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Wednesday 30th October 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley
Editor


What Impacts a Cow Herd?

Heavy snow and forage shortages last spring affected cow numbers on some farms, but the impact is small against a long term decrease that has been going for decades.

Debbie Butcher, senior market analyst at the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) told TheCattleSite that the fundamentals in the industry have not changed much compared to previous years.

Instead, it is a longer term issue of profitability and industry confidence that is having the greatest impact on the size of the nation’s herd.

Mrs Butcher said: “The movement away from coupled payments and the impact of several diseases have contributed over time to a decline in the breeding herds as confidence has taken a knock.”

EBLEX reports highlight a marked drop in beef cow numbers, falling from just over 2 million head in 2005, falling to 1.8 million in June this year.

She explained that, with no increase in herd size, there is a limit to what farmers can do with productivity and that, in the absence of any expansion, supplies will remain tighter and the amount of domestic beef produced will be limited.

And while there are fewer cattle being slaughtered in England this year, Mrs Butcher explained that this is dictated by what happened three years ago.

“The beef industry is a slow burner,” said Mrs Butcher, adding that lower calf registrations through 2013 are a reflection of factors limiting cow numbers three years earlier.

As the herd contracts, Mrs Butcher urged that costs need to be controlled, which will dictate where profits and losses are seen, as in any year.

This is also the case in Northern Ireland, where the same late spring and poor forage summer contributed to a three per cent drop in suckler cows year on year to 270,100.

This, according to a Livestock and Meat Commission expert, is mainly affected by farm costs, although adverse weather was listed second.

“The major problems besetting the Northern Ireland’s beef industry is the current high costs of beef production due to high input costs, the influence the weather has on production practices from one year to the next, the efficiency of production systems currently in operation and restricted access to third country markets,” said Livestock and Meat Commission analyst, Seamus McMenamin.

However, farmers are expected to start winter better positioned than the last two years, added Mrs Butcher, citing lower feed patterns and better forage availability as factors which should alleviate feed concerns for many.


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Global Beef Industry News

   United States

TheCattleSite Report: Prices Finish at Session High, Tuesday
Cattle Futures: Gains Posted Except April Contract, Tuesday
Beef Exports Up, Pork Stable in August
CME: December Cattle Closed Moderately Higher
Wyckoff Cattle Report: Live Cattle Closed Up on Monday
CME: Fed Cattle Highest Cash Slaughter Cattle Price on Record
FDA to Help Ensure the Safety of Food for Animals
Jim Wyckoff's Weekly Cattle Forecast: Bullish Momentum
Farm Bureau Commends Passage of Water Resources Act
Cattle Futures: December Closes Higher as Most Contracts Post Losses, Friday
Weekly Cattle Summary: Record Highs Reported as Fed Cattle Break $130
CME: August Beef Exports Above Year Ago Levels
Boxed-beef Prices Limit Futures, Thursday
Cattle Futures: October To February Contracts Close Higher as Deferreds Post Losses
Record Performance Announced in Observance of National Co-op Month
Trading Choppy But Bulls Have Advantage
Cattle Futures: Futures Close Mixed, Wednesday
Economists Put a Figure on South Dakota Storm
Cattle Futures: Live Contracts Sharply Higher, Tuesday
Low Inventories: What Else is Behind the Feeder Price Rise?

   Global

Report Examines How to Realise Africa's Food Potential
Overcoming Smallholder Aquaculture Challenges with Biotechnology
UK Assists Animal Vaccination in Lebanon
Progress on Conserving Farm Animal Genetic Resources
Ways to Reduce Cattle Sector Emissions Lie Within Reach
EU-Canada Deal Threatens Market Balance, Says Copa-Cogeca
Brazilian Competition Now Rests on Infrastucture

   Canada

New Forage Insurance Package Available for Manitoba Beef Producers

   United Kingdom

B&R Farmers Discuss Industry Concerns with MP
Cattle Sale Timing Discussed at Orkney Meeting
New Professional Doctorates at Royal Veterinary College
Steady Slaughter Reported For October But Still Down on 2012
Fluke Problem My Be Worse Than Expected
Charolais Strong at Scottish Sale
Badger Cull Extension Met With Mixed Feelings
16 Month Penalties See Rise in Bull Slaughter
Veterinary Residues in Horse Meat, Imported Fish Raise Mild Concerns
Tenant Farming in Spotlight at National Conference
TV Star Encourages Consumers to Make Most of Whole Roast

   South Africa

South African Farmers Wait for Drought Relief Assistance
Five FMD Outbreaks in South Africa Affect Cattle

   European Union

EU Forms Food Waste Organisation
CAP Reform – An Explanation of the Main Elements
Guidance Offered for Renewal of Feed Additive Authorisation
Reduction in Veterinary Antibiotic Use in EU

   Armenia

OIE: Outbreak of Anthrax Reported in Armenia

   Australia

MLA: Weekly Cattle Summary
Australian Farmers Welcome New Shadow Ministry

   Peru

Halema to Promote US Tripe With Van Billboards

   New Zealand

Foot and Mouth 'Preparedness' Plan Welcomed by Cattle Specialists

   Bolivia

Beef Upturn Driven By Santa Cruz and Cochambamba

   Brazil

JBS Outlook Returns to 'Stable'

   Mexico

Number of Mexican Cattle to US Halves
Meat Industry Show Starts in Mexico City

   Hungary

Hungarian Cattle Numbers on the Rise

   Denmark

Monitoring Food Loss and Waste Essential to Global Fight Hunger
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   Italy

Bluetongue Hits Tuscany Cattle Farm

   China

China's Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly

   Ukraine

Already Reports of a 15 Per Cent Increase in Crimean Cattle Herd

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