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Beef Newsletter - 17th September 2008

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Market Definitions of Alternative Production Systems
By Kerry Smith Livestock and Meat Marketing Specialist, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Washington D.C. This publication is part of the University of Florida IFAS, 2008 Beef Cattle Short Course Proceedings. To view the entire proceedings please click on the link provided below.
Forage Focus: Using Low Quality Hay
Producing high quality hay depends upon cutting the forage plant at a vegetative stage and then getting enough dry sunny days to allow the plants to dry, ideally, to 15 to 18 percent moisture content before baling, writes Extension Educator Rory Lewandowski, for the Ohio State University Beef Team Newsletter, issue #601.
September Beef Management Tips
By Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech. Beef managment tips for September.
USDA Livestock and Products Annual Reports 2008
This article provides the beef and cattle industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Annual 2008 reports. This week our news reports are from Australia, EU-27 and the Russian Federation.
US Feed Outlook
A fall in US feed grain production this month largely caused by dry weather has only partially been offset by increases in foreign production, according to the US Feed Outlook by the Economic Research Service of the USDA.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates
US red meat production is expected to continue to be strong in 2008 and together with broiler meat production is expected to rise next year according to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates from the USDA.
World Agricultural Production - September 2008
European corn production has dropped this year compared to last, but China is set for a record harvest according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service World Agricultural Production Report. At the same time Australia's harvest has been hit by drought, while Ukraine and Russia see harvest yields soar.
Claas - Time for new rules
* Company News

Pfizer Animal Health Adds Former Schering-Plough Products to European Portfolio
FRANCE - Pfizer Animal Health has announced that its acquisition of multiple product franchises in Europe from the Schering-Plough Corporation has been completed and approved by the European Commission. Pfizer has acquired these assets for approximately €116 million in cash.
Genus Profits in Times of Trouble
UK - Cattle genetics company Genus Plc reported a forty percent rise in profits this year, despite continuing struggle within much of the industry.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » BSE NEWS: Genetic Mutation at Root of Disease
 » BLUETONGUE: Scotland Maps Out Vaccination Plan

   European Union

 » Europa Clarify EU Animal Health Strategy
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   United States

 » USDA Reclassify Bovine TB Status in New Mexico
 » UNL: A Helping Hand Up in Economic Down
 » Unintended Consequences Of The Ethanol Boom
 » USDA Considers Irradiation as a Processing Aid
 » Court Rules on Use of BSE Test Kit
 » US Livestock Owner Sentenced
 » COOL Record Keeping: Now a Necessity in Marketing
 » Kentucky Improves Livestock Disease Center
 » Genetic Mutation at Root of Mad Cow Disease
 » NCBA: Dust Should Not be Swept Up in Clean Air Act
 » US Farmers Oppose JBS-Swift Takeover
 » Tyson Amend a Billion Dollar Debt
 » USDA Changes Montana's Brucellosis Status
 » US Beef Gets to Speed in Wake of BSE
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Production Forecasts are Cut
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook - Live Prices Down
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   United Kingdom

 » Farmers Must Ensure Imported Animals are Bluetongue-Free
 » Further Cattle Test Positive For Bluetongue
 » Battle Plan to Beat Bluetongue
 » British Beef Genetics Shipping Out to Europe
 » Aberdeen Angus Selected at La Bocuse d'Or
 » Defra Releases Farm Health Planning Model
 » "Obsessive Secrecy" over Badger Slaughter
 » Long Winter Ahead: UK Faces Lack of Straw
 » NFU: Grain Merger Will Ease Global Competition

   Ireland

 » Teagasc Training for Suckler Cow Welfare

   Australia

 » MLA: The Effects of Ramadan and Eid ul Fitr
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Overcoming Pesticide Resistance

   Sweden

 » Sweden Keeps Restrictions Unchanged After Second Bluetongue Case
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   Morocco

 » Morocco: Mass Vaccination Against Cattle Plague

   Hungary

 » Hungarian Price Index Drops Again

   Argentina

 » Argentine Beef Plants Struggle With Permits

   Brazil

 » Brazilian Beef Back in the USA

   China

 » Zhongpin Receives Grant From Henan Government

   Canada

 » New Alberta Livestock and Meat Strategy

   Finland

 » How Fermented Cabbage Can Keep Infections at Bay
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That's all for this week!

Ed.

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