Japan v. U.S. beef is benefiting Aussie, NZ ranchers

April 13, 2004, just-food.com: Beef producers in Australia and New Zealand look to be the big winners in the continuing stand off between Japan and the U.S. over BSE concerns.

Japan, which has banned the importation of U.S. beef since a case of mad cow disease was discovered there in December, must look to other sources to fill the widening gap in supply.

The two largest meat processors in Japan, Nippon Meat Packers and Itoham Foods, are both reported by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun to have unveiled plans to boost imports from New Zealand and Australia to cover the shortfall. Both companies are major importers of beef, with a good share of their inventory coming from the US in recent years. In fiscal 2003, for example, 100,000 tons of the 200,000t of beef handled by Nippon came from the US, with 70,000t emanating from Australia.

Nippon will boost the head of cattle raised at affiliated branches in Australia by 20% to 85,000, the paper reported. Itoham will reduce the fattening time for cattle raised in Australia and New Zealand from eight months to four to five months.

The news of alternative beef sourcing comes amidst an announcement from the U.S. that it will not allow private companies to test 100 percent of their cattle for BSE. The proposal would have satisfied Japan’s demands and allowed for limited entrance of U.S. beef. Japan has said it will not resume imports of US beef until the US introduces 100% testing of cattle.




Recent news and research

404 Not Found
bluehost Affordable, Reliable
Web Hosting Solutions.

404 Error File Not Found

The page you are looking for might have been removed,
had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

Web Hosting provided by Bluehost.com

Stay Up-to-Date –
Sign up for our Newsletter

NewFarm.org changes daily! Don't miss out on the latest interactive features, columns and news. Sign up now for our monthly e-newsletter and stay connected.

ACTION ALERTS

•Free the meat markets! End packer ownership and stop closed-door deals

• Support Saskatchewan farmers in efforts to block GM wheat

• Stop budget cuts to conservation programs--the one's that help you pay for environmentally sound farming practices!

Share Your Stories

Are you a farmer? A consumer? Whatever story you have to tell, let it be an inspiration to others.
Share it with us now...

T H E    N E W    F A R M – R E G E N E R A T I V E    A G R I C U L T U R E    W O R L D W I D E