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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 9 February 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Positive Outlook For US Beef

There are huge opportunities for the US beef industry. This was the message that came from the 2011 NCBA Convention and Trade Show last week.

Global markets

With global supplies of beef tightening (global supplies of beef are expected to fall for the fourth consecutive year) and the low value of the dollar, US beef is more competitive than ever before.

On top of this, demand for beef is increasing and US beef producers are seeing record high prices.

Cattle Inventory Could Start To Grow

It is expected that the national cow herd will begin to stabilise in 2012. Signs that liquidation has already begun to slow down are evident through the fewer cattle being slaughtered.

Record high beef prices may be responsible for higher cow retention, as producers look at expanding operations.

Corn markets

Competition for corn is becoming increasingly important. It is predicted that in the next few years, corn used for ethanol production will overtake corn used in feed.

The tight supplies of corn are likely to see prices increase even further, despite an expected increase in US corn yields.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Monitoring Livestock Health and Welfare Remotely
New research from Scotland could allow farmers to monitor the status of their herd remotely, writes Chris Harris for TheCattleSite.
What Is An EBV And How Can It Help You?
Estimated breeding values (EBVs) are an essential selection tool, which are underused in the UK, says William Haires, Nuffield scholar and Pedigree/ Commercial beef breeder.
Antimicrobial Bans Could Hit US Exports
Exports of US livestock and poultry products are important both to farmers and to the US economy, however the US market share could be threatened by imposition of controls on the use of antimicrobials in feed.
African Beef On The Dinner Table
There are plenty of cattle in Africa, but not enough quality beef on the market. A project financed by Danida, in which scientists from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at Aarhus University are participating, aims to help solve this problem to the benefit of African farmers.
Cow Signals Training Books
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Libya

 » FMD NEWS: FMD Breaks Out In Libya
 » Foot and Mouth Disease Breaks Out in Libya

   United States

 » NCBA: Bridging The Consumer/ Producer Gap
 » NCBA: Where Would We Be Without Beef Checkoff?
 » NCBA: Beef Industry Long Range Plan, 2011-2013
 » NCBA: Celebrating A Successful 2010
 » NCBA: Low Cattle Inventory May Turn Around
 » NCBA: Competitive Corn Markets In 2011
 » NCBA: Opportunities For US Beef Exports
 » NCBA: Committee Tackles Critical Cattle Health, Care Issues
 » NCBA: USMEF Comment On USDA Report On Antimicrobials In Feed
 » NCBA: Global Beef Supplies Will Only Get Tighter
 » NCBA: Iowa Feedlot Wins Environmental Stewardship Award
 » Unique Cattle Vaccine for Anaplasmosis
 » Online Training For Beef And Dairy Animal Care
 » Demonstrations For New Beef And Livestock Pavilion
 » Cattle Outlook
 » CME: US Beef Exports Off to a Strong Start
 » USDA Revises Brucellosis Programme
 » Tyson Reports First Quarter Sales Up 15 Per Cent
 » Corn Consumption Still Progressing Rapidly
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Withdraw Proposed GIPSA Rule To Encourage Investment

   Australia

 » Thursday Livestock Report
 » ABA Calls for ACCC To Be Scrapped
 » January Cattle Slaughter Hit By Wet
 » Weekly Cattle Summary
 » Woolworths Supports Queensland Dairy Farmers

   United Kingdom

 » Increased Beef Kill In 2010
 » Fortress Ireland Call On Bluetongue Repeated
 » New Regulation Cost Strategy Needed
 » UFU Opposes Proposals for Meat Hygiene Charges
 » Beef Price Continues To Fall Below Production Costs
 » Meat The New Representative

   General

 » World Meat Price Steady; Dairy Price Higher

   Swaziland

 » Swazi Minister Calls For End To Beef Imports

Animax Veterinary Health
   Uruguay

 » Uruguayan Cattle Slaughter Down In 2010

   Russian Federation

 » Russian Beef Imports Down In 2010

   New Zealand

 » Beef and Sheep Prices Expected to Remain Strong

   Korea, South

 » FMD Found at Korea's Largest Pig Breeding Farm

   China

 » US Corn and DDGS Under Discussion in China

   Czech Republic

 » Fewer Cattle & Pigs, More Poultry In Czech Republic

   Ireland

 » Beef 2020 Activation Group Announced

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   European Union

 » New EU Rules Required For GM Feed

   Netherlands

 » Netherlands Bans Double Decker Cattle Transporters



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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