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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 6 May 2009

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Wednesday 6th May 2009
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Editorial: Human Pandemic Causes Meat Trade Disputes

The inaptly named 'swine flu' outbreak has overshadowed much of the global media coverage since the World Health Organisation accorded it 'pandemic status'. This week, it even fell onto TheCattleSite news desk with reports that Russia had extended its ban on meat imports and halted shipments of beef from five US states.

The US government officials are concerned that the flu will prompt countries to ban meat unnecessarily. Restrictions "resulting from the recent outbreak do not appear to be based on scientific evidence and may result in serious trade disruptions without cause", Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in an e-mailed statement.

Russia's meat ban may have little to do with food safety. Last Thursday we reported that, by comparison with the previous year, per-capita meat consumption was up seven per cent in Russia during 2008. Total meat production was also up - more than 11 per cent higher. Now that Russia are gaining the ability to expand their domestic market, perhaps they are seeking the international means also.

Adam Anson

Claas - Time for new rules
* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Secrets of the Genome: a New Bovine Story
The recent sequencing of the bovine genome has opened a window to a whole new way of perceiving a cow. Soon, it may change the meaning of cattle farms as well, writes Adam Anson, TheCattleSite.
Ethanol Co-Product Use in U.S. Cattle Feeding
The expansion of the ethanol industry led to increased demand for corn and an increased supply of co-products from the ethanol production processes, says the USDA Economic Research Service.
Cow-Calf Profitability
One does not have to spend a great deal of effort in reviewing 2008 beef cattle receipts or production expenses to recognize the direction of cow-calf net returns, writes Mark A. McCann, Ph.D., Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Cooperative Extension Livestock Update.
The History of U.S. Beef Exports to Japan
FAS Japan is writing a series of reports on the history of U.S. agricultural exports to Japan which have been published by a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service GAIN report.
Genus - Value through science and genomics
* Company News

Schering-Plough Flips Switch on 1.7MW Solar System
US - Animal health and pharmaceuticals giant Schering-Plough Corporation has switched on a 1.7 megawatt solar energy system on the roof of its centre in New Jersey.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: UAE Bans Egyptian Dairy Products
 » Russia Widens Ban on Meat Imports

   United States

 » K-State Seeks Out Best Forage for SE Kansas Cattle
 » A Consumers Guide to Grass-fed Beef
 » Missouri Forage Specialist: Make Hay, Save Legumes
 » US Gives Conservation Land to Struggling Livestock
 » Second Quarter Was Better for Tyson
 » CME: 'Swine Flu' Takes Toll on Meat Markets
 » LMC Report: Falling Global Demand for Meat Predicted
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Cow Slaughter Up
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soyabean Prices Diverge
 » Weekly Roberts Report

   European Union

 » Measures to Reduce Risk of Animal Diseases Imports
 » 2007: Bulgarian Brucellosis in Humans and Animals
 » Salmonella: Most Common Cause of Food Outbreak

   Russian Federation

 » Russians Eating, Producing More Meat

   United Kingdom

 » SAC: Monitoring Contact Between Cattle and Badgers
 » UFU Says NI Meat Plants Cannot Justify Low Prices


 » Angus Australia Gets a New President
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Agforce to Promote Beef at Beef 2009
 » Report: Economic Impacts of Emissions Trading
 » The Shared Behavioral Genes of Humans and Cows
DuPont Animal Health Solutions

 » China's Feed Output Rises Year on Year
 » Foot and Mouth in China


 » Cattle Starve in Panama


 » BIC: a Message of Goodness Told on Podcast
 » Genetic Diversity is Key to Creating Future Breeds
 » Maple Leaf's $27 Million Meat Recall Settlement


 » Vets to Vaccinate Over 70,000 Cattle in Cuvelai
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That's all for this week!

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