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EU and Japan create massive free trade zone, boost for meat and dairy

A wide-ranging trade and cooperation deal that the EU and Japan signed on 17 July will create a free trade zone covering over 600 million people, ending some €1 billion in export duties that European firms currently pay annually, with Europe’s agri-food sector expected to be one of the main winners.

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Drought prompts UK/Irish lamb sell-off as prices plummet

EU sheepmeat prices have continued to plummet this week, as worsening drought in north-west Europe prompts farmers to sell off stock.

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Exchange rate drives up Brazilian slaughterhouse margins

Beef slaughterhouses in Brazil were helped in the second quarter of this year by the strength of the US dollar against the Brazilian real.

Brazil Cattle & Beef

EU cattle prices ease further in lacklustre market

The European beef market eased back further this week, against the backdrop of a generally quiet market.

EU Cattle & Beef

Argentina boosts take-up of EU beef quota, Brazil falls short

For the first time in several years, Argentina took almost full advantage of the EU’s lucrative ‘Hilton’ beef quota in 2017/18 – but neighbouring Brazil left half its quota share unfilled.

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Consumer acceptance seen as key to future of gene-edited livestock

Gene editing offers great potential for improving food production but consumer acceptance is critical and remains the key challenge for proponents of agricultural biotechnology, according to an expert panel convened by an agribusiness policy group.

United States Cattle & Beef

Germany reports drop in pig and cattle numbers

Germany’s pig and cattle herds have shrunk to their lowest levels for several years, according to new figures from the federal statistics office, Destatis.

Germany Cattle & Beef

Lab-grown meat firms say FDA should regulate their products

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the right agency to assess the safety and quality of lab-grown meat, say several representatives from the emerging industry, despite a push from many in the traditionally raised meat and poultry industry for USDA to regulate these products when they become commercially available.

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EU pig market caught between lower output and slack demand

EU pig prices have eased upwards over the last week, although the market remains devoid of longer-term impetus in either direction.

EU Hogs & Pork

Consumer acceptance seen as key to future of gene-edited livestock

Gene editing offers great potential for improving food production but consumer acceptance is critical and remains the key challenge for proponents of agricultural biotechnology, according to an expert panel convened by an agribusiness policy group.

United States Cattle & Beef

Germany reports drop in pig and cattle numbers

Germany’s pig and cattle herds have shrunk to their lowest levels for several years, according to new figures from the federal statistics office, Destatis.

Germany Cattle & Beef

Poor first half for Brazilian pork but China eases pain

Faced with a ban on exports to Russia, Brazilian pork exporters are becoming increasingly reliant on sales to China and Hong Kong.

Brazil Hogs & Pork

Brazilian pork and poultry update: chicken prices improve, pig prices remain low

Brazilian chicken meat prices rose over the course of last week amid indications that exports may be starting to pick up from recent depressed levels.

Brazil Poultry

Meat industry, consumers raise red flags over FDA regulation of lab grown meat

The US meat industry and consumer groups are raising red flags over the potential for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate lab-grown meat, and say FDA and USDA should work together with all stakeholders before any decisions are made about which agency gets oversight over the emerging products.

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Cherkizovo snaps up Siberia's top poultry supplier

Cherkizovo has acquired another local rival as it looks to cement its position as Russia’s largest poultry processor.

Russian Federation Poultry

Brazilian pork and poultry update: chicken prices improve, pig prices remain low

Brazilian chicken meat prices rose over the course of last week amid indications that exports may be starting to pick up from recent depressed levels.

Brazil Poultry

Meat industry, consumers raise red flags over FDA regulation of lab grown meat

The US meat industry and consumer groups are raising red flags over the potential for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate lab-grown meat, and say FDA and USDA should work together with all stakeholders before any decisions are made about which agency gets oversight over the emerging products.

United States Cattle & Beef

Italian deputy PM reiterates Italy will not sign CETA

Italy will not ratify the European Union’s free trade agreement (FTA) with Canada, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio has said.

Italy Canada

Brazil, EU and Russia clash over meat trade issues at WTO meeting

Meat trade issues dominated the agenda at last week’s meeting of the World Trade Organization’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) committee – with Brazil, the EU and Russia all clashing over costly import restrictions.

China Indonesia

European egg and poultrymeat prices down as Commission adjusts price base

The EU average broiler price fell sharply in the week July 2-8, bringing prices level with the year-before figure for the first time this year.

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NGOs call to penalise Ireland over breaches of livestock transport rules

Four animal welfare organisations have lodged a formal complaint to the European Commission against Ireland’s “systematic failures” to comply with EU rules on the protection of animals in transit.

Ireland Cattle & Beef

IEG Vu Prices Briefing: Hot weather weakens EU butter and sheepmeat prices; wheat edges upwards

EU butter prices were dragged downwards by the hot weather while sheepmeat values plunged as the resultant drought prompted farmers to sell stocks. Wheat ended higher after a choppy week. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan desiccated coconut prices have drifted lower as exporters from this origin look to generate more buying interest.

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Bulgaria culls sheep and goat herds to prevent spread of PPR

Bulgarian authorities have culled thousands of farm animals in the east of the country as part of a set of interventions aimed at eradicating the sheep and goat plague ovine rinderpest, also known as Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR).

Bulgaria Sheep & Goats

Japan opens market to US lamb after 15-year ban

Japan has finalised requirements that will allow imports of US sheep and goat meat for the first time in almost 15 years.

Japan United States

EU Commission forecasts further drop in lamb imports

EU sheepmeat imports will remain at relatively low levels this year amid ongoing supply constraints in top supplier New Zealand, according to a new Commission report.

EU New Zealand

Controversial new Brexit plan aims for 'status quo' on EU-UK farm trade

The long-awaited Brexit blueprint put forward by the UK government at a key meeting of senior ministers last Friday (July 7) offers the prospect of something very close to business as usual for agri-food trade between the UK, the EU and the rest of the world – if it proves to be acceptable to the EU-27.

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