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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 17 February 2016

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Wednesday 17th February 2016.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell

MSD Animal Health

Roller Coaster Ride for UK Beef Sector

The last year has been a roller coaster experience for the UK beef sector – as it has been for the last five years.

For a considerable part of the year, UK beef was trading below the five year average, only to see a resurgence in price in the summer but without the anticipated Christmas peak in the beef market.

According to Agricultural and Horticultural Board analyst for beef and sheep meat Debbie Butcher, this year is expected to see a “similar malaise in trade” with prices drifting down.

Overall prime cattle numbers are back on last year, down by two per cent to 1.92 million head, making supplies tight, she told the AHDB Outlook 2016 conference in London.

Adult slaughter remained high last year up by three per cent on 2014 to 620,000 head, with a lot of dairy cows being slaughtered in the latter half of the year.

At the same time carcase weights were also up, with cows being slaughtered on average between 10 and 15 kg heavier - click here to read more.

Meanwhile in the US, there has been some surprise (and disappointment if you are in the feeding business) that fed cattle have failed to gain traction in the last couple of weeks.

Despite winter weather and a stronger than expected cutout, cash fed cattle prices have languished and they are now a bunch of dollars lower than the high 130s feedlots were asking for a couple of weeks ago, wrote CME analysts Steve Meyer and Len Steiner - read more.

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Global Beef Industry News

   United Kingdom

Industry to Work More Closely Together to Promote Beef, Lamb
Beef Farmers Warn of Financial Hardship After EU Payments Delayed
What are the Implications of Brexit for UK Food and Agriculture?
Roller Coaster Ride for UK Beef Sector
Bovine TB Control Gets £7 Million Research Boost
Survey Results Show Flood Damage Cost Cumbria Farmers Thousands
Welfare Research Can Influence Change, Lead to On-farm Solutions
UK Farmers Warned of Bluetongue Risk as French Outbreaks Continue

   United States

CME: Fed Cattle Prices Still Languishing
CME: Beef Production Running Above Year Ago Levels
Cattle Outlook: US Beef Exports Down Nearly 12 Per Cent in 2015
US Cattle Farmers Call for Action on Market Volatility
El Niño Continues to Impact 2016 Weather Patterns
CME: US Beef Imports Expected to Decline Over 2016
Israel to Lift BSE Ban on US Beef Imports
CME: High US Red Meat, Poultry Production Means Prices Down
US Farm Income Forecast Suggests More Hard Times Ahead


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   European Union

New Tools to Protect Europe’s Ag Sector from Terrorism
Antibiotic-Resistant Foodborne Pathogens Continue to Spread in EU
EU, Colombia to Increase Trade in Organic Products


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