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PURDUE UNIVERSITY – The quantity of beef available to consumers in the U.S. has declined a startling amount in recent years and that trend is going to continue.  The declining supplies are related to continuing liquidation of the cow herd in the past few years due to high feed prices, a weak U.S. dollar that is spurring beef exports, and of course drought in the southwest and southeast.  Declining supplies will support prices across the cattle complex at new record highs in 2011 and again in 2012.  Unfortunately, even higher retail beef prices can be expected for consumers.

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COLLEGE STATION – Around the globe, many nations are realizing that the potential for bioterrorism isn’t just about the U.S., officials say.

And because an intentional introduction of bacteria, a virus or a toxin could happen anywhere, the World Organization for Animal Health is issuing a paper aimed at prevention.

“Any emerging country that is beginning to think about maintaining international trade needs to be aware of the potential for bioterrorism,” said Dr. Neville Clarke, special assistant to the Texas A&M University System’s vice chancellor of agriculture.

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To help educate impoverished families in the U.S. about how to farm successfully, and to promote self-sufficiency and fight hunger, Pfizer Animal Health has made a $65,000 contribution to Heifer International – world renowned for its efforts to end poverty and protect the environment.

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072511_merck_boxmeerMerck Animal Health, formerly known as Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, announced that it has embarked on the expansion of a vaccine manufacturing unit at its Biosciences Center Boxmeer campus in the Netherlands. The $18 million investment will result in a doubling of the capacity of its Tissue Culture Department, one of the departments where antigens for viral and parasitological vaccines are manufactured for international markets.

The new facility, which is scheduled to be fully operational by early 2013, has been designed to operate with optimal efficiency as well as to meet current and future requirements with respect to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Safety, Health and Environment (SHE). It will also allow for the anticipated globally growing demand for veterinary vaccines. In addition, the increase of the manufacturing capacity that will be realized anticipates for large-scale emergency production of veterinary vaccines when extensive amounts are needed within a short time period such as during outbreaks of emerging diseases.

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072211_agrilife_climateThe Texas AgriLife Extension Service will share a $4.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture with five other land-grant university extension agencies to address issues associated with climate change and animal agriculture.

One of the main purposes of the grant is “to gather research-based practical information to identify existing and new practices for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from animal feeding operations,” said Dr. Saqib Mukhtar, AgriLife Extension engineer and interim associate department head of the Texas A&M University department of biological and agricultural engineering.

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WOOSTER, Ohio – Although beef prices have been relatively high this spring and summer, many consumers and chefs are continuing to look for high-quality cuts. The Certified Angus Beef ® brand sold 70 million pounds in June, the highest volume month in the company’s 33-year history, 4.3% above the previous June and some 10 million pounds better than June 2009. This milestone, with three months to go, moves the company one step closer to a sixth consecutive fiscal year of sales gains.

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