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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 15 February 2012

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Editorial: Midges - The Source of Bluetongue and Schmallenberg

Farmers in the EU will now be allowed to vaccinate livestock against bluetongue.

The EU passed legislation that will allow farmers outside the exclusion zones to use newly developed inactivated vaccines.

In the past this was restricted because of the risk of live vaccines spreading the disease.

It is hoped that the legislation will be passed in time for the 2012 vaccination campaign.

Midges are responsible for spreading bluetongue, as they are suspected of carrying the newly found Schmallenberg virus.

Reports of signs in cattle in the Netherlands and Germany at the end of last year led to scientists at the Friedrich Loeffler Institute in Germany isolating and sequencing viral genetic material from clinically ill cattle and identifying this new virus.

Since then there have been reports of deformities in newborn ruminants (sheep, cattle and goats) in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and most recently, the UK.

The virus is not contagious from one animal to another, but is transmitted by insects and presents no harm to human health.

On the back of this outbreak, Russia has banned all imports of cattle and beef, including genetic material. European officials have stated that the trade restrictions are unnecessary, but the Russian veterinary authority, Rosselkhoznadzor, has said that it is seriously concerned by the absence of measures to limit animal movements from affected regions.

As of yet the disease it not notifiable, which explains the reasoning that there are no trade restrictions in place. However, industry associations are advising farmers to consider the risks carefully before importing livestock from affected areas.

Because this disease is spread by midges, flies and other insects it is hard to control. Culling infected animals would be ineffective in stopping the disease spread as the virus is in the insect population.

It has taken over two years to develop an effective bluetongue vaccine, and it would take a similar amount of time to develop one for Schmallenberg. Laboratories and vaccine manufacturers in the EU are considering whether it may be possible and effective to develop a vaccine in the future.

The development of a vaccine from inception to market costs a lot of money and vaccine manufacturers must be satisfied that there is enough demand to justify the costs. They are monitoring the situation closely.

Charlotte Johnston

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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Madagascar

 » Madagascar Resumes Cattle Exports

   European Union

 » Likely Scenarios for Spread of Schmallenberg Virus
 » Midges Actively Spread Bluetongue Epidemic
 » Public Resistance Ousts GM Crops From EU
 » More Flexible Use of Bluetongue Vaccines

   Mexico

 » Mexican Beef Exports to Russia Increase
 » Latin American Animal Nutrition Congress

   Denmark

 » Healthy Herbs for Healthy Cows

   Australia

 » Beef & Veal Exports to South Asia Surge in January
 » Aussie Beef Exports Valued at A$4.7 Billion in 2011
 » Middle East Trade Important for Australia
 » Action Taken to Ramp Up Abattoir Inspections
 » Keep Watch for Flood Related Animal Diseases
 » Good Breeding Reduces Greenhouse Burps
 » Beef Seminars to Help Meet Market Requirements
 » Live Exports Fall in 2011
 » Chilled Grassfed Beef Supply Tight in Japan
 » Weekly Cattle Summary
 » Farmers Look to Embrace Clean Energy Future

   United States

 » CME: Changes for Beef, Pork & Poultry Supplies
 » UAE Lifts Restrictions on US Beef Imports
 » Japan Looks To Raise US Beef Age Limit
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Breeding Season: Bull Reproductive Exams Important
 » US 2012 Cattle Prices Raised from Last Month
 » AMI 2011 Meat and Poultry Facts Now Available
 » US Red Meat Exports Top $11.5 Billion in 2011
 » Cattle Outlook: Corn/Wheat Export Forecast Raised
 » CME: Beef Exports Slowed, Pork Up in December
 » Consumers Buy Higher-Quality Steaks
 » IPT Bull Sale Requirements Stringent
 » Soybean Export & Acreage Prospects Support Prices
 » 2013 Budget Will Cut Ag Programmes
 » CME: Ag Projections Show Growth in Meat Production
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   United Kingdom

 » Bill for Grocery Adjudicator Needed Urgently
 » Badger Trust Announces Cull Legal Challenge
 » December 2011 Retail Animal Feed Production Down
 » LMC: Cattle Supplies Thin Locally in January
 » New Rules on OTFW Stocking in UK
 » VION to Announce Changes to Management Structure
 » ANM Group Appoints New Chief Executive
 » Major Mission Heads to South Africa
 » 40 Farms Identified with Schmallenberg in UK

   Korea, South

 » Importers Face High Stocks & Weak Demand

   Global

 » China Opens Doors to Canadian Beef Tallow
 » Success in Sight in BSE Battle
 » FAO Food Price Index Rebounds in January
 » Allendale: US Meat Supply vs Global Demand
 » International Review Forecasts Firm Beef Prices
 » China Pork Imports Rise; Irish Beef Production Drops

   Netherlands

 » Schmallenberg Update in Netherlands
 » Nutreco - Strong Results in 2011: CEO Steps Down

   Germany

 » Strong Exhibitor Demand for EuroTier 2012

   Brazil

 » Ag Minister Forecasts Greater Meat Exports

   Russian Federation

 » Schmallenberg: Russia Bans EU Cattle Imports
 » Russian Visit Paves Way for British Exports

   France

 » Plant Breeding Breakthroughs to Reduce Soy Imports

   Paraguay

 » Paraguay Expects FMD Free Status Within a Year

   New Zealand

 » Good Prices Continue for NZ Beef
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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