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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 07 November 2012

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Russia and Japan Prove Strong Export Destinations

The Russian market is offering a strong opportunity for US beef exports according to the US Meat Export Federation senior president for trade, Thad Lively.

Already, Russia has imported nearly 117 million pounds of US beef this year worth $214 million.

Pork exports to Russia are up by 30 per cent year on year and 22 per cent in value.

Despite the fact that Russia is investing heavily in its pig meat industry in a bid to become self sufficient, opportunities still exist for export growth and Russia made significant concessions on market access for both beef and pork as it negotiated its way into the World Trade Organisation.

According to the Livestock Marketing Information Center, meat exports from the US this year could be the second highest ever, despite the fact that they are showing a slippage on the record highs of 2011.

Year-to-date, beef export tonnage was down about 12 per cent or 227 million pounds. Most of the declines so far this year have been in tonnage sold to Canada, Taiwan, Mexico, and South Korea, but sales of US beef to Japan have gained momentum in 2012. In August, the Japanese purchased 24 per cent more US beef than a year earlier.

However, while there is a rosy picture for exports, there are concerns in the beef and pig sector over the numbers being presented for slaughter.

The number of pigs being sent for slaughter is up by two per cent year on year and hog futures are dropping although over the last month there has been a decline in pig meat output.

September also saw a fall in beef production.

For Australia, however, the rise in exports from the US to Japan has meant a fall off in their trade.

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries records show Australian beef and veal exports were just short of the all-time monthly record in October rising 12 per cent year-on-year, to 94,147 tonnes.

While the surge in export volumes is positive news, the rise in shipments was underpinned by increasing supplies and lower prices, not a significant improvement in demand or trading conditions.

Shipments to Japan fell 18 per cent year-on-year, to 24,537 tonnes swt, with ongoing weak consumer sentiment and increased competition continuing to place downward pressure on demand for Australian beef.

Chris Harris

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GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2012 - Asia, China Dominate Global Duck and Goose Meat Production
Although small when viewed in the context of total poultry meat production, percentage growth in the output of duck and goose meat is well ahead of chicken meat, according to Terry Evans in his analysis of the current state and future trends in these markets. For both meats, Asia in general and China in particular account for the great majority of the total volumes.
Ethnic Meat Cuts Growing in Popularity
Global trends in flavours and tastes are influencing cuts and varieties of meat being demanded in foodservice and retail, writes Sean Mannion, Meat Division, Bord Bia – Irish Food Board.
Dynamics of Trans Fatty Acids during Storage of Meat Cans
Research from the GNU The V.M. Gorbatov All-Russian Meat Research Institute of Rosselkhozacademia found that under certain conditions trans fatty acids in canned pork meat could be sharply reduced.
Genetic Diversity and Antimicrobial Resistance of E.coli O157:H7
In this Canadian study, only one animal was a 'super-shedder' of E.coli O157:H7 at both sampling periods, six weeks apart. The numbers and types of E.coli O157:H7 isolated from the cattle varied between the sampling periods and depended on the sample (faeces or hide) but transmission of the bacteria from super-shedders to low-shedder pen mates appeared to be limited. Antimicrobial resistance among the isolates was generally low.
Reports of Salmonella in Ducks and Geese
The total number of VIDA submissions from ducks and geese in 2011 was slightly lower than in 2010, with 105 submissions from ducks (compared to 125 submissions in 2010) and 41 submissions from geese (compared to 56 submissions in 2010), according to the Veterinary Laboratory Agency.
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* Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Skilled Youngsters Key to Beef Success
 » Moy Park Secures Supply Deal with Tesco NI
 » Triple Gold for Snowbird Sausages
 » Meat Processor Expands in Northern Ireland
 » Weakening European Prices
 » Government, Farmers to Work in Partnership
 » Volume and Price of Imports an 'Insult' to Producers
 » New Co-Ordinator for KellyBronze Farmers Scheme
 » Young's - Protein Manufacturing Company of Year

   Germany

 » EPP Invitation to EuroTier Pig Event

   Brazil

 » Brazil Looks to Increase Dairy Exports

   Canada

 » Maple Leaf Foods Sees Earnings Rise
 » Pork Producers Need to Give Accurate Information
 » Funding for Seafood Nutritional Information Package
 » Maple Leaf to Buy Puratone Hog Company
 » Study Shows E.coli Vaccine Efficacy
 » Sunmel Poultry Plant to Open in New Brunswick
 » Projects Stimulate More Open Communications Among Pork Producers

   Jamaica

 » Initial Assistance for Farmers Hit by Hurricane Sandy

   United States

 » R-Calf Concerned at JBS Buyouts
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » CME: Restaurant Business Slows Down
 » Cal-Maine Foods Acquires Maxim Production
 » Hog Outlook: Unemployment Threatens Pig Sector
 » Cornell Offers US Salmonella Dublin Test for Cattle
 » CME: Herd Liquidation Not as Bad as First Thought
 » Texas Firm Recalls Frozen Chicken Products
 » Beef Trading Hit by Hurricane Sandy
 » Cattle Outlook: Prices High, Meat Supplies Tight
 » Meat and Poultry Cutbacks will Come – Eventually
 » Intrexon to Acquire 48 Per Cent Stake in AquaBounty
 » CME: Election Over but What Will Be the Direction of Future Policies?
 » Industry Welcomes Back Obama

   Global

 » Burger King Reports Drop in Net Income
 » US Thick-Cut, Branded Pork Highlighted in Japan
 » GLOBALG.A.P. Summit 2012 Makes Major Milestones In Supporting Global Trade

   Mexico

 » Mexico Starts Pork Exports to China

   Russian Federation

 » Strong Opportunities for US Beef Exports to Russia

   Poland

 » OSI Builds New Plant in Poland

   Ukraine

 » APK-INVEST Sees Production and Sales Soar

   China

 » Seafood Demand Driving Growth in China's Imports
 » China Offers Huge Potential for Beef Exports

   Australia

 » Australian October Beef Exports Surge
 » Australian Lamb Processor Suffers Losses

   Indonesia

 » Stranded Beef Impasse Unlikely to be Resolved Soon

   Ireland

 » Teagasc - Impact of 'Change' Programme

   Korea, South

 » Female Cattle Slaughter Highest Ever

   India

 » Indian Beef Exports Soar in Africa, Middle Eastern

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Bottom Reached, Consolidations Start

   Denmark

 » Research to Show the Value of Organic Pork
 » Ambitious Plan for Welfare, Reduction of Antimicrobials

   Peru

 » Agricultural Production Sees Increase of 4.6 Per Cent



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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