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Wednesday 2nd January 2013.
Michael Priestley - TheBeefSite Editor

Michael Priestley
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New Year Brings in New Slaughter Practice

Reforms of the slaughter industry have come into effect in Finland and Australia. Evira, the Finnish Food Safety Authority, has said that new regulations permit more methods of slaughter.

These changes, Evira has stressed, will not impinge on the basic principles that, in being killed, the animal will not suffer unnecessary stress, discomfort or pain.

Small adjustments to abattoir procedure are expected with less stringent stipulations on measurement, number and time specifications for the killing of animals that prior legislation.

The reforms will bring in more specific codes of practice for the execution of different slaughter methods. The treatment of fur animals and past-laying hens will be the most affected by the new rules.

Live feeder and slaughter export markets in Australia are now regulated by government requirements that meet the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) guidelines. ESCAS is responsible for animal welfare throughout the supply chain. An export company must meet global animal welfare standards if it is to be granted permission to ship cattle abroad.

Joe Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Food, has said that this will mean the cattle export industry is now in line with international standards.

Meanwhile, Cambridge University scientists have discovered a strain of ST 398 MRSA in the UK for the first time.

Identified by testing bulk milk samples, the bacterium Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is killed by pasteurisation but industry workers are believed to be at risk from infection.

This revelation adds to concerns surrounding antibiotic usage on farms and the unintended consequences of animal treatments in agriculture. The Soil Assocation, a major organic food organisation, has criticised Defra for not implementing MRSA monitoring strategies and has said that the UK is not meeting European Food Safety authority targets.

The Egyptian Government has announced that it will not impose an import ban on Brazilian Beef. This is after a Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) scare caused widespread concern.

It was understood by Brazilian diplomats that the Egyptian government would impose either full or partial restrictions on beef imports due to a scare surrounding an animal on a cattle farm in Paraná in 2010 but the ministry has since reversed this decision.

The return of Egyptian confidence in Brazilian beef comes after a 2010 case of BSE was clarified as being a unique, undeveloped case and not a classic case.


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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

What's Driving the Grain Markets and What to Look out for Going Forward?
David Norris of Noggers Blog explained his view of recent feed ingredient price movements and where they might be heading next at the Pig Farmers' Conference organised by Teagasc in the Republic of Ireland in October 2012.

Bedding Material in Dirt-Floor Pens Reduces Heat
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Replacement Heifer Development: The Attainment of Puberty
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Estonia: Animal Production in 2004–2010
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Global Beef Industry News

   United Kingdom

Beef Expenditure Increases Despite Sales Drop
Key Performance Update for Northern Ireland
EBLEX and DairyCo Spearhead BVD and Sheep Scab Campaign
EBLEX Aiming to Enhance Processors' Export Opportunities
Living With the Constant Struggle Of Bovine TB
CAP to Take Priority in 2013
National Farmers Union Announces Emergency Fund
Forward Thinking Essential for Coping with Tight Fodder Supplies
Optimising Empty Suckler Cow Value
Outdated Farm Labour Laws Abolished
AWB Abolition Necessary and Correct, Says NFU
Conference on New Metrics for Sustainable Agriculture
AHVLA Considers Disease Surveillance from 2014
Christmas Market Boost for Pork and Beef
Superbug MRSA ST398 Found in British Cattle
British Cattle Breeders’ Club Conference Brings Industry Together
Government Launch Food and Farming Youth Scheme
Fresh Thinking on Farm Policy is 'Crucial'

   United States

EPA Announcement Puts Farm Dust Regulation Issue to Rest
USDA Drought Action Opens up $200 million Worth of Forage
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Bird Repellent Approved for Use on Feed
CME: Lower Feedlot Cattle and Sow Slaughter Numbers Steady
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NOP Releases New Guides for Organic Certification
USDA Issues Final Rule for Animal Disease Traceability
Amendment to Label GE Food Pre-Filed for Consideration
NFU Coalition Fears JBS Beef Merger
Conference to Feature Herd Rebuilding and Legislation Update
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CME: Down Trend for Feedlots, Obvious
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Hay Beats Pasture Grass in Dry Spells
Cattle Futures Strengthen Despite Russian Import Limit
IFES 2012: Crop and Livestock Price Prospects for 2013
2012: A Checkoff Year in Review
Cattle on Feed Down Six Per Cent
US EPA's Jackson Announces Resignation; Leaving After State of Union
IFES 2012: The Impact of Biofuels Mandates on Grain, Oilseed
CME: Highlights of 2013 Price Predictions
Farm Bill Extension Ineffective
Farmers Receive Meager Share of Retail Food Dollar
Testing Reminder Issued by Colorado Department

   Russian Federation

Government Targets Milk and Meat Production in Budget Increase

   Australia

Farm Exports, Earnings Up in 2012
Cattle Industry Management Committee Endorses BJD action
Rural Confidence Lower - Rabobank
Livestock Farmers Advised Over Heat Precautions
Study Identifies the Drivers for Sustainable Land Management
Botulism Cases Confirmed Near Longreach
Welfare Group Criticises Queensland Graziers
Animal Welfare Reforms to Cover 100 per cent of Australia's Livestock Trade

   France

French Farmers Demand Flexible CAP Aid
Maize Predicted to be Better than Expected

   China

China Reports Another FMD Outbreak in Pigs
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise

   Global

Canadian Cattlemen's Association Joins Sustainable Beef Group
Saudi Arabia, Egypt Ban Brazilian Beef
Promoting Welfare through Proper Animal Nutrition
Projects Selected for Action Plan on Animal Genetic Resources
Investment in Research Growing

   Argentina

Animal Health Service Hold Tuberculosis Workshops

   Canada

Codes of Practice to Communicate Understanding of Animal Care
Assistance for Affected Ontario Livestock Producers
Manitoba Farmers Encouraged to Prepare for New Environmental Rules

   Denmark

Danish Crown Wholly Owns Team Ugglarp

   Ukraine

Government Programmes Lead to Output Increase

   Brazil

Ministry to Oversee Vaccine Development
Ministry Intensifies Action to Allay BSE Fears
Record Exports for Brazilian Beef

   European Union

MEPs Make Sense of Record CAP Amendments
Environmental Concerns over Zinc in Feed
Eurostat Publishes Annual Pocketbook
CAP Discussed at Latest Agriculture, Fisheries Meeting

   Finland

New Rules for Killing and Slaughter of Animals

   Egypt

Egypt Backs Import of Brazilian Beef

   Sudan

FAO Helps Darfur Farmers and Herders Live in Peace

   Spain

Farm Review Shows Income Has Regressed 20 Years

   Israel

OIE: More Cases of Lumpy Skin Disease Reported
OIE: Two Further Outbreaks of Lumpy Skin Disease

   Tanzania

100 Head of Cattle Disappear in Serengeti River

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