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22 March 2017
IFA Calls for Immediate Ban on Brazilian Meat
EU - IFA President Joe Healy has called for an immediate ban on Brazilian meat imports into the EU. He said the latest shocking revelations on the failure of Brazil to meet EU standards and controls in the meat sector raises very serious concerns around...
New Strategic Farm Programme Targets Stock in Spec
UK - AHDB Beef & Lamb is looking to recruit producers who want to improve the performance of their livestock enterprise to take part in its new Strategic Beef & Lamb Farm Programme....
Shoppers Urged to Buy Scottish Amid ‘Rotten’ Brazilian Meat Claims
SCOTLAND, UK - Following the news that Brazilian meat processors are selling ‘rotten’ meat, NFU Scotland believes that the integrity of meat being sold in the European and UK market must be protected. ...
Quality Beef Grade, Dressing Percentage & Grids
US - The average cattle feeder wants to be rewarded for above-average beef quality, and many have turned to some type of value-based “grid” marketing to earn premiums. After selling a few pens on a packer grid, some feeders lament it’s less about...
21 March 2017
CME: Cattle Futures Markets on Bullish Ride
US - In the beef business, so far all seems to be in good shape and yet cattle futures markets have very reluctantly come along for the bullish ride that is consuming the product market, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc....
China, EU Cut Imports of Brazil Meat Amid Scandal
BRAZIL - China and the European Union curtailed meat imports from Brazil on Monday after police, in an anti-corruption probe criticized by the government as alarmist, accused inspectors in the world's biggest exporter of beef and poultry of taking bribes...
IFA: Cattle Prices Increase as Supplies Tighten
IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said cattle prices have risen a further 5 to 10c/kg this week, with the base price for steers at €3.90/kg and €3.95/kg paid. He said the base price for heifers has also moved on to €4.00/kg and...
Scotland’s Meat Exports Up 11% in 2016
SCOTLAND, UK - Increased meat exports in 2016 played an encouraging role in a record year for food and drink exports from Scotland, according to new figures released by the Scottish Government....
Brazil President Seeks to Calm Health Fears Over Beef Exports
BRAZIL - President Michel Temer, confronting a corruption scandal tarnishing Brazil’s lucrative meat industry, met with executives and foreign diplomats to assuage their health concerns over a sector responsible for US$12 billion in annual exports....
Positive Drug Residues in Milk Tankers Down to 350 Loads in 2016
US - Just 350 tankers out of more 3.5 million loads of milk tested positive for drug residues in fiscal year 2016, ending 30 September, according to the National Milk Drug Residue Database. That’s a violation rate of 0.011 per cent, the lowest level...
Three Model Farms Showcasing Best of British Beef Production
UK - The National Beef Association has announced the farms that will be hosting their prestigious Beef Expo farm tours on 17 May. They include a diverse selection of beef farms all championing efficiencies in their relative sectors and showcasing the...
20 March 2017
CME: Total Mexican Cattle Inventory at About Same Level as January 2016
US - The latest update from our Ag officials in Mexico contained some interesting insights about that market, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc....
Beef Producers Want USTR That Breaks Down Barriers
US - Last week (14 March), the US Senate Finance Committee held a hearing regarding the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to head the Office of United States Trade Representative....
South American Chefs Get Hands-on View of US Beef, Pork Production
US - USMEF recently hosted a team of chefs and culinary educators from Peru and Colombia for a farm-to-plate tour of the US beef and pork industries. ...
Arla Brand Records Biggest Growth Among UK's Top Grocery Brands
UK - Arla branded products recorded the largest growth of any of the 100 UK grocery brands listed, achieving growth of £37m in 2016. The Arla brand portfolio grew almost four times that of the next closest brand (Pepsi, £8.5m), reflecting a strong sales...
Shanghai Tightens Food Safety Regulations
CHINA - A new food safety regulation, said to be the most stringent ever enacted, will take effect in Shanghai on Monday....
US Beef, Pork Showcased at Asia's Largest Food Show
JAPAN - As US exporters met with hundreds of buyers and representatives of Japan’s retail and foodservice industries at FoodEx Japan, USMEF promoted US red meat by serving samples of US beef tongue and thin-sliced and fried US pork cutlets aimed at...
17 March 2017
CME: Boxed Beef Prices Show Packer Margins Back in Black
US - The rally in boxed beef prices has once again pushed implied packer margins back in the black although the extent of beef packer profits is always a point of debate and varies depending on the assumptions you make on operating costs, etc, according...
Focus on Basics Critical to China's Dairy Industry
CHINA - The year 2020 is critical to the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), as China's leadership has pledged to build an all-round well-off society by then. Almost every industry has its own individual (as well as collective) five-year plan with specific...
Arla UK Spends Extra in Milk Aisle as Consumers Choose Branded Milks
UK - Added value milk products by Arla Foods UK successfully added £95m in value to the category in 2016, with 1.5 million shoppers trading up from standard fresh milk to an Arla branded product offering additional benefits....
Bord Bia Launches Major Irish Beef Campaign in Germany
GERMANY - Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, has announced that a major new campaign to support Irish beef exports to Germany was launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed in Stuttgart this week....
Lithuanian Dairy Company Sends Trial Products to Chinese Market
LITHUANIA - One of Lithuania's largest dairy producers has sent the first product delivery to China amid fresh efforts to enter the Chinese market, the company announced on Wednesday....
Cattle Prices Drive on as Supplies Tighten
IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has reported cattle prices are rising this week with most plants increasing the base prices by 5c/kg to get numbers. He said the base price for steers has moved on to €3.85 for steers and €3.95/kg...
16 March 2017
Canada, US Need Voices to Defend, Preserve, Enhance Free & Fair Trade
CANADA& US - Saskatchewan's Premier says strong voices are needed on both sides of the Canada-US border to speak to the importance of trade, Bruce Cochrane writes....
Harm Caused by Changing US Trade Policies Avoidable Through Options
CANADA - A Canadian based International Trade Consultant says there are options available in the event the United States implements trade policies that cause economic harm to Canada, reports Bruce Cochrane....
China's Quality of Agricultural Products to Improve
CHINA - The Ministry of Agriculture has published a five-year plan to improve the quality of agricultural products, including measures to ensure that products such as apples, tea and pork can be traced back to their producers....
15 March 2017
CME: Impressive Rally in Value of Beef Cutout
US - Below are items that we found interesting as we looked through the numbers, report the Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc....
Cattle Supplies Tighter; Prices Stronger This Week
IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said cattle supplies are tighter this week and prices are stronger with agents reporting it much harder to get stock, and having to pay 5c/kg more. In addition, he said with the change in the weather...
 
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