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TheDairySite Newsletter - 18 September 2009

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Editorial: Addressing Milk Pricing Issues

In the midst of troubled times for the dairy industry, the sector in the UK held The Dairy Event and Livestock show this week at the Royal Agricultural Society showground in Warwickshire.

The question of milk prices was high on the agenda, with demands for official intervention to ease the industry through the troubled times.

However, the show's main sponsor, HSBC Bank, warned the dairy farmers not to concentrate on prices, as these were cyclical but to concentrate on production costs.

The UK farming community also called for more action on bovine TB and demanded that their concerns about infection from wild badger populations be properly addressed.

The challenge to authorities to improve milk prices has also been raised in Ireland, with the Irish Farmers Association calling for action from the farm ministry.

Meanwhile, in the face of protests from farmers across Europe, the European commissioner Mariann Fischler Boel has laid out some short, medium and long-term policy measures, in a bid to appease farmers' fears.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Adapting Livestock Production Systems to Climate Change
Greenhouse gases such as methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N20) are both primarily increased through agricultural practices such as land clearing, soil degradation, fires and ruminants, Chris Stokes, a Systems Ecologist at the CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems Laboratory in Australia, told the 43rd Nottingham Feed Conference. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite Junior Editor reports.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - September 2009
According to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report from the World Agricultural Outlook Board, weak demand for cattle, hogs, turkeys and broilers continues to put prices under pressure. The milk production forecast is raised for 2009 and 2010 as milk per cow is forecast higher.
Feeding Non-Saleable Milk to Dairy Calves
When choosing a liquid feeding programme, consider using pasteurised non-saleable milk to improve economic and nutritional efficiencies.
Cow Comfort Improves Yields
The Dairy Extension research team at the University of Minnesota look at optimising cow comfort and health to improve yields through reduced lameness and minimising heat stress.
US Feed Outlook September 2009
US grain production has increased both over last month and also year on year, according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) Feed Outlook for September 2009.
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » DAIRY EVENT - NFU Turn Up Pressure on TB
 » DAIRY EVENT - Anaerobic Digestion Association Launched
 » DAIRY EVENT - Milk Contracts Campaign Launched
 » DAIRY EVENT - Next Generation Committed to Dairying
 » DAIRY EVENT - NVZs Represent Crunch Point For Dairy Sector
 » DAIRY EVENT - Control Costs Not Prices
 » DAIRY EVENT - Shadow Secretary Speaks on TB and Dairy Industry
 » DAIRY EVENT - New Product to Replace Soya In Feed Rations
 » Scottish Dairy Sector Continues to Decline
 » Improve Dairy Profits Through Feed
 » Inputs Purchasing Critical To Dairy Farmers' Profitability
 » Make Mine Milk
 » Tory Badger Cull to Cost Farmers
 » Future of UK Dairy Industry is Strong
 » Confidence High Among Livestock Farmers
 » Animal Transport Proposals Off the Table... for Now
 » CIS Launch Quarterly Disease Testing Service
 » New Route Into Pedigree For Dairy Herds Closed Through TB
   European Union

 » European Milk Producers Continue to Revolt
 » Update on European Milk Market Crisis
 » European Agricultural Commissioner Steps Down
 » Dairy Farmers Revolt Paralyses Europe
 » Further EU Measures to Help Dairy Sector
 » New Guidelines for Acutely Injured Livestock On Farm

   Canada

 » Government Takes Action to Improve Food Safety
 » More Toxic Fusarium Graminearum Chemotype

   Ireland

 » Good Management and Breeding Will Generate Profit
 » Smith Calls For Action On Food Security, Climate Change
 » IFA Challenges Dairy Industry to Improve Milk Prices DuPont Animal Health Solutions
   United States

 » Bovine Tuberculosis in Minnesota
 » Proper Management Can Reduce Dairy Odour
 » Montana Cattle and Bison Import Requirements Revised
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Total Feed Number Down
 » CME: Large Number of Dairy Cows Come to Market
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn And Soybean Supply Prospects
 » FSIS Seek Comment on Use of `Natural' in Labeling Products
 » CME: Corn, Soybean Crops Short on Maturity
 » US NFU Calls For Action To Alleviate Dairy Crisis
 » WDGS To Provide Inexpensive Feed Alternative
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Anthrax in North Dakota
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Students Bring Back Ideas for New Dairy Store Foods
 » New Study Explains Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria
 » Government and Industry Work Together for Healthier Nation Genus - Value through science and genomics
   South Africa

 » South Africa Reports FMD Outbreak in Cattle

   India

 » Cattle Die of Mystery Disease In Karwar

   Russian Federation

 » Russian Farming On Brink Of Collapse

   New Zealand

 » Dairy Farm Sales Collapse To Zero In August

   Australia

 » US Tries To Block Import Of Australian Milk Solids
 » Senators Meet Dairy Company

   Netherlands

 » First Green Financing For Dutch Dairy Farming Claas - Time for new rules

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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