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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 15 August 2012

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Editorial: Adverse Weather Takes it Toll Globally

The US Department of Agriculture has announced that it will purchase up to $170 million of meat for federal food programmes, to help producers being impacted by the drought.

The government said in a press release that this was part of the Obama Administration's commitment to do everything it can to help those being affected.

Whilst thankful for this commitment to buy meat (albeit a mere fraction of what is produced), the industry has criticised the government for not fully addressing the issue of high feed costs and the effects this has had on subsequent years' supplies.

On top of this, industry has received no response to its request for an alteration to the renewable fuel standard that would release corn stocks from ethanol use.

Following on from this announcement, President Obama highlighted the need for the Farm Bill on a trip to Iowa.

Earlier this month the US House of Representatives departed for their five-week August holiday without finalising the pending Farm Bill.

The drought is not only affecting producers in the US. Despite being drought-free for the first time in a decade, Australian farmers are pushing the government to provide some form of drought relief, as meteorologists predict the return of dry El Niño conditions.

Meetings have taken place this week between industry and government to work through the proposed drought reform measures.

"The Government's drought policy must find the balance between allowing farmers to build self-reliance through their own risk management and preparedness, and ensuring that appropriate assistance is available to farmers in the case of a severe or prolonged drought," said National Farmers' Federation President Jock Laurie.

The adverse weather conditions seen across the world are also affecting livestock producers in Europe, as the prices for wheat and soya rise rapidly.

Drought in North America are driving supply side concerns, and wet weather has meant a delayed harvest in Northern Europe, which has put pressure on domestic supplies.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Drought and the Cattle Industry
The beef industry has already experienced a number of difficult years characterised by falling cow numbers and declining per capita beef supplies. There was hope in the first-half of this year that this downward production phase was coming to an end, but the drought of 2012 has erased those hopes, writes Chris Hurt, Purdue University. So, where is the cattle industry today, and what do we know about the impacts of this year's drought?
Wean Calves Early to Avoid Pasture Damage
Cow-calf producers should consider weaning calves now to help reduce the demand on pastures and get cows in better condition prior to winter, according to Denise Schwab, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Successful Forage Seeding Methods
Successful establishment of new pastures or hayfields begins with thoughtful selection of the forage species to be planted, writes Bruce Anderson, Extension Forage Specialist with the University of Iowa.
Iowa Cattle Market Situation and Outlook
With two reports released recently by the USDA observing cattle inventories, Lee Schulz from the University of Iowa looks at them in more detail.
Early Weaning, DDGS Feed Could Cut Costs for Cattle Producers
If the drought forces producers to feed a larger portion of distillers dried grains with solubles, cattle can maintain gains and improve meat quality if the animals are weaned early, a Purdue University scientist has shown.
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* Market Reports

 » GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - June 2012
 » USDA WASDE - August 2012
 » Feed Outlook: Supply Prospects Plummet as Drought Continues - August 2012

* Company News

Copasure Offers Long Term Copper Benefits
US - Cows that had been pushed to the limit on a Californian ranch are now in excellent health after a rescue strategy incorporating Copasure boluses.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Global

 » Feed Additive Market to Reach Value of $17.5 Billion
 » FAO Food Price Index up Six Per Cent
 » American Drought Causes Beef Production Imbalance
 » US Grains Council: Global Analysis of Grain Supply

   European Union

 » MEPs Lodge 7000 Changes to EU Subsidy Reform
 » Identify Persistently Infected Animals to Control BVD

   United Kingdom

 » Badger Trust to Appeal Cull Decision
 » Schmallenberg Back in the Spotlight
 » Plea to Stop Declining Livestock Numbers
 » Livestock 2012: Farm Safety Demonstrations
 » Feed Crops Could Ease Winter Forage Shortages
 » Welsh Call for Checks to Bovine TB Cattle Controls
 » Feed Price Increases Put Pressure on Producers
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   United States

 » Purdue Holds Regional Meetings on Drought
 » Drought Improves Grasslands in Long-Term
 » USDA Offers More Drought Assistance
 » CME: Corn Yields of 127.3 Bushels Per Acre Expected
 » Forage Nitrates Hot Topic at Missouri Beef Tour
 » July Hottest Month on Record, El Nino Around Corner?
 » Hay Choices for Cattle Producers
 » Suspected Anthrax Outbreak Hits Colorado Ranch
 » Technology Enhances Beef Tenderness, Colour
 » CME: Pork, Beef Prices Down Despite Drought
 » Drought Leaves Producers High and Dry
 » New Opportunities for Small Processors
 » Drop in Earnings for Cargill
 » Beef Checkoff Comes Under Fire
 » Beef Production Raised, Liquidation Continues
 » Results Encouraging for US Meat Export Values
 » Cattle Outlook: Pastures Deteriorate
 » USDA Sharply Reduces Corn, Soybean Forecast
 » CME: USDA Reports Made Big Revisions
 » US Growers to Produce 13 Per Cent Less Corn
 » Corn and Soybean Forecasts, What's Next?
 » USDA Purchases $170 Million Meat
 » Packer Outlines Fed Cattle Marketing Options
 » New Structure Brings Focus, Flexibility to Checkoff
 » CME: Government Purchases Meat to Stabilise Market
 » Soybeans Could Provide Cow Nutrition in Drought
 » Obama Promotes Farm Bill on Trip to Iowa
 » Time to Reseed Pastures
 » Indonesia Considers FMD Zone-Free Imports
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
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   Korea, South

 » Competitive Beef Market Grows in South Korea

   Australia

 » Selecting for Parasite Resistance - A New Tool
 » Earlier Rains Help AACo
 » Beef Processor Warns over Carbon Tax
 » Advancing Australia's Access to the EU
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Beef Exports to South Asia Decline in July
 » Crash Test Cows Hopes to Reduce Injuries
 » A$1 Million Cattle Theft - Reward Offered
 » Aussie Farmers' Push for Drought Aid

   Namibia

 » Namibia Beef Exports Fall

   Mexico

 » Mexico Boosts Livestock Productivity

   New Zealand

 » New Zealand Cattle Numbers Increase

   Russian Federation

 » Welfare Groups Question Transport as 400 Cattle Die

   Viet Nam

 » Ag Sector Shows Stronger Production Growth

   Philippines

 » Agricultural Sector Grows by One Per Cent

   Ireland

 » Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme Must be Maintained

   Denmark

 » Ventilation Reduces Environmental Impact of Housing

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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