Borders abattoir to stop killing cattle

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NFU Scotland is to set up a development group to look into further options for livestock slaughtering and processing in the Scottish Borders, following the announcement that the abattoir in Galashiels is to cease killing cattle and sheep. Scottish Borders Abattoir (SBA), which runs the Galashiels operation, says it will continue to provide a full…


National feeder cattle report: Weak to lower calf prices

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Compared to last week, lighter receipts of yearling feeder cattle sold unevenly 2.00 lower to 2.00 higher with the gains predominantly on those weighing over 800 lbs (especially steers) and weakness mostly on 600-800 lb feeders. Last Friday’s bearish cattle-on-feed report’s bark was much worse than its bite after market members absorbed the fact that…


Farmers face losses during record-breaking drought season

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The drought has spread over much of the southern U.S., leaving Oklahoma the driest it has been since the 1930s and setting records from Louisiana to New Mexico. But the situation is especially severe in Kansas and Texas, which trails only California in agricultural productivity. Ranchers in parts of Kansas are hauling their spring cattle…


New move in fighting cattle fluke

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FARMERS are being asked by the Moredun Institute to supply faeces samples to help evaluate a new test for fluke in cattle and sheep which could be costing the industry in Scotland as much as £50million a year in lost production. This is based on the loss of revenue from damaged livers of £6 per…


Elders lifts cloud over Aus-Indonesia cattle trade

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Elders dispelled some of the cloud over Australia’s cattle exports to its biggest customer, Indonesia, by confirming the first shipment since a ban imposed on animal welfare grounds was lifted three weeks ago. The farm retail-to-feedlot group said it would in the second week of August transport 3,000 cattle to Indonesia, the first shipment from…


Cattle Inventories, Feedlot Supplies and Cold Storage Stocks

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On Friday USDA released a flurry of reports covering cattle inventories, feedlot cattle supplies and the monthly survey of public refrigerated warehouses. Below are some very brief notes on each and we hope to expand on them in the next few issues. We have added more detail on page 3 and 4:: 1 Cattle Inventory…


Hundreds of animals die in Badakhshan

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FAIZABAD (PAN): Hundreds of household animals have died of diseases in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan, officials said on Tuesday. Nearly 600 cattle died over the past two weeks of enterotoxaemia and anthrax in Zebak district, Mir Ahmad Zaghim, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News. A district council member, Abdul Wahid Tabibi, confirmed…


Heat Stress Precautions Improve Cattle Well-being

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Hot temperatures across Kansas have increased concern about how heat affects livestock and what livestock producers can do to alleviate the negative effects. “Because animal welfare is their top priority, most livestock producers have protocols in place to address heat stress,” said Kansas Department of Agriculture Animal Health Commissioner Dr. Bill Brown. “Through proper management,…


Corn, soybeans trade higher at midday

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Corn futures are trading slightly higher at midday. Strength is coming from the decline in crop condition ratings in Monday’s Crop Progress report, which showed the percent rated good fell 4 points and the index accounting for all 5 categories fell by 8 points. The condition of the crop is now the lowest it has…


AAco curbs hopes for Indonesia cattle trade

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Hopes of a rapid resumption of Australian live cattle trade to its top export market, Indonesia, are premature, Australian Agricultural Company said, adding that beef prices would continue to feel the impact of the trade hiccups. Rival cattle exporter Elders lifted expectations for the resumption of exports – temporarily banned on grounds of poor levels…


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