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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 19 September 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Weather and Feed Costs Lead to Volatile Markets

Extreme weather conditions have been the driving force for severe food price spikes over the last five years.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations droughts and floods have hit cereal and grain production in the leading grain producing countries.

This in turn has had a knock on effect on the price and availability of animal feed affecting meat and food prices for processors and consumers.

The FAO together with the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme has now called for action and investment in areas to mitigate the potential for grain price volatility and for governments to avoid protectionist measures that can only help domestic markets in the short term and damage global food security in the long term.

However, while the FAO and other organisations are warning of future food price hikes, Australia has announced strong export earnings for agricultural products.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) finds that exports earnings from the agricultural, fisheries, and forestry sectors are forecast to be around A$38.9 billion in 2012–13, which is a one per cent decline on 2011–12 exports but 21 per cent higher than the average over the previous five years (to 2010–11).

Brazil is also reporting an upturn in agricultural exports this month.

The average daily Brazilian agricultural exports in September rose by 0.9 per cent, from $ 1.109 billion by the second week of the month in 2011 to $1.118 billion this year.

In the first nine days of the month, sales totalled $ 10.065 billion, partly due to a rise in commodity sales of products such as soybean meal, meat (pork, beef and chicken) and tobacco.

However, in the US, a surge in hog slaughter numbers has put dramatic pressure on pork prices.

According to Steve Meyer and Len Steiner producers have been quite aggressive in marketing hogs following the spike in feed costs and this has started to pull supplies forward.

In the EU, pig meat markets appear stable with brisk demand from slaughter companies in the south and price increases for farmers in northern Europe and supplies appear scarcer.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Validating Processes to Meet Food Safety Objectives
The effective control of any food process begins and ends with validation, Margaret D. Hardin from IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group told the 58th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology in Montreal, Canada.
Meat Quality and Sensory Attributes of a Conventional and a Label Rouge-type Broiler Strain
Cooked thigh meat from conventionally reared broilers scored higher than that from Label Rouge-type alternatives for most of the sensory attributes, according to new research from the US. Strain differences for cooked breast were minimal.
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2012 - Europe Exports One Quarter of Global Chicken Meat Traded
Europe, as a region, accounts for almost one quarter of unprocessed chicken meat worldwide and nearly all of this is from EU countrues, which also trade significant volumes of meat internally, according to industry watcher, Terry Evans in his analysis of the trends in this trade around the world. Growing self-sufficiency in Russia is reducing imports into that country, while Ukraine is looking to grow its chicken meat exports.
Irish Annual Review and Outlook for Pigs and Poultry
Both the pig and poultry sectors faced challenges over the last eyar because of rising feed costs according to the 'Annual Review and Outlook for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 2011/2012'.
Responsible Use of Veterinary Medicines in Aquatic Food Production
Melba B. Reantaso, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), looks at the responsible use of veterinary medicines in aquatic food production. Taken from the MSD Animal Health 'Bacterial Disease in Warmwater Fish: New Strategies for Sustainable Control' proceedings.
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* Global Meat Industry News

   United States

 » CME: Minor Changes to Grain, Meat Protein Production Estimates
 » JBS USA Announces Leadership Succession Plan
 » Nebraska Representative Adrian Smith a Friend of Pork
 » Cargill Safeway Join Forces in Beef Programme
 » CME: US Looks to Japan for Beef Market
 » BPI Sues ABC for Disinformation Campaign
 » Missouri Meat Processor Exempt Status Suspended
 » Free-Range Broilers Can Pick up, Carry Listeria
 » Hog Outlook: Production Costs Break Record
 » CME: Hog Slaughter Surge Has Put Pressure on Prices
 » Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens Persist in Antibiotic-Free Pigs
 » US Lean Grinding Beef Prices Decline
 » Call Renewed for RFS Waiver
 » CME: Analysing the Balance Sheets

   New Zealand

 » Blue Sky Meats Faces Reorganisation
 » Beef Farmers Profits to Drop from 2012 Record Levels
 » NZ Cattle Slaughter to Remain Stable

   Russian Federation

 » Russia's Pork Production Forecast Decreased
 » Cherkizovo Continues to Grow
 » Russia Vows to Step Up Fight against ASF
 » Crackdown on ASF Control Breeches in Tatarstan

   Brazil

 » Minister Participates in National Pork Week Launch
 » Sales of Pork, Beef to Russia Soar
 » Cattle Prices Move Higher in Brazil
 » Pig, Poultry Industries to Benefit From Tax Relief
 » Exports of Meat and Soy Increase in September

   France

 » Major French Pig Breeder to End Pig Castration
 » Glon Sanders and Duc Acquire Doux Plants

   Global

 » Global Water Crisis, an Urgent Security Issue
 » Seafood Stable Source of Protein for Future
 » Can the World Beat Global Food Price Spikes?

   Australia

 »  Australian Beef Production Higher in July
 » Agricultural Export Earning to Remain Strong

   United Kingdom

 » Reduced Meat Consumption Reduces GHG Emissions
 » FSA Decision on Meat Official Controls
 » Kelly Turkeys Scoops Two Awards in One Week
 » Poll: Public 'Appalled' over Duck Rearing Conditions
 » Advice on Expected Pork Shortage
 » Processors and Farmers Must Communicate
 » Assurance Scheme Launched for Duck Production
 » Shouts Up Two Pence But Spot Still Ahead
 » Scottish Government Support for Halls of Broxburn

   Canada

 » Troubled Pork Producer Big Sky for Sale
 » Interest in Food Production Builds in Urban Public
 » Next Generation Agricultural Policy Applauded
 » Call for Government Involvement in Hog Industry Crisis
 » Beef Products Recalled over E.coli Fears

   European Union

 » EU Agrees Faster Clearer Food Quality Labels
 » EU Pig Prices: Stabilising on the Level Reached

   China

 » Danish Delegation Visits China

   Argentina

 » Ban on Catching Bivalves over Food Safety Fears
 » Recommendations to Avoid, Prevent Trichinosis
 » Gustavo Kahl Appointed President of JBS Argentina

   Ireland

 » Traditional Irish Product Wins Organic Acolade
 » Irish Dairy Opportunities in Asia

   Iceland

 » Iceland Told to Improve Meat and Milk Controls

   Norway

 » Undesirable Substances in Norwegian Farmed Fish Low
 » Norwegian Shellfish Quality Good in 2011

   Korea, South

 » Salmonella Prevalence Varies in Korean Chicken

   Thailand

 » Thai Broiler Industry Faces Growing Pressure

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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