Livestock Grazing Effects on Sage-grouse

Tue, 28 Mar 2017

US - Effects of livestock grazing on greater sage-grouse populations can be positive or negative depending on the amount of grazing and when grazing occurs.

 

Irish Cattle Prices on the Up as Numbers Tighten

Tue, 28 Mar 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said cattle prices are on the up this week and factories are finding it very hard to get numbers with tighter supplies.

 

Interest in Issues Related to Livestock Transportation Builds Up

Tue, 28 Mar 2017

CANADA - The General Manager of the National Farm Animal Care Council says the general public is becoming more aware of and interested in issues related to the transport of livestock, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

China, NZ Agree to Start Talks on Upgrading FTA in Late April

Mon, 27 Mar 2017

CHINA & NEW ZEALAND - China and New Zealand agreed to start talks on upgrading a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in late April.

 

CME: Total Commercial Cattle Slaughter in February Up 3.5%

Mon, 27 Mar 2017

US - USDA issued its monthly production statistics for beef and pork, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Brexit Cannot Derail Farming, Food Growth Targets, Says IFA

Mon, 27 Mar 2017

IRELAND - Speaking at the ASA debate on Brexit in Kilkenny last week, IFA President Joe Healy dismissed any suggestion of diluting growth targets for the farming and food industry because of Brexit.

 

Crisis Slows Efforts to Reclaim European Beef Market

Mon, 27 Mar 2017

KENYA - The land invasions experienced in Laikipia County could slow down Kenya’s efforts to reclaim its beef export quota to the European Union, which it lost 25 years ago.

 

ellipsischat

Nutriad Showcases Additive Solutions for Responsible Antibiotics Use at VIV Asia

Mon, 27 Mar 2017

THAILAND - The pressure on the use of AGP’s in Asia has gained momentum since the Korean ban in 2011. At the recent VIV Asia in Bangkok (Thailand), multinational feed additives producer NUTRIAD, presented solutions for reduction of antibiotics usage in livestock production.

 

CME: Beef Inventory in Cold Storage at February End Down 0.8%

Fri, 24 Mar 2017

US - The latest USDA cold storage report did not present any major surprises but broadly speaking we thought it buttressed the bullish case for beef prices in the very near term, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Producers Prioritise FMD Vaccine Bank in Farm Bill

Fri, 24 Mar 2017

US - The US pork industry’s top priority for the next Farm Bill is establishing a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank, the National Pork Producers Council told a House Agriculture subcommittee in testimony earlier this week.

 

Beef Checkoff's MBA Programme Reaches 10,000 Grads

Fri, 24 Mar 2017

US - This month, the beef checkoff’s Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) programme, reached 10,000 graduates. This group of beef and dairy producers – along with chefs, teachers, doctors, dietitians and others in the beef community – has stepped up and are leading the way in advocating for the industry and all of agriculture.

 

Saudi Arabia Halts Brazilian Beef, Poultry Imports

Fri, 24 Mar 2017

SAUDI ARABIA - Saudi Arabia has stopped beef and poultry imports from four Brazilian companies over concerns about food safety after accusations that individuals had been bribed to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats.

 

ellipsischat

Erber Group Plans New Clinical Pig Health Research Center at Kasetsart University

Fri, 24 Mar 2017

THAILAND - The ERBER Group has announced plans to open a new clinical research center for pig health at the Khamphaeng Saen Campus of Kasetsart University in the Nakhon Pathom province of Thailand.

 

Dominica, St Lucia Ban Corned Beef from Brazil

Fri, 24 Mar 2017

JAMAICA - Dominica and St Lucia are two of the latest Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states to announce a ban on the imports of corned beef from Brazil.

 

Major Interest in US Beef Shown at Shanghai Food Show

Fri, 24 Mar 2017

CHINA - Offering Chinese traders and HRI managers samples of US pork loin, brisket and boneless butt, USMEF was able to demonstrate the products’ quality and versatility at the Food and Hotel China (FHC) Shanghai Food Show.

 

CME: Key Countries Suspend Brazilian Meat Imports Due to Scandal

Thu, 23 Mar 2017

US - The scandal that has affected the Brazilian meat packing and processing industry in recent weeks continued to play out, with a number of key importing countries announcing that they would suspend, curtail or enhance inspections of meat from that country, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

IFA Reiterates Call for Ban on Brazilian Meat; Commission Response Inadequate

Thu, 23 Mar 2017

EU - IFA President Joe Healy has reiterated his call for a full ban on Brazilian meat imports into the EU, including poultry, saying the move by the EU Commission to halt only those companies implicated in the investigation is not enough.

 

Improved Farm Debt Mediation Process, QRAA Revamp Welcomed

Thu, 23 Mar 2017

AUSTRALIA - AgForce has welcomed more rigorous farm debt mediation processes and a revamp of the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority to assist farmers in financial stress but have called for a broader overhaul of drought policy going forward.

 

Shoppers Urged to Buy Scottish Amid ‘Rotten’ Brazilian Meat Claims

Wed, 22 Mar 2017

SCOTLAND, UK - Following the news that Brazilian meat processors are selling ‘rotten’ meat, NFU Scotland believes that the integrity of meat being sold in the European and UK market must be protected.

 

New Strategic Farm Programme Targets Stock in Spec

Wed, 22 Mar 2017

UK - AHDB Beef & Lamb is looking to recruit producers who want to improve the performance of their livestock enterprise to take part in its new Strategic Beef & Lamb Farm Programme.

 

Farmers Urge Agriculture Victoria to Take Animal Welfare Role from RSPCA

Wed, 22 Mar 2017

AUSTRALIA - Victoria's peak farm lobby has warned the State Government needs to act swiftly to stop animal activist groups from seizing the power to police farm practice, in its submission to a parliamentary inquiry into the Victorian branch of the RSPCA.

 

Quality Beef Grade, Dressing Percentage & Grids

Wed, 22 Mar 2017

US - The average cattle feeder wants to be rewarded for above-average beef quality, and many have turned to some type of value-based “grid” marketing to earn premiums. After selling a few pens on a packer grid, some feeders lament it’s less about quality and more about dressing per cent, the whole-carcass yield of beef, including bones in those cuts.

 

IFA Calls for Immediate Ban on Brazilian Meat

Wed, 22 Mar 2017

EU - IFA President Joe Healy has called for an immediate ban on Brazilian meat imports into the EU. He said the latest shocking revelations on the failure of Brazil to meet EU standards and controls in the meat sector raises very serious concerns around EU meat imports.

 

ellipsischat

Free On-demand Webinar Shares How to Diagnose Paratuberculosis

Wed, 22 Mar 2017

GLOBAL - Watch Thermo Fisher Scientific's free on-demand webinar and discover how to accurately diagnose paratuberculosis with the right combination of diagnostic tests.

 

ellipsischat

Moving the Nutritional Pieces of a Sliding Pussl towards Antibiotic Reduction

Wed, 22 Mar 2017

GLOBAL - Ellen van Eerden, researcher at Schothorst Feed Research, explains how proper nutrition can reduce gut stress, and consequently allow for the reduction of antibiotic use.

 

ellipsischat

Biomin Sees Bright Future ahead for the Phytogenic Feed Additive Space

Wed, 22 Mar 2017

GLOBAL - According to BIOMIN projections, the phytogenic feed additive (PFA) market could surpass USD 1 billion by 2023. The company, which recently released the results of its 2017 BIOMIN Phytogenic Feed Additives Survey involving 1,140 agribusiness professionals from across the globe, is encouraged by the very positive signs for the PFA segment moving forward.

 

ellipsischat

Biomin Announces Participation in €16m Project for Feed and Food Quality, Safety and Innovation (FFOQSI)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017

AUSTRIA - A total of 40 organizations, including 6 scientific and 34 company partners from 5 countries, are taking a farm-to-fork approach to addressing food safety and food security issues, in the form of the new K1 Center for Feed and Food Quality, Safety and Innovation (FFoQSI) in Austria.

 

ellipsischat

Merck Animal Health Aids Communities in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado Impacted by Wildfires

Wed, 22 Mar 2017

US - In the wake of the devastation recently caused by the wildfires in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado, Merck Animal Health has announced it will donate $20,000 to help support communities impacted by the fires.

 

CME: Cattle Futures Markets on Bullish Ride

Tue, 21 Mar 2017

US - In the beef business, so far all seems to be in good shape and yet cattle futures markets have very reluctantly come along for the bullish ride that is consuming the product market, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

China, EU Cut Imports of Brazil Meat Amid Scandal

Tue, 21 Mar 2017

BRAZIL - China and the European Union curtailed meat imports from Brazil on Monday after police, in an anti-corruption probe criticized by the government as alarmist, accused inspectors in the world's biggest exporter of beef and poultry of taking bribes to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats.

 

Three Model Farms Showcasing Best of British Beef Production

Tue, 21 Mar 2017

UK - The National Beef Association has announced the farms that will be hosting their prestigious Beef Expo farm tours on 17 May. They include a diverse selection of beef farms all championing efficiencies in their relative sectors and showcasing the very best of British beef production.

 

Scotland’s Meat Exports Up 11% in 2016

Tue, 21 Mar 2017

SCOTLAND, UK - Increased meat exports in 2016 played an encouraging role in a record year for food and drink exports from Scotland, according to new figures released by the Scottish Government.

 

Directorate Unveils Plans to Prevent Outbreak of Cattle, Sheep & Poultry Diseases

Tue, 21 Mar 2017

GAMBIA - Dr Duto Sainey Fofana, Director General of the Department of Livestock Services has unveiled plans to prevent the outbreak of new cattle, sheep and chicken diseases in the country.

 

Brazil President Seeks to Calm Health Fears Over Beef Exports

Tue, 21 Mar 2017

BRAZIL - President Michel Temer, confronting a corruption scandal tarnishing Brazil’s lucrative meat industry, met with executives and foreign diplomats to assuage their health concerns over a sector responsible for US$12 billion in annual exports.

 

IFA: Cattle Prices Increase as Supplies Tighten

Tue, 21 Mar 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said cattle prices have risen a further 5 to 10c/kg this week, with the base price for steers at €3.90/kg and €3.95/kg paid. He said the base price for heifers has also moved on to €4.00/kg and some incidences of €4.05/kg being paid.

 

CME: Total Mexican Cattle Inventory at About Same Level as January 2016

Mon, 20 Mar 2017

US - The latest update from our Ag officials in Mexico contained some interesting insights about that market, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

South American Chefs Get Hands-on View of US Beef, Pork Production

Mon, 20 Mar 2017

US - USMEF recently hosted a team of chefs and culinary educators from Peru and Colombia for a farm-to-plate tour of the US beef and pork industries.

 

Beef Producers Want USTR That Breaks Down Barriers

Mon, 20 Mar 2017

US - Last week (14 March), the US Senate Finance Committee held a hearing regarding the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to head the Office of United States Trade Representative.

 

Iowa Capital Witnesses Remarkable Bonds of Canada, US Friendship

Mon, 20 Mar 2017

US - Canada's Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs applauds the remarkable bonds of friendship that exist between Canada and the United States, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Shanghai Tightens Food Safety Regulations

Mon, 20 Mar 2017

CHINA - A new food safety regulation, said to be the most stringent ever enacted, will take effect in Shanghai on Monday.

 

US Beef, Pork Showcased at Asia's Largest Food Show

Mon, 20 Mar 2017

JAPAN - As US exporters met with hundreds of buyers and representatives of Japan’s retail and foodservice industries at FoodEx Japan, USMEF promoted US red meat by serving samples of US beef tongue and thin-sliced and fried US pork cutlets aimed at “on the go” customers.

 

CME: Boxed Beef Prices Show Packer Margins Back in Black

Fri, 17 Mar 2017

US - The rally in boxed beef prices has once again pushed implied packer margins back in the black although the extent of beef packer profits is always a point of debate and varies depending on the assumptions you make on operating costs, etc, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Farmers, Ranchers Ask Congress to Strengthen Safety Net

Fri, 17 Mar 2017

US - The American Farm Bureau Federation and 11 other farm and ranch groups have asked congressional budget and appropriations committees to increase funding for farm programs in the 2018 farm bill.

 

Bord Bia Launches Major Irish Beef Campaign in Germany

Fri, 17 Mar 2017

GERMANY - Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, has announced that a major new campaign to support Irish beef exports to Germany was launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed in Stuttgart this week.

 

Cattle Prices Drive on as Supplies Tighten

Fri, 17 Mar 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has reported cattle prices are rising this week with most plants increasing the base prices by 5c/kg to get numbers. He said the base price for steers has moved on to €3.85 for steers and €3.95/kg for heifers.

 

Securing Future of Cattle Production in Africa

Fri, 17 Mar 2017

AFRICA - A 'world-first' study of the genomes of indigenous cattle in Africa has revealed vital clues that will help secure the future of cattle production on the continent.

 

KAP Urges Carbon Tax Exemption for Farmers

Fri, 17 Mar 2017

CANADA - The President of Keystone Agricultural Producers is calling for farmers to be exempt from any carbon on the inputs they use to produce food, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

ellipsischat

CME: Total Canadian Cattle Inventory as of 1 January 0.2% Larger Than a Year Ago

Thu, 16 Mar 2017

US - Last week Statistics Canada issued the results of its semi-annual survey of cattle operations and an estimate of the inventory of cattle at various stages of production, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Harm Caused by Changing US Trade Policies Avoidable Through Options

Thu, 16 Mar 2017

CANADA - A Canadian based International Trade Consultant says there are options available in the event the United States implements trade policies that cause economic harm to Canada, reports Bruce Cochrane.

 

China's Quality of Agricultural Products to Improve

Thu, 16 Mar 2017

CHINA - The Ministry of Agriculture has published a five-year plan to improve the quality of agricultural products, including measures to ensure that products such as apples, tea and pork can be traced back to their producers.

 

Canada, US Need Voices to Defend, Preserve, Enhance Free & Fair Trade

Thu, 16 Mar 2017

CANADA& US - Saskatchewan's Premier says strong voices are needed on both sides of the Canada-US border to speak to the importance of trade, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

RCB Issues Final Notices for Shifting Cattle Pens

Thu, 16 Mar 2017

PAKISTAN - Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has issued final notices to owners of cattle pens to shift them outside Cantt area.

 

CME: Impressive Rally in Value of Beef Cutout

Wed, 15 Mar 2017

US - Below are items that we found interesting as we looked through the numbers, report the Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Value of Red Meat Exports Shared at Commodity Classic

Wed, 15 Mar 2017

US - To show its appreciation for support received from soybean and corn producers and to share information about how red meat exports contribute to their profitability, USMEF participated in Commodity Classic in San Antonio.

 

Cattle Supplies Tighter; Prices Stronger This Week

Wed, 15 Mar 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said cattle supplies are tighter this week and prices are stronger with agents reporting it much harder to get stock, and having to pay 5c/kg more. In addition, he said with the change in the weather along with the calving and lambing season, farmers are extremely busy.

 

New Drought Declarations Show Bush Still Doing it Tough

Wed, 15 Mar 2017

AUSTRALIA - New drought declarations announced over the weekend are a recognition of the continued impact deteriorating weather conditions are having on farming families across Queensland, AgForce said on Monday.

 

Trump, Brexit Signal Changing Fortunes for Aussie Beef Exports

Wed, 15 Mar 2017

AUSTRALIA - Since Australia's beef export value peaked in 2015/16, at $8.5 billion, it has slipped and will continue to slip this year.

 

Israel to Buy Belarusian Kosher Beef

Wed, 15 Mar 2017

BELARUS - The Belarusian meatpacking company Koshelevo will sell kosher beef to Israel, according to the press service of the Gomel Oblast administration.