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Wednesday 21st November 2012.

Chris Harris - TheBeefSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief








Editorial: Antibiotics in Focus

The question of the use of antibiotics and their residues in meat and food products has been the focus of debate in the European Parliament this week and was also a dominant theme at the EuroTier exhibition in Hanover last week.

At the weekend, the industry examined the role of antibiotics in food production on European Antibiotic Awareness day.

At EuroTier, Dr Hans-Joachim Götz, President of the Federal Association of Practising Veterinarians (Bundesverband Praktizierender Tierärzte e.V. - bpt) said that the law over antibiotic use "needs to make sense".

The German veterinary organisation said that there needs to be monitoring and benchmarking of future antibiotic use in order to reduce the volume used in food animals, as well as the separation of drug sales from prescription and administration.

But Professor Manfred Kietzmann of the veterinary institute on Hanover reiterated the assertion that as long as retailers and consumers apply such pressure to keep food prices low, farmers and their veterinarians have little choice but to take the cheapest option in their decision-making on all aspects of production - including the use of antibiotics - consistent with the law.

China has announced that it is to launch new standards to improve animal wlefare.

The General Principles of Animal Welfare Assessment provide compulsory standards largely targeted at the treatment of livestock.

Launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and drafted by a panel of veterinarians, scholars, as well as meat and dairy industry experts, the regulation is attempting to introduce animal welfare into industry standards.

In 2010, legal experts drafted a version on China's Animal Welfare Law that is intended to criminalise maltreatment of animals.

In a major shift this week, Europe's leading meat processor VION Foods is to set a new course by selling off its UK assets and concentrating on its businesses in the Netherland and Germany and its food ingredients business.

The company had already announced the closure of one of its pork processing plants at Halls of Broxburn in Scotland and now the rest of the UK assets are up for sale - largely including the former business of Grampian Country Foods.

On the global markets, a change in the European Union's quota system is now offering new opportunities to meat producers in Australia.

A new quarterly application for quotas will allow exporters more flexibility and see less likelihood of quotas not being met and lost.


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   Germany

EUROTIER: Biology Meets Technology
EUROTIER: World's Largest Exhibition for Animal Husbandry
EUROTIER: Vets Focus on Reducing Antibiotic Use

   Netherlands

Antibiotics Objectives Being Met

   Czech Republic

Feed Price and Markets Drop Production

   Brazil

Drought Affects FMD Vaccinations Schedule
Rise in Demand across Beef and Pork Sectors

   Spain

Spanish Households Increased Food Consumption, Expenditure

   Australia

NSW Initiate Plans for Cattle Grazing Trial
Priority Research for Farmers and Other Land Managers
Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
Producers Welcome Stewardship Role
Buffel Grass: How to Rejuvenate Unproductive Swards
Farmers Essential For Vegetation Management

   Israel

OIE: Several Cases of Lumpy Skin Disease Reported in Israel

   New Zealand

Silver Fern Farms Reports Loss
Industry Organisations Approve Final Water Report
New Research Claims Oral Drench is Most Effective

   Slovakia

OIE: Anthrax Reported in Slovakia

   United States

Farm Fatalities Dropped in 2011; No Child Deaths
CME: Lean Beef Kept in Check
Analyst Releases Cattle on Feed, Cold Storage Estimates
Grazing Impacts Cause for Concern, Report Says
September Pork Exports Steady; Beef Exports Lower
CME: Feedlot Inventory Down on Four Year Average
University Programme Draws Attention to Manure Management
Ag Survey Shows Decline in Farm Income; Land Values Rising
NFU Applauds EPA Decision to Keep Renewable Fuels Standard
Cattle Outlook: Prices Steady, Slaughter Numbers Down
National Audit Reveals Cattle Trends
Livestock Organisations Disappointed Over RFS Decision
CME: Energy Markets Cause Concerns
CME: Retail Prices Rising, Demand Mixed
Opinions Divided Over RFS Decision
Iowan Nutrient Strategy Released
USMEF Elects Committee Members
Tyson Sees Record Sales
In The Cattle Markets: Prices up on Last Week

   Italy

Campaigners Demand Reform of EFSA
Confederation Announces Agriculture Sector Downturn Fears

   United Kingdom

National Beef Association Show Concern Over Pricing Inequality
Progress in Meat and Poultry Processor Worker Treatment
Use Antibiotics Responsibly, says NFU
Veterinary Congress Issues Advice
ANM Backs Management Buy Out at Yorkshire Premier
£12M Funding to Tackle Livestock, Poultry Viruses
House Pass Bill Ensuring Russian Trade
LMC: Food Price Decreasing as Costs Rise
Eblex Issue Waterlogging Warning
Livestock Sector Receives Boost From Funding
VION NV Announces Sale of UK Food Operations

   Hong Kong

Government Urged to Stimulate Meat Price Competition

   Mexico

Minister Announces Increased Exports Exceeding exceeding 116,000 Tonnes.

   Norway

Bulk Tank Sampling Detects Schmallenberg Antibodies

   Ireland

CAP is Core Issue says Minister

   Global

Brucellosis Course Aims to Inform International Audience
Meeting Challenge of Antibiotic Use

   Chile

Agriculture Department Conducts TB Sampling in Choapa Region

   France

French Prime Minister Demands Reform Satisfaction

   Sweden

Skills Programme Needed to Safeguard Beef Sector

   Malta

Meat Production Value Dropped 15 Per Cent in Q3 2012

   European Union

EFSA Examines Role in Animal Health, Welfare
Antibiotic Awareness Day: Reducing Antibiotic Resistance
Multidrug Antibiotic Resistance Increases in Europe

   China

Welfare Standards to be Raised
Affluent Will Be Major Driver of China's Growth

   Canada

Movement Monitoring Scheme Gets Thumbs up from Harper Government

   Russian Federation

Minister Federov Discusses Kaluga Business Growth

   Greece

OIE: Bluetongue Outbreak on Samos

   Ukraine

Liveweight Livestock and Poulty Sales Increase by 2.2 Per cent

   Philippines

Upgraded Abattoir to Help Boost Meat Industry

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