Tridge's global market analysts and country representatives take a deep dive into what happened during W46 in the global beef landscape. In summary, in the US, live cattle futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) ended higher as expectations of tightening cattle supplies and a setback in grain prices sparked a round of buying. The Australian national cattle yardings fell by about 29% reflecting a 16,250 heads decline WoW. For fresh beef, the USDA projected that, by the end of this year, the production of bovine meat worldwide will amount to 59.3 million tons which is 1.7% above 2021. In Ukraine during October 2022, the average consumer price for beef increased by 1.3% to UAH 203.45/kg compared to UAH 200.92/kg in September. In conclusion, The president of Barranquilla, indicated that projects such as the deep-water port and the Caribbean regional train are of strategic importance to bring food from the interior of the country to the processing centres and then to the cities of Colombia and the world under the slogan of sustainability.

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US: Live Cattle Futures End Higher

Live cattle futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) ended higher on Wednesday as expectations of tightening cattle supplies and a setback in grain prices sparked a round of buying, Reuters reported, citing traders. The most-active CME live cattle futures, for February delivery, settled up 1.200 cents at 154.250 cents per pound, a day after finding chart support at the contract's 200-day moving average. The spot December contract rose 0.525 cent to finish at 151.800 cents per pound. Ahead of the US Department of Agriculture's monthly Cattle on Feed report due on Friday, analysts surveyed by Reuters on average expected the government to report the number of cattle in the US feedlots as of November 1 at 11.745 million head, down 1.7% from a year ago. Analysts on average estimated feedlot placements in October at 2.168 million head, down 3.5% from a year ago. CME January feeder cattle settled up 0.450 cent at 177.475 cents per pound, rebounding a day after dipping to a four-week low. Cattle futures had sunk on Tuesday as grain prices climbed, signalling potentially higher costs for livestock feed. But corn, wheat and soy futures retreated on Wednesday, helping cattle futures to firm. Traders shrugged off pressure from declining wholesale beef prices. Choice cuts fell from $1.27 to $257.09 per hundredweight (cwt), while select cuts fell by $0.41 at $231.35 per cwt, according to USDA data. Cash cattle traded lightly in Kansas and the Texas Panhandle at $150 per cwt, steady with last week, the USDA reported.

US: Feeder Cattle Market Approach One-Month Low on Rising Corn Prices

Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) feeder cattle futures neared a one-month low on Tuesday as rising grain prices signalled risks for increased costs for livestock feed, Reuters reported, citing brokers. Unconfirmed reports that Russian missiles crossed into NATO member Poland fueled gains in corn, wheat and soy futures as traders worried about escalating geopolitical tensions. "Feeder cattle faded on the corn rally," a broker said. CME January feeders sank 2.425 cents to settle at 177.025 cents per lb and touched its lowest price since October 17. Live cattle futures, meanwhile, were mixed. Most-active CME February live cattle futures settled up 0.500 cent at 153.050 cents per lb. The spot December contract slipped to end 0.300 cent lower at 151.275 cents per lb. Wholesale beef prices were also mixed. Choice cuts edged up by 38 cents to $258.36 per hundredweight (cwt), while select cuts slid by $1.45 to $231.76 per hundredweight, according to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data. Traders are waiting for the USDA to issue a monthly Cattle on Feed report on Friday for an update on how many animals are in feedlots. Futures seem to be drifting in the meantime, a broker said. "It still looks like a matter of marking time until you get closer to Cattle on Feed coming out," he said. Meatpackers slaughtered an estimated 129,000 cattle on Tuesday, up from 483,000 cattle a week ago, the USDA said.

Brazil: November Started With More Beef Exports

In the first eight working days of November, Brazil exported 68,876 tons of fresh, chilled or frozen beef, with a daily average of 8,609 tons, according to preliminary data from the Foreign Trade Secretariat (Secex), of the Ministry of Economy. This volume is 101.5% greater than that seen in the same month last year, when the average was 4,272 tons per day. Revenue in the period was US$ 368.50 million. On a daily basis, the figure of $5.35 million is 8.5% higher than the daily average of $4.93 million a year earlier.

Brazil: World Bank to Support Sustainability of Soy and Beef Cattle

The World Bank has approved a US$24.58 million grant agreement to bring more sustainability to the soy and beef cattle value chains located in and around the Brazilian Cerrado. The Project “Vertentes – Consortium of Sustainable Landscapes of Multiple Use in Brazil” will cover approximately 47.2 million hectares in five states: Bahia, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and Minas Gerais, in addition to the Federal District. One of the main strategies of the project is called Sustainable Management of Landscapes. The plan sets out to recover vast areas of degraded pasture while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. According to senior agricultural economist Leonardo Bichara, from the World Bank, the initiative is innovative. “It is an innovative project because it will not only benefit rural producers, but everyone involved in the production chain for these two products”, he points out. The initiative, adds Bichara, will also reach supermarket chains, which will be trained on how to purchase more sustainable soy and beef products. Brazil is the second largest food exporter in the world. Agriculture and agribusiness account for around 8.4% of the country's Gross Domestic Product; 16.2% of total employment; and 40% of total exports. The Cerrado, which covers almost a quarter of the Brazilian territory, is one of the regions with the greatest biodiversity in the world and accounts for 70% of the country's agricultural production. Today, the Cerrado is a land conversion area for beef cattle and exports beef all over the world. The biome accounts for about 55% of beef production in Brazil and 54% of soy produced for cattle feed.

Brazil: Indefinitions Mark the Dynamics of the Arroba of Cattle

Influenced by several internal and external variables, Brazilian beef cattle raising has been unusual throughout this year, and is expected to break some records in 2022. In August and September, for example, Brazilian beef exports recorded the highest volume and the highest revenue of the entire historical series. Between January and September, 1.5 million tons were shipped, with China as the main destination (more than 60% of total exports). During this period, the industry's revenue was US$ 9.1 billion for beef (fresh, chilled and frozen). In the domestic market, the scenario is the opposite. Demand has been shrinking against a backdrop of high prices and low purchasing power on the part of the population.

Brazil: Foot-And-Mouth Disease Vaccination Campaign Ends at the End of November

The second cycle of vaccination against foot-and-mouth disease is underway and will end at the end of November. In all, 161 million cattle and buffaloes will be immunised, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa). The calendar includes 20 states of the federation and the Federal District. In ten states (AL, AM, CE, MA, PA, PB, PE, PI, RR and RN), vaccination will occur in animals up to 24 months old. 

Brazil: Campaign Against Foot-And-Mouth Disease Has More Than 2 Million Animals Immunised

With the aim of immunising the entire cattle herd (cattle and buffaloes) in the State of São Paulo, the vaccination campaign against Foot-and-Mouth Disease will continue until the next 30th of November. Unlike the stage that took place in May, in the second half, animals of all ages are vaccinated against the disease. The Coordination of Agricultural Defense (CDA), a national security factor of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Supply (SAA) informs that so far, 2,904,056 (two million, nine hundred and four and fifty-six) cattle and buffaloes have been vaccinated, according to a report issued by the Animal and Plant Defense Computerised System (Gedave), which is equivalent to 27.82% of the herd in São Paulo. Still, according to a partial report, 22,387 (twenty two thousand, three hundred and eighty seven) properties have already updated the herd in Gedave, accounting for 18.61% of the properties mapped within the State.

Brazil: Sustainable Livestock Is Producing Meat for Everyone Forever

“Globally, sustainable livestock is produced with environmental and social respect and generates profit. It's producing meat for everyone, forever. In Brazil, it's following the law and stepping up. There is no more sustainable meat in the world than Brazilian meat. We want climate justice and fair trade.” said the president of the Mato Grosso Beef Institute (Imac), Caio Penido, during the panel “Sustainable Livestock”, held on Monday (14.11), in the Brazil space of the 27th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change ( COP 27), which took place in Egypt. The Passaporte Verde program created by Imac, which is a protocol that will guarantee socio-environmental traceability and the quality of meat in Mato Grosso, was also presented during the panel. Currently 80% of production is tracked and the goal is to reach 100% verification. “The Green Passport, which comes to support the Secretary of the Environment (Sema) in environmental regularisation, with the Imac Reinsertion and Monitoring Program and the Meat Observatory of MT (PREM), with a single cartographic base for everyone to analyse and speed up the process. We have partnerships to measure carbon sequestration in Mato Grosso and work together with the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) and meatpacking industries with a program that carries out socio-environmental traceability”, he concluded.

Brazil: Beef Livestock Should Have an Increase in Supply and Recovery

The new report on perspectives for Brazilian agribusiness, produced by Rabobank, indicated that the supply of beef should increase with the recovery of domestic consumption. “It is worth remembering that there is an expectation about the future of policies to combat Covid-19 in China”, he comments. “Well, the foodservice sector was one of the most impacted by the zero tolerance policy applied by the government. In case of new lockdowns, with the Chinese spending more time at home (and consuming less away from home), added to the strong recovery in wholesale/retail pork prices, which increases the competitiveness of beef for part of the population, new opportunities for Brazilian beef may arise”, he adds. In this scenario, Brazil is well positioned not only for price reasons, but also for the supply potential. “Australia, which is historically a major beef supplier to the US, is set to have a year of increased supply and could impact competition in that market as well. The Middle East and Europe should continue to bring opportunities for Brazilian exports next year,” he says. “Looking at live cattle and beef prices for next year, they should be pressured due to the scenario of greater supply and the recovery of local demand. The atypical decline/stability movement in the second half of 2022 may result in a seasonal devaluation at the start to the year. Lower average prices for live cattle next year should require even more efficiency and productivity within the gate to reduce impacts on production margins”, he concludes.

Brazil: The Rise in the Price of the Fatted Heifer in São Paulo

On this Wednesday morning (11/16), post-holiday, part of São Paulo's slaughterhouses remained out of the purchase, still deciding on the pricing strategy to be exercised for the remainder of the week. With that, the arroba of fat ox and cow remained stable. For fat heifers, however, there was an increase of R$3.00/@.

Brazil: Live Cattle Price Remains Unchanged in November

The beef market continues to show low movement with the consumer, negatively impacting the business carried out with live cattle with ranchers, even with slaughterhouses needing to improve their slaughter schedules, which are shorter. The current result in the sale of live cattle to livestock farmers is an average daily price that has the same opening value as the month, well below the historical average evolution and the significant evolution achieved in the same period last year. The average evolution of the last 12 years points to a 4.7% evolution in this period, while last year it reached a significant 18.2%. Had these indices been followed, the price of live cattle could have reached, respectively, R$291.20 and R$328.70. However, it is only R$278.00. The trade in live cattle is adjusted in some markets, while in others there are slaughterhouses seeking to recompose slaughter schedules. The size of the demand can determine the maintenance or possibilities of better business for cattle ranchers in the short term.

Brazil: São Paulo Has 2 Million Animals Immunized Against Foot-And-Mouth Disease

With the aim of immunising the entire herd (cattle and buffaloes) in the State of São Paulo, the vaccination campaign against Foot and Mouth Disease continues until the 30th of this month. So far, 2,904,056 (two million, nine hundred and four and fifty-six) animals have been vaccinated, according to a report released by the Computerised System of Animal and Vegetal Defense (Gedave).

Australia: Weekly Cattle Market Wrap

National cattle yardings fell by about 29% indicating 16,250 heads WoW and state declines performed as follows: WA yardings declined by 42% reflecting 1,158 heads to 1,598, Queensland yardings softened by 28% showing 7,418 heads to 18,900 and NSW numbers fell by 49% depicting 9,126 heads to 9,870. South Australian yardings improved by 29% indicating 565 heads and Victorian yardings also strengthened by 9.5% which is by 633 heads. Distinct differences in market performance across species and categories indicates differing buyer demand and cautiousness is clearly affecting attitudes at the yards. In the cattle market, buyer confidence appears to have been impacted by wet weather affecting cattle performance and the logistical issues associated with transport, mustering and access to trucks. The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) fell to its lowest price since mid-August at 996c/kg cwt, with all buyers softening their price expectations due to the market falling across restockers, feeders and processors. The EYCI has softened 20c over the week and 36c/kg cwt over four weeks. The National Feeder Steer price also softened, with challenging operating conditions relating to input prices and wet weather impacting cattle performance in the feedlot clearly impacting feedlot buyer demand. Its price declined 21c this week to finish at 479c/kg lwt. The indicator has also declined by 38c over four weeks, mirroring the fall in the EYCI.  

Netherlands: Consumers Spend Less on Meat

Beef cattle breeders have to deal with high yield prices. Due to a shortage of luxury calves such as Blonde d'Aquitaine and Limousins, about 100 euros more will be paid than in 2021. For Belgian Blues, this difference can amount to 300 euros per animal, says Rene Zandbelt of Vleesvee Integratie Twente. Fertiliser companies, on the other hand, are going through tough times. They have to pay more for calves and have to contend with more expensive feed. Compared to a year ago, prices for concentrates have risen by about 20 percent. 'And you can easily pay 750 euros more per hectare for maize,' says Zandbelt. So margins are under pressure. Previously, meat processing companies could charge this to the butcher and consumer, but that seems to have come to an end. Due to the high energy costs, they have less to spend on luxury meat', explains Zandbelt. Another development is that the prices for quality beef are getting closer to those of milked cows. Due to the smaller wallet of the consumer, there is more demand for cheap meat. Moors said that “People like steak, but can only afford a meatball.” Approximately 6.75 euros per kilogram of carcass weight is paid for a luxurious, fat beef cow, while the price of a fat milked cow is around 4.75 euros per kilo of carcass weight. Last summer it was even 5.60 euros. A fattener now pays about 2,500 euros for a second calf double-billed cow. After 100 days, the animal weighs 500 kilos and the cow yields approximately 3,250 euros. “'There is another 700 euros for feed costs. So you have nothing left under the line.” Meat processing companies pass on the higher costs to butchers and consumers. Moors said that “You used to pay 55 to 60 euros per kilo for fillet steak at the butcher, now that is 85 euros per kilo.” The Gelderland cattle trader therefore expects consumers not to put large pieces of tenderloin on the table during the holidays. “They still eat it, because the demand for quality meat remains. But the piece will be smaller”' He expects a quiet period for wholesalers and butchers in the first months of 2023. 

Ireland: €5/KG Back on the Table for R-Grade Bullocks

There is more positive news for beef finishers this week, with factory quotes increasing at most sites for in-spec heifers and steers. One outlet in Co. Donegal has moved its base price for bullocks (steers) up 5c/kg this week to €4.70/kg on the grid, plus a 10c/kg weight bonus for cattle between 300-400 kg. This leaves a suitably fleshed R-grade bullock with a carcass weight between 300 and 400 kg coming into €5.00/kg before any breed bonuses are included.

Ireland: Up to €100/Ha Is Paid in the Irish Fodder Support Scheme

The Irish Ministry of Agriculture has announced that in 2023 it will continue with the Fodder Support Plan that it already launched in 2022. This plan, which will have an annual budget of €30 million, has already received the approval of the European Commission . The aid is a maximum of €100/ha. The aim of the plan is to support family farms during this period of uncertainty, with great pressure on the prices of agricultural inputs, particularly chemical fertilisers, and with the impact this will have on the amount of fodder produced and kept for the next year. The 2022 Scheme was a success, with more than 71,000 applicants receiving a measure of €735 per farm.

Ireland: Surging Supply of Cows Continues at Factories

Over 10,700 cows were processed at Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) approved factories last week, making it the highest weekly cow kill on record, with a weekly breakdown of figures available on the DAFM website as far back as January 2020. This is understood to be the highest weekly kill of cows since December 2004, almost 18 years ago. The total number of cattle processed at DAFM-approved factories to date this year is now almost 120,000 cattle ahead of the same time period last year (including veal). Last week’s supply of finished cattle was strong, with just under 39,900 cattle processed (excluding veal). According to DAFM figures, the number of cows processed to date this year as of Sunday, October 13, now stands at 347,542 head. This year’s factory supply of finished cows to date is running over 46,300 cows ahead of the same time period last year.

Ireland: Minister Called On to Run Regional Meetings on Food Vision Report

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue has been called on to hold regional meetings on the Food Vision Beef and Sheep Group final report, similar to his tour of marts last year as part of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform. The Irish Beef and Lamb Association (IBLA) has said that the minister should “extend the discussion to all farmers”, and not just those stakeholders in the Food Vision Beef and Sheep Group.

UK: Animal Breeding Strategies Key to Tackling Global Warming

Specifically designed animal breeding strategies will be able to identify cattle and sheep that inherently produce less methane than others. That’s according to Dr. Steven Morrison, programme leader on sustainable livestock production at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI). But can this trait be implemented in future cattle and sheep breeding strategies without forgoing improvements in their production-related abilities? Speaking at the 2022 AFBI science outlook conference, Morrison confirmed that the adoption of new and nearly new technologies can bring about a 23% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) production levels. Morrison pointed out that the further attainment of significant net reductions in GHG emissions will require two key drivers: the development of new science and the development of much improved knowledge exchange systems within the farming industry.

Paraguay: Senacsa Projects a 1.5% Drop in Cattle Stock in 2022

With less than two months to go to close the year, the National Service for Quality and Animal Health (Senacsa) projects a 1.5% drop in the bovine herd in 2022, compared to the 13,510,544 heads that were registered in the year past, which would mark the third consecutive drop in the stock. “We expect a 1.5% decrease in the bovine stock compared to last year, and this percentage will be corrected as the year ends. There are almost 250,000 heads less for next year," the president of Senacsa, José Carlos Martin, told Valor Agro. He explained that the volume of slaughter this year "surprised for the better", since Senacsa projected a drop of 8 to 10% in industrial activity, and at the moment it is being 4%. "Although there is less slaughter, this drop is being offset by an increase in slaughtered kilos as a result of a greater participation of confinement animals, which are estimated at about 150,000 more cattle," he explained. Despite the 4% difference with the historic last year, the President of Senacsa said that the work in November and December may be less and the activity in 2022 ends 5.5 to 6% below.

Paraguay: Rains Favor the Reactivation of the Market and Improve Cattle Business Prospects

The widespread rains in spring and the signs of recovery in the international meat market are reactivating the cattle business with upward corrections in the prices of finished and replacement fat ranches. The president of the Association of Brangus Breeders of Paraguay, Miguel Reinau, commented to Valor Agro that the better weather conditions are having a positive impact on the fields and the animals, where the producer begins to take a better commercial position. "This situation has made the price of cattle begin to improve," he said.  Currently, the fattened export market marked a price rise in the last week of 30 cents per kilo carcass, reaching US$3.10 for males and heifers, and US$2.70 for cows.

Paraguay: Estimates Indicate That Bovine Stock Will Fall by Around 1.5% At the End of This Year

The bovine stock in Paraguay could once again register a fall of around 1.5% at the end of this year, according to the forecasts of the head of the National Service for Quality and Animal Health (Senacsa), José Carlos Martin , who added that the slaughter volume is more favourable compared to the prospects because they expected a decrease of 10%, according to the local newspaper La Nación on its website. Thus, the aforementioned media added that the president of Senacsa indicated that with less than two months to go to close the year, the institution projects a 1.5% drop in the bovine herd in 2022, compared to the 13,510,544 heads that registered last year, which would mark a third consecutive drop in the stock. He explained that the marked decrease is compared to the previous year, a percentage that would be corrected as the year ends. "There are almost 250,000 heads less for next year," said Martin. On the other hand, he highlighted that in the last 48 months, with the pandemic and other circumstances, statistics show that meat exports had a growth of around 47%, some 600 million dollars more than that entered the country.

Russia: The State Duma Extended the Exemption From VAT on the Import of Breeding Animals and Fish

The State Duma adopted a law in the II and III readings, which extended the exemption from VAT on the import of breeding animals and fish into the Russian Federation until January 1, 2025. This includes the import and sale in the Russian Federation of breeding cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, poultry and eggs. The list also includes embryos obtained from the seed of these farm animals. Exempted from value added tax, including breeding fish and juveniles derived from it.

Russia: Agrarians of Transbaikalia Exceeded the Plan for Hay Harvesting

Farmers in the Trans-Baikal Territory over fulfilled the plan for hay harvesting, despite strong summer floods. This was reported to journalists on Monday at the regional Ministry of Agriculture. "The wintering of public livestock has begun in the livestock farms of Transbaikalia. This year, enough roughage has been harvested to successfully pass the winter period. Livestock breeders mowed 1.1 million tons of hay with a need of 950 thousand tons," the ministry said. In general, about 1 million head of farm animals ‘entered’ the winter. An operational headquarters for wintering has been created in the regional Ministry of Agriculture, which coordinates work in the regions and resolves issues to maintain the pace of livestock development. “Today, there are almost 1 million heads of livestock in the region: 473 thousand heads of cattle, 419 thousand sheep and goats, 107 thousand horses,” said Alexander Tyukavkin, deputy head of the regional Ministry of Agriculture. “The main task for farms is the safety of livestock, therefore, special attention is paid to the technology of keeping and feeding farm animals. Currently, daytime temperatures allow keeping social cattle on grazing, no problems with feed have been recorded."

Turkey: A New Step for Meat Prices From Esk

According to the statement made by ESK, the update indicated within the framework of market regulation responsibility, the price of 1st quality calf is 100 TL/Kg (including Ministry support), 2nd quality is 88 TL/Kg and 3rd quality is 85 TL/Kg. The sheep purchase prices were increased to 94 TL/Kg for lamb and 88 TL/Kg for full-bodied lamb. In the statement, "Our Institution monitors the markets instantly and determines the necessary measures. As of today, our red meat product stocks are above our needs and the supply-demand situation in the red meat markets is in balance. Therefore, there is no situation that requires additional intervention in the meat markets. will continue to protect both our consumers." it was said.

Turkey: Special Project From Ziraat to Cattle Producer

Ziraat Bank launched a project called "I Have Many Reasons to Live in My Village" for cattle breeding. Within the scope of the new project, which is the continuation of the project started in 2020 for small cattle breeding, long-term and low-interest agricultural loans up to 600 thousand TL will be offered to producers. According to the statement, loans will be extended up to the entire purchase price of the animal, and instalments will be provided for up to 84 months, with no principal payment for the first 18 months.

China: Jilin Changchun City Epidemic Control Center Carried Out the Evaluation of the Immune Effect of Animal Diseases

In order to do a good job in the prevention and control of major animal diseases in the city and comprehensively evaluate the effects of autumn immunisation in all counties and districts, starting from October 31, the Changchun Epidemic Control Center will carry out immunisation effect evaluation and centralised monitoring in the second half of the city. Changchun City The epidemic control centre organised professional technical personnel to carry out the first batch of monitoring sample collection work in Gongzhuling, Shuangyang, Jiutai, Dehui and Yushu counties (cities) districts.

China: The Production Situation of Animal Husbandry in the First Three Quarters of Xuchang City, Henan Province Is Generally Good

Since the beginning of this year, Xuchang City has focused on the goal of improving the quality and efficiency of animal husbandry, coordinating the prevention and control of epidemics and the supply of important agricultural products, doing everything possible to stabilise animal husbandry production, strengthening incentives, and paying close attention to work implementation. Beef cattle are developing rapidly. In the first three quarters, the city's cattle stock was 98,400 heads, an increase of 1.13% over the same period last year, and 50,200 cattle were slaughtered, an increase of 0.6% compared with the same period last year. In the first three quarters, the total output of pork, beef, mutton, and poultry in the city was 198,600 tons, an increase of 2.4% over the same period last year, and the output of poultry and eggs was 129,300 tons, which was flat compared with the same period last year.

China: There Is Insurance for the Development of Animal Husbandry in Zhongbao Miao Township, Nandan County, Guangxi

In the past, our farmers engaged in breeding because they were really afraid that their livestock would get sick. If the pigs, cattle and sheep died, they were all borne by the farmers themselves. Now that the government's policies have improved, the government has introduced a series of insurance policies to benefit the people in the breeding industry, and the government also subsidises them.

China: The Jilin Provincial Government’s Beef Cattle Project Supervision and Assessment Team

Recently, the provincial government's "straw to meat" and tens of millions of beef cattle project field inspection and assessment team went to Jingyu County to inspect the work of "straw to meat" and tens of millions of beef cattle projects. This time, Jingyu County accepted the inspection on behalf of Baishan City.

China: In 2022, the Emergency Drill and Training for Major Animal Epidemics in Yanbian Prefecture Were Successfully Held

In order to further consolidate the achievements of Yanbian Prefecture's immunisation and foot-and-mouth disease-free area, do a good job in the prevention and control of major animal diseases, improve the emergency response level of Yanbian Prefecture's major animal epidemics, and ensure the construction of "straw to meat" and tens of millions of beef cattle projects, Yanbian Prefecture Agriculture and Rural Bureau. On November 17, the state-wide emergency drill and training for major animal epidemics was held. The drill consisted of 50 leaders of state and county (city) animal husbandry departments, animal epidemic control centres, animal health supervision and law enforcement departments, and business backbones. Visited the site to observe. The drill simulated the emergency response to the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak of newly introduced cattle in a cattle farm, and carried out multiple links around the epidemic report, epidemiological investigation, epidemic confirmation, epidemic area closure, culling and disinfection, and harmless treatment, which was Departmental joint action. The drill is organised in an orderly manner, with careful deployment, specific plans, and clear responsibilities. Through the drill, it reflects the great significance of animal epidemic prevention and control in social stability and public health safety. Taking this as an opportunity, all counties (cities),  it was necessary to do a good job in emergency reserves for major animal epidemics, further improve the emergency plan system, standardise the emergency response to major animal epidemics, prevent, control and extinguish major animal epidemics in a timely and effective manner, and minimise major animal epidemics to ensure the health of the people and the safety of public health.

Ukraine: How the War Affected the Animal Husbandry and What Are the Ways Out of the Crisis

This was discussed at the international conference within the framework of the EuroTier 2022 exhibition on the topic: "The struggle for the existence of Ukrainian livestock farming". First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Taras Vysotsky noted that the industry is going through difficult times, but is showing resilience in the face of unforeseen challenges, is recovering and strengthening international cooperation with EU countries, in particular with Germany, which is a long-standing partner of Ukraine. "With the beginning of the Russian invasion, we felt even more that Germany is a great friend of Ukraine and is ready to cooperate in various fields, including animal husbandry. The industry is showing resilience. There is some decline, but it cannot be compared to the challenges that the war brought. The restoration of the industry has already begun, to which international partners are joining in terms of humanitarian support. There is an initiative to create a fund to support Ukraine," said Taras Vysotskyi. He is confident that a new round of progressive development is waiting for animal husbandry, which will ensure the development of business, the creation of new jobs and the production of high-quality products capable of international competition. Almost 20% of the cattle population was concentrated in those territories that are currently temporarily occupied or where active hostilities are taking place. Those complexes cannot work and produce products in full. In the first months of the war, it was possible to partially relocate livestock and enterprises. But if we talk about the share of those enterprises and animals that managed to be moved to peaceful territories, then this is not the majority share

Colombia: Average Cattle Price Loses 2 Points

After several weeks of price stability in all categories, except Creole and zebu cattle on the Colombian Mercantile Exchange, the national average at auctions contracted 2 percentage points. The average price of fat cattle for the week November 3-10 was $7,736 kilograms, $156 below the average of the previous week. The winter wave that hits the country is showing its effects in the agricultural production sectors.

Colombia: In October, the Offer and Price of Cattle Increased in Córdoba and Sucre

The entry to auctions of first quality live cattle in October was 40,770 heads , 17.6% higher than in September ( 34,653 ). Second class 14,514 were auctioned, up from 9,961 the previous month. In the northern livestock region of Colombia, made up of the departments of Antioquia (Urabá, Caucasia and Medellín) and four departments of the Colombian Caribbean ( Córdoba, Sucre, Cesar and Bolívar ), the supply increased from 77,642 animals in September to 85,836. When reviewing the accumulated 12 months, the offer returned to grow positively at 12.6% after coming in decline since June. In the northern livestock region, which decreased 13% in September, in October it was still negative, but at 2.5% compared to the same month of the previous year. Of the total of first quality animals, 30,747 were marketed in Córdoba (75%). Of this number, 16,789 were males and 13,958 were females. In Sucre there were 10,023, of which 4,699 were males and 5,324 females. The price index increased in all categories: the pre-fattening male (5%), fattening (4.9%) and belly female (0.4%) is the second month on the rise. That of male, female rearing and slaughter cows rose 3.4%, 0.75% and 8.1% , respectively, after being downward. Except for the nominal price per kilogram of rearing male, which decreased by $117, the price of all other categories was on the rise for the second month. The pre-fattening one, $365; primed, $408; that of females from the east, $28; belly, $178, and fat, $513.

Bulgaria: The DFZ Continues to Pay Subsidies Nearly Bgn 31 Million Under PNJ1 for Campaign 2022

State Fund "Agriculture"-Payment Agency (DFZ-RA) continues to pay subsidies under the schemes and measures of direct payments for Campaign 2022. Funds in the amount of BGN 30,823,332 have been paid to 3,451 farmers under the Transitional National Assistance Scheme for cattle, not linked to production (PNJ1) for Campaign 2022, the press office of the Fund announced. The rates are set by Order of the Minister of Agriculture. The order states that for one animal eligible for support, cattle breeders receive a subsidy of BGN 192.57, and buffalo breeders - BGN 337 each. Farmers who raised 10 or more cattle and/or 10 or more buffalo registered as of February 28, 2009 are entitled to support under the scheme. As of the last day for submission of applications for assistance from the current campaign, farmers must keep at least 70% of the reference number of animals on their holdings meeting the requirements of the Law on Veterinary Medicine. Transitional national aid is only granted to sectors for which national top-ups were granted in 2013. The maximum budget is a decreasing function of the EC-approved budget for national top-up schemes for 2013. In 2022, the financial package for each of the Transitional National Assistance schemes can reach a maximum of 50% of the package of the corresponding national top-up scheme in 2013.

Bolivia: Increased the Herd at a Rate of 3% Per Year, Since It Exported to China

The Bolivian bovine herd increased by 2,011,613 cattle in a period of 10 years, and marked the tenth consecutive rise since at least there are records, according to data published by the Federation of Cattlemen of Santa Cruz de la Sierra ( Fegasacruz). Currently, the bovine stock registered 10,654,573 heads, marking an average growth of 3% per year between 2019 and 2022. Santa Cruz is the city with the most heads, totaling 4,789,803 cattle, 45% of the total. Followed by Beni with 3,172,812 animals, which represents 29.8%. According to the report of the Bolivian Institute of Foreign Trade, the country's livestock and meat exports experienced a great boost in 2019 after the opening of the Chinese market. “Important records were achieved in volume and value,” he said. The largest percentage of beef produced in the country is dedicated to the domestic market, but with the opening of new markets, the meat complex focuses on foreign trade. In the first seven months of 2022, Bolivia had already exceeded in value everything exported in 2021, reaching 110 million dollars for the sale of almost 18 thousand tons. From production, they expect greater exports of bovine meat to China in the future, in addition to the authorization of other markets such as Chile.

Vietnam: Status of Livestock Production During the First 9 Months of 2022

At the end of October 2022, the total number of cows in Vietnam is estimated to have increased by 3.3% compared to the same period last year. Beef production in the first 9 months of the year reached 348.0 thousand tons indicating 4.2% more than in the same period of 2021.

Vietnam: Nghe an Proactively Vaccinates Livestock to Manage the Disease

In recent years, Nghe An livestock industry has made many positive changes, productivity and quality of products have been continuously improved. Up to now, the whole province has formed a number of concentrated commodity production areas, creating products with high competitiveness in the market. In 2022, the local livestock industry will continue to maintain great progress thanks to the growth rate of 5.76%, the proportion of livestock in net agriculture reaching 47.94%. In the first 10 months of the year, the total herd of buffaloes was estimated at 267,682 heads (down 0.68% over the same period last year), cows 513,806 heads (up 3.71 percent), dairy cows 76,752 heads, pigs 950,012 heads (up 2 percent). ,97%), poultry flock 31,848 thousand heads (up 7.84%). In addition, Nghe An's total live meat output in the past 10 months is estimated at 230,000 tons, up 5.26% over the same period, milk production is 235 thousand tons. It is expected that for the whole year, live meat output is 285,000/KH 282,000 tons, fresh milk output is 283,000/KH 265,000 tons.

Such great figures are the sum of many factors, from the close orientation and direction of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the authorities of Nghe An province at all levels, combined with the initiative of the whole local agriculture and rural development sector. localities, including the important role of the Sub-Department of Livestock and Veterinary Medicine. This unit has well fulfilled its role of advising and directing the implementation, worthy of being an effective bridge and adhesive to strongly and effectively spread guidelines and plans, especially in the context appeared many dangerous diseases (African swine fever, foot-and-mouth disease, canine rabies, avian influenza, skin rash, white spots, acute hepatopancreatic necrosis and more.) This is understandable because Nghe An has a large herd of cattle and poultry, but the form of small-scale livestock production and households accounts for a large proportion. The transportation, slaughter and consumption of cattle and poultry meat are regular, but the control of transportation, slaughter and business in many localities is not tight. Meanwhile, the work of vaccination for cattle and poultry has not been focused on by farmers. From the posed needs, it is very urgent to actively plan and respond to the epidemic, in order to do this, in addition to the role of orientation and direction of specialised agencies, it is necessary to add awareness and responsibility. of the breeders themselves.

Peru: They Build 100 Sheds to Protect 10,000 Head of Cattle in Pasco

The Rural Agrarian Productive Development Program (Agro Rural), of the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri), built 100 sheds that have been delivered to small family farmers in Pasco, in order to protect more than 10,000 head of cattle due to low temperatures. There are more than 100 families that have benefited from the implementation of these sheds in the Pasqueño districts of Ninacaca, Simón Bolívar, Huayllay, Vicco, Ticlacayán, Yanacancha, Chaupimarca, Yanahuanca and Santa Ana de Tusi. The sheds, in addition to protecting cattle from adverse climatic phenomena (snowfall, hail, heavy rain and frost), reduce mortality and morbidity and thus facilitate livestock activities such as fibre or wool shearing, mating, calving of animals and feeding; strengthening agricultural production. The livestock population that will be protected includes females with young, pregnant females, lactating females and animals with sanitary treatment. For its construction, materials from the area were used, such as stones, earth, straw, with which rammed earth walls and blocks were made, reinforced concrete columns; They have a galvanised tin roof and wooden trusses.

Egypt: The Damietta Port Received Cattle During the Past Week

During the past week, the port of Damietta received tens of thousands of tons of various commodities, as 73 container ships and general cargo arrived at the port, while 64 container ships and general cargo departed. The media centre of the “Damietta Port Authority” said that the number of ships in the port during the aforementioned period reached 208 ships. He pointed out that the port received 11,687 live cattle (fattening calves), with a total weight of 3,768 tons.

Morocco: An Action That Threatens a New Increase in Meat Prices

Professionals fear the possibility of a new increase in meat prices, after the recent government decision banning the slaughter of dairy cows. Sector professionals believe that preventing the slaughter of “wheels” will lead to a decrease in supply in the face of an increase in demand, which will result in an increase in prices. The price per kilogram ranges between 80 and 85 dirhams as an average price, noting that it did not exceed 70 dirhams in most regions of the Kingdom. Muhammad Siddiqui, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, confirmed that his ministry agreed with the Ministry of the Interior to prevent the slaughter of dairy cows, subsidize fodder and allocate part of the subsidy to milk destined for the citizen. Recently, it stated that it is not possible to slaughter milk capital at the present time, and that the government supports milk producers and dairy cow breeders with an amount of 4,000 dirhams so as not to subject them to harm. Professionals also fear the possibility of an increase in the phenomenon of secret slaughter in some areas, while not excluding resorting to mass slaughtering of sheep, which will lead to an increase in beef prices.

Kazakhstan: Livestock Breeders in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan Are Interested in Importing Breeding Stock

Representatives of the Kazakh Chambers of meat breeds of cattle ask to allow the export of pedigree cattle. Now the development of breeding reproducers is limited by the possibilities of the domestic market. At the same time, neighbouring countries, interested in increasing the genetic potential, are ready to offer a good price for Kazakh breeding stock. According to Vice Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zhenis Oserbay, in the next 2-2.5 weeks, the quota for the export of commercial livestock will begin to operate. The export of pedigree cattle may also be opened in the future. This issue is currently being studied. Regarding the export of pedigree livestock, this issue is being discussed, including with Kyrgyzstan. 

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Global: USDA Warns the Growth of World Beef Production This Year Will Be Reversed, There Will Be Contraction in 2023

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) projected that by the end of this year, the production of bovine meat worldwide will amount to 59.3 million tons, 1.7% above 2021. However, by 2023, the situation will be reversed since a contraction of 0.2% is predicted. This derived from ups and downs in the performance of the main producing regions. This year, the US would remain the main producer of this animal protein, with 12.8 mt, just 0.6% more compared to 2021; although, for 2023, a YoY drop of 6.2% is expected, remaining at 12 mt. In the report "Livestock and poultry: world markets and trade", it was indicated that the estimated contraction for the following year would be due to the drought conditions faced by the sector, which will lead to an accelerated rate of slaughtering and lower cattle availability. In second place would be the Brazilian meat industry, which would close 2022 with about 10.3 mt, a figure higher by 6.1% in interannual terms; the trend would continue until 2023, although in a limited way, with an increase of 0.9%, reaching 10.4 mt. Next year, the South American country's beef production is expected to be boosted by higher demand in key international markets, although the sector will have to continue to deal with high operating costs. With 7.1 mt, China would be another of the territories where the processing of bovine meat would go up. This is after a growth of 2% compared to 2021; by 2023 the volume would rise 5.2%, with 7.5 mt.

Global: World Meat Production Increases by Just Over 1% In 2022, per Capita Consumption, Less Than Half a Percent

There will be 360.1 million tons, a little less than the last forecast in June (360.1 million tons), but 1.24% more than what was produced in 2021 and almost 6% more than the production in 2020, the year when the outbreak of the current pandemic occurred. Compared to last year, the four meats evaluated by the FAO must register an increase in production. However, the lowest expansion rate is reserved for poultry meat (essentially, chicken meat), whose expansion should correspond to less than half of the forecast rates, for example, for pork and beef. Even so, poultry meat will continue to lead world production, accounting for 38.5% of the total (pork, 34.6%; beef, 20.5%; lamb, 4.6%; and other meats, 1 .7%). With practically 39% of the estimated total, poultry meat also leads the world meat trade. But its increase, in 2022, should correspond to half of the forecast for beef, around 5%. Exports/imports of pork should fall by around 11%, causing world trade to fall by close to 1%, reaching the lowest level of the last three years. Per capita consumption, in turn, tends to remain almost stable, with an increase of less than half a percent due to a 1% increase in pork, 0.72% in beef and 0.44% in lamb. Because the consumption of poultry meat, although tending to stability, signals a reduction of 0.13%. Which does not take away its leadership in per capita consumption, accounting for 38.5% of the almost 45 kilos predicted by the FAO.

Global: Meat Average per Capita Availability Among the 8 Billion Inhabitants of Planet Earth

From UN estimates, last Tuesday, November 15th, the world population must have reached 8 billion people. Of the total production estimated by FAO (just over 360 million tons), about 39% is represented by chicken meat. Pork meat which was once the most produced and consumed meat, but which has been losing share in recent years accounts for another 35%, approximately, while the share of beef is around 21%. The rest is distributed between sheep meat (almost 5%) and other meats (a little over 1%). A recent FAO projection indicates that at the end of this decade (2030) almost all types of meat will have their participation rates reduced. The only exception is chicken meat, whose participation rate tends to exceed 40%.

US: Lower Beef Retail Prices for Consumers

The October Consumer Price Index (CPI) was released last week to a lot of headlines given the importance of the latest inflation numbers. Retail beef prices are included in the CPI and beef is one of the items that has been below a year ago and falling further. Two average retail beef prices are reported: Choice beef and the All Fresh beef. The Choice beef price is an average beef price of USDA Choice quality grade. The All Fresh includes fresh beef of any USDA grade. They both represent a number of different cuts. The Choice beef retail price was reported to be $7.42 per pound in October. That was 6.1 percent below the record high of $7.90 per pound in October 2021. The Choice beef price was below a year ago for the third consecutive month. The All Fresh average retail price was $7.25 per pound, about 4 percent below a year ago. Prices are typically compared to a year ago because many items exhibit a seasonal trend and beef is no exception. Summer grilling tends to boost ground beef and some steaks. Fall and colder weather tends to boost roasts. And the rib primal gets a boost at the holidays. Over the last 5 years, on average, Choice and All Fresh beef prices tend to peak seasonally during May and June. This year, both exhibited fairly flat month-to-month prices with a slow decline in price with no pronounced seasonal peak. The Choice retail beef price declined $0.18 per pound from September. Across a variety of cuts that make up the retail average price, only ground beef prices were reported higher than a year ago. Extra lean beef was 4.9 percent higher than a year ago.

Of the ground beef categories reported, only extra lean ground beef was reported higher than the previous month, by less than 1 percent. But, it was a record high at $6.68 per pound. Chuck roasts and sirloin steaks led the way with price declines of 9 and 10 percent compared to a year ago, respectively. The Choice beef cutout dropped about $4.33 per cwt last week to $258.94 per cwt. The Select cutout also declined, but not as much, shrinking the C-S spread to $23.68. The C-S spread had been over $30 per cwt for the last month. Calf and feeder prices showed some strength as slightly lower corn prices in recent weeks and higher fed cattle prices boosted potential returns. The lack of wheat pasture for winter grazing has likely continued to hurt stocker cattle prices.

US: Beef Demand Is Holding Steady

The all-fresh retail beef price in October was $7.25/lb, down slightly from $7.32/lb in September and down 4.0% from the record high of $7.55/lb a year ago. In 2022, the all-fresh retail beef price remained in a narrow range from $7.37/lb to $7.25/lb and has averaged $7.33/lb through October, up from the 2021 annual average of $6.95/lb. Beef demand considers retail prices as well as the quantity of the consumption. Total commercial beef production is projected for 2022 at a record level of 28.3 billion pounds. After adjusting for beef trade, per capita retail consumption is projected at 59.3 pounds, up YoY from 58.9 pounds per capita in 2021. The fact that retail beef prices this year are averaging higher at the same time as consumption is increasing is an indication of strong beef demand. Wholesale boxed beef prices, similar to retail prices, have traded in a narrow range for most of 2022. Since March, Choice boxed beef has averaged $261.77/cwt with a weekly maximum of 272.48/cwt and a minimum of $246.31/cwt leading to a range of $26.17/cwt. This follows very strong wholesale demand in 2021 which led to an average Choice boxed beef price of $279.81/cwt with a weekly maximum of $347.02/cwt, a minimum of $206.73/cwt and a range of $140.29/cwt for the year.

US: China Battle It Out for World’s Beef Supply With Australia in Box Seat

Rabobank forecasts significant declines in US beef production, with no one to fill the gap. Who will fill the gap as the United States' demand for beef outstrips supply next year? After four years of deep drought-induced herd culling, the tipping point is just around the corner for United States beef production and big declines from next year are now forecast. How the gap between what Americans want to eat and what is available will be met is capturing the attention of the global cattle business. With China also buying every pound of beef it can find in the world right now, many believe the emerging US chasm between supply and demand can only push global beef prices further up, even with the inflationary pressures on households around the world factored in. Australia, which has one of very few herds in the world that is growing at the moment, is in the box seat. There are big threats of course such as the animal disease knocking on the door and a labour crisis preventing beef being processed but there is arguably an amazing opportunity for cattle producers in Australia.

Brazil: Beef Exported Volume Reaches 68.8 Thousand Tons in the Second Week of November/22

This Monday (14), the Foreign Trade Secretariat (Secex) reported that shipments of fresh, refrigerated and frozen beef reached 68.8 thousand tons in eight working days of November/22. Last year, the month of November ended with 81.1 thousand tons in 19 working days, in which the sector felt the effects of the Chinese embargo on the Brazilian product. In the second week of November, the daily average exported was 8.6 thousand tons and recorded an appreciation of 101.5%, compared to the observed in November of the previous year, which was 4.2 thousand tons. Average prices in the second week of November were close to US$ 5,350 thousand per ton, which increased by 8.5% compared to data released in November 2021, in which average prices registered an average value of US$ 4,931 thousand per ton. The value traded for the product in the second week of November was US$ 368.501 million, considering that the price traded during the month of November of the previous year was US$ 400.343 million. The daily average was US$ 46.062 million and registered an appreciation of 118.6%, compared to the one observed in November last year, which was US$ 21.070 million.

Brazil: Foreign Exchange Revenue From Meat in 10 Months Already Exceeds by 10% The Total Revenue Recorded in 2021

Poultry volume increased by almost 5%, while beef is more than a fifth higher (+20.35%). With such performances, beef and chicken achieved a record volume for the period. The same two meats are the ones that have been obtaining significant appreciation in prices. And the biggest gain (+23.33%) remains with chicken meat. Beef is just above 17%, while pork has not yet recorded the expected reversal, remaining negative at just over 4%. Living with results below those of 2021 both in volume and price, pork is the only one to obtain foreign exchange revenue (-8.67%) also lower than last year. But this loss is largely offset by increases of 36.57% and 51.51% for chicken and beef, boosting total foreign exchange earnings close to 30% higher than in the first 10 months of last year.

Brazil: Consumption Of More Beef in 2023, According to Rabobank 

This is indicated by a report by Rabobank, which shows that the volume consumed by Brazilians should go from the current 27.7 kilos per inhabitant per year to 28.2 kilos, an increase of 1.5%. According to the bank's animal protein analyst, Wagner Yanagizawa, "the baseline scenario we are working on is an economic recovery in purchasing power, reflecting an economic environment of lower interest rates and lower inflation, which should favour meat consumption '' vaccine". Beef production next year is expected to be 10.5 million tons, which represents an increase of 2%, according to a note collected by the portal agromeat.com. The analyst highlights the drop in calf prices and the increase in the discarding of females this year as signs of a reversal of the livestock cycle, with a greater supply of animals ready for slaughter and a reduction in the average price of arroba, today close to R $ 300.

On the other hand, a report from the portaldbo.com.br portal indicates that, the United States, the second largest buyer of beef in the world, behind China, could close a new trade agreement with Brazilian exporters in 2023, since, according to current estimates, protein production in the North American giant tends to suffer a reduction of 3.5% next year, compared to the estimated result for 2022. Instead of having a specific export quota/tariff, Brazil has entered a category where it competes for the market with other producers. The total quota for this group is 64.8 thousand tons per year. This year, Brazil completed the volume allowed by the quota at the end of the first quarter, reports Rabobank. By exceeding the maximum allowed by the quota established by the US authorities, Brazilian beef exports must pay a tariff of 24.6%, which reduces the competitiveness of the product.

Poland: The Situation on the Beef Market Is Quite Unstable

Most buyers predicted an increase in beef prices at the turn of October and November. Unfortunately, the market verified it. Not only have prices not increased recently, but quite the opposite, at the turn of the last month there were downward corrections, which were forced by the situation on the market. The main role in this process is played by raging inflation, which affects the changes in the consumption trend of beef, which is already perceived as an expensive raw material, says Grzegorz Prabucki, Director of Cattle Purchase. The biggest problem today is price increases and uncertainty about what the future holds. Both on the side of breeders, there are many unknowns about how they will develop, among others: prices of artificial fertilisers, plant protection products, fuels and films. All these elements affect the economic result of breeding. It is also difficult to predict whether the increases in the selling prices of products will compensate for the increases in production costs, believes Prabucki. On the other hand, on our side, i.e. the processors, we are trying to find a golden mean, if we have to raise prices for producers to what extent, so that our consumer can still afford the purchase, adds the marketing director of cattle purchase. Grzegorz Prabucki points out that further unknowns are related to the effects of the introduction of the green deal and new regulations. This poses further challenges for breeders that they will have to meet. 

New Zealand: Beef Among the Most Carbon Efficient in World

The carbon footprint of New Zealand beef is just under 22kgs hence making the country’s red meat among the most efficient in the world. The researchers, which compared New Zealand’s on-farm emissions to a range of countries’ footprints across the globe, concluded that when New Zealand beef is exported, the total carbon footprint is lower or very similar to domestically-produced red meat in those nations. This is because New Zealand is so efficient at the farm level, which represents about 90-95% of the total carbon footprint. New Zealand’s on-farm footprint was about half the average of the other countries compared in the study. Based on the research, an analysis by B+LNZ and MIA shows eating red meat 2-3 times a week over the course of an entire year is just under the carbon footprint of a single passenger’s return flight from Auckland to Christchurch.

Argentina: The Production of Bovine Meat Is the Second Most Important in the Last Five Years

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation reports that the volume of vaccine supply in October stands out as the second highest record in the last five years. According to the monthly report prepared by the Undersecretary of Livestock, the volume of cattle slaughter for the month of October was 11,103,033 heads, achieving an increase of 3.4% compared to the same period in 2021. This means some 361,000 additional heads with greater slaughter in the steer category, which increased its participation by 16.6%. In addition, the survey highlights that meat production reached 2,581,613 tons of beef, exceeding the 2021 record by almost 5% and only 1.6% less than 2020. This accumulated volume of production is the second highest record in the last five years. When analysing the composition of the slaughter of cows and heifers, there is an increase in the slaughter of females with 8 teeth, compared to 2021, by 319 thousand heads and 137 thousand heads, compared to 2020. On the other hand, a retraction of the slaughter of females with 4 and 6 teeth is discovered, when comparing the results of the year 2022 with the records of the year 2020, the slaughter of females of 4D and 6D was reduced by 26% in both subcategories and with With respect to the data for 2021, the drop was 11% and 20% respectively. Finally, it is reported that the beef weight of the farm slaughtered for domestic consumption is 213 kg, which is why it accumulates an increase of almost 3 kg compared to the 2020 record. Regarding the average weight of the categories for export, it is 259, 5 kg, some 1.2 kg more than in 2021 and 5.3 kilograms higher than the weight of 2020.

Argentine: The Annual Balance of Bovine Meat Is in the Red

In the domestic sphere, the price of the replacement property does not rise and complicates the business. On the export side, the price of a ton sold to China and Europe fell sharply. On this subject, the analyst considered that an improvement could be registered in December , but of less magnitude than what the sector expects. At this point, the combination of lower supply coming from emptying feedlots and greater traction in consumption, as of the proximity of the Christmas holidays, influences. If this scenario persists, Gil estimated that the recomposition will be greater between February and March, when the pens are less occupied and that the consumption capacity improves after the holiday period. In the last year, he explained that while corn suffered an increase of more than 90%, the farm destined for slaughter increased 57% and wintering 40%. In this context, the feedlot business is one of the most hit links. According to data from the Argentine Feedlot Chamber (CAF), the loss per fattened head, counting productive and financial costs, amounts to $30,500 . The rise in interest rates is a difficult blow for activity to digest. Meanwhile, prices suffer double wear, both domestically and in exports. According to official data, meat also registers increases below inflation and in October it did not exceed 3%, against a monthly increase of that variable of 6.3%. Exports also tightened their belts, with a collapse in the value of the ton exported to the main destinations. In the case of the European Union , the Hilton quota fell from US$17,000 to US$9,000 per ton and those of China from US$6,000 to US$4,500. 

Mexico: Acceptance of Imports of Beef From 22 Slaughterhouses in Argentina

This Monday (14), the Sanitation and Agro-Food Quality Service of Argentina (Senasa) announced that it had received authorization from Mexico to export beef from 22 slaughterhouses. Negotiations between the countries had already lasted eight years and there is the possibility of selling other cuts of similar value that are offered to the European market, as pointed out by the Vice President of the Agency, Rodrigo Acerbi. According to information from Broadcast Agro, the Secretary of Agriculture, Juan José Bahillo, praised what was coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senasa. “The idea is the strategy defined by the Ministry of Economy to open more and more markets to food produced in the country and to promote exports, expand the destinations of our meats, it is the central axis of our policy”, said Bahillo. Senasa must work together with Mexico's National Service of Health, Safety and Agro-Food Quality (Senasica) to settle the details of the animal health requirements that will be included in the health certificate that will guarantee shipments.

Mexico: They Call on the Chamber of Deputies to Request Judicial Protection to Suspend the Importation of Argentine Beef

From the PRI bench in the Chamber of Deputies, they condemned that the Federal Government has authorised the import of Argentine beef in an attempt to lower prices in the local market, without having carried out a corresponding consultation with the parties involved. The legislator Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal , commented to the newspaper El Norte, that since this represents a risk for the animal health status of the country, Mexican farmers have the right to request judicial protection to suspend these purchases. According to GCMA figures, until October, the average price of bovine meat in Mexico exceeded 170 pesos per kilogram, 6.7% more expensive than in the same month last year, and 0.9% compared to September. Regarding the health issue, he explained that this opening does not pose a risk, since the terms established by the National Agri-Food Health, Safety and Quality Service (Senasica) indicate that this animal protein can only be imported from foot-and-mouth disease-free areas. In the National Service of Health and Agri-Food Quality of Argentina, they highlighted that through Senasica, the Mexican authorities verified that the controls applied in their country adhere to the highest health and safety standards, therefore the importation of this protein is safe.

UK: Beef Production Increases in October

Figures from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) found that the UK produced 10% more beef and veal in October than last month and the same month a year ago. Average prime cattle carcass weights ticked down seasonally through the third quarter of the year, being continuously below both 2021 and the five-year average. In October, weights stabilised, nudging above year-ago levels, averaging 340.9kg (-0.1% vs September, +0.1% vs October 2021). For cows, slaughter stood at 70,500 head for the month, up 20% compared to the previous month, and up 13% compared to the same month a year ago. This was also above the five-year average level. The news of beef production increases from AHDB comes in the wake of warnings from Rabobank that demand may yet soften because of high inflation and waning consumer confidence. Into Q1 2023, production in Europe and the US is expected to decline, while production in Australia, Brazil, and China should be flat or increase.

Paraguay: Less Participation of Chile and Russia as Meat Destinations

Chile and Russia, the two most important markets for Paraguayan beef, had a participation of 41% and 16%, respectively, within the total foreign exchange generated by exports of red protein, that is, a negative interannual variation of 3%. and 4%, compared to the same period of 2021, according to Productiva's analysis. Regarding Chile , the main destination of the national product, Paraguay exported 109,076 tons for USD 598.3 million, a negative difference of 2% in revenue and 7% in volume, considering that in the first ten months of 2021 they had exported 116,888 tons worth USD 611.7 million. The Russian market, on the other hand, between January and October 2022, USD 236.1 million entered Paraguay for 58,305 tons shipped, that is, a decrease of 14% in values ​​and 15% in volume, since during the same period of the year USD 273.6 million was generated for 68,996 tons exported. In addition to Chile and Russia, the main markets for Paraguayan beef were Brazil (13%), Taiwan (11%), Israel (6%), while the European Union, Kuwait and Maritime Supply tied with 2%, among other markets. Despite the decrease in shipments of bovine meat to the most important destinations, Paraguay registered an export record until October, compared to the last eight years. By the tenth month of the year, 283,932 tons were exported for USD 1,476.1 million. Another unprecedented figure for this season was the average export price, which reached USD 5,199/ton , allowing a greater injection of dollars into the national economy.

Paraguay: Mercosur Steer Price Was Us$ 3.29 per Kilo Carcass

The cattle market for slaughter in the region was firm this week, but the weakness of the exchange rate in Brazil, influenced by the nervousness generated by the delay in the definition of the economic team for the Lula government, which will take office on the 1st of January, pushed the average value downward. The Mercosur Steer Fax Heat Index lost 2 cents in the week to US$ 3.29 per kilo carcass. In Brazil, the slight rise in prices in reais was reversed by the 3.4% drop in the exchange rate. The fat boi in the main export markets fell 9 cents to US$ 3.15 per kilo carcass. In Argentina, the prices of the export steer rose Ar$ 5, but lost 2 cents in dollars to US$ 3.58. In Uruguay, the special steer earned 10 cents in the week at US$ 3.50, approaching the Argentine reference. In Paraguay, the trend was also upwards for male prices for slaughter, with exporting slaughterhouses with a list price of US$3.10 per kilo carcass, but with a significant portion of the business done at higher prices.

Paraguay: Low Price of Beef Could Affect Producer Investments

As explained by Marcos Pereira, president of the Consortium of Livestock Farmers for Agricultural Experimentation (CEA), the low price of beef worries the producing sector, since this could affect their investments. "We are below the 3 dollar per kilo carcass that we are receiving, last year in this period we were at 3.70 more or less and the export price of the meat was lower," he commented. The situation generates uncertainty for production because there is a lack of predictability. “Today we are in a moment of total uncertainty on the part of production, that is not positive because it directly reflects on the investment that the farmer makes looking to the future. The worst that can happen is a lack of predictability in a business,” he said. According to the technical data of the union, the reduction of the cattle herd in recent years was due to the decrease in prices, while the costs were maintained and the financial commitments assumed had to be met. For this reason, ranchers had to liquidate more farms, which led to lower inventories. The hope of the sector is that a Meat Institute can be formed (which has not yet succeeded) despite the many initiatives. Although the export volume of red protein recovered in October, with 8% more compared to 2021, the current situation does not offer a favourable scenario to consider a better cattle price.

Paraguay: Livestock Exports Generated 1,873.6 Million Dollars in 2022

Exports of products and by-products of animal origin generated US$ 1,873.6 million in revenue from January to October this year. This figure shows a growth of 8% compared to the US$ 1,734.1 million invoiced in the same period last year, according to the monthly report of the National Animal Quality and Health Service (SENACSA). This growth is related to an improvement in international prices, which offset the lower export volume. So far this year, livestock products registered an appreciation of 10% to reach an average price of 3,653 dollars per ton. Between January and October of this year, 512,844 tons of livestock products were shipped, which corresponds to a retraction of 1.5% in relation to the 520,545 tons exported in the same period of 2021. The beef was the star item of Paraguayan livestock, being responsible for 79% of the income from foreign livestock trade. According to official data, between January and October of this year this product generated US$ 1,476.1 million, which shows an increase of 7.5% compared to the US$ 1,372.9 million entered in the same period of time last year. So far this year, the volumes sold for this item are practically similar to those of last year, so the growth in revenue is also related to an improvement in prices. The average price of meat experienced an improvement of 7% to settle at 5,198 dollars per ton; however, the price received by producers is 15% lower than last year's levels. Regarding the volume, in the accumulated January-October 2022, 283,932 tons of beef were exported, which corresponds to a slight increase of 0.25% in relation to the 283,214 tons sold last year. So far this year, beef shipments have been directed to 51 different markets, but when it comes to measuring the influence, there is still a high dependence on the five main buyers. Until the end of October; Chile, Russia, Brazil, Taiwan and Israel received 87% of the Paraguayan meat sold abroad, leaving the remaining 13% distributed among the remaining 46 active destinations. Between January and July of this year, 283,932 tons of meat were exported and the main markets were Chile with a 41% share, Russia 16%, Brazil 13%, Taiwan 11%, Israel 6% and the rest (45 markets) with the 13%, according to the SENACSA monthly report.

Chile: Faced With High Demand From China, Beef Exports Grew by 90% In the Last 10 Months in Los Lagos

Beef exports from the Los Lagos region grew by 90% during the first 10 months of 2022, due to the high demand for the product from China. This is confirmed by ProChile , from where they reported that the high demand for food from China and particularly for beef, is explained by the strong increase in exports of this product. With this, shipments add up to 70 million dollars in the period January-October of this year, which represents a 90% growth in relation to the rates registered last year in the same period. This was confirmed by the regional director of ProChile in the Los Lagos region, Ricardo Arriagada, stating that the sector is growing and recovering. Regarding the export figures for the first ten months of 2022, the regional director of ProChile highlighted that 90% of meat shipments correspond to China, while the remaining 10% is distributed in eight other markets: Canada, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Mexico.

Chile: State of Foreign Markets Will Keep Chilean Beef Prices Competitive

A representative of beef cattle producers in Chile said that the percentage of feed that is marketed in the country and that comes from abroad has decreased in recent times, due to the increase in production costs, which has prevented this offer from being positioned above the Chilean one and the prices of bovine cattle for meat fall. The president of the National Federation of Bovine Cattle Producers, Ignacio Besoain, explained to the newspaper La Tribuna that "it must be understood that between 65% and 70% of the beef consumed in Chile is made up of imported meat and between 30% to 35% for national production”. “The imported meat that arrives in the country comes mainly from Mercosur. The two main countries are Paraguay and Brazil and in third place is Argentina which represents no more than 12% of the total meat that is imported”, explained the union leader. Regarding the conditions for meat production at a global level, the spokesperson for the livestock production complex observed that “obviously the cost has increased throughout the world, not only in Chile.

Russia: Ryazan Livestock Breeders Significantly Increased the Production of Meat

In the Ryazan region, following the results of 10 months of 2022, a significant increase in the production of livestock products was achieved: milk, meat, eggs. The volume of livestock products in the Ryazan region has been steadily growing for several years, this is the result of investments in the industry and state support for farmers. Meat growth of over 7 years amounted to 27%: 2014 - 67.3 thousand tons in live weight, 2021 - 85.2 thousand tons, and this is the maximum result over the past 25 years. The increase in meat production in the Ryazan region was achieved at the expense of pork, and growth in 2022 was ensured by the launch of a new pig farm in the Skopinsky district and the expansion of the existing pig farm in the Saraevsky district . The production of beef, poultry meat and other species (mutton, rabbit meat) has not changed significantly in recent years.

Turkey: While the Products Sold by the Meat and Dairy Institution Attracted Great Interest

While the products sold by the Meat and Dairy Authority attracted great attention, the butchers reacting to the situation said, "The Meat and Dairy Authority sells cheaply and this situation affects us butchers badly." The sale of minced meat, which is sold at prices of up to 160 TL per kilo, at the Meat and Milk Institution in Sivas, causes long queues in front of the store belonging to the enterprise. Döndü Özcan, who was waiting her turn to buy ground beef at affordable prices, stated that she was satisfied with the prices and said, "Meat is cheap here, so we are waiting. We came here during the morning prayer hours and we are waiting for our turn to come. The meat and prices here are very good." "We want the authorities to increase the number of branches" A citizen named Şahin Karakurt said, "May God not harm our state. One branch is not enough for Sivas. We want the authorities to increase the number of branches," he said. Butchers are responsive. Although the prices of the Meat and Dairy Institution pleased the consumers, it caused the reaction of the butchers. The butcher named İbrahim Ataseven stated that the prices of the institution were below their own costs and said, "The current price of ground beef is 130 liras, 140 per cubed. lira. No space as the price of steak and tenderloin is high. Meat and Milk Institution's prices are 85 TL, our cost is 97 TL. The prices are currently 130 lira for standard ground beef, 150 lira for beef, 180 lira for steak, 125 lira for lamb. They sell mutton cheap, and it affects the market badly," he said.

Turkey: The Weight of Cheese Overtakes Red Meat

In recent months, the successive price hikes, the rise in inflation, the increase in the exchange rate, and the cost of living have bent the back of the citizens. In the market, the labels have changed day by day due to the increase in the products in the market day by day. Finally, the low price of milk to the producer forced the animals to be slaughtered, while milk production fell by 4.4 percent according to TUIK and by 15 percent according to sector representatives. The price increase of the product on the shelves reached almost 175%. So much so that the kilo price of cheddar cheese exceeded red meat. As of today, 700 grams of cheddar cheese price on online shopping sites is between 115-165 TL on average, while the prices of ground beef and beef cubes are sold at 110-150 liras.

Ukraine: Beef Prices Are Rising

In October 2022, the average consumer price for beef increased by 1.3% to UAH 203.45/kg against UAH 200.92/kg in September. This is evidenced by the data of the State Statistics Service. Compared with January of this year, the average consumer price of beef increased by 4% from UAH 195.61/kg. The State Statistics Service notes that the data are given without taking into account the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea, Sevastopol and part of the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Colombia: Government Must Control Idle Intermediaries in the Beef Chain

FEDEGÁN asked the government to control the intermediation that the union calls "idle" because it breaks the production chain of meat and, in addition to that, speculates on the prices of this basic food in the intake of Colombians. “Colombia cannot be left in the hands of a meat refrigerator. That point has been reached because Invima ended the figure of the municipal slaughterhouse. We have to turn back," said the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro Urrego. In this regard, José Félix Lafaurie Rivera, executive president of the Colombian Federation of Cattlemen (FEDEGÁN), explained that “ this monopoly does not exist. I would have liked that the slaughter plants that exist in Colombia, especially the first class plants, instead of making maquila for third parties, would sell meat”. He emphasised that if so, the meat would be cheaper and have a lower price. In addition, there would be no speculation with the prices of this highly nutritious good for final consumers. “In the case of the country's capital, Bogotá, the case is evident. This city consumes 23 percent of the total national slaughter, however, the two large slaughter plants in it, Guadalupe and BLE, do not sell or market a kilo of meat”; he added.

South Korea: Concerns About Falling South Korean Beef Prices Due to Supply-Demand Imbalance

Dangjin-si, Chungcheongnam-do, said that it is concerned that the price drop due to the imbalance in the supply and demand of Korean beef will deteriorate the management of livestock farms. According to the city of Dangjin on the 17th, the amount of Korean beef that can be shipped nationwide in the fourth quarter of this year has increased by 6-9.2% compared to last year, and the average wholesale price of meat per kg is expected to range from 18,500 to 19,000 won. It is expected that the decline in wholesale prices will increase due to weak demand. The average winning bid price of the recent Dangjin Livestock Cooperative Korean beef calf auction market fell 34% and 22%, respectively, from last year's average to 2.25 million won for a calf and 3.46 million won for a calf. In order to preemptively respond to the supply and demand imbalance of Korean cattle, the city slaughtered 479 cows under the age of 40 months through a subsidy support project this year, and plans to support a similar level of cow slaughter next year.

Japan: Greenlight for the Entry of Uruguayan Bovine Tongue in W46

After more than 20 years, Japan authorised the entry of fresh bovine tongue from Uruguay. Japan is the main importer of bovine tongue worldwide and the most notable buyer in terms of prices. Japan pays values that more than double those of other relevant importers, with a price of around US 8,500/t in 2021 for around 40K tons imported. Japan is supplied by the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The basic tariff for the product is 12.8%, but the previous three countries, due to trade agreements, pay 5.1%. Uruguay produces around 3,200 tons of bovine tongues yearly, of which 70% are exported.

Hungary: Beef Imports and Exports

According to data from the European Commission, the community (EU27) sold 293,000 tons of live cattle and beef on the international market in January-June 2022, 16% less than a year earlier. The largest markets were Israel (10% share), Ghana (7%) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (6%). The amount delivered to Israel decreased by 6%, and that delivered to Ghana by 20%. The Union's live cattle and beef imports increased by 12% to 119,000 tons in January-June 2022 compared to the amount delivered in the first six months of 2021. More than three-quarters of imports came from Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, 14% more beef arrived from Brazil and 20% more from Argentina in the observed period. Based on KSH data, Hungary's live cattle exports decreased by 9%, while live cattle imports increased by 7% in January-July 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. The volume of beef exports decreased by 19%, but at the same time, its value increased by 25%. The volume of beef imports increased by 15% and the value by 59% in the observed period .According to AKI PÁIR data, the producer price of young bulls in January-September 2022 increased by 19%, that of slaughter heifers by 17%, and that of slaughter cows by 29% compared to the average price of the same period in 2021. According to KSH data, the consumer price of beef steak (HUF 4,050/kilogram) rose by 59% in September 2022 compared to a year earlier . 

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Colombia: Barranquilla Can Be a Sustainable Meat Export Point

The president of Barranquilla began his speech during the installation of the 39th National Cattlemen's Congress that took place at the Puerta de Oro Convention Center in Barranquilla on November 17 and 18 by referring to the strong winter wave that the country is experiencing and affecting all the inhabitants of the country regardless of their place of residence. According to his explanation, it has rained 2.5 times more than in the winter of 2010 and it was the rainiest month of October in history. In his opinion, an articulation is necessary to mitigate the impact of phenomena such as floods as well as to stop the bad practices that have caused agriculture and livestock to be classified as responsible for climate change "and in this way we can serve as agents that improve the environment in which we are”. Pumarejo stated that the capital of the Atlantic could become a collection point for cattle that could arrive from the middle Magdalena and other departments such as Bolívar and Magdalena, for the processing of meat in state-of-the-art refrigerators and dispatch it to international markets under the seal from sustainable, pasture-fed livestock. To this extent, projects such as the deep-water port and the Caribbean regional train are of strategic importance to bring food from the interior of the country to the processing centres and then to the cities of Colombia and the world under the slogan of sustainability

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