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Wednesday 13th May 2015.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


MSD Animal Health

Environmental Pacts Changing Brazilian Beef Production

Anti-deforestation agreements in Brazil have changed the way that ranchers and slaughterhouses are producing their cattle and meat.

According to research from the University of Wisconsin Maddison that has been published in the journal Conservation Letters, the cattle producers are registering their ranches in and environmental registry and the slaughterhouses are actively blocking buying cattle from ranches that have recently taken part in any deforestation.

However, the study has also found that there are still major challenges to achieve total zero deforestation in beef production and they have called for more investment from the Brazilian Government to improve agreements that pay high dividends for forest conservation.

The three largest beef processors in Brazil - JBS, Marfrig and Minerva – have all established monitoring systems to track deforestation on their supplying ranches.

However, the study reports that cattle can be calved, reared, and fattened on properties with illegal deforestation and then simply moved to another "clean" farm - one without deforestation - just before sale.

Paulo Barreto, senior researcher at IMAZON and co-author of the paper, says the agreements need three developments to reach their full potential:

  • First, they should involve all ranches in the cattle supply chain, including the ones specialized in calving and rearing.
  • Second, the entire meatpacking industry should monitor its suppliers.
  • Third, the government should increase the quality and transparency of public information used by private companies to enforce the agreements.

The anti-deforestation agreements are being given further impetus by the retailers and customers of the beef processors with companies such as WalMart and Macdonald’s throwing their weight behind the schemes.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Report Finds Mandatory COOL Causes Meat Industry, Consumer Losses
Any policy that results in higher costs of compliance without a quantifiable benefit will likely have an adverse economic impact, and recent research shows mandatory country-of-origin labeling, or MCOOL, is one such policy.

Different Primal Cuts Make Unique Beef Patties
Ground beef patties prepared from brisket, flank and plate have unique fatty acid and sensory characteristics.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS: Rapid Growth in Asia’s Egg Output
Accounting for more than 60 per cent of the Asian total, China dominates egg production in the region, says industry analyst, Terry Evans, in his latest review of the hen egg sector in Asia.

NZ Lamb Receipts Down Beef Up
The total lamb receipts this season in New Zealand are expected to total $2.75 billion, down 1.1 per cent on the previous season.

Company News

Snowbird Targets World Flavours for Foodservice
UK - UK meat and food further processor Snowbird foods is offering caterers the opportunity to lead customers on a fine-dining tour of the world.
IFFA Exhibition on Track for May 2016
GERMANY - IFFA, the leading equipment exhibition for the meat-processing industry, will open its doors in Frankfurt am Main in a year’s time, from 7 to 12 May 2016.
Solid Quarterly Performance Reported by Zoetis
GLOBAL - The CEO of Zoetis Inc. describes the company's first-quarter performance as "solid", with a six per cent increase in operational revenue linked to the strong markets in the Americas.
Market Reports

Irish CSO Reports - Agricultural Price Indices March 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 12 May 2015
EBLEX Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 11 May 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 11 May 2015
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 8 May 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 8 May 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly - 7 May 2015
UK Egg Statistics - Quarter 1, 2015
USDA Dairy Products Sales Report - 7 May 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 7 May 2015

Global Meat Industry News

   European Union

EU Pig Prices See End of Fall
EU Pig Prices Stabilising
New CEO for Findus Group Southern Europe

   United States

Bob Evans Closes Restaurants
Producers Warned Not to Get Greedy on Hog Market Top Side
Don’t Get Greedy on Hog Market Top Side
Demand for Meat High Despite High Prices
Ecuador Bans US Poultry on Bird Flu Fears
US Restaurant Performance Declines
Domestic Meat Demand Strong but Export Weak
Pork Checkoff Backs Lean Meat in Dietary Guidelines
US Pork, Beef Exports Grew in March
March Pork, Beef Exports Show Positive Momentum
Strong Quarter for Tyson Foods
Livestock Futures Rebounding

   United Kingdom

Award for 2 Sisters’ Work on Campylobacter
Industry Leaders Urge New Government to Make Food and Farming Priority
Northern Irish Cattle Quoted Too Low in Plants
Strength of Sterling Key to Imports Rise
BPEX Pulled Pork Advert Released
Call to New UK Government for Positive Farming Agenda
New Training Requirements Significant Step Forward for Animal Welfare
Energy Saving Initiative for Bernard Matthews


US, Canada Ministers Looking to Work Together on COOL
Help for Canadian Poultry Sector to Recover from Impact of Avian Influenza
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Crucial to Canadian Livestock and Meat
New President for Canadian Meat Council


How to Assess Environmental Impact of Meat Production
Australia Still Plugging US Beef Gap
G20 Action Plan for Food Sustainability
What's in a Name? No More 'Bird Flu', 'Swine Flu'
FAO Predicts World Food Import Bill to Fall to Five-year Low


Icelandic Vet Strike Halts Livestock Slaughter


BRF Completes Lactalis Takeover
Tight Supply Kept Brazilian Cattle Prices Strong


French Poultry Companies Fined for Price Fixing
French Government Gives Aid Package to Cattle Sector


Second Successive Year of Growth for Irish Organic Market
€300 Million Beef Data and Genomics Programme Launched


Price of Chinese Farm Produce Drops Slightly

   New Zealand

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill Passes Final Reading


Australian Beef Export Growth to North America Running High
Australian Mutton Exports Continue to Fall
Middle East Sheep Meat Trade Reflecting Slaughter

   Russian Federation

Ostankino Sees Profits Rise


Atria Acquires Aalbaek Specialiteter
Improved Welfare to Affect Future Danish Pig Markets


CP Foods to Invest $500 Million in India


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