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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: FMD Spreads Mercilessly

The South Korean government has declared the nation's worst foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak as over. It is estimated the disease has cost the country US$3.42 billion.

The government announced a new measure to tighten its oversight of the livestock industry, requiring farmers to apply for permits to operate cattle and pig farms starting next year.

However, the situation is not yet under control in North Korea, where it is estimated that around a million dollars of equipment and vaccines are urgently required to help stem outbreak of the deadly FMD.

A joint FAO and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) mission travelled to the country in early March. The visit concluded that North Korea's capacity and that of it's veterinary services to detect and contain FMD outbreaks need significant strengthening.

Meanwhile, cases of FMD have also been reported in Botswana, Bulgaria, China, Israel, Myanmar, Russia, South Africa and Taiwan.

Cattle testing positive for bovine tuberculosis (TB) in the UK are to be DNA tagged to further strengthen controls preventing spread of the disease.

Evidence is emerging that some cattle farmers in the South West and Midlands may have been illegally swapping cattle ear tags. That means they may have been retaining TB-positive animals in their herds and sending less productive animals to slaughter in their place.

Retaining cattle that test positive for TB on a farm increases the risk of spread of TB to other herds and wildlife.

To strengthen deterrents, from mid-April cattle testing positive for TB will immediately be tagged and a sample of its DNA retained by Animal Health. These samples will then be cross-checked at random, or where fraud is suspected, against the DNA of animals sent to slaughter.

Charlotte Johnston



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Protecting UK Livestock From The Threat Of Viral Disease
The successes in disease control and future challenges were discussed at a meeting organised by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Institute for Animal Health (IAH) in London on 17 March, writes Jackie Linden, Senior Editor of TheCattleSite.
Grasses For The Future
Dr Michael Casler, United States Department of Agriculture?s Agriculture Research Service, summarises the main points from the international conference ?Perennial ryegrasses: current and future genetic potential?, which took place last October, at Teagasc, Ireland.
RobustMilk: Improving Dairy Cow Robustness
RobustMilk is a project that has been funded through the EU Framework 7 Programme to join together six world-leading research organisations within EU that are actively working in dairy cattle breeding and have strong links with the dairy industry. It is called Innovative and Practical Breeding Tools for Improved Dairy Products from More Robust Dairy Cattle abbreviated to RobustMilk for ease of use (and speed!), explained Roel Veerkamp, at the British Cattle Breeders Conference 2011.
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Korea, South

 » FMD NEWS: Govt Unveils New FMD Precautions


   Poland

 » Design Of Reference Population Affects Reliability

   Korea, North

 » Urgent Vaccine, Equipment Needed to Contain FMD

   United Kingdom

 » Ian Potter Receives RABDF Princess Royal Award
 » Trace Element Supplementation Demands Care
 » Efficient Resource Use Offers Major Cost Savings
 » Protecting Scotland?s Livestock From Bluetongue
 » Welsh Milk Sector Road Shows Planned
 » Cattle Testing Positive For TB To Be DNA Tagged
 » FSA Highlights Raw Milk Rules

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   Australia

 » Meriden Opens Subsidiary in Australia
 » Check Salinity Levels In Stock Water Supplies

   New Zealand

 » Goal-Setting Winners In Taranaki Dairy Awards
 » NZ Trade Balance Moves Into Surplus In February
 » A Price Control Inquiry Into Retail Milk?

   United States

 » Biodiesel Returns US Soybean Farmers? Investment
 » Update On Food Imports From Japan
 » Plant Buffer Strips Cut Run-Off Of Vet Products
 » PDPW Planning Dairy Hoof Care Seminars
 » CME: Great Interest Shown In Upcoming USDA Report
 » AMI Expo Partners With International Dairy Show
 » Several Factors To Play Role In Pasture Rental Rates
 » High Commodity Prices Continue In Light Of Report
 » Tri-State Conference Discusses Dairy Nutrition

   Bulgaria

 » New FMD Centre Found in Southeast Bulgaria

   Ireland

 » IFA Urges Farmers And Co-Ops To Work Together
 » 380 Per Cent Difference In TB Testing Charges
 » Superlevy: Farmers Need To Avoid Costly Exposure
 » Irish Farmers Urged To Get Online

   European Union

 » IDF Dairy Innovation Awards 2011 Announced
 » EC Fails To Agree On Cloning, Novel Foods

   Japan

 » An Eye On Recovery Efforts & Feed Grain Trade

   China

 » China's Xinjiang Reports FMD Outbreak in pigs
 » More FMD in Chinese Swine

   Morocco

 » Programmes Advance Morocco?s Importing Savvy

Animax Veterinary Health
   Canada

 » New Price Insurance Programme For Calves

   Taiwan

 » Taiwan Confirms FMD Outbreak
 » FMD Breaks Out in Taiwanese Swine

   Brazil

 » Profit At BRF Grows 125 Per Cent In 2010

   Trinidad and Tobago

 » Milk, Cheese, Eggs Go up by .2 Per Cent

   Germany

 » Farmers Demonstrate To Support Milk Producers



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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