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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 14 July 2010

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Editorial: Court Overturns Badger Cull for Bovine TB Control

The Court of Appeal in the UK has allowed the Badger Trust's appeal against the badger cull in Wales that had been put in place as a measure to control the spread of bovine TB.

The Tuberculosis Eradication (Wales) Order 2009 made by the Minister for Rural Affairs in Wales.

The court decision has disappointed farmers and legislators but has been applauded by the Badger Trust.

In turning over the cull order one of the judges said: "It is not necessarily a question of how many badgers will be killed; the important matter is consideration of the nature and extent of the adverse effects of killing a large number of badgers and whether the benefits to be derived from the proposed cull outweigh those adverse effects."

In the US, exceptionally cold weather made the 2010 calving season tougher than the last several years for many beef producers, according to Purdue Extension beef specialist Ron Lemenager.

Many calves were born with heavier birthweights, which resulted in more cases of dystocia, or difficult birth, in some herds.

MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) has extended its contract with a French manufacturer of Foot and Mouth (FMD) disease antigen and vaccine.

MAFBNZ Director Post Border, Peter Thomson, said the contract renewed for a further five years an agreement MAFBNZ has had in place since 2005 to hold antigens in a UK-based facility from which a vaccine could be rapidly produced should FMD be detected in New Zealand.

In the US, an ad hoc coalition of agricultural and food organisations has urged members of Congress to work with the Obama administration to remove any remaining impediments to a “rapid implementation” of the free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

At the recent G20 Summit in Toronto, President Obama announced a November deadline for dealing with outstanding obstacles to the implementation of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to gain congressional approval of the deal in 2011.

That agreement and the FTAs with Colombia and Panama were finalised more than three years ago – and approved in those countries – but are awaiting congressional action.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Production And/ Or Profit?
Speaking at the recent Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Annual Meeting, held in Columbia, Matt Spangler, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln looks at focusing breeding objectives by selecting for profitable genetics, not high production genetics.
Bovine Besnoitiosis
Bovine besnoitiosis is a disease of cattle caused by a protozoal organism called Besnoitia besnoiti.
Finishing Cattle With Low Soluble Distillers Grains
Corn co-products, particularly wet or dry distillers grains plus solubles (DGS), have become popular ingredients in feedlot diets. This study by the University of Minnesota looks at the diets effect on animal performance, carcase and meat characteristics.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - July 2010
Total US meat production forecasts for 2010 and 2011 are adjusted slightly, according to the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for July 2010.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: FMD Outbreaks Lessening in Miyazaki

   United States

 » China-New Zealand Move Forward on Beef Trade Deal
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Groups Urge Immediate Action On FTAs
 » AMI Defends Importance Of Meat In Diet
 » More Time Needed Before Confirming GIPSA Rule
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Corn Supply And Demand Lower
 » 2011 Good Husbandry Grants Available
 » Changing Supply And Consumption Expectations
 » Stay Ahead of The Heat for Animal Comfort, Safety
 » Calving Season Challenges Some Producers
 » Weekly Roberts Report

   Australia

 » Beef Offal Prices Flat In June
 » Tough 2009-10 For Aussie Beef Exports
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Imported Beef Not Feeling The US Heat
 » Winter Tightens Cattle Numbers
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   Canada

 » Changing Attitudes Towards Manure Management
 » Producers Advised To Consider Least-Cost Rations
 » Movement Needed on Canada/South Korea Trade Deal

   United Kingdom

 » Alec Jarrett Proves English Beef Is The Best
 » FSA Commissions Campylobacter Research
 » Significant Increase In Bull Kill
 » Time to Champion The CAP, Says NFU
 » New Task Force to Cut Farmers’ Red Tape
 » Cattle Keepers Urged To Comment On BVD Plans
 » Boosting Sales Of Beef
 » Which Way Will The Genetic Market Go?
 » Appeal Court Overturns Badger Cull
 » European GM Proposals Add to Confusion

   Japan

 » FMD Outbreaks Lessening in Miyazaki

   Ireland

 » IFA Challenges Secretary General On Mercosur Talks
 » Irish Minister Meets EU Commissioner on CAP
   Haiti

 » Animal Welfare Efforts In Haiti

   New Zealand

 » MAF Biosecurity Renews FMD Antigen Contract
 » Dairy Expansion Drives Drop in Meat Export Production

   China

 » Carlyle Takes Share of CP Feed Interest in China

   Slovakia

 » Anthrax Reported In Slovakian Cattle

   Viet Nam

 » Livestock Review: Viet Nam
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That's all for this week!

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