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24 February 2017
IFA Welcomes Positive Move by Minister Creed on Calf Exports
IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy has strongly welcomed the positive decision from Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to reduce inspection charges on calf exports by 75 per cent from €4.80 to €1.20 per head. He said this is a very positive boost to...
EU Agri-food Exports Reach Record High in 2016
EU - Agri-food exports from the European Union reached record high in 2016, according to annual 2016 figures....
US Beef Gets 'Hollywood' Treatment in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - Working to build and strengthen relationships with red meat buyers in Viet Nam, USMEF collaborated with a major beef importer to conduct a US beef promotion during a Lunar New Year celebration. ...
Project Launched Towards Sustainable Livestock in Africa
AFRICA - A project towards sustainable and productive livestock in Africa is launched on Thursday, by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and six African countries....
Zimbabwe to Benefit from Livestock Production
ZIMBABWE - Rural farmers in Zimbabwe and the whole of Southern Africa are set to receive a major boost in their livestock production through the expected launch of the beef value chain finance initiative this year....
23 February 2017
Trade, Investment Deals Post-Brexit Grab Spotlight at NFU Conference
UK - A panel of experts at the NFU Conference considered a number of the unanswered questions on the country’s future position on international trade and investment post-Brexit....
22 February 2017
CME: Market Ready Cattle Prices Sustain Impressive Rally
US - Market ready cattle prices, basis the USDA-AMS 5 Market average, have sustained an impressive rally from Christmas week of 2016 to early February, according to the Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc....
IFA: Cattle Prices Steady
IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said cattle prices are steady at a base of €3.80 for steers and €3.90 for heifers, with some top prices of €3.95/kg paid for heifers....
Scientists Weigh in on 'Next Frontier' for Beef Quality Research
US - When it comes to beef, certain traits, like tenderness, are easier to quantify than others....
IFA President Welcomes Strong Stand Taken by NFU President on Standards for Imported Food Post-Brexit
UK - IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the strong stand taken by the President of the National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU) by insisting that only food produced to the same standards as in the UK should be allowed into the UK post-Brexit....
21 February 2017
CME: Slip in 2016 Beef, Pork Retail Demand Indexes Compared to 2015
US - From an economist’s perspective, a demand index is a depictions changes over time compared to a base period (i.e. shifts in the demand relationship). Graphically, demand is a curve with prices on the vertical axis and quantities on a horizontal...
Gene Editing can Complement Traditional Food-animal Improvements
US - Gene editing - one of the newest and most promising tools of biotechnology - enables animal breeders to make beneficial genetic changes, without bringing along unwanted genetic changes....
First Shipment of Australian Beef Cattle Arrives in East China
CHINA - A total of 1,195 head of live beef cattle arrived in east China's Shandong Province Monday, the first batch of imported sea-borne beef cattle to the country....
NZ Trade Minister Confident Over Billion Dollar Beef Appeal
NEW ZEALAND - Trade Minister Todd McClay says he is extremely confident New Zealand has a strong case following Indonesia's decision to appeal a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling in favour of New Zealand beef and horticulture exports and says he expects...
Strike Spikes Beef Prices in Dhaka
BANGLADESH - Beef sold at Tk 500 a kilogramme around the capital yesterday with butchers hiking prices by Tk 30 to Tk 70 following their six-day strike and a weekly meatless day on Sunday....
UK Agriculture Delivers 7:1 Return on Investment
UK - A new report from Development Economics says that for every £1 invested in farm support, farming delivers £7.40 back to the economy....
20 February 2017
China's Online Sales of Farm Produce Up in 2016
CHINA - Online sales of China's farm produce continued to grow in 2016 as more farmers take to e-commerce....
Unresolved Technical Issues Could Delay Canadian Beef, Pork Access to Europe Under CETA
CANADA - The Canadian Meat Council fears unresolved technical issues could delay the movement of Canadian pork and beef into Europe under the Compensative Economic and Trade Agreement, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Costco Expansion Provides Even Greater Momentum for US Beef in Korea
SOUTH KOREA - US beef has been rapidly building momentum in South Korea, and received a further boost this week as Costco officially began converting its imported chilled beef selection from Australian beef to 100 per cent US product. ...
17 February 2017
CME: Prices for All Meat Proteins Higher Than a Year Ago in January
US - Prices for all meat proteins were lower compared to the previous year in  January, reflecting the impact of expanding meat supplies and the need to move  more  product  through  domestic  channels, according to the...
IFA Very Strong on €200 Support for Suckler Cows
IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy said the IFA is very strong in its view that vulnerable low-income sectors like suckler farming must be strongly supported and prioritised for increased targeted direct supports of up to €200 per cow....
New Livestock, Poultry Charges to Wait, Says Govt
ZAMBIA - The Government has said that it will engage stakeholders before implementing the new charges for poultry and livestock sectors....
16 February 2017
Further Increase in Hungary's December Cattle Stock
HUNGARY - Hungary’s cattle stock has been on the increase ever since 2010, according to latest data issued by the Central Statistical Office (KSH). The pig stock was down by 138,000 and sheep stock by 69,000 in the last six months, while the stock of...
Canada Ready to Export More Food to China, Says Agri Minister
CANADA - With exploratory talks on a Canada-China free trade agreement scheduled to begin next week in Beijing, Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay wants the farm-to-fork sector he oversees in government to be one of the main...
Govt to Check Odd Beef Prices Amid Industry Doldrums
SOUTH KOREA - The South Korean government is set to look into a widening price gap between the wholesale and retail prices of local beef, officials said Thursday, as it is feared to further hurt the industry and consumer spending already daunted by the...
Checkoff Debuts Revamp of Beef U Online Training Programme
US - The beef checkoff is launching a newly revamped Beef University – or Beef U – a free, online training programme focused on the latest information, insights and research on marketing and selling beef....
15 February 2017
CME: US Beef, Cattle Prices Unaffected by Beef Imports
US - Despite 'alternative facts' of beef imports flooding the US market, the reality is that beef imports have had a very minor effect on US beef and cattle prices in the last 12 months, according to the Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc....
Robust Disease Surveillance Network More Vital Than Ever, Say Leading Vets
UK - With precautions against Avian Influenza further strengthened last week and reports of Schmallenberg Virus cases across the country, the anniversary of the devastating 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak (19 February) offers a timely reminder that a robust...
 
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