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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 20 April 2016

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Wednesday 20th April 2016.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell

MSD Animal Health

Lactic Acid Preventing Irish Manufactured Beef Exports to the US

This week, we featured an interesting article from Eoin McCarthy on why Irish beef exports to the US have been so much slower than ministers expected, following the lifting of a ban on European beef put in place during the BSE crisis of the late 1990s.

In 2015 Ireland exported 1,300t of beef valued at €8.5m to the US, according to figures released by the Department of Agriculture.

These figures are well short of what outgoing Minister of Agriculture Simon Coveney had initially predicted – that up to 20,000 tonnes of Irish beef worth €50 - €100 million would be exported to the US in 2015.

However, Ireland is currently restricted to exporting high-value steak cuts, such as fillet, rib-eye and sirloin to the US, which represent a small portion of their import market.

Irish meat processors have yet to gain access to the lucrative mince market, known in the trade as manufacturing beef, and the obstacles seem to lie with the hygiene protocols for disinfecting meat – click here to read more.

Meanwhile in New Zealand, the latest reports from Beef + Lamb New Zealand show that beef and veal export shipments were down 3.7 per cent in the first six months of the country’s 2015-2016 export season.

The average value in NZD (New Zealand dollars) of chilled beef exports was up 11 per cent in the first half of the season, while frozen beef exports averaged 4.3 per cent less than the same period last season.

Overall, in the first six months of the season, exports to North Asia were up 24 per cent on the same period last season - read more.

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