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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 1st April 2009

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EDITORIAL: Animal Disease on European Agenda

Animal health issues dominated this week's cattle news. The EC has announced that it is providing a budget of €223 million to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases in the EU-27 over the year 2009. Bluetongue disease has been singled out as a priority. French producers, which struggled with over 32,000 cases last year, are also launching a strategic attack on the disease.

In Britain, the compensation claims from producers affected by the Pirbright Foot and Mouth outbreak of 2007 were dismissed by the high-court. The National Farmers Union not only expressed their disappointment in this decision, but also in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) proposals for a nine per cent rise in meat inspection charges at abattoirs. They say the proposal is "inappropriate", "ill-judged" and "unaffordable".

Meanwhile, BSE reared its ugly head in a Northern state of the Czech Republic. Culls are to follow.
Adam Anson

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We have 4 new features this week:

Meat Intake and Mortality
A controversial new report has linked the consumption of red and processed meat with causes of death - in particular cancer, writes TheCattleSite senior editor Chris Harris.
Implications for Reducing Chemical Fertilizer Inputs in Beef Production
Lynne Dawson, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) Hillsborough examines the effects of zero Nitrogen (N)fertilizer input on grass growth and animal performance.
Different Manures and their Impact on Phosphorus Runoff
The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative, reports on the forms of phosphorus (P) in different manures and their impact on phosphorus runoff and leaching losses from manure amended soils.
New Zealand Livestock and Products
CY 2009 total slaughter is forecast at 3.895 million head, down slightly from last year, but up from the 3.65 million head originally forecasted, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » BSE NEWS: Mad Cow Breakthrough
 » FMD NEWS: UK Legal Claims are Dismissed
 » BLUETONGUE: French Attempt to Stamp out Disease
 » Fish Oils Reduce Cow GHG Emissions
 » Minerva Intensifies in Africa and Middle East
 » DSM Commits to Safety with 'Quality for Life'

   European Union

 » EU Beef Declining Production Boosting Imports
 » EC Budget Aims to Eradicate Animal Diseases
 » Agreement Boosts EU-Canada Live Animal Trade
 » EFSA Study MRSA Link of Humans and Livestock
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   United States

 » Meat Agreement Finds Path from US to Chile
 » USGC Reaches Out to Bump Up DDGS Demand
 » Tyson Foods to Close Ponca City Plant
 » US Short Ribs Gain Popularity in Korea
 » Cargill Installs Remote Video Auditing
 » NDSU Vet Informs Producers on Frostbite Dangers
 » Angus Breeders Make Strides with Genes
 » AMI Against Increases on Ethanol Blends
 » NCBA Talks to Vilsack on Trade, ID and Conservation
 » Weekly Outlook: Friendly Reports
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Live Fed Cattle Prices Up

   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Western Australia Call for Cattle Projects
 » Aussie Producers Have Beef with Land Grab
 » Aussie Association Concerned Over ETS Costs
Claas - Time for new rules
   Ireland

 » IFA Calls for Immediate Import Suspension

   Brazil

 » Egyptians Turn to Brazil in Search of Beef

   Argentina

 » Argentina Adopts Fixed Time AI Technology
 » OIE Confer on Animal Identification and Traceability
 » Argentinean Cattle Herd Declines

   United Kingdom

 » Union Slams FSA Proposal for Meat Inspection Charge
 » LMC Report: Consumers Spend More on Beef
 » Farm Unions Slam Meat Inspection Charge Proposals
 » Plans for Independent Animal Health Body
 » Shrinking UK Beef Industry in Danger of Disappearing
 » BSAS - UK Science Meeting Opens on Food Security
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   Netherlands

 » Microbial Ecosystems Affected by Antibiotic Spread

   Czech Republic

 » BSE Outbreak in Czech Republic

   France

 » French Attempt to Stamp out Bluetongue

   Korea, South

 » Republic of Korea Free of Diseases



That's all for this week!

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