Amid Cattle Slaughter Row, Punjab Budget Bats for Pigs; TN Waits for Courts to Decide on Trade Restrictions

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

INDIA - Even as the Centre's ban on cattle sale for slaughter at animal markets has triggered a country-wide debate, Punjab government on Tuesday announced setting up of new pig breeding farms, saying "there was need to diversify in agriculture allied activities."

 

Urban Ag Only Provides Small Environmental Benefits in Northeastern US

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

US - "Buy local" sounds like a great environmental slogan, epitomized for city dwellers by urban agriculture. But when it comes to growing fruits and vegetables in vacant lots and on rooftops in cities, is the practice really better for the planet than conventional farming?

 

FAO: Emergency Aid to Combat Hunger in North-east Nigeria

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

NIGERIA - Seeds and fertilizer for more than one million people are being distributed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in north-eastern Nigeria for the planting season that begins this month.

 

CME: Price Ratio of Boneless Ribeyes: Fed Steer Trending Higher

Wed, 21 Jun 2017

US - Whether it is highly marbled choice ribeyes, succulent bacon, inventively flavored chicken wings, or full fat milkshakes, consumers are voting with their dollars for more flavor, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Public Justice Files Suit on Behalf of Farmers to Require COOL on Meat Products

Wed, 21 Jun 2017

US - Public Justice, representing the Ranchers-Cattlemen Legal Action Fund (R-CALF USA) and Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW), filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington against the US Department of Agriculture, alleging that USDA regulations that allow beef and pork to be classified as "domestic products" even when those meat products are slaughtered in other countries, confuse consumers and harm American farmers.

 

Romania Reports Anthrax Outbreak

Wed, 21 Jun 2017

ROMANIA - The Romanian veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of Anthrax in Botosani.

 

Tyson Foods to Invest $59M to Expand Macon GA Distribution Center

Wed, 21 Jun 2017

US - Tyson Foods, Inc. is investing $59 million to expand its distribution center in Macon, a move that will add jobs, improve efficiency and support the company’s plans for growth.

 

Muscles Matter to Get maximum Carcase Value

Wed, 21 Jun 2017

UK - To help businesses maximise value and quality from the beef carcase, AHDB has drawn on years of master butchery experience to create a new Beef Muscle Guide.

 

Tamil Nadu Assembly: DMK Stages Walkout Over Cattle Ban Issue

Wed, 21 Jun 2017

INDIA - The opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) walked out of the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly on Tuesday, protesting against the unsatisfactory response of the state government to recent cattle market rules.

 

Wheat Co-products Vary in Protein Digestibility When Fed to Livestock

Wed, 21 Jun 2017

US - Research from the University of Illinois is helping to determine the quality of protein in wheat middlings and red dog, two co-products of the wheat milling process that can be included in diets fed to pigs and other livestock.

 

CME: Sharp Drop in Cash Fed Cattle Prices During W24

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

US - Cash fed cattle prices declined sharply last week, daily data reported by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Market News Division showed prices declined by $6.00 to $8.00 per cwt. between sales that occurred on Tuesday and trade on Thursday, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Better Supply Chain Communications to Play Vital Role in Post-Brexit Era

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

UK - While there will be tough and challenging times ahead there will also be opportunities in the post-Brexit era, according to Stuart Ashworth, Head of Economics Services with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

 

Belarus Looking to Export Broiler, Beef and Dairy to China

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

BELARUS - Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats said that broiler farms in Belarus plan to pass certification to supply products to the Chinese market.

 

IFA: Seven Reasons Why Farmers Should Resist Factory Pressure on Cattle Prices

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy said there is no market basis for pressure on cattle prices at this time. He said the move by the factories to pull quotes and talk down the trade is an attempt to force out very tight supplies of prime cattle.

 

NCBA Applauds Nomination of Doud to USTR Post

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

US - Last Friday, US President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate personnel to key administrative posts, among which Gregory Doud of Kansas has been nominated to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator, with the Rank of Ambassador to the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

 

Competition Commission Raids Beef Suppliers for 'Price Fixing'

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

SOUTH AFRICA - The Competition Commission raided 13 premises belonging to seven meat suppliers in three provinces on Wednesday morning as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged fixing of prices and trading conditions.

 

Imported Cattle: No Sale Without Medical Checkup

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

BANGLADESH - The authorities concerned at a meeting took a decision not to sell imported cattle in any local market across the country before conducting medical checkups of the cattle.

 

There are No Cattle Markets in Goa, Says Chief Minister

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

GOA - Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said that the ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter rule does not apply to Goa as "there are no cattle markets in the state."

 

UK's AB Agri Teams Up with Chinese Clients to Develop Better Animal Feeds

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

UK & CHINA - AB Agri, a UK-based animal nutrition and feeds producer, is enhancing technological cooperation with Chinese clients by co-developing safer and more nutritious feeds.

 

Farming an Especially Risky Occupation Due to Range of Tasks

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

CANADA - The Director of the Manitoba Farm Safety Programme says the wide variety of tasks to be done on the farm, makes farming one of the more risky occupations, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

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Merial challenges farm vets to walk 141 million steps for charity

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

Representatives from Merial Animal Health and a group of farm vets will walk a combined 70,500 miles, or 141 million steps, raising money for charity Farm Africa, as part of Merial’s #CALFMATTERS campaign to raise awareness of calf pneumonia and improve the health of beef and dairy calves by vaccinating against the disease.

 

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CME: Choice Beef Cutout Reaches Highest Value at Start of W24

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

US - Demand for Choice beef over the last four weeks has been impressive, possibly the best this decade for the weeks surrounding Memorial Day, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

US Beef Speeds to China by Air as Trade Deal Ends 14-year Ban

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

US - The first shipment of US beef to China under a new trade deal went airborne last Wednesday (14 June), a Nebraska meat company said, just two days after Washington finalised details to resume exports, ending a 14-year ban.

 

Select Sires Inc, Accelerated Genetics to Join Forces

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

US - The board of directors for Select Sires Inc., and Accelerated Genetics have reached a unanimous decision to unify the two cooperatives.

 

Global Diet, Farming Methods 'Must Change for Environment's Sake,' Says Study

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

GLOBAL - Reducing meat consumption and using more efficient farming methods globally are essential to stave off irreversible damage to the environmental, a new study says.

 

Zimbabwe to Import Beef from Namibia

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

ZIMBABWE - Livestock farming is now in dire straits, with Zimbabwe looking to import beef from Namibia as the country’s national herd has been severely depleted due to droughts and the foot and mouth disease.

 

American Farm Bureau President Cautions on Cuba

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

US - American farmers are likely to soon have a new market for agricultural products, owing to the White House’s decision to begin normalising relationships with Cuba.

 

Focus on Feed Efficiency at Dorchester Event

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

UK - The Beef Feed Efficiency Programme’s first commercial beef unit will be showcased at an event in Dorset on 6 July. The four-year Defra and AHDB-funded project aims to demonstrate how feed efficiency traits can be measured and selected for in beef cattle, illustrating how the most efficient cattle eat less than others but grow at the same rate.

 

Iran Shows Appetite for Belarus' Dairy, Meat Products

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

BELARUS - Iran is interested in importing Belarus' dairy and meat products, as reported by Belarus Deputy Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Marinich.

 

China Govt Approves New GMO Crops

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

CHINA - China plans to import two new varieties of genetically modified crops from the United States, as it accelerates a review of biotech products as part of its broader efforts to promote economic and trade ties with the US.

 

After the Storm: Haiti’s Mobile Vets Help Restore Livelihood

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

HAITI - Since Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti in October last year, the number of people facing hunger and food insecurity in the most affected areas has steadily declined thanks to the enormous humanitarian response.

 

IFA: Strong Beef Prices Driven by Strong Market Demand

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said beef prices are holding firm, driven by extremely strong market demand and rising prices in our main export market in the UK.

 

CME: May ERS Choice Beef Price Above a Year Ago

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

US - On Wednesday, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released the monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for May, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Agency Says Livestock Jobs More Popular Than Ever

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

AUSTRALIA - The head of a rural employment agency says the demand for jobs in the livestock industry has increased dramatically, and is the busiest he has ever seen it.

 

BJP Allies in Christian-majority NE India Oppose Cattle Trade Rules

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

INDIA - The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) allies in three Christian-majority states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya have opposed the central government’s new cattle trade and slaughter rules.

 

Surging Demand for Organic Produce Widens US Supply Gap

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

US - Produce processors and retailers are finding it increasingly difficult to secure sufficient supplies of organic produce, as domestic demand continues to rise at a pace that exceeds production, according to a new report from CoBank.

 

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ADM enters speciality feed ingredient collaboration with Anco

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

Archer Daniels Midlands Company (NYSE: ADM) announced today that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with Austria-based Anco Animal Nutrition Competence GmbH to provide Anco’s line of specialty feed ingredients to ADM Animal Nutrition customers.

 

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Warm Weather Increases Parasite Risk in Sheep, Cattle

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

NADIS and Merial Animal Health are warning sheep and cattle farmers that recent above average temperatures could lead to a rise in parasitic disease in growing animals this summer.

 

CME: Placements of Cattle on Feed During Jan-March in Q1 Higher Than a Year Ago

Thu, 15 Jun 2017

US - Placements of cattle on feed during three of the first four months of this this year have been above the same months in 2016, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Imports of US Beef to Recommence Soon

Thu, 15 Jun 2017

US & CHINA - China plans to resume US beef imports, which were halted in 2003, in a move to boost economic ties and further balance the trade surplus with the United States.

 

Supreme Court Serves Notice to Centre; Reply Sought Within 2 Weeks

Thu, 15 Jun 2017

INDIA - Hearing a plea challenging the Centre’s notification on cattle slaughter ban, the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday asked the government to file its response within two weeks before the court hears the matter again on 11 July.

 

Cattle Producers Win More Flexibility on Biosecurity Requirements

Thu, 15 Jun 2017

AUSTRALIA - Queensland cattle producers will now have an extra three months to prepare biosecurity plans after Animal Health Australia and the Cattle Council of Australia agreed to be flexible on new requirements for managing Johne’s disease.

 

Global Food Import Bill on the Rise Despite Stable Markets

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

GLOBAL - Global food commodity markets are well-balanced, buoyed by ample supplies of wheat and maize and rebounding production of oilseed products.

 

Russia Reports Lumpy Skin Disease Outbreak

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

RUSSIA - Dr Evgeny Nepoklonov, Vice-minister at the Russian Ministry of Agriculture has reported an outbreak of lumpy skin disease at Dergachevsky in Saratov Oblast.

 

Where Climate Change is Most Likely to Induce Food Violence

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

GLOBAL - While climate change is expected to lead to more violence related to food scarcity, new research suggests that the strength of a country's government plays a vital role in preventing uprisings.

 

Livestock Producers Support Nomination of Bodine to Key EPA Enforcement Post

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

US - On Monday (12 June), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council sent a letter to US Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Thomas Carper (D-Del.) urging them to support the nomination of Susan Bodine to be the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) assistant administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA).

 

Seminars in Panama Demonstrate Advantages of US Beef

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

PANAMA - Sharing ideas on how to expand demand for US beef in Central America, USMEF recently conducted three cutting and cooking seminars for Panamanian buyers and foodservice company representatives.

 

NCBA Hails Final Agreement That Clears Way for US Beef's Return to China

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

US - The US Department of Agriculture has announced that a final agreement has been reached between China and the US wherein the latter can resume exports of beef and beef products to China for the first time after 2003. This serves as good news for American cattle producers.

 

TAU SA Commends Agri Sector for 22% Growth

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

SOUTH AFRICA - The South African agricultural sector has not been a contributing factor to the recession the country currently has to contend with, and TAU SA congratulates the entire agricultural sector, and in particular all farmers, for the remarkable achievement of growing the agricultural sector by an astounding 22 per cent, whilst other sectors are experiencing unfavourable conditions.

 

CME: Total Cattle Slaughter During W23 Up 13%

Tue, 13 Jun 2017

US - Total cattle slaughter last week was reported at 622,000 head, 13 per cent higher than the previous (holiday) week and 4.7 per cent higher than the same week a year ago, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division Inc.

 

NFU Sends Open Letter to New Defra Secretary of State

Tue, 13 Jun 2017

UK - NFU President Meurig Raymond has congratulated Michael Gove MP, Defra Secretary of State.

 

New Guide to Help Reduce Weed Risks When Feeding Cattle

Tue, 13 Jun 2017

AUSTRALIA - A new guide has been launched to help Queensland primary producers reduce the risk of spreading weeds when sourcing hay and other fodder for their cattle.

 

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Quick Tip: Reproductive Vaccinations Act as Insurance Against Disease

Tue, 13 Jun 2017

Auburn University study offers cattle producers effective options in protecting the unborn calf

 

US Beef One Step Closer to Chinese Dining Table

Tue, 13 Jun 2017

US & CHINA - The United States moved one step closer toward resuming its beef export to China after the country's agricultural department said trade rules have been finalised.

 

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MSD Animal Health Encourages Farmers to Learn More About Benefits of Vaccinating Herds

Tue, 13 Jun 2017

MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) today announced the European launch of Time to Vaccinate, a new program designed to help farmers better appreciate the benefits of vaccinating their cattle.

 

Ministry Urges Farmers to Tag, Trace Cattle

Tue, 13 Jun 2017

JAMAICA - As part of its continuing implementation of the National Animal Identification and Traceability System (NAITS), the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has intensified its national appeal to cattle farmers to ensure that they tag their bovine animals.

 

Campaign to Put Steak on Britain's BBQs Begins

Tue, 13 Jun 2017

UK - More than a quarter of Brits would like to see more lamb and beef steaks on the barbecue this summer.

 

Meghalaya Assembly Passes Resolution Against Cattle Slaughter Ban

Tue, 13 Jun 2017

INDIA - The Meghalaya Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a resolution opposing the Centre’s notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter and demanded its withdrawal as it would “impact the economy of the state and the food habit of its people”.