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TheDairySite Newsletter - 28 August 2009

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Editorial - Looking for the Good News

Northern Ireland's dairy farmers must be celebrating their good news this week of a two pence per litre increase in the milk price.

Whilst welcoming the increase, Ulster Farmers' Union deputy president, John Thompson, said: "It remains the case that farm-gate prices still continue to be well below the cost of production. We will need a considerable increase in milk prices before dairy farmers return to any form of profitability."

Across the Irish Sea, the National Farmers Union has described the receiver's report on Dairy Farmers of Britain as an extremely sad story, while it acknowledged that the report brings a degree of closure and clarity to what has been a long and agonising period of uncertainty for DFB members.

It appears that organic milk production is on a roll in the UK. Organic Milk Supplier Co-operative has announced it is launching a new million-pound consumer engagement campaign in the same week that the agriculture ministry published its latest figures for organic production. The number of organic cattle increased by more than 27 per cent to just under 320,000 in the 2008 count.

A group of Danish researchers has found a new test for foot and mouth disease that has the potential to save millions of cattle by determining whether antibodies are from the disease or a vaccination.

Jackie Linden DuPont Animal Health Solutions

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Understanding the Ruminant Animal's Digestive System
Ruminant livestock have a unique digestive system that allows them to use energy from fibrous plant material better than other herbivores, write Dr Jane A. Parish, Dr J. Daniel Rivera and Dr Holly T. Boland in this Mississippi State University Extension Service report.
Milk Production, Cow Numbers in Dairy States Down in June
In June 2009, milk production in 23 major dairy states dclined by 0.1 per cent, according to Robert Tigner of the University of Nebraska, writing in the August 2009 issue of Iowa Farm Outlook from Iowa State University.
US Beef and Dairy Outlook Report
Declining dairy cow inventories, no growth in dairy replacement heifer inventories, and beef heifer inventories that are declining more rapidly than beef cow inventories imply continuing liquidation of the national cow herd, according to the USDA ERS August 2009 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook.
Canadian Cattle Statistics August 2009
Canadian cattle producers estimated their herd at 14.8 million head as of July 1, the fourth consecutive yearly decline. By Statistics Canada.
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Danish Test Can Save Millions of Cattle
 » Antibiotic Susceptibility and Organic Cattle Production

   European Union

 » BLUETONGUE: Considering Risks Before Imports

   United Kingdom

 » Milk Co-op Gives £1m in the Name of Organic
 » Bluetongue The Risk Remains
 » UFU Welcomes Milk Auction Result
 » Small Relief for Ex-DFoB Farmers
 » NFU Learn to Tackle bTB the New Zealand Way
 » United Kingdom - Organic Statistics 2008
 » New Booklet to Help Farmers Fight Parasites
 » ANM Pioneers Sales of High Health Cattle
 » Bluetongue: Consider Risks Before Importing Livestock
 » Lessons Must Be Learned From DFB Collapse
 » UFU: No Room for Complacency in the Dairy Sector

   United States

 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Feed Market Down
 » CME: Sharp Increase in Feedlots in July
 » DFA Distributes Balance Of 2008 Patronage Early
 » Dairy Project Promotes Environmental Sustainability
 » Uncertainty Drives US Livestock Markets
 » Vilsack Establishes Dairy Industry Advisory Committee
 » Grasshoppers Can Transmit Virus to Livestock
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » US Experts Team up to Promote Cattle Well-Being
 » In The Cattle Markets

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   United Arab Emirates

 » UAE Lifts Ban on Cattle Imports

   Viet Nam

 » New Opportunity for US Feed in Vietnam

   Denmark

 » Danish Test Can Save Millions of Cattle

   Australia

 » Australian Water Programme Makes Massive Savings
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   New Zealand

 » Fonterra Implicated in Rainforest Destruction

   China

 » Chinese Dairy Demand Hit Hard in Final Quarter of 2008

   Pakistan

 » Poverty Reduction Through Livestock Development

   Ireland

 » Smith Extends REPS Slurry Spreading Period
 » IFA Sees Major Potential for Irish Live Cattle to UK

   Canada

 » Factors Influencing Ease of Trade on the CME

   Panama

 » Coiba Cattle Headed for the Slaughterhouse

   Nigeria

 » Professor Calls for New Animal Research Institutes

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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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