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05 February 2016
View news from Global Global Food Prices Fall Again, but Future Prospects Rest on El Niño
GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index fell in January, slipping 1.9 per cent below its level in the last month of 2015, as prices of all the commodities it tracks fell, sugar in particular....
View news from United States CME: Winter Weather Affecting US Meat Plant Operation
US - The major storm that covered much of Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and the upper Midwest in snow early this week caused several meat plants to shut down on Tuesday, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
View news from South Africa Farmers Have to be More Pro-Active in Fight Against Brucellosis
SOUTH AFRICA - Where bovine brucellosis was relatively under control in South Africa around the nineteen-eighties, there has been a steady increase in cases of this bacterial disease over the past ten years. Lax biosecurity measures and failure to vaccinate...
View news from United States South American Beef Exports Down in 2015
GLOBAL - Exports of beef last year from the four major South American countries – Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay – were down on 2014 levels, AHDB Beef & Lamb has reported....
04 February 2016
View news from United Kingdom Welsh Badger TB Vaccination Report Causes More Debate
WALES, UK - The Farmers' Union of Wales (FUW) accused ministers of 'avoiding the issue' of bovine TB in badgers after a report suggested that an abandoned badger vaccination project could be restarted in 2017....
View news from United Kingdom Two Thirds of Cattle Attacks on People Involve Dogs
UK - Dog owners are being urged to remember to be vigilant with their pets when walking near cows in the countryside, following a new review into cattle attacks by the University of Liverpool....
View news from United Kingdom Brexit Could Place British Farming in Jeopardy
UK - The future of many UK farming businesses looks uncertain, according to a new report on the agricultural implications of leaving the EU written by a University of Warwick academic....
03 February 2016
View news from United Kingdom Vets Disappointed with Lack of Policy on Stunning Before Slaughter
UK - The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has expressed its concern that almost two-thirds of food companies have no information on their commitment to stunning animals before slaughter – with only four per cent having a “universal commitment”....
View news from United States CME: Smaller Feedlots Back in the Game
US - The recent USDA Cattle report showed total US inventory of all cattle and calves (beef-type and dairy), both on farms/ranchers and in feedlots as of January 1, 2016 totalled 92.0 million head, up 3 per cent year-over-year....
View news from United States Cattle Market Shock Nearly Over, Experts Say
US – Insights about the recent market price shocks and potential for future turbulence were discussed with more than 2,000 beef producers at the CattleFax Outlook Session held during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show....
02 February 2016
View news from United States US Cattle Inventory Up 3 Per Cent from 2015
US - As of January 1, there were 92.0 million head of cattle and calves on US farms, according to the Cattle report published on Friday by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)....
View news from South Africa South African Drought: No Relief in Sight
SOUTH AFRICA - In spite of wide spread rain over many parts of the drought-stricken summer rainfall area of South Africa, chances remain low that the impact of drought will soon be broken. Glenneis Kriel reports....
View news from United States CME: Cattle Inventory Bearish for Futures Markets
US - USDA released on Friday, January 29, the results of its semi annual cattle inventory survey and the results may be viewed as somewhat bearish by futures markets this morning, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
01 February 2016
View news from United States Overcrowding Increases Disease Risk in Cattle Barns
US - Beef cattle seeking shelter from harsh winter weather could be at an increased risk of disease in overcrowded barns, Purdue University experts say....
View news from European Union European Commission Makes Farm Incomes Priority
ANALYSIS - Farmers’ incomes are to be given top priority this year by the European Commission as it seeks to ensure “a fair return for producers for their products”....
View news from Global Marks & Spencer, Waitrose Top List for Farm Animal Welfare
GLOBAL - Noble Foods, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Coop Group (Switzerland) have attained the highest marks in the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare report....
View news from New Zealand Economic Cost of NZ Pasture Weeds Larger Than Thought
NEW ZEALAND - New research shows the true cost of California thistle to be close to $700 million in lost pastoral farm revenue each year and also suggests that previous estimates of the cost of other agricultural weeds has been significantly underestimated....
29 January 2016
View news from United States CME: Growth Expected for Beef Cattle Herd, Dairy to Remain Stable
US - The January 1st Cattle Inventory report will be released on Friday, at 3 pm EST, by USDA-NASS. Pre-report estimates have come in (see table below) and industry analysts expect the beef cattle herd to continue its growth, write Steve Meyer and Len...
View news from Global Genetic Diversity of Livestock Will Help Feed a Hotter, Harsher World
GLOBAL - Livestock keepers and policy makers worldwide are increasingly interested in harnessing animal biodiversity to improve production and food security on a warmer, more crowded planet, according to a new FAO report. The agency nonetheless warns...
View news from Global Antibiotics and Safeguarding Animal Health: ‘As Much as Necessary, as Little as Possible’
GLOBAL - Following the landmark resolution made at the World Economic Forum in Davos to tackle antibiotic resistance, HealthforAnimals has renewed its call to promote the responsible use of antibiotics, and communicate the importance of veterinary medicine...
View news from United Kingdom AHDB Turns Down Proposal to Fund Ladies in Beef
UK - AHDB Beef & Lamb has turned down a £50,000 proposal to fund Ladies in Beef work in the coming financial year....
View news from Global Remote Atlantic Island Looks for Agricultural Advisor
GLOBAL - The inhabitants of the world’s remotest inhabited island have called on the NFU to find them a farmer to come and improve agriculture....
28 January 2016
View news from France More Bluetongue Reported in French Cattle
FRANCE - Five new outbreaks of bluetongue have been reported in french cattle....
View news from Chile Chilean Beef Exports Up 121% in 2015
CHILE - Claudia Carbonell, director of the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (PASO) reported that beef exports in 2015 were worth $31 million, an increase of 121 per cent compared to 2014....
View news from Viet Nam Cold Weather Kills Cattle in Vietnam
VIETNAM - Nearly 800 cattle have been killed following a record-low cold spell that has raged across the northern region, officials said....
View news from United States CoBank Predicts Better Year for Livestock Producers in 2016
ANALYSIS - The supply glut that plagued US beef, pork and poultry markets in 2015 and ratcheted down margins is expected to ease in 2016, according to a new research report from CoBank. ...
View news from United Kingdom New Report Finds Tesco Breaches GSCOP
UK - Following a new report from the Groceries Code Adjudicator, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has said it was absolutely correct to lobby for over a decade for a grocery code and adjudicator. ...
27 January 2016
View news from Canada Changes to the Canadian Beef Code Require Pain Control for Cattle
CANADA - As of January 1, changes to the Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle require beef producers to provide pain control during painful procedures such as castration and dehorning....
 
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