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Wednesday 6th August 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


US Cattle Sector Returns to Expansion

Cattle markets in the United States look ‘rosy’ and are transitioning from liquidation to expansion.

Robust domestic and global beef demand are reasons to be cheerful, according to a Cattlefax senior analyst, Kevin Good told the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver last week.

Describing the tight beef supplies and challenges to rival proteins as a ‘perfect storm’, Mr Good underlined the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus and hatchability and genetics issues in poultry for limiting pork and chicken supplies, meaning beef values are not far out of line.

Corn prices are also helping, he added, range conditions are at their third best for 20 years and exports are increasing.

But he cautioned that the next three years were open to drought conditions, with much of the industry in a 20-year drought.

“We are living in extraordinary times and prices are going to be continually strong over the next couple of years.” However, he added: “It’s easy to be optimistic today, but markets don’t go up forever.”

The environmental impacts of lamb production in the United Kingdom were discussed in The Big Debate at the 2014 Sheep Event at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern last week.

Among the key messages were that upland sheep farmers in the UK need to take the lead and work closely with environmental groups and authorities to ensure the maintenance of biodiversity and the ecology of the landscape.

There also needs to be more decisions about the preservation of local ecology taken at a local level to ensure that actions taken in the name of preservation and conservation fit the environment.

At the same event, the National Farmers Union and National Sheep Association unveiled a joint vision for UK lamb industry.

Attendees heard that lamb exports are healthy - accounting for more than one-third of production - and growing but much more consumer focus is needed to improve the dwindling domestic market.

The Vision for British Lamb Production calls for a greater uptake of tools throughout the supply chain to measure efficiency and identify areas that require focus.

A new consumer survey by Purdue University shows many US consumers gain knowledge of livestock and poultry welfare from animal rights organisations. A significant number of respondents reported they had reduced their pork purchases by an average of 56 per cent following recent media attention focusing on animal care practices used in the US swine industry.

The multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg infections linked to Foster Farms' brand chicken in the US appears to be over.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

What is Environmental Impact of Eating Beef?
Policy decisions designed to reduce animal-based food consumption stand to significantly reduce the environmental cost of food production.

Immunological Castration and Ethanol Co-products to Improve Pork Production
A report of research at the University of Minnesota into the effects of immunological castration and DDGS on the performance, carcass yield and meat quality of male pigs.

Changes in Poultry Diet Before Slaughter Can Affect Meat Quality
The pH of chicken breast meat can be affected by altering the dietary amino acid profile for three days before slaughter, according to new research from France.

Filtration System to Improve Poultry Processing Wastewater Screening
The Georgia Tech Research Institute’s (GTRI) Poultry Deboning Line Screening System is one step closer to making its way to processing plants.

Company News

Mike Kleinosky Aftermarket Sales Manager for Gainco
US - Gainco, a US manufacturer of weighing, packaging, food inspection and other yield enhancement systems for the meat, poultry and seafood processing industries, has appointed Mike Kleinosky as the company’s new Aftermarket Sales Manager.
Bug-busting Packaging to Help Poultry Industry
UK - As three of the UK’s leading supermarkets launch investigations into their chicken supplies after a national newspaper reported alleged hygiene failings within the poultry industry, LINPAC Packaging is urging manufacturers and processors to consider its bug busting antimicrobial solution to help protect consumers.
Market Reports

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BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - August 2014
USDA International Meat Review - 31 July 2014
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 3 August 2014
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USDA Egg Products - 31 July 2014
USDA Agricultural Prices - 31 July 2014
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Global Meat Industry News

   United States

'The Hill' Guest Opinion on Union Statement on COOL, Consumer Rights
Hog Supply Situation Plays Out as Expected
Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg Infections Over
Tyson Foods Marks 10 Years of Measuring Sustainability Progress
USDA Announces New Inspection System for Poultry Products
Cattlefax Says Expansion Phase Is Approaching
Pilgrim’s Pride Shows Slim Growth
Hog Outlook: Pork Cutout Values Continue Descent
Farm Bureau Federation Disappointed by Failure of WTO Trade Talks
Final Steps for New US New Inspection System for Poultry Products
Cargill Closes Milwaukee Beef Plant
Court Blocks Injunction Against Country of Origin Labelling
US Restricts Imports of Fresh Pork from Mexico
New Purdue Study Examines Welfare Views in Pork Purchasing
Mergers Help Big Get Bigger Leaving Small Helpless

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Little Price Change This Week for Slaughter Pigs
Extending Storage Time of Eggs Increases Salmonella Risk
Significant Reduction of Salmonella in Humans and Animals

   United Kingdom

Campylobacter Survey Shows 59 Per Cent of Chickens in UK Tested Positive
Creating New Vision for Lamb Production
How Does Lamb Get on More UK Plates?
Is Red Meat Production Environmentally Sensitive?
Conference Focuses on Efficiency and Profitability
Green Party Backs Antibiotic Ban Petition
Moy Park Grower Expansion Programme Success
MRSA Reported in Northern Irish Pig
Government Commits to Online CAP Application Assistance for Farmers
Minister Welcomes Improved Export Conditions for Pork to Singapore


Obama Urged to Boot Canada from Trade Talks or Gain Concessions
Cost of Change for Maple Leaf Foods

   New Zealand

NZ King Salmon Stops Selling to China

   Viet Nam

Vietnamese Agricultural Markets Experiencing Difficulties
New Regulations on Seafood Exports to Mexico

   South Africa

South Africa Offers Chickens for Renewal of African Growth and Opportunity Act

   Russian Federation

US Veterinary Watchdog Refuses to Negotiate Poultry Deliveries to Russia


Last Chance to Have Your say on MSC Chain of Custody Programme Review


Japan Likely to Lift Ban on Indonesian Chicken Products


EU, Japan Importing More Thai Chicken, Reports Thai Ministry


Philippine Processed Meat Production Solid


BRF Sees Earnings Grow by 25 Per Cent


Ban Sought on Antibiotics in Poultry


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