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TheDairySite Newsletter - 18 February 2011

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Editorial: Is There A Lack Of Ambition In The UK Dairy Industry?

Nocton Dairies has withdrawn an application for planning permission to build what would have been the largest dairy farm in the UK.

The proposal for this farm has been going on for over a year, with the original plans submitted in December 2010, for an 8000 milking herd.

The farm has sparked one of the biggest ever industry debates and has highlighted the poor relationship between UK consumers and producers.

The general public were outraged that cows would be housed indoors all year around, with campaigns against the proposal being led by the World's Society for the Protection of Animals and Compassion In World Farming (CIWF).

"If this truly marks the end of this application, then we can rejoice that thousands of dairy cows will be spared miserable lives where they would be deprived of normal opportunities for grazing in fields. This sounds like a great day for animal welfare!" said CIWF.

Nocton said that their dairy cows would have had some of highest environmental and welfare standards ever seen in the UK.

Many studies have proved that intensive farms are more environmentally friendly than extensive systems.

The farm would have supported a cooperative of local farmers - who would have supplied feed for the dairy herd. The original application would have employed more than 80 people and included an anaerobic digester, which would have produced 2MW of power from farm waste - enough to power the dairy and over 2000 homes.

More recently, plans were re-submitted for a smaller, 3,770 herd, and included plans for cows to access outdoor paddocks in the summer months, weather permitting.

Only this week, Nocton withdrew the application, because of an objection from the Environment Agency. The Agency says there is a lack of information about risks posed to the aquifer underlying the site and uncertainty about the extent of the benefits associated with the change in land use.

Nocton Dairy applicants, two dairy farmers in the UK, said that the industry needs to stand up to those, who would twist the facts about animal welfare, and highlight lack of investment as the issue, not scale or type of system.

"If our industry does not tell the public the facts and open its doors to show how we are great at farming in many different ways, then misinformed single interest pressure groups will fill the void with untruths to the eventual detriment of all."

Is the industry too preoccupied with trying to avoid confrontation with consumers, rather than educating them, not only about where their food comes from, but how it is produced?

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Estimated 2010 Performance For Irish Dairy Herds
Milk prices and the volume of milk output increased in 2010, say Trevor Donnellan and Thia Hennessy from Teagasc.
Adoption of Methane Digesters on Livestock Operations
The extent to which livestock operations in the US can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manure management depends in part on the number of livestock operations that adopt methane digesters, which in turn depends on digester profitability from energy savings, energy sales, and/or sales of emission reductions in a carbon offset market, according to a new report from Nigel Key and Stacy Sneeringer for the USDA.
Salmonella in Livestock Production in GB - 2009 - Feedingstuffs
This annual publication from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency provides data on Salmonella reports from livestock species in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). This article covers the chapter entitled 'Salmonella in Feedingstuffs'.
Feed Outlook - February 2011
Record-high farm prices for corn in 2010/11 are expected to ration demand over the coming months, according to the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Korea, South

 » FMD NEWS: Further FMD Case Found in Central South Korea
 » South Korea Forms FMD Task Force
 » Further FMD Case Found in Central South Korea
 » FMD Counter-Measures Must Succeed This Time

   United States

 » Retailer Announces New Welfare Codes
 » Mixed News For Corn And Soybean Exports
 » Cattle Outlook
 »  Dodd-Frank Act Could Limit Cooperatives' Ability
 » Is It Deja Vue In The Dairy Markets?
 » Butter Price Jump Pushes Up Milk Price
 » ISU Animal Industry Report Now Available Online
 » 2011 ISU Animal Industry Report Now Available Online
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » House Members Call Out Efforts To Regulate Dust
 » Results Available From Forage Testing Project

   Norway

 » Miscarriage Parasite Rare In Norwegian Dairy Herds
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   Netherlands

 » State Aid Sanctioned For Struggling Dutch Farmers

   United Kingdom

 » UK Feed Production Up 4.6 Per Cent
 » A Badger Cull Could Cost Farmers
 » NFU: Agriculture Secretary Promises Dairy Backing
 » NFU: Call for Patience over Bovine TB Decision
 » NFU: CAP Changes to Free Up World Trade
 » VLA Oct Update - Respiratory Diseases Persistant
 » VLA Nov Update - IBR In Cattle
 » VLA Dec Update - Outbreaks Of Bacterial Pneumonia
 » NFU: Demanding Action For Dairy
 » Plans For UK’s Largest Dairy Farm Withdrawn
 » UK Better Place To Deal With Disease Outbreaks

   Australia

 » ADF Call To Arms To Wesfarmers Shareholders

   Spain

 » EC Takes Spain To Task Over Feed Directive

   China

 » Strong Year Ahead For Rodobo International
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   Ireland

 » Ireland Scores Well On Carbon Footprint For Cattle
 » Ireland Risks Imposing Super Levy
 » Pressure to Remove Korean Tariffs for Pork and Dairy

   Czech Republic

 » Czechs Consume Less Meat But More Cheese

   General

 » US And Canadian Cattle Inventory Down

   European Union

 » European Decision To Drive Cost Out Of Beef Chain
 » Food Security Under Threat: Global Response Needed
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That's all for this week!

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