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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 20 January 2010

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Beef Farming - A Constant Battle?

A limited badger cull in West Wales was announced earlier this week as part of the Welsh Assembly Government’s bovine tuberculosis Eradication Programme.

This news has been welcomed by industry leaders, who have been backing a cull for a number of years. The problem of bovine Tb is so severe that in 2008 12,000 cattle were culled in Wales.

South Korea has reported a second outbreak of foot and mouth disease. So far 15 cattle have been destroyed. All cloven-hoofed animals within a 500 metre radius of the affected farm will also be culled.

In China, an outbreak of foot and mouth in South Xinjiang has been confirmed, where 37 cattle have been destroyed.

In Taiwan, consumers are still unhappy about US beef imports and are demanding the government include prion tests in its inspection to detect any possible bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) contamination of the products.

Irish cattle prices are expected to rise throughout 2010, however despite this delegates at a Teagasc Conference expected over two thirds of producers to continue making a loss from cattle farming.

UK agriculture has again come under fire, with a new report recommending consumers to change their diets - reduce the consumption of meat and dairy products.

As the National Farmers' Union, Dairy UK and other agricultural bodies suggest, world organisations should work with agriculture to help reduce these emissions, instead of proposing unrealistic and dangerous solutions.

Charlotte Johnston



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Calves And The Cold
Frost bite, freezing to death and hypothermia are common causes of death of young animals from the cold. Dr W Dee Whittier, Extension Veterinarian at Virginia Tech looks at how, with appropriate management, these losses can be avoided.
Managing Grazing Systems
Jefferson McCutcheon, Assistant Professor at the University of Ohio looks at managing grazing systems through rest periods, grazing periods, stocking density, weather patterns and water access.
Feed Outlook - January 2010
Domestic changes this month are based in part on USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service's Crop Production 2009 Summary and January Grain Stocks reports, according to this month's Feed Outlook Report from USDA Economic Research Service. The report, subtitled Corn Production Record Large in 2009 is by A. Baker, E. Allen and H. Lutman.
Livestock and Products Report - People's Republic of China
Beef production in 2009 is expected to slide six per cent to 5.8 million metric tons and continue falling in 2010, according to Michael Woolsey and Jianping Zhang in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Livestock And Products Annual Report - Canada
The Canadian Livestock and Products annual report published by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service reports that cattle face continued pressure from drought conditions, low sales prices, fluctuating feed costs, and soft domestic and export markets. However, if the overall economic recovery continues and no other major shocks occur, 2009-2010 should see the industry start to rebuild.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD News: China Outbreak And South Korea Update
 » Call For Nominations For World Veterinary Day Award

   United States

 » Any Chance for a Recovery in Crop Prices?
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Iowa Winter Cow Series Meetings
 » USDA Projects Record Corn Crop And Yield
 » Weekly Outlook - Larger Corn And Soybean Crops
 » Gene Collections Vital To Animal Research Efforts
 » USDA Scientists Sequence Soy Genome
 » Opposing Cap And Trade Legislation
 » Interim President For American Humane Association
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Increase In Corn Acres
 » November Beef Exports Continue 2009 Rebound
 » Beef Cattle Reproductive Strategies Workshop
 » Record US Corn, Soy Crops Seen Weighing On Prices
 » Crop Insurers Object To Effort To Slice Profits
 » Ag Groups Join Together Over Welfare
 » Extension Of Biodiesel Tax-Credit
 » CME: Beef Prices Reflect Supply and Demand
 » 2010 Beef Feedlot Roundtables
 » President Obama Told Russian Food Claims Unfounded
 » Research Before Selecting Corn Varieties Cow Signals Training Books
   New Zealand

 » NZ Scheme Extended To Cover Farm Veterinarians
 » Animal Welfare Prosecution
 » Be Prepared For Drought
 » Draft Animal Transport Welfare Code Needs Focus

   United Kingdom

 » Ombudsman Victory
 » Recognition Of Food Producers
 » NBA Denounces Repulsive Brucellosis Act
 » Bovine TB Pilot Area Given Go-Ahead
 » Clearer Labelling With Red Tractor
 » Consumers’ Response To Beef Price Increases
 » Research On 'Country of Origin' Labelling Published
 » UK Slaughter Statistics
 » UK Food Industry Emissions - The Solution?
 » Snow-Hit Farmers To Complete Survey
 » UK And Brazil Host International Biodiversity Conference
 » Giant Cattle To Be Bred Back From Extinction
 » Price Outlook Positive For Livestock Sector
 » Preparing For Rent Reviews Allflex
   Gambia

 » Nianija Cattle Stock Routes Inaugurated

   Korea, South

 » Second Foot and Mouth Outbreak
 » FMD News: South Korea Update

   Japan

 » Japan’s Beef Consumption Down In November

   Australia

 » Cattle Co-Product Values Lower In 2009
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » 2010 Markets Pick Up
 » Australian Beef Week Ready To Roll
 » Cattle Slaughter Remains Tight In November

   Ireland

 » â‚¬190 Million Confirmed Under FWMS
 » Mixed Prospects For Farming In 2010
 » Smith Presents Advanced Certificates In Agriculture
 » Irish Cattle Supplies Lower in 2009
 » Ireland's Export Growth Set To Resume In 2010
 » The Need For A Better Functioning Food Supply Chain
 » Report On Dioxin Contamination Incident Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   India

 » Kerala To Set Up Cattle Feed Factory

   China

 » FMD News: China Outbreak

   Taiwan

 » Consumers Demand Prion Tests Of US Beef

   Malaysia

 » Malaysia Builds Feed Mills For Livestock Genus - Value through science and genomics

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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