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Wednesday 18th February 2015.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley
Editor


Novus International

MSD Animal Health

710 Million More Cattle Needed Unless Change Comes

Meeting the protein demands of a growing world population will require over 700 million more cattle in 2050 than today unless production becomes more efficient.

Analysts at Elanco are suggesting that, at current productivity, world cow and water buffalo numbers need to lift from 1.68 billion to 2.38 billion in 35 years.

Such herd expansion is based on calculations at current productivity levels to satisfy a nine billion head population and a 40 per cent increase in beef demand.

This includes a three billion swell in the middle class, expected to bring a 60 per cent demand increase in animal proteins overall.

Considering the figures, which are part of a food security drive entitled The Enough Movement, Elanco technical advisor, Gary Vogel asked whether this is sustainable in a world already using 1.5 times the amount of resources than the world generates each year.

He pointed to the US as a very efficient cattle rearing nation, although said “tremendous opportunities to improve productivity” existed for other countries.

“We have to look at the beef complex around the world,” said Mr Vogel. “Here in the US we are very efficient at what we do and so a lot of things we can do to improve efficiency most livestock producers in the US already do.”

Highlighting parasiticides, anthelmintics and genetics as ways to increase efficiencies, Mr Vogel flagged Indonesia as a country due for improvements.

He stressed that there are no easy, catch-all solutions, instead prescribing a sympathetic approach to restrictions from geography, socio-economics and religion.

He added: “The movement we are trying to create is not to get people to change but to become more aware of what they are doing and try to find ways they can more efficiently produce beef in the future.”



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Global Beef Industry News

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Crunching Genomes to Fight Livestock, Poultry Diseases

   Colombia

Stocking Boost for Colombian Region
2.5 Million Colombian Cattle to Be Traceable by 2016

   United States

CME: Cattle and Hog Futures Closed on a Positive Note
Sustainability at the Heart of Beef Cattle Genomics
Opportunities and Barriers to Feeding the World’s Growing Population
CME: Labour Crisis Close to Resolution
Cattle Outlook: 2015 Will Have More Beef Than Thought
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CME: Revisions to Beef and Pork Forecasts
NFU Praises Introduction of Freedom to Export to Cuba Act
How Will Elanco's Integration Shape the Cattle Sector?
Study Shows No Damage to Soils from Grazing Cover Crops
Cattlefax: A Run You Wish Your Parents Could See
National Farmers Union Welcomes COOL Lawsuit Dismissal

   Croatia

Early Registration Deadline Ahead for Animal Welfare Conference
Bluetongue Claims Nine More Croatian Sheep

   Brazil

Brazilian Beef Quotes Almost Fifth Higher

   United Kingdom

Tight UK Beef Supply Forecast to Continue
Bovine TB and Official Veterinary Work Contracts Confirmed for England
Key to Success in Developing Markets
Battle of Ethics and Price in Consumer Choice
UK Creates Food Enterprise Zones to Drive Growth
DairyUK Releases Election Manifesto
Supermarket Makes Stand on Milk Prices

   New Zealand

Sustainability Help For Beef and Sheep Farmers
Thistle Eating Beetle Highly Rated For Control
Government Offers Tax Relief for Drought-Affected Farmers

   Canada

BSE Found in Beef Cow in Alberta
Wholesale Meat Specifications Document Published

   European Union

Strengthening Food Safety in Europe
MEPs Call for COOL of Meat in Processed Foods

   Argentina

Argentina Ministry Group Eyes Half of World Beef Market

   Philippines

Philippine Agriculture to Continue Growth in 2015

   Australia

Rapid Decline in Australian Beef Herd
Vets Descend on Tasmania to Discuss Sheep, Cattle Health

   China

Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rising

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