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TheDairySite Newsletter - 17 July 2009

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Editorial: Weight of Welfare both Ethical and Financial

This week the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released its Scientific Opinion on the dairy welfare practises in Europe and listed policy recommendations.

In particular, the opinion drew attention to issues regarding the genetic selection of dairy cows for increased milk producing traits. Dairy cows are unable to eat enough food to fuel the production of these large quantities of milk, says the report. In some cases, dairy cows starve. The opinion says that genetic components that lead to the increases in udder size also show correlation to related diseases, including lameness, mastitis, reproductive disorders and metabolic disorders.

Further measures were recommended for change, but with the Europe-wide dairy crisis in full effect, farming organisations have voiced concerns over the implications of these proposed changes. Many believe they will only prove to be a further financial burden. Without an increase in milk prices, such a move could be disastrous for the dairy industry, but retailers seem unlikely to make any significant changes.

Later this week, EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel called on retailers to come clean about the prices they charge consumers for fresh milk, saying recent falls in farmgate prices should have been passed onto the supermarket shelves.

Adam Anson

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Dairy Welfare: EFSA Reinvents the Cow
A report released by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) finds many areas of modern dairy farming lacking in regards to cow welfare. But do farmers have the power to enforce these strict new guidelines in the face of the EU-wide dairy crisis? asks Adam Anson, TheDairySite.
Drought, Water, Forages and Cattle
Drought stricken pastures often require specific management practices. This government of Alberta, Agriculture and Rural Development article provides a list of options and management strategies to assist producers in cases of drought conditions.
Forages Key to Dairy Nutrition
Good-quality forages are the foundation of the dairy feeding programme, says this North Dakota State University report.
US Feed Outlook
U.S. feed grain production in 2009 is expected to be up from 2008 because of increased acreage, says a report from the Economic Research Service, USDA.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - July 2009
Total US meat production for 2009 is reduced as lower beef output more than offsets higher pork and poultry production, according to the World Agricultural Outlook Board World Agricultural Supply and Demand Report for July.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Viet Nam

 » Blind Eye Turned to Cattle Smuggled into Quang Tri

   Australia

 » Tough Times for Dairy Farmers

   New Zealand

 » Fonterra Supports Farmers with Interest-free Terms
 » Need for Balance on Climate Change Targets
 » Fonterra Supports Farmers with Interest-Free Loans

   United Kingdom

 » United Kingdom Milk Prices and Composition of Milk
 » ROYAL SHOW - British Agriculture Needs to Boost its Image
 » ROYAL SHOW - UKECP Boosting Livestock and Meat Exports
 » NFU Cymru Supports 2010 bTB Testing Regime
 » LMC Report: Over 278p/kg Paid For Heifers Last Week
 » UK Dairy Confidence Falls
 » NFU Takes Steps to Escape UK Dairy Crisis
 » Defra Make Little Progress in Halting Bovine TB
 » Dairy And Rural Broadband Funding Boost
 » Call for Collaboration
 » 2009 Defra Review: Reduction of Disease Risks Allflex
   United States

 » CME: Rainfall Supportive of Corn Growing Conditions
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Beef Demand Down
 » Environmentally Friendly Animal Manure
 » Vilsack’s Dairy Support Receives US Praise
 » Moving Cattle to Evade Bovine TB
 » IDFA Chairman to Testify on US Dairy Conditions
 » Weekly Outlook: USDA Forecasts Ample Crop Supplies
 » Nebraska Conference Focuses on Grazing
 » FDA Seeks Ban on Unnecessary Animal Antibiotics
 » US to Appoint New Organic Standards Board Members
 » New Guidelines for Foodborne Outbreak Response
 » Conditional US License for E.coli Cattle Vaccine
 » Ethanol By-products and Antibiotics Cause Concern
 » Carbon Footprint of Dairy Production
 » Farmers Union Testifies on Food Safety
 » Call for Antitrust Investigation over Milk
 » Challenge of Continuously Improving Food Safety

   Iran

 » First Cloned Calf Born in Iran

   Sri Lanka

 » A Healthy Dose of Milk Needed in Sri Lanka

   Fiji

 » Monitoring Raw Milk Supply in Fiji DuPont Animal Health Solutions
   Denmark

 » DM Measurements in Maize Silage Now More Precise
 » New Organisation for Agriculture & Food in Denmark

   Ireland

 » Ireland in Praise of EU Dairy Support
 » Grain & Feed Storage – Options for Livestock Farmers

   General

 » EU and US Discuss New Beef Import Quota

   European Union

 » EFSA Report Analyses Dairy Welfare
 » Immediate Action Required for EU Dairy Markets
 » Can the EU Uphold Zero Tolerance to GM feed?
 » EU Ag Commissioner Calls for Milk Transparency

   Canada

 » Traceability Consensus Expected to be Challenging
 » Reward for Biosecurity and Disease Monitoring Urged
 » Skills, Safety, Environment: Canadian Funds

   China

 » Dairy Recovery Finds New Potential in China

   Spain

 » Spanish Dairy Farmers Protest Claas - Time for new rules

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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