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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Animal Welfare Questioned?

Animal welfare was highlighted at the Worldwide Food Expo, with Temple Grandin addressing the issue of vigilance regarding welfare on farm and in the slaughterhouse. This comes as a report in the US shows abuse on infant veal calves, which has shocked the industry.

A Canadian MP in now fighting for animal welfare rights in transit. Currently ruminants can be confined up to 52 hours without food or water. Alexandra Mendes, Quebec MP is asking for this to be lowered to 12 hours.

In the US, a coalition of food and consumer groups, backed by McDonald's Corp, the nation's largest restaurant user of beef, has asked the Food and Drug Administration to ban the practice of feeding poultry litter to cattle. The group believes this practice increases the risk of cattle becoming infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

In Northern Ireland beef prices paid by some processors have increased, however, there is still a difference of 33 pence a kilo between NI and mainland UK prices. The National Beef Association has said that they have tried numerous methods to increase income to beef farmers in NI, however, plans are thwarted by processors and the government. Ulster Farmers' Union recently met with Sainsburys to highlight the difficulties faced in the NI beef industry.

With the past few disastrous months for the Australian beef industry, it is little surprise, that AAco, Australia's largest cattle company has said that they do not expect any significant earnings this financial year. The company says each one per cent fall in AAco's herd valuation costs it A$4 million.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Scours In Fall-Born Calves
Wet weather can cause calf scours to become a problem in fall-born calves, according to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
Maximising the Benefits of Weed Control in Grass and Forage Crops
A new leaflet by DairyCo and EBLEX highlights the main reasons for concern over changes in herbicide/ pesticide availability and what can be done to prevent increased costs to farmers.
Minerals in Beef Cattle, Part 1
Strong immune systems, reproductive performance and calf weight gain are all influenced by mineral and vitamin nutrition. This article written by beef extension specialists at the University of Ohio looks at macro and trace minerals. Look out next week for a follow up article on mineral supplementation and vitamins.
Prevent and Manage Silo Fires
David Hill, from Penn University looks at how silo fires can be prevented, and in the case of fire managed effectively to save some crop.
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
* Company News

Merck, Schering-Plough Merger Approved
GLOBAL - Merck and Schering-Plough have received approvals from the US Federal Trade Commission, Swiss Competition Commission and Canadian Competition Bureau for their proposed merger but significant divestitures are required.
Study on Efficacy of BUTOX Insecticide
GERMANY - A study conducted at the Department of Parasitology of the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf (Germany) has shown that the veterinary antiparasitic product BUTOX 7.5 pour on (deltamethrin) also protects cattle and sheep during wet conditions against insects proven to be responsible for the transmission of the bluetongue virus.
Acquisition Puts Boehringer among Top Health Companies
GLOBAL - Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has closed the deal to acquire a significant portion of the Fort Dodge Animal Health business from Pfizer.
VIV Europe 2010 Returns to its Roots in Utrecht
NETHERLANDS - VIV Europe 2010 will take place on 20 to 22 April 2010 in the Jaarbeurs at Utrecht in the Netherlands.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Will Turning Vegetarian Really Prevent Climate Change?
 » NADIS Veterinary Report And Forecast, October 2009
 » WWFE REPORT: Call for Fair Meat Trade
 » Beef Price Changes A Step In The Right Direction
 » Food Chain Proposal Offers A Starting Point For Discussion
 » Livestock Production Over The Years
 » Concern Continues over NI Slaughter Cattle Prices
 » UFU Discuss Beef Issues with Sainsbury’s
 » Over Age Cow Enters Food Chain Without BSE Test
 » Call for National Action to Control BVD
 » Huge Variances In Post-Slaughter Deductions
 » New Scheme Launched to Manage Cattle Diseases Allflex
   United States

 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » NCBA Continues To Call for Death Tax Reform
 » CME: Dairy Cow Flow Supplants Beef Cow Slaughter
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook
 » WWFE REPORT: Attention to Detail in Animal Welfare
 » Students To Learn Cattle Exhibition Skills
 » Marketing Resource To Help Livestock Producers
 » Coming Election Could Change Ohio's Welfare Rules
 » WWFE REPORT - Dairy Industry Splits from Worldwide Food Expo
 » FDA Urged to Ban Feeding Chicken Litter to Cattle
 » Evidence Shows Abuse Inflicted on Infant Veal Calves
 » Potentially Lethal Grass Poses Risk To Cattle Farmers
 » CME: Another Tough Month for Meat, Poultry Sectors
 » Weekly Outlook: Harvest to Accelerate
 » The Beef Center Contains All Things Beef
 » Tick Fever Prevention
 » Look Out for Mycotoxins In Cattle Feed
 » Weekly Roberts Report

   Taiwan

 » Taiwan Unhappy Over US Beef Imports
 » Protests Against US Beef Continues
   Canada

 » New Livestock Traceability Rebate Introduced
 » Govt Steps in to Support Levinoff-Colbex Abattoir
 » Transport to Slaughterhouse on Welfare Agenda
 » Antibiotic Resistance Among Bacteria a Concern
 » Keystone Welcomes Government Support
 » New Alternative for Liquid Manure Application

   France

 » OIE Head Highlights Importance of Health Legislation

   Brazil

 » Marfrig Records Improved Performance in Q3
 » Brazil Asks SA To Lift Beef Import Ban

   Argentina

 » Argentinean Beef Production Set To Decline

   Ireland

 » Livestock Exports to Netherlands Reach 5-Year High
 » Department Issues Advice On Liver Fluke

   Australia

 » Perrenial Grasses Are Proving To Be Profitable
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Record Cattle Exports From Wyndham Port
 » Forecasts Look Down For Cattle Company
 » Aussie Beef Exports Contract in October
 » Australia Seeks to Sell Organic Beef to China Animax Veterinary Health
   European Union

 » EU Moves to Improve Animal Welfare Labelling
 » Monsanto Welcomes EU Approval of its GM Maize

   Qatar

 » OIE Meeting Delegates Call for More Lab Capacity

   Czech Republic

 » Czech Meat and Dairy Production Down in Q3 of 2009

   General

 » Meat and Dairy Substitutes Could Prevent Climate Change
 » Ridley Hit by Falling Demand for Feed

   Netherlands

 » Nutreco's Q3 Results in Line with Expectations

   New Zealand

 » Meat & Wool New Zealand Announces Project Cuts Claas - Time for new rules

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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