GRSB Connect for June 3, 2014
Dear GRSB Member,
Governments around the globe are contemplating how they can positively impact sustainability and promote sustainable practices and systems. GRSB has been asked to present at the "Investment in Sustainable Livestock" conference, sponsored by the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock, this week in Switzerland. I have been asked to consider the sorts of policies that GRSB feels would encourage investments with a focus on sustainability. This is an interesting question – and I am sure one that would elicit different responses from our different constituencies.
Dateline: 05/21/14, Source: Farm Futures
Coalition, Congresswoman address proposed beef sustainability definition, say efforts should extend into antibiotic use. The definition is expected to become the standard for McDonald's, which turned to the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef earlier this year for help in better defining its commitment to using only "verified sustainable beef" by 2016.
Dateline: 05/29/14, source: By Michael Wright, Calgary Herald
Dateline: 05/30/14, Source: By Steve White, Nebraska TV
Re–claiming our title as the Beef State, Nebraska takes the crown as the top cattle feeding state in the nation. And if we're to continue growing livestock operations, experts say technology will help farmers be good neighbors.
Dateline: 05/23/14, Source: By Brad Cooper, Queensland Country Life
A meeting of the Australian beef industry's heavy hitters has wrapped up in Brisbane with consensus reached on catering to consumer demands on sustainable supply. Square table chairman David Farley said today’s meeting of Australian beef industry representatives had demonstrated the sector’s focus on meeting changing consumer demands.
Dateline: 05/26/14, Source: Queensland Country Life
Promoting Australia's existing sustainability credentials to a worldwide audience will be the focus of a new red meat industry taskforce, formed to oppose intervention by the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) in the Australian market.
Source: Department of Environment and Primary Studies, Victoria, vic.gov.au
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Dateline: 05/29/14, Source: By Louise Hartley, Farmers Guardian
During last year's horsegate scandal retailers and processors welcomed British producers with 'open arms' because it 'satisfied their needs at that time', said National Beef Association (NBA) board member and beef farmer, John Hoskin.
Dateline: 05/23/14, Source: North Queensland Register
"Beef 2015 is a platform for the development of all levels of industry, by growing new export markets, educating producers on the latest production techniques and engaging with consumers about the great taste and nutritional benefits of beef," said the expo's chairman Blair Angus.
Dateline: 05/21/14, Source: ABC AU
They might have it over us in the dairy stakes, but a New Zealand cattle breeder says he's impressed with how sustainable Australia's beef industry is.
Dateline: 05/29/14, Source: Herald Scotland
The National Farmers' Union Scotland is calling on those within the beef sector to deliver a fair share of the margin back to producers, or run the risk of stalling the recovery in Scotland's beef herd.
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Members In The News
GRSB Producer Member the Australian Land Management Group has convened a Symposium on Natural Resource and Animal Welfare Management–Agricultural Competitiveness to be held in Brisbane on Wednesday 11th June 2014.
Dateline: 05/24/154, Source: By Richard Heasman, Blue and Green Tomorrow
Fast food giant McDonald's plans to implement its recent pledge to purchase sustainable beef using region-specific standards for its suppliers. By handing over responsibility to its 36,000 restaurants, the company said they can achieve sustainability goals relevant to their geographical location.
Dateline: 05/23/14, Source: By Charlie McKillop, ABC AU
Structural reform of the beef industry leadership and a choice about the way in which levies are spent, are the only ways forward for ailing northern cattle industry, according to Greg Brown, former Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) boss.
Dateline: 05/14/14, Source: By Jon Condon, BEEF Central
National supermarket retailer Woolworths is on track to launch its new Melbourne meat processing and packaging facility sometime next year. The new facility, on a greenfield site understood to be near Laverton in the city's southwest, will represent the second phase of an expanding Australian joint venture that Woolworths is undertaking with UK-based specialist retail meat processing and packaging company, Hilton Food Group.
Dateline: 05/11/14, Source: By Mike Hughlett, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Cargill is set to close another Texas feedlot, and last year it shuttered a mammoth beef packing plant in the state. The problem: not enough cattle to go around, a result of a long and punishing drought.
Dateline: 05/25/14, Source: By Phil Rosenthal, Chicago Tribune via Daily Press
McDonald's Corp. for years has been in the cross hairs of a national campaign to raise the minimum wage, a movement that intensified last week as demonstrators marched on its Oak Brook headquarters. The fast-food behemoth has rejected protesters' call to more than double the national base pay from its current $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour as too high. It has said in a statement that it respects the right of employees to choose whether or not they want to unionize.
Dateline: 05/20/14, Source: All Africa
Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) won't hold favourable implications for Namibia's weaner industry and the opportune thing for local producers along with government, is to get together and have a round table discussion to come up with plans on how to convert potential challenges into opportunities.
Dateline: 05/12/14, Source: By Georgi Gyton, Global Meat News
Cargill Inc, and Branhaven LLC have announced a non–exclusive agreement to license BeefTek Inc – their patented BeefGen genomics tools. The DNA tools are intended to help beef and dairy cattle producers analuse bovine gnetics in order to improve meath and dairy production, said the firm.
Dateline: 05/23/14, Source: World Poultry
Brazil-based global meat processor, JBS, has filed for an initial public offering of its Brazilian pork, poultry and food-processing operations.
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