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Editorial: Cattle EID - Enhanced Traceablity Or Another Burden?

The European Commission has adopted a proposal that will, when implemented, further enhance food safety and better safeguard animal health in the EU, through electronic identification of bovines.

The proposal provides the legal framework for the introduction, for the first time and on a voluntary basis, of an electronic identification system (EID) for bovine animals.

Although bovine EID is currently used in some EU countries, the Commission says that use on a wider scale will strengthen the current traceability system for bovine animals and food products.

Whilst the Commission boasts it will produce numerous benefits for producers, including less paperwork, the UK industry is still struggling to come to terms with EID for sheep, which has proved to be somewhat complicated.

The proposal, if it comes to light, will also require significant investment from beef producers across Europe.

Research has concluded that bleeding calf syndrome is linked to anti-MHC class I antibodies, produced by the mother in response to contamination of vaccine against bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD).

It is suggested that the antibodies in colostrum are responsible for destroying the calf's blood cells.

In June 2010, Pfizer voluntarily stopped sales of Pregsure BVD after a preliminary investigation linked it to a possible cause of bleeding calf syndrome.

Last week, it was revealed that India loses INR180 billion annually through foot and mouth disease.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Selection For Feed Efficiency In Beef Cattle
The Australian Beef Co-operative Research Centre is currently mapping genes for net feed intake using high-density single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). The research is published in Volume 18 of Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition - Australia.
Enabling Poorer Communities To Engage In Cattle
Using farm-grown fodder, alongside a credit through traders scheme has helped farmers in Ea Kar, Daklak, Viet Nam to engage in a short-term cattle fattening system, according to the International Livestock Research Institute.
Beef Expansion Could Be Own Goal For Ireland
Re-coupling subsidies such as the suckler cow premium will lead to an oversupply of beef and lower prices for farmers, says the Irish Cattle Farmers Association.
USDA: Effects Of Rising CO2 On Rangelands
Rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can reverse the drying effects of predicted higher temperatures on semi-arid rangelands, according to a study published today in the scientific journal Nature by a team of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and university scientists.
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* Company News

Grand Opening For BIVI Sioux Centre Vaccine Facility
US - Governor Terry E. Branstad travelled to Sioux Centre last week to attend the grand opening for one of three Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) specialised vaccine research facilities.
Biomin To Exhibit At SPACE
FRANCE - Biomin invites visitors to SPACE to visit its booth, B36 in Hall nine.
Alltech Appoints New Asia-Pacific Director
ASIA PACIFIC - Alltech has appointed a new director for its fastest growing region - Asia Pacific.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Canada

 » CME: Cattle Inventories Continue To Decline

   General

 » BBSRC Awards To Help Tackle Global Diseases
 » Agreement Develops Livestock Biogenetics
 » Vaccine Linked To Bleeding Calf Syndrome

   United Kingdom

 » NFU Challenges EC Over Leaked CAP Proposals
 » Farmers Increase Production & Future Planning
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - August 2011
 » Costings Tool Developed For Direct Sell Producers
 » LMC Report: Prime Cattle Classification Statistics
 » Make The Most Of Late Season Silage
 » Scotland's Stronger Defences Against FMD
 » Minister To Open Dairy Event & Livestock Show
 » Confidence Boost Moves Meat Industry Forward
 » Video To Help Farmers Reduce TB Risks

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   Australia

 » Synchronisied Breeding Programmes Require Labour
 » Reminder: MLA Members Have Chance To Vote
 » Weekly Cattle Summary
 » On-Farm Carbon Mitigation To Be Rewarded

   Korea, South

 » Beef Imports Continue To Rise

   Ireland

 » Prospects For Autumn Cattle Trade Positive
 » Beef Prices Steady Despite Factory Tricks
 » Farmers Encouraged To Sell Through The Marts

   Kenya

 » Herders Paid For Conserving Land In New Scheme

   Japan

 » Ban On Beef Shipments Lifted

   Malaysia

 » Beef Imports Jump 11 Per Cent In 2010-11

   United States

 » CME: Values Decline In Light Of Economic Concerns
 » Early Price Peak For Corn & Soybeans?
 » US Slaughter Statistics - August 2011
 » Cattle Outlook: Beef Cow Slaughter Up 20 Per Cent
 » Smithfield Reports Minor Damage In Hurricane
 » CME: 2011 Beef & Pork Packer Margins Up
 » GHG Reporting Programme Deadline 30 September

   India

 » India Loses INR180 Billion from FMD in Cattle

   New Zealand

 » Act Now To Avoid Difficult Spring

   European Union

 » Electronic Identification To Improve Health & Safety

   Brazil

 » New Beef Promotion Project For Brazil
 » Beef Producer Relocates To Save On Taxes



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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