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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 8 August 2012

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Wednesday 8th August 2012
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Concern Rises over Spread of African Swine Fever

The spread of African Swine Fever from the Caucasus to the east coast of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine has produced a wave of concern across Europe with fears that the disease could now spread to other European countries and have severe repercussions on the health of the European pig herd.

The latest outbreak, discovered at the end of July and confirmed through PCR tests on samples taken from back yard pigs in the Zaporozhye region, is worrying because it represents not so much a gradual spread of the disease, but a dramatic jump.

The outbreak has occurred 170 kilometres from the Russian border. Until now the disease has been found mainly in the Tver, Ivanovo and Rostov regions to the north of Moscow, Bryansk and Smolensk to the west of Moscow and the Volgograd and Krasnodar regions to the south as well as outbreaks in Georgia.

The furthest the disease had been found outside these regions where it has largely been confined to back yard farms and wild boar populations - although larger pig farms have been infected and have suffered severe losses - has been in the St Petersburg area where the incidence was traced to illegally dumped pig carcases.

The leap across the border is likely to mean that similar illegal transportation of pigs or pig meat products has taken place or that transport has travelled from infected regions without proper biosecurity measures being carried out.

The new outbreak has led to heightened security in EU countries including Germany and the UK.

Meanwhile, the Russian veterinary agency Rosselkhoznador has stepped up African Swine Fever control measures in the Kaliningrad region.

In the US, the effects the drought on the corn crop this year and the potential concerns over feed prices is being reflected in the pig and poultry sectors in particular.

With expected unprecedented production costs looming and expected large losses the US pig industry has started to reduce the size of the breeding herd, with the potential for reducing production in the coming year.

Also, last week, the US House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that would provide financial aid for some of the livestock producers reeling from damages caused by the worst drought in a half century.

The House has voted to appropriate $383 million over 10 years to retroactively extend the livestock assistance programmes that expired a year ago.

However, as Congress breaks for summer, the relief package went unpassed and will be taken up after Labour Day.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Chicken Output to Exceed 40MT in 2013 in the Americas
If chicken meat production maintains the expected growth this year and next, total output for the region will exceed 40 million tonnes in 2013, according to industry watcher, Terry Evans, in his latest analysis of the global poultry industry.
Know your Cattle, Grid Conditions
Commodity cattle are priced by weight class, sex or average carcase grade, but some are worth a lot more or less.
Saving Energy Using “Green” Renewable Resources
In the Spring 2008 issue of PoultryTech, an article on heat recovery was written to provide information on the potential savings from taking waste heat from refrigeration systems, writes Gary Floyd.
Processed Food Demand Drives Equipment Market
The global market for Food Processing Machinery and Equipment is forecast to reach $45 billion by the year 2018, driven by the growing demand for processed food across geographies, according to a new report from GIA on the Food Processing Machinery and Equipment markets.
* Market Reports

 » USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 2 August 2012
 » USDA Agricultural Prices - 31 July 2012
 » UK Egg Statistics - August 2012
 » USDA Dairy Products - June 2012 Highlights
 » USDA International Meat Review - 2 August 2012
 » USDA International Egg and Poultry: Brazil

* Company News

Multivac Checkweighers with Optional Metal Detector
GERMANY - MULTIVAC Marking & Inspection is launching onto the market its own checkweighers in three weight ranges.
* Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Team Red Tractor First to Olympics Finishing Line
 » Cranswick Increases Sales
 » Shoppers Urged to Help Save Britain’s Favourite Food
 » NI Milk Auction Lift Proof of Market Recovery
 » Agricultural Sustainability Priority for Moy Park
 » Fall in UK Beef Production Forecast

   United States

 » CME: Decline in July Broiler Hatchery Flock
 » Consumer Beef Trends Continue to Change
 » Cattle Outlook: Feeder Cattle Down
 » CME: Shrinking US Beef Cow Herd of Concern
 » Low Meat Prices Not Helped by Record Feed Costs
 » Irregularities in Sara Lee Spin Off Investigated
 » CME: Pork Producers Start to Reduce Sow Herd
 » Cattle Vaccine Works to Reduce E. coli O157:H7
 » Tyson Reports Drop in Income
 » Salmonella Outbreak Affects 40 People
 » BSE Case Confirmed as Isolated Incident
 » Hillshire Brands Appoints Chief Customer Officer
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Weights, Sow Sales - Wild Cards in Pork Supplies


 » Fresh Pork Price to Rise


 » MHP Reports Increased Poultry Meat Sales Value
 » African Swine Fever Outbreak in Ukraine
 » Ukraine Restricts its Pork Exports to Russia

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Reports Increased Pork, Poultry Sales
 » Agricultural Bank to Invest in Beef Complex
 » Agricultural Bank Backs Duck and Poultry Complex
 » ASF Control Strengthened in Kaliningrad Region


 » Frozen Beef Imports Underpin Volumes in Japan
 » Pork Treasure Hunt in Japan


 » Canada Gears Up Beef Promotions in Japan
 » Canadian Meat Council Calls for Voluntary US COOL
 » Maple Leaf Net Earnings Rise
 » Government Secures Market Access for Beef to UAE

   New Zealand

 » NZ Stock Numbers Holding
 » NZ Beef and Lamb Winning Fans on Facebook


 » Beef Price Drop Raises Questions on Beef Future


 » Egg Prices Set to Rise as Austere Season Ends


 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » A$200 million Investment in Dairy Processing Plant
 » Australian Beef Production Falls in Last Year
 » Pork Industry Anger over Abattoir Cruelty Footage


 » Ethics Plan to Raise Consumer Confidence


 » Marfrig Completes Asset Swap with Brasil Foods
 » Chicken Cuts for the Middle East
 » Pork, Chicken Prices Begin to Rise, Beef Maintained


 » Argentina to Rank 4th in Poultry Meat Production


 » Commercial Court Backs Barclays and Doux


 » Marfrig Completes Carbon Emissions Inventory


 » No Import Duties by Mexico on US Chicken
 » Union at Odds With Ministry Over Chicken Taxes


 » Meat Processor Demands Govt Save Its Bacon


 » Health Export Certificates for Fish Products Modified


 » Meat Processing Training in Kalinga

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Scarce Supply, Prices Steady to Rising
 » African Swine Fever Threatens All Europe


 » Social Pigs May Provide Genetic Progress


 » Fish Processing Plant Banned from Russian Market

   Korea, South

 » Korea to Import Uruguayan Beef

That's all for this week!

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