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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 19 May 2010

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Technology Becoming an Industry Driving Force

This week the use of technology on the beef and meat industries has been greeted as both a positive and a negative by producers, processors and marketeers.

In Scotland, the early results of a research project looking at techniques to add value to the meat production system look promising.

Quality Meat Scotland’s Research and Development Report 2010 says that the project, being carried out by Cameron Craigie, the first PhD student solely funded by QMS, harnesses scientific expertise in both New Zealand and Scotland as part of a new research collaboration between QMS, SAC, AgResearch (New Zealand Crown Research Institute) and Massey University in New Zealand.

In the US, the American Meat Institute has released a new educational video outlining for consumers the proper portion sizes for meat and poultry products, as recommended by the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The video, featuring Dr Betsy Booren, director of scientific affairs of the American Meat Institute Foundation, is the fifth installment of AMI’s new “Ask the Meat Scientist” series.

The Dietary Guidelines recommend people consume 5-7 ounces per day from the meat and beans category as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

However, the UK National Beef Association has called for deep discussions between meat processors and cattle finishers ahead of Video Image Analysis (VIA) machines being installed by meat plants to automatically classify beef carcases in all parts of the UK.

The move to install VIA is fuelled in part by abattoir owners trying to cut back on spiralling classification costs but if it is not done properly it could penalise finishers to the tune of many millions of pounds a year on a cross-UK basis.

The VIA machines currently being trialled in Northern Ireland has been pitted successfully against experienced human graders as part of the EU approved pre-examination that is required ahead of commercial installation.

Meanwhile the meat industry has received a fresh blow over safety from scientific research.

In a new study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that eating processed meat, such as bacon, sausage or processed deli meats, was associated with a 42 per cent higher risk of heart disease and a 19 per cent higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

In contrast, the researchers did not find any higher risk of heart disease or diabetes among individuals eating unprocessed red meat, such as from beef, pork, or lamb.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Veal Production In The UK
With an increasing awareness of where food comes from, Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor unravels the consumer concerns surrounding veal production in the UK.
China's Growth Influences Global Meat Sector
The growth in the Chinese economy and its gross domestic product could have a major impact in the meat industry worldwide, writes TheCattleSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Processed Meats May Raise Heart Disease Risk
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found a link between an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes and eating processed meats.
Re-Examining Agricultural Regulations in a Changing Climate
Reporting for TheCattleSite, Rachel Ralte provides an outline of agricultural necessities as presented by Dr Nina Fedoroff, Science & Technology Advisor to US Secretary of State and to the USAID Administrator, at the 86th annual USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum earlier this year.
US Feed Outlook - May 2010
The 2010/11 US corn crop is projected to be higher than a year earlier, according to the USDA Economic Research Service.
* Company News

Pfizer to Cut 6,000 Jobs Worldwide
GLOBAL - A total of 6,000 jobs are to go worldwide at pharmaceutical and animal health company Pfizer.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Big Boost to US Beef Prices
 » Applying Nitrogen After Planting
 » Grass-fed Beef: A Good Choice?
 » Record US Corn Harvest Forecast For 2010-11
 » US Beef Exports Show Strength in First Quarter
 » CME: Lower Beef Production Expected
 » Updated Web Site On Environmental Regulations
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » No Changes In US-Korea Beef Agreement
 » New Standards Set For Ground Beef Purchases
 » Evaluate Farm Situation When Considering ACRE Programme
 » CME: Livestock Futures Take a Tumble
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Threshold to Profit
 » Video Outlines Proper Portion Sizes for Meat, Poultry
 » Health Concerns over Processed Meats
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   Ireland

 » Environmental Efficiency In Farming
 » Agriculture Sector Helps Reduce Natural Emissions
 » Food Chain Information For Cattle

   Australia

 » Aussie Beef Production Levels Out in March
 » Japan Beef Consumption Up 3 Per Cent In March
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   United Kingdom

 » New Government, New Start
 » RABDF Calls For TB To Be Top Of Agenda
 » LMC Report: New FQAS Documentation
 » Independent Buyers See Markets As The Future
 » New Technology Adds Value To Meat Production
 » Imports Threaten Scotland’s Bluetongue Free Status
 » NBA Criticises Supermarkets Mince Sales
 » Concern over Video Carcase Classification

   Japan

 » Pork Exports to Hong Kong Resume
 » Japan PM Admits Fault in Handling FMD

   Indonesia

 » Indonesia To Cut Meat Imports
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   Canada

 » Canada Amends Bluetongue Status
 » Adoption Of Biofilters To Reduce GHG Emissions

   Brazil

 » Brazil Beef Exports Down In April

   Netherlands

 » Nutreco's Profits Up In All Sectors

   Philippines

 » Livestock, Aquaculture Output Rise Despite Drought

   European Union

 » EU Farmers Oppose Trade Talks With Mercosur
 » EU Veterinary Week Conference 2010

   South Africa

 » World Veterinary Congress 2011
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That's all for this week!

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