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TheDairySite Newsletter - 11 May 2012

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Editorial: NZ Dairy Industry Distorted, Says US

With global dairy prices falling due to increased production, the US Dairy Export Council has urged US dairy suppliers to protect volume and market share gains accrued in 2010- 11.

“We can’t take the hit and balance the world market through our own inventories every time supply and demand run into an imbalance,” USDEC president Tom Suber said.

Speaking about the implementation of free trade agreements (FTAs), Mr Suber said that new opportunities awaited the US, and that the industry was working hard to gain access into Russia and iron out Chinese health certificate issues.

However, talking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement talks, Mr Suber said that sharing a FTA with New Zealand was problematic, because of it's artificially distorted dairy industry.

He said that the US government was closely watching the New Zealand market, over concerns that the New Zealand government has provided an unbalanced market advantage to Fonterra.

The New Zealand government is currently reviewing Fonterra's situation in the dairy markets, however Mr Suber believes that proposed changes to the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act will only increase Fonterra's market power.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

US Dairy Outlook: Milk Production Increases
Favourable weather at the start of 2012 has attributed to increased milk production. Rolling annual milk production is up 2.34 per cent at the end of February at 198 billion pounds. Rolling herd average at the end of February is at 21,497, up from 21,335 at the end of 2011, writes Kristen Schulte from the Iowa State University.
Longitudinal Study on Morbidity and Mortality in White Veal Calves in Belgium
In a rare study of the health of veal calves reared commercially, researchers based in Ghent found an average mortality rate of just over five cent in the 15 groups they studied.
Changing Farming Practices Accompany Major Shifts in Farm Structure
Changing production practices, including adoption of labour-saving innovations, have contributed to and been affected by increases in both agricultural productivity and the concentration of production, write Erik O'Donoghue, James MacDonald, Utpal Vasavada and Patrick Sullivan of USDA Economic Research service in the latest issue of Amber Waves.
Unusually Warm Spring May Cause Stored Grain Problems
The warm spring temperatures following a warm winter may lead to stored grain problems, particularly for grain that exceeds the recommended storage moisture content or did not stay cool during the winter, writes Calli Thorne, North Dakota State University Extension Agent.
Dynamics of Salmonella Serotype Shifts in an Endemically Infected Dairy Herd
In cows from a typical dairy herd in the US, the prevalence of faecal shedding of Salmonella over the six-year study period ranged from eight per cent to 97 per cent, and most of them were shedding most of the time, according to researchers. Kentucky and Cerro were the main serotypes found on this farm.
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* Market Reports

 » USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 2 May 2012
 » GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice
 » World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - May 2012

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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Global

 » High Supply Impacts Milk Prices
 » Global Dairy Prices Continue to Fall
 » Dairy Farming - One of the Worst Jobs?
 » Winners Emerging from the Global Economic Crisis

Cow Signals Training Books
   United Kingdom

 » Milk Processors Slammed for Atrocious Behaviour
 » Trace Testing Cattle on Approved Units Ends
 » Milk Link, Another Processor Drops Farmgate Price
 » Mixed Reactions to Go Ahead for Grocery Adjudicator
 » Action on GHGs Builds Momentum
 » Examining the Future of UK Red Meat, Dairy Sectors
 » Spotlight on Milk Processors at Supply Forum

   Korea, South

 » Public Upset as Inspectors Don't Visit BSE Outbreak

   United States

 » Yield has Significant Impact on Profitability
 » Cattle Outlook: June Live Cattle Futures Ended Up
 » Corn Prices in Three Parts
 » Healthy Animals Make Confident Consumers
 » CME: Corn Market Remains Fluid
 » US Dairy Suppliers Look to Protect Market Share
 » NFU Encourages Judicious Use of Antibiotics
 » Soybean Crop Increases; Supply to Dip
 » Dairy Stakeholders Lose Out Through Farm Bill
 » CME: Farmers to Harvest Record Corn Crop

Animax Veterinary Health
   Morocco

 » Nestle Develops New Partnership in Morocco

   Libya

 » FMD NEWS: Outbreaks Affect More Cattle in Libya

   Australia

 » Australia Boosts Biosecurity Measures
 » GLOBAL GAP Approves JBS EU Approved Feedlots

   New Zealand

 » New Management Strategy for Fonterra
 » Transport Pregnant Cows With Care
 » Fonterra Teams Up With NZ Rugby Captain

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   Latvia

 » Milk Price Pressure Hits Latvia

   European Union

 » French President-Elect will Defend CAP Budget

   Oman

 » Oman Lifts Restrictions on Cattle Import from Canada

   Greece

 » OIE: Bluetongue Reported in Greece

   Spain

 » Official Milk Recording Method Simplified

   Germany

 » OIE: More Schmallenberg Outbreaks Confirmed

   France

 » OIE: Brucellosis Outbreaks Reported in France

   Brazil

 » Brazil Leads South American Meeting on FMD

   India

 » Dairies Threaten to Stop Milk Collection

   Belgium

 » Survey of Flemish Milk Production Underway



That's all for this week!

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