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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 12 August 2009

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Editorial: The Same Old Story About Brazilian Beef

A new week began with an old story resurfacing - the same accusations, the same protesters and the same culprits (if that's what they really are). Like last time, it was the Irish Farmers Association which led the dispute over the safety of Brazilian beef and in doing so started a rally of supporting calls from other UK farmers' unions.

Despite satisfactory results from the EU Food and Veterinary Office, the National Farmers Union expressed concern, saying that problems with animal identification and movement controls still remain. Later, speaking at Anglesey Show, NFU Cymru Vice President, Ed Bailey said: "Either Brazil meets EU standards or it does not export meat to Europe - it should be as simple as that."

Leaders of these unions say that Brazilian cattle are affected by Foot and Mouth Disease and exports may contaminate domestic cattle. In January 2008, EU Health Commissioner, Markos Kyprianou, imposed a temporary ban on almost all Brazilian beef imports over the same concerns. But later, satisfactory inspections reopened the European market to many Brazilian exporters.

Recently, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture forecasted a 93 per cent increase in beef exports during the next 10 years. With this in mind, it is difficult to access the true concerns of the EU beef industry.

Adam Anson

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

The Codex Perspective on Ractopamine
The veterinary drug ractopamine recently underwent further evaluation by the Codex Alimentarius Commission to decide if it should be included on the the priority list of substances for re-evaluation by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), writes Adam Anson, TheCattleSite.
Management Practices to Improve Beef Quality
This Government of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development report answers frequently asked questions on how beef management practices can improve marbling and beef quality.
Functional Quality Management Systems for Livestock Producers
Will livestock producers adopt a systematic management approach of continuous improvement and document their production practices to refine their management and satisfy requirements of customers? Asks John Lawrence of the Iowa Beef Center in this Leopold Centre Competitive Grant Report.
Issues and Prospects in Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat Futures Markets
The past 5 years have seen large increases in trading of corn, soybean, and wheat futures contracts by nontraditional traders, a trend that coincided with historic price increases for these commodities, says a report from the Economic Research Service, USDA.
Aureomycin and Zinc Reduce Incidence of Foot Rot in Grass Cattle
Despite an occasional respiratory problem, the major health-related cost that stocker producers will experience with grazing calves are performance losses and treatment costs associated with foot rot, writes Dale A. Blasi, beef specialist, K-State University.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Plan to Vaccinate 4.10 Lakh Cattle
 » Award Winning Green Feed Technology Debuts in US
 » Canadian Beef and Pork Penetrate Panama Market

   Australia

 » FutureBeef 2020: Best Management and Technology
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » MLA Retraces Red Meat's Environmental Footprint
 » Australian Beef Back in Demand
 » No End in Sight to High, Volatile Feed Grain Prices

   New Zealand

 » R&D Key in New Zealand

   United States

 » New Information on Multi-animal Pathogen
 » Limousin Releases EPDs From Multibreed Evaluation
 » R-CALF Requests Reform to Cattle Markets
 » Resistant Salmonella Outbreak Leads to Beef Recall
 » Labelling Beef Nutrition Leads to Increased Sales
 » NBAF: Safe, Secure and Vital to Nation's Interests?
 » Schering-Plough Approves Merger with Merck
 » Congress Considers Turning Back on NAIS
 » Chemaphor and Elanco End Relationship
 » Merial: Combine Vaccination with Parasite Control
 » Food Price Rise not Fault of Industry Concentration
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Total Feed Market Down
 » Weekly Outlook: US Wheat Exports Off to Slow Start
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   Colombia

 » Colombia Reports New Outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease
 » Growth Expected in Colombia's Beef, Chicken Output

   Rwanda

 » Outbreak in Rwanda

   Uganda

 » Cattle Disease Hits Gulu

   United Kingdom

 » Defra Sees the Future Of Farm Animal Vets
 » Calls for Rethink on Farm Veterinary Service
 » Measuring the Pros And Cons Of TB-Free Status
 » Big Decline in UK Beef Supplies By 2010

   Canada

 » Ample Feed Grain for Canadian Livestock Expected
 » Feed Barley Supplies Likely to be Tight this Winter
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   Peru

 » Peruvian Beef Demand Set to Soar

   Venezuela

 » Tough Times for Venezuelan Meat Industries

   Brazil

 » NFU Holds Serious Concerns Over Brazilian Beef
 » Now, NFU Cymru Raise Concerns Over Brazilian Beef

   India

 » Plan to Vaccinate 4.10 Lakh Cattle

   Uruguay

 » Drought of 2008 Hampers Uruguayan Beef Output

   Argentina

 » Cattle Crisis Resumes in Argentina



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