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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 13 June 2012

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Wednesday 13th June 2012
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Vast Changes to Australian Live Exports Made

Twelve months on since the government brought the live export industry to a temporary halt over welfare allegations, vast changes have been made.

Live exports were suspended to Indonesia at the end of May 2011, and in early June all live exports were suspended.

By August 2011, the first live shipments were back up and running.

Since then a new operating environment has been brought into place, under which cattle are exported. Indonesia has imposed quotas on imports in a bid to increase self-sufficiency and the Australian industry is still feeling the impacts of the live export suspension.

New regulatory framework for livestock exported for slaughter purposes has been established, and all Australian livestock exporters must establish an exporter supply chain assurance system (ESCAS) to ensure compliance with the requirements.

Last year, in the bid to increase their self-sufficiency, the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture agreed to pull back on Australia's 2012 import permits from 500,000 head a year to just 280,000 head.

This restriction on quotas has forced Northern producers to look for alternative, and generally less profitable, domestic and export markets for their cattle.

Rabobank general manager Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory Luke Chandler says Indonesia's strongly-growing economy and increasing consumption of beef suggests self-sufficiency goals may be difficult to achieve and there is likely to be an ongoing need for live imports to complement the country's domestic production.

Western Australian Farmers Federation President Jeff Murray said that suspending the live export trade was a blow from which many Northern producers may never fully recover.

“The annual income lost through this period will never be retrieved. The losses felt by producers and small businesses are irreversible.”

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Feeding Beef Steers with Algae Co-Products
Algae typically isn’t associated with cattle feed, but a Texas AgriLife Research scientist and graduate student have found some interesting results that may change this during their three-phased study.
Immigration Policy and its Possible Effects on US Agriculture
Changes being considered would affect the market for hired farm labour. Analysis by the Economic Research Service looks at the possible effects of a decrease in the supply of unauthorised labour in all sectors of the US economy – including agriculture – and an increase in the number of temporary non-immigrant and foreign-born farm workers.
Reaching Maximum Gains on Grass Beef
Growing grass is good and harvesting the grass through the cattle is great, but the end product must increase in value every day to make the process worthwhile, writes Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University.
Significance of Shrink
During this time of year cattle are being placed on grass. A better understanding of factors affecting shrink should help buyers and sellers of cattle to arrive at a fair pencil shrink under specific marketing conditions, writes Steve Boyles, Ohio State University Extension.
* Market Reports

 » AHDB European Market Survey - 8 June 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 8 June 2012
 » USDA WASDE June 2012

* Company News

5th Well-Being Forum Looks at Pain at Calving
GLOBAL - Last week, Boehringer Ingelheim held their 5th Farm-Animal Well-Being forum in Lisbon, Portugal. The meeting brought together around 100 experts from across the world. The second half of the meeting looked at how painful parturition is to farm animals.
Pfizer Renames Animal Health Division
US - Pfizer Inc. has announced the next steps in the strategic alternatives review process for the company's Animal Health business. Preparations are underway to file a registration statement in the US for a potential initial public offering (IPO) of a minority ownership stake in the new company.
* Global Beef Cattle Industry News


 » Farmers, Retailers Meet to Discuss Sustainability
 » Beef Production Slips in April
 » 12 Months on - Industry Suffers from Live Export Ban
 » Does Extended Transport Time Impact Quality?
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Weigh Boxes More Accurate than Portable Systems
 » Consumer Awareness of MSA Warms Up
 » Wild Predators Cost Livestock Industry A$100 Million
 » Vast Changes Made to Australian Live Exports 12 Months On

   United States

 » US Farmers Represented at World Farmers Meeting
 » Establish High Reproduction Standards for Heifers
 » Farm Bill Good for Young Farmers
 » Multi-State E.coli Outbreak in Southern US
 » CME: Beef Export Data Still Shows Good Growth
 » Senate Farm Bill Passes Key Procedural Vote
 » CME: May Beef Cow Slaughter Down
 » Cattle Outlook: Cattle Production Valued at $45 Billion
 » Potential Consequences of FMD Outbreak Examined
 » CME: Beef Supplies Higher; Pork Production Lower
 » Nebraska Rancher Leads CAB Board
 » Strict Rules Limit Farm Size
 » Update on Export Progress
 » April Best Month of 2012 for Beef Exports
 » CME: April Red Meat and Poultry Exports Mixed
 » Trichomoniasis Diagnosed in South Iowa

   Korea, South

 » High Korean Cattle Slaughter Continues

   Saudi Arabia

 » Saudi Invests $66 Million for Ag, Fishing Projects

Animax Veterinary Health

 » Chinese Farm Produce Prices Down Last Week


 » Farmers on Border Urged to be Vigilent for FMD

Biomin - the natural way

 » FAO Food Price Index Drops Sharply
 » Fighting Child Labour in Agriculture
 » FMD NEWS: FMD Outbreaks in Kazakhstan & Botswana
 » FAO/OIE Global Conference on FMD
 » Open Trade Boost to Agricultural Productivity


 » JBS Sues Greenpeace over Deforestation Allegations
 » Brazil Fills more Hilton Quota
 » Record High for Brazilian Agri Exports


 » WMC - Industry Warned over Unintended Consequences of Changes
 » Global Protein Market in State of Structural Change

Cow Signals Training Books

 » Labelling Law for Beef and Pork Impeding Trade
 » Canadian Cattlemen Develop Sustainable Livestock
 » Canadian Beef Accesses Peru Markets


 » Japanese Consumers A-Twitter over US Beef

   United Kingdom

 » UK Schmallenberg, Cases in Cattle Rise
 » Exchange Rate Presents Opportunity for Beef Exports
 » Activity of Bacterial Effector Protein in Molecular Detail
 » Export Conference Shines Spotlight on Africa
 » VION Launches Grading Day Initiative
 » Multi-Million-Pound Boost for UK Meat Industry
 » Support Needed for Scottish Beef Sector

Pfizer Animal Health

 » New Thinking for Agricultural Emissions Policies
 » Push to Maintain Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme
 » Farmers Urged to Consider Joint Arrangements


 » FMD Affects Pigs in P'ing-Tung
 » Govt Vows to Compensate, if US Beef Leads to Illness

   New Zealand

 » Favourable Conditions See Production Increase


 » FMD Outbreak Reported in Botswana's Maun


 » East Kazakhstan Reports More FMD

That's all for this week!

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