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Wednesday 10th August 2016.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell
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New Zealand's Beef Cattle Herd Up Despite Trying Season

New Zealand’s beef cattle herd increased by 2.8 per cent to 3.7 million during the 2015-16 season, at the same time as the country’s sheep flock decreased by 3 per cent.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s latest stock number survey showed that the 2015-16 year has been an exceptionally trying farming season, with facial eczema in the North Island and widespread weather challenges in other parts of the country.

Facial eczema is a fungal disease spread by fungal spores growing on pasture, which causes lowered production, skin irritation and peeling and sometimes death.

The 2.8 per cent increase in beef cattle numbers follows a 3.3 per cent decline in the 2014-15 season - click here to read more.

In other news, a young Mexican graduate has developed an ear tag for cattle that measures the vital signs of the animal to identify early stages of disease.

The technology, called LifeMonitor, weighs 40 grams and is able to measure temperature, heart rate and blood pressure in real time to identify disease. The measurements are sent to the cloud, allowing producers to monitor the cattle.

The innovation is expected to help vets treat animals more quickly when needed, improving productivity of livestock farming in Mexico - read more.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Drones Battle Disease, Waste and Cattle Rustlers on US Farms
Farmers and ranchers across the globe are turning to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to assist with farming. As technology improves, so will the applications for UAV technology, writes Rachel Lane.

Company News

Nutriad Appoints Sales Manager South America
GLOBAL - Multinational feed additive producer Nutriad appointed Angela Maria Mejia Vargas as Area Manager for all South American countries outside Brazil.
Leading Mycotoxin Experts Map the Current, Future Scientific Landscape
GLOBAL - While several highly publicized incidents related to mycotoxins in food and feed have attracted worldwide media attention in recent years, including the 2013 aflatoxin contamination in Europe, new findings suggest that mycotoxins have a significant impact on livestock production in less headline-grabbing ways, such as impairing gut health.
Rumen Function Vital for Greater Gains in Beef and Dairy Herds
GLOBAL - Optimising rumen function is a primary way to unlock greater gains for beef and dairy producers, according to a nutritional expert.
Market Reports

AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 5 August 2016
Animal Feed Statistics for Great Britain - June 2016

Global Beef Industry News

   United Kingdom

Union Targets Improved Self-Sufficiency for UK Food After Brexit
Mince Drives Volume Sales Growth for Beef
National Trust Comments on Farm Financing Cause Debate

   Mexico

Ear Tag Measuring Vital Signs Aims to Improve Livestock Productivity

   New Zealand

New Zealand's Beef Cattle Herd Up Despite Trying Season

   United States

CME: June US Beef Export Figures Positive
Live Cattle Futures Improvements Aim for Better Risk Management
California Now Free from Bovine TB
Cattle Outlook: Good News for Meat Demand as US Economy Adds More Jobs
CME: Feeder Cattle Demand Shows Improvement
Polymer Coatings Could Aid Food Safety in Processing Plants
CME: US Cattle Slaughter Running High

   Global

Beef, Dairy Producers: Considered Sorghum Lately?
Global Dairy, Meat Price Indices Rise

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