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TheDairySite Newsletter - 25 March 2011

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Editorial: Global Milk Price Volatility

Irish milk prices fell 11 per cent in this week's milk auction, from 29.88 pence per litre to 26.66 pence per litre.

This drop in prices was not in line with producers expectations or needs, said Ulster Farmers' Union, Dairy Policy Chairman, William Cromie.

"Milk prices need to be strong to offset the very significant rises in the costs of feed, fuel and fertiliser. This drop in prices will be a major blow to profitability for producers who are seeing their costs of production rising every week.”

In the UK, supermarket Tesco, has announced that it will pay the highest ever price to their dedicated group of suppliers. Tesco's Sustainable Dairy Group will receive a new price of up to 29.78 pence per litre.

Tesco Board Director, Lucy Neville-Rolfe said: “With the price of feed and production costs rising it is important to support our British dairy farmers. We will continue to pay a fair price for the milk they supply and to work with the Dairy Centre of Excellence at Liverpool University to improve dairy productivity and sustainability.”

In Australia, retailers have slashed retail milk prices, leaving farmers worried that they will end up losing out.

New Zealand Federated Farmers, Lachlan McKenzie warned: "If these low prices force Australian dairy farmers out of the industry, it will be the Australian consumer who'll end up paying much higher prices in the future."

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Bovine EID Update
At the end of February, the European Commission announced that it was working on a proposal to introduce electronic identification in bovine animals. TheCattleSite Editor Charlotte Johnston speaks with Sergio Pavon, the European Commission official in charge of animal identification and traceability to find out more.
Starting With The End In Mind
Mycogen Seeds has become an industry leader in breeding silage-specific corn hybrids by starting with the end in mind, writes Sarah Mikesell, senior editor TheDairySite.com.
Rabobank Global Dairy Quarterly March 2011
The Rabobank Dairy Quarterly looks at the international dairy markets. Whislt prices have generally risen in the first quarter of 2011, increasing grain prices and the recent events in Japan have started too push prices down.
Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - March 2011
US beef exports for 2011 are forecast at 2.43 billion pounds, whilst dairy exports are expected to remain strong, outweighing the increasing feed costs, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
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* Company News

Merck & Sanofi-Aventis To Maintain Separate Businesses
US & FRANCE - Merck and sanofi-aventis announced today the mutual termination of their agreement to form a new animal health joint venture by combining Merial, the animal health business of sanofi-aventis, with Intervet/Schering-Plough, Merck's animal health unit. As a result, each party will keep its current, separate animal health assets and businesses.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Korea, South

 » FMD NEWS: S Korea Says FMD Costs Near $2.7 Bln
 
   Bulgaria

 » Foot and Mouth Disease Breaks Out in Bulgaria

   Mexico

 » Opportunities For DDGS Sales To Mexico

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   Ireland

 » IFA Outline Requirements For BVD Eradication
 » Milk Prices Drop A Major Blow To Dairy Producers

   United Kingdom

 » Calls For TB Reactor Clearance Policy Review
 » Online Welfare Training Courses Launched
 » Pushing The Grazing System To The Next Level
 » Protecting Livestock From Viral Diseases
 » Zero Mastitis Through Design
 » Tesco Pays Highest Ever Price To Dairy Farmers

   New Zealand

 » Can Biochar Suppress Greenhouse Gases?
 » Dairy Farmers Tackle Pollution
 » Milk Pricing Inquiry Urgently Needed
 » Fonterra On Track For One Of Best Years Ever
 » Volatility In Dairy Sector Here To Stay
 » Boosting Milk Production Major Focus Of Research
 » New Zealand Cows Like Shade Better Than Showers

   United States

 » Concerns About New Dairy Import Tax
 » Update On Corn Consumption
 » Border Violence Threatens Spread Of Tick Fever
 » Wyoming Rancher Urges Congress To Support GIPSA
 » Washington Dairy Project Addresses Climate Change
 » Proper Sire Selection Vital To Beef Herd Performance
 » Dairy Youth Conference Planned
 » Optimize Heifer Calf Growth With Quality Starters

   Russian Federation

 » Growth In Milk Production Forecast
 » Foot and Mouth Disease Breaks Out in Russia
 » AgroFarm 2011 On Course For Growth

   Canada

 » Increasing Profits & Reducing Carbon Footprint

   Australia

 » Price War Threatens Australian Dairy Producers

   General

 » Govts Urged To Prioritise Feed Grains
 » Global Wheat Production To Increase In 2011
 » France & Ireland Set Out A Strong CAP For The Future

   Netherlands

 » Biomarkers For Pregnancy In Dairy Cattle
 » Breeding For Efficiency Is Possible

   Taiwan

 » Foot and Mouth Disease Breaks Out in Taiwan

   European Union

 » Zoonoses Report Shows Salmonella In Humans Falls

   South Africa

 » More Foot and Mouth Disease in South Africa

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   Denmark

 » Course On Animal Stress Responses Well Received



That's all for this week!

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