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Wednesday 9th July 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Will Grading Changes Improve Prices and Markets?

The way that beef is inspected and graded and the prices paid by the processor have been raised on both sides of the Atlantic over the last week.

In the UK, a conference organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) called for a move away from the current EUROP system of classification with beef farmers Paul Westaway and Neil Rowe demanding a new beef carcase grading system for the UK.

Mr Westaway said that the UK beef industry does not produce a consistent enough product and needs to catch up with pork and chicken.

“Beef quality varies hugely and this is down to cattle being culled at different ages, being fed differently and being from different breeds.” he said.

At the opening of the Livestock Event in the UK, the junior agriculture minister George Eustice said that because of difficult times with low prices and hard market conditions in the beef sector, an agreement had been reached between the National Farmers Union and the British Meat Processors Association on a voluntary code of conduct on charges and specifications handed down by the abattoirs to farmers.

Mr Eustice also called for more progress to be made by the industry in the field of genetics to improve productivity.

In Ireland, agriculture minister Simon Coveney called on meat processors to be more pro-active in relation to the implementation of the recommendations of the Dowling Report on the Beef Sector.

The minister said that it was critically important to restore confidence and build trust between suppliers and processors.

“Irish beef farmers are feeling the pressure at the moment. Prices have declined significantly since the highs of last year, not only in Ireland, but internationally. That is the market reality,” he said.

“However, in circumstances where there is downward pressure on prices, it is all the more important that the relationship between processors and farmers is built on transparency and trust.

In the USA, the American Meat Science Association has recommended that grading beef carcases should be carried out by instruments and technology.

The paper by the AMSA Grading Standards Committee and created by AMSA members Dr Gretchen Mafi, Dr John Scanga and Bailey Harsh shows that instruments are much more consistent than traditional visual assessment of marbling score to determine USDA Quality Grade and are effectively sorting carcases into expected palatability groups, the major goal of USDA Beef Carcase Quality Grades.

Instruments also reduce grader-to-grader and plant-to-plant variation in quality grade application.

In Canada, The Government of Canada has made amendments to the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990, aimed at streamlining the requirements for federally registered meat establishments and those seeking federal registration.

As part of the Government of Canada's Red Tape Reduction initiative, the amendments eliminate the mandatory pre-registration of construction materials, packaging materials and non-food chemicals used in federally registered meat establishments.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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Global Meat Industry News

   European Union

Inconsistent Pig Prices Throughout Europe
EU Expects Good Cereal Harvest Increased Meat Milk Production
Beef Exports to EU Surged in 2013-14

   United Kingdom

Fighting Malnutrition Around the World with Salmon By-Products
Expansion Plans for Northern Ireland Poultry Processor
Spotlight on Beef Lamb at Business Festival
UK Pig Industry Award Nominations Still Open
Memorial Service for UK Livestock Industry Supporter
Investment Needed to Compete on Global Dairy Market
Sainsbury’s Launches First Freedom Food Rainbow Trout
UK Leads the Way on Global Awareness of Antibiotic Resistance
Changes and Opportunities at BPEX
Call for More Market Transparency and Intelligence
Supermarket Chain Launches App for Cattle Farmers
UK Poultry Body Welcomes Food Security Report
Minister Welcomes Increased Exports at Opening of Livestock Event
UK Vets Call for Antibiotic Review to Consider Animal Health
Calls Made to Produce More Consistent Beef and Shun Commodity Markets


Finnish Poultry Study Shows High Standards with Voluntary Codes

   United States

Chicken Council Declares US Chicken Safe
Strong Live Hog Prices to Continue
Congresswomen Call On USDA To Shut Down Foster Farms
More Instrument Grading Should be Used for Beef Carcases
Marketing and the Ethics of Big Food
Momentum Remains Strong for US Pork, Beef Exports
Foster Farms Recalls Chicken Products over Salmonella
US Pig Prices Move Upwards
Let’s Keep COOL this Independence Day, Says Farmers Union
Growing Antibiotic Resistance in Some Salmonella Raises Concerns
Continued Record Live Hog Prices Expected
Merger Agreed by Tyson Foods, Hillshire Brands


Tighter Controls on Penang Wet Markets
Adequate Chicken Supply Assured in Malaysia for Ramadan


Brazil Outlines Poultry Health Standards to Indian Exporters
Retail Chain Allowed to Source Produces from Farmers Directly

   South Africa

Anti-dumping Measures Boost South African Broiler Sector

   Hong Kong

New Sustainable Seafood Guide for Hong Kong Consumers


Irish Minister Calls on Beef Processors to be More Proactive
Irish Farmers Criticise Cut in Lamb Prices

   Russian Federation

Russia Considers Ractopamine Ban on Canadian, Brazilian Pork
Investigation Reveals Violations of African Swine Fever Controls


Whole Animal Approach Propels New Thinking in Animal Welfare
FAO Food Price Index Continues to Fall
Chinese Beef Import Volume Remains Historically High


Meat Sustainability to be Discussed at ICoMST Uruguay


Australian Mutton Exports Reach New Highs
Drought Drives Supply – When Will it End?
Australian Lamb Exports Go from Strength-to-strength
Australian Livestock Farmers Urged to be Proactive


PEDv Helps Strong Pig Prices in Canada
Greenpeace Calls on Canadian Supermarkets to Protect Oceans


BRF Completes Oman Acquisition


Brazil's Chicken Export Volumes Rise

   Korea, South

US Short Rib Wholesale Prices Rising in Korea
US Initiates Discussion on Animal Welfare in South Korea


June Inflation in China to Remain Flat

   Viet Nam

Four Per Cent Increase in Vietnamese Seafood Output


Qatar Faces Poultry Products Crunch


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