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29 April 2016
View news from United Kingdom UK Farm Profitability Fell Sharply in 2015, Latest Figures Show
UK - The profitability of UK farming fell by a staggering 29 per cent in 2015, a loss of over £1.5 billion, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU). ...
View news from Australia Australian Beef Producers Gather to Learn Benefits of Wagyu Breed
AUSTRALIA - Close to 400 delegates representing the complete beef industry production chain are gathering in the NSW Hunter Valley to learn more about the Wagyu breed....
View news from Canada Canadian Restaurant Chain Causes Uproar with Switch to US Beef
CANADA - The Canadian restaurant chain Earls Restaurants has caused controversy by switching to US beef suppliers as part of its new policy on humane sourcing....
View news from United States CME: Boxed Beef Shows Sharp Decline
US - A few quick market notes following the action in both cattle and hog futures yesterday, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
28 April 2016
View news from United Kingdom More Transparency Needed in Supply Chain to Create Fairness
ANALYSIS - More needs to be done to ensure more transparency in the supply chain in the UK to produce greater fairness for farmers, processors and retailers....
View news from Denmark Danish Ethics Council Recommends Climate Tax on Beef
DENMARK - The Danish Council of Ethics has voted that Danes should act against climate change by implementing a tax on beef....
View news from United States US Farming Groups Divided on Trans-Pacific Partnership
US - Over 100 food and farming organisations sent a letter this week to urge lawmakers to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)....
27 April 2016
View news from Global EU to Give More Money to Combat El Niño Food Security Issues
GLOBAL - €414 million of new money from the EU is going to support those countries most affected by the current food security crisis caused by El Niño and other factors....
View news from New Zealand NZ Farm Salaries Strong Despite Tough Times
NEW ZEALAND - Dry stock farmers’ salaries have seen strong growth in the last year, according to Federated Farmers and Rabobank’s 2015/2016 employee remuneration report....
View news from European Union Cost-Effectiveness of EU Animal Disease Programmes Unclear
EU - EU animal disease programmes do a good job of containing disease, but it is hard to tell whether they are cost-effective, concludes a new report from the European Court of Auditors....
26 April 2016
View news from United States Farming Group Launches Major Campaign on Benefits of Livestock
EU - Farming organisation Copa & Cogeca launched a major campaign in Brussels today to underline the multiple benefits of the EU livestock sector and meat for growth, jobs, vibrant rural areas, a balanced diet and to show the high production standards...
View news from United States CME: Bearish View of Cattle Market Prevails After Cattle on Feed Report
US - It is hard to say the words bullish and cattle market in the same sentence these days, write CME analysts Steve Meyer and Len Steiner, discussing the USDA's latest Cattle on Feed report....
View news from United Kingdom How Much Water Does it Take to Produce Meat?
ANALYSIS - As the demand for meat grows around the world and production rises, the pressure on global water resources is also growing, writes Chris Harris....
25 April 2016
View news from United States Cattle Outlook: Feedlot Placements Up in March
US - USDA's April Cattle on Feed report said placements were up 4.6 per cent in March and marketings were up 7.1 per cent. That left the April 1 cattle on feed inventory at 100.5 per cent of a year ago, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU....
View news from Global Agriculture 'Crucial' for Fighting Climate Change
GLOBAL - In addition to reducing poverty and hunger, agriculture can play a crucial role in making the response to climate change responsible and more effective, Maria-Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General for Natural Resources has said....
22 April 2016
View news from European Union EU Agri-Food Trade Continues to Increase
EU - EU agri-food exports in February 2016 were worth €10.2 billion, which is well above export values in January 2016 and even slightly above exports in February 2015, according to the latest monthly statistical report....
View news from United States CME: Cattle Inventory Expected to be Above Last Year's
US - The April Cattle on Feed report will be published on Friday by USDA-NASS, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
View news from United Kingdom UK Moves Closer to Beneficial Deal with US on Beef, Lamb
UK - Defra Secretary of State Liz Truss has announced that the country is a step closer to opening up a £60 million a year export boost, following further talks between the UK and the US to negotiate a deal....
21 April 2016
View news from United Kingdom New Consolidated Learning Postgraduate Certificate Programme from Improve
UK - Veterinary CPD provider Improve International has launched a Consolidated Learning programme to enable veterinary surgeons to gain the skills required for both a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) and a General Practice Certificate (GPCert) in Small...
View news from Global Report Urging Consumers to Eat Less Meat for Planet "Riddled with Flaws"
GLOBAL - A new report from the World Resources Institute has urged consumers to reduce their consumption of meat and dairy products to help the environment, but the meat industry has hit back by saying the report is inaccurate and flawed....
View news from United States CME: Canadian Feedlot Placements Above a Year Ago
US - Last Friday, CanFax published their monthly Cattle on Feed report which includes the two major commercial feeding provinces (Alberta and Saskatchewan), write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
View news from Global Global Decline in Beef Consumption in 2015 Linked to Health Fears
GLOBAL - New figures released by Euromonitor International, a UK based market research firm, show that global meat consumption grew by 2 per cent in volume in 2015 compared to 2014 figures, writes Eoin McCarthy....
20 April 2016
View news from Germany Livestock Waste Converted into More Useful Products in Pilot Plant
GERMANY - In regions with intensive livestock production, manure management is a problem, but a new plant presenting research results this June is showing promise in converting manure into useful products....
View news from United States CME: Beef Retail Prices Lower than Last Year
US - USDA-ERS published March’s average retail price data on 15 April. These values provide an estimate for average retail prices for pork, turkey, broilers, and beef, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
View news from United Kingdom Scottish Beef Prices Influenced by Wider Heavy Cattle Prices
SCOTLAND, UK - The continued easing of prime cattle prices has been a source of concern to farmers keen to maintain cash flows, according to Stuart Ashworth, Head of Economics Services with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS)....
19 April 2016
View news from United States CME: US Cattle Market Prices Expected to Stay Strong through May
US - Cash prices in the hog market have been trading for the most part sideways since February (see chart). Prices gained ground quickly from the January low, in part because we started from a very low base, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
View news from United Kingdom NFU Favours Remain Vote in Brexit Debate
UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has said that the interests of farmers would be best served by remaining in the EU after the referendum in June, based on current evidence....
18 April 2016
View news from New Zealand Weaker NZ Dollar Insufficient to Offset Lower International Beef Prices
NEW ZEALAND - The first half of the 2015–16 meat export season ended on 31 March 2016 and analysis by Beef + Lamb New Zealand's Economic Service shows that red meat (including beef, veal, lamb and mutton) export revenue is down, despite increased shipments...
 
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