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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Appeals to G20 to Focus on Agriculture

As the G20 summit starts in Paris this week, farming and feed organisations from around the world have called on the politicians to place agriculture at the top of the agenda.

Farm groups from 66 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe adopted a joint declaration, stressing that trade policy must not be allowed to dictate domestic agricultural policies or ignore non-trade concerns.

And the European Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) has called on the European Commission to focus on measures allowing an increase in world agricultural production and productivity.

However, according to a recent report from the OECD and the FAO in the lead up to the summit, high commodity prices are set to stay in agriculture.

Talks in Europe over the last week looked at how market instruments can be adapted to stabilise the sector as it suffers extreme price instability caused by input cost hikesthat have been made worse by drought conditions in many European countries.

The special meeting of the European Commission’s Advisory Group on the Beef Sector was convened by Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos.

In Australia, the continued ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia because of slaughter welfare concerns is expected ot put pressure on domestic markets as northern cattle producers seek markets in southern Australia for their cattle.

In the UK, the National Beef Association is continuing to raise concens over the introduction of video image analysis for carcase classification.

There are concerns that carcases going through the system, which has been introduced in Northern Ireland and is expected to be used across the UK shortly, have not been properly dressed.

This week has also seen new outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in Israel and Mozambique.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Food Production
The UK's Low Carbon Transition Plan calls for an 18 per cent reduction on the 2008 levels of greenhouse gas emissions, which stood at 610 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, writes Chris Harris.
Grass To Energy And Back Again
Researchers at Teagasc Crops, Environment and Land Use Research Centre have been looking at using waste from anaerobic digesters as a fertiliser.
UK VLA Update: Fatty Liver Syndrome
Fatty liver syndrome is causing losses in dairy cattle, whilst further cases of bovine psoroptic mange have been reported, according to the Veterinary Laboratory Agency's monthly update.
Feed Outlook - June 2011
US corn production is still expected to be a record this year but the current forecast is for historically tight global coarse grain stocks, according to the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Israel

 » FMD NEWS: Israel Reports Four More FMD Outbreaks
 » Israel Reports Four More FMD Outbreaks

   United Kingdom

 » Action To Eradicate BVD
 » West Country PGI Consultation Launched
 » NFU Calls For Simplified Medicines Market
 » TB: Welsh Minister Urged To 'Do The Right Thing'
 » Scottish Farmers Urged To Beware Cattle Scab
 » NFU Calls For Abattoirs Post Mortem Clipping
 » CIWF Calls For End To UK Live Exports
 » Feeds For Smallholders Now A Mouse-Click Away
 » Export Revenues Up but Margins Still Tight
 » NBA Fears Accuracy Of VIA
 » G20: Agriculture Put At Top Of Agenda

   European Union

 » Reducing The Burdens Of Livestock Feed
 » Safeguarding The EU Beef Sector
 » EU Beef Imports Down

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   China

 » China Recognised Free Of CBPP By OIE

   United States

 » GIPSA Rule On Hold
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » USDA Urged To Finalise Comprehensive BSE Rule
 » Mutli-Paddock Grazing Beneficial
 » Brassica Has Traces Of Natural Thiouracil
 » CME: Calf-Crop To Be Smallest In 50 Years
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » CME: Low Economic Growth Will Affect Markets
 » Registration Opens For USAHA/AAVLD Annual Meeting
 » Cattle Outlook
 » Proper Hay Storage Vital To Protecting Feed Quality
 » CME: Increased Live And Feeder Cattle Futures
 » USDA Stocks And Acreage Reports
 » United States Cattle On Feed Up 4 Per Cent
 » Brucellosis Testing At Markets To Stop
 » CME: USDA Release Feedlot Survey Results
 » Understanding Modern Cattle Production
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » CME: Daily Livestock Report
 » Insect Control Essential in Livestock Production

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   India

 » Goa Dairy Increases Milk Price For Farmers

   General

 » Global Science Network Tackles Animal Diseases
 » Asia Is High-Growth Market For Feed Additives
 » Higher Commodity Prices Here To Stay
 » G20: FEFAC Focuses On Increasing Production
 » G20: Farm Groups Appeal To Ministers

   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Global Beef Supply Getting More Scarce
 » Poll Gene Tests Working Well For Brahman
 » Export Ban Raises Concerns for Cattle Sector

   Ireland

 » Increasing Suckler Beef Profitability

   Germany

 » EC Urges Germany To Complete Feed Directive

   New Zealand

 » Fifth Quarter Exports Boost NZ Agriculture

   Korea, South

 » Measures Announced For Improved Disease Control

   Russian Federation

 » Miratorg's 1st Shipment Of Beef Cattle Enter Russia

   Mozambique

 » One New Outbreak of FMD in Mozambique

   Ethiopia

 » Feed And Dairy Processing Expansion In Ethiopia



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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