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Editorial: Time Running Out, but No End in Sight

Crisis-hit dairy farmers, who have so loudly recounted their distress throughout the European Union, cried out from a different continent this week. More than 13,200 Americans signed on to Farm Aid's petition, which called on Secretary Tom Vilsack to take immediate action to stop the loss of dairy farmers due to low milk prices.

Food and Water Watch rallied its members to sign Farm Aid's petition and a push by Food Democracy Now! resulted in an additional 9,000 faxes to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The National Farmers Union Board of Directors also voted to encourage Congress to pass a dairy stimulus package as an immediate financial lifeline for America’s dairy producers.

“From Minnesota to California and Texas to Vermont, the current situation is untenable. Equity is rapidly disappearing," said NFU President Roger Johnson in a letter to senators and chairmen involved in the industry and government. “Congress, the administration and the American public must not wait any longer in offering these individuals a lifeline," he added. But for now, they will have to.

Adam Anson

DuPont Animal Health Solutions
* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

US Beef and Dairy Outlook
By USDA, Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the June 2009 issue of Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report.
Defining Forage Quality
Forages are a major asset of any livestock operation and the foundation of most rations in a forage-based livestock diet, says Yoana C. Newman, Adegbola T. Adesogan, Joao Vendramini and Lynn Sollenberger, University of Florida IFAS Extension.
Dairy Profitability 101: Milk Quality and Feed Efficiency
In very simple terms, dairy profitability can be defined as the difference between milk prices and the cost of production, multiplied by the pounds of milk produced. Thus, milk prices, the cost of production, and the pounds of milk produced are the three critical components for dairy profitability, writes Alvaro Garcia, DVM, Department of Dairy Science, South Dakota State University.
Pasteurising Milk and Colostrum
Professional heifer growers and dairy producers are faced with the challenge of raising healthy calves while still paying close attention to rearing costs and profit, writes Sandra Godden DVM DVSc, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota. This article was published by eXtension.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » BSE NEWS: Taiwan Campaign Against US Beef
 » FMD NEWS: Request to Reconsider Location of US Lab
 » Rabobank Say Reductions in Supply are Insufficient

   Canada

 » Manure Pathogen Survival During Overwintering Evaluated
 » Canada Issues Recommendations on Food Safety
 » Tracking the Role of Low Fat Dairy and Weight Loss
 » Dairy Farmers of Canada to Launch First 3D Advert

   United States

 » Ag Secretary Announces Lab Funding Boost
 » Dairy Farmers Need Relief
 » Over 13,00 Americans Sign Fair Milk Price Petition
 » New Compound Has Potential for Mycotoxin Control
 » Survey Shows Brand Loyalty in Cheeses
 » Survey Shows Lack of Food Safety Confidence
 » Report Evaluates Intelligent Use of Manure
 » Weekly Outlook: Expectation for USDA Reports
 » CME: Highlights of Monthly Cattle on Feed Report
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   European Union

 » NFU Joins Farm Unions EU Dairy and Sheep Demo
 » New EU Feed Rules Will Improve Food Safety
 » EU Ministers Agree To New Slaughterhouse Rules
 » Grasping the opportunity, EU Farmers Go to Ireland

   Angola

 » Governor Calls for Cattle Grazing Lands

   United Kingdom

 » QMS Show Produced With Passion
 » NI: Spirits High but Milk Prices Still Dropping
 » NFU Dismayed as Dairy Crest Cuts Cheese Price
 » His Royal Highness Speaks of the Future of UK Dairy

   United Arab Emirates

 » World Milk Day Celebrated in Bahrain
 » UAE Issues New Milk Import Decree
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   Ireland

 » Irish Farmers at EC Protest

   Russian Federation

 » Meat and Milk Imports Fall in Russia

   Venezuela

 » Venezuelan Milk Producers Concerned by Inaction

   Australia

 » WA Dairy Herds Get the All Clear for Bovine Leucosis
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   Norway

 » Milk and Meat Tainted by Sun Light

   Ecuador

 » Ecuador Confirms 48 cases of FMD
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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