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08 October 2020
New COVID-19 outbreak in Germany shutters meatpacking plant
A German slaughterhouse contending with a coronavirus outbreak has been ordered to close by health authorities....
CME update: live cattle futures reach highest price since 20 August
US live cattle futures gained on 7 October but feeder cattle prices saw uneven trading....
Backlogs in global meat processing expected to last into 2021
Economic uncertainty, as well as shifts in supply and demand, has caused great uncertainty in global protein markets. The situation has been further exacerbated by outbreaks of illness due to Covid-19 at the processing level that have created bottlenecks...
07 October 2020
CME update: US cattle futures trade mixed, with live contracts edging higher
US live cattle contracts received support from the strengthening cash markets on 6 October....
Argentine farmers warn that tax cuts favour oilseed crushers and won’t prompt sales
A new export tax regime in Argentina leaves a higher levy on soybeans than processed soy oil and soy meal, prompting claims that the country is subsidising the oilseed crushing industry....
06 October 2020
CME update: strong cash markets boost cattle futures
US live cattle futures gained ground on 5 October on expectations that cash prices will remain advantageous....
05 October 2020
CME update: cattle futures sag as demand looks uncertain
US live cattle futures fell on Friday 2 October, taking a que from falling global financial markets after President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19....
COVID-19 crisis spurs automation at abattoirs
Meat processors are embracing automation as a way to keep production steady after outbreaks of coronavirus at meat plants across the world sickened workers....
04 October 2020
US passes amended version of HEROES Act, but is waiting for Presidential approval
After stalling in the senate for four months, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act will include critical relief for food insecure Americans and struggling businesses....
02 October 2020
Weekly protein digest: beef exports to China are threatened by COVID-19 restrictions
Read Jim Wyckoff's latest beef and dairy industry updates from around the world....
01 October 2020
Argentina’s beef exports to China remain at pre-pandemic levels
Argentina is expected to export about 870,000 tonnes of beef to China in 2020, matching 2019’s export numbers....
30 September 2020
CME update: cattle futures climb as demand strengthens
US live cattle futures rose on 29 September as traders noted signs of strong beef demand and expectations of firm cash cattle trading this week....
Major meatpackers refuse to pay worker benefits for COVID-19 infections and deaths
An in-depth analysis from Reuters outlines the experiences of meat plant workers who were infected with the novel coronavirus while on the job and how major meat are denying sickness and death compensation claims....
Cold chains help mitigate the COVID-19 food crisis: lessons from Uganda
COVID-19 has disrupted food supply chains around the world, doubling the number of people at risk of acute food shortages and insecurity. However, certain supply chain characteristics - including the use of cold storage - can help mitigate this and future...
29 September 2020
CME update: cattle futures inch up as cash markets look more optimistic
US live cattle futures closed higher on 28 September, reversing their low opening as strong packer margins raised expectations for higher cash cattle trade for this week....
25 September 2020
CME update: cattle futures move up as supplies grow tighter
US live cattle futures rose to their highest in more than a month on 24 September as cash markets stabilised and traders feared that cattle supplies will tighten in the coming months....
Weekly protein digest: EU beef consumption on downward trend
Read the latest beef and dairy industry updates from Jim Wyckoff....
24 September 2020
Researchers at Iowa State explore the resilience of agriculture supply chains
A new project from Iowa State University will investigate how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted the US food supply chain, with an eye for short- and long-term solutions to prevent future disruptions. ...
23 September 2020
German police crack down on undocumented workers in abattoirs
German police have searched more than 40 businesses and homes in five different states as part of an investigation into foreign workers being illegally brought into the country to work in the meat packing industry....
21 September 2020
Discovery of rare Roman cattle bones sheds new light on ancient farming
The “incredibly rare” discovery of Roman cattle bones by archaeologists has shed new light on how ancient farmers butchered and sold meat....
17 September 2020
Economic significance of Australia’s red meat, livestock industry
The recently released State of the Industry Report 2020 shows that domestic and export sales of red meat and livestock in 2018-19 totalled $28.5 billion, of which red meat exports contributed $17.2 billion and domestic sales accounted for the remaining...
15 September 2020
Beef exports impacted by reduced slaughter
It is remarkable to reflect on the myriad of circumstances that have faced Australia’s export industry over the past year. ...
10 September 2020
Ireland suspends coronavirus testing at meat plants as demand for tests increases
Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) has suspended COVID-19 testing for meat plant workers as demand for screening increases and capacity is stretched....
Canada updates its humane transport regulations
In light of Canada's recent update to its humane transport regulations, Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have launched a new webinar series to share information with producers. ...
Play it safe at UK livestock marts as Autumn sales get underway
Farmers are being urged to strictly observe public health physical distancing guidelines as the Autumn sales in Scotland’s livestock marts get underway. ...
09 September 2020
How the novel coronavirus swept through Brazil’s JBS slaughterhouses
As JBS, the world’s largest meatpacker, reported second-quarter net profits that were twice as high as analysts expected, Reuters sheds a light how the company contended with COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths among its plant workers in Brazil....
CME update: cattle futures rise as traders expect firmer cash prices
Live cattle futures closed higher on Tuesday 8 September as traders expected firmer cash values as supplies of market-ready cattle fall....
07 September 2020
Investigation opens after accidental worker death at JBS plant in Brazil
JBS SA, the world’s largest meat company, says that Brazilian authorities are investigating the death of a worker at one of its beef plants....
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