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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 11 July 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Food Safe from Animal Cloning

This week, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said that as far as food safety is concerned, there are no indications that differences exist between food products derived from healthy clones or their offspring – in particular milk and meat - from those of healthy, conventionally bred animals.

Does this mean we will be seeing meat from cloned animals on supermarket shelves?

Most likely not.

Although animal cloning has the opportunity to improve production efficiencies, EFSA recognised that animal health and welfare concerns continue to be associated with this technology.

There is also the matter of public concern. As Europe has seen there is little acceptance of any scientific breakthroughs, with cloning and genetic modification of organisms being shunned by the majority.

One way in which science is helping the agricultural world is through the sequencing and study of the biting midge's genome.

The UK's Institute for Animal Health (IAH) has been awarded funding to help them carry out this task to complete the first complete genome sequence.

The biting midge (Culicoides sonorensis) is responsible for spreading serious viral diseases, including Bluetongue and the recently discovered Schmallenberg.

The knowledge gained from this project to sequence and annotate the genome of Culicoides sonorensis will open up new avenues for prevention and control of some of the most important diseases of livestock.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

More Slaughter Plants Needed for Locally Sourced Meat
Demand for locally sourced products in the US has increased in recent years, but producers often claim that a lack of slaughter facilities is a key reason that it is not expanding more quickly, writes Chris Harris.
New Study Maps Hotspots of Human-animal Infectious Diseases and Emerging Disease Outbreaks
A new global study mapping human-animal diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and Rift Valley fever finds that an "unlucky" 13 zoonoses are responsible for 2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 million deaths per year. The vast majority occur in low- and middle-income countries.
Strategies for Renewed Forage Production
Six dollar corn. Fourteen dollar beans. Bring out the plow and disk. Tear up the hay ground, pasture, and CRP. Let's make some real money, writes Bruce Anderson, Extension Forage Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The Importance of Mineral Supplementation During Critical Beef States
Mineral supplementation for beef cattle, and the research required for accurate recommendations, has been a challenge for many years, writes Jenny S Jennings, Research Manager for Ruminant Nutrition Alltech, Inc.
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* Market Reports

 » NAB Rural Commodities Wrap - June 2012
 » GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - May 2012
 » QMS Market Report - July 2012
 » USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) July 2012
 » AHDB UK Market Survey - 6 July 2012

* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » CME: No Good News for Livestock, Poultry Producers
 » Indiana Drought Affecting Commodity Markets
 » Response to Discrepancies in Report on Antibioitcs
 » CME: What's Driving Choice Prices and Supply?
 » Beef Profit Alliance Highlights Genetic Advances
 » New Virus Free FMD Vaccine Developed
 » BSE Spreads Before Found in Central Nervous System
 » Drought-Stressed Corn Concerns for Illinois
 » CME: CME Host WASDE Online Discussion
 » Cattle Outlook: Poor Prospects for Beef Demand
 » Meat Industry Faces Financial Disaster?
 » Poor Management Leads to 3 Year Effect of Drought
 » CME: Trade Continues to Debate Drought Situation
 » NCBA Redbooks Available for Purchase
 » Consent Decree Entered Over Drug Residues Claim

   United Kingdom

 » $3M Earmarked for Coordination of World Reference Labs
 » ForFarmers Acquisition of BOCM PAULS Approved
 » NFU Concern at HSE Plans to Charge Farmers
 » FMD NEWS: $3M Earmarked for Coordination of World Reference Labs
 » Global Conference Tackles Livestock Drug Resistance
 » Great Yorkshire Show to Go Ahead
 » NFU Appoints New Director General
 » Increased Feed Use per Head in Northern Ireland
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 » Cattle Medicine Under Investigation
 » Australian Beef Production Falls in May
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Beef Exports to Japan Down Four Per Cent in June
 » Improving Working Dog Genetics
 » A$400m Quarantine Facility for Victoria
 » Cattle Council Looks for More Funding


 » Honduras Prepares to Gain Access to EU Beef Market


 » Embrapa Rondônia Certified as Brucellosis, TB Free
 » Brazil Welcomes Ractopamine Ruling


 » FAO Food Price Index Falls Again
 » Codex Adopts Ractopamine Residue Levels for Beef
 » Ractopamine to Start New Battle in WTO?

   New Zealand

 » NAIT Welcomed as Milestone for Livestock Industries

   Korea, South

 » Korean Beef Prices Under Pressure


 » No More Beef Liver Sashimi in Japan
Pfizer Animal Health
   European Union

 » Is EU Really Getting Tough on Animal Welfare?
 » Studying the Midge Genome to Prevent Viruses
 » NFU Backs MEPs on Animal Welfare
 » EFSA: Food Safe from Animal Cloning
 » EU Stands Firm on Ractopamine after Codex Decision
 » Transitional Measures in Place Ahead of CAP Reform


 » Three Million Cattle Vaccinated for FMD in Ecuador


 » Ongoing Weather Problems Hit Farm Incomes
 » Consider all Options as Factories Cut Beef Prices


 » Steps to Minimise Suffering in Culling Praised


 » Hungary Heat Wave Could Cost Farmers Billions


 » Government Welcomes Ractopamine Ruling


 » Atria Aims to Improve Animal Welfare, Product Safety


 » Anti-Cattle Rustlers Embark on Campaign
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