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Wednesday 25th November 2015.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell
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MSD Animal Health

China's New Cloning Centre to Produce Thousands of Cattle Embryos a Year

Chinese scientists have signed a deal to establish the largest commercial animal cloning centre in the world, in the northern port city of Tianjin.

China's national press agency, Xinhua, reported that the facility will clone animals including beef cattle, sniffer and pet dogs and racehorses.

It will produce 100,000 cattle embryos a year initially, eventually increasing to 1 million, said Xu Xiaochun, board chairman of Boyalife Group, one of the companies involved in the venture.

Chinese farmers are struggling to produce enough beef cattle to meet market demand, Mr Xu said.

Prior to this new development, cloning in China had been limited to scientific research, which had been taking place in sheep, cattle and pigs since 2000 - read more here.

This week, we also featured a report by Sarah Mikesell about the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), which recently met in Amsterdam.

Larry Stewart, senior director, global supply chain for beef, pork and fish with McDonald’s and a member of the GRSB executive committee, attended the meeting and shared his perspective of where the GRSB is headed.

“The regional roundtables have really pulled together and are working to shape indicators that stem from the GRSB Principles and Criteria which were approved last November at the GRSB’s meeting in São Paulo, Brazil,” Mr Stewart said.

“The indicators are about making sustainable beef production practices relevant for regional production systems and ecosystems.” – Read more.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Research Reveals Sizeable Variation in Feed Use Efficiency
Efficiency of feed use in comparable groups of bulls and steers can vary by as much as 25 per cent, according to initial research results presented at the recent Breeding Improvement Group conference in Yorkshire.

Company News

Vaccinate Calves against Pneumonia to Fulfil their Productivity Potential
ANALYSIS – Farmers are shifting their view of calf pneumonia vaccination away from immediate disease prevention towards reaching a calf’s maximum lifetime potential, according to a survey conducted independently this year for Zoetis.
Market Reports

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Global Beef Industry News

   United States

CME: Australian Imports Contributing to Beef Cold Storage Increase
Former US Ag Secretaries Urge Congress to Pass TPP
CME: Decline in Meat Prices Not Reflected at Retailers
CME: Analysts Predict Feedlot Placements, Marketings Down

   Global

GRSB: Regional Indicators Will Drive Sustainable Beef Progress
Latest Foot and Mouth Outbreaks: Turkey, Morocco

   China

China's New Cloning Centre to Produce 100K Cattle Embryos a Year
Resistance to 'Last-Resort' Antibiotic Found in China
Glowing Nanotubes Can Show When Meat Has Spoiled

   Brazil

Brazil to Begin Large-Scale Live Cattle Exports to Bolivia

   United Kingdom

Abattoirs' Cattle Movement Rules Unclear

   European Union

EU Farmers to Get Money Back as Crisis Fund Not Spent
Bluetongue Outbreaks Expand into More European Countries

   Australia

Australia Blocks Sale of Largest Cattle Holding to Foreign Investors
Australia Develops New Antibiotic Prescribing Guidelines for Livestock

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