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No-deal Brexit a ‘grisly’ prospect for farming, warn industry leaders

Posted on September,25,2018 |

Food and farming industry representatives have issued a stark warning about the negative impact of a “no-deal” Brexit, following publication of the latest “technical notes” by Defra. Food and Drink Federation (FDF) chief executive Ian Wright described such an outcome as “grisly”, saying it would bring chaos to the ports, serious disruption to food supplies, […]

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British R3 heifer prices highest in Europe

Posted on September,25,2018 |

During the week ending September 9, the average R3 heifer price in the EU was 384.5c/kg – an increase of 2.4c/kg from 382.1c/kg in the week ending August 12. According to the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), Britain moved into first place on the league table during the week ending September 9, with an equivalent […]

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ABP signs first Irish deal to sell beef in China

Posted on February,22,2018 |

Larry Goodman’s ABP has secured the first contract to supply Irish beef to China, ahead of the widely-anticipated opening up of the huge Asian market. The ABP Food Group has signed a €50m deal to supply Chinese restaurant chain Wowprime in what is a significant first for the sector here. ABP has been assessing opportunities […]

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China pig prices plunge

Posted on February,07,2018 |

Pig prices in China are falling ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday that is the nation’s peak pork eating period, underlining concerns about plentiful supplies in the world’s top producer. The average price paid by large slaughterhouses for pigs has dropped by about 10 percent in the last month according to industry website Soozhu.com. […]

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Fears of beef industry sell-out grow as EU pushes for South America trade deal

Posted on February,03,2018 |

Irish agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has been urged to force a rethink on the “sell-out” of beef farmers amid moves to close a trade deal with the South American Mercosur countries. Concerns have been raised after sources close to the high-level talks say the EU raised the potential for access of beef to the bloc […]

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Pork exports to China commence

Posted on November,26,2017 |

The final administration processes have been completed and Northern Ireland’s pork producers have now begun to export their produce to China. Opening of the trade, which could potentially be worth more than £10million in revenue to the local pork sector, was welcomed by Chief Veterinary Officer Robert Huey. The deal, which includes the export of […]

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JBS closes Brazilian beef plants in latest drama

Posted on October,19,2017 |

SAO PAULO, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA shut down seven slaughterhouses in Mato Grosso do Sul after a court-ordered asset freeze affected its operations in Brazil’s second largest cattle-producing state, a press representative said on Wednesday.   The world’s largest meatpacking company said in an emailed statement that the plants would stay […]

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Brazilian beef exports back to near record level

Posted on September,26,2017 |

Brazil’s beef exports will return close to a record high net year, encouraged by revived growth in the cattle herd, and the industry’s success in avoiding lasting bans from importers over a slaughterhouse scandal. Brazil will export 1.91m tonnes of beef in 2018, a fourth successive year of recovery, and returning shipments to 4,000 tonnes […]

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Smithfield Foods to buy Romanian meat producers in Europe push

Posted on September,26,2017 |

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The world’s largest pork supplier WH Group Ltd said on Tuesday its Smithfield Foods Inc unit would buy two packaged meats manufacturers in Romania, further expanding the Chinese group’s operations in Europe. U.S.-based Smithfield has agreed to buy a 100 percent stake in Elit SRL and Vericom SRL for an undisclosed […]

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Brexit not a problem for NZ lamb

Posted on September,26,2017 |

New Zealand: Fears of a lamb export market downturn after the Brexit vote are unfounded, as markets other than Britain have picked up the export volume slack. Encouragingly, the Middle East has increased its share of New Zealand lamb exports from 6.6% to 9.1% over that period. China and the United States have also increased […]

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