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Friday 24th January 2014.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley
Editor


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Fertility Headway Being Made in Southern Hemisphere

Dairy cow fertility has been the watchword in Oceania this week as industry leaders have underscored fertility as critical to cost control.

In New Zealand, the latest figures show fertility performance is improving. In Australia, producers are being rallied to contribute to a national breeding database to collate more breeding data.

Improving the data set will improve accuracy of 2014’s Australian Breeding Values, out in April, in turn assisting with selecting for fertility traits.

Speaking on behalf of Dairy Futures CRC, chief executive Dr David Nation said breeding values are a key focus at the moment, although success depends on a large data sample.

This has been seen in New Zealand this week, where DairyNZ and Livestock Improvement Commission (LIC) statistics have reported a three per cent rise in average six week in-calf rate since 2010.

This means 65 per cent of kiwi cows fall within the six week period, a step closer to the industry target of 78 per cent.

Savings from this improvement have been estimated at NZ$110 million based on a ‘conservative’ $5.50 payout using the InCalf gap calculator.

LIC chief executive officer Wayne McNee said he was encouraged by the findings. He commended dairymen for the improvements, adding that more can be done.

"Based on more recent payout levels, this latest increase is worth more like $150 million to those farmers who made improvements in 2012,” said Mr McNee.

“And there's still at least NZ$400 million on the table, if the average 6-week in-calf rate can get up to the industry target of 78 per cent."

Herd data from 7000 LIC farms was analysed under DairyNZ’s Fertility Focus programme using the cooperative’s herd management software.

Australia boasts a greater corpus from which to derive findings and it is growing. October to December last year saw over 120,0000 farmers submit records for the first time.

Rising popularity has been attributed partly to an upgrade to herd management software package Easy Dairy.

This is promising and, according to Michelle Axford, a manager at the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme, a sign that early adopters are prompting other farmers to adopt the software.

“We know there is a lot more quality data on farms that could be used to bring about faster genetic gain within herds,” she said.

“We’re asking farmers who use herd management software to check they are using the most recent version.

Australian producers are reminded to enter data by with sufficient data for the April ABV calculations.


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Global Dairy Industry News

   United States

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Daily Dairy Trading: Prices Retreat Slightly, Wednesday
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Daily Dairy Trading: Widespread Lift Across Dairy Values, Friday
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Daily Dairy Trading: No Let Up in Prices, Thursday

   European Union

Vaccine Has 'Strong' Link With Bleeding Calf Syndrome
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European Parliament to Hold Vote on Animal Health
European Parliament Calls for Crack Down on Food Fraud

   France

Good Practices Feed Manual Published in French
Denieul Elected President of SPACE

   Australia

Livestock Handling Reports Tighten Up Exports
Applications Open for Concessional Farm Loans

   Turkey

Co-investment Claims Majority Share in Turkish Dairy Giant

   Italy

Dairy Must Help Satisfy Nutrition Message and Food Security

   Israel

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   Global

How Can Global Food Security be Achieved?
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   Germany

Water Stewardship – Key to Food Security
Resilient Farming Systems to Eradicate Hunger
Call for Agricultural Action to Fight Global Hunger
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German BSE Outbreak Confirmed

   New Zealand

Chinese Funding Confirmed By Fonterra
Weevil Control Wasp Must Head West
Destructive Pasture Pest Heads West
Responsible Dairy Event Influences North Island Producers

   Denmark

Effective Danish Effort to Reduce Use of Antibiotics

   Colombia

Hardy Buffalo Herd is 'Production Advantage' For Colombia

   Ireland

Glanbia Price Decisions Welcomed

   Brazil

Pasture Production Tops Priorities In Central Brazil

   Russian Federation

Russian Show to Feature Modern Reproductive Technologies

   Uruguay

Uruguay Dairy Earnings Shoot up 13 per cent

   Finland

Bluetongue Antibodies Identified in Finnish Beef

   United Kingdom

Programme Announced for UK Animal Welfare Conference
Scots To Get Rough Treatment From European Regulations
Keeping Dairy Heifers Outside Through Winter

   Malaysia

Malaysian Consumer Group Calls for Ban on Antibiotics in Animal Feed

   China

Large-Scale Farming to be Promoted In Northern China

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