Vietnam culls 2.5 million pigs to halt African swine fever outbreak

Vietnam has culled more than 2.5 million pigs to contain the spread of an African swine fever outbreak that is in danger of infecting every province of the country, an agriculture ministry official said on Tuesday.

The virus, which is deadly to pigs, was first detected in Vietnam in February and has spread to farms in 58 of the country’s 63 provinces, according to Nguyen Van Long, head of epidemiology at Vietnam’s Department of Animal Health.

A second senior official at the department said that it was “only a matter of time” before the disease spreads to all 63 provinces. The official declined to be identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

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Khanh Vu

Meat-loving Brazil joins the search for plant-based alternatives

Beef-crazy Brazil, with its all-you-can-eat steak houses, world-leading meat packers and more cattle than people, is not the first place you might look for plant-based alternatives to meat.

But companies from JBS SA, the largest beef producer in the world, to BRF SA, the No.1 chicken exporter, are looking to tap a wave of interest from environmentally conscious eaters seeking vegetable substitutes.

Spurred on by competition from fast-growing pioneers such as Beyond Meat Inc and venture capital-backed Impossible Foods, the Brazilians are joining a crowded field of innovators, with several new products for sale or under development.

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Alberto Alerigi

EU beef fund draft regulation sent to member states

As Irish beef farmers await clarity from the European Commission on the more questionable conditionality aspects of the €100 million beef fund, here’s a full copy of the draft regulation that has been circulated to all member states.

The commission has invited member states to give an opinion on the draft regulation – aimed at providing temporary exceptional adjustment aid to farmers in the beef and veal sector in Ireland – through its Common Market Organisation Management Committee.

The draft regulation has been drawn up entirely by the commission and is not for negotiation with Ireland or other member states, in terms of its content.

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Claire McCormack

Scottish beef farmers up in arms at low prices

Scottish beef producers were up in arms as deadweight prices saw a substantial drop on the back of Brexit fueled uncertainty and oversupply.

Farmers have been struggling to book cattle into abattoirs, with liveweight markets also feeling the pressure.

Another factor has come into play with Irish farmers potentially benefitting from a €100 million EU package originally aimed at compensating them for an expected drop in prices when the UK left the EU on March 31.

As Brexit did not happen as planned, there is now confusion about how the package will be distributed.

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Ewan Pate

China opens beef market to offer export hope to Wales

A UK-China deal which opens up beef markets for Welsh farmers for the first time in 23 years has been welcomed as an “exciting” opportunity.

It comes ahead of a two-day visit to Wales by Chinese vice premier Hu Chunhua.

China accounts for 2.2% of all Welsh exports but experts believe there is a potential for more.

The agreement to allow beef exports is estimated to be worth around £25m a year for Welsh meat producers.

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Brian Meechan

Brazil Lifts Ban On Beef Exports To China

China has lifted its temporary ban on Brazilian beef imports after a 10-day suspension in trade due to the discovery of an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).

Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply announced the BSE-infected cow had been discovered on May 31, and the ban on exports to China was put in place on June 3, 2019. Brazilian officials said the 17-year-old cow was detected in Mato Grosso state, and that all the necessary material for tests was collected and the remainder of the cow was incinerated.

“No part of the animal entered the food chain, there are no risks for the population,” Brazilian officials said.

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Greg Henderson

The ‘invincible’ virus -African swine fever is ravaging China’s pig sector and eliminating it could take decades

The deadly pig virus that jumped from Africa to Europe is now ravaging China’s €113bn pork industry and spreading to other Asian countries; an unprecedented disaster that has prompted Beijing to slaughter millions of pigs. But stopping African swine fever isn’t so easy.

The virus that causes the disease is highly virulent and tenacious, and spreads in multiple ways. There’s no safe and effective vaccine to prevent infection, nor anything to treat it.

The number of pigs China will fatten this year is predicted to fall by 134m, or 20pc, from 2018 – the worst annual slump since the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)began counting China’s pigs in the mid-1970s.

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Indo Farming

Beef trade: Seasonal higher prices nowhere to be seen

Farmers have been left counting the costs yet again. Over the years, farmers slaughtering cattle in June were able to achieve better beef prices. However, it has not been the case this year, with cattle throughput running ahead of the norm for this time of year.

Prices for steers are at 380c/kg, while base quotes for heifers stand at 390c/kg. However, at the top end of the market, some farmers are securing 385c/kg for steers and 395c/kg for heifers.

Beef buyers are starting negotiations with farmers for P-grade cows at the 290-300c/kg mark, with O-grades at 310c/kg. Moreover, R-grading cows are securing up to 320-330c/kg depending on quality.

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Niall Claffey

Done deal: British beef gains access to Chinese market

An agreement has been reached between China and the UK to allow British beef access to the Chinese market, it has emerged.

Potentially worth up to an estimated £230 million for British producers in the first five years, the deal comes more than 20 years after the Chinese Government imposed a ban on UK imports of beef in 1996.

The UK-China Beef Protocol was signed today by Farming Minister Robert Goodwill and the Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming as part of the tenth Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) between the UK and China, securing market access for UK beef exporters by the end of 2019.

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Sylvester Phelan


China’s ASF crisis set to be opportunity for beef and lamb

The devastating impact of African swine fever (ASF) on China’s pig herd may have knock-on benefits for beef and lamb as buyers look to alternative proteins to make up demand.

Since ASF was first discovered in a Chinese pig herd a year ago, losses have escalated.

Chinese government figures, released in late April, suggested that the national herd stood at 377 million pigs – down 42 million or 10.1% – in the first quarter of 2019.

read the full story – Farmers Weekly

Jonathan Riley