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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 24 March 2010

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Editorial: Clear Food Labelling

EU farm leaders have emphasised the need for clear EU marketing, labelling and quality standards to clearly distinguish EU dairy products in the market place and acknowledge the high requirements that producers work to in producing milk and dairy products.

At an EU meeting last week, the European Parliament Environment and Consumer Protection Committee voted in favour of requiring country of origin to be labelled on all dairy products.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will increase its clamp down on illegal food labelling and unauthorised nutrient content claims.

JBS the Brazilian beef and meat processing giant will acquire the Australian firm, Rockdale Beef Partnership. Rockdale Beef has a meatworks capacity of approximately 200,000 cattle per annum combined with a feedlot capacity of over 50,000 cattle.

Elsewhere Rectory Foods has entered into a strategic partnership with Acura Foods Ltd. Rectory Foods' portfolio now extends to include over 50 new fresh and frozen pork and beef products.

Meanwhile in the US, more than $5 million in grants has been allocated to address air quality issues, including reducing agricultural atmospheric emissions and developing new mitigation practices.

On top of that the USDA and Department of Energy have allocated $50 million to develop climate system models that provide insights on climate variability and impacts on ecosystems.

Researchers in California have suggested that reducing meat consumption will not impact climate change.

Frank Mitloehner, a professor at the University of California-Davis said: "We certainly can reduce our greenhouse-gas production, but not by consuming less meat and milk… but by increasing efficient meat production in developing countries, where growing populations need more nutritious food."

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

On The Lookout For Wheat Pasture Bloat
Oklahoma stocker operators with cattle grazing wheat pasture should be observing their animals closely for signs of wheat pasture bloat.
Feeding Flood-Damaged Or Sprouted Crops To Livestock
A guide to feeding damaged and/or sprouted maize, sorghum, soybeans and cottonseed to cattle and pigs from Mississippi State University. The article advises caution and a full analysis.
Mixed Crop-Livestock Farming A Help in Africa
According to new research, African farms with both crops and livestock could be more resilient to climate change than farms that only grow crops.
US Beef and Dairy Outlook Report - March 2010
There is a more positive outlook in both the beef and dairy sector in the US for 2010 according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) March 2010 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   China

 » Agriculture A Key Area For NPC

   United States

 » New Report Highlights Impacts Of Livestock Production
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » DDG Futures Contract Could Be Promising For Livestock Industries
 » Two Grazing Schools Offered In 2010
 » Wet Grain Causing Storage, Mould Concerns for Farmers
 » Transparency In Nutrition Labelling
 » FDA Crack Down On Labelling Violations
 » CME: Pork, Beef Prices Up; Chicken Prices Steady
 » Argentina to Stop Issuing Export Licences For Beef
 » US Cattle on Feed Down Three per cent
 » Revised US Food Safety Law Predicted This Year
 » Welfare Audit Systems Must Be Simple, Objective
 » Projects to Help Prevent and Reduce GHG Emissions
 » Climate Change Prediction Research Programme
 » Higher Quality Grades Here to Stay
 » Weekly Outlook: Decline in Soybean Consumption
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Safety Hazards Faced During Manure Pumping
 » Cutting Meat, Milk Intake Will Not Lower GHGs
 » CME: Growth in US Total Meat, Poultry Amount
 » Proper Antibiotic Use Prevents Livestock Disease
 » Huge Potential Markets For US Beef In China, Japan
 » US Consumers Face Food Price Rises
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   United Kingdom

 » Beef Sector In Danger Of Mincing Itself To Death
 » Another Challenging Year For The Global Beef Industry
 » Tenant Farming Forum Provides Rent Review Guidance
 » Scotch Opportunities Highlighted at Foodex
 » Open Invitation to Devon Livestock Farmers
 » UFU Welcome Progress on Country of Origin Labelling
 » Rectory Foods Partners with Acura over Pork, Beef
 » Changes to Cattle Passports

   Netherlands

 » A Strong CAP Is Needed To Help Europe Grow
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   Australia

 » Vaccinate For Tick Fever
 » Bull Buying Advice
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Higher Yardings Slows Prices
 » JBS to Buy Rockdale Beef
 » Australian Cattle Market Alert
 » Hearings Continue Into the Importation Of Beef From BSE Countries

   Brazil

 » Cattle Guardian Programme Combats Deforestation

   New Zealand

 » Educating The Public And Promoting Agriculture

   Denmark

 » Agromek Show Turns To Alternate-Year Cycle
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   Ireland

 » Irish Cattle Numbers Lower in December

   General

 » African Observers for Food Safety and Animal Health

   Canada

 » Scientists Take Animal Breeding to the Next Level
 » Government of Canada Invests In Beef Research

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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