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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 20 July 2011

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: England Unveils Plans For Badger Cull

The British government announced plans yesterday to go ahead with a licensed badger cull in England.

After a thorough review of the options available to control bovine tuberculosis (TB), Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman said: “We already have a robust set of cattle controls in place, but we need to accept that in some parts of the country they just aren’t enough.

"Unless we tackle each and every transmission route, including from badgers to cattle, we are likely to see the situation deteriorate further."

Whilst a cull has been welcomed by many in the industry, others have urged caution.

The RSPCA described yesterday as a "black day for badgers". However, the National Farmers' Union said that the decision was a huge relief for farmers across the country, and an important step forward in eradicating TB.

Drought in the US is driving US cattle markets. Dry weather conditions have seen some pastures in the south plains burning and a lack of grass is pushing more cattle onto feedlots.

It is expected that this will result in lighter and lower grade cattle coming onto the markets in late fall and winter.

With high feed costs on top of this severe dry spell, cattle futures have been falling week on week.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Systems Of Production For Male Calves From The Dairy Herd
Researchers at the Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Ireland, look at the different production methods for male calves from the dairy herd.
A Summary Of Iowa Cattle Market Data
Commodity markets and trends go hand in hand however there are some trends that repeat themselves weekly due to normal business at the feedyard and the packing plant, write Garland Dahlke, extension programme specialist and Daryl Strohbehn, professor emeritus of Animal Science, at Iowa Beef Centre.
Optigen Improves Performance And Profitability
Research by Alltech, has looked at the effects of dietary Optigen on beef cattle performance and feeding costs. The results show that Optigen improves performance and profitability.
Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - July 2011
Drought continues to drive US cattle sales, while pig meat exports are expected to continue to be strong and broiler meat production continues to rise, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
Feed Outlook - July 2011
US feed grain supplies for 2011/12 are projected higher this month, with higher beginning stocks and production for corn., according to the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   European Union

 » EC To Investigate Costs Of Compliance With EU Laws
 » Cuts In Agriculture Budget Criticised

   Canada

 » International Conference On Welfare Assessment
 » Research To Contribute To GHG Commitments

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   Australia

 » Young Cattle Dominate Markets
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Farmers Condemn Attack On GM Research Crop
 » Record Beef Exports To South Asia In 2010-11
 » Cattle Market Alert: Supply Recovers

   United Kingdom

 » Licence Badger Cull To Go Ahead In England
 » High Feed Prices Threaten Beef Profitability
 » Localised Badger Culling Increases TB Risk
 » Campaign To End Live Exports From The UK

   United States

 » CME: Tighter Than Expected Corn Ending Stocks
 » Beef Exports Post Solid Results For May
 » Meat & Poultry Industry Fundamentals Diverge
 » Planting Forage Crops After Winter Wheat
 » OSHA Cites Tyson Foods Over Safety Issues
 » CME: Exports Grow As US Fills Demand
 » Corn Market Volatility To Continue
 » Beef Products, Inc. Leads Food Safety Advances
 » Roberts Report: Weather Still Affects Markets
 » Website Seeks To End Corn-Ethanol's Federal Support
 » Delegation Spends Time Understanding DDGS Sector
 » CME: Ethanol Producers Corn Usage To Rise
 » Cattle Outlook: Exports Up, Imports Down
 » CME: Cattle Futures Down As Drought Continues
 » Kentucky Grazing Network Expands
 » How Much Risk To The Corn Crop?
 » RSF Announces Loan To Estancia Beef
 » CME: Farmers Struggle As Hot Weather Continues
 » Purdue Report: Causes Of High Commodity Prices

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   Japan

 » Contaminated Beef Sold To Consumers
 » Beef Stocks Increase In Japan

   China

 » Beef Prices Rise



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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