North Korea’s Food Production Hit by Worst Drought Since 2001

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

NORTH KOREA - DPR Korea's crop production for 2017, including staple rice, maize, potatoes and soybean, has been severely damaged by prolonged dry weather conditions, threatening food security for a large part of its population, according to a new FAO update prepared in collaboration with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.

 

Iowa Gov Kicks Off China Farm Mission

Fri, 21 Jul 2017

CHINA - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is leading a trade mission to China that will feature officials from groups representing the state's major agricultural producers.

 

CME: July COF Numbers Expected to be Up 2.8%

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

US - Before we go over the estimates of the cattle on feed inventory, just a very brief update on the case of atypical BSE that USDA announced. You can read all the details from the link below but our opinion is that this should have very little material impact on domestic or export demand, writes Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Taiwan to Start Breeding Angus Cattle

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

TAIWAN - Beef cattle farmers in Taiwan have recently introduced a popular breed of pure beef cattle into the country, in the hope of strengthening the local beef industry, an agriculture official said Wednesday.

 

Study Reveals Health Insurance Costs Threaten Farm Viability

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

US - According to a new US Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded study, lack of access to affordable health insurance is one of the most significant concerns facing American farmers, an overlooked risk factor that affects their ability to run a successful enterprise.

 

Unresolved Technical Issues Expected to Delay Full Benefits of CETA

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

CANADA & EU - Unresolved outstanding issues are expected to delay the full benefits for Canadian agriculture of Canada's free trade deal with Europe, reports Bruce Cochrane.

 

Coalition Urges Vaccine Bank to Protect Food, National Security

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

US - Citing economic and food and national security concerns, an ad hoc coalition of more than 100 agricultural organisations and allied industries groups urged Congress to include in the next Farm Bill language establishing and funding a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank.

 

China, US Applaud Comprehensive Economic Dialogue

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

US - Senior Chinese and US government officials spoke positively of their first Comprehensive Economic Dialogue (CED) in Washington on Wednesday after they reached a wide consensus.

 

Animal Health Campaign Helps Support Food Security, Livelihoods in Syria

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

SYRIA - In strife-torn Syria, the food security and livelihoods situation of some 234,000 people has received a strong boost owing to a recently completed animal health campaign led by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Syria Veterinary Medical Association.

 

Cattle Sale Ban Intended for Animal Welfare, Says Government

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

INDIA - The ban on sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter was intended at the welfare of animals and tackling illegal sale and smuggling, the government has informed the Lok Sabha.

 

US Beef Producers Welcome Renewal of Exports to China

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

US - With the market reopening of US beef exports to China, cattle sales are expected to go from good to better.

 

CME: USDA Raises Beef Import, Export Forecast for 2018

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

US - In the cash market, as reported by USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), fed steer prices were higher week-over-week, writes Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Irish Cattle Price Strong This Week

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

IRELAND - National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the cattle trade is stronger this week with the base price for steers at €4.05/4.10 and €4.15/4.20/kg base being paid for heifers.

 

US: Trade Deficits Key to Renegotiating NAFTA

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

US - The United States on Monday launched the first salvo in the renegotiation of the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), saying its top priority for the talks was shrinking the US trade deficit with Canada and Mexico.

 

Cattle Industry Leaders Establish Direction for Policy, Checkoff Programmes

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

US - More than 700 cattle industry leaders gathered at the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting in Denver last week to help create direction for industry programmes. The meeting ran from 13-15 July.

 

US-China Beef Deal Benefits Nebraska Corn Crop

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

US - As US beef exports to China resume, Nebraska, the No 1 exporter of beef and beef products in the US, is optimistic that its biggest crop export - corn - will also benefit.

 

Cattle Trade Ban Hits Restaurants in Q2 as Meat Prices Rise

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

INDIA - The ban on trading cattle for slaughter hit the restaurant business during the previous quarter, with supplies of meat and meat-related food curtailed and prices on the rise, restaurateurs and traders said.

 

Taiwan to Conditionally Lift 16-year-old Import Ban on Japanese Beef

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

JAPAN - Taiwan has decided in principle to lift a ban since 2001 on beef imported from Japan, action taken following the discovery there of cattle with mad cow disease, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement posted Monday on its website.

 

China Reports Rapid Rise in Agricultural Imports in 2017

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

CHINA - China's imports of major agricultural products continued to increase fast in the first five months of the year, driven by price gaps between domestically produced products and imported products, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

 

Recognition of Experience, Competency of Farmers Fundamental to Animal Health Strategy

Tue, 18 Jul 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has welcomed the launch of the National Farmed Animal Health Strategy (NFAHS) 2017-2022 and the Animal Health Surveillance Strategy for Ireland 2016-2021 by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

 

CME: Q2 US Beef Production Up 3.4%

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

US - In last week’s prior issues, we did short reviews of 2017’s first six months on the hog/pork and the poultry (broiler and turkey) sectors. Today we turn to fed cattle, which are represented on the CME futures by the Live Cattle contracts, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Chinese, US Enterprises Sign Agricultural Transaction Contracts

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

US & CHINA - Some 20-odd Chinese and US enterprises on Thursday signed agricultural transaction contracts worth $5.012 billion, under which Chinese enterprises will import 12.53 million metric tons of soybean and 371 tons of pork and beef from the US companies.

 

Nebraska Has Stake in Beef Exports

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

US - Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has seen off the first shipment of US beef products on a flight to a client in Shanghai on 14 June. It came after a 14-year absence in the market, and Governor Ricketts realised that it signaled a new era for his state's agricultural sector.

 

UK Not Ready for Brexit's Impact on Food, Report Warns

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

UK - The UK is unprepared for the most complex ever change to its food system, which will be required before Brexit, according to a new briefing paper published by SPRU, the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex.

 

Cattle Sale Ban: SC to Hear Plea Seeking Modification of 11 July Order

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

INDIA - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea seeking modification of its 11 July order that extended the stay of Madras High Court (HC) on Centre's notification banning sale and purchase of cattle from markets across the country.

 

Leading UAE Chefs Educated on Versatility of US Beef

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

UAE - More than 70 chefs from some of the finest hotels, restaurants and catering services in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) learned how to utilise alternative cuts of US beef in a variety of ways at training workshops arranged by USMEF. Funded by the Beef Checkoff Programme, separate workshops were held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dubai and at The Club in Abu Dhabi.

 

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Zoetis Announces NCBA Trade Show Sweepstakes Winner

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

Tennessee cattleman, ag educator wins $5,000 toward WW Livestock Equipment.

 

Q4 Results Show Cargill on Path Toward Higher Performance

Fri, 14 Jul 2017

US - Cargill has reported strong financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended 31 May 2017. In the second year of an ongoing transformation, Cargill raised earnings across all four business segments in both periods. It also advanced the capabilities, expertise and partnerships needed to be the leader in nourishing the world in the years ahead.

 

Strong Action Needed to Tackle Competition Issues in Beef Sector, IFA to CCPC

Fri, 14 Jul 2017

IRELAND - IFA Livestock Chairman Angus Woods led an IFA delegation with senior officials in the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) in Dublin this week.

 

Ag Groups Worried About Import Restrictions

Thu, 13 Jul 2017

US - The National Pork Producers Council and 17 other food and agriculture organisations, representing the vast majority of production agriculture, sent a letter to the Trump administration this week, urging it to refrain from placing restrictions on imports of steel and aluminum.

 

Canada Sees Tremendous Opportunity from TPP Minus US

Thu, 13 Jul 2017

CANADA - The President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance suggests the prospects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership moving forward without the participation of the United States presents a tremendous opportunity for Canadian agriculture, according to Bruce Cochrane.

 

CME: Strong Demand for Meat Products Feeds Back Into Wholesale Prices

Thu, 13 Jul 2017

US - In yesterday’s Daily Livestock Report we stated: "With production increasing, foreign demand for pork items will likely remain a key to hog prices," writes Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

New Yearbook Holds Latest Farm-to-Fork facts, Figures

Thu, 13 Jul 2017

UK - Livestock producers can now access a wealth of industry information collected from the 2016 beef and sheep industry in a new pocket-sized yearbook produced by AHDB Beef & Lamb.

 

Women Officially Leading the Way in Canadian Agriculture

Thu, 13 Jul 2017

CANADA - The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame represents the leading lights of the country’s farming industry. What’s so special about this year’s inductees? As Angela Lovell reports, it just so happens they’re all women...

 

New Cattle Trade Rules Flawed, Say experts

Thu, 13 Jul 2017

INDIA - The Centre’s new notification on cattle trade, which the Supreme Court stayed on Tuesday, will not stand judicial scrutiny as it is ultra vires, former Lok Sabha Secretary General and constitutional expert PDT Achary said on Wednesday.

 

US Processed Pork, Branded Beef Take Center Stage in Seoul

Thu, 13 Jul 2017

SOUTH KOREA - With a focus on US processed pork and branded US beef, USMEF continued to build on its successes in South Korea by distributing information and handing out samples at Seoul Food 2017.

 

Vets Urge Establishment of Offshore FMD Vaccine Bank

Wed, 12 Jul 2017

US - Warning of the dire economic consequences of an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), swine veterinarians from around the country during Capitol Hill visits yesterday and today will urge congressional lawmakers to establish an offshore vaccine bank to help quickly control and eradicate the animal disease.

 

Colombia Reports Two Outbreaks of FMD in Cundinamarca

Wed, 12 Jul 2017

COLOMBIA - The Colombian veterinary authorities have reported two further outbreaks of Food and Mouth Disease (FMD) at cattle farms located in Cundinamarca.

 

Video Promotes Greater Understanding of VIA Technology

Wed, 12 Jul 2017

UK - AHDB Beef & Lamb is aiming to increase understanding about the use of Video Image Analysis (VIA) in beef carcase classification through a new video.

 

US Beef Debuts in China’s Retail Sector

Wed, 12 Jul 2017

CHINA - USMEF recently noted that US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was in China to promote the return of US beef.

 

SC Extends Centre's Ban on Sale of Cattle for Slaughter

Wed, 12 Jul 2017

INDIA - The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended across the country the Madras High Court order, putting on hold the Centre's notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter from the cattle market.

 

Contaminants in Food: Identifying, Assessing Risks as Early as Possible

Wed, 12 Jul 2017

GERMANY - Dioxins, mineral oils, perfluorinated substances - not only do people not obtain important nutrients with their food, they also ingest undesirable substances which can affect health when taken up in certain quantities.

 

CME: Total Beef Exports in May Up 3.8% Higher Than a Year Ago

Tue, 11 Jul 2017

US - While overall red meat and poultry exports were higher in May, pork exports were particularly strong, driven by robust demand from Mexico and a number of Asian markets, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Belarus Gets Access for Beef, Poultry Exports to China, Says Official

Tue, 11 Jul 2017

BELARUS - Belarus has got the right to supply beef and poultry to China, Belarusian Agriculture and Food Deputy Minister Alexander Subbotin said on Monday.

 

Chain Transparency Increasingly Important for Dutch Consumers

Tue, 11 Jul 2017

NETHERLANDS - The sixth edition of the "Vion Consumer Monitor" shows that consumers are very positive about the quality of Dutch meat: over 65 per cent judges this to be 'excellent'.

 

Haemorrhagic Septicaemia Found in Dead Cows in Dungun District

Tue, 11 Jul 2017

MALAYSIA - After Kuala Nerus, Marang and Kuala Terengganu last month, haemorrhagic septicaemia (HS) disease is now killing cattle in Dungun.

 

CME: Japan-EU EPA Could Affect US Beef, Pork Markets

Mon, 10 Jul 2017

US - In the weekend DLR issue we gave an update on the status of US beef, pork and chicken exports in May (they were up) and what the latest weekly export data implies for the volume of trade in June and July, writes Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Strong Momentum Continues for US Beef Exports

Mon, 10 Jul 2017

US - US pork and beef exports posted a strong May performance, increasing significantly from the previous month and from year-ago levels, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF.

 

IFA Critical of Department's Approach to Issues with Live Valuation Scheme

Mon, 10 Jul 2017

IRELAND - IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has strongly criticised the inactivity of the Department of Agriculture on key issues raised by IFA in relation to the Live Valuation Scheme.

 

Outlook Sees Slower Growth in Demand, Keeping World Food Prices Low

Mon, 10 Jul 2017

GLOBAL - Global food commodity prices are projected to remain low over the next decade compared to previous peaks, as demand growth in a number of emerging economies is expected to slow down and biofuel policies have a diminished impact on markets, according to the latest 10-year agricultural outlook published by the OECD and FAO.

 

TN Cow Trade Body Moves SC Against Centre's Cattle Sale Order

Mon, 10 Jul 2017

INDIA - A Tamil Nadu-based cow trade organisation going by the name of Maattu Vyapaarigal Matrum Tholilalargal Sangam moved the Supreme Court on Monday against the Centre's new cattle trade rules.

 

Brazil Urges Meeting with USDA Chief to Discuss Brazilian Beef Ban

Mon, 10 Jul 2017

BRAZIL & US - The Brazilian government has requested a meeting with the US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to discuss a ban imposed on the country’s fresh beef, Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Friday.

 

Cull Cattle Prices Up by 15% Year-on-Year

Fri, 07 Jul 2017

UK - Slaughter prices for both prime and cull cattle are seeing year-on-year increases, with the 15% increase for cull stock, outstripping a 12 per cent increase for prime stock, according to the latest analysis by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

 

High-tech Ear Tags Tracking Aussie Live Export Cattle

Fri, 07 Jul 2017

AUSTRALIA - Technology monitoring Australian livestock in Vietnamese feedlots and abattoirs is being expanded in Australia so stock can be traced from conception to consumption.

 

Sustainable Ag Can Mitigate Climate Change, Involuntary Migration, Says FAO

Fri, 07 Jul 2017

GLOBAL - Climate change poses a major risk for rural people in developing countries, often leading to distress-driven migration, and bolstering sustainable agriculture is an essential part of an effective policy response, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

 

FMD Investigation in Colombia Ongoing; No New Outbreaks Reported

Thu, 06 Jul 2017

COLOMBIA - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reports that no further outbreaks of foot and mouth disease have been reported. However, the investigation is ongoing.

 

Alternative Proteins Focus of Beef + Lamb NZ Project

Thu, 06 Jul 2017

NEW ZEALAND - Beef + Lamb New Zealand is leading a project to assess potential red meat sector responses to alternative protein advances.

 

Call for CBI Probe into Hyderabad's 'Illegal Slaughterhouses'

Thu, 06 Jul 2017

INDIA - Hyderabad-based Senior Telangana BJP leader G Kishan Reddy demanded a CBI probe into a "beef mafia" operating in Hyderabad through "illegal" slaughterhouses.