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TheDairySite Newsletter - 31 July 2009

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Editorial: A New Way Forward

After months of struggle and speculation, the European Commission has proposed a new way forward for European dairy farmers. The Commission says it will continue to use instruments such as intervention, private storage aid and export refunds to ease the crisis, but it will allow direct payments to farmers to be paid early and has just launched a new round of dairy promotion programmes.

Other potential measures include using levies on producers who exceed their quota to finance voluntary retirement from milk production, and the extension to farmers of the Temporary Crisis Framework for state aid.

The recent expansion of EU market management mechanisms has also come as welcome news for many. This decision follows separate announcements in June to twice increase export refunds for butter, skimmed milk powder and whole milk powder and to accept into intervention extra quantities of butter and skimmed milk powder.

However, Agriculture Committee MEPs and producer representatives said that the measures are insufficient and many advocated readjusting quotas decided as part of the common agricultural policy (CAP) health check.

But Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, dismissed as "an entirely flawed argument, the suggestion that EU quota increases are the cause of the current low prices for milk, not least when EU production is already more than four per cent under quota."

However you side, some good news is surely better than none.

Adam Anson

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Freshening The First Calf Heifer: Opportunities And Challenges
The first-calf heifer must successfully adapt to numerous physiological and behavioral changes at calving. Strategies that reduce stress prior to calving should optimize the chance for success, says Noah Litherland, Dairy Nutritionist, University of Minnesota, Dairy Extension.
Cycling of Phosphorus in Grazing Systems
Before addressing soil phosphorus levels under pastures it is important to gain a better understanding of the phosphorus cycle operating in our soils supporting pasture which is grazed by livestock, writes Fiona Leech, District Agronomist, NSW DPI. This report is a Primefacts publication.
Summer Pneumonia in Calves
One of the most frustrating things that can happen to a cow/calf producer is to have a set of healthy growing calves start developing pneumonia during mid-summer while the calves are still nursing the cow, writes Larry C. Hollis, D.V.M., M.Ag., extension beef veterinarian, K-State University.
Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis (Pinkeye) Study
Infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK), commonly known as pinkeye, is a contagious bacterial disease that affects cattle worldwide, write Jose E. Rodriguez, Abebe Hassen and James Reecy, Iowa State University.
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* Company News

Sanofi-aventis to Acquire Merck's Interest in Merial
GLOBAL - Sanofi-aventis and Merck & Co., Inc. today announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement under which Merck will sell its 50 per cent interest in the companies' current animal health joint venture, Merial Limited (Merial), to sanofi-aventis for $4 billion (US) in cash.
Boehringer Sees Sales Rise
GLOBAL - The pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim saw sales rise by 8.3 per cent in the first six months of 2009 compared to the previous year and because of a positive exchange rate this translated into growth of 15.7 per cent.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   European Union

 » BLUETONGUE: No Bluetongue in the Netherlands
 » New EU Import Controls on Feed Ingredients
 » The Biggest Promotion of Milk in Years?

   New Zealand

 » NZ Welfare Committee Release Annual Report
 » Tough Times Ahead for NZ Dairy Farmers
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   Australia

 » Rural Woman of the Year Makes Industry Bridges
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   Kenya

 » Kenya to Establish Disease-free Zones

   United States

 » Wisconsin Dairy Farms Prosper with Biogas
 » NCBA Testifies Against Clean Water Act
 » Advice Against Overfeeding First-calf Heifers
 » Ag Secretary Announces International Grants
 » NFU Testifies on US Dairy Crisis
 » Institute Innovates Melamine Milk Test
 »  Dairy Farmers Benefit from Environmental Practices
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn Prices Looking For Direction
 » CME: Cattle Placements Lowest in Over 10 Years
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   United Kingdom

 » Seeking a New Editorial Challenge?
 » Supermarkets Protest Innocence on Collusion
 » Â£100M Boost for Animal Health Research
 » Data from 1937 Reveals Health Benefits of Dairy
 » NFUS Says Auction Market System is Essential
 » Encouraging Growth For Organic Dairy Sector
 » Farmers Urged to Remain Vigilant on Bluetongue
 » Export Initiatives for UK Meat and Livestock
 » Organic Review Finds Little Benefits

   India

 » Mass Cattle Deaths Cause Panic in Kashipur

   General

 » Nutreco Acquires Cargill's Animal Nutrition

   Canada

 » Prairie Drought Causing Feed Prices to Soar

   Ireland

 » Minister Welcomes New Dairy Market Mechanisms
 » IFA Meets Ag Minister on 'Unfinished' Dairy Report



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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