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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 07 September 2016

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Wednesday 7th September 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

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New Bluetongue Test to Help India’s Poor Improve Livestock Productivity

Indian cattle farmers are set to benefit from new field tests for the strains of bluetongue virus that circulate in the country, which are reliable, rapid and simple to use.

There are currently 27 different types of bluetongue virus, or serotypes. In India, several serotypes are circulating, making testing important for identifying the virus involved in outbreaks and vaccinating appropriately.

Dr Simon Carpenter, Head of the vector-borne disease programme at The Pirbright Institute said: “This test paves the way for accurate and effective targeting of vaccination that will play a significant role in helping improve livestock productivity for some of the poorest people in India.” – Click here to read more.

In other news this week, Brazil’s livestock production chain is performing particularly well this year, according to an annual report by the Association of Brazilian Beef Exporters (Abiec).

Livestock’s share of Brazil’s economy is 6.8 per cent, whilst Brazilian beef exports totalled US$5.9 billion in 2015, which accounted for 3 per cent of all of Brazil’s foreign sales last year.

In contrast to the negative wave impacting the majority of the sectors of the Brazilian economy, agribusiness continues to grow, and beef’s industrial system is one of the most dynamic of the sector,” said Abiec’s president, Antônio Jorge Camardelli – read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

US Cattle Offal Has Global Appeal
The US meat buying public might be surprised to learn that one domestic beef carcass yields about $40 [£30] of saleable offal. Whimsically termed lickers, tickers and filters in the meat trade, cattle internal body organs like tongue, heart, tripe and liver are exported and consumed globally, writes John Wilkes.

Company News

Britain Remains on High Alert for Bluetongue
UK - With DEFRA still predicting a significant risk of an outbreak of bluetongue (BTV8) in the UK by the end of the summer, sheep and cattle producers are being urged to vaccinate their stock before it’s too late.
MSD Animal Health Supports Young Veterinarian in Tropical Animal Health Research
ETHIOPIA - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US and Canada) today announced it will sponsor veterinarian, Wudu Temesgen Jemberu, who will present data on the economic impact of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Ethiopia at the combined meeting of the Association of Institutions for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (AITVM) and the Society of Tropical Veterinary Medicine (STVM), in Berlin, Germany, September 4-8, 2016.
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India Invests to Increase Livestock Production
India Considers Housing Over 5 Million Stray Cattle in Cow Shelters
New Bluetongue Test to Help India's Poor Improve Livestock Productivity

     United States

New App to Help Producers Deal with Heat Stress in Cattle
Cattle Outlook: Lower Cattle Prices Boosting Female Slaughter
CME: Cattle Slaughter Rates High in August
CME: Seasonal Strengthening Expected for Beef Cutout Value in Fourth Quarter
CME: Food Service Demand Decline a Concern for Meat Markets

     United Kingdom

Union Calls for Cross-Party Bovine TB Debate
Labour from Outside UK Crucial for Meat Processing Roles


Brazil's Beef Sector Continues to Grow


Beef and Sheep Sectors in Trouble, Irish Farmers Say


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