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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 5 April 2011

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Editorial: UK Beef Industry Addresses Climate Change

The European Commission has reaffirmed that cutting red meat consumption is not an effective way to tackle climate change.

A representative of the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development emphasised that EU policy promotes healthy diets and has legislation to ensure food safety, but it has no role in dictating what people should eat.

Research published by the EU’s Joint Research Centre of the European Commission earlier this year showed that the emissions from livestock were estimated to be responsible for around 9.1 per cent of all emissions in the Union – half of the much debated and oft-quoted figure for global agricultural emissions in the FAO Livestock’s Long Shadow report of 2006.

Earlier this week, the UK agricultural industry launched a joint Greenhouse Gas Action Plan (GHGAP) setting out how the industry will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by three million tonnes of CO2 equivalents from 2018-2022 without compromising domestic production.

Changing the diet of cows and sheep could reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research funded by the UK's Department of Food and Rural Affairs.

The study, which aims to help farmers cut their contribution to climate change, shows that giving these animals feeds such as maize silage, naked oats and higher-sugar grasses can reduce the amount of methane they produce.

UK Agriculture Minister Jim Paice said: “We are committed to supporting the farming industry as it faces the challenge of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. It is very exciting that this new research has discovered that by simply changing the way we feed farm animals we have the potential to make a big difference to the environment.”

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Fighting Brucellosis In Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has been fighting an epidemic of brucellosis for over 10 years. Significant progress has been made in this time, however there is a minority who persist in spreading the disease for financial gain, reports Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite Editor.
XL Vets Best Practice Article: Maintaining A Tight Calving Pattern In Suckler Herds
It's important to have a tight calving pattern in most herds for a number of reasons, according to XL Vets.
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.
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.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Australia

 » Beef Prices To Rise 5 Per Cent In 2011
 » Check Salinity Levels In Stock Water Supplies
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Beef Shipments Pick Up Pace In March

   United States

 » Biodiesel Returns US Soybean Farmers’ Investment
 » CME: Daily Livestock Report
 » Members Of Congress Call For EPA To Back Off Dust
 » Several Factors To Play Role In Pasture Rental Rates
 » Producers Issue First Social Responsibility Report
 » High Commodity Prices Continue In Light Of Report
 » Cattle Outlook: Cattle Prices Continue To Go Up
 » Australia Hopes That US Beef Imports Will Improve
 » CME: Grain Futures Continue to Drive Demand
 » Focus Remains On Corn Demand
 » CME: Livestock Production Above Year Ago Levels
 » Corn And Cattle Prices Will Remain Volatile
 » NCBA Stands Against EPA’s Burdensome Regulations
 » USDA Proposes New Requirement For Meat Products

   China

 » China's Xinjiang Reports FMD Outbreak in pigs
 » China Viewed As Critical Long-Term Trade Partner

   United Kingdom

 » New Diets For Cows Could Cut Climate Emissions
 » Growth In Scotland’s Beef Herd
 » Cattle Testing Positive For TB To Be DNA Tagged
 » VIA Replacing LMC Classification Officers
 » International Conference On Food Security Opens
 » Drive Up Profits With A Visit To Grassland & Muck
 » EU Deadlock On Clone Regulations
 » BSAS/WPSA 2011: Meeting Focuses On Food Security
 » Animal Health And VLA Merge To Create New Agency
 » Red Meat Scaremongering Will Not Tackle Emissions

   European Union

 » EC Fails To Agree On Cloning, Novel Foods
 » EU Beef Supplies To Remain Tight

   Ireland

 » Irish Farmers Urged To Get Online
 » Importance Of Irish Beef Industry Highlighted
 » Positive Approach Needed For Irish Beef

   Taiwan

 » FMD Breaks Out in Taiwanese Swine

   Somalia

 » Horn Of Africa To Double Livestock Exports To Saudi

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   Brazil

 » Expert Supports Varied Meat Production In Brazil

   General

 » AFBF Delegation in Panama, Colombia to Support FTAs

   Canada

 » Study On Voluntary BSE Testing

   Japan

 » Beef Imports From Mexico On The Rise In Japan



That's all for this week!

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