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TheDairySite Newsletter - 29 January 2010

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Editorial: Confidence Growing In New Zealand

New Zealand farmers have invested $271 million into Fonterra's co-operative. Out of Fonterra's 10,500 farmer shareholders, 3,461 subscribed for a total of 60 million shares worth $270.7 million to cover anticipated increases in production for the current season and as additional 'dry' shares in excess of production. A positive sign for the company following structure changes last year.

Dean Foods is facing a anti-trust lawsuit from the Department of Justice after acquiring two dairy processing plants in Wisconsin early last year.

The Department of Justice says that the merger eliminates substantial competition between companies in the sale of milk to schools, grocery stores, convenience stores and other retailers in the area. They are requiring Dean Foods to sell the processing plants.

Dean Foods is preparing to fight this claim, saying that the transaction has benefitted a number of farmers by providing a stable and growing outlet for their milk.

Improved management practices on grassland could prevent land degradation and protect against droughts whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Data on farm incomes in the UK has highlighted the important role that direct payments under the Common Agricultural Policy make to agricultural businesses.

New reforms to be introduced by the UK government plan to shift the costs of animal disease monitoring and prevention onto the livestock sector. It is unsure when these plans will be implemented with Defra saying that "cost sharing measures will be introduced under a future Finance Bill".

The government are trying to become more active in eliminating and preventing disease outbreaks - but really, should livestock farmers have to take this added burden on top of the animal health, welfare and biosecurity measures which they already contribute significantly too?

Charlotte Johnston

This Week's Book Focus - Special Offer

Robotic Milking Robotic Milking
The success of robotic milking is based on the cows in the barn. This concerns housing, feed, care and working with the animals. The first task of the robot farmer is to leave the cows in peace. They must be healthy, they must enjoy eating concentrate and they must go easily to the robot to be milked. No more is required, but certainly no less.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Want To Improve Your Pasture Yield?
Jeff McCutcheon from the University of Ohio looks at how to improve pasture yields through keeping plants vegetative.
Dipping In Cold Weather
With the recent cold and wet weather in some areas of the world, J.W.Schroeder, Dairy Specialist with North Dakota State University offers advice on protecting cows' udders.
US Beef and Dairy Outlook Report - January 2010
US beef exports have benefited from improved demand in Asian markets in late 2009,according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) January 2010 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook. As the herd size continues to decline, increased demand is expected to push prices up in 2010.
Milk Production In The US
Figures from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) suggests that milk production in the US is falling due to a diminishing national herd.
Animax Veterinary Health
* Company News

NCBA REPORT - Products to Fight BRD Launched
US - Animal health group Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health launched two new products designed to treat bovine respiratory disease (BRD) during the NCBA Convention in San Antonio.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Canada

 » Court Approves Raw Milk Co-op
 » Health Surveillance Key to Maintaining Market Access

   Viet Nam

 » Viet Nam Reviews Livestock Sector To Meet Demand DuPont Animal Health Solutions
   United States

 » Weekly Outlook: How Many Corn Acres Are Needed in 2010
 » New Feed Mill And BioRefinery For Kansas
 » Looking Beyond US Borders
 » Crop Production Budgets Updated
 » American Student Dairy Challenge
 » Instructions On Humane Handling And 28-Hour Law
 » Oregon Firm Pays $2,700 To Settle Seed Case
 » Helping Farmers Use No-Till Successfully
 » Dean Foods To Fight Anti-Trust Lawsuit
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Carole Brookins To Keynote USGC Meeting
 » Nomination For Under Secretary For Food Safety
 » Livestock Cold Stress Emergency Alert
 » Maintain Current Funding For Crop Insurance
 » US Agricultural Exports Are High Priority For President Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   Russian Federation

 » Formal Signing Of JV Between DSM And Tatenergo

   United Kingdom

 » USA Lab Joins Hunt For Spreaders Of Brucellosis
 » Discussing A Dedicated Milk Supply
 » Reforms To Reduce Animal Disease Risks
 » Evidence Investment Strategy 2013 And Beyond
 » Support For Eradicating Brucellosis
 » Distribution Of EU Dairy Fund - Scotland
 » Positive Enzootic Bovine Leukosis Blood Test Results
 » Industry Reactions To Draft Animal Health Bill
 » Creamery Sale Reflects Supply Chain Changes
 » Protect Stock From Bluetongue
 » Will Red Tractor Scheme Benefit Farm Businesses?
 » Stop "Anti Dairy" Campaign And Support Dairy Farmers
 » Has He Refused To Tackle TB?
 » Sainsbury's Plans Ambitious Growth
 » Importance Of Direct Payments For Farm Incomes

   India

 » Milk Crisis As Dairies Challenged

   New Zealand

 » Fonterra Raises $271 Million From Farmers
 » NAIT – Asset Or Liability?
 » Call-In Of Mackenzie Applications A Vital Test

   General

 » Fighting Climate Change With Grasslands

   European Union

 » Agriculture Can Help Slow Climate Change
   Korea, South

 » Korea's FMD Impact On Trade And Retail



That's all for this week!

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