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Mobile App Detects Fat Content and Tenderness

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

CHILE – A team of researchers in Chile led by Dr Renato Salinas, have developed an application that decodes meat colour to estimate fat content and tenderness.

 

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Russian Ban Could Hit Pig Prices

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

RUSSIA - Russia has turned down a proposal by the European Commission to exclude pig meat export certificates for the six regions of Lithuania most at risk from African swine fever.

 

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Trade Agreement Must Eliminate Tariffs

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

NEW ZEALAND - The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) must include total elimination of tariffs on agricultural and seafood products, according to leading New Zealand food producers.

 

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Colorado Company Recalls Meat and Poultry Products

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

US - A Colorado meat processor is recalling approximately 144,000 pounds of meat and poultry products, including bratwurst / brotwurst, fully cooked sausage-type products, and raw fresh products, because of an undeclared allergen and misbranding.

 

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Sharp Increase in Proportion of Choice Graded Fed Cattle

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

US - There has been a sharp increase in the proportion of fed cattle grading Choice since last summer. That is the message of an update released last week by our friends at the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) in Denver, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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MEP Calls for Complete Country-of-Origin Labelling for Meat

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

EU - A UK Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has demanded that all meat should have full country of origin labelling, adding pork and chicken to the existing coverage for beef.

 

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PEDV Impact Affecting Summer Hog Futures Contracts

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

US - Canada has announced its second case of the PED virus, also in Ontario. The US ended 2013 with PED on 2,000 farms and has added another 600 this month. The impact of the virus is pushing summer hog futures contracts close to record highs, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown.

 

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CME: Weights Real 'Supply Story' for Hogs in 2014

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

US - We’ve sort of been beef-centric in The Daily Livestock Report in recent days — at least when we weren’t talking about the Farm Bill. And for good reason. When prices of any products of interest reach record levels, the occasion is worthy of attention, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Pig Meat, Poultry Sustainability Schemes Set for 2014

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

IRELAND - This year is set to be the year of sustainability for Ireland’s farming sector.

 

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Pork Association Estimates Stable Pork Production in 2014

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

BRAZIL - The Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Pork (ABIPECS) estimates that production this year will be stable, with 3.46 million tonnes compared to 3.43 million tonnes in 2013.

 

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Poultry Farm Quarantined as Meat Undergoes Inspection

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

GREECE - A poultry farm in Koropi, northeast of Athens, has been placed in quarantine after a banned substance was found in the some of the meat products.

 

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Burger Competition Focuses on Farm Assured Beef and Lamb

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

UK - Beef or lamb produced from assured farms is the key ingredient in a search for England’s best burger.

 

Vaccinate Breeding Flock to Reduce Salmonella in Broilers

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

US - Vaccinating the breeding flock can reduce salmonella in broilers by up to 50 per cent, writes Chris Harris.

 

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State Funding Looks To Tighten Up More Slaughterhouses

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

MEXICO – The quantity of goods carrying the Federally inspected slaughter (TIF) logo is set to lift further after a government confirmation of 650 million pesos for abattoirs.

 

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New Public Affairs Officer at British Poultry Council

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

UK - Chris Potter has joined the British Poultry Council (BPC) this week as Public Affairs Officer.

 

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Meat Exporters Back Farm Bill

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

US - The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), an organisation charged with increasing the value and profitability of the US beef, pork and lamb industries by enhancing demand in international markets, strongly supports The Agricultural Act of 2014 – the farm bill that was advanced from conference committee earlier this week and approved by the House of Representatives on a vote of 251 to 166.

 

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Ukraine Cuts Poultry Imports in 2013

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

UKRAINE - The agricultural sector keeps boosting its performance, complementing record achievements demonstrated this year.

 

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Europe Failing Consumers over Animal Welfare

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

EU - Lamentable efforts at enforcing recent animal welfare legislation means that Europe is ill-serving its consumers and undermining the excellent standards being met on those Scottish and UK farms producing pigs and eggs.

 

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House Passes Farm Bill, Union Praises Efforts

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

US - The US House of Representatives passed the H.R. 2642, the Agricultural Act of 2014, by a 251-166 vote this week.

 

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Poultry Safe from H7N9 if Cooked Properly, Says Official

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

CHINA - All poultry purchased at established markets and properly cooked is safe to eat during the Spring Festival holiday since the H7N9 bird flu virus has not yet been found in the country's poultry farms, a senior agricultural official said.

 

Spain Closed Year on Low Pig Prices

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

SPAIN - Spain closed last year with market prices that supposedly would be the lowest in the year, writes Fernando Ortiz, Genesus Ibero-America Business Development.

 

Changing Face of Consumers Demands New Attitudes

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US - The US poultry industry needs to turn its attention the consumer group that was born around the change in the millennium and less to the current core consumer group of the baby boomers.

 

China Reports Red Meat Shortage

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

CHINA – Price stability is on the agenda for Chinese politicians, with beef and mutton taking top priority.

 

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Join ASC at Fish International to Celebrate ASC Certified Salmon

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

GERMANY - Join the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) at Fish International in Bremen to celebrate the launch of ASC certified salmon on Monday 10 February. You can also visit ASC at booth 5 E-58 in hall 5 to find out more about the ASC programme.

 

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Rotting Zebra Bacteria Can Kill Anthrax

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

NAMIBIA – A Zebra carcass has yielded a team of bacteriologists with a possible solution to anthrax bacillus.

 

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Heavy Metals in Asian Carp not a Health Concern to Most

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US - Researchers at the Prairie Research Institute's Illinois Natural History Survey have found that overall, concentrations of arsenic, selenium, and mercury in bighead and silver carp from the lower Illinois River do not appear to be a health concern for a majority of human consumers.

 

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Food Retailer Acquires Chicken Fast Food Chain for R17M

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

SOUTH AFRICA - Taste Holdings on Wednesday (29 January) said it acquired fast food chain Zebro’s Chicken for R17m.

 

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Eurogroup Urges Greek Presidency to Prioritise Animal Welfare

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

GREECE - Eurogroup for Animals has launched a Memorandum outlining its position on animal welfare related policies that will be discussed as part of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union and it will be formally presented to the Presidency on Thursday, 30 January 2014.

 

New Poultry Meat Inspection Rules Could Improve Safety and Save Money

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - New moves by the USDA to change the system of poultry meat inspection will place more inspectors at the sharp end of detecting food safety issues rather than quality issues, writes Chris Harris.

 

Wrong Picture Painted over Antibiotic Use

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The animal agriculture industry has wrongly been painted as being irresponsible in its use of antibiotics, writes Chris Harris from the International Production and Processing exhibition in Atlanta.

 

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US, Mexico See Benefits of Landmark Agreement

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - This year, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) celebrates a major milestone – 20 years in existence.

 

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NFU Responds to State of Union Address on Energy

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has said it is encouraged by the president’s commitment to our country’s energy future, following President Obama’s State of the Union address.

 

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CME: Canada, Mexico Play Huge Role in US Pork, Beef Markets

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The timely completion of US farm legislation (ie. The Farm Bill) appears to be in grave doubt. The houses of Congress had passed different versions of the legislation and a conference committee was charged with reconciling those differences and arriving at a final bill that would then go back to each chamber for a simply yes-no vote. No further modifications would be allowed, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Maddox Appointed New Poultry & Egg Association Chairman

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - Elton Maddox, Wayne Farms, Oakwood, Georgia, was elected chairman of the board of directors of US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). The board meeting was held during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo. He previously served as vice chairman. Maddox was presented with the time-honored "working man’s gavel" by 2013 chairman, James Adams.

 

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Alliance Launches New Interactive, Mobile-friendly Website

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The Animal Agriculture Alliance has unveiled a new website, the product of an almost nine-month redesign effort focused on providing Alliance members, media and consumers with the most relevant, up-to-date and pertinent information in an easily navigable and mobile-friendly format.

 

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Filleting Robot to Help the Norwegian Fishing Industry

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

NORWAY - A newly developed white fish filleting machine could give the Norwegian fish industry a much-needed boost.

 

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EU Pig Prices: Trend Continues to Stay Positive

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

EU - The trend continues to be positive on the European slaughter pig market this week.

 

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NFU Board Calls on Congress to Pass 2014 Farm Bill This Week

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson, under direction from the NFU Board of Directors, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House John Boehner calling for the 2014 Farm Bill to be called up and voted on this week.

 

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Wal-Mart Accepts Alaska's Sustainable Salmon Certification

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - After officially accepting Alaska's Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) programme, Wal-Mart will continue to stock Alaskan seafood in its stores nationwide.

 

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Australia Supplied Almost Half Of Chinese Red Meat Imports

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

CHINA – Almost half of China’s red meat imports came from Australia last year, contributing to a 194 per cent import surge on 2012.

 

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Brazilian Beef Plants Under Egyptian Scrutiny

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

EGYPT - A delegation of slaughterhouse inspectors began a 17 day long visit of Brazilian beef processing facilities on Sunday.

 

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Russians Find Banned Steroid in Australian Meat

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

RUSSIA – Two shipments of Australian beef have been held in laboratory testing after samples tested positive for the growth steroid trenbolone.

 

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Agriculture Sector Grew in 2013 Despite Typhoons

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

PHILIPPINES - With poultry, palay, and a host of other key subsectors posting healthy growth rates, agriculture in the Philippines managed to expand by a respectable 1.15 per cent from January to December last year, notwithstanding the series of natural catastrophes that hit the country during the period.

 

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Packers, Processors Attempt to Hold Farm Bill Hostage

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued a statement in response to a letter from the meatpacking industry sent today to Congress. The letter calls for Congress to gut the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law. It also proposes to dismantle protections for producers under the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

 

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Initial Read of Farm Bill Conference Report Pleases Union

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

US - The 2014 Farm Bill Conference Committee has released its latest report "The Agricultural Act of 2014".

 

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PEDV Hits Canada - What Happens Next?

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

US - The big news this week is, of course, the discovery of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in Canada. The virus was confirmed last Thursday to be present in a 500-sow farrow-to-finish operation in Ontario, writes Steve Meyer in his latest "Weekly Preview" published in National Hog Farmer.

 

Boost in Environmental Credentials by UK Pig Industry

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

UK - Between 2008 and 2012, the UK pig industry reduced its climate change impact by 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, according to a new report launched in London earlier this week. Jackie Linden reports.

 

Rising Costs of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

US & CANADA - Between 30 and 40 per cent of US sows have been infected with the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus and pig losses there have already exceeded four million, according to a Canadian veterinarian speaking at the Banff Pork Seminar 2014. Since he made these remarks, Canada has reported its first outbreak of PED - in Ontario.

 

Agricultural Commodity Prices Expected to Remain Firm

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

EU - Based on a number of assumptions, a new report from the European Commission forecasts that agricultural commodity prices will remain firm over the medium term, supported by growing global food demand, the development of the biofuel sector and slow growth in productivity.

 

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Faccenda Sees Sharp Rise in Profits

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

UK - Faccenda Group, one of the UK’s leading food companies has seen a 50 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to £5 million.

 

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La Coop fédérée and Olymel Reorganise Pork Breeding, Processing Operations

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

CANADA - Technical and consulting services to producers in the pork industry, such as herd management, animal welfare and meat quality, as well as the operations of Sogeporc Inc., a subsidiary specialising in the improvement and marketing of swine genetics at La Coop fédérée and its meat processing subsidiary, Olymel, are now to be placed under the responsibility of Olymel.

 

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WH Groupo Seeks Hong Kong Listing

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

CHINA - Chinese pig meat processing giant WH Group, formerly Shuanghui, is reported to be seeking a listing on the Hong Kong stock Exchange.

 

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Dutch Pork Exports Fall Despite Gains in Russia

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

THE NETHERLANDS - For the first nine months of 2013, Dutch exports of pig meat to the European Union were down almost seven per cent from the previous year although the volume destined for Russia more than doubled.

 

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McDonald’s Sales Fall in Fourth Quarter

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

GLOBAL - Fast food chain McDonald’s saw global comparable sales increase by just 0.2 per cent over the last financial year.

 

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Ritz Announces Funding Committment for International Pork Promotion

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

CANADA - Canada's agriculture minister has announced a 15 million dollar federal commitment over five years to help the Canadian pork industry promote its products in foreign markets, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

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NTUC FairPrice Offers Halal Thai Frozen Chicken

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

SINGAPORE - Local supermarket chain NTUC FairPrice is now offering halal-certified frozen chicken from Thailand.

 

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Food Group Withdraws but DAPP Continues

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

UK - The Karro Food Group has notified BPEX, a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, that they will no longer be participating in the voluntary Dead Weight Average Pig Price (DAPP) sample.

 

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Food Chain Raises Stakes in Chicken Market

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

UGANDA - Last month, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) opened shop in Bugolobi, and raised the level of competition in the market. The company promised to open four more branches by the end of this year.

 

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Canada Backs Pork Producers Targeting New Markets

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

CANADA - Canada is to grant C$15 million to Canada Pork International (CPI) to help strengthen the Canadian pork sector and increase access to both existing and emerging international markets.

 

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Real Welfare Sample Sizes Advised to Stay Unchanged

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

UK - Real Welfare sample sizes are recommended to remain unchanged following the latest meeting of the review committee.