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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 17 August 2016

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Wednesday 17th August 2016.
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US Beef Exports Show Strong Performance in June

US red meat exports ended the first half of 2016 on a positive note, as June export values for beef were the highest of the year.

June also marked the second consecutive month of solid year-over-year volume growth, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

June beef exports to Japan fared particularly well, up 29 per cent from a year ago. Strong US beef exports were also reported in Mexico, South Korea and the ASEAN region – click here to read more.

In the UK, the fallout from the country’s vote to leave the European Union continues. This week, the Treasury promised to uphold current levels of funding for farmers until 2020, even if the UK leaves the EU before then. Politicians hope the pledge will give farmers confidence and continuity over this period.

Meanwhile, a new report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has argued that the government should use the opportunity of Brexit to change the way public money is invested in farming.

The organisation suggested diversity in the sector should be improved to help environmental resilience in the UK. It also suggested that more land should be made available for new farmers and community groups.

The report follows similar calls by the National Trust, which said domestic British farm funding should place more emphasis on protecting nature once released from the rules set by the EU – read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Drones Battle Disease, Waste and Cattle Rustlers on US Farms
Farmers and ranchers across the globe are turning to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to assist with farming. As technology improves, so will the applications for UAV technology, writes Rachel Lane.

Company News

AB Vista Welcomes New Technical Sales Manager for Australasia
GLOBAL - AB Vista has expanded its global team with the appointment of nutrition expert Dr. Ken Greaney, who joins the company as technical sales manager for Australasia.
Market Reports

AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 15 August 2016

Global Beef Industry News

   United Kingdom

Further Calls for Post-Brexit Revolution in British Farm Funding
UK to Maintain Agriculture Funding until 2020 Despite Brexit

   United States

CME: Lower Feed Prices Expected to Boost US Meat Production in 2017
Record US Crop Production Forecast Good News for Feed Prices
Cattle Outlook: Meat Demand Slows in First Half of 2016
US Beef Exports Show Strong Performance in June

   European Union

European Labs Train Up on Lumpy Skin Disease Detection
Maximum Copper Levels in Cattle Feed Lowered


Research to Investigate Forage Mixtures for Canadian Climates


Lithuania Considers Tax Cut on Meat to Boost Demand


McDonald's Under Pressure Over Antibiotics Use


Brazil's Beef Exports to Arab Countries Rising


Adding Meat, Milk to Diet Dramatically Improves Nutrition for Poor Zambians


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