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TheDairySite Newsletter - 19 March 2010

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Editorial: Marketing Dairy Products

EU farm leaders have emphasised the need for clear EU marketing, labelling and quality standards to clearly distinguish EU dairy products in the market place and acknowledge the high requirements that producers work to in producing milk and dairy products.

At an EU meeting earlier in the week, the European Parliament Environment and Consumer Protection Committee voted in favour of requiring country of origin to be labelled on all dairy products.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will increase its clamp down on illegal food labelling and unauthorised nutrient content claims.

There have been concerns raised in the US regarding talks on a Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement that would open up trade between Pacific countries and the US.

However, farming unions in New Zealand (where there are no subsidies) have said that an agreement would increase competitiveness in the US (where farmers are reliant on subsidies). Federated Farmers of New Zealand President said that he thought US producers felt threatened by the efficiency of New Zealand dairy producers, however, in reality, he feels that a trade agreement would free the dairy market up.

Elsewhere in New Zealand, Fonterra has been praised as a hero for offering contracts to a number of producers who were previously part of the New Zealand Organic Dairy Farmers Co-operative (NZODFC), which has now gone into receivership.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Are We Pushing Dairy Cows Too Far?
At the recent British Cattle Veterinary Association winter meeting, Karen Lancaster, Dairy Co Extension Officer discussed dairy cow welfare and asked whether we had pushed the modern UK dairy cow too far. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor reports.
Getting The Dry Cow Fit For Purpose
Professor David Beever from Keenan addressed a seminar at the National All Breeds Show on dry cow nutrition, reports Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor.
US Feed Outlook - March 2010
Global coarse grain production is up less than the increase in corn because of a reduction in barley production and small declines for mixed grain and rye in the EU, according to this month's Feed Outlook Report from USDA Economic Research Service (ERS).
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - March 2010
Carcase weights appear lower likely due to winter weather causing stress to cattle, according to the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. Tighter meat supplies are expected to push beef prices up. Milk production is likely to increase fractionally, as the number of cows slaughtered and herd reduction falls.
* Company News

Pfizer Welcomes Agreement With Elanco On Divested Assets
FRANCE - Pfizer Animal Health has welcomed the signing of an agreement between Pfizer and Elanco, the animal health business unit of Eli Lilly and Company, under which Elanco will acquire European rights to a portfolio of certain Pfizer Animal Health and legacy Fort Dodge Animal Health products.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Australia

 » Russian Beef Imports Forecast To Rise
 » Vaccinate For Tick Fever
 » Bull Buying Advice
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   United Kingdom

 » UK Milk Prices
 » Dairy Event And Livestock Show Relocation Underway
 » Mistreatment Of Migrant And Agency Workers
 » Productive Agriculture Must Be Included In Future CAP
 » Taking The Heat Out Of Farm Energy Costs
 » Creamery Closure Would Mark Sad Day For Bute
 » Tenant Farming Forum Provides Rent Review Guidance

   United States

 » Cuban Export Opportunities Could Help Dairy Recovery
 » Workshop On Competition Issues
 » Weekly Outlook: Month-End USDA Reports
 » Consider Tax Implications Of Farm Liquidation
 » CME: Predictor of Fed Cattle/Market Hog Prices
 » US Grains Council Opens Southern Offices
 » New Report Highlights Impacts Of Livestock Production
 » DDG Futures Contract Could Be Promising For Livestock Industries
 » February Milk Production Up 0.1 Per Cent
 » Two Grazing Schools Offered In 2010
 » Wet Grain Causing Storage, Mould Concerns for Farmers
 » FDA Crack Down On Labelling Violations
 » Dairy Challenge: Tomorrow's Dairy Leaders
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   China

 » China Resolves FMD Issue
 » Agriculture A Key Area For NPC

   New Zealand

 » Free Trade Agreement Will Benefit NZ And America
 » Fonterra Rescues Organic Milk Suppliers
 » Good Dairy Farmers Must Be Praised
 » Educating The Public And Promoting Agriculture

   Mexico

 » Feed Manual To Be Launched At Cancun Congress
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   Canada

 » Ensuring Sustainable Livestock Production
 » Preventing E. coli O157 Contamination

   France

 » French Live Cattle Exports Recover

   European Union

 » All In Favour Of Clearer Food Labelling, Say Yes
 » Quality EU Dairy Products

   Japan

 » Japan Aims For 50 Per Cent Self Sufficiency By 2020
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   Netherlands

 » A Strong CAP Is Needed To Help Europe Grow

   Ireland

 » Dairy Farmers Receive €590 Each

   Denmark

 » Agromek Show Turns To Alternate-Year Cycle



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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