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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 23 March 2016

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Wednesday 23rd March 2016.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

Alice Mitchell

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How Do US Agencies Stop Animal Diseases Entering the Country?

This week, we featured an article from Rachel Lane on the measures that APHIS – the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – takes to ensure animal diseases are not imported into the US.

One of the biggest dangers is Foot and Mouth disease, which last caused major outbreaks in the US in the 1920s. Other focuses include Brucellosis and Bovine TB.

Live cattle and the beef products from different countries are tested at the borders before being allowed to enter the country, said Jack Shere, acting deputy administrator of APHIS Veterinary Services.

“Early detection is the key to prevent a major outbreak,” he said – click here to read more. 

In disease news this week, a suspected case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was announced in France.

The outbreak, in a cow of the Salers breed, is still being confirmed at a European-level laboratory – read more.  

Elsewhere, the UK’s latest figures on Bovine TB show that more than 28,000 cattle were slaughtered in England last year after testing positive for the disease. They also show more than 3,950 herds that had previously been clear of the disease were affected by it.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said this reinforced the need to step up the fight against the disease, and called for the Government’s 25-year TB eradication strategy to be implemented in full as quickly as possible - read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Cattle Disease Report: UK Situation, Unusual Cases and Emerging Threats
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Market Reports

USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 21 March 2016
USDA Cattle on Feed - 21 March 2016
AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 21 March 2016
UK Slaughter Statistics - February 2016

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Suspected BSE Case in France


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   United States

How Do US Agencies Prevent Animal Disease Importation?
CME: Feedlots Becoming More Current
USDA Study Puts Beta-agonists Back in Spotlight
Cattle Outlook: More Cattle on Feed Than Last Year
CME: Heavier Cattle Weights Expected to Continue
CME: Fresh Beef Records Price Increase
Scotch Beef Gets Radio Exposure
Market Volatility Continues to Concern Cattle Producers
US Researchers Seek Feedlots for Cattle Health Study
CME: Livestock Producers Benefited from Benign Feed Markets in Early 2016

   European Union

EU Politicians Call Again for Country of Origin Labels for Meat, Milk
EU Agri-Food Exports Rise in January
New EU Regulation to Boost Use of Fertiliser from Farm Waste

   United Kingdom

Farmers Urged to Contact Abattoirs Ahead of Shows to Avoid Penalities
Welsh Farmers Reminded of TB Compensation Changes
Cattle Carcase Rejection Conditions Examined
Rise in Bovine TB Last Year as Over 28,000 Cattle Destroyed


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