World meat industry news

Canada Market Report

  • 14 Jan 10:19

Canada Market Report As we close the books on 2015 it is always good to review. Then I will attempt the “fool’s errand” of what 2016 may hold, writes Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario. First the review: At the start of 2015 the industry was coming off the euphoria of the “Year of the Pig Farmer” with 2014 margins being beyond even the wildest of dreams. The thought probably was somewhat “no good deed goes unpunished”. So there would be some payback in 2015. I highlighted this in my commentary at the start of 2015 with this observation. “I believe this has been perhaps the main governor on expansion in Canada. It would. Read more...

2016 Begins – Observations

  • 13 Jan 12:22

2016 Begins – Observations As we begin 2016 and look towards the New Year, we find ourselves wondering what the future is in hog markets and profitability. 2 years ago now we predicted 2014 – The Year of the Pig Farmer. We believed record profits were coming and 2014 did have record profits. For 2016 we see a grinding year with some profits but mostly lots of work and lots of challenging scenarios. Our Observations If we look at current 2016 lean futures and cost of production we come up with a potential profit of $15 per head. Not bad but not a mortgage lifter. The current profit scenario is not going to stimulate significant expansion. The December 1st USDA Hogs and. Read more...

Ukraine Bans Russian Meat Imports In Retaliation

  • 13 Jan 12:20

Ukraine Bans Russian Meat Imports In Retaliation The Ukrainian government has decided to ban imports of food products, including meat, from Russia. The move is a response to the embargo placed by Moscow on Ukrainian food imports, according to Kiev. "Ukraine exits the free trade area with Russia, raises duties on all goods and puts a trade embargo on all food products manufactured in the Russian Federation, as well as on car building and engineering products," said Ukrainian Prime Arseniy Yatsenyuk, according to a statement released by the country’s government. "We are taking countermeasures. We didn’t start this war, meanwhile the aggressor will be punished.” The ban came into force. Read more...

US consumers mistaken over poultry industry

  • 12 Jan 10:59

US consumers mistaken over poultry industry Nearly 80% of Americans mistakenly believe that chicken contains added hormones or steroids, when in fact no chicken sold or raised in the US is given hormones or steroids. This is one of the findings of a National Chicken Council (NCC) survey on consumers’ perceptions about chicken production. According to the survey, 68% of Americans believe that the media portrays the care of chicken negatively, highlighting the need for chicken producers to engage in more conversations with consumers about where their chicken comes from. In an effort to recognise and respond to these concerns, NCC has launchedChicken Check In, which provides real answers to. Read more...

Brazilian poultry industry 
too big to fail

  • 12 Jan 10:58

Brazilian poultry industry 
too big to fail Is the Brazilian poultry industry too big to fail? Different large groups are buying up Brazilian poultry companies, be it in US dollars or Euros. These are not limited to poultry production but also pork and red meat companies all over the world. If adding this all together and only for this on-going year, it amounts to billions of US dollars. Here is a good question with not a very clear answer - who is financing these take-overs and in which currency? Brazil definitely needs exports to not only pay for these acquisitions but also for the very much needed modernisation and automation of poultry production facilities. The new techniques and automation needed to. Read more...

More ASF Reported in Ukrainian Pigs

  • 11 Jan 13:56

More ASF Reported in Ukrainian Pigs Three new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been reported in village pigs. In total, 44 cases were reported in village and backyard. Read more...

Russia’s food exports continue to grow – but where are they going?

  • 11 Jan 13:55

Russia’s food exports continue to grow – but where are they going? In spite of the sanctions and its own food embargo against the West, Russia remains one of the world's largest exporters of agricultural products, delivering them to 140 countries. At year-end, Russian food exports for 2015 could reach $20 billion. The basis of the Russian agricultural exports is formed by crops, vegetable oil, meat, poultry, fish and seafood. Source: Reuters In 2015, agricultural exports from Russia could reach $20 billion, which is $5 billion more than in the previous year, the Russian Ministry of Agriculture has estimated, based on statistical data for the first three quarters. More than two thirds of Russia's exports of. Read more...

Harbin to host economic zone for China-Russia projects

  • 29 Dec 12:12

Harbin to host economic zone for China-Russia projects The Chinese city of Harbin will host a new economic zone that aims to support Sino-Russian cooperation, Xinhuareportedon Dec. 23. The zone, which will be called Harbin New Area, will be the country's first to focus on China-Russia cooperation, according to the report The zone will cover an area of 493 square kilometers and will also include three districts near Harbin. Harbin was founded asa center forRussia's Chinese Eastern Railway inthe early 20th century. It had a large ethnic Russian population till the early 1950s. An increasing number of businessmen from the Russian Far East are using the city as an entry point to. Read more...

Back to Basics at Belarus Seminar for Ross GP Specialists

  • 29 Dec 12:10

Back to Basics at Belarus Seminar for Ross GP Specialists A seminar organized by Aviagen® for “Plemreproductor Broiler” of OAO “Agrocombinat Dzerzhinsky“, the Ross® grandparent (GP) customer in the Republic of Belarus, became a valuable learning source for its 15 participants. The two-day seminar which took place near Minsk combined theoretical and practical training for the attendees as well as visits to two GP farms for the participants - GP farm and hatchery managers alongside veterinarians. The underlying theme of the event was ‘Back to Basics’. Marcel Janssen, Regional Technical Manager for Eastern Europe and the CIS, talked about using the ’Back to Basics’ concept. Read more...

Latest Bluetongue Reports: More Outbreaks in France, Hungary

  • 28 Dec 12:08

Latest Bluetongue Reports: More Outbreaks in France, Hungary Outbreaks of Bluetongue continue to be reported in Europe, with 22 new outbreaks reported in France and two in Hungary last week. The fifteen French outbreaks reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health on 14 December (see top image) were of serotype eight, and caused 17 cases in cattle. On 18 December, a further seven outbreaks were reported, affecting seven cattle (see map below). The cases were detected through the use of analytical surveillance. These cases left over three thousand cattle and over one thousand sheep on the affected farms susceptible to the disease. The outbreaks occurred in the central region of France. As of December 18,. Read more...