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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 3 August 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Breakthrough With Bluetongue Vaccine

Bluetongue research in the UK will help scientists develop improved and more effective bluetongue vaccines.

Professor Polly Roy of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine explains: "We've developed the tools and provided the instruction manual for developing new, more effective bluetongue vaccines. This will not only be useful for combating bluetongue but will provide insights into fundamental virus assembly that will be useful for producing vaccines for other viruses."

A new approach could allow scientists to design vaccines with useful properties. Developing a vaccine that is tagged with a marker, for example, would make it easier to tell the difference between animals that have been vaccinated and those that have suffered the disease.

The National Cattlemens' Beef Association summer conference began this week in Florida. Beef Checkoff Programme priorities will be discussed throughout the week, as well as proposals for research, educational and promotional programmes.

President Bill Donald said much of the attention during policy discussions will focus on the administration’s overregulation, which includes the US Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s proposed rule on livestock and poultry marketing, a slew of regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and government mandates for ethanol production.

The drought continues in the South of the US. The USDA's weekly crop progress update reported that up to as much as 35 per cent of the nation's range and pasture land was in either poor or very poor condition. This is bad news for cattle ranchers.

Charlotte Johnston

Animax Veterinary Health

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

What Phytogenic Additives Can Do For Calves
Ahmed Aufy, Tobias Steiner and Mike Watkins, from Biomin, look at the relatively new feed additives, phytogenic additives, and their potential use in calf diets.
Beef Outlook - Cattle Supplies Remain Tight
Tight cattle supplies will continue to push global beef prices higher, according to the Rabobank Beef Quarterly Outlook.
Forecasting Livestock Yardage Costs Through Diesel Prices
Current retail values of diesel fuel can be used as an index to estimate current and near-future yardage charges in maintaining livestock, writes Garland Dahlke, an extension programme specialist, Iowa Beef Centre.
Processed Crop Residues To Improve Ruminant Performance
This study by Ramana Reddy and G Reddy, from the College of Veterinary Science, India, looks at enahncing ruminant diets through processing crop residues.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: USDA Evaluates Japan's FMD Status
 » Breakthrough In Bluetongue Vaccine

   United States

 » NCBA Accepting Public Policy Intern Applications
 » Management Of Fescue Pasture Vital For Winter Use
 » CME: How Much Is The Corn Crop Damaged?
 » Long Range Plan Influences Summer Conference
 » Beef Value Is More Than Pounds
 » Animal Welfare Concerns: Doubt About Regulations
 » Beef Producers Learn Grazing Management
 » Basic Strategies Keep Cattle Cool
 » Semi-Annual Cattle Inventory Summary
 » Texas Researchers Warn Of Bioterrorism Threat
 » Iowa Beef Facilities Tour And Producer Training
 » Stimulating Discussions Expected At Conference
 » CME: 35 Per Cent Of US Pasture Is Poor/Very Poor
 » Animal Care & Handling Conference: New Sessions
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
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   New Zealand

 » EU Quota For New Zealand Grain-Fed Beef
 » Favourable Farmgate Prices Keep Confidence High

   United Kingdom

 » NFU Supports BIS Report On Groceries Adjudicator
 » On Farm Management Of Crypto
 » Borriello To Head VMD
 » AHVLA Scanning Surveillance Report – June 2011
 » Licences Ease Trading For TB Restricted Cattle
 » New Support For Scottish Beef Producers
 » NFUS Meeting To Seek Abattoir Solution
 » Prestigious Award For Cattle Reproduction Research

   Australia

 » Cattle Market Alert
 » Meat Industry Fails Northern Cattlemen
 » Farmers Have Contributed Billions To Economy
 » Weekly Cattle Summary
 » A$ Brings Pain For Red Meat Exporters
 » Beef Exports To Japan Down 28 Per Cent
 » Although Exports On, Cattle Flow Limited
 » Tough Export Conditions Hit Beef Shipments
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   Ireland

 » Shortages Of Cattle Keep Beef Prices High

   Argentina

 » Beef Exports Halved

   Denmark

 » Danish Crown Considers Going Public

   Japan

 » Radiation Checks Introduced For Beef Cattle

   Canada

 » Waste-To-Energy System For Cargill Beef Plant
 » Tax Deferrals Expanded To More Producers

   Brazil

 » Abiec Launches Promotional Programme
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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