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Wednesday 6th April 2016.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell

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Brazil's Beef Exports to Rise as China Doubles Volume

This week, Rabobank’s global beef quarterly report predicted an increase in South America’s beef exports by an estimated 11 per cent in 2016, despite domestic challenges such as decreased consumer purchasing power.

This export improvement is due to favourable currency conditions, better access to importing countries and more beef, Sarah Mikesell reported.

The Chinese market is opening up to Brazil, with five more plants opening access recently which brings the total approved plants to 16.

Brazil is expected to double its export volume in 2016 to China, shipping about 200,000 tonnes. This increase would rank Brazil as the top beef exporter to China in 2016.

"The existing Hong Kong market is expected to maintain beef imports from Brazil above 2015 levels. As a result, Brazilian beef exports are forecast to grow during the first half of 2016," said Justin Sherrard, Rabobank Strategist, Animal Protein Global Sector Team, in the report.

"Meanwhile, the possible first fresh beef shipment to the US during the first half of 2016 is likely to support an even higher growth rate for Brazilian beef exports in the second half of 2016." – Click here to read more.

In other news, a study was revealed this week showing the potential health benefits of increased meat consumption in a weight loss diet for older people.

“Until recently, weight-loss regimens were not recommended for obese older adults due to concerns about further loss of muscle mass, especially in those who could not exercise,” said Dr Connie Bales, one of the lead researchers on the project supported by the US' beef checkoff.

The study compared two low-calorie diets, one of which contained more high-quality protein such as beef. The older adults on the higher-protein diets showed greater gains in physical function measured by balance, lower body strength and walking speed, compared to those who ate a diet lower in protein – read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Cows Grow Old With Good Taste
Older cattle are in demand and gaining momentum as a desirable source of protein. Though technically aged and worn out, the fact is meat from mature animals has a depth of flavour that’s just not found in the young. Consequently, new possibilities exist for cattle past their prime for providing milk or breeding beef calves, writes John Wilkes for TheCattleSite.

Company News

New Study: Real-time PCR Uncovers Trich Prevalence in Bulls in Mexico
GLOBAL - The bovine trichomoniasis (trich) prevalence in Mexico was unknown among breeding bulls prior to a collaborative study with the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (UACH), said Ivan Leyva-Baca, DVM and PhD at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Welfare in the Spotlight at 2016 Official Vet Conference
UK - 'Animal Welfare - the Role of the OV' is the theme of the 2016 Official Veterinarian (OV) Conference set to take place between the 29th and 30th September 2016. The programme includes lecture streams and round-table discussions on themes relating to both Large Animals and Small Animals, in addition to a series of lectures aimed at Equine Practitioners.
Market Reports

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Global Beef Industry News


New Study to Examine Consolidation in Australian Meat Processing Sector
Rare Genetic Disorder in Cows Could be More Common than Thought
Australian Cattle Council Fears Impact of New Transport Rules

   United Kingdom

Calls for More Promotion as British Beef Price Drops to 5-Year Low
UK Farmers Urged to Remain Vigilant for Bluetongue Disease
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   United States

Meat Could Help Older People Lose Weight Without Losing Muscle
USDA Reports Record Growth In US Organic Producers
Soil Testing Essential to Kick-Start Pasture Improvement
CME: US Red Meat Production Up from 2015
Cattle Outlook: Cattle Prices Sharply Lower
Cattlemen's Beef Association Names New Leader


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   European Union

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