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Wednesday 8th January 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

Food Producers Need New Mind Set

A call has gone out for food producers to adopt a new mind set to be able to produce food sustainably and profitably.

A report for the Oxford Farming Conference this week, produced by consultancy Bidwells, says that the UK farming and food production sector has to be more open to changes in land management and must not solely consider that farmers must own the land they farm.

The report says that a mind set that is closed to new business structures, limited collaboration and a lack of investment in farm infrastructure is holding UK farming back.

In opening the conference co-chairman Adrian Ivory said that agriculture needs to play a part in the changing demographic of the world society that is seeing a larger population and changing eating habits.

In this relation the report produced for the conference Opportunity Agriculture: The Next Decade challenges farmers and farm business operators to think more widely about sources of capital and to explore agreements such as share farming or partnering with external investors.

“The context to this important research is that our farming sector has far-reaching opportunities, but it needs to adapt to profit from them,” said conference co-chairman Julian Gairdner.

He said that farm businesses need to adopt an openness and willingness to embrace change.

“It is likely that more transformation will happen in the UK farming industry in the next 10 years than we have seen in the past 50, so the industry needs to be prepared to adopt new systems, structures and partner investors, who understand agriculture.

“The report delivers some hard-hitting punches and, intentionally, it doesn’t hold back in spelling out the progress needed,” Mr Gairdner added.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Expanding Processed Meat Market Sees Growing Equipment Sector
It has become necessary to provide the global population with quality food in right quantity to fulfil the requirement of the growing population worldwide, writes Chris Harris.

Demand for More Details on Food Labels
Labels are becoming the “go to” place when people have questions about how food is produced.

Mathematical Modelling of the Dynamics and Control of Salmonella
Among the conclusions from new research reported by BPEX in no. 21 of its 'Research into Action' series was that pen floor type had a greater effect on Salmonella infections in finishing pigs than the standard of cleaning.

Alternative Feedstuffs Effect on Pig Carcase Fat Quality
Research has found that including maize germ, beef tallow, palm kernel oil or glycerol to pig finisher diets containing distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) has no effect on the improvement of carcase fat quality.

Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 6 January 2014
EBLEX Cattle Weekly - 3 January 2014
USDA Dairy Products - 3 January 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 3 January 2014
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - January 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 2 January 2014
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 2 January 2014

Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

Call to Buy British
Europe Must Not Close Doors on Genetic Modification
Wrong Direction for CAP Reforms
CAP Offers New Market Orientation for Farming Sector
Agriculture Needs Science Based Approach to Intensification
Registration Opens for Turkey Conference
Farmers Must Change Mind Set to Grow Food Sustainably
Reduce Waste and Help Solve Food Security Problems
Simple Feed Additive Could Reveal Food Safety Issues in Broilers
Stand-on Feeling for First Trading Week of 2014
Wide EU Producer Pork Price Differences
Scottish Government Launches Poultry Plan


Keohane's Seafoods Secures Tesco Contract

   United States

Smithfield Recommends Group Housing to Contract Growers
A New Year’s List of Economic Issues Impacting the Pork Industry
PED Virus Sees Pig Numbers Reduced
Guidelines for Poultry Processors to Reduce Work Related Injuries Updated
US Enhances Plans to Prevent Food Terrorism
Hog, Cattle Numbers Forecast to Return to Normal
Purdue Food Science Professor to Teach at Moscow University
US Cattle Slaughter Drops
December Hog Survey Shows Drop in Breeding Herd
USPoultry Calls for Research Proposals on Salmonella Infection
Small Poultry Slaughter Inspection System for Connecticut
Pecan Shell Extract to Protect Meats from Pathogens
Speciality Egg Sales Help Boost Cal-Maine Profits
US Dairy Prices Rising


Hungarian Tax Cut on Pig Meat Aims to Close Legal Loopholes


Local Farm Shops Big Hit With Swedish Farmers
HKScan to Sell Share in Nyhléns & Hugosons Chark
Illegal Horse Meat Sold to Sweden


Newfoundland Mussel Processing Plant Attains BAP Certification
2014 Most Profitable Year for Pork Producers?
Banff Pork Seminar Focuses on Challenges and Opportunities
Academic Advocates Fee for Antibiotics Used in Vet Medicine
Growing Interest in Accessing Recipes On-line

   European Union

OIE Action Plan on Welfare Validated
Pig Prices Show Steady Prospects for Germany


Goose Meat Tests Positive for Bird Flu Virus
Chinese Food Prices Stay Steady
GAA and Chinese Foodservice Operator Cooperate


Coles to Sell Only RSPCA Approved Chicken


Biogas Proposal to End Power Cuts at Meat Plants


HKScan Strengthens Meat Sourcing


FAS Lima, FSIS Save Peruvians’ Christmas-New Year’s Turkey Dinner


K and N’s Foods Opens Poultry Plant in US
China to Re-Examine 'Chicken Dumping' Case against US
What Future for Global Beef and Dairy Markets in 2014?


Allanasons to Build Meat Plant in Ethiopia

   Russian Federation

Stavropol Livestock Sector Retains Strong Position
Mixed Year for Russian Meat Sector
Cherkizovo Poultry Complex Opens
Russian Authorities Seize Smuggled Meat on Passenger Train
Kaluga Pig Unit Officially Opened


Opportunities for Duck, Goose Farming in Turkey


Fears of Growing Feed Shortage in India


High-welfare Investment in Broiler Farming Needs Secure Prices


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