Will El Niño Bring a La Niña Drought to the US Midwest?

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

ANALYSIS - As the US Midwest comes out of its very strong El Niño, it could transition into La Niña. Could that mean drought for Midwest farmers?

 

CME: Analysts Make Wide-Ranging Estimates Ahead of Cattle on Feed Report

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

US - This Friday will be busy as USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) bunches-up the release of livestock/meat reports late this week.

 

Concerns Over New Zealand's Meat Export Markets if Brexit Happens

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

NEW ZEALAND - Beef + Lamb New Zealand says those who think Brexit won’t have an impact on trade because the United Kingdom (UK) only takes 2 per cent of New Zealand’s exports, are missing the point, it’s the whole of the European trade we should be looking at.

 

EU Referendum: What Would Brexit Mean for Farming?

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

ANALYSIS – Since the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU was announced, many stakeholders in agriculture from the UK and further afield have had a lot to say about whether the country should stay in or leave. Here is an overview of what the experts have been saying about the possible impact of a British exit over the past few months.

 

CME: More Cull Cows Expected to Come to Market

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

US - There has been discussion regarding the Choice-Select spread on the beef cutout value, but for today’s article we are going to focus on the cow cutout value, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Scottish Beef Herd Expands as Sheep Flock Shrinks

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - The Scottish beef and pig herds increased in size during 2015 while the Scottish sheep flock contracted slightly, according to a report published by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

 

CME: Brexit Impact on US Dollar Important for Livestock Markets

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

US - This week includes the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. And judging from the number of potentially market moving events already on schedule, this could be a long week for futures markets participants, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Best of British Breeding on Show at Livestock Event

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

UK - The best of British genetics are scheduled to be showcased in front of a line-up of judges and the country’s largest audience of farmers from throughout the UK and beyond at the Livestock Event, staged at The NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July.

 

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NUTRIAD present at World Mycotoxin Forum

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

CANADA - International feed additives producer Nutriad was present in Winnipeg (Canada) where the 9th World Mycotoxin Forum (WMF) combined with the 14th IUPAC, to create the world's largest mycotoxin event with the purpose of increasing awareness of human and animal health risks due to mycotoxin contamination.

 

New Sustainable Beef Verification Programme Launched in Canada

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

CANADA - The new Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) scheme was launched on Friday to help producers show retailers and consumers their sustainability credentials.

 

CME: Lower US Beef, Chicken Prices Push Down Meat Retail Prices

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

US - Inflationary pressures in the US economy remain muted and lower food prices have played a role in keeping prices in check, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Five-Year Strategic Plan Approved by GRSB in Chicago

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

ANALYSIS – A five-year strategic plan was approved by a unanimous vote from the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) Board of Directors at the GRSB Semi-Annual Board Meeting in Chicago last month.

 

Australian Vets Call for Review of Live Exports After Abuse Scandal

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

AUSTRALIA - The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), has described the vision of Australian cattle being bludgeoned in a slaughterhouse in Vietnam as shocking and completely unacceptable.

 

High Demand for Beef, Poultry Meat and Eggs in Africa Creates Opportunities

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

AFRICA - Demand for beef and other meat products remains strong in Africa, despite most producers in regions such as southern Africa and the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) looking to grow exports into the European Union and other international markets, writes Tawanda Korombo.

 

Researchers Investigate Economic Impact of Climate Change on Farms

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

US - An interdisciplinary team from the University of Illinois recently investigated the effects of climate change on farmland values in the Southwestern United States.

 

CME: Concern About Beef Price Outlook Heading into Summer

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

US - With just two weeks to go till expiration of the June futures contract, the basis is still around $6/cwt while the basis against the August contract is around $10/cwt. And this is using the very latest cash price as reported by USDA, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Meat and Poultry Industry 'Essential to US Economy'

Thu, 16 Jun 2016

US - The US meat and poultry industry accounts for $1.02 trillion in total economic output or 5.6 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), according a new economic impact analysis conducted by John Dunham & Associates for the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

 

CME: US Feeder Cattle Imports from Canada, Mexico Decline

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

US - Today we will review official monthly live animal imports from Canada and Mexico, focusing on the year-to-date (through to April) cattle and hog numbers, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

US Beef Exports Showing Positive Signs, Despite Lower April Volumes

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

US - April exports of US beef were below the volumes recorded a year ago but there are positive developments in play, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), a contractor to the beef checkoff.

 

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Diverging Consumer Demands Put Contradictory Pressures on Producers, Says Prof. David Hughes

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

UK - “Quite clearly, the future is bright for animal-derived protein consumption. However, the further polarization of consumer demands presents a real challenge for the livestock and dairy industry,” warned Prof. David Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London.

 

Risk of Bluetongue Spread from France to UK to Rise as Weather Warms

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

UK - The UK's risk level remains the same, but the risk of Bluetongue spread from France will start to increase with daily average temperatures heading into summer, concludes the latest situation report from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

 

Welsh Farmers Concerned over Cattle TB Figures, Strategy

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

WALES, UK - The worsening Bovine TB disease situation in the county was the major talking point at a recent meeting of the Pembrokeshire NFU Cymru county branch.

 

Analyst: Fastest US Cattle Expansion Since 1970s

Tue, 14 Jun 2016

ANALYSIS - Steve Meyer, VP at Express Markets Inc Analytics, shared his expectations for the beef and poultry markets at the 2016 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

 

CME: More Wheat Could Enter Livestock Rations as High Yields Forecast

Tue, 14 Jun 2016

US - In this Daily Livestock Report, we review two reports from last week: the World Bank (WB) updated economic forecasts (released 7 June) and the USDA’s World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) monthly forecasts for crops and livestock (released 10 June), write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Livestock Event: The Open Forums

Tue, 14 Jun 2016

UK - Farmers will be able question industry influencers at two Open Forums sessions hosted by Barclays at the Livestock Event, held at The NEC on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July.

 

Prime Cattle Prices Show Seasonal Strength in Scotland

Tue, 14 Jun 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - Scottish prime cattle prices have been showing some seasonal strength and rising steadily over the past six weeks, according to the latest analysis by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

 

Lower Input Costs for NZ Beef, Sheep Farmers Provide Relief

Tue, 14 Jun 2016

NEW ZEALAND - Prices for inputs used on New Zealand sheep and beef farms decreased 2.1 per cent in the year to March 2016, which should provide small relief for farmers facing lower product prices this season.

 

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Nutriad Introduces MYCOMAN®: Mobile App for Mycotoxin Management

Mon, 13 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - Mycotoxins in cereal crops affect the health and performance of animals all around the world. Changing quality and availability of raw materials lead to an increasing need for efficient ways of measuring the level of mycotoxin contamination, allowing producers to respond quickly.

 

CME: Feedlot Marketing Rates Faster than Last Year

Mon, 13 Jun 2016

US - The US cattle feeding sector is not following the same path as last year, which set the stage for the cattle price collapse during the last few months of 2015.

 

Watch Out for Parasites and Pests in Wet Weather

Mon, 13 Jun 2016

US - Excessive rains in many parts of the state have Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts concerned about the possibility of increased parasite and pest activity with livestock.

 

Australia Investigates Abuse of Exported Cattle at Vietnamese Abattoir

Mon, 13 Jun 2016

AUSTRALIA - Australian cattle exporters and government have said inhumane treatment of animals is unacceptable after footage emerged from Animals Australia of cruelty in a Vietnamese abattoir.

 

What is the Role of Welfare in Livestock Production?

Fri, 10 Jun 2016

UK - Moves for a total ban on the use of antibiotics in the treatment of animals need to be reined back and vets need to be allowed to use all means available to ensure animal health and welfare.

 

£1.5m Grant to Boost Understanding of AMR Bacteria from Cattle

Fri, 10 Jun 2016

UK - A consortium of nine academics from the University of Bristol has been awarded £1.5 million to carry out research on antibiotic resistance (AMR) in animals and the risks it poses to humans.

 

CME: Choice Beef Cutout Value Continues to Perform Below Year Ago Levels

Fri, 10 Jun 2016

US - The Choice Beef cutout value has performed below year ago levels all year so far. As of the end of May, the weekly average Choice cutout value was at $223.19 per cwt., 14 per cent below a year ago, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

New Beef Arena Showcasing Latest Innovations at Livestock Event

Fri, 10 Jun 2016

UK - A new Beef Arena featuring some of the very latest innovation to help all rearers and finishers improve their management systems will be launched at the Livestock Event, the sector’s largest business to business event staged on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July at The NEC, Birmingham with free entry to all visitors.

 

What impact Might Brexit Have on UK Agriculture?

Fri, 10 Jun 2016

UK - With the United Kingdom's referendum on continued membership in the European Union (EU) approaching, experts are considering the impact of a vote to leave ('Brexit') on numerous aspects of UK society, including agriculture.

 

International Report Confirms More Government Vets are Needed

Thu, 09 Jun 2016

AUSTRALIA - The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) commends the government for its ongoing work in biosecurity but says there is still room for improvement. This follows the release of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) review of Australia’s veterinary services, that recognises Australia as a world leader in animal health and biosecurity.

 

CME: Beef Imports Still Lower than 2015 Levels

Thu, 09 Jun 2016

US - USDA-ERS released April’s monthly trade data (on a carcass weight basis) yesterday, compiled from data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Research Brings New Insight into Digital Dermatitis in Cattle

Thu, 09 Jun 2016

US - Iowa State University veterinarians have uncovered new insight into the development of a foot disease in cows that causes more lameness than any other malady.

 

Choice of Cow Type Drives Performance at Newford Farm

Thu, 09 Jun 2016

IRELAND - Hundreds of farmers gathered at Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry, County Galway for an Open Day showcasing the achievements and learnings of the farm’s first full year of operations. The farm’s breeding policy is successfully producing calves which gain weight rapidly and will deliver carcass sizes that meet market requirements.

 

Parliament Calls for EU Action to Help Farmers Fight Unfair Trading Practices

Thu, 09 Jun 2016

EU - MEPs urge the EU Commission to put forward proposals against unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, so as to ensure fair earnings for farmers and a wide choice for consumers, in a resolution voted on Tuesday 7 June.

 

Farmers Signed Up to Project to Select Beef Cattle for Feed Efficiency

Wed, 08 Jun 2016

UK - The AHDB and DEFRA-funded Beef Feed Efficiency programme has reached a significant milestone by contracting two commercial farms to record feed efficiency traits.

 

China Lifts Ban on Bovine, Ovine Products from Denmark, France, Germany and UK

Wed, 08 Jun 2016

CHINA - China has confirmed that it is lifting its import ban introduced four years ago on bovine & ovine genetic material from Denmark, France, Germany and United Kingdom due to Schmallenberg virus.

 

International Beef Export Opportunities Slowly Open Up for Southern Africa

Wed, 08 Jun 2016

SOUTHERN AFRICA - Export markets for beef products from Southern Africa are slowly opening up in the European Union and other international markets such as Hong Kong despite earlier scares over foot and mouth diseases and a drought that has ravaged the region, reports Tawanda Karombo for TheCattleSite.

 

Strong Cattle Prices Boosted Ireland's Farm Income in 2015

Tue, 07 Jun 2016

IRELAND - A preliminary estimate of the Teagasc National Farm Survey results show that family farm income increased by 6 per cent in 2015, bringing the average income figure for the farming sector to €26,526.

 

Tips for Cattle Producers to Reduce Heat Stress in Hot Weather

Tue, 07 Jun 2016

ANALYSIS - As summer approaches, it's important for cattle producers to make plans to help reduce stress on cattle during hot weather, according to Nebraska Extension educator Rob Eirich, who directs the Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance programme.

 

CME: Cattle Slaughter Expected to Be Higher This Week

Tue, 07 Jun 2016

US - If we look at full slaughter day comparisons both beef and hog slaughter was higher than the same period a year ago. Expectations are for cattle and hog slaughter this week to be higher than year ago levels, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Bluetongue Vaccine Availability is Great News for British Farmers

Tue, 07 Jun 2016

UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the news that Bluetongue vaccine will be available from mid-July and is now telling farmers to speak to their vets as a matter of urgency.

 

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MSD Animal Health to Present Important New Data at the World Buiatrics Congress

Tue, 07 Jun 2016

UK - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) will present 45 studies at the World Buiatrics Congress in Dublin, Ireland, from July 3-8, 2016.

 

Japan Suspends Australian Beef Imports After Positive BJD Test

Mon, 06 Jun 2016

AUSTRALIA - Japan has temporarily stopped accepting feeder and breeder cattle from Australia in response to some cattle testing positive for Bovine Johne’s disease (BJD) in post arrival quarantine.

 

What Canadian Cattle Producers Need to Know About Antimicrobial Use

Mon, 06 Jun 2016

ANALYSIS - The effects would be huge to the cattle industry if antimicrobials were not available for use, said Bryan Thiessen, farm manager at Namaka Farms Incorporated in Canada.

 

CME: Muddled Demand Picture for Meat Industry

Mon, 06 Jun 2016

US - Discussions about meat protein demand invariably focus on broader macroeconomic trends and, in that regard, both bulls and bears have something they can highlight to support their view, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

New Simplified Beef, Sheep Meat Inspection Conditions Introduced

Fri, 03 Jun 2016

UK - The roll out of a new list of post-mortem rejection conditions has begun in sheep and cattle abattoirs in England.

 

McDonald’s Concludes Sustainable Beef Pilot in Canada

Fri, 03 Jun 2016

CANADA - McDonald’s Canada has announced the successful conclusion of its Verified Sustainable Beef Pilot, an industry-first.

 

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Livestock Event Forage Field: Making More from Forage

Fri, 03 Jun 2016

UK - All visitors to Livestock Event will be able to find out how to make more from forage, the cheapest form of feed, at the sector’s largest business to business event staged on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July at The NEC, Birmingham. Entry is free to all visitors.

 

Global Food Prices Rose in May with Small Gains for Dairy

Fri, 03 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - Global food commodity markets are on a stable path for the year ahead, with solid production prospects and abundant stocks pointing to a broadly stable outcome for prices and supplies, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said.

 

CME: Pasture Conditions Even Better than Last Year

Fri, 03 Jun 2016

US - As fed cattle prices have declined in the last few months, there is more discussion about the pace of herd rebuilding in the US and the outlook for beef supplies in the next 2-3 years.

 

Russia Prepares to Extend Agri-Food Embargo Until End of 2017

Thu, 02 Jun 2016

RUSSIA - The Russian Agriculture Ministry has prepared a draft decree to extend its embargo on food products from a number of countries including the EU and US until the end of 2017.