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TheDairySite Newsletter - 7 May 2010

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Editorial: Trading Concerns

Last week, China threatened to stop US imports of dairy products. The latest development is that China has granted the US 30 days to work with Chinese authorities to secure agreement on a new health certificate for food-grade dairy exports.

Elsewhere in the US, the dairy industry is lobbying to crack down on the misappropriation of dairy terminology on imitation milk products.

The petition, managed by the National Milk Producers Federation, wants to stop non-dairy products using terms such as milk, cheese and yoghurt.

In Canada, the Minister of State is to defend the country's supply management system for dairy products in upcoming free trade talks with the EU.

Canada adopted a supply management system for milk in the 1970's, in which the industry sets production quotas and limits importation of foreign dairy products.

The system appears to work in Canada, as producers and suppliers are all paid a fair price. However should borders open, Canadian producers will be threatened by cheaper imports, potentially forcing them out of business.

The subject is a tricky one, as Canada tries to keep dairy exempted from any trade deals, other countries are becoming unwilling to participate in trade talks with them.

Charlotte Johnston
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

UK Can Expect Cattle Number To Remain Tight
The last year saw a slight decline in slaughtering numbers for prime cattle - steers, heifers and young bulls - writes TheCattleSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
How Far Can Environmental Management Go Before Risking Health & Productivity?
Not much different in size from other dairy farms in the Netherlands, De Marke has much larger ambitions. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor looks at Wageninen University's research farm.
Repetitive Cattle Deworming May Cause Drug Resistant Worms
Dewormers have provided effective parasite control, which has resulted in returns to farmers between $20 to $200/hd, according to Amy Radunz, Beef Cattle Extension Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mastitis and BCS Loss Affects Fertility
Reproductive performance is quickly becoming the biggest challenge in dairy herds’ profitability, according to Ricardo C. Chebel, DVM, MPVM, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.
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* Company News

Pfizer Announces First Veterinary Scholarships
US - Pfizer Animal Health and American Veterinary Medical Foundation are offering 222 scholarships to help decrease the debt burden of veterinary students.
VIV Europe 2010: The Best Of A Turbulent Situation
NETHERLANDS - VIV Europe 2010 was a remarkable success despite air travel disruptions, with more than 10,000 visitors from 96 countries and 85 per cent of exhibitors making it to the event in Utrecht last month.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD News: FMD Breaks Out in Mongolia

   Netherlands

 » More Male Buffalo After Rainy Season
 » Maize Plant More Affected By Environment Than Genes

   United States

 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Spring Planting Slows Down
 » Dairy Industry Lobbies To Cut Non-Dairy Products
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn Demand Improving
 » USGC Sends Grain Storage Expert To Panama, Guatemala
 » Chinese Markets Remain Open To US Dairy Products
 » AFIA Names Vice Chair Of Feed Regulatory Committee
 » Four State Dairy Conference Present Research
 » U of M Meeting Focuses On Nutrition
 » WSPA Launches iPhone App For Better Welfare
 » Promoting Economical Cuts Of Meat
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   China

 » More FMD in China's Swine
 » Severe Storms Hit Food Production

   Korea, South

 » South Korea Reports More FMD in Swine

   Denmark

 » New Chairman of Animal Welfare Council
 » Eco-Friendly Dairy Cow Costs
 » Using Less Medicine For Organic Cows

   United Kingdom

 » Farmgate Milk Prices On The Rise
 » Make Grassland Your Priority
 » Challenge Flies In The Parlour
 » Strict Cattle Controls In Cull Area
 » Top Genomic Sires For UK Farmers
 » FMD in Asia is Reminder to UK Agencies and Farmers
 » North East Demonstrates New BVD Technology
 » Success In Tackling Johne's Disease
 » Dairy Event Attracts Record Exhibitor Bookings
 » Prime Cattle Quotes Fall
 » Drainage Key To Cow Tracks
   Japan

 » Situation In Japan Is Not Under Control

   European Union

 » EU Makes Progress On Animal Welfare
 » EU Ag Committee Seeks Fairer Food Market
 » Animal Welfare Vote Will Push EC Into Action
 » MEPs Vote To Exclude Food From Cloned Animals

   Canada

 » Economics Expected To Influence Reduction Of GHGs
 » Fibre Digestibility In Dairy Cows
 » Minister To Defend Supply Management System

   Ireland

 » Glanbia To Sell Irish Dairy Businesses

   Mongolia

 » FMD Breaks Out in Mongolia
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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