Despite Record Beef Exports Brazilian Cattle Ranchers Can’t Make a Profit

For the third consecutive year, Brazilian cattle ranchers had a loss of revenue, in spite of record beef exports, reports the president of the Cattle Forum (Fórum Nacional Permanente da Pecuária de Corte), Antenor Nogueira.

The math is simple, says Nogueira. Operational costs rose 10.1% in 2004 and 6.41% in 2005 while the price of beef dropped around 12% during the same period. And in 2005 the appearance of foot and mouth disease made things worse.

Nogueira emphasizes that foot and mouth disease must be eradicated from all of South America as soon as possible if the region is to continue being an important player on the international beef market.

Nogueira says that Brazilian cattle ranchers, faced with falling income, are sending more cows to the slaughterhouse and that will have consequences.

He reports that in 2005, 40% of all the cattle slaughtered in Brazil were cows and that can only mean fewer calves in the near future.

Nogueira concluded by saying that the export sector outlook remains bright. Beef export revenue was up 22.4%, going from US$ 2.57 billion in 2004, to US$ 3.15 billion last year. And 2006 may be even better, said Nogueira.

Agência Brasil

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Book Condemning Witchcraft Banned by Brazilian Court for Prejudice

A judge in the state of Bahia, Brazil, has ordered the confiscation of a ...

Bolivia Tells Brazil to Get Out of the Oil Distribution Business by July 1st

Brazil’s Oil Company Petrobras Bolivian affiliate will cease to distribute fuel and refined products ...

Indians Invade and Take Land Where Brazil Started 500 Years Ago

Right where Brazil’s colonization process began, five centuries ago; right where the official commemorations ...

Brazil’s Embraer Deliver 63 Airplanes. 298 Others Have Been Ordered.

Embraer, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer announced today, July 17, 63 airplanes were delivered in ...

After Two Years of Decline, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Grows 6%

In Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost Brazilian state, industrial activity grew 6.2% in ...

China Ready to Invest US$ 8 Bi in Brazil While Brazilians Wish to Diversify Exports to Chinese

Brazil’s Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Fernando Pimentel, says that China will ...

Brazil Surrounds Haiti’s National Palace with Tanks and Hands Out Food

In a show of power, Brazil’s Armed Forces held on Friday their biggest relief ...

Brazil: The Cruel Rite of Churrasco

The Brazilian tradition of churrasco is a lamentable example of mere human selfish gluttony. ...

World Bank Helps Brazil Help Haiti

Brazilian Chancellor Celso Amorim and the World Bank’s vice-president of Foreign Relations, Ian Goldin, ...

Does Zero Hunger Make Sense? or Cardoso Was Right After All

In Brazil, hunger and malnutrition are part of a syndrome that includes illiteracy, inadequate ...