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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: New Zealand Launches Strategy for Profitability

The Meat Industry Association (MIA) and Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) have released their Red Meat Sector Strategy, which reflects broad recognition of the underlying challenges to the sector’s sustainable profitability, and also clearly identifies the opportunities for the sector to realise its full potential and continue to be a principal driver of New Zealand’s economy.

MIA and B+LNZ initiated the development of the sector strategy – with input from the sector and underpinned by extensive data and in-depth analysis by Deloitte – to identify ways of achieving sustainable profitability and promote re-investment in the industry.

“While the sector currently generates nearly $8b annually in export earnings and forms the basis of the visual and social landscape of New Zealand, over time its profitability has been inconsistent and often unsatisfactory, as is reflected by conversion of sheep and beef farm land to other uses such as dairy farming and forestry,” said Mike Petersen, B+LNZ Chairman.

In the US, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Florida Cattlemen's Association have filed a lawsuit, challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's determination letter and final rule establishing numeric nutrient criteria for the state's lakes, rivers, streams and springs.

The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee and called on the court to set aside and hold unlawful the letter and rule because they are "arbitrary, capricious, go beyond EPA’s statutory authority and are in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act” it has asked the court to set aside the letter and rule and stop EPA from further action on both due to the irreparable harm Florida agricultural producers will suffer if the agency’s actions are not stopped.

In Japan, livestock and agricultural production has restarted following the devastation caused by the earthquake.

However, the Japanese government has plans to check for radioactive contamination in grass for livestock in the eastern half of the country to prevent contaminated beef or milk from entering the market amid the continuing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has set allowable radioactive contamination levels for grass and asked 16 prefectures to check grass in areas where higher-than-normal levels of atmospheric radiation have been detected.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Indonesia/ Australia Live Cattle Export: Slaughter
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 at slaughter.
Young Sires Benefit From Genomic Selection
Using genomic information in beef animals increases the benefits to selection, particularly for young bulls and selection parameters that have low heritabilities such as residual feed intake.
A Supply Chain Approach To Beef Quality
Managing for beef quality isn't an arbitrary end-product objective, panelists pointed out at a Cattlemen's College session.
2011 Trade Forecast Update: Beef Remains Stable
Beef production is virtually unchanged since the last forecast in October 2010 and tight supplies and high prices continue to constrain significant trade expansion, according to the latest Livestock and Poultry World Markets and Trade report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Israel

 » FMD NEWS: Israel Reports FMD Outbreak in Cattle
 » Israel Reports FMD Outbreak in Cattle

   United Kingdom

 » CIWF Urges A Cut In Meat Intake To Save The Earth
 » Improve Forage Knowledge At Grassland & Muck 2011
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - April 2011
 » Wedding Bells, Bunting And beef
 » Britons And Royalty Wedded To Beef
 » Sharing Responsibility For Health, Welfare Policy
 » Markets Surveys Now Available Via Website
 » NFU: Success Depends On Board Members
 » Price Reporting Shows Ongoing Incentives
 » Meeting Looked In Depth At Beef & Dairy Markets
 » Royal Wedding Guests Celebrate With Scotch Beef

   Botswana

 » Botswana Manages to Contain FMD

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   United States

 » CME: Significant Appreciation Of Commodity Prices
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » AFBF Comment On Developments On Panama FTA
 » Forage, Wheat Holds Up After Hard Winter
 » Cattle Outlook
 » Cattle On Feed
 » Red Meat Production Reaches Record High
 » US Cattle On Feed Up Five Per Cent
 » Improving Welfare: Management Training Programme
 » DGS Research Helps Livestock Industry
 » Time To End Irresponsible Ethanol Subsidies
 » Total Red Meat Production Down In 2010
 » NCBA Cautious About Final Dust Policy Assessment
 » Cattle Prices Move Past Seasonal Highs
 » Cattle Care Top Priority For Cattlemen
 » In The Cattle Markets: Cattle Market Blues
 » Cattle Groups File Lawsuit Against EPA
 » Corn And Soybean Prices Continue Erratic Pattern
 » EPA Releases Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Guidance
 » CME: Daily Livestock Report

   Turkey

 » USGC Seeks Solution To Turkey's DDGS Restrictions
 » Turkey Moves to Protect Itself from Bulgaria's FMD Outbreak

   New Zealand

 » Silver Fern Plans New Beef Plant
 » National Policy Statement Threatens Farming
 » Local Technology Picks Most Tender Steaks
 » Red Meat Sector Strategy Released

   Korea, South

 » Korea May Allow Canadian Beef Imports By June
 » Korea Beef Demand Levels Out
 » S. Korea Reports Additional Case of FMD
 » FMD Breaks Out in South Korean Pigs
 » Call for Opening of Beef Market

   Canada

 » Taking Advantage Of Strong Crop, Livestock Markets

   India

 » Dutch Input To Boost Meat Processing & Quality

   Ireland

 » Dutch/Irish Co-Operation On Food Research

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   General

 » Report Predicts Strong Growth In Feed Acidifiers
 » Quality Of Livestock Data Improves In Africa

   Japan

 » Livestock & Feed Production Resume
 » Checking for Radioactive Contamination in Grass

   European Union

 » Committee Sets Out Clearer Labelling Rules
 » Biological Sciences Reinforced To Tackle Big Issues
 » EU To Target Antimicrobial Resistance In 2012

   China

 » NDRC Expects Food Prices to Stabilise

   Brazil

 » JBS Refutes Accusations of Illegal Cattle Buying
 » JBS Signs Sustainability Agreement with Acre
 » Questions Raised by Russian Ban on Brazilian Beef

   Kenya

 » Livestock Insurance Scheme Wins Innovation Award

   Korea, North

 » New Outbreak of FMD Occurs in N. Korea

   Australia

 » WA Beef Commentary Now Available
 » Abortion Parasite Found In SA Cattle Herds
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Australian Beef Exports Slow in April

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   Switzerland

 » First BSE Case In Switzerland For Four Years

   Zimbabwe

 » Zimbabwe Reports FMD in Cattle



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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