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Wednesday 31st October 2012.

Charlotte Johnston - TheBeefSite Editor

Charlotte Johnston

Lowering Greenhouse Gas Emissions Improves Profits

Improved economic performance goes hand in hand with lower greenhouse gas emissions, said Chris Lloyd, Eblex Industry Development Manager at the Eblex annual conference.

With evidence that climate change will affect the UK future climate, including more summer droughts and an increase in winter rainfall, Mr Lloyd said that by voluntarily taking action now on farm, UK agriculture can help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

An industry driven initiative is the GHG action plan, which brings together various players in the supply chain to reduce emissions and demonstrate that the industry is actively working towards reducing emissions.

This is particularly important as 80 per cent of beef carbon footprint originates on farm.

The plan involves 15 on-farm actions targeting crop and nutrient soil management, manure and slurry handling practices, animal health, nutrition and breeding, protecting and enhancing carbon stores, as well as fuel and energy management.

Mr Lloyd said that data shows a huge degree of variability between carbon footprints on beef farms, which presents a great opportunity for the industry.

Reducing carbon emissions on farm can result in improved profitability and efficiency, Mr Lloyd explained.

A 1kg of CO2 reduction per kg of liveweight results in a 28 pence per kg increase in profit.

To date, performance improvements in beef production have resulted in lower GHG emissions. Data shows that between 1970 and 2010, the beef carbon footprint fell from 23.05kg of carbon dioxide equivalents (kg CO2-e) per kilogram of liveweight, to 14.41kg CO2-e.

This is an equivalent of 9.4 per cent every decade, achieved through increased sale weights, improved daily liveweight gains, reduced fertiliser use and more efficient feeding practices.

Defra has set the agriculture sector an interim target to reduce its contribution to GHGs by 11 per cent by 2020 based on 2008 figures. Looking at the above data, the UK is on track to reach these, Mr Lloyd said.

A new policy brief by the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has highlighted that the entire food chain is at risk from the impact of climate change.

As farmers and food producers adapt and recalibrate their responses to climate change and its many challenges, the culture of food and what is eaten will need to adjust or change completely as different crops are raised to compensate for new growing conditions.

"The good news is that if farmers and food producers start to adapt now, they can stave off some of the dour food production and distribution scenarios laid out in this research. But they can't face these complex, interrelated problems, which vary from crop to crop and region to region, alone. They need support from the highest levels," said Philip Thornton, a theme leader at CCAFS.

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NZ Beef - Actions to Reduce GHG Emissions
Following on from the New Zealand Beef Greenhouse Gas Footprint Study, the authors outline future actions and recommendations for the industry. The study confirmed several areas where the New Zealand red meat sector can continue to make incremental improvements in its emissions performance. There are also longer-term strategic research initiatives underway, which are intended to produce more significant, step-wise improvements in emissions performance.

Genetic Diversity and Antimicrobial Resistance among Isolates of E.coli O157:H7 in Two Commercial Beef Feedlots
In this Canadian study, only one animal was a 'super-shedder' of E.coli O157:H7 at both sampling periods, six weeks apart. The numbers and types of E.coli O157:H7 isolated from the cattle varied between the sampling periods and depended on the sample (faeces or hide) but transmission of the bacteria from super-shedders to low-shedder pen mates appeared to be limited. Antimicrobial resistance among the isolates was generally low.

Drought Strategy: Wean the Calf, Salvage the Cow
Everyone is tired of hearing about drought. The skies are stark blue, usually considered nice, but most would appreciate some clouds and rain, writes Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University.

Two-Step Weaning Method Reduces Stress in Beef Calves
A two-step method of weaning involving the use of anti-suckling nose flaps limits weaning behaviours associated with stress.

Australian Agricultural Commodities - Beef and Veal
Australian herd growth is expected to slow down in 2012, due to reduced demand for restocker cattle, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Merial Launches New Website for Producers Interactive Digital Dewormer Tool Evaluates Herd Risk
US - In today’s cattle industry, producers are looking for immediate answers to strengthen their bottom line. To help meet this need, Merial launched a new website, which provides a digital deworming tool that will give cattle producers immediate evaluations of their current deworming protocols.


Progress Made in Stopping Decline of Livestock Genetic Diversity
Global Standards for Animal Welfare
Europe Slams Codex over Ractopamine Decision
Are US and EU Heading for Trade War over Ractopamine?
Maize Production Forecasts Tumbling
GHG Emissions for Agriculture Must be Addressed

   European Union

CAP Reform Agreement Possible by End of Year
Transparency of EU Farm Subsidies Supported
Agriculture Industry Unites Behind Technology Roadmap
Mention of Animal Protection Standards Welcome in Trade Talks
Farming Unions Reject EU Budget Proposals

   Korea, South

Korean Beef Imports Drop 25 Per Cent in September


IBR Alert in Iceland

   United States

Weekly Roberts Market Report
US Beef Export Values Reach Record Highs
Cattle on Feed: As Expected Placements Drop Again
Using Alfalfa and Grass Hayfields after Frost
Drought Devastating to Beef Industry, Herd Numbers Fall
Industry Concerned with Proposed Changes to Livestock Feeding Permits
Cattle Outlook: Beef in Cold Storage Down
CME: Livestock Slaughter Shows Decline
USDA Offers Livestock Safety Tips for Hurricane Sandy
Climate-Related Emissions from Feedyards Monitored
In the Cattle Markets: Wholesale Meat Prices Increase
CME: Livestock Futures Mixed on Monday
Good Grazing Management can Increase Soil Mineral Nitrogen
BeefTalk: Colour-coded Data or Something Else?
Monitoring Corn Consumption


Enriching On-Farm Grazing Systems
All Cattle Price Categories Slide
New Drought Strategy Receives Support
Agriculture Key to Australia's Role in Asia

   Russian Federation

ABH Miratorg Reports Strong Performance

   United Kingdom

Fixed Cost Key to Efficient Enterprise
Politics Influencing Key Decisions Regarding Antibiotic Use, not Science
UK Remains Committed to TB Eradication Plan, Despite Backbench Vote Against Badger Cull
Warnings of Poultry Litter Botulism Risk
Farmers Reminded to be Aware of Schmallenberg
MEP Tours South America to See Implications of Mercosur Trade Deal
Livestock Event Reschedules to July
Farming's Hidden Contribution to UK Society
Livestock Carbon Footprint Shrinking


Chinese Beef Imports Lift in August
Growth in Organic Products Due to Food Scares
Farm Produce Prices Show Small Rise
Livestock Offered as Security for Loans


Mexican Meat Exports Increase
Feedipedia – New Resource on Feed Ingredients


Success in Fish Feed for Nutreco, Revnue in Q3 Up
Midges Carrying Schmallenberg Detected in Norway


Paraguayan Beef Exports Rebound in 2012


Uruguayan Beef Exports Surge


Livestock Numbers Increase on Irish Farms
Department Issues Liver Fluke Forecast and Alert


Government Invests in Profit Sharing Scheme


More Foot and Mouth Disease in Taiwan


Atria Increases Transparency in Meat Production


Hurricane Sandy Could Cost Jamaica $1 Billion

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