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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 3 October 2012

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Wednesday 3rd October 2012
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

EDITORIAL: Pressure Still on Global Meat Markets

While the recently published US quarterly hogs and pigs report has shown a fairly static situation in the US pig industry, there are still mounting concerns that producers face an uphill struggle over the next six months.

Agricultural economist Chris Hurt predicts that many could be operating in the red for at least the next six months.

These large losses have been brought on by the extreme feed prices due to the drought, he says and there is little producers can do to change the overall situation for the industry since the pigs that will represent these large losses are already on-feed.

In the EU the pig slaughter market is shown to be stable, but for the Australian pig sector a shortage of pig meat and bacon on the global market because of the high feed prices could present opportunities for Australian farmers.

According to a report from the agricultural bank and analysts Rabobank, the EU can expect to see tight supplies of pigs and beef cattle right through 2013, with a drop in production maintaining higher prices.

"EU meat industry margins have been pressured in recent years due to its inability to fully pass on the rising pork and beef prices. With feed costs nearing 2008 records the main question is what EU beef and pork production and resulting prices will be in 2013 and 2014," the Rabobank report says.

The beef market in Brazil is seeing exports rise and the Brazilian Association of Meat Exporters (Abiec) predicts a rise of 10 per cent this year over 2011.

For US beef exporters, the Middle East is proving a strong market.

Globally, the consolidation of the meat processing industry is continuing.

In New Zealand, Alliance is to move some of its processing from its Mataura Plant to its Lorneville Plant near Invercargill.

In Scotland, while the future of Halls of Broxburn still hangs in the Balance, three leading beef processors have joined forces.

Scotbeef, Scotch Premier Meat, and Mathers (Inverurie) Ltd have formed a partnership in a move, which will see the creation of a multi-million pound meat processing facility in the North-east of Scotland.

As well as consolidating the SPM and Mathers businesses, a new state-of-the-art meat processing facility is planned for the Thainstone Agricultural Centre, near Inverurie, which is the headquarters of the ANM Group, the parent company of SPM.

In Finland, Atria Finland is to investigate methods to increase the efficiency of cured sausage production that currently takes place at the company's Kuopio plant.

With a view to maintaining its competitiveness in the tough market conditions, Atria said it will look into alternative production models for cured sausages.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Frozen Foods Could Help Reduce CO2 Levels
A new scientific report on carbon emissions produced for teh British Frozen Food Federation has overturned the belief that frozen food is more energy intensive than chilled.
Irish Cattle Outlook
Following a large increase in live cattle exports in 2010 the numbers were lower across all types in 2011. Overall, cattle exports fell by 35 per cent and the number of calves exported fell by 45 per cent. The value of beef exports was about 15 per cent higher in 2011 despite lower output volumes, according to an outlook by the Irish Ministry of Agriculture.
Building Food Safety Into the Company Culture
Maple Leaf Foods learned a hard lesson about food safety and it has transformed its commitment to Food Safety manifested in a drive toward embedding great food safety behaviours into the existing company culture, following the outbreak of Listeria traced back to the company in 2008.
Risk Profile in Relation to Toxoplasma in the Food Chain
A report from the Ad Hoc Group of the Advisory Committee on Microbiological Food Safety at the Food Standards Authority in the UK on toxoplasmosis in humans and animals found that more research is needed to build a full risk profile for toxoplasma in the food chain.
Organic Farmed Salmon Equally as Good as Conventional Farmed Salmon
A small portion of farmed salmon comes from organic farms. Now new research from Nofima is showing that this fish has the same quality as conventional farmed salmon.
* Market Reports

 » USDA GAIN: China Livestock and Products Annual 2012
 » UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - 28 September 2012
 » Irish CSO - Livestock Slaughterings Review August 2012
 » Irish CSO Milk Statistics Review August 2012
 » USDA Egg Products - 1 October 2012
 » BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update October 2012

* Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Lossie Seafoods Up for Prestigious Awards
 » Turkey Science Meeting on the Move
 » Conference Highlights How to Enhance Meat Quality
 » Milk Link, Arla Merger Approved
 » Dairy UK Targets Food Wastage
 » Team Scotland Set to Serve Specially Selected Pork
 » Get Ahead for Pig Movements Saturday to Tuesday
 » John Reed Re-Elected as BPC Chairman
 » New Online Campaign for Freedom Food Scheme
 » Moy Park Breaks £1billion Sales Barrier
 » Vacuum Skin Packaging - Reduce Waste, Improve Shelf Life
 » Difficulties Continue with eAML2 System
 » Scottish Meat Processors Join Forces
 » International Egg Awards - Winners Announced


 » S. Gulf of St Lawrence Snow Crab MSC Certified
 » Breeding Herd Sell-Off for Improved Hog Prices
 » E.Coli at Canadian Beef Processing Plant
 » E.Coli Beef Product Scare Recall Extended

   United States

 » Fish Protein Future of Fat-Reduction in Fried Foods
 » National Beef Quality Audit – Phase 3
 » Hillshire Announces Sow Housing Position
 » FSIS Guidance for Listeria Sampling Programmes
 » CME: Quarterly Pig, Hogs Report to be Released Friday
 » Hormel Announces Retirements, New Member
 » Pork Assurance Ensures Good Practices
 » Developing Workplace Safety Methods, Technologies
 » NFU: RFS Benefit to Farmers and Biofuels Industry
 » Tour of Meat Processing Plant at Meat Expo
 » Large Losses Still Loom for Pork Industry
 » Global Look at Antibiotic Use Offered at 2013 IPPE
 » CME: Increase Seen in Restaurant Performance
 » Who Suffers Most Without a US Farm Bill?
 » US Beef Remains Strong in Middle East
 » Cal-Maine Foods Reports First Quarter 2013 Results
 » Pork Month Celebration for Producers
 » Japan’s Chefs Choose US Beef for International Event


 » Brazil's Pork Exports Show Upward Trend
 » Brazilian Pork Faces Barriers in Argentina Again
 » Brazilian Beef Exports Rise
 » Value Sales Soy Meal and Pork Exports Increase

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Poultry Imports Increased


 » German Meat Consumption Remains Stable
 » New Antibiotic Laws Introduced in Germany
 » Innovations Awards at EuroTier 2012


 » More ESBL Bacteria in Danish Chicken, Less in Pork
 » New Division Director for Danish Crown


 » Increasing Sustainable Seafood Options with MSC
 » World Pork Shortage Good News for Australian Farmers


 » China's Pork Production, Consumption Set to Rise
 » Beef Consumption to Grow in China


 » Milk Shortages Could See Global Price Hike
 » Agricultural G-20 Bids to Revive WTO Negotiations
 » Americas Region MSC Certified Fisheries Update


 » Australian Beef on Big Screen in Japan

   European Union

 » EU Beef Prices to Remain High in 2014
 » EU Pig Prices: Steady on a High Level

   New Zealand

 » Alliance Group Changes Processing Operations
 » GM Cow Could Reduce Milk Allergies


 » Atria to Improve Cured Sausage Productivity

That's all for this week!

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