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Editorial: Will Insurance Schemes Pay Out For Kenyan Farmers

In Kenya, insurers will soon assess whether farmers signed up to the Index-Based Livestock Insurance scheme will receive their first payments after the worst drought in 60 years.

The scheme, which has been piloted in northern Kenya since early 2010, uses freely-available satellite data to assess the state of pastures. When the images show that pastures have dried up, farmers can claim compensation for animals that have died as a result — without insurers having to verify the deaths in person.

"So far, the predicted mortality [rate is] high — but we have to wait for the final tally at the end of October in order to determine whether or not there will be a payout," said Brenda Wandera, project development manager at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya, which implemented the scheme.

The scheme will be extended to southern Ethiopia in February 2012 to help mitigate the effects of drought.

In the US, research is underway that will look at breeding "supershedders" of E.coli 0157:H7 out of the herds.

Researchers have shown that while some cows have no E. coli O157:H7 in their systems, others present a greater risk for beef contamination by shedding higher concentrations of the pathogen in their feces.

By establishing genetic markers for supershedders, or animals that do not carry the microorganism, breeding programmes can be developed to help minimise the risk that the pathogen presents to consumers of beef products.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Resilience Vs Resistance
Kris Ringwall from the North Dakota Beef Extension commends the beef industry's resilience, but says that resistance to change will only prevent the industry moving forward, particularly where data collection is concerned.
Better Grazing Practices Hold Key To Droughts
The current drought in northern Kenya has deep roots in the current practices of pastoralists that need to be addressed, says conservationist David Western, Chairman of the African Conservation Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.
Livestock, Dairy And Poultry Outlook - August 2011
High feed prices will curb production next year, according to the USDA Economic Research Service in its Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook for August 2011.
Biomin's Mycotoxin Survey - 2nd Quarter Report 2011
Mycotoxin analysis results for the second quarter of 2011 from Biomin, including more than 2,800 analyses of more than 800 animal feed ingredients. At least one mycotoxin was found in 90 per cent of the samples.
* Company News

Weather Could Trigger Lungworm Outbreak
UK - The recent wet weather following the earlier dry conditions experienced by much of the UK may have created a potential lungworm time bomb, warns Merial Animal Health, and farmers need to be vigilant in order to catch the disease early.
DeLuca Appointed President Of Merck Animal Health
US - Merck has appointed Richard R. DeLuca Jr. as President, Merck Animal Health.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

Kazakhstan

» FMD NEWS: FMD Breaks Out In East Kazakhstan
» OIE: Anthrax Outbreak Reported

United Kingdom

» Govt Welfare Committee Seeks New Expertise
» Vetoquinol UK Ltd Competition
» NFUS Announces New Chief Executive
» LMC Report: Changes In Cattle Prices Across UK
» Labour Launches Campaign Against Badger Cull
» Study Highlights Potential For Improved Beef Margins
» New Kits Highlight Nutritional Value Of Red Meat
» Half Year Export Figures Rosy For Beef
» UFU Rejects Scottish CAP Redistribution Suggestions

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United States

» Cattle On Feed Up Eight Per Cent
» CME: Record-Large July Placements Expected
» In The Cattle Markets: Supply & Demand Estimates
» Coming Dialogue On Antibiotic Use In Food Animals
» CME: June Meat & Poultry Prices Steady
» Cattle Outlook: Placements Up For July
» NBCA; Obama Midwest Tour Misinformed Farmers
» CME: Continuing Large Cattle On Feed Placements
» Limousin Releases Multibreed EPDs
» CME: Larger Supplies In Cold Storage This Year
» Weekly Roberts Market Report

Australia

» Exit Grants Cut After Full Subscirption
» MLA Daily Livestock Article
» Weekly Cattle Summary
» Cutting Red Tape For Feedlots
» Beef Industry Rising Champions
» Govt Clearance For Cargill-Teys Joint Venture
» AB Vista Confirms RCI As Distributor
» Cattle Market Alert

New Zealand

» Farmers To Engage On Livestock Tax Review

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Denmark

» Danish Crown Announces New Cattle Slaughterhouse

General

» USGC Works to Smooth the Way for DDGS Exports
» Innovacyn Expands Vetericyn Product Line
» Canada-Colombia FTA Comes into Effect
» US & Canadian Cattle Inventory Down One Per Cent
» Cattle Genetics Research May Help Combat E. coli
» Delighted Danes Buy British Blues

Canada

» OIE: Bovine Anaplasmosis Outbreaks Reported
» Resumption Of FTA Discussions With South Korea
» Government To Invest In Farming Sector

Pakistan

» Support For New Poultry, Dairy, Fish & Meat Projects

Kenya

» Farmers May Soon Receive First Drought Payout

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Russian Federation

» Beef Imports Rise In 2010-11

Uruguay

» Cattle Supplies To Remain Tight

India

» India Celebrates Freedom From Rinderpest

Mexico

» Exports Of Beef Products Doubled
» Bachoco Acquires Further Processed Meats Plant



That's all for this week!

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