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Wednesday 26th June 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley
Editor


Buffalo Linked With Foot and Mouth Outbreak

Wildlife populations have impacted on cattle health once more in Zimbabwe where the Division of Veterinary Field Services has reported 404 cases of foot and mouth disease in the Masvingo region.

A game conservancy farm has been linked to the disease event with the source of the outbreak believed to be a herd of escaped buffalo.

The outbreaks, in herds of cattle, are focused on three villages in the south east of the Chiredzi district; Levanga, Gudo and Masapasi, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). All infected farms are close to the conservancy range.

No animals have been destroyed but the latest reports say that several quarantine and cattle movement measures have been put in place.

Other official notifications from the OIE this week have included the confirmation of Costa Rica as a nation with ‘controlled risk’ status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

This is in recognition of the country’s ability to prevent the disease and implement control measures through the production chain, which comes as great news to the sector.

"This is a major achievement, especially for an industry such as livestock, which is strategic for being a provider of basic food, its links to other business sectors, employment and export earnings,” said Minister Gloria Abraham Peralta.

The decision is deemed warranted after the considerable efforts of SENASA, the national animal health service and the efforts of ranches and private businesses since 2011.

“Costa Rican beef consumption is safe because the causal agent of this disease is not present in domestic herds," announced Minister Peralta.

Feedlot figures for June across the United States are at their lowest for any June since 2010, according to the USDA 'Cattle on Feed' report.

Placements are down 3.5 per cent on June last year, which the USDA has confirmed means this month is the tenth consecutive month where the cattle on feed figure has been below year ago placements.

But the picture is not one of total decline. Cattle are weighing in heavier and the number of cattle placed on feed weighing less than 600 pounds was down by one quarter.

Placements weighing between 700 to 800 pounds were up 4.7 per cent and overall weight of cattle on feed was up 3.2 per cent on May 2012.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

FAO Food Outlook: Meat and Meat Products
Modest growth in production in trade is expected for the rest of 2013 as importing nations produce adequate supplies and some meat exporters see a slight contraction in output, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

10 Steps to Grass Recovery
With the arrival of summer, grass growth has rocketed,making this an important time of year to fill your silage clamp and apply appropriate amounts of fertilser, urge Teagasc advisers.

Timely Production Is Number One Indicator That Cows Fit Managerial Programme
Now calving is winding down, Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist at North Dakota State University is recommending that farmers check cow records to see whether 60 per cent or more calved within 21 days of the season.

Fly Monitoring
Guidance of monitoring flies around farms and other facilities from the UK's Environment Agency from its publication 'Fly management: how to comply with your environmental permit'.

Company News

Novus Presents Fifth Annual Sustainability Report
US - Novus International has released its fifth annual sustainability report that provides detailed information and examples of how the company works hand-in-hand with its stakeholders and network of business partners to improve and advance their sustainability efforts.
Molecular Technology to Enhance Future Diagnostics
GERMANY - Diagnostics are likely to play an increasingly important role in veterinary practice over the next few years, according to speakers at a satellite symposium at WAVLD (World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians) in Berlin.
DVM Joséphine Verhaeghe Guest Speaker at the Gujarat Livestock and Dairy Development Conference in India
INDIA - DVM Joséphine Verhaeghe was a guest speaker at the Gujarat Livestock and Dairy Development Conference in India, 11/06/2013.
BIOMIN at MycoRed International Conference “Europe 2013”
ITALY - More than 300 participants from about 50 countries worldwide took part in the final ISM - MycoRed International Conference “Europe 2013” held in Martina Franca (Apulia), Italy from 27 to 31 May, 2013.
IFAMA Appoints New President, CEO
US - Novus International President and CEO, Thad Simons, has been appointed to lead the Board of International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA).
Market Reports

USDA Cattle on Feed - 21 June 2013
USDA Livestock Slaughter - June 2013
UK Slaughter Statistics - June 2013

Global Beef Industry News

   European Union

Luxembourg Council Meeting Focused on CAP Reform
EFSA Finds Selenomethionine Safe for Feeds

   China

EU, China Cooperate on Brucellosis Control

   United States

CME: Futures Finish Mixed With June Up 50 cents
CME: Futures Favour Downside, Monday
Economists: Second US Farm Bill Extension Seems Inevitable
CME: Cattle on Feed and Cold Storage Both Down
CME: Livestock Futures Lower Thursday Due to Dollar Surge
Extension Boosting Kentucky Beef Industry One Farm At A Time
Carrington Research Extension Center to Hold Livestock Tour
Agrilife Short Course to Feature Future Outlook
Minister Supports Drought Hit Graziers
Cattle On Feed: Down 3.1 Per Cent On Previous June
Weekly Cattle Outlook: Lower Prices Last Week on Good Volume
CME: Live and Feeder Cattle Futures Finish Week Strongly
NFU 'Deeply Disappointed' In House Failure to Pass Farm Bill
CME: June Cattle Closes Down as Dollar Surges to Pressure Futures, Wednesday
House of Representatives Blocks Farm Bill
CME: Cattle on Feed Expected to Bring Lower Numbers As Futures Lift, Wednesday
Food, Agribusiness Executives Explore Food Security
Forage Focus: May Showers Brings June Hay
NFU Urges Ag Committee Leadership to Continue Defending PLC

   Netherlands

Breeding Consortium Appoints De Geus as Director
AgriVision 2013: Creating a Successful Strategy

   United Kingdom

Increased Expenditure on Beef
LMC: Base Quotes At 380p/kg for Steers and Heifers
Livestock Event: Strong Interest in Livestock Classes
Online Service Helps Farmers Promote Superior Breeding Stock
NFU President at Heart of CAP Battle
Report Highlights Possibilities For Plastics From the Meat Industry
Mixer Wagon Demonstrations At The Livestock Event
Countdown to Livestock Event
Livestock Event: Stamping out rural crime
Peter Kendall: 'Land Agents Must Help British Farming'
Supply Chain to Work Together to Secure Future of British Beef

   Global

FAO Meeting Discusses Water and Food Security
Fish Farms Overtake Beef in Protein Production
GOT MILK? How Much Is Too Much?
Rise in Animal Health Research Documented
FAO Statistical Yearbook Paints Picture of Food, Agriculture
EU Supports Zambian Agriculture, Renewable Energy
Nutreco Conference Identifies Innovation Opportunities in Farm Animal Feeds

   Zimbabwe

FMD: Three Futher Outbreaks Confirmed in South East Zimbabwe

   Costa Rica

OIE Declares Costa Rica As 'Controlled' BSE Risk

   Mexico

Changes in US-Mexican Cattle and Beef Trade
Mexico Has Global Influence Due To US Ties

   Brazil

Transition Period Widens Fed Cattle Price Range

   Australia

MLA: Weekly Cattle Summary
Wagyu Beef Keeps Eye On Expansion
Cattle Prices Require More Indonesian Interest
Week Starts Well Across All States

   Canada

Canadian Beef and Pork Consumption Rise

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