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Editorial: Crisis in European Dairy Sector Deepens

Representatives of the European Milk Board have this week called on the European Parliament and the Commission to change the agricultural policies to have a flexible, demand-driven supply controls.

They want action to bolster prices and ease the problems of oversupply of milk.

Romuald Schaber, President of the EMB and President of the German Dairy Farmers' Association described the current EU dairy policy as superficial.

And now the crisis that is being felt across the Continent is festering revolt amongst probably the most volatile of the European farming community - the French farmers.

The problems still persist, despite the intervention of a group of 15 EU ministers calling for a temporary increase in intervention prices and careful management of the disposal of intervention stocks, export refunds for dairy products and aid for milk powder for animal feed.

The Scottish farmers have also warned that its dairy sector will continue to lose numbers unless stable prices can be achieved.

The latest figures from the Scottish Dairy Cattle Association show a downward trend in the number of businesses, with just 1,124 dairy farms operating at present.

However, problems of pricing have been felt around the world and a crisis meeting was held in Tasmania this week to address the needs of the impoverished dairy farmers and find a solution to the mental strain the situation is having on them.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Worldwide Impact of Drought on the Cattle Sector
Worldwide droughts are having a serious impacts on global agriculture. TheCattleSite Junior Editor, Charlotte Johnston, looks into what effects drought has had on agricultural systems and economies and the cattle sector in particular.
Animal Productivity and Genetic Diversity
Possibilities through cloning and transgenic technology have both their strengths and weakness as well as technological limitations, writes TheCattleSite Junior Editor, Charlotte Johnston.
What Interest Rate is Your Pasture Paying?
Most pasture plants are in debt this year as the dry conditions and cold spring put most plants behind in their spring "loan payments" to their root systems.
Managing Through a Recession
After several years of favourable hay prices and generous margins, forage producers are facing a 2009 that looks less than rosy, writes Iowa State Extension Economist, William Edwards.
Effect of Cloprostenol Sodium on Postpartum Reproductive Efficiency of Dairy Cattle
India accommodates 17 per cent of world’s population but the total cultivable land available with us is merely three per cent write Prabhat Pandey, A. Pandey1, A.K. Sinha and B. Singh of the Department of Animal Reproduction, Gynaecology and Obstetrics College of Veterinary Science and A.H., Ranchi, Jharkhand.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: FMD Set to Return to Viet Nam
 » Research: Timing Influences Ease of Futures Trading
 » Asia a Valued Customer of US Feed Ingredients
 » Evolving Veterinary Education for a Safer World
 » Mad Cow Disease Spread By Deer Manure

   Denmark

 » Breeding Better Barley for Feed

   Mexico

 » Still Room for More US DDGS in Mexico Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
   United Kingdom

 » Nutrient Management Plans at Dairy Event
 » Norbrook Create Drug to Eliminate Fluke and Worms
 » DEFRA Minister to Open The Dairy Event And Livestock Show
 » United Kingdom Milk Prices And Composition Of Milk
 » 2008 Bovine Tuberculosis Summary
 » Processors Missing Out on Fifth Quarter Market
 » Dairy Farmers Concerned over Rent Increases
 » TB Free Status Boost for Scottish Cattle
 » Scottish Livestock Transport Under EU Threat Again
 » Institute for Animal Health to Focus on Virology
 » Scottish Dairy Sector Continues to Decline
 » Improve Dairy Profits Through Feed Genus - Value through science and genomics
   United States

 » AFBF Urges Obama to Support Dairy Sector
 » US Vets Respond to Report into Intensive Production
 » CME: Producers Run through Hay Stocks
 » Additional Weight Category for LIP
 » First Humane Livestock Transportation Council Meeting
 » Antibiotic Ban Would Compromise Food Safety
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Storage Decisions
 » CME: Improvement in Cattle-Corn Ratio
 » NFU Fly-In Brings Farmers To Washington
 » CME: Accuracy of Reports Dependent on Weather
 » Bovine Tuberculosis in Minnesota
 » Proper Management Can Reduce Dairy Odour
 » Montana Cattle and Bison Import Requirements Revised John Deere - Premium Versitality
   Viet Nam

 » HPAI, FMD and PRRS Set to Return to Viet Nam

   Australia

 » Drinking Water Fears in Australia Over Cattle in Rivers
 » Anthrax Warning in Australia
 » Crisis Meeting for Tasmanian Dairy Farmers
 » Union Calls For Slowdown Of Live Cattle Exports

   New Zealand

 » Fonterra Rule Out Public Listing in Capital Restructure
 » 'Dirty Dairying' Forces Large NZ Dairy to Sell

   European Union

 » EU to Watch Dairy Sector Collapse
 » Feed Shortage Ahead for EU Farmers
 » New Rules for Animal By-products
 » European Milk Producers Continue to Revolt Allflex
   Ireland

 » Smith in EU Move to Support Dairy Farmers
 » Irish Cattle Farms Short of Feed
 » Good Management and Breeding Will Generate Profit

   South Africa

 » South Africa Reports FMD Outbreak in Cattle



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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