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Wednesday 2nd November 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell
Editor


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Check Protein Levels in Silage to Keep Cattle Healthy This Winter

Concerns over the number of analysed silage samples revealing low protein levels has led staff from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to urge farmers to get their silage analysed as soon as possible, before winter feeding.

Once identified any protein shortfall can be easily rectified, but cattle fed on silage with low level of protein are at risk of rumen digestion problems which in the worst case scenarios, can be fatal.

It is not clear why there is a drop in protein on some farms but the late cold spring and recent wet winters in the last couple of years are thought to play a part. Having studied the latest test results, Perth based nutritionist Karen Stewart, from the college’s SAC Consulting Beef and Sheep team, fears some results are below safe levels.

“We are very concerned that more samples this year have protein levels below the 10 per cent level which we would consider critical for most stock.” – Click here to read more.

In other news this week, Canada has been investigating a case of bovine TB that was detected in a cow from Alberta slaughtered in the US.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is investigating the outbreak, including tracing animals that may have been exposed to the infected animal. A significant number of herds have been quarantined.

The Alberta Beef Producers organisation urged officials to provide an effective, rapid, and thorough investigation of this case – read more.


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     United Kingdom

Cattle Botulism Prompts Renewed Call for Poultry Litter Solution in Northern Ireland
Check Protein Levels in Silage to Keep Cattle Healthy This Winter
Fall in UK Farm Incomes Continues
Sales Static for Meat and Poultry, but Fish Thriving

     United States

CME: Cattle Weights Stay Below Last Year's Levels
Cattle Outlook: Heifer Retention May be Slowing
CME: Beef Demand Key to Imminent Fed Cattle Prices
New Research Helps Determine Forage Composition for Cattle Nutrition
CME: Imports Not the Reason for High Beef Supplies
Manure Safety Should be Prioritised on Cattle Farms

     Canada

Canada Investigates Bovine TB Case

     New Zealand

NZ Beef and Sheep Economic Outlook Depends on Currency

     Global

Canada-EU Trade Agreement Brings Change for Beef Trade

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