reading

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A FREE MARKET IS A MARKET WITHOUT LAW

Cereals and their costs have been much talked in recent months, and they were the protagonists in the last International Fair of Animal Production, Figan 2011. Traders – stockists, multinational and feed manufacturers – showed their disagreement with the European Union as they do not intervene in prices and demanded the implementation of the Late Payment Legislation. Continue reading

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ALERT IN EUROPE FOR AFRICAN SWINE FEVER

African pig disease spreading in Eurasia seen as global threat. 26 May 2011, Rome – Warning of a likely imminent upsurge of a deadly pig disease in the Caucasus region and Russian Federation, FAO today called on affected countries to step up precautionary measures and for a concerted international effort to prevent the infection spreading more widely across the Northern Hemisphere. Continue reading

THE EU IS THE WORLD´S TOP IMPORTER OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND THE SECOND LEADING EXPORTER

The latest MAP (Monitoring Agri-Trade Policy) looks at developments in trade over the past year, focusing in particular on the EU and how it has performed compared to other world players. World agricultural trade reached an all-time high, at least 12% (expressed in Euros) above the previous record set in 2008. The impact of the economic crisis led to a contraction of 6% in global agricultural exports in 2009 but they rebounded by nearly 20 % last year. Continue reading

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SPANISH MEAT EXPORTS INCREASE

The year 2011 has begun with a reduction in food consumption in Spain, something that has also affected to the sale of fresh meat and processed meat. Continue reading

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  1. Ian Hays

    Hi

    Is painting a “language”? Don’t think so! This is kind of interesting painting by the look of the images on the site: look at how you discuss you painting and compare this with how you have learned language and how this process has continued. Sorry if this sounds patronising – any chance I could use your images in my own work?!

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      Dear Ian,
      This is not our point of view but it is Tom Preston’ s Interview to Antonio Santin. These are the painter´s words.
      Anyway, Aristotle points out in his work of art “Poetics” (“Poetics” has to be understood not as contemporary “Poetry” but as “Literature” in general) that Literature is a representation and reflection of reality” ( Aristotelic mimesis). The writer does not create his work in a vacuum but he imitates reality. This can be apply to all human disciplines, including painting.
      How can a child learn to speak? By imitating the sounds he hears.
      Of course, this is only our particular point of view…
      Nice regards.

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IBERIAN HAM PRICE FALLS BETWEEN 35% AND 50% IN 2010

In 2010, Iberian ham prices have sharply decreased by 50% for Iberian bait hams and about 30% for Iberian acorn hams due to the need to sell the reserves and the lack of liquidity in the sector; although there is an upward trend in 2011. Continue reading

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ANTONIO SANTIN: FLESH VERSUS MEAT I

Antonio Santin is a young sculptor born in Madrid in 1978, Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and currently lives and works in Berlin. The title of the show “Carne de Kanone” is a wordgame, referring to flesh as to sacrifice or as the incarnation of lust. Continue reading

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THE MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES AND THE COMMODITIES

We would like to publish an  article by  the journalist Manuel Sánchez that can be found  in the number 1219 of the Spanish magazine XL Semanal (available only in Spanish) Continue reading

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BRAZIL TOTAL MEAT CONSUMPTION LEAPS BY 17,5% IN THE LAST DECADE

BANDERA-BRASILBrazil, total meat consumption per capita jumps 17.5% in 10-year timeIn 2010, Brazilians consumed 94 kg (208 lbs) of meat, what represents a 17.5% growth over the 80 kg per capita (177 lbs) registered in 2001. Continue reading

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THE BLACK IBERIAN PIG

The Black Iberian Pig, also known in Portugal as Alentejano Pig, is a breed, Mediterraneus, of the domestic pig (Sus scrofa domesticus) that is indigenous to the Mediterranean area. The Iberian pig, whose unique origin can be traced back to ancient times, is found in herds clustered in the central and southern territory of the Iberian Peninsula. Continue reading

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FRANCIS BACON. DETRITUS.

15/12/2010 – 05/02/2011

On 15 December, Elena Ochoa Foster presented the artist book Detritus and gave details of how it was produced over the more than three years it took to complete the project. Each volume is presented in the form of a facsimile of an old leather suitcase from the studio of Francis Bacon at his home in Reece Mews. Continue reading

pork

On 15 February the Ministry of Commerce of China announced the inclusion of pork, lamb and beef, and all their derivatives in the list of products, from April 1, will require ‘import alert’ .

According to their standards, Chinese importers  will have to report to the Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Food Products and Animal products. Previously, the list already includes, among other products, soybeans, rapeseed or palm oil.

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ART FARM

Wim Delvoye (born 1965 in Wervik, West Flanders) is a Belgian neo-conceptual artist known for his inventive and often shocking projects. Much of his work is focused on the body. He repeatedly links the attractive with the repulsive, creating work that holds within it inherent contradictions- one does not know whether to stare, be seduced, or to look away.

ART FARM EXHIBITION

Though Delvoye started tattooing pig skins taken from slaughterhouses in the United States in 1992, he began to tattoo live pigs in 1997. Delvoye was interested in the idea that “the pig would literally grow in value,” [7] both in a physical and economic sense. He ultimately moved the operation to an Art Farm in China in 2004 where restrictions regarding animal welfare were less strict. The pigs have been inked with a diverse array of designs, including the trival, such as sculls and crosses, to Louis Vuitton designs, to designs dictated by the pig’s anatomy. The designs are created by Delvoye and his three colleagues in residence.”[8] In an interview with ArtAsiaPacific’s Paul Laster, Delvoye described the process of tattooing a live pig,”we sedate it, shave it and apply Vaseline to its skin.””[9] As another manifestation of contradiction in Delvoye’s art, he owns a pig farm though he is a practicing vegetarian.

ART FARM PHOTOGRAPHS

The Belgian artist Wim Delvoye creates his stuffed tattooed pigs. At the Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin on Rue de Turenne one can also watch a video about Delvoye’s Art Farm in China, where the tattoos are done. It’s hard to tell from the image on the left, but the pigs are tattooed with the logos of luxury goods, Disney characters, etc.

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WOULD YOU LIKE A LITTLE PIECE OF ROAST YOUNG SUCKLING PIG, SIRS?

In the number 1201 of the Spanish magazine XL Semanal it can be found an article by Carlos Herrera (famous Spanish journalist  on the radio and newspapers) with the title “¿Los señores querrán cochinillo?” (“Would you like a little piece of roast young suckling pig, sirs?”).  We would like to publish it on our website and we would really want you to enjoy. Continue reading

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FIRST EUROPEAN DEBONING CHAMPIONSHIPS

FIRST EUROPEAN DEBONING CHAMPIONSHIPS

On August 29th last year, the 1st European Deboning Championship was held in Reddha-Wiedenbrück (Germany).  All butchery employees of the European meat industry were invited to participate.  As with the German Deboning Championship, the event was initiated by Tönnies Fleisch and Friedr. Dick..
The non-profit association “Aktion Kinderträume”, which has been founded on the occasion of the 1st German Deboning Championships, is also organizer of the European Deboning Championships. The association meanwhile counts 176 members – mostly characters and companies from the meat industry and their suppliers. Membership fees and revenues from fundraising events, i.e. the Blau-Weissen-Nacht and the European Deboning Championships are used to financially support child relief projects, especially children’s hospices here in Germany and abroad.
The object is to get the interest all workers employed in the meat industry in the areas of Butcher Industry or Craftsmanship and to find the best. Thus, high standards of hygiene, exacting conditions and technical skills can be demonstrated. In addition to this, the championship will improve the image of the whole meat industry and display hygiene standards and the skills of butchery workers.
Europe’s best of the best of the deboning sector, from piece-worker to craftsman, everybody came together for this occasion.
The participants arrived from 11 different European countries. Initial shakiness was eliminated by companions who helped with tips and tricks. Inside the tent, many discussions among the participants from all over Europe were held and when there was no other possibility, the participants communicated with their hands and feet.

The winners were determined around 5 p.m. and were honored by Clemens Tönnies, TönniesFleisch, and Wilhelm Leuze, Friedr. Dick. This year’s winner of the first prize, the Harley Davidson, and therefore 1st European Deboning Champion is Peter Blom from the Netherlands. Accurate workmanship without penalty points from the jury (stitches in the meat or meat on the bones) was the decisive factor, thus the first European champion was able to compete against his tough competitors. 35-year-old Peter Blom from Putten in the Netherlands could hardly believe his luck. The winner of the second prize, a travel voucher worth EUR 5,000.00 as well as the title runner-up of the 1st European Deboning Championships was Dušan Francálek from Czech Republic. He started in the category handcraft.

Overview of all winners:

Catergory piece-work:

1st European Champion „BEST OF THE BEST“ Winner of the Harley Davidson
Peter Blom, the Netherlands, born in 1974
Employer: Gebrüder de Jong

2nd prize monetary prize EUR 2,000.00
Beto Senharib, Germany, born in 1973
Employer: TönniesFleisch

3rd prize monetary prize EUR 1,500.00
Berthold Bohmann, Germany, born in 1975
Employer: Gerhard Schrand GmbH

4th prize
Michael Büttner, Switzerland, born in 1964
Employer: Schlachthof Büttner

Category handcraft:

1st prize runner-up European Champion, travel voucher worth EUR 5,000.00
Dušan Francálek, Czech Republic, born in 1978
Employer: Kosteleckè uzeniny

2nd prize monetary prize EUR 2,000.00
Magne Brevik, Sweden, born in 1971
Employer: Nortura Steinkjer

3rd prize monetary prize EUR 1,500.00
Bernd Gall, Germany, born in 1959
Employer: Haid

4th prize
Matthias Hirt, Germany, born in 1976
Employer: Fleischerei Richter

Special prize monetary prize EUR 1,000.00
Best in time in deboning 3 shoulders
Erik Tober, Germany, born in 1977

The championship will take place every two years.

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BYE, BYE WRINKLES: USE PORCINE COLLAGEN!

Collagen is a type of protein that connects ans supports other bodily tissues, such as skin, bone, tendons, muscles and cartilage. It also supports the internal organs and is even present in teeth. There are more than 25 types of collagen that natually occur in the body. Continue reading

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PACE AND SWINE FLU

"Are decisions on pandemics taken on the best scientific evidence only?" was the question asked at a January public hearing of PACE's Committee on Social, Health and Family Affairs which looked into the handling of the H1N1 pandemic. The World Health Organisation's flu chief defended his organisation, saying its advice was not improperly influenced by the pharmaceutical industry. Continue reading

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THE PIG THAT WANTS TO BE EATEN

Some of the most famous arguments and problems in philosophy are based around thought experiments. In The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten, Jullian Baggini has collected together 100 entertaining examples, 100 thought experiments: short scenarios which pose a problem in a vivid and concrete way, and invites the reader to think about possible answers for himself. Experiments cover identity, religion, art, ethics, language, knowledge and many more. Each thought experiment is set up in one or two paragraphs, in some cases with lirerary examples, followed by a few hundred words of thought-provoking discussion or even awkward questions.

From “Zeno´s Paradox” to “Groundhog Day”, via “The Pig that Wants to Be eaten” (so should you eat him?),  “Plato´s Cave”, “Minority Report” (is it right to punish people for what thery are going to do, but haven´t  yet done?), and an “American Werewolf in London” (how can we tell whether we are awake or dreaming?), this book makes philosophy not only mind-streching but also entertaining.

Baggini  offers us some intriguing questions about morality,  animal rights, culture, science, changes in eating habits…

This book is ideal for reading in a flight or long journey as it can be read in a couple of sittings.

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PIGS UNITED AND FRIENDS REUNITED (III)

THE TURKEYS HAVE BIRD FLU, THE COWS HAVE MAD COW DISEASE. I AM TELLING YOU BOYS…UNLESS YOU WANT TO SEE MORE PORK SERVED ON THANKSGIVING, WE ARE GOING TO GET OUR OWN DISEASE.

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2010 IS NOT THE YEAR OF THE PIG

The Sheng xiao -better known in English as the Chinese Zodiac- is a scheme that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a twelve-year cycle which repeats and completes a sexagenary cycle (sixty years). The zodiac begins with the sign of the Rat and finishes with the Pig. Continue reading

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SAND SCULPTURE

ECONOMIC CRISIS…

NEWS REPORT

We have an escaped convict in hiding in the country side near Christchurch, Dorset, England (it is a true story). He had avoided police for over three months. They say he won´t catch the swine flu because the pigs can´t catch him!…

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SWINE FLU JOKES (I)

We are aware that  Influenza A (H1N1) -known in other countries as Swine Flu- is a serious problem and that people who suffer  the virus may die. However, thoughout history, catastrophes have been faced by using humour in all its dimensions. Let have a look to some swine flu jokes to overcome the situation.

SOME SWINE FLU JOKES…

Swine flu is spread by capitalist pigs.

I had a bad day yesterday, I made a pig´s ear of everything I tried.

I think I have the swine flu. I have the sudden urge to eat bacon.

I think I have swine flu: I ´ve broken out in rashers.

Apparently my mate´s got swine flu, I think he´s just telling porkies, though.

Will there be a mass outbreak of Human/ Avian Swine flu? When pigs fly…

Swine fever is a song by Piggy Lee (Peggy Lee had a hit with “You give me fever”)

For a normal flu, we say “achoo”, but for swine flu we say “achoink”.

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ANUGA 2009, COLOGNE (GERMANY)

The biggest world food fair ANUGA was being held for the 30th time  from 10th to 14th October 2009 in Cologne, Germany. No other fair brings together ten pioneering trade fairs under one roof, and ANUGA MEAT is one of them. More than 900 exhibitors from 52 countries presented their meat products to visitors and clients. It is the leading international event for meat, sausage, game and poultry. Continue reading

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INFLUENZA A (H1 N1)

In the ongoing spread of influenza A (H1N1) worldwide Porcisan would like to publish Who statement on influenza A and the safety of pork.  According to World Health Organization, pork and pork products, handled in accordance with good hygienic practices recommended by the Who, Codex Alimentarius Commission and the OIE, will not be a source of infection. Influenza viruses are not known to be transmissible to people through eating processed pork or other food products derived from pigs.

Joint FAO/WHO/OIE Statement on influenza A(H1N1) and the safety of pork

In Porcisan we would like our clients and friends to be confident of our livestock  as our production system  is always based on rigorous biosecurity measures.

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BACON AT THE MUSEO DEL PRADO

Which is the connection between animal carcasses and variations on The Portrait of pope Innocent X by Velazquez?  The painter Francis Bacon, who is the leading figure of avant-garde British art. These days a selection of 62 paintings by Bacon and archival objects can be seen at El Museo del Prado (Madrid)  from 03.02.2009 until 19.04.2009,  conmemorating the artist´s birth in 1909 and his death in Madrid on 28 April 1992.  These paintings are presented in various thematic sections corresponding to concepts of his work at different periods of his life. This allows us to enter into the unique wold of bacon´s artistic obsessions.: Animal, Zone, Apprehension, Crucifixion, Crisis, Archive, Portrait, Memorial, Epic and Late.

We will focus on Crucifixion because is an omnipresent element in his art. The figures and their relationships remain enigmatic, lacking any direct allusions to a religious theme but rather referring to the cruelty that human beings inflict on each other. Some pictures reflect his belief that without God, humans are subject to the same natural urges of violence, lust and fear as any other animal. There are specific references to the devasting events of Second World War. Crucifixion, 1933, Painting, 1946, Three studies for figures at the base for a Crucifixion, 1944, Figure with meat, 1954 and Three studies for Crucifixion, 1962 among others show the Crucifixion theme.  Only some are in this exhibion at El Museo del Prado.

Painting 1946 represents an old fashioned butcher´s shop with ceramic festoons on the wall and, looming up in the background, a carcass which -like the Rembrant carcass- The Slaughtered Oxin the Louvre is also a headless Crucifixion. The introduction of the motif of meat, the raw, bleeding flesh of the slaughterhouse and the butcher´s slab, a sight that affected Bacon like almost no other and was to become his personal metaphor of life and death.

Quite simply, he was fascinated by the sight of raw meat. In conversation with David Sylvester in October 1962 he explained: “I´ve always been very moved by pictures about slaughterhouses and meat. There´ve been extraordinary photographs which have been done of animals just being taken up before they were slaughtered; and the smell of death.I think these pictures were very much based on that kind of thing, which to me is very, very near this whole of the Crucifixion. I know for religious people, for Christinas, the Crucifixion has a totally different significance. But as a non-believer, it was just an act of man´s behaviour to another”.

In a further interview with Sylvester, in May 1966, Sylvester asked Bacon:”The image of sides of meat is obviously one that means a great deal to you”

When asked to comment on the difference between this theme and others, Bacon replied: “Well, of course, you´re working then about you´re own feelings and sensations, really. You might say almost nearer to a self portrait. You´re working on all sorts of very primitive feelings about behaviour and about the way life is…And of course, one has to remember as a painter that there is great beauty in the colour of meat.

David Sylvester asked: “Indeed, of course, Rembrant used a carcass (…)  hanging up almost as a stand-in for the Crucifixion, intentionally or not.

Bacon´s words: “I never think of that. And I never think of it as a carcass (…) even. The odd thing is that I don´t  think that carcass of meat is one of Rembrant´s great pictures, because I don´t think it´s very much like meat. It looks to me like a lump of wax hanging there. I don´t  think i t´s a great painting of meat. I don´t  know what the great paintings of meat are”.

Bacon´s feelings about meat -about the carcasses of animals, and also about human flesh- were ambivalent: they served as a solemn reminder of his own mortality.  Speaking  after completing the third tryptych in 1965 he simply stated: “Well, of course, we are meat, we are potential carcasses”.

Bacon was the painter of 20th-century man in all his fragility and violence. He focused on the futility of life, looking back to the classical authors whom he so admired  (The painters  Picasso, Velazquez, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, the writers Aeschylus´ The Oresteia, T.S.Eliot, Shakespeare, the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca  among others) and opening new  expressive directions to contemporary painters.

Sources: Francis Bacon´s Official web site, Museo del Prado brochures, Skira Art Books, Los Grandes Genios del Arte Contemporáneo. Biblioteca El Mundo.

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