White House Takes Important First Step to Reining in Antiquities Act

Thu, 27 Apr 2017

US - The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association applaud the executive order signed yesterday that calls for a review of designations made under the Antiquities Act by previous presidents.

 

Calysta, Cargill Officially Break Ground on New Feed Production Plant

Thu, 27 Apr 2017

US - NouriTech and its lead investors, Calysta, Inc. and Cargill, were joined by state and local elected officials yesterday to officially break ground on a 37-acre Memphis feed production facility.

 

CME: Total Commercial FI Cattle Slaughter 98.4%

Thu, 27 Apr 2017

US - USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), produces a volume of data which livestock markets depend on. Key reports include monthly "Cattle on Feed", "Quarterly Hogs and Pigs", monthly "Cold Storage", and "Cattle Inventory." NASS also compiles and publishes official slaughter data, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

CME: USDA Report Highlights Decline in Frozen Beef Inventories

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

US - The highlight of the USDA-NASS (National Agriculture Statistic Service) "Cold Storage" report released 24 April was the decline in frozen beef inventories, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Beef, Sheep Producers Urged to Use Medicines Wisely

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

UK - Helping beef and sheep producers understand best practice around medicine use is the focus of a new publication from AHDB Beef & Lamb.

 

Cattlemen Praise Confirmation of Perdue for USDA Secretary

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

US - Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, praised the Senate confirmation of former Governor Sonny Perdue to lead the US Department of Agriculture.

 

Call for Patience in Assessing Survival of Fall Seeded Cereal Crops

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

CANADA - The Executive Director of Winter Cereals Canada is calling for patience as winter cereal growers assess the viability of crops that were planted last fall, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

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Co-op Launches Livestock Feed, Maize Meal Processing Facility

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

SOUTH AFRICA - In a quest to enter the commercial agro-processing and meat production market, the Mount Frere-based Matyeni Agricultural Co-operative in the Alfred Nzo district of the Eastern Cape, launched a processing facility which produces livestock feed and maize meal with the backing of a R500,000 grant from development financier, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation's (ECDC) Imvaba Co-operatives Fund.

 

T&T Lifts Ban on Imports of Corned Beef, Chicken Products

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - The ban on meat products imported from Brazil has been lifted by the Ministry of Agriculture.

 

CME: Feedlots Unlikely to Maintain Current Placement Rate in H2/2017

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

US - The latest USDA cattle on feed numbers came in above the average of analyst estimates, which would normally call for a somewhat bearish reaction from futures when they open, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Reduced Cattle Availability Supports Modest Farmgate Price Rise

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

UK - Farmgate prime cattle prices have shown some modest increase over the past couple of weeks, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) analysis, and currently stand 10-11 per cent higher than this time last year.

 

Success in Korean Market Celebrated at Event

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

SOUTH KOREA - Celebrating continued growth and success in South Korea while also recognizing the many partners that have helped the US become the top beef and pork exporter to that country, USMEF hosted the “World Class US Meat Appreciation Event” at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul.

 

Iranian Livestock, Poultry Exports Earn $1.2 Billion

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

IRAN - More than $1.2 billion worth of livestock and poultry products were exported over the 11 months to 18 February, registering a $554.7 million trade surplus in the sector, a deputy agriculture minister said.

 

APHIS Posts New Animal Welfare Inspection Reports

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

US - APHIS is posting Animal Welfare inspection reports involving business entities that occurred after the Agency restricted the public’s access to the search tool for the Animal Care Inspection System on 3 February 2017, while the Agency conducts a comprehensive review of the information on its website.

 

Estonia Reports Rise in Milk, Meat Prices in March

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

ESTONIA - The average purchase price of raw milk was up 41.3 per cent on year in March, while the purchase price of pork increased 11.6 per cent, Statistics Estonia reported on Friday.

 

Trichomoniasis Outbreak Hits Beef Cattle Herds in Kansas

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory recently reported an outbreak of Trichomoniasis (Trich) in beef cattle herds with five new cases reported in three counties – leading the state lab to recommend diagnostic testing to help keep the disease at bay.

 

CME: Decline in Cattle Weights More Significant in 2017

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

US - Cattle and hog weights have been trending in opposite directions in the last few weeks. Some of this is seasonal but it also may reflect some of the short-term supply issues in both markets, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Zimbabwean Govt Eyes Beef Exports Worth US$2 Billion

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe could resume beef exports if cattle ranchers develop “commercial mindsets” and prioritise disease control, a senior Government official has said.

 

St Lucia Lifts Ban on Corned Beef from Brazil

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

SAINT LUCIA - The temporary ban placed on the importation of corned beef from Brazil has been lifted by the Government of St Lucia.

 

US Red Meat Showcased, North American Trade Highlighted at Congress

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

MEXICO - USMEF capitalized on a key opportunity to showcase US beef and pork items and interact with meat industry leaders and government officials in Mexico City by participating in the International Meat Congress hosted by the Mexican Cattle Feeders Association (AMEG), the Mexican Agriculture, Livestock Productions and Fisheries Secretariat (SAGARPA) and Mexico’s Bovine Productive Chain Programme.

 

Improved Cold Chain Logistics to Safeguard Food Security

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

CHINA - Efforts have been started to accelerate the development of cold chain logistics, according to a plan issued by the State Council on 21 April.

 

Brexit Event in Goffs Starts Important Week for IFA Campaign

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

IRELAND - More than 600 farmers are packed into Goffs in Kildare today at the beginning of an important week for IFA’s Brexit campaign.

 

CME: Placements Expected to be Up as Much as 9.5%

Fri, 21 Apr 2017

US - USDA will release on Friday the results of its monthly “Cattle on Feed” inventory survey, which provides an indication of the flow of cattle outside of feedlots for the month of March (marketings) as well as the inflow of cattle during the month (placements), according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Better Way to Predict Environmental Impacts of Ag Production

Fri, 21 Apr 2017

US - Consumer goods companies often rely on life-cycle assessments (LCA) to figure out the potential consequences of how they design products and source ingredients. This kind of assessment, while sophisticated, often lacks detail about how the products affect natural resources such as land, water and biodiversity.

 

Border, Trade Issues Discussed at IFA Meeting on Brexit

Fri, 21 Apr 2017

IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy has met with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, to discuss the threats posed by Brexit to Irish agriculture.

 

Outlook for Agriculture Remains Positive Despite Slower Growth

Fri, 21 Apr 2017

CANADA - Farm Credit Canada reports, despite slower growth in farmland values, the outlook for agriculture on the prairies is positive, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

CME: March Retail Beef Prices Up Compared to Previous Month

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

US - Retail beef prices in March increased compared to the previous month but they were still about 5 per cent lower than the previous year and down 7.9 per cent from the peak in May 2015, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Study: Which Production Attributes are Most Important to Consumers

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

US - For many consumers, buying a gallon of milk is much more complex than finding the preferred fat content and expiration date. They want to know how the cows were treated, what they were fed, whether they received growth hormones or antibiotics, whether the milk is organic, and so on.

 

Mutually Beneficial Plan to Balance Sino-US Ties

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

CHINA & US - The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump concluded on a positive note with the two sides agreeing on a 100-day plan to boost their relationship by taking concrete measures to balance bilateral trade.

 

Reciprocal Recognition of Food Safety with US of Mutual Benefit

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

AUSTRALIA - Australian exporters are in a significantly stronger position as preferred suppliers of safe, high quality food to the United States of America (USA) after the signing of a bilateral Food Safety Recognition Agreement this month.

 

Beef Fuels Team Beef in Boston

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

US - Thanks to the national beef checkoff, beef was front and center during the 121st Boston Marathon on 17 April.

 

China, Ireland Sign Protocol on Beef Access

Wed, 19 Apr 2017

CHINA & IRELAND - China and Ireland on Tuesday signed a formal protocol on beef exports to China that paves the way to access for Irish beef to China.

 

Mini Roast Campaign Creates £18.6M Red Meat Roast 'Halo'

Wed, 19 Apr 2017

UK - A high-profile campaign to increase sales using mini roasts has created an £18.6 million “halo” effect of incremental sales for beef, lamb or pork joints.

 

Lithuania Seeks to Speed Up Food Exports to China, Says Minister

Wed, 19 Apr 2017

LITHUANIA - Lithuanian Agriculture Minister Bronius Markauskas on Tuesday said he expects to speed up procedures for Lithuanian food exports to reach the Chinese market.

 

Kerala Retains Top Slot in Cattle Slaughter

Wed, 19 Apr 2017

INDIA - Kerala's appetite for meat has remained unchanged despite the din over cattle slaughter in the country. An integrated sample survey, published by the Union ministry of animal husbandry, showed that the state topped the list on cattle slaughter in 2015-16.

 

CME: China's Role in Global Beef Market Increasing

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

US - Last week the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released its semi-annual review of global livestock and poultry markets. For all those interested in global trade flows and the outlook for US trade in 2017, we think you will find this 18 page report valuable, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

On-the-range Detection Technology Could Corral Bovine TB

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

US - A research breakthrough allowing the first direct, empirical, blood-based, cow-side test for diagnosing bovine tuberculosis (TB) could spare ranchers and the agriculture industry from costly quarantines and the mass slaughter of animals infected with this easily spread disease.

 

Nearly Two Billion People Depend on Imported Food

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

GLOBAL - Researchers show empirically: when population pressure increases, food is imported.

 

EU Commissioner's Legwork Benefits Danish Crown's Export Potential

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

EU - Thanks to the diplomatic efforts of the EU's Commissioner for Agriculture, new export opportunities opened up as the first container with beef and by-products from Danish Crown's German and Polish slaughterhouses left Husum destined for Hong Kong last Friday.

 

Meat Technology Ireland Launched

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

IRELAND - Meat Technology Ireland, a strategic research and innovation base in beef and sheep meat processing in Ireland, was launched last week by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O Connor TD and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD.

 

Top Chef Showcases Scotch Beef PGI to VIPs in Hong Kong

Tue, 18 Apr 2017

HONG KONG - Over 150 of China’s business elite have enjoyed Scotch Beef PGI as part of a menu devised by one of Scotland’s top chefs.

 

CME: Increase in Feeder Cattle Contract Prices

Mon, 17 Apr 2017

US - In the futures markets last week, the April Live Cattle contract posted much stronger prices week-over-week as it was forced to catch-up with the cash market, deferred contracts also gained ground, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

IFA Welcomes Re-opening of BDGP Suckler Scheme; Farmers Encouraged to Apply

Mon, 17 Apr 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has welcomed the announcement from the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed on the re-opening of the Beef Data and Genomics Scheme (BDGP) and has encouraged suckler farmers to apply.

 

More Australian Beef Set to Enter China

Mon, 17 Apr 2017

AUSTRALIA & CHINA - Australian beef suppliers and exporters are poised to feed Chinese consumers with more fresh meat than ever, thanks to the bilateral agreement signed by the two countries in March.

 

Princely West Country Fare in Italy

Mon, 17 Apr 2017

ITALY - West Country meat and cheese were given the royal seal of approval at a tasting in Italy.

 

Japan Supermarket Trade Show Promotes US Meat

Mon, 17 Apr 2017

JAPAN - Working to get a head start on the summer menu preferences of Japanese consumers, USMEF offered tasting samples of American-style barbecue at Supermarket Trade Show 2017, an event sponsored by the New Supermarket Association of Japan in Chiba Prefecture.

 

Cattle Prices Continue to Drive Forward

Mon, 17 Apr 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the cattle trade is continuing to drive forward with the base price for steers at €4.00/kg and heifers at €4.10/kg.

 

Rural Folks to Use Livestock as Health Cover

Thu, 13 Apr 2017

ZIMBABWE - Cabinet has approved a framework under the proposed National Health Insurance Scheme that will result in people in rural communities using livestock for health cover, a Government official has said.

 

Lower Food Prices for Easter Causes Egg-Citement

Thu, 13 Apr 2017

US - Lower retail prices for several foods, including eggs, ground chuck, sirloin tip roast, chicken breasts and toasted oat cereal resulted in a significant decrease in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Spring Picnic Marketbasket Survey.

 

Cattlemen Applaud Delay of GIPSA Rule, Call for Its Ultimate Demise

Thu, 13 Apr 2017

US - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) applauded this week's announcement that the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is delaying the effective date of its interim final rule an additional six months to 19 October 2017.

 

Vion Announces Continued Improvement in Overall Performance

Wed, 12 Apr 2017

NETHERLANDS - Last week, Vion announced that it continued to improve results in 2016 resulting in a net profit of €31 million versus €22 million in 2015. Vion was glad to see pork prices increase to the benefit of its suppliers.

 

Cherkizovo Announces Plans to Acquire NAPKO

Wed, 12 Apr 2017

RUSSIA - Cherkizovo Group, the largest vertically integrated meat and feed producer in Russia, announced its decision to acquire NAPKO, one of Russia’s leading grain producers.

 

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Better Quality Control of Blended Fats and Oils in Animal Feed Thanks to New Calibration Line From NutriOpt

Wed, 12 Apr 2017

GLOBAL - Trouw Nutrition, Nutreco’s animal nutrition business, introduces a new calibration line for improving the quality control of blended fats and oils in feed.

 

KAP Applauds New Manitoba Budget

Wed, 12 Apr 2017

CANADA - The President of Keystone Agricultural Producers describes Manitoba's new budget as neutral to positive for the agriculture sector, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Cattle Infected with Brucellosis in West Kazakhstan

Wed, 12 Apr 2017

KAZAKHSTAN - More than 1000 cattle heads infected with brucellosis have been revealed in East Kazakhstan region, said Kazbek Kashimov, head of regional veterinary department.

 

Japanese Event Connects US Red Meat to Healthy Lifestyle

Wed, 12 Apr 2017

JAPAN - In response to a request by Spark, a leading Japanese regional supermarket chain, USMEF promoted the nutritional value of US pork and beef in a consumer event in Hiroshima.

 

Report: China to Broaden Financial Market Access, Beef Import

Tue, 11 Apr 2017

CHINA - China will broaden market access for financial sector investments and beef imports from the US, Financial Times reported on Monday citing officials from both sides familiar with the matter.