Vitamin D Could Help Control Bovine TB in Wild Animal Hosts

Thu, 29 Sep 2016

UK - Research published in the journal Research in Veterinary Science reveals that vitamin D supplementation reduces the incidence and severity of tuberculosis (TB) in wild boar and red deer.

 

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TB Workshops Aim to Help Official Vets Advise Farm Clients

Thu, 29 Sep 2016

UK - A series of regional TB workshops has been announced to help Official Veterinarians (OVs) provide evidence-based advice to their farm clients on protecting their herds from TB.

 

New Zealand's Beef Promotion Efforts Change Tack to Focus on New Markets

Wed, 28 Sep 2016

NEW ZEALAND - The story of New Zealand farming and its farmers will be at the heart of Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s new market development strategy targeting new and emerging markets.

 

CME: Cattle on Feed Results Neutral to Slightly Bearish for Market

Tue, 27 Sep 2016

US - USDA released on Friday the results of its monthly surveys covering feedlots with +1000 head capacity (fed cattle supply) and the survey of refrigerated warehouses (freezer/cooler stocks).

 

Big Data Shows Weak Link Between Badgers and Cattle for TB Spread

Tue, 27 Sep 2016

UK - The largest simulation to date of the numbers of cattle and badgers infected with tuberculosis (TB) casts serious doubts about the extent to which badgers cause TB in cattle, according to research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

 

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CME: How Will China Reopening to Exports Affect US Beef Markets?

Mon, 26 Sep 2016

US - After 13 years, China is getting ready to open its doors to US beef, a welcome development given the increasingly important role that China now has in global beef trade, according to the latest Daily Livestock Report published by Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

China Moves to Reopen Market to US Beef

Mon, 26 Sep 2016

US - China has announced it will lift its ban on US beef following a recently concluded review of the US supply system.

 

Canada Signs New Agreements to Boost Beef Exports to China

Mon, 26 Sep 2016

CANADA - Canada and China have signed agreements supporting the export of beef, the agriculture and trade ministers have announced.

 

Union Concerned Over Scottish Government Cattle Movement Changes

Mon, 26 Sep 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - Scottish Government has announced that significant changes to Scotland’s system of recording cattle movements are to be introduced at the end of the year.

 

North American Cattle Markets Starting to Calm Down

Mon, 26 Sep 2016

NORTH AMERICA - The extreme volatility in North American cattle markets over the past 12 to 18 months has surprised many market analysts, but most believe that the extreme swings are over, and there will continue to be steady, downward movement on cattle prices over the next couple of years, writes Angela Lovell.

 

Liver Fluke Control Plans Essential as Weather Creates High Risk

Fri, 23 Sep 2016

UK - Farmers are warned to be proactive with liver fluke management this autumn to ensure no adverse effects on cattle performance are seen, given the high liver fluke risk this year.

 

Glowing Bacteria Could Improve Food Safety

Fri, 23 Sep 2016

US - Scientists looking for traces of a type of E. coli bacteria contamination in foods soon could have a new detection method on their hands - turning off the lights to see if the bacteria glow in the dark.

 

Migrant Labour Shortage Post-Brexit Could Mean Structural Change for Farming

Fri, 23 Sep 2016

UK - The potential reduction in migrant labour post-Brexit may catalyse structural change in the agricultural and horticultural sectors, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

 

CME: Cattle on Feed Inventory Expected to Remain Level

Fri, 23 Sep 2016

US - The September Cattle on Feed report will be released by USDA-NASS tomorrow, according to the latest Daily Livestock Report is published by Steiner Consulting Group.

 

World Leaders Agree Action to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance

Thu, 22 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - World leaders have signalled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines, in a pledge agreed by 193 countries at the United Nations headquarters in New York yesterday.

 

CME: US to Receive First Beef Exports from Brazil

Thu, 22 Sep 2016

US - Media has reported that several beef producing facilities in Brazil have been approved to export fresh beef to the US, according to the latest CME Daily Livestock Report from Steiner Consulting Group.

 

New Techniques Can Detect Fraudsters Mixing Horse into Beef Burgers

Thu, 22 Sep 2016

UK - Shoppers can be more confident that their burgers are the real deal following a new method of testing for meat fraud developed at the Institute of Food Research on the Norwich Research Park.

 

Cash Flow Warnings as Northern Ireland's Cattle Forced Indoors After Bad Weather

Wed, 21 Sep 2016

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Ulster Farmers’ Union president, Barclay Bell, has warned that many farmers in Northern Ireland are facing a long winter – with all the cash flow implications that has for businesses already under pressure because of poor prices.

 

Indian Buffalo Meat Exports to Reach $5.98 Billion in Five Years

Tue, 20 Sep 2016

INDIA - Despite the controversy over beef selling and consumption in India, the country’s beef export is expected to grow at an annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8 per cent over the next five years and reach INR 40000 crore ($5.98 billion), says ICRA, a Gurgaon based rating agency.

 

Bayer, Monsanto Agree to Merge

Tue, 20 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - Bayer and Monsanto have announced a merger agreement under which Bayer will acquire Monsanto for $128 per share in an all-cash transaction, writes Sarah Mikesell.

 

Australian Beef Exports Set to Fall with Supply Limited

Tue, 20 Sep 2016

AUSTRALIA - The gross value of Australian farm production is forecast to increase to $58.4 billion in 2016-17, according to the latest analysis released in the Agricultural Commodities report from ABARES, the research arm of Australia's agriculture department.

 

Cattle Outlook: Beef Retail Prices Down in August

Mon, 19 Sep 2016

US - The average retail price of choice beef was $5.915 cents per pound during August. That is down 17.5 cents from the month before, down 41.3 cents from a year ago, and the lowest monthly average since May 2014, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

UK Government Sets Targets to Cut Antibiotic Use in Farming

Mon, 19 Sep 2016

UK - The UK's government has pledged to continue the fight against antimicrobial resistance to drugs by working together with other countries to create a global strategy to tackle the problem and investing in research to find new antibiotic substances.

 

Will New Food Labelling Regulations Build Trust and Confidence?

Fri, 16 Sep 2016

ANALYSIS - The UK’s vote to leave the European Union could allow some flexibility in the way that new European food labelling regulations are implemented.

 

Latvian Meat Processor Eyes Expanded Output, Higher Sales

Fri, 16 Sep 2016

LATVIA - Latvia’s meat processor Forevers is aiming to increase its revenues by up to 5 per cent in 2016, the company announced following the release of its improved sales results for last year. To enable this, Forevers is currently implementing a number of investments to raise its output capacity.

 

Importance of Antibiotic Resistance in Farming Stressed Ahead of UN Event

Thu, 15 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - Good farm hygiene and animal health practices can greatly reduce the need to use antimicrobial medicines, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation said in its new Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance.

 

American Farmers Seek More Support as Incomes Remain Low

Wed, 14 Sep 2016

US - Bolstered by the US's National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farm Aid, 275 family farmers are uniting this week at the US Capitol to ask for emergency assistance and increased funding to address the harsh economic realities brought on by historically low prices and too high production costs.

 

How Will Brexit Affect the Irish Beef Industry?

Wed, 14 Sep 2016

ANALYSIS - Uncertainty and a sense of disbelief that the UK actually voted in favour of leaving the European Union were recurring themes among the panel of speakers at an event named 'The Impact of Brexit on Irish Agriculture', recently hosted by the Muskerry Macra Na Feirme young farmers’ group in County Cork, writes Eoin McCarthy.

 

Farmland Wildlife in Decline, but Union Says Intensification Not to Blame

Wed, 14 Sep 2016

UK - Over one in ten species assessed are under threat of disappearing altogether in the UK, according to a new 'State of Nature' report published by a number of organisations, including the RSPB, the National Trust and the World Wildlife Fund.

 

New Markets for Beef Variety Meat Aiding US Export Growth

Tue, 13 Sep 2016

US - US red meat exports posted solid results in July, with volumes for US beef trending higher than a year ago, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), contractor to the beef checkoff. Beef export value was, however, down from last July.

 

Heightened Risk of Bluetongue Virus Outbreak in UK Leads to Ongoing Monitoring

Tue, 13 Sep 2016

UK - The Pirbright Institute and Thermo Fisher Scientific are closely monitoring and preparing for the potential outbreak of Bluetongue virus (BTV) Type 8 in the UK, where the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) estimates there is a 60-80 per cent risk for the pathogen to reach by the end of the midge season.

 

Irish Farmers Welcome First Live Cattle Exports to Turkey

Tue, 13 Sep 2016

IRELAND - Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) President Joe Healy has said the first shipment of live cattle to Turkey is expected to depart early next week.

 

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BIOMIN Renames Digestarom Product for Dairy Calves and Beef Cattle

Mon, 12 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - Digestarom® Bos is the new name for the popular phytogenic feed additive for calf milk replacer, calf starter and beef diets globally.

 

Cattle Outlook: US Beef Imports Lower After Australian Shipments Decline

Mon, 12 Sep 2016

US - US beef exports totalled 216 million pounds in July, up 8 per cent from a year ago. Increased shipments to South Korea, Mexico and Japan more than offset a decrease in beef going north to Canada, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

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UK Chief Veterinary Officer to Speak at 2016 OV Conference

Mon, 12 Sep 2016

UK - Nigel Gibbens, the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer; Peter Jinman OBE, Chair of the RCVS Certification Subcommittee and Ian Wright, Head of ESCCAP UK & Guideline Director for ESCCAP Europe, have been announced as speakers at the 2016 Official Veterinarian Conference, ‘Safeguarding Animal Welfare – the role of the OV’ on 29-30 September.

 

CME: Cattle, Beef Prices Move Lower

Mon, 12 Sep 2016

US - Wednesday’s fed and feeder cattle rally proved to be short lived and cattle futures resumed their downward slide on Thursday, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Farmers Angry With Move to Pull Beef Prices

Fri, 09 Sep 2016

IRELAND - The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said farmers are very angry with the move by some factories to use weather difficulties to pull beef prices unnecessarily this week.

 

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BIOMIN Sponsors Nutrition and Gut Health Summer Academy at Vetmeduni Vienna

Fri, 09 Sep 2016

AUSTRIA - Gut health is becoming increasingly important in farm animals, and throughout the first week of August, 19 young researchers and professionals working in the area of animal nutrition and animal gut health took part in the ‘Summer School in Nutrition and Animal Gut Health’ program.

 

CME: Beef Exports Up in July

Fri, 09 Sep 2016

US - USDA ERS released yesterday its calculations of export volume on a carcass weight basis. This is important when trying to understand available supply since production statistics also are reported on a carcass weight basis. Below is a brief recap of the July data and what it tells us about meat supply expansion, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Free Online CPD Offered at the 2016 Official Veterinarian Conference

Fri, 09 Sep 2016

UK - Improve International, the organisers of the 2016 Official Veterinarian Conference, are offering all delegates an extended free trial of their new online learning platform Bitesize.

 

CME: Cattle Saturday Slaughter Levels High as Packers Profit

Thu, 08 Sep 2016

US - Media reports yesterday morning said a fire at Smithfield’s Monmouth, Illinois hog slaughter plant occurred Monday night and has closed the plant for an “undetermined amount of time”, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Food Security and Agriculture Essential in Preventing Conflicts

Thu, 08 Sep 2016

AFRICA - Food security and agriculture have an essential role to play in preventing conflicts and crises on the African continent, blunting their impacts and acting as engines for post-crisis recovery.

 

Cattle the Primary Reservoir for New Virus - Influenza D

Thu, 08 Sep 2016

US - The executive committee of the International Committee of Taxonomy of Viruses has approved the naming of a new virus as influenza D.

 

Image of Red Meat Improving

Thu, 08 Sep 2016

UK - The image of red meat has been undergoing a major positive change with consumers seeing it more and more as 'full of flavour', easy to cook and suitable for any day of the week.

 

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Nutriad Strengthens Digestive Performance Team

Thu, 08 Sep 2016

BELGIUM - Nutriad, Belgium based multinational feed additives producer, appointed Daniel Fernando Ramírez as Business Development Manager Digestive Performance. The digestive performance platform focuses on the digestive system as the key towards healthy and performing animals.

 

G20 Challenged to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

Wed, 07 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - A paper challenging global business leaders to recognise the complexity of the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenge in humans and animals and the role of agriculture, has been circulated at the G20 Summit, which took place at Hangzhou, Zhejiang in China on 4 and 5 September.

 

New App to Help Producers Deal with Heat Stress in Cattle

Tue, 06 Sep 2016

US - The US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has launched a new smartphone app that forecasts conditions triggering heat stress in cattle.

 

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MSD Animal Health Supports Young Veterinarian in Tropical Animal Health Research

Tue, 06 Sep 2016

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.

 

India Invests to Increase Livestock Production

Tue, 06 Sep 2016

INDIA - In order to increase livestock and fishery production in the country while providing livelihood opportunities to farmers, India has earmarked over 1000 crore (10 billion) rupees to fund different projects under various programmes run by the union government, writes Basudev Mahapatra.

 

Cattle Outlook: Lower Cattle Prices Boosting Female Slaughter

Mon, 05 Sep 2016

US - Calculations by the Livestock Marketing Information Center put cattle feeding losses at $152 per head for closeouts during July. That made July losses the biggest for any month since February, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

CME: Cattle Slaughter Rates High in August

Mon, 05 Sep 2016

US - Steer and heifer slaughter posted another remarkable month in August, following on the heels of a robust July, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Brazil's Beef Sector Continues to Grow

Mon, 05 Sep 2016

BRAZIL - The livestock production chain generated BRL 483.5 billion (USD 148.47 billion) last year, according to an annual report by the Association of Brazilian Beef Exporters (Abiec).

 

Union Calls for Cross-Party Bovine TB Debate

Mon, 05 Sep 2016

WALES, UK - The Farmers’ Union of Wales has called for a cross party debate at the Welsh Assembly for elected members to discuss the urgent need for a change to the current Bovine TB eradication programme.

 

CME: Seasonal Strengthening Expected for Beef Cutout Value in Fourth Quarter

Fri, 02 Sep 2016

US - Both fed cattle and barrow and gilt live animal prices have experienced a downward trend the past couple months. A main influencing factor in these lower prices is increased supply in both industries, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Labour from Outside UK Crucial for Meat Processing Roles

Fri, 02 Sep 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - Scotland’s farmers, crofters and meat processors have united to highlight the importance of non-UK labour to Scotland’s red meat sector, in the light of the Brexit vote.

 

Beef and Sheep Sectors in Trouble, Irish Farmers Say

Fri, 02 Sep 2016

IRELAND - The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) president Patrick Kent has said a Teagasc report on the viability of Irish farms in 2015 shows just how serious the economic situation is, especially for cattle and sheep farmers.

 

India Considers Housing Over 5 Million Stray Cattle in Cow Shelters

Fri, 02 Sep 2016

INDIA - The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) of India has embarked on an ambitious plan to build cow shelters across the country to house over 5 million of its stray cattle, writes Basudev Mahapatra.