IFA calls on factories to ‘stabilise sheep trade’

Posted on July,16,2019 | 0 Comments

Irish meat factories have been called on to “stop the lamb price cuts and stabilise the market at a time when farmers are weaning lambs and finding they are coming in quicker than usual”. The Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) national sheep chairman, Sean Dennehy, said with some factories dropping prices below €5.00/kg, “sheep farming is […]

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Vietnam culls 2.5 million pigs to halt African swine fever outbreak

Posted on June,24,2019 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Scottish beef farmers up in arms at low prices

Posted on June,19,2019 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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

Posted on June,17,2019 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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EU seals deal to boost U.S. beef imports: sources

Posted on June,17,2019 | 0 Comments

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has agreed a deal to allow U.S. farmers a larger share of Europe’s beef market, EU sources and diplomats said, in a move that could help to defuse transatlantic trade tensions. The deal will result in the United States securing a guaranteed share of a 45,000 tonne EU quota […]

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New Zealand targets agricultural emissions in climate change bill

Posted on May,09,2019 | 0 Comments

New Zealand’s government will introduce legislation to tackle climate change on Wednesday which includes a target for cutting methane emissions from livestock by at least 10 percent by 2030. The agriculture sector slammed the bill as a threat to one of the largest contributors to New Zealand’s economy, though environmentalists say it is also a […]

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China’s swine fever outbreak sets off scrap over pork

Posted on April,28,2019 | 0 Comments

Meat prices climb worldwide as importers scramble and consumers switch products  The outbreak of African swine fever that is ravaging China’s pig farmers is sending shock waves through Asia’s market for imported meat. Importers in the region face a battle with Chinese buyers, while exporters reap a windfall. The virus that causes ASF has no […]

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Pig processors accused of withholding price increases from farmers

Posted on April,28,2019 | 0 Comments

Processors have been accused of ignoring the plight of struggling pig farmers by failing to pass on the full benefit of market improvements in recent price increases. Although pig prices have lifted by 4c/kg over the last week, the IFA claimed that price hikes of at least 10c/kg were justified following confirmation of significantly tighter […]

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China’s unprecedented pig crisis to impact entire world, expert warns

Posted on April,28,2019 | 0 Comments

Commodities economist predicts African swine fever will trigger an escalation in meat prices across the globe In almost 40 years of analysing commodity markets, Arlan Suderman says he has never witnessed an industry-jolting event as dramatic as the contagion spreading across China’s pig farms. The commodities economist has been warning clients about the impact of African swine fever, which […]

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‘Forward pricing should be an option for all factory cattle’

Posted on April,17,2019 | 0 Comments

A farm lobby group has questioned how processors can put a mechanism in place that allows a form of forward pricing for dairy beef whilst “beef finishers face huge losses this year due to the collapse in beef price”. The Beef Plan Movement has highlighted the question saying: “If a form of forward pricing can […]

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