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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 24 June 2009
Wednesday 24th June 2009
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Editorial: Winds of Change Whip Up a Storm

This week, the Council of the European Union agreed to a new set of animal welfare measures. The move aims to simplify existing legislation and bring it into line with food hygiene regulations. The proposal integrates welfare considerations into the design of slaughterhouses and requires the regular monitoring of the efficiency of stunning techniques.

Meanwhile, the European Commission were welcoming new feed regulation that they say will further strengthen food safety in the EU by modernising procedures for labelling and marketing animal feed. The Commission also says that the regulations would promote innovation and competitiveness in the European feed sector.

Whilst these high-order alterations are bound to have a marked effect on European meat industries, repercussions of a Greenpeace exposé are threatening to pull the rug from beneath the very giants of Brazilian beef. Since the release of the exposé -- Slaughtering the Amazon -- which revealed how the Brazilian cattle industry is decimating the Amazon rainforest, companies immediately began to sever their links with the slaughterhouses and farms involved. The World Bank then cancelled its US$90 million loan to Brazilian cattle giant, Bertin.

Later, it was reported that Marfrig, Bertin, JBS.S.A and many other companies were being investigated for various crimes. JBS.S.A denied any wrong doing, but also reported that federal police had visited one of the company's meat plants in Porto Velho, Rondonia, with a warrant to search and collect certain documents. Now, Marfrig have announced a moratorium on buying cattle from all farms that deforest the Amazon. Only time will tell the full impact of this exposé.

Adam Anson

DuPont Animal Health Solutions
* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Thais Aim to Boost Beef Production
According to the Department of Livestock Development (DLD), Thailand had in the region of 9.1 million beef cattle in 2008. Imported breeds include Brahman, Charolais, Blonde d’ Aquitaine and Angus, writes Stuart Lumb for TheCattleSite.
The Right Bulls Produce the Right Calves
What is important is to look at the numbers and find a bull that will work within your herd, writes Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist at North Dakota State University.
Defining Forage Quality
Forages are a major asset of any livestock operation and the foundation of most rations in a forage-based livestock diet, says Yoana C. Newman, Adegbola T. Adesogan, Joao Vendramini and Lynn Sollenberger, University of Florida IFAS Extension.
US Beef and Dairy Outlook
By USDA, Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the June 2009 issue of the Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report.
* Company News

ISPAH Adds Food Industry Staff
US - Jennie Hodgen, Ph.D., and Bob Giblin, APR, have joined Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health in two newly created positions established to develop the animal health company's relationships within the food chain.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News


 » BSE NEWS: CA$1.6 Million Research Project
 » FMD NEWS: Disease Hits Taiwan
 » Ag Sector More Resilient to Global Crisis Than Others
 » Same Organic Standards in US, Canada in Future


 » Weather Expected to Drive Feedgrain Prices
 » Manure Pathogen Survival During Overwintering Evaluated
 » Canada Issues Recommendations on Food Safety
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   United Kingdom

 » Stable Conditions Promote Confidence in UK Beef
 » RABDF: Dairy Event and Livestock Show to Relocate
 » Beef and Lamb Farmgate Prices Stay Strong
 » A Stand Against Defra's Animal Health Organisation
 » Iron-Clad Case for Red Meat
 » QMS Show Produced With Passion

   European Union

 » Report Examines Incidence of MRSA in Livestock
 » New EU Feed Rules Will Improve Food Safety
 » EU Ministers Agree To New Slaughterhouse Rules


 » JBS S.A. Denies Involvement in Meatpacker Crimes
 » Upheaval in the Amazon After Greenpeace Exposé
 » Cattle Giant Steps Up to Problem in the Amazon
Genus - Value through science and genomics
   United States

 » NFU US Say Antitrust Laws Must be Enforced
 » Advantages in Breeding Smaller Beef Cattle
 » Will Politics Phase Out US Livestock Production?
 » Ag Secretary Announces Lab Funding Boost
 » AMI, NCC Challenge 'Food, Inc.' Claims
 » Weekly Outlook: Expectation for USDA Reports
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Beef and Veal Exports Up
 » Cattle on Feed Report
 » CME: While Beef, Pork Prices Down, Poultry Up


 » India's Fading Livestock Breeds


 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Little Change Expected for Australian Cattle Prices
Claas - Time for new rules
   New Zealand

 » Federated Farmers Against NAIT Ear Tag Scheme


 » Changing Times in the Spanish Beef Market

   Russian Federation

 » Russian Programme to Benefit Irish Cattle Breeders
 » Meat and Milk Imports Fall in Russia


 » Governor Calls for Cattle Grazing Lands


 » US-Taiwan Beef Talks in Final Stages

That's all for this week!

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