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Scientific Collaboration to Improve Meat Testing

Mon, 14 Oct 2013

UK - The Institute of Food Research (IFR) has teamed up with Oxford Instruments to progress molecular techniques to determine different animal proteins.

 

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Multi-million Pound Boost for Innovation in Agricultural Technology

Mon, 14 Oct 2013

UK - A new Agri-Tech Catalyst has been launched to help researchers and businesses develop innovative solutions to global challenges in the agricultural technology ('agri-tech') sector.

 

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Daily Dairy Trading: Limited Activity Still See Cheddar Gains

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

US – Nonfat Dry Milk and Cheddar were valued higher by yesterday's close, although no trades were recorded.

 

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Cattle Futures: Futures Rebound After South Korean Zilpaterol Effect

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

US - Futures trading posted 20 to 35 cent gains after yesterday's losses over South Korea's decision to suspend buying US beef containing feed additive zilpaterol.

 

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TB Reactors Are Lower Because of Wildlife Control Programme, says Irish Farm Spokesman

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

IRISH – An Irish Farm spokesman has echoed UK sentiments, instead praising the work of his own Irish Agricultural Department in battling tuberculosis (TB) in cattle.

 

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Development Programme Provides NEAT Ideas

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

GLOBAL – The first meeting of a co-funded animal health development programme called NEAT has examined the use of economics in animal health education and policy.

 

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Land Owner Group Backs Badger Cull Extension

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

UK – Farm groups and land owners are supporting the government’s application to extend the pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset, in the south west of the country.

 

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Establishing Guidelines on Post-vaccination Monitoring of FMD

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

GLOBAL - Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), which affects cloven-hoofed animals, is endemic in many low-income countries and continues to re-emerge and cause serious production losses even in the presence of extensive vaccination programmes.

 

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EuFMD Presents First e-Learning Course

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

EU - As part of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) programme to support Foot-and-Mouth Disease preparedness for its Member States, the EuFMD training team has collaborated with the Royal Veterinary College, London, to create an e-learning site which complements its existing training activities.

 

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Cargill Posts Solid Start to New Fiscal Year

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

US - Cargill has reported its first-quarter fiscal 2014 earnings, commenting that its ability to serve customers reliably and manage risk in challenging markets has bolstered performance, while recent acquisitions have supported global growth in the malt and aquaculture sectors.

 

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Animal Welfare Achievements Recognised by Canadian Bovine Vets and Boehringer Ingelheim

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

CANADA - The Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians executive board and Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. are very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award.

 

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MLA: Weekly Cattle Summary

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

AUSTRALIA - This report is a collection of weekly cattle price summaries from each Australian territory by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

 

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Jim Wyckoff: Bulls Have Advantage, Thursday

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

US - December live cattle closed up $0.22 at $132.17 at Thursday's close. Prices closed near mid-range, writes Jim Wyckoff, Cattle and Beefsite futures analyst.

 

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New Initiatives to Promote Food Safety from Farm to Fork

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

CANADA - Working with Manitobans to ensure food is safe from farm to fork is the goal of the Growing Assurance – Food Safety initiatives being launched as part of the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 agreement, Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn and Member of Parliament James Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced yesterday (9 October).

 

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Official Veterinarian Training, Appointment and Assurance Changes

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

UK - Private Veterinary Surgeons appointed as Official Veterinarians (OVs) are a vital part of the GB veterinary service undertaking statutory work on behalf of the Competent Authorities to safeguard the national interest. This role extends safeguarding the health and welfare of the animals under their care and meeting the needs of both their private and commercial clients.

 

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EU Commissioner to Visit Moldova

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

EU & MOLDOVA - European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos, will be in the Republic of Moldova on 11 and 12 October 2013 as the country prepares to take the next step towards EU membership.

 

Investigation into Animal Mishandling Clears Australian Company

Fri, 05 Apr 2013

ISRAEL - An investigation into alleged mishandling of cattle that were exported from Australia to an abattoir in Israel has found there were no breaches of the animal welfare guidelines by the Australian company.

 

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Weekly Roberts Market Report

Thu, 11 Oct 2012

US - CORN futures on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) closed down on Monday. The DEC’12 contract closed at $7.410/bu; down 7.0 ¢ /bu. MAR’13 corn futures closed at $7.404/bu; down 8.0 ¢ /bu. The DEC’13 contract closed at $6.246/bu; up 0.5 ¢ /bu.

 

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Dairy Tactics for Tight Times

Thu, 27 Sep 2012

AUSTRALIA - Dairy farmers are facing major challenges in the 2012/13 season, as lower milk prices and higher input costs affect cash flow and on-going farm profitability. In response, Dairy Australia has developed 'Tactics for Tight Times' to support farmers through this period.

 

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MEPs Lodge 7000 Changes to EU Subsidy Reform

Thu, 09 Aug 2012

EU - The Secretariat of the European Parliament Agriculture Committee has confirmed that in total MEPs have lodged over 7000 changes the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reforms.

 

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Feed Additive Market to Reach Value of $17.5 Billion

Thu, 09 Aug 2012

GLOBAL - The global animal feed additives market was worth $ 13.5 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach $ 17.5 billion in 2018, according to a new report.

 

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Mexico Invited to Join Trans-Pacific Trade Talks

Wed, 20 Jun 2012

US - President Obama this week announced that the United States and the other countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have extended an invitation to Mexico to join the TPP trade negotiations.

 

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Pasture Growth Fuels Growth in Milk Production

Mon, 21 May 2012

NEW ZEALAND - A combination of pent up capacity to produce and an incredible period of pasture production has given rise to what some have called a “super flush of milk production”. From March 2011 right through to April 2012 pasture production has been above normal over much of New Zealand. A La Nina weather pattern has contributed to a distribution of rain which was frequent and even. Air temperatures were cooler than normal which improved pasture quality.

 

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Milk Price Cuts Hitting Long-term Investment

Mon, 21 May 2012

UK - Farm management company Velcourt has issued the first in a series of briefing documents examining the main points influencing the outlook for its dairy farms over the coming months.

 

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Abattoirs in Welfare Footage on Approved Export List

Mon, 21 May 2012

ANALYSIS - An Australian government investigation into footage of animal cruelty in four Indonesia abattoirs has concluded that two of the abattoirs were approved under a government scheme. The report also suggests that regulatory action be taken against two exporting companies, North Australian Cattle Company Pty Ltd (NACC) and International Livestock Export Pty Ltd (ILE), writes Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite editor.

 

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Regular Reporting on Performance Auditing of ESCAS

Mon, 21 May 2012

AUSTRALIA - The first independent performance audit report summaries for livestock exports to Indonesia have been released on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) website. The independent audits are a key part of the new regulatory framework for livestock exports and provide an assessment of exporter supply chain assurance systems.

 

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Foodservice Drives Asian Cheese Demand

Mon, 21 May 2012

US - For US cheese suppliers, reports of soaring restaurant profits in China or same-store sales growth in South Korea or new unit construction in Southeast Asia spell opportunity—and a sizable one at that, writes Angélique Hollister Vice president, cheese and consumer products at the US Dairy Export Council.

 

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Mixed Trading Environment for Australian Beef

Mon, 21 May 2012

AUSTRALIA - Australian beef exporters continue to witness two distinct markets on the global stage: a bullish manufacturing market and a more subdued market for premium cuts, writes Tim McRae, Chief Economist for Meat and Livestock Australia.

 

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NFU Challenges UK TB Controls

Mon, 21 May 2012

UK - The National Farmers' Union (NFU) has challenged Defra's decision to prevent farmers setting up or adding new land to Sole Occupancy Authorities (SOAs) from the start of July.

 

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Spanish Cattle Farm Numbers Decline

Fri, 18 May 2012

SPAIN - Last year, Spain recorded a further decline of three per cent in the number of cattle farms.

 

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Central, Eastern Europe Vist UK Beef Expo

Fri, 18 May 2012

UK - During Beef Expo 2012 next week, a group of group of industry leaders from Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans will visit the UK for a study tour/ trade mission.

 

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Grain Fed Cattle Numbers Fall

Fri, 18 May 2012

AUSTRALIA - Continuing the trend of quarterly fluctuations in grain fed cattle numbers on feed, results from the latest Australian Lot Feeders' Association (ALFA)/ Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) March survey showed a five per cent decline.

 

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Cattle Kill Under Pressure in Northern Ireland

Fri, 18 May 2012

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - In April, the Northern Irish (NI) cattle kill remained under pressure with the kill down two per cent on the same period last year, reports the Livestock and Meat Commission.

 

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Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

Fri, 18 May 2012

AUSTRALIA - This report is a collection of weekly cattle price summaries from each Australian state by the Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

 

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CME: Beef Cutout Values Recover

Fri, 18 May 2012

US - Live cattle futures have rebounded in recent days as market participants feel more confident about the outlook for beef prices going into the summer, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Cattle Genetics Pioneer Passes Away

Fri, 18 May 2012

CANADA - Dr Roy Berg, the man who brought hybrid vigour to Alberta’s cow herds, passed away last week at the age of 85. Ranchers and others in the agriculture industry should take a moment to remember Dr Berg not only for his intelligence and hard work, but also for the guts he had to stand by his idea, writes Lisa Guenther for Genome Alberta.

 

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Paraguay's Beef Exports Recover After FMD

Thu, 17 May 2012

PARAGUAY - Paraguay's meat exports totalled US$285 million in the first four months of the year, which makes it the second best four-months for the industry in recent years, said German Ruiz, head of the country's Rural Association.

 

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Grass-fed Beef Better for Health and Environment

Thu, 17 May 2012

UK - Feeding cattle on grass throughout their lifecycle is the most environmentally sustainable way to rear beef, according to new research for the National Trust.

 

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Breed, Body Condition Impact Cow Fertility

Thu, 17 May 2012

AUSTRALIA - Breed and body condition have a critical impact on fertility, according to preliminary results from Cash Cow research presented at Beef Australia 2012.

 

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UAE Opens Doors to Scotch Beef

Thu, 17 May 2012

SCOTLAND, UK - Quality Meat Scotland has welcomed news that a health certificate for exports of deboned, fresh beef has been obtained by the UK for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

 

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House Committee to Support Supply Management

Thu, 17 May 2012

US - The House Agriculture Committee continues a series of hearings on key farm policy issues ahead of its Farm Bill mark-up. The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry held a hearing two weeks ago at which Jon Davis, president and CEO of Davisco Foods International, testified on behalf of the International Dairy Food Association (IDFA).

 

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Get Ready for New FDA Dairy Inspections

Thu, 17 May 2012

US - Under the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), inspections by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could be considerably different from inspections that dairy companies experienced in the past.

 

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A$1 Million Boost for Dairy Farmers to Save on Energy

Thu, 17 May 2012

AUSTRALIA - Dairy Australia received A$1 million in Federal Government funding today to roll out 900 farm energy assessments on dairy farms across the country.

 

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Gujarat's Dairies to Double Cattle Feed Manufacturing

Thu, 17 May 2012

INDIA - Dairies in Gujarat will double their capacity of cattle feed production in next two years.

 

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NZ & Australia Join Forces at World Farmers'

Thu, 17 May 2012

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND - Federated Farmers of New Zealand and the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) have today announced that they will both apply for membership of international agricultural advocacy body, the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO).

 

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Soils Self Repair to Minimise Grazing Compaction

Wed, 16 May 2012

US - New guidelines for managing stock grazing on cultivations show as long as at least two wetting/drying cycles are completed prior to sowing, swelling soils can self-repair and minimise subsequent grain yield loss.

 

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Saudi Bans US Beef Exports

Wed, 16 May 2012

SAUDIA ARABIA - Saudi Arabia has banned the imports of US beef as of April 19.

 

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Straight-Talking Seminars Set for Beef Expo 2012

Wed, 16 May 2012

UK - Farmers are to join noted industry speakers to add a practical perspective in seminar sessions covering everything from bovine TB to technical developments in the grading and pricing of beef carcases at next week’s Beef Expo 2012, at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, on May 24th.

 

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Milk Producers Urge Senate to Act on Farm Bill

Wed, 16 May 2012

US - he National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is working with a bipartisan group of senators, as well as with other farm and agriculture organizations, to urge the Senate’s leaders to bring the pending 2012 Farm Bill legislation to a vote this spring.

 

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Cutting Animal Transport Time Just the Start

Wed, 16 May 2012

EU - The welfare of animals in transport must be improved, but cutting transport time to eight hours must be supplemented by other measures, such as support for local slaughterhouses and meat processing plants, upgrading transport vehicles and full and uniform control of compliance with existing rules throughout the EU, said many Agriculture Committee MEPs in a debate.

 

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Rising Global Output Squeezes Local Prices

Wed, 16 May 2012

AUSTRALIA - The Australian dairy industry is feeling the effects of a very dynamic supply situation due to volume growth across international markets as international buyers sit tight, according to the 2012 Dairy Australia Situation and Outlook report released this week.

 

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UK Schmallenberg Update

Wed, 16 May 2012

UK - To date there are 258 UK farms reporting SBV: 36 in cattle and 222 in sheep, according to the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA).

 

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Avoid Misuse of Religious Exemptions to Stunning

Wed, 16 May 2012

EU - At the Agriculture and Fisheries Council this week, the Swedish delegation briefed the Council on the enforcement of the general requirement to stun animals before slaughter.

 

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CME: Sharp Decline in Cattle Numbers Expected

Wed, 16 May 2012

US - The upcoming USDA Cattle on Feed report, to be released on Friday, 18 May, is expected to show a sharp decline in the number of cattle placed on feed during April, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Buttercup Develops Resistance to Herbicides

Wed, 16 May 2012

NEW ZEALAND - Giant buttercup, a damaging European dairy pasture weed that is avoided by cattle due to its acrid taste, is costing New Zealand hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue as dairy farmers battle to control it.

 

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Large Potential to Increase By-Products in Feed

Wed, 16 May 2012

UK - By-products from the sharply increasing production of bioethanol and biodiesel can be used as feed for dairy cows to a far greater extent than is currently the case. The by-products could have a potentially beneficial effect in terms of economy and feed quality.

 

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Urgent Need for Strategy on Sustainable Food

Tue, 15 May 2012

UK - The Government must develop a joined-up strategy to change the UK's unhealthy and environmentally damaging food system, as fears mount about global food security, MPs on the Commons Environmental Audit Committee warned government this week.

 

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2.7 Billion New Consumers for Dairy Industry

Tue, 15 May 2012

GLOBAL - New research from Tetra Pak has identified 2.7 billion low-income consumers in developing countries as the dairy industry’s next big growth opportunity due to an expected rise in prosperity, purchasing power and desire for packaged liquid dairy products (LDP).

 

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Decrease Stress to Improve Profits

Tue, 15 May 2012

NEW ZEALAND - Cow behaviour expert, Darold Klindworth, says farmers need to identify the signs of cow stress to improve the milking experience for their animals and staff.

 

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Korean Govt Confirms US Beef Safety

Tue, 15 May 2012

US - The Korean government stated this week that based on the findings from their inspection team, they will maintain their position that US beef does not pose a threat to public health and safety (Chosun Ilbo).

 

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In the Cattle Markets: Cow Prices at Record Levels

Tue, 15 May 2012

US - Cull cow prices were record high in 2011 and are on pace to set another record high in 2012, writes Tim Petry, Livestock Economist at North Dakota State University Extension Service.