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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 1 February 2012

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Wednesday 1st February 2012
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Beef Production

The carbon footprint of the production of beef and lamb can be reduced through efficiencies on the farm through to the retailer according to the latest chapter in the English Beef and Lamb Executive's roadmap for low carbon production.

The roadmap shows that most of the greenhouse gas emissions in the production of beef and lamb come from the farm, but by cutting down on waste and looking at extending shelf life and considering packaging the production chain beyond the farm gate can also help to make considerable savings.

On the farm, the reductions can be made by achieving optimum liveweight gains, selecting for slaughter with both the best weight and specification, feeding good quality grass and rations and achieving the best output in breeding.

The report,Down to Earth, launched this week, draws on data from around 200 farms in England includes sections on emissions benchmarking, carbon sequestration, waste in the supply chain, retailer activity and farmer cases studies.

In the EU, a coordinated approach by all the EU states has had significant results in reducing incidents of Salmonella.

Human Salmonella cases have been reduced by almost a half in the EU over five years (2004-2009).

At the same time, the prevalence of Salmonella in poultry decreased significantly, especially in laying hen flocks. The reduction of the bacteria in laying hen flocks is likely to be the main reason for the decline of Salmonella cases in humans, since eggs are considered the most important source of human infections in EU.

Up to 2005 the numbers of cases being reported were 200,000 a year with an economic impact of €3 billion a year.

Concerns are rising over calls from the Spanish farming sector for a moratorium on the implementation of the ban on battery cages for laying hens.

The Spanish farming union COAG claims that as many as 400 farms - 40 per cent of production - could go out of business if the ban, which came into effect on 1 January, is fully enforced.

The farmers are also calling for financial help to upgrade their production systems to meet the rules.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Asia Leads Output of Duck and Goose Meat
Worldwide, duck meat production increased by more than one million tonnes over the last decade and is forecast to have exceeded four million tonnes in 2010, writes poultry industry watcher, Terry Evans, while goose meat output globally is 2.5 million tonnes. Both markets are dominated by Asia, particularly China.
Red Meat Vital for a Healthy Diet
When Harvard University published its "Healthy Eating Plate" last September, there was something missing: red meat, writes Madeline McCurry-Schmidt from the American Society of Animal Science.
Where's the (not) Meat? - Byproducts from Beef and Pork
Animal byproducts contribute to the bottom line of the US meat industry, according to a report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
Continued Strength for Cattle Prices in 2012
This year will be another year of record high cattle and beef prices with diverging impacts for various segments of the industry. Again, Brazil is the only country expected to increase beef production, reports Rabobank in their Beef Quarterly.
Mexico's Emerging Role as an Exporter of Beef to the US
US beef imports from Mexico have at least doubled in each of the last two years, continuing an upward trend that began in 2003, writes Rachel J. Johnson and Amy D. Hagerman for the USDA, Economic Research Service.
Antibiotic Resistance in Campylobacter
Campylobacter infection is the most common cause of acute bacterial gastroenteritis in developed countries (Randall et al., 2003), write Declan Bolton and S?amus Fanning of Teagasc in their outline of the molecular basis for antibiotic resistance in Campylobacter spp.
* Company News

Cryovac Rolls Out New Ovenable Material
US - Consumer-friendly ovenable rollstock is newest expansion to Oven Ease product line. The launch International Poultry of the product was during the 2012 International Poultry Expo in Atlanta.
* Global Meat Industry News

   United States

 » Americans to Consume 1.25 Billion Chicken Wings
 » Court Ruling Benefits Consumers & Ag Industry
 » Jennie-O Turkey Store Faces Fines over Safety
 » CME: Growth of Broiler Stocks but Inventories Low
 » IPE 2012: Future of the US Poultry Industry Explored
 » AMI to Co-Locate with IPE/IFE in 2013
 » Congress Urged to Reject Antibiotic Restrictions
 » JBS Expands Bond Sale through Demand
 » Groups Support US-EU Trade Agreement
 » CME: China Milk Powder, Whey Imports +17% in 2011
 » Jim Sumner Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
 » IPE Week Attracts More Than 20,500
 » Building a Culture of Sustainability
 » Energy Efficiency Measures at Cargill Beef Plant
 » CME: NDM Prices Continue to Slide
 » CME: Margins Fall for Beef Packers/ Tighten for Pork
 » CME: Less Replacements in the Pipeline
 » Cattle Outlook: Retail Beef Prices Set Record
 » Hog Outlook: Hog Prices Ended Last Week Evenly
 » NFU Will Not Support Legislative Changes to COOL
 » New US Poultry & Egg Association Chairman
 » Pork?s Demand Indicators Holding Strong
 » CME: Butter Falls to 21-Month Low
 » IPE Conference Addresses Poultry Industry Concerns
 » Symposium Focuses on Quality in Rendered Products
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » CME: Farm Profitability Slipping


 » Working Together for a Sustainable Sefood Future
 » Australia Uses 99 per cent of EU Sheepmeat Quota
 » Cattle Prices Down, Exports Sluggish
 » Japan Beef Demand Set to Rise
 » Environmental Report on AAco Processing Plant

   United Kingdom

 » Sainsbury?s is Top for Sustainably Sourced Fish
 » Reducing Risk of E coli O157
 » Snowbird Completes Major Investment Programme
 » Eggs-citing New Deli Fillers from the Happy Egg Co.
 » Government Looks to Increase Food Exports
 » Strong Recovery in Beef-Sired Calf Births Last Year
 » Roadmap to a Low Carbon Farm
 » Feed Supplement for Healthy Milk a Boost to Farmers
 » Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Meat Chain

   New Zealand

 » Changes to Dairy Regulation Won?t Make Milk Cheaper
 » Poultry Scores Well in Dietary Guidelines

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Cuts Meat Import Quotas
 » Cherkizovo Launches Natural Poultry Product Line
 » Cherkizovo Pork, Poultry Sales Volume Up in 2011


 » Philippine's Agriculture Sector Growing


 » Increasing Genetic Improvement in Beef Herds
 » Daily Dose of Enriched Milk can Help Deal With Gout
 » Australia Held Half of Korean Beef Imports

   European Union

 » MEPs Support End to Hormone Beef Trade War
 » EFSA Guidance for Food & Feed from GM Animals
 » Salmonella Cases Reduced by Almost One-half
 » EU Pig Prices: Scarcity Continues to Raise Prices
 » Why Should Spain Call for Moratorium of EC Rules?

   Sri Lanka

 » President Calls for Increased Milk Production


 » Beef Prices Fall as Cattle Supplies Rise in Zimbabwe


 » Jamaica Broilers Buys 1,700 Acres for Future Plans


 » Quality of Raw Materials is Declining


 » US Pork Sandwiches Showcased in Railway Campaign

   United Arab Emirates

 » UAE Sets Rules on Poultry and Meat Imports


 » Cargill Begins Construction of Poultry Plant


 » Spanish Farmers Call for Time to Convert Farms

That's all for this week!

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