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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 01 June 2016

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Wednesday 1st June 2016.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

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MSD Animal Health

New Bovine TB Test Developed

A new blood test to detect Mycobacteria in blood has been developed by a team at The University of Nottingham.

The researchers have used this new method to show that cattle diagnosed with bovine tuberculosis (bTB) have detectable levels of the bacterium causing the disease, Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis), in their blood.

Difficulties in detecting, growing cultures and achieving sensitive detection using the current skin test, which looks for the animal’s immune response, are a major barrier to understanding and diagnosing bTB infection. Early results from the Nottingham study indicate that M. bovis can be detected before the animal becomes positive in the skin test.

Research leader Dr Cath Rees said: “Using our bacteriophage-based test the hope is that we can help improve herd control by finding animals at the early stages of infection and helping farmers control outbreaks of bTB more rapidly.” - Click here to read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Early Winter Coat Shedding Correlates with Better Cattle Breeding Performance
Genetic adaptation to environment may hold the key to breeding performance in beef cattle, according to research at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Company News

Nutriad Helped Sponsor 2015-2016 USA Scholarships
US - International feed additives producer Nutriad, alongside various other corporate sponsors, proudly sponsored Targeting Excellence and as such contributed to the funding of excellence awards to students in agriculture. Across the USA scholarships were awarded to 58 students enrolled in two-year, four- year, graduate and veterinary programs with a focus on food animal agriculture.
Mars Exploration and Agribusiness May Learn From Each Other, Says Dr Gernot Groemer
There may be opportunities for the cross-fertilisation of ideas between the Mars exploration research efforts and the agriculture sector, according to Dr Groemer, president of the Austrian Space Forum who heads the PolAres Mars simulation programme.
Market Reports

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Global Beef Industry News

   United Kingdom

UK Cattle Getting Heavier to Meet Specifications
New Blood Test Could Help Protect Cattle Against TB


Foot and Mouth Reports: Cattle Affected in China, Angola, South Africa

   United States

Cattle Outlook: Frozen Beef Stocks Lowest Since 2014
CME: US Beef Exports Gain Ground in Japan, South Korea
US Cattle Farmer Testifies on "Threat of Over-Regulation"


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Latest Bluetongue Outbreaks: France, Austria, Botswana


Spain Recognised as Low Risk for BSE


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