Tesco Leads Way with Food Surplus Donations from Stores

Fri, 20 Jan 2017

UK - Tesco has revealed its food surplus redistribution initiative, Community Food Connection, has so far helped serve five million meals to more than 3,300 community groups and charities since its launch less than a year ago.

 

Cattlemen Call on Senate to Confirm Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

Thu, 19 Jan 2017

US - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent a letter to the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works this week, expressing strong support for the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and called for his swift confirmation.

 

DAFF Meets China with Prospects of Exporting Beef

Thu, 19 Jan 2017

SOUTH AFRICA & CHINA - 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.

 

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Job Clip - Managing Director

Thu, 19 Jan 2017

GLOBAL - Hannes talks about being a Managing Director at BIOMIN.

 

Highly Competitive Wholesale Meat Market Expected in 2017

Thu, 19 Jan 2017

UK - Early reports from the retail sector suggest that the overall grocery trade had a better than expected Christmas.

 

Search on for Scotland’s Top “Scotch Brand” Product

Thu, 19 Jan 2017

SCOTLAND, UK - A brand new category for the best product made with Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI or Specially Selected Pork has been added to the recently launched Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

 

Cattle Prepare for Simulated Heatwave for Study Into Welfare, Performance

Thu, 19 Jan 2017

AUSTRALIA - Radio transmitters have been inserted into the stomachs of 24 feedlot cattle to monitor their body temperatures, as part of a three-month trial investigating the impact of heatwaves.

 

IFA Welcomes Commitment to Live Exports, Trade Mission to Egypt Plan

Thu, 19 Jan 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has welcomed the strong view of the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, expressed at the IFA AGM in Dublin this week, that the live export trade is critically important and a vital safety valve for the beef sector.

 

IFA Raises Brexit Threat with Minister for Agriculture

Thu, 19 Jan 2017

IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy emphasised the need for Government to use its strong relationships with EU and UK leaders to influence a constructive approach to Brexit negotiations with Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed at the IFA Annual General Meeting on Tuesday evening.

 

Ag Department Announces Identification of Atypical BSE Case

Thu, 19 Jan 2017

IRELAND - The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine today confirmed that it has identified a case of ‘Atypical BSE’ in an 18 year old cow, through its surveillance of ‘fallen’ animals (died on farm) at knackeries.

 

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New Bovine Tuberculosis Detection Kit Expands Options, Reduces Program Costs

Wed, 18 Jan 2017

GLOBAL - Thermo Fisher Scientific announced the launch of VetMAX M. tuberculosis Complex PCR Kit, the only commercially available PCR test that detects all seven strains of the M. tuberculosis complex in a single solution.

 

US Beef Master Class Showcases Alternative Cuts for Uzbekistan Chefs

Wed, 18 Jan 2017

UZBEKISTAN - USMEF partnered with the Association of Uzbekistan Chefs to conduct an educational master class on US beef for Uzbekistan chefs and other foodservice professionals.

 

UK Exporters Trained on US Beef, Lamb Import Requirements

Wed, 18 Jan 2017

UK & US - A group of UK meat exporters received training on meeting US regulatory requirements for beef and lamb imports during a visit to Washington DC last week.

 

NCBA/PLC Support Confirmation of Zinke for Secretary of Interior

Wed, 18 Jan 2017

US - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council have released statements supporting the confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) for the Secretary of Interior.

 

Agriculture Ministry to Prioritize Bali Cattle Breeding in 2017

Wed, 18 Jan 2017

INDONESIA - To boost the population of local heifers, the Agriculture Ministry plans to focus on indigenous Bali cattle breeding this year.

 

Farming Union Highlights Concerns Over Free Trade Approach to Brexit

Wed, 18 Jan 2017

UK - In a major speech yesterday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May outlined some of the government's key priorities for negotiating the exit from the European Union, but UK farming organisations pointed out there was still considerable uncertainty about the future.

 

2017 BDGP Selection Data and Tags Now Available

Wed, 18 Jan 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has welcomed the positive response from ICBF to the IFA request to make selection data and tags under the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) available early to suckler farmers in the scheme this year.

 

Additives, Contamination China's Top Food Concerns

Wed, 18 Jan 2017

CHINA - Overuse of food additives and microbial contamination were the primary food safety problems facing China last year, according to the top food authority.

 

Brexit Threat to Agriculture Must be Top of Govt Agenda, Says IFA President

Wed, 18 Jan 2017

IRELAND - Addressing the 62nd Annual General Meeting of the Irish Farmers’ Association in Dublin yesterday, IFA President Joe Healy said the biggest threat to Irish farming in half a century is the impact of the Brexit negotiations on farm incomes.

 

EU 'Could Do Better' at Tackling Food Waste

Tue, 17 Jan 2017

EU - Although a number of EU policies have the potential to combat food waste, their potential is not being exploited, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors.

 

BQA Producer Forum Open to All Cattle Producers

Tue, 17 Jan 2017

US - Attention all dairymen, cattle farmers and ranchers: The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Producer Forum will be held Thursday, 2 February 2017 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Nashville, Tennessee, during the Annual Cattle Industry Convention. The forum is open to all cattle producers and BQA stakeholders.

 

Cattle Breeders' Club Conference Brings Industry Together

Tue, 17 Jan 2017

UK - The British Cattle Breeders' Club Conference, which is being held once again at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort in Shropshire, will see experts around the globe giving delegates an insight into a variety of topics, including the latest technology for improving profitability and the implications for cattle breeders post-Brexit.

 

French Govt Orders CCTV Installation in All Slaughterhouses

Tue, 17 Jan 2017

FRANCE - Following issues with animal welfare in French slaughterhouses, the French government has passed a bill ordering for CCTV cameras to be installed in all slaughterhouses in the country from 2018.

 

IFA: Beef Trade Finally Balanced as Farmers Demand Price Increase

Tue, 17 Jan 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the beef trade is finely balanced.

 

Defence Land Grab Last Straw for Frustrated Farmers

Tue, 17 Jan 2017

AUSTRALIA - A Department of Defence plan to take land from Queensland farming families so Singaporean soldiers can train more often in Australia is yet another example of Governments disregarding the importance of maintaining agricultural country for food production, AgForce said last week.

 

Australia Remains Efficient Beef Producer on Global Scale

Mon, 16 Jan 2017

AUSTRALIA - According to the latest agri benchmark results, the results were varied somewhat across the globe, but it is clear that Australia remains an efficient beef producer, with a moderate to low cost of production.

 

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CID LINES@Agriflanders 2017

Mon, 16 Jan 2017

BELGIUM - Meet our CID LINES team at booth 7422 of Agriflanders in Gent, Belgium!

 

Saskatchewan to Implement New Regulations for Livestock Premises Identification

Mon, 16 Jan 2017

CANADA - The Government of Saskatchewan has announced changes to Saskatchewan's Premises Identification (PID) programme, a key traceability tool to plan for, control and prevent the spread of animal diseases and to respond to other emergencies.

 

'Have You Got the Selection Factor?' Asks AHDB

Fri, 13 Jan 2017

UK - AHDB Beef & Lamb is looking to recruit a team with the “selection factor” to join its new Selection Academy.

 

Pakistan, Netherlands Agree to Enhance Cooperation in Agri, Dairy Sectors

Fri, 13 Jan 2017

PAKISTAN & NETHERLANDS - Pakistan and Netherlands Thursday agreed for enhancing bilateral cooperation in fields of agriculture, horticulture and dairy development to promote and develop the agriculture and livestock sector in the country.

 

EU Slaughtering Increase in 2016

Fri, 13 Jan 2017

EU - According to Eurostat, EU cow slaughterings (January-September) increased 8 per cent compared to 2015 and have been at their highest level for a number of years.

 

Food Commodity Prices Fall for Fifth Year in a Row

Fri, 13 Jan 2017

GLOBAL - Prices of major food commodities declined for the fifth year in a row in 2016, averaging 161.6 points for the year as a whole, some 1.5 percent below their 2015 levels.

 

Prices Beat Brexit to Top of Problem List for Irish Farmers

Fri, 13 Jan 2017

IRELAND - Farmers have identified product price as the key issue that will impact on their farm enterprise in 2017, according to the IFA barometer of farmer sentiment which is part of the Farm Income Review.

 

IFA: Enhancement of Regional Veterinary Laboratories Services Vital

Fri, 13 Jan 2017

IRELAND - IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has said the Department of Agriculture Regional Veterinary Laboratory services are highly regarded, a vital support for farmers throughout the country and the focus of the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and his officials must be the enhancement of services to farmers in all regional sites.

 

Prospects for US Cattle, Beef Markets a Little Brighter

Fri, 13 Jan 2017

US - The USDA updated their World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) yesterday, a monthly proceeding that integrates new developments and data into the existing outlook for agriculture commodity markets. Prospects for the cattle and beef markets are a little brighter, reflecting the improvement in beef demand that surfaced during December, writes the Steiner Consulting Group.

 

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Nutriad Supporting US Customers on Veterinary Feed Directive

Thu, 12 Jan 2017

GLOBAL - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking numerous steps and actions to ensure that antibiotics are being used judiciously in Food Animal Production.

 

Grasslands Hold Potential for Increased Food Production

Thu, 12 Jan 2017

GLOBAL - About 40 per cent of natural grasslands worldwide have potential to support increased livestock grazing, according to a new study published in the journal "Global Change Biology".

 

AHDB Seminar to Highlight Consumer Needs in Halal Sector

Thu, 12 Jan 2017

UK - Consumer needs in the halal sector will be in the spotlight at a major industry event next month.

 

China to Expand Corn Ethanol Amid Grain Surplus

Thu, 12 Jan 2017

CHINA - China will further encourage the use of corn to make ethanol this year amid efforts to reduce its huge grain stocks, as authorities mull adjustments to the floor prices for wheat and rice this year.

 

More Funding for UK Antibiotic Resistance Action

Thu, 12 Jan 2017

UK - Funding for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance has more than tripled this year in support of a new business plan which will help UK farming play its part in the global drive to reduce antibiotic use across animal and human medicine.

 

Danish Crown Acquires German Slaughterhouse

Thu, 12 Jan 2017

GERMANY - Following the acquisition, Danish Crown will at a single stroke become the fifth-largest cattle slaughterhouse in Germany and a major player in the north European market for organic beef.

 

Welsh Farmers as Frustrated as Ever with Bovine TB

Thu, 12 Jan 2017

UK - NFU Cymru has made it clear to the Welsh Government that farmers across Wales are ‘as frustrated as they have ever been’ with the impact bovine TB is having on Wales.

 

USDA Licenses Diagnostic Kit to Improve Management of Johne’s Disease in Cattle

Wed, 11 Jan 2017

US - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued Thermo Fisher Scientific a Veterinary Biological Product License for its Applied Biosystems VetMAX-Gold MAP Detection Kit, a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based solution designed to detect the bacterium that causes Johne’s disease.

 

US Beef Exports Strong During November

Wed, 11 Jan 2017

US - US red meat exports continued to build momentum in November, highlighted by a new monthly volume record for pork exports. Both pork and beef exports exceeded year-ago levels by more than 20 per cent in both volume and value, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF.

 

EU, FAO Unite to Address Alarming Food Insecurity in Yemen

Wed, 11 Jan 2017

YEMEN - With 14 million people food insecure in strife-torn Yemen, the European Union (EU) has committed 12 million euros in support of FAO's efforts to tackle rising hunger.

 

Winter Finishers Need Substantial Price Rise, Says IFA

Wed, 11 Jan 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the cattle trade is stronger this week with factories paying a base of €3.80 for steers and €3.90 for heifers.

 

Indonesia Eyes Cattle Import from Mexico; Australian Deal in Limbo

Wed, 11 Jan 2017

INDONESIA - Indonesia is gearing up preparation to start importing cattle from Mexico as negotiation on a similar deal with its neighbor and largest cattle supplier Australia remains in limbo.

 

IFA President Presses for Early Implementation of EU Food Chain Report

Wed, 11 Jan 2017

EU - Speaking from Brussels, where the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament discussed the EU Food Chain report on increased price transparency and independent enforcement to strengthen farmers’ position with retailers, IFA President Joe Healy said it is critical that these recommendations are introduced without delay and actively enforced to rebalance power in favour of farmers.

 

Queensland Cattle Producers Predict High Prices in 2017

Wed, 11 Jan 2017

AUSTRALIA - Queensland cattle producers are looking forward to the year ahead, although they do not doubt there will be some challenges.

 

Safeguarding Biodiversity Must be Integrated Across Ag Sectors

Tue, 10 Jan 2017

GLOBAL - Governments from 167 countries have given unprecedented recognition to the need to protect biodiversity across the agricultural sectors as a key action to achieve sustainable development, including ensuring food security and addressing climate change.

 

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The Effects of Emerging Mycotoxins in Livestock

Tue, 10 Jan 2017

GLOBAL - A recap of unregulated fungal metabolites that should be on the protein industry’s radar.

 

NCBA, PLC Praise Senate Effort to Curb Abuse of Antiquities Act

Tue, 10 Jan 2017

US - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the introduction of the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, championed by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The bill, which has 25 co-sponsors, would require congressional and state approval for the designation of any new monument.

 

Union Urges Govt to Compel Banks to Allocate Funds to Agriculture

Tue, 10 Jan 2017

GHANA - The General Agriculture Workers Union (GAWU) has appealed to the Nana Akufo Addo administration to use policy tools to compel commercial banks in the country to cede a substantial portion of their loan portfolio to the agriculture sector.

 

IFA Calls for Major Push on Live Export Trade

Tue, 10 Jan 2017

IRELAND - Speaking at a Bord Bia/Department of Agriculture seminar for live exporters in Tullamore last week, IFA President Joe Healy called for a major national diplomatic initiative to be led by the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed to maximise every single market opportunity on live exports in 2017.

 

Oman Denies Forging Documents Concerning Saudi Cattle Export

Tue, 10 Jan 2017

OMAN - The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has denied the report published in a Saudi newspaper (Al Yaum) regarding export of a cattle shipment from Oman.

 

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Mycotoxin Testing – From Multi-Toxin Analysis to Metabolomics

Tue, 10 Jan 2017

CANADA - Remarks by Rudolf Krska, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.

 

IFA Criticises Ag Department for Interference in Live Valuation Scheme

Mon, 09 Jan 2017

IRELAND - IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has strongly criticised the Department of Agriculture for its interference with the independence of the live valuation scheme, and the resulting under-valuation of animals removed as TB reactors from farms.

 

Govt Stocks Red Meat, Chicken for Norouz

Mon, 09 Jan 2017

IRAN - Close to 25,000 tons of red meat and 50,000 tons of chicken have been stocked to adjust prices in the domestic market, says the CEO of Livestock Affairs Support Company, affiliated with the Ministry of Agriculture.