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Wednesday 18th November 2015.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell

MSD Animal Health

Thousands of Cattle Dying in South Africa

Southern Africa is currently experiencing one of its most severe droughts in the past 20 years, with serious consequences for agriculture and animal welfare.

The Red Meat Producers Organisation (RMPO) said that more than 40,000 cattle had died in the South African region of KwaZulu-Natal alone, and serious losses of livestock are currently being experienced in the sector across South Africa.

The current poor pasture conditions follow reduced rainfall at the end of the 2014/2015 summer season, a situation that was not relieved by winter rainfall.

The RMPO said that this meant very limited planting has yet been possible in the summer rainfall areas and grain prices have already started to rise.

The organisation added that commercial enterprises would take three to four seasons to recover economically, and that the drought would also have negative impacts on the 1.2 million households owning small numbers of cattle, sheep and goats – read more.

In market news, this week’s Cattle on Feed Report from the USDA is expected to show the second smallest October placements in the US since 1996, with cattle feeders currently more than $500 per head in the red.

"October Placements are expected to be 5.9 per cent smaller than last year, at 2.228 million head,” said Rich Nelson, chief strategist at Allendale, Inc – read more here.

Meanwhile, CME analysts reported that Canada’s beef cattle herd at the start of 2015 was down two per cent compared with 2014, continuing inventory declines since 2006.

Canadian placements on feed have been below year ago levels seven out of the eleven months on record so far in 2015 – read more.

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Company News

MSD Animal Health to Acquire Harrisvaccines
US - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) has entered into an agreement to acquire Harrisvaccines, a privately-held company that develops, manufactures and sells vaccines for food production and companion animals.
MSD Animal Health Honours New Foot-and-Mouth Disease Research
VIET NAM - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) is proud to announce the presentation of awards to four young scientists at the Global Foot-and-Mouth Disease Research Alliance (GFRA) 2015 Scientific Meeting held in Hanoi Vietnam, in honour of their research in disease-endemic areas.
Market Reports

AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 17 November 2015
USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 13 November 2015

Global Beef Industry News

   United States

Allendale, Inc. Issues Cattle on Feed, Cold Storage Estimates
Concerns Over Namibian Beef Imports Following FMD
CME: Cull Cow Markets Affected by Australian Imports
CME: Cattle Breeding Herd Still Expanding
US Food Regulators Ask: "What is Natural?"
CME: Why are Cattle Markets so Volatile?
CME: Feed Prices Looking Favourable for Livestock Producers


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CME: Canadian Beef Cattle Inventory Declines
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   European Union

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   South Africa

Thousands of Cattle Dying in Severe South African Drought


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