Commercial hog slaughter was down 5% to 106.9m head

US red meat production saw decline in 2014

By Georgi Gyton

Total US red meat production fell 4% last year, compared to 2013, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s annual Livestock Slaughter Summary (2014), published yesterday (27 April).

Construction will begin on the 50,000sq ft warehouse this spring

Tyson to invest nearly $50m in new beef plant

By Georgi Gyton

Tyson Fresh Meats is to plough $47m into its Lexington plant in the US, in order to construct a new, expanded, boxed beef warehouse, in a bid to ensure the future success of the site.

The strategy is set out across four pillars: connectivity, productivity, competitiveness and beef demand

Canada beef sector optimistic about new strategy

By Georgi Gyton

Canada’s beef sector organisations have told GlobalMeatNews that they are optimistic about a national programme connecting all key players in Canada’s beef sector for the first time, with the goal of a 15% increase in production efficiency by 2020.

Over the past two decades Chile has strived to eradicate livestock diseases

Chile makes first export of live heifers to China

By Tom Azzopardi, in Santiago

Chile has exported more than 7,000 heifers to China in its first major export of live cattle, which has just arrived at its destination, and the government hopes this might be the start of developing a long-term beef livestock export trade.

An improved forage situation, lower grains prices and record margins last year have helped improve prospects

Strong prices predicted for US beef in 2015

By Georgi Gyton

Delegates at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention were comforted by predictions from CattleFax that prices for US beef will remain strong during 2015.

The AWI said the NCBA's Beef Quality Assurance Program did not meet OIE code

Animal Welfare Institute questions US cattle handling

By Georgi Gyton

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has been sent a written appeal by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) requesting that it revises the association’s guidelines for the handling of cattle raised for beef, in the USA.

Cargill's Michael Martin on the slow volume growth of finely textured beef:

Record beef prices see FTB volumes increase, albeit slowly: Cargill

Is finely textured beef staging a comeback?

By Maggie Hennessy

Could record ground beef prices in the US mean a return to finely textured beef (FTB)? 

Higher prices for US beef were partly offset by preferential duty under the KORUS FTA

South Korea expected to import more beef

By Georgi Gyton

The Republic of Korea is expected to import more beef in the coming year, as domestic cattle numbers continue to fall, and beef prices rise.

Ritz said it was important to end discrimination against Canadian cattle and hogs due to COOL

Canadian agriculture minister highlights cattle opportunities

By Georgi Gyton

Gerry Ritz, Canadian agriculture minister, spoke of the benefit of unfettered trade with the US, and increased market access and trade successes, when he addressed delegates at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), semi-annual meeting.

Could things be looking up for the US cattle industry?

Turning point for US cattle numbers?

By Georgi Gyton

Delegates at the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, Colorado were told that the industry was transitioning from the liquidation phase to the expansion phase in terms of cattle numbers.


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