|Japan's 4 th
BSE case confirmed
(13/5/02 Australian Cattlefacts)
On Monday, a six year old Friesian dairy cow from Hokkaido province
in Japan was confirmed infected with BSE in the fourth case detected in Japan since last
September, health ministry officials said.
This recent case is the first since November last year. It
comes at a time when Japanese public confidence in beef was well into recovery since last
year's three cases and the devastating collapse of their beef consumption and prices. It
is likely to set back both once again.
Australian cattle producers, already suffering drastically
reduced market prices from a combination of last year's discoveries and a current East
coast drought, should brace themselves for further immediate and negative market
The fact that all four cows were born from March to April
1996 may provide Japanese authorities with a further control focus. The timing and
reaction of official response to this latest discovery will effect the already shattered
confidence of Japenese consumers and hence the extent of damage to the market.
Keep up with BSE developments in Japan as they happen and
any time by clicking the "Japan BSE Link" on our home page and some other pages.
has no legs says
Today, Federal Primary Industry Minister Warren Truss
articulated his position on U.S. quota allocation. In short, the minister said the
proposal to allocate quota has no legs as far as he is concerned. Cattlefacts believes the
decision is long overdue but nevertheless a good one that should have positive effects on
As I outlined in a previous newsletter, any quota
allocation would have been anti-competitive. It would virtually kill competition by
handing individual buyers a fixed "certainty of supply". The effect would be to
raise export prices and depress cattle prices at the same time. In effect, widening
processor margins at the expense of cattlemen returns.
It is encouraging to see the Minister himself understood
the anti-competitive nature of a 'quota allocation'. The position he took today was
contrary to recommendations by the RMAC (Red Meat Advisory Council) and MLA, for a
complicated allocation formula. Warren Truss said his preferred position was one of
"non- intervention in commercial process".
It may be understood why the RMAC with its competing
interests would push for an allocation but not find a consensus position. However, I
believe the MLA's backing of the proposal with a complicated formula was astounding to say
I have to ask, what is a so-called "producer
organisation" doing by promoting complicated 'allocation' formulas to the Minister,
when it should have been simply fighting against allocation on principle. If not a
fundamental market principle then the principle of protecting cattlemen's interests,
rather than squandering them. Is it a case of don't know or don't care? Either way it's
lamentable. But then, who will notice!
Warren Truss said that current exports to the US were
running below last year's levels. If this continued, exceeding quota this year was
Ideally, the Minister should have made his preference for
'no allocation' clear at the outset, several months ago. The ensuing defacto certainty of
some form of allocation just handed buyers another bullet to shoot down cattle prices, and
cattlemen another reason to feel vulnerable. Hopefully, this recent announcement has put
an end to uncertainty and the market can move on.
Processors should now be keener to compete for export
cattle categories. The Minister's announcement can only be good for cattle prices. Its
positive effects may help to mitigate the continuing price falls fostered by looming
drought in many regions.
your email: Cattletrades & Events (08/4/02)
Here's a great new bonus for all Cattlefacts users. In each
edition of our new format 'Registered Guests email newsletter' you will see the latest 10
listings from CattleTRADER and EventsCALENDAR. Clicking on any of the items will drag in
the complete details. If you are just interested in these entries this is a real
convenience. If you plan to make an entry in either of these free services, you will
receive the maximum exposure because of this email distribution. Everyone wins. It's
another good reason to use Cattlefacts progressive web services.
Forget your password- find it quick (08/4/02)
Forgetting your username or password on the Cattlefacts web
site is no longer a problem. Our newly installed "Password finder" will find it
for you instantly and email it to you within seconds. "Password Finder"
lives on the bottom of our home page, and at the top of our newsletter emails, so it's
always accessible. All you need tell it is the email address you used when you registered
as a guest on our web site. If you like, try
out Password Finder here just for the hell of it to see how convenient it is. Newly
registered guests will still receive our handy visual password aids in the mail (ie,
fridge magnet and phone sticker)
Changed email address- no problems:
If you've changed mail address since you first
registered on the site plus you've forgotton your password, then "Password
finder" can help put it right with no fuss. Just enter your old email
address in "password Finder". When you receive your username and password by
email (within seconds/minutes) log on with them. After logging on, you get a 'logon
confirmation' screen and from it choose the option to 'Edit your registration details'.
Probably all you will need to change in your registration details is your email address.
Once that's done, you will have recovered your password and be on our email list again in
the one move. And all without the hassle of retyping a whole registration again. That's
save 72% of cost (08/4/02)
There's growing interest in the type of private cattle
market intelligence that Cattlefacts provides for its "Members" mainly because
its forward looking, timely and accurate. But like all private enterprise that operates
without subsidy from the 'river of levy gold', our membership fees are necessary and cost
can be an issue. Well, here's an issue buster. It's the best deal cattlemen can get to
join Cattlefacts. It happens this time every year during our annual Membership drive, but
it only lasts for three months. Membership is only available to cattlemen. It carries a
72% discount for the next 16 months intelligence. It's tax deductible and the information
is totally independent.
CATTLEFACTS MARKET INTELLIGENCE:
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Getting started with the benefits of private
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New-members who join this cattlemen's network during April to June immediately begin to
receive our timely market intelligence as well as a substantial 'new-member' discount.
It's tax deductible also.
During these three months, new members
pay only the "Membership" (Joining) fee of $380 then use all Cattlefacts market
intelligence services until the end of July 2002 (ie., up to 4 months usage- free on
joining the network). When our Membership's normal "Annual User" fees fall due
in July 2002, (for the 2002-03 year), the new member is invoiced only 50% of his
normal annual user fee for the coming year. This deal effectively provides 16 months of
prime market intelligence at 38% of a member's normal cost. Unbeatable value to enter the
A summary of member
Active Cattlefacts members receive weekly,
sometimes daily email market reports containing details of changing rates from different
buyers. This means you always know where the market is. Our well respected
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access by web or fax to 16 specialised market reports that detail and compare buyer quotes
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The sole purpose of Cattlefacts market
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Notes on Cattlefacts
Membership of Cattlefacts is reserved for
cattlemen only. Processors, agents and cattle buyers, their employees and principals
cannot be accepted as members. All Cattlefacts members pay a standard once-only
membership fee of $380 on first joining the network. Then in any year a member
wants to use the network's services, she pays an "Annual" user fee based on her
The annual user fee is on a sliding scale, eg:
the 'Annual User' fee for a Member with 500 hd or less is $165 annually to fully use
Cattlefacts market intelligence reports and services. With 1000-1500 hd - $375, with 2000
hd - $400 and so on. Life membership of Cattlefacts is automatic with joining but
"annual" usage and its payment are optional every year. See rate details on the web
New "Web interactive email" (08/4/02)
Cattlefacts is trialing a new email format that promises to
offer you greater convenience. The so-called "web interactive email" is
basically a web page delivered within an email. It will give you more information in a
smaller space, is easier to read and is total interactive. Your time is valuable so the
Idea is to first show you a "Linked" index of the email's contents. Then you can
click-on to items that interest you. Clicking any index item takes you to a summary
paragraph of the article, from there you can read on if you choose.
Most email clients these days can handle the new format and
those that can't will be only an upgrade away. More of these types of emails are appearing
in my mail box because of the simple convenience they offer the reader. It's what we
believe will be the preferred presentation method for email newsletters within two to
three years. The main reason is its ability to transform the lifeless textual experience
of emails into the instant get-results, see-results experience of the web, and to be
simpler and more rewarding for you to use.
If by chance you couldn't read our new format in your email
client, we'd like to know and may be able to assist you. Click here if you CAN'T READ the new
We'd like to get your feedback and would appreciate your
taking a few seconds to click one of the survey options below. If you like, you can
use the email that pops up to include a comment on any problems you see in this format.
Alternately just send the email on its way blank.
Please tell us if you like this
Click if you LIKE this format
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DON'T LIKE this format
more Info in "Web interactive emails" (08/4/02)
Basically most of us are as lazy as we can get away with.
That's just the human condition. "Web interactive email" helps us all to be
lazier than otherwise in our information resourcing and to feel good about it. It allows
us to be more selective in what we spend our time reading in emails. Technologists would
call it achieving efficiency, either way it works.
On of the advantages of this new email format is that
web-like links within the email allow you to 'pull in' much more information than can
practically be contained in a plain text email. For example, click the EventCALENDAR or
CattleTRADER links in the 'Regulars' index of the email to see a list of their latest
entries. Then if you Click any of the entries you will see all its details. This scheme
allows you to 'pull in' a wide range of potentially interesting information at will and by
choice. It delivers information to you rather than you having to go out to the
web and hunt for it.
The potential convenience to you of this form of
interactive information is enormous. As a further example, pressing any of our standard
'service' links in the index of the email (eg, Logon, Cattletrader, EventsCalendar etc)
immediately opens that service for you. This saves you having to go out of your email and
start the service if you need it immediately, or while you're thinking of it. As this
format develops I think you will be pleasantly surprised at it power to service your
interests quickly and well.
Calendar" for free promo (14/3/02)
If you have an event you want to promote to cattlemen, eg.
annual bull sales, field days, meetings, property auction and many others, our new Events Calendar is what you are looking for. It's FREE, easy to
use and should widen your publicity and attendance at no cost.
You can enter all your important information in Events
Calendar and classify it by selecting from a list of popular event types and cattle breeds
(if that's appropriate). Classification gives visitors the convenience to search for
events by breed or event type or month and makes for a rapid, powerful and targeted search
of events. When visitors view your event details they get a direct link to your email and
the option to print out the details.
Event Calendar should become a popular specialist tool for
all types of cattle industry events. Breed societies,
organisations and agents who would like to link their site to Event
Calendar for greater coverage of their events are invited to phone or email their enquiries. (New: Over 1,000 readers are sent notification of your entry by email.)
Buying or selling cattle? See CattleTRADER (14/3/02)
When you are in the cattle market, either buying or
selling, have a look at "CattleTRADER". This trader gets a lot of attention and
from time to time there are some good deals and variety plus some large parcels of
commercial stock for sale. Take a look at Cattletrader and you could find cattle that interest you. Or, it's a great place to list
stock you are trying to sell or buy. It's FREE too.
Registered guests on Cattlefacts remember to Logon before
you make a listing. If you do, the program will always type in all your contact details
for you. It's easier and saves time.
(New: Over 1,000 readers are sent notification of your entry by email.)
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