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Wednesday 19th February 2014.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley
Editor


Genetic TB Breakthrough and Northern Ireland Set For New Payment Rules From April

Roslin Institute scientists have announced that farmers may be able to select for bovine tuberculosis (TB) resistance.

Tests performed on a Holstein-Friesian herd identified several genetic codes in cows unaffected by TB that have been linked to resistance to the disease.

However, Professor Glass, lead researcher of the paper which appeared in Heredity last week, said: "Various environmental factors as well as differences in the TB bacteria may also affect susceptibility.”

She added that TB resistance could be used in breeding programmes alongside other control strategies.

Meanwhile, big changes could be in store that will simplify Northern Ireland’s ‘increasingly complicated’ cattle payments system, according to the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC).

The changes are expected to be enforced in the larger factories as of 1 April and follow 12 months of alterations to incentive payments which involved increasing penalties on out-of-spec cattle and over age bulls.

This week, the LMC explained the current 8-14 p/kilo bonus will stop, instead being replaced with what it presumes will be higher prime cattle quotes.

The LMC outlined seven specifications likely to be reviewed. Of these, four involve a maximum £150 penalty if flouted.

These are Farm Quality Assurance Compliance, the number of farm residencies (which must be four of fewer), sufficient standstill days (which can vary from 30 to 90 days) and age – under 30 months for steers/heifers and 16 months for bulls.

The other three categories are weight, grade and country of origin.

Currently, prime cattle are accepted between 260 kg and 420 kg. The LMC expects this to remain.

Regarding live imports, the LMC said non UK origin cows are undesirable and subject to deductions on an individual factory basis, the LMC added.

Grades will see no changes in the prime cattle price grid aside from the removal of the 8-14 p/kg bonus for gold box grades meeting other specification criteria.

The LMC said: ““This will potentially reduce the price differential between current gold box grades and other grades of cattle.”

And finally, England’s red meat and pork industry levy boards EBLEX and BPEX have unveiled a new online data base that maintains market data going back to 1990.

Meatstats is a revived version of Meatfax, formerly organised by the Meat and Livestock Commission and faxed to subscribers.

The free service covers abattoir, global trade, national balance sheet and headage data as well as covering seasonality of the markets both globally and in the UK.


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Global Beef Industry News

   United States

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CME: Beef Exports off to Slow Start, Concerns over PED
NFU Thankful for Farm Bill, Livestock Disaster Programs
Weekly Cattle Summary: WASDE Steers Slaughter Forecast $2.50 Higher
Cattle Futures: Markets To Move Higher and Sideways, Thursday
Congress Group Urges USDA to Ban Slaughter of Downer Calves
Cattle Futures: Major Market Top Still in Place, Analyst Suspects, Wednesday
Four States Named in 8.7 Million Pound Beef Recall
Lowest Cattle Numbers Since 1951
Nashville: Ranchers Are Optimistic
Hot, Dry Summer Likely, but Possible Moisture Relief this Fall
Cattle Futures: Cattle Values Up to Three Week High, Tuesday
Wyckoff's Weekly Cattle Outlook: 'Mixed Bag' Following USDA Report
NCBA's Roberts Says Cattle Industry Is On Fire

   Spain

Sperm Bank Opens to Save Rare Breeds

   Canada

Maple Leaf to Focus on Packaged Meats Business
Farmers Encouraged to Tell Their Stories Online
Budget 2014 Supports Canada’s Beef Cattle Producers

   United Kingdom

New Data Source for UK Meat Producers
Changes to In-spec Cattle From 1 April
Bright Future for UK and EU Meat and Milk
Meat Sales Decline in Value and Volume Year on Year
Forage Aid Eases Unprecedented Flood Woes
Exports Offer Great Opportunity for British Agriculture
Study Outlines Potential Genetic Solution to Bovine Tuberculosis
Long Term UK Beef Supply to Remain Tight
Global Weather Extremes Show Food Security Should be Major Concern

   Russian Federation

Further Cases of FMD in Southern Russia
Russia Reports First FMD Outbreak of 2014

   Global

Rosy Prospects for UK and EU Meat and Dairy Sector
How Big is Carbon Footprint of Food Waste?

   Mexico

Canada Export Opportunity Opens Up in Four States

   Brazil

High Crop Production Set to Challenge Brazil’s Infrastructure Again
Two Brazilian Beef Plants Given Russian Access

   Australia

Australian Beef Production Hits Record High
MLA: Weekly Cattle Summary
Australian Beef Exports to Japan Down

   France

New Software from CIRAD Aims to Cut Antibiotic Use
Food Exports Boost French Economic Recovery

   European Union

Vote on Proposal to Strengthen EU Animal, Plant Health Rules Welcome

   Ireland

IFA Calls on Agri Minister to Convene Emergency Beef Summit
Irish Farmers Call on Minister to Act over Cattle Prices

   China

Is New Chinese Agricultural Policy Driving Production, Consumption?

   Japan

Japan Increases Wagyu Beef Exports

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