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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Dairy Farmers Feel The Pinch

Corn prices have nearly doubled in the US and there have also been major increases in other commodities. Couple that with a shortage of quality alfalfa hay and it is understandable that dairy farmers are struggling to feed their herds.

Experts at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture expect these high prices to continue.

Feeding programmes containing higher amounts of forages are generally more profitable for a dairy business, but farmers must harvest and store high-quality forages to take advantage of that.

Farmers are advised to harvest corn for silage when the moisture is between 65 and 70 per cent or 30 to 35 per cent dry matter, depending on the storage structure they use.

Forage testing can be a big help in balancing diets for milking cows, dry cows and heifers.

European research has concluded that bleeding calf syndrome is linked to anti-MHC class I antibodies, produced by the mother in response to contamination of vaccine against bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD).

It is suggested that the antibodies in colostrum are responsible for destroying the calf's blood cells.

In June 2010, Pfizer voluntarily stopped sales of Pregsure BVD after a preliminary investigation linked it to a possible cause of bleeding calf syndrome.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Alternatives To Traditional Cubicle-Based Housing
What do cows, dairy farmers and society want? This question formed the background to the study carried out by Wageningen UR Livestock Research into alternatives to the traditional cubicle-based housing for cows which became popular in the 1960s with the goal of improving efficiency.
USDA: Effects Of Rising CO2 On Rangelands
Rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can reverse the drying effects of predicted higher temperatures on semi-arid rangelands, according to a study published in the scientific journal Nature by a team of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and university scientists.
Economic Benefit Of Genomic Selection For RFI
The aim of the Australian Profit Ranking (APR) selection index for Australian dairy cattle is to improve the profitability of dairy farming. It assigns weights to milk, fat and protein yield, daughter survival, daughter fertility, somatic cell count, live weight, temperament and likeability according to their contributions to profit and their correlations, write B Hayes, J Pryce from the Department of Primary Industries, Australia and J Van Der Werf, University of New England.
Enhancing Antioxidant Properties Of Milk Using A Programmed Nutritional Approach
Milk composition is affected by the diet consumed by the lactating dairy cow. Alltech's programmed approach to enhancing natural antioxidant capacity involved the feeding of a low inclusion rate pack of bundled, proprietary Alltech technology.
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* Company News

September Is 'Exhibition Month' For CID Lines
GLOBAL - CID Lines will be exhibiting at seven events this month.
Merck Expands Its Omaha Vaccine Plant
NEBRASKA, US - Merck & Co. Inc.'s animal vaccine facility in the Elkhorn area is becoming one of the multinational company's worldwide centres of research and development and a high-volume manufacturing operation.
Grand Opening For BIVI Sioux Centre Vaccine Facility
US - Governor Terry E. Branstad travelled to Sioux Centre last week to attend the grand opening for one of three Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) specialised vaccine research facilities.
Biomin To Exhibit At SPACE
FRANCE - Biomin invites visitors to SPACE to visit its booth, B36 in Hall nine.
Biomin Asia Nutrition Forum Takes Centre Stage
ASIA - Biomin has announced the dates and destinations for the company's biennial event, Biomin Asia Nutrition Forum in October.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Early Price Peak For Corn & Soybeans?
 » New Website Voices Farmers Dairy Reform Concerns
 » High Corn Prices Make Feeding Herds Challenging
 » Report Profiles Top Animal Health & Nutrition Firms
 » How Often Should Manure Be Sampled?
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report

   United Kingdom

 » Scotland's Stronger Defences Against FMD
 » Minister To Open Dairy Event & Livestock Show
 » Video To Help Farmers Reduce TB Risks
 » NFU Complaint Follows bTB Comment
 » NBA: Animal Health Should Replace Natural England
 » DairyUK & DairyCo Promote 'Proud Of Dairy' Campaign
 » Big Challenges Continue For Tenanted Dairy Farms
 » UFU Launch New Pest Control Scheme

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   New Zealand

 » Greater Wellington's Farmers As Compliance Heroes
 » Act Now To Avoid Difficult Spring
 » Farmers Applaud 'Realistic' Energy Strategy
 » Fonterra; No Change In Opening Season Payout

   China

 » Dairy Firms Must Improve & Lead In World Market

   Ireland

 » Farmers Encouraged To Sell Through The Marts

   European Union

 » Electronic Identification To Improve Health & Safety

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   General

 » China Studies Swedish Animal Health Model
 » Vaccine Linked To Bleeding Calf Syndrome
 » Fonterra To Acquire Indian Pharmaceutical Company
 » Crucial International Conference Comes To Wales

   Armenia

 » Armenian Ag Ministry Forecasts Growth Next Year

   Australia

 » Mark 1 Boxes Banned In Light Of Report
 » Will Live Export Ban Create Or Stifle Jobs?
 » Weekly Cattle Summary

   Saudi Arabia

 » Saudi Dairy Group Expands in Poultry

   Canada

 » ABVMA To Increase Awareness Of Biosecurity

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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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