Taiwan Lifts Import Ban on Japanese Beef

Wed, 20 Sep 2017

TAIWAN - Taiwan’s food safety authority has lifted its 16-year-old import ban on Japanese beef.

 

CME: Significant Increase in Pace of Cow/Bull Slaughter

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

US - While hog producers have shown few signs of liquidation, the pace of cow/bull slaughter has increased significantly in the last three months, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

IFA Says Positive Change in Sterling Must be Reflected in Higher Cattle Price

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the positive change in sterling from 92p back to 88p must be reflected in stronger cattle prices back to farmers.

 

New UN Report Says World Hunger on the Rise Again

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released Friday.

 

Copa and Cogeca Hit Out at Plans to Include Beef in Next Round of Trade

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

EU - As trade liberalsiing talks between the EU and Latin American trade bloc Mercosur intensify, Copa and Cogeca hit out at plans to include beef in a potential trade deal with Mercosur, warning it would threaten quality EU beef supplies, growth and jobs in rural areas.

 

Trusted Rancher Recordkeeping Tool Soon Available for 2018

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

US - A pocket-sized recordkeeping tool used by cattle producers for more than 30 years will be available for the 2018 year starting 2 October 2017.

 

Taiwan to Lift 14-Year Beef Import Ban

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

TAIWAN - Taiwan is to lift a 14-year ban on beef imports from Japan, Sweden and the Netherlands, Ministry of Health and Welfare officials said on Friday.

 

Largest Ever Micro-insurance Payout Made to Ethiopian Pastoralists

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

ETHIOPIA - More than 2,250 pastoralists received insurance payouts following the extremely poor rains this year in southern Ethiopia.

 

CME: Beef Prices Down in August; Retail Prices Expected to Ease Further

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

US - The sharp decline in belly prices has been astounding (down 50 per cent in the last few weeks). But it also makes a bit more sense once you take a step back and look at the extreme volatility in this product during the last few years, writes Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

IFA Meets Agri Minister on Beef, Brexit and Budget

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

IRELAND - An IFA livestock delegation led by the President Joe Healy met last week with Agriculture Minister Michael Creed in Dublin to highlight the severe income and price pressure on cattle farmers.

 

Canadian Ag Minister Takes NAFTA Message to New Orleans

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

CANADA & US - Canada's Minister of Agriculture took his message of the value of the North American Free Trade Agreement to New Orleans last week, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Contaminants in Food: Health Risks of Natural Origin Frequently Underestimated

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

GERMANY - The following are the findings of a representative study recently conducted by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on the risk perception of contaminants in food.

 

Cattle Not Subjected to Quarantine Pose Health Risks, Say Experts

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

BANGLADESH - Cattle are being brought in over the borders without being put in quarantine, posing a health risk to humans and livestock for diseases that might arrive and spread undetected.

 

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Zoetis Quck Tips: The Upside of Preconditioning Programs

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

Progressive cow/calf producers think about calf health even before the calves are born. Raising healthy, heavy calves is the goal and preconditioning is a critical management step.

 

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Flexible live IBR Vaccination now available on-farm

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

A mindset change is needed among farmers to address the common perception that vaccination suggests disease is present in a herd.

 

Saskatchewan Crop Yields Looking Better as Harvest Advances

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

CANADA - Saskatchewan Agriculture reports crop yields are looking better than had been feared as the harvest moves forward, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

FAO Commends High Quality of Belarus' Dairy, Meat Products

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

BELARUS - Belarusian dairy and meat products are of high quality, Raimund Jehle, FAO Regional Strategic Programmes Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia, told the media on 14 September.

 

CME: 2017 Beef Production Expected to Rise

Thu, 14 Sep 2017

US - USDA updated its projections for 2017 and 2018 grain, livestock and dairy production. There were a number of surprises, particularly on the grain side, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Factories Paying More to Get Cattle with Strong Beef Demand

Thu, 14 Sep 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said farmers should not take lower quoted prices for cattle as factories are paying more to get stock.

 

Canada's Ag Well-positioned to Respond to Rising Interest Rates

Thu, 14 Sep 2017

CANADA - The Chief Agricultural Economist with FCC suggests Canadian agriculture is well positioned to withstand increasing interest rates, according to Bruce Cochrane.

 

Surging Imports Mean Lean Times for Beef Producers in Japan

Thu, 14 Sep 2017

JAPAN - Japan in August raised tariffs on US beef to limit surging imports. But roughly one month on, the measure does not appear to be helping domestic producers as buyers such as restaurants switch from US products to imports from other countries.

 

FeverTags Expands Team to Maximize Use of Novel Temperature Verification Technology

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - FeverTags® LLC welcomes Jeff Baxter to its growing team of bovine professionals. Baxter joins the company as Global Sales and Marketing Manager.

 

CME: Packers Continue to Sell Fair Amount of Beef

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

US - Packers continue to sell a fair amount of beef forward, an indication that retailers may be preparing for more retail features in October, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Coalition Petitions Department of Transportation for ELD Waiver

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

US - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) yesterday joined other livestock groups in hand delivering to Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao a petition for a waiver followed by a limited exemption from compliance with the Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) rule.

 

Belarus Starts Exporting Beef to China

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

BELARUS - The first Belarusian companies have started exporting frozen beef to China, the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry said on Tuesday.

 

Researchers Discover New, Abundant Enzyme That Helps Bacteria Infect Animals

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

CANADA - Researchers have discovered a new class of enzymes in hundreds of bacterial species, including some that cause disease in humans and animals.

 

Open Farm Day Offers First Hand Look at Agriculture

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

CANADA - Manitobans who typically wouldn't have the opportunity to see agriculture first hand are being invited to take in the special events planned as part of Open Farm Day this Sunday, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

Hunan Pursues Greener Agriculture

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

CHINA - Central China's Hunan province is pursuing a greener agriculture through transformation and upgrading of its livestock and poultry industry, according to a waste to resource meeting held in Changsha county on 5 September.

 

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Merial launches vaccination awareness campaign as survey finds calf pneumonia remains prevalent on UK cattle farms

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

Merial has launched a national vaccination awareness campaign at UK Dairy Day 2017 to encourage farmers to consider vaccinating calves against calf pneumonia. The campaign follows the results of a national cattle survey, which shows that calf pneumonia remains prevalent on farm, and less than 25% of farmers are using calf vaccination as a preventative measure.

 

Global Cereal Output Heading for New Record

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - Global food prices dipped in August, mainly as the prospect of bumper cereal harvests pushed up expectations for larger grain inventories.

 

CME: Cattle, Hog Slaughter Lower During W36 Due to Labor Day

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

US - Cattle and hog slaughter was lower last week as processing plants were closed in observation of Labor Day on Monday, 4 September. Total cattle slaughter was estimated at 555,000 head, 4.8 per cent higher than the previous year, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Biosensor Detects Adulteration of Horse in Beef Meat Within an Hour

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

SPAIN - The identification of horse meat adulterating others as beef meat is possible thanks to an electrochemical biosensor developed by the Complutense University of Madrid which is able to recognise a DNA fragment virtually unchanged in the more than 4,500 mitochondrial genomes of horses sequenced and absent in the rest of species of mammals.

 

Irish Cattle Trade More Stable

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the cattle trade was more stable over the last week with the base price for steers at €3.80/kg – some factories quoting less and others paying more.

 

Livestock Production Much Smaller Challenge to Global Food Security

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - Humans face mounting challenges when it comes to finding ways to sustainably feed an exploding population. As populations become wealthier and more urbanised, the demand for animal products continues to climb.

 

CME: July US Beef Export Tonnage Unchanged

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

US - Last week, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) compiled and posted the monthly US trade data for meat and livestock, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

IFA Demands Urgent Action from Agri Minister as Brexit Crisis Hits

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy said there is rising anger among cattle farmers over the severe beef price cuts.

 

Cherkizovo Ranks First Among Russia's Top Meat Producers

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

RUSSIA - PJSC Cherkizovo Group, the largest vertically integrated meat and feed producer in Russia, last week announced that it has come first in the 2016 Agroinvestors ranking of Russia’s top meat producers.

 

Ministry to Impose 30% Bumi Quota to Break Beef Import Monopoly

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

MALAYSIA - The Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry will impose a minimum 30 per cent quota for bumiputra importers to break the beef import monopoly.

 

Expert Calls for Brexit to Revolutionise Sustainable Farming

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

UK - Brexit should be used as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to end industrialised farming in the UK and make a radical shift towards more sustainable smallholdings and allotments, University of Sussex Professor Dave Goulson has said.

 

Threats to End NAFTA Expected to Make Negotiators' Jobs More Difficult

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

CANADA - According to Bruce Cochrane, the acting Executive Director of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance says his confidence that the renegotiation of NAFTA will move forward as quickly as desired has slipped.

 

CME: Slight Improvement in US Range, Pasture Conditions in Early-September

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

US - Nationally, as of early September, US range and pasture conditions improved slightly compared to early August's, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

US Beef Exports Stay Red-hot in July

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

US - US beef exports remained well above last year’s pace in July, posting one of the highest monthly export value totals on record, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF.

 

Report: Whole Grains Decrease Colorectal Cancer Risk; Processed Meats Increase Risk

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - Eating whole grains daily, such as brown rice or whole-wheat bread, reduces colorectal cancer risk, with the more you eat the lower the risk, finds a new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). This is the first time AICR/WCRF research links whole grains independently to lower cancer risk.

 

Cattlemen Launch Monthlong Media Campaign for Comprehensive Tax Reform

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

US - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association this week kicked off a media and advertising campaign that will shine a spotlight on how various federal tax provisions impact America’s cattle and beef producers.

 

HSUS Seeks Cage-Free Status for Pork, Veal & Eggs in California

Thu, 07 Sep 2017

US - Last November Massachusetts voters approved – by a 3 to 1 margin – a groundbreaking ballot question that will mandate all pork, veal and eggs sold in the Bay State come from pigs, calves and laying hens not confined to ultra-tight quarters.

 

CME: National Comprehensive Boxed Beef Cutout Report

Thu, 07 Sep 2017

US - Today we look at the National Comprehensive Boxed Beef Cutout report by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (Market News Division), writes Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Pakistan Exploring Markets for Export of Meat, Dairy Products

Thu, 07 Sep 2017

PAKISTAN - The government is exploring new markets for export of meat and dairy products with a focus on Global Halal Food Trade.

 

OIE Reports FMD Outbreak in Malawi

Thu, 07 Sep 2017

MALAWI - Dr Bernard Chimera, Director of Veterinary Services at the Department of Animal Health & Livestock Development has reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in a town called Chikwawa.

 

CME: Not All Live Cattle Contracts Lower Last Week

Wed, 06 Sep 2017

US - In the livestock futures markets last week, using an average of the daily closing prices, the nearby (October 2017) Live Cattle (fed animal) contract averaged $106.23 per cwt., slipping $0.46 week-over-week, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Greenlea, AgFirst Launch Dairy Beef Pilot Scheme

Wed, 06 Sep 2017

NEW ZEALAND - A new dairy beef programme has been launched by farm consultancy group AgFirst and Hamilton-based meat processor Greenlea to help promote better use of beef genetics among dairy farmers.

 

Issues on Cattle Trade to be Resolved Soon, Says Minister

Wed, 06 Sep 2017

INDIA - The issues related to the notification on cattle trade, which was stayed by the Madras High Court, will be resolved soon, Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday.

 

IFA Demands Urgent Govt Action Plan as Beef Farmers Lose €2M/Week

Wed, 06 Sep 2017

IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy said, based on the Sterling depreciation and the volume of cattle exports to the UK, Irish beef farmers are losing close to €2m per week.

 

First Seaborne Shipment of US Beef Arrives in Shanghai After 14-year Absence

Wed, 06 Sep 2017

CHINA - Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau said Tuesday the first shipment of US beef by sea entered China on 1 September, signifying the normalisation of the large-scale import of the product.

 

CME: Latest Weekly Beef, Pork Trade Data; Implications for Fall Market

Mon, 04 Sep 2017

US - USDA will release the export data for July but market participants already are looking past that, trying to assess the level of export demand going into the fall market, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

IFA Demands Urgent Govt Action Plan on Sterling Exchange Rate Crisis

Mon, 04 Sep 2017

IRELAND - Speaking at the farmers’ information meeting in Mullingar on Friday evening, IFA President Joe Healy said the cattle price cuts of over €100 per head in the last month were inflicting severe financial damage on the low income livestock sector and eroding confidence in the trade.

 

Buyers at Dhaka Cattle Markets Wait for Last Minute Price Cuts

Mon, 04 Sep 2017

BANGLADESH - The sale of sacrificial animals in Dhaka’s makeshift cattle markets geared up as customers thronged the different markets to collect their animals on the last day before Eid-ul-Azha on Friday.

 

Ottawa Urged to Drop Federal Tax Changes for Small Businesses

Fri, 01 Sep 2017

CANADA - 35 organisations from across the country have come together to form the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness -a unified voice to oppose the federal government's tax proposals that would dramatically change the way incorporated small businesses are taxed in Canada.

 

HK Businessman Buys Majority Stake in Aussie Beef Processor

Fri, 01 Sep 2017

AUSTRALIA - Hong Kong businessman Hui Wing Mau has purchased the majority stake in Australian meat processing company Bindaree Beef Group, the company said Friday.