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TheDairySite Newsletter - 15 January 2010

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Disease Control

Following confirmation last week that foot and mouth disease had been found in South Korea, a second case has been identified. The outbreak of the disease has led to the closure of five markets in the area.

Progress is being made in the eradication of TB in West Wales, as a limited badger cull, alongside stricter cattle movement and monitoring measures, will take place in a pilot area of West Wales.

Increasing sales of Canadian dairy genetics to international markets is priority for the Canadian government. A four-year AgriMarketing Programme will see $88 million invested to assist producers and processors in increasing exports of Canada's "safe, high-quality, world-class products around the world".

Despite the difficult weather conditions across the UK this week, which has left some farmers with a shortage of shelter and feed, the agriculture industry has won a big victory. Earlier in the week, the government announced that it would establish an ombudsman to police the grocery supply chain - a move that will create better transparency and fairness in the food sector.

US corn production has broken all previous records at a projected total of 13.2 billion bushels.

Charlotte Johnston



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Spring Rotation Planner
Additional grazing in spring can improve profits by €2.70/cow. Grazing February, March and April will reduce production costs in spring and encourage excellent milk production for the rest of the year, says Sean McCarthy and James Moyles, Teagasc dairy advisers.
Importance Of Forage Quality
Forage is the most important component in the diet of dairy cattle because of the dramatic impact it has on dry matter and nutrient consumption. The quality and form of forage are two of the factors that have been shown to influence dry matter consumption and milk production in dairy cattle, says Richard O' Kellems from the Animal Science Department, Brigham Young University.
Improving The Odds With Sex-Sorted Semen
In the right circumstances, using sex-sorted semen in virgin heifers can offer a financial opportunity, says Blair Murray - Dairy Genetic Improvement Specialist/OMAFRA.
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), cattle weights are expected to be lower, reducing beef production, whilst milk production is set to increase.
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
* Company News

Bovine Genomic Test Expands DNA Evaluation
US - A new genomic test that will expand the breadth of cattle DNA evaluation by almost a thousand-fold from a current 56-marker technology to predictions that utilise more than 50,000 markers, will be released by Pfizer Animal Health later this month.
VIV India: Providing Knowledge, Sharing Visions
INDIA - The theme of the opening conference of VIV India 2010 will be 'Food security'. VIV India takes place in Bangalore on 1 to 3 February 2010.
Date Change for VIV China 2010
CHINA - VNU Exhibitions Europe, organiser of the VIV trade shows, announces a date change for VIV China 2010. VIV China will take place from 6 to 8 September 2010 at the New China International Exhibition Center in Hall West 1, 2 and 3.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Cuphea Does Wonders For Wheat/ Corn In Rotations
 » Diverse Group to Advise USDA on Dairy Industry
 » USGC and Iowa Corn Leaders Connect
 » Agriculture Income Tax Update Now Available
 » Feed Grain Marketing Plan Seminar
 » USDA Livestock Disaster Payments $175 Million
 » USDA’s Agricultural Research Service Buys Fluidigm
 » Overseas Opportunity For Agriculture Students
 » Detasseling Of Corn To Become Obsolete
 » Kemin Acquires Encapsulation Technology
 » Crop Insurance And Risk Management Decisions Affect Profits
 » Agriculture Won't Escape Budget Cutting
 » Melamine Scandal Damaging For Chinese Industry
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » USDA Projects Record Corn Crop And Yield
 » Weekly Outlook - Larger Corn And Soybean Crops
 » Gene Collections Vital To Animal Research Efforts
 » USDA Scientists Sequence Soy Genome
 » Opposing Cap And Trade Legislation
 » Interim President For American Humane Association Animax Veterinary Health
   United Kingdom

 » UK Milk Prices
 » SEPA Support for Sensible Slurry Disposal
 » Britain's Milk Gets Through Snow And Ice
 » Emergency Funding Needed In Scotland
 » NVZ Grassland Derogation Applications For 2010
 » Scottish Food Sampling Report 2008
 » Local Helplines Assist Farmers With Bad Weather
 » Feed Driver Hours' Relaxation Ends
 » Improve Feed Conversion Efficiency
 » Relaxation On Spreading Rules Welcomed
 » Ombudsman Victory
 » Recognition Of Food Producers
 » New Dairy Breeds Get Their Own Proofs
 » Bovine TB Pilot Area Given Go-Ahead
 » Clearer Labelling With Red Tractor

   Canada

 » Tax Deferrals To Aid Drought Affected Producers
 » Boosting Demand For Dairy Genetics Cow Signals Training Books
   Belgium

 » Belgian Authorities Respond To Welfare Report

   Korea, South

 » Foot and Mouth Disease in South Korea
 » Five Markets Close Over Foot-and-Mouth Disease
 » Second Foot and Mouth Outbreak

   Denmark

 » New Head of Aarhus Research Unit

   Australia

 » Farmer Caught Breaching Cattle Tick Quarantine

   New Zealand

 » NZ Scheme Extended To Cover Farm Veterinarians
 » Animal Welfare Prosecution
 » Be Prepared For Drought
   Gambia

 » Nianija Cattle Stock Routes Inaugurated

   India

 » Ambitious Plan To Raise Output In Orissa By 2020

   Ireland

 » Carbon Tax Will Damage Competitiveness
 » â‚¬190 Million Confirmed Under FWMS

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Foot and Mouth Disease in South Korea
 » Call For Nominations For World Veterinary Day Award Claas - Time for new rules

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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