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Wednesday 25th February 2015.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Novus International

MSD Animal Health

Sustainable Beef Answers Tough Questions

A constantly evolving world poses big questions to beef producers trying to stay ahead of the game and ensuring keeping cattle is sustainable.

New technologies, consumer demands and weather patterns all contribute to making beef sustainability a challenge, states a rancher’s daughter and beef ambassador.

In a recent article, Oklahoma student, Kalyn McKibben, outlined what sustainability means. read more

“The idea of sustainability is centered around the goal of making things better for the next generation; conserving natural resources, creating new, better management practices, preserving a culture, etcetera,” writes Kalyn.

Meanwhile, in Britain, a Scottish sustainable agriculture analyst has told farmers the do’s and don’ts of cattle movements.

His mantra is prevention is key and operations should work to “minimise risk”.

National Beef Association chairman, Charlie Maclaren has advised farmers that “getting rid of disease is far harder than prevention”, adding that costs are high if things go wrong. read more

He said 95 per cent of imported cattle are for the dairy herd, but the risk of cross-contamination is there.

“Bringing new stock into a herd, no matter how healthy, will always put pressure on the animals’ immune systems because there will always be new strains of a virus or diseases which will challenge,” he added.

“The same applies to the animals being introduced because they will be more susceptible to infection due to the stress of the move, new diet and environment.”

Reviewing a North of England case study, he said that one dairy producer tackled this issue by keeping cows in two separate sheds.

A rule of thumb for vaccination protocol is to quarantine animals for a 14-day minimum, with 60 days being optimum, he said.

A South Dakota feedlot expert is in agreement, pointing to research showing that calves exhibit a better immune response to vaccines if given time to rest and rehydrate. read more

Reid McDaniel at the state university says that US feedlots should allow an hour's rest for every hour travelled to maximise vaccination efficacy.

How a feedlot receives its cattle is essential both for animal welfare and, given the price of feeder cattle, economic sustainability, he said.

He pointed to research showing that any programme is better than no programme and that modified-live or killed version vaccines show positive results.

But he added: “Evidence for including bacterial pathogens such as Mannheimia, Histophilus or Mycoplasma in vaccine programs is not as solid. While bacterial pathogens are the most important causes of bovine respiratory disease, they typically occur following an infection with a virus.”

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

When to Intervene During Calving
When it comes to success at calving, there are some things beyond the farmers control, writes a Kentucky veterinarian.

Getting the Right Cattle Nutrition and Health When Receiving Feedlot Placements
Ensuring calves are well set up for their time in the feedlot is always vital on animal well-being grounds but is particularly economically important given current higher feeder prices.

Safeguarding Your Herd Against New Cattle
Stock movement is a key biosecurity issue across the world and a hot topic in Britain.

Why Beef Sustainability is So Hard
Given the plethora of challenges posing ranching, optimising operations in the interests of sustainability can be complex. However, most young producers have someone they can turn to.

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Global Beef Industry News

   United States

USDA Announces Funding for Research, Education, Extension
Cattle Outlook: February Feedlots Slightly Fuller Than Last Year
Record US Meat Output as Food Price Inflation Stays Low
Center for Food Integrity CEO to Discuss ‘Big Food’
CME: US Meat Exports Facing Significant Headwinds
Novus Releases Video of Green Acres Research Farm
710 Million More Cattle Needed Unless Change Comes
CME: Cattle and Hog Futures Closed on a Positive Note

   United Kingdom

Commitment Shown to bTB Eradication Strategy
Strategy Laid out to Make British Farming More Competitive
Politicians Need to Ensure Food Chain Works
Quick Response Needed on BVD to Avoid Farm Restrictions
New Report Reveals Alarming UK Self-Sufficiency Figures
Call to Government to End Non-stun Slaughter on Day of Parliamentary Debate
UK, US Collaborate on Animal Disease Prevention Research
Rivers Can be a Source of Antibiotic Resistance
Importance of Farming Highlighted Ahead of General Election


Lack of Workers Impacts Livestock Sector Profitability


Agricultural Production 'Not Suitable' for Food Challenges of the 21st Century
TheCattleSite Launches Beef & Dairy Sustainability Hub
Commissioner Hogan to Address US Conference
Has the World Dairy Market Turned a Corner?
What are Your Views on the Critical List of Antibiotics?
40 Per Cent More Beef Needed From World Herd


Chinese Lift Ban on Irish Beef


Record Australian Beef Production in 2014
Heat Wave Leads to Animal Care Warning


Norway BSE Case Resolved


Polish Farmers March for Land Rights and GM Issues

   Cape Verde

Drought Hit Cape Verde Given Arable, Livestock Aid


Nor-Feed Award Looking for Latest in Plant Based Products for Livestock


Ukraine Wheat Exports Pass Nine Million Tons


Stocking Boost for Colombian Region


Brazilian Beef Quotes Almost Fifth Higher


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