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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 29 April 2009

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: One Dispute Begins to Close as Another Opens

History was made this week with the announcement that scientists had sequenced the bovine genome for the first time.

For all the light that this news will give researchers, it will also open the doors to a darker area of science. The US has already paved the way for how GM animals will be sold as food within its domestic market, but this week the Scottish government announced that it was standing firm against all GM foods. Market conflicts over GM products are likely to be a future agenda.

The current big food debate, centering on beef hormones and fought over at the World Trade Organisation, took a fresh twist on the 22nd. Via a telephone call, the US and the EU were reported to have agreed to resolve the debate. What price will be paid for this process is yet to be discovered.

Adam Anson


* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

UK Beef Production on the Slide
UK beef production is expected to fall by about three per cent this year with a similar decline anticipated for 2010, writes Chris Harris, TheCattleSite senior editor.
Foot and Mouth Disease: Novel Technologies Improve Detection and Control
Scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are using infra-red technology to identify cattle infected with foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus. The same group has developed the world's first molecular-based FMD vaccine, which has been effective in pigs, writes Laura McGinnis, ARS staff.
Increasing Calf Crop Through Tests and Examinations
Percent calf crop weaned is influenced more by management decisions than by any other single factor in a cow herd, and therefore can be a very important factor in annual returns for a cow-calf operation, says this South Dakota State University, Extension Extra publication.
Beef Grades and Carcass Information
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) uses a dual grading system for beef carcasses: a Yield Grade for estimating cutability and a Quality Grade as a comprehensive evaluation of factors that affect beef palatability, says this Mississippi State University Extension Service, report.
Cattle and Veal World Markets and Trade
For the first time in over a decade, global imports of pork, beef, and broiler meats are all forecast to decline in a single year, reports the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » BSE NEWS: LGC Brings Tests to South West England
 » FMD NEWS: China Reports New Outbreak
 » BLUETONGUE: Scottish Farmers Urged to Check
 » Canada, Korea and the WTO: Beef Ban Challenge
 » EU, US Seek Solution to Beef Hormone Dispute
 » US Meat Campaign Targets Japan

   European Union

   United Kingdom

 » LGC Brings BSE Tests to South West England
 » TB Table Value Case Gets NFU Backing
 » UK Farmers Rally Against Cost Sharing
 » LMC Report: Lower Carcase Weights in the EU
 » UK Shortage of Beef Heifers Expected in Three Years
 » Scotland Stands Firm Against GM Foods
 » Grass+ Programme Gets the Most Out of Grass  » UFU President Sets Out Bluetongue Facts

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   United States

 » Economists Sees Big Upturn for US Cattle Prices
 » Survey Asks How to Improve Healthiness of Beef
 » US Beef Finds Strangled Market Access in Taiwan
 » Researchers Sequence Bovine Genome
 » Dwindling Research Funds Jeopardise Livestock
 » Congress Informed of Food Safety Progress Made
 » NCBA Concerned by Feed Ban and Public Disregard
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Feed Number Down
 » Counting the Costs of North Dakota's Floods
 » US Livestock Slaughter Statistics
 » Mixed Results for Texas Fever Tick Eradication Effort
 » BVD Website Assists Cattle Producers
 » $30-million Catalyst Puts Haste in Alberta's Livestock
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Weekly Outlook: Crop Markets React to Swine Flu

   New Zealand

 » NZFSA Strategy Fights Foodborne Salmonella
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   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   Japan

 » Practical Application of DDGS in Feed Under Study

   Ireland

 » IFA: Commitment to Fallen Animals Must be Delivered
 » AFBI and Teagasc Sign Scientific Collaboration MoU

   Indonesia

 » Indonesian Insemination Programme Ups Numbers

   Canada

 » Prairie Farm Groups Call for Help for Red Meat Sector
 » Canada Establishes Animal Health Network
 » Positive Outlook for US Bison
 » Canada Complains Over Labelling Laws

   Brazil

 » Brazil Back in the Chilean Market
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That's all for this week!

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