The interval between the animal’s death and reporting the discovery of the prions was due to the low-risk nature of the case, according to Brazilian officials. OIE apparently agreed, and has maintained Brazil’s top BSE safety rating. Some groups are not convinced, however.
Corn predictions were left almost entirely unchanged from previous reports, but this was unsurprising as USDA isn’t expected to change its estimates on corn until January’s WASDE. Wheat estimates were mostly unchanged with slight decreases in export estimates and soybeans saw some changes.
Saturday, Dec. 8, marked the beginning of a Russian trade requirement on U.S. beef and pork imports. The requirement demands all beef and pork from the U.S. be tested and certified free of residue from the feed additive ractopamine. The move could effectively halt all beef and pork imports to the country.
Thursday, Nov. 29, CME closed trading on wheat and its other commodities as usual. Its initial Deliverable Commodities Under Registration Report erroneously reported the number of wheat contracts available for delivery as substantially lower than accurate.
At the end of last month, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed a legal complaint against the USDA Office of the Inspector General against the National Pork Board (NPB) for what it calls illegal lobbying use of pork checkoff funds.
The census, a survey of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them, is conducted every five years and is coming up. The census is conducted by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and paper forms will go out in the mail mid to late December.
The most recent Cattle on Feed (COF) report was released Friday, Nov. 16 covering cattle on feed in feedlots with at least a 1,000-head capacity as of Nov. 1 as well as cattle placed on feed and marketed during the month of October.
The most recent installment of the National Institute of Animal Agriculture’s (NIAA) Antibiotic Use and Resistance dialog conferences took place Nov. 13-15 in Columbus, OH. The conference featured numerous academic speakers, interactive sessions, and antibiotic topics of pressing concern to the whole community of animal agriculture.