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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 23 December 2009

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Wednesday 23rd December 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Food Safety Concerns

Brazil has submitted a trade specific concern to the World Trade Organisation regarding what it believes is the unfair treatment of Brazilian meat exports to the EU.

Brazil recently asked the EU to simplify the current system to make it more affordable and flexible for producers. These proposed changes to the Brazilian Cattle Traceability System were denied.

Over the year, there have been increasing concerns regarding food safety. To restore public confidence, the American Meat Insitute has released information regarding the role of microbiological testing in ground beef. A recent discovery by Agriculture Research Service scientists may lead to a vaccine which will reduce the spread of Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria in animals.

Farmers in the UK should be aware of changes to TB testing areas, which become effective from 1 January 2010.

2009 has been a miserable year for Australian cattle producers, with drought, a falling dollar and poor cattle prices - the industry is now hoping things pick up in 2010.

With climate change increasingly topical, the UK has announced a new green funding deal to help farmers invest in energy-saving equipment, while the US is increasing funding for climate change research.

The next newsletter will be sent out 6 January 2010. Until then, I hope you all have a very merry Christmas, with best wishes for 2010.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Liver Fluke: The Facts
With the recent rise in cases of liver fluke, Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor, speaks with Dr Phil Hadley, South-West regional manager for EBLEX.
Preparing Cattle For Winter
According to John Paterson, Montana State University Extension beef specialist, there are some things producers can do now to help get their cattle through the next several cold months and prepare for the demands of winter.
Livestock And Products Annual Report - India
India's 2010 buffalo meat production is forecast to increase by five per cent to 2.7 million tons due to the price competitiveness of Indian meat and expected sustained demand from meat-importing countries. Exports are expected to grow marginally, assuming no drop in demand from existing export markets due to the global recession. Summarised by the TheCattleSite junior editor, Charlotte Johnston.
US Beef and Dairy Outlook Report -December 2009
Lower demand for beef, heavier cattle and increased dairy cow slaughter pushed beef prices down throughout 2009, and they are unlikely to pick up. Lower milk production and an increase in dairy product exports is expected to improve dairy and milk prices in 2010 according to the USDA Economic Research Service outlook.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   European Union

 » Council Discusses Animal Welfare Labelling Scheme
 » Acquisition Of Seara By Marfrig Approved In EU

   United Kingdom

 » Drumlin: New Hybrid Grass from AFBI
 » Scottish Processors Urged To Rediscover Tripe
 » Find Out About Changes To TB Testing
 » Scotland Protect TB-Free Status
 » NFU Lobbies Against Environment Agency Price Hikes
 » HSA Opens Welfare Award Nominations
 » Scotland Plans To Devolve Health, Welfare Budget
 » Voluntary Bluetongue Vaccination in 2010
 » Web Site Launched to Meet Food Security Challenge
 » Scottish Levy Increase Plans Get Go Ahead
 » QMS And NFUS Welcome Levy Decision
 » Farmers Must Provide More Food Chain Info
 » Farmers Offered New Green Funding Deal Cow Signals Training Books
   United States

 » Senator Seeks 'Strict Testing' For Meat Sent To Schools
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Fremont Corn Expo Offers Growers Solutions
 » USDA Revises Veterinary Accreditation Programme
 » CME: Can Firms Be Made More Competitive?
 » US Combat Climate Change
 » Replicating Climate Change To Forecast Its Effects
 » Ground Beef Safety
 » Vaccine To Reduce E.Coli
 » Bringing Agricultural Products To Market
 » CME: Larger Inventory of Cattle in Lots Expected
 » CME: November Estimates Indicate Higher Beef Prices
 » Turkey Officially Lifts Ban On Biotech Imports
 » Southwest Beef Symposium Set for January
 » Support for Bion's Beef and Biofuel Project
 » Foot Rot In Beef Cattle
 » Tips On Controlling Parasites In The Feedlot
 » Michigan's Bovine Tuberculosis Status Changes
 » CME: November COF Placements Small than Expected
 » Multi-Paddock Grazing Improves Efficiency/ Profits
 » US Feedlot Inventory Smaller Than Expected
 » Interstate Meat Shipping Programme
 » Increase Funding For Climate Change Research
 » Challenging Weed Meets Its Match In Field Trials
 » Fungal Footage Fosters Foresight Into Plant, Animal Disease
 » Roundup Ready Soybean Patent Expiration
 » After 20,000 Tests, No TB Found In Nebraska Animax Veterinary Health
   Russian Federation

 » Developing The Cattle Industry In Russia
 » Positive Development Trends In Russian Production


 » Brazilian Feedlot Numbers To Decrease In 2010
 » Brazil Submits EU Trade Concern To WTO

   New Zealand

 » NZ Farming Systems Outlook Improves on Milk Prices
 » NZ Rural Confidence Report


 » Korean Beef Market Beneficial To Australia
 » Little Christmas Cheer For Cattle Producers
 » Import Beef Prices Benefit From Limited Supply in US
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Drought Feeding Options Without Molasses
 » Report Highlights Complexity Of Food Safety Rules
 » Hide Exports Increase But Value Falls

 » The New Quality Payments System
 »  €1.185M Funding For Animal Welfare Organisations
 » REPS And Farm Waste Management Payments


 » Tunisia Reports Five Bluetongue Outbreaks


 » Cattle Farmers Seek Aid For Feed Shortage


 » New President For Kemin Agrifoods John Deere - Premium Versitality

That's all for this week!

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