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TheDairySite Newsletter - 27 November 2009

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Editorial: Free Market vs Controlled Market?

A report by the Conference Board of Canada has suggested that the dairy supply chain is detrimental to producers. The report says that the supply chain discourages the industry from addressing long-term challenges, reduces competitiveness and prevents producers from seizing global opportunities.

However, Dairy Farmers' of Canada has hit back, arguing that the supply management system in place is the only reason the Canadian dairy industry has survived the recent economic crisis and has done so better than other countries. They argue that over the last two years, the free market principles have failed agriculture and food around the world.

To cope with the economic dairy crisis, last month the US Secretary of Agriculture announced direct aid for US dairy farmers. This week, a US Senator has urged the Secretary to ensure that the US$290 million funds are distributed by the end of the year.

In China, two men were executed for their part in the melamine-tainted milk powder scandal which killed six and made around 300,000 people ill.

Charlotte Johnston



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Harmonising E.coli Monitoring Across Europe
The European Food Safety Authority is to review the way the E.coli is monitored and reported and harmonise methods across EU countries, writes TheCattleSite senior editor Chris Harris.
Grass Forage Research Update - Minnesota
Well-managed perennial grasses can provide good agronomic, economic, and nutritive complements to alfalfa on Minnesota dairy farms, writes Paul Peterson, Extension Forage Agronomist.
Recommendations To Optimise Calf Health
Calf pneumonia is a common problem in calves housed in individual pens in modern ventilated calf barns. A study by Kenneth Nordlund, DVM at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has identifed the key housing factors associated with reduced prevalence of respiratory disease in these calf barns during the winter months.
Genetic Marker Technology In The Dairy Industry
Bennet Cassell, an Extension Dairy Scientist, Genetics and Management at Virginia Polytechnic looks at new information regarding the genetic merit of the dairy cows called "dense SNP arrays".
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   European Union

 » Commission to Tackle Anti-Microbial Resistance
 » EU Halts Export Subsidies
 » Nutreco Acquisition of Cargill Companies Approved
 » EC Approves €275 M for Animal Health Programmes

   United Kingdom

 » Call for Govt to Act over Antibiotic Resistance
 » Focus On Cow Behaviour And Health
 » Technical Fault
 » Let Consumers Have Clearer Food Labelling
 » Call for Europe to Adopt Clearer Food Labelling
 » Positive Market Conditions Ahead of Milk Auction
 » Focus On Reducing Waste
 » Report Calls for Livestock Production Cuts
 » Grain Market Turmoil - How to Survive it!
   General

 » FMD NEWS: China Reports New FMD Outbreak

   United States

 » USDA Scientists Sequence Maize Genome
 » US Food Safety Bill Enters Final Lap
 » Late Harvest: What Exactly Is Your Crop Losing?
 » Action Needed To Distribute Dairy Funds
 » CME: October Cattle Placements Bullish
 » Grain Test Weight Deception
 » US Soybean Exports Continue Multi-Year Surge
 » Compaction Problems With Saturated Soils
 » Industry Takes Advantage of Human Gene Breakthrough
 » Herd Retirements Raise Concern Over Cull Cow Prices
 » US Cold Storage Stocks Report Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   Taiwan

 » Taiwanese Nutritionists Learn About DDGS

   Canada

 » Tests Proposed For 'Eradicated' Cattle Disease
 » Dairy Supply Chain Holds Producers Back
 » Defending The Supply Chain

   Germany

 » State Aid for German Farmers Hit by Recession
 » Federal Action Plan to Combat Crisis Genus - Value through science and genomics
   Ireland

 » Farm Incomes Continue To Fall
 » €2 Million for Targeted Fodder Aid Scheme
 » A New Way of Farming Explored

   China

 » China Executes Two Over Melamine Milk Scandal
 » China Reports Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak

   New Zealand

 » New Johne’s Disease Website Launched Claas - Time for new rules

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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