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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 5 September 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: High Input Costs Hurt Meat Markets

On both sides of the Atlantic there are concerns over the state of the beef and pig meat sectors largely driven by rising feed costs.

In the US, pasture conditions and feed costs are seeing higher in-put costs in the cattle sector and some feedlots have destocked to a degree where they have gone into hibernation waiting for the bad times to pass and the good times to come around again.

In the UK, National Farmers' Union Livestock Board Chairman Charles Sercombe, speaking at the opening of the Livestock Event in Birmingham, said: "We've recently seen an improvement in prices on the back of tight global supply but with the increases in costs of production, many farmers are still struggling to capitalise on this. The biggest challenge for farmers facing high input prices is to convert as much of that price into profit."

Recognising that it is not just beef producers struggling, Mr Sercombe said that low returns have knocked farmer confidence and led to a contraction in the UK cattle herd.

In the pig meat sector, the USDA has reported that in response to increasing corn and soybean prices and declining producer profitability this year, the hog industry is slowly contracting as evidenced the recent upswing in weekly sow slaughter.

The larger number of cull sows over the last month pushed year-to-date slaughter levels to about one per cent less than a year ago, when it was down over two per cent in the first half 2012.

In the EU, while the pig meat sector is still being hit by high feed costs, pig prices are increasing.

And for the Brazilian producers, there is good news as the Japanese market has now opened up for Brazilian pig meat.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

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Maximizing Yield Key to Higher Returns
Procedures to increase product yield, regardless of product mix or accounting procedures, are outlined by David Beaver, Technical Processing Specialist with Cobb-Vantress, Inc. in the company's latest 'Technical Focus'.
Molecular Understanding of Tenderness: a Proteomics Approach
An increasing number of studies over the last years using different proteomics tools have led to a better understanding of postmortem proteolysis and its relation with meat tenderisation, according to Kristin Hollung and Eva Veiseth-Kent from Nofima in Norway in apresentation to the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology in Monreal, Canada.
Predicting Tenderness and Lasting Colour in Meat
If superior beef tenderness isn't enough to whet your appetite, a system that predicts both beef and pork tenderness as well as colour stability in both meats may be something you can sink your teeth into.
Housing Systems and Salmonella in Broiler Chickens
Enteric challenge with Salmonella in broilers for the first two weeks of life was more pronounced in birds reared on litter than in cages, according to new research from Brazil.
Transport Effects of Stress on Pigs and Pork Quality
Improvements in truck design and optimisation of handling and transport practices will reduce most of the stress experienced by pigs during long transport, according to a report in the 2011 Annual Report from the Prairie Swine Centre. The study was carried out by J. Brown, Y.M Seddon and H. Gonyou of the Prairie Swine Centre Inc., T. Crowe (University of Sakatchewan), T. Widowski and R. Bergeron (University of Guelph) and L. Faucitano (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada).
* Market Reports

 » USDA GAIN: Paraguay Livestock and Products Annual 2012
 » USDA GAIN: Russia Poultry and Products Annual 2012
 » EU Pig Meat Production 2011: Updated
 » Canadian Poultry and Egg Statistics - April to June 2012
 » UK Milk Prices and Composition of Milk - Review of July 2012
 » UK Poultry Meat: Production 152,000 Tonnes in July 2012
 » Irish CSO Milk Statistics Review of July 2012
 » USDA International Meat Review - 30th August 2012

* Company News

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* Global Meat Industry News

   New Zealand

 » Progressive Global Beef Developments
 » Beef Carbon Footprint Study Highlights Productivity Gains
 » New Zealand Beef Wows Tokyo Festival-Goers

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Rally is Going On
 » Risks of ASF Transmission from Russia to EU

   Ukraine

 » MHP Sees Income Soar
 » Ukraine Highlights Growth Potential

   Canada

 » Building Awareness of the Story of Food
 » Ag Marketing Boards Costly for Producers
 » Awareness of Food at Farm Food Discovery Centre

   Russian Federation

 » Kurgan Strengthens Veterinary Control
 » Agricultural Bank Invests in Kursk Pig Project
 » Broiler, Turkey Production Forecasts up for 2013
 » Russia Tightens Controls on US Pork Exports

   China

 » Chinese Farm Produce Prices Keep Rising
 » Friend of the Sea's Presence Grows in Asia
 » Chinese Pig, Human E. coli Only Distantly Related

   Germany

 » Agricultural Exports Rose in the First Half of 2012

   Algeria

 » Tax and Duty Cut to Help Poultry Producers

   United States

 » US Beef Production - Optimism Low but Conditions will Improve
 » CME: When Will Consumers See Higher Meat Prices?
 » New Resource for Producers of Raw Commodities
 » Economist Predicts Record Pork Industry Losses
 » Harris Teeter Strengthens Animal Welfare
 » Poultry Processor Fined for Delayed Payments
 » Consumer Spending and Beef Demand
 » Chilling Methods Could Change Meat Tenderness
 » Sow Slaughter Up, Pork Output to Drop in 2013
 » US Farm Exports to Reach Historic Highs
 » Packaged Meats Boosts Smithfield's Results

   Norway

 » Discovering the Uses of Wasted Herring Enzymes

   United Kingdom

 » Turkey Production Survey
 » Workshop Recommends Further E.coli Research
 » Beef, Lamb APPG Chairman to Address Conference
 » Cranswick Workers on Strike
 » Arla Raises Milk Price to 29.5 Pence per Litre
 » Vision for Sustainable Beef Industry
 » Further Studies Needed on Toxoplasma
 » Caroline Spelman, Jim Paice Go in Defra Reshuffle

   Ireland

 » Glanbia Announces Joint Venture
 » Further Beef Price Cuts Spark Anger
 » Seaweed in Pigs' Diet Extends Pork Shelf-Life

   Brazil

 » Pork Exports to Japan to Start in 60 Days
 » Largest Market Opens Doors to Brazilian Pork

   Global

 » Can Economics Add Value to Animal Health Policy-making?
 » Canadian Cattle Numbers Down - Korea, Japan Imports Up
 » China-Swedish Agriculture Agreement Signed

   Faroe Islands

 » First Silver Smelt Fishery Gains MSC Certification

   Indonesia

 » Third Fish Farm ASC Certified

   Australia

 » Traditional System May Bring Jamón to Wheatbelt
 » Poultry Industry Hit by Consolidation
 » Mixed Results for Australian Beef Exports

   Denmark

 » Arla Remains Strong in Downward Price Pressure

   Belgium

 » Ter Beke Turnover Up but Earnings Down

   Philippines

 » Home Meat Processing Promoted

   Japan

 » Beef Prices Reflect Deflation in Japan

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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