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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 13 April 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Cattle Trade Roundup

In the US, there is talk that cattle prices have reached a seasonal peak. There are also concerns that retail demand is slowing down.

Market weights of every meat producing animal have defied the logic of "expensive feed means lighter animals" over the past few months. Market speculators believe that despite the high feed costs, fed cattle prices are high enough to take cattle to even higher weights - however strong demand has kept animals moving to slaughter.

Dry weather in Australia has increased the supply of young cattle into the markets. This increase in supply did see Australian cattle prices fall marginally.

In Ireland, cattle supply has improved, as demand builds in advance of Easter. On a year to date basis, supplies at export meat plants are running seven per cent lower than the same period in 2010.

Northern Ireland has reported increased exports of calves to Europe, with Spain being the main destination.

On top of this, new trade routes to Hungary have been opened. In 2010 almost 16,000 cattle were exported from Northern Ireland to mainland Europe, a significant increase to the 7,000 exported in 2009.

South Korea has announced that it will reopen all 85 of its livestock markets. The markets were closed nearly four months ago to stop the spread of foot and mouth disease.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

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Strong Year For Irish Beef: Review Of 2010
Following difficult trading conditions due to weak market demand for much of 2009 and early 2010, particularly for higher value cuts, the European beef market stabilised during the course of 2010, reports Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board.
Indonesia/ Australia Live Cattle Export: Transport
Australia and Indonesia have developed a strong bilateral relationship in livestock trade that has resulted in important commercial partnerships between industries in both countries. This section of an independent report, studying animal welfare conditions, looks at transport.
Lucerne Plant Extract Improves Beef Fatty Acids And Meat Quality
Supplementing beef diets with a lucerne based extract will enhance the health beneficial fatty acids in beef animals when finished on grass silage or concentrates, according to teams at Aberystwyth University and the University of Bristol.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - April 2011
The forecast for 2011 red meat and poultry production is virtually unchanged from last month as small increases in beef and pork production are largely offset by a slightly reduced forecast of broiler and turkey production, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
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Angus Expands Its Genomic Enhanced Growth EPDs
US - The American Angus Association® and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI®) continue to expand their offering of genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (EPDs), the cattle industry’s latest and most accurate genetic selection tools.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: FMD in Bulgaria; KNZ Relaxes Controls
 » UK And Brazil Call For Action On Food Prices
 » Food Price Index Shows First Decrease In 8 Months
 » New Agreement Eases China–Brazil Beef Trade

   Brazil

 » 2010 Revenue 65 Per Cent Higher, Reports Marfrig

   United Kingdom

 » Higher Percentage Of Abortion Reporting Is Needed
 » Take Colostrum Management Seriously
 » 'Blueprint' Is Key To Profitable Beef Production
 » Union Launches Scottish Farming Manifesto
 » LMC Report: Increased Calf Exports To Europe
 » Ensure Effective Worm Control In Intensive Grazing
 » Badger Trust Demands TB Fraud Answers
 » Efficient Scottish Farms Have Lowest GHG Emissions
 » Beef Supply Can Match Demand
 » Low Risk of Prolonged Carriage of FMD Virus in Human Nose
 » Livestock Sector Can Hit Climate Change Targets
 » Reseeding Advice From The Experts
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   United States

 » Beef Checkoff Funding Relief In Japan
 » Government Regulations: A Growing Challenge
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Beef Trim Safety Study Continues Collaboration
 » Progress On US, Colombia Free Trade Deal
 » Round Up Latest Beef Facts In Kansas
 » Beef Industry Representatives Discuss Critical Issues
 » CME: Daily Livestock Report
 » Cattle Transporter Online Training Programme
 » CME: Daily Livestock Report
 » Dairy Processors Vote To Support Policy Reform
 » Weekly Outlook: Questions on Corn, Soybean Demand
 » Livestock Agriculture For A Healthy Environment
 » FAPRI-ISU Presents 2011 World Agricultural Outlook
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report

   Korea, South

 » Number of Pigs in South Korea Plunges
 » South Korea Reopens Livestock Markets

   Bulgaria

 » More FMD Outbreaks in Bulgaria
 » Bulgaria Reports One More Outbreak of FMD

   Viet Nam

 » Ag Minister Takes Responsibility for FMD Pandemic

   China

 » China Reports More Foot and Mouth Disease
   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Better Beef From Calm Cattle?
 » Trade Policy A Good Platform, Says NFF
 » NLIS Tags For Cattle: Why It's Time To Change
 » Dry Weather Pushes Cattle Supply Up

   European Union

 » New Rules On Bluetongue Vaccination Approved

   South Africa

 » Foot and Mouth Disease Controls Relaxed in KZN

   Ireland

 » Cattle Trade Picks Up Prior To Easter

   New Zealand

 » NZ Monitor Farm Programmes Rolling Out
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That's all for this week!

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