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TheDairySite Newsletter - 10 July 2009

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Editorial: Moves to Shore Up Dairy Prices

The dairy crisis in Australia and New Zealand continues with Tasmanian farmers feeling the pinch in the same way that New Zealand dairy producers are suffering.

The problems on the Australian island come about largely because they also sell their raw milk through Fonterra, which buys about two thirds of Tasmania's production.

They have seen prices cut by 40 per cent to 27cents a litre, below the price of production.

However, some respite might be at hand as Fonterra has taken steps to offer farmers in New Zealand, at least, a cash boost through one of its subsidiaries.

The company is lending up to NZ$15 million to the Co-operative's 50 per cent owned subsidiary, RD1, to enable the rural retailer to extend interest-free terms for farmers on essential dairy supplies.

In Europe, as part of its ongoing efforts to help stabilise the European dairy market, the European Commission has proposed to extend the period for buying butter and skimmed milk powder into public intervention storage.

The move comes in the face of global milk prices, which have fallen dramatically recently, mainly due to a drop in demand linked to the financial and economic crisis.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

In response to industry and public concern, Australia's 2008 national livestock export industry shipboard performance report has been published, detailing animal mortalities throughout the year. Adam Anson, writing for TheCattleSite, examines the facts, figures and concerns.
Stocking Rates and AUM
Carrying capacity is considered to be the average number of animals that a particular pasture or range can sustain over time, says this report by the Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Rural Development.
Heat Stress in Dairy Cattle
The heat and humidity of a typical Arkansas summer combine to make a very uncomfortable environment for lactating dairy cows, says Jodie A. Pennington, Professor-Extension Dairy Specialist, in this eXtension publication.
The Story Behind Numbers: Australian Shipboard Mortalities
FMD: The Way Towards Global Control
Over 500 participants, participated in the OIE/FAO Global Conference on Foot and Mouth Disease to discuss a way towards global control, reports the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
UK Milk Statistics
This publication, published on 29 June 2009 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority, brings together various sources of statistics relating to the production and supply of milk and milk products.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Anti-poverty Schemes Have FMD scare
 » China Accepts more Australian Dairy Exports
 » NZ and UK Work Together Towards Food Safety

   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » RSPCA Speaks Out Against Live Export Trade
 » Australian Dairy Farmers Asking for Aid
 » Tough Times for Dairy Farmers

   United Kingdom

 » LMC Report: Average NI Cattle Prices Lag Behind GB
 » NFUS Wary of Creation of Independent Defra Body
 » NBA Not Sharing Defra Thoughts on Animal Health Plan
 » Advance on 2009 SPS to Benefit DFoB Producers
 » Defra Establishes Cost Share Advisory Group
 » ROYAL SHOW - Doors to Close on Royal Show
 » DairyCo Focuses on Pasture Hygiene
 » Supermarkets Asked to Sign up for an Ombudsman
 » New Appointment to Support Welsh Dairy Farmers
 » United Kingdom Milk Prices and Composition of Milk
 » ROYAL SHOW - British Agriculture Needs to Boost its Image
 » ROYAL SHOW - UKECP Boosting Livestock and Meat Exports
 » NFU Cymru Supports 2010 bTB Testing Regime Genus - Value through science and genomics
   New Zealand

 » Fonterra Unhappy with Raw Milk Regulations
 » Vigilance Following Far North Bovine TB Outbreak
 » Fonterra Supports Farmers with Interest-free Terms
 » Need for Balance on Climate Change Targets

   United States

 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Feeder Cattle Futures Move Higher
 » US Dairy Products Prices Highlights
 » Texan Draught Plagues Livestock Owners
 » Applications Announced for Dairy Export Incentives
 » CME: Herd Reductions Likely in 2009
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » NFU Applauds USDA Disaster Program Regulations
 » CME: Imported Beef Supplies Higher than a Year Ago
 » Dairy Management at Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange

   Fiji

 » Brucellosis Strikes Cattle in Fiji
 » Brucellosis in Fiji: Consumers Turn to Foreign Milk
 » Fiji Begins Slaughter of Brucellosis Infected Cattle John Deere - Premium Versitality
   India

 » State Considers total Ban on Cow Slaughter
 » Anti-poverty Schemes Have FMD scare
 » India Loses US$4.45 billion to Livestock Disease

   Ireland

 » Big Funds for Irish Beef and Dairy Breeding
 » Average Irish Family Farm Income Falls

   Canada

 » Greater Food Monitoring Urged in Ottawa
 » National Farmed Animal Health Strategy Expected

   Denmark

 » Denmark Launch DKK 64 Million Breeding Project
 » Eating Time – a Future Management Tool

   Viet Nam

 » Blind Eye Turned to Cattle Smuggled into Quang Tri Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   Uganda

 » Vaccination Programme in Uganda

   European Union

 » EFSA Advises on Welfare of Dairy Cows
 » Roadmap to Boost European Agro-food Industry
 » Intervention for Butter and Skimmed Milk Powder Extended



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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