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Wednesday 24th February 2016.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell
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Expectations for 2016’s Global Beef Trade

CattleFax analysts predicted $294 per head added value for US cattle producers from exports for 2016 – a $66 drop per head from 2014 values.

Randy Blach, CattleFax CEO and the CattleFax analyst team recently presented at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) meeting in San Diego, California, US.

This decrease in export potential is caused by a combination of a stronger US dollar, slowdown in global markets and challenges with market access.

China and other global markets are still the biggest opportunities for US beef, but trade restrictions will continue to limit potential in the year ahead - read more predictions here.

In beef research news, Kansas State University meat scientists say they’ve confirmed previous findings that freezing certain cuts of meat improves tenderness.

In a recent study, they tested six major muscles from the hind quarter and found that strip loin and inside round steak cuts were as much as 10 per cent more tender after freezing.

"So the question we had was why did these two cuts react while the other four did not," said John Unruh, professor of animal sciences and industry.

Part of the answer, he noted, is moisture loss. "These two muscles, for some reason, did not lose as much moisture during freezing as the other four," Prof Unruh said – read more.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Mongolia's Fledgling Meat Industry Seeks Export Expansion
Mongolia is a country with a vast territory and a very small population in northeast Asia sandwiched between Russia and China. The country’s major economic sector is a traditional nomadic livestock industry and it has been expanding significantly over the recent years, writes Mainbayar Badarch.

Company News

Delacon Joins New Partnership to Meet Challenges in Animal Nutrition
US - Delacon announces that Land O’Lakes, Inc. animal nutrition businesses, including the new business unit, PMI Nutritional Additives, will be its exclusive partner in the United States for phytogenic feed additives.
Market Reports

USDA Cold Storage - 24 February 2016
USDA Cattle on Feed - 22 February 2016
AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 22 February 2016
UK Slaughter Statistics - 22 February 2016

Global Beef Industry News

   Australia

Australian Live Cattle Exporters Reject Calls for Trade Cap

   United Kingdom

Cow Digestive System Could Revolutionise Renewable Energy
Badger Cull Expansion Measures Against Bovine TB Applauded
Isle of Man Cattle Herd Officially Free from Bovine TB
Robot Hill Farmer Starts Weeding Trials in Peak District
Livestock Margins Still Very Tight Despite Lower Input Costs
Vets Mark Foot and Mouth Anniversary by Protesting Budget Cuts
What Factors Will Influence Competitiveness of UK Livestock Markets?

   European Union

New EU Animal Health Laws Aim to Halt Disease Spread
Curb Use of Antibiotics in Farming, EU Politicians Urge
EU Animal Welfare Rules Need Better Enforcement
Record Value for EU Agri-food Exports in 2015

   United States

CME: Beef Retail Prices Fell Sharply on the Year
Cattle Outlook: Cattle on Feed Report Neutral for Market
CME: Feedlot Placements Trending Towards Lighter Weights
CME: Feedlot Profits Expected to Improve in Coming Months
Freezing Steak Improves Tenderness of Some Cuts, Study Finds
US Beef Exports Trend Lower
CME: What do Analysts Expect from the Cattle on Feed Report?

   Global

CattleFax: Expectations for Global Beef Trade
Latest Foot and Mouth Reports: Southern African Countries; Kuwait

   Zambia

Livestock Donations in Zambia Yield Better Income, Diets

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