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TheDairySite Newsletter - 23 December 2009

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Hoping For Improved Markets Next Year

Following on from the recent climate change talks, the US, UK and Australia have announced projects and funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - measures that could have an impact on the global dairy industry.

The British Veterinary Association has called for more to be done to improve dairy cow welfare. In a statement, the association said that vets should take a more active role in educating farmers on welfare aspects and how they affect herd health, productivity and profit.

Conflicts over milk prices between producers and processors have finally been resolved in Tasmania, as a compromise has been reached.

2009 has been a hard year for the global dairy industry. With a downward trend in prices forcing smaller dairies out of business, producers have tried to stand their ground and push for higher milk prices.

In Europe, tens of thousands of farmers protested, pouring milk away, resulting in the establishment of a High Level Group, whose aim is to come up with measures to combat the milk crisis. In the US and Australia, dairy farmers have been receiving emergency funding to help them weather the storm.

The next newsletter will be sent out on the 8 January. Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2010.

Charlotte Johnston



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Liver Fluke: The Facts
With the recent rise in cases of liver fluke, Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor, speaks with Dr Phil Hadley, South-West regional manager for EBLEX.
Poaching: How To Avoid It?
The risk of poaching is a fact of life on most Irish soils and in most seasons of the year, says Adrian van Bysterveldt, Teagasc, Moorepark Dairy Production Research Centre, Fermoy, County Cork.
US Beef and Dairy Outlook Report -December 2009
Lower demand for beef, heavier cattle and increased dairy cow slaughter pushed beef prices down throughout 2009, and they are unlikely to pick up. Lower milk production and an increase in dairy product exports is expected to improve dairy and milk prices in 2010 according to the USDA Economic Research Service outlook.
Do Swedish Dairy Cows Need To Sleep More?
Are Swedish dairy cows getting sufficient sleep? The exact duration of sleep a dairy cow needs is unknown today. However, new research at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) aims at studying how much sleep a dairy cow needs and if there are any connections between the need for sleep and serious health problems such as mastitis and lack of energy early in lactation.
Animax Veterinary Health
* Company News

Connecting South Asian Dairy Markets
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.
News Headlines on Video from eFresh - 18 December
GLOBAL - TheDairySite brings the latest video news headlines covering the dairy sector from eFresh.com.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   European Union

 » Council Discusses Animal Welfare Labelling Scheme
 » European Dairy Industry: A Look At 2009

   United Kingdom

 » 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
 » Scotland Plans To Devolve Health, Welfare Budget
 » Voluntary Bluetongue Vaccination in 2010
 » Web Site Launched to Meet Food Security Challenge
 » Farmers Must Provide More Food Chain Info
 » Farmers Offered New Green Funding Deal
 » Vets Should Educate Farmers To Improve Welfare
 » Milkman Of The Year 2009
 » DairyCo Continues To Grow
 » Milk Price Drops Slightly But Union Remain Positive Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   United States

 » 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
 » The Important Of Assigning Quality Forages
 » Michigan's Bovine Tuberculosis Status Changes
 » CME: November COF Placements Small than Expected
 » Multi-Paddock Grazing Improves Efficiency/ Profits
 » Interstate Meat Shipping Programme
 » Increase Funding For Climate Change Research
 » Challenging Weed Meets Its Match In Field Trials
 » Fungal Footage Fosters Foresight Into Plant, Animal Disease
 » Roundup Ready Soybean Patent Expiration
 » After 20,000 Tests, No TB Found In Nebraska Cow Signals Training Books
   New Zealand

 » NZ Farming Systems Outlook Improves on Milk Prices
 » NZ Rural Confidence Report

   Australia

 » Drought Feeding Options Without Molasses
 » Australian Dairies Prepare To Fight Climate Change
 » Dairy Deadlock Ends
 » Hide Exports Increase But Value Falls

   Ireland

 » Ireland Calls For Caution On Milk Markets
 »  €1.185M Funding For Animal Welfare Organisations
 » Results of Seventh Milk Quota Trading Scheme
 » REPS And Farm Waste Management Payments
   Tunisia

 » Tunisia Reports Five Bluetongue Outbreaks

   Russian Federation

 » Positive Development Trends In Russian Production

   Canada

 » Cattle Farmers Seek Aid For Feed Shortage
 » MLMMI's Ability to Fulfill Mandate Improved

   Belgium

 » New President For Kemin Agrifoods John Deere - Premium Versitality

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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