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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 7 Decemeber 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Mercosur Deal Will Hit EU Agriculture Hard

Any trade deal with Mercosur countries will leave EU agricultural producers out of pocket, particularly affected are EU beef producers.

This is the outcome of an analysis made by the European Commission, which says that Mercosur producers would gain from any such deal, as would EU consumers.

The EC looked at a number of scenarios, which involve tariff abolitions or reduction by both parties, and changes to tariff-rate quotas.

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) Deputy President Harry Sinclair said: “The latest figures published in the EC impact assessment paint a bleak picture for the EU beef industry. It is being estimated that beef prices could drop almost five per cent, while overall beef production would drop 2.8 per cent."

Beef imports could increase between 5000 tons to 524000 tons, depending on what deal is reached. In the worst case scenario, the total volume of meat production lost is 600000 tonnes, valued at €5.8 billion.

According to the analysis the gains to the EU manufacturing industry could outweigh the losses to the EU agricultural sector. Can the EU really be that dismissive towards EU agriculture?

Agriculture in the EU employs over 10 million people. If this is threatened, how does that bode for an already fragile EU economy?

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Optimistic Outlook For UK Beef Sector
With beef prices at record highs, optimism in the UK beef industry is growing. However climate change and consumer perceptions are two challenges reports Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite editor.
Assessment Of EU/ Mercosur Free Trade Agreement
After speculation over the impacts of a free trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur, this report presents the official impact assessment by the European Commission. It concludes that any deal with Mercosur would leave EU producers out of pocket.
Risks for Animal and Public Health Related to the Presence of Alternaria Toxins in Feed and Food
Fungi in the family, Alternaria, produce mycotoxins in a range of plants that include cereals and oilseeds. Following a study of the possible adverse effects of Alternaria mycotoxins on the health of humans, farm animals and pets, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was unable to rule out the possibility of some types of toxin causing problems in chickens, the only species of farm animals for which some toxicity data suitable for risk assessment exist.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News


 » US Beef Imports To Japan Up 37 Per Cent
 » Livestock Production 43 Per Cent Of Ag GDP
 » Rabobank Report: Outlook 2012 ‘Down, But Not Out’
 » US and EU on Collision Course over Antibiotics?
 » Cargill Cuts Global Workforce
 » Global Beef Trade on a High

   United States

 » Discrimination Complaint Filed Against Cargill
 » CME: Steer Prices Gained 17 Per Cent Since August
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Making Smaller Cuts Available For Consumers
 » New BRD Therapy Approved
 » CME: Corn Prices Lower, Good News For Producers
 » Cattle Outlook: Fed Cattle Prices Break Record Highs
 » Anticipating Crop Prices in 2012
 » FSIS Proposes Rule to Expand Generic Label-Approval
 » Leucadia National Corp Takes Control of National Beef
 » CME: Live Cattle Futures Declined Sharply
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » US Beef & Pork Exports Grew In 2011

   United Kingdom

 » Junior Minister Attacks The CAP
 » LMC: Ongoing Increase In NI Beef Exports To Europe
 » Figures Reveal Farmings Crucial Value To Economy
 » NFU: Agriculture Part Of Climate Change Solution
 » Signet Calls For New Ultrasound Equipment
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 » How To Prevent Food-Borne Illness Outbreaks

   European Union

 » Mercosur Deal - EU Beef Sector Will Be Hit Hard
 » To Green Or Not To Green?
 » Greening Of CAP Essential


 » OIE: More Cases Of Lumpy Skin Disease


 » Weekly Cattle Summary
 » Graziers Urged To Use Herbicide Cautiously
 » Labour Backs Live Animal Export Reforms
 » Strong Demand For Young Cattle
 » Record Beef Exports To S. Asia In November

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Bluetongue Threat, New Serotype


 » CAP 2013 Proposals Will Hit Irish Beef Says IFA
 » 2012 Expenditure Looks Positive For Beef & Dairy
 » Beef Prices Slip Back As Kill Rate Rises
 » EU Beef Market Prospects Positive


 » OIE: FMD Outbreak Reported

   Korea, South

 » Beef Overtakes Pork
 » Korea Reviews Animal Drug Residue Levels
 » Food & Agriculture Exports Jump To New High


 » France Opposes Use Of Animal Meal
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