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Science to Play Key Role in Response to New Challenges in Mineral Nutrition

Fri, 26 Aug 2016

EU - The industry must adopt a science-based approach to re-evaluating nutrition strategies, particularly in light of proposed European Union limits on Zinc and Copper in animal feed, according to animal nutrition technology company, AB Vista.

 

New Zealand's Breeding Values Working for Farmers

Fri, 26 Aug 2016

NEW ZEALAND - Initial results from the Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Genetics beef progeny test show that estimated breeding values (EBVs) for calf weaning weights are delivering on what they predict.

 

Trade Deals Could Buffer Financial Losses in Agriculture from Climate Change

Fri, 26 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - Global warming could create substantial economic damage in agriculture, a new study conducted by a team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research finds.

 

India Adds Hill Cattle Breed to Indigenous Breeds List

Fri, 26 Aug 2016

INDIA - India has added nine genetic lines of farm animals to its list of indigenous breeds. Newly enlisted livestock include one breed of cattle, two breeds each of goat and sheep, three breeds of pig, and one poultry breed, writes Basudev Mahapatra.

 

New Tool Can Help Farmers Improve Productivity and Reduce Emissions

Thu, 25 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - A new and interactive tool from FAO allows farmers, policy makers and scientists to calculate meat, milk and eggs production as well as greenhouse-gas emissions from livestock to make the sector more productive and more climate-friendly.

 

Expert Believes No Great Change in US-UK Ag Trade Will Follow Brexit

Thu, 25 Aug 2016

US - After the UK voted to leave the European Union on 23 June, many in the US were left wondering what the impacts would be on trade between the two countries.

 

Bluetongue Outbreaks: French Outbreaks Continue, Brazilian Zoo Hit

Thu, 25 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - A number of Bluetongue outbreaks have been reported in the last few months, as outbreaks continue to be detected in France.

 

Rabobank: Beef to Lead US Animal Protein Production Growth

Thu, 25 Aug 2016

ANALYSIS - Expect ups and downs for beef, pork and poultry industries over the next few years, but production growth will be led by beef, according to a new report from Rabobank.

 

CME: Large Meat Supplies in Cold Storage

Wed, 24 Aug 2016

US - Meat supplies in cold storage are large and getting larger, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

TB Badger Culls to Expand in England

Wed, 24 Aug 2016

UK - Badger culls are to be carried out in five new areas of England, as part of government efforts to control bovine TB.

 

EU Agri-Food Exports Rise Despite Milk Powder Decline

Tue, 23 Aug 2016

EU - The value of EU agri-food exports for the 12-month period from July 2015 to June 2016 amounted to just over €129 billion, a 2.1 per cent increase compared to 2014-2015, according to the latest monthly report on agricultural trade.

 

Greater Transparency Needed in Beef Supply Chain

Tue, 23 Aug 2016

UK - A lack of transparency throughout the British beef supply chain is affecting returns for all and the industry needs to start to work together better to deliver greater efficiency, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

 

Indiana Bovine TB Case Prompts Cattle Restrictions in Wisconsin

Tue, 23 Aug 2016

US - A case of bovine tuberculosis (TB) was formally diagnosed in a white‐tailed deer in Franklin County, Indiana, last week, prompting extra testing of cattle in the state.

 

CME: US Cattle Markets Still Volatile

Tue, 23 Aug 2016

US - Volatility remains the name of the game in both the cattle and hog markets, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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What Strategic Foresight Means to the Future of Agribusiness

Mon, 22 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - Q&A with Tamara Carleton, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Innovation Leadership Board, a global leader in the design of tools and processes that enable radical innovation based in Silicon Valley, California.

 

Rabobank: Largest Increase in US Meat Consumption Since '70s

Mon, 22 Aug 2016

ANALYSIS - The US had a momentous year for animal protein in 2015 with the largest increase in US meat consumption since the food scares of the 1970s, according to a new report from Rabobank.

 

Foot and Mouth Reports: Mongolia, Zimbabwe Hit by Disease

Fri, 19 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - Few outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease have been reported in recent months, but Zimbabwe and Mongolia are the countries that have reported the disease, in cattle and goats.

 

CCTV in Slaughterhouses is Cost-Effective and Feasible, say Experts

Fri, 19 Aug 2016

UK - A new report published by a team of independent experts headed by Sheffield Hallam University Professor Ian Rotherham, has found that the cost of independent monitoring of CCTV inside England's slaughterhouses is likely to cost between £150,000 and £370,000 a year.

 

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Animal Nutrition Advancements to be Showcased at WNC Pre-Conference Symposium

Fri, 19 Aug 2016

CANADA - Industry experts will share research and expertise on how to leverage tools and ingredients for animal performance and environmental benefits, at the Western Nutrition Pre-Conference Symposium in Saskatoon, Canada, on September 20th.

 

Concern Over Animal Feed Mislabelling in Ireland

Fri, 19 Aug 2016

IRELAND - The President of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA), Patrick Kent, has expressed his concern following revelations of the mislabelling animal feed products.

 

CME: Large Soybean Harvest to Improve Feed Prices

Thu, 18 Aug 2016

US - High protein feed cost prospects for livestock and poultry producers improved last Friday, with the USDA-NASS estimate of record large harvests for corn and soybean, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Researchers Investigate Manure Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Thu, 18 Aug 2016

DENMARK - It is currently not possible to quantify emissions of methane from livestock manure, which is a problem when countries are making commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

 

Further Calls for Post-Brexit Revolution in British Farm Funding

Wed, 17 Aug 2016

UK - A new report released today by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) argues that farming in England needs to become more diverse to prove environmentally resilient over the coming years.

 

CME: Lower Feed Prices Expected to Boost US Meat Production in 2017

Wed, 17 Aug 2016

US - Today, we review the livestock and poultry numbers in last Friday’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand (WASDE) report from the US Department of Agriculture, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

European Labs Train Up on Lumpy Skin Disease Detection

Tue, 16 Aug 2016

EUROPE - Training is beginning for experts from 22 countries across Europe at the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency’s laboratories, on how to quickly detect lumpy skin disease – a highly infectious cowpox virus that is spreading through herds on the continent.

 

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AB Vista Welcomes New Technical Sales Manager for Australasia

Tue, 16 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - AB Vista has expanded its global team with the appointment of nutrition expert Dr. Ken Greaney, who joins the company as technical sales manager for Australasia.

 

Record US Crop Production Forecast Good News for Feed Prices

Tue, 16 Aug 2016

US - The USDA's August Crop Production report, which provides the first official government estimates of the corn and soybean harvests, suggested record yields are on their way for these important feed ingredients.

 

Cattle Outlook: Meat Demand Slows in First Half of 2016

Mon, 15 Aug 2016

US - The August WASDE predicts this fall will bring our first 15 billion bushel corn harvest and the first 4 billion bushel soybean harvest. This is good news for feeder cattle prices, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

UK to Maintain Agriculture Funding until 2020 Despite Brexit

Mon, 15 Aug 2016

UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has opened its largest consultation in a generation, to find out what members think is needed from a future domestic agricultural policy for the British farming sector post-Brexit, whilst the Treasury has confirmed it will match EU levels of funding until 2020.

 

US Beef Exports Show Strong Performance in June

Mon, 15 Aug 2016

US - US red meat exports ended the first half of 2016 on a positive note, as June export values for beef were the highest of the year.

 

Lithuania Considers Tax Cut on Meat to Boost Demand

Mon, 15 Aug 2016

LITHUANIA - In a bid to lower the prices of meat and stimulate domestic demand, the Lithuanian government is considering reducing the value-added tax (VAT) on fresh and chilled meat.

 

Research to Investigate Forage Mixtures for Canadian Climates

Mon, 15 Aug 2016

CANADA - A large fund has been given to the cattle sector to examine the agronomic and economic potential of new forage mixtures suited to northern climates in Eastern Canada.

 

McDonald's Under Pressure Over Antibiotics Use

Fri, 12 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - Fast food company McDonald's has been targeted by an online campaign aiming to halt the 'excessive use' of antibiotics in its supply chain.

 

Brazil's Beef Exports to Arab Countries Rising

Fri, 12 Aug 2016

BRAZIL - Brazilian beef exports to the Arab countries totalled USD 96.73 million in July, an increase of 13.77 per cent over the same month of last year, according to data from the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services (MDIC) compiled by the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.

 

Adding Meat, Milk to Diet Dramatically Improves Nutrition for Poor Zambians

Thu, 11 Aug 2016

ZAMBIA - Since 1961 in Zambia there has been a notable decline in the availability of milk, meat, eggs, and beans, and an increase in cassava and vegetable oils.

 

Maximum Copper Levels in Cattle Feed Lowered

Thu, 11 Aug 2016

EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed modifications to the maximum levels of copper in feed for some animal groups.

 

CME: June US Beef Export Figures Positive

Wed, 10 Aug 2016

US - The US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service published June trade numbers this week, on a carcass weight basis, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Union Targets Improved Self-Sufficiency for UK Food After Brexit

Wed, 10 Aug 2016

UK - Yesterday (9 August) marks the day in the calendar when the British larder would run bare if we fed the nation only British food from the start of January.

 

New Zealand's Beef Cattle Herd Up Despite Trying Season

Wed, 10 Aug 2016

NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand’s beef cattle herd increased by 2.8 per cent to 3.7 million during the 2015–16 season, at the same time as the country’s sheep flock decreased 3.0 per cent and now totals 28.3 million.

 

Ear Tag Measuring Vital Signs Aims to Improve Livestock Productivity

Wed, 10 Aug 2016

MEXICO - A young Mexican has developed an ear tag for cattle that measures the vital signs of the animal to identify early stages of disease.

 

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Nutriad Appoints Sales Manager South America

Tue, 09 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - Multinational feed additive producer Nutriad appointed Angela Maria Mejia Vargas as Area Manager for all South American countries outside Brazil.

 

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Leading Mycotoxin Experts Map the Current, Future Scientific Landscape

Tue, 09 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - While several highly publicized incidents related to mycotoxins in food and feed have attracted worldwide media attention in recent years, including the 2013 aflatoxin contamination in Europe, new findings suggest that mycotoxins have a significant impact on livestock production in less headline-grabbing ways, such as impairing gut health.

 

Live Cattle Futures Improvements Aim for Better Risk Management

Tue, 09 Aug 2016

US - Futures company CME Group has announced a number of actions designed to enhance Live Cattle futures markets and help cattle producers manage risk.

 

California Now Free from Bovine TB

Mon, 08 Aug 2016

US - The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has upgraded California to accredited free status for bovine tuberculosis (TB).

 

Cattle Outlook: Good News for Meat Demand as US Economy Adds More Jobs

Mon, 08 Aug 2016

US - The US and Brazil have reached agreement to expand bilateral beef trade, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Ag Economics, MU.

 

Mince Drives Volume Sales Growth for Beef

Mon, 08 Aug 2016

UK - The long awaited summer heatwave finally hit in July, but did little to drive additional sales of burgers and sausages, according to the latest Meat, Fish and Poultry (MFP) figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 17th July 2016.

 

CME: Feeder Cattle Demand Shows Improvement

Mon, 08 Aug 2016

US - Feeder cattle futures have been on a tear recently and yesterday almost hit $150/cwt before retreating, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Beef, Dairy Producers: Considered Sorghum Lately?

Fri, 05 Aug 2016

ANALYSIS - Sorghum is growing in popularity with beef and dairy producers, not only in the US but globally, because of its drought and heat tolerance and diversity as a feed ingredient, writes Sarah Mikesell.

 

Polymer Coatings Could Aid Food Safety in Processing Plants

Fri, 05 Aug 2016

US – One of the keys to preventing food-borne illness and food waste is making sure that the surfaces at production facilities remain free of contamination between scheduled cleanings.

 

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Rumen Function Vital for Greater Gains in Beef and Dairy Herds

Thu, 04 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - Optimising rumen function is a primary way to unlock greater gains for beef and dairy producers, according to a nutritional expert.

 

Global Dairy, Meat Price Indices Rise

Thu, 04 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - The international prices for major food commodities saw a modest decline in July, following five consecutive months of increases.

 

CME: US Cattle Slaughter Running High

Thu, 04 Aug 2016

US - Year to date, total cattle slaughter is running 4 per cent above year ago levels, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

National Trust Comments on Farm Financing Cause Debate

Thu, 04 Aug 2016

UK - Landscape protection charity the National Trust has said that in the wake of the Brexit vote, the subsidy system that supports farmers should be fundamentally changed.

 

CME: How Much Brazilian Beef Will be Imported to US as Market Opens?

Wed, 03 Aug 2016

US - On Monday, the USDA officially announced the reopening of trade with Brazil, in the form of fresh and frozen beef, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Research: Get Your Heifers Cycling, Breeding Sooner

Wed, 03 Aug 2016

ANALYSIS - New research presented recently at the Joint Annual Meeting reviewed the effectiveness of MAAC, Novus International's glycinate trace mineral, in improving reproductive performance in beef cattle.

 

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Nutriad Targeting Growth in Indonesia

Wed, 03 Aug 2016

INDONESIA - Indolivestock, which is one of the largest livestock tradeshows in the region, was held in Jakarta from 27-29 July 2016. For the first time species specific elements were incorporated; Indo Fisheries 2016 and Indo Dairy 2016.

 

Processing Key When Substituting Maize with Wheat in Cattle Feed

Tue, 02 Aug 2016

US - With wheat prices in some areas dipping below corn values, some beef or swine producers are considering substituting wheat into livestock rations in place of corn (maize).

 

CME: Improved Consumer Incomes Expected in Coming Months

Tue, 02 Aug 2016

US - The Department of Commerce released its advance estimate on the performance of the US economy on Friday. The top-line number, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), was up 1.2 per cent from the prior quarter.

 

CME: Mexican Feeder Cattle Imports to US Down

Mon, 01 Aug 2016

US - The reduction in feeder cattle imports from Mexico, in part because of the sharp correction in US feeder cattle prices, will continue to impact the rate of placements in US feedlots over the summer months, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.