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TheDairySite Newsletter - 27 July 2012

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Dairy Industry Battles Weather and Prices

Drought and heat hits dairies in the US

In California, there are some dairy herds of 10,000 head or more losing more than $1 million a month. This was reported at a Wyffels-Hybrid conference last week attended by TheCattleSite senior editor, Sarah Mikesell.

The reasons for the large losses could be many, including escalating costs of production, particularly feed costs, along with a relatively low milk price being prime.

In the Midwest, there have been reports of an increasing number of calf deaths due to the rising heat. It is suspected that young calves have succumbed to the heat because of their tendency not to drink much water when 10 days old or younger.

Producers are also being urged to check calf housing to ensure adequate ventilation is in place.

Protests in the UK continue

Meanwhile, farmers in the UK have shown great unity in recent milk price protests.

In response, some retailers have raised the farmgate milk price, however, the pressure is still on, as the majority of farmers are being paid less than the cost of production.

Having a week of sunny weather is somewhat of a rarity in the UK and despite being under pressure to cut silage, demonstrators have turned out in force, with some processing plants being forced to shut down production.

An agreement was reached earlier this week on the principles of a voluntary code of practice, to better manage the relationship between farmers and milk processors. Final details will be released in August.

Milk production increases in NZ

There is some positive news for dairy farmers in New Zealand this week, as the Ministry of Agriculture released a report showing favourable climatic conditions for dairy farming.

Production of milk solids increased 11.5 per cent in the March 2012 quarter to 511,000 tonnes, and 13.2 per cent in the year to March 2012 (to 1,655,000 tonnes). This increase was due to favourable climatic conditions boosting milk yield per cow and an increase in cow numbers.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

New Programme to Control IBR
An outbreak of Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis in dairy cattle in the UK could cost producers around two litres of milk per cow per day or the equivalent of about £180 in a year, writes Chris Harris, Editor in Chief.
Milk Pricing in the UK - An Overview
With the recent farmgate milk price drops, farmers have taken to the streets in protest. Here, Sophie Stoye from FAI Farms, Oxford, gives an overview of the milk pricing situation in the UK to date.
DairyCo July report - Production Peaks in EU
There appears to be more confidence in European dairy markets as we move through the EU milk production peak and milk supply moderates, according to DairyCo, the UK levy board.
Impact of Dry Cow Cooling on Subsequent Performance and Health
There is compelling evidence that cooling dry cows improves milk yield in the next lactation, writes G.E. Dahl, University of Florida.
* Market Reports

 » USDA Cattle on Feed - July 2012
 » USDA Cattle - July 2012
 » Irish CSO Milk Statistics July 2012
 » Irish CSO Livestock Slaughterings July 2012

* Company News

High Levels of Worm Exposure in 68% Dairy Herds
UK - Bulk milk surveillance for stomach worm exposure in dairy cows has found high levels in 68 per cent of herds, with “probable sub-clinical effects on health and production” according to the test guidelines. Between September 2011 and March this year, 449 milk samples submitted by dairy vets and SQP animal health advisers were analysed independently for Pfizer VPS and the programme continues.
National All Breeds Secures 3-Year Sponsor
UK - Pfizer Animal Health is the new main sponsor of the National All Breeds Show, being staged at Livestock 2012 on 4-5 September at the National Exhibition Centre.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Australia

 » Farm Health and Safety Should be Front of Mind
 » Live Cattle Exporters Seeking New Markets
 » Ponding to Improve Unproductive Pasture
 » Aussie Government Supports Research and Innovation
 » Government to Review Livestock Export Standards
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Feed Grain Prices Surge Throughout July

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   United States

 » AFBF: Impact of 2012 Drought to Remain Unknown
 » Study Released on Future of Biofuels and Feed
 » Cattle Outlook: Corn, Soy Prices Set New Record
 » Livestock Industry Backs the Wildfire Prevention Act
 » Important Amendment Included in Farm Bill
 » CME: Cattle Inventory Lower than Expected
 » Are Soybean Prices High Enough?
 » Academy Seeks Students Interested in Dairy Careers
 » Drought Threatens Financial Well-Being of Livestock
 » Could Milk Supply Limits Add to Drought Effects?
 » CME: Cattle Futures Modestly Higher on Monday
 » Webinar Examines Livestock Options During Drought
 » Idle Land Open for Livestock Feed
 » Proposed APHIS Rule Could Impact Farmers
 » Forage Crops Could Provide Opportunities
 » Grain, Corn Prices Reach High - But Not in Crisis Yet
 » Dairy Calf Deaths on the Rise Due to Heat Wave
 » CDC Urges States to Tighten Raw Milk Regulation
 » House Leadership Urged to Finish Farm Bill
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report

   Mexico

 » Animal Health, Traceability Improvement Promoted
 » Mexico is Sixth Largest Producer of Feed

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   United Kingdom

 » Agriculture Ministers Discuss Dairy Industry Situation
 » Breakthrough as Major Retailers Move on Milk Price
 » Livestock 2012: Farm Health Planning Seminars
 » Pressure Mounts for Dairy Price Cut Reversal
 » Dairy Voluntary Code of Practice Agreed
 » Asda Moves on Milk Price
 » Dairy Farm Protests Continue Across UK
 » Funding to Improve Animal Welfare
 » Dairy Farmers Get the Recognition they Deserve
 » Pressure Mounts on Wiseman, Muller over Price Cuts

   Global

 » Countries must Comply with Rinderpest Virus Rules
 » Global Feed Industry Voices Alarm At Rising Costs
 » NZ/India Talks Stall Over Dairy Trade

   New Zealand

 » NZ Farmers Confidence Plummets
 » Dairy Industry Restructuing Bill Passes Final Stage
 » Favourable Conditions for NZ Dairy Industry
 » Fonterra Announces New Chairman Elect

   Ireland

 » Increasing Costs of Production Eating Farm Profits
 » Farmer Concerns in Animal Health and Welfare Bill

   Canada

 » Government Invests in Forage Land Restoration

   China

 » Aflatoxin Found in Chinese Dairies

   Brazil

 » Increase in Brazilian Cattle Slaughter

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That's all for this week!

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