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TheDairySite Newsletter - 19 February 2010

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Editorial: Action Needed To Assist Milk Prices In 2010

The Irish Dairy Forum, which brings together the leaders of stakeholders in the dairy industry including co-ops, industry organisations and the Irish Dairy Board, was reconvened last week.

The Dairy Forum aims to mobilise the entire dairy industry to form a common front to ensure that the Irish Government and the EU Commission are clear that, for dairy farmers, the dairy crisis is not over.

New dairy code of welfare in New Zealand is encouraging all farmers to adopt the highest standards of husbandry, care and handling.

Also in New Zealand, international milk and milk products standards came closer to becoming reality, when at the ninth Codex Committee on Milk and Milk Products (CCMMP) meeting a new draft standard for drinks based on fermented milk was adopted.

Internationally-agreed standards will be invaluable for trading companies, maintaining dairy commodity values and ensuring quality products for the consumer.

Dairy Australia has said that farmers should be cautiously optimistic over the coming months as milk prices and water allocations improve.

An investigation in Norway has shown that whilst conventional cows have higher yields, organic cows have a lower somatic cell count. Researchers found no differences in AI or calving intervals.

Charlotte Johnston

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Balance Rations To Avoid Rumen Problems
We all know that corn silage in a cows diet is beneficial, but as with all good things, the amount should be balanced in the ration carefully to prevent health problems such as lameness and acidosis, warns North Dakota State University dairy specialist, J.W.Schroeder.
US Feed Outlook - February 2010
An increase in domestic demand for feed grains has been fuelled by higher demand for ethanol, according to this month's Feed Outlook Report from USDA Economic Research Service.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - February 2010
Cattle price forecasts for 2010 are lowered as larger numbers of fed cattle are expected to pressure prices, according to the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for February 2010.
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD News: Brazil Looking to Solve FMD Problem
 » Methionine Market to be Worth US$3 Billion by 2015
 » Towards A More Sustainable Livestock Sector

   Norway

 » Differences Between Conventional And Organic Dairies
   United Kingdom

 » Scottish Union Meets New Agricultural Commissioner
 » Impact Of Intervention Stocks On Dairy Prices
 » Groceries Supply Code of Practice Comes Into Force
 » Have Confidence in Dairy Lab Test Results
 » Dairy UK Asks Government To Act
 » New Dairy Event Principal Sponsor
 » Newspaper Investigates Welfare of Imported Meat
 » Policy Progress Promotes Positive Outlook
 » Ensure Details Are Up To Date To Get EU Payments

   United States

 » Access To Pasture For Organic Livestock
 » Questions About Latest US Corn Crop
 » AVMA Seeks Input To Strategic Plan
 » Plant Buffers Limit Spread of Antibiotics in Manure
 » Corn and Soybean Growers Share On-Farm Research
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Export Progress
 » Master Grazer Programme Offers Hands-on Learning
 » US And Canadian Cattle Numbers Fall
 » MSU Considers How To Deal With Budget Cuts Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   Australia

 » Things Are Looking Up For Dairy Farmers
 » Stocktake Report Needs To Connect With Grassroots Producers

   Netherlands

 » DLG Opens Office in the Netherlands
 » Better Vaccines Against Rift Valley Fever Outbreak

   New Zealand

 » New Zealand Need More Water Storage
 » Global Standards Agreed for Traded Dairy Products
 » New Dairy Cattle Welfare Code DuPont Animal Health Solutions
   Taiwan

 » New FMD Outbreak in Chinese Taipei

   Ireland

 » Dairy Forum To Discuss EU Market, Competitiveness
 » Milk Prices Must Rise Now To Safeguard Irish Dairy

   Croatia

 » More Pigs, Poultry In Croatia But Fewer Cattle

   Brazil

 » Brazil Looking to Solve FMD Problem

   Switzerland

 » Vaccinating Against Bluetongue Animax Veterinary Health

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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