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Wednesday 12th March 2014.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Intense Competition on Global Beef Markets

With more than two thirds of European beef meat coming from the dairy herd, analysts at the European Commission forecast that the expansion of the dairy breeding herd is expected to see more animals going for slaughter.

The Commission expects to see production increase over this year and next.

However, over the last year there was a low supply of beef and because of this EU exports fell by 23 per cent.

The Commission expects that the beef export market will stabilise over the next two years, while beef imports from Brazil are reported to have risen between 2012 and 2013 by about 10 per cent.

Globally, the beef market is marked by intense competition – with the US, Australia, Brazil, India, Canada and Mexico all competing for market share together with the EU.

However, most of these major exporting nations are now viewing the EU as a target for beef exports.

One other leading producer, Argentina is experiencing some sever problems at present, with production and distribution being disrupted by heavy rains recently and government intervention in the market limiting export permits.

This intervention, together with high cattle prices has limited Argentina’s export potential – dropping by 22 per cent in January.

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Global Beef Industry News


Empowering Women in Ag: FAO, UN Look at Gender Equality
Meat Prices Stable But Food Price Index on the Rise
United Nations Calls for Pro-family Farming Policies
Increasing Global Homogeneity in Food Consumption a Serious Threat
EU-US Trade Talks to Resume Next Week
McDonald's Sustainable Beef Drive Meets Opposition

   United States

US Producers See Global Competitive Landscape in Market Expo
Jim Wyckoff: Live Cattle Closed Up on Tuesday
CME: 2013 Banner Year for US Meat Demand
Cattle Outlook: Fed Cattle Prices Decrease
CME: Total Beef Exports in January Higher Than Previous Year
Jim Wyckoff: Cattle Closed Down on Monday
NFU Members Hear from Farm Bill Insiders
CME: Are Livestock Futures Wrong about Losses in Feed Sector?
Cattle Futures: Bulls Are Fading, Thursday
Cattle Futures: Bulls Still Have Advantage Despite Losses, Wednesday
Roger Johnson Issues Statement on President's FY 2015 Budget
AMI Highlights Nutrition Benefits of Eating Meat


Climate Law will not Hinder Sustainable Growth of Agriculture


Argentinean Beef Industry Faces Further Challenges

   United Kingdom

Livestock can Produce Food Efficiently
New Steak Cuts Hit Mark at Industry Conference
Commercial Beef Producers Increasingly Recognise Value of EBVs
UK Feed Prices Continue to Slide
Agricultural Policy Timetable Outlined in Scotland
Retailers Told ‘Value British Food More’ - NFU
Smoking/Animal Protein Link is 'Triumph Of Media Spin', Says NHS
Government 'Must Invest' to Close Food Gap in Budget 2014
New Box Scheme Kit Includes Increased Steak Options


Canada-Korea Trade Agreement Good News for Fisheries, Agriculture


MLA: Weekly Cattle Summary
New CSIRO Report Highlights Costs of Livestock Transport
Value Put on FMD Biosecurity at Australian Outlook Conference
Australia to Play Its Part in Alleviating Global Food Crisis


FMD NEWS: FMD Outbreak in Guinea Affects Cattle Herds
FMD Outbreak in Guinea Affects Cattle Herds


US Government Grants Beef Consultation Extension to Brazil


Further Bluetongue Cases Detected in Italy

   Sri Lanka

Pork, Beef Banned in Sri Lankan District Due to FMD Worries

   European Union

Latest EU Outlook: Good Harvests; Rising Milk, Meat Output


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