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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 18 April 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Exploring the Beef Markets

A US/Colombia trade deal will be implemented on 15 May 2012. The free trade agreement (FTA) will immediately repeal the 80 per cent tariff Colombia currently has on high quality US beef. The agreement will also gradually phase out the tariff on all other cuts over the next 15 years.

Whilst the deal has been welcomed by the US beef industry, there are some concerns in Colombia that large volumes of US agricultural products may flood the market. The deal has also caused conflict between Colombian livestock and grain producers. Livestock producers are looking forward to importing cheaper grains for feed, however Colombian grain producers are calling for protection from US imports.

A Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) on US corn will last for 12 years, so initially corn may not necessarily be cheaper for Colombian livestock producers.

For the US, beef exports in terms of value, remain strong. Volume exported in February (87,131 million tonnes) was three per cent lower than a year ago, but export value increased 10 per cent. In January and February beef exports totalled $815 million.

Exports to Russia increased 58 per cent in volume and tripled in value. Volumes of beef exported to the Middle East fell, despite exports to Egypt increasing by 13 per cent.

Despite the overall success of US beef exports, exports to three of the major markets were down in volume, including Mexico (six per cent), Canada (three per cent) and Japan (five per cent).

This week the Irish Minister of Agriculture has been in China to establish a Joint Working Group on market access for Irish beef to the Chinese markets.

Minister Simon Coveney said a delegation from the Chinese Inspection and Quarantine Service (AQSIQ) will visit Ireland in June to discuss beef market access further.

The UK has launched a range of its premium beef in Portugal, targeting the high end food service of the country.

With South Korea increasing beef production, Australia's hold on the market has softened. Exports to South Korea fell by 39 per cent in the first quarter of 2012 compared to last year.

With South Korean beef production expected to increase, Australia estimates a fall in beef exports to the country in 2012.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Epigenetics: A new Challenge in the Post-Genomic Era
While controversial, epigenetics does appear to offer potentially significant value to livestock genetic programmes. Oscar Gonzalez-Reico from the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Madrid, Spain looks at the challenges faced in dealing with epigenetics.
Back to Basics: Beef Production Stages
The production year of the cow herd is typically broken down into four physiological stages of production. Amy Radunz, from the University of Wisconnsin reviews these stages and offers some key management strategies to consider during these periods.
Waste of Processed Product at Retail and Consumption Level
Roughly one-third of the edible parts of food produced for human consumption, gets lost or wasted globally, which is about 1.3 billion ton per year. Food is wasted throughout the food supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption, writes Dr Ashleigh Bright from the Farm Animal Initiative.
Diagnosis of Experimental H-Type and L-Type BSE in Cattle
Researchers in the UK have reported on their observation of two clinical syndromes and the diagnostic challenges presented by these two atypical forms of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Difficulty rising was a consistent feature of both disease forms and they recommended modification of the usual diagnostic method in order to distinguish between typical and atypical forms of the disease.
Genus - Value through science and genomics
* Market Reports

 » USDA Feed Outlook - April 2012
 » QMS Market Report - March 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 13 April 2012

* Company News

Be Strategic About Deworming this Year
US - Today, many cattle producers recognise that one-size-fits-all parasite control is not always the most effective approach. Rather than looking for a single solution, a strategic approach that considers geography and timing can help ensure that you get the results you expect from your deworming programme.
Make the Most of Calf Vaccinations
US - It’s often said that the most expensive vaccine is one that fails to work. And with current calf prices, it’s crucial that producers protect their calf crop just like any other investment — starting with guarding against summer pneumonia at branding or summer turnout, writes Michael Nichols,DVM, Cattle and Equine Technical Services, Pfizer Animal Health.
Don't Just Treat Parasites at Housing
UK - As cattle are being turned-out across much of the UK, leading animal health company Merial is urging farmers to keep on top of parasite control.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Importance of Livestock Assistance in Farm Bill
 » Soybeans Could Become New Market Driver
 » CME: Cutout Values Still High, Feeder Cattle Still Low
 » FDA Introduces Voluntary Initiative on Antimicrobials
 » Slight Increase in Retail Food Prices
 » Food Costs Could Rise with Relocation & Reduction
 » Congresswoman Welcomes FDA Move on Antibiotics
 » NCBA Welcomes FDA Voluntary Initiative
 » CME: Meat Trade Data Good/ Bad for Protein Markets
 » Report on Antibiotic Residues in Distillers Products
 » Cattle Outlook: US Beef Production Up
 » CME: Beef, Pork, Poultry Output Down Last Week
 » Cattle Price Drop Not All to Do with LFTB
 » Has the 2011 Corn Crop Been Rationed?
 » Beef Export Value Remains Strong
 » FDA Issues Current Thinking About Antibiotic Use
 » Huge Changes Needed to Ensure Safety of LFTB
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » How to Curb Discharge of the Most Potent GHG
 » Plan for Possible Forage Shortage
 » NFU in Washington: Pass a Farm Bill in 2012
 » Beef Industry Welcomes Columbia Trade Deal
Pfizer Animal Health
   United Kingdom

 » Welsh Researchers to Tackle Schmallenberg
 » Reducing Losses from Liver Fluke
 » New Roundhouse Brings Economies of Scale
 » LMC: Strong Retail Red Meat Sector Last Year
 » High Hopes for Beef in Portugal
 » 60 Cattle Culled in TB Outbreak in Scotland
 » Call to Capitalise on World-Class Technical Expertise
 » Death of BSE Safety Campaigner

   Russian Federation

 » ABH MIRATORG Mixed Feed Production Up in 2012

   Taiwan

 » OIE: Further FMD Cases Reported in Taipei

   Global

 » Who Will Pay for Impact of Textured Beef Crisis?
 » Living under the Shadow of Pesticides and Antibiotics

   Turkey

 » Turkey Looks to Raise Standards to EU Levels

   China

 » Chinese Farm Produce Prices Fell for Third Week

   European Union

 » Programme Launches First Food Security Initiative
 » Young Farmers Central to Policy Reform
 » EU Draws Up Animal Cloning Options
 » EU Cattle Prices Surge

   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Female Retention Sustains Herd Rebuilding
 » Fighting the Threat of Theileria
 » Korea Up Beef Production, Australian Imports Fall
 » Rollout of Beef Genomic Breeding Values
 » Calving Alert Device Being Developed
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   Canada

 » DNA Traceability to Improve Food Safety

   Colombia

 » Columbia Asks US to Recognise it as FMD Free
 » Colombian Agricultural Industry Concerned About FTA

   Germany

 » Danish Crown Celebrates 10 Years in Oldenburg

   Austria

 » More Food for Fewer People?

   Chile

 » Beef, Pork, Chicken Production Increases in 2012

   Paraguay

 » Cattle Prices Fell 47 Per Cent in Last Six Months

   Ireland

 » Irish Beef Farmers Concerned over Beef Trade
 » Market Access for Irish Beef to China

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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