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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 23 September 2009

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Editorial: Brazilian Expansion Continues

The expansion of some of the larger beef industry companies is continuing with the Brazilian giant Marfrig following hot on the heals of JBS's acquisition of Pilgrims Pride and then Bertin with acquisitions of its own.

The company has bought a leather production operation, Zenda, and entered into an agreement with 12 slaughterhouses in Brazil as well as tying up with a wholesale and distribution company to rationalise distribution.

On the veterinary side, following the takeover of Fort Dodge by Pfizer, part of the company's cattle portfolio has been sold to the rival Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.

Meanwhile, in the markets, the US reports that cattle supplies are below last year's figures, and packers are continuing to limit the number of cattle they are processing.

For the Canadian market there was good news as Colombia reopened its doors to Canadian beef.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Pregnancy Checking Cows Can Save Money
Lower body condition and poor forage quality lead to low pregnancy rates. Dr Les Anderson explains why pregnancy checking cows can be cost effective.
Feeding Silage to Beef Cattle
How can the use of silage in beef cattle diets effect liveweight gain and meat production? This article looks at how silage can be used in grazing enterprises to improve production per head and allow for an increase in stocking rates.
Becoming More Market Focused
The marketing of cattle or beef has a direct impact on the overall business success, explains John Bancroft, Market Strategies Programme Lead for OMAFRA.
US Feed Outlook September 2009
US grain production has increased both over last month and also year on year, according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) Feed Outlook for September 2009.
Australia Livestock and Products Annual Report 2009
The US Foreign Agricultural Service, forecasts beef slaughter and production to ease slightly in 2009. Improved seasonal conditions, following years of drought, will see a return to herd rebuilding with producers retaining stock from slaughter for breeding purposes. Exports are forecast to ease in 2010 as a result of slightly lower production and reduced export market demand.
US Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - September 2009
The United States is expected to import 13 per cent more beef than last year, according to the USDA ERS Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook for September 2009. However, imports from Australia have fallen from earlier in the year, as Australians have incrementally recovered some of their markets that were affected by the global financial crisis and recession.
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* Company News

Boehringer to Acquire Fort Dodge Assets from Pfizer
GLOBAL - Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets of Fort Dodge Animal Health from Pfizer. The acquisition will strengthen Boehringer Ingelheim's position as a vaccine supplier among the world's top animal health companies.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   European Union

 » European Agricultural Commissioner Steps Down
 » New Guidelines for Acutely Injured Livestock On Farm
   United Kingdom

 » DAIRY EVENT - NFU Turn Up Pressure on TB
 » DAIRY EVENT - Anaerobic Digestion Association Launched
 » DAIRY EVENT - Shadow Secretary Speaks on TB and Dairy Industry
 » Beef Industry Mourns Loss Of NBA Vice-Chairman
 » Confidence High Among Livestock Farmers
 » Animal Transport Proposals Off the Table... for Now
 » Production Figures a Mixed Bag for Beef Industry
 » Public Consultation On Beef Carcase Classification
 » NFU Tell Lib Dems Why Farming Matters
 » Livestock Manure Application Limit Raised
 » One Hectare Minimum SPS Claim Announced
 » Major Retailers Support Honest Food Campaign
 » Farmers Must Complete LFA Form To Receive 2010 Payment Allflex
   United States

 » CME: Corn, Soybean Crops Short on Maturity
 » WDGS To Provide Inexpensive Feed Alternative
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Cattle On Feed Report : US Cattle On Feed Down
 » Anthrax in North Dakota
 » CME: JBS Swift Confirms Purchase of Pilgrim's Pride
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » New Study Explains Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria
 » Yield Grade Affects Beef Pricing
 » CME: Average Retail Price for Beef Lower in August
 » AMI Urges USDA To Allow Carcase Irradiation
 » CME: August COF Placements Larger than last Year
 » Weekly Outlook: Weakness In SRW Wheat Basis Persists
 » US DDGS Quality Impresses Major Korean End-users
 » NFU Urges Support for Packers and Stockyards Act
 » Programme To Tackle Predation and Livestock Health
 » CME: Cattle Supplies Below Year Ago Levels
 » Weekly Roberts Report John Deere - Premium Versitality
   Ireland

 » Smith Calls For Action On Food Security, Climate Change

   Brazil

 » JBS Buys Bertin
 » Marfrig in Major Expansion Deals

   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Drought-Affected Cattle Farmers Cutting Their Losses
 » Cattle Die In Waroona Paddock

   Canada

 » Colombian Market Opens Doors to Canadian Beef Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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