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TheDairySite Newsletter - 16 October 2009

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: All Talk - No Action

Despite glimmers of hope last week across the global dairy industry, the situation has still yet to improve. It appears very few have the courage to make the crucial decisions, which are required to lead the industry on the road to recovery.

An independent financial report released this week, claimed that Tasmanian dairy farmers were averaging a loss of five cents per litre of milk, which would equate to between losses of AU$75-100,000 per farm. One Australian dairy farmer went as far as to suggest that farmers making losses may have to sacrifice milk quality and animal welfare.

In the EU, the High Level Group for milk, which was announced by the European Commission to deal with medium to long term measures to help the dairy sector, held its first meeting. Only a list of questions that were up for discussion were made public earlier this week - the group has yet to publish what was discussed and possible actions that could be taken to aid the dairy industry.

The European Court of Auditors has published a report criticising the EU policy of dairy deregulation, and recommending the European Union focuses on satisfying the needs of its domestic dairy market and ensuring a fair standard of living for farmers.

Although $350 million in emergency aid was announced in the US, Agricultural Secretary, Tom Vilsack has recognised that further measures such as price support and marketing programmes may need to be considered.

In the UK, milk contracts have been up for discussion, NFU dairy board chairman, Gwyn Jones, has said that fair contracts are the future for a successful dairy industry.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Low Phosphorus Diets
With an increasing focus on environmental issues and increasing costs, could reducing phosphate in the dairy cows diet have some benefits? TheCattleSite junior editor, Charlotte Johnston looks into the effects of low phosphate diets.
Contract Rearing Replacement Heifers
Rearing heifers off-farm will free up time and labour allowing farmers to focus on dairying at home, however there is a risk of diseases. For rearers it allows extra income and a challenging new enterprise.
Fencing Systems For Intensive Grazing Management
Making the most of your forage with rotational grazing, will allow stocking rates to be increased resulting in increased beef production per acre, write extension officers, L.W. Turner, C.W. Absher and J.K. Evans, from the University of Kentucky.
World Agricultural Supply And Demand Estimates
The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report provides USDA's comprehensive forecasts of supply and demand for major US and global crops and US livestock. The report gathers information from a number of statistical reports published by USDA and other government agencies, and provides a framework for additional USDA reports.
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   European Union

 » BLUETONGUE: Govt Funds Bluetongue Vaccine Stocks
 » First Meeting of High Level Milk Group
 » EU Commission Shows Support For Dairy Farmers
 » Court Slams EU Dairy Deregulation Policy

   United Kingdom

 » More Short Term Measures Needed For Dairy Industry
 » Scottish Farmers Recommended to Use Bluetongue Vaccine
 » Govt Funds Bluetongue Vaccine Stocks
 » Dairy Beef Market Trends From EBLEX
 » RABDF Responds To TB Eradication Group Report
 » Positive Future for Dairy Industry
 » NFU Challenges Supermarkets To Work Harder
 » Milk Contract Health Check Meeting
 » Industry Bodies Agree On BTV Winter Import Code
 » Apply Herbicides Sensibly To Avoid Restrictions
 » Fight Against Mastitis
 » UFU Comments on Dairy Processors Profits
 » Abergavenny Cattle Market Campaigners Unveil Plans
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   United States

 » CME: Larger-than-Expected Corn Production Indicated
 » US Dairy Industry Needs Restructuring
 » Dairy Farmers File Suit Against DFA and Dean Foods
 » Weekly Outlook: Crop Concerns As Demand Pushes Up Prices
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Beware of Explosion Hazards When Manure Pumping
 » Animal Welfare Measure Comes into Law in Michigan
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook
 » US Cattle On Feed Down One Per Cent
 » Project to Identify Dairy Air Quality Parameters
 » CME: Market to Focus on Number of Cattle Placed
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   Australia

 » Tasmanian Dairy Farms To Expect Big Losses
 » Milk Price Issue 'May Threaten Quality'
 » CPRS Cattle Methane Plan Shunned
 » False Environmental Claims Jeopardise Beef Production
 » Carbon Scheme Worries Aussie Dairy Farmers
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   Canada

 » Threat of TB in Manitoba

   France

 » Penn Vet World Leadership Award 2009 Goes to Murphy
 » Evolving Veterinary Education for a Safer World

   South Africa

 » Villagers’ Cattle Die as Land is Robbed


That's all for this week!

Ed.
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