World meat industry news

Southern African Drought Hammers Red Meat Production

  • 10 Jul 11:48

Southern African Drought Hammers Red Meat Production Poultry and red meat producers in Southern Africa are bracing for a steep rise in feed costs after drought conditions affected South Africa, the biggest grain producer in the region, writes Tawanda Korombo. The grain shortages in South Africa will be felt across the region and will have knock on effects on poultry and red meat producers. Countries such as Zimbabwe and Malawi, Swaziland and Lesotho that rely on food imports from South Africa will be affected the most as South Africa is likely to cut on exports. Zimbabwe already has food shortages and poultry and other meat producers in the country are already reliant on straight imports from neighbouring Zambia. Poultry. Read more...

Food Security in a Transparent World

  • 10 Jul 11:46

Food Security in a Transparent World Delegates at a recent conference on how to achieve worldwide food security heard about sustainability initiatives from global fast-food company McDonald's and a meat company sourcing its beef from a particularly environmentally sensitive area, reports Jackie Linden for 5m Publishing. The Nutreco AgriVision 2015 conference, held recently at Noordwijk aan Zee in the Netherlands and organised by Nutreco, offered some interesting insights into successful sustainability initiatives by some of the world’s leading food companies. Animal Health and Welfare at McDonald’s: Balancing Global and Local McDonald’s has a global presence yet it depends on. Read more...

Gay Marriage Could Threaten Australian Cattle Trade, Warns Minister

  • 8 Jul 12:11

Gay Marriage Could Threaten Australian Cattle Trade, Warns Minister Ministers opposing same sex marriage are warning Australia’s cattle trade would take an economic hit if a new bill was passed. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Leader of Government in the Senate Eric Abetz warn nearby Asian trading partners will shun Australia on cultural grounds, threatening cattle exports. Reacting to Senator Abetz, a staunch opposer of same-sex marriage, Mr Joyce told ABC news last week that South East Asian countries would see Australia as “decadent”. Australia trades with Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, China and Japan and these are culturally different to Europe, he told ABC news. He pointed to the repeated. Read more...

French Plans to Support Agri-food Sector to 2025

  • 8 Jul 12:07

French Plans to Support Agri-food Sector to 2025 Fresh moves are being made in France to support the livestock and agriculture sectors that have been rocked by low prices and poor market conditions. Last month, the agriculture minister Stéphan Le Foll called in the Ombudsman for Agricultural Trade Relations to gather evidence from the processing and distribution industry after concerns were raised over prices paid to livestock and dairy farmers. The ombudsman’s findings are due to be reported later this month. The agriculture minister also called on the agrifood chain to support farming along the chain at a time when he said the future of French pig, beef and dairy cattle breeding was being put under. Read more...

Food Prices Expected to Fall Over Next Decade

  • 7 Jul 10:51

Food Prices Expected to Fall Over Next Decade Strong crop yields, higher productivity and slower growth in global demand should contribute to a gradual decline in real prices for agricultural products over the coming decade, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook report produced by the OECD and FAO. Nonetheless, prices will likely remain at levels above those seen in the early-2000s. Lower oil prices will contribute to lower food prices, by pushing energy and fertiliser costs down, and removing incentives for the production of first-generation biofuels made from food crops. The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2015-2024 projects that agricultural trade will increase more slowly than in the previous decade,. Read more...

African Swine Fever Outbreak in Ukraine

  • 7 Jul 10:49

African Swine Fever Outbreak in Ukraine There has been another outbreak of African Swine Fever in Ukraine, affecting two wild boar. The two wild boar were found dead by a gamekeeper, and tested positive for the disease at the national laboratory. The outbreak occurred in Rovno province, in the. Read more...

Russian African Swine Fever Outbreaks Hit Village Pigs

  • 7 Jul 10:47

Russian African Swine Fever Outbreaks Hit Village Pigs Four more outbreaks of African Swine Fever have been detected in Russia, with three of the outbreaks being in village swine. There were two cases in wild boar, and both these animals were destroyed. In farmed pigs, there were five cases across the three village herds. These five animals died, and the remaining 335 were destroyed across the three herds to prevent the disease from spreading. Control of wildlife reservoirs is under way to prevent further spread, along with quarantine and stamping out measures. The outbreak occurred in Saratovskaya, in the. Read more...

Russia Hog Market - Russian Pig Business a Good Business to Be In

  • 7 Jul 10:45

Russia Hog Market - Russian Pig Business a Good Business to Be In Current live-weight price is 113 Roubles/kg ($2.09). Current grain prices put cost of food per kg for the efficient producers at 47 Roubles / kg ($0.87). Assuming feed at 60 per cent of cost for newish farms with high levels of borrowing, cost of production is about 79 Roubles / kg ($1.46) making profit on a 120kg live weight pig 4,072 Roubles ($75.60), writes Simon Gray, General Manager Russia, CIS and EU. Add to this the fact that many producers are fully integrated. In Russia this means a single business owns the process from growing crops, right through to retail outlets. In Russia the pig business is a good business to be in. With current investment costs building a. Read more...

Food Prices Expected to Fall Over Next Decade

  • 3 Jul 12:23

Food Prices Expected to Fall Over Next Decade Strong crop yields, higher productivity and slower growth in global demand should contribute to a gradual decline in real prices for agricultural products over the coming decade, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook report produced by the OECD and FAO. Nonetheless, prices will likely remain at levels above those seen in the early-2000s. Lower oil prices will contribute to lower food prices, by pushing energy and fertiliser costs down, and removing incentives for the production of first-generation biofuels made from food crops. The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2015-2024 projects that agricultural trade will increase more slowly than in the previous decade,. Read more...

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Strong Growth in Egg Output Recorded in Africa and Oceania

  • 2 Jul 12:00

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Strong Growth in Egg Output Recorded in Africa and Oceania Egg production in African countries has been increasing faster than the global rate, with Nigeria leading the league table of egg producers, reports industry analyst Terry Evans, while Australia continues to lead the field in Oceania. Africa Increases Its Global Egg Share Egg production in Africa expanded by 3.8 per cent per year between 2000 and 2013. As this far exceeded the global growth rate of 2.3 per cent, Africa’s share of world output increased from 3.7 per cent to 4.5 per cent. In volume terms, production in Africa rose from 1.9 million tonnes to 3.1 million tonnes over this period (Table 1 and Figure 1). Table 1. World. Read more...