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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Canada Looks Set for Strong 2012

Breeding herd set for growth

For the first time in seven years, the Canadian cattle herd has grown.

Whilst the inventory of beef cows fell by one per cent between 2011 and 2012, Statistics Canada reports that the 2012 inventory of beef replacement heifers increased 4.8 per cent in the Western provinces and increased one per cent in the East.

Overall, inventories of beef replacement heifers rose 4.3 per cent. This increase in replacement heifers indicates that producers are beginning to replenish the herd with younger cows.

Beef exports

With Canadian per capita consumption of beef down by 14 per cent over the past decade and no substantial growth expected in the future, the industry must look to exports.

Beginning in 2013, cattle exports should benefit from an expected revision of the US Country of Origin Labelling (COOL). Canadian beef net exports are projected to increase as cattle slaughter and average carcase weight are both expected to increase over the medium term.

In January, South Korea announced that it would remove a ban on Canadian beef imports, meaning that beef under 30 months of age can re-enter the South Korean market.

Canada and China have also recently reached an agreement which restores access to China for Canadian deboned beef derived from animals under thirty months of age.

Live exports

Peru announced this week that it would re-open doors to Canadian live cattle imports. Canada Beef and the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) estimate the market to be valued at more than C$2.5 million in 2012 for the Canadian cattle sector.

The Philippines will also now allow imports of Canadian live cattle into the country.

Farm incomes and confidence on a high

Optimism among Canadian beef producers has never been higher than it is now, with 79 per cent of producers agreeing that their farm or business will be better off five years from now.

Beef producers display optimism through their plans to expand and diversify their operations.

Also this week, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) said that 2011 had been a prosperous year for farmers, and reports a positive outlook for 2012.

Charlotte Johnston



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Why the Cattle Industry Needs to Up Feed Efficiency
The cattle industry must start to select for feed efficiency, said Dan Shike from the University of Illinois at the Cattlemen's College Feed Efficiency forum during the 2012 NCBA Convention. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite editor reports.
2012 Holds a Mixed Bag for Cattle Feeders
Feeding cattle had its high and low points of profitability last year, writes Shane Ellis, University of Illinois.
Prevent Hardware Disease in Cattle
Inverted tires can make great containers to hold cattle feed and water, but tires also can pose health risks for the animals if the tires aren’t maintained regularly.
NZ Beef Mid Season Update 2011-12
Beef exports are likely to increase in 2012, whilst excellent seasonal conditions will push cattle weights higher. Farmgate prices are not likely to change much, according to the Beef and Lamb NZ Mid Season Update.
Reducing Residues in Livestock Products
"As far as I am concerned, drug residues in animal products is a black and white issue," said Dr Mike Apley, Professor at Kansas College of Veterinary Medicine, when addressing the Dairy Producer Forum at the NCBA Trade Show and Convention earlier this month. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite editor reports.
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* Market Reports

 » Canadian Cattle Statistics February 2012
 » United States and Canadian Cattle Inventory Down 2 Percent
 » USDA Farms, Land in Farms & Livestock Operations
 » USDA GAIN: Agricultural Situation - Russian Federation - February 2012

* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   India

 » FMD NEWS: FMD Resulting into Economic Loss
 » FMD Resulting into Economic Loss of Rs 20,000 Crore Every Year

   Taiwan

 » Taiwan Urged to Maintain US Beef Ractopamine Ban

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   Ireland

 » New Beef Technology Adoption Programme
 » ICSA Welcomes Beef Group Support
 » Beef Trade Steadies

   United States

 » Man Jailed for Not Paying Livestock Broker $1 Million
 » Mid to Late Winter - Time to Watch for Lice in Cattle
 » Protecting and Improving Beef Taste
 » Misconceptions of Large Operations Quashed
 » Beef Imports 10 Per Cent Lower in 2011
 » In the Cattle Markets
 » Have Imports Clouded US Meat Production Efficiencies?
 » CME: Pork & Beef Demand up, Chicken Down in 2011
 » Senators Call for Completion of BSE Rule
 » Companies Quizzed over Antibiotics in Meat
 » Bayer to Acquire Animal Health Business
 » Positives Seen in Chinese Leaders' Visit to Iowa
 » Cattle Outlook: Live Cattle Futures Contract Settled Up
 » Self-Assessment Air Quality Awareness Tool
 » Corn and Soybean Export Progress
 » S. Korea/ US FTA to be Implemented in March

   European Union

 » UK & Italian Unions Join Forces on CAP
 » Copa-Cogeca - Cap Must Ensure Food Security
 » EU Must Work Together to Combat Schmallenberg
 » Schmallenberg Spreads Relentlessly Across Europe

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   United Kingdom

 » NFU AGM - Protests Greet Conference Delegates
 » NFU AGM - Farming to Help Kick Start Economy
 » NFU AGM - CAP Greening Will not Penalise Champions
 » Farmright Group in Administration
 » ENERGY NOW - Help for Farmers to Develop AD
 » ENERGY NOW - NFU Offers Energy Advice Service
 » Cattle Deaths Prompt Slurry Warning
 » NI Urges Import Caution with Schmallenberg
 » Schmallenberg Virus Spreads In UK
 » LMC: Farmgate Puts Pressure on Retail Prices
 » Attraction of Renewable Options for Farming Community
 » Further Cases of Schmallenberg in UK
 » Healthy Food from Healthy Animals

   Australia

 » Food Report Fails to Acknowledge Role of Farmers
 » Graziers Recognised for Reef Efforts
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Grain-fed Numbers Increase

   Indonesia

 » Price Hike for Indonesian Cattle

   Thailand

 » US Centres Approved to Export Bovine Semen

   Global

 » EU and US Agree Partnership on Organic Trade
 » Livestock Science to Benefit Sub-Sahara Africa
 » Ireland Beefs up Agriculture Agreements with China
 » China & US Co-operate in Agriculture

   New Zealand

 » Animal Traceability Bill Demands Electronic IDs
 » Rise in Prices Paid by Producers

   Argentina

 » Argentine Cattle Slaughter Hits 20 Year Low
 » Argentine Dairy Exports Overtake Beef

   Russian Federation

 » AgroFarm Welcomes More Visitors and Exhibitors
 » Russian Agricultural Development: February 2012

   Uruguay

 » Uruguayan Beef in Big Demand

   Kuwait

 » Food Prices Rise; Meat Price Rise Insignificant

   Canada

 » Strong Showing for Canadian Agriculture
 » Canadian Cattle Inventory Up with Improved Prices
 » Market Access to Peru for Canadian Cattle Industry
 » CME: Beef Cows down 1% in January from Last Year

   Kenya

 » Strengthening Partnerships Against Rift Valley Fever



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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