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TheDairySite Newsletter - 22 January 2010

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Editorial: Recovery For The Dairy Industry?

The European Commission is providing funding of €35.8 million over the next three years to help Member States promote milk and milk products in the EU. Commissioner Marian Fischer-Boel said that she hopes this additional funding will assist in aiding the dairy industry recover after a year of poor milk prices.

The EU Emergency Milk Fund has also been released, countries are holding short consultation periods to determine how best to distribute the money.

A new research farm has been set up in the Netherlands for dairy cow nutrition. Schothorst Feed Research is investing €9 million into the dairy cow and laying hen research farms. The company believes that the increasing global demand for animal products and the shortage on the raw materials markets will increase the international demand for precise animal nutrition knowledge. The dairy unit will compromise of 220 cows, with the possibility of an increase to 340 cows in the future.

Teagasc experts are predicting that milk prices and dairy farm margins will recover in 2010. It is estimated that in 2009, half of the dairy farmers in Ireland recorded a negative net margin.

Scientists in Canada have been researching strategies to reduce the risk of subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) in dairy cows. The strategies will aid cow health, milk quality and have environmental benefits.

Foot and mouth is continuing to spread in South Korea, with five confirmed cases. Infected cattle and those within a 500m radius have been culled, in a bid to stop the disease spreading.

Earlier this week there was more bad news for Dairy Farmers of Britain members as HM Revenue and Customs suggested that no tax relief would be available with regard to the majority of losses suffered by the collapse of the business. The National Farmers' Union is challenging this decision in ongoing discussions.

Charlotte Johnston



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Dairy and Livestock Air Emission and Odour Study
A recently completed study by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Department of Natural Resources has increased the understanding of air emissions and odours on larger-sized livestock farms, and lays the groundwork for future studies in this important area, officials say.
Calves And The Cold
Frost bite, freezing to death and hypothermia are common causes of death of young animals from the cold. Dr W Dee Whittier, Extension Veterinarian at Virginia Tech looks at how, with appropriate management, these losses can be avoided.
Managing Grazing Systems
Jefferson McCutcheon, Assistant Professor at the University of Ohio looks at managing grazing systems through rest periods, grazing periods, stocking density, weather patterns and water access.
Livestock and Products Report - People's Republic of China
Beef production in 2009 is expected to slide six per cent to 5.8 million metric tons and continue falling in 2010, according to Michael Woolsey and Jianping Zhang in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
* Company News

First Feed Tech Pavilion At VIV Europe 2010
NETHERLANDS - This year for the first time, market leaders of the Feed Technology Industry (machinery and equipment) will be present at VIV Europe 2010 in Utrecht on 20 to 22 April.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD News: Further Outbreaks In Korea

   United States

 » Any Chance for a Recovery in Crop Prices?
 » Interim President For American Humane Association
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Increase In Corn Acres
 » Record US Corn, Soy Crops Seen Weighing On Prices
 » Crop Insurers Object To Effort To Slice Profits
 » Ag Groups Join Together Over Welfare
 » Extension Of Biodiesel Tax-Credit
 » Research Before Selecting Corn Varieties
 » ISU Research Looks To Increase DDGS In Cattle Diets
 » Potential of Dairy-Based Package Wraps Outlined
 » Improving Flavour and Texture In Low Fat Cheese
 » Perfect Storm Forming For Global Food, Agriculture
 » College Of Ag Faculty Member Named Fulbright Scholar Allflex
   New Zealand

 » Animal Welfare Prosecution
 » Be Prepared For Drought
 » Draft Animal Transport Welfare Code Needs Focus
 » Dairy Industry Awards

   United Kingdom

 » UK Slaughter Statistics
 » UK Food Industry Emissions - The Solution?
 » Butter Can Be Part of A Healthy Diet
 » Consumers Ready To Consider One Per Cent Fat Milk
 » No Relief Tax For DFB Farmers
 » Snow-Hit Farmers To Complete Survey
 » UK And Brazil Host International Biodiversity Conference
 » Dairy Industry Welcomes FSA Focus On Milk
 » Preparing For Rent Reviews
 » UFU Welcomes Release Of EU Emergency Milk Fund
 » The 2010 Cereal Recommended List
 » Union Discusses LFA Proposals with Officials
 » Pack Report Drives CAP Debate
 » New Environment Agency Toolkit
 » Scottish Cattle Clipping Abattoir Trial Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   Ireland

 » Mixed Prospects For Farming In 2010
 » Smith Presents Advanced Certificates In Agriculture
 » Ireland's Export Growth Set To Resume In 2010
 » The Need For A Better Functioning Food Supply Chain
 » Report On Dioxin Contamination Incident
 » Approval Of Revised Rural Development Programme

   India

 » Kerala To Set Up Cattle Feed Factory

   Netherlands

 » Schothorst Invests In Dairy Nutrition Research

   China

 » FMD News: China Outbreak
 » China Launches Feed Safety Campaign

   Korea, South

 » FMD News: South Korea Update
 » FMD News: Further Outbreaks In Korea Genus - Value through science and genomics
   European Union

 » Marketing Dairy Products
 » EU Dairy Fund Consultation Launched

   Australia

 » Cattle Slaughter Remains Tight In November
 » Korean Feed Grain Demand May Be Sustained In 2010

   Canada

 » Reducing Risk Of SARA Among Dairy Cows

   Malaysia

 » Malaysia Builds Feed Mills For Livestock

   Mexico

 » USGC Promotes DDGS To Growing Mexican Market John Deere - Premium Versitality

That's all for this week!

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