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Wednesday 5th September 2012.

Charlotte Johnston - TheBeefSite Editor

Charlotte Johnston
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Positive Outlook for UK Beef Industry

Despite high feed prices and low confidence in farm returns, there seems to be positivity surrounding the UK beef industry at Livestock 2012.

Debbie Butcher, an analyst from Eblex highlighted the historic beef and cattle prices that the industry is seeing.

"Prime cattle are smashing 350 pence per kg in England, with tight supplies driving the price up." Recognising that input costs have also rocketed, these increased finished beef prices are not necessarily bringing home profits, she said.

However, supplies will continue to remain tight she said, with cattle slaughtering already down by eight per cent for the first half of 2012 compared to last the same period last year.

Ms Butcher also said that the fact some producers were willing to pay high prices for store cattle suggested increasing confidence in the industry.

The National Farmers' Union set out its vision for the UK beef sector, launching Bullish Prospects,a report which identifies priority areas for action for each part of the chain in order for beef farming to become sustainable and attractive for the next generation of farmers.

"This is our vision for a profitable, economically sustainable and internationally competitive industry but we hope that others would share this aspiration and we look forward to working towards this with partners throughout the chain in the future," said Charles Sercombe, National Farmers' Union Livestock Board Chairman.

The first few days of dry weather for the summer seems to have had an effect on farmers attendance at the show, which as a result is relatively quiet.

Because the show clashes with harvest, the organisers, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, has announced that the show will run at the beginning of July in 2013.

Charlotte Johnston

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Biosecurity for Organic Livestock Producers
Practical tips on everything from property planning to day-to-day management by Karen Omalley of IDO Organic Farming in a factsheet from News South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

Reducing Weaning Stress
It's approaching quickly, that time of year when you start to think about weaning your calves. Calves are weaned to make sure that cows can recover their body condition after raising a calf all summer, and to allow for specialized feeding of those calves. All producers do it, but not everyone approaches weaning in the same way, writes the Beef Cattle Research Council.

Heat Stress's Reproductive Ramifications
Animal agriculture loses around $2 billion a year due to heat stress. History has taught us that heat stress does not have to last a long period of time to have a profound impact on production, writes Kalyn Bischoff from South Dakota University Extension.

Larger Concentrate Pellets Permit Earlier Weaning
Using a 6 mm early weaning concentrate pellet may permit earlier weaning and thus reduce calf rearing costs, according to Harper Adams University College's Simon Marsh.

Brazil: Competitive Factors in Brazil Affecting US and Brazilian Agricultural Sales in Selected Third Country Markets
A new report from the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) describes and analyses competitive factors in Brazil affecting US and Brazilian sales of agricultural goods - including grains, soybeans and meats - in third-country markets.


Weight Gain Boost in Copasure Bolused Cattle
US - A rancher who ran a trial using Copasure boluses is achieving weight gains of up to 70lbs.
Pfizer Animal Health, Partners Donate more than $1.1 million to FFA, AABP, AAEP Programmes
US - Pfizer Animal Health, in partnership with veterinarians, animal health suppliers and dealer customers, continues to support youth in agriculture through its Performance Pays Spring 2012 program.


   United States

Weekly Roberts Market Report
Farm Bill Now Rally Gains Momentum
Producers Affected by Disasters Urged to Keep Good Records
US Beef Production - Optimism Low but Conditions will Improve
CME: When Will Consumers Feel the Effect of Higher Feed Prices?
Consumer Spending and Beef Demand
Emergency Grazing Extended to Assist those Impacted by Drought
CME: Russia's Wheat Crop Hits the News
Techniques to Improve Digestibility of Corn Stover
Cattle Outlook: Poor Crop, Pasture Conditions Continue
Beef Cow Numbers Decline in US, Increase in Canada
Grazing Wheat in Missouri
US Farm Exports to Reach Historic Highs

   Viet Nam

Banks to Help Livestock, Fisheries Sectors

   New Zealand

Progressive Global Beef Developments
NZ Beef Carbon Footprint Study Highlights Productivity Gains
New Zealand Beef Wows Tokyo Festival-Goers

   Australia

Beef Week Heifer Challenge on Again
Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
Getting the Right Genes for the Job
Benchmarking West Australia Pastoral Enterprises
MLA to Map Anthrax Outbreaks
Mixed Results for Australian Beef Exports

   Canada

Canadian Cattle Herd Face Difficult Times
Farm Food Discovery Centre Builds Awareness of the Story of Food

   United Kingdom

Schmallenberg Virus - Remain Vigilant, Scotland Offers Free Tests
Four-Year Badger Vaccination Programme Underway
International Workshop Recommends Further E.coli Research
Beef, Lamb APPG Chairman to Address EBLEX Annual Conference
Price Volatility is Not Going Away, HSBC Warns
Livestock 2012: Data Prevents Improvements in Cattle Industry
Benchmark Holdings Adds Animal Health Vaccines Plant to Portfolio
Vision for Sustainable Beef Industry
Caroline Spelman, Jim Paice Go in Defra Reshuffle

   China

Chinese Farm Produce Prices Keep Rising

   Global

New, Revised OIE Standards Adopted at 80th General Session
Can Economics Add Value to Animal Health Policy-making?
China-Swedish Agriculture Agreement Signed

   Ireland

Further Beef Price Cuts Spark Anger
Export Opportunities to United Arab Emirates Welcomed

   Germany

Agricultural Exports Rose in the First Half of 2012

   Ukraine

Ukraine Highlights Growth Potential

   European Union

Call for 'Evidence, not Emotion' on GM

   Mexico

SAGARPA Delivers Millions to Boost Agricultural Development

   Japan

Beef Prices Reflect Deflation in Japan

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