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TheDairySite Newsletter - 23 October 2009

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Welcome to this week's newsletter Editorial: Uncertain Times Ahead

It has been a mixed week for the dairy industry - some countries are starting to receive the support that was needed, while others are getting nowhere.

Despite the EU Agricultural Council repeatedly stressing that they would not be able to financially fund dairy producers, Mariann Fischer Boel, EU Agricultural Commissioner announced earlier this week a €280 million fund. The fund will be from the 2010 budget and used to directly support dairy producers.

In Northern Ireland milk prices are increasing - however this is most likely due to a fall in supply as production and deliveries are falling year-on-year by seven per cent. Ulster Farmers' Union says that many producers have been forced to leave the dairy industry as they were unable to make ends meet.

Across in the US, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation have slammed proposals that the country-of-origin labelling (COOL) should be applied to certain dairy products, saying that it will reduce demand for the products.

The US Department of Agriculture proposed amendments to the definition of producer-handlers in all federal milk marketing orders. Dairy farmers who process milk from their own farms and market the products themselves have been largely exempt from pricing and pooling requirements. The proposal will mean that these larger operations will be fully regulated and subject to pricing and pooling provision to limit the artificial cost advantage.

Over in Tasmania, suppliers of National Foods walked out of a meeting that was set up to negotiate milk prices. It appears that both parties refused to compromise - producers would accept no less than 39.8 cents a litre, whilst National Foods refused to offer more than 37.5 cents a litre.

Charlotte Johnston



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Risks of Excess Nitrates
Excess nitrates in the rumen can lead to severe poisoning resulting in abortion, weight loss, greater susceptibility to infections and in severe conditions, death. Barry Yaremico, beef and forage specialist for the Government of Alberta looks at the causes of nitrate poisoning, what producers should be aware of and how the risk can be reduced.
Mixed Fortunes of the French Industry on Show
A report from SPACE 2009 on the highs and lows of France's livestock sectors by Stuart Lumb for TheCattleSite.
Animal Waste to Energy in Denmark
For the Danish agriculture sector, the production of biogas through anaerobic digestion is more than just a means of producing cheap renewable energy, writes TheCattleSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
US Feed Outlook October 2009
Estimates for the production of maize, barley and oats have been increased, according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) Feed Outlook for October 2009.
US Beef and Dairy Outlook Report - October 2009
Despite reduced demand for commercial beef, cattle slaughter continues to be high as cost-driven dairy producers push up the numbers. Total beef imports have risen two per cent since last August, whilst beef exports have declined by four per cent. US milk and dairy prices are expected to rise next year following a fall in production and increased export demand.
* Company News

New Pfizer Animal Health is Unveiled
US - Following the acquisition of Wyeth, the addition of Fort Dodge Animal Health products diversifies and enhances Pfizer's already robust US portfolio.
New Guide to Scour Published
UK - Understanding and preventing infectious calf scour is the subject of a new practical guide published for cattle farmers by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » BSE NEWS: Age Verification Program Called For
 » FMD NEWS: Govt Seeks FMD-free Status for Luzon

   European Union

 » Court Slams EU Dairy Deregulation Policy
 » Dairy Producers Finally Given A Lifeline
 » MEPs Back Support for Milk Sector Animax Veterinary Health
   United States

 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook
 » US Cattle On Feed Down One Per Cent
 » Project to Identify Dairy Air Quality Parameters
 » CME: Market to Focus on Number of Cattle Placed
 » CME: Total Feedlot Inventories Higher in 2009
 » Farmers Alter Practices Due to Food Safety Programmes
 » Creating Energy From Cattle Manure
 » Small Increase in Demand for Veal
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Beware Of Dirt Toxicity In Cattle
 » IDFA Oppose COOL For Dairy Products
 » Dr Siddiqui Gets Backing for USTR Ag Position
 » USDA Amends Federal Milk Orders
 » CME: Ethanol Uses as Much Corn as Livestock
 » Dairy Farmers Of America Announce Special Payment Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   Australia

 » Carbon Scheme Worries Aussie Dairy Farmers
 » Milk Price Negotiations Break Down
 » Rent Increases For Western Australian Cattle Stations

   United Kingdom

 » UFU Comments on Dairy Processors Profits
 » Abergavenny Cattle Market Campaigners Unveil Plans
 » UK Cattle Slaughter Statistics - October 2009
 » Pembrokeshire NFU Cymru Milk Meeting
 » Increasing Confidence in UK Dairy Industry
 » FAWC Publishes Landmark Report on Welfare
 » Retailers Urged to Support Welsh Cheese
 » Hope For NI Dairy Producers As Milk Prices Increase
 » NFU Cymru Unveils Milk Contract Campaign Allflex
   Malawi

 » Malawi Identify Nine Cases of FMD

   Uganda

 » Cattle Movement Banned in Arua

   Canada

 » New E.Coli Vaccine
 » Investment Encouraged in Those Who Farm the Land
 » Canada's Industry and Govt Unite to Make Food Safer

   Philippines

 » Govt Seeks FMD-free Status for Luzon Provinces Claas - Time for new rules

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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