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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 23 February 2011

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Editorial: Electronic Identification For Cattle

The European Commission is working on a proposal to introduce electronic identification in bovine animals, as the traceability of animals and animal products across Europe plays an important role in protecting both animal and consumer health.

Currently there is specific EU legislation on the use of electronic identification for other animals in the EU (e.g. pets, horses, sheep and goats), but with bovine electronic identification it could mean an estimated 90 million animals are included into the digital control system.

DG SANCO, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers says that the system will increase the competitiveness of the sector, as it is an excellent tool for improving farm management and on-farm automation. Other benefits from electronic tagging will be breed improvement and fraud prevention.

In the US, animal disease traceability will be the primary discussion topic at the US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on 4 March.

APHIS has spent much of the past year developing a framework for US animal disease traceability. Through the framework, APHIS intends to implement a flexible yet coordinated approach to animal disease traceability that uses the strengths and expertise of states, tribes and producers by empowering them to find and use the traceability methods that work best for them.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Has GIPSA Failed Cattle Traders?
US - At the Live Cattle Marketing Committee at the 2011 NCBA Convention and Trade Show there was a lot of frustration and anger from ranchers and cattle dealers, towards the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA) and the bank, regarding the bankruptcy of Eastern Livestock Company. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite Editor reports.
New And Emerging Cattle Threats In The UK
The third quarterly report of emerging cattle threats in the UK cattle, produced by the Veterinary Laboratory Agency, identifies that suspected closantel toxicity was investigated for the first time in UK cattle.
Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - February 2011
Beef prices are likely to increase in 2011, whilst rising feed prices will not affect dairy herd production and production per cow, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - February 2011
Beef exports look to increase in 2011, with an increase in demand from Asia. Meanwhile, milk production is expected to be higher in 2011 due to an increase in dairy cow and heifer replacements, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Korea, South

 » FMD NEWS: Improvement in Livestock Burial Urged
 » S. Korea's FMD Caused by Virus from Viet Nam
 » Mistaken Virus Introduction Theory Leaves Blame on Innocent Farmers
 » FMD Situation in S Korea May be Easing
 » No Pathogens Found in FMD Run-Off
 » Religious Groups Call for Improvement in Livestock Burial

   Spain

 » EC Takes Spain To Task Over Feed Directive

   United States

 » CME: Mixed Results For US Consumer Meat Demand
 » Animal Health, Traceability On Top Of APHIS Agenda
 » Imported Cow Over 30 Months Not Tested For BSE
 » Results Available From Forage Testing Project
 » Red Meat Exports Boost Trade Balance by $4.24B
 » Angus Genomic-Enhanced EPDs Include Pfizer Technology
 » MSU Projects Receive Agriculture Initiative Awards
 » Beef Exports Exceed Beef Imports
 » Calving Season Tips For Producers
 » Cattle On Feed Up Six Per Cent
 » CME: Markets Bullish Again; New Meat Price Records
 » Committee Urges Taiwan To Restore US Beef Trade
 » Ag Secretary Pressed On Timeline For GIPSA Analysis
 » Is There Enough Acreage?
 » R-Calf Requests Enforcement Action Against JBS
 » CME: Increase In US Meat And Poultry Stocks
 » Cost-Effective Organic Forage Production

   Brazil

 » Beef Exports Expected To Grow 8 - 10 Per Cent
 » Brazilian Meat, Dairy Companies Head To Gulfood

   United Kingdom

 » LMC: Weekly Beef Markets
 » VLA Nov Update - IBR In Cattle
 » VLA Dec Update - Outbreaks Of Bacterial Pneumonia
 » Processors Fear Lifts In Beef Export Volumes
 » Incidence Of TB In Cattle
 » UK Better Place To Deal With Disease Outbreaks
 » Rugby Star Heads Beef Campaign
 » UK Beef Carbon Footprint Is EU Average
 » Quality Standard Scheme Offers Benefits To All
 » Remarkable Resilience Since FMD Outbreak
 » New Rules On Trace GM in Feed

   Viet Nam

 » Foot-and-Mouth Disease Returns Across Viet Nam

   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Beef Has Less Hormones Than Other Common Foods

   Czech Republic

 » Czechs Consume Less Meat But More Cheese

   General

 » US And Canadian Cattle Inventory Down
 » Australia And Mongolia Sign MoU For Ag Products

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   European Union

 » European Decision To Drive Cost Out Of Beef Chain
 » Food Security Under Threat: Global Response Needed
 » EU Adopts Statement On Germany's Dioxin Incident
 » Council Takes Next Step On Food Labelling Rules
 » Livestocks Role In EU Greenhouse Emissions
 » Bovines To Receive Digital ID
 » Proposal Over GM Material In Feed Endorsed

   New Zealand

 » Farmers Should Exploit High Local Food Prices

   France

 » 48th Salon International de l'Agriculture Opens

   Netherlands

 » Feed Nutrition Course To Be Held By Schothorst

   Ireland

 » Mercosur Demands "Simply Not Acceptable"

   Canada

 » New Livestock Genomics Research Funding
 » Govt Helps Livestock Producers Access Feed



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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