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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Does Europe need to be more open minded about genetically modified (GM) crops?

With unpredictable, extreme weather conditions and competition on global markets, it is likely that farmers will continue to struggle to source feed for livestock production at a competitive price.

In this context, there are some sections of the industry that believe the introduction of GM crops could significantly help.

With the EU dependent on 80 per cent of vegetable proteins imported, it was recently agreed that new EU rules will allow a low level presence of genetically modified organisms in feed to facilitate imports into the EU.

Copa Cogeca, EU farming group says that without this, feed prices would have continued to rise, pushing the EU livestock sector into a crisis.

Despite this small step, resistance against GM technology in the EU from consumers, farmers and politicians continues.

German chemical company, BASF has said that this resistance has forced it to pull out of GM crop trials in Europe.

The company has said that it will continue its activities in the GM friendlier markets of North and South America.

France has also announced, this week, its intention to uphold a ban on the cultivation of GM approved Monsanto maize. Five other EU countries, Germany, Greece, Austria, Luxemburg and Hungary also ban its cultivation.

Anti-GM campaigners have welcomed this news.

GM Freeze, Campaign Director Pete Riley said: “In addition to health and environmental concerns, other basic problems remain unresolved, such as how to prevent the contamination of crops through pollen movement or human error, maintaining GM-free agricultural seeds and, critically, who is liable when things go wrong."

No risk to GM feed in livestock production

Various studies conducted in the US have confirmed that there is no health risk associated with feeding livestock GM feed. A study in 2011 looked at the long term impacts of GM diets in livestock, and found no associated health risks.

EU needs to be more proactive

A report by the European Association for Bio-Industries (EuropaBio) suggests that EU legislation is prohibiting the development of GM crops.

There are currently two GM crops (one type of maize and one potato for industrial use) approved for cultivation in Europe, whilst there are 90 in the US and 28 in Brazil.

A total of 37 GM products have been approved for import into the EU (seven cotton, 23 maize, three oilseed rape, three soybean and one sugarbeet).

Many GM products are stuck in administration, with 72 products currently awaiting approval.

The report states that it takes 15-20 months longer to approve GM crops in the EU, compared to the US, Canada and Brazil.

Charlotte Johnston



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

The Battle of Expanding the Cow Business
As we discuss the world of beef, it does not take long to understand that those who own the cattle are at the lower end of the price model, writes Kris Ringwall.
Tools for Science and Selection: Numerical Genomics
Traits of economical importance can be identified through genomic analysis. An overview of the reasons for genomic analysis and software tool development from the final scientific report from the EU group, Sustainable Animal Breeding (SABRE) is presented in 'Cutting Edge Genomics for Sustainable Animal Breeding'.
Heavyweight Calves/ Stockers Could Make Money
'Rain or shine, wet or dry, do you want to make more money from your cows next year?' asks a Texas AgriLife Research forage scientist.
Tips To Reduce Winter-Feeding Hay Costs
Winter-feeding of the beef cows represents the greatest expense in most beef cow-calf enterprises. Currently high feed prices, even for hay, should cause farmers to evaluate their winter-feeding strategies to identify ways to reduce feed costs through minimising feed waste, writes Amy Radunz, UW Extension Beef Specialist.
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* Company News

World Nutrition Forum 2012
SINGAPORE - Top international animal-health specialists and feed-industry experts will meet at the World Nutrition Forum 2012 to exchange knowledge on key trends in animal production and debate the major scientific, environment and leadership issues confronting the sector.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Paraguay

 » FMD NEWS: Paraguay's FMD Vaccination Programme
 » Paraguay Announces FMD Vaccination Programme
 » Paraguay Receives Help on FMD Control

   New Zealand

 » Insight Into NZ TB Control
 » NZ Beef Exports Lower In 2011

   Korea, South

 » Korean Farmers Struggle: Falling Prices, Higher Costs
 » S. Korea Begins Full Probe Into Beef Pricing

   United Kingdom

 » Margins Tight for Extensive Finishers
 » LMC: Cost of Production Analysis
 » Valuable British Beef Finishing Progress
 » Meat Industry Hits Back over Cancer and Meat Claims

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   United States

 » Corn Stover - An Economical Feed?
 » Cargill Earnings Fall Sharply
 » Activists Cause Fire At California's Largest Feedlot
 » CME: The Future of US Beef Exports
 » NCBA Condemns Attacks On Cattle Operations
 » Exploring What Cattle Eat
 » Nutrient Data in Time for the New Year
 » CME: Markets React Badly to Recent Report Data
 » Cattle Outlook: Beef Production Forecast Down
 » November US Beef Exports Strong
 » Record 2011 Farm Profits Could Spill Into 2012
 » NCBA Concerned with Trade Office Mergers
 » Manure Solids for Cow Bedding can Succeed
 » Understanding the Surprise in Corn Stocks Estimate
 » CME: Pork & Beef Value in November Hit Records

   Australia

 » Less Red Tape To Aid Agricultural Exports
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Mixed Start To 2012 Livestock Markets
 » Register Livestock Brands And Ear Marks

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   Bolivia

 » Bolivia Tightens Border Controls with Paraguay

   Venezuela

 » Venezuela Tightens FMD Restrictions

   General

 » Welfare of Animals in Transport Still a Concern
 » FAO Food Price Index Ends Year with Sharp Decline
 » Coordination on Food Safety & Animal Health Aid
 » FAO-EU Project to Promote Climate-Smart Farming
 » How Strong are Links between Meat and Cancer?
 » GAP: New Compound Feed Manufacturing Standard
 » UK & India Develop Vaccine for Fatal Cattle Disease

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   European Union

 » Guidelines To Assess Fitness Prior To Transport
 » EU Missing Out on GM Livestock Feed Opportunity

   Ireland

 » Record Levels Of Calf Registrations

   Belgium

 » Schmallenberg Virus Hits Belgium

   Spain

 » 2011 - Poor Year For Spanish Agriculture

   China

 » Meat Safety Boosted for Spring Festival
 » Farm Produce Prices Rise for 8th Straight Week

   Sweden

 » Processed Meat May Increase Pancreatic Cancer Risk



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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