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Wednesday 18th December 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley
Editor


Report Leads the Way to Sustainable Beef

Sustainable beef is important in producing nutrition from key global agricultural resources while regulating carbon, biodiversity and water through extensive use of grasslands, states a new report.

Furthermore, by investing in livestock agriculture, increasing feed efficiency and improving management, developing regions have ‘sufficient scope’ to reduce methane emissions.

An article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States this week has presented data sets on livestock systems, biomass use, emissions and efficiencies.

According to the team of researchers, the information will assist in the understanding of livestock sustainability and its role in food security.

The research, led by Mario Herrero, Chief Research Scientist, Food Systems and the Environment, CSIRO, revealed that livestock production uses 30 per cent of the world’s ice free surface, the biggest land use system on earth.

But, because developing regions centre on grassland, while industrialised nations can feed grains and concentrate feed, there is huge variation in beef production efficiency.

However, smallholder livestock production is of economic importance, accounting for up to 80 per cent of output in developing regions, the report stated.

This was emphasised due to the report’s focus on feed source, categorising the world’s cattle forage as grains, grass, occasional (hay, silage) and stover.

Complementing grazing with stover is critical in South Asia and Latin America, at 50 per cent of ruminant diets.

Doing so utilises waste products humans are unable to use. Globally, 83 per cent of stover used in animal feed is fed to ruminants.

This is partly because of the lower digestibility and crude protein of vegetation in arid climates.

Metabolisable energy concentrations of 8-9.5 MJ/kg of dry matter are well adrift of the 9.5-12.5MJ in humid and temperate regions.

The researchers explained this hits production on two counts. Firstly, it decreases intake and secondly, lowers feed efficiency.

The complex nature of feed usage analysis was also highlighted. The report suggested that more developed livestock systems do not necessarily use less grazing as more cattle can be farmed in mixed crop-livestock systems.

Measures to improve the sustainability of developing regions centre on funding, institutional support, feed efficiency and animal management.

The report also suggested that appropriate consumption levels could be met globally by consumer scrutiny of how much meat is needed and how it was produced, in comparison to the more efficient pork and poultry meats.

Seasons Greetings and all the best in 2014, on behalf of everyone at TheBeefSite and 5m Publishing. The next issue is due out on Thursday 2 January.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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Could This Be The Year For Genetic Based Solution to Bovine Respiratory Disease?
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Forage-Related Disorders in Cattle-Hypomagnesemic Tetany or “Grass Tetany”
Stockmen should monitor beef cows for grass tetany,looking out for the tell-tale signs of low magnesium, says a University of Kentucky, Large Ruminant Veterinarian.

Market Reports

Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - October 2013
EBLEX Cattle Weekly - 13 December 2013
Irish CSO: Output, Input and Income in Agriculture - Advance Estimate
USDA Feed Outlook - December 2013
Total Factor Productivity of the UK Agricultural Industry 2012 - 2nd Estimate

Global Beef Industry News

   United States

Cattle Futures: Live and Feeder Cattle Close Down, Tuesday
CME: Demand Greatly Influencing Pork, Poultry and Beef Prices
Cattle Futures Close Higher But Remain Choppy
Phasing out Antibiotics for Growth Promotion in US: What Are the Consequences?
New Rules Shift Oversight of Feed Antibiotics to Veterinarians
Mexican Beef Step Closer to Chinese Market
Farming Groups Attack Pollution Reporting Proposals
Weekly Cattle Summary: US Beef Production to Drop Five Per Cent in 2014
Cattlemen's Association Lineup Announced for 2014 Convention
Exports Performing Well Despite Russian Embargo and Less Beef to Canada
Choppy Trading Day Finished With Gains for February
Cattle Futures: Five Session High Reported at Close for February, Thursday
Prices Close Near Session High, Wednesday
FDA Takes Steps to Address Antimicrobial Resistance
CME: Ag Department Bolsters Pork Production Estimates
Cattle Futures: Futures Move Higher on Quiet Trades, Wednesday
Live Futures Supported By Wholesale Beef
US Beef Exports Continue to Grow
Live Cattle Bulls Still Fading, Tuesday
Cattle Futures: December Contract Posts Gains as Other Near Contracts Close Lower
Webinar Discusses Use of Geosynthetics in Agriculture, Aquaculture
NFU Board to Congress: Do Not Abandon 2013 Farm Bill

   China

China's Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly
FMD Outbreak in Tibet; Animals Receive Vaccination
FMD NEWS: FMD Outbreak in Tibet; Animals Vaccinated
China Buys Record Grain Fed Beef Quantities in November
China's Farm Produce Prices Slightly Higher

   United Kingdom

Beef and Lamb Sector Developments in Spotlight at AHDB Outlook Conference 2014
New Reforms to Improve Management of Water Supplies
Farmer Confidence Up, but Regulation Tops Concerns for 2014
Call to Get Tough on Food Fraud
Early Planning Key to Livestock Safety
Exciting Times Ahead for British Farmers
Will Changes in Surveillance for Animal Disease Increase Protection?
Union Backing for Red Tape Recommendations
Farmers Thank the Nation for Backing British Farming

   Global

Global Study Shows Varied Impacts of Farm Animals on Environment
Surge in Animal Diseases Necessitates New Approach to Health
Key Measures to Ensure Family Farms Meet Growing Food Demand
World Trade Organisation Truly Delivers
Novus to Launch Customized Version of Global Corporate Website

   Ireland

Meat Factories Accused of Sending 'Contradictory' Signals
Farmers Warn Politicians on Funding
Renewal of Agreement to Promote Farm Health and Safety
Bullish Teagasc Outlook Cautiously Welcomed

   Canada

Canada to Ship Pork, Beef and Beans to Colombia

   Chile

Major Steps Taken To Eradicate TB from Central Dairying Heartland

   New Zealand

Researchers Win $200,000 For Sustainability, Profitability and Performance Research
Red Meat Profit Partnership Underway

   Australia

Minister Calls For Review of Grass Fed Beef Levies
Australia to Face Competition For Key Markets
Australian Forecasts for Beef, Veal, Dairy Products High

   Egypt

Spate of Lumpy Skin Disease Outbreaks Reported in Egypt

   Netherlands

Feed Forms a Focus of VIV Europe 2014

   Brazil

What Will 2014 Bring for Brazil's Meat Sector?

   Uruguay

China to Drive Uruguayan Red Meat in 2014
Uruguayan Cattlemen Granted Angus Brand by European Union

   Colombia

Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Success 'Model' For Elsewhere

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