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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 9 June 2010

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Discovering The Truth Behind Bleeding Calf Syndrome

Pfizer Animal Health has withdrawn its vaccine Pregsure BVD from the market in all EU countries.

This will allow the company and other stakeholders to investigate whether the vaccine is a possible cause of bovine neonatal pancytopaenia (BNP), otherwise known as bleeding calf syndrome.

The cause of BNP is still unknown, other research undertaken across Europe is exploring how colostrum intake could trigger the disease, as well as the possibility of it being an emerging disease.

Researchers in the UK have discovered components of the bovine mastitis-causing bacterium, Streptococcus uberis that play a key role in the disease.

This discovery could lead the way to finally developing a vaccine for this endemic disease.

The USDA has predicted that world beed production will decline in 2010 for the third consecutive year. Of the world's largest five beef producers, only Brazil is expected to produce more beef this year.

Despite this, international trade is expected to increase.

Live cattle exports from Brazil, Uruguay and Australia have all risen in the first quarter of 2010.

Exports to the Middle East have increased substantially, despite cattle prices increasing by 20 per cent over the last year.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Blade Farming: Contract Rearing Veal Calves
Blade Farming produces veal to set criteria, with regard to quality, carcase weights, health and welfare. The system pays producers a forward guaranteed price, assuming all specifications are met. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor speaks to Managing Director, Richard Phelps about the Blade Farming rose veal system.
Animal Science - Recent Progress and Future Challenges
The goal of animal science remains efficient animal production according to Professor John Oldham, reports editor, Jackie Linden, for TheCattleSite.
The Economics Behind The Cow
It’s inevitable that cow/calf producers will continue to see increases in the cost of production for their operation, according to R.S. Walker, University of Minnesota Extension, Andover.
What Does It Cost To Rear A Replacement Heifer?
The decision a beef cattle producer must address regarding raising or purchasing replacement heifers is a critical decision that will affect the long-term whole-herd cost structure, according to Matt Hersom, Todd Thrift, and Joel Yelich from the University of Florida.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: FMD Breaks Out In South Korean Cattle
 » International Prices of Agricultural Commodities Drop
 » Live Cattle Exports Rising In Southern Hemisphere
 » One Step Closer To Mastitis Vaccine

   United Kingdom

 » LMC Report: Exports of Finished Cattle to GB Fall
 » Unions Agree On Future Of CAP And Mercosur
 » Call for Greater Controls on Imported Livestock
 » WI Fights for Better Meat, Fish, Poultry Labelling
 » Preventing Bluetongue: GB Achieves Lower Risk Status
 » Joint Commitment Made To Tackle Climate Change
 » Careful Feeding Can Reduce Livestock Emissions
 » Scottish Farmers Receive SRDP

   Greece

 » Greek Welfare Controls under Scrutiny
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   Canada

 » Cattle Advances System For Traceability
 » Pasture Recovery Initiative For Livestock Producers
 » Farm Gate Is Best Defence Against Foreign Animal Disease

   European Union

 » Vaccine Withdrawn To Aid Bleeding Calf Syndrome Research
 » Europe Beefs Up Support To Global Food Security

   Ireland

 » Minister Calls For CAP to Support Farm Incomes

   Australia

 » Bioniche in Partnership with Bayer Australia
 » Producer Tour Looks Outside the Beef Box
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Beef Exports Hit 14-Month High
 » Japan Economy Tough, But Beef Consumption Firm at Home

   Japan

 » 35 More FMD Outbreaks in Miyazaki
 » Uninfected Pigs Culled in Miyazaki

   United States

 » CME: Live Versus Carcass Pricing for Cattle, Hogs
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Beef Cattle Reproduction Symposium
 » E. Coli Legislation Under Fire From AMI
 » Keep Your Eye on US Distribution Centre Sales
 » NIAA Annual Meeting Focused On One Health
 » World Beef Production Expected To Decline
 » Weekly Outlook: Any Chance For Recovery In Crop Prices?
 » Protecting Family Farms And Ranches
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » USDA: Crop Report

   Netherlands

 » Researchers Compare LCAs for Animal Products
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   Korea, South

 » Unchanged Conditions in Korean Wholesale Market
 » FMD Breaks Out in South Korean Cattle
 » Korean Cattle Slaughter Falls After Five Year Growth

   France

 » New Strategic Plan Adopted at OIE World Assembly

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Is Rinderpest-Free

   New Zealand

 » New Slaughter Code Could Be Problematic For Rural Butchers

   Brazil

 » Prestigious Sustainability Award For Walmart Brazil

   Denmark

 » Danish Crown's Prices Going Up
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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