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International Egg Commission joins Food and Agriculture Organization for sustainability

Group aims to improve measurements of livestock environmental impacts
The International Egg Commission has joined the new United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization-led partnership to improve how the environmental impacts of the livestock industry are measured and assessed. As the global consumption of meat, dairy products and eggs continues to rise, increasing attention must be paid to the livestock sector's environmental performance — such as the efficiency with which it uses scarce natural resources, its impact on water resources and how it contributes to climate change. 
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Pig feed price increases cause challenges for UK producers

Wheat futures rising and expected to continue increases for foreseeable future
The price of feed wheat, the most important component of pig feed in the UK, has risen by over £20 per metric ton since the beginning of June, presenting challenges for pig producers as their production costs rise, according to a report by the British Pig Executive. At the start of June, UK wheat futures for July delivery came in at £171 per metric ton. 
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Montana ranchers need hay after fires destroy crops

Emergency coordinators putting out calls for donations
Montana ranchers are in need of hay donations to feed their livestock to help offset the 300,000 acres destroyed in recent fires, according to reports. Calls have been sent out to the surrounding areas by disaster and emergency services, but responses have been sparse so far. 
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Codex Commission adopts global ractopamine standards

Acceptable daily intake, maximum residue levels for pigs and cattle given
The Codex Alimentarius Commission has adopted global food safety standards for animal feed ingredient ractopamine hydrochloride, setting out an Acceptable Daily Intake and Maximum Residue Levels for pig and cattle muscle, fat, liver and kidney. Codex global food safety standards are designed to ensure that public health is protected and to facilitate the fair trade of safe food products by providing international food safety reference points for all countries, according to Codex. 
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Emergency Animal Feed Program established in Utah after wildfires

Public can make donations to the fund that will help livestock owners affected by recent wildfires purchase animal feed, other supplies
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has activated an Emergency Animal Feed Program in response to numerous requests received for assistance from livestock owners affected by the recent wildfires. In partnership with the Utah Emergency Animal Response Coalition, the department established the "Feed the Animals" account at Wells Fargo Bank to serve as a place where the public can make cash donations to be used for the purchasing of animal feed and other livestock needs. 
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VIV Russia 2013 to highlight latest in animal protein industry

Event will include new MeatTech Russia theme
VNU Exhibitions Europe, together with ASTI Group, will organize VIV Russia 2013, a platform representing all parts of the feed to meat market for pigs and poultry. VIV Russia, which will be held May 22–24, 2013, at the International Crocus Exhibition Center in Moscow, will showcase new products and services, state-of-the art technologies and the latest trends in the animal protein industry. 
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Alltech unveils new Lyons Farm brand for poultry, beef

Brand focuses on natural feeding, premium quality with no additives
Alltech unveiled its new Lyons Farm brand of "natural, high-quality foods," beginning with poultry and beef products, at the company's 28th International Symposium. Lyons Farm’s poultry and beef products are produced using Alltech’s natural nutritional feeding programs, which have been developed through more than 30 years of research in animal nutrition. 
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US veal farmers move calves to group pens

Move made ahead of call for 2017 transition for veal community
A recent survey has revealed that 70 percent of veal calves raised by American Veal Association farmers will be housed in group pens by the end of 2012, five years after the association's board of directors voted to adopt a resolution calling for all U.S. veal farms to transition to group pens by Dec. 31, 2017. Veal farmers have traditionally housed calves in individual pens in order to ensure the individual requirements of food, water and comfort were all met. 
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US feedlots buy fewer cattle on lower availability

Third, fourth quarters of 2012 to be supply friendly
U.S. feedlots bought 1.521 million head of young cattle in April, down 15 percent from April 2011's 1.785 million head, due to lower availability and improved pasture conditions that allowed cattle to remain on grazing areas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The feedlot herd totaled 11.11 million as of May 1, down 0.6 percent from 2011 numbers. 
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US fed cattle prices reach record levels in first quarter

Prices to remain steady through first half of year, increase expected in second half
U.S. fed cattle prices traded at record levels in the first quarter of 2012, with an average year-to-date price of $1.26 per pound and a peak price of $1.30 per pound in the first week of March, according to Rabo AgriFinance's Quarterly Beef Outlook. Cattle on feed numbers remain strong, with a 1 percent to 3 percent increase over 2011. 
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