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TheDairySite Newsletter - 8 May 2009

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Editorial - A New Wave of Fronts Against Animal Diseases

This week countries from all over the world stepped up the battle against animal disease. International experts drew up a Food and Agriculture Organisation 'road map' to control Foot and Mouth Disease in Western Eurasia. The plan is to prevent it from spreading west to Europe and North Africa, following a serious epidemic in several Middle Eastern countries.

Meanwhile the European Union introduced new measures to reduce the risk of animal disease imports, Defra announced that its remaining Bluetongue vaccine stocks will be discounted by 50 per cent, the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) found a way to facilitate the diagnosis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and Angola announced that it would vaccinate 70,000 cattle.

The initiatives come just before most of the world steps into the summer months, a time when new diseases emerge from the tropics and begin to travel to the warming Northern climates of Europe and the US. The months ahead are sure to see new outbreaks, but with initiatives like these in place, we may be well prepared against them.

Adam Anson

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Secrets of the Genome: a New Bovine Story
The recent sequencing of the bovine genome has opened a window to a whole new way of perceiving a cow. Soon, it may change the meaning of cattle farms as well, writes Adam Anson, TheCattleSite.
Ethanol Co-Product Use in U.S. Cattle Feeding
The expansion of the ethanol industry led to increased demand for corn and an increased supply of co-products from the ethanol production processes, says the USDA Economic Research Service.
Cow-Calf Profitability
One does not have to spend a great deal of effort in reviewing 2008 beef cattle receipts or production expenses to recognize the direction of cow-calf net returns, writes Mark A. McCann, Ph.D., Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Cooperative Extension Livestock Update.
Manure Stockpiling Guidelines
This time of year dairy producers are getting ready to clean out the various manure sources they have on the dairy farm, writes Wayne Schoper, University of Minnesota Dairy Extension.
* Company News

Schering-Plough Flips Switch on 1.7MW Solar System
US - Animal health and pharmaceuticals giant Schering-Plough Corporation has switched on a 1.7 megawatt solar energy system on the roof of its centre in New Jersey.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: International Eurasian Combat Plan
 » BLUETONGUE: Defra Forced to Cut Cost of Vaccines
 » LEGS: New Guidelines for Livestock Emergencies
 » International Plan to Combat FMD in Eurasia

   United Arab Emirates

 » UAE Bans Egyptian Dairy Products
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   United States

 » Nothing Sour About New US Organic Milk Rules
 » New Techniques Developed for TSE Testing
 » Little Profit Variability for Calf-Fed and Yearling Systems
 » National Junior Limousin Show : Big Texas Shindig 2
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Cow Slaughter Up
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soyabean Prices Diverge
 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » CME: Corn Plantings Slow in Illinois and Indiana

   Australia

 » Report: Economic Impacts of Emissions Trading
 » The Shared Behavioural Genes of Humans and Cows
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   Canada

 » Genetic Diversity is Key to Creating Future Breeds
 » NCLE Steps Up Efforts to Increase Public Awareness
 » Formula Cuts Cattle Emissions by 25 Per Cent
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   China

 » Revenue and Net Loss Both Up for China One

   New Zealand

 » New Zealand Launch Future Dairy Strategy
 » Dairy Awards Come To Wellington

   Angola

 » Vets to Vaccinate Over 70,000 Cattle in Cuvelai

   United Kingdom

 » Defra Forced to Cut Cost of Vaccines
 » May Day: More Milk Price Cuts for the New Month
 » DVD Puts the Right Grass Before Farmers Feet

   Netherlands

 » Authorities Approve Arla Purchase of Fresh Nijkerk
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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