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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 29 October 2014

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Wednesday 29th October 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

MSD Animal Health


Mixed Fortunes of Global Beef Prices

The vagaries and disparity of global cattle and beef prices could be seen either side of the Atlantic this week.

In the US, the cattle producers and processors are basking in some of the higher=st cattle prices they have seen.

Liveweight fed cattle sold on a live weight bases at $169.67 per hundredweight, over $36 above a year ago according to Professors Ron Plain and Scott Brown, University of Missouri.

The 5 area average dressed price for steers gained $6.05 this week to $263.80/cwt. A year ago the dressed price averaged $207.80/cwt.

Boxed beef cutout values for choice carcases were $247.04/cwt, down $1.87 from last Friday but up $46.85 from a year ago.

The select cutout was $232.44/cwt, down $2.09 for the week, but $47.26 higher than last year.

However, in Ireland, beef producers held protests outside the grate of the processing plants angry that there was up to €350 per head difference between Irish and UK cattle prices.

IFA President, Eddie Downey, challenged the meat plants to explain their failure to pass back recent UK market price increases of over €100 per head.

He said for the past 12 months, the factories have hammered farmers with loss- making prices and specification cuts that have inflicted serious income damage on producers.

Current prices in the UK for R grade steers are running at the equivalent of €4.74/kg, which is €1/kg higher than the €3.73/kg Irish price.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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Poultry Meat Sector in Australia
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Company News

“YouTube-Proof” Topic for Discussion at 2015 IPPE
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Zoetis: New European Research Centre Specialising in Livestock Disease
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Market Reports

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Irish CSO Reports - Livestock Slaughterings September 2014
USDA International Egg and Poultry 28 October
USDA International Meat Review - 23 October 2014
USDA Livestock Slaughter - 23 October 2014
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Global Meat Industry News

   United States

FDA Finds Positive and Negative Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance
Cattle Outlook: Fed Cattle Set Another Record
US Imported Beef Market Steady
Pig Meat Workers Encouraged to Get Flu Jab
Frozen Meat and Poultry Stocks Fall
New Survey of US Slaughter Plants
APHIS Adjusts BSE Sampling Protocols
UK Sends Pig Meat Export Mission to Philippines


MRSA and Danish Pig Production in Perspective
Danish Crown to Test Antibiotic-free Pig Production

   United Kingdom

Quality Pork Limited Takes Ownership of Brechin Pig Abattoir
New Head of Innovation at Tulip
New Chair for Campylobacter Study Group
Cranswick Acquires Cooked Poultry Business
Poultry Body Defends UK Chicken Production Methods
Date, Location Set for 2015 International Turkey Conference
Cutting Environmental Impact of UK Turkey Production
100th New Poultry House for Moy Park


Importer Rewarded for Commitment to Scotch Lamb PGI
Brittany Pork Company to Receive EU Pay-out
Strong Interest at SIAL Food Show
Saudi Group Takes Stake in French Poultry Processor Doux


Olymel Expands Plant at Ste-Rosalie St-Hyacinthe
Pork Producers Would Benefit from Fixing M-COOL
Canadian Poultry Meat Processor Announces Major Investment


US Pig Skin Market Restored to China


Western Australian Pork Industry Grows Positively


MHP Reports Double-digit Rise in Chicken Meat Output


Irish Farmers Protest over Beef Prices
Irish Milk Production Seven per cent Over Quota


Indian Feed Association Acts as Platform to Resolve Livestock Issues


Japanese Pork Prices Forecast to Rise
Mitsubishi Go-ahed to Take Over Cermaq


Strong Performance from Bachoco


Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Supports Arla's Upahl Plant

   Russian Federation

Russia Extends EU Food Import Ban on Safety Grounds


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