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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 22 September 2010

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Editorial: Focus On Feed

The New York State Agricultural Department has been awarded a $1.25 million grant to enhance its cattle feed laboratory testing and inspection programmes that are directly related to animal and human health.

The federal funds will enhance the Department's ability to locate and inspect companies involved in the manufacture, distribution and transportation of animal feed, as well as operations feeding ruminant animals.

The additional funds will also allow a significant expansion of laboratory feed safety testing programmes, including surveillance for ruminant protein, mycotoxins, antibiotics, heavy metals, pesticide residues and animal-human pathogenic bacteria.

Researchers at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Northern Ireland are looking to improve forage grass disease resistance.

The main diseases occurring on perennial ryegrass in the UK and Ireland are mildew, crown-rust and leaf spot. These diseases are weather-related and more intense in some years than others.

With a high percentage of the UK's agricultural output dependent upon grass, a steady supply of improved, high yielding and disease resistant varieties, able to cope with changes in farm management or environmental factors, are essential to the future of the industry.

Finally, there are increasing concerns for grain prices, as a recent Rabobank report has suggested that significant risks in the US, China, Russia and the Southern Hemisphere could push grain prices higher in the coming months.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Using Genomics To Improve Business
One farmer in the UK aims to produce the perfect steak, and he is using genomics to do this. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junor editor speaks to Paul Westaway.
US Livestock and Dairy Outlook - September 2010
Demand, both foreign and domestic, continues to recover but price increases will be modest. Both cow numbers and production per cow are expected to rise, increasing milk production next year. Butter prices should moderate next year due to higher milk production, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
New Zealand - Livestock and Products Annual 2010
The beef cattle inventory has been reduced and exports are likely to follow, according to David Lee-Jones in the latest GAIN report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
VLA Update June 2010
Ketosis and fatty liver syndrome are frequently diagnosed during the summer months, particularly among dairy cows, says the Veterinary Laboratory Agency's UK animal health update.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Questions Remain For Corn and Soybean Markets
 » Illinois Receives Funds for BSE Inspections
 » Tyson's Predicts Continued Earnings Growth
 » Agriculture Secretary Addresses Cattlemen
 » Concern over Bovine TB Cases in Michingan
 » Study: Impact of Media Attention to Animal Welfare
 » Cattle Outlook
 » Cattle Producers Urged To Watch For Anaplasmosis
 » NCBA Supports Marketplace Transparency
 » Cattle Inventory Drops By One Per Cent
 » Weekly Outlook: Another Look At Soybeans
 » United States Cattle On Feed Up 3 Per Cent
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » $1.25 Million Grant To Improve Cattle Feed Safety

   Canada

 » Hearings Into Canadian Complaint Against M-COOL
 » Development Of Tools To Handle Livestock Products

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   Australia

 » Bid to Scrap Meat and Livestock Australia
 » Cattle Market Alert
 » Beef Prices To Japan Lift
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » RSPCA To Hold Meeting On Welfare During Transport
 » JBS Completes Rockdale Beef Acquisition

   Brazil

 » Institute Researches Breed for Arid Conditions

   United Kingdom

 » LMC Report: Suckler Beef Costs Now Over £4 /Kg
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - September 2010
 » UFU Frustrated Over Lack Of Action On TB Control
 » Improving Forage Grass Disease Resistance
 » Industry Wide cooperation Adds Value To £800,000 Project
 » Lameness: Vigilence & Prompt Decisions Needed
 » Rising Fuel Prices Increase Production Costs
 » Welsh Farmers Must Support Badger Cull

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   Egypt

 » Egypt to Remain Dependent on Imports

   Ireland

 » Govt Plan in Jeopardy Unless Nitrates Issue Resolved
 » Free Trade Agreements Will Undermine Food Security

   Latvia

 » Latvia Reports Brucellosis Outbreak in Swine, Cattle

   Poland

 » Concerns Raised Over Calf Welfare in Poland

   Argentina

 » Argentinean Cattle Supply Not To Recover Yet

   European Union

 » Funding To Improve Understanding Of CAP

   General

 » Tackling Development Challenges Across Africa
 » Five Major Risks For World Grain Markets
 » Improve Links Between Crop And Livestock Producers

   Viet Nam

 » Vietnam To Provide FMD Vaccine To Cambodia

   France

 » IBR Infection In SPACE Cattle Exhibitors

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That's all for this week!

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