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Wednesday 15th June 2016.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell
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MSD Animal Health

US Beef Exports Showing Positive Signs, Despite Lower April Volumes

April exports of US beef were below the volumes recorded a year ago but there are positive developments in play, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Through the first four months of 2016, beef exports were steady with last year’s pace in volume, but fell 13 per cent in value.

“Although volumes were lower year-over-year, we did see encouraging signs in the April export results,” said USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng.

“For US beef, improvement in Mexico and other Western Hemisphere markets was a very positive development. USMEF has worked closely with the retail and foodservice sectors to promote under-utilised cuts and overcome our price challenges in these markets, and those efforts are definitely paying dividends.” – Click here to read more.

In the UK, the risk of Bluetongue spread from France will start to increase with daily average temperatures heading into summer, concludes the latest situation report from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

Bluetongue has been spreading around France for some time, and the country has now reported 285 outbreaks, according to APHA's report.

Vaccine has been made available for the UK market from July onwards, but the decision to vaccinate should be with the farmer, in consultation with their private veterinary surgeon, APHA said – read more.

 



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Randall Lineback Cattle - The Breed that Saved America
The Randall Lineback is among the oldest breeds of cattle in the US with origins back to the Pilgrim Fathers. The Randall family in Sunderland, Vermont had sustained this heritage breed since 1912, writes John Wilkes.

Company News

Diverging Consumer Demands Put Contradictory Pressures on Producers, Says Prof. David Hughes
UK - “Quite clearly, the future is bright for animal-derived protein consumption. However, the further polarization of consumer demands presents a real challenge for the livestock and dairy industry,” warned Prof. David Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London.
Livestock Event: The Open Forums
UK - Farmers will be able question industry influencers at two Open Forums sessions hosted by Barclays at the Livestock Event, held at The NEC on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July.
Nutriad Introduces MYCOMAN®: Mobile App for Mycotoxin Management
GLOBAL - Mycotoxins in cereal crops affect the health and performance of animals all around the world. Changing quality and availability of raw materials lead to an increasing need for efficient ways of measuring the level of mycotoxin contamination, allowing producers to respond quickly.
Market Reports

AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 14 June 2016
Animal Feed Statistics for Great Britain - April 2016

Global Beef Industry News

   United States

US Beef Exports Showing Positive Signs, Despite Lower April Volumes
CME: US Feeder Cattle Imports from Canada, Mexico Decline
CME: More Wheat Could Enter Livestock Rations as High Yields Forecast
Analyst: Fastest US Cattle Expansion Since 1970s
CME: Feedlot Marketing Rates Faster than Last Year
Watch Out for Parasites and Pests in Wet Weather
CME: Choice Beef Cutout Value Continues to Perform Below Year Ago Levels
CME: Beef Imports Still Lower than 2015 Levels
Research Brings New Insight into Digital Dermatitis in Cattle

   United Kingdom

Risk of Bluetongue Spread from France to UK to Rise as Weather Warms
Welsh Farmers Concerned over Cattle TB Figures, Strategy
Prime Cattle Prices Show Seasonal Strength in Scotland
What is the Role of Welfare in Livestock Production?
£1.5m Grant to Boost Understanding of AMR Bacteria from Cattle
New Beef Arena Showcasing Latest Innovations at Livestock Event
What impact Might Brexit Have on UK Agriculture?

   New Zealand

Lower Input Costs for NZ Beef, Sheep Farmers Provide Relief

   Australia

Australia Investigates Abuse of Exported Cattle at Vietnamese Abattoir
International Report Confirms More Government Vets are Needed

   European Union

Parliament Calls for EU Action to Help Farmers Fight Unfair Trading Practices

   Ireland

Choice of Cow Type Drives Performance at Newford Farm

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