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Wednesday 14th January 2015.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


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Difficult Chinese Market Raises Export Concerns

While the Chinese economy is still booming, its rate of growth is starting to slow. However a growth rate of around seven per cent a year is still the envy of most developed economies around the world.

However, despite a growing economy, report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Science (ABARES) has shown that while rice, wheat and pig meat are to remain the main focus for China’s self-sufficiency policy resource constraints are going to hold back its drive on beef, sheep meat soy and feed grains.

While China strives to increase production, it is still going to be a focus for major meat and commodity exports from around the world.

However, sometimes stocks can reach capacity and in the case of milk, dairy producers in China have been feeding milk to pigs and pouring milk away in some regions because supplies are so high.

This has also had a knock on effect on other major exporters around the world, who have found this market has now dried up.

While China is a lucrative market for m any exporters, it is also seen as a difficult one to break into and also maintain.

While the country struggles with its own cases of animal disease and biosecurity, it is still very strict on ensuring that imports only come from disease free regions.

This week, China announced that it was banning imports of poultry meat and products from the US because of concerns over an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

China is a key export market for US chicken, turkey and duck products. From January through November last year, US exports to China reached nearly $272 million and the move has been described as unjustified as the US considers that a regionalised embargo would comply with World Animal Health Organisation regulations and also be more appropriate.

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EBLEX Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 9 January 2015
Dairy Australia - Fortnightly Update - 9 January 2015
USDA International Meat Review - 8 January 2015
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USDA Dairy Products 6 January 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices 7 January 2015
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report 7 January 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly 8 January 2015

Global Meat Industry News

   United States

China Bans US Poultry Imports
Chickens, Eggs, Turkeys Bring Growth to US
Chris Hodges New CEO of National Pork Board
FSIS Extends Comment Period for STEC Economic Analysis
Foie Gras Sales May Resume in California
Mixed News for US Exports
Cargill to Close Meat Slicing Plant
Meat Export Pace Slowing
Pork Exports Down in November
NFU Joins New Coalition To Promote Normalised Relations With Cuba
US Trade Deals Should Cut Trade Deficit
US Meat Exports Hit Record Value
2015 Hog Industry Will be Good; Just Not as Good as 2014
More Pork Is on the Way
Smithfield Pig Producer Freed 20 Per Cent of Sows from Stalls
Price Slump Continues to Pressure Lean Hog Futures


Danes SeeTwo Per Cent Rise in Pork Exports


Promoting Humane Animal Handling Slaughter in Liberia

   South Africa

South Africa Safeguards FMD Free Zone Status


Hilton Reports Growth in UK and Netherlands
Sustainable Guarantee for Aker BioMarine Antarctic Krill Fishery
December Food Price Index Falls
Cargill Starts Anniversary Year with Strong Sales Growth


M-COOL Uto be Discussed at Trade Advocacy Mission
Increased Transparency Key to Restoring Consumer Confidence in Food Production
Trade Delegations Helping Seafood Producers Find New Markets
Pork Production Needs to Better Match Processing Capacity to Improve Competitiveness


Atria to Modernise Nurmo Plant

   European Union

No Change in EU Pig Prices
Call to Latvian Presidency to Keep Animal Welfare Central
Uncertainty Dominating EU Pig Prices


Brazilian Agricultural Exports $6.77 billion in December

   United Kingdom

Dairy Farmers Demand Honesty From First Milk
Firm Start for Sheep Market in 2015
Head of AD Association Hits Back at Criticisms
Exit From EU Poses Risk to Farming
New Stamp of Approval for Pasture Meat
How Well are Farmers Caring for Environment?
Changes to Common Agricultural Policy to Reduce Agricultural Red Tape
Food, Farming Key to Britain's Economic Future, Says Minister
Anglo-German Scholarship Announced at Conference
Industry Prospects in Focus at AHDB Outlook 2015
Greenhouse Gas Calculator Wins Science Award
How Can Agriculture Rise to Challenge of Climate Change?


Italian Pig Meat Imports Up Again


Poultry Veal Product Given PGI Status


HKScan Sells Swedish Subsidiary


India Seeks Australian Agricultural Collaboration

   Russian Federation

Russia Blocks Poultry Shipments from Belarus


Philippines to Ban on FMD-Susceptible Imported Products


New Irish Agriculture Secretary General Appointed
Irish Cattle Prices Rising
Agriculture Commissioner Vows to Tackle Supply Chain Profit-Taking
Ireland Assesses What US Beef Ban Lift Could Mean


Slovenian Sausage Receives Protected Geographical Indication


Australian Lamb Exports Soar in 2014


Ghana Poultry Farmers Call for Promised Cash Stimulus


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