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TheDairySite Newsletter - 21 August 2009

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Editorial: Eyes and Ears Alert to Dairy Emissions

The UK supermarket giant Tesco featured twice in this week's news due to increased efforts to improve awareness on green house gas emissions resulting from the dairy industry.

As of last Monday, all Tesco own-label full-fat, semi-skimmed and skimmed milk ranges display a carbon footprint label. This made Tesco the first UK retailer to account for green house gas emissions on milk products.

Later in the week, the Telegraph revealed that Tesco are also undertaking tests on livestock at its Dairy Centre of Excellence in Liverpool in order to discover how they can reduce methane emissions. Oddly enough, microphones have been fitted to a herd of cattle to monitor their belching and flatulence. The information is then used to work out how effectively each animal is digesting its food, which determines how much methane gas they emit.

Over in the US this week, a coalition of 20 organisations related to animal agriculture sent a letter to the White House over the current proposal to curb the use of animal antibiotics in farming.

According to the coalition's letter, US farmers and ranchers – and most consumers – are more confident knowing animal health care, assistance and advice are provided by veterinarians and animal scientists, not by PhD issue advocates or animal rights activists.

Adam Anson

DuPont Animal Health Solutions
* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

GM Feed in the EU: Policies and Principles
As the price of non-GM feed soars, the European meat industry - bound by strict regulations - struggles to compete both in global and domestic markets, writes Adam Anson, TheCattleSite.
Driving is Not Herding
A few years ago, I was in Kenya, Africa, visiting development projects supported by my denomination. We visited a Masai tribal site on the Serengeti plain where young people were herding free ranging groups of cattle. There were no fences and plenty of wildlife nearby but herder and cow were well under control, reports Dennis Johnson, Dairy Production Systems, in this University of Minnesota Dairy Extension report.
Livestock Fencing Systems for Pasture Management
Fences can significantly increase livestock grazing efficiency. The first step in planning livestock fencing is determining the purpose and goals of the fencing program, says Dr. Rocky Lemus, Jimmy Parish, and Dr. Jane Parish, Mississippi State University.
Surviving Low Milk Prices
During tough economic times it is prudent to evaluate the efficiency of your business, says Greg Bethard, G&R Dairy Consulting, in the proceedings of the 46th Florida Dairy Production Conference.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Coalition Voices Opposition to Animal Antibiotic Ban
 » Could Viruses Promote Health?
 » Refined DDGS Offers More Energy and Fibre
 » ARS Create Drought Resistant Pasture
 » Cutting-edge Technology at MSU Dairy Project
 » Milk is Safe: Treating Children for Milk Allergies
 » Cargill Profit Down 69 Per Cent in Q4
 » CME: Placements Expected to be Higher
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn, Soybean Production Forecasts
 » Weekly Roberts Report

   Austria

 » Countdown Begins on Year's Biggest Mycotoxin Event
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   United Kingdom

 » UFU Supports Defra's Food Policy Debate
 » Liver Fluke Threat Goes Critical Across the Country
 » UK Retailer Labels Carbon Footprint of Milk
 » Pembrokeshire Show to Highlight Milk Crisis
 » Dairy Optimism Needs to be Reflected in Returns
 » Tesco Listen to Methane Burps
 » Scotland Sends Out Clear Message on Bovine TB
 » Incidence of TB in UK Cattle - August 2009

   Canada

 » CFIA Enhances Animal Disease Reporting
 » Smith Urges EU Dairy Intervention Prices
 » Government Warns Canadians of Raw Milk Risks
Claas - Time for new rules
   General

 » Legislation Raises Production Costs for IDFA
 » CAST Analyse Productivity and Genetic Diversity

   Brazil

 » Brazil to Promote Genetics of Hereford Cattle
 » Brazil Promote Cattle Genetics Abroad

   Switzerland

 » More Poultry, Cattle in Switzerland

   Ireland

 » IFA Exposes Two for One Feed Ration Ploy

   Australia

 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
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That's all for this week!

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