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01 April 2020
View news from Ireland Irish farmers petition European Commission to suspend non-EU beef imports
The Irish Farmers’ Association has submitted a letter to the Government and European Commission urging a halt in beef exports from outside Europe....
View news from Australia Australia subsidises air freight for agriculture exports to offset pandemic
On 31 March, Australia’s government said it will spend A$110 million ($67.4 million) to subsidise air freight for exports of agricultural products like beef and dairy after flight disruptions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic....
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures rebound as the quarter closes
US live cattle futures rose, nearly meeting their 3-cent daily limit on 31 March....
31 March 2020
View news from United States New US poll sheds light on farmers’ COVID-19 concerns
Nearly 90 percent of farmers surveyed indicate they are at least somewhat worried about the impact COVID-19 will have on their business. More than 50 percent are very or extremely worried about the potential impact, according to a US farmer survey conducted...
View news from United Kingdom NFU provides new service to report how coronavirus impacts UK farming
A new online service aimed at capturing farm business issues related to coronavirus has been launched by the NFU....
View news from United Kingdom Increased demand for ground beef signals trouble in the next two weeks
Though massive demand from shoppers for meat and other products might mean big profits for manufacturers, the truth is more complicated. ...
View news from United States JBS cuts production at US facility as precaution
JBS will reduce beef production for two weeks at a Pennsylvania plant after managers displayed flu-like symptoms. ...
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures ease on concerns of slaughterhouse closures
US cattle futures weakened on 30 March as concerns mounted over slaughterhouses closures due to coronavirus....
View news from United States US Senators question meat packers’ surging profits during COVID-19
US Senators are calling for investigations of beef processors’ record profit margins after market shake up....
View news from China Getting the most benefit from palm fat supplements
Emerging research has demonstrated that using coated folic acid along with palm fat powder in cattle feed can boost growth performance and rumen health without causing negative side effects....
30 March 2020
View news from Brazil Brazil’s beef exports to China trend upward for March
China has resumed importing high quantities of Brazilian meat after slowing imports during the first two months of 2020....
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures dive as erratic trade continues
US cattle futures tumbled on 27 March as worries of contracting beef demand and fears that COVID-19 could close slaughterhouses intensified....
View news from Canada Canadian beef plant suspends slaughter after worker tests positive for COVID-19
Harmony Beef, a beef packing plant in Alberta, halted slaughter on Friday after an employee tested positive for coronavirus....
28 March 2020
View news from United Kingdom Vet groups and charities work together to continue care and support veterinary teams and clients during coronavirus
Veterinary groups and animal welfare charities have joined together to help ensure the UK’s animals are cared for during the coronavirus pandemic....
27 March 2020
View news from Brazil Despite steady trade flows, JBS anticipates a drop in exports as coronavirus worsens
Meat packing giant JBS has said that the current pandemic could lead to container shortages, port disruptions and other logistical challenges....
View news from United States USDA makes the federal loan process more flexible
US farmers facing financial difficulty due to coronavirus will be able to access more flexible federal loans....
View news from United States US cattle futures tumble as panic buying slows
CME traders report that the daily limit falls signal that consumers are no longer stockpiling meat....
View news from Argentina Argentina mulls port closures, signalling potential pressure on grain used in cattle feed
Argentine grains port workers have requested that exports be suspended during the pandemic....
View news from Global Identifying lameness in cattle – what works, what doesn’t and what farmers should aim for
New technologies like cow-attached accelerometers could improve lameness detection and management, but underlying issues in analytics and algorithms could prevent farmers from adopting the new systems....
26 March 2020
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures end mostly lower, signalling an end to the surge
Benchmark June live cattle futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed lower on 25 March for the first time in five sessions....
View news from Brazil JBS quarterly net income skyrockets by over 300 percent
Meat packing giant JBS SA reports quarterly net profit of 332 percent over the prior-year period, citing surging sales to China....
View news from United States NCBA advocates economic relief for the beef supply chain in relief bill
After the US Senate passed coronavirus relief legislation, the NCBA issued the following statement. ...
View news from United States NFU US welcomes stimulus bill
New stimulus bill would address the most urgent concerns for family farmers and rural hospitals, says NFU....
25 March 2020
View news from Australia Australia’s livestock producers could face restocking issues as coronavirus closes borders
As Australia closes borders and moves into lockdown, farmers face an uphill battle to keep producing food....
View news from United States Cattle futures rise to meet their daily limits as demand and packer margins strengthen
US cattle futures rose to meet their expanded daily limit on 24 March as traders reacted to soaring profit margins for beef packers....
View news from China USDA and US Trade Representative announce progress on farm provisions of the US-China trade deal
The United States and China have made progress in implementing the agriculture-related elements of the US-China trade deal....
View news from Russian Federation Overcoming anthrax – reviewing Russia’s anthrax control efforts
A retrospective review of anthrax outbreaks in Tatarstan, a republic in the Russian Federation, indicates that widespread cattle vaccination can prevent zoonosis and keep the endemic infection at bay....
 
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