Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Beef Buzz News


Middle East Expanding, Changing Market for U.S. Meat Export Federation

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:08:51 CDT

Middle East Expanding, Changing Market for U.S. Meat Export Federation
Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for global marketing and communications, is in the Middle East this week to meet with USMEF’s representatives in the region as well as with buyers and traders of U.S. beef. With U.S. beef sales expanding rapidly in a section of the globe that stretches all the way from West Africa to Kazakhstan. He says the region truly is in transition.


“The really exciting part about the Middle East right now is the expansion away from just variety meats. There’s still a big market for variety meats-livers, hearts, kidneys-but the emerging area is the muscle cuts. Five years ago 95 percent of our value was variety meats. Last year 60 percent of our value was muscle cuts, 40 percent of the value was variety meats. So, what’s happening is we’re starting to diversify into many different cuts all across the region,” Halstrom said.


He also said that social and political unrest in the Middle East has done very little to slow demand for U.S. beef.


“The unrest, from a humanitarian standpoint, is unfortunate, but the reality is that their desires for higher levels of protein continue to increase. And that’s where U.S. beef, high quality grain-fed beef, comes in.”


Through July, beef exports to the region are down slightly in volume (about 201 million pounds) but are still 8 percent ahead of last year’s record pace in terms of value at $202 million. The region has long been a mainstay market for U.S. variety meats such as livers, hearts and kidneys, and those exports are up nearly 20 percent in value to $92 million. Beef muscle cut exports to the Middle East have grown impressively in recent years - and though volume has slipped in 2012, muscle cut export value is still slightly higher than last year at $110 million.


Halstrom says one of the reasons muscle cut export volume is lower this year has been lack of access to Saudi Arabia, which is the only foreign market to have closed to U.S. beef as a result of the April 24 BSE case detected in California. He notes that this market closure has been particularly frustrating for some small U.S. companies that specialize in serving Saudi Arabia, and USMEF is working with U.S. trade officials to regain access.


“Some of our smaller to middle sized members specialize in only the Middle East. There’s several of these members that are disproportionately focused on Saudi. So, yes, they’ve been hurt with millions of dollars of losses. The ironic thing is that the Middle East, for the most part, the entire region is open with unfettered access to all cattle of all ages with the exception of Saudi Arabia. Saudi was a very good market and we’re starting to lose some of that share now because we’re several months without access and some of our global competitors are starting to get some of that business.


“So, I know it’s high on the radar for our industry to regain access into Saudi. It’s high on the USDA’s radar as well. In Washington we’ve been working with them and, hopefully, they can make some breakthroughs with their counterparts on the Saudi side.


The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.


   
   

Ron Hays talks with Dan Halstrom about meat exports to the Middle East.
right-click to download mp3

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 

Beef News

  • Beef Prices Likely Will Not Rise Anymore as Consumers Deal with Inflation  Wed, 20 Oct 2021 20:06:13 CDT
  • OSU's Derrell Peel Says Winter Wheat Pasture is Especially Valuable This Year  Tue, 19 Oct 2021 10:55:09 CDT
  • Curbing Methane Outputs Could Be a Win for Producers and Consumers  Mon, 18 Oct 2021 21:30:23 CDT
  • NCBA’s Kent Bacus Hopeful Biden Administration Will Pursue Deals Beneficial to US Beef Producers  Fri, 15 Oct 2021 10:08:11 EDT
  • NCBA's Kent Bacus Talks Trade, Contrasts Biden and Trump Administrations  Thu, 14 Oct 2021 20:07:24 CDT
  • Economist Katelyn McCullock Says Holiday Beef Prices are Expected to be High  Wed, 13 Oct 2021 10:35:40 CDT
  • Dr. Bart Fischer Says Robust Price Discovery May Not Lead to Higher Cattle Prices  Tue, 12 Oct 2021 10:48:23 CDT
  • More on Fall Calving Best Practices from Dr. Rosslyn Biggs  Mon, 11 Oct 2021 16:31:33 CDT
  • NCBA's Todd Wilkinson Carries Message of Caution to Members of the House Ag Committee  Fri, 08 Oct 2021 12:31:29 CDT
  • Cattle Producers Should Review Records Before Fall Calving Says Dr. Rosslyn Biggs  Thu, 07 Oct 2021 21:15:27 CDT
  • Help Newly Arrived Cattle Recover Quickest by Providing High-Energy Feed  Wed, 06 Oct 2021 10:09:20 CDT
  • Cattle Industry Waits for Third Quarter Numbers From 75% Plan  Tue, 05 Oct 2021 10:25:26 CDT
  • Missouri Cattle Industry Leader Taking Wait-and-See Approach on Industry Price Discovery Plan  Mon, 04 Oct 2021 11:29:07 CDT
  • Fiscal Year 2022 Kicks Off New and Proven Marketing Campaigns for Oklahoma Beef  Fri, 01 Oct 2021 10:56:18 CDT
  • Hugh Aljoe Says Regenerative Agriculture Education Material Will Soon be Available  Thu, 30 Sep 2021 09:53:16 CDT
  • OSU's Derrell Peel Urges Fall Stocker Operations to Review Budgets Before They Buy Fall Feeders  Wed, 29 Sep 2021 19:27:47 CDT
  • Beef Cow Herd Liquidation Continues to Unfold  Tue, 28 Sep 2021 12:47:54 CDT
  • Latest Cattle on Feed Report Shows Some Regions of the Country are More Current Than Others  Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:28:22 CDT
  • New Research Explores the Pros and Cons of Cash Cattle Markets in the U.S.  Fri, 24 Sep 2021 10:16:19 CDT
  • New Research Shows Grid Market System Adds $700 Million in Value to U.S. Beef  Thu, 23 Sep 2021 11:19:06 CDT
  • Don Close, VP of Rabo AgriFinance Explains How Beef Won Over the Chinese Consumer  Wed, 22 Sep 2021 10:39:31 CDT
  • OCA's Michael Kelsey: We Need to Take a Pause on Issuing New Medical Marijuana Grower Permits  Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:19:27 CDT
  • NCBA's Josh White Says Beef Quality Assurance Produces Better Beef  Mon, 20 Sep 2021 10:35:46 CDT
  • Certified Angus Beef Program is a Win for Producers, Processors and Consumers Says John Stika  Fri, 17 Sep 2021 10:48:26 CDT
  • John Stika Believes the Pandemic Shows Consumers Want High Quality Beef  Thu, 16 Sep 2021 08:07:17 CDT
  • Dr. Jody Wade's Advice to Cattle Producers is Stay Ahead of BRD  Wed, 15 Sep 2021 13:14:02 CDT
  • Katelyn McCullock Sees High Hay Prices in the U.S.  Tue, 14 Sep 2021 10:49:50 CDT
  • NCBA's Ethan Lane Believes mCOOL is Old News  Mon, 13 Sep 2021 11:15:37 CDT
  • NCBA's Ethan Lane Heard Little New in White House Briefing on Competition  Fri, 10 Sep 2021 11:45:17 CDT
  • Dan Halstrom Predicts 2021 Will Be a Record Year for U.S. Beef Exports  Thu, 09 Sep 2021 11:15:04 CDT
  • Dietician Shalene McNeill Says Consumers Enthusiastic About Including Beef in Their Diet  Wed, 08 Sep 2021 09:25:33 CDT
  • Shalene McNeill on Why You Should Feed Your Baby Beef  Tue, 07 Sep 2021 12:20:07 CDT
  • Randy Blach Says Sustainability is an Opportunity for Beef Cattle Industry  Mon, 06 Sep 2021 05:00:35 CDT
  • Although Beef Demand is High, Dollars are Slow to Trickle Down to Producers  Fri, 03 Sep 2021 12:25:25 CDT
  • Dr. Harold Newcomb Says Strategic Deworming Helps Your Bottom Line  Thu, 02 Sep 2021 09:33:31 CDT

  •  

    Beef Buzz Archives

    Old Archives  |   2010  |   2011  |   2012  |   2013  |   2014  |   2015  |   2016  |   2017  |   2018  |   2019  |   2020  |   Jan 21  |   Feb 21  |   Mar 21  |   Apr 21  |   May 21  |   Jun 21  |   Jul 21  |   Aug 21  |   Sep 21  |   Oct 21  |   Nov 21  |   Dec 21
       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Beef council Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Ag Mediation Program P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show Union Mutual Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association KIS FUTURES, INC.

       
       

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2021 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.