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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 25 May 2011

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: GIPSA Rule Causes Continued Unrest

The National Farmers' Union (NFU) in the US has sent a letter to the US House of Representatives urging it to continue implementing the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule.

NFU President, Roger Johnson said that the implementation of GIPSA would slow down the decline in livestock operations across the country.

Late last week, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) and other industry groups wrote to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, regarding the GIPSA rule.

The letter asked Secretary Vilsack to proceed in a transparent manner that allows for those most impacted by this action a chance to comment on not only pending changes to the rule.

The groups want the rule to be withdrawn, and a solution developed that is consistent with the 2008 Farm Bill.

The NCBA is currently carrying out an economic analysis on the proposed rule.

The goal of the proposal is to level the playing field between packers, poultry, swine and livestock producers.

In short, the rule says that meat packers must justify any deviation from the standard price or contract terms offered to producers, suggesting massive changes in the way livestock is marketed by producers, and procured by processors.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

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Accurate Detection Of Bruising Improves Carcase Value & Welfare
Females and older animals are more susceptible to bruising at slaughter and more accurate detection methods may identify who is economically responsible for losses in carcase value due to bruising.
Consumers Have High Expectations
Consumers are going back to the basics. They want high-quality, a personal connection, choices, value and their own way. That's according to Kim Essex, senior vice president for consumer marketing for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
Suckler Beef Production In Ireland: Calving Date
Research by Paul Crosson and Mark McGee, at Teagasc Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre focuses on profitability for suckler beef production. This section looks at the importance of calving dates.
VLA Reports increase In Calf Problems
The 2010 annual report for the Veterinary Laboratory Agency (VLA) says that there has been an increase in the annual number of diagnoses of diarrhoea in calves due to rotavirus and cryptosporidiosis.
Feed Outlook - May 2011
Tight markets and record prices are set to continue in 2011/12, according to Thomas Capehart and Edward Allen in the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
Excessive Calf Death Loss Is Serious Warning
If warning flags are flying high, one needs to ask if there is a fundamental flaw in management, says Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist with North Dakota State University.
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Alltech Symposium Begins On Sunday
US - Alltech's 27th Annual International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium kicks off this Sunday, May 22, in Lexington, Kentucky, with a record number of more than 2100 attendees from 72 countries and 46 US states.
Strong Start To Alltech Symposium
US - With more than two thousand participants from 75 different countries, Alltech's 27th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium had a strong start, says Chris Wright, TheCattleSite Senior Editor.
Alltech Symposium: Great Debate Examines Change
US - The second day of Alltech's International Symposium ended with the 'Great Debate', during which were discussed the challenges and changes that face the agribusiness sector, writes Chris Wright, senior editor of TheCattleSite.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Israel

 » FMD NEWS: Israel Reports Three New Outbreaks

   China

 » Food Safety Drive Targeting Supervision
 » China's Farm Produce Prices Up

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   United States

 » WCRF Advice Labelled Extreme & Unfounded
 » USDA Cornered On Proposed GIPSA Rule
 » CME: Corn Futures Continue to Gain Ground
 » Bid to Repeal Ethanol Subsidies Welcomed
 » Feed Ingredient's Effects On Levels Of E. Coli O157:H7
 » Retail Prices Set New Record
 » Cattle On Feed: Placements Up
 » CME: March Pork, Chicken & Beef Demand Strong
 » Commercial Red Meat Production Down In April
 » Corn Market Focuses On Production Prospects
 » NFU To Congress: GIPSA Rule Should Go Forward
 » 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference
 » Beef Performance And Health Training
 » Industry Demands Immediate Passage Of FTAs
 » CME: Increase In Total Meat & Poultry Inventory
 » JBS USA Extends Term Loan B To $475million

   United Kingdom

 » Cooperative Network Launched To Tackle Zoonoses
 » Defra Reveals Breakthrough In Over-Regulation
 » Future Proofing UK Livestock Production
 » Significant Drop In The Prime Cattle Kill In April
 » LAA Launches New Safety Manual For Drovers
 » QMS Beef London Campaign Lifts Marketing Awards
 » Finishers Could Be Relieved Of TB Tracer Testing
 » Insight Into New Markets At Export Conference
 » Draft Bill For Supermarket Watchdog Announced

   General

 » Strong Beef Demand From Leading Importers

   Canada

 » Cattle Producers Help Bird Conservation

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   Argentina

 » Argentinean Beef Consumption To Remain Low

   Australia

 » Colder Weather Hits Australian Markets
 » A$300,000 Gift For Flood Victims
 » Cattle Prices Settle
 » ABA Call For Beef Industry Review

   European Union

 » Vet Week Highlights Responses To Food Crises

   Netherlands

 » Farmers Reactions To The New CAP

   Viet Nam

 » High Prices Encourage Meat Imports

   Slovenia

 » Slovenia's Livestock Slaughter In March 2011



That's all for this week!

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