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05 February 2016
View news from Global Global Food Prices Fall Again, but Future Prospects Rest on El Niño
GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index fell in January, slipping 1.9 per cent below its level in the last month of 2015, as prices of all the commodities it tracks fell, sugar in particular....
View news from United Kingdom Dairy UK Strategy Aims to Improve British Dairy Exports
UK - Dairy UK has published a new export strategy to help the country's dairy industry unlock a 'new world of opportunity' on international markets....
View news from United States CME: Winter Weather Affecting US Meat Plant Operation
US - The major storm that covered much of Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and the upper Midwest in snow early this week caused several meat plants to shut down on Tuesday, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
View news from South Africa Farmers Have to be More Pro-Active in Fight Against Brucellosis
SOUTH AFRICA - Where bovine brucellosis was relatively under control in South Africa around the nineteen-eighties, there has been a steady increase in cases of this bacterial disease over the past ten years. Lax biosecurity measures and failure to vaccinate...
View news from United States South American Beef Exports Down in 2015
GLOBAL - Exports of beef last year from the four major South American countries – Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay – were down on 2014 levels, AHDB Beef & Lamb has reported....
04 February 2016
View news from Global Global Dairy Trade Auction Sees Further Price Falls
GLOBAL - This week's Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction saw a further fall of 7.4 per cent in the GDT Price Index from the previous event....
View news from United Kingdom Welsh Badger TB Vaccination Report Causes More Debate
WALES, UK - The Farmers' Union of Wales (FUW) accused ministers of 'avoiding the issue' of bovine TB in badgers after a report suggested that an abandoned badger vaccination project could be restarted in 2017....
View news from Denmark Researchers Try Oregano to Reduce Methane Emissions from Cows
DENMARK - A new research project from Aarhus University aims to reduce methane emissions from dairy cows by up to 25 per cent, benefiting producers and the environment....
View news from United Kingdom Two Thirds of Cattle Attacks on People Involve Dogs
UK - Dog owners are being urged to remember to be vigilant with their pets when walking near cows in the countryside, following a new review into cattle attacks by the University of Liverpool....
View news from United Kingdom Brexit Could Place British Farming in Jeopardy
UK - The future of many UK farming businesses looks uncertain, according to a new report on the agricultural implications of leaving the EU written by a University of Warwick academic....
03 February 2016
View news from United Kingdom Vets Disappointed with Lack of Policy on Stunning Before Slaughter
UK - The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has expressed its concern that almost two-thirds of food companies have no information on their commitment to stunning animals before slaughter – with only four per cent having a “universal commitment”....
View news from United States CME: Smaller Feedlots Back in the Game
US - The recent USDA Cattle report showed total US inventory of all cattle and calves (beef-type and dairy), both on farms/ranchers and in feedlots as of January 1, 2016 totalled 92.0 million head, up 3 per cent year-over-year....
View news from New Zealand Fonterra Price Drop Shows Another Tough Period Ahead
NEW ZEALAND - DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says the on-farm cash income of farmers from all milk production this season will be under NZ$4 per kgMS as a result of today’s news from dairy co-operative Fonterra that it is dropping its forecast Farmgate...
View news from United States Cattle Market Shock Nearly Over, Experts Say
US – Insights about the recent market price shocks and potential for future turbulence were discussed with more than 2,000 beef producers at the CattleFax Outlook Session held during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show....
View news from European Union Friesland Campina Maintains Milk Price for February
EUROPE - Dutch dairy cooperative Friesland Campina has set its guaranteed price for raw milk for February 2016 at 29.25 euros per 100 kilogrammes of milk, remaining at the same level as in January 2016....
View news from United States New US Child Nutrition Bill Could Improve Milk Consumption
US - The Senate Agriculture Committee recently approved legislation to enhance the quality of nutrition in federal feeding programs, including provisions that would help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools and improve the health of America’s...
02 February 2016
View news from United Kingdom First Milk Prices Fall for February
UK - Dairy co-operative First Milk has lowered some of the prices to be paid out to members....
View news from United States US Cattle Inventory Up 3 Per Cent from 2015
US - As of January 1, there were 92.0 million head of cattle and calves on US farms, according to the Cattle report published on Friday by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)....
View news from South Africa South African Drought: No Relief in Sight
SOUTH AFRICA - In spite of wide spread rain over many parts of the drought-stricken summer rainfall area of South Africa, chances remain low that the impact of drought will soon be broken. Glenneis Kriel reports....
View news from United States CME: Cattle Inventory Bearish for Futures Markets
US - USDA released on Friday, January 29, the results of its semi annual cattle inventory survey and the results may be viewed as somewhat bearish by futures markets this morning, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
View news from New Zealand New Zealand Dairy Farmers Facing Milk Price Cuts
NEW ZEALAND - Two of New Zealand’s largest dairy co-operatives have reduced their forecast farmgate milk prices for 2015/16 because they expect global dairy commodity prices to remain under pressure....
View news from United States Cow Welfare Not Compromised by Large Dairies, Study Shows
US - Recent dairy farm trends in the United States include fewer, but larger, operations and an increase in the share of milk production from very large farms....
01 February 2016
View news from European Union EU Extends Storage Aid for Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder
EU - The private storage aid for butter and skimmed milk powder will be extended until 30 September 2016, following the approval by Member States of a proposal made by the European Commission....
View news from United States Overcrowding Increases Disease Risk in Cattle Barns
US - Beef cattle seeking shelter from harsh winter weather could be at an increased risk of disease in overcrowded barns, Purdue University experts say....
View news from European Union European Commission Makes Farm Incomes Priority
ANALYSIS - Farmers’ incomes are to be given top priority this year by the European Commission as it seeks to ensure “a fair return for producers for their products”....
View news from Global Marks & Spencer, Waitrose Top List for Farm Animal Welfare
GLOBAL - Noble Foods, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Coop Group (Switzerland) have attained the highest marks in the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare report....
View news from New Zealand Economic Cost of NZ Pasture Weeds Larger Than Thought
NEW ZEALAND - New research shows the true cost of California thistle to be close to $700 million in lost pastoral farm revenue each year and also suggests that previous estimates of the cost of other agricultural weeds has been significantly underestimated....
29 January 2016
View news from United States CME: Growth Expected for Beef Cattle Herd, Dairy to Remain Stable
US - The January 1st Cattle Inventory report will be released on Friday, at 3 pm EST, by USDA-NASS. Pre-report estimates have come in (see table below) and industry analysts expect the beef cattle herd to continue its growth, write Steve Meyer and Len...
 
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