Researchers Suggest New Vision for Future of Agriculture

Fri, 24 Feb 2017

GLOBAL - "Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population." This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for the future of agriculture.

 

US Beef Gets 'Hollywood' Treatment in Viet Nam

Fri, 24 Feb 2017

VIET NAM - Working to build and strengthen relationships with red meat buyers in Viet Nam, USMEF collaborated with a major beef importer to conduct a US beef promotion during a Lunar New Year celebration.

 

EU Agri-food Exports Reach Record High in 2016

Fri, 24 Feb 2017

EU - Agri-food exports from the European Union reached record high in 2016, according to annual 2016 figures.

 

IFA Welcomes Positive Move by Minister Creed on Calf Exports

Fri, 24 Feb 2017

IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy has strongly welcomed the positive decision from Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to reduce inspection charges on calf exports by 75 per cent from €4.80 to €1.20 per head. He said this is a very positive boost to the live export trade for calves and comes at a vital time when calf sales are reaching their peak.

 

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Vaccination Pre-Turnout is Now Critical for Lungworm

Fri, 24 Feb 2017

UK - Feedback from cattle farmers during the 2016 grazing season suggests lungworm (husk) disease outbreaks are becoming more prevalent and unpredictable.

 

CME: Pre-report Estimates Show Cattle Marketed During January Up 10.2%

Thu, 23 Feb 2017

US - On Friday, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will publish their monthly 'Cattle on Feed' report, which is based on a survey of all feedlots with an animal capacity of 1,000 head or more, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

EU Report Reveals Antibiotic Resistance Remains High

Thu, 23 Feb 2017

EU - Bacteria found in humans, animals and food continue to show resistance to widely used antimicrobials, says the latest report on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

 

Indonesia Increases Weight Limit for Imported Aussie Cattle

Thu, 23 Feb 2017

AUSTRALIA - The Indonesian Government has signed off on changes to the maximum average weight of feeder cattle imported from Australia.

 

Trade, Investment Deals Post-Brexit Grab Spotlight at NFU Conference

Thu, 23 Feb 2017

UK - A panel of experts at the NFU Conference considered a number of the unanswered questions on the country’s future position on international trade and investment post-Brexit.

 

Right Funds, Regulation Vital for Farming’s Future, Says Report

Thu, 23 Feb 2017

UK - A new report from the NFU urges Government and research providers to invest in agricultural R&D and to enable British farmers to use the latest technologies.

 

European Commission Launches Public Consultation on CAP

Thu, 23 Feb 2017

EU - The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

 

CME: Market Ready Cattle Prices Sustain Impressive Rally

Wed, 22 Feb 2017

US - Market ready cattle prices, basis the USDA-AMS 5 Market average, have sustained an impressive rally from Christmas week of 2016 to early February, according to the Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Scientists Weigh in on 'Next Frontier' for Beef Quality Research

Wed, 22 Feb 2017

US - When it comes to beef, certain traits, like tenderness, are easier to quantify than others.

 

IFA: Cattle Prices Steady

Wed, 22 Feb 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said cattle prices are steady at a base of €3.80 for steers and €3.90 for heifers, with some top prices of €3.95/kg paid for heifers.

 

IFA President Welcomes Strong Stand Taken by NFU President on Standards for Imported Food Post-Brexit

Wed, 22 Feb 2017

UK - IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the strong stand taken by the President of the National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU) by insisting that only food produced to the same standards as in the UK should be allowed into the UK post-Brexit.

 

CME: Slip in 2016 Beef, Pork Retail Demand Indexes Compared to 2015

Tue, 21 Feb 2017

US - From an economist’s perspective, a demand index is a depictions changes over time compared to a base period (i.e. shifts in the demand relationship). Graphically, demand is a curve with prices on the vertical axis and quantities on a horizontal axis, according to the Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Gene Editing can Complement Traditional Food-animal Improvements

Tue, 21 Feb 2017

US - Gene editing - one of the newest and most promising tools of biotechnology - enables animal breeders to make beneficial genetic changes, without bringing along unwanted genetic changes.

 

Companies Team Up to Develop Livestock Industry

Tue, 21 Feb 2017

INDONESIA - Two state-owned companies – PT Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia (RNI) and PT Berdikari – have signed an agreement to develop the livestock industry, specifically cattle and chicken breeding, as well as the animal feed industry.

 

First Shipment of Australian Beef Cattle Arrives in East China

Tue, 21 Feb 2017

CHINA - A total of 1,195 head of live beef cattle arrived in east China's Shandong Province Monday, the first batch of imported sea-borne beef cattle to the country.

 

Strike Spikes Beef Prices in Dhaka

Tue, 21 Feb 2017

BANGLADESH - Beef sold at Tk 500 a kilogramme around the capital yesterday with butchers hiking prices by Tk 30 to Tk 70 following their six-day strike and a weekly meatless day on Sunday.

 

NZ Trade Minister Confident Over Billion Dollar Beef Appeal

Tue, 21 Feb 2017

NEW ZEALAND - Trade Minister Todd McClay says he is extremely confident New Zealand has a strong case following Indonesia's decision to appeal a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling in favour of New Zealand beef and horticulture exports and says he expects Indonesia to meet their WTO obligations following the appeal.

 

UK Agriculture Delivers 7:1 Return on Investment

Tue, 21 Feb 2017

UK - A new report from Development Economics says that for every £1 invested in farm support, farming delivers £7.40 back to the economy.

 

Study Shows FMD Crises to be Averted with Vaccination Strategy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017

UK - Future outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) can be controlled effectively and quickly with vaccinations - saving millions of pounds and hundreds of thousands of livestock - according to research by the University of Warwick.

 

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CME: Minimal Number of Canadian Feeder Cattle Seen Entering US in 2017

Mon, 20 Feb 2017

US - USDA will publish next week the results of its feedlot inventory survey and we will cover both pre‐report estimates and the survey results as they become available, write the Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

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Unresolved Technical Issues Could Delay Canadian Beef, Pork Access to Europe Under CETA

Mon, 20 Feb 2017

CANADA - The Canadian Meat Council fears unresolved technical issues could delay the movement of Canadian pork and beef into Europe under the Compensative Economic and Trade Agreement, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

China's Online Sales of Farm Produce Up in 2016

Mon, 20 Feb 2017

CHINA - Online sales of China's farm produce continued to grow in 2016 as more farmers take to e-commerce.

 

Bangladesh Livestock Die of Unknown Disease

Mon, 20 Feb 2017

BANGLADESH - An unknown disease has killed at least 40 cattle in Kaliganj upazila in the last one week, creating panic among the farmers.

 

Groups Welcome Scott Pruitt as New EPA Administrator

Mon, 20 Feb 2017

US - Last week, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) welcomed Scott Pruitt's confirmation as administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

 

Costco Expansion Provides Even Greater Momentum for US Beef in Korea

Mon, 20 Feb 2017

SOUTH KOREA - US beef has been rapidly building momentum in South Korea, and received a further boost this week as Costco officially began converting its imported chilled beef selection from Australian beef to 100 per cent US product.

 

CME: Prices for All Meat Proteins Higher Than a Year Ago in January

Fri, 17 Feb 2017

US - Prices for all meat proteins were lower compared to the previous year in  January, reflecting the impact of expanding meat supplies and the need to move  more  product  through  domestic  channels, according to the Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Mongolian Herders Face Dreaded 'Dzud' Losses

Fri, 17 Feb 2017

MONGOLIA - Thousands of Mongolian herders face disastrous livestock losses from dreaded severe weather known as the "dzud", the Red Cross said on Thursday in launching an international emergency aid appeal.

 

New Livestock, Poultry Charges to Wait, Says Govt

Fri, 17 Feb 2017

ZAMBIA - The Government has said that it will engage stakeholders before implementing the new charges for poultry and livestock sectors.

 

Cattlemen Applaud Bipartisan House Passage of Red River Bill

Fri, 17 Feb 2017

US - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the House passage of H.R. 428 the "Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act". The bill, introduced by Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) would seek to settle all federal ownership claims by providing legal certainty to landowners along the Red River.

 

Negri to Stop Spread of Contagious Brucella Virus in Livestock

Fri, 17 Feb 2017

MALAYSIA - The Veterinary Services Department has been directed to cull livestock found to be infected with the contagious brucella virus after sick cows were found in three farms.

 

Over 1500 Egyptian Livestock Infected with FMD Since January

Fri, 17 Feb 2017

EGYPT - An official report issued by the Ministry of Agriculture's General Authority for Veterinary Services revealed on Monday that the total number of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) infections among livestock since the first of January until 14 February amounted to 1,580 cases.

 

Focus on Livestock Sector Stressed

Fri, 17 Feb 2017

PAKISTAN - The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) organised stakeholders’ meeting to identify priorities initiatives proposal for the next year ADP 2017-18 on Wednesday.

 

IFA Very Strong on €200 Support for Suckler Cows

Fri, 17 Feb 2017

IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy said the IFA is very strong in its view that vulnerable low-income sectors like suckler farming must be strongly supported and prioritised for increased targeted direct supports of up to €200 per cow.

 

Further Increase in Hungary's December Cattle Stock

Thu, 16 Feb 2017

HUNGARY - Hungary’s cattle stock has been on the increase ever since 2010, according to latest data issued by the Central Statistical Office (KSH). The pig stock was down by 138,000 and sheep stock by 69,000 in the last six months, while the stock of chickens was 436,000 lower than a year earlier.

 

Checkoff Debuts Revamp of Beef U Online Training Programme

Thu, 16 Feb 2017

US - The beef checkoff is launching a newly revamped Beef University – or Beef U – a free, online training programme focused on the latest information, insights and research on marketing and selling beef.

 

Govt to Check Odd Beef Prices Amid Industry Doldrums

Thu, 16 Feb 2017

SOUTH KOREA - The South Korean government is set to look into a widening price gap between the wholesale and retail prices of local beef, officials said Thursday, as it is feared to further hurt the industry and consumer spending already daunted by the new anti-graft law.

 

GM Foods: Why Presenting 'Just the Facts' Won't Work

Thu, 16 Feb 2017

AUSTRALIA - When it comes to controversial science issues, scientists need to rethink their approach to engaging the public, according to the authors of a new study looking at women's attitudes towards genetically modified (GM) foods.

 

Canada Ready to Export More Food to China, Says Agri Minister

Thu, 16 Feb 2017

CANADA - With exploratory talks on a Canada-China free trade agreement scheduled to begin next week in Beijing, Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay wants the farm-to-fork sector he oversees in government to be one of the main courses on the menu of a future bilateral trade pact.

 

Grass Management Delivering Benefits for Scottish Farmers

Wed, 15 Feb 2017

SCOTLAND, UK - The main take-home message from Quality Meat Scotland's grazing conferences this month was that farmers have an opportunity to improve their profits by taking control of their grass management.

 

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CME: US Beef, Cattle Prices Unaffected by Beef Imports

Wed, 15 Feb 2017

US - Despite 'alternative facts' of beef imports flooding the US market, the reality is that beef imports have had a very minor effect on US beef and cattle prices in the last 12 months, according to the Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Drought Pushing Food Prices Up Sharply in East Africa

Wed, 15 Feb 2017

EAST AFRICA - Drought throughout East Africa has sharply curbed harvests and pushed the prices of cereals and other staple foods to unusually high levels, posing a heavy burden to households and special risks for pastoralists in the region.

 

Robust Disease Surveillance Network More Vital Than Ever, Say Leading Vets

Wed, 15 Feb 2017

UK - With precautions against Avian Influenza further strengthened last week and reports of Schmallenberg Virus cases across the country, the anniversary of the devastating 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak (19 February) offers a timely reminder that a robust surveillance system is vital to the health of UK livestock says the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

 

APHA Extends Free Carcase Collection Service in England

Wed, 15 Feb 2017

UK - More farmers now benefit from free carcase collection services where a veterinarian has recommended a post-mortem should be carried out for disease surveillance purposes.

 

Solid Demand for Irish Cattle, Reports IFA

Wed, 15 Feb 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said most steers are moving at a base of €3.80/kg and €3.90 base for heifers.

 

DAFF Meets China with Prospects of Exporting Beef

Tue, 14 Feb 2017

SOUTH AFRICA - The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) of the Republic of South Africa hosted a delegation from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of The Peoples Republic of China to discuss cooperation in sanitary and phytosanitary matters and to further assess the possibility of exporting South African beef to China.

 

USMEF Updates Committee on International Outlook for US Beef

Tue, 14 Feb 2017

US - The Beef Checkoff Program’s Export Growth Committee met Friday, 3 February at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Nashville. The committee’s role is to set priorities for the Beef Operating Committee and provide direction regarding export market development programmes funded by the beef checkoff.

 

Notable Rise in FAO's January Food Price Index

Tue, 14 Feb 2017

GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index rose notably in January, led by sugar and cereals, even as global markets remain well supplied.

 

CME: General Increase in Livestock Futures Contract Prices

Tue, 14 Feb 2017

US - Looking back at last week, livestock futures contract prices generally increased some week-over-week, according to the Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Abattoir Upgrades Despite High Livestock Prices

Tue, 14 Feb 2017

AUSTRALIA - High livestock prices are forcing down the number of animals being processed by abattoirs.

 

Cherkizovo Group Implements Lean Production System

Tue, 14 Feb 2017

RUSSIA - Cherkizovo Group held its second annual kaizen contest among employees of the Cherkizovsky Meat Processing Plant (CMPP) to find ways to make production more efficient.

 

More Than 46,000 Heads of Livestock Identified

Tue, 14 Feb 2017

KYRGYZSTAN - More than 46,000 heads of livestock were identified to date as part of the livestock identification campaign, said Chairman of the Veterinary and Phytosanitary Safety Inspectorate Kalysbek Jumakanov at the meeting of the parliament committee on 13 February.

 

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Latest BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey Reveals High Risk to Livestock Globally

Tue, 14 Feb 2017

GLOBAL - Mycotoxin-related threats to livestock production are higher this year than in the past, according to the latest 2016 BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey.

 

China Reports Decrease in Beef Price

Tue, 14 Feb 2017

CHINA - Food prices in China fell slightly last week, due to cheaper vegetables, meat and eggs, the Ministry of Commerce said Monday.

 

Australia's Largest Cattle Empire to Go Hi-tech Under New Owners

Mon, 13 Feb 2017

AUSTRALIA - Australia's largest cattle empire is set to become hi-tech under a new ownership consortium made up of Australian and Chinese investors.