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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 28 March 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Country of Origin Labelling - How Far is Too Far?

This week the US has decided to appeal a World Trade Organization (WTO) decision, which would force it to change Country of Origin Labelling legislation.

Mandated by the 2002 Farm Bill, Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) is a USDA marketing programme which requires retailers to notify their customers of the country of origin of beef, veal, goat meat, lamb, pork, poultry, fish and other perishable agricultural commodities.

Back in 2008, Mexico and Canada submitted a complaint to WTO on US COOL labelling, saying that it blocked free trade.

Both countries have highlighted the fact that US processors are importing fewer livestock, and in some cases, heavily discounting imported livestock prices.

In 2009, the US changed COOL so that products could be labelled from two countries, taking into account where the animal was born, reared and slaughtered.

This would have been accepted by Canada and Mexico, had Tom Vilsack, US Agriculture Secretary, just announced the above changes. However, at the same time, he urged US processors and retailers to implement additional voluntary labelling, which angered the Canadian industry and eventually meant that Canada reinstated its dispute over COOL rules with the WTO.

In November 2011, WTO agreed with the principle of COOL, however, it said that the current COOL legislation is inconsistent with the US WTO obligations, as it affords less favourable treatment to Canadian livestock.

Last week, the US announced that they are appealing this decision. Whilst it may escalate trade disputes, the decision has received a mixed response from the industry.

Some believe that disallowing or changing COOL regulations is denying US producers the opportunity to differentiate their products in their own marketplace.

However others say that by refusing to comply with WTO, the US is jeopardising the US's strong trade relationship with Canada and Mexico - two of the US's largest beef importers.

A decision on this appeal is likely to take a couple of months.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Breeding for Improved Feed Efficiency
Breeding for feed efficiency can save $55/ cow/ year in feed costs, said Dr John Basarab, University of Alberta, at the British Cattle Breeders Conference 2012, highlighting the importance of feed efficiency. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite editor reports.
Healthy Gains Hit Quality Target
The first step in achieving goals is to set them. That’s why feedyard managers aim for the best live and harvested performance, and that means a few points better than last year. Carcass value is especially important to those who sell cattle on a grid, writes Certified Angus Beef.
Occurrence and Characteristics of ESBL–Producing Enterobacteriaceae in Animals, Minced Meat and Raw Milk
Researchers based in Switzerland found relatively high rates of extended–spectrum beta–lactamase (ESBL) producers in pigs, cattle, sheep and chickens and they expressed concern about the high genetic diversity among these isolates, which they said indicates an established reservoir in farm animals.
Effect of Delaying the Feeding of High Sulfur until After Adaption to Finishing Diet
Research by the University of Iowa looks at what effects delaying the feeding of high sulfur until after adaption to the finishing diet. They concluded that sulfur intake is not the only factor that contributes to sulfur induced polioencephalomalacia (PEM). However delaying the feeding of high levels of ethanol co-products may decrease the chances of sulfur toxicity.
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* Market Reports

 » USDA GAIN: Australia Livestock & Products Semi-annual
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - March 2012
 » USDA Livestock Slaughter
 » United States Cattle on Feed Up Three Per Cent
 » AHDB European Market Survey - 23 March 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 23 March 2012
 » USDA GAIN: Mexico Livestock & Products Semi-annual

* Company News

Pfizer, Brahman Introduce Tenderness GE-EPD
US - The American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) is proud to release a new genomic-enhanced expected progeny difference (GE-EPD) for tenderness that now incorporates DNA information from GeneSTAR® and Pfizer Animal Health.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Global

 » Nutreco Completes Hendrix Divestment
 » FMD NEWS: DNA Based Vaccine Effective Protection
 » DNA Based Vaccine Effective FMD Protection
 » Bid to Move World Trade Talks Forward
 » Don't Dismiss Critics, Work to Make Livestock Sustainable
 » Canada & Japan Launch Economic Partnership
 » Epigenetics: The Next Frontier in Livestock Genetics

   Australia

 » Warm, Dry South Expected for April, June
 » Plan Ahead for Tropical Perennial Grasses
 » Beef Industry Asks for Price Inquiry
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Leucaena Thrives in South Queensland
 » Young Cattle Pursued by Restockers
 » EU Import Quotas Fall Short in 2011
 » Target 100: Producers Vow to be Sustainable

   Spain

 » Drought: Spain Calls for Advance on Subsidies

   China

 » Charting a New Course for Animal Nutrition & Safety

   Canada

 » Ground Beef Re-Call Company Bankrupt
 » Canada Looks to Secure Trade
 » Improving Economics on Alberta Ranches
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   European Union

 » Bluetongue Vaccine Regulations Relax
 » Schmallenberg Cases Grow, Trade Affected

   United Kingdom

 » NFU Learns More About Schmallenberg
 » English Red Meat Industry Vital to Economy
 » Welsh Badger Cull Decision Massive Set Back
 » IAH Looks to Develop Schmallenberg Antibody Test
 » Bovine Psoroptic Mange Spreading
 » McDonalds Steps Up Support for Farmers
 » Industry Day: Healthy Food from Healthy Animals
 » Cattle Schmallenberg Cases Increase in UK
 » Campaigns Against Live Exports Continue
 » Government Think Tank Condemns Badger Culling
 » LMC: Increased GB Beef Expenditure During February

   New Zealand

 » NZ to Increase Beef Production in 2012
 » Pasture Renewal a $3.8 billion Economic Windfall
 » NZ Closes Livestock Tax Loophole

   United States

 » Coalition Calls for Comprehensive US-EU FTA
 » CME: Modest Declines in Feedlot Inventory Expected
 » AMI Joins Coalition in Call for Comprehensive FTA
 » CME: Beef Cold Storage Stocks Up
 » US to Appeal WTO Country of Origin Labelling
 » Judge Withdraws Approval for Antibiotics in Feed
 » Cattle on Feed to have Little Effect on Futures
 » Country of Origin Labelling - How Far is Too Far?
 » Demand More From the Herd
 » March USDA Reports and Beyond
 » Cattle on Feed: No Big Surprises
 » CME: Grain Markets Await Plantings & Stocks Report
 » Quality Beef Premiums Continue to Grow
 » Changing Dynamics of Food Animal Production
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » LMIC: As Expected, Cattle on Feed Higher

   Argentina

 » Argentine Beef Exports Downward Trend Continues

   Netherlands

 » Genetic Phenomenon Discovered in Witrik Cattle

   Ecuador

 » Ecuador to Buy 10 Million Doses of FMD Vaccines

   Uruguay

 » Locals will not be Affected by EU Genetic Import Ban

   Egypt

 » Major FMD Outbreak Threatens Egypt
 » New Strain of FMD Cripples Livestock Sector

   Korea, South

 » Korean Beef Demand Picks Up

   Brazil

 » JBS Revenue Rises but Profits Fall
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   Russian Federation

 » Expanding the Footprint of US Red Meat in Russia
 » Miratorg to Build 120,000 Beef Breeding Herd

   Mexico

 » Mexico to Defend WTO Meat Labelling Decision
 » Mexico Bans Genetic Imports from EU

   Ireland

 » Ireland Presses for Decision on Ag Policy Reform

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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