Irish Farmers Call for More Support for Suckler Cow Herd

Thu, 26 May 2016

IRELAND - Speaking at the Newford suckler herd Open Day in Teagasc, Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) President Joe Healy said increased targeted direct supports will be essential to maintain the quality suckler cow herd, which is the backbone of Ireland’s €2.3bn beef and livestock sector.

 

Spain Recognised as Low Risk for BSE

Thu, 26 May 2016

SPAIN - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has officially recognised Spain as one of the countries with negligible risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

 

US Cattle Farmer Testifies on "Threat of Over-Regulation"

Thu, 26 May 2016

US - National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Tracy Brunner has testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, saying that over-regulation poses the greatest threat to the profitability of cattle producers.

 

Livestock’s Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction

Wed, 25 May 2016

ANALYSIS - As the November 2015 Global Climate Change Conference COP21 concluded in Paris, 196 countries reached agreement on the reduction of fossil fuel use and emissions in the production and consumption of energy, even to the extent of potentially phasing out fossil fuels out entirely, writes Frank Mitloehner.

 

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The VIP (Very Important Protein) for Dairy Cows

Wed, 25 May 2016

GLOBAL - Between current period of low milk prices, due to global overproduction, and the end of the European milk quota, it is of upmost importance to increase feed efficiency and optimize the biological processes related to milk production. Optimizing rumen function can help maximize metabolizable protein for high producing cows.

 

Mexico Safely Receives Live Cattle from Australia to Boost Breeding

Wed, 25 May 2016

MEXICO - Over six thousand live cattle have arrived in Mexico from Australia as part of efforts to support producers' breeding programmes.

 

CME: Cold Storage Report Supportive for Beef Prices

Wed, 25 May 2016

US - USDA published yesterday afternoon the results of its monthly cold storage survey, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

World Animal Health Organisation Sets Out Action on Antibiotic Resistance

Wed, 25 May 2016

GLOBAL - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) this week presented its national delegates with its plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance, which is considered a major risk by the international community.

 

CME: Cattle on Feed Placements Up 7 Per Cent in April

Tue, 24 May 2016

US - The Cattle on Feed report was released by USDA-NASS on Friday. Placements surprised analysts, compared to the range of pre-report estimates, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Farmgate Livestock Prices Need to Rise to Acheive Sustainable Supply, Unions Say

Mon, 23 May 2016

UK & IRELAND - The main farming unions representing livestock farmers in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland have met to discuss key issues affecting the cattle and sheep sectors.

 

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Vets: Your Opinions are in Demand

Mon, 23 May 2016

Being a vet is pretty hard work: you have to study for many years to qualify, work long hours to apply your competence and skills, then advance your knowledge through continuous professional education and further qualifications. Your clients and employers search and benefit from your brainpower and these skills.

 

EU Agri-Food Exports Up in March

Mon, 23 May 2016

EU - EU agri-food exports to third countries in March 2016 were worth €11.3 billion, about €1 billion higher than in February 2016, according to the latest monthly report on agri-food trade.

 

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BIOMIN Announces 2016 World Nutrition Forum Speakers

Mon, 23 May 2016

CANADA - "The opportunity to bring researchers at the forefront of technology together with leading industry professionals in a scientific forum that stresses networking and the exchange of ideas on this scale in the industry is unmatched," explained Dr. Eva Maria Binder, Chief Research Officer at ERBER Group, speaking about the World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada scheduled from 12 to 15 October 2016.

 

Cattle Outlook: Size of April Cattle Placement Increase 'Surprising'

Mon, 23 May 2016

US - USDA's May Cattle on Feed report said there were 1.3 per cent more cattle on feed than a year ago. April placements were up a surprising 7.5 per cent and April marketings were up 1.2 per cent, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

CME: Analysts Predict Cattle Placements

Fri, 20 May 2016

US - The May Cattle on Feed report will be published today by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Japan Lifts Ban on Imports of Italian Beef

Fri, 20 May 2016

ITALY - After 15 years, Japan lifted an embargo on Italian beef, following an earlier opening of its market to beef products from other EU Member States (France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark and Sweden).

 

Scottish Farmers Urged to Sign Up for Beef Efficiency Scheme

Fri, 20 May 2016

Scottish beef cattle farmers are being urged to embrace the Scottish Government’s Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) as an opportunity to drive their businesses forward.

 

US Dairy, Beef Groups Voice Support for TPP Following Economics Report

Fri, 20 May 2016

US - A study by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) recently found that the US agriculture sector will increase output if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is passed.

 

Beef Returns Should Improve if Processors Up Their Game, Union Says

Thu, 19 May 2016

UK - Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) beef and lamb chairman, Crosby Cleland has said the big drop in the number of slaughter ready cattle this month must lead to better prices for farmers.

 

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Nutriad USA's New Company Video Showcases Core Values

Thu, 19 May 2016

US - Nutriad USA proudly presented its new company video at the Global Sales Conference in Rome.

 

Task Force to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance in Agriculture

Thu, 19 May 2016

UK - A review on antimicrobial resistance has been published today, identifying farming as one of the key areas to help halt this global issue.

 

Warnings of Brexit Impact on UK's Beef Exports

Thu, 19 May 2016

UK - Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss has warned beef farming could be under threat if the UK left the EU, as ninety-three per cent of all Britain's beef exports went to the EU in 2015.

 

New Animal Breeding Rules Adopted at EU Council

Thu, 19 May 2016

EU - New rules on animal breeding were adopted at the meeting of the EU's agriculture ministers this week in Brussels, aimed at simplifying and harmonising the rules across the EU.

 

CME: Beef Packer Margins Down at Start of May

Wed, 18 May 2016

US - Beef and pork packer margins were excellent in April but they have been moving lower in the last couple of weeks, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

New Project to Identify Best Practice for Larger Beef Finishing Units

Wed, 18 May 2016

UK - AHDB Beef & Lamb has commissioned a three-year project investigating the health, welfare and performance of beef cattle on larger finishing units in England.

 

US Beef Arrives in Recently Reopened South African Market

Tue, 17 May 2016

US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that the first shipment of US beef recently arrived in South Africa following the reopening of the South African market earlier this year.

 

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Emerging Mycotoxins: Overview and Occurrence

Tue, 17 May 2016

GLOBAL - Emerging mycotoxins are a class of compounds that are attracting increasing interest among the scientific community primarily due to their high occurrence in feed and food commodities, sometimes at relatively high concentrations, and potential toxicity towards animals and humans.

 

CME: Meat Availability Continues to Expand

Tue, 17 May 2016

US - Production data for week ending May 14 shows that meat supply availability in the US continues to expand, with beef supply increases leading all other proteins, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Report Calls for CAP Reform to Better Support Farmers in Volatile Times

Mon, 16 May 2016

UK - A call has been sent out to the European Commission by a UK House of Lords Committee reform the Common Agricultural Policy to primarily support the provision of public goods, such as increased food security, high animal welfare standards and stewardship of the land.

 

CME: Feedlots Need to Remain Current

Mon, 16 May 2016

US - Fed and feeder cattle futures spent much of the day in the red yesterday even as boxed beef prices continued to gain ground and cash prices for fed cattle notched big gains compared to the previous week, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Anti-Inflammatory Pour-On For Cattle Now Licensed For Mastitis*

Mon, 16 May 2016

GLOBAL - FINADYNE® Transdermal from MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) can now be used as a single application to reduce pyrexia associated with acute mastitis.

 

Cattle Outlook: USDA Predicts More Beef Production, Consumption This Year

Mon, 16 May 2016

US - USDA's May WASDE is predicting 4.7 per cent more beef this year than last and 4.0 per cent more beef in 2017 than this year, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

Vets Call for Unrestricted Access to Slaughterhouse CCTV

Fri, 13 May 2016

UK - The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) today re-iterated their call for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses and legislation to ensure vets have unrestricted access to slaughterhouse CCTV footage.

 

Scientists Call for Review of EU Rules Preventing Insect Use in Animal Feed

Fri, 13 May 2016

EU - The EU-funded PROTEINSECT project has recommended a comprehensive review of European legislation to allow for insect larvae to be used as a source of protein in animal feed.

 

Could Cattle Be Fed on Waste Paper?

Fri, 13 May 2016

COLOMBIA - A new project at the University of Colombia is looking at feeding waste paper to ruminants, as part of an effort to ensure availability of animal feed in times of poor weather.

 

EU Politicians Vote to Support Origin Labels on Meat, Dairy

Fri, 13 May 2016

EU - Country of origin labelling should be made mandatory for meat and milk, MEPs reiterated once again in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday.

 

Warnings Over Brexit Impact on Northern Ireland's Ag Exports

Fri, 13 May 2016

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Food and drink exports from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland worth £850 million would face an uncertain future if the UK voted to leave the EU, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss warned on Thursday.

 

CME: Large US Meat Supplies Bolster Consumption

Thu, 12 May 2016

US - Following the release of the USDA supply/demand estimates, we thought it would be appropriate to take a few minutes to review the outlook and implications for prices in 2017, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

New Research: Time to Switch Antibiotic Resistance Focus from Use to Environment

Thu, 12 May 2016

ANALYSIS - Scientists have discovered a “startling” lack of resistance genes in meat, and their new research suggests the need to switch focus from reducing antibiotic use to traffic from humans to animals, and back to humans via the environment.

 

Farm Groups Urge Vigilance Over Beef's Exclusion from EU-Mercosur Talks

Thu, 12 May 2016

EU - Farming groups have welcomed the exchange of trade offers between the EU and South American trade bloc Mercosur, after beef was excluded from the offer as a sensitive product.

 

Canada Develops Antibiotic Research Strategy for Beef Industry

Thu, 12 May 2016

CANADA - A strategy for antimicrobial resistance research in the beef industry has been developed in Canada, to help make the best use of increased available funding to drive solutions.

 

CME: US Beef Imports Below Year Ago Levels

Wed, 11 May 2016

US - USDA-ERS released March monthly live animal and meat (on a carcass weight basis) trade numbers last week, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Rules Finalised on US Antibiotic Sales Reporting

Wed, 11 May 2016

US - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalised a rule that revises its annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals.

 

Removing Fat During Cooking Reduces Environmental Pollutants in Meat

Tue, 10 May 2016

SPAIN - Six months ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (at the World Health Organisation or WHO) associated consumption of red meat and processed meat with cancer risk.

 

Information Sharing Project Shows Potential Value for Canadian Beef Producers

Tue, 10 May 2016

CANADA - A recent Canadian project to share information from beef carcass data revealed that cattle from an elite breeding programmes were worth $219 a head more than average cattle, writes Angela Lovell.

 

La Niña Now Set to Impact Global Weather

Tue, 10 May 2016

GLOBAL - Experts from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture predict that by the second half of this year it is very likely that climate phenomenon "La Niña" will develop.

 

CME: Australia's Beef Exports Predicted to Go Down

Mon, 09 May 2016

US - Beef trim prices spent most of 2015 in a downtrend as supplies of imported beef from Oceania climbed to the highest levels in over ten years, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Researchers Use CT Scans to Determine Carcass Composition

Mon, 09 May 2016

SPAIN - Researchers at the IRTA institute in Catalonia are using computerised tomography (CT) scans to determine fat, muscle, and bone composition in animals or their carcasses, in a move which could help the meat industry save time and money.

 

Cattle Outlook: US Beef Exports Up from Last Year

Mon, 09 May 2016

US - US beef exports totalled 186.9 million pounds during March. That was 0.9 per cent more than a year ago, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

New Study Presents Strategies for Producing Food for Growing Population

Mon, 09 May 2016

US - Agriculture now produces more than enough calories to meet basic human dietary needs worldwide. Despite this seeming abundance, one out of eight people do not have access to sufficient food.

 

USDA Provides $16 Million for Sustainable Agriculture Research

Fri, 06 May 2016

US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $16.5 million in grants to support research into methods for boosting agriculture productivity and ensuring food security in the face of pests, diseases and a changing climate.

 

Researchers Find Molecule to Reduce Methane Emissions from Cattle

Fri, 06 May 2016

SPAIN - Researchers at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have discovered that a certain molecule can be used to reduce methane emissions from ruminants, without risks to the animals' health.

 

US Beef Exports Performing Well in Key Asian Markets

Fri, 06 May 2016

US - March 2016 exports of US beef increased year-over-year in volume, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Programme.

 

CME: Beef Exports Expected to Increase

Thu, 05 May 2016

US - Monthly trade numbers, on a carcass weight basis, will be released on Thursday by USDA-ERS. This data will be for the month of March, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

EU Commission Urged to be Prudent over TTIP Impact on Beef

Thu, 05 May 2016

EU - EU farmers' organisation Copa & Cogeca urged the EU Commission this week to exercise caution in the free trade talks between the EU and US (TTIP) after a new study revealed that a potential trade deal could have a severe impact on the EU beef sector.

 

Global Food Price Index Up in April

Thu, 05 May 2016

US - Global prices of key staple food commodities rose in April, marking its third consecutive monthly increase after four years of decline.

 

Earls Restaurants Reinstates Canadian Beef After Outcry

Thu, 05 May 2016

CANADA - Canadian restaurant chain Earls Restaurants has reinstated Canadian beef on menus after an outcry over its removal from customers and beef producers.

 

Ranchers Take Legal Action over US Beef Checkoff Advertising

Wed, 04 May 2016

US - A group of cattle ranchers has taken legal action against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) alleging that the agency’s Beef Checkoff tax, is being unconstitutionally used to promote international beef, to the detriment of US beef products and producers.