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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 26 August 2015

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Wednesday 26th August 2015.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

MSD Animal Health

Wet Harvest Requires Vigilance on Wheat Mycotoxins

Rain across the MidWest has caused mould issues in wheat crops, meaning feeders should be wary of mycotoxin and ergot poisoning.

A delayed harvest, particularly in northern areas of South Dakota, has led to wheat becoming unmarketable, warns South Dakota State University.

Producers have been warned to be “extremely cautious” of wheat screening, as this increases the concentration of mycotoxins when present.

And while poisoning and loss of production are the risks, some businesses could capitalise on discounted sprouted grain.

This is according to beef expert Warren Rusche, who warns farmers to feed sprouted grain at no more than 40 per cent of diet dry matter and test for vomitoxin.

“There have been no significant performance losses observed in cattle feeding trials, indicating that marketing sprouted grain through cattle is a viable option,” he said.

Ergot concentrations of over 0.1 per cent have been found to hurt cattle performance. Wheat at 0.05 per cent ergot may be rejected by grain buyers, Mr Rusche explained.

He emphasised the importance of appropriate scrutiny of feed grain.

“The risk level of the grain cannot be determined by visual examination,” he said. “Not all wheat with scab contains vomitoxin and those levels do not necessarily correlate with the physical symptoms in the grain.”

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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Global Beef Industry News

   South Africa

Frustration Grows: South Africa Resolute in US Meat Ban
Humans Carry More Superbugs than Cows


Weather Missing in Jigsaw for “Great” Australian Beef Sector
Drought and Weak Dollar Double Australian Cattle Cash

   New Zealand

Farms Not “High Risk” Work Places, Say Kiwis

   United Kingdom

Last Call for Wormer Survey
College Values Farm Manure at £14,000
Deadweight of UK Cows and Primestock Declining
New Pea Variety Could Help Livestock, Poultry Protein Intake
Illegal Badger Persecution Could Worsen TB, Say Scientists


Leaders Gather in Stockholm for World Water Week

   United States

CME: Livestock Futures Focused on Asia Market Crisis
Cattle Outlook: On Feed Numbers Grow Again, Beef Production Low
US Ranchers Blame Government for Catastrophic Wildfires
Meat Waste has Greater Environmental Impact
Cattle Shortage Forces Out Tyson Plant


Vaccines Rolled Out Across Bostwana, Foot and Mouth Cases Mount


Greece Destroys 200 Cattle After Lumpy Skin Disease Flare-up


Chile Firm Opens Door for Beef to China


Pea Harvest Could Solve Alberta Feed Shortage


Uruguayan Beef Exports Lift in 2014-15


Brazil to Be Biggest Beef Producer in Five Years


Research Model Shows Hazardous Antibiotic Levels in Environment


Dairy Sector Could Supplement Tight UK Beef


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