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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 18th February 2009

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

This week, TheBeefSite attended the National Farmers Union Conference 2009, held in Birmingham, UK. Plans to set out a New Agenda for Farming to assist its farmer and grower members were announced and detailed at the conference. Find out more from the links below.

 » Government Calls for Partnership
 » Agriculture Needs to Produce More
 » Move to Country of Origin Labelling
 » Row over Bovine TB and Badger Culling
 » Call for Investment in Renewable Energy

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Hunger Efficiency: The Science of Alternative Forage
Utilising the natural, free benefits that the land can provide is one of the key aims of livestock producers, but understanding all the benefits that good management brings is often unappreciated. Adam Anson, reporting for TheCattleSite, looks at alternative forage experiments and gets to grips with the results.
Time to Double Check Your Heifer Development Programme
The first part of January is an extremely important "check-point" in spring heifer development programmes, writes Dr. Les Anderson, Beef Extension Specialist, University of Kentucky. This article was published in the Ohio State University Extension Beef Team Newletter.
High-Density SNP Genotypes for Predicting Genetic Merit of Beef Cattle
Current selection strategies result in annual rates of genetic improvement less than one-quarter of the progress that is theoretically possible if merit could be accurately predicted by breeding age, suggests research - by Dorian Garrick, professor; Rohan Fernando, professor; Kadir Kizilkaya, postdoctoral fellow and James Reecy, associate professor - summarised in this Iowa State University Animal Industry Report.
February Beef Management Tips
Beef management tips for February, by Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech.
Canadian Cattle Statistics - February 2009
The US COOL (Country of Origin Labelling) legislation has created uncertainties in the marketplace for Canadian cattle producers, reports Statistics Canada. .
US Feed Outlook
Meat production prospects are being reduced due to harsh economic conditions in several countries, thereby leading to lower forecast corn imports, according to the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) Feed Outlook report for February 2009.
US Beef and Dairy Outlook Report - February 2009
High commercial cow slaughter levels imply a reduced calf crops over the next couple of years, whilst falling milk production and exports are expected to lower prices, says the USDA's Economic Research Service in its January 2009: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » BSE NEWS: Alberta Surveillance Programme Lives
 » FMD NEWS: Outbreak in Shanghai
 » BLUETONGUE: Further Strain in Belgium

   European Union

 » New Feed Rules Get Green Light from MEPs

   United Kingdom

 » UK Animal Disease Facility Hits a Snag
 » Scotch Beef at ASDA's Meat Counters
 » Revolutionary Retail Approach
 » Poultry Litter Caused Botulism in Cattle, Sheep
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   United States

 » NBAF: Cattle Farmers Show Skepticism
 » Smart Packaging Alerts to Meat Dangers
 » Consistent Performance for US Beef
 » Online Cattle Risk Management Library
 » Beef Study Sees the Importance of Convenience
 » Emissions Data for Livestock Industry Provided
 » Eat Less Meat to Go Green
 » Dairy Cattle Getting Forced into Abattoirs
 » Beef Considered to be 'Good Calories'
 » Beef: Fueling Active Bodies in the Northeast
 » Impact of Distillers Grains on Cattle Diets
 » U.S. Canadian Cattle Inventory Down Two Per Cent
 » USDA Conference to Address Antibiotic Resistance
 » More Livestock Infected with MRSA
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Weekly Outlook: Acreage and Biofuels
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Beef Cow Numbers Down
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   Canada

 » Phosphorous Run-off: How Livestock Manure Differs
 » Alberta Surveillance Programme Lives
 » Obstacles to Canada's Carbon Credit Trading
 » Advice on How to Reduce Phosphorus Applications

   Brazil

 » Beef Consumption Fuels Deforestation
 » Brazilian Beef Exports Plunge by 45 Per Cent
 » Food Security on Agenda for NFU Brazil trip
 » New Agenda for NFU IATC Brazil Trip

   Belgium

 » Further Strain in Belgium
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   China

 » Outbreak in Shanghai

   India

 » In India the World's First Cloned Buffalo Calf is Born

   Australia

 » Australian Floods and Local Wisdom
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   Yemen

 » Protein Prices in Yemen Rising Fast

   Ireland

 » Irish Farmers Told to Bridge Price Gap
 » Winter Finishers Resist Low Beef Prices

   Saudi Arabia

 » Canada and Saudi Arabia Reopen Beef Market

   New Zealand

 » Good Management Critical in NZ Drought



That's all for this week!

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