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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Feed Grain Concerns Rise - US Cattle Numbers Fall

Reduced stocks of grain for animal feed and higher feed prices for the foreseeable future are starting to appear inevitable.

Not only has the drought in the US hit the potential harvest for corn but in the Black Sea countries - Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan - and across Europe, wheat yields are expected to be down because of earlier harsh winter conditions.

Global production forecasts for wheat are down by four per cent to 665 million tonnes - 30 million tonnes less than last year.

In the US this week corn futures rose sharply with September corn futures at an all-time record high of $8.20/bushel.

A coalition of meat and poultry organisations in the US has called on the US Environmental Protection Agency to waive the federal mandate for the production of corn ethanol.

The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) requires 13.2 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol to be produced in 2012 and 13.8 billion gallons in 2013, amounts that will use about 4.7 billion and 4.9 billion bushels, respectively, of the nation's corn.

In a petition delivered to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the coalition asked for a waiver "in whole or in substantial part" of the amount of renewable fuel that must be produced under the Renewable Fuels Standard for the remainder of this year in a bid to release more corn for feed.

The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) has voiced an urgent concern that the rise in feed and food costs will continue unabated for the foreseeable future in large part due to the diversion of feed and food grains and oilseeds into biofuels, resulting in critical pressure on feed manufacturers worldwide and higher prices for consumers.

The July Cattle on Feed report in the US shows placements down by 1.8 per cent in June while marketings were down by 6.1 per cent.

The July 1 on-feed number was up 2.7 per cent in the large feedlots included in USDA's monthly survey. Their semi-annual survey of all US feedlots said the total number of cattle on feed in the US was up 0.8 per cent on 1 July.

USDA's semi-year cattle inventory survey said there were 97.8 million cattle in the US on July 1, down 2.2 per cent from a year ago, and the smallest July inventory since this survey began in 1973.

The severe drought conditions that hit the Southern Plains and other Southern states in 2011 has now spread to much of the major cattle producing areas of the US, impacted the numbers.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Jatropha as New Livestock Feed Resource
FAO encourages the use of co-products of the energy crop, Jatropha, as new livestock feed resources to reduce food-feed competition.
Potential of Native Beef Breeds Highlighted
The potential presented by a beef cattle enterprise based on native breeds was highlighted during a recent away-day visit to north Perthshire by Moray and Nairn monitor farm community group.
VLA Quarterly - Schmallenberg Recognised in UK
As well as cases of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) continuing to be found in the UK, there was an increase in the rate of undiagnosed bovine abortion, possibly associated with increased submissions arising from increased awareness of SBV, according to the Veterinary Laboratory Agency's quarterly report (January to March 2012).
Optimising Efficiencies in the Feedyard
There is little debate when it comes to the economic importance of feed efficiency in feeding cattle, writes Chad Zehnder from Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed.
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* Market Reports

 » AHDB European Market Survey - 13 July 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 13 July 2012
 » Irish CSO Livestock Slaughterings July 2012

* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Mid-year Cattle Numbers Give Important Insight
 » Cattle Industry Summer Conference Underway
 » USDA Mess Up over Meatless Monday
 » Drought Impacts Cattle Inventory and Cattle on Feed
 » House Leadership Urged to Finish Farm Bill
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Support for Biofuel Feedstock Producers Announced
 » Altering the Renewable Fuel Standard is Not an Option
 » Cattle Outlook: June Placements, Marketings Down
 » CME: Feed Crisis Deepens
 » Producer Support of Beef Checkoff Remains High
 » Coalition Urges EPA to Waiver RFS Due to Drought
 » Anticipating Size of 2012 Corn, Soybean Crops
 » AFBF, NMPF Oppose Farm Bill Extension
 » Taiwan Votes In Support of MRLs for Ractopamine
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report

   New Zealand

 » Beef Production Increases, but Value Falls
 » New Zealand's Export Beef Sector Gets Funding Boost
 » River Stone Beds an Option for Calves
 » New Zealand Invests in Premium Beef Development

   Global

 » Global Feed Industry Voices Alarm At Rising Costs
 » Global Weather Conditions Hitting Grain, Oilseed Production

   United Kingdom

 » Low Dry Matter Grass Hits Growth Rates
 » Funding to Improve Animal Welfare
 » Pressure Mounts on Wiseman, Muller over Price Cuts
 » NFU Frustrated at 'Inconsistency' Over Energy Plans
 » LMC: Tight Cattle Supplies in First Half of 2012
 » Beef Expo 2013 Dates Announced, Big Plans Underway
 » EBLEX to Host Inaugural Processor Conference
 » Livestock Feed Additives Analysed
 » Consultation on Cattle Traceability Launched

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   Japan

 » Japanese Cattle Herd in Decline

   Ireland

 » Farmer Concerns in Animal Health and Welfare Bill
 » Relaxing of Brucellosis Controls Sought
 » Farmers Battle Factories over Beef Prices

   Canada

 » Government Invests in Forage Land Restoration
 » Beef Producers Gain Market Access to Kazakhstan
 » Livestock Transport Training Programme Revised

   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Feed Grain Prices Surge Throughout July
 » Researchers Claim Angus Cattle on the Way Out

   Brazil

 » Increase in Brazilian Cattle Slaughter

   Paraguay

 » Paraguayan Beef Exports Fall
 » Paraguay to Export Meat Again to Chile

   European Union

 » Advanced Direct CAP Farm Payments Approved

   Germany

 » Germany Reviewing Animal Welfare Standards

   Netherlands

 » Nutreco Reports Strong Momentum

   Mexico

 » Exports Increase 10.7 Per Cent in First Half of 2012
 » Jalisco Exports First Cattle Shipment to Jordan

   Pakistan

 » Plan Finalised to Stop Cattle, Poultry Smuggling

   Chile

 » Chile and China to Cooperate on FMD

   Honduras

 » Corral Processing Plant is Certified to Export Beef

   Kazakhstan

 » FMD NEWS: Outbreaks Reported in East Kazakhstan

   Israel

 » OIE: Outbreaks of Lumpy Skin Disease Reported



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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