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TheDairySite Newsletter - 24 April 2009
Friday 24th April 2009
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Editorial: So Scientists Sequence Bovine Genome - What Next?

This week scientists disclosed that they had sequenced the bovine genome, revealing for the first time the genetic features that distinguish cattle from other mammals.

Scientists hailed the revelation as a "truly historical moment in the history of animal sciences". It is believed that now scientists know where every gene is in the genome lies, cattle can be fully assessed for genetic abnormalities and production efficiencies.

For all the light that this news will give researchers, it will also open the doors to a darker area of science. Renewed debate about genetically modified food animals will undoubtedly begin. Earlier this year the US already paved the way for how GM animals will be sold as food within its domestic market. A brave new world gets ever close.

Adam Anson

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

A Blueprint for Eradicating Bovine TB in England
Bovine Tuberculosis is a serious infectious disease, incurring huge costs on both the individuals affected, and on the governments attempting to control it. Adam Anson, reporting for TheCattleSite, summarises the latest UK plan which attempts to lay out a blueprint for its eradication.
Managing Dairy Production Costs and Ratios
We have a number of terms and numbers thrown at us, especially in financially distressed times like now, writes Randy Pepin Todd County Extension Educator, Ag Production Systems in this University of Minnesota Dairy Extension publication.
Automatic Livestock Waterers
A reliable, constant supply of good quality water is an essential part of any livestock enterprise, says a report from the Government of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.
US Beef and Dairy Outlook Report - April 2009
Beef exports are expected to fall as US beef prices rise, whilst milk production is forecast to decline as the US herd shrinks, says the USDA's Economic Research Service in its April 2009: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - April 2009
US meat production together with corn and wheat stocks are expected to be lower this month according to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report from the World Agricultural Outlook Board.
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: New Technologies Improve Detection
 » BLUETONGUE: UFU President Sets Out Facts
 » India Opposes EU Welfare Drive

   United States

 » Researchers Sequence Bovine Genome
 » AFBF: EPA's GHG Finding Cause for Much Concern
 » Producers Selling Cows as Dairy Prices Struggle
 » High Price Leads to Poor Cattle ID Partcipation
 » Economists Sees Big Upturn for US Cattle Prices
 » California Takes First Step to Feed Antibiotic Ban
 » USDA ARS: Organic Dairy Manure Replenishes Soil
 » Dwindling Research Funds Jeopardise Livestock
 » Specialists Laments the Dangers of Raw Milk
 » Congress Informed of Food Safety Progress Made
 » NCBA Concerned by Feed Ban and Public Disregard
 » Cattle on Feed Report
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » March Milk Production down 0.2 Percent
 » Weekly Outlook: Producers Slaughtered By Economy
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   Russian Federation

 » Struggle to Rebuild Russian Beef Industry


 » Fallen Animals Responsibility Rests with Minister
 » Smith to Discuss Critical Dairy Situation
 » Irish Milk Auction Sees Farmers Working at a Loss


 » Mengniu Plans More Raw Milk Bases
 » $9.5b Earmarked to Help Chinese Farmers

   United Kingdom

 » Time for Action Says UK Dairy Farmers
 » Mild Weather Warning for Livestock Producers
 » TB Table Value Case Gets NFU Backing
 » UK Farmers Rally Against Cost Sharing
 » LMC Report: Lower Carcase Weights in the EU


 » First DDGS Dairy Trial Sees Success in Australia
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary


 » Cattle Industry Can Manage Genetic Abnormalities
 » Control of Cross Contamination in Feed Mills Advised
 » Expansion of Animal Clinic and Lab Nears Completion
 » WCVM Upgrades to Enhance Biosecurity


 » Cows for the Poor: Breeding Programme Begins

   New Zealand

 » NZFSA Strategy Fights Foodborne Salmonella


 » Practical Application of DDGS in Feed Under Study
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That's all for this week!

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