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TheDairySite Newsletter - 5 April 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Could the Spanish Dairy Sector Collapse?

This week, the Spanish Small Farmers Union (UPA) has said that the Spanish milk market is on the brink of a collapse. The union says that rising production costs are crippling farmers, and farmgate milk prices are falling.

For the dairy industry, feed accounts for around 70 per cent of production costs. These feed costs have reportedly increased by 50 per cent since 2010 and the current drought situation is set to make this worse.

UPA has said that demand for dairy products is increasing, which should economically speaking increase prices, but as yet Spanish and European milk producers, have not seen this.

Spanish producers are set to organise protests over the coming month, demanding a fair price for milk.

Arnaud Petit, Director of Commodities and Trade for Copa-Cogeca told TheCattleSite that Spain was not the only country suffering from falling milk prices. In fact, it is a trend that has been seen across Europe in the last couple of months.

Passing the cost of production on from producers to retailers and onto the consumer is a global problem, he explained.

Whilst Spain is suffering from drought, it also has a feed advantage due to the trade deal it has with South America, he says. Through this trade deal Spain can import around two million tonnes of maize and sorghum at a low duty, providing low cost feed for producers. However, Mr Petit points out that South America is also currently suffering from severe drought, which has lowered harvest estimations, particularly for maize.

Whether the Spanish industry is on the brink of a collapse or not is unknown. Certainly producers are struggling with high production costs and a low milk price. Whilst it is too early to see any impact of the European Milk Package, which was given the go ahead last month, it is hoped that when it comes into play, it will give producers more power to negotiate with processors for a fair milk price.

This week's newsletter is a day early due to a Bank Holiday in the UK tomorrow.

Happy Easter!

Charlotte Johnston

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Raw Milk: Fact or Fiction?
The use of raw milk as a beverage for humans is a hotly debated topic. A simple Internet search using the term "raw milk" yields conflicting claims about its benefits and dangers. Many people base their opinions about raw milk on myths rather than facts. Not knowing the risks may lead people to drink raw milk and risk illness from harmful bacteria. If you are thinking about adding raw milk to your diet, or if you are curious about the debate, then this publication from the University of Florida will help you sort through the myths and facts of the raw milk debate.
Developing Grass and Clover Varieties
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Continuous Housing of Dairy Cows
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Bridging the US China Trade Gap
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Tesco Drops Milk Price in line with Cost Tracker
 » Minister Outlines Export Opportunities
 » Early Turnout Challenge to Milk Quality
 » Leading Family Feed Businesses Merge
 » 238 Holdings Infected with Schmallenberg
 » Union Demands Transparency on Bader Cull Decision
 » Vegetable Protein Key for Future Protein Supplies
 » Spring Grass Growth Reaches Record Highs

   Mexico

 » Mexican Cattle Supplies Influenced by Drought

   Canada

 » Cost-Effective Feed Critical to Livestock Production
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   United States

 » REAL Logo to Promote US Made Dairy Products
 » AVMA Responds to Court Ruling on Antibiotic Use
 » CME: Spot Butter Continues to Lose Ground
 » CME: Live Cattle Futures Continue to Retreat
 » Lack of Fertility Linked to Mysterious Male DNA
 » CME: Corn Plantings up Four Per Cent
 » Growing Dairy Industry Mindful of Water Use
 » Winter Precipitation and Corn Yield
 » More Milk Income Loss Contract Payments to Come
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Encouraging Innovative Technology Permits on Farms
 » Milk Powder Production Up 24.4 Per Cent

   Ireland

 » Making the Most of Colostrum
 » Sexed Semen in Irish Dairy Herds
 » Teagasc Coordinates €1.3m Cheese Research Project

   Indonesia

 » Nestle Develops Dairy in Indonesia

   Netherlands

 » Schothorst Feed Starts Dairy Research

   Uruguay

 » Dairy Exports to US to Reach $2 Billion in 2020

   New Zealand

 » Calls to Stop Milk Quota Increase
 » Floods in North Island Spark Armyworm Warning
 » Producers to Prepare for Animal Tracing Scheme
 » Bill to Restructure Dairy Industry Passes 1st Reading
 » Supermarket Milk Margins Over 40 Per Cent

   European Union

 » EU Agricultural Policy Reform Delay
 » Tackling Schmallenberg in the EU
 » No Evidence of Schmallenberg Risk to Humans

   Australia

 » Future Proof your Dairy Operations
 » Australian Food Production Increasing

   Chile

 » Increase in TB Cases Leads to National Campaign

   Spain

 » Drought Pushes Feed Prices up 12 Per Cent
 » Spanish Dairy Sector on Brink of Collapse
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   Germany

 » Germany Makes Schmallenberg Notifiable Disease

   Global

 » Higher Global Dairy Trade Prices

   Sri Lanka

 » Nestle Boosts Dairy Industry in Sri Lanka

   China

 » China Becomes Biggest Grocery Market
 » China Learns Dairy Food Safety from US

   Korea, South

 » South Korea Sees Food Exports Grow

   Myanmar

 » Myanmar Looks to Expand Domestic Dairy Production

   Argentina

 » Argentina Looks for New Dairy Markets

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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