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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 25 January 2012

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Editorial: Signs of Improvement for US Poultry Industry

The US poultry industry has been experiencing its worst year for more than a quarter of a century, but according to the market analyst Mike Donohue it can expect improving fortunes over the next 12 months.

Mr Donohue, Vice President at Agri Stats, was speaking on the current state of the poultry meat industry in the US at the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta, US this week.

Senior Editor, Jackie Linden reporting from the IPE said that Mr Donohue showed how many broiler and turkey companies have struggled over last year to stay in business.

He said that with the business situation so volatile, it is impossible to predict the profitability of the industry, even over the next six to eight months.

The US industry has experienced the longest period of losses for many years, said Mr Donohue, but things are showing signs of getting better.

He said there is a more stable and diversified export market for leg quarters after a period of wide fluctuations in volumes sent to Russia. Wing prices are holding up and prices of boneless breast meat were higher in December than for many years.

Because the industry has cut back volumes, Mr Donohue expects prices to be maintained during 2012 and indeed, for the next three to four years.

Volatility in feed costs is likely to be ongoing, he said.

He forecast 2012 and the first half of 2013 as offering good prospects for the poultry meat industry following a very challenging 2011 but he added the warning that the industry is vulnerable to further increases in costs, particularly of feed.

In Mexico, an investigation into breeches of antidumping regulations relating imports of chicken leg quarters from the US, has revealed the rules have been broken, but the Mexican authorities have said they are holding back on any action as the parties involved have indicated they want to rectify the situation.

In the EU, the Common Agricultural Policy celebrates its 50th annivesary this year. During its live the number of farmers and the amount of land dedicated to farming nahs virtually doubles, agricultural imports and exports have soared and agricultural trade has risen fromn €10 billion to €170 billion. However, the amount households are spending on food as a percentage of their income has halved.

Chris Harris

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* Global Meat Industry News

   United States

 » CME: Meat Supplies Little Changed
 » Exempt Status for Custom Processor Suspended
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » New Products, Processes Boost Oregon Seafood
 » CME: Milk Futures Fall
 » JBS Issues Debt Securities in US
 » Concerns over US Trade Reorganisation
 » CME: Lower Meat Supplies - Uncertain Exports
 » CME: Dry Whey Increases Slightly
 » US Modernises Poultry Inspection
 » CME: Cattle on Feed Expected to be 3.3% up on 2011
 » US Hog Prices Record High in 2011
 » High MRSA Bacteria Levels in Retail Pork Products
 » CME: Cheese stocks Built in December
 » UNL Awarded Grant for E. coli Research
 » CME: December Milk Production +2.5%
 » Meat and Poultry Demand Struggles Continue
 » CME: Price-Quantity Relationship shows Export Impact
 » IPE 2012: Things Can Only Get Better for the US Poultry Meat Industry
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » CME: Milk Futures Rebound Yesterday

   European Union

 » Launch of 50th Anniversary of CAP Campaign
 » Animal Protein Feed For Fish Only, Says FEFAC
 » EC Considers Lactic Acid Carcase Treatments
 » CAP Celebrates 50th Birthday
 » Reforms & Health on Agenda at Ag Council Meeting
 » EU Pig Prices: Scarce Supply Makes Prices Go Up

   Australia

 » Beef and Veal Production Surges in November
 » Petuna Seafoods Invests in Aquaculture Industry
 » Pig Abattoir to Reapply for Licence
 » Favourable Outlook for Australian Cattle Industry
 » Pig Welfare Standards Now Compulsory in Victoria
 » Australian Beef Exports to Russia Down

   General

 » Meat Consumption Habits are Changing
 » Positive Outlook for Beef in 2012
 » Lactic Acid Carcase Treatment will Ease Trade Concerns
 » Drought and Floods Hitting Agricultural Production
 » S. Korea gives Canadian Beef Final Stamp of Approval

   India

 » Australian Company Launches First India Store
 » Meat, Milk, Eggs, Fish Not on Deflation Diet

   Poland

 » Czechs Slap Ban on Polish Egg Imports

   United Kingdom

 » Meat Plants Audit Reports Published
 » Pork Turning Up the Volume
 » Threat from Cheap Imports Falling
 » Young Consumers Want More Information about Meat
 » Cause for Concern List Published
 » LMC: Beef Under Pressure but Spending Holding
 » UK Mega-Dairies Not Needed, says CIWF
 » UK Shows Slight Drop in Meat Production
 » New Head of Marketing for BPEX
 » Scotch Beef Biggest Selling Brand

   Korea, South

 » Retailers Make Huge Profits From Beef Sales
 » Minister Urges Push to Boost Farm Exports

   New Zealand

 » Fonterra Exports Break Records
 » Turning Off the Taps of Regulated Raw Milk
 » Great Milk Subsidy will Line Foreign Pockets

   Ireland

 » Beef Prices Increase As Shortages Continue
 » Irish Agriculture Set To Continue Growth

   Paraguay

 » Paraguay Issues Food State of Emergency

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Prepares to Import Beef from Costa Rica
 » New Contract for AKVA Group

   Spain

 » Organisation Reports High Mercury Levels in Fish
 » Pig Farming in Mallorca Declining

   Brazil

 » Egyptians Visit Brazilian Poultry Companies
 » 2011 Brazilian Beef Exports Down 10 Per Cent

   Philippines

 » Alsons Aquaculture to Export Fish to China

   Chile

 » Public Bodies Promote Seafood Safety

   Lithuania

 » Last Restrictions on Pork Import from Lithuania

   Thailand

 » EU Expected to Lift Ban on Thai Fresh Chicken

   Mexico

 » Progress in Mexican Antidumping Investigation

   South Africa

 » Concerns Raised over Pork Products Labelled Halal

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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