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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 16 November 2011

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Will Global Beef Prices Remain High?

High feed prices, adverse weather, disease outbreaks and declining herd numbers have kept meat prices at record levels this year.

But will prices remain high over the next few years?

In the US, the long drought has pushed more cattle to market early and limited investment in breeding herds. In Brazil, production is being held back due a lack of quality animals, slow exports and competition in domestic markets by cheaper meat alternatives.

In Argentina and Uruguay cattle numbers are at the lowest in a decade, Uruguay has also increased live cattle exports, reducing slaughter numbers.

In the EU, a reduction in support for beef farmers has seen herd numbers fall. Herds are also being rebuilt in Paraguay, China, Japan and Pakistan, all of which have either suffered disease outbreaks or natural disasters.

However, in India, which is now the fifth largest beef producing country, supplies of cattle for slaughter have increased, thanks in part to the growing dairy industry.

Similarly in Australia, years of herd rebuilding are likely to see an increase in output. Government support and favourable credit packages in Kazakhstan are encouraging growth.

Undoubtedly beef supplies will be tight in coming years, keeping prices high. Whilst supply plays a role in controlling price, will these high prices discourage demand?

At what point will consumers move to cheaper meat alternatives - and what is the beef industry doing to prevent consumers from making this change?

Charlotte Johnston



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Ireland Looks To Germany For Beef Export Opportunities
Ireland is the fourth largest exporter of beef worldwide and is now looking to Germany to increase its market share, said Justin McCarthy, Editor for the Irish Farmers Journal at the Eblex Annual Conference 2011. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite editor, reports.
Bid To Ban Export Refunds For Live Cattle
Eurogroup for Animals is calling on the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States to eliminate all subsidies for the export of live animals to third countries with immediate effect.
FAO Food Outlook: Meat And Meat Products
High feed prices, adverse weather, disease outbreaks and livestock herd rebuilding have kept meat prices at record levels in 2011, according to FAO's Food Outlook 2011.
Feed Outlook - November 2011
US feed grain production estimates have been lowered for 2011/12, according to Tom Capehart and Edward Allen in the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - November 2011
While beef and broiler production forecasts for 2011 are lowered, pork and turkey production are increased, according to the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) for November.
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* Company News

Animax Announces New Appointments
UK - Animax, an animal health company which is doubling production in response to sales growth, has announced two new appointments.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Industrial Emission Directive Reviews Under Way
 » Livestock Managers Join Forces For Better Business
 » LMC: Sharp Decline In Slaughtering During October
 » Scotland's Veterinary Surveillance Under Scrutiny
 » £20 Million Boost For Farming
 » CAP Proposals Fail To Make Farming More Productive
 » NFU & Badger Trust: Joint TB Vaccination Project
 » NFU Calls For Action On Cattle Scab Timebomb
 » Get Ready To Protect Cattle For Winter

   European Union

 » Agricultural Diversity In The EU Through Figures
 » €214M Earmarked To Protect Human & Animal Health
 » Imposing Animal Transport Enforcements
 » Ag Council Discusses Direct CAP Payments
 » Lower EU Beef Production In 2012

   Australia

 » Adult Cattle Weights Set New Record
 » Clearer Cattle Voice Needed In Canberra
 » Graziers Push For MLA Shake-Up
 » Weekly Cattle Summary: Supplies Tight
 » Live Cattle Exports Up 20 Per Cent In September
 » Grain Prices Stay High As Feed Grains Remain Tight
 » Market Alert: Strong Prices & Top Quality Cattle

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   United States

 » CME: Wal-Mart's Beef Brand Change To Affect Industry
 » Tight Stocks & Strong Demand For Corn Market
 » DNA Test For Gain, Grade Available Soon
 » Farm Animal Integrated Research (FAIR) 2012
 » CME: Corn & Soybeans Have Modest Yield Reduction
 » US Corn Yield Projections Lowest Since 2003
 » China, Mexico Help Drive Torrid Red Meat Export Pace
 » USDA To Delay Mandatory Nutrition Labelling Rule
 » CME: What Drives Seasonal Price Variations?
 » USGC Begins Lower-Oil DDGS Education Efforts
 » Cattle Outlook: USDA Corn Crop Estimates Down
 » CME: Beef, Pork & Broiler Production Down
 » Corn & Soybean Prices Continue To Struggle
 » CME: Meat Exports On Track For A Record Year
 » FDA Denies Pleas To Ban Antibiotic Use
 » Orange Can Reduce Foodborne Pathogens In The Gut
 » Wisconsin bTB Tests South Dakota Cattle
 » Myths Surrounding Processed Meats Addressed
 » TB Found In South Dakota Herd
 » Drought & Exports Tighten Cattle Supplies

   New Zealand

 » Federated Farmers Gets Runs On The Board

   Japan

 » Imported Beef Stocks Still Higher Than A Year Ago

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   Mexico

 » Steady Livestock Growth Over Past 10 Years

   Pakistan

 » Farmers Advised To Adopt Global Gap Principles

   China

 » China Cracks Down On Cattle Raised On Landfill

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   Canada

 » Govt Helps Raise Ontario's Agricultural Profile Abroad

   France

 » France Launches Cattle Export Group

   Korea, South

 » S. Korea Reports Suspected Case of FMD

   Tanzania

 » Cattle Supply Improves But Meat Price Soars

   Brazil

 » Marfrig Posts 45 Per Cent Increase In Net Revenue

   General

 » US Beef Promotions In Taiwan Bring Results



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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