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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 9 May 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Beef Australia - Across Breed Genomics Launched

Beef Australia is taking place in Rockhampton, Queensland this week. It was here, on Monday, that Beef CRC launched the first ever across breed genomic breeding values for key beef production and market traits in Australian cattle.

Beef CRC Chief Scientist Professor Mike Goddard announced the results of research programme, which has developed genomic across-breed predictions for all the existing traits in BREEDPLAN, except birth and weaning traits, including traits such as feed efficiency, carcase and beef quality and female and male reproductive performance. These genomic breeding values will be integrated into the existing estimated breeding values (EBVs) in BREEDPLAN, the beef cattle industry’s genetic database.

Professor Goddard said the key advantage of the Beef CRC’s genomic research was for breeders to gain a genetic insight into the qualities of young animals that do not have any performance data recorded.

Australian cattle breeders should be able to access the genomic information for most cattle breeds by July, when the information has been blended with the existing pedigree and breeding records in BREEDPLAN.

It is hoped that the research will provide the foundation for integrating genomics into on-farm breeding decisions.

Only last week, the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC) in the US published a white paper, which said that one of the drawbacks to the commercial use of genomics was the fact that data was not available across breeds and smaller breed societies do not have the database of information needed to make genomic markers.

Whilst these genomic values have been developed on Australian cattle under Australian grazing systems, there is the possibility that a similar project could be undertaken in the US or elsewhere.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

The Bumpy Road of the Beef Market
Uncertainty is something the beef industry continuously faces and lately there have been some sudden dips and turns in the road, writes Shane Ellis from the Iowa State University Department of Economics in the Iowa Farm Outlook.
Demand More From Feeders
In the face of tough feeding margins and negative breakevens, cattlemen should still expect more from their feeders, says one of their own, according to Certified Angus Beef.
Longitudinal Study on Morbidity and Mortality in White Veal Calves in Belgium
In a rare study of the health of veal calves reared commercially, researchers based in Ghent found an average mortality rate of just over five cent in the 15 groups they studied.
Changing Farming Practices Accompany Major Shifts in Farm Structure
Changing production practices, including adoption of labour-saving innovations, have contributed to and been affected by increases in both agricultural productivity and the concentration of production, write Erik O'Donoghue, James MacDonald, Utpal Vasavada and Patrick Sullivan of USDA Economic Research service in the latest issue of Amber Waves.
Unusually Warm Spring May Cause Stored Grain Problems
The warm spring temperatures following a warm winter may lead to stored grain problems, particularly for grain that exceeds the recommended storage moisture content or did not stay cool during the winter, writes Calli Thorne, North Dakota State University Extension Agent.
* Market Reports

 » USDA Agricultural Prices - April 2012
 » Irish CSO Livestock Slaughterings March 2012
 » AHDB European Market Survey - 4 May 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 4 May 2012

* Company News

Website Connects Feed Buyers and Sellers
US - Feed manufacturers and livestock producers have a new tool to save time and reduce costs when buying bulk feed ingredients. A newly launched website,, is designed to connect buyers and sellers of bulk feed ingredients quickly and easily.
Biomin Exhibited at TECHAGRO 2012
CZECH REPUBLIC - From 31 March – 4 April BIOMIN Czech exhibited at the International Fair of Agricultural Technology called TECHAGRO.
Biomin Seminar in Serbia Focuses on Ruminants
SERBIA - On March 22nd BIOMIN’s distributor Vinfeed (Dr Marina Vranjes) organized a seminar for Serbian beef cattle and dairy producers.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Delivering Genomic Technology to the Beef Industry
 » New Policies Protect Against Foodborne Illness
 » South Korean Buyers Visit US Following BSE
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Beef Popularity Grows in Middle East
 » CME: WASDE Estimates Critical to Sector
 » USDA’s WASDE Report To Incorporate Changes
 » Former GIPSA Chief to Address Cattle Prodcuers
 » CME: No Damage Done from BSE Case
 » Corn Prices in Three Parts
 » Healthy Animals Make Confident Consumers
 » Cattle Outlook: June Live Cattle Futures Ended Up
 » Tyson Sales on the Rise
 » CME: Corn Market Remains Fluid
 » New Chief Veterinarian for NCBA
 » Yield has Significant Impact on Profitability
 » Approved Radiation, Ingredients for Meat Products
 » CME: Hog, Cattle Carcass Weights Higher This Year
 » Eating Meat is Ethical, Says Dr Temple Grandin
 » Downside Price Risk for Cattle, Beef Recovery
Genus - Value through science and genomics
   New Zealand

 » As Prices Fall, Export Climate Struggles
 » Transport Pregnant Cows With Care

   United Kingdom

 » Cattle Controls Change to Eradicate TB
 » Top Speakers Lined Up for Beef Expo
 » Trace Testing Cattle on Approved Units Ends
 » Call to Curb Slaughter Without Prior Stunning


 » Brazilian Beef Consumption on the Rise


 » Cattle Disease Controls for Theileria Needed
 » Beef Exports to EU Ramp Up in April
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Origin Labelling Approved for Unpackaged Meat
 » Australian Research to Improve Beef Genetics
 » Beef Australia: Cater for Growing Asian Markets
 » Tasmania, West Australia Claim Stake as Best Beef
 » Beef, Veal Exports to South Asia Declined in April
 » Australia Boosts Biosecurity Measures
Animax Veterinary Health

 » Danish Crown Builds New Slaughterhouse


 » Genomic Research Unravels Livestock Origins
 » Rising Production Increases Market Competition

   Korea, South

 » Public Upset as Inspectors Don't Visit BSE Outbreak


 » FMD NEWS: Outbreaks Affect More Cattle in Libya

   European Union

 » French President-Elect will Defend CAP Budget
Pfizer Animal Health
That's all for this week!

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