March meat exports show positive momentum

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Exports of U.S. pork and beef gained momentum in March after starting the year slowly, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).Although pork exports were down from the large totals recorded in March 2014, export volume was the largest in 11 months at 191,041 metric tons (mt). This was 9% lower than a year ago, but a 10% increase from February. Export value of $495.3 million was down 18% year-over-year, but up 5% from February.March beef exports totaled 86,774 mt, down 7% from a year ago but a 5% increase over February. Export value was $527.3 million, up 2% year-over-year but down slightly from February.The March results reflect some degree of relief from the West Coast port congestion that plagued red meat exports in January and February. Port traffic began to improve after a tentative labor contract was reached in late February, though congestion lingered for several weeks at some major ports.“Port congestion remained an issue well into March — and even into April in the Southern California ports – but the announcement of the new labor contract certainly improved the business climate,” said Philip Seng, USMEF President and CEO. “After months of frustration, the U.S. meat industry was finally able to reassure Asian buyers that the worst of the crisis was behind us and that they could once again count on the U.S. to fulfill its role as a reliable supplier. This was especially important for customers purchasing chilled pork and beef, which require very prompt delivery due to product shelf life.”In addition to shipping concerns, U.S. exporters have found their competitive position in some key markets damaged by large volumes of lower-priced products from other supplying countries. In many cases, diminished purchasing power due to the strength of the U.S. dollar has made the price disadvantage even more severe. Market access barriers also remain a concern in some markets, most importantly China and Russia.“Closure of the Russian market to European pork continues to impact all major pork suppliers, as the EU has focused very aggressively on alternative markets in Asia,” Seng said. “In the beef complex, the projected slowdown in Australia’s production may still be coming, but certainly did not materialize in the first quarter.“These are unusual conditions that are made more difficult by the strong U.S. dollar, but now isn’t the time to dwell on the stiff headwinds we are facing. We must aggressively defend the customer base the U.S. industry has worked so hard to build over the years by reaffirming the value and quality delivered by U.S. red meat.” March pork export volume highest since April 2014March pork exports accounted for 25% of total production and 21% for muscle cuts only — the latter being the largest percentage since July of last year. First-quarter ratios were 23% and 19%, respectively. Export value per head slaughtered was $50.10 in March, down nearly $20 from a year ago, but roughly steady with the per-head value recorded in March 2013. For the first quarter, per-head export value was $49.48, down 19% from last year and down 7% from the first quarter of 2013.First-quarter pork exports to Mexico topped last year’s record pace by 7% in volume, reaching 179,507 mt, though value was down 6% to $321.2 million. Year-over-year growth in the first quarter was led by South Korea, where exports increased by 43% in volume (57,376 mt) and 55% in value ($180.4 million). Exports to Canada were up 2% in volume (48,905 mt) while export value was steady with last year’s pace at $192.4 million.Offsetting these results, however, were lower exports to Japan and China/Hong Kong. First-quarter exports to Japan declined 13% in volume (103,921 mt) and 19% in value ($386.6 million) as Japan’s total imports slowed after accumulating large frozen inventories of EU pork. Exports to China/Hong Kong fell 40% in volume (67,754 mt) and 42% in value ($152.1 million) in the first quarter, although March exports were the largest in 12 months. Results in Latin American markets were mixed, with year-over-year growth achieved in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama, but exports declined to Colombia and Chile. Japan, Mexico still mainstays for U.S. beefMarch beef exports accounted for 10% of total production and 13% for muscle cuts only, slightly exceeding first-quarter ratios but down from 11% and 14%, respectively, from March 2014. Export value per head of fed slaughter was $284.30 in March, up 5% from a year ago. For the first quarter, per-head export value was $290.32, up 9%.So far in 2015, beef exports to Japan have performed extremely well despite significant obstacles – including the West Coast port situation, a weakened Japanese yen and a tariff advantage for Australian beef under the recently implemented Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement. First-quarter exports to Japan increased 4% in volume (48,347 mt) and 11% in value ($322.8 million). Exports to Mexico increased 4% in value ($285 million) despite slipping 1% in volume (56,582 mt).Beef exports to Korea got off to a very slow start in 2015, but continued to gain momentum in March. First-quarter volume was still down 4% from a year ago to 27,624 mt, but export value was up 2% to $204.1 million. Exports to Taiwan trended in the opposite direction, slowing in March after a very solid start. First-quarter volume to Taiwan was down 10% to 6,382 mt, while value was up 11% to $64.1 million. Exports to Hong Kong, which were record-large in 2014 but slowed toward the end of the year, were down 21% in volume (27,841 mt) and 6% in value ($211.9 million) in the first quarter. March lamb exports steady; first-quarter totals lower year-over-yearMarch exports of U.S. lamb were down slightly in volume (728 mt) from a year ago but steady in value at $1.92 million – the largest monthly value total since November. First-quarter exports were down 14% in volume (2,271 mt) and 18% in value ($5.36 million) as growth in the Caribbean and Middle East was offset by lower totals for Mexico and Canada.last_img read more

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AgroExpo 2016: Where Agriculture Meets Innovation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AgroExpo, hosted by AgroLiquid, will connect farmers, commodity groups, grower-led associations, and news makers in the agriculture industry. By highlighting vendors in various sectors of agriculture, with similar groups being assembled together, attendees will have the flexibility to visit areas of interest.The focus will be on innovative, professional farmers, who are seeking the latest advances in agriculture. From research and development of seed, crop protection and nutrient management, to the latest equipment and management technology, AgroExpo is sure to leave you motivated and full of ideas about the future of your farming operation. This is an opportunity for growth and expansion – both for agribusiness and for growers.The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with AgroLiquid’s Ashley Davis about what to expect at the event, August 16th-18th, in St. Johns, Michigan.AgroLiquid Ashley Davis AgroExpolast_img read more

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How can delayed weaning benefit your operation?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At what age do you wean your lambs? This is a question that I have asked producers many times. I have heard ages ranging from 35 to 130 days of age with the most common answer being 60 days of age. This is the most common weaning age for producers in the eastern United States. When I ask producers why they wean their lambs at 60 days of age or younger, most respond with “that’s the way we have always done it here on the farm, so why change now?”From a researcher’s perspective, this is not a valid answer. Weaning before the natural weaning age (between 100 to180 days of age depending upon sheep breed) is stressful. Weaning stress can lead to decreases in animal performance as demonstrated by decreased weight gain. Weaning stress can also result in decreased animal health as shown by decreases in immune system function that can lead to an increased susceptibility to disease and infection. However, if we were to let nature run its course and allow for animals to wean naturally, could we increase animal health and performance?Considering the nutritional components of milk (fat and protein) as well as the stress associated with weaning, if producers increased the weaning age of lambs, would this allow operations to capitalize on lamb growth and health? In order to determine if delayed weaning benefits lamb health and performance, the authors below conducted two experiments.Data measurements collected in both experiments included body weight (BW), average daily gain (ADG) to monitor lamb performance. Packed cell volume (PCV), Fecal Egg Counts (FEC), and FAMACHA eye scores were collected to monitor lamb health. Packed cell volume is a measurement that determines the amount of circulating red blood cells in the body, which can be used to assess the level of anemia (blood loss). Fecal egg counts were used to quantify the number of parasite eggs being shed per gram of feces. FAMACHA eye scores were also used to assess circulating blood levels by viewing the mucosal membrane of the inner eyelid, a quick and easy way for producers to monitor their flock on-farm for Haemonchus contortus.In experiment 1, lambs were placed into one of two weaning treatments; Pasture Control (PC): lambs weaned at 60 days of age and placed on pasture and Ewe (E): lambs placed on pasture with ewe and weaned at approximately 123 days of age. Grazing paddocks were primarily composed of tall fescue and known to be infected with parasites (Haemonchus contortus – parasite of interest). In addition, lambs in experiment 1 were provided one of two mineral sources, loose mineral verses block mineral supplementation. At the end of the grazing phase, all lambs remained in their treatment groups and were fed to a targeted finishing weight (~120 lbs.) during the feedlot phase.For lamb performance, lambs that were weaned at 123 days of age (E) had a greater final BW and greater total ADG. From a health standpoint, E lambs had a higher PCV value at the end of the grazing portion of the trial when compared to PC lambs. Farm records also indicated that 41.7% of PC lambs required anthelmintic treatment as a result of parasitic infection whereas 0% of E lambs required anthelmintic treatment. In addition, when looking at the effects of mineral type, lambs consuming loose mineral had a greater overall ADG while on pasture when compared to those lambs consuming block mineral.During the finishing phase, E lambs had a greater average BW entering the feedlot, spent fewer days in the feedlot, and had a greater overall ADG when compared to PC lambs. However, PC lambs had a greater gain:feed ratio and greater total dry matter intake (DMI) while in the feedlot when compared to E lambs.In experiment 2, lambs were placed into one of four weaning treatments; Pasture Control (PC): lambs weaned at 60 days of age. Ewe (E): lambs weaned at approximately 116 days of age. Social Facilitator (SF): lambs weaned at 60 days of age and placed on pasture with non-lactating, non-related ewes. Feedlot Control (FC): lambs weaned at 60 days of age and placed in a research feedlot facility. Lambs in the pasture treatment groups (E, SF, and PC) were housed on the same pastures as described in experiment 1. All lambs in experiment 2 were provided with the same loose mineral due to the results found in experiment 1. At the end of the grazing phase, all lambs remained in their treatment groups and were fed to a targeted finishing weight (~117 lbs.) during the feedlot phase.From a performance standpoint, E lambs had the greatest final body weight while FC lambs had a greater final BW when compared to PC lambs at the end of the grazing phase. FC lambs also had the greatest final ADG at the end of the grazing phase. Due to the change in diet, FC lambs had the lowest BW for the first 28 days of the grazing phase. As for lamb health, E and FC lambs had a smaller change in PCV values from day 28 to the end of the grazing phase. As calculated in experiment 1, farm records showed that a total of 5, 50, and 55% of FC, PC, and SF lambs received anthelmintic treatment during the grazing phase whereas 0% of E lambs received anthelmintic treatment.During the finishing phase, FC lambs spent the greatest number of days in the feedlot, had the greatest total weight gain, and lowest DMI per day when compared to all other treatment groups. Additionally, E lambs spent the fewest number of days in the feedlot, had the lowest total weight gain, and had a the highest DMI day when compared to all other treatment groups during the finishing phase.Delayed weaning in both experiments proved to be beneficial. For those producers that face challenges with parasitic infection and are interested in raising grass-fed lamb, delayed weaning may be a cost effective alternative as delayed weaned lambs had greater gains and did not require any treatment for internal parasites. In addition, while mineral supplementation is important for basic biological functions, experiment 1 showed that lambs that were offered a loose mineral had a greater overall ADG when compared to those lambs that were consuming block mineral. Upon entering the feedlot, delayed weaned lambs spent fewer days on feed and were marketed at the same age as those lambs that entered the feedlot at 60 days of age. Therefore, for those producers that are interested in utilizing more pasture, decreasing the use of anthelmintics, and decreasing the amount of grain require to finish lambs, delayed weaning may be a viable option.last_img read more

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1,500 Newspapers Could Soon Support the AP’s Controversial hNews Microformat

first_imgfrederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Earlier this year, the Associated Press, together with the Media Standards Trust, introduced hNews, a new microformat for describing news content. HNews allows publishers to easily attach machine-readable news semantics to content on the web. Today, the AP announced the completion of the first draft of hNews. In addition, TownNews, announced that is will support hNews in its BLOX content management system, which is being used by over 1,500 newspapers in the US. The hNews MicroformatHNews, which is an extension of the hAtom format, only requires content users to specify information about the source organization. In addition, publishers can specify geo-information, a dateline element, license information and information about the code of ethics that governed the behavior of the author of a given site. At its most basic level, hNews, just like other microformats like hCard or hCalendar, allows search engines spiders to identify and read semantic information that would otherwise be buried within a text and would be hard to identify for search engines.The Good and the BadThe hNews Schemasource-org. dateline. optional. Using text or hCard. geo. optional. Using geo. item-license. recommended. principles. recommended. It’s noteworthy that the AP, which has had a rather contemptuous relationship with the Internet, would push this standard, which would only make it easier for search engines and mash-up tools to discover and classify content. At the same time, though, hNews is also a central part of the AP’s controversial‘news registry’ project, which is meant to track AP content across the web and to make sure that it is not misappropriated. While the hNews microformat is definitely an interesting development, we can’t help but wonder about its role in the AP registry project. Today’s hNews press release makes no mention of this project (unlike the press release that announced the registry), so there is some hope that the AP has given up on this scheme or is at least trying to downplay hNews’ importance in it.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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PH’s Carlo Biado falls to German foe in World 9-Ball final

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Carlo Biado during the WPA World 9-Ball competition. Photo from @WPAPoolFilipino bet Carlo Biado failed to defend his crown after bowing to Germany’s Joshua Filler, 13-10, in final of the 2018 World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar late Thursday.The La Union native ran out of steam as the 21-year-old Filler scored six straight racks to take over the lead for good, 11-7, in the championship match at Al Arabi Sports Club.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Biado managed to get within one, 11-10, but a scratch in the ensuing rack doomed his bid for a back-to-back crown.He settled for a runner-up prize of $20,000 while Filler savored his first World 9-ball crown and $40,000.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBiado, though, was still satisfied with his performance in the tournament, especially being the final for the second year in a row.“I played well but the table was a bit bouncy and I was getting frustrated,” Biado told wpa-pool.com. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES LOOK: Go USTe! Former Tigresses, ex-coach in one photo Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid MOST READ View comments “I was thinking too much about the table and it kind of affected me. But overall I’m ok with how I played. I only made two or three mistakes and my play was very good.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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200 Delegates Expected for Regional Geo-Spatial Conference

first_imgSome 200 delegates from countries within the region, the United Kingdom and Africa, are expected in Jamaica next week for the 6th Conference of the Urban Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). The five-day event, from November 12 to 16, is scheduled for the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay.  Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, is expected to officially declare the event open on November 14. Under the theme: ‘Spatial Technologies: Critical Thinking, for Critical Times’, the conference is expected to attract persons involved in using Geographical Information System (GIS) applications.  These include over 120 key industry decision makers, senior government officials, heads of agencies and departments as well as GIS and information technology (IT) professionals and experts.    The conference will also host a high level meeting of policy directors and technocrats, including Minister Pickersgill, who are expected to decide on a direction for the use of GIS technology in the region. Speaking at a recent JIS Think, President of the Caribbean Chapter of URISA and conference chair, Valerie Grant, said the conference will focus on the development of a regional framework of geo-spatial information, capacity building and education, standardization of regional data, trends in information technology, among others. She said the event also provides a great opportunity for persons locally and regionally, to improve their knowledge base on geo-spatial technology, as new software will be on display. Acting National GIS Co-ordinator in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Mark Codling, said one key element of the conference is to show how GIS technology can be used to enhance development. “We have to see how the region can move forward in opening new doors for jobs in the geo-spatial industry. We have seen a high demand for data, so we’ll have to decide how we can make proper decisions and assist our policy makers and government in moving forward toward national development,” he said. He said that GIS is applicable to every sector, noting for example, that it has been used in agriculture, in terms of identifying ideal locations for setting up greenhouses.  “We looked at certain parameters; the slope of the land and where it is best to put a greenhouse and it was very successful. So government was able to identify locations that are not flood prone, saving millions of dollars,” he noted. Ms. Grant agreed about the wide-ranging applicability of GIS technology, noting that “most of the enduring problems that we face, such as poverty alleviation, disaster risk reduction, all have a spatial component and GIS is what helps to solve them. So if (Hurricane) Sandy produced “X” inches of rainfall what is the likelihood that a certain place will flood. These are some of the decisions we can make or predict in a dispassionate scientific way,” she stated. Representatives from Suriname, Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad, Saint Maarten and Jamaica are expected to attend the URISA Conference.  Members of the public, including representatives of tertiary institutions, keen on geo-spatial technologies and development, are invited to view displays and participate in the scheduled workshops.last_img read more

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