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Global Meat Trade Issues Addressed at IMS Economics Workshop

Joel Haggard, USMEF senior vice president, Asia Pacific, and USMEF Economist Erin Borror gave presentations this week at the International Meat Secretariat (IMS) Economics Workshop in Kilkenny, Ireland. Hosted by Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, the workshop attracted leading analysts, economists and other meat industry experts from about 20 nations.
Paul Garnham of Tyson International Europe addresses utilization of variety meat at the IMS Economics Workshop in Kilkenny, Ireland

Paul Garnham of Tyson International Europe addresses utilization of variety meat at the IMS Economics Workshop in Kilkenny, Ireland



Haggard offered his perspective on the current state of the Japanese pork market as well as meat trade and consumption trends in other Asian markets including South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines.

Borror’s presentations focused on factors affecting U.S. beef production and exports, beef production, consumption and import trends in Japan, and Mexico’s development as both a meat exporter and a key destination for imported meat.

Paul Garnham of Tyson International Europe led a discussion on utilization of variety meats and animal by-products, along with Stephen Woodgate of the World Renderers Organization. John Johnson, chief operating officer for the National Pork Board, gave a presentation on key issues currently impacting the U.S. pork industry.

Other presentations included:
  • Impact of China on the World Meat Situation in the next 5 to 10 years – Ma Chuang of Boyer Pro-Agri Communications
  • Key Animal Health and Welfare Challenges to Profitable Meat Production – Daniela Battaglia, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Environmental Issues Affecting Sustainable Production – panelists: Hans Joehr, Nestlé Corporate Head of Agriculture; Geraldo Martha of Embrapa, Brazil; and Hsin Huang, IMS secretary general

Research was also presented regarding consumer attitudes in key meat-consuming markets. The workshop concluded July 11 with tours of beef and pork production facilities in Ireland.