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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 28 October 2009

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Editorial: Consumer Confidence Is A Major Concern That Needs To Be Addressed

Good news came for the US beef industry this week as Taiwan agreed to start importing US boned beef products. The move has unsurprisingly received much support from the US meat industry, which has decided initially only to export US beef and beef products from cattle younger than 30 months of age in order to ensure a smooth transitional period.

The amendment to import requirements has seen little support from Taiwan retailers, who are refusing to supply these US beef products such as beef offal, ground beef and spinal cords out of fear of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Furthermore, the Taiwan Ministry of National Defence has said that US beef will not appear on its menu before the end of 2010 due to an existing contract with Australia and New Zealand.

Elsewhere in the US, producers have been warned about the need for more accurate assessment of feed efficiency. With feed costs accounting for up to 80 per cent of total beef production costs, the Limousin Society says that feed efficiency needs to be improved. It recommends that producers look at residual feed intake (RFI) to see where improvements can be made.

A new E.coli vaccine, which is currently undergoing trials is expected to reduce significantly the risk of disease to consumers as well as lessen financial losses to producers.

In the UK, a controversial interview of Lord Stern has sparked outrage in the agricultural community. He blames the meat industry for a large proportion of greenhouse gases and encourages the public to become vegetarian. The industry is aware of climate change and is actively seeking to fight it: methane emissions from UK agriculture have fallen by 17 per cent since 1990.

The question everyone should be asking is: Will attacking meat production actually help fight climate change or does more action need to be taken to help the agricultural industry adapt to combat and mitigate these changes?

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Roundhousing For Beef
A relatively new concept for housing animals is the Roundhouse. An adaptable building, designed for improved animal welfare, increased handler safety, easy loading and cost effective livestock management. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor, went to Cannon Hall Farm, near Barnsley to see how it works in practice.
Custom Feeding Cows This Winter
With high forage costs, the Government of Alberta's agricultural department suggest that producers consider outwintering cattle in feedlots as a cost effective alternative.
Predicting Changes for Parasite and Vector Induced Animal Diseases
Climate change could have a major influence on animal health, both directly and indirectly, by affecting the parasites and vectors that spread diseases, according to Eric Hoberg, an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) zoologist at the Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville.
World Beef Trade Overview - October 2009
By USDA Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides a forecast for 2010, in which an economic recovery is expected to bolster world meat trade.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » BSE NEWS: Age Verification Program Called For

   Brazil

 » Halal Certification Growing in Brazilian Industry
 » Brazil to Export High Quality Lotfed Beef to EU
 » JBS-Bertin Merger on Track
 » Marfrig Records Improved Performance in Q3

   Canada

 » New E.Coli Vaccine
 » Canada's Industry and Govt Unite to Make Food Safer
 » Canadian Farmers Try to Save Beef Industry
 » Hemp Seed Evaluated as Potential Livestock Feed
 » New Livestock Traceability Rebate Introduced
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   United States

 » Dr Siddiqui Gets Backing for USTR Ag Position
 » Beef Industry Needs More Feed-Efficiency Data
 » Successful Bull Breeding
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook
 » CME: Ethanol Uses as Much Corn as Livestock
 » Taiwan Expands Access to US Beef Exports
 » Meat Industry Urges USDA to Develop Age Verification Program
 » Beef Conference To Focus On Planning Today For Tomorrow's Markets
 » CME: Overall Decline in Red Meat and Poultry Supplies
 » Outlook ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ for US Agriculture
 » CME: Live Cattle Futures Supported Across the Board
 » Weekly Outlook: Looking Beyond Harvest
 » CME: Current Grain Market Situation Discouraging
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » NCBA Continues To Call for Death Tax Reform

   India

 » Indian Exports Stabilise As Trade Restrictions Rise
 » Organisation Cares For Old, Sick and Disabled Cattle
   New Zealand

 » NZ Beef Exports Increase

   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Rent Increases For Western Australian Cattle Stations
 » Investigation Into BSE Beef Import Changes
 » Young Cattle Prices Continue To Slide
 » First Case of Cattle Ticks Identified

   United Kingdom

 » West Coast Initiative Highlights Healthy Stock
 » Pembrokeshire Farmers Told Markets Matter
 » EBLEX Launches Business Pointers 2009
 » NFU Announces Kevin Roberts as Director General
 » Food Production and Markets Should Not Be Ignored
 » Will Turning Vegetarian Really Prevent Climate Change?
 » NADIS Veterinary Report And Forecast, October 2009
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   Taiwan

 » US Beef Will Not Be Served at MND
 » Taiwan Unhappy Over US Beef Imports

   France

 » OIE Head Highlights Importance of Health Legislation

   Argentina

 » Argentinean Beef Production Set To Decline
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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