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Wednesday 19th February 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Improved Prospects for Global Meat Sector
Improved economic growth and continued growth in meat consumption offer good prospects for the global meat and livestock sector.

Richard Brown from the market analysts GIRA, speaking at the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board Outlook conference last week said that meat consumption is expected to grow by 1.5 per cent this year in volume, while producer prices are expected to remain stable or even decrease.

There is expected to be a modest growth in meat demand and feed costs for the first half of this year will be down.

The recent volatility experience by the meat and livestock sector is expected to reduce with little volatility this year.

There will be further robust growth in global meat trade by about two per cent.

While the global meat sector can look forward to improved market conditions, pig producers can also hope for better times with reduced input costs and better market prices.

Stephen Howarth from the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board Market Analysis team told the Outlook conference: “With the total EU pig herd declining, we were expecting tight supplies in 2013.”

However, the degree of the drop in production did not occur. While the pig herd numbers fell production increased and carcase weights went up and the export markets performed well.

While supplies were tight, they were not as tight as expected and pig price rises continued throughout 2013 reaching unprecedented levels.

At the same time, feed prices started to fall so that by the summer of last year, pig producers were back in the black.

“Producers are in a much better position than they were 12 months ago,” Mr Howarth said.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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Best Practices to Sanitise Shell Eggs
A report of four trials at Texas A&M University to evaluate the use of hydrogen peroxide in combination with ultraviolet light to sanitise eggs prior to washing showed the combination was superior to methods currently used by the industry but it was more expensive.

Preparing for the Changing Landscape in EU Pork Safety
The British Pig Executive (BPEX) recently held a series of meetings highlighting the growing importance of Salmonella control on pig units, with speakers offering practical advice on minimising the risks of a farm becoming Salmonella-positive. Stuart Lumb reports for ThePigSite.

Company News

VNU Exhibitions Makes Livestock Network Stronger
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Market Reports

BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 7
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - 14 February 2014
Availability & Usage of Milk by Dairies in England & Wales – December 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry: NAFTA, the First Twenty Years
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 12 February 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 13 February 2014
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 13 February 2014

Global Meat Industry News


African Swine Fever Virus Detected in Poland

   United States

CME: Beef Exports off to Slow Start, Concerns over PED
Delta Egg Farm Now Wholly Owned by Cal-Maine
2014 IPPE: Successful Despite Inclement Weather
Egg Product of the Year Award Goes to Eggland's Best
WASDE Steers Slaughter Forecast Higher
Define Your Brand or Others Will, Says Pilgrim's Pride CEO
Chick-fil-A Assures High Bird Welfare in Antibiotic Removal
Pork Demand in Great Shape
Export Data is Good News for Pork Producers
Interest in Pork Spans Many Cultures
Pork Production Forecast Lowered
Snow Impacts Australian Beef
Aquaculture America 2014: Good Food Safety Crucial for Aquaponics
Aquaculture America 2014: Transporting Live Shrimp Without Water
Free Range Pasture Raised Officially Defined
Group Calls for Action over Inspection Staffing Shortages
Chicken Industry Urged to Revise Animal Care Standards
American Meat Institute Brochure Highlights Benefits of Meat
Iowa Pork Producer Fined over Manure Discharges
Congress Group Urges USDA to Ban Slaughter of Downer Calves
Laser Tool Speeds up Detection of Salmonella in Food Products
Another US Fast Food Chicken Chain to go Antibiotic-free
Record Year for Exports of US Poultry Meat, Eggs


UK Pig Meat Company Sets Its Sights on China
Rosy Prospects for UK and EU Meat and Dairy Sector
How Big is Carbon Footprint of Food Waste?

   United Kingdom

Prospects Improving for Pig Producers
New Data Source for UK Meat Produers
Major Scottish Deal for Rattlerow, Karro Food Group
Gold Award for Gressingham Duck
Moy Park Official World Cup Sponsor
UK's Most Compassionate Cook Contest
On-line Library of Meat Facts Launched
Changes to In-spec Cattle From 1 April
Meat Sales Decline in Value and Volume Year on Year
Forage Aid Eases Unprecedented Flood Woes
Long Term UK Beef Supply to Remain Tight
UK Forecasts Still Point to Tightened Lamb Supplies
Importance of Consumers in Building Supply Chains
Exports Offer Great Opportunity for British Agriculture
Multi-million Pound Investment in Scottish Pork Plant

   European Union

Copa-Cogeca Stresses Policy Reform Must Respect 2013 Agreements
Transpacific Free Trade Agreement Could Cause Dairy 'Price War'
New Legislation to Tackle Animal Disease Outbreaks

   United Arab Emirates

BRF Acquires More Shares in Federal Foods


Study Highlights Risk of BSE Infecting Rabbits and Dogs
International Training Course on Alternatives to Pig Castration


BRF Launches Hormone-free Chicken Campaign
Two Brazilian Plants Given Russian Access


Maple Leaf to Focus on Packaged Meats Business
Kyuquot Sound Black Cod Launches into Europe
Budget 2014 Supports Canada’s Beef Cattle Producers


New Software from CIRAD Aims to Cut Antibiotic Use


High Standards Open up Canada Opportunity in Four States


Australian Beef Production Hits Record High
MLA: Weekly Cattle Summary


Beef Consumption in Japan Down in 2013


First Chilean Mussel Fishery Gains MSC Certification


China Sets Development Blueprint for Food and Nutrition
Pork Import Rejected for Failing Quality Standards
Is New Chinese Agricultural Policy Driving Production, Consumption?

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam: Hog Markets

   South Africa

South Africa Probes EU over Chicken Dumping Allegations


Irish Farmers Call on Minister to Act over Cattle Prices


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