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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 2 February 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Continuing Increase In Feed Prices Having Major Consequences For Producers

US beef numbers are continuing to fall, as high feed prices are putting increasing financial pressure on businesses.

On the contrary, dairy cow numbers have been gradually increasing, however with higher feed prices, many producers are operating at a loss.

Huge hikes in animal feed bills are driving the dramatic downturn in the incomes being forecast for English farmers.

In Ireland, beef producers are being advised to hold out on selling finished stock, and insist on higher prices.

The industry has accused processors of undermining beef market confidence and cattle prices.

Finally, producers in Australia are being warned that there is a severe risk of tick fever, following the floods. Vets are advising that all stock be treated and that producers keep an eye open for signs of the disease in their herds.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Improving Performance In Suckler Herds Through Breeding Plans
Breeding is the key to a successful future for suckler herds , said William Haires, Nuffield scholar at the British Cattle Breeders Conference. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite Editor reports.
Meat Industry Faces a Squeezed Middle Market
The meat industry faces three separate challenges - increasing and maintaining margins, accommodating greater uncertainty in the business environment and responding to market segmentation, writes Chris Harris TheCattleSite Editor in Chief.
Taking New Measures Against Ticks
Ticks are close relatives of mites, spiders and scorpions, but unlike these arachnids, ticks tend to stick around, warns the USDA ARS.
Plan Now To Improve Calving Weight
With higher calf prices in the fall of 2010, there is a belief in the industry that the prices will hold going into the fall of 2011. Higher prices provide an incentive to increase calf weaning weights and dollars received per calf when this upcoming calf crop is sold.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Bulgaria

 » FMD NEWS: Bulgaria Reports One More Outbreak
 » Bulgaria Reports One More Outbreak of FMD

   General

 » New Approaches To Livestock Development Needed
 » Foot-and-Mouth Disease in South Korea Signals Regional Risk
 » Kemin Enters Veterinary Market
 » N American FMD Vaccine Bank Provides Vaccine to S Korea

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   Canada

 » Early Dehorning Advised
 » US Ethanol Policy Blamed for High Feed Costs
 » Reduction in Trade Disruptions Expected

   Australia

 » Tick Fever Threat Following Floods
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Freight Subsidies Would Help In Restocking
 » Flood-Affected Producers Find New Foe
 » Tuesday Daily Livestock Article

   United Kingdom

 » Cold Weather Increases Beef Consumption
 » Feed Prices Lowering Farm Incomes
 » Livestock And Meat Commission To Be Reformed
 » Cogent Breeding Acquires World Wide Sires UK
 » Take Action Against Leptospirosis
 » Beef Expo 2011 Offers Opportunities For Beef Farmers
 » Call for Intervention on Inspection Charges

   United States

 » Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Report
 » Adressing Cattle Feeding Strategies
 » Poor Cow Nutrition Costs Beef Producers
 » Cow Rumen Holds Promise For Biofuels
 » Cattle Outlook
 » Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference 40th Anniversary
 » Semi-Annual Cattle Inventory Summary
 » K-State Forms Partnership With Vet Laboratory
 » CME: Courtship Between JBS Swift and Sara Lee Over?
 » January 1 Cattle Inventory Down One Per Cent
 » EPA Makes Data Available On Emissions Study
 » Beef Cattle Producers Want Out – How High For Prices?
 » Cattle Report Reveals Some Unexpected Numbers
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » CME: Consumption Of Meat, Poultry And Fish Down

   Ireland

 » Finishers Must Hold Out As Supplies Tighten
 » Managing Grain Price Volatility

   New Zealand

 » NZ Beef Looks To Export Oppotunities
 » Beef + Lamb New Zealand Directors Unopposed

   Netherlands

 » DNA Revolution In Animal Breeding

   China

 » High-Level Call For Improved Food Safety
 » Animal Husbandry Makes Significant Progress

   Russian Federation

 » Nutreco Invests In New Feed Plant In Russia

   Brazil

 » Change at Top for JBS
 » Brazilian Cattle Prices to Remain High

   Korea, South

 » S Korea Culls Over 3 Million Livestock to Control FMD

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That's all for this week!

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