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Monday, October 23, 2006
Scotch beef 'back at top table'
UK - Almost £3 million of Scotch beef has been exported since the export ban was lifted in May, according to latest figures. And Scottish food minister Ross Finnie said on a trip to Paris that exports to markets worldwide will continue to rise....
End of cheap corn? Sharpen your pencils
US - Dan Childs, ag economist with the Noble Foundation at Ardmore, Okla., says stocker operators have to look harder at supplemental feeding strategies and put a pencil to cost of gains in light of rising corn prices. Childs said United States has...
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Vegetables of Mass Destruction - No Chicken Left Behind
US - The government recognizes the need to keep bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), better known as Mad Cow, out of the food chain, and we all expect it to. This involves (among other things) testing animals to make sure none of them carry BSE -...
Irish fly in to raid Perth cattle sales
UK - An Irish airline boss and former Ireland rugby player yesterday capitalised on the recently reopened export market for live cattle from the UK. The international interest helped lift averages by £1,066 to £4,398 for 36 sold, a 72 per...
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Farmers still sending OTM cattle to slaughter despite ban
UK - UK farmers have sent over 180 older cattle to slaughter for human consumption since last November, despite a ban on cattle born before 1 August 1996 entering the food chain because of the increased risk of BSE. But the Department of Agriculture...
Thursday, October 12, 2006
US Loses Steam In Regaining Asian Beef Markets
US - The latest deal struck by U.S. negotiators to resume beef exports to Asia has so far yielded no new business, and trade has even taken a small step backward, with new restrictions now that more mad-cow concerns have surfaced regarding neighboring...
Monday, October 09, 2006
Despite easing of beef bans, restrictions still hamper U.S. exports
US - From Taiwan stopping importing Canadian beef products from the United States to South Korea's strict rules about bone fragments, it continues to be a rough ride for the U.S. beef industry even though more countries have begun lifting their bans...
USDA rule change speaks to need for COOL
USDA - On October 3rd, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service changed the rules governing U.S. beef exports to Taiwan, prohibiting shipment to Taiwan of beef derived from Canadian slaughter cattle. USDA opened the U.S. border to Canadian slaughter...
Friday, October 06, 2006
Mexico Opens Markets to U.S. Dairy Heifers
US - Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced that Mexico will resume trade in U.S. dairy heifers under 24 months of age. "I am pleased with this first step in reestablishing cattle trade with Mexico, but I remain committed to a broader...
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Taiwan to Stop Importing Canadian Beef Products from U.S.
US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued on Tuesday updated export requirements for Taiwan regarding fresh/frozen boneless beef derived from Canadian cattle under 30 months of age....
Monday, October 02, 2006
Poll: Japanese Consumers Warming To U.S. Beef
JAPAN - A national study of Japanese consumers by Tokyo-based Macromill for the U.S. Meat Export Federation showed that 52 percent agree with the government's decision to resume imports of U.S. beef, and roughly the same number were either positive...
Japan is fertile ground for Sask. products
CANADA - More than $500 million in Saskatchewan exports already annually flow to Japan, but there are also new opportunities to explore, Japan's ambassador to Canada said Thursday. Ambassador Sadaaki Numata met with the head of Saskatchewan Trade and...
Friday, September 29, 2006
Canada Issues New BSE Reporting Protocol
CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing a revised protocol for the ongoing reporting of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canada as BSE is eradicated from the national cattle herd. All new BSE detections will be reported...
Japanese Authorities Confirm 29th Case of BSE
JAPAN - The authorities in Japan have confirmed the country's 29th case of mad cow disease. The Agriculture Ministry said tests had confirmed that a 75-month-old Holstein cow from a farm on the northern island of Hokkaido had been infected with mad...
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
29th suspected case of mad cow in Japan
JAPAN - A cow in northern Japan is suspected of having the country's 29th case of mad cow disease, an official said Tuesday. Preliminary tests on the animal at the Ishikari Livestock Hygiene Service Center in Hokkaido prefecture on Japan's northernmost...
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Japan accepts US beef imports
US - The California Cattlemen’s Association has announced that Japan will be once again accepting imports of U.S. beef. The opening of the Japanese market came after a month-long audit of 35 meat processing facilities in the U.S. to ensure that...
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Now premium quality beef costs more than foie gras
UK - Farmers now get an average of £2.10 per kg, though the highest quality beef is almost £2.40 per kg. The price rise has been triggered by a shortage of beef supplies around the world. British beef prices have mainly been boosted after...
Friday, September 22, 2006
Reception In Japan To U.S. Beef Pleases USMEF Leaders
US - Although there is still a lot of work to do, leaders of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) say they are “extremely pleased by the reception” to the reintroduction of U.S. beef in Japan. In a telephone press conference from Osaka...
Thursday, September 21, 2006
S. Korea Keeps Option To Destroy US Beef Shipments
SOUTH KOREA - South Korea is maintaining its option to destroy or send back shipments of U.S. boneless beef and temporarily suspend exports from a U.S. production facility if a shipment is found to contain small bone fragments or other problems, a U.S....
Hong Kong Approves U.S. Beef Plants
HONG KONG - Hong Kong has lifted bans on beef imports from three U.S. processing plants, according to Meat and Livestock Australia. Australia is the largest beef exporter to Asia, a position previously held by the United States. Source: Wisconsin Ag...
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Profs work on test that checks for mad cow in living animals
CANADA - Two University of Guelph scientists expect their innovative sensor for brain-wasting infections will eliminate the need to cull entire herds of cattle suspected of having mad cow disease. The sensor performs tests on brain samples obtained...
SRM breaches reported over the past month
UK - The FSA, in conjunction with the Meat Hygiene Service and DARD in Northern Ireland, has been carrying out a survey of compliance at cutting plants with legislation relating to the removal and disposal of vertebral column SRM from 24-30 month old...
Mad-cow protein is degraded by soil
FRANCE - The rogue prion protein that causes mad-cow disease is degraded by prolonged exposure to the soil, according to French research that may close off a path of exploration as to why cattle still fall sick with this disorder. Scientists are eager...
Monday, September 18, 2006
Case of mad cow disease found in France
FRANCE - A cow in central France has tested positive for mad cow disease, the country's fifth detected case this year, local authorities said. The 12-year old dairy cow from the central-eastern Bourgogne region was put down in August after developing...
Fans celebrate return of Yoshinoya beef bowl after lifting of US beef ban
JAPAN - Japanese diners have celebrated the eagerly waited return of gyudon, a beef bowl dish by the Yoshinoya restaurant chain, after Japan lifted a ban on US beef imports. The fast-food chain took on a symbolic status during Japan's ban on US beef...
Friday, September 15, 2006
Show cattle remain BSE casualties
US - Carleton Place area Hereford producer Mack James remembers the good old days before BSE, before stringent border regulations, when a man could haul his best animals unimpeded into the U.S. for showing at the Great New York State Fair. That was...
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Canada pushing forward with traceability
CANADA - Canada’s government is offering US$1.5m in financial help to the country's struggling meat sector in a bid get traceability programs on track. The Canadian Integrated Traceability Program (CITP) is one of many government efforts to aid...
Canadian meat producers battling BSE's residual effects
CANADA - Canada's meat industry is still struggling to recover from a spat of disease scares and import bans that have crippled production. However, the lifting of trade restrictions and the implementation of feed standards has started to have positive...
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