South America

Changes in U.S.-Mexican cattle and beef trade

Mexico has long been a major beef industry trading partner with the U.S. in roles that have continually evolved into deeper and more integrated relationships. For many years, Mexico has been the major source of imported feeder cattle. U.S. beef exports to Mexico developed in the late 1990s and Mexico has been one of the top beef export destinations since then. FULL STORY »

Mexico says U.S. not respecting WTO ruling on meat labeling

The United States is not respecting a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on meat labeling, Mexico's Agriculture Minister Enrique Martinez said on Tuesday, saying it was hurting local industry. FULL STORY »

U.S. beef imports set to expand into 2014

U.S. beef imports for the first quarter of 2013 totaled 590 million pounds, 1.4 percent higher than a year ago. FULL STORY »

Brazil may fine beef producers buying Amazon cattle

Brazilian prosecutors are seeking to fine 26 beef producers a total of $282 million for buying cattle raised in illegally deforested Amazon areas or on indigenous reservations, the federal prosecution service said on Monday. FULL STORY »

Canada retaliation on U.S. labels may go beyond beef, pork

Canadian retaliation against the United States for its country- of-origin meat-labeling rules may target more products than U.S. beef and pork. FULL STORY »

Most Mexican beef exports escape Russia ban

The lion's share of Mexico's beef exports to Russia will not be blocked by a Russian ban on meat imports it fears may contain traces of the feed additive ractopamine. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Seng addresses February export results, COOL dispute

Through the first two months of 2013, U.S. beef exports are 7 percent ahead of last year’s record value pace, despite volume being down 2 percent. U.S. pork exports, which set records for both volume and value in 2012, are running behind last year’s pace by 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively. FULL STORY »

Brazil beef exports up 25 percent on year in early 2013

Brazil's beef exports jumped 25 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared with the same period a year earlier, thanks to a more favorable exchange rate and increased demand abroad. FULL STORY »

Argentine cattle sector bounces back from 2009 drought

Argentina's cattle herd has grown to 51 million head and should keep recovering from a devastating 2009 drought that, along with price controls, forced ranchers to slaughter millions of animals before their time. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Producers see export opportunities firsthand

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) conducted its 2013 Market Expo last week in Lima, Peru, and Panama City, Panama. FULL STORY »

Mexican beef market impacts on the U.S. beef industry

The Mexican beef cattle industry has been severely impacted by the drought the past two years, much as the U.S. has been impacted. Additionally, changes in Mexican domestic beef consumption and beef trade have significant implications for the interaction of the Mexican and U.S. cattle and beef industries in the coming years. FULL STORY »

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