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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 8 July 2009

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Passing the Burden of Health and Welfare

Health and welfare are always of a major concern to the livestock industry, whether they regard markets, production, ethics, food safety or costs, but this week they took particular precedent around the globe.

In Europe, the Liaison Centre for the Meat Processing Industry in the European Union (Clitravi), urged Commission chiefs to abide by a parliament recommendation which stated that the European Commission meet extra costs resulting from a new regulation on improving animal welfare at slaughter. Without these funds, processors say they will suffer severe financial burdens.

Fears that a similar situation is evolving within the United Kingdom were also aired after the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced that a joint industry and government working group has been set up to advise on how best to develop the body which will oversee responsibility and cost sharing of animal health.

The National Beef Association later called on Defra to open its mind to what livestock farmers are saying about disease cost and responsibility sharing (RCS) in consultation responses submitted when the deadline ended only last week. The association is worried that Defra has already decided, "despite almost universal farmer condemnation of the move," that RCS is a done deal. Meanwhile, National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) urged policymakers to take the impact on Scottish livestock farmers into consideration.

Also this week, the RSPCA spoke out against Australia's live export trade, whilst the Live Export Shipboard Performance Report celebrated a mortality rate of less than one per cent. Ireland achieved a brucellosis free status, but Fiji suffered from a new outbreak which has led to a cull of more than thirty of the 282 cattle infected. And, the first lawsuit stemming from the current E. coli O157:H7 (E. coli) recall by JBS Swift Beef Company, was filed on behalf of a child.

This week also marks the end of the Royal Show, the UK's premier agriculture event which will sadly close its doors permanently on 10 July 2009, due to financial burdens. The show is being attended by TheCattleSite and further reports can be expected.

Adam Anson

Genus - Value through science and genomics
* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

The Story Behind Numbers: Australian Shipboard Mortalities
In response to industry and public concern, Australia's 2008 national livestock export industry shipboard performance report has been published, detailing animal mortalities throughout the year. Adam Anson, writing for TheCattleSite, examines the facts, figures and concerns.
Anti-quality Factors in Beef Cattle Diets
Under certain conditions, beef cattle may be exposed to forages and feeds containing toxic or harmful compounds, writes Jane A. Parish, Associate Extension/Research Professor, and Justin D. Rhinehart, Assistant Extension Professor, Mississippi State University Extension.
FMD: The Way Towards Global Control
Over 500 participants, participated in the OIE/FAO Global Conference on Foot and Mouth Disease to discuss a way towards global control, reports the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
Stocking Rates and AUM
Carrying capacity is considered to be the average number of animals that a particular pasture or range can sustain over time, says this report by the Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Rural Development.
The Plight of Being Average
With rising input costs and falling calf value, survival in the beef business is a very real question for many producers, writes Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, North Dakota State University.
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Anti-poverty Schemes Have FMD scare

   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » RSPCA Speaks Out Against Live Export Trade
 » AgForce Against Australian Cattle Brand Fee

   United Kingdom

 » ROYAL SHOW - Doors to Close on Royal Show
 »  EBLEX Hosts Beef and Lamb Exporters
 » Defra Establishes Cost Share Advisory Group
 » NFUS Wary of Creation of Independent Defra Body
 » NBA Not Sharing Defra Thoughts on Animal Health Plan
 » Supermarkets Asked to Sign up for an Ombudsman
 » LMC Report: Average NI Cattle Prices Lag Behind GB

   United States

 » First E. coli Lawsuit Against JBS Swift
 » Obama Takes New Steps Towards Meat Safety
 » R-calf Link Producer Woes to Dominant Meat Packers
 » Cattle Feeding Research Facility Opens Near Bushland
 » Small US Slaughterhouses Continue to Decline
 » New Osteopetrosis Test for Pfizer Animal Genetics
 » Ag Guide Open for Comment
 » Texan Draught Plagues Livestock Owners
 » Beef Issues Remain Between US and Japan
 » NFU Applauds USDA Disaster Program Regulations
 » CME: Herd Reductions Likely in 2009
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Feeder Cattle Futures Move Higher
 » In The Cattle Markets
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   Tanzania

 » EAC Secretariat and ILRI Unite Over Livestock

   Ireland

 » Ireland Achieve Brucellosis Free Status
 » Big Funds for Irish Beef and Dairy Breeding

   Canada

 » Cattle Congress in Calgary
 » Greater Food Monitoring Urged in Ottawa
 » Application Forms for Slaughter Programme Available

   Mexico

 » CBEF Targets Mexican Hotel and Restaurant Trade

   Viet Nam

 » Vietnamese Beef Markets Open to Foreign Exports

   Fiji

 » Brucellosis Strikes Cattle in Fiji
 » Fiji Begins Slaughter of Brucellosis Infected Cattle

   India

 » State Considers total Ban on Cow Slaughter
 » Anti-poverty Schemes Have FMD scare
 » India Loses US$4.45 billion to Livestock Disease

   Brazil

 » Brazilian Beef Exports Begin to Fall

   European Union

 » Meat Processors Say EU Welfare Funds are Vital

   Denmark

 » Denmark Launch DKK 64 Million Breeding Project
 » Eating Time – a Future Management Tool

   New Zealand

 » NZ Boost Manufacturing Beef Exports
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That's all for this week!

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