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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Over-regulation - Is it Limiting Food Production?

Cutting red-tape and reducing regulatory burdens are common themes that producers are eager to see put into practice. However, in reality, the industry in the majority of cases is seeing itself tied down more and more by the law.

This week, a report has emerged, which suggests that over-regulation is a threat to US livestock production.

Laws and regulations imposed by federal, state and local governments can make domestic farmers and ranchers uncompetitive with competitors overseas and drive them out of business, says the report prepared for the United Soybean Board.

"Just as manufacturing and service jobs have been “offshored” to Mexico, China, South Korea, India, and other countries, excessive regulation could eventually cause animal agriculture to move offshore. This could lead to higher consumer prices."

The five regulatory areas most likely to generate increased costs for US producers in the near term are animal housing, environmental regulations, the use of antimicrobials and other drugs, livestock trading, and labour regulations.

The European Commission is looking to drive forward an integrated approach to animal welfare. Objectives of a new animal welfare strategy include enhancing consumer empowerment and strengthening the enforcement of existing rules.

The idea of such a strategy comes from the belief that consumers are increasingly factoring in welfare considerations into their purchases. Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner, John Dalli said that giving consumers access to the right information so that they can make informed choices will help drive animal welfare policies forward.

However, farming group Copa-Cogeca warned against this strategy which it said would increase costs of production for producers.

Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said: "It is essential for farmers to be able to recover their additional costs from the market. EU farmers knowledge and efforts to ensure a high level of animal welfare must be recognised."

Also in the EU, European farmers' organisations have said that the proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) fail to grasp any opportunity and will in fact undermine the ability of EU farmers to be competitive, efficient and achieve sustainable growth.

Charlotte Johnston



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Brazilian Rainforest Caught Between Biodiversity and Business
Brazil is exporting more and more agricultural produce: soya beans and beef in particular, but also corn, rice and sugar. Taken together, these exports represent half of Brazil’s total today, writes Gaëlle Courcoux from the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD).
Is High Quality Beef an Insurance Policy?
Consumers know that purchasing a high-quality steak is like an insurance policy. They’re paying quite a bit for beef these days and they want to make sure it’s good, but is high quality an insurance policy, asks Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef (CAB) Assistant Director.
DDGS as Creep Feed for Calves
Dried distillers grains is a readily available commodity in Iowa that can be successfully used as a single ingredient creep feed for young suckling calves when considering both short term and long term results, writes Garland Dahlke and Daryl Strohbehn from Iowa Beef Centre.
Virginia Cattle - How Do We Stack Up?
The Virginia Retained Ownership Program (ROP) offers Virginia cow-calf producers the opportunity to retain ownership on a portion of their calf crop (as few as 5 head). This scheme, and others like it across the country, allow producers to pool their calves and feed them together in order to gather objective data regarding the feedlot performance, carcass merit and health of their cattle, writes Dr Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Virginia Tech.
Reducing Volatile Organic Compounds in Silages
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) can have short and long-term adverse health effects but can also impact feed intake. Biomin looks at how VOCs can be reduced in silages using inoculants.
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* Market Reports

 » USDA Agricultural Prices - February 2012
 » USDA GAIN: China Livestock and Products Semi-annual
 » USDA GAIN: EU-27 Livestock and Products Semi-annual
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 2 March 2012
 » AHDB European Market Survey - 2 March 2012
 » QMS Cattle Market Report - February 2012

* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Canada

 » Maple Leaf Sees Earnings Rise
 » Canadian Cattle Gain Market Access to Azerbaijan

   Russian Federation

 » ABH Miratorg's Operational Activity for 2011
 » FMD Outbreak Reported in Primorye, Russia

   Ireland

 » IFA Work on Slaughter of Injured Animals
 » Cattle Slaughterings Up in January 2012

   Australia

 » Live Export Reform Progresses
 » Better Manage Forage Oats this Winter
 » Weekly Cattle Summary
 » AU Beef Exports to Japan Subdued in February
 » Improve Heifer Fertility to Increase Profits
 » Broadacre Industries to Perform Well
 » ABARE Outlook: Strong Performance Forecast
 » 2012 Prospects Look Strong
 » To Drench or not to Drench

   India

 » Experts Participate in FMD Conference in India
 » Panel Suggests Renewing Beef Exports in India

   United States

 » Cattlemen Take on Overregulation of Rural Areas
 » US Korea FTA - Affect on Market Access?
 » CME: Beef Exports Holding Well
 » Key Nutrition Info for Popular Meat & Poultry Products
 » Meat Demand High Despite Consumption Down
 » North American Pork & Beef Exports Expected to Rise
 » Illness due to E.coli O157:H7 Down Significantly
 » Cattle Outlook: Fed Cattle Prices at New Record High
 » Capitalise on Strong Prices with Beef AI Programmes
 » CME: Cattle Slaughter Down & Hog Up from Last Week
 » Vilsack: Passing US Farm Bill Is Critical
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Anticipating the 1 March Corn Stocks Estimate
 » Corn Used More for Ethanol than Feed in US
 » Silage Source Considerations
 » CME: Packing Sector Important to Future of Industry
 » Over-regulation Threatens Domestic Production
 » NFU Outlines Farm Bill, COOL Priorities

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   United Kingdom

 » UK on High Alert with Schmallenberg in England
 » Rural Economy Grant is Good News, Say NFU
 » New Large Animal Territory Manager for Ceva
 » NI Brucellosis Outbreaks Lowest Since 1990's
 » DARD TB Proposals a New Low Point for Farmers
 » 121 Farms with Schmallenberg
 » EBLEX Heralds Landmark Export to France

   Global

 » Mexico Sends Third Shipment of Cattle to Turkey
 » Green Shoots of Recovery Emerging?
 » International Milk Prices Fall in Global Dairy Trade

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   Netherlands

 » 13th ISVEE Conference, 2012

   France

 » Decline in French Cattle Numbers in 2011
 » IFA Meet French, Italian & Spainish on CAP 2013
 » Life Technologies Acquires LSI
 » Cattle Are Not a Reservoir for New STEC

   European Union

 » New Animal Welfare Strategy Driven Forward
 » CAP: European Farmers React to Proposals

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   China

 » Chinese Olympians Banned from Eating Meat
 » China' Beef Production Forecast Now at 5.5M Tons

   Mexico

 » Gov't Supports Grazing Project to Mitigate Drought

   Taiwan

 » FMD-Positive Pigs Found in Taiwan
 » More Scientific Data on Ractopamine Needed

   Zambia

 » FMD NEWS: Zambia Reports FMD Outbreak

   Egypt

 » Egypt Urged to Take in Stranded Cattle After 2700 Die

   Ghana

 » Cattle Dealers Express Concern About Barriers

   Uruguay

 » Uruguayan Meat Consumption Up, Beef Demand Falls

   Germany

 » 847 Holdings Affected by Schmallenberg



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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