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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 15 December 2010

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Editorial: New Research into Foot and Mouth Disease

New research from the US Department of Agriculture could lead to a breakthrough in detecting and controlling foot and mouth disease.

The USDA scientists have identified the primary site where the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease begins infection in cattle.

The discovery could lead to development of new vaccines to control and potentially eradicate FMD.

Veterinary medical officer Jonathan Arzt, research leader Luis Rodriguez and microbiologist Juan Pacheco found that after just six hours of exposure to the FMD virus through the cow's nasal passages, the virus selectively infects epithelial cells in the nasopharynx, a specific region of the back of the cow's throat.

Meanwhile, the disease appears to be spreading in South Korea with further cases being reported this week.

In the US, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association has come out strongly against provisions within the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

The cattlemen say that food safety knows no bounds and that provisions exempting small producers and processors for some parts of the legislation are inconsistent.

They say that food safety policy should be based on sound science and applied to all food producers and processors regardless of size or proximity to the market.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Is Good Welfare Possible For Housed Cattle?
The following information was produced by FAI Farms, a sustainable farming research company. The aim of this particular research was to objectively examine whether it is possible to provide good welfare for housed cattle.
Insurance: A Possible Drought Management Tool
Agriculture production is a financially risky business. Forage losses from drought are a common occurrence on Colorado pastures and rangelands, which is why Rod Sharp and Jeff Tranel from Colorado State University Extension suggest pasture, rangeland, forage insurance as a possible drought management tool for ranchers.
Finding the Early Stages of Foot and Mouth Disease
Research by scientists at the USDA have identified where the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) begins infection in cattle.
Feed Outlook - December 2010
Lower forecast corn yields this month reduce U.S. corn production 124 million bushels to 12.54 billion, according to the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - December 2010
The forecast for cattle prices have been raised while milk production has shown little change, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
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* Global Beef Cattle Industry News

   Korea, South

 » FMD NEWS: Two New Outbreaks North of Seoul
 » 29 New FMD Outbreaks in South Korea
 » More FMD in South Korean Cattle
 » FMD Spreads: Two New Outbreaks North of Seoul

   United States

 » New Vets' Oath Stresses Welfare Commitment
 » NCBA Opposes Food Safety Bill
 » CME: Livestock Imports from Canada Trend Lower
 » How FMD Virus Begins Infection In Cattle
 » NCBA Educational Platform For Cattle Convention
 » Cattle Outlook
 » Forage Supplements Needed After Drought
 » January Could Be Important For Crop Prices
 » Tight Supplies Of Corn, Cotton And Soybeans
 » CME: Year-end Stocks for Corn and Soybean
 » USMEF’s Branded Products Promotion Programme
 » Angus Genetics Inc Accepting DNA Samples
 » AMI 2010 Meat And Poultry Facts Now Available
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » New England Farmers Union Hosts First Convention
 » CME: Beef Exports Up, Pork Exports Down In October

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   United Kingdom

 » Beef And Milk Prices Must Rise - And Fast
 » LMC Report: Reduced Slaughterings In November
 » NFU Responds To Govt Animal Health Plans
 » Concerns Over Rise In Fertiliser Prices
 » Independent Report On Animal Health Published

   Belgium

 » Brucellosis Threatens Belgium

   General

 » Volunteers Honoured For Food Security Work

   Angola

 » US$1 Million Invested Into Cattle Breeding Project

   Australia

 » Frozen Beef Shipments To Japan Surge
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Young Cattle Prices Stay Strong
 » From Poultry to Angus
 » Tuesday Daily Livestock Report
 » Cattle Market Alert
 » Cattle Farmers Warned over Screw Worm Maggot

   Canada

 » Reduction of Dust Levels In Livestock Barns

   Turkey

 » Turkish Beef Import Trends

   Brazil

 » Halal Beef From NE Brazil To Arab Markets

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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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