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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 13 July 2011

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Wednesday 13th July 2011
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Drought - How Much Longer Can Beef Producers Hold On?

Beef cow slaughter in the US is on the rise, as producers struggle to cope with one of the most severe droughts in years.

Cow numbers for the weeks of 19 and 26 June, the latest week for which cow slaughter data has been published, show slaughter up 5.8 per cent and 7.9 per cent, respectively, on last year’s levels.

The drought has lasted since last autumn, and consequently there is little hay available, leaving cattle producers little to hang onto.

The drought and poor wheat pasture conditions over winter have kept feedlot inventories high, however, there is evidence to suggest that the supply of feeder cattle is running low. On top of this, high fertiliser prices have further reduced grass availability and pushed some spring calves into yards.

Unless USDA has badly miscounted the past two years’ calf crops and subsequent feeder cattle supplies, the number of available calves must fall, setting up a potentially explosive situation for calf prices and, eventually, feeder cattle, fed cattle and beef.

In Canada, the high level of volatility and uncertainty in the cattle markets has underscored the need for disciplined risk management plans.

To assist producers in calculating the financial risk associated with a pen or lot of cattle, Alberta Agriculture has developed the FIR$T computer software programme. Producers can apply their own assessment of future market prices and price volatility in order to calculate various financial statistics.

These results can compare the profitability and returns for different feeding and pricing scenarios.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Impact Of Dystocia On Newborn Calf Vigour
The effects of dystocia on calves are discussed by Dr Ken Leslie, from the University of Guelph, Canada. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite Editor reports.
Decision Time For Cow-Calf Producers: Grass Vs Grain
The cow-calf business is reaching a Y in the road. The challenge is choosing from a list of well-established enterprises and those added to the list that part ways with a grass- and grain-based industry, writes North Dakota State University.
Digestive Microbes Could Help Lower Methane Gas From Livestock
The discovery that a bacterial species in the Australian Tammar wallaby gut is responsible for keeping the animal's methane emissions relatively low suggests a potential new strategy may exist to try to reduce methane emissions from livestock, according to a new study.
World Agricultural Supply And Demand Estimates - July 2011
Meat production in the US is expected to remain stable next year, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
Cow Signals Training Books
* Company News

Biomin Supports Traditional Breed Show
CZECH REPUBLIC - Traditional breeding event, Kralovice 2011, took place in the well-known exhibition area, Hadacka on 30 June.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: Israel Reports Two New FMD Outbreaks


 » Brazilian Beef Exports Down In 2010-11

   United Kingdom

 » After Years Of Decline, Calf Registrations Increase
 » Grant To Boost Rural Areas
 » DEFRA Out Of Touch With Beef Farmers
 » Better Resource Management Improves Returns
 » Fluke Problems In The North
 » 'Save Our Antibiotics' Alliance Formed
 » Controls Will Help Solve Dire TB Problem
 » Organic Farming Welfare Claims Judged Misleading


 » Managing Risk In Volatile Markets

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   United States

 » CME: Drought Causing Beef Cow Slaughter Rise
 » Corn Market Waiting On August Production Report
 » Producers Express Frustration Over GIPSA Rule
 » Purdue Hosts International Behaviour Meeting
 » AFB Welcomes Memorandum On Mexican Trucks
 » Cool-Season Grasses More Profitable
 » FDA Stops Veal Traders over Illegal Residues
 » Michigan State University Uses RFID For Tracking Beef
 » Industry Groups Unhappy Over Ethanol Deal
 » Cattle Outlook: Economy Affects Meat Demand
 » Codex Fails To Adopt Science-Based Standards
 » Support To Separate Of Policy & Checkoff Programme
 » Cattlemen Concerned Over UEP-HSUS Agreement
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Tight Supply Situation Still Driving Corn Market
 » Vets Warn Producers To Watch For Signs Of Anthrax


 » Chilean Beef Import Prices Rise

   Korea, South

 » South Korean Meat Imports Higher


 » New Zealand Beef Dishes Up Export Dollars
 » Radiation Found in Japanese Cattle

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 » Food Labels To Be Clearer For Consumers
 » FAO Food Price Index Up Slightly in June

   European Union

 » MEP's Decision Could Ease Animal Feed Supply
 » EU Must Maintain Strict BSE Controls
 » MEPs Back MS Right To Ban GM Cultivation
 » Report On Antimicrobial Resistance In Bacteria


 » ACCC Go-Ahead To Teys-Cargill Merger
 » Live Cattle Export Markets Re-Opened
 » Industry Welcomes Live Export Trade
 » Cattle Slaughter Wanes During June
 » Australian Market Throughput Drops Off


 » Janssen Pharmaceutica Completes Divestiture

   New Zealand

 » Beef NZ Promotes Trade Opportunities With Japan


 » Dairy Calf To Beef Open Day
 » Dairy Demonstration Farm To Be Allocated Milk Quota
 » Russia Increases BSE Testing Age For Beef Imports


 » Botswana Exports FMD Cattle To Zimbabwe


 » Turkish Beef Import Tariffs Increase

That's all for this week!

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