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Editorial: A Look At The Export Markets

Sales of US beef in Japan increased 23 per cent in both volume and value in 2009, despite Japanese supermarket sales falling to a 21-year low.

The US Meat and Export Federation has kept strong ties in the processing sector and their share of the Japanese market is slowly increasing. The US captured 20 per cent of the market in 2009, compared to just 10 per cent two years earlier.

In Taiwan, the Consumers' Foundation has moved to its second phase of the proposed referendum to ban US bone-in-beef, ground beef and bovine offal and spine imports.

The group is now hoping to collect signatures from five per cent of eligible voters by August to demonstrate to the US government their fears of BSE in US bone-in beef.

The Indonesian Agricultural Ministry has announced that it plans to ban imports of beef offal as part of its move towards beef self-sufficiency.

The Australian beef industry is still fighting fervently against the government's decision to import beef from countries with BSE. The Australian Beef Association says that there is a danger to human and animal health. It has also raised concerns that importing beef from BSE affected countries could put Australia's beef industry and associated companies out of business, as they will have to compete with subsidised imports.

The Polish beef sector has seen sustained growth over the past three years. Some 60 per cent of their output is exported. Total exports in 2009 jumped by five per cent to 242,000 tonnes.

Beef export trade focuses heavily on Italy, Germany and Netherlands, with exports of approximately 60,000 tonnes to Italy and 44,000 tonnes to both Germany and the Netherlands. In 2009 the fastest growing export market was Spain, with exports more than doubling to 17,000 tonnes.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Financial Crisis Still Hurting US Beef Trade
Long term cattle supplies in the US are going to fall by another one to 1.5 per cent over this year, writes TheCattleSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
A Natural Alternative to Antibiotics in Animal Feed
Binding molecules from seaweed extracts within the molecular layers of natural clays makes the clay ten times more efficient at adsorbing the harmful fungal toxins which are commonly found in animal feed. The resulting new hybrid product has a huge potential market worldwide as a completely natural, effective alternative to the formerly-used antibiotics, which are now prohibited from this use in the European Union.
US Beef And Dairy Outlook Report - February 2010
Liquidation has led to a further decline in the national cow herd, however with a fall in corn prices expected there is the potential for producers to increase beef production. The fall in herd numbers is likely to affect the dairy industry as well with milk production predicted to fall, despite yields increasing.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Smithfield Appoints First Chief Sustainability Officer
 » Accurate, Fast TB Test Could Change
 » Despite Tough Economy US Beef Is Faring Well In Japan
 » Renewable Fuel Standard Increases Net Farm Income
 » USGC To Lead DDGS Feedlot Demonstration In Canada
 » Midwest Corn Growers Promote Their Products In Mexico
 » US Cattle Outlook: Fewer Cattle Than A Year Ago
 » Livestock Slaughter Falls
 » Changes To Ground Beef Purchase Programme
 »  Midwest Corn Growers Promote Products In Mexico
 » Montana State Veterinarian Calls For Brucellosis Vaccinations
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » CME: Plunge in FI Cow Slaughter During January Allflex
   Turkey

 » Meat Prices Will Correct Themselves, Says Minister

   United Kingdom

 » NFU CONFERENCE - Opposition Launches New Agenda for Agriculture
 » NFU CONFERENCE - Call for Fairer Farm Gate Prices
 » Better Communication Needed Between DEFRA And Industry
 » Ongoing Differential In NI And GB Prime Cattle Prices
 » QMS Urges Scottish Producers to Go for Gold
 » Government Seeks To Use More British Food
 » Direct Selling In The Spotlight
 » NI Beef Farmers Can Deliver What Consumers Want
 » Climate Change Up For Discussion
 » QMS Beefs Up London Campaign
   Finland

 » Reduce Pressure On Watercourses

   Taiwan

 » Push For US Beef Referendum Moves Forward

   Korea, South

 » Korea Not Yet Declaring End of Foot-and-Mouth Outbreak

   Japan

 » Firm Sales Of Imported Beef At Japanese Supermarkets Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   Indonesia

 » Indonesia Planning To Ban Offal Imports

   New Zealand

 » NZ Beef Starts 2010 Strongly
 » Farming Thumbs Up To Financial Reporting Decision
 » Get Involved In Agriculture
 » Greenhouse Gas Research Centre Opened

   Australia

 » Rain Keeps Numbers Low
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » ABA Continues To Fight Against Imports
 » Australian Cattle Producers Warned Of Virus Threat
 » Australian Agriculture Must Adapt To Climate Change
 » ABA Calls For Ag Minister To Go
 » Genomics Discussions Heat Up
 » Travel Opportunity For Young Australians DuPont Animal Health Solutions
   Argentina

 » Argentinian Quality Beef Exports Slump

   Ireland

 » Results Of The December 2009 Agricultural Survey
 » Viable Returns To Farmers Key To Future World Food Production
 » Farmers Markets Invited To Sign Up To Good Code Practice

   European Union

 » Agriculture MEPs Back Study into New Quality Logo
 » Commission Says Members Can Choose Over GM Crop Cultivation

   France

 » Canada Donates to OIE for Animal Health Activities

   China

 » China To Focus On Animal Epidemic Control
 » OIE Reports New FMD Outbreak in China Animax Veterinary Health
   Poland

 » Polish Beef Exports See Continued Growth

   General

 » Primary Producers Prepare For Bumpy Road To Recovery

   Saudi Arabia

 » Arasco Visit The UK



That's all for this week!

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