World meat industry news

US Repeals COOL Law

  • 17 Jun 11:46

US Repeals COOL Law On Wednesday, the U.S. House voted 300-131 to repeal the mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) law for beef, pork and poultry, says a University of Missouri weekly update. This vote followed the fourth ruling against the U.S. law by the World Trade Organization, write Professors Ron Plain and Scott Brown. This is an attempt to keep Canada and Mexico from implementing retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products. Action by the Senate is still needed. The June WASDE reduced USDA's forecast of 2015 beef production by 1.1 per cent, but increased their 2016 prediction by 0.9 per cent. They are now predicting 1 per cent less beef this year than last and 3 per cent more. Read more...

European Feed Production Decreased in 2014

  • 17 Jun 11:44

European Feed Production Decreased in 2014 Members of the European Feed Manufacturers' Federation (FEFAC) showed lower compound feed production last year compared with 2013, in final estimates presented at the organisation's Annual General Meeting in Cologne recently. Compound feed production in the EU-28 in 2014 reached 153.4 million t, which is 0.5 per cent less than in 2013. While pig feed and cattle feed production dropped by 1.2 per cent, poultry feed has seen its volume of production grow by 0.3 per cent. As a consequence, poultry feed consolidated its position of leading segment of EU compound feed production, now well ahead of pig feed. The most important factor having impacted feed production. Read more...

Tensions Rising over Spread of African Swine Fever in EU

  • 16 Jun 12:27

Tensions Rising over Spread of African Swine Fever in EU Tension and anxiety is rising in Russia over the spread of African swine fever in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states. According to figures from the Russian veterinary authority, Rosselkhoznador, the number of cases in Europe has reached 482, with 85 in Lithuania, 66 in Poland, 288 in Latvia and 43 in Estonia. Russia has reported 18 cases of African swine fever since the beginning of the year and the veterinary authority said that the disease is in decline. In a new report, Rosselkhoznador has said that it had repeatedly issued warnings about the potential threat of the disease and had called for close international cooperation to prevent its spread, since it. Read more...

World Pork Expo 2015: Upbeat and Focused on the Future

  • 16 Jun 12:25

World Pork Expo 2015: Upbeat and Focused on the Future World Pork Expo just completed its 27th year, drawing approximately 20,000 pork producers and other professionals from 41 countries to Des Moines, Iowa, June 3-5. Brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), this year’s Expo featured the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, while its Junior National again set records for youth participation. The Big Grill served up 10,000 free pork lunches, a range of seminars attracted abundant crowds, and meaningful discussions about global issues, from trade agreements to the future of antibiotics, occurred throughout the week. “This year’s Expo was the best I have ever. Read more...

Not Kidding About Goat Profit

  • 11 Jun 09:21

Not Kidding About Goat Profit Goatmeat is establishing as an industry in Australia and attracting the media after a $240 million export year in 2014. This is according to Meat and Livestock Australia, hot on the heels of a television appearance from MLA's Goat Industry Development Manager, Julie Petty. New records were set last year with 2.13 million head of goats processed. International customers include the US, Taiwan and China, writes the MLA team. Kyle McDonald of McDonald Holdings, a Charleville, Queensland, goat producer who featured on Landline, has made goats an integral part of his family’s mixed farming business for more than 15 years. Market Opportunity Between. Read more...

Survey Shows Consumers' Interest in Labelling of Non-stun Slaughtered Meat

  • 11 Jun 09:18

Survey Shows Consumers' Interest in Labelling of Non-stun Slaughtered Meat The British Veterinary Association has called on the European Commission to back proposals to introduce labelling of non-stun slaughtered meat after a study found 72 per cent of people want information on stunning of animals when buying meat. The survey asked 13,500 meat consumers across 27 EU Member States their opinions on meat slaughtered without stunning. It was commissioned in July 2011 to assess the public’s appetite for labelling, after European Parliament proposals to include labelling of non-stun slaughtered meat in Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers were withdrawn in order to achieve consensus. Commenting,. Read more...

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Costs, Disease, and Lower Demand Hit Turkey Growth

  • 10 Jun 10:39

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Costs, Disease, and Lower Demand Hit Turkey Growth In recent years higher production costs, disease outbreaks and lower consumer demand have made it difficult for the global turkey industry to expand since reaching its peak of almost 5.7 million tonnes in 2012, reports industry analyst, Terry Evans. Indeed, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), output in 2013 at 5.6 million tonnes showed a cutback of 1.5 per cent on the previous year (Table1 and figure 1). While the estimates for 2014 point to a possible small recovery, the outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) currently hitting turkey flocks in the USA will almost certainly put a damper on growth there which will impact on the global. Read more...

Global Pork Prices Falling

  • 10 Jun 10:37

Global Pork Prices Falling Global pork prices were exceptionally high in 2014, at least outside the EU, whereas this year, it looks like the opposite will be true. Based on prices of exports from the four major exporting regions (the EU, US, Canada and Brazil), the average price reached over US$3.50 per kg last summer. By the end of the year, it had subsided to a more normal $2.95 per kg. Since then, export prices have continued to fall sharply and by March, the average was as low as $2.55 per kg. This is the lowest level recorded since December 2009, is 17 per cent lower than a year earlier and as much as 27 per cent down on last summer’s peak. Pressure on prices continued in. Read more...

Weekly Overview: World Pork Expo Roundup

  • 9 Jun 11:15

Weekly Overview: World Pork Expo Roundup Last week saw over 20,000 pig producers and other professionals gather in Des Moines, Iowa, US, for the 2015 World Pork Expo trade show. Covering the event forThePigSite, Sarah Mikesell spoke to some of the most important figures in the North American pig industry about some of the current major issues. Jim Long, president of Genesus, spoke about how the Russia import ban and thehuge sow liquidation in Chinawill support EU and North American markets. Mr Long said that all indications show that over 7 million sows have been eliminated from the herd. In context, 7 million sows is equal to Canadian and US sow production combined. "I believe we are going to get a. Read more...

EU Ministers Debate Future of Organic Agriculture

  • 9 Jun 11:13

EU Ministers Debate Future of Organic Agriculture EU agricultural leaders have discussed the future of organic farming, and how to solve problems in the industry. At an informal meeting of the Council of Ministers for Agriculture held on 1-2 June in Riga, the Latvian side, representing the Presidency of the EU Council, initiated the discussions on the situation regarding organic agriculture and its development in the European Union. The area of European land involved in organic farming has more than doubled since 2002, representing some six per cent of agricultural land in the region, which is six times the world average. The topic of the informal meeting was Sustainability, growth and consumers’ needs. Read more...