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TheDairySite Newsletter - 2 October 2009

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Editorial: Disease Control Continues to Challenge Industry

A leading UK cattle veterinarian has warned that current measures in place to control the transmission of diseases are inadequate. He stressed that diseases had to be tackled on a national level and proposed the creation of an independent livestock disease agency if DEFRA were not up to the task.

This comes as the Welsh Assembly confirmed they would proceed with the Tuberculosis Eradication (Wales) Order 2009. The Order which would involve a targeted badger cull and cattle control methods is fully supported by the Welsh industry. DEFRA also announced compensation for animals compulsory slaughtered.

US Agencies are challenged in Indiana as they continue to try and determine whether TB has spread any further and the source of the outbreak back in May.

Whilst the use of antibiotics in cattle continues to be a hot topic in the US, scientists have confirmed that recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST), the growth supplement approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for increasing milk production in lactating dairy cows, is not a danger to human health.

A major US dairy is facing fines over processing violations concerning the company's process safety management programme and a number of other deficiencies identified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The fall in milk prices have hit dairy farmers across the globe, the Tasmanian government announced further monetary aid to be given to dairy farmers to survive the low milk prices. Industry leaders in Scotland have urged milk producers to increase the prices paid to producers to help strengthen the market for milk and dairy products.

With increasing feed prices, by-products of US ethanol production are gaining in popularity as an alternative feed ration - if considering this be sure to have a look at this weeks feature Sulphur Content in Cattle Feeds

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Sulphur Content in Cattle Feeds
Sulphur can increase herd performance, but wrong levels can have diastrous effects. Do you know how much sulphur is in your feedstuffs?
Immature Corn Can Provide Good Feed
Damaged corn could still be of value. Harvesting immature corn for silage or hay will provide a high protein animal feed.
Technology & Nutritional Needs of Milk-Fed Calves
Despite different feeding programmes, several underlying nutritional principles need to met to optimise calf performance and producer profit. What are the key principles and technologies available to meet these needs?
Reduce Methane Production And Keep Food Efficiency
Can methane production be reduced without compromising feed efficiency? The Australian Beef CRC investigates.
Genus - Value through science and genomics
* Company News

IMV Confirms Leadership in Reproductive Technologies
FRANCE - During the 23rd edition of the Space show, held in Rennes from 15-18 September, IMV confirmed its position as a leader in reproductive biotechnologies.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Nominations For Dairy Industry Advisory Committee
 » EPA Told Changes to RFS Could Affect Ag Prices
 » Threats of TB Spreading In Indiana
 » Panel Issues Paper on rbST and Milk Safety
 » Futures, Assumptions, Risk and Markets (FARM)
 » Farm Credit Supports International Dairy Centre
 » How Much Gas Do Cows Produce?
 » Manure Management Conference Focuses on Change
 » CME: Corn Yields Expected to Reach All New Record
 » Dairy Firm Fined Over Processing Breaches
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Livestock Can Help Rangelands Recover From Fires
 » New Humane Training Programme for Animal Handlers
 » US Climate Change Bill Fails To Involve Agriculture

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   United Kingdom

 » Cattle Vet Warns Of Dairy Herd Disease Doomsday
 » Disease Threat to Dairy Herd
 » Compensation for Compulsory Slaughter
 » NADIS Veterinary Report And Forecast
 » Union Supports TB Eradication Order
 » NFUS Demands Fair Milk Price
 » EU Will Not Release Dairy Intervention Stocks
 » Milk Market Dominated by Big Players
 » Warning from MEPs Regarding EU Transport Rules

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   European Union

 » New Pesticide Rules At Odds With Global Needs
 » EU Highlight Importance of Science and Innovation
 » Milk to Fight Against Obesity

   New Zealand

 » No Ban On Dairy Farming In River Pollution Area
 » Farmers Urged to Follow Product Label Instructions

   Australia

 » Tasmanian Government Helps Dairy Farmers
 » Daily Livestock Report

   Malaysia

 » Protests Outside Selangor Government

   Ireland

 » Government Commits to Irish Dairy Sector

   General

 » CGF and DDGS Bode Well as Animal Feed Ingredient

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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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