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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 2 December 2009
Wednesday 2nd December 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Accessing Markets And Tackling Health

The USDA has launched a Branded Products Promotion Programme to help small producers market their products to international buyers. Funding is available to help producers attend trade shows, conduct retail promotions or produce promotional information.

As Canada sees cattle exports to the US fall, it is improving promotional efforts to access Japanese markets. However they are not alone. Mexico has also carried out various activities in Tokyo to promote Mexican beef products. Imports of Mexican beef to Japan have increased five per cent over the last year.

The European Commission has announced a €275 million package to support 224 programmes in tackling animal diseases which affect human and animal health.

In New Zealand, a new website has been launched,, to provide farmers with the latest information on Johne's disease. The website will keep producers updated with research been carried out, as well as control management practices.

The Chinese veterinary authorities have reported a new foot and mouth disease outbreak in Xinjiang. The source of the outbreak is still inconclusive, but authorities are working hard to ensure that the outbreak is isolated and controlled.

On a more positive note, the Food and Agriculture Organisation have said that they expect the disease, rinderpest, to be declared globally eradicated within the next 18 months. For more information check out this weeks feature, The End Of The Road For Rinderpest.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

US Grassfed Beef
Of the millions of tonnes of beef marketed in the US this year, the majority will be intensively produced, grain-fed beef. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor, speaks with one farmer in Georgia who prides himself on organically grown grassfed beef.
Variation In Costs For Animal Disease Prevention
A new report Cost of National Prevention Systems for Animal Diseases and Zoonoses in Developing and Transition Countries commissioned by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has been published recently. The main conclusions are summarised by Jackie Linden for TheCattleSite. These include that there is a strong relationship between current spending per animal unit and GDP, although this is unrelated to the level of spending required.
The End Of The Road For Rinderpest
Sometime in the next 18 months, one of the most devastating animal diseases, rinderpest, will be officially declared eradicated.
Marketing Cull Cows
The benefits of culling cows from a beef herd include higher calf crop percentages and lower health related problems. This report, by the Government of Alberta, outlines some market strategies that will help maximise returns when marketing cull cows.
Livestock And Products Annual Report
It is expected that the EU cattle herd will continue to decline in numbers, as land, feed and energy costs continue to increase. Smaller farms are abandoning the sector, allowing larger farms to expand, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: China Reports New FMD Outbreak
 » Disease Eradication

   United States

 » Funding Available To Red Meat Producers
 » Compaction Problems With Saturated Soils
 » Industry Takes Advantage of Human Gene Breakthrough
 » US Cold Storage Stocks Report
 » Rules For Interstate Meat Sales Need Flexibility
 » Brucellosis Found in Eastern Idaho Cow
 » Farm Anaerobic Digestion Information
 » 3rd Submission Against JBS/Pilgrim's Pride Deal
 » Can You Feed Mouldy Corn as Silage?
 » Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshops
 » Weekly Outlook: Demand For Corn And Soybean
 » CME: Shortened Holiday Week Lowers Numbers
 » Senator Introduces Food Safety Legislation
 » Exports Key To Beef Demand
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   European Union

 » Nutreco Acquisition of Cargill Companies Approved
 » EC Approves €275 M for Animal Health Programmes
 » Commission Authorises GM Maize


 » €2 Million for Targeted Fodder Aid Scheme
 » A New Way of Farming Explored


 » China Reports Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak

   United Kingdom

 » Report Calls for Livestock Production Cuts
 » LMC Report: Beef Carcase Specifications
 » Grain Market Turmoil - How to Survive it!
 » ABP Acquires Abattoirs in South of England
 » Hill Farmers Will See Improved Payments
 » Hilton To Supply Danish Food Retailer
 » Dairies Accelerate Towards Recycled Plastic Targets
 » Roadmap to Reduce Livestock Emissions
 » Prompt Payment Brings Festive Cheer

 » Export Works Expected To Close Early
 » Tasmanian Producers Try To Upgrade Stock Sale Info
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Beef Takes Back Seat Over US Thanksgiving Holiday
 » Frozen Beef Lifts October Import Volumes in Japan
 » Changes To Livestock Import Rules

   New Zealand

 » New Johne’s Disease Website Launched


 » Cattle Play Vital Role in Economic Development
DuPont Animal Health Solutions

 » Canadian Cattle Exports to US Fall


 » VanDrie Group Takes Over Alpuro Group
 » Meat 'Grown' In Test Tube Will Tackle Climate Change

   Korea, South

 » Korean Cattle Slaughter Tumbles After Chuseok


 » Canada And Mexico Eye On Japanese Beef Market
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That's all for this week!

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