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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 29 February 2012

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Wednesday 29th February 2012
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Shrinking Supplies, High Prices - What of Beef Markets?

In the US, beef and veal prices climbed by as much as nine per cent in 2011, with costs expected to rise an additional five per cent in 2012. The US cattle herd has declined for 14 of the past 16 years, with 2011 marking the sixth consecutive year of weakening numbers and the longest consecutive decline in history.

A smaller 2011 US calf crop and increased number of cattle placed on feed in 2011 has resulted in a significantly smaller feeder and calf supply outside of feedlot.

The result is cattle feeders are, and will continue to be, very aggressive in placing cattle into their feed yards from the available supply, which has been supportive to the higher feeder and calf markets.

US cattle prices are expected to be very strong in 2012 and many see cattle prices to be strong for two to four years.

Tight supply and high prices will see European beef consumption fall in the EU over the next two years. Over the last four years the beef herd has continuously decreased and this is likely to persist.

Domestic production is expected to decrease noticeably in 2012 leading to a reduced export capability for 2012.

Prices for carcases of all categories and live animals are expected to remain high throughout 2012 due to limited supply and competition for earlier marketed finished cattle to offset high feeding costs.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Developing Dairy Origin Beef Systems
Forty seven per cent of prime beef in Northern Ireland in 2011 came from dairy origin beef, said Dr Francis Lively at the 2012 British Cattle Breeders Conference. With this in mind there is a huge potential for dairy origin beef, writes Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite editor.
Do Cattle Understand Death?
Whether cattle understand death or not is an interesting concept, which Joe Epperly, Marketing Director of the North American Limousin Foundation, discusses in his recent blog, Ruminations from the road.
Feeding Value of Heat Damaged Soybeans
Heat damaged grain, if not completely destroyed by fire, takes on a roasted appearance ranging from a slight brownish tint to black. This grain can be salvaged and used in cattle rations. The colour can be used to determine relative digestibility and subsequent available energy in the diets of cattle.
Impact of Canadian Ethanol Policy on Canada’s Livestock and Meat Industry 2012
Ethanol has already contributed to the downsizing of the Canadian livestock industry through its impact on margins and livestock prices, and expansion of the ethanol industry will amplify the negative consequences, according to Kevin Grier (Senior Market Analyst), Al Mussell (Senior Research Associate) and Irena Rajcan (Research Analyst), all with the George Morris Centre in Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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* Market Reports

 » Beef Production Slightly Below Previous Year
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - February 2012
 » US Cattle on Feed Up Two Per Cent
 » AHDB European Market Survey - 24 February 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 24 February 2012
 » Outlook for US Agricultural Trade February 2012
 » Irish CSO Livestock Survey (December 2011)
 » CSO Livestock Survey (January 2012)

* Company News

Texas & Cornell Uni's Join Forces with Pfizer
US - Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences have announced a groundbreaking partnership with Pfizer Animal Health. This unique partnership between academia and industry will deliver the Universities’ expertise in medicine and teaching, supported by Pfizer Animal Health’s information delivery and customer service know-how.
Labour Management Solutions for Beef Producers
US - Pfizer Animal Health is expanding the services available to its customers by incorporating labor management solutions. PeopleFirst™ Human Capital Solutions provides a comprehensive and strategic approach to help solve the talent management, leadership development and employee training needs of agricultural operations.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: FMD in Libya Affects Cattle and Sheep

   United States

 » Colorado Producer Receives Environmental Award
 » Beef Programme to Help Pep up Bottom Lines
 » Study Finds Origins of MRSA Strain in Food Animals
 » CME: Beef, Pork & Poultry Stocks Down
 » Federal Court Rules Against EPA's NNC
 » Be Selective when Choosing Herd Bulls
 » Laws Seeking to Ban Farm Investigations Opposed
 » CME: Corn Prices for 2012/13 to be Almost 20% Lower
 » The "Ag-gag" Law - Is it Right?
 » Fewer Farms, Less Land but Greater Production
 » Beef Producers, Exports Hurt by Stalled BSE Rule
 » Cattle Outlook - Beef Prices Record High
 » CME: Cattle on Feed 2.1% Higher than a Year Ago
 » How Low Can the US Cattle Inventory Go?
 » Ron Plain: Cattle on Feed February 2012
 » CME: Bearish Corn Outlook for 2012/13
 » USDA Outlook: Lower Feed Prices Improve Margins
 » Texas Ranches Should Remain De-stocked

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   United Kingdom

 » Freeing up Farming to Reach its Full Potential
 » Freedom Food Uptake Grows
 » NFU AGM - Farmers Attack CAP Reform Proposals
 » Scotland on Schmallenberg Alert
 » Slight Rise in Beef and Pork Production in January
 » BVD Eradication Scheme Support
 » LMC: Tightening Supplies Across UK
 » 74 Cases of Schmallenberg in UK
 » Beef Market Prospects Set to Remain Firm
 » UK Red Meat Export Values Rose in 2011
 » Badger Trust Confirms Legal Challenge
 » Ruminants Crucial to Food Security


 » Farm Produce Prices Drop Last Week
 » New FMD Outbreak in China


 » Multiple Movement Permit Means Multiple Savings
 » Study Backs Queensland Abattoir
 » Mapping Out a Food Secure Future
 » Weekly Cattle Summary
 » Welfare Complaint at Two Indonesian Abattoirs
 » NT Cattle Ranch Sells for A$30 Million
 » Farmers Respond to Indonesian Abattoir Abuse

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 » 'Defining the Future' Takes Focus at Conference
 » Canada Looks Set for Strong 2012
 » Government Helps to Advance Beef Industry


 » Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef - NPO
 » Bill Gates Donates $51 Million to Combat Disease
 » Canada and US Strengthen Ag Trade Relationship
 » New Drug Standards to Combat Nagana
 » Call for End to Restrictions Imposed by M-COOL
 » US Beef and Pork Exports Up in 2011
 » Sustainable Intensification to Meet Growing Demand
 » Scientific Proof of Resistance Pathogens Pathway


 » Ukraine Meat and Dairy Production to Increase


 » Livestock Production Grew by 7.8% in Six Years
 » Mexican Meat Exports Increased by 41 per Cent


 » FMD Outbreaks Affect Pigs and Cattle


 » High Number of Rabies Deaths to Date

   European Union

 » EU Meat Consumption to Fall Along with Production
 » CAP Reforms Face Bumpy Ride with EU Parliament
 » Schmallenberg no Risk to Humans


 » December Livestock Survey Shows Strong Mixed Trends

   New Zealand

 » NZ Dairy Exports Rise as Meat Falls

That's all for this week!

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