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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 25 April 2012

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Editorial: BSE Case Nothing to Panic About, Not a Surprise

Just as the US beef industry recovers from the effects of lean, finely textured beef (LFTB/ pink slime), more negativity hits the industry with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) confirmed in a US dairy cow.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is continuing to investigate the case, which was confirmed late Monday, April 23, but preliminary results indicate that this is an atypical case of BSE.

The USDA has confirmed that the animal has not entered the human food or animal feed supply.

"The finding of this BSE-positive cow is not particularly surprising, and it is certainly no cause for alarm," said Dr Ron DeHaven, chief executive officer of the American Veterinary Medical Association. "It is not surprising because we have known for several years that there is a very low prevalence of BSE in our nation's cattle population. USDA has maintained a good, targeted surveillance programme for the disease, and it is expected that we might find such cases periodically.

"This finding is not cause for alarm because the tissues of any infected cows that pose a food safety risk, i.e. specified risk materials, have been kept out of the human food supply. What this finding does confirm is that the safeguards put in place by the USDA several years ago are working as they are intended."

The beef and dairy industries have also said that they are encouraged that the ongoing surveillance and inspections performed by federal authorities continue to ensure that BSE does not enter the US food supply.

Despite the US industry hoping that the announcement may not affect their beef exports, South Korea has said that it will increase quarantine checks on US beef imports and may take further emergency measures.

To read more about the BSE case in the US, see BSE in the US - Is it Really a Concern?

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

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Effect of Stocking Rate on Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
With EU targets of a 20 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020, agriculture will be required to share the burden of emissions reductions. However, in the context of the targets set out in Food Harvest 2020 for an increase in beef output of 20 per cent, the goal must be to reduce emissions per unit of product produced i.e. to reduce emissions intensity, writes A.M. Clarke and P. Crosson Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc.
Biosecurity in Small-Scale US Livestock Operations
Animal health is closely related to profitability, since healthy animals are more productive and introduction of disease to a naïve herd or flock can have negative economic consequences. This factsheet from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service looks at practices and methods that small-scale livestock farmers can use to minimise the risk associated with poor biosecurity.
How Much Forage Does a Beef Cow Consume Each Day?
It’s March, and for cow-calf producers in the Northern Great Plains, the majority of the cows are calving or are about to start calving. Spring grass isn’t that far away, but it seems like it really is a long time before spring turnout. Cow-calf producers during this time period are typically feeding harvested forages. A frequent question from producers is “How much will my cows eat on a daily basis?” asks Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska.
Combating Health Issues
Every day, new reports are published in newspapers worldwide reporting about the effects of antibiotic resistant bacteria and their consequences on human health, according to Biomin.
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* Market Reports

 » USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - April 2012
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - April 2012
 » USDA Livestock Slaughter April 2012
 » AHDB European Market Survey - 20 April 2012
 » US Cattle on Feed Up Two Per Cent - April 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 20 April 2012
 » USDA Livestock Slaughter Annual 2012
 » Agricultural Price Indices February 2012

* Company News

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Premix Plant in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - On 4 April 2012, BIOMIN Viet Nam held the groundbreaking ceremony for a new premix plant at Viet Nam – Singapore Industrial Park 2 (VSIP 2) in Binh Duong province.
Teaching Academy Steering Committee Named
US - Four months after its inaugural meeting sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, the Consortium of Western Regional Colleges of Veterinary Medicine announced today that it has established a new Teaching Academy to identify, share and leverage expertise across the five colleges in the Consortium. The Teaching Academy will support the development and implementation of best practices and scholarship in veterinary medical education.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Korea, South

 » Korean Cattle Slaughter Up 50 Per Cent
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   United States

 » Controlling Leptospirosis in Cattle
 » CME: Analysts Expect Rise for Total Feed Inventory
 » Livestock Legislation Compromises Welfare
 » Caution Urged when Restocking After Drought
 » Committee to Consider Farm Bill Next Week
 » CME: Cow Slaughter Pulled back Sharply
 » In the Cattle Markets: Summer Grazing Potential
 » CME: Cold Storage Supplies Higher than Last Year
 » Expectations for the 2012-13 Corn Marketing Year
 » AFBF Urges Senate to Move Farm Bill Forward
 » Ron Plain: Cattle on Feed
 » Debts Cause Feedlot Placement Decline
 » US Confirms BSE Case: Beef Products Still Safe
 » Regional Differences in Cattle Markets Grow
 » CME: USDA Confirms BSE Case
 » BSE in the US - Is it Really a Concern?
 » CME: BSE Blow to Recovering Industry

   European Union

 » EU Agriculture Reforms to Complex
 » Export Refunds Reduced for Beef to Up Supply
 » Excessive Bureaucracy under EU Subsidies
 » Short Supply Chains Increase Farm Returns
 » Call for EU-wide Fair Play in Grocery Chain

   United Kingdom

 » Global Supplies Under Spotlight at Outlook 2012
 » Government Fails to Improve Livestock Sustainability
 » Numerous Reports of Pneumonia in Growing Calves
 » Calf Scheme Figures Positive Signal for Beef Herd
 » Celebrate Great British Beef Week
 » LMC: Prices Holding Up, Volumes Under Pressure

   Brazil

 » Brazil Beef Export Revenue to Grow 20 Per Cent
 » Brazil Brings Transparency to Beef Production

   Spain

 » Import Restrictions on Soy will Affect Farmers
   Ukraine

 » Cattle Numbers Down While Poultry Numbers Grow

   Palestinian Territory

 » FMD Breaks Out at Gaza Strip

   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Rural Council Focuses on Agricultural Issues

   Ireland

 » Ireland Focuses on Chinese Trade Export Potential

   Global

 » Joint Efforts to Address Animal Welfare
 » Is Modernising Inspection a Risk?
 » Rise in Ireland's Beef Shipments
 » Are Feed Costs a Concern for Producers?

   India

 » India to Become World's Largest Beef Exporter

   Germany

 » EuroTier 2012 Remains Bound for Success

   China

 » Olympic Athletes Could Get Branded as Cheats
 » Chinese Farm Produce Prices Drop

   Ecuador

 » Government Strengthens FMD Control

   South Africa

 » FMD NEWS: FMD Outbreak in Mpumalanga
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That's all for this week!

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