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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 26 September 2012

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Wednesday 26th September 2012.

Charlotte Johnston - TheBeefSite Editor

Charlotte Johnston


MSD Animal Health


Drought Affects Cattle on Feed - Supplies to Remain Tight

Last Friday, the USDA released the number of cattle on feed as of 1 September 2012.

The numbers are much worse than pre-report predictions and clearly reflect the impact of this year's drought.

Total inventory of cattle on feed was 10.637 million head, 63,000 head or 0.6 per cent lower than a year ago.

Whilst August generally tends to see above average placements of cattle, large drought induced placements in July saw numbers in August much lower than many expected.

Placements in feedlots during August totalled two million, 11 per cent below 2011 numbers.

This is the second lowest cattle placements for the month of August since the National Agricultural Statistics Service began the series in 1996.

Prior to the report analysts on average were expecting placements to be down 7.3 per cent.

Record-high feed costs will be influencing decisions to place cattle on feed, and many will be keeping calves out of the feedlot for as long as possible to minimise costs.

Pressure on feeder and packer margins saw the number of cattle marketed at 1.96 million. Five per cent below 2011 and much lower than the most pessimistic pre-report forecasts.

On top of this imports of fed cattle, which have been compensating for a drop in US production, are likely to fall in coming months. The drought in Mexico has been the main driver for increased imports, however this is expected to slow down in coming months.

With this in mind, the question many are asking is how will feedlots maintain feedlot inventories?

Industry forecasts indicate that cattle and beef supplies will become even tighter over the coming months.

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Tropical Bont Tick Amblyomma variegatum Fabricius
The tropical bont tick, Amblyomma variegatum Fabricius, is a three-host tick that originated in Africa. It has a huge impact on the livestock industry, primarily through its transmission of heartwater disease.

Reports of Salmonella in Cattle in the UK
There were 20 per cent fewer Salmonella cases in cattle in 2011 than in the previous year, according to the latest report by the UK's Veterinary Laboratories Agency.

Ammoniation of Forages Improves Feeding Value
In a market such as the summer of 2012, everything has value. Ingredients we never would have considered as suitable for feeding a few years ago are now in high demand. But while we want to give every opportunity due consideration, we’ve got to be sure to know what the true nutritional value of a feedstuff is, as well as any potential for toxicity, says Chris Reinhardt, Extension Feedlot Specialist with Kansas State University.

The Changing Korean Beef Market
Korea is currently Australia’s third largest beef export market (by volume) but that trade started from humble beginnings.

Surveillance of Salmonella Prevalence in Animal Feeds and Characterisation of the Salmonella Isolates
Twelve per cent of more than 2,000 samples of feeds, feed ingredients and pet products tested by USDA between 2002 and 2009 were positive for Salmonella, with Senftenberg and Montevideo being the most common serotypes.

Pfizer, American Association of Bovine Practitioners Award Scholarships
US - For the fourth year, Pfizer Animal Health and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation have joined forces to provide financial support to veterinary students pursuing careers in large-animal veterinarian medicine.

   United States

Cattle Marketing as Part of Managing the Drought
Aflatoxin – a Guide for Beef Producers
Managing Short Feed Supplies after Drought
Beef Cattle Producers Advised to get Soil Test, Save on Input Costs
August Brings Seasonal Rise in Feedlot Placements
CME: Little Change to Cattle on Feed Expected
USDA Expands Drought Assistance to 22 States
CME: Meat Price Inflation Outpacing Food Price Inflation
Farmdoc: Nearly All Illinois Counties in Disaster Area
EU, US Welfare Organisations Meet
Scientists, Farmers Call for End to Antibiotic Use
CME: Reduction in Feedlot Placements Larger than Predicted
Beef Checkoff Outlines 2013 Investments
ConAgra Consumer and Commercial Food Sales Up
Cattle Outlook: Record Prices Cause Drop in Export Demand
Beware of Cyanide Poisoning
National Beef Quality Audit - Phase 2 Validates Industry Trends
Managing Soil Copper in Crops Irrigated with Cattle Footbath Wastewater
Soybean Prices Tumble but Some Positive Developments
Obama, Romney Outline Positions on Farm Issues
In the Cattle Markets: Drought Affects Cattle on Feed
National Beef Quality Audit – Phase 1 Identifies Quality Attributes of Beef


Farm Safety Must be a Priority
Does Higher Welfare Mean Better Nutrition?
Agflation to Push Food Prices up 15 Per Cent
FMD Diagnostics Key First Step in Disease Control
Support to Agriculture at Historic Low


King Island Forum to Tackle Cattle Transport
Herefords Charge Ahead in the US
Mixed Outlook for Aussie Beef Exports
Feeding for Cost Effective Compliance
Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
Exporters Granted Approval to Export Cattle to Middle East
Legumes Combat Sown Pasture Rundown


New Markets Needed to Increase Dairy Farmer Confidence
Derrypatrick Herd Experience Difficulties Following Poor Weather
Farmers Appeal to Retailers over Rising Costs


Indian Buffalo Meat Exports Grow to Record Levels


International Coordination Stabilising Food Prices
FAO and OIE Work on Formal Accord


Japan Eyes Beef Export Opportunities


Mexican Live Cattle Exports to US Grow
Latin American Animal Nutrition Congress

   European Union

Young Farmers Ask for Financial Support
Council Looks to Reform Agriculture and Fisheries Policies
Measures to Manage Markets Must be Stepped Up
Significant Progress on Ag Policy Made

   United Kingdom

Enhanced Surveillance Detects Acute Schmallenberg in Cattle
Research into Reuse of Agricultural Waste
Progressive Board Steps Up for the Beef Industry
Cattle Numbers Contract in UK


Government Invests in Alberta Meat Processor


Argentinean Beef Exports Down in July


Knowledge of Animal Genomes Contributes to Food Security


Brazil Live Cattle Exports Up in 2012

   Russian Federation

Russia Loses 4.3m Grain Hectares to Drought


2013 Welfare Conference: Call for Abstracts

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