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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: New EU Rules for Fairer Milk Prices

In Europe, new rules have gone through the first stage of approval aiming to give farmers fairer prices for raw milk.

The measures were agreed by MEPs and Council negotiators this week, but still need to be confirmed by the Parliament as a whole and the Council.

The key aim of the proposed regulation, introduced at the request of the European Parliament after the 2009 milk crisis, is to boost dairy farmers' bargaining power, ensure fairer prices for raw milk they produce and thus help them to prepare for the end of milk quotas in 2015.

New rules will allow producers' organisations to negotiate raw milk prices for the farmers they represent.

MEPs also put in place a provision for supply management regimes for certain geographically protected quality cheeses.

The aim of the measures is to ensure fairer competition and the measures lay dow that the volume of raw milk covered by negotiations between producers' organisation and processors or collectors may not exceed 3.5 per cent of total EU output, Nor may it exceed either 33 per cent of overall national production or 45 per cent in states where total production amounts to less than 500,000 tonnes.

EU countries can also separately continue to decide whether or not to impose contracts covering milk delivery from farmers to collectors or processors.

However, where a country does choose to impose compulsory contracts for milk supplies, these contracts must state the price.

All this comes at a time when milk prices and markets in the EU are starting to look rosier.

In France, where there is a general election this year, the Agricultural Ministry has said that milk producers are able to exceed their 2011/2012 milk quota by up to two per cent, without being penalised.

In October 2011, it was announced that smaller producers, producing up to 170,000 litres, can exceed their quota by up to 10,000 litres.

Minister Bruno Le Maire said that these measures will allow producers to take advantage of the strong dairy markets.

However, the market is not looking so bright in China.

The country's three biggest dairy companies including Sanyuan, Yili and Mengniu brands have put up prices of some dairy products.

The reason for the increase has been put down to increasing costs of raw materials although some Chinese analysts have noted that the price of raw milk has been rising while the price of raw materials such as packaging have been falling.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Less Mastitis through Targeted Selective Breeding: Mammary Function
Recent findings have enhanced our understanding of the functional role of these genes and genetic pathways in bovine mastitis, according to the final scientific report from the EU group, Sustainable Animal Breeding (SABRE) subtitled 'Cutting Edge Genomics for Sustainable Animal Breeding'.
Fertliser Value Of Dairy Soiled Water
Fertiliser N prices, having decreased in 2009 and 2010, increased again in 2011. Fertiliser accounts for roughly 15-20 per cent of the total variable costs on dairy farms.
Feeds For The Future
On New Zealand dairy farms the more home-grown feed that is eaten per hectare the higher the operating profit per hectare. Opportunities to improve feed eaten have to be identified by David Chapman, DairyNZ Scientist, Dave Clark, DairyNZ Principal Scientist Farm Systems and Warren King, AgResearch.
Demand Rising For US Genetics In Eastern Europe
Poland's demand for US dairy genetics continues to expand, with seven months 2011 trade data showing a 10 per cent increase over same period 2010. For 2010, Poland's imports total 1.183 million, an increase of $300,000 or 46 per cent over 2009.
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Biomin India: Strong Presence at Local Trade Shows
INDIA - Kicking off in November, the annual Hyderabad Poultry Show is becoming widely recognised as the major event for the Indian poultry industry.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Russian Federation

 » BLUETONGUE: Bluetongue Reported In Russia
 » Russia Exports 17MT of Grain To-Date

   Paraguay

 » FMD NEWS: FMD Outbreak Reported In Paraguay
 » OIE: FMD Outbreak Reported In Paraguay

   United States

 » Proper Mineral Management: Keeping Cattle Healthy
 » End of Ethanol Tax Credits Affects Corn, Feed and Biofuel Markets
 » CME: Whey Prices On Steady Rise All Year
 » Cattle Outlook: Retail Beef Prices Still High
 » Cheese, Butter Sales Improved
 » Faculty Renewal Gift Boosts Cornell Dairy Programme
 » Improving Plant Digestibility
 » CME: Record Levels Of Trading, Production & Prices
 » Cattle Outlook: Record High Cattle Prices In 2011
 » CME: 2011 Market Reflection
 » CME: 2011 December Class III - $18.77
 » Professors Team Up For Milk Quality
 » Advice Offered At Fort Wayne Farm Show
 » CME: Butter, Powder Output Very Heavy
 » CME: Dry Whey Production Down In November
 » CME: 2011 A Year Of Adjustments For Meat Sector
 » CME: Cheese Markets Getting Support
 » FDA Bans Certain Uses Of Cephalosporins

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   Australia

 » Research Funds Boost Fight Against Pest Animals
 » 2012 - Australian Year Of The Farmer
 » Consultation On Livestock Exports

   Canada

 » Immune Response To Stress
 » Developing New Forage Markets

   General

 » Africa: What Do Livestock Add?
 » Russia Joins WTO - A 'Win-Win'?
 » Australia Supports Disease Control In Africa
 » Livestock Feed Development Project
 » OIE Extends Risk Prevention Activities
 » OFC - Reduce Waste to Meet Food Demand

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   China

 » Toxins Found In Tainted Milk Brand Product
 » Dairy Makers To Hike Milk Price
 » Food Safety Campaign Slashes Dairy Numbers

   United Kingdom

 » Green Food Project Gets Underway
 » Funds To Protect Wildlife & Manage Flood Risk
 » Herdsure Extends Johnes Testing To Milk
 » OFC - UK Punching Above its Farming Weight
 » OFC - CAP Reform to Meet Increasing Food Demand
 » Arla Foods Plans Expansion In Scotland
 » UFU President Outlines Priorities for 2012
 » Spelman: Alliances Will Shape CAP That Fits

   Netherlands

 » Major European Genomics Report Published
 » Growth Set to Challenge Dutch Agri Sector

   Norway

 » Use Lactation Curve To Improve Management

   Czech Republic

 » Czech Ag Census 2010 Confirms Largest Farm Size

   France

 » Changes To Milk Management Quotas

   Italy

 » Organic Feed Fraud Uncovered

   Korea, South

 » Govt Offers Protection From FTAs

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   Germany

 » A Look At 2012 Prospects

   Ireland

 » Safe Handling Of Cattle On Farms

   Brazil

 » Brazil Steps Up FMD Biosecurity

   Angola

 » Over 160,000 Cattle Immunised In Namibe

   European Union

 » Fairer Deal For Dairy Farmers: New Rules Agreed

   Philippines

 » Philippines Improves Dairy Competitiveness



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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