Irish Cattle Price Pressure 'Not Justified'

Fri, 29 Jul 2016

IRELAND - The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said the continuing pressure on cattle prices from the factories is not justified and contrasts with the continuing lift in cattle prices in the country's main export market - the UK.

 

CME: Do Competing Meats Impact on Beef Prices?

Thu, 28 Jul 2016

US - While expanding supplies have been one of the key factors contributing to the cattle price decline in the last 9 months, it is also important to consider the impact of competing meats and the effect that this has on overall beef demand, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Regional Livestock Policy Aims to Improve Exports for African Farmers

Thu, 28 Jul 2016

AFRICA - The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), Africa's largest trading bloc has come up with a livestock development policy for its 19 members, writes Ian Nkala.

 

Countries Asked to Cut Use of Last-Resort Antibiotic in Animals

Thu, 28 Jul 2016

EU - The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended that colistin-containing medicines should only be used as a second line treatment in animals and sale should be reduced across the EU.

 

New Zealand Gets More Oversight on Live Export Welfare

Thu, 28 Jul 2016

NEW ZEALAND - New rules that will give the Ministry for Primary Industries greater visibility of the welfare of animals being exported from New Zealand will come into force on 25 August 2016, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has announced.

 

New Tests Could Protect Cowpat-Eating Animals

Thu, 28 Jul 2016

SWITZERLAND - Livestock medications can impair beneficial organisms that break down dung, but a new study could show a way to conduct better testing to prevent such harm.

 

Expert: US Cattle Markets Can Recover

Wed, 27 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS - Lower cattle prices have been the story this spring and summer. Beef supply has been large due to heavy placements of heavy calves and the beginning of more females coming to market as herd expansion may be slowing, writes Chris Hurt, from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University.

 

Trade, Market Volatility Key Priorities for US Cattle Farmers

Wed, 27 Jul 2016

US - Over 700 cattlemen and women attended the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting in Denver, Colorado, this week to discuss the policy priorities for the cattle industry.

 

Brazil Aims for Fresh Beef Exports to US

Wed, 27 Jul 2016

BRAZIL - Brazil's minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Blairo Maggi, is in the US on a trade mission to enable greater beef trade between the two countries.

 

NZ Farmer Confidence Hit by Brexit Vote

Wed, 27 Jul 2016

NEW ZEALAND - Farmer confidence has picked up slightly since surveyed last in January but remains weak, according to Federated Farmers’ July 2016 Farm Confidence Survey.

 

CME: Beef in Cold Storage Numbers Bullish for Market

Wed, 27 Jul 2016

US - The results of the latest USDA ‘Cold Storage’ report probably did not get as much attention as the feedlot survey but we think it perfectly encapsulates the current state of the US meat industry, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Molecular Biology Paves the Way for Gut Health Innovation in Livestock Sciences

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - Several narrow, advanced fields of study that examine the cellular metabolism of living organisms are setting the foundations for genuine innovation relating to gut health and performance in animal production in the years ahead. Breakthroughs may help define future nutrition strategies and the substitution of antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs).

 

CME: US Cattle on Feed Placements Lower Than Expected

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

US - USDA‐NASS released their Cattle on Feed report on Friday, and the surprising number was placements, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Cattle Prices Still Behind Last Year's Levels

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - Prime cattle prices have been enjoying some seasonal strength over the past month but are still behind the prices seen one year ago, according to the latest market information from Quality Meat Scotland.

 

What Does the Colour of Meat Tell You?

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS – You just pulled a package of hamburger out of the refrigerator that you bought four days ago, and the colour looks darker that when you first bought it. Has it gone bad or is that normal?

 

CME: Cattle Slaughter Largest for June Since 2013

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

US - USDA-NASS has released its June monthly livestock slaughter numbers. Although USDA-AMS reported daily slaughter gives us a fairly clear picture of what monthly slaughter was before the monthly report comes out, the monthly numbers are helpful in terms of putting longer term trends in perspective, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Cattle Outlook: Cattle on Feed Below Trade Expectations

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

US - USDA's July cattle on feed report said June placements were 103.0 per cent of a year ago and June marketings were 109.4 per cent. The number of cattle on feed on July 1 totaled 10.356 million head, up 1.2 per cent compared to 12 months earlier, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

Poultry Litter Blamed for Botulism in Northern Ireland

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has confirmed that cases of botulism continue to occur in ruminants in Northern Ireland following results of tests carried out by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI).

 

Only Half of Consumers Aware of Food Waste Problem

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

US - Even though American consumers throw away about 80 billion pounds of food a year, only about half are aware that food waste is a problem.

 

CME: Cattle on Feed Figures Expected Above Last Year's Levels

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

US - UDSA-NASS will release the July Cattle on Feed report tomorrow, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Livestock Farmers Looking Out for Fluke-Spreading Mud Snails

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - Cattle and sheep farmers have been warned to look out for mud snails and any signs that their animals may have fallen prey to the parasites the snails carry.

 

New Zealand Hopes to Open Indonesian Beef Markets

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta this week, with beef exports on the agenda.

 

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The Truth About Mycotoxin Binders

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - Binding, or adsorbing, specific mycotoxins to limit their negative effects in livestock is a well-established method for mycotoxin deactivation. While a large number of binder products containing clay minerals such as bentonites are commercially available, there is a certain amount of confusion in the market regarding claims authorized by the European Commission.

 

Pastures with More Plant Species Show Better Productivity

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

US - Newly-published long-term research shows multispecies pastures show promise for productivity and drought tolerant improvements.

 

Veal Calf Protection at Slaughter Improved

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

US - The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced changes to improve humane handling inspections at facilities that produce veal meat.

 

Millions Invested in Canadian Beef Promotion Plan

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

CANADA - The Canadian government has announced an investment of up to CA$6.4 million over three years to help Canadian Beef increase global consumer demand and loyalty for the Canadian Beef brand.

 

CME: US Sees Record First Half of 2016 for Meat Production

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

US - Before getting into the topic of the day, we remind readers that USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has some important reports being released this week, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Beef Farmers Question Fairness of Latest EU Dairy Support Measures

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

IRELAND - The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) president Patrick Kent has questioned the granting of a further EU rescue package for dairy farmers while beef farmers continue to seek fair play for their own sector.

 

Bluetongue Vaccine Now Available for British Farmers

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

UK - The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed that bluetongue (BTV-8) vaccine is now available from two pharmaceutical retailers to manage the risk of a BTV incursion from France.

 

Competition Opened Up for Cattle Tag Supplies in Ireland

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

IRELAND - The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) president Patrick Kent has welcomed the change of position by Ireland's agriculture department, which now opens up the supply of cattle tags to competition.

 

Bovine TB 'Could Put Trade at Risk' Post-Brexit

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

UK - The current status of bovine TB in Wales could put future trade deals at risk, the Farmers’ Union of Wales warned at its Press Conference on Sunday ahead of the Royal Welsh Show.

 

Stray Cattle a Difficult Problem Along Zimbabwe-Botswana Border

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS - Botswana acceded to Zimbabwe’s request to suspend a policy that was going to see the former’s security agents shooting to kill all cattle straying to their territory from the latter, writes Ian Nkala.

 

EU Agri-Food Exports Increased in 2015

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

EU - EU exports for agricultural products reached €129 billion in 2015, an annual increase of 5.7 per cent, securing the EU's position as a top world agri-food exporter with a net trade surplus of €16 billion.

 

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UK Chief Veterinary Officer to Speak at 2016 OV Conference

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

UK - Nigel Gibbens, the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer; Peter Jinman OBE, Chair of the RCVS Certification Subcommittee and Ian Wright, Head of ESCCAP UK & Guideline Director for ESCCAP Europe, have been announced as speakers at the 2016 Official Veterinarian Conference, ‘Safeguarding Animal Welfare – the role of the OV’ on 29-30 September.

 

EU Launches Meat Observatory to Provide More Market Information

Mon, 18 Jul 2016

EU - EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has launched a new Meat Market Observatory aimed at improving market transparency for the beef & veal and the pigmeat sectors.

 

Formal Complaints Over 'Fake' Supermarket Farm Branding

Mon, 18 Jul 2016

UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has written to formally complain to National Trading Standards Institute over the use of ‘fake’ farm branding by retailers on some food products.

 

Cattle Outlook: Retail Beef Prices Up in June

Mon, 18 Jul 2016

US - The average price of choice beef at retail was $6.20 per pound during June. That was 11.9 cents higher than in May, 20.6 than in June 2015, and the highest monthly average price since March, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

Facilities Suspended in Vietnamese Cattle Cruelty Case

Fri, 15 Jul 2016

VIET NAM - The Australian agriculture authorities have suspended a number of facilities in Viet Nam as part of an investigation into alleged animal cruelty involving cattle exported from Australia.

 

GMO Labelling Bill Passed in US

Fri, 15 Jul 2016

US - New legislation designed to offer consumers more information about genetically engineered ingredients in their food passed in the US House of Representatives yesterday on a vote of 306-117.

 

Andrea Leadsom Appointed UK's New Ag Secretary

Fri, 15 Jul 2016

UK - Following Theresa May's appointment as Prime Minister, her former competitor for the top job Andrea Leadsom has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

 

Public Trust in Agriculture and Freedom to Operate

Fri, 15 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS - Trust is low in the Canadian food system, and this is giving consumers a previously unheard-of degree of input into on-farm and other food system practices, writes Treena Hein.

 

Scientists Sequence Genome in Effort to Fight Leptospirosis

Thu, 14 Jul 2016

ARGENTINA - Argentine researchers have sequenced the genome of a pathogen that causes huge losses of meat and milk production in cattle for the first time.

 

Local Food Standards a Sticking Point in EU-US Free Trade Talks

Thu, 14 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - As free trade talks between EU and USA step up in the fourteenth round of negotiations, EU-wide agricultural organisation Copa and Cogeca said EU standards must be recognised in the transatlantic trade talks (known as TTIP).

 

CME: US Beef Supply Projections Continue to Rise

Thu, 14 Jul 2016

US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to revise higher its beef supply projections for 2016, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Global Food Prices Increased Rapidly in June

Wed, 13 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - International food commodity prices shot up 4.2 per cent in June, their steepest monthly increase of the past four years.

 

CME: Australia's Loss is US's Gain for Beef Exports

Wed, 13 Jul 2016

US - October fed cattle futures prices were down the daily limit yesterday even as fundamentals in the beef market are some of the best they have been in some time, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Watch Out for Lead Poisoning in Cattle

Tue, 12 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS - The Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory diagnoses many kinds of illnesses throughout a given year, but the one witnessed frequently this past spring in cattle was lead poisoning.

 

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BIOMIN Streamlines Digestarom Product Portfolio

Tue, 12 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - In an effort to focus on major livestock species, BIOMIN has streamlined the number of products within the Digestarom® phytogenic feed additive portfolio.

 

US Beef Exports Gain Momentum in Japan, South Korea, Mexico

Tue, 12 Jul 2016

US - US red meat exports gained momentum in May with shipments of beef increasing significantly year-over-year and reaching 2016 highs, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), contractor to the beef checkoff.

 

CME: Beef Markets Solid Despite Large Slaughter Volumes

Tue, 12 Jul 2016

US - As markets start the new week, there are a few things worth noting, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Taiwan Lifts Ban on Canadian Beef

Mon, 11 Jul 2016

CANADA - Just over a week after Mexico lifted its remaining import restrictions on Canadian beef, Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare lifted its temporary ban on Canadian beef. The announcement came Friday, July 8, reports Sarah Mikesell.

 

US Market Access for Ireland Extended to Include Grinding Beef

Mon, 11 Jul 2016

IRELAND - Access for Irish beef to the US market has been improved following the decision of authorities there to recognise Ireland’s raw meat control system as equivalent to that of the US.

 

Cattle Outlook: Corn Futures Aiding US Feeder Cattle Futures

Mon, 11 Jul 2016

US - The US exported 219.1 million pounds of beef during May. That is 13.8 per cent more than a year ago and the most for any month since October 2014, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

CME: US Beef Export Rates Benefit from Lower Prices

Mon, 11 Jul 2016

US - The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) published May monthly trade numbers for the protein industries last week. This data is based on the US Department of Commerce trade data, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Latest Bluetongue Outbreaks: Further Spread in France

Fri, 08 Jul 2016

FRANCE - Several more outbreaks of Bluetongue have been reported on French farms in the past month as the virus continues to move around the country.

 

Canadian Farmers More Stressed, Study Shows

Fri, 08 Jul 2016

CANADA - Farmers are among the most vulnerable when it comes to mental health, according to a new study from the University of Guelph.

 

Researchers Find Gene Mutation Behind Juvenile Mortality in Calves

Fri, 08 Jul 2016

GERMANY - Respiratory diseases are among the most common ailments in calves, and new research has found a gene mutation that causes one type of respiratory problem.

 

Trich Prevalence, Impact Discussed at World Buiatrics Congress

Fri, 08 Jul 2016

GLOBAL — Today’s World Buiatrics Congress (WBC) workshop focused on new bovine trichomoniasis (trich) research identifying prevalence in Mexican breeding bulls, the disease’s reproductive and economic impact, the role diagnostics play in disease management and diagnostic requirements for interstate movement of bulls in the US.