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TheDairySite Newsletter - 18 December 2009

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Health And Climate Change Present Challenges

A new vaccine in the US has proven to reduce the spread of the E.coli O157 bacteria which has been haunting the meat industry. Although only preliminary tests have been carried out, the outcome looks promising.

Following the success of the compulsory bluetongue vaccination campaign last year, Scotland has announced that vaccination will be voluntary next year.

This news comes as Tunisia reports five bluetongue outbreaks to the World Organisation for Animal Health.

Bad news this week emerged for the Chinese dairy markets, as authorities have uncovered more melamine-tainted milk powder. In this revelation, employees from the Shaanxi Jinqiao Dairy Co have been detained and accused of producing and selling toxic food.

Climate change has been topical this week, as talks have taken place in Copenhagen. Livestock and dairy production have been somewhat hard hit with accusations regarding levels of greenhouse gases over recent months.

The US declared earlier this week that its dairy industry will cut greenhouse gases by 25 per cent by 2020.

A report in the UK has said that cutting down consumption of dairy products will not only help combat climate change but lead to a healthier lifestyle. This has provoked an angry response from Dairy UK, who reminded the authors of the report that milk and dairy production adds around £8bn to the UK economy every year and employs more than 70,000 people. On top of this processors have saved more than 130,000 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere in the last 10 years.

Next week's newsletter will appear on Wednesday 23 December.

Charlotte Johnston



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Adding Value To Your Milk
With fluctuating milk and grain prices, there may be uncertainty over future profits for many producers. Taking things into your own hands may be one way to solve this. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor, speaks to dairy farmers, who have added value to their milk by producing cheese.
Using Reproductive Records: Basics of Monitoring
Sound reproductive management can have tremendous positive effects on profitability and one of the key components of modern dairy production medicine is the analysis of reproductive records, says Michael W. Overton, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Health, University of Georgia, Athens.
US Feed Outlook - December 2009
The use of corn to make starch, sweeteners, ethyl alcohol and other industrial products has accounted for most of the growth in China's corn use over the past decade, according to this month's Feed Outlook Report from USDA Economic Research Service. The report China Is Using More Corn for Industrial Products is by F. Gale, F. Tuan, X. Wang and Z. Cao.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates
According to the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates from the USDA's World Agricultural Outlook Board (WOAB), overall meat production is forecast to decrease. However red meat and dairy exports increase as markets pick up.
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INDIA - From 1 to 3 February 2010, VNU Exhibitions and Inter Ads will finalise an exciting period of hard work with the opening of VIV India 2010.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   European Union

 » BLUETONGUE: Voluntary Vaccination in 2010
 » Council Discusses Animal Welfare Labelling Scheme

   United States

 » US Feed Suppliers Welcome EU Biotech Approvals
 » Researchers Evaluate Crop Management
 » Feed Additives Sales in US Down by 12 Per Cent
 » Novus Intends to Acquire Albion
 » Weekly Outlook:Crop Supplies And Consumption Projections
 » ARS Develops New Test for Staph Toxin
 » NCBA Recommends Major Stucture Change
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Fremont Corn Expo Offers Growers Solutions
 » USDA Revises Veterinary Accreditation Programme
 » CME: Can Firms Be Made More Competitive?
 » US Combat Climate Change
 » US Dairy Producers To Cut GHG
 » Replicating Climate Change To Forecast Its Effects
 » Vaccine To Reduce E.Coli
 » Bringing Agricultural Products To Market
 » CME: Larger Inventory of Cattle in Lots Expected
 » Turkey Officially Lifts Ban On Biotech Imports Cow Signals Training Books
   United Kingdom

 » Carbon Footprinting Saving Farmers Money
 » UFU Disappointed with DARD TB Strategy
 » Improved Efficiency Is Key To Reduced Emissions
 » Narrow Consumption Cuts Are Not The Answer
 » Cutting Meat And Dairy Will Save The Planet?
 » University Of Oxford Offers Masters In Welfare
 » Good Practice: Changes In Testing Cattle For TB
 » Protect Our Clean Areas From Bovine TB
 » Drumlin: New Hybrid Grass from AFBI
 » Find Out About Changes To TB Testing
 » UFU Stays Positive About Future Milk Prices
 » Scotland Protect TB-Free Status
 » NFU Lobbies Against Environment Agency Price Hikes
 » Dairy Farmers Must Benefit From EU Fund
 » HSA Opens Welfare Award Nominations
 » Voluntary Bluetongue Vaccination in 2010 Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   New Zealand

 » Changes To Dairy Regulations
 » New Zealand Works with China on Food Safety
 » NZ Farming Systems Outlook Improves on Milk Prices

   General

 » EFSA and Japan Sign a Memorandum of Cooperation

   Canada

 » Influence of Anaerobic Digestion Efficiency on Manure
   China

 » China Uncovers More Melamine-Tainted Milk Powder
 » China Bans Exports Of Ractopamine Hydrochloride

   Australia

 » Cattle Die From Salmonella Poisoning
 » Korean Beef Market Beneficial To Australia

   India

 » Bill Proposed to Prohibit Cow Slaughter Animax Veterinary Health
   Germany

 » EuroTier 2010: Top Event for Animal Farmers

   Ireland

 » Ireland Calls For Caution On Milk Markets
 »  €1.185M Funding For Animal Welfare Organisations

   Tunisia

 » Tunisia Reports Five Bluetongue Outbreaks Genus - Value through science and genomics

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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