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Wednesday 14th August 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley
Editor


Zilmax Dispute Prompts Certification Renewal

A recertification process is now regulating stockmen, nutritionists and veterinarians that feed Zilmax growth promoter to cattle.

The markets were stirred last week when Zilmax, a zilpaterol product used to boost muscle gain and feed efficiency, was linked with reports of non-ambulatory cattle by Tyson Fresh Meats.

Merck, the product manufacturer, has maintained that Zilmax is a beneficial and safe supplement that is FDA approved.

Tyson expressed concern over sightings of lame cattle in a letter to cattle feeders last week, although expressed uncertainty regarding the cause of the lameness.

Animal health experts were cited as saying that Zilmax is ‘one possible cause'.

Tyson asserted that the issue was not one of food safety but of animal well-being and that the ban was an ‘interim measure’.

The recertification scheme – to be overseen by third party experts - heads a range of measures that intend to shed light on the lameness and well-being concerns noted in Tyson beef plants.

Yesterday, Merck released a five-step responsible beef plan that will ensure those using the product can mix feed appropriately and determine which cattle are ‘good candidates’ for the use of beta-agonists.

A scientific audit will also be released to beef packers and suppliers, to be issued within 30 days.

This will trace animals from the feedyard system to the packing plant to pin-point where lamness problems are occurring.

Third party experts will oversee the investigations, which will be bolstered by the creation of an advisory board, to be made up of industry stakeholders and specialists.

Merck has committed to transparency throughout and will share findings and put better understanding into management practice. Since Tyson’s announcement it has stood alone. Cargill, JBS Swift and National Beef have all stated that cattle fed zilpaterol will be procured as normal.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has commended Merck for its actions.

Full clarification has been requested by the NCBA, which wants to see decisions based on science and not speculation.

The NCBA commented: “The five-step plan announced by Merck today will accelerate this process while ensuring that every feedyard worker handling Zilmax is properly trained and certified to use the product. In committing to retrain and recertify every customer using Zilmax they are going above and beyond what is required to ensure their product is used responsibly.“

It stressed that there is currently no evidence to say that banning beta-agonists will impact on the animal welfare concerns cited by Tyson.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Cost of Poor Calf Health Climbs Among Angus Breeders
With stock prices lifting, cattle health is becoming more of a pressing issue and latest feedlot figures show that if a calf is treated twice, loss in revenue can be up to $365 a head.

Manage Animals Carefully to Cope With Heat Stress and Fair Seasons
Check your stock for excessive salivation, bunching of animals and trembling as Nebraska hosts hot weather, advises Lindsay Chichester of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Vaccinate For Blackleg in Cattle
As grass becomes sparse under the summer sun, the risk of Blackleg grows, according Mark Keaton, Baxter Bulletin.

August Is An Opportunity To Establish Perennial Forages
August provides another window of opportunity to establish a perennial forage stand and it fits nicely into rotations after wheat grain harvest, write Rory Lewandowski and Mark Sulc, Ohio State University Extension.

Company News

Merck Reponds to Tyson Zilmax Announcement
US - Merck/MSD animal health has reacted to news that cattle fed Merck's growth promoter - Zilmax - will no longer be purchased because of concerns relating to animal well-being.
Mycotoxin Workshop Supported by Biomin
BELGIUM - From 22 to 24 May 2013, the University College and University of Ghent, as well as the Society of Mycotoxin Research organised the 35th Mycotoxin Workshop.
Market Reports

Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - June 2013
USDA WASDE - August 2013
EBLEX Cattle Weekly - 9 August 2013

Global Beef Industry News

   United States

Merck Animal Health Statement on Five Steps to Responsible Beef
CME: Futures Higher Amid Tightening Supply
Weatherman Tells Texans to Prepare Drought Plans
CME: 'Greener' Light for Chicken, Pork Sectors to Expand
ISU Economists Have Cautious Message for Farmers
LMC: Cattle Shipments to GB Three Times Higher
Daily Dairy Trading: Milk Futures Down, Monday
CME: Nearby Futures Post Gains, Monday
CME: Live Cattle Makes Gains Friday Following Tyson Zilmax Decision
NFU Seeks to Intervene in COOL Lawsuit
Special Report: USDA Report Bullish for Corn, Soybeans
Weekly Cattle Summary: Tyson's Zilmax Decision to Affect Slaughter Weights?
CME: Zilmax Effect 'Muted' as Close Range Futures Close Down, Friday
New Research Facilities for University of Wisconsin-Madison
NFU Outlines Priorities as Deadline Looms for Farm Bill
Georgian Cattle Industry Welcomes New Adviser
Tyson Warns Cattlemen Of September Zilmax Ban
CME: Cattle Futures Surge Following Tyson Foods Zilmax Announcement, Thursday
Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Testing Adds Value
Beef Industry about to Make a Slow Turn
Significant Improvement in Cargill Earnings
Cut Pastures and Use Antibiotics to Beat Pinkeye
CME: Futures Continue to Dip After Early Rallies, Wednesday
Hay Storage Considerations, A Second Opinion
US Cattle Inventory Down Mid-Year
Red Meat Exports Hit 2013 Highs
CME: Nearby Futures Close Higher, Tuesday
New Antibiotics Guidelines for Livestock Producers Explained
Short Corn Crop, Long Price Tail - Are We There Yet?
Tyson Reports Record Sales

   France

UK Farmers Observe Lucerne Potential
Schmallenberg Vaccine Granted Market Authorization
SPACE President Passes Away

   Canada

New Vibrio Test Available for Western Canadians
Guelph Launches Heat Stress App

   United Kingdom

UK Cattle Markets Stabilise
Industry Sets Out Five CAP 'Priorities'
LMC: U-3 Prime Cattle at 360-362 p/kg As Supply Picture Improves
Feed Production, Prices Rise
Striving for Sustainable Consumption
Sustainable Beef: Using Cattle to Manage National Parks
Sustainable Beef: What Can Be Done In the Uplands?

   Germany

Germany Measures Antibiotic Use on Farms
Sharp Decline in German Meat Exports to Russia

   Russian Federation

Russia Reports More FMD in Cattle
FMD NEWS: Russia Reports More FMD in Cattle

   Mexico

Government Reassures Consumers of Clenbuterol Risk

   Brazil

Vaccination Not Required For Bluetongue
Marfrig Sees Revenue Growth
Brazilian Meat Export Rise Assisted by Fall in Real
Lower Beef Prices Spark Concern Over Economy

   Ireland

CAP Implementation Must Secure Suckler Herd

   Panama

Panama Tuberculosis Outbreak Confirmed in Nine Cattle
Testing Disproves Suspected Human Brucellosis Case

   Namibia

FMD: Namibia Outbreak Caused By Wild Buffalo

   China

Food Prices Keep Rising
FMD: Laboratory Confirms Foot and Mouth in Tibet

   Nicaragua

Central America Pledges to Eradicate Brucellosis
Nicaraguan Livestock Sector Maintains Output

   Global

Global Food Price Index Falls Again
Helping Countries Reduce Agricultural GHGs
Laboratory Beef: The Sustainable Answer?

   Australia

Australian Beef Production Breaks Record
MLA: Weekly Cattle Summary
Livestock Waste Powers Queensland Farm

   South Africa

OIE Reports More FMD in South Africa

   Israel

Argentinian Beef Plants Under Scrutiny

   Paraguay

Chile Inspects Four Meat Plants in Central Paraguay

   Philippines

Feed Safety and Efficient Livestock Production to Highlight LIVESTOCK PHILIPPINES 2013

   Denmark

DC Supplies New Danish Beef Cattle Standard for EUROSPAR

   Ukraine

'Hazardous' Animal Product Seized By State
Ministry Confident of Meat Production Lift

   European Union

LMC: EU Beef Prices Drop Back on June Levels

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