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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 30 April 2014

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Wednesday 30th April 2014.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Novus International

MSD Animal Health

New Zealand Livestock Farmers Hopeful of Rising Incomes

Prospects are looking up for New Zealand beef and sheep farmers.

Following the effects of the drought last year, New Zealand’s livestock farmers are expected to see a 35 per cent rise in incomes this year.

The Mid-Season Update from Beef and Sheep New Zealand expects farm profit for the 2013-14 season to rise to an average NZ$113,700 per farm.

B+LNZ Economic Service Chief Economist Andrew Burtt said total gross farm revenue is expected to rise by 9.2 per cent to NZ$460,200.

Total farm expenditure is estimated to be up 2.8 per cent, to NZ$346,500, on the back of increases in repairs and maintenance expenditures.

Interest expenditure dropped by 2.6 per cent, thanks to a slight decrease in farm.

The season’s total export cattle production is estimated to fall by 1.1 per cent to 573,000 tonnes carcase weight, following last year’s high processing numbers, which were driven by the North Island drought.

“Internationally, the US total cattle herd is around 88 million head – the lowest January inventory since 1951. US exports are expected to drop, by about 8 per cent, while beef imports should increase about 1 per cent,” Mr Burtt said.

“Meanwhile, total Chinese beef imports are projected to grow by more than 15 per cent in 2014.

“Despite this significant demand from China, the US is expected to remain New Zealand’s largest market for beef and veal exports.”


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

China in the Next Decade: Rising Meat Demand and Growing Imports of Feed
There are signs of robust demand for meat and feed grains in China as the country moves into a new stage of development, according to James Hansen and Fred Gale of the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) in 'Amber Waves'.

Confined Livestock Operations Account for Majority of Chesapeake Bay Area’s Farmland With Applied Manure
An analysis of livestock production in the Chesapeake Bay area by Stacy Sneeringer of the USDA Economic Research Service suggests that policies addressing manure nutrient discharges from small and medium-sized concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) may be needed if larger reductions in Bay nutrient pollution are desired.

Seven Steps to Profit: How Can Ranchers Help Feedyards?
A Nebraska feedlot owner is able to put over 20 years experience of working with ranchers to use by shortlisting factors that time and again impact end results for feedyards.

Putting Figures to The Inefficiency of Muddy Feedlots
Mud lowers cattle efficiency and a Kansas State University researcher has attached figures to the impact mud can have in feedlots.

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