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Editorial: What is the Future For Beef Production?

The news this week suggests that global beef production is going to seriously suffer. Reports from the US and Argentina, both say that national herd numbers are falling.

In the US, this was reflected in a fall in beef production of 3.2 per cent between January and September.

In Argentina, much of the breeding herd are in bad condition, due to the ongoing drought. Over the last three years, the Argentine cattle herd has contracted by 15 per cent, with the drought increasing slaughter rates and producing poor calving rates.

In the UK, the national beef herd is also decreasing, with a decline of five per cent of available beef calves compared to a year earlier.

Despite this, the UK are looking to expand their beef herd abroad, finalising a deal with Cambodia to farm beef and produce beef products on a beef and dairy unit, complete with an abattoir. Elsewhere in the UK, an agreement was signed with Malaysia for the supply of cattle semen and embryos.

In Poland, beef exports to Spain have continually been on the rise, competing with a strong Irish market. However, official Spanish import figures say that in the first half of 2009, Poland were supplying 4,000 tonnes of beef more than Ireland, to the Spanish markets.

Things are picking up for Australia, who have recorded their highest ever live exports to Indonesia. Whereas Japanese markets are looking promising for New Zealand, which believes there may be potential to sell the health benefits of grass fed beef as a niche market in Japan.

For the EU, the Agriculture Commissioner, Mariann Fischer Boel has said that it is vital for the future success of EU agriculture to have a strong CAP post 2013. However, uncertainty lies over allocation of budgets between member states, and it is unlikely that a fair outcome will ever be reached.

Charlotte Johnston



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - November 2009
According to the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates from the USDA's World Agricultural Outlook Board (WOAB), red meat and poultry exports forecasts for 2009 and 2010 have been raised.
Minerals in Beef Cattle, Part 2
Following on from last weeks article Minerals in Beef Cattle, Part 1, Part 2 looks at mineral supplementation and vitamins.
Tenderness Versus Feed Efficiency
Studies carried out by the Beef Cooperative Research Centre looks at the performance of high feed efficient cattle and how this effects the tenderness of meat.
Fertilising in Late Autumn
Fertilising pasture in the late autumn can strengthen grass for the following spring, says Rory Lewandowski, Ohio State University Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources.
* Company News

New Merck Company Begins Operations
US - Merck has outlined its global plans following the completion of Merck's merger with Schering-Plough Corporation announced this week. Raul E. Kohan has been named president of the Animal Health division.
New IBR Educational Material
UK - Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health has produced a new suite of education materials to highlight the costly financial losses associated with IBR infection in cattle herds.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » National Beef Calf Decline Accelerates
 » Huge Variances In Post-Slaughter Deductions
 » New Scheme Launched to Manage Cattle Diseases
 » LMC Report: The Carbon Footprint of Livestock
 » Study to Bring Benefits to Meat Sector
 » No Going Back on NI’s New Price Grid Structure
 » NFUS Urges Participation in Carbon Footprint Study
 » Defra's New Guidelines to Reduce Salmonella in Feed
 » Future of Beef Farming
 » English Livestock Industry Successful in Cambodia
 » Future Funding of UK Meat Controls Review
 » Italians Push Quality Standard Beef
 » Out-wintering Helps Reduce Costs
 » Why Science Matters in Farming Animax Veterinary Health
   Netherlands

 » Nutreco's Q3 Results in Line with Expectations

   Australia

 » Aussie Beef Exports Contract in October
 » Australia Seeks to Sell Organic Beef to China
 » Tough Weather Condition See Conception Rates Fall
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Record Cattle Exports to Indonesia

   United States

 » Tick Fever Prevention
 » Look Out for Mycotoxins In Cattle Feed
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Wet Harvest Causes Problems For Grain And Cattle Producers
 » CME: Voters Approve State Issue 2 in Ohio
 » AFBF Congratulates Ohio and Texas on Victories
 » CME: Beef Demand Index Stands Lower This Year
 » Genetic Influence on Beef Quality
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Beef Production Down
 » Paper Aims to Debunk Livestock Production ‘Myths’
 » How Much DDG is in Cattle Feed in Nebraska?
 » Price for Young Cattle Improving
 » FDA Approves Camelina Meal for Cattle Feed
 » Food Safety Progress Defended on America TV
 » CME: Gains in Value of US Dollar Eroded
 » Reproductive Strategies Workshop
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Bovine Practitioners Updated on Regulations
 » USDA Crop Report to Be Watched Closer Genus - Value through science and genomics
   Taiwan

 » Protests Against US Beef Continues
 » US Bone-in Beef May Arrive in Taiwan Next Week

   New Zealand

 » Meat & Wool New Zealand Announces Project Cuts
 » Benefits for NZ Grass Fed Beef in Japan

   Canada

 » New Alternative for Liquid Manure Application
 » U of M to Develop Manure Odour Dispersion Model

   Uganda

 » Cattle Could Save Ugandan Poverty

   Russian Federation

 » Russia to Increase Beef Production

   Poland

 » Polish Beef Exports Threaten Ireland Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   Germany

 » Deltamethrin Proves Effective Against Midges in Rainy Weather

   Denmark

 » Ensuring the Most Exposed Animals the Best Welfare

   Argentina

 » Double Beef Production Through Increased Weights

   European Union

 » 2013 Onwards: The Future of CAP? John Deere - Premium Versitality

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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