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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Good News and Bad for Beef Exporters

Russia is expected to raise quotas for beef imports while cutting allocations for pork and poultry next year.

The proposals were made by an association representing importers, processors and animal producers, and supported by the Economy and Agriculture Ministries. Sergei Yushin, who heads the association's executive committee, said the government may approve final three-year quotas this month.

Russia may increase its beef quota by 100,000 tonnes to 550,000 tons in 2010 and raise the duty on supplies above that limit to 50 per cent from 30 per cent, Mr Yushin explained.

The bad news for beef exporters comes as the result of the general election in Japan this week. US meat industry sources say that Japan's new leadership may be less agreeable than the previous administration to expanding imports of US beef back to the levels prior to the discovery of BSE in the the US.

The Irish beef industry seems to be indulging in a level of protectionism. While calling for a ban on beef imports from Brazil this week, the Irish Farmers Association has called for an end to obstacles to the live trade to the UK, and the market must be allowed flow.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Beef Quality Assurance: The Future of Beef Marketing
What is Beef Quality Assurance or BQA? It is a national programme that provides guidelines for beef cattle production in the US, explains Joi Saville, beef extension associate at Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension.
Four Points for Beef Producers to Consider
Four things beef producers might want to think about are food safety, seamless regionalized calf-to-feedlot health connectivity, implementation of improved RFID (radio frequency identification) technology and value capture for the producer, writes Kris Ringwall of North Dakota State University Extension.
Three Steps to Building a Profitable Grazing System
Focussing management efforts on the grazing resource can contribute significantly to improving profitability in beef cow/calf operations, says this Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Rural Development report.


* Company News

VIV China 2009 Opens up a Second Hall
CHINA - Preparations for VIV China 2009 taking place from 19 to 21 October at NCIEC Beijing, are in full swing.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Mazabuka Vet Dept to Vaccinate Cattle

   European Union

 » BLUETONGUE: Progress Being Made on Exit Strategy
Claas - Time for new rules
   United Kingdom

 » Opportunities Open up For Beef from UK Dairy Herd
 » ANM Pioneers Sales of High Health Cattle
 » Brighter Outlook for Beef Cattle
 » Bluetongue: Consider Risks Before Importing Livestock
 » Africa 100 Project Cash to Support Cassava Project
 » Kiotech and Optivite to Join Forces
 » Progress Being Made on Bluetongue Exit Strategy

   Pakistan

 » Poverty Reduction Through Livestock Development

   China

 » Lawmakers Warn of Disease Epidemic in China
 » China to Formulate Food Safety Standards

   United States

 » Grasshoppers Can Transmit Virus to Livestock
 » AMI President Responds to Critical 'Time' Article
 » CME: Beef-cow Slaughter Lower than a Year Ago
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Weekly Outlook: Price Pattern for Corn and Soybeans
 » CME: Beef and Cattle Indexes Down
 » Japan's New Leaders Seen Tougher on US Beef
 » Weekly Roberts Report
   Canada

 » Factors Influencing Ease of Trade on the CME
 » WTO Panel to Hear Challenge of SK Ban on Beef

   Panama

 » Coiba Cattle Headed for the Slaughterhouse

   Ireland

 » IFA Sees Major Potential for Irish Live Cattle to UK
 » Irish Call For Total EU Ban on Brazilian Beef

   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Senate Inquiry Hears Cattle Duffing Allegations
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   Nigeria

 » Professor Calls for New Animal Research Institutes

   Russian Federation

 » Russia May Increase Beef Quotas But Cut Pork, Poultry

   Argentina

 » Argentines to Eat Less Beef by 2011

   Zambia

 » Veterinary Dept to Vaccinate 20,000 Cattle in Mazabuka

   New Zealand

 » Inquiry into NZ Beef Mistakenly Labelled from China

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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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