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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 28 September 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Lighter Cattle Reflects Smaller Calf Crop

The USDA's cattle on feed inventory showed sharp declines compared to previous estimates.

Although placements were lower, cattle marketings in August were 6.5 per cent more than a year ago.

Whilst the number of lightweight cattle has increased significantly compared to this time last year, there was a large decline in the number of heavier cattle placed on feed.

Market analysts put this down to producers placing cattle on feed a lot earlier than normal - reflecting the smaller calf crop.

Declining US corn yield forecasts are expected to put continuing upward pressure on North American feedgrain prices.

With each month the USDA has been dropping the forecast lower and spectators doubt that the US corn crop will be over 150 bushels per acre.

This uncertainty has increased the value of all cereals in North America, says Stuart McMillan from the Canadian Wheat Board.

Draft proposals for the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) fall short of improving animal welfare, says Eurogroup for Animals.

The group says that the Commission does not respect its commitment from 2005 to stop granting subsidies for live cattle exports to third countries, and therefore associated welfare problems caused by long distance travel will continue.

In Italy there has been 13 outbreaks of anthrax in the region of Basilicata. To date 38 cattle have died. The source of the disease is unknown however strict movement controls have been put in place to prevent further outbreaks.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

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Effects Of Southern Plains Drought On Cattle Industry
The southern plains states have been stricken with a severe drought and the liquidation of cattle out of Texas, Oklahoma and other dry southern states has made some extra ordinary impacts on the cattle markets, writes Shane Ellis, Department of Economics, Iowa.
A Urine Creatinine Excretion Model For Beef Steers
Researchers from the University of New England have developed a more efficient model to predict creatinine excretion from lightweight beef steers, to help assess their metabolic state.
Variables That Influence Outcomes Of AI Programmes
Sandy Johnson from K-State Research and Extension looks at what factors can impact a cow's ability to respond with high fertility to synchronisation protocols.
Canadian Cattle Statistics Second Quarter 2011
The Canadian cattle herd is down 0.8 per cent for the second quarter of 2011, in comparison to the same quarter in 2010, reports Statistics Canada.
Australia – Livestock and Products Annual 2011
Australia appears to have fully recovered from the severe drought which started in 2002 and began to end with widespread, soaking rains on Christmas day 2009, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
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Focus On BVD ‘Eradication Dividend’, Not Difficulties
UK - National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) president, Nigel Miller, has urged cattle breeders and feeders to focus on the dividends of bovine viral diarrhea (BVDv) eradication rather than its difficulties.
KenoTsan: Deep Cleaning & Strong Adherence Power
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Asia Distributors Gather For Annual Meeting
SINGAPORE - The annual distributor meeting of Asia took place in the vibrant city of Singapore in August 2011.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Cattle On Feed Up Five Per Cent
 » CME: Cattle On Feed Expected To Show Gains
 » In The Cattle Markets: Market Volatility Continues
 » Proposals Approved For Checkoff Funding
 » CME: Currency Rates Will Affect Trade Volume
 » Cattle Outlook:Cut-out Value & Cattle On Feed Down
 » CME: Cold Storage Report Supportive Of Meat Prices
 » CME: September Feed Inventory Down On Estimates
 » Inovio Pharmaceuticals Assesses FMD Vaccine
 » Soybean Production & Consumption Uncertainty
 » Livestock ID/Traceability Economic Assessment

   Australia

 » Weekly Cattle Summary
 » Beef And Veal Exports Set To Fall
 » New Meat Inspection System Set for October
 » Cattle Market Alert: Steady Cattle Supply

   European Union

 » Draft CAP Proposal Does Not Improve Welfare

   United Kingdom

 » More Info From Sellers To Minimise Disease Risk
 » LMC:Surge In GB Farmgate Prices Since July/August
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - September 2011
 » Most Carcases Now Independently Classified
 » New Monitor Farm for Eastern Cairngorms
 » Refocus on Role of Farmers as Food Producers
 » NBA Congratulates Secretary For Preserving Funding
 » Committee Calls For Time On Red Tape
 » Cost Guide For Small Abattoirs & Meat Processors
 » BRP+: Closer Look At Trace Element Supplementation
 » Kendall Tells Labour To Make Food A Cornerstone
 » Farmers Not Able To Subsidise Tesco's Cost Cutting
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   Paraguay

 » Beef Exports Halted After FMD Detection

   Spain

 » CAP Should Help Environment & Improve Practice
 » Decline In Spanish Beef Consumption Continues

   Italy

 » Ten More Anthrax Outbreaks Reported In Italy

   General

 » Feedgrain Prices Still Driven by US Corn Yield
 » Australian Heifers Help Build Kazakhstan Industry
 » Minister Promotes Irish Dairy & Meat In Algeria

   Canada

 » Partnership To Enhance Leadership Development
 » Government Investing In New bTB Screening Tests

   Botswana

 » OIE: FMD Outbreak In Botswana

   New Zealand

 » Alliance Proposes Closure Of Sockburn Plant
 » International Greenhouse Gas Research Fund Opens

   Ireland

 » Farmers Must Wean Correctly, Says ICSA

   Netherlands

 » Livestock Farming Linked To Respiratory Illness

   Korea, South

 » Beef Imports Peak In August
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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