Avian Flu Challenging Global Trade

Mon, 01 Jun 2015

GLOBAL - The global case of avian flu has had a big impact on international markets.

 

Livestock Sectors to Have Say on Centre of Excellence

Mon, 01 Jun 2015

UK - The Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) is a step closer to becoming reality following confirmation that the bid has reached formal interview stage.

 

Three Quarters of Chickens Test Positive for Campylobacter

Fri, 29 May 2015

UK - Most chickens test positive for the presence of campylobacter, according to the results of a year-long study published by the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA).

 

US Egg Prices Running High, Avian Flu Epidemic on the Wane

Fri, 29 May 2015

US - According to the top US veterinary officer, the worst bird flu outbreak in US history may be over by July, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

House Agriculture Committee Votes to Repeal COOL

Fri, 29 May 2015

US - The House Committee on Agriculture has voted to repeal the mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken, while leaving intact the requirements for all other covered commodities.

 

EU Pig Prices Show Positive Movement

Fri, 29 May 2015

EU - The mood continues to be optimistic on the European pig slaughter market, as many market quotes rose slightly again.

 

NZ Female Cattle Slaughter Higher

Fri, 29 May 2015

NEW ZEALAND - Adult cattle slaughter in New Zealand reached 303,775 head in March, one per cent below year-ago levels, as the seasonal peak ramped up, typically from March to May.

 

PGI Status for Chicken and Fish Products

Fri, 29 May 2015

EU - The European Commission has given a protected status to two regional products – a soused herring from Germany and a capon from Portugal.

 

EU and Spanish Pork Market Complex

Fri, 29 May 2015

EU - The hog market scenario in Europe continues to be difficult and complex, writes Mercedes Vega, Genesus General Director for Spain, Italy and Portugal.

 

US Imported Beef Prices Ease

Fri, 29 May 2015

US - Imported beef prices into the US continued to decline this week, with the imported 90CL cow beef indicator 2.5¢ lower, at 217.5¢/lb CIF (down 2.2A¢ to 615.5A¢/kg CIF), according to analysts at Meat and Livestock Australia.

 

Meat Prices Remain Stable in Brazil

Fri, 29 May 2015

BRAZIL - In early May, the Brazilian meat market saw a rise in the domestic consumption and meat prices were expected to react because of the Mother’s Day celebration.

 

Input Prices Rise for Sheep and Beef Farmers

Fri, 29 May 2015

NEW ZEALAND - Prices for inputs used on New Zealand sheep and beef farms increased 1.1 per cent in the year to March 2015, according to the latest Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Economic Service sheep and beef on-farm inflation report.

 

Toolkit for Pulled Meat Specialties

Fri, 29 May 2015

GERMANY - Capitalising on the rising popularity of pulled pork in Europe, Frutarom Savory Solutions has developed an all-round solution that makes preparing these specialties quick and easy.

 

Grilling, Export Demand Fuels Live Hog Price Improvement

Fri, 29 May 2015

CANADA - Strong demand leading up to barbecue season, combined with solid export demand, has been credited for improved live hog prices, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Lamb Prices on Autumn High

Fri, 29 May 2015

AUSTRALIA - National lamb sale yard throughput eased 11 per cent during autumn, totalling 2,289,474 head, as eastern states lamb availability tightened, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.

 

Warm Welcome for Welsh Lamb in Hong Kong

Fri, 29 May 2015

HONG KONG - Welsh Lamb has been used by top chefs from across the world as part of a prestigious culinary competition.

 

Indonesia Beef Imports Rise

Fri, 29 May 2015

INDONESIA - After a slow start to 2015, beef imports into Indonesia were up in February and March, resulting in a three per cent increase in overall volume in the first quarter, at 22,008 tonnes, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.

 

Strong Future for West Country Beef and Lamb

Thu, 28 May 2015

UK - West Country Beef and Lamb bearing the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner has a bright future ahead after establishing itself as a premium market product, according to Meat South West (MSW).

 

Hormel Foods to Acquire Applegate

Thu, 28 May 2015

US – US meat and food processing giant Hormel Foods is to acquire organic meat producer Applegate Farms.

 

France Negligible Risk of BSE

Thu, 28 May 2015

FRANCE - France has been classified as a country with "negligible risk" from BSE.

 

USDA Reports Give Bearish Chicken Outlook

Thu, 28 May 2015

US - The US Department of Agriculture's recent Cattle on Feed report creates a bullish outlook for cattle futures, whilst their Cold Storage report indicates a bearish outlook for pork and chicken, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Argentina Calls for Recognition of Role of Small Producers

Thu, 28 May 2015

ARGENTINA - As part of the opening of the 83rd World Assembly of Delegates of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris this week, the Argentine Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation, Carlos Casamiquela, called on the organisation to recognise the role of the small producer in the value chain.

 

Canada Invests in Canadian Aquaculture Exports

Thu, 28 May 2015

CANADA - The Canadian government is to grant nearly C$2.5 million over two years to the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) to help the aquaculture industry increase the domestic and international market share for Canadian aquaculture products.

 

Canada Supports Safe Transportation of Livestock and Poultry

Thu, 28 May 2015

CANADA - Canada has given a grant of $183,929 to the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) to help ensure that livestock and poultry are transported in a safe and humane manner by certified transporters.

 

Thurne High Performance Slicing Systems Are Back

Thu, 28 May 2015

UK - Middleby Corporation has acquired Marel's High Speed Slicing range and has relaunched the original Thurne brand.

 

Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Crucial for Canadian Livestock and Meat

Thu, 28 May 2015

CANADA - Canadian participation in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade negotiations is of crucial importance to the future viability of Quebec’s livestock and meat sector.

 

Smithfield Backs Walmart over Animal Welfare and Antibiotics

Wed, 27 May 2015

US - Smithfield Foods has backed US supermarket giant Walmart in its release of the company's new animal welfare and antibiotics positions.

 

Collaboration Key to Success

Wed, 27 May 2015

NORTHERN IRELAND - Collaboration to overcome challenges in the food chain and to maximise the potential of local businesses to succeed in markets like China should be a key focus for Northern Ireland’s agri-food sector, according to a leading figure in the industry.

 

Good Animal Welfare Standards in Most UK Slaughterhouses

Wed, 27 May 2015

UK – Most slaughterhouses in the UK have been found to have good animal welfare practices, according to the findings of the British Food Standards Agency following a programme of unannounced inspections.

 

Plan Ahead for Videos in Cattle Abattoirs

Wed, 27 May 2015

UK – A Scottish beef farmer has warned fellow cattle producers that, while they may not be penalised for producing out-of spec cattle, videos in abattoirs mean they soon will be.

 

Danish Crown Expands in Sweden

Wed, 27 May 2015

SWEDEN - KLS Ugglarps AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of Danish Crown, is expected to take over a majority stake in the slaughterhouse Dalsjöfors Slakteri near Borås in Sweden, later this year.

 

China Access Grows Again for Brazilian Slaughterhouses

Wed, 27 May 2015

BRAZIL – Brazil will soon have 26 meat plants authorized to export to China, potentially worth $520 million in annual sales, the government announced last week.

 

Miratorg Starts Fifth Production Line in Kaliningrad

Wed, 27 May 2015

RUSSIA - ABH Miratorg, a leading manufacturer of meat in Russia has launched its fifth production line for meat products at the high-tech plant Miratorg West in Kaliningrad.

 

Australia Could Hit Canadian Beef Import Quota

Wed, 27 May 2015

CANADA - Strong beef exports to Canada so far this year suggest Australia could hit the annual 35,000 tonnes tariff-free quota, a According to the April issue of Steiner Consulting’s Canada Meat Market Report.

 

Belgian Meat Groups Merge

Wed, 27 May 2015

BELGIUM -Two Belgian meat groups Westvlees and Covalis are to merge their pork operations.

 

Stable Performance in French Fish Auctions

Wed, 27 May 2015

FRANCE - Fish auction sales in France have shown a slight increase of one per cent in value to reach €630 million in 2014, compared to 2013, according to Finnian O’Luasa in the Paris Office of Bord Bia – Irish Food Board.

 

NFU Urges Congress to Vote Against COOL Repeal Bill

Tue, 26 May 2015

US – The US National Farmers Union has called on members of Congress to vote against recent legislation passed in the House Agriculture Committee that would repeal portions of Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL).

 

Strong Performance from Findus Group

Tue, 26 May 2015

EU - Frozen fish and food group Findus has delivered strong results in the second quarter of the financial year.

 

US Meat Industry Remains Optimistic about International Markets

Tue, 26 May 2015

US - While US meat exports face imposing challenges in 2015, this has not dampened the industry’s enthusiasm for international marketing.

 

Cattle Placements Lower - COOL Goes Against US for Fourth Time

Tue, 26 May 2015

US - Latest cattle on feed numbers were 4.6 per cent down in April with marketings down 7.8 per cent, report two University of Missouri economists.

 

UAE Meat Market Growing

Tue, 26 May 2015

UAE - The UAE consumed over 108,000 tonnes of beef in 2013, writes Michael Hussey from the Dubai Office of Bord Bia – Irish Food Board.

 

Tri-Nations Butchery Team on Show at Meatup

Tue, 26 May 2015

UK - A group of top British butchers will be sharpening their skills ahead of this year’s Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge at the national Meatup event on 30 June.

 

Manitoba Agriculture Minister Looks Forward to Return to Normal Trade with US

Tue, 26 May 2015

US - Manitoba's Minister of Agriculture is hopeful the latest World Trade Organization ruling on US Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling will result in a return to historical patterns of trade between Canada and the US in cattle and hogs, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Milk Prices to Play Role in Dairy Herd’s Impact on Beef

Sun, 24 May 2015

ANALYSIS - How beef supply is affected by UK dairy farming in the future as it looks to expand without the shackles of quotas will hinge partly on how it can deal with market volatility.

 

New Slaughter Plants Welcome for US Pork Industry

Fri, 22 May 2015

US - Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods announced last week that they would build a new, state-of-the-art pork slaughter plant in Sioux City, Iowa, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Disappointment at Slow EU Pig Price Increase

Fri, 22 May 2015

EU - At last, the atmosphere appears to be optimistic again on the European pig slaughter market.

 

EU Pork Exports Rise in March

Fri, 22 May 2015

EU - Pork exports from the EU during March were up 19 per cent on a year earlier, at 139,000 tonnes.

 

Hormel Reports Record Earnings

Fri, 22 May 2015

US - US meat processing giant Hormel Foods has reported record performance for the second quarter of thefinancial year.

 

Terrena to Buy Controlling Stake in Doux

Fri, 22 May 2015

FRANCE - Terrena, supported by Sofiprotéol as minority shareholder, has signed an exclusive agreement with D&P Participations, a subsidiary of the Calmels family’s holding company, to buy its 52.5 per cent controlling interest in Doux Group.

 

UK Pig Supplies Remain High

Fri, 22 May 2015

UK - Latest figures from Defra confirm that UK pig supplies remained high during April.

 

Uttar Pradesh Records Growth in Egg Consumption

Fri, 22 May 2015

INDIA - India's biggest state with more than 200 million population, Uttar Pradesh has recorded 100 per cent growth egg consumption thanks to the popularity of poultry products.

 

South Africa Seeking Solution on Trade with USA

Fri, 22 May 2015

SOUTH AFRICA - In late April, Africa’s second largest economy, South Africa, sought a solution with the United States over renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

 

Fall in UK Poultry Meat Production

Fri, 22 May 2015

UK - In 2014, UK production of poultry meat decreased for the first time since 2009, while chicken production was lower, after six consecutive annual increases.

 

MCOOL Retaliation to Impact Canadian, Mexican Producers

Thu, 21 May 2015

US - Three different interesting reports with a bearing on markets will be released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week, and we have also received the results of the mandatory country-of-origin labelling (MCOOL) dispute, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Lowest NZ Sheep Flock Since 1943

Thu, 21 May 2015

NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand (NZ) sheep flock has fallen below the 30 million head mark for the first time since 1943, as reported by Statistics New Zealand.

 

Brazil Looks for Beef Export Recovery in Second Half of Year

Thu, 21 May 2015

BRAZIL - The Brazilian beef industry saw a turnover of US$ 447 million in exports in April with shipments of more than 107,000 tonnes, boosted by an increase of shipments to Russia, Venezuela, Iran and Algeria.

 

China-Brazil in Bilateral Trade Deal

Thu, 21 May 2015

BRAZIL - China and Brazil are to step up action on a bilateral trade agreement.

 

German Company to Invest in Bulgarian Meat Industry

Thu, 21 May 2015

BULGARIA - A German meat processing company is looking for suitable locations in North Bulgaria to build a meat processing plant.