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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 5 May 2010

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Focus On Grass Management

With more cattle going out to pasture, a number of reports this week focus on how grass management can increase productivity.

Producers in the UK are being encouraged to improve their grassland management through soil management and the introduction of clover.

Looking at grass nutrition, which will subsequently increase livestock productivity, is certainly an economical option considering the high feed and fertiliser costs in the UK.

On the contrary, fertiliser prices in the US have fallen compared to the high prices seen in previous years.

Although demand for fertiliser has dropped recently due to the economic crisis, as prices remain low and stable demand is expected to pick up.

Eliminating invasive weeds could allow stocking rates to increase, says an Agricultural Research Service scientist. The scientist has developed a weed calculator, which predicts weed impacts on forage production.

The calculator allows producers to learn how many pounds of weed they are producing per acre and how many more cattle they could raise, if the weeds were replaced by forage plants.

Finally, in the US, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has launched an iPhone App that it says will allow consumers to choose humanely reared food.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

UK Can Expect Cattle Number To Remain Tight
The last year saw a slight decline in slaughtering numbers for prime cattle - steers, heifers and young bulls - writes TheCattleSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Bison Production In The US
A low cost of production and easy maintenance animal, with meat which is high in nutrients and low in fat - the bison is making a comeback. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor speaks to John Flocchini who farms bison in the Northern Great Plains.
Repetitive Cattle Deworming May Cause Drug Resistant Worms
Dewormers have provided effective parasite control, which has resulted in returns to farmers between $20 to $200/hd, according to Amy Radunz, Beef Cattle Extension Specialist at the University of Wisconnsin-Madison.
Russian Federation - Livestock and Products Semi-Annual Report 2010
Attaining self-sufficiency through import substitution is the goal of the GOR, according to Morgan Haas and Mikhail Maksimenko in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. They expect beef imports to remain steady since the beef constituency remains small and there is a shortage of poultry and pork supplies.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD News: FMD in Asia Reminder to UK Agencies
 » Transatlantic Animal Welfare Council Formed
 » Agriculture Is Important For Latin America And Caribbean

   United States

 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Addressing DNA Technology In Beef Cattle
 » Eliminating Weeds Could Put More Cows On Pasture
 » Fertiliser Prices Down Compared To Previous Years
 » Beef Faces Battle With Cheaper Chicken
 » US Livestock Slaughter Statistics
 » Meat, Poultry Groups Urge End To Ethanol Subsidies
 » APHIS To Issue Welfare Enforcement Information
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Spring Planting Slows Down
 » Effects Of Grazing On Grouse Habitat
 » Duty-free Quota Boosts Opportunities For US Beef
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn Demand Improving
 » USGC Sends Grain Storage Expert To Panama, Guatemala
 » AFIA Names Vice Chair Of Feed Regulatory Committee
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » WSPA Launches iPhone App For Better Welfare

   Canada

 » Producer Interest In AgriStability Plus Builds
 » Economics Expected To Influence Reduction Of GHGs
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   United Kingdom

 » Update On Bleeding Calf Syndrome
 » LMC Report: Task Force Costs of Production Index
 » Compensation for Bovine TB, BSE, Brucellosis and EBL
 » Make Grassland Your Priority
 » Strict Cattle Controls In Cull Area
 » Animal Health Cost Sharing Proposals
 » Beef Retailers Must Learn From Lamb Collapse
 » FMD in Asia is Reminder to UK Agencies and Farmers

   Japan

 » Foot-and-Mouth Suspected in Miyazaki Pigs

   European Union

 » Report On Antimicrobial Resistance Raises Concerns
 » EU Ag Committee Seeks Fairer Food Market

   China

 » China Takes More Low-Priced Beef
 » More FMD in China's Swine
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   Ireland

 » TB Test Rules Change
 » Minister Smith Launches APHA Veterinary Medicines Compendium

   Australia

 » Australia & Chile Sign Beef MoU
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » ABA Warns Against Apathy On BSE Issue
 » Angus Burgers A Hit With McDonalds

   Netherlands

 » More Male Buffalo After Rainy Season
 » Maize Plant More Affected By Environment Than Genes
   Korea, South

 » South Korea Reports More FMD in Swine

   Denmark

 » New Chairman of Animal Welfare Council

   Mexico

 » TRQ for Beef Products under Mexico-Japan Deal
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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