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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 09 February 2011

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Wednesday 9th February 2011
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Editorial: Producers Raise Concerns over Beef Prices

Concern is rising in the UK that beef prices paid to producers are now falling below the cost of production.

The National Farmers' Union (NFU) beef group has issued an alert calling on the whole of the supply chain to back British beef farmers.

The farming union has called on processors and retailers to pay a fair price.

NFU livestock board chairman Alistair Mackintosh said: "Beef prices at their current level are unsustainable - prices are nowhere near the cost of production and farmers are currently receiving on average just 48 per cent of the final retail price for their beef."

Meanwhile, at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association annual convention in Denver last week, analyst with Cattle Fax, Brett Stuart said that for the fourth consecutive year global beef supplies are expected to fall.

He said that with supplies being tight, there is a risk of global beef inflation.

He said that the food inflation index for 2010 saw food prices rise by 28 per cent.

While supplies might be tight and prices hard for beef producers, pig prices in Europe are going up. The number of pigs being sent for slaughter are not meeting demand.

In the US, analysts were concerned that the blast of winter weather could cause disruption to the hog market, but the real picture saw prices rising steadily.

In New Zealand, Beef and Lamb New Zealand reports that beef prices are remaining strong.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

The Battle Against Listeria Continues
Lactic acid bacteria are effective and are actively used to combat dangerous food-borne bacteria. Against one of the most dangerous and persistent bacteria – Listeria monocytogenes – the bacteriocin Sakacin P appears to be a promising candidate. However, use of it can cause bacteria to become resistant.
Vinegar to Safeguard Organic Pork
Consumers’ enthusiasm for natural and organic food products extends to cured pork products such as hams, bacon and frankfurters according to Iowa State University Joseph G. Sebranek.
Sustainable Food Must Respond to Local Conditions
The environmental impact of food production has been studied both by narrowing in on individual problems and examining matters more comprehensively.
UK Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics - January 2011
The UK produced 148 thousand tonnes of poultry meat in December last year according to information in Defra's UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics.
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* Global Meat Processing Industry News

   Canada

 » Consumers Encouraged to Ask for Canadian Pork
 » Support for Turkey Industry In Huron County
 » Maple Leaf to Close Prepared Meats Plant
 » Board Change for Maple Leaf
 » Participation in Assessment Programme Encouraged
 » Hylife: Initial Response to New Name Positive
 » New Meat Plant to Open in Quinte West

   United States

 » NCBA: Opportunities For US Beef Exports
 » NCBA: Bridging The Consumer/ Producers Gap
 » NCBA: Beef Industry Long Range Plan, 2011-2013
 » NCBA: Low Cattle Inventory May Turn Around
 » NCBA: Global Beef Supplies Will Only Get Tighter
 » Cooper is New USPoultry Chairman
 » Animal Welfare Certified at Whole Foods
 » No Link Between Red Meat and Bladder Cancer Risk
 » Sustainability is Important to Poultry Industry
 » Watts Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
 » Cattle Outlook
 » CME: US Beef Exports Off to a Strong Start
 » Tyson Reports First Quarter Sales Up 15 Per Cent
 » Sara Lee Divides Company
 » CME: Pork Prices Climbing Steadily

   General

 » CPF Increases International Interests
 » World Meat Price Steady; Dairy Price Higher

   United Kingdom

 » Increased Beef Kill In 2010
 » Dairy Crest Reports Strong Trading
 » UFU Opposes Proposals for Meat Hygiene Charges
 » Beef Price Continues To Fall Below Production Costs
 » Meat the New Representative
 » Scottish Pork Banner Campaign Hits the Highways
 » Cockerel Comb Being Assessed as Novel Food

   Korea, South

 » Korea Cuts Import Tariffs

   Swaziland

 » Swazi Minister Calls for End to Beef, Poultry Imports

   Australia

 » ABA Calls for ACCC to be Scrapped
 » January Cattle Slaughter Hit by Wet
   Uruguay

 » Uruguayan Cattle Slaughter Down in 2010

   Russian Federation

 » Russian Beef Imports Down in 2010

   Ukraine

 » About 100,000 tons of Pork to be Imported in 2011

   New Zealand

 » Beef and Sheep Prices Expected to Remain Strong
 » Conditional Sale of Tegel to Asian Equity Co.

   Mexico

 » Bachoco Sales Up More Than Six Per Cent in 2010

   Bahamas

 » Poultry Company Under Pressure

   Armenia

 » Less Tax for Armenian Poultry Companies for 2010

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Prices Still Going Up
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: EU

   Denmark

 » Danish Crown Takes on 150 New employees

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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