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EPA Awards Almost $9 Million to Improve Water Quality

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

US - US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy has announced grants to four research institutions for innovative and sustainable water research to manage harmful nutrient pollution. Nutrient pollution is one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems, and is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways.

 

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Central American Brucellosis Programme Underway

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

COLUMBIA –Brucellosis workshops took place in Panama earlier this week as part of a multilateral veterinary programme.

 

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Massive Cattle Drive Nears End

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

AUSTRALIA – One of the biggest and longest cattle drives in recent memory is drawing to a conclusion.

 

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Trade Agreement Must Eliminate Tariffs

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

NEW ZEALAND - The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) must include total elimination of tariffs on agricultural and seafood products, according to leading New Zealand food producers.

 

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CME: Sharp Increase in Proportion of Fed Cattle Grading Choice

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

US - There has been a sharp increase in the proportion of fed cattle grading Choice since last summer. That is the message of an update released last week by our friends at the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) in Denver, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Forecast Shows Weather Still Impacting on Farming’s Bottom Line

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

UK - Weather conditions have again had a significant impact on farm incomes, according to new figures out this week.

 

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Angola, Brazil and FAO Sign Cooperation Agreement

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

ANGOLA & BRAZIL - Angola, Brazil and FAO are to work closely together to strengthen food security in the Southern African country by boosting its agricultural and veterinary research.

 

Cattle Futures: Could a Market Top Be in Place?

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

US - Clues are hinting that a short-term top might be in or is close, reports TheCattleSite analyst Jim Wyckoff, following Thursday's trading.

 

Bullish Outlook Complicated By Dairy Steers and Other 'Minor Irritations'

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

US - Producers can be certain of cattle supplies remaining tight for 2014, while other factors, including the Californian dairy herd, muddy the waters on how markets will pan out.

 

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Different Perspectives on Cattle Basis

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

US - Early in the year, a common marketing practice is to take a look at basis levels, writes Professor Matthew Diersen of North Dakota State.

 

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Meat Export Federation in Support of Farm Bill

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

US - The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), an organisation charged with increasing the value and profitability of the US beef, pork and lamb industries by enhancing demand in international markets, strongly supports The Agricultural Act of 2014 – the farm bill that was advanced from conference committee earlier this week and approved by the House of Representatives on a vote of 251 to 166.

 

Feed Survey Reports Slight Increase in Global Feed Production in 2013

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

GLOBAL - Results from the 2014 Global Feed Tonnage Survey released this week revealed a one per cent increase in feed production, with global feed tonnage reporting in at 963 million metric tonnes, up from 954 million metric tonnes last year.

 

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Feed Regulators and Industry Discuss Critical Issues

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

GLOBAL - The 7th Annual International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) organized by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) brought together feed industry representatives and government officials from around the world together with IFIF and the FAO to discuss critical issues facing the feed sector.

 

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FMD Outbreak Affects Russian Livestock

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

RUSSIA - The Russian veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Zabajkal'skij kraj, affecting cattle, pigs and goats/sheep.

 

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House Passes Farm Bill, Union Praises Efforts

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

US - The US House of Representatives passed the H.R. 2642, the Agricultural Act of 2014, by a 251-166 vote yesterday (29 January) morning.

 

Cattle Futures: Major Market Top Could Come From Selling, Wednesday

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US - If there is some more selling pressure late this week, then a major market top could be in place, writes Jim Wyckoff for TheCattleSite.

 

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Cattlemen Voice Farm Bill Opposition

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has announced its opposition to the Agricultural Act of 2014 as it does not address ‘priority issues’.

 

Genetics Boost for Red Meat Sector

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

NEW ZEALAND – A funding commitment of NZ $15 million to further beef and sheep genetics was pledged by the government on Wednesday.

 

China Reports Red Meat Shortage

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

CHINA – Price stability is on the agenda for Chinese politicians, with beef and mutton taking top priority.

 

How Long Can Prices Stay Strong?

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US - High US cattle and beef prices have not abated over the past week, although analysts are asking how long the current high can continue amid small losses since the weekend.

 

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NFU Responds to State of Union Address on Energy

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraged by the president’s commitment to our country’s energy future, said NFU President Roger Johnson following President Obama’s State of the Union address.

 

CME: Canada, Mexico Play Huge Role in US Pork, Beef Markets

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US - The timely completion of US farm legislation (ie. The Farm Bill) appears to be in grave doubt. The houses of Congress had passed different versions of the legislation and a conference committee was charged with reconciling those differences and arriving at a final bill that would then go back to each chamber for a simply yes-no vote. No further modifications would be allowed, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Eurogroup Urges Greek Presidency to Prioritise Animal Welfare

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

GREECE - Eurogroup for Animals has launched a Memorandum outlining its position on animal welfare related policies that will be discussed as part of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union and it will be formally presented to the Presidency on Thursday, 30 January 2014.

 

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Cattle Futures: Bulls Still Have Market, Tuesday

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - If there is some more selling pressure this week, then a major market top could be in place. But right now the live cattle futures bulls are still in technical control.

 

Wrong Picture Painted over Antibiotic Use

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The animal agriculture industry has wrongly been painted as being irresponsible in its use of antibiotics, writes Chris Harris from the International Production and Processing exhibition in Atlanta.

 

Livestock Insurance To Reduce Risk in Western Canada

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

CANADA – The Western Livestock Price Insurance Programme will not remove risk but will offer ways to manage it, says Canadian Cattlemen’s Association President Martin Unrau.

 

Grazing, Preparation and Endophyte Choice Key To Good Pasture

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

NEW ZEALAND – The secrets to a good sown pasture are good grazing management, careful preparation pre-sowing and the right endophyte.

 

No Place For Lapses in Animal Welfare

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

NEW ZEALAND – There is no room for bad animal welfare in New Zealand and the bottom percentile of farmers ‘can shape up or get out’, says a Farming spokesman.

 

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Will Beef Prices Have Trouble Sustaining Current Levels?

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - Beef prices were sharply higher last week, although there is a lot of speculation that boxed beef prices may have trouble sustaining current levels in the next few weeks, write two leading economic analysts.

 

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Farm Minister Meets To Sign Foot and Mouth Action Plan

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

BRAZIL – An action plan for foot and mouth has been signed to improve the eradication status of the Roraima region.

 

Rotting Zebra Bacteria Can Kill Anthrax

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

NAMIBIA – A Zebra carcass has yielded a team of bacteriologists with a possible solution to anthrax bacillus.

 

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Alliance Launches New Interactive, Mobile-friendly Website

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The Animal Agriculture Alliance has unveiled a new website, the product of an almost nine-month redesign effort focused on providing Alliance members, media and consumers with the most relevant, up-to-date and pertinent information in an easily navigable and mobile-friendly format.

 

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NFU Board Calls on Congress to Pass 2014 Farm Bill This Week

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson, under direction from the NFU Board of Directors, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House John Boehner calling for the 2014 Farm Bill to be called up and voted on this week.

 

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Tips for Livestock Farmers as Weather Turns Harsh

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - When Minnesota's weather turns extreme, the pressure is on for livestock farmers.

 

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Cattle Futures: Major Market Top Could Be Ahead If More Selling Pressure Builds, Monday

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

US - Price action last week produced a spike top and then prices backed off sharply. If there is some more selling pressure this week, then a major market top could be in place, writes Jim Wyckoff, TheCattleSite analyst.

 

Australia Supplied Almost Half Of Chinese Red Meat Imports

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

CHINA – Almost half of China’s red meat imports came from Australia last year, contributing to a 194 per cent import surge on 2012.

 

Brazilian Beef Plants Under Egyptian Scrutiny

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

EGYPT - A delegation of slaughterhouse inspectors began a 17 day long visit of Brazilian beef processing facilities on Sunday.

 

Russians Find Banned Steroid in Australian Meat

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

RUSSIA – Two shipments of Australian beef have been held in laboratory testing after samples tested positive of the growth steroid trenbolone.

 

Farm Payment Advice Reminders for Saturated South

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

UK – Subsidy payment and farm management advice is being given to farmers after exceptional rainfall has left vast swathes of south and south west England under water.

 

Agriculture Sector Grew in 2013 Despite Typhoons

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

PHILIPPINES - With poultry, palay, and a host of other key subsectors posting healthy growth rates, agriculture in the Philippines managed to expand by a respectable 1.15 per cent from January to December last year, notwithstanding the series of natural catastrophes that hit the country during the period.

 

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Packers, Processors Attempt to Hold Farm Bill Hostage

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued a statement in response to a letter from the meatpacking industry sent today to Congress. The letter calls for Congress to gut the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law. It also proposes to dismantle protections for producers under the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

 

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Initial Read of Farm Bill Conference Report Pleases Union

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

US - The 2014 Farm Bill Conference Committee has released its latest report "The Agricultural Act of 2014".

 

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USDA Cattle-on-Feed Report Deemed Slightly Bearish

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

US - Department of Agriculture showed all three categories slightly favouring the bearish camp as U.S. cattle on feed as of January 1 came in at 95 per cent of the year-ago level, reports Jim Wykoff, TheCattleSite analyst.

 

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Hay Supplies To Remain Tight While Price Relaxes

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

US - U.S. hay prices were at record high levels last spring, and have been declining since, writes Tim Petry, Livestock Economist at North Dakota State University.

 

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Buyers Criticised For Bull Beef 'Crisis'

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

IRELAND - Beef factories have been accused of leaving farmers 'high and dry' after increasing penalties on the age of bull beef.

 

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Weekly Cattle Summary: Sky High Beef Smashes Record Highs

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

US - Last week, slaughter and carcass prices 'blew away' record highs of the week before once again, report Ron Plain and Scott Brown in their weekly analysis.

 

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Angus Genetics Get Chinese Screening

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

ARGENTINA – Animal health officials have screened Angus genetic material for disease with a view to it being exported to the Chinese market.

 

Agricultural Commodity Prices Expected to Remain Firm

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

EU - Based on a number of assumptions, a new report from the European Commission forecasts that agricultural commodity prices will remain firm over the medium term, supported by growing global food demand, the development of the biofuel sector and slow growth in productivity.

 

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New High Sugar Grass Mix for 2014

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

UK – Producers are looking forward to growing a new high sugar grass mix this year following the Germinal Seeds announcement of a new tetraploid variety.

 

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Scottish Cattle Prices Up

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

UK - The prices Scottish producers are receiving for prime cattle remain 6-7 per cent higher than this time last year, according to Stuart Ashworth, Quality Meat Scotland’s Head of Economics Services.

 

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Study Pins Ranch Losses to Montana Wolves

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

US – Wolf predation can cost average cattle herds over $6,000 at sale in calf weight loss, according to a study of western Montana ranches.

 

Vaccine Has 'Strong' Link With Bleeding Calf Syndrome

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

EUROPE – A highly fatal new born calf condition has had links with a Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) vaccine confirmed by a research consortium.

 

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Novus Receives Best of NAMA – Region II Awards

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

US - Novus International had the great honour of receiving two Best of NAMA awards for Region II at the awards ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

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Cargill to Pay $2.2M over Hiring Discrimination Charges

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

US - Cargill Meat Solutions has agreed to settle charges of hiring discrimination based on race and sex with the US Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

 

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Less Food Waste Leads to Higher Consumer Welfare

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

NETHERLANDS - If private households and the retail sector ( including wholesale, hotels and restaurants) in the EU reduce food waste by 40 per cent in 2020, this will result in annual savings of € 123 per person.

 

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CME: Low Beef Inventories in December

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

US - Low beef stocks, ample chicken supplies and a whole lot of bellies - that’s a two second recap of the latest USDA Cold Storage monthly survey, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Glimpse of China's Meat Consumption

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

CHINA - As the living standards of China's more than 1.3 billion inhabitants continue to rise, so does the country's demand for meat products. Consumers' tastes are changing, though, with poultry, beef and sheep meat becoming more popular, while pork’s share decreases, as consumers focus more on nutrition and food safety. This could bode well for meat producers willing to seize opportunities.

 

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Trends in Initial Evaluation of Veterinary Medicines in 2013

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

EU - In 2013, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use started the evaluation of a record number of 23 marketing-authorisation applications for new veterinary medicines, almost twice the volume in 2012 (12). The majority of applications (16) are for immunologicals.

 

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Good Practices Feed Manual Published in French

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

FRANCE - The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) together with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have launched the French language version of the “Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry”.

 

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Phase II of Surveillance Project Kicked Off in Colorado

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

US - After successful piloting in four states—Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas—the Enhanced Passive Surveillance (EPS) system will be piloted in all major animal industries and at least 15 states over the next three years.