World meat industry news

French Plans to Support Agri-food Sector to 2025

  • 8 Jul 12:07

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Sustainable Intensive Agriculture: The Route to Feeding 9 Billion by 2050

  • 2 Jul 11:58

Sustainable intensive agriculture is key to feeding nine billion by 2050. This was one of the topics discussed by Dr Sean Rickard at a conference held at the Farmers Club, London, organised by ANPARIO plc, Stuart Lumb reports. Dr Rickard is an economist at Cranfield University and a former adviser for the UK’s National Farmers’ Union (NFU). Dr Rickard has a reputation for being rather controversial and he put forward some very interesting suggestions in his presentation. Expert reports have concluded that global food production will need to rise by 70-100 per cent by 2050 in response to a 30 per cent rise in global population and rapidly rising affluence. Read more...

How Can US Poultry Producers Protect Flocks from Avian Flu Threat?

  • 1 Jul 12:09

Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) serotype H5N2 appear to be slowing in the US, but the potential for new outbreaks as migrating birds move south in autumn is high, reports Eric Gingerich, DVM (Technical Specialist in Poultry, Diamond V). Higher seasonal temperatures are helping, along with growth of vegetation – corn and soybeans growing in fields around poultry houses – which helps to reduce movement of dust carrying virus particles. However, during summer, migratory waterfowl flyways intermingle in the Arctic, so with the coming of autumn and the return of infected birds, resurgence in H5N2 outbreaks is likely. It can become. Read more...

Further African Swine Fever Reported in Russia

  • 1 Jul 12:07

One new outbreak of African Swine Fever has been reported in Russia. One wild boar was affected, which was later destroyed. The outbreak occurred in the Kurskaya Oblast, in. Read more...