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Wednesday 9th December 2015.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell
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COOL Retaliation Values Set at Over $1 Billion

This week, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reached a decision on the amount that Canada and Mexico are allowed to claim from the US in retaliatory tariffs, due to Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).

The dispute dates back for years, but the WTO decided this year that the US’ mandatory COOL laws violated international trade rules, because it disadvantaged companies importing meat and livestock into the US.

The US' National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Philip Ellis said that immediate action is needed.

“If the Senate does not act, US beef exports will face a 100 per cent tariff in these countries, severely diminishing about $2 billion of beef exports annually,” said Mr Ellis.

CME analysts Steve Meyer and Len Steiner said that cattle futures were lower following the announcement, but the WTO’s ruling did not come as a surprise and was part of a slew of negative news affecting the American red meat markets.

“Still, the outlook for US trade in the next three to six months is critical and there is plenty of uncertainty as to how the potential for tariffs will distort trade flows with two of our largest trading partners,” they said – read more.

In disease news, there have been several more outbreaks of Bluetongue in Europe, with cases newly discovered in Greece.

Scientists revealed this week that they have uncovered the atomic-level structure of the bluetongue virus (BTV).

This new understanding will enable researchers to develop new vaccines with broader protection against BTV and related viruses.

Professor Polly Roy, who led the research, said: "This represents a key piece in the puzzle and a significant step forward for understanding molecular structures and mechanisms in this family of viruses.

"We hope it will enable the design of specific anti-viral agents and new and efficient vaccines for the control of bluetongue and related viral infections of animals and humans." – Click here to read more.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Six Steps to Preventing LA-MRSA Spread Between Livestock and Farmer
Livestock associated Meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) is a bacteria that has developed resistance to certain antibiotics. As LA-MRSA can passed between humans and animals, the UK government has created six key steps you can take on your farm to help prevent the bacteria from spreading.

Company News

New Study Reveals Prolonged and Significant Milk Yield Reduction From IBR
GLOBAL - Dairy cows that have been exposed to the virus that causes Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) have been shown in a new study to produce 2.6 litres per day less milk throughout the entire lactation, despite showing few or no signs of the disease (i.e. being sub-clinically infected).
MSD Animal Health Presents Fatigued Cattle Syndrome Webinar
GLOBAL - MSD Animal Health, known as Merck Animal Health in the US, recently sponsored a webinar, “Fatigued Cattle Syndrome: What You Need to Know,” presented by Dan Thomson, D.V.M., Ph.D., the Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at Kansas State University.
Market Reports

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Global Beef Industry News

   France

More Bluetongue Outbreaks Reported in Europe

   United States

COOL Retaliation Decision Lends Uncertainty to Markets
CME: 2016 Trade Outlook for US Meat Exports
Climate Change Puts Food Security Progress At Risk, USDA Says
CME: No Drop Credit Improvement Continues to Effect Cattle Values

   Global

Severe Flooding Hits Farmers in Britain and Ireland
COOL Retaliation Amounts Decided
Food Prices Fell in November Amid Robust Global Stocks
Is Consumer Trust in Beef Broken?
Hand-in-Hand Approach Needed to Address Hunger and Climate Change
Rabobank Outlook 2016: Bearish Grains, Stable for Cattle

   United Kingdom

Scientists Reveal How Bluetongue Virus Enters Host Cells
Report Urges Antibiotic Target-Setting for Farming
Welsh Badger Vaccination Halt Labelled a "Farce"

   Ireland

Most Nitrogen Lost from Grassland Not a Climate Concern
Ireland Look to Expand Beef Opportunities in Ghana
Replacing Beef Herd with Trees "Nonsense Ideology", IFA Says
Higher Beef Incomes on Irish Farms, but Dairy Incomes Down

   China

China to Help Africa Modernise Agriculture

   Ukraine

Ukraine Subsistence Farmers Struggling with Conflict Impact

   European Union

EU Agri-Food Exports at Record Level
"Concrete Proposals Needed" from US in EU Market Access Talks

   Australia

Concern Over Make-Up of Australian Animal Welfare Committee

   Zambia

China to Help Zambia Set Up Livestock Vaccine Laboratory

   Colombia

Colombia to Import Breeding Cattle from US

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