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Wednesday 18th May 2016.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell

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Beef Excluded from EU-South America Trade Talks

In the past week, there was relief from European farming groups after beef was excluded from trade talks between the EU and South American trade bloc Mercosur.

Many different stakeholders had argued that beef was too sensitive a product to be included in the negotiations, especially given the difficult situation for farmers at the moment.

As a result, beef was dropped from the offers exchanged between the EU and Mercosur at the end of last week.

However, some farming organisations urged vigilance to prevent beef re-entering the negotiations – click here to read more.

In other trade news, US beef has been arriving in South Africa for the first time since 2003, as part of an agreement finalised between the two countries earlier this year. The US Department of Agriculture said meat exports to South Africa could reach $75 million per year.

"The arrival of US beef in South Africa represents another important milestone in efforts by USDA and the Office of the US. Trade Representative to regain access to this important market," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

"Along with US poultry, South African consumers now have access to high quality, safe and wholesome US beef, and US producers and exporters have gained another valuable market for their products." – Read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

When Will Cattle Finishing Be Profitable Again?
US monthly fed cattle net returns have been negative since December 2014. A few months ago, it appeared that we would climb above breakeven this spring, writes Michael Langemeier, Center for Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University, in Farmdoc Daily.

Company News

Emerging Mycotoxins: Overview and Occurrence
GLOBAL - Emerging mycotoxins are a class of compounds that are attracting increasing interest among the scientific community primarily due to their high occurrence in feed and food commodities, sometimes at relatively high concentrations, and potential toxicity towards animals and humans.
Anti-Inflammatory Pour-On For Cattle Now Licensed For Mastitis*
GLOBAL - FINADYNE® Transdermal from MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) can now be used as a single application to reduce pyrexia associated with acute mastitis.
Market Reports

AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 16 May 2016

Global Beef Industry News

   United Kingdom

New Project to Identify Best Practice for Larger Beef Finishing Units
Report Calls for CAP Reform to Better Support Farmers in Volatile Times
Warnings Over Brexit Impact on Northern Ireland's Ag Exports
Could Cattle Be Fed on Waste Paper?
Vets Call for Unrestricted Access to Slaughterhouse CCTV

   United States

CME: Beef Packer Margins Down at Start of May
CME: Meat Availability Continues to Expand
Cattle Outlook: USDA Predicts More Beef Production, Consumption This Year
CME: Feedlots Need to Remain Current
New Research: Time to Switch Antibiotic Resistance Focus from Use to Environment
CME: Large US Meat Supplies Bolster Consumption

   South Africa

US Beef Arrives in Recently Reopened South African Market

   European Union

EU Politicians Vote to Support Origin Labels on Meat, Dairy
Scientists Call for Review of EU Rules Preventing Insect Use in Animal Feed
Farm Groups Urge Vigilance Over Beef's Exclusion from EU-Mercosur Talks


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