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TheDairySite Newsletter - 10 December 2010

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Editorial: Dairy Prices on the Rise

Dairy prices in the US are on the rise, according to a Purdue University agricultural economist. The dairy crisis in 2009 saw producers losing vast amounts of money on milk sold.

Milk prices have been gradually rising since summer 2010, however, it is unlikely that the high milk price will last long enough to make up for 2009 losses. Volatile feed prices are still a cause for concern, and anything that affects milk production or product sales could dramatically change a fragile market.

The EU has adopted a proposal for contractual relations in the milk sector, to prepare the industry for the end of quotas in 2015.

The proposal provides for written contracts between milk producers and processors and the possibility to negotiate contract terms collectively via producer organisations, so as to balance the bargaining power of milk producers relative to major processors.

Whilst contracts are already in place in the UK, producers say they are still not receiving a fair price.

At a recent dairy conference, the National Farmers' Union (NFU) dairy board chairman Mansel Raymond said: "Farm gate milk prices should be going up and anything other than an urgent price increase will not be tolerated.

"Milk buyers should take this as a warning that we will not stand back. We will make our message heard loud and clear and take whatever responsible actions are required to make sure farmers’ voices are heard.”

Finally, researchers in the US have concluded that the benefits of using antibiotics outweigh the risks of increase antimicrobial resistance - a huge consumer concern.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Rapid Dairy Expansion In Russia
Currently one of the top five milk producers in Russia, producing 120,000 kg of milk a day, EkoNiva hopes to more than quadruple its herd by 2020, said President Stefan Duerr at a recent European Dairy Farmers conference. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor reports.
XL Vets Best Practice Article: BVD
BVD (Bovine Virus Diarrhoea) virus is widespread in the UK cattle population, with evidence of 90 per cent of cattle herds having been exposed to it, according to XL Vets.
Recycling And Depolluting Phosphorus In Livestock Waste
Phosphorus - an ingredient in agricultural and household products such as fertiliser, detergents, etc - when released in excessive quantities to the environment, contributes to the development of algae and micro-organisms that pollute water, thus impacting on fishing, fish farms, swimming areas and drinking water.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: 29 New Outbreaks in South Korea
 » OIE, FDA Sign Cooperation Agreement On Vet Meds
 » China/Argentina Look At Beef, Barley And Dairy Trade

   Slovenia

 » EU Authorises Support For Slovenian Farmers

   Netherlands

 » Dutch Aim To Cut Antibiotics Use By Half

   United States

 » Arctic Cold Dangerous For Kentucky Livestock
 » PepsiCo Acquires Wimm-Bill-Dann Dairy
 » New Vets' Oath Stresses Welfare Commitment
 »  Grazing Conference Highlights Keys To Success
 » The Impacts Of Using Antibiotics In Dairy Cows
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn Prices Looking For Direction
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » CME: Livestock Imports from Canada Trend Lower
 » Dairy Prices On Their Way Up
 » USDA Names Members To The National Dairy Board
 » Consumers Milk Prices Vs Producer Earnings
 » GIPSA Proposed Rule Not Good For Ag Industry

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   New Zealand

 » Government Commits To TB Eradication
 » Drought-Like Conditions Could Be 1989 Re-Run

   Switzerland

 » USGC Team Promotes Sorghum, DDGS at Conference

   United Kingdom

 » Bad Weather Continues To Take Its Toll On Farms
 » Winter Livestock Feeding Rules Relaxed
 » Beef And Milk Prices Must Rise - And Fast
 » Welfare Boost for Red Tractor Farms
 » Shortage Of Forage Fibre Leads To Acidosis
 » Labelling Of Cloned Meat & Milk Unnecessary
 » Step Aside Oman: And Long Live His Sons
 » Britain’s Dairy Industry Continues To Deliver

   Canada

 » Ontario Producers Maintaining Competitive Edge

Animax Veterinary Health
   Australia

 » Investigating How Farm Animals 'Feel'

   Korea, South

 » 29 New FMD Outbreaks in South Korea

   European Union

 » Improving Dairy Sector Stability Through Contracts

   Mongolia

 » Mongolia Vaccinates Cattle, Swine Against FMD

   Belgium

 » Brucellosis Threatens Belgium

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That's all for this week!

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