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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: US Dairy Farmers Facing Increasing Problems

Dairy farmers in the US could face increasing problems because of high feed costs and poor weather conditions according to a Purdue University specialist.

Mike Schultz said that over the last year 75 dairy farms in Indiana have been forced to close because of falling revenues.

And he indicates that with increased feed costs and poor weather conditions making silage and forage expensive and farmers having to turn to even more expensive corn to feed their cattle, further problems are on the horizon.

"In Indiana we've already seen per-cow milk production decline, partially due to feed quality issues," Mr Schultz said.

"Another big factor in the milk production decline was the summer's extreme heat and humidity; and delayed breeding cycles may affect production for some time."

In New Zealand, Federated Farmers has told the Commerce Select Committee Inquiry into milk prices that an inquiry is premature given the work being undertaken by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), Ministry of Economic Development and The Treasury.

"Federated Farmers recommends that the inquiry find New Zealanders are not paying too much for milk relative to other countries and that our market is operating effectively," said Willy Leferink, Federated Farmers Dairy chairperson.

In France, The France MilkBoard presented a model contract with fair terms and conditions for French milk producers at the SPACE agricultural fair.

The Act on the Modernisation of Agriculture (LMA) of 2010 obliges French dairies to draw up raw-milk supply contracts to submit to their farmers.

To strengthen the milk producers’ rights when confronted with unacceptable offers from the dairies, the France MilkBoard (FMB) has now presented a model contract and handed it over to the Minister of Agriculture, Bruno LeMaire.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Grazing Dairy Heifers Increases Profits
The dramatic rise in grain prices over the past six months has dairymen wondering how they can get the most bang for their buck, writes Peter Callan, Extension Agent, Virginia.
Mastitis: New Tools For Old Problems
If you can't measure mastitis, you can't manage it, says Carol Collar from the University of California.
The European Response to BSE: A Success Story
Food safety authorities across Europe and the meat industry will need to stay vigilant to the threat of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) even while the number of incidents has dramatically decreased.
Peering At Genes To Detect Origin Of Cattle Diseases
The eyes are said to be the windows into the soul of humans, but in the case of cattle, they may hold clues to overall animal health. A closer look at pinkeye is offering insight into other costly bacterial diseases as well.
Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook
Amidst drought and domestically high feed prices, exports are flourishing, according to Rachel J. Johnson in the latest report from US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service.
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Asia Distributors Gather For Annual Meeting
SINGAPORE - The annual distributor meeting of Asia took place in the vibrant city of Singapore in August 2011.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Mexico

 » Record Export Of Calves in 2010-2011 Cycle

   United States

 » Will The Corn Production Forecast Change?
 » Feed Availability Reinforces Need For Reform
 » CME: Region Six Slaughter Up 47 Per Cent
 » Michigan's TB Status Upgraded
 » Cattle Outlook: Beef & Pork Prices Up
 » Groups Say No To Dairy Market Stabilisation
 » USDA Public Traceability & bTB Meeting
 » CME: Domestic Slaughter Up 18 Per Cent Since July
 » Minimise Livestock Prussic Acid Poisoning Risk
 » CME:The Challenge Of High Feed Costs
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » High Milk Prices Keep Struggling Dairy Farms Afloat
 » CME: Cattle On Feed Expected To Show Gains
 » Jersey Enthusiasts Can Apply For Fred Stout Awards
 » In The Cattle Markets: Market Volatility Continues
 » Changes Enhance 'Foundation For The Future' Policy
 » CME: Currency Rates Will Affect Trade Volume
 » New Computer Models to Help Tone Down Odour

   United Kingdom

 » UK Tuberculosis Statistics
 » Union Members Meet To Discuss Farming Issues
 » Dairy Crest To Pay More For Milk
 » NFUS Calls For Animal Health & Welfare Budget Fix
 » More Info From Sellers To Minimise Disease Risk
 » White Paper- Future Of Industry In Its Own Hands
 » LMC:Surge In GB Farmgate Prices Since July/August
 » Dairy UK Supports Defra Date Marking Initiative
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - September 2011
 » Refocus on Role of Farmers as Food Producers

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   General

 » Egyptian Market Re-Opens To Live Cattle
 » Council Marks Progress On Tunisia Grain Lab
 » Britain & Poland Call For Radical CAP Reform
 » Feedgrain Prices Still Driven by US Corn Yield

   New Zealand

 » Committee Milk Inquiry 'A Parliament Too Early'
 » Canterbury Bans Pigs & Cows Near Waterways
 » New Code Released On Welfare For Animal Transport
 » Fonterra: Mainland Recalls Three Products

   France

 » Fair Contracts, Not Dependency For Milk Producers
 » Farmers Look At Duo Maize Success

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   Taiwan

 » USGC Consultant Boosts Mycotoxin Understanding

   Paraguay

 » Foot and Mouth Outbreak Reported
 » Beef Exports Halted After FMD Detection

   European Union

 » WTO Public Forum 2011 & The Welfare Challenges
 » Draft CAP Proposal Does Not Improve Welfare

   Australia

 » Weekly Cattle Summary

   Ireland

 » Teagasc Launches 'Energy Use In Agriculture'
 » Dairy Efficiency Participants To Register Health Events
 » World Class Milk Testing Crucial Part Of Expansion

   Spain

 » CAP Should Help Environment & Improve Practice

   Italy

 » Ten More Anthrax Outbreaks Reported In Italy



That's all for this week!

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