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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 20 April 2011

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Increasing Feed Efficiency Whilst Improving Animal Health

Improving feed efficiency in feedlots is a must for producers, however, when brought into these environments, cattle are often exposed to a number of illnesses including respiratory diseases.

Two grants, totalling more than $14 million from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the US Department of Agriculture, are to be handed out to fight the problem.

The first grant will see research teams from the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University combine their resources to battle these two problems.

The second part of the grant will go to James Womack, the W.P. Luse Endowed and Distinguished Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.

He will investigate Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD), the most significant health problem of the US beef and dairy industries.

Researchers will identify the pathogens responsible for BRD and will use a DNA-based approach, which is similar to the approach being used in the feed efficiency study, to identify cattle that are resistant to the pathogens responsible for BRD.

Owing to several public holidays in the UK over the coming two weeks, the next newsletter from TheBeefSite will be mailed to you on Wednesday 4 May.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Wholecrop Silage Does Not Affect Beef Quality
Feeding legume based silages compared with grass silage has no effect on the fatty acid profile or meat quality in continental steers, whilst increasing concentrates reduces the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and increases the redness and yellowness of the beef.
Irish Beef Outlook For 2011
The prospects for 2011 point to a relatively tight supply situation across Europe while Irish finished cattle supplies are set to tighten considerably, reports Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board.
Indonesia/ Australia Live Cattle Export: Feedlots
Australia and Indonesia have developed a strong bilateral relationship in livestock trade that has resulted in important commercial partnerships between industries in both countries. This section of an independent report, studying animal welfare conditions, looks at welfare in feedlots.
Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - April 2011
High beef prices continue in the US, however with supplies of heavier fed cattle expected to hit the market, some believe prices may fall, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
Feed Outlook - April 2011
The recent grains stocks report confirms that supplies are tight, according to Tom Capehart and Edward Allen in the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: FMD in North, South Korea and Bulgaria

   United States

 » Beef, Pork Exports Continue To Grow In February
 » CME: US Exports Remain Strong
 » NCBA Cattlemen Address Key Policy Issues
 » CME: Could Corn For Livestock Feeds Be Rationed?
 » USMEF Programmes Continue In Japan
 » Cattle Outlook
 » Returns to a Summer Stocker Operation
 » 'Staph Report' Author Calls For Cut In Drug Use
 » Congress Urged to Improve Border Security
 » USDA Grant Targets Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle
 » $14 Million To Study Food Efficiency In Cattle
 » Federal Data Show Meat & Poultry Safe, Says AMI
 » Corn And Soybean Prices Reflect Uncertainty
 » NCBA Backs Congresswoman's Dust Legislation
 » CME: Significant Appreciation of Commodity Prices
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » AFBF Comment on Developments on Panama FTA

   Taiwan

 » Taiwan Reconsiders US Beef Import Laws

   Indonesia

 » Processors Fear Closure If Imports Don't Increase

   Ireland

 » New Research Funding For Animal Health
 » Teagasc: Road Maps for Farming and Food Sector

   Brazil

 » Brazilian Live Cattle Exports Down
 » Slaughterhouse Seeks Expansion on Arab Market

   Sudan

 » Sudan To Import Brazilian Genetics

   European Union

 » EU Strengthens Legal Grounds For GM Cultivation Ban
 » MEPs: EU Countries Should be Able to Ban GMOs
 » MEP Calls For Tougher Controls On Animal Antibiotics
 » Ag Ministers Discuss Product Quality Schemes

   Australia

 » Livestock Farmers Disappointed By Ballarat Saleyard
 » Heavy Cattle Take A Step Back

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   France

 » Discussing Ag Development At G20

   United Kingdom

 » Beef Prices Break 300p/kg Barrier
 » EU And Defra Fail To Support British Farmers
 » Tighten Border Controls To Prevent Disease Spread
 » NFU Frustrated Over Europe's GM Vote
 » QMS Reveals Activites Planned For Year Ahead
 » Praise For Scottish Livestock Sustainability
 » Royal Highland Show - Ticking All The Boxes
 » Animal Welfare Award for SAC Researchers
 » Cattle Throughput Unchanged In March
 » Improve Forage Knowledge At Grassland & Muck 2011

   China

 » Chief Vet Confirms Need For Modernisation

   Japan

 » Japan's Compound Feed and Livestock Production

   Korea, South

 » S. Korea Confirms Additional FMD Case
 » S. Korea Not to Raise FMD Alert Level Despite New Outbreak
 » South Korea Reports One New Outbreak of FMD
 » Korea May Allow Canadian Beef Imports By June

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   Korea, North

 » Four Outbreaks of FMD in Cattle and Swine

   Botswana

 » Botswana Manages to Contain FMD

   Bulgaria

 » Farm Animals Die as FMD Compensation is Lagging

   Turkey

 » USGC Seeks Solution to Turkey's DDGS Restrictions

   New Zealand

 » Silver Fern Plans New Beef Plant

   Canada

 » Taking Advantage of Strong Crop, Livestock Markets

   India

 » Dutch Input To Boost Meat Processing & Quality



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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