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Wednesday 3rd October 2012.

Charlotte Johnston - TheBeefSite Editor

Charlotte Johnston

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A Look at Global Beef and Cattle Trade

Tight global beef supplies are seeing record high beef prices and these are affecting the global beef and cattle trade.

Despite Saudi Arabia banning beef imports from the US after the case of BSE detected in April, US beef exports to the rest of the Middle East have remained strong.

Three Australian companies have also been granted approval to export live cattle to the Middle East. However, access to this market is not without its difficulties.

Last week, a consignment of Australian cattle placed under a freeze more than eight weeks ago by the Egyptian Government, due to the presence of hormone growth promotant implants, were cleared for processing.

The EU has seen record beef prices throughout most of 2012. Rabobank's research suggests supply of cattle will remain tight both in the EU and globally until at least 2013 and that this low production will lead to a continuation of elevated prices.

EU beef export demand surged since the end of 2010 after low global beef availability and the opening of the Turkish market for EU beef. The unexpected strong price upswing resulted in record beef prices, above €4.0 per kg cwe since May 2012.

Together with an international supply capacity that is expected to be further pressured, EU beef supply will remain very tight into at least 2014.

For Brazil, beef exports are expected to grow 10 per cent in October, compared to the same period last year.

An increase in sales to Russia and Iran, as well as the opening of the by-product market to the EU are among the reasons for the predicted increase.

Live cattle exports are also up, with Venezuela proving to be a strong market.

Canada is continuing to strengthen its export markets for live cattle, this week announcing the opening of the Libyan market.

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Tips on Selecting a Backgrounder or Feedyard
Drought conditions across South Dakota and the nation have many cattle producers considering early weaning to extend the use of the pastures and lessen the demands on the cow. As a result, producers who are accustomed to selling their calves at their more standard weaning time in the fall (October or later), are now faced with the decision as to what to do with the calves they wean off early, writes Lynn Gordon, South Dakota University Extension.

Quality Assurance in US Feedlots
The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is a State and national industry-led effort that provides guidelines to support the production of quality beef. The goal of the program is to raise consumer confidence in beef quality through recommended management techniques and a commitment to quality within segments of the beef industry, including feedlots.

Irish Cattle Outlook: Exports Down
Following a large increase in live cattle exports in 2010 the numbers were lower across all types in 2011. Overall, cattle exports fell by 35 per cent and the number of calves exported fell by 45 per cent. The value of beef exports was about 15 per cent higher in 2011 despite lower output volumes, according to an outlook by the Irish Ministry of Agriculture.

Predicting Tenderness and Lasting Colour in Meat
If superior beef tenderness isn't enough to whet your appetite, a system that predicts both beef and pork tenderness as well as colour stability in both meats may be something you can sink your teeth into.

Meat and the Environment - Future Directions
The need for sustainable food production from animals is paramount to future resiliency and viability of the agri-food sector in many parts of the world, Karin Wittenberg from the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment at the University of Manitoba told the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology in Montreal, Canada.

Merck Animal Health Awards $12,000 to Top Bovine Veterinary Students
US - During the past eight years, Merck Animal Health has awarded 57 scholarships to veterinary students pursuing careers in large animal medicine. This year, eight bovine veterinary students from across the United States were recognized at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Annual Conference. They each received the AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award.
Veterinary Students Invited to Apply for the 2013 Pfizer Animal Health Scholarship Programme
US - For the fourth consecutive year, Pfizer Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) invite second- and third-year students of veterinary medicine to apply for the Pfizer Animal Health Scholarship. In an effort to help alleviate some of the burden of student debt, a minimum of 330 scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to assist students across various disciplines in veterinary medicine.

   United States

FSIS Guidance for Listeria Sampling Programmes in Ready-to-Eat Meat
National Beef Quality Audit – Phase 3 Hears from Beef Producers
Disappointing Year for Cow-Calf and Feeder Profits
Drought Affects Cattle on Feed - Supplies to Remain Tight
Potatoes Possible Source of Cattle Feed
CME: Gauging the Size of the Nation's Cow Herd
Corn Residue Creates Opportunity for Cattle Industry
Texas Ranchers Join Calls for RFS Waiver
NFU: RFS is a Benefit to Both Farmers and Biofuels Industry
Colorado Anthrax Update - Quarantine Released
Cattle Outlook: Fed Cattle Prices Down
Feeding Value of Light-Test Weight Corn
Drought Takes $128 Million Bite Out of Arkansas Beef Cattle Industry
Grain Stocks Estimates Provide Surprises
Pass a Farm Bill in the Lame Duck Session
Who Suffers Most Without a US Farm Bill?
FDA Approves Increased Levels of Toxin in Feed
US Beef Remains Strong in Middle East
In the Cattle Markets: Northern Plains Feeder Calf Situation


Compulsory Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) Programme Launched
Poor Weather Sees Poor Silage Quality
Teagasc Publish New Beef Manual for Farmers
Strong Support for Irish Day of Action


Improving Food Chain Relations
Australian Beef on Big Screen in Japan
Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
Trending Possible Weather Scenarios
Forecasts Impact on Beef Cattle Decisions

   New Zealand

Fonterra Sends Darfield's 1st Shipment to China


IFFA 2013: No. 1 Show for Meat Industry
InterMeat 2012: German Meat Consumption Remains Stable
New Antibiotic Laws Introduced in Germany

   European Union

Increasing Transparency of Farm Subsidies
EU Beef Prices to Remain High in 2014

   United Kingdom

Farmers Warned to Look Out for Signs of Schmallenberg
Conference Highlights How to Enhance Meat Quality
Farmers Must Not be Disadvantaged in Policy Reforms
New Online Campaign for Freedom Food Scheme
Action Required Against Liver Fluke this Autumn
Scottish Meat Processors Join Forces
Update on the Use of Vaccination Against Bluetongue
Farmers Stand Firm Behind Badger Cull


Public Support Sought on 2012 Census of Agriculture, Fisheries


Beef Consumption to Grow in China


Expansion of FMD Free Zone
Value Sales of Brazil Soy Meal Increase 18 Per Cent
Brazilian Beef Exports Rise


Cutting Livestock Greenhouse Gases Requires Effort from All
Higher Risk of Rift Valley Fever with Rainy Season Ahead
Feeding Livestock with Biofuel Co-Products
Agricultural G-20 Bids to Revive WTO Negotiations


Access to Libya for Canadian Cattle


Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia in Gambia


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