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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 23 May 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: US Cattle Supply Less than Expected

Drought, poor returns due to high feed prices and overall lower cattle supplies saw April placements of cattle on feed fall 15 per cent or 264,000 head compared to last year.

The US Cattle on Feed numbers this week suggested a smaller cattle supply than previously expected.

The pattern of low placements is expected to continue into the summer.

James Robb, Director for the Livestock Marketing Information Centre, said structural change was evident in the cattle industry over the last year, with smaller (less than 1000 head) feedlots focusing on the profits to be made from crops, and moving away from dwindling cattle returns.

Feedlots with over 1000 head capacity represent an increasing proportion of US cattle being fed, he said.

USDA said marketings of fed cattle from large feed yards during April totaled 1.815 million head, slightly above 2011.

Other disappearance was 30 per cent higher this year, which Steve Meyer and Len Steiner put down to cattle grown in yard on relatively low energy diets moving to spring grass. Other disappearance usually peaks in April or May each year as pastures become more available.

Charlotte Johnston Biomin - the natural way

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Don't Take Bull Fertility for Granted
Late May and early June are prime bull turnout times in the beef business, so the final check needs to be done now to make sure every bull is ready to go, writes Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist from North Dakota State University.
Assessment of Behavioural Changes Associated with Oral Meloxicam Administration at Dehorning in Calves
Using accelerometers and a remote triangulation device, a team of researchers in the US studied the behaviour of calves for seven days after dehorning. The animals that had received the anti–inflammatory drug generally spent more time at the grain feeder, lying down and walking, and less time at the hay feeder than the untreated control group.
Improving Young Breeder Performance
Fourth generation Tieyon Station owners Paul and Jo Smith record the fertility, growth and calving rates of their young breeding stock as they re-build herd numbers.
Living in a World of Decreasing Resources & Increasing Regulation: How to Advance Animal Agriculture
A White Paper based on information from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) on 26 to 29 March 2012.
Genus - Value through science and genomics
* Market Reports

 » USDA Livestock, Dairy, Poultry and Aquaculture Outlook - May 2012
 » US Cattle on Feed Down 1 Percent - May 2012
 » AHDB European Market Survey - 18 May 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 18 May 2012

* Company News

Novus Committed to Local, Sustainable Solutions for Growing Global Protein Demand
GLOBAL - The worldwide demand for protein has risen rapidly over the past decade and will only continue to grow as economies strengthen. Novus recognizes the opportunities and challenges this demand presents and is working to provide solutions that result in affordable, wholesome food.
US Approves ZUPREVO - New BRD Treatment
US - Merck Animal Health announces the US approval of ZUPREVOTM (tildipirosin) – a novel, new macrolide antibiotic for the management of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) that offers excellent combination of effectiveness and convenience.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Supermoms Against Superbugs Storm Washington
 » CME: Beef Cutout Values Recover
 » Record Feed Grain Production Projected for 2012/13
 » Quick Action by US on Mandatory COOL Unlikely
 » AWI Accuses USDA of Conning Consumers
 » Ranchers' Rights are Being Trampled
 » Cattle On Feed: Placements Below Forecast
 » Cattle Outlook: Strong Dollar Bad for Meat Exports
 » CME: Cattle on Feed Report Moderately Bullish
 » Urgent Action Required on Falling Food Productivity
 » CME: Corn Planting Near Record-High Condition
 » Cattle on Feed Shows Structural Change
 » CME: Little to No Good News for Meat Sectors
   United Kingdom

 » Grass-fed Beef Better for Health and Environment
 » UAE Opens Doors to Scotch Beef
 » Cattle Kill Under Pressure in Northern Ireland
 » Markets Opening for British Beef and Lamb
 » Central, Eastern Europe Vist UK Beef Expo
 » NFU Challenges UK TB Controls
 » Markets Opening to EU and UK Beef Products
 » UK Farmers Enjoy Boom as Economy Suffers
 » NBA Beef Expo 2012 - You Can't Afford to Miss it
 » Who Will Bear the Cost of Supermarket Promos?
 » New Animal Health Initiative Taking Shape
 » More Understanding Needed in the Beef Supply Chain
 » Liver Fluke to Blame for Spread of TB
 » Red Tractor Takes Gold for UK Farming

   Global

 » NZ & Australia Join Forces at World Farmers'
 » Sustainable Livestock at Committee on Agriculture
 » CIWF Accuses OIE of Failing Animals?
 » FMD Scientist Receives International Award

   Australia

 » Breed, Body Condition Impact Cow Fertility
 » Grain Fed Cattle Numbers Fall
 » Mandatory Welfare Training for Abattoirs
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Agriculture Shares A$70 Million in Research Grants
 » Mixed Trading Environment for Australian Beef
 » Regular Reporting on Performance Auditing of ESCAS
 » Abattoirs in Welfare Footage on Approved Export List
 » RSPCA Calls for Ban on Slaughter Boxes
Pfizer Animal Health
   Brazil

 » JBS Sees Rise in Revenue - Drop in Earnings

   Paraguay

 » Paraguay's Beef Exports Recover After FMD

   Spain

 » Spanish Cattle Farm Numbers Decline

   New Zealand

 » Silver Fern Farms Joins PGP Application

   Canada

 » Cattle Genetics Pioneer Passes Away

   China

 » Revenue Soars for Sino Agro Food

   Korea, South

 » Seoul Cautious About Widening Beef Market

   Ukraine

 » OIE: Anthrax Outbreak Reported in Ukraine

   Panama

 » OIE: New Outbreak of New World Screwworm

   France

 » OIE: More Schmallenberg Outbreaks Reported

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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