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Wednesday 2nd December 2015.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell

MSD Animal Health

Wales Stops Badger TB Vaccination Following Shortage

Due to a backlog in production of the BCG tuberculosis vaccine for use in humans globally, SSI - the only company that has the marketing authorisation to produce badger BCG - has said that it will not be producing Badger BCG until further notice.

The vaccine used to protect badgers from bovine TB is the same formula as the vaccine used in humans, but one badger vaccine equates to 10 human adult doses, or 20 human infant doses.

The World Health Organisation called on all countries to review their BCG usage to ensure that countries with the highest human TB rates receive priority.

As a result, Wales has had to suspend its badger vaccination programme, four years into the five year project in the Intensive Action Area.

Wales’ Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans said: “Currently 94.4 per cent of herds in Wales are free from disease and we remain committed to continuing our hard work to eradicate bovine TB from Wales for good.

“I have commissioned modelling work to investigate the potential impact of these changes on the IAA vaccination project and to assess a number of scenarios. We will continue to evaluate the impact of all interventions within the IAA, including vaccination.” - Click here to read more.

In market news, CME analysts Steve Meyer and Len Steiner reported that fed cattle futures have been trading lower again this week, despite predictions that wintery weather could impact key feedlot locations.

There was some hope that winter conditions would be viewed by futures traders as bullish for fed cattle prices, but the heavy weights of cattle supplies are still providing bearish sentiment to the market.

In the last four reported months, placements of cattle over 800 pounds are up 220,000 head compared to the same period a year ago while placements of cattle under 600 pounds are down 190,000 head.

“What is needed to get more current is a faster marketing pace, but that has been tough given that packers are having difficulty move boxes, especially end cuts and ground beef,” write Mr Meyer and Mr Steiner - read more.

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   United Kingdom

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Farmers Notice Increase in Severe Weather Events
Researchers Given £10m Boost to Aid Plight of Tropical Farmers
How Can Risk be Managed in Volatile Markets?
New Cattle Roundhouse Set Up at University
Northern Ireland to Introduce Compulsory BVD Testing
Thousands of British Farmers to Receive BPS Payments on 1st Dec
Carcase Balance Challenges Change in Run-Up to Christmas
Should Food Production Change to Combat Climate Change?
Defra Budgets Cut, but TB Strategy Protected

   United States

CME: Fed Cattle Futures Trading Lower Again
CME: Front End Cattle Supplies Stronger than Last Year
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