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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Crisis, Protests and War - What Next for EU Dairy?

There is no end in sight for the EU dairy protests, announced the European Milk Board (EMB). In a single day this week, more than 25,000 milk producers demonstrated for fair prices in over 10 European countries. “The excess supply of milk has resulted in existence-threatening milk prices in the whole EU," said Romuald Schaber, President of the EMB. "We urgently need to rebalance supply and demand."

Over the course of the week, dairy farmers gathered outside the Scottish Parliament, a milk war was sparked in Greece, the UFU - once again - stepped up it's dairy campaign and ALDE MEP Marian Harkin called for Co-ops to Co-operate in Ireland.

Dairy UK Director General, Jim Begg said that the crisis is a result of a serious downturn in commodity markets. "We are at the low point of a cycle at the moment" he said, "but the fundamentals of the UK dairy industry are strong and growth forecasts for the medium to long term indicate that the situation will improve." NFU Scotland Vice-president Allan Bowie shared this optimism, saying there is a "good news story on dairy waiting to happen". However, MEP Harkin warned: "Only the most efficient dairy industry will survive in the future". Let the protests play out.

Adam Anson

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Foot and Mouth Disease: Novel Technologies Improve Detection and Control
Scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are using infra-red technology to identify cattle infected with foot and mouth disease (FMD), writes Laura McGinnis, ARS staff.
Early Life Management and Long-Term Productivity of Dairy Calves
The topic of calves and calf management traditionally involves discussions about dry cow management, colostrum, scours, rumen development and weaning, say M. E. Van Amburgh1, E. Raffrenato, F. Soberon and R. W. Everett, Department of Animal Science Cornell University.
Milk Quality Tips for Tough Times
Milk quality does count. When dairies consistently achieve production of low SCC and low bacteria count milk, everyone wins – the cow, the dairy, the processor, and the consumer, writes Jeff Reneau, Professor of Dairy Management for the University of Minnesota, Dairy Extension.
Increasing Calf Crop Through Tests and Examinations
Per cent calf crop weaned is influenced more by management decisions than by any other single factor in a cow herd, and therefore can be a very important factor in annual returns for a cow-calf operation, says this South Dakota State University, Extension Extra publication.
Cattle and Veal World Markets and Trade
For the first time in over a decade, global imports of pork, beef, and broiler meats are all forecast to decline in a single year, reports the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » BSE NEWS: LGC Brings Tests to South West England
 » FMD NEWS: Chinese Outbreak 'Under Control'
 » BLUETONGUE: Scottish Farmers Urged to Check
   European Union

 » Measures to Reduce Risk of Animal Diseases Imports
 » Milk Quality Written Within a Cow's Genes
 » 2007: Bulgarian Brucellosis in Humans and Animals
 » 25,000 Rally: No End in Sight for EU Dairy Protests

   Australia

 » Queensland's First Robotic Dairy Starts Milking
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   New Zealand

 » NZ Milk Production: Increase Falls Short of Estimates
Claas - Time for new rules
   United Kingdom

 » Livestock Conference Tackles Large Herd Health
 » UFU Steps Up Dairy Campaign
 » Scotland Stands Firm Against GM Foods
 » Protests at Parliament: Scottish Dairy Trouble
 » Grass+ Programme Gets the Most Out of Grass
 » Scottish Dairy: a Good News Story Waiting to Happen
 » SAC: Monitoring Contact Between Cattle and Badgers
 » Incidence of TB in UK Cattle
 » Dairy UK Responds to Milk Protests

   Indonesia

 » Indonesian Insemination Programme Ups Numbers

   Afghanistan

 » FAO Dairy Project Succeeds in Afghanistan

   United States

 » Best for Bones: Dairy Beats Calcium Supplements
 » Counting the Costs of North Dakota's Floods
 » Mixed Results for Texas Fever Tick Eradication Effort
 » BVD Website Assists Cattle Producers
 » K-State Seeks Out Best Forage for SE Kansas Cattle
 » Missouri Forage Specialist: Make Hay, Save Legumes
 » US Gives Conservation Land to Struggling Livestock
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Feed Number Down
 » Weekly Outlook: Crop Markets React to Swine Flu
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   Canada

 » Canada Establishes Animal Health Network

   Ireland

 » Opportunity Opens for Irish Dairy in Russia
 » IFA: Commitment to Fallen Animals Must be Delivered
 » AFBI and Teagasc Sign Scientific Collaboration MoU
 » Co-ops Must Co-operate to Stop Milk Price Erosion

   Brazil

 » Brazil Back in the Chilean Market

   Greece

 » Milk War Sparks in Greece

   China

 » China Reports New FMD Outbreak
 » China's Feed Output Rises Year on Year

   Panama

 » Cattle Starve in Panama



That's all for this week!

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