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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 15 September 2010

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Editorial: Strong Opinions On Badger Cull

Proposals for additional measures to help control bovine tuberculosis (TB) in cattle in England, have been put forward for public consultation by Agriculture Minister Jim Paice.

Defra is consulting on a proposal to issue licences to farmers and landowners who wish to cull and/or vaccinate badgers at their own expense. These licences would be subject to strict licence criteria to ensure badger control is done effectively, humanely and with high regard for animal welfare.

The proposals have been welcomed by the farming industry, including the National Farmers' Union and the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.

Since January 2010, almost 14,000 cattle have been slaughtered due to TB. Last year, 25,000 cattle were culled in England.

Mr Paice says that it is almost guaranteed that any proposal put forward will be met with objections. "At the moment, we are working hard to ensure that we can overcome any objection met now or in the future," he said.

Farm organisations representing Spain, France, Ireland and Italy met earlier this week to discuss market prospects and the future of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) for the livestock sector.

It was decided that low cattle prices are a major problem across Europe and there are concerns that there will be a severe drop in beef supplies, as producers are forced out of business.

All organisations agreed that direct payments must be protected under the future of the CAP debate.

Regardless of how producers or consumers feel about direct payments, the fact of the matter is that without them, many EU farming systems are not viable.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

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Opportunities for Offal
Consumption of offal in the UK rose by 67 per cent between 2003 and 2008 and was valued at £62 million, writes TheCattleSite senior editor Chris Harris.
Japan - Livestock and Products Semi-Annual
The outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Miyazaki is unlikely to have a significant impact on national cattle and pig production this year due to the fact that the disease was contained by the end of July without spreading further to neighbouring prefectures and other major livestock-producing regions in Japan, according to the latest Beef and Pork Market Outlook from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate - September 2010
The forecast for 2011 has been reduced as higher feed prices encourage cattle producers to keep cattle on forage longer and tempers pork, broiler, and turkey production gains, according to the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
US Feed Outlook - September 2010
A decrease in corn production for 2010 has been seen from last month, according to the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).
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Merial Statement On PETA Allegations Against PLRS
US - Merial has released a statement on allegations from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) against Professional Laboratory and Research Services Inc. (PLRS).
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Botswana Vaccinates Cattle Against FMD

   United States

 » CME: US Meat, Poultry Exports in July Mixed
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook - Beef Exports Up In July
 » Weekly Outlook - Soybean Prices Remain Strong Too
 » Increased Value Opportunities For Producers
 » No Link Between Red Meat and Colorectal Cancer
 » USDA Seeks Comments on FMD Vaccine
 » Exports Remain Strong Through July
 » CME: Report Bullish for Corn; July Beef Exports
 » Online Training Resources for Beef Producers
 » NCBA Legislative Conference: Beef Nutrition
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   Zimbabwe

 » Mwenezi Farmer Unveils Cattle-Breeding Project

   Australia

 » Coles Confirms Sale Of Hormone-Free Beef
 » Cattle Market Wrap: Cattle Supply Limited
 » Beef Exports To Japan Rise Six Per Cent In August
 » Coles HGP Ban To Cost Beef Producers $20 Million
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   New Zealand

 » Beef + Lamb NZ Releases New Season Outlook
 » Evaluating Earthquake Damage
 » Beware Of Damaged Silos

   United Kingdom

 » Initiative Gets Young Scots Cooking With Red Meat
 » LMC Report: Gira Looks Ahead To Next 10 Years For Beef Trade
 » Success For Dairy Event And Livestock Show
 » DAIRY EVENT: Committment To TB Eradication
 » Poor Offal Treatment Costs Farmers Millions
 » NFU Opposes Ban On Direct Advertising of Antibiotics
 » Cheap Beef Threatens UK Landscape
 » Carcase Utilisation Key To Future Beef Industry
 » Premium Calf Scheme Opens For Registration
 » QMS Launches New 'Behind the Label' Campaign
 » Act Now To Avoid Pneumonia Peak
 » New Measures to Control Bovine TB in Badgers
 » Estimates Show New TB Incidences Falling
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   European Union

 » Copa-Cogeca Opposes Cuts In EU Farm Spending
 » EU Organisations Meet To Discuss Beef Sector

   Netherlands

 » BSE Found In The Netherlands

   Canada

 » CFIA: Proposal For Regulatory Imported Food Sector

   Kenya

 » Greener Pastures And Better Breeds Reduce Carbon

   Mongolia

 » Mongolia Reports One New Outbreak of FMD

   Botswana

 » Botswana Vaccinates Cattle Against FMD
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That's all for this week!

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