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TheDairySite Newsletter - 9 April 2009

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EDITORIAL: Chain Reaction Slashes UK Milk Prices

Fears that a round of milk price cuts would follow Dairy Crest's 1.25ppl cut came true this week. The wave of price cuts was condemned by National Farmers Union dairy board chairman Gwyn Jones. "No sooner has Dairy UK started talking about the 'green shoots' of recovery in the dairy industry than its members come along and trample them underfoot", he said.

Over in America the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a delay in the implementation of the BSE final rule, which prohibits the use of high-risk cattle material in feed for all animal species. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) were quick to criticise. They said that the decision would solicit public comments solely on delaying the implementation of a new feed ban, rather than soliciting public comment on the ban itself.

Meanwhile in Canada it has come to light that a Canadian task force recently published a report saying that a 'loophole' allowing untested livestock antibiotics into the country should be left open until further studies are finished. The report, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, also acknowledged issues of food safety and antibiotic resistance that could threaten the public. The competitiveness of the industry was deemed of greater importance.
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Prospects for EU Agricultural Markets 2008-2015
The shape of the European agricultural market over the next seven years will depend very much on the way it reacts to and recovers from the present global financial crisis, writes TheCattleSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Dealing with Lameness and Mastitis
Lameness and mastitis are the two main reasons dairies in the United States lose cows, a South Dakota State University dairy scientist said.
Managing Milk Fat Depression
The biohydrogenation (BH) theory represents a unifying concept to explain the basis for diet-induced milk fat depression (MFD), says T. C. Jenkins1 and G. D. Mechor.
Creep Feeding Calves
Creep feeding is the practice of providing supplemental feed to calves before weaning, says the Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Rural Development.
Infrared Technology and Foot and Mouth Detection
Novel technologies improve detection and control of Foot and Mouth Disease, writes Laura McGinnis, Agricultural Research Service - this research is part of Animal Health, an ARS national programme.
Genus - Value through science and genomics
* Company News

Merial Feed Analyses Now Available For All Breeds
GENERAL — Analyses for residual feed intake (RFI) are now available from IGENITY® for both Bos taurus and Bos indicus breeds of cattle. These analyses have been independently researched in the United States, Canada and Australia, and are third-party validated.
Pfizer Executive Joins Welfare Group's Committee
US - American Humane Certified has announced that Ann Wilkinson, associate director of global alliances for Pfizer Animal Health (PAH), has been appointed to its Scientific Advisory Committee.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » BSE NEWS: NCBA Criticise Feed Ban Proposals
 » FMD NEWS: DA Bans Cattle Imports from Egypt
 » BLUETONGUE: Global Warming Threat to Europe
 » Melamine Crisis Causes Global Slowdown

   United States

 » Win Win Scenario: USDA Increase Use of Dairy Powder
 » Proposed Changes in Federal Milk Pools Cause a Stir
 » EPA to Propose Rule on Greenhouse Gas Reports
 » Dairy Prices Fall in US Supermarkets
 » New Food Wash Kills Pathogens Fast
 » Meeting Addresses Antibiotic Use in Food Chain
 » New Bovine Barleys Edge Toward Record Yields
 » Ohio On the Look Out for Livestock Welfare
 » FDA Proposes Delay of BSE Final Rule Implementation
 » US Dairy Cow Herd Faces Further Liquidation
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Fed Cattle Prices Up
 » Weekly Roberts Report
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   Australia

 » Protection of Animal Health Remains Top Priority
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   China

 » China Dairy Begins Melamine Recovery

   Cuba

 » Cuba Asks to Join International Mad Cow Project

   United Kingdom

 » Obese Cows Developing Type Two Diabetes
 » Royal Association Enraged by Defra Proposals
 » 2009 Royal Show to be the Last
 » DairyCo Makes Purchasing Easier
 » Fears Grow for Another Round of Milk Price Cuts
 » Defra Publishes Bovine TB Eradication Report
 » NADIS Veterinary Report and Forecast March 2009

   Canada

 » Canadian Government Ignores Animal Welfare
 » Task Force Identifies Loophole in Antibiotic Laws

   Germany

 » Parliament Says Biotech Corn Does not Alter Cows

   Ireland

 » Organic Opportunity May Hold Hope for Ireland
 » IFA Say Dairy Farmers Cannot Afford 1983 Prices

   Egypt

 » Fonterra Enters Arab Partnership

   Philippines

 » Philippines Disease restrictions
 » DA Bans Cattle Imports from Egypt

   Viet Nam

 » Vietnamese Milk Inspection Leaves Sour Taste
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That's all for this week!

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