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TheDairySite Newsletter - 30 October 2009

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Editorial: Importance of Animal Welfare

Temple Grandin, a keynote speaker at the Worldwide Food Expo, has addressed the issue of vigilance regarding animal welfare on farm and in the slaughterhouse. Speaking in the conference Super Session, she advised that small issues such as chains hanging down, bad lighting and workers catching the animal's eye can all affect the welfare of animals in meat works. She said that the industry had improved greatly but individual companies needed to relay this to the public.

The Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) highlighted earlier this week the need for veterinary legislation as groundwork for any efficient animal health policy. The Director, Bernard Vallet, believes that communication with consumers on animal health related issues is a key responsibility of veterinary services.

A recent report presented to the European Commission has outlined a number of options to make it easier for consumers to identify animal welfare-friendly products, which many believe will promote high standards of animal welfare in the food chain.

In the UK, Dairy Energy Savings announced that dairy companies in the Climate Change Agreement have saved just under 130,000 tonnes of carbon since the scheme began in 2000. Meanwhile earlier this week in the UK, milk production narrowly avoided an attack from Lord Stern, who in an interview, blamed the livestock industry for a large proportion of greenhouse gases.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Automatic Milking: How Effective Is It?
They have been the topic of discussion for some time now, but as they become increasingly popular, Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor, looks at just how effective automatic milking machines are and evaluates their benefits.
Predicting Changes for Parasite and Vector Induced Animal Diseases
Climate change could have a major influence on animal health, both directly and indirectly, by affecting the parasites and vectors that spread diseases, according to Eric Hoberg, an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) zoologist at the Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville.
Dairy Situation and Outlook - October 2009
In August 2009, milk production from 23 major dairy states decreased 0.2 per cent, writes Robert Tigner from University of Nebraska Extension.
* Company News

Merck, Schering-Plough Merger Approved
GLOBAL - Merck and Schering-Plough have received approvals from the US Federal Trade Commission, Swiss Competition Commission and Canadian Competition Bureau for their proposed merger but significant divestitures are required.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » West Coast Initative Highlights Healthy Stock
 » DES Chairman Praises Dairy Industry Emission Cuts
 » NFU Announces Kevin Roberts as Director General
 » Food Production and Markets Should Not Be Ignored
 » Will Turning Vegetarian Really Prevent Climate Change?
 » NADIS Veterinary Report And Forecast, October 2009
 » Focus on Dry Cows For Improved Performance
 » Milk Co-op Cuts Price Leaving Farmers in Dismay
 » Cut Your On-Farm Energy Costs
 » Cost Effective Slurry Storage - Is It Possible?
 » Food Chain Proposal Offers A Starting Point For Discussion
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   United States

 » WWFE REPORT: Attention to Detail in Animal Welfare
 » WWFE REPORT - Dairy Industry Splits from Worldwide Food Expo
 » Outlook ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ for US Agriculture
 » Weekly Outlook: Looking Beyond Harvest
 » CME: Current Grain Market Situation Discouraging
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » NCBA Continues To Call for Death Tax Reform
 » CME: Dairy Cow Flow Supplants Beef Cow Slaughter
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Students To Learn Cattle Exhibition Skills
 » Coming Election Could Change Ohio's Welfare Rules

   India

 » Organisation Cares For Old, Sick and Disabled Cattle
 » Subsidies For Cows And Cattle Feed In Offing, Says Minister

   Australia

 » First Case of Cattle Ticks Identified
 » Top Marks For Tasmanian Dairy Cattle Welfare
 » Perennial Grasses Are Proving To Be Profitable
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   Romania

 » Milk Crisis In Romania

   Sri Lanka

 » CIC & USAID To Improve Dairy Industry

   Canada

 » Hemp Seed Evaluated as Potential Livestock Feed
 » New Livestock Traceability Rebate Introduced
 » Govt Steps in to Support Levinoff-Colbex Abattoir

   Malaysia

 » Fonterra Expand Dairy in Malaysia
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   France

 » OIE Head Highlights Importance of Health Legislation

   Ireland

 » Livestock Exports to Netherlands Reach 5-Year High
 » Irish Minister Visits Tipperary to Follow Dairy Investment Fund

   European Union

 » EU Moves to Improve Animal Welfare Labelling

   Qatar

 » OIE Meeting Delegates Call for More Lab Capacity

   Czech Republic

 » Czech Meat and Dairy Production Down in Q3 of 2009
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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