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Friday 26th October 2012.

Charlotte Johnston - TheDairySite Editor

Charlotte Johnston
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Feed Challenges to Face Producers this Winter

UK producers have experienced the wettest summer in over 20 years. Many producers have used up their winter supplies of forage stocks feeding livestock over the summer months.

The adverse weather conditions have meant lower quality grass silage. It has also been one of the poorest cereals harvests on record and maize silage is unlikely to save the day.

Some maize crops have failed completely, with most expected to be at 50 to 75 per cent of normal yields.

On top of this protein prices have been astronomically high. Soya is over the £420 per tonne mark, with wheat over £180 per tonne.

James Husband, from Evidence Based Veterinary Consultancy and a member of the European Board of Bovine Experts, said that some producers may consider cutting back concentrate use due to the costs.

This, however, is not the best option, he said. Instead, he advises producers to continue feeding cows to keep milk yields and margins up.

To cut back costs, Mr Husband suggested that producers look to ration based on amino acids and cut back on crude protein, aiming for 16 per cent rather than 18 per cent.

Another suggestion might be to increase urea in the diet to make available more soluble protein, which would allow some crude protein to be replaced.

Mr Husband said that this year would be a tricky year for producers, as many would see milk yields drop, despite a higher feed rate.

As well as a lack of decent forage, producers are also going to need to look for starch sources, due to a poor maize crop.

Alternative sources of starch could be found from wholecrop wheat, waste products such as breakfast cereal or maize grains. While maize grains are not commonly used in the UK, Mr Husband said that they are starting to look more attractive on a pence per MJ basis.

Mr Husband also suggested potatoes as an alternative, with 80 per cent starch and 50 per cent dry matter content.

With poor quality feed and wet weather, Mr Husband said that producers should look out for signs of mycotoxins in feed and acidosis in cows.


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Determining US Milk Quality Using Bulk-Tank Somatic Cell Counts
Bulk tank somatic cell counts (BTSCCs) are indicative of the quality of the nation's milk supply. It appears that somatic cell counts (SCCs) are decreasing year by year, it appears that improvements in management practices and new EU import regulations may be responsible.

Dairy Quotas in Latvia
Roger Waite, spokesperson for the European Commissioner of Agriculture gives a background to the milk quota system, particularly looking at Latvia.

Dairy Outlook – Feed Inputs and Financial Stability
Margins continue to tighten as the 2012 year proceeds, but the milk price outlook provides some relief, writes Kristen Schulte, University of Iowa.

What Do RIN Values Tell Us about Biofuel Mandates?
The impact of the US drought on the price of corn and other feed grains and oilseeds has made the arcane subject of Renewable Identification Number (RINs) and the role of US biofuel policy of great interest this year. For example, there have been a number of recent calls to the EPA for waivers of the RFS mandates to relieve pressure on food prices for consumers and feed prices for livestock producers.


Mycotoxin Strategies for the 2012 Corn Harvest
GLOBAL - The 2012 corn crop has been under significant stress; as a result the overall quality is a concern to livestock and poultry producers. Biomin is hosting an educational webinar focussed on quality findings, possible effects to livestock and poultry and solution-based strategies to cope with mycotoxins.
Biomin Ukraine at AGRO 2012
UKRAINE - From 5 to 8 September, Biomin Ukraine participated in the 24th International agriculture exhibition ‘Agro 2012’ in Kiev.
Merial, DSM Collaborate on Algae Based Vaccine
GLOBAL - DSM Nutritional Products, a subsidiary of Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, announced today that it has entered into a collaboration with Merial Limited under a Development and Option to License Agreement to develop animal health vaccines using DSM's proprietary algal expression system.


   United Kingdom

Liver Fluke Infection Levels Rising
Tighter Measures to Tackle Bovine TB Introduced
Novel Analysis Technique Gives More Accurate Measurement of Silage Feed Value
Keep the Focus on Feed Efficiency
Blow for Badger Cull as Industry Agrees to Postpone
Morrisons Increases Retail Milk Price
Kendall Says Badger Cull Postponed, Not Abandoned
Farm Walks to Present Latest Findings on Dry Cow Feeding
Should we be Investing More in Parlours and Labour?
Politics Influencing Key Decisions Regarding Antibiotic Use, not Science
UK Remains Committed to TB Eradication Plan, Despite Backbench Vote Against Badger Cull

   China

Chinese Dairies Invest in Europe and Oceania
Growth in Organic Products Due to Food Scares

   New Zealand

Farmer Convicted for Mistreatment of Dairy Herd

   Spain

Spanish Producers Protest over Dairy Crisis

   United States

Milk Price to Increase as Herd Contracts
Weekly Roberts Market Report
CME: Cattle on Feed Lower than Expected
Exercise Proper Management When Grazing Corn Fodder
What Repercussions Will Follow Proposition 37?
Forage Conference Focuses on Recovery
Weekly Roberts Market Report
US Dairy Exports Continue to Boom

   European Union

Is Europe Gearing Up for Greater Milk Production?
EC Reviews Measures on Imports from Japan
EU Agricultural Reform - What is Going on?
CAP Reform Agreement Possible by End of Year
Transparency of EU Farm Subsidies Supported

   Ireland

Irish to Grow UK Cheese Output in England
Is Ireland Ready for More Milk?

   Australia

Tagging Cattle Correctly
Policies Needed to Support Agriculture, Not Strangle it
Perception, Policy, Prices - Key Issues Affecting Agriculture

   Finland

Schmallenberg Found in Finland

   Indonesia

Easier Access for US Dairy Exports to Indonesia
Indonesia Dairy Imports to Grow

   Global

Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture to be Developed
Progress Made in Stopping Decline of Livestock Genetic Diversity
Global Standards for Animal Welfare

   Iceland

IBR Alert in Iceland

   Canada

Canada's Milk Production Set to Increase
Canadian Think Tank Questions Rationale of Supply Management

   Ukraine

MIlk Production to Begin Upward Trend

   Croatia

Croatian Farmers Concerned at Drastic EU Milk Markets

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