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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 21 March 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Schmallenberg Cases Grow, Trade Affected

The number of cases of Schmallenberg virus has been rapidly increasing since it was first discovered in Germany in November 2011.

There are now over 2000 cases of Schmallenberg in eight European countries.

Luxembourg, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Germany, France, and the UK have all reported cases, with the latter three being the worst hit.

What is Schmallenberg?

Schmallenberg causes congenital malformations and stillbirths in cattle, sheep and goats. Bovine adults have shown a mild form of acute disease during the vector season.

Biting midges are the confirmed culprits for spreading the virus, they also are responsible for spreading bluetongue between the same species.

ThePigSite reported that biting midges caused pig carcases to be downgraded last year in Scottish abattoirs.

The European Commission has put out a call for collaborative research on the virus.

Affect on Trade

Despite the EU saying that any trade restrictions or request for additional certification on live animals or their products due to the occurrence of Schmallenberg in the EU are disproportionate and scientifically unjustified, some countries have imposed trade sanctions.

Uruguay has announced that it will temporarily suspend the imports of genetic material from European countries and last week the US placed additional restrictions on shipments of ruminant semen and embryos (germplasm) originating from the European Union in response to schmallenberg.

However, most controversially, Russia has banned the imports of live animals, including cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, from the EU. Imports of these animal products have also been suspended.

Russia is justifying the ban on grounds of risk of bluetongue and Schmallenberg.

While the EU does not support the ban of any of the species mentioned, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and EU Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli have both commented that the ban on live pig imports is completely unjust, seeing as pigs are not affected by either of the diseases.


Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland have all issued warnings to livestock producers to beware of the risk of importing live animals from affected areas.

Earlier this week, France announced that it would look into providing compensation for producers affected by the virus.

It has taken over two years to develop an effective bluetongue vaccine and it would take a similar amount of time to develop one for Schmallenberg.

Until then, producers are urged to report any suspected cases of Schmallenberg to their veterinarians.

Dr Peter Bates of the Veterinary Medical Entomology Consultancy says that farmers can eliminate insect breeding sites from their farm by minimising open dung heaps, unscraped slurry puddles, and old hay and straw stacks.

He also believes that an early start to insect control is essential, to reduce the risk and minimise costs.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Global Beef Outlook: Tough time Ahead for Packers
Speaking to Matt McKamey from Rabo AgriFinance in the US, Charlotte Johnston TheCattleSite editor looks at cattle market projections for 2012.
PEG Supplementation Trials Show no Effect
Can Poly-Ethylene Glycol (PEG) supplementation improve the performance of cattle grazing mulga (Acacia aneura) during severe dry periods? Research by Meat and Livestock Australia suggests that PEG supplementation had no effect on performance.
The World of Genetic Marketing
Cattle marketing is challenging, writes North Dakota Beef Specialist, Kris Ringwall.
Antihelmintic Resistance in Cattle
Anthelmintic resistant cattle nematodes have been reported in different regions around the world. However, in Western Europe the assessment of the problem relies largely on case reports and no prevalence data based on wide-scale surveys are available, according to the UK's Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency.
Pfizer Animal Health
* Market Reports

 » USDA GAIN: Russian Livestock & Products Semi-annual
 » USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook March 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 16 March 2012
 » AHDB European Market Survey - 16 March 2012
 » USDA GAIN: NZ Cattle & Beef Semi-Annual Report
 » USDA GAIN: Ukraine Livestock & Products Semi-Annual Report

* Company News

Pfizer Invests in Future of Veterinarians
US - For the third consecutive year, Pfizer Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) continue their ongoing commitment to invest in the future of the veterinary profession, announcing the recipients of this year’s student scholarship programme.
Early Start Essential to Reduce Insect Burden
UK - An early start to controlling insects around livestock gives the best chance of minimising the annual population explosion of flies and midges that begins as soon as average daytime temperatures reach 10°C. That’s according to independent entomologist Dr Peter Bates of the Veterinary Medical Entomology Consultancy, who warns that delaying the start of control measures can mean farmers are playing catch-up and usually losing.
Pfizer Strenghtens Ties to American Humane Association
US - As part of its ongoing philanthropic support of strategic animal health initiatives, Pfizer Animal Health contributed a total of $20,000 to the American Humane Association (AHA) and the National Future Farmers of America Foundation.
MSD Symposium Draws 400 Eastern European Vets
HUNGARY - More than 400 veterinarians from Eastern Europe learned about the latest innovations and products from MSD Animal Health at the company’s recent scientific symposium in Budapest, Hungary.
Ceva Appoints Large Animal Manager in NI
NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Ceva Animal Health has appointed Susan Brimacombe as the new Large Animal Territory Manager for Northern Ireland.
Meriden to Exhibit at Ildex Viet Nam
VIET NAM - Meriden Animal Health Limited will be exhibiting at Ildex Viet Nam from 22 to 24 March 2012.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Nutritional Labelling Now Required on Meats & Poultry
 » Consumers Confidence in Beef Safety Increases
 » BSE Regulations: US Could Lift Beef Import Ban
 » CME: Beef Cutout Fell $2 Last Week
 » NCBA Pushes for Checkoff Reform
 » US Imposes Schmallenberg Restrictions
 » Reducing STECs in Cattle Prior to Slaughter
 » Hydrofracking Kills Farm Animals
 » Cattle Outlook: Beef Imports Exceeded Exports
 » CME: Reduction in Cattle Slaughter so Far This Year
 » PNTR with Russia Significant for US Agriculture
 » Corn Yield Prospects
 » How Safe are Ground Beef Products?
 » CME: Warm Winter Led to Heavier Steers on Market
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report : No Threat to Corn
 » New Antibiotic for Safer Food and Healthier Cows
 » CME: Feeder Cattle Supplies Expected to Remain Limited
 » Beef Supplies Short; Producers to Expand Herd
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 » Dairy Research at Agricultural Research Forum
 » Mixed Trends in Livestock Supplies to Date
 » Irish Govt Urged to Address TB Issues
 » Ireland Looks for Premium Niche for US Markets

   United Kingdom

 » New Programme to Stimulate Growth of Food Sector
 » NI Commits to Tackling TB in Cattle
 » LMC: Strong Prices Paid for Heifers in Recent Weeks
 » Schmallenberg Affects 176 farms, Two new Counties
 » Lobbying Prompts New Online Meds Scheme
 » Welsh Farmers Betrayed by TB Vaccination Plan


 » FMD Spreading Rapidly in Egypt
 » Egyptian DDGS Market Makes Room for Suppliers


 » Moderate Stocking Rates Maximise Returns
 » Weekly Cattle Summary
 » Weaner Cattle: Control Worms to Improve Production
 » Green Laws Choke Farmers
 » Cow Supplies Tighten in Australia
 » Industry Sets Global Beef Marketing Programme

   Korea, South

 » US Beef Tariff Reduction Impact on Korean Market
 » Korean Producers Struggle As Prices Collapse

   European Union

 » Resistance to Antimicrobials Unchanged
 » Cattle Compound Feed Production Falls
 » Rapid Action Needed to Tackle Schmallenberg
 » Midges Confirmed Culprits for Schmallenberg
 » Ag & Fisheries Council to Discuss Reforms
 » Rise in Schmallenberg Cases in Cattle
 » Hormone, Antibiotic Residues in Animals Stabilised
 » What Links Pig Carcass Downgrades with Bluetongue and Schmallenberg?
 » Livestock Prices Up - Feed Prices Rising
 » EU Calls for Russia's Livestock Ban to be Lifted


 » End to Hormone Beef Trade War
 » Dry Weather and Drought - A Worry to Producers
 » China Issues New Licences for Uruguayan Beef
 » Cattle Rustling Still a Global Problem

   Russian Federation

 » FMD NEWS: FMD Breaks Out in Primorskiy Kray


 » More FMD Cases Reported in Taiwan
 » More Pigs Affected by FMD
 » Large Scale Meat Safety Tests Underway
Animax Veterinary Health

 » Nutreco Increases Shareholding in Brazilian JV


 » IX International Congress of Veterinary Virology
 » Dry Spell Takes Toll on Crops and Livestock


 » Drought Sees Imports Increase, Liquidation Continue
 » Drought Takes Toll on Mexican Agriculture


 » France Looks to Compensate Schmallenberg Victims

   New Zealand

 » ANZCO MD the new Beef & Lamb New Zealand
 » Not Just Dairy Farmers Responsible for Clean Water


 » Brucellosis Identified in Belgium


 » Canada Recalls Seven Months Worth of Frozen Beef
 » Canada Looks to Strengthen Livestock Traceability
 » Multi Sire Verification Project


 » 2000 Cattle Vaccinated After Anthrax Outbreak


 » Schmallenberg: Uruguay Bans EU Genetics

That's all for this week!

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