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COVID-19 likely to affect beef industry into 2021

Pay attention to cattle price upswings; it may be time to avoid more losses and sell. Cattle processing challenges continue to limit the amount of beef available to consumers. While daily slaughter levels have consistently improved, they have yet to approach levels that would ...
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Namibia’s beef exports to international markets not affected by COVID-19

WINDHOEK, June 1 (Xinhua) — Namibia’s beef exports to international markets have not been affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic, a major beef export company said Monday. According to Mwilima Mushokobanji, CEO of the Namibia state-owned meat processing firm Meatc...
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Spanish pig meat exports still well up

Spain is the second largest pig meat exporter in Europe, and in the first quarter of 2020, volumes were up 14% (+79,000 tonnes) on a year earlier. This was partly a reflection of higher production, which over the same period was up 4%, or 56,000 tonnes, compared with January-M...
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The plant-based meat wars are hitting the courts

A European court just blocked Nestlé from naming its burger brand “Incredible.” Bad news for anyone who uses Thesaurus.com to come up with brand names: Citing trademark concerns, a European court just blocked Nestlé from naming its plant-based burger line the “Incred...
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Big changes for Louth Livestock Market’s auction days

Louth Livestock Market’s weekly market day have been moved from Thursday mornings to Monday afternoons. The decision comes after ‘considerable thought’ from the directors of the market, which is operated by Masons in Louth, as they feel it will better fit into the schedu...
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Leap in spring lamb numbers

SPRING lambs continue to spring forward in much greater numbers at Skipton Auction Mart, the 1,498 forward this Monday by far the largest turnout of the season to date. They sold to an overall average of £97.43 per head, or 236.8p/kg The welcome return of vendor prizes at the...
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Dairy goat producers weather COVID-19 storm

It is no secret that dairy cow markets have been impacted by COVID-19. The situation also has negatively affected the dairy goat world, but in a different way. While the pandemic may not have caused an immediate disruption for dairy goat producers like it did for dairy farmers...
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UK food standards group Red Tractor to bring in new chicken welfare labels

Red Tractor Assurance, a UK food standards organisation has introduced a new range of labels for chicken which will indicate how it has been produced. It said the Enhanced Welfare labels will allow farmers to sell their products through the Red Tractor accreditation, whichever...
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LIVESTOCK-Lean hog futures end lower on U.S.-China trade worries

CHICAGO, June 1 (Reuters) – Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) lean hog futures fell Monday on worries that deteriorating relations between the United States and China, the world’s biggest pork importer, could inhibit U.S. pork sales to the Asian nation, traders said. C...
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Kolkata: Chicken, mutton rates hit all-time high on supply crunch

KOLKATA: Prices of chicken and mutton — the two principal sources of protein for non-vegetarians – have hit all-time highs in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan. Chicken rate, that has been on a roller-coaster ride since the lockdown began, touched Rs 250 on Monday and mu...
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While Beef Prices Rise at Stores, Cattle Prices Drop – Why?

USDA officials and federal prosecutors are probing the wide gap between what consumers pay for beef at the grocery store (the highest in decades) and the painfully low prices that livestock producers are paid for their cattle. By the numbers: The average retail price for fresh...
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Irish Beef Finishers Hit Hard by COVID-19 & Brexit Losses of €111M

Irish Farmer’s Association National Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said Agriculture Minister Creed must secure a direct payment package to make up for the beef price losses for winter finishers on the back of the COVID-19 outbreak and Brexit inflicted market disturban...
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New Zealand export meat prices fall back from recent highs

Export prices for meat, including lamb and beef, fell in the March 2020 quarter, from record levels at the end of 2019, New Zealand’s statistics department Stats NZ said on Tuesday, Trend reports citing Xinhua. “The fall in export prices coincided with the COVID-...
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Antibiotic use remains unchanged in UK pig industry – AHDB

According to data collected using the electronic medicine book (eMB), antibiotic use in 2019 held at 110 mg/PCU. The data represent 95 percent of pigs slaughtered in the UK and equals usage in 2018, having fallen 60 percent in the three years prior. Significantly, the use of h...
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Coronavirus-related disruptions in the beef supply chain have spurred changes. Will they last?

Eight Greeley JBS employees have died from COVID-19 and at least 300 have tested positive for the virus. Beef, poultry and pork processing plants nationwide have had outbreaks during the pandemic, due in part to the fact that employees work close to each other for several ho...
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67 piglets stolen from farm in Hampshire

67 piglets have been stolen from a farm in Fordingbridge in Hampshire. The six-week-old piglets were stolen from a farm in Damerham between May 20 and May 28. They each have the reference HB0789 tattooed on them. Hampshire Police officers from the Countrywatch team are investi...
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Mass testing to resume at Cork meat plant

MASS Covid-19 testing of workers at the Kepak meat processing plant in Watergrasshill will get underway again tomorrow. Hundreds of workers at the 650-employee plant will be tested by HSE staff. Those being tested were already tested over two weeks ago but were negative. Howev...
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Police close Apeldoorn abattoir for breaking Covid-19 rules

An abattoir owned by meat processing giant Vion in Apeldoorn was closed down by police on Wednesday because workers had been brought to the location crammed into 18 small buses, news website Nu.nl said. Although abattoir owners had agreed not to do this, it is still happening ...
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Export of Irish beef to China temporarily suspended due to case of ‘Atypical BSE’

The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the export of Irish beef to China has been suspended temporarily as a result of a case of “Atypical BSE”. The decision was made after a 14-year-old-cow tested positive. The cow was tested as part of the department...
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More than 14,000 pigs culled as India’s African swine fever dated back to January

African swine fever has been present in north east India at least since January, according to global animal health body, OIE. The Asian media is now reporting that 14,000 pigs have been culled in one of the two infected states, Assam, alone, with claims the virus might have re...
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Scotland’s pork industry ‘robust’ despite Covid-19 crisis

Strong consumer demand and collaboration has seen the Scottish pork industry succeed when other markets like the US and Ireland have slowed. This is according to Aberdeenshire pig producer Philip Sleigh, who has said Scotland’s pork industry remains robust despite Covid-19 c...
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Steak promotions helping to balance carcase as sales up 20 per cent on last year

Efforts to promote steaks from all parts of the supply chain have begun to bear fruit, with sales up 20 per cent year on year. In March, the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) had warned of a possible cattle price drop as demand for high value cuts plummeted due to t...
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‘Strict measures’ prevent coronavirus outbreaks in Belgian abattoirs

So far, Belgium has not had to close slaughterhouses due to a coronavirus outbreak among staff members, mainly because the rules are much stricter than in the neighbouring countries, according to the sector. In neighbouring countries, several slaughterhouses have been closed d...
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Small meat processors backlogged as virus idles big U.S. plants

CHICAGO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – Inside the small-scale Iowa abattoir Stanhope Locker and Market, owner Shaunna Zanker yawns with exhaustion as she listens to yet another farmer asking her to slaughter his pigs. “I’m so sorry, but we’re booked through March o...
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North China port sees surge in imports of frozen meat

TIANJIN, May 26 (Xinhua) — Tianjin Port in north China handled imports of 611,000 tonnes of frozen meat from January to April, representing a surge of 75.3 percent year on year, according to Tianjin Customs on Tuesday. Tianjin is a major port of entry for meat heading to...
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NZ beef export receipts expected to pass $4b this season

New Zealand beef export receipts are expected to pass the $4 billion mark this season for the first time. Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s mid-season update for 2019-20 forecast beef, lamb and mutton farmgate prices to maintain their high levels, by long-term historical standar...
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‘Something isn’t right’: U.S. probes soaring beef prices

Supermarket customers are paying more for beef than they have in decades during the coronavirus pandemic. But at the same time, the companies that process the meat for sale are paying farmers and ranchers staggeringly low prices for cattle. Now, the Agriculture Department and ...
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Brazil Toughens Rules to Avoid U.S.-Style Disruptions

Brazil, the biggest exporter of beef and chicken, is betting on a new set of safety standards to avoid the kind of mass processing disruptions that caused meat shortages and price spikes in America. The South American farming giant plans to introduce new national guidelines th...
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China’s pork imports in April jump 170% to record high

BEIJING (Reuters) – China, the world’s top pork consumer, imported a record 400,000 tonnes in April, up nearly 170% from a year earlier, customs data showed, as buyers took advantage of low prices to stock up on meat. China imported 1.35 million tonnes of pork in the f...
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Germany shuts another abattoir after workers get coronavirus

HAMBURG (Reuters) – German authorities said they closed another abattoir after an outbreak of coronavirus among its workers. The plant, in Dissen in north Germany, had already been on reduced operations slaughtering pigs after a previous discovery of coronavirus there, t...
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British ASF vaccine said to protect 100% of pigs

  UK scientists have got a step closer to developing a vital vaccine for African Swine Fever (ASF). In a recent trial, 100% of pigs immunised with the new vaccine survived a lethal dose of ASF virus. The research, carried out by scientists from The Pirbright Institute i...
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Three members of staff die from COVID-19 at Cranswick sliced meat plant

Three members of staff have died as a result of COVID-19 at Cranswick’s sliced meat factory at Wombwell, in Barnsley, the pork processor has confirmed.  In total, nine employees tested positive for the virus at the site, which employs around 1,200 people, three of which sad...
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German Abattoir Restarting Work After Coronavirus Shutdown

HAMBURG, May 20 (Reuters) – German abattoir and meat processor Westfleisch said on Wednesday it is resuming production at its plant in Coesfeld which was closed earlier in May after an outbreak of coronavirus. Labour Minister Hubertus Heil also said on Wednesday that Ger...
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Dutch meat processing plant closed as 45 workers test positive for Covid-19

There are strong indications that coronavirus will lead to more slaughterhouse and meat factory closures in the Netherlands, FNV spokesman John Klijn has told the AD, following news of a second outbreak at a Vion plant in the south. The Groenlo plant, which processes organic p...
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‘Wall of US meat’ early next year will impact Australia’s cattle and meat fortunes, webinar told

A ‘wall of meat’ is building in the United States in coming months, which will inevitably impact pricing for Australian cattle and beef early next year, warns independent meat and livestock analyst Simon Quilty. The problem stems from the enormous back-log of cattle that h...
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African Swine Fever takes its toll on North Korean pig farms

African Swine Fever (ASF) has caused mass deaths of pigs at farms in South Hwanghae Province and North Hamgyong Province, leading the central government to take action to prevent further outbreaks, Daily NK has learned.  “Livestock disease[s] are spreading rapidly throughou...
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Downward trend for China’s pork prices obvious: executive

With more non-agricultural enterprises from internet giants to property developers eagerly moving into the pig farming industry, pork oversupply might occur in the next two years and the downward trend for pork prices is clear in China, a senior executive said Monday. However,...
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Dawn Meats to restart burger production as McDonald’s re-opens

Dawn Meats is to re-start is burger production in Waterford ahead of the re-opening of some McDonald’s fast food outlets today in Ireland and European McDonald’s in Europe to reopen from Monday. Dawn Meats supplies McDonald’s restaurants with beef burgers fro...
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Workers Cheered Upon Return to South Dakota Pork Plant

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Employees at a Smithfield pork processing plant in South Dakota where a coronavirus outbreak infected more than 800 people were greeted at work May 20 with thank you signs, cheers and waves from about a dozen area residents. “They’re putting their hea...
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Germany tightens abattoir rules after coronavirus outbreaks

BERLIN, May 20 (Reuters) – Germany has tightened up rules on abattoirs, banning the subcontracting of meatpacking work through agencies after a rash of coronavirus outbreaks, government sources said. The cases has caused outrage in the home countries of the sector’s pr...
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Germany to ban subcontracting in meatpacking industry after virus outbreaks

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will order meatpacking plants to stop using subcontractors and to improve hygiene standards in the workplace and accommodations, after more than 600 cases of coronavirus among workers in the industry, a draft government proposal said. Labour Mi...
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Government drops plans to slash post-Brexit tariffs on agricultural goods

The Government has dropped plans to slash tariffs on imports of pork products and other agricultural products from the start of next year, following strong industry lobbying. The move has been welcomed by industry bodies, including the NPA and the UK farming unions, which hav...
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Living conditions of migrant workers at meat plants ‘should be considered before criticism’

CONCERNS HAVE BEEN raised about criticism of migrant workers at meat plants who are not able to adhere to social distancing guidance at home due to their sometimes cramped living arrangements.  There have been 15 clusters of infection and almost 700 cases of Covid-19 in meat ...
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Silver Fern Farms increases Red Meat Supply to U.S.

NEW YORK — Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand’s largest red meat producer and exporter, announced that it is increasing supply availability to help meet the needs of U.S. consumers and customers. The company currently exports grass-fed beef, lamb and venison to the U.S. ann...
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Alarm as another German abattoir hit by coronavirus outbreak

Germany has uncovered another cluster of coronavirus infections at a slaughterhouse, fuelling alarm about working conditions in the country’s meat packing plants. A total of 92 employees at the Westfleisch abattoir in Lower Saxony state have tested positive, local authoritie...
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France hit by new Covid-19 outbreaks in two abattoirs

Around a hundred people are believed to have been infected by the coronavirus in newly discovered outbreaks in two French abattoirs. One abattoir is in the central Val de Loire region near the city of Orléans. The other is in the northwestern region of Brittany. Regional heal...
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Australian beef exporters banned by China are repeat offenders, but New Zealand firms escape sanctions, customs data shows

China banned four Australian meat processing plants last week, while also imposing a 80 per cent tariff on imports of Australian barley The move raised suspicions that China was using technical requirements to punish Canberra for its call for an international inquiry over the ...
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NZ tries to offset the closed China market by increasing exports to other markets

By Rebecca Wright During the first quarter of 2020 New Zealand beef exports grew, while sheep meat exports declined. In total, sheep meat exports dropped 6,500 tonnes on-the-year, to 134,900 tonnes, according to Statistics New Zealand. The entire decline was driven by a drop ...
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China says Australia minister should use appropriate channel to contact China counterpart

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s foreign ministry said on Monday that Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham should use the appropriate channels if he wishes to speak with his Chinese counterpart. Birmingham said during a television interview with Australian Broadcastin...
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Germany to ban subcontracting in meatpacking industry after virus outbreaks

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will order meatpacking plants to stop using subcontractors and to improve hygiene standards in the workplace and accommodations, after more than 600 cases of coronavirus among workers in the industry, a draft government proposal said. Labour Mi...
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Australia says China silent on trade talk request, maintains call for coronavirus inquiry

SYDNEY (Reuters) – China has not responded to a request for urgent talks after Australia’s key agriculture exports were hit with suspensions and tariff threats, said Australia’s trade minister, as ties strain over Canberra’s call for a coronavirus pandemic inquiry....
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China Cracks Down on Meat Smuggling (Again)

Chinese customs authorities have been announcing seizures of smuggled meat products. This crackdown began in 2019 and seems to reflect a surge in smuggling prompted by a spike in Chinese meat prices last year that increased the trade’s profitability. The inspection burea...
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More Mexican beef headed to U.S. dinner tables as American supply crunch bites

MEXICO CITY/CHICAGO (Reuters) – More Mexican steaks and other beef cuts are headed north of the border after the coronavirus outbreak has hobbled U.S. meat processing plants, potentially offsetting fears of shortages affecting businesses from fast-food chains to grocery ...
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Australia requests China trade talks, won’t drop inquiry push

SYDNEY, May 13 (Reuters) – Australia’s trade minister is seeking urgent talks with his Chinese counterpart after key agriculture exports were hit with suspensions and tariff threats, but said Australia will continue to push for an inquiry into the coronavirus outbreak....
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Russian food stamps to help push poultry consumption

Russian meat and poultry producers have asked the government to allocate Rub800 billion ($ 11 billion) for a food stamps programme. The idea is to support demand for the remainder of 2020 for multiple products, including poultry meat and eggs to mitigate the effects of the c...
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Calls for poultry factory closure after worker dies from Covid-19

Calls have been made for a poultry processing factory in Northern Ireland to be temporarily closed down after a 58 year old female worker died from Covid-19. Workers union Unite says urgent action is needed by local government Ministers after Luciana Viviana da Silva died from...
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China’s restrictions on Australian beef, barley seen as retaliation for support of coronavirus investigation

Within the space of two days, China announced new tariffs of up to 80 per cent on Australian barley imports and banned beef imports from four firms Some analysts believe the moves would create space for China to import more barley and beef from the US to fulfil requirements of...
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China suspends Australian beef imports from four abattoirs

China has suspended imports from four large red meat abattoirs, fuelling concern of a campaign by Beijing against Australian producers in response to Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s push for an independent coronavirus inquiry. The meat export freeze follows China’...
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As U.S. meat workers fall sick and supplies dwindle, exports to China soar

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump ordered meat processing plants to stay open to protect the nation’s food supply even as workers got sick and died. Yet the plants have increasingly been exporting to China while U.S. consumers face shortages, a Reuters an...
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Karro owners acquire Irish quality pork company

Yorkshire-based Eight Fifty Food Group, the owner of Karro and Young’s, has acquired Irish pork company, M&M Walshe, for an undisclosed fee. M&M Walshe, which trades as RibWorld, Callan Bacon and Stirchley Bacon, is a processor and multi-channel supplier of gammon, b...
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U.S. next week to start purchasing $3 billion worth of farm goods: Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Saturday said the United States will next week begin purchasing $3 billion worth of dairy, meat and produce from farmers as unemployment soars and people are forced to food lines. “Starting early next week, at my order, ...
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Coronavirus outbreak closes German meat-packing plant

Days after Germany readied to ease coronavirus restrictions, three districts saw outbreaks that will delay reopening. After COVID-19 infections at slaughterhouses, two states will test all meat-processing workers. Following a COVID-19 outbreak at a meat processing plant in the...
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Coronavirus: Meat shortages hit fast food restaurants amid US lockdown

Outbreaks have forced meat-packing plants to temporarily close or slow production, as they try to ensure worker safety. One of the most popular fast food companies in the US has reported beef shortages as slaughterhouses across the country are shut during the coronavirus lockd...
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New funding announced for dairy farmers

Chair of the House of Commons EFRA Select Committee, Neil Parish MP, has welcomed new measures announced by DEFRA to support dairy farmers through the coronavirus crisis. DEFRA’s support for the industry, announced last night, entitles producers to claim up to £10,000 ...
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China Makes Biggest U.S. Pork Order of 2020 as Virus Hits Plants

(Bloomberg) — China is ramping up imports of U.S. pork, going against the trend as America’s meat exports have slowed overall with sick employees limiting production at meatpacking plants. The world’s top pork consumer booked 40,200 metric tons of American meat last ...
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US pork production capacity halved due to COVID-19 – Tyson boss

Approximately half of US pork processing capacity has been shut down during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the president of US meat giant Tyson Foods. Industry representatives have warned that millions of pigs cannot enter supply and called for a co-ordinated euthanasia p...
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Eat steak not mince to keep the beef industry afloat, NFU president says

British people should eat steak, not mince, in order to help farmers, the head of the National Farmers’ Union has said, as she writes to Boris Johnson asking for a “buy British” button on online grocery shops. Beef farmers are struggling while restaurants are...
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US ‘must conform’ to UK food standards as trade talks commence

Farmers have reiterated the need to protect British food and farming standards as trade talks between the UK and US are set to get underway. The first round of delayed video-conference negotiations will involve 200 officials today (5 May), and is expected to last two weeks wit...
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Dawn Meats still to decide on next week’s plan after 4 staff contract Covid-19

Four employees at the Dawn Meats plant in Kilbeggan have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus, the firm has confirmed. As a result, production at the plant has been deferred. “No decision has yet been taken with regards to deferring any scheduled activity next week,...
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Birmingham abattoir ordered to pay over £11,000 for hygiene offences

Birmingham Halal Abattoir Limited has admitted responsibility for hygiene offences and been ordered to pay more than £11,000. The business pleaded guilty to multiple instances of failing to prevent potential cross-contamination between carcases before their post-mortem inspec...
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Dawn Meats in Westmeath closes after workers test positive for Covid-19

Dawn Meats has temporarily closed one of its plants following an outbreak of Covid-19. Four cases of the disease have been confirmed at the meat processor’s facility in Kilbeggan in Co Westmeath. In a statement, the food company said when it became aware of four confirme...
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GB prime cattle prices continue to move down

In the week ending 25 April, the GB deadweight all prime average fell by 1.7p to average 322.1 p/kg. While the price still recorded a drop on the week, it was considerably smaller than those seen in the previous two weeks. Weekly prime price movements were as follows: Overall ...
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Tyson Foods temporarily pauses operations at beef facility in Dakota City

(Reuters) – Tyson Foods Inc is halting operations at a beef facility in Dakota City, Nebraska until May 4 to complete a deep cleaning of the plant amid the coronavirus outbreak, a unit of the largest U.S. meat supplier said on Wednesday. The unit, Tyson Fresh Meats, also...
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JBS reopens U.S. pork plant to put down pigs, dispose of carcasses, not produce meat

CHICAGO, April 29 (Reuters) – Meat producer JBS said on Wednesday it was reopening a Minnesota pork plant shuttered by the pandemic to euthanize up to 13,000 pigs a day for farmers, not to produce meat for consumers. U.S. farmers have been forced to cull livestock as the...
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£1.2m national campaign to aid beef carcase balance

A major £1.2 million national consumer campaign encouraging consumers to “Make It” with beef is being launched by AHDB, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC). Running for 12 weeks with TV, video on demand, radio and social media, it aims to inspire consumer...
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COVID-19 crisis: China warns Australian beef could suffer

China says Australian beef sales could be further negatively impacted if the Morrison government persists with its demands for an inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic. The warning comes from China’s ambassador to Australia, Jingye Cheng, who said the consumption of other a...
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U.S. pork supplies tightened before coronavirus shut slaughterhouses

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. supplies of frozen pork fell in March before the coronavirus pandemic forced meat processors to close slaughterhouses, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday, setting the stage for inventories to tighten further. Processors have closed...
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Trump to order meat processing plants to remain open

Order uses the Defense Production Act to classify meat processing as critical infrastructure to try to prevent a shortage of chicken, pork and other meat President Donald Trump took executive action Tuesday to order meat processing plants to stay open amid concerns over growin...
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ASF Poland: Lockdown for 450 pig farms

450 pig farms in the province of Greater Poland have been placed into lockdown due to the occurence of ASF in the west of the country. All farms are located around the finisher farm where African Swine Fever (ASF) was recently found. There are 61 pig farms in a 3 km radius i...
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Philippines issues temporary ban on imported poultry from US

The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) has issued a temporary ban on the import of domestic and wild birds and their products from the US following an avian virus outbreak in South Carolina. Hanoi (VNA) – The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) has issued...
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M&S launches campaign to support UK farmers

M&S is supporting its network of 10,000 UK farmers through the launch of a new campaign. Lasting six weeks, the TV, social and in-store package aims to highlight the efforts of British farmers and growers in keeping shops supplied with meat, farmed fish, poultry, dairy pro...
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Coronavirus: UK beef market concerns ‘intensify’

The British beef sector remains under continued pressure from the near-complete closure of the foodservice industry, according to the latest market analysis. The ceasing of trade to hotels, restaurants and pubs produced a destabilising effect on the market prices for both lamb...
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UK pork markets remains relatively ‘unscathed’ from COVID-19, but EU prices falling

The market continued to function ‘relatively unscathed’ from the COVID-19 lockdown rules last week, according to Thames Valley Cambac. The main taking point for some processors were rumblings over of lack of exports leading to full cold stores, while others were concerned ...
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JBS shuts U.S. pork plant, Cargill idles Canadian beef plant on coronavirus

CHICAGO/OTTAWA (Reuters) – JBS USA said on Monday it would indefinitely shut a hog slaughterhouse that produces about 5% of U.S. pork, while Cargill Ltd said it was temporarily idling a Canadian beef-processing plant in the latest disruptions to the North American food s...
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Irish cattle prices and throughputs fall

Cattle prices have come under pressure in the UK, first for cows, and then more recently prime animals. The situation in Ireland is the same too, although price declines there have been even more marked. Ireland is a large net exporter of beef and so is vulnerable to weaker de...
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EU to open private storage aid scheme for beef and lamb

On 22 April the European Commission proposed that Private Storage Aid (PSA) could be made available some agri-food products, including beef and sheep meat. The period of storage would be between three and five months. Under the scheme, product would temporarily be withdrawn ...
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The beef sector hits out at retailers as it feels the affects of pub and restaurant closures

The NFU has accused some of the country’s biggest retailers of “failing to honour their commitment to sourcing British beef” and branded it “inexcusable”. As Thursday’s St George’s Day marked the start of Great British Beef Week, the farming organisation said the...
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China’s pork prices retreat as pig production recovers

China’s pork prices has kept retreating over the past weeks as hog production gradually picks up and starts to reverse the upward trend. According to monitoring by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, China’s hog production and sales have basically recove...
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Varied demand among the majors, but little change in the pork market

Demand among the major processors was varied last week, although there was little change in the market, according to Thames Valley Cambac. Some of the majors were keen, while others were quiet, the differences partly driven by trade and partly by staffing availability during t...
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Mike Sheldon reappointed as chair of AHDB Pork

Mike Sheldon has been reappointed by UK Ministers for a second term as chair of AHDB’s pork sector board. Mr Sheldon, who was first appointed to the role in April 2017, will now continue in it, alongside sitting on the main AHDB Board, for another two years, ending April 9...
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Canada sees no beef shortage, but prices may rise due to coronavirus

OTTAWA/WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – The Canadian government is not expecting a beef shortage despite the spread of the novel coronavirus in certain meat-packing plants, though prices may rise, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. Trudeau also told a briefing ...
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China detects African swine fever in another pig truck

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s agriculture ministry said on Tuesday it had detected the deadly African swine fever virus in pigs transported to the southwestern province of Sichuan, the latest in a dozen such cases in the last two months. China has been battling African s...
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Japan’s sheep meat import prices remain high despite coronavirus

TOKYO — Japan’s import prices for sheep meat remain stuck at high levels, even as prices for many other types of meat coming from abroad are falling due to a slump in the food-service industry’s sales amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Sheep meat import pri...
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Eleven arrests after dead sheep found at illegal abattoirs

Eleven men have been arrested after police discovered two illegal abattoirs operating across two English counties. Police found a number of sheep carcasses at a house in Scunthorpe which were believed to have been stolen from farmland before being slaughtered and butchered. Th...
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Coronavirus threatens to trigger new round of global food crisis: China official

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The global coronavirus pandemic threatens to cause a huge shock to international food trade and trigger a new food crisis, a top agriculture official in China said on Monday. The comments came as coronavirus outbreaks roiled global agricultur...
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JBS shuts major U.S. pork plant due to coronavirus, tightening meat supply

CHICAGO (Reuters) – JBS USA said on Monday it would indefinitely shut a Minnesota hog slaughterhouse that produces about 5% of the country’s pork, in the latest disruption to the U.S. food supply chain from the coronavirus pandemic. The closure limits the amount of mea...
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US pig industry facing $5bn COVID-19 ‘financial disaster’

US pig producers are facing a financial disaster and collective losses of $5 billion for the remainder of the year as pig prices plummet due to the the impact of COVID-19, the National Pork Producers Council has warned. At a press briefing, NPPC president Howard ‘AV’ Roth,...
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Covid-19 restrictions hit red meat supply chain

Coronavirus restrictions could lead to a backlog of animals on farms waiting to be processed at abattoirs, warns Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). The levy body’s director of economics services, Stuart Ashworth, said the Covid-19 lockdown was causing considerable issues in the re...
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Meat suppliers being targeted by card fraud

A NUMBER of North Yorkshire meat suppliers have been targeted by credit card fraudsters. A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said they have received reports of meat suppliers and farm shops in the county taking large quantity orders over the phone which are then paid for us...
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Seven arrested as investigation into suspected illegal abattoir is launched

Police are urging people to report suspicious sales of meat following the discovery of a suspected illegal abattoir in Arleston, Telford. The discovery was made at around 9.15pm last night (Thursday 16 April) when officers responded to reports of a collision with a dog on Elmw...
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Silver Fern Farms profits jump on back of strong Chinese demand

Meat processor Silver Fern Farms Limited has reported an after tax profit of almost $71 million for the 2019 financial year, it’s strongest annual result in more than a decade. Silver Fern Farms Co-operative, which owns half of SFF Ltd, reported an after tax profit of $3...
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Coronavirus: NFU urges retailers to promote cuts of meat in-store

Retailers and processors have a ‘moral responsibility’ to support British farmers by promoting cuts of meat in stores as many face disruption due to Covid-19. Promoting steaks and roasting joints, which are now in high supply due to the complete loss of the food se...
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China’s pig industry will rise like a phoenix

China was hit hard by the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks in 2018 and 2019. Most estimates indicate a pig industry size reduction of more than 50%. What does that mean for the years to come? China will come back for sure, but how quickly, and what will the impact be? Richa...
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US beef prices drop as foodservice demand dwindles

The majority of US State governments have ordered the closure of restaurants, hotels and other foodservice outlets to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. With the addition of school closures, demand from foodservice has dissipated as consumption switches to in-home. Accordin...
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EU pig prices falling

The EU average pig reference price* has now fallen for three consecutive weeks. The price in the latest week, ended 29 March, was €186.35/100kg, over €9 lower than mid-March. At this level, prices are still nearly €37 higher than the same period in 2019 and similar to ...
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Soaring demand for mince piles pressure on beef prices

A surge in demand for mince from retailers in Ireland and Britain is adding to the downward pressure on cattle and lamb prices. At the height of the coronavirus panic buying last month, there was a 45pc increase in the amount of beef mince sold by UK retailers. Over 60pc of al...
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Hong Kong pig appeal as prices bite

Pork sellers want a rule that live pigs cannot be kept in Hong Kong for more than a day relaxed, saying the recent drop in mainland supply has led to a surge in prices. Jackie Ling Wai-yip, chairman of a fresh meat union, said there were only 1,300 pigs from the mainland price...
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China’s beef imports to drop as hotpot comes off the boil

BEIJING, (Reuters) – Just over two months ago, the Jinyuan Fucheng Beef Hotpot restaurant in northern Beijing had a long line of customers waiting outside its doors almost every night of the week. Now, the restaurant that can seat 800 barely fills 20 tables a day, with m...
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Smithfield shutting U.S. pork plant indefinitely, warns of meat shortages during pandemic

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Smithfield Foods, the world’s biggest pork processor, said on Sunday it will shut a U.S. plant indefinitely due to a rash of coronavirus cases among employees and warned the country was moving “perilously close to the edge” in supplies for groce...
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China reclassifies dogs as pets, not livestock, in post-virus regulatory push

China has drawn up new guidelines to reclassify dogs as pets rather than livestock, the agriculture ministry said, part of a response to the coronavirus outbreak that the Humane Society called a potential “game changer” in animal welfare. Though dog meat remains...
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New Zealand meat industry calls on Kiwis to eat more pork

The New Zealand meat industry is calling on the public to eat more pork in order to save pigs. It’s quite the piggy paradox, but after independent butchers had to close their doors there’s a surplus of 5000 pigs every week. New Zealand Pork CEO David Baines told Ne...
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ASF Poland: 2nd farm confirmed infected

A 2nd pig farm in Western Poland is infected with African Swine Fever. This time, a 10,000 pig facility near the village of Więckowice was hit. That village is located 20 kilometres west of Poznan and over 130 kilometres from the border with Germany. Remarkably, this farm is ...
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Devon 2 Sisters factory hit by ‘key worker’ strike involving 170 employees

A Devon meat factory was hit by a strike today when 170 ‘key workers’ failed to show up for the morning shift at the 2 Sisters factory in Willand. The huge poultry processing plant confirmed that some of its staff ‘chose not to report into work’ on Tues...
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FSA Open letter to the meat industry in England in response to coronavirus

To those working in businesses across the meat industry in England. In these unprecedented times, we want to thank you all for working with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to enable your meat processing and our meat inspection to continue in businesses up and down the country ...
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Pigs fly in as China replenishes world’s biggest hog herd

BEIJING (Reuters) – Six planes carrying more than 4,000 high-quality French breeding pigs have arrived in China so far this year, the first of an expected dozens of plane-loads as the world’s top pork producer rebuilds its decimated hog herd. China is ramping up import...
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Shenzhen bans dog & cat meat

SHENZHEN in Guangdong Province has banned the eating of dogs and cats as part of a wider clampdown on the wildlife trade since the emergence of the new coronavirus. Scientists suspect the coronavirus passed to humans from animals. Some of the earliest infections were found in ...
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Meat firm takes different route to find business

A Linlithgow food service operator is the latest to switch to selling direct to consumers after its regular outlets dried up. Campbells Prime Meats is still making deliveries to the NHS, hub schools and social care settings but its core business was delivering to high-end rest...
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Lamb market seeks demand

Liveweight lamb prices have been a mixed bag this week. Following sharp declines last week, this week the GB daily prices have been stable to slightly higher. Despite these small rises, prices remain below levels seen before Monday 23 March. Throughout the week throughputs hav...
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Meat industry needs ‘flexible’ furlough deal

Meat businesses suffering from the coronavirus downturn would benefit from more flexibility in the government’s offer of staff furlough payments. Speaking from the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers, head of policy Norman Bagley said: “We welcome the measures ta...
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Social distancing ‘very challenging’ as pork processors keep supplies moving

Pork processors are doing a ‘fantastic job’ of keeping supplies running during these unprecedented times, but social distancing in plants is proving to be a real challenge, according to the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA). BMPA technical operations director Davi...
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Coronavirus crisis creates jobs at pig farms and pork factories

Pig farms are finding ways to cope with erratic demand and pork producers are recruiting for temporary jobs in a bid to keep this key Norfolk food sector functioning during the coronavirus crisis. Major pig producers and processors looking for people include Cranswick, which s...
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AIMS calls for ‘flexible furlough’ for meat plants

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) is calling on the Government to introduce a flexible furlough scheme for the meat industry. It wants abattoirs to be able to be able pay full wages when staff are needed and the 80% furlough payment when they are not needed....
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West Wales marts closure comes as blow to farmers

An auctioneer firm’s decision to suspend sales of lambs, calves and store cattle at Whitland and Crymych marts for at least three weeks has been described as a blow for local farmers. JJ Morris said none of its marts would operate for three weeks in response to the ongoing c...
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Cranswick buys out farm partner

White Rose Farms brought completely in-house along with joint venture company it launched with. Pork giant Cranswick Plc has further strengthened its self-sufficiency in the UK pig market, after acquiring a farm it helped set up – and the operation it partnered with. The...
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West Scottish Lamb abattoir to close temporarily

A CARLISLE abattoir was today due to close temporarily as the economic impact from coronavirus continued to spread and deepen across the global economy. West Scottish Lamb at Kingstown, which is known to slaughter large numbers of sheep for export to Europe, confirmed the sh...
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‘Key workers’ walk out of factories over lack of social distancing

Workers at Moy Park and ABP Food Group factories in Northern Ireland staged a walk out following concerns social distancing measures were being ignored by the companies.  Upset about the working arrangements inside the factories and the lack of measures in place to combat the...
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Lamb prices tumble

  The past week has been firmly spilt in two for the GB lamb market. During the few days running up to the weekend, liveweight prices were steady or only marginally down. After the weekend however prices were dramatically lower. The weekly GB liveweight OSL SQQ fell almo...
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Call for ‘Immediate Suspension’ of all beef imports to EU

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a complete redefinition of the EU beef market in a matter of weeks and represents a market shock of a magnitude that requires immediate response by the EU Commission according to Des Morrison, Chairperson of ICMSA’s Livestock Committee. Mr Mo...
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Key workers walk out at poultry plant over coronavirus fears

Large numbers of workers have walked out at one of Northern Ireland’s main poultry manufacturers, a union said. Unite regional officer Sean McKeever said the mass departure at Moy Park in Portadown, Co Armagh, is due to concerns over coronavirus. Unite said it has attempted ...
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Why did lamb prices fall while prime cattle prices remained steady?

The first thing to note is that this is a volatile and fast moving situation, and a number of auction markets have closed from today (24 March). Yesterday liveweight lamb prices fell sharply. The daily GB OSL SQQ declined by almost 73p week-on-week, which is equivalent to arou...
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Fears of cattle price drop grow as steaks pile up

Concerns have been raised that cattle prices could drop over the coming weeks, with demand for steaks from both the food service sector and retailers plummeting due to the coronavirus epidemic. Pubs and restaurants which would ordinarily buy up steaks have been forced to close...
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Lamb prices crash as supply chain succumbs to coronavirus pressure

Livestock auctions have reported a 36 per cent drop in lamb price on the week after recent periods of high throughput and strong trade, with Covid-19 weighing on the supply chain. Cancellation of EU orders and the realignment of the food service sector, which has seen more pro...
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McDonald’s restaurant closures sees meat and dairy supplies redirected

The fast food giant has announced its decision to close its 1,350 UK stores from March 23 to negate the spread of the virus.  In a social media statement made on March 22, McDonald’s said the decision was ‘difficult’ but necessary to ensure the ‘wellbeing and safety o...
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Livestock auctions thrive despite challenging year

Latest throughput figures show healthy picture and good demand at livestock auctions during a challenging year. The figures in England and Wales from the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association (LAA), demonstrate a strong support and demand for the red-meat sector. Numbers sold r...
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Pork processors on recruitment drive to help meet growing retail demand

Leading UK pork processors are embarking on a major recruitment drive to help meet the increased demand for food from supermarkets and to fill any gaps that arise due to staff absences related to the coronavirus outbreak. Karro Foods is seeking hundreds of new staff on perman...
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Processors aiming for ‘full week’, despite coronavirus staff concerns

Most of the majors are planning a full week’s processing, albeit with some slack built into the plan to cope with staff absenteeism, according to Thames Valley Cambac’s latest market update. Unsurprisingly, the market last week was dominated by the coronavirus outbreak, a...
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Hundreds of US beef and pork plants eligible to export to China

The Agriculture Department published a list on Saturday of hundreds of beef and pork producing and storage facilities that are now eligible to export to China under the new, less-restrictive regulations negotiated in the “phase one” trade agreement.  USDA’s Food Safety...
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China to auction 20,000 tonnes of pork from state reserves

BEIJING, March 19 (Xinhua) — China has allocated 20,000 tonnes of emergency pork reserve from the country’s central inventory to regions hardest-hit by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) including Wuhan and other cities in Hubei Province, in an effort to keep...
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Meat levy body taking break from face-to-face assessments

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is to stop all routine face-to-face quality assurance visits for at least one month in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The red meat levy body runs assurances schemes for the Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork brands. Its...
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Coronavirus and Italy’s pork market

by Duncan Wyatt It seems that Italy is being hit particularly hard by the coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, we won’t have official data concerning slaughter, trade and domestic demand for some time. However, we do have some early indications about how the disease is affec...
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UK sheep meat imports decline, exports rise in January

By Rebecca Wright During January, UK imports of fresh and frozen sheep meat declined by 18% (900 tonnes) year-on-year, to 4,400 tonnes, according to HMRC data. The volume from New Zealand declined just over 500 tonnes, to 2,000 tonnes. There was some uplift in the volume from...
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China resumes economic activity

By Rebecca Wright After two months of shut down, China has begun to cautiously relax measures brought in to control the spread of coronavirus, although some areas have stricter protocols than others. School and colleges are beginning to resume classes, factories and ports are ...
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Covid-19 rumours hurt India’s poultry industry

Speculation is rife on social media platforms in India over possible avian links to the deadly Covid-19 disease. The many rumours associated with the consumption of chicken has put a dent in sales and put the poultry industry in a pickle. Millions of small poultry farmers acro...
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Livestock market turnover nears £1.6bn as throughput soars

Livestock market turnover neared £1.6 billion in 2019, with numbers sold rising across nearly all categories and an increase in buyers returning to the ring.  Livestock Auctioneers’ Association (LAA) data showed sheep trade was particularly strong, with almost 10 million ...
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Brazilian chicken exports to China grow 59%, despite Covid19

China had imported 115,400 tons of Brazilian chicken meat during the 2020 first bimester, 59% more than the same period in 2019. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, other factors, like depressed meat production in the country due to ASF, are still favouring international trade. ...
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Panic buying forces British supermarkets to ration food

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest supermarkets, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda, limited purchases of all food products on Wednesday after frantic shoppers stripped shelves to prepare for possible isolation during the coronavirus outbreak. The spread of the virus has ...
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UK beef trade has a strong start to 2020

By Felicity Rusk In January, UK exports of fresh and frozen beef recorded strong growth, compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, UK beef imports recorded a decline on the year. Exports UK exports of fresh and frozen beef recorded strong growth in January, totalling 11,300 to...
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Deadweight cattle prices hold firm

By Hannah Clarke Overall, prime deadweight cattle prices remained stable in the week ending 14 March. The all-prime price rose by 0.2p on the week to average 335.4p/kg, now down just 0.8p on the same week last year. Heifers recorded a more positive week than steers, with th...
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Coronavirus: Farmers who supply Morrisons to receive early payments

Morrisons has announced it will pay farmers earlier than usual as the retailer deals with the impact of coronavirus. Farmers, local foodmakers and small businesses will be paid early to support them amid the spread of the disease. Morrisons said the faster payments will suppor...
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Brazil’s JBS, Minerva may suspend operations due to coronavirus supply chain woes

SAO PAULO, March 16 (Reuters) – Brazilian meatpackers JBS and Minerva Foods are considering suspending operations at some slaughterhouses in Brazil due to supply chain issues from China, JBS and sources close to Minerva said on Monday. JBS said it had been monitoring the...
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New Zealand food export sector ‘well placed’ to manage coronavirus fallout

A senior rural economist believes the New Zealand dairy industry and wider food sector is in a stronger position than most to weather the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. Global dairy prices have fallen on the back of the coronavirus outbreak, but the lower NZD/USD mean...
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Coronavirus: Melton Mowbray Livestock Market restricts activities

No activity other than Tuesday livestock sales and Friday farmers markets will be allowed at Melton Livestock Market as the operators bid to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Today’s announcement means the Tavern pub will close for an indefinite period, car boot, Sunday m...
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2 NI marts to close due to Covid-19 concerns

Two Northern Ireland livestock marts have announced they will shut their gates due to concerns over Covid-19. Saintfield Livestock Market in Co. Down and Armoy Livestock Mart in Co. Antrim made announcements that all sales would be cancelled with immediate effect this evening ...
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British Pig & Poultry Fair 2020 cancelled

The British Pig & Poultry Fair 2020 has been cancelled, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said mass gatherings should not take place. Mr Johnson said that while the risk of Coronavirus disease transmission at mass gatherings remained low, the Government was ‘moving emph...
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Farmers and vets slam BBC for ‘unbalanced’ Countryfile item

Farmers and vets have criticised the BBC for broadcasting ‘abhorrent’ and ‘unbalanced’ reporting on Countryfile. The programme, aired on Sunday 15 March, scrutinised the Red Tractor food assurance scheme and looked at whether consumers should trust it. ...
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China encourages companies to raise pigs overseas

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Monday that it is encouraging companies to build pig farms overseas to plug a severe domestic pork shortage after a worse-than-ever African swine fever slashed almost half of its pig herd. China has urged local authorities to support qua...
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Coronavirus has limited effect on commodity prices, so far

Coronavirus has had a limited impact on UK agricultural commodity prices. Wheat prices have slipped globally as disruption to the global market increases and the latest prices in the latest Global Dairy Trade auction were down 10 per cent on the last sale of 2019. Deadweight p...
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China’s port jam eases, but refrigerated container rates soar

BEIJING, March 13 (Reuters) – Severe congestion at Chinese ports is easing, say officials and industry participants, although a logjam of refrigerated containers has disrupted supplies of fresh and frozen food and pushed up freight rates outside China. Thousands of refri...
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China proposes standards on hormone residues in beef after U.S. trade deal

BEIJING, March 12 (Reuters) – China has drawn up food safety standards on residue limits of growth hormones in beef, a move seen as a further step towards opening up its market to American imports of the meat. China has previously had zero tolerance for any residues of g...
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Meat processors focused on keeping plants open as coronavirus spreads – BMPA

The meat processing sector will do everything it can to keep plants open as the impact of coronavirus in the UK grows, the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has said. As the UK braces itself for significant further spread of the COVID-19 virus, with potentially huge ...
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Welsh Bros Foods: Newport firm closes with 29 jobs lost

A meat company in Newport has gone into administration with 29 jobs lost. Welsh Bros Foods has supplied restaurants and hotels across south Wales and the South West since 1964. The firm called in administrators Grant Thornton UK on 2 March following a fall in turnover over the...
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Liveweight sheep price up again

In the week ending 11 March, the GB OSL liveweight SQQ continued its upward trend from the week before, rising by just over 4p to average 242.8p/kg. Throughput stood at 111,700 head, up 4,800 head on the week. Trade is reportedly brisk at the moment, with well-presented lambs ...
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Coronavirus: NZ lamb being diverted to Middle East not Europe

  There were concerns that New Zealand sheep meat originally destined for China might be diverted towards Europe due to the on-going coronavirus situation in China. However, reports from New Zealand have confirmed that so far at least, the diverted product has mainly he...
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Cheap pork imports ‘a serious risk’ to UK food

Import tariffs on non-EU pork and a free trade agreement with Europe are vital to uphold food standards post-Brexit, the National Pig Association (NPA) has warned. The tariffs are in place to ensure that imported pigmeat, produced at low cost using banned drugs or inhumane sys...
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Germany and Middle East Lead the Way as Lamb Exports Surge

Germany and the Middle East continue to be key markets for British lamb as new figures show sheepmeat exports surged last year. Exports jumped 7.1% by value and 12.6% by volume compared to the previous year despite a lower than usual volume of trade in December. The publicatio...
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Nicholas Saphir appointed new AHDB chairman

The Government has appointed Nicholas Saphir as the new Chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) with effect from 1 April 2020 for a three-year term. Mr Saphir will take over the role with AHDB from Sir Peter Kendall who completes his second term in o...
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Pig prices post a modest increase

by Bethan Wilkins   The SPP rose a little in the latest week ended 7 March, with the EU-spec price reaching 163.05p/kg. Prices do generally start to show a seasonal rise at this time of year. Although so far this year, prices have not followed usual seasonal trends, remai...
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Small increase to GB cattle prices

By Jennie Tanner In the week ending 7 March, the all prime cattle price rose slightly, up by 0.1p on the week to average 335.2p/kg. The latest price is now 4.2p less than the same week last year, and 9.6p below the five-year average, the gap between the two closing further. O...
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China to auction 20,000 tonnes of frozen pork from state reserves

BEIJING, March 11 (Reuters) – China will auction another 20,000 tonnes of frozen pork from its state reserves on March 13, a notice from the China Merchandise Reserve Management Center said on Wednesday. Beijing has released hundreds of thousands of tonnes of pork since ...
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Coronavirus can’t shackle Australia’s runaway lamb prices

Lamb prices in Australia have continued to creep higher despite the coronavirus panic ratcheting up a few more notches around the world. Market pundits are wondering when this golden run will end but coronavirus doesn’t seem to be weighing on the export market – fo...
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AHDB succeeds in challenging misinformation

Claims by Quorn and the BBC on the environmental impact of red meat in the UK have been successfully challenged by AHDB. Quorn had claimed ‘carbon emissions from livestock are greater than those of all global transport’, and the BBC had claimed that ‘cutting meat is t...
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‘Business as usual’ for now for British Pig & Poultry Fair amid coronavirus concerns

The organisers of the British Pig & Poultry Fair have stressed that it is ‘business as usual’ for now amid fears the event might not be able to go ahead in May due to concern over the spread of coronavirus. The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) and Grandstan...
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Assault probe as animal rights activists clash with traders at livestock market

Police are investigating an assault after animal rights activists clashed with traders at a livestock market over the weekend. The Norwich Livestock Market is routinely picketed by animal rights activists and has been for the past few years – protests which largely end u...
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French farmers dig in for Brexit game of chicken

PRUILLE-LE-CHETIF, France (Reuters) – French poultry farmer Isabelle Leballeur is fed up with European trade agreements that allow low-cost chicken into France and is determined to stop post-Brexit Britain getting that kind of deal. Along with other farmers, she is press...
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Vietnam imports 66,000 tonnes of meat in two months

Vietnam imported nearly 66,000 tonnes of meat in the first two months of this year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Of which, pork imports reached 13,816 tonnes, an increase of 150 per cent over the same period of 2019. The largest pork import v...
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British beef exports edge closer to US market

Beef from the UK could soon be heading to America after government officials agreed the next step of an export deal worth around £66 million over the first five years. The US has today agreed equivalence of standards on the UK’s disease control measures following a three-we...
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China inflation slips but stays high on virus, food worries

The soaring price of pork and other food kept Chinese consumer inflation close to eight-year highs in February, official data showed today, as authorities battled the coronavirus outbreak.  Analysts said the figure would likely remain elevated for some time as measures put in...
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Russian poultry exports to China caught in logistics jam

Russian poultry exporters are suffering losses because of overstocking at Chinese ports on the back of the continuing Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic in the country, Russian newspaper Agroinvestor reported. Russia exported 62,600 tonnes of poultry to China, representing $ 143....
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Costa Rica the 1st in Central America to ship pork to China

Costa Rica is the 1st Central America country that has been allowed to export pig meat to China. Last February, a shipment left Puerto Caldera with a delivery of 24 tonnes of pork products destined for Shenzhen, Guandong province, China. The 1st shipment includes ribs, bacon,...
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‪Australian Meat processors battling to make money due to record livestock prices‬

Record livestock prices are forcing some abattoirs in New South Wales to cancel shifts or shut down operations in the short term. JBS shut down its plant in Scone last Friday due to a shortage of livestock while Southern Meats in Goulburn has shut down its plant this week. The...
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U.S. says it will ban pig shipments if fatal hog virus is detected

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday it will prohibit shipments of all pigs for at least three days if the nation ever finds a case of a fatal hog disease that has ravaged China’s herd. The federal government is preparing to contain and...
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Council terminates lease with Newark Livestock Mart after rent dispute

A Nottinghamshire council is terminating its lease with Newark Livestock Market due to ‘substantial and longstanding’ rent arrears. The cattle and sheep market, located off Great North Road, is set to close after Newark and Sherwood District Council ended its contr...
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A scathing judgment on animal rights extremists

06 Mar 2020 by Tim Bonner There was a strange criminal case reported in the Telegraph last weekend which exposed both the workings of the animal rights movement and two of its most unpleasant activists. The prosecution involved an abattoir in Kent which had been broken into b...
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India poultry industry hit by false virus claims

India’s poultry industry is reeling after sales fell nearly 80 percent over false claims that chickens were carriers of the new coronavirus and could pass it to humans, officials said Friday. Messages warning people to stop eating chicken because of the contagion have be...
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China’s scramble for piglets inflates prices

With obscene profits to be made, China’s swine farmers are scrambling to buy scarce piglets, driving their prices to crazy-high levels. Soaring piglet prices are the most obvious indicator of a ballooning cost structure that is likely to lock in ever-higher Chinese meat ...
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Further UK pork price rises under threat from China and Russia

UK pig producers are being warned further price increases are under threat from the impact of coronavirus on Chinese demand and rising Russian production. Deadweight standard pig prices are currently tracking at about 162p/kg – 25p/kg higher than both the same week last year...
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China’s Pork Hunger Stays Strong With More Dining at Home

(Bloomberg) — China’s demand for its staple meat, pork, is staying strong despite fears that the coronavirus outbreak would hurt consumption. Shipments from Brazil, a key Chinese supplier, more than doubled in February from a year earlier, according to figures from the...
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Germany and Middle East Lead the Way as Lamb Exports Surge

  Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has welcomed the publication of full-year export statistics for 2019 by HMRC, which showed that sheepmeat exports jumped 7.1% by value and 12.6% by volume compared to the previous year despite a lower than usual volume of tr...
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Sheep group slams Treasury adviser’s ‘alarming’ farming remarks

The National Sheep Association said any move to abandon the UK farming industry is ‘almost too ridiculous to believe’ Senior government adviser Dr Tim Leunig’s recent controversial remarks are ‘alarming and concerning’, the National Sheep Associat...
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642 jobs at risk as Tulip’s Tipton plant faces closure

Tulip is considering closing its Tipton plant in the West Midlands, putting 642 jobs at risk. The UK’s biggest pork processor has announced it will be entering into collective consultation with employee representatives over the future of the fresh pork manufacturing site. As...
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Undercover footage of abattoir ruled inadmissible over integrity concerns

Footage filmed undercover at an abattoir by Animal Aid activists which appeared to show sheep being mistreated has been ruled inadmissible by a court judge. Forge Farm Meats, Tunbridge Wells, Kent was facing 14 charges for breaking animal welfare rules but the case has been dr...
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People who feed dogs and cats a vegan diet could be killing their pets

An animal expert has warned that pet owners who inflict their vegan views on their dogs and cats could be putting them at risk of fatal conditions. TV and radio dog guru, Anna Webb, has issued the stark warning, after some pet food brands released vegan ranges claiming that it...
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British Poultry Awards 2020 – Now open for entries

The fourth British Poultry Awards is now open! The British Poultry Council is inviting retailers, foodservice operators, farmers, producers and industry suppliers to take part and showcase the very best of British poultry across the whole industry. The prestigious awards cerem...
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Menu that sparked the legend of knighting joint of beef ‘sirloin’ goes up for auction

A 400-year-old menu that sparked the legend King James I invented “sirloin” after knighting a joint of beef at Hoghton Tower has gone up for auction. King James I and his royal party made a return journey from Scotland to London in August 1617. On their journey they stopp...
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Euro Garages brothers consider bid for Asda

BILLIONAIRE Blackburn brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa are understood to be eyeing up a bid for Asda. The Euro Garages founders are said to be among several potential bidders for the 71-year-old UK supermarket giant after US owner Walmart confirmed it was in talks to sell its ...
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Slower-growing chickens have improved meat quality, study says

Producing meat from slower-growing chickens could significantly reduce mortality and improve meat quality, new research suggests. The study compared the health, welfare and production characteristics of the three fastest-growing broiler breeds used most extensively worldwide w...
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Impossible Foods cuts prices of plant-based meat to distributors

(Reuters) – Impossible Foods on Tuesday announced an average of 15% cut in vegan product prices to distributors in the United States and asked them to pass it on to restaurants as the plant-based meat maker competes against beef products. The move comes amid increasing d...
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Levy boards extend collaborative work

A larger pot of £3.5 million has been committed to ring-fenced fund (RFF) work between levy boards in England, Scotland and Wales in the coming year. For the last two years, AHDB, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) have jointly decided on a collaborati...
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China Says African Swine Fever Vaccine Effective in Lab Tests

China has been trying to find a vaccine since outbreak in 2018. The U.S. also said in January is had a promising vaccine. China’s Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, the country’s top research body on animal diseases, said it developed an African swine fever vaccine t...
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NZ Exports to China rise strongly in January

Exports to China rose $302 million (31 percent) to $1.3 billion in January 2020 compared with January 2019, led by increases in dairy, meat, and logs, Stats NZ said today. This was the biggest increase in dollar value for any New Zealand export market in January and accounted ...
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Farmers criticise proposed beef ban at LSE for ‘knee jerk’ response to climate change

Following a similar but unsuccessful move at Edinburgh University (February 12), LSE has become the latest further education institution to vote for a beef ban. At a Students’ Union meeting (February 21), students voted 243 to 170 in favour of banning beef on campus and the ...
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Factory reliability continues to hamper pork production

Factory reliability continued to be the pork supply chain’s Achilles heel last week, with one major losing a whole day due to a Health and Safety issue, according to Thames Valley Cambac. “Gremlins affected other majors leading to hastily arranged Saturday kills, and some ...
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NZ Meat export prices hit record high

Export prices for meat, including beef and lamb, rose to their highest-ever level in the December 2019 quarter, boosting overall export prices, Stats NZ said today. “Meat export prices have risen for three quarters in a row, on the back of strong demand towards the end of la...
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Argentine meat exporters expect quick recovery of China’s import market

SANTA FE, Argentina, Feb. 29 (Xinhua) — Argentina’s meat exporting sector expects China’s beef imports to bounce back to pre-epidemic levels soon, a representatives of the sector has said. “I think it’s a matter of time. Today, China is at a junct...
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New Zealand to release data on China trade amid coronavirus outbreak

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand said on Friday that it would release provisional data on its trade with China in the four weeks to Feb. 23, in a special release prompted by heightened interest in the impact on businesses from the coronavirus epidemic. Statistics New Z...
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Rumours of Avian Links to Coronavirus Hit Poultry Sales in India

(Bloomberg) — Rumors in India that birds could spread the coronavirus are taking their toll on sales of poultry in the world’s second-most populous nation. The speculation is circulating on social media, according to B.S. Yadav, managing director of Godrej Agrovet Ltd....
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Ukraine in world’s top 3 poultry meat suppliers to EU in 2019 – report

Last year, Ukraine increased exports to the EU by 8.6%. In 2019, Ukraine increased poultry meat exports to the European Union by 8.6% on year – up to 134,260 tonnes, becoming one of the world’s top three suppliers to the EU, that’s according to the European Commi...
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Liveweight lamb prices choppy, deadweight price strengthens again

Liveweight lamb prices fell slightly in the week ending 26 February. The OSL SQQ price dropped 4p compared to a week earlier to average 234.88p/kg. This is despite continued reports of relatively tight lamb supplies in the market generally. Daily prices throughout the week wer...
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Levy boards to share £3.5m funding pot to promote red meat

A larger pot of £3.5 million has been committed to the ring-fenced fund shared between the levy boards in England, Scotland and Wales in the coming year. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing told the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) conference in Glasgow this was an extension of t...
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New Zealand prepared for ‘serious impact’ on economy from virus – finance minister

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – The coronavirus outbreak could have a serious impact on New Zealand’s economy in the short term, the country’s finance minister said on Thursday, amid new data that showed businesses were feeling more pessimistic about their prospects. Grant Ro...
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Shenzhen prepares ban on eating cats and dogs after outbreak

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – The southern Chinese technology hub of Shenzhen is moving to outlaw the consumption of dogs and cats as the country clamps down on the wildlife trade that scientists suspect led to the coronavirus outbreak. The proposed regulations from the ci...
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Brazil beef firms face reduced Chinese demand due to coronavirus

SAO PAULO, Feb 27 (Reuters) – China’s beef imports will fall in the first half of 2020 due to fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, which is complicating the circulation of people and trade globally, Rabobank said in a report released on Thursday. The situation may re...
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China releases 20,000 tonnes of pork from state reserves

China on Thursday released 20,000 tonnes of pork from its central reserves in a bid to increase supply and stabilize market expectations, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC). The release was jointly arranged by the MOC and other authorities including the National Devel...
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Mixed messages on menu at Meat the Future event

Scotland’s beef, lamb and pork producers and processors were challenged yesterday to rethink the future trajectory of the red meat business by focusing on exports and embracing the opportunities offered by climate change. However, after a full day of sometimes mixed messages...
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Kenya bans slaughter of donkeys as China demand soars

Kenya’s agriculture minister has banned the slaughter of donkeys and ordered the closure of all donkey abattoirs in the country. Peter Munya gave the owners of the Kenya’s four donkey abattoirs a month to transition to slaughtering other livestock such as cattle and goats....
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GB pig prices for week ending February 22, 2020

The EU-spec SPP stayed relatively stable in the week ending 22 February, down 0.05p on the week to average 162.73p/kg. More pigs weighing over 100kg came forward than last week, while the price paid for these pigs fell, weighing on the overall price. The price for pigs weighin...
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Russia increases pork exports for second year running

Following a year of growing pig meat exports, Russia finished 2019 in a net exporter position for the second consecutive year. Compared to the previous year, its position has strengthened considerably, up from +8,900 tonnes in 2018 to +27,500 tonnes 2019. Russian exports of p...
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How coronavirus is impacting the global markets

Coronavirus is currently a global talking point, although reliable data is hard to come by in terms of its impact on agriculture. Trade data will show us the impact for product going into China, but information on trade is always a few months behind, so it will be a while befo...
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“Plant-based foods cannot replace meat”

Professor Louise Fresco, president of the executive board of Wageningen University, says meat must be part of future diets. Delivering her speech as keynote speaker at this year’s City Food Lecture, in London, Fresco warned that despite real environmental concerns, animals w...
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AHDB targets Canadian hospitality sector

Quality beef, lamb and pork from the UK will be in the spotlight when AHDB exhibits at the Restaurants Canada Show this weekend. Five exporters will join AHDB on the stand at Canada’s largest foodservice and hospitality event, which starts in Toronto on Sunday. It is the fir...
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Government launches new EHC Online system

The way that you submit an application for an Export Health Certificate (EHC) is changing. The government have launched a new EHC Online system to speed up the certification process. The new service is called EHC Online. Export Health Certificate Online allows exporters and ce...
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‘Attacks on red meat are making livestock farmers feel worthless’ – NFU president

Activism and misinformation about agriculture reported by the media is ‘number one’ on farmers’ lists of concerns and is contributing to mental health issues. Using her podium at the NFU Conference to highlight the vitriol directed at farmers, union president Minette Bat...
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ASF: ARE THERE TRADING OPPORTUNITIES BEYOND CHINA?

Besides China, African swine fever (ASF) is now affecting several other key pig meat trading countries. These include Vietnam, the Philippines and South Korea. We explore the supply and demand impact on these countries and what it might mean for global trade. Vietnam For the f...
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Coronavirus an ‘ongoing issue’ for export trade

Coronavirus is an ongoing issue that continues to hamper the pork export trade, according to the latest pig marketing summary from Thames Valley Cambac. It says the problem looks set to continue for the short-term, with the export trade stalling due to the number of people af...
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China further eases U.S. beef and beef product import curbs

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s customs office said on Monday it had conditionally lifted a ban on beef and beef products from U.S. cows more than 30 months old, following Beijing’s pledge to increase farm purchases from the United States under their Phase 1 trade deal. ...
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Incoming chairman of agricultural group hits back at “farmer bashing”

The newly elected chairman of a branch of the National Sheep Association has highlighted the group’s emphasis on cutting food waste rather than “farmer bashing”. Kate Hovers, Brecon vet and sheep farmer, set the tone for the AGM of the National Sheep Associat...
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UK pork exports to Mexico move closer

Ambitions for Mexico to gain access to UK pork has moved a step closer after a recent delegation to inspect facilities was described as ‘positive’. The delegation of Mexican officials spent two weeks visiting abattoirs and processors to learn more about the UK’s ...
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Harper Adams University has a beef with the latest trends on meat

The university, in Edgmond near Newport, said it would not be banning beef from its campus menus, despite new messages from Hollywood celebrities and activists. Beef has become the latest food to be questioned because of its impact on the environment and the way it is farmed. ...
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China bans some Europe poultry imports on bird flu outbreaks – customs

SHANGHAI, Feb 21 (Reuters) – China said it would ban imports of poultry and poultry products from Slovenia, Hungary, Germany and Ukraine due to bird flu outbreaks, according to a customs statement. China has reported bird flu cases in its Sichuan, Hunan and Xinjiang prov...
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Why it’s hard to find a Burger King in Australia

Companies often change valuable brand names when expanding to other countries. Sometimes the reason is a language issue. But other times, the reasons are far more interesting. When Burger King was founded in 1954, it was originally called Insta-Burger King and grew quickly th...
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Pork shortage saving NZ meat industry

NZ Meat industry strong in face of coronavirus outbreak. A shortage of pork in China means New Zealand’s meat industry won’t be hit too hard by the coronavirus outbreak, Meat Industry Association CEO Tim Ritchie said. “It’s not a time to panic, but it&#...
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ASF Greece: No further cases reported so far

The outbreak of African Swine Fever on a small backyard farm in Greece for now appears to have been an isolated case. .Additional research has not demonstrated a spread. Immediately after the discovery of the outbreak on February 3, protective measures were put in place. The f...
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Brazil’s BRF says meat shipments to China normal despite port woes

SAO PAULO, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Brazilian food processor BRF SA has not stopped shipping meat products to China even amid congestion at some of that nation’s ports related to the new coronavirus outbreak, the company said late on Friday, answering a query from Reuters. B...
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Brazil says U.S. will allow fresh Brazilian beef imports

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Brazilian Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said on Friday that the United States had reopened its market for Brazilian fresh beef exports, effective immediately. The United States had halted imports of Brazilian fresh beef ...
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China considering more action to boost consumption -commerce ministry

BEIJING, Feb 20 (Reuters) – The coronavirus outbreak has had a “relatively big impact” on China’s consumption levels, and the government will study rolling out more support measures, including boosting auto sales, the commerce ministry has said. Consumption will be...
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China’s chicken chain comes unstuck amid chaos of virus measures

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s chicken farmers had been looking forward to a bumper year. But an unprecedented lockdown on people and goods to curb the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the short but intense poultry lifecycle, threatening output of meat just as the world...
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Livestock industry braces itself for possible policy changes

Possible changes to cross-border livestock movements and import tarrifs, are being closely monitored as government consultations wind up in the next few weeks.  Chris Dodds, chairman of the UK Livestock Brexit Group, which is helping advise Defra, said he was waiting for the ...
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Farm groups express fury at Government plans to accept US food safety standards

Farm groups have expressed their fury after reports suggested the Government is preparing to break away from EU food safety rules at an upcoming World Trade Organisation (WTO) summit. According to City AM, Julian Braithwaite, the UK’s permanent representative to the WTO, is...
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Abattoir workers to be classed as ‘skilled’ in new points based immigration system

Within two days of the UK Government announcing its plans to control migration it has  had to quickly row back on its  proposals by allowing a new range of jobs to be classified as skilled. This follows a furore, particularly in Scotland, over the potential loss of key wo...
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Lab-grown meat? Dutch start-up keeps pork on your plate

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A Dutch start-up may have found a workaround for eco-conscious consumers struggling to give up meat: pork grown in a laboratory that doesn’t harm animals or damage the planet. Meatable will this summer unveil its first pork prototype...
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Drop off in December trade can’t dampen strong year for UK beef exports

In December, UK imports of fresh and frozen beef continued to record declines compared to the previous year. However, this drop was considerably smaller than seen over most of this year. Exports also recorded a decline, a contrast to the trend seen throughout most of th...
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Meat company faces heat over ‘cattle laundering’ in Amazon supply chain

The world’s biggest meat company has frequently been accused of links to deforestation. Now JBS is facing growing pressure from Brazilian politicians and environmentalists to address the information gaps and transparency failings in its supply chain. Critics say these defi...
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Scientists map entire African swine fever virus genome

Scientists have mapped genes across the African swine fever virus (ASFV) genome, which they believe could help in the search for a vaccine and antiviral drugs to prevent the devastating disease. Researchers from the Pirbright Institute worked with UCL to map the expression ...
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Slaughterhouse protest: Eleven people charged

Eleven people have been charged over an animal rights protest which brought a meat-processing plant to a standstill. Greater Manchester Police was called to the Tulip factory in Ashton-under-Lyne at about 03:30 GMT on Thursday. The 11 men and women will appear before Tameside ...
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Price cuts on overweight carcasses

Farmers are being advised to book cattle in advance and ensure they “shop around” for the best deal. The decline in farmgate beef prices is putting the agricultural industry, which is a “major contributor” to the Northern Ireland (NI) economy, at risk, ...
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Arrests after activists bring slaughterhouse to standstill

A meat-processing plant has been brought to a standstill by animal liberation protesters. Activists blocked the entrance to the Tulip factory in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, in protest at the slaughter of pigs at the site. Smash Speciesism is urging the company to ch...
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China’s coronavirus clampdown pushes pork prices toward record

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s pork prices are hovering near last year’s record after measures to battle a coronavirus epidemic hit transport of pigs and delayed the restart of slaughtering plants, crimping already tight supplies of the meat. The virus epidemic, which h...
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Deadweight lamb prices leap up again

The GB OSL liveweight SQQ remained relatively steady in the week ending 19 February. Prices averaged 238.94p/kg, just 0.02p more than in the previous week. Nevertheless, prices remain almost 50p above the same week last year. Prices reached a peak on Tuesday, averaging 243.51p...
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Faux-meat branding is misleading consumers says National Beef Association

The National Beef Association (NBA) is asking for clearer labelling to further educate consumers on traceability and nutritional values. “During the month of January alone, we have seen the arrival of many new ‘no-meat’ product ranges, with misleading labelling and littl...
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One of the best years on record for red meat exports

  Red meat exports from the UK rocketed to more than £1.5 billion last year – making 2019 one of the strongest years on record, with Asia being key to the success. According to HMRC, the total value of red meat exports rose 13 per cent year-on-year, with more than 661,...
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Beef Trade: What are the Irish factories quoting this week?

Last week’s beef kill hit over 39,000. Last week’s beef kill rose to 39,044, according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s database. Breakdown: Young bulls: 4,570; Bulls: 560; Steers: 12,790; Cows: 7,002; Heifers: 11,701. Total (including ...
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Russia Bans Imports of Chinese Meat Products

Russian authorities have banned imports of animal products from China to Russia today, as well as Chinese national visits to the country, Izvestia newspaper reported. According to the publication, it is no longer possible for travellers to import meat products from Chin...
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Namibia first African country to export red meat to U.S. market

WINDHOEK (Reuters) – Namibia became the first African country to export red meat to the United States after it sent 25 tonnes of beef to Philadelphia, following two decades of haggling over safety regulations and logistics. The arid southern African nation, known for fre...
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Updated Pig Welfare Code to come into force on March 1

The new Code of Practice for the Welfare of Pigs in England will come into force on March 1. The draft Code was published in September 2019, but has had to go through a parliamentary process, which was delayed by the election, before it becomes law. This has now been completed...
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19 workers in breach of immigration or permit legislation at Irish meat processing firm

Nineteen people were discovered to be in contravention of immigration or permit legislation at a Meath meat processing facility last week. Four people have been arrested and bailed to appear at Swords and Balbriggan District Courts. Gardaí attached to the Garda National Immig...
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New immigration rules set to lower farmgate prices and increase production costs

Farmers are set to be hit with a double whammy of lower farmgate prices and higher costs of production as a result of the Government’s proposed immigration rules. Under the new points-based system, anyone wanting to work in the UK would need a job offer with a salary of at l...
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GB cattle prices weather storm

In direct contrast to the weather, last week was uneventful for cattle prices. In the week ending 15 February the GB deadweight all prime average remained unchanged at £3.33/kg. Although steer prices for carcases meeting the R4L specification rose by 0.4p on the week, overall...
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Coronavirus fears force China into mass chicken cull

China is to begin importing live chickens from the US as feed shortages due to the coronavirus force poultry farms in the world’s second-biggest economy to start culling millions of young birds, reported the Financial Times. The culling of poultry follows the mass slaughter...
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NZ – Heat and coronavirus putting pressure on meat industry

Meat processor Silver Fern Farms says trade disruptions in China, combined with dry conditions across New Zealand, have created a perfect storm for the sector. The shortage of pasture here due to hot weather means more farmers are wanting send stock to the works – but wi...
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Taiwan bans Italian pork to prevent African swine fever

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) announced Wednesday (Feb. 19) that live pigs and pork products from Italy will no longer be permitted into the country. The bureau said that the decision was made after...
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Hormel joins Tyson Foods, JBS in removing drug banned by China from hog supply

CHICAGO, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Spam-maker Hormel Foods Corp is eliminating a growth drug banned by China from its hog supply, the company said on Tuesday, joining rivals that are seeking to increase meat sales to Chinese buyers grappling with a pork shortage. Hormel will no...
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Reaction to Britain’s new immigration rules

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government has outlined a new immigration system to manage the flow of workers into the country and replace existing rules from Jan. 1 2021, when Britain will no longer be subject to European Union regulations. Here is some reaction to it. ...
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Uncertainty still overshadows beef market but consumption remains steady

There had been some optimism among beef producers that the turning of the year would bring better prices. Auction values had edged upwards from October onwards, but since January have slipped to around 2 per cent less than they were a year ago. In the week ending 8 February st...
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Kepak meat plant closure not a result of protests – Beef Plan rep

Last years beef protests were not behind the closure of a Clare meat factory, Clare Beef Plan representative, Joe Woulfe has said. Kepak staff were told on last week that the plant would close for four to six weeks, due to “challenging market conditions. The plant had be...
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South Korea pork imports down 8% year on year

Pork imports in South Korea have seen an 8% decline on the previous year, possibly as a result of consumer concerns over African Swine Flu, according to AHDB analysis. Korea Customs data shows that the East Asian country imported 525,000 tonnes of fresh and frozen pork in 2019...
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EU red tape strangling UK sausage prospects, say producers

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – British producers will not be able to export processed meat like sausages and burgers to Europe after Brexit unless they get a specific European Union health certificate which currently does not exist, the British Meat Processors Association (B...
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Thousands of Frozen Meat Containers Pile Up at Chinese Ports

(Bloomberg) — Thousands of containers of frozen pork, chicken and beef are piling up at some major Chinese ports as transport disruptions and labor shortages slow operations, people familiar with the matter said. Deliveries are mounting at ports including Tianjin, Shangh...
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Argentina’s beef exports to China stumble due to coronavirus

South American meat exporters are seeing a sharp slowdown in trade with the Asian nation as the coronavirus disrupts shipments. One industry leader says exports have almost ground to a halt. South American meat exporters, among the biggest beneficiaries of a pig-killing diseas...
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Will Cultured Meat Soon Be A Common Sight In Supermarkets Across The Globe?

Up until now, plant-based food companies like Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods, and Quorn have almost singlehandedly worked to lessen the impacts of industrial animal agriculture.  Supermarket shelves and fast food restaurants across the US are serving up vegan burgers and meatb...
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China increases US farm imports, dismissing concerns over meeting goals of phase one trade deal

China on Saturday moved again to pave the way to increase purchases of agricultural products from the US by lifting a ban on poultry products, as concerns over the implementation of the phase one trade agreement deepen due to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in China.  ...
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Arm farmers with facts to fight fake news

Farming can help the debate about livestock and the environment become less polarised by explaining how complex and different farming systems are, and what the industry is doing to address climate change.  That was the underlying thinking behind an NFU seminar about livestock...
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Prime cattle prices continue upwards

In the week ending 8 February, the GB all prime average price rose by 1.4p to settle at 333.3p/kg. Steer prices for R4L beasts rose by 2.4p on the week, helping raise the overall steer price by 0.8p to 333.5p/kg. The overall heifer price rose by 1.6p on the week to average 335...
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Heavier carcase weights support UK beef production in January

In January 2020, UK slaughter of prime cattle totalled 170,200 head, only marginally less (-500 head) than the same month in the previous year, according to the latest data from Defra. A decrease in prime slaughter was recorded in England and Wales. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland...
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GB deadweight price leaps up early in the season on tight supply

The GB OSL liveweight SQQ lamb price continued its upward trajectory in the week ended 12 February, up 8.1p to 238.9p/kg. Throughput was also up again, rising 1% to 104,400 head possibly taking advantage of the current good prices. Cull ewe throughput dropped 4,800 head this w...
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Sheep meat production steady in January

UK sheep meat production for January stood at 24,200 tonnes, unchanged from the previous year according to data released by Defra. 1.04 million clean sheep were killed in January, 1% higher than the previous year but adult sheep throughput was down 10% to 127,500 head. Carcase...
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Young hill farmer fronts Welsh beef and lamb campaign

Young farmer Caryl Hughes is the face of a new £250,000 campaign promoting Welsh beef and lamb. North Wales hill farmer Ms Hughes is fronting the Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion Wales) campaign in response to recent criticism of the impact of agriculture on climate change. Adv...
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China lifts import ban on US poultry, related products

China announced Friday that it would lift restrictions on the import of poultry and related products from the United States, according to a statement jointly released by the General Administration of Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Based on risk asse...
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League of Gentlemen butchers closes after 100 years

It has been a local shop for generations of local people, but a butchers based in the town used by a legendary TV comedy is closing. J W Mettrick & Son has been a fixture in Hadfield – the town that doubled up as Royston Vasey in The League of Gentlemen – for m...
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Welsh butchers prepare for World championships in California

A team of talented Welsh butchers is stepping up training in preparation for the World Butchers’ Challenge in the United States later this year. Craft Butchery Team Wales will make their debut at the biennial competition, which will be contested by 16 countries from around t...
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China releases 14,000 tonnes of pork from state reserves

China on Friday released 14,000 tonnes of pork from its central reserves in a bid to ensure market supply amid efforts to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to the Ministry of Commerce. This was the sixth time that the country tapped into its pork reserves this ye...
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EU lifting ban on import of chicken meat from Ukraine

The European Union lifted the ban on the import of poultry meat from Ukraine, supporting the decision on zoning the case of bird flu. The Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Taras Kachka wrote about this on his page on Facebook. “We look forward t...
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Meat inspection petition with 216,000 signatures given to FSA

A union in the United Kingdom has submitted a petition on meat inspections, signed by more than 216,000 people, to the Food Standards Agency. Steve Nash, a consumer advisor on E. coli O157, Unison national officer Paul Bell, and Sean Humber, a lawyer at Leigh Day, delivered th...
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Darlington’s new auction mart celebrates opening with Beef Expo

TWO cattle competitions will take place at this year’s Beef Expo 2020 held near Darlington. For the first time the Burke Beef Trophy will be awarded to the best commercial pair. The award is widely seen as the pinnacle of UK cattle breeding and will be awarded to commerc...
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Coronavirus reroutes U.S. chicken shipments bound for China

CHICAGO, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Ships carrying refrigerated cargo containers of chicken from the United States to China are being diverted to ports in Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a U.S. poultry export trade group. ...
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Global lamb shortage helps UK prices rise £14 a head in 2020

Rocketing prime lamb prices suggest that the amount retailers are able to import is sharply down on last year, amid a global shortage of the meat. Some processors began offering deadweight prices in excess of 500p/kg this week, while the AHDB said the UK average SQQ liveweight...
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Kepak site to close amidst ‘challenging market conditions’

Kepak has issued a statement outlining it “regrets to announce that it will temporarily suspend operations” at its Co. Clare beef processing site. The statement from the meat processor explained: “Against a backdrop of challenging market conditions for the beef industry ...
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“German pork exports remain possible in case of ASF”

Germany has engaged in talks with China, to make sure exports of pork and pigmeat will remain possible in case African Swine Fever would be found in wild boar in Germany. At the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, there have been talks with a Chinese delegation i...
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Edinburgh University students vote against beef ban on campus

Thousands of students at Edinburgh University have voted to reject proposals to ban beef in all student run catering outlets. The result comes after a motion to cease the sale of all beef products in Students’ Association cafes and restaurants was debated on January 30. The ...
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Farming Minister George Eustice promoted to top job at Defra after Villiers sacked

Long-serving Farming Minister George Eustice has been promoted to Defra Secretary after his former boss, Theresa Villiers, was given the sack. Mr Eustice’s appointment will provide some continuity for the department as it seeks to implement the radical changes proposed in th...
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Mad cow fright keeps EU cautious on food rules

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The specter of the 1990s BSE crisis means the European Union is likely to reject U.S. demands it ease strict food safety rules, even with President Donald Trump threatening car tariffs if EU countries do not start importing more U.S. farm products. W...
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EU pig prices slump as coronavirus slows China import demand

EU pig prices are continuing to fall and as import demand from China cools, due in part to the coronavirus crisis gripping the country. In the four weeks ending February 2, EU pig prices fell by over €10 (approx £8.40) to average €182.54/100kg (approx 153p/kg). AHDB analy...
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Pair guilty over illegal slaughterhouse and ‘smokies’

PEMBROKE Dock horror farm smallholder, Sean Ronald Burns, of Bramble Hall Farm, and an associate have been found guilty of charges relating to operating an illegal slaughterhouse on the edge of the town. A jury at Swansea Crown Court returned guilty verdicts on Burns and John...
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How would an ASF outbreak in Germany affect the EU pork market?

If African swine fever (ASF) crosses the border from Poland to reach German wild boar, the German export market of approximately 500,000 tonnes of pork would be at risk. EU prices could drop by 20-40%, although, according to a new AHDB report, the consequences of an outbreak f...
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Factory unreliability and coronavirus impact as SPP creeps up

Factory unreliability and uncertainty over the coronavirus outbreak are both affecting the pork market, according to Thames Valley Cambac’s latest pig marketing summary. A ‘not unsubstantial’ number of pigs had to be rolled into this trading week, as factory unreliabi...
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Anger over plans to demolish independent Oldham abattoir for housing

Plans to demolish a leading independent abattoir in the north of England have been met with resistance in the farming community. Owners of the site of Cowlishaw Abattoir in Royton, Oldham, which also includes several acres of agricultural land, have offered the plot to local p...
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AHDB clashes with BBC over ‘eat less meat’ claim

The AHDB has sent a letter to the BBC criticising its claim that the ‘the single biggest way’ to fight climate change is to eat less meat. AHDB’s chief executive Jane King sent the letter regarding the BBC News article ‘Climate change: Where we are in s...
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Tulip’s Bodmin site to remain open, as more than 100 jobs go

Tulip has confirmed that its site in Bodmin will remain open, although a total of 124 jobs have been lost as part of the recovery plan.  In October, Tulip began a consultation on closing its ‘unsustainable’ Bodmin site, which it said would put the 270 jobs there at risk. ...
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Cranswick continues expansion with acquisition of Buckle pig business

Cranswick has continued its recent expansion, with the acquisition of the Buckle family’s pig farming and rearing operations, in Yorkshire. The deal includes the family’s 50% share of the White Rose Farms Limited pig production joint venture set up by Cranswick and the Buc...
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China’s coronavirus clampdown pushes pork prices toward record

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s pork prices are hovering near last year’s record after measures to battle a coronavirus epidemic hit transport of pigs and delayed the restart of slaughtering plants, crimping already tight supplies of the meat. The virus epidemic, which h...
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China coronavirus putting more pressure on pork supplies and prices

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s coronavirus outbreak has delayed the launch of new pig breeding facilities and put even more pressure on pork supplies and prices, an official with the agriculture ministry told a briefing on Sunday. Kong Liang, deputy director at t...
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Appeal after sheep theft from Dorset field

Police are appealing for information after a flock of sheep was stolen from a field near Powerstock, Bridport. A total of 28 ewes were taken, according to officers from Dorset Police Rural Crime Team, who said the theft occurred some time between 7.30am on Thursday February 6...
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Swine fever spreading in Philippines

MANILA • The Philippines confirmed yesterday that African swine fever infections had spread in the south of the country, which accounts for nearly a third of the nation’s 12.8 million pig herd. Additional cases have also been identified in some northern provinces, said...
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Aldi commits to stocking new range of PGI Welsh Beef

Discount retailer Aldi has says it will stock a new range of PGI Welsh Beef products across more than 50 of its stores.  Thirteen products, including roasting joints, diced beef, and fillet, ribeye and sirloin steaks, will be available across Wales from 12 February. The Farme...
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How coronavirus, ASF and the Chinese New Year are affecting the pig market in China

China’s coronavirus outbreak has had a limited impact on pork trade so far, but could create challenges in the market in future, according to AHDB analyst Bethan Wilkins. The outbreak has coincided with the Chinese New Year holiday period, which is already a quiet period for...
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Coronavirus hits Australian meat exporter

Australia’s largest meat-processing cooperative has been caught up in the coronavirus outbreak in China. The Northern Cooperative Meat Company (NCMC) in Casino in northern New South Wales has product stuck on the docks in China waiting for Chinese government and business...
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Meat and two veg revealed to be most popular meal among adults in Ireland

VEGANISM MIGHT be in vogue but, when it comes to cooking the evening meal, old habits die hard in Ireland. Figures produced by Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, revealed the classic “meat and two veg” was the number one evening meal type eaten by adults in 2019, accounting ...
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UK beef farmers call for stronger labelling on packaging

Beef farmers have called for stronger measures to enforce better labelling and branding of products as the UK looks to strike Brexit trade deals. Any beef imports that enter the country as a result of Brexit trade deals must match the production standards of the UK’s, th...
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Tyson Foods sells U.S. pork to China, but misses quarterly sales expectations

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Tyson Foods Inc is shipping meat to China and has additional orders on the books as a fatal pig disease has created a pork shortage there, the company said on Thursday as it reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales. Shares fell 3% and hit their lo...
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Colombia aims to double meat exports after clearance on foot and mouth disease

BOGOTA, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Colombia will look to double its meat exports now it has regained its status as a country free of foot and mouth disease, President Ivan Duque said. Foot and mouth is a highly contagious viral disease found in animals and is one of the most seri...
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Greece reports first case of African swine fever

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece detected its first case of African swine fever at a breeding farm in the north of the country this week, agriculture ministry officials said on Thursday. African swine fever is harmless to humans but it is highly contagious and deadly in pigs. I...
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Coronavirus disrupts China meat imports, food supply during pork shortage

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Coronavirus is disrupting meat shipments to China as the country faces a shortage due to an outbreak of a fatal pig disease, Tyson Foods Inc and U.S. agricultural groups said on Thursday. An outbreak of African swine fever, which infects only pigs, ha...
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Mexico sees bigger Chinese demand for its beef on coronavirus concerns

MEXICO CITY, Feb 6 (Reuters) – China’s appetite for Mexican steaks and other cuts of beef is expected to increase more than 40% this year, in part due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak, according to Mexico’s top cattle association. Chinese buy...
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Uproar as students vote to implement beef ban on campus

The University of Edinburgh Students Association is the latest body to join the anti-meat campaign following a bad-tempered meeting where agricultural students were denied a voice before being shown the door. The student body was discussing a motion ‘To cease the sale of all...
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Indonesian investigates deaths of hundreds of pigs in Bali

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian authorities are investigating the deaths of about 880 pigs on the island of Bali, the director of animal health at the Ministry of Agriculture said on Wednesday, to determine if they died of African swine fever (ASF). The pigs died between ...
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Chinese poultry farmers in coronavirus stricken province destroying birds

BEIJING, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Some poultry farmers in the province at the heart of China’s coronavirus outbreak are having to euthanise young birds as new rules to contain the disease have paralysed the transport of feed supply and live animals to slaughterhouses. The ban...
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Australian red meat industry shapes up to open doors in UK and EU post Brexit

The Australian red meat industry, under the leadership of the EU/UK Red Meat Market Access Taskforce, is maintaining high ambition for trade reform in both the European Union and the United Kingdom. As with other free trade agreements the Australian Government has negotiated t...
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Cancer charity in row with farmers after it launches ‘meat-free March’

Macmillan was forced to stop promoting the month-long fundraiser after widespread anger from the agricultural industry Farmers are in a row with a cancer charity after it asked its supporters to take part in “meat-free March”. Macmillan was forced to stop promoting...
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Cutting through the noise of the ‘eat less meat’ agenda

Liam Byrne is AHDB’s head of meat marketing Our third instalment of the £2.5 million ‘changing perceptions of pork’ consumer campaign is working hard to cut through the media noise of ‘eat less meat’ campaigns. The latest Love Pork TV advert is expected to be viewed...
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Members of EU Parliament to Discuss ‘Meat Tax’ to Tackle Climate Change

Members of the European Parliament will today be asked to consider a plan to increase the price of meat across the EU to reflect its CO2 costs. The plan is being put forward by the True Animal Protein Price Coalition, (TAPP), a Netherlands based coalition of health organisatio...
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China’s ‘perfect storm’ a boon to Brazil’s meat producers: ABPA

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s meat industry association ABPA said a “perfect storm” of health and food security concerns in China promises to drive up demand for South American meat, giving Brazilian meatpacker shares a boost on Monday. China reported a new outbre...
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New Zealand – Coronavirus threatens meat processing as cool stores fill with export product

China takes almost half New Zealand’s meat exports and that amounted to 402,586 tonnes of sheep meat and beef last year. Farmers are worried about the impact of the coronavirus after Silver Fern Farms talked of reducing meat processing because of cold storage shortages....
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EU considers ‘sustainability charge’ on meat prices to fight climate change

THE European Union could introduce a new tax on meat products to cut back on greenhouse emissions and climate change a week after Britain’s historic exit from the economic bloc. The European Parliament will discuss a proposal this week to introduce a levy that could see ...
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Philippines detects first African swine fever outbreak in southern province

MANILA (Reuters) – Blood samples taken from pigs in a southern province in the Philippines, the world’s 10th-largest pork consumer, tested positive for the African swine fever virus, the Department of Agriculture said on Sunday. It was the first reported case of Africa...
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Argentina Seeks to Expand Beef-Price Caps as Consumption Sinks

Argentina’s Production Ministry is looking to add more cuts of beef to a price-control system in a bid to make red meat more affordable amid rampant inflation, according to a ministerial official. Government and industry representatives are in talks over possible additions t...
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Meat-free fundraising slated by farmers

MANY farmers have been outraged this week by two major cancer charities asking for people to go meat-free for a month with a view to raising money for them. A social media storm has seen many from the industry – which has been a huge supporter of the charities, Macmillan and...
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Co-op pledges 60% cut in nitrite levels in bacon

The Co-op is to reduce the amount of nitrites used in its own-label British bacon range by 60%, in what it described as a first for major UK retailers. Nitrites, a type of preservative used to cure bacon, will be reduced by this level across 24 fresh, British Co-op lines – a...
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GB pig prices for week ending January 25, 2020 – SPP up for the first time in 2020

AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain In the week ended January 25, the EU-spec SPP moved upwards (+0.23p). This increase pushes it about 24p higher than both the previous year and the 5-year average. The increase in price was particu...
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Burger King says it never promised Impossible Whoppers were vegan

(Reuters) – Burger King, saying it never billed its “Impossible Whoppers” as vegan or promised to cook them a particular way, said a proposed class action by a vegan customer over the plant-based patties being cooked on the same grills as meat burgers should be throw...
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Could mobile slaughterhouses fill small abattoir gaps?

Mobile abattoirs may help farms hit by the rapid loss of small abattoirs over the last few years. There are now fewer than 100 small abattoirs, those slaughtering fewer than 1,000 animals a year, according to the Sustainable Food Trust, with four closing in 2019 and another si...
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‘Next big thing for meat’: Aldi launches British Wagyu products

Aldi has started selling British-produced Wagyu beef burgers in what has been described as the ‘next big thing in the meat industry’. The product, hitting the retailer’s shelves from today (30 January), are produced from the Japanese Wagyu cattle breed, but b...
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NPA submits complaint to Ofcom over ‘How to Steal Pigs’

The National Pig Association has submitted a formal complaint to Ofcom regarding the Channel 4 programme ‘How to Steal Pigs and Influence People’. The group said that because of the programme, Channel 4 could be considered complicit in the theft of pigs. The NPA f...
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UK pork exports doubled in 2019 as African Swine Fever boosts demand

African Swine Fever in China is having a knock-on effect on the pork and other red meat sectors right across the world, including in Wales, according to market analysis by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). The impact of the pig virus has seen 50% of China’s pork...
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Spread of African swine fever confirmed in nine EU countries

The area of the European Union affected by the African swine fever (ASF) is “progressively expanding”, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in its latest update on the disease, published on Thursday (30 January). The report, which focuses on the period from Novem...
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UK and Australia partner this week in simulated ASF exercise

The UK and the New South Wales government in Australia is this week collaborate on a joint, simulated exercise to practice biosecurity measures in the event of an African swine fever outbreak. The joint exercise involving Defra, the Animal Plant and Health Agency (APHA) and th...
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NFU Mutual reports that livestock theft has risen by nearly 20 per cent

New figures released by rural insurer NFU Mutual reveal that farm animals worth £3m were stolen from UK farms in 2019. Large-scale sheep thefts over the past two years have contributed to a 19.4 per cent rise in value since 2017, making rustling the most costly crime for the ...
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China’s coronavirus could boost Brazil meat exports, CEOs say

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s largest meatpackers JBS SA and BRF SA said on Wednesday that the coronavirus outbreak could help boost Chinese demand for their products, as it fans concerns about domestic food safety in China. However, one executive told Reuters that sa...
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Plukon Food Group acquires Spanish poultry company VMR

European poultry firm Plukon Food Group has acquired a 100% stake in Spanish agricultural wholesaler Grupo de Gestión Empresarial Avícola VMR. VMR supplies chicken products to local retail, wholesale and food services markets under the Gallus Gallus brand. With nearly 550 em...
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Global Factors Shape Meat Market Outlook

African Swine Fever in China is having a knock-on effect on the pork and other red meat sectors right across the world, including in Wales, according to market analysis by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). The impact of the pig virus has seen 50% of China’s pork...
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£500,000 Boost for Welsh Agricultural Infrastructure

Half a million pounds of new funding has been announced to support digital infrastructure investments by eligible livestock auction markets, collection centres and abattoirs in Wales. The funding, which will be made available to small and medium-sized businesses and administer...
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Politicians must tackle BBC’s pro-vegan bias, says NFU deputy president

NFU deputy president Guy Smith has said politicians who control the BBC’s licence fee must tackle pro-vegan bias at the broadcaster. The union leader warned vegans had been allowed to ‘hijack’ the climate change debate and distort the BBC’s reporting. Speaking at t...
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Major processor holds up progress on sheep splitting rule changes

A major processor has ‘broken ranks’ on the need to use a fixed cut-off date to age lambs, stalling progress on the rule change Defra was planning to introduce. Previously, all processors had supported farmers in wanting to end the process of ‘mouthing’, which is estim...
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France announces ban on piglet castration

France has announced a ban on piglet castration without anaesthesia, which is due to take effect at the end of 2021. Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume has also announced a ban on the practice of live-shredding day-old male chicks. “From the end of 2021, nothing will be l...
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Beyond Meat is off the menu at Canada’s largest coffee chain

The big picture: The move could be a bad omen for the artificial meat industry, perhaps signaling that consumers aren’t as willing to let go of their animal-based diets as originally anticipated. If that’s the case, it would indicate that we are looking at more of a fad o...
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U.S. wants end to EU ban on ‘chlorinated chicken’ and hormone-treated beef

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union needs to redress a $10-12 billion (£9.1 billion) imbalance in farm produce trade with the United States and adapt its food safety rules to reflect “sound science”, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture said on Monday. Sonny Perdue...
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Brazil’s JBS to supply China with up to in $717 million deal with WH Group

BRASILIA, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Brazil meatpacker JBS SA said on Monday that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Hong Kong’s WH Group to supply up to $717.26 million of fresh beef, poultry and pork per year to the Chinese market. The first shipments under the...
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Brexit’s lamb sell-off now underpinning prices for Welsh sheep farmers

A good year for grass, combined with a rush to beat the October Brexit deadline, resulted in a big rise in UK lamb output in 2019. Production levels of UK beef also increased, mainly due to a large rise in carcase weights. Latest data from Defra revealed a 6.4% increase UK s...
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Rustling gangs are stealing sheepdogs to help them with night-time animal raids, NFU warns

Rustling gangs are stealing sheep dogs to help them take up to 100 animals a night during lucrative raids, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned. Livestock worth £3million were stolen from UK farms last year, with large-scale sheep thefts fuelling the surge, according ...
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Vet visits compulsory in updated QMS assurance scheme rules

Scottish beef and lamb farmers in the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) assurance scheme will now be required to have an annual visit from their vet after the levy board revealed an update to the rules. It has also become compulsory that the annual review of the animal health plan (...
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Abattoir output increasing despite increase in plant-based diets

British abattoirs are killing more animals for meat every year to supply the overseas market, despite the increasing popularity of plant-based lifestyles in the UK. Almost 28.8 million farm animals were killed for meat in 2019, marking an increase of 5.4 per cent in two years,...
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Global Ag View: Livestock bears brunt of Australian bush fires

Australia’s bush fires have had a devastating impact on the country’s agricultural output. No official figures on livestock losses have been released, but Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) have estimated nine per cent of the national cattle herd were in regions which hav...
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China to buy £39bn worth of agricultural products in US deal

The US and China have signed Phase One of an international trade-agreement worth $200 billion overall, with China now expected to purchase up to $50billion (£39 billion) worth of agricultural products on an annual-basis. After a two-year bitter trade-war wrangle between the t...
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Black market meat warning as thieves steal livestock worth £3m

Thieves have stolen livestock worth £3 million in the last year, with some animals butchered in farmers’ fields and the meat then sold on the black market. Large-scale sheep thefts, where rustlers steal between 50 and 100 animals in a single raid, have contributed to the sp...
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ABP Advanced Proteins buys John Pointon and Sons

A Staffordshire Moorlands business that employs hundreds of people has been sold – it was announced on Friday (January 24). John Pointon and Sons, an animal by-products and proteins business, has been purchased by Advanced Proteins – a by-product division of ABP &#...
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Haggis is growing in popularity, and not just in Scotland

LONDON (Reuters) – Carried high by the cook on a silver platter behind a kilted piper at formal dinners, the haggis is the essential dish for anyone celebrating the birthday of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, on Saturday.   Now the spicy meat is more popul...
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Major pig plants continued to cut kills

This week’s Slaughter Pig Marketing Summary, from Thames Valley Cambac, reported that the marketing week was very similar from a supply and demand point of view. Some of the majors continued to cut kills, but others were back to normal. Supply was steady, and average weights...
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U.S. pork producers well-equipped to supply China’s needs

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Reuters) – China’s pork imports should surge to an all-time high in 2020 after African swine fever decimated its hog herd, and the United States is ready to take on the task as it also eyes a new export record. The United States closed out last yea...
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Livestock worth £3m stolen from UK farms in 2019

Large-scale sheep thefts over the past two years have contributed to a 19.4% rise in value since 2017, according to rural insurer NFU Mutual. This makes rustling the most costly crime for the UK’s farming sector after agricultural vehicle and machinery theft. As well as caus...
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Pork Quarterly Q1 2020: Opportunities Are Emerging from Risks

Rising disease pressures continue to challenge the global market and will remain the major change driver in global animal protein in 2020, according to Rabobank’s latest Pork Quarterly titled ‘Opportunities Are Emerging from Risks.’ “Although the severity of African sw...
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US beef position strengthens as China trade deal is unpacked

United States beef is emerging from recent trade negotiations with China in a far more lucrative position to supply the world’s number one beef importer as details from this month’s phase-one deal gradually unfold. However, there is still much that needs to fall in...
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GB pork sales suffering

Total GB pig meat sales fell by 4.5% in volume, compared to the year before, in the 12 weeks to December 29, which includes the key Christmas period. Total spend remained stable though, as average prices were up 4.5%. Primary fresh/frozen pork recorded particularly significant...
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GB pig prices for week ending January 18, 2020 – limited movement again in the SPP

AHDB Pork’s weekly pig prices, slaughter data and commentary for Great Britain The EU-spec SPP has recorded another marginal decline in the week January 18. The average price declined by 0.09p on the week. Prices typically fall early in the year; the five-year average declin...
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Booming market for EU pork exports

The increase in EU pork exports, seen throughout 2019, has continued. November shipments were up 54% on the year at 315,000 tonnes. This reflects escalating Chinese import demand towards the end of 2019. Shipments to China were over three times higher on the year while volume...
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Climate crisis: Farmers warn of danger of blaming UK livestock

Farmers have warned of the dangers of focusing on UK livestock production or ‘inappropriate’ tree planting as ways to tackle the climate crisis. Addressing the key findings in the latest Committee on Climate Change report, the Farmers’ Union of Wales warned ...
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China lifts 30-month age restriction on US beef imports

China and the US have signed an agreement whereby the Asian country will remove the 30-month age limit for beef it imports from the US. The ‘Phase 1′ Trade Agreement between the US and China – signed by Donald Trump last week – will also see China recognise the US’ b...
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EU suspends imports of Ukrainian poultry meat

KIEV (Reuters) – The European Union has suspended imports of Ukrainian poultry meat and related products after Kiev reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu, the state food safety and consumer protection service said on Thursday. The outbreak, the first such ou...
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Stillman’s (Somerset) Ltd denies five charges of breaching safety and hygiene laws

THE owners of a slaughter house on the edge of Taunton have been accused of five serious breaches of safety and hygiene laws. Stillman’s (Somerset) Ltd are contesting the charges relating to its operation at Staplegrove Mills, Staplegrove. The case was mentioned at Tau...
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Italy seizes 9.5 tonnes of Chinese pork to prevent African swine fever contagion

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s tax police seized and destroyed 9.5 tonnes of pork from China which was banned by the Health Ministry after African swine fever broke out in the Asian country, police in the northeastern city of Padoa said on Wednesday. The illegally-imported ...
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Germany and Poland discuss new action to prevent swine fever

HAMBURG (Reuters) – Germany and Poland are discussing new action to prevent the spread of the pig disease African swine fever (ASF) in wild boars in Poland close to the German border including border fences and increased hunting of the animals, Germany’s agriculture mi...
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Supermarket deal sees Simon Howie haggis sold across UK

Perthshire butcher Simon Howie is toasting the growing popularity of haggis across the UK as the company lands a six figure deal which will see company’s tradional dish on supermarket shelves in England and Wales. The contract with Tesco, worth £670,000, will see the firm...
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Lab-grown meat producer Memphis Meats raises $161 million in funding led by SoftBank

(Reuters) – Lab-grown meat producer Memphis Meats said on Wednesday it raised $161 million in a funding round led by Japan’s SoftBank Group, Singapore’s wealth fund Temasek Holdings and Norwest Venture Partners. The company said the latest round took total funding t...
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The Hong Kong businessman behind Omnipork, is trying to convince a billion people to embrace a meat replacement.

For a guy in the food industry, David Yeung talks a lot about how gross food can be. Specifically, pork, the most popular meat in China. Industrial hogs are bred in harsh conditions—packed together in pens, sometimes eating contaminated garbage—and the 41-year-old Hong Kon...
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Boost in UK beef exports while imports drop

UK beef exports increased by nearly a quarter for the year ending November 2019 while imports plummeted, the latest figures show. The latest figures published by HMRC showed that in November, UK beef trade continued to follow the trends recorded for most of the year. UK beef e...
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Chinese beef importers seek to renegotiate prices for Brazilian shipments

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Chinese beef importers are seeking to renegotiate prices previously agreed when they closed deals to buy dozens of shipments from Brazil because values are too high, according to a report in the online edition of a local newspaper on Monday. The web...
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Ugandan beef ‘will have honoured place’ in UK, PM says

Beef produced in Uganda will have an ‘honoured place’ on the UK’s supermarket shelves post-Brexit, Boris Johnson has said. The prime minister attempted to woo African leaders at the UK-Africa investment summit in London on Monday (20 January). He underlined t...
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Italy seizes 9.5 tonnes of Chinese pork to prevent African swine fever contagion

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s tax police seized and destroyed 9.5 tonnes of pork from China which was banned by the Health Ministry after African swine fever broke out in the Asian country, police in the northeastern city of Padoa said on Wednesday. The illegally-imported ...
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China deal gives US beef an edge over NZ producers

A range of import restrictions affecting New Zealand beef exporters to China will be swept away for their American competitors as part of the new “phase one” US-China trade deal signed in Washington DC on Wednesday. However, US producers will continue to face tarif...
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China lifts ban on some Japanese beef imports amid meat shortages

China has lifted a ban on deboned beef from Japanese cows under 30 months old, the General Administration of Customs said in a notice, ending an almost two-decade long restriction on beef imports from the country. The decision comes as China faces severe meat shortages after a...
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The potential roads to recovery from African swine fever in China

African swine fever (ASF) is endemic in China. Nonetheless, many forecasts expect Chinese pork production to be on the way to recovery by the middle of the coming decade. As part of the EU medium-term outlook, the European Commission has produced two scenarios for China’s AS...
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Container with 50 beef carcasses stolen in Armagh

A refrigerated container with 50 beef carcasses has been stolen in County Armagh. The 40ft container was taken from premises in the Red Lion Road area of Loughgall at 01:00 GMT on Friday. The unit was recovered by Gardaí in Dundalk, County Louth. PSNI Insp Leslie Badger said ...
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China calls for revival in pork production after disease outbreak

Chinese authorities have called for a revival of pork production, state media outlet Xinhua reported on Saturday, after a disease outbreak that decimated the national pig herd. At an agricultural conference in Beijing, attended by President Xi Jinping, officials said it was ne...
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Farmers mount 12-hour Aldi blockade and warn of more beef price protests

Farmers who mounted a blockade of a major distribution centre for Aldi supermarkets in a protest at falling beef prices say it is the first of many such protests. The farmers who are members of the Irish Farmers’ Association drove a tractor and trailer across the entrance ...
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China must recover pig production, stabilize pork supply: vice premier

Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua said the country must resolutely work to achieve the target of recovering pig production numbers, and stabilize pork supply for the upcoming holidays, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. China must ensure stable pork supply in key periods ...
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Meat is crucial for feeding the planet, and going vegan is not more green, say scientists

Meat is crucial for feeding the planet, leading scientists have said, as they warned it is not more environmentally-friendly to go vegan. Experts from the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Rural College said farmers were increasingly feeling demonised by the unsupported...
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Mutton making a comeback because it’s lost its ‘cheap’ image, say sheep farmers and butchers

Mutton is making a comeback because it has lost its “cheap and tough” image, farmers and butchers have said. Now, environmentally-conscious people are choosing to buy the older sheep meat, as butchers say lamb, mutton and hogget should be treated with as much reverence as ...
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Farmers and meat leaders slam TV film

Farm and red meat industry leaders have hit out at the national broadcaster’s programme – Meat: A Threat to our Planet? – which explored the impact of red meat production on the environment. Martin Morgan, executive manager of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers...
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Ukrainian export loophole closed

The European Parliament is proposing measures to put an end to the wave of cheap Ukrainian chicken meat flooding the European market through a loophole. The country avoided tariffs by exporting a special bone-in cut of poultry meat. As a tradeoff, Ukraine is permitted to expor...
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UK farming unions respond to BBC meat documentary

The four UK farming union presidents have said that last night’s BBC documentary, Meat: a threat to our planet?, shows why food standards must be upheld in future trade deals. They said: “At no point did the documentary explain the vast differences between American meat ...
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Farmers start beef with BBC as meat documentary’s claims come under fire

It was meant to be a documentary exploring the impact our carnivorous ways was having on the planet. But the BBC’s ‘Meat: A Threat To Our Planet’ has become embroiled in a row with British farmers, who fear the show could damage their reputation. The show, headed up by ...
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Going whole hog: U.S. tells exporters to report pig carcass sales as China buying soars

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday that commodity exporters must disclose sales of hog carcasses, giving officials and traders more insight into a surge of Chinese pork buying that has roiled global meat markets. China’s pork imports have nearly doubled this y...
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Brazil Is the Big Beef Winner From China’s Hunt for Protein

China’s effort to fill a protein gap created by the spread of African swine fever is rippling through Brazil’s massive beef industry, pushing up prices and profits for both cattle ranchers and meatpackers. China’s effort to fill a protein gap created by the spread of Afr...
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‘Not enough pork in the world’ to deal with China’s demand for meat

The cost of living in China has outstripped the 3% government target for the first time in a decade, and a big part of the problem is the soaring price of pork, which is being driven up by a widespread outbreak of African swine fever (ASF). Pork is a big deal in China. The ave...
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Waitrose to sell only UK lamb, as they say it is important to ‘invest in British agriculture’

Waitrose is set to only sell British lamb as it phases out meat from New Zealand in order to “support UK agriculture.” The retailer used to supplement its lamb range with New Zealand products in the winter months, but is to stop doing so by 2021. Most of the superm...
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Lamb prices boosted by solid UK and international demand

Lamb prices have been boosted by solid UK and international demand, while beef prices are still significantly down on recent years, new figures show The average deadweight steer price in England and Wales now stands at 319.5p per kg, according to Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promot...
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China buying all Brazilian beef available; meat prices in Sao Paulo at record high

Chinese demand is increasingly swallowing up Brazil’s beef supply, pushing the country’s cattle prices to a record high. China’s hunger for foreign meat has shot up as an outbreak of African swine fever has reduced its domestic pig population and has sent it look...
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Brazil Is the Big Beef Winner From China’s Hunt for Protein

China’s effort to fill a protein gap created by the spread of African swine fever is rippling through Brazil’s massive beef industry, pushing up prices and profits for both cattle ranchers and meatpackers. While China has been increasing local poultry production and raisin...
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Going whole hog: U.S. tells exporters to report pig carcass sales as China buying soars

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday that commodity exporters must disclose sales of hog carcasses, giving officials and traders more insight into a surge of Chinese pork buying that has roiled global meat markets.   China’s pork imporhave nearly doubled th...
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China’s pork prices slump on higher supply, falling consumption

China’s pork prices fell sharply last week for the first time in 10 months, as reports of fresh disease outbreaks in the northeast led to more hogs being sent for slaughter just as consumers cut back on pricey meat, analysts said. Chinese pork prices hit record levels after ...
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Pork prices begin to fall

Pork prices in China have started to decline, and pork production will gradually be restored as supporting policies take effect, the agriculture minister said. The number of breeding sows began to rise last month, and the number of other pigs decreased at a much slower pace, s...
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BRF mulls acquisitions in Turkey to grow in-country production

BRF SA (BRFS3.SA), the world’s largest chicken exporter, said on Tuesday it would consider acquisitions in Turkey as part of a strategy to increase production there and remain a leading food supplier in the halal world. Patricio Rohner, vice president of international operat...
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China takes measures to stabilize pork prices

China has taken various measures to ensure pork supply and stabilize pork prices, an official said yesterday. Governments at all levels have put great emphasis on restoring hog production and have stepped up efforts to increase pork supply, said Liu Aihua, spokesperson for the...
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