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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 13 June 2012

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Wednesday 13th June 2012
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Conferences Tackle Global Market Issues

The global meat and protein market is in a state of change as the developing world increases in wealth and demand for meat rises.

However, supplies of grain to feed the animals to meet the meat demand are becoming tighter. Prices for grain are rising and creating an ever more volatile market for meat.

The sustainability of the meat industry within a volatile global market was the major theme of the World Meat Congress in Paris last week.

David Nelson a food and agribusiness analyst with Rabobank told the congress that the growth in agricultural industrialisation in China has been the main reason for the growth in protein consumption and also prices. The country has changed from back yard production of livestock feeding scraps to a more industrialised production with larger herds and flocks that call for more grain to be used as feed.

He said that in the developed world meat consumption in going down, but the demand growth is coming from the developing markets while the developed markets are flat.

During the congress, the International Meat Secretariat announced that it will be joining forces with the Food and Agriculture Organisationn of the UN to draw up global standards in assessing greenhouse gas emissions caused by livestock production.

As well as sustainability, the congress also looked at issues of animal welfare and the environment as well as the fluctuating markets.

In the US at the same time as the World Meat Congress, the World Pork Expo heard that the US had record pork exports in 2011 and very strong exports in the first quarter of 2012. However, currency exchange issues and fewer exports to China will make this a more challenging year.

RC Hunt, President of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), said that the future of the US pork industry depends on free and fair trade and the continued expansion of exports.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Bedding Study: Less Can be Better
The standard in the US industry is to use four bales of bedding per semi-trailer but new research challenges that set amount, according to the National Pork Board.
Myth–Busting Boar Taint
Some of these misconceptions regarding boar taint and its management are put right by Dr Darryl D’Souza of GM Research & Innovation at Australian Pork Limited in the publication, Pig Tales from the Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food.
Reduction of Transport–Induced Stress on Finishing Pigs by Increasing Lairage Time
A longer lairage time allowed the pigs transported a short distance to recover from transport stress, according to new research from Spain.
Tracing Campylobacter jejuni Strains along the Poultry Meat Production Chain
Farm and slaughterhouse genotypes of Campylobacter jejuni, one of the most common causes of foodborne disease in humans and associated with poultry meat, were found by researchers from Spain and Finland at all the stages they investigated from farm to retail. Resistance to two commonly used antimicrobials was high in the genotypes found at retail.
Evaluation of Animal Protein Meals on Nutritional Quality
Intestinal microbial communities can be affected by animal protein meal in young chicks, according to researchers at Auburn University, and they found that the meals are a highly available source of phosphorus for broilers, regardless of ash content. They also found good agreement between different methods of assessing amino acid digestibility.
* Market Reports

 » AHDB European Market Survey - 8 June 2012
 » USDA International Meat Review - 7 June 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 8 June 2012
 » USDA WASDE June 2012
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US Leg Quarter Cold Storage Holdings

* Company News

Meyn Opens New Head Quarters with Gift to Foodbank
NETHERLANDS - On Tuesday, 5 June Meyn Food Processing Technology officially opened their new international head quarters.
* Global Meat Industry News

   United States

 » Pressure Mounts to Resolve Mexican Antidumping Charges
 » Kroger Provides Update on Animal Welfare
 » NPPC Disappointed with McDonald’s Decision
 » Multi-State E.coli Outbreak in Southern US
 » Hillshire Brands New Name for Sara Lee North America
 » WPX 2012: US Pork Exports in 2012 Not as Strong as 2011
 » Opposition to Proposed Congressional Egg Bill Builds
 » JBT Corporation Announces Major FoodTech Orders
 » Senate Proposes Legalising the Sale of Raw Milk
 » CME: Beef Supplies Higher; Pork Production Lower
 » April Pork Exports Remain Strong
 » Meat Science Award for Martha Cassens
 » April Best Month of 2012 for Beef Exports
 » 17 Per Cent of Sows Housed in Open Pen Gestation
 » Survey Shows Few Sows in Open Housing
 » CME: April Red Meat and Poultry Exports Mixed
 » Normal Trade Relations with Russia Established


 » Health Experts Say Most Pork in Kampala Unsafe


 » Beef Production Slips Two Per Cent in April
 » Farmers, Retailers Meet to Discuss Sustainability
 » Does Extended Transport Time Impact Quality?
 » Overall Lamb Production Higher in 2012
 » Consumers Happy with Free Range Standards


 » Consumers Likely to Choose GM if Benefits Clear
 » Russian Inspection of Norway's Slaughter Facilities Prosponed
 » Anglo-German Cod, Haddock, Saithe Fisheries MSC Certified
 » New Screening to Detect Adulteration in Milk
 » Open Trade Boost to Agricultural Productivity
 » Trade Top of Mind Among Pork Producers

   European Union

 » European Pork Exports to China Rise in Q1 of 2012
 » EU Pig Prices: Football Championship Inspires Demand


 » Bird Construction to Build Maple Leaf Plant
 » Alberta Innovates Awards Quality Food for Health Grants
 » Labelling Law for Beef and Pork Impeding Trade
 » Access for Canadian Beef to Peru Restored

   New Zealand

 » Sheep and Beef Farm Input Prices Increase
 » Strong Demand Keeps NZ Seafood Prices Stable


 » Chinese Farm Produce Prices Down Last Week
 » Wal-Mart Involved in Another Pork Scandal
 » Shenzhen Customs Seizes Frozen Goods


 » JBS Sues Greenpeace over Deforestation Allegations
 » Brazil Fills more Hilton Quota
 » Record High for Brazilian Agri Exports


 » WMC - Industry Warned over Unintended Consequences of Changes
 » Global Protein Market in State of Structural Change


 » Bhutan Govt Urged to Control Poultry Imports


 » Japanese Consumers A-Twitter over US Beef


 » Chicken Prices Take Toll on Wedding Receptions
 » India to Invest in Meat Processing Plants
 » Chandigarh to Get Automatic Poultry Processing Plant

   United Kingdom

 » Exchange Rate Presents Opportunity for Beef Exports
 » Temperton Report Focuses on Consumer Attitudes to Poultry
 » Export Conference Shines Spotlight on Africa
 » VION Launches Grading Day Initiative
 » New Report Identifies Multi-Million-Pound Boost for UK Meat Industry


 » Tulip Food Company Appoints New CEO
 » Fire Halts Production at Rose Poultry Plant


 » Alpro Banned from using Misleading Yoghurt Name


 » Govt Vows to Compensate, if US Beef Leads to Illness


 » Aquaculture Contributing to Future Food Production

That's all for this week!

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