World meat industry news

Industry Trends, Like Animal Welfare, Drive Hog Slat's Global Business

  • 1 Jul 12:06

David Herring, Vice President of Hog Slat, said global industry trends drive their business and domestic and international offering. "Domestically, over the last four to five years there's been a big push on animal welfare. A lot of farms are converting from gestation crates over to group sow housing," Herring said. Wath the video here. "Globally, we are looking at Eastern Europe or China or even South America, they are adopting the practices that were proved here in the states and growing more of a modernized industry, using the technology and engineering that has been so prevalent [in the US] in the last 25 years." Mr. Herring. Read more...

Pork Commentary: USDA June Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report

  • 30 Jun 12:55

Last Friday the USDA released the June 1st Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.At first glance the June 1 Hogs and Pigs Report is bearish. 4 plus million market hogs in inventory is a daunting number compared to last year. On a 25 week production cycle an average 180,000 more market hogs a week. The current hog cash market is a disappointment. Prices are significantly lower than last year at 48? lean a pound lower or about $100 per head. That is a huge decrease. Last year we projected that PED had increased market hogs by $30 - $40 per head. We were wrong. Again, looking at current prices it was closer to $100 per head. PED. Read more...

New Phone App Allows Quick Reporting of Swine Health

  • 30 Jun 12:53

The Western Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network has introduced a new cell phone app designed to make it easier for veterinarians to report on the health status of swine in their regions, writes Bruce Cochrane. Swine veterinarians in western Canada are now beta testing a new cell phone app developed as part of Canada's swine health surveillance system. Dr Egan Brockhoff, the national animal health coordinator with Canadian Pork Council, explained the app was developed over the past six months and is currently being used by veterinarians in the four western provinces. Dr Egan Brockhoff-Canadian Pork Council: The app is designed in a way that it takes about. Read more...

Russia Extends Ban on Imports of Agricultural Products to 2016

  • 29 Jun 12:27

The Russian Government has announced that it will be extending the ban on agricultural products from the EU until 5 August 2016. The list of banned products is thought to remain the same, including beef, pork, meat by-products, fish and shellfish, milk and dairy products, vegetables, sausages and so on. RussianPrime Minister,Dmitry Medvedev, stated: "We took these decisions a year ago and are extending them in response to recent decisions of the European Union and a number of other states. We didn’t start this sanctions standoff, and mutual efforts are needed to put an end to it. Unfortunately, we have not seen any positive changes from these states so far.. Read more...

Report Shows Implications of Climate Change for Food Industry

  • 29 Jun 12:23

Global warming will have profound consequences on where and how food is produced, and also lead to a reduction in the nutritional properties of some crops, experts say in a new book. All of this has policy implications for the fight against hunger and poverty and for the global food trade. "Climate Change and Food Systems" collects the findings of a group of scientists and economists who have taken stock of climate change impacts on food and agriculture at global and regional levels over the past two decades. "The growing threat of climate change to the global food supply, and the challenges it poses for food security and nutrition, requires. Read more...

Chinese Pork Production Provides Opportunity for Global Food Supply

  • 26 Jun 11:30

The concentration of global pork production in China can be seen as an example of current problems and future solutions in food supply chains, according to a Rabobank analyst speaking at the recent AgriVision conference in the Netherlands. Jackie Linden reports. Rabobank, a finance provider for much of the agro-food sector, was a co-sponsor of the conference, which focused on strategies for bridging the gap between struggling supply and surging demand for food. Chairman of the bank’s Executive Board, Wiebe Draijer, concentrated in his presentation on the future of pork production in China as an example of today’s problems in the world food supply. Read more...

EU Pig Prices: Crash in Germany

  • 25 Jun 14:07

It is a catastrophic situation on the European pig slaughter market this week.Last Wednesday, Germany triggered a price drop. Since Germany decreased the prices, most of the slaughter companies have been undermining the market by offering even lower discounted prices. Europe is coming apart at the seams. Many quotations have already gone down, giving in to the pressure from Germany. The Dutch quotation responded to the development in Germany by quoting a corrected minus 8.6 cents. Thus, the Dutch quotation falls far below the VEZG quotation’s decrease. The Belgian and Austrian price decreases were at a corrected 3.7 and 2 cents respectively. The. Read more...

USDA Cold Storage - 23 June 2015

  • 25 Jun 14:05

Total natural cheesestocks in refrigerated warehouses on May 31, 2015 were up 2 percent from the previous month and up 4 percent from May 31, 2014. Butterstocks were up 14 percent from last month and up 26 percent from a year ago. Total frozen poultrysupplies on May 31, 2015 were up 2 percent from the previous month and up 14 percent from a year ago. Total stocks of chicken were down 4 percent from the previous month but up 21 percent from last year. Total pounds of turkey in freezers were up 11 percent from last month and up 4 percent from May 31, 2014. Total frozen fruitstocks were down 3 percent from last month but up 1 percent from a year. Read more...

Individuals Eat Less Turkey

  • 24 Jun 12:07

Few countries actually attempt to measure poultry consumption. In most instances the figures are not measures of the actual quantities consumed, but are estimates of the supplies available for consumption divided by estimates of the population, writes industry analyst Terry Evans. For chicken meat the global average is a little over 13 kg per person per year. Since 2000 global growth in turkey production at around 0.7 per cent per year has not kept pace the annual average increase in the population of around 1.2 per cent. Hence, in theory, the average global consumption of turkey meat has slipped a shade from 0.83kg to 0.77kg. However, this is a misleading. Read more...

Report Shows Implications of Climate Change for Food Industry

  • 24 Jun 12:01

Global warming will have profound consequences on where and how food is produced, and also lead to a reduction in the nutritional properties of some crops, experts say in a new book. All of this has policy implications for the fight against hunger and poverty and for the global food trade. "Climate Change and Food Systems" collects the findings of a group of scientists and economists who have taken stock of climate change impacts on food and agriculture at global and regional levels over the past two decades. "The growing threat of climate change to the global food supply, and the challenges it poses for food security and nutrition, requires. Read more...