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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 15 June 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Drought Causes Herd Liquidation

Drought and high grain prices in the US are forcing cattle producers to liquidate herds.

With high beef prices earlier this year, it was expected that the national herd may start to recover in 2012.

However pasture conditions in Texas and Oklahoma (the two largest beef herds in the US) are deteriorating and not likely to improve over summer.

With wheat fields struggling in the drought, some farmers are bailing the crop for hay. If producers are considering this option, veterinarians are highlighting the risks of oral problems in cattle, caused by the beards (awns) on wheat.

Oral problems may prevent cattle from feeding. Grinding the wheat hay may prevent this problem.

A lack of rainfall is also affecting the European cattle industry. The drought is causing cash flow difficulties for many farmers.

Individual countries have the opportunity to provide an advance direct payment (EU subsidy), however the European Commission has said that it will also address this situation, particularly the problem faced by suckler cow producers who are affected by the drought.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Exporting Brazilian Beef To The EU
Murilo Quintiliano from FAI Farms, Brazil, gives TheCattleSite his opinion on the trade of beef between Brazil and Europe, as well as the many criticisms which Brazilian beef has received from some EU countries.
Suckler Beef Production In Ireland: Animal Productivity
Research by Paul Crosson and Mark McGee, at Teagasc Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre focuses on profitability for suckler beef production. This section looks at animal productivity.
Brazil Works Towards Sustainable Cattle Sector
The gradual restrictions to expansion in Amazonia and the implications for cattle raising in Brazil are discussed by Patrick Knight, International Meat Secretariat.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates – June 2011
With many important crop-growing regions affected by flooding or drought, the projections are 'highly tentative', according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
* Company News

Biomin Holds First Mycotoxin Awareness Forum
MYANMAR – Biomin's distributor in Myanmar, Min Ye Tin of Yè Group, recently organised the 1st Myanmar Mycotoxin Awareness Forum.
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 » Morrisons Offer Premium For Beef Shorthorn
 » WI Scraps Vote On 'Mega Farms' Resolution
 » Local Cattle And Sheep Supply Tight In May
 » FSA Board Advises On Increase In BSE Testing Age
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 » Kim Matthews Appointed Head Of Eblex R&D
 » Bluetongue Restrictions Lifted
 » DARD's Compensation Plans Criticised
 » NFUS Calls For Cattle Scab To Be Made Notifiable
 » West Country PGI Consultation Launched
 » Improving Oestrus Synchronisation In Beef
 » Climate Change Affects Cattle Breeding
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   European Union

 » Drought Difficulties In Europe

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Bans Meat From Three Brazilian States


 » NFUS Links With Kenyan Farming Community

   New Zealand

 » Beef Exporters Could Gain From Aussie Cattle Ban
 » Strong Year Expected For NZ Meat & Dairy Exports

   United States

 » NFU Foundation Awards Scholarships
 » Kentucky's Livestock Suffer Early Heat Stress
 » CME: Output Of Sorghum, Barley & Oats Falling
 » Book on Sustainable Beef Wins Prestigious Award
 » WASDE – The Numbers vs. Uncertainty
 » Research Makes K-State the Leader, Says President
 » CME: Lower Harvested Corn Acres Expected in 2011
 » 'Beginning Farmers Institute' Participants Announced
 » Focus On Calves To Manage Johne's Disease
 » US Cattle Outlook
 » April Beef Exports Lower, But Remain Strong
 » Research Paves Way For New Livestock Feed Product
 » K-State Beef Conference Manages Transition
 » CME – April's Meat Exports Down After Bumper March
 » Use Caution If Feeding Wheat Hay To Livestock
 » Shift From Acreage To Yields
 » CME: Herd Liquidation Likely To Continue
 » Tackling Bovine Trich In Arkansas
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 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » MLA & LiveCorp Criticised Over Animal Welfare
 » ANZ Offers Cattle Industry Assistance
 » Former Trade Officer To Conduct Export Review

   Korea, South

 » MAP, FMD Funding Boost USGC Efforts in S Korea
 » Launch Of New Quarantine Agency


 » Mixed Picture For Future Production


 » Fear And Stress In Animal Welfare And Productivity


 » Manure Applications And Storage Practices


 » Imported Beef Consumption Lifts In Japan


 » Preventing Disease From Disrupting Trade

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