The recent rain, wind and cold storm that severely punished Uruguayan farmers last week caused the death of 54.200 adult sheep. The sum from a survey conducted by the Uruguayan Wool Secretariat, SUL, almost doubles the original 30.000 estimate and does not include the recently born lambs.
A disease that can lead to lambs and calves being stillborn or deformed has spread to every county in England and Wales. Some farmers are expected to lose livestock during the lambing season, which is just getting underway.
New Zealand's first branded lamb shipment to Brazil is scheduled to arrive at the port of Santos in the middle of next month and be available at 120 stores in Sao Paulo and to diners in restaurants and hotels throughout the country.
The Schmallenberg virus reached the UK this summer and could spread throughout the country, scientists say. Staff from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Institute for Animal Health (IAH) found the virus in animals on the RVC farm in Hertfordshire in June.
Uruguay’s beef exports in the first four months of 2011 have been lower in volume but higher in revenue compared to the same period a year ago. Something similar is happening with lamb although the fall in volume was even greater.
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has raised concerns over the current trade deal being discussed between the European Union and Mercosur. UFU beef and lamb chairman Ray Elkin said: “The potential for a Mercosur trade deal is of great concern to the UFU, and could have a devastating impact on Northern Ireland’s beef sector in particular.”
Chilean lamb and mutton 2010 exports mostly from Magallanes Region in the extreme south of the country increased 17% over the previous year according to the country’s Agriculture Studies and Policies Office, Odepa.
Chilean lamb and mutton exports are expected to total over 50 million US dollars in 2010, the highest ever, according to “Ovine Consortium” in its latest Ovine Indicators publication where it analyzes the industry’s performance and future both domestically and at international level.
Uruguay’s beef exports dropped in volume but increased in value during the first eleven months of 2010, with Russia for a second consecutive year as the top client, according to the latest release from the National Meats Institute, INAC.
Uruguayan lamb and mutton exports during the first 10 months of 2010 fell 40% to 11,628 tons compared with the same period in 2009, while average export prices increased 50% to US$4,766/ton as a result of strong demand.