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Wednesday 3rd April 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley
Editor


Beef Prices Remain Steady as Demand Holds

Demand for high quality, sustainable beef with provenance and traceability is a developing consumer trend and positive news for cattlemen the world over.

In Europe, this has been driven by the horse meat scandal, which has developed since mid-January and led to calls for changes in how meat is scrutinised from field to table.

The reaction from UK farmers and the industry has been clear. Supply chains need to be shorter.

Kantar survey results showed a 35 per cent fall in the volumes of fresh and frozen burgers. The Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) has said that while this figure relates to product recall, consumers are buying less processed beef.

Sales of frying and grilling cuts rose 14 per cent year-on-year in the four weeks running up to February 17 and lamb consumption has also shown increases.

This is partly thought to be driven by a 16 per cent drop in retail prices into February. Oversupply due to a poor summer and back end for finishing lambs has meant sales volumes were 44 per cent, according to the LMC.

US analysts are noting similar demand patterns in the face of limited supply post-2012 drought where feedlot numbers are seven per cent lower than last year.

Boxed beef peaked at almost $200/cwt and has stayed over the past weeks near $190/cwt. Len Steiner and Steve Meyer have said that this means consumer preference for beef remains.

According to CME data, steer and heifer slaughter is running at a weekly figure of 449,000. This is despite a delayed start to the ‘grilling’ season for many in the East Coast and Midwest regions.

This figure is down 6.2 per cent on a year ago with supply numbers being supported by dairy cow and bull culling - running 13 per cent higher than a year ago.

Another country benefiting from healthy beef demand is Australia. This week Indonesian cattle import permits more than doubled in number for the second quarter reaching 115,000, up from 56,000.

One ship - the Ocean Swagman – has already left Port Darwin for Indonesia- where lighter cattle are preferred.

In Brazil it is domestic markets that are to be shaken up following a deal signed by The Brazilian Association of Supermarkets (ABRAS) rallying against Amazon rain forest beef.

Representing 2,800 members, the ABRAS pledge is expected to alter the product on sale in the country and decrease deforestation in the Amazon.


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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Rational Engineering of Recombinant Picornavirus Capsids to Produce Safe, Protective Vaccine Antigen
A huge step in foot-and-mouth disease vaccination has been achieved by using the protein shell of the virus (capsids) to create a more stable, safe and less expensive treatment.

Analysis of Runs of Homozygosity in Cattle Breeds
Irish researchers looking into runs of homozygosity in beef and dairy breeds could have discovered that more inbreeding takes place in pedigree dairy cattle as analysis showed greater incidences of longer runs of homozygosity in dairy breeds.

Increasing Protein Supply to Pregnant Beef Cows When Energy Is Limited Does Not Improve Cow or Calf Performance
Studies have shown that ruminally undegraded protein can improve weight gain and breeding performance but in this case researchers have found that feed supplementation is not warranted as providing ruminally degraded protein at 0.09 per cent of body weight brought good results.

Tackling Poor Heifer Conception Rates at Moray Monitor Farm
Campylobacter, bull virility, Leptospirosis and tick borne fever were among factors considered to explain poor fertility in a Scottish case study by Quality Meat Scotland.

Kilos and Costs - the Profit Drivers
Understanding the profit drivers in beef production is not a complex exercise, according to the facilitator of six Beef Profit Groups in northern New South Wales.

Market Reports

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Global Beef Industry News

   Global

New Vaccine Close to 'Holy Grail' For Global Disease Control
EBLEX and Agri Benchmark to Showcase International Beef Trends
Study Shows MRSA Transmission from Animals to Humans

   United States

CME: Large Frozen Meat, Poultry Stocks February End
CME: Corn, Wheat & Soybean Acres Expected to Rise
Groups Collaborate in Food and Rural Development Scheme
CME: Futures Close Up Reaching Two Week High, Wednesday
Another Surprising Corn Stocks Estimate
CME: Consumer Preference Still There for Beef
Art of Good Hay Still Vital for Profitability
Weekly Cattle Outlook: Crop Reports Point to Declining Feed Prices
CME: Futures Fail to Build on Thursday's Gains
Organisations Join to Promote Animal Well-Being
Another Look at the Feedlot Sector…
Renovating High-Traffic Areas With Annual and Perennial Ryegrass
Forage Focus: Pasture And Hayfield Renovation
CME: Futures Open High and Fade, Tuesday

   China

China's Farm Produce Prices Drop Consecutively

   New Zealand

South to North Forage Movement Encounters Difficulties
Pressure Builds as Easter Rains Disappoint

   European Union

EU Institutions Urged to Include Report Findings in Final CAP Agreement

   United Kingdom

Delay Subsoiling Damaged Grassland
Schmallenberg Found in Scotland
NBA Urges Politicians To Opt For Suckler Payments
Buy British to Show Support for Livestock Farmers Hit by Snow
Badgers With TB Rarely Meet Cattle
Ethics, Antibiotics, Consumer Opinion Shaping Buying Decisions
New Report on Farming's Impact on Antibiotic Resistance
Government and Union Provide Snow Support
LMC: Beef Trade Remains Buoyant Under Intense Demand
LMC: Reassuring GB Red Meat Consumption Figures

   Australia

MLA: Weekly Cattle Summary

   Russian Federation

Russia to Develop Organic Certification Standards

   Brazil

Pork, Beef, Dairy Output Increases Through 2012
Brazil Moves Step Closer to FMD Free Status
Supermarkets Sign Deal to Stop Amazon Destruction

   Poland

Meat Industry Demands End to Ritual Slaughter Ban

   Canada

Report Confirms Ag Sector’s Continued Growth, Economic Value
Canadian Levy Scheme Extended
Climate and Crop Trends Provide Downer Cow 'Perfect Storm'

   Philippines

Landbank Lends P39.9B to Small Farmers and Fishermen

   Indonesia

Indonesia Posts Huge Second Quarter Beef Demand

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