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Wednesday 20th March 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

Russian Pork Sector Consolidating

A report by the ratings agency Moody's shows that the challenges being experienced by the Russian pig meat sector are likely to accelerate the consolidation of its fragmented pork industry.

The consolidation will allow the leading producers to gain market share from the smaller farmers forcing them out of the market.

According to the Russia's Ministry of Agriculture, the number of pigs raised on domestic farms fell by 665,000 last year, indicating that smaller players may be already exiting the market, the report's author, Sergei Grishunin said.

Speaking to TheMeatSite, Mr Grishunin said that the larger producers are also better protected against the effects of African Swine Fever and the potential the disease has to hit production and profits.

The report also shows that the Russian pig sector has been hit by high feed prices as pig products have around the world.

The ratings company said that wholesale domestic pork prices have fallen by around 20 per cent since the start of the last quarter of 2012, making the situation worse for pork producers.

"The drop in prices was mainly driven by an increase in domestic pork production of around 200,000 tons in 2012 and destocking by less efficient producers in response to rising feedstock prices - a trend that has become more pronounced in the first quarter of 2013.

In the US, a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center has hit out at practices in poultry processing plants that the organisation says are putting workers health at risk.

The report, Unsafe at These Speeds, presents survey findings and aims to expose how flawed policy, lack of oversight and weak enforcement have allowed exploitation to thrive. It also offers recommendations to end it.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Physiological Responses to Low Atmospheric Pressure Stunning and Implications for Welfare
Low atmospheric pressure stunning is a humane approach that has the potential to improve welfare of poultry at slaughter according to a new study from researchers at the University of Glasgow and Wagenigen University in the Netherlands.

Shelf-life of Sliced Dry Fermented Sausage
Nitrogen atmosphere packaged sliced dry fermented sausage had almost athird longer shelf life than traditionally vaccum packed sausage according to research by the University of Zagreb and Podravka, Danica Ltd.

Swedish Report Calls for Sustainable Food Consumption
In the western world, there is a need to reduce meat consumption to help reduce greenhouse gases, according to a report from the Board of Agriculture of Sweden.

Chicken Meat in Australia: Outlook to 2017–18
Over the last decade, Australian chicken meat industry output has increased strongly at around four per cent annually and this trend is forecast to continue throughout the outlook period, according to Clay Mifsud and Caitlin Murray in the latest quarterly 'Agricultural Commodities' report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

Effect of Feeding Budgeting Strategy on Carcase Characteristics of Finishing Pigs
Over and under budgeting during finishing have minimal impact on net returns, but as additional efforts are made to minimize feed costs in the finishing phase, formulating early finishing diets slightly lower than the pigs' physiological needs may offer an opportunity for feed savings, according to a study by H. L. Frobose, J. M. DeRouchey, D. Ryder, M. D. Tokach, S. S. Dritz, R. D. Good and, and J. L. Nelssen presented at the Kansas State Swine Day.

Some Cheeses Exceed EU Contaminant Levels
Research from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) into cheeses on sale at supermarkets has shown that some exceed the levels of organochloride contaminants.

Company News

GERMANY - Packaging company MULTIVAC will be offering visitors to the meat industry exhibition IFFA five practical seminars daily on various technical and legal aspects of packaging meat products.
Market Reports

National Dairy Products Sales Report Highlights - 13 March 2013
Utilisation of Milk by Dairies in England & Wales – January 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 14 March 2013
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - March 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 14 March 2013
USDA International Meat Review - 14 March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 15 March 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 11
USDA GAIN: Republic of Korea Livestock and Products Semi-Annual 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 18 March 2013
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 19 March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 19 March 2013
USDA Milk Production - March 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 20 March 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry - 20 march 2013
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 20 March 2013

Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

New Exporter Group Heads Cheese Promotion Drive
Greens Label CAP Reforms as 'Agri-business as Usual'
Can Myths over Antimicrobial Resistance be Broken?
Decline in Republic of Ireland Imports
California Dairies Should Explore Export Potential
BPC, Morrisons and Cross-party Group Deliver Petition to Treasury
Near Record Pork Exports
Research Call for Assessment on Effilé Poultry Production
Dunbia to Buy G. Wood
Snowbird Rides Out Horse Meat Scandal
New Campaign to Push Easter Beef and Lamb
UK Trade Delegation Targets New Agri-technology Markets
LMC: Higher Prices Available as Numbers Tighten
Cutting Plant Suspension Lifted


Proposed Changes Expected to Make US M-COOL More Onerous
Study Could Shed Light on Prion Adaptation
Introduction of New Euthanasia Device Considered Timely
Pork Producers Reject Proposed Amendments to M-COOL
Calgary Co-op Members in Favour of 'Ethical' Eggs, Pork
Canada Helping Meat Processors Stay Competitive


Beef and Lamb Consumption Drops Following Output Decrease
Innovation and Optimisation in French Fish Auctions
Illegal Sheep Meat Impounded


China's Farm Produce Prices Retreat
46 Sentenced for Selling Diseased Pork
Unstable Market Conditions Make 2012 Challenging Year for Tianli
Guangdong Proposes Ban on Dumping Animal Carcases
Chinese Pork Industry Consolidation Boosts Zhongpin's Results
Chinese Consumers Aware of Food Safety

   United States

Harvest Meat Acquires Randal Farms Distribution Network
CME: Proposed Changes to MCOOL Not What Mexico, Canada Expected
CME: Canada, Mexico Critical for US Beef, Pork Shipments
Legistlation to Restrict Antibiotic Use Introduced - Again
Bob Evans Farms to Change Sow Housing Policy
Chicken Products Recalled
University Study Shows Economic Impact of Missouri Dairying
House of Raeford Pulls Out of Commodity Turkey Business
Report Attacks Conditions in Poultry Plants
Poultry Processor Faces 43 Charges After Death at Plant
NPPC Welcomes Japan into TPP Talks
Smithfield Packing to Close Maryland Plant
Mountaire Expands Frozen, Boneless Chicken Capacity
US Takes Indonesia to WTO Disputes Panel over Trade Restrictions
Poultry Groups See Potential of Indonesian Market
Keeping First Quarter Carcase Cutout Prices in Perspective
Cattle Outlook: USDA Cancels July Inventory to Reduce Costs
CME: Retail Prices for Meat, Poultry Proteins Stay Strong
ConAgra Foods Starts Work on Frozen Meal Expansion
Beef Board Research Shows Why Millennials Matter


Worldwide Conference on Antimicrobial Agents in Animals
Balancing More Food and Energy with Less Pollution
FAO: World Not Coping Well with Change in Diets


VIV ASIA: Animal Health Summit Sets Direction for Safe and Healthy Production
VIV ASIA: Animal Protein Professionals Unite at Top Industry Event
VIV ASIA: UK Trade Delegation Targets Agri-Technology Markets in Asia
CPF Studies Carbon Footprint
Record Attendance for IPC Meeting in Bangkok
VIV ASIA 2013: Opening Ceremony


Spain: Hog Markets


JBS Sees Rise in Sales and Income


Australian January Lamb Slaughter Higher
Indonesian Cattle Export Ban Hits AACo
Australian Beef Exports to China Reach New Highs


Imported Beef Stocks Lower in Japan

   Russian Federation

Strong Performance from Cherkizovo Group
Russian Food Authority Finds Horsemeat in Sausages
Russia Tells US to Prove Absence of Ractopamine in Meat Products
Consolidation in Russian Pork Sector Boost for Major Players

   New Zealand

Silver Fern in Blood Plasma Deal with Biotech Company
Farmers Back PGP Collaboration Programme
NZ Pork Loses Appeal over Imported Raw Meat Risk
New Zealand Trims Lamb Production Forecasts

   European Union

Mixed Feelings over CAP Vote
EC Fires Starting Gun for EU-US Trade Talks
EU Earmarks €15m for Food and Feed Safety Testing


BlackSpot Treatment Gives Prawns Quality Boost
New Domestic Market Manager for Danish Crown
Denmark Strengthens Relations with China in Animal Science
New CEO of Friland, DC Subsidiary


Aquaculture Growth Demands Alternative Feed Ingredients


Norway Agency to File Report over Pork in Halal Food

   Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Key Dairy Growth Market

   South Africa

South Africa's Ag Minister to Open Congress


Global Poultry Trends 2011




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