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Editorial: Developing International Standards for Dairy Production

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) this week hosted a meeting of dairy-producing nations to develop international standards.

NZFSA held the meeting of 60 dairy producing nations in Auckland to develop international standards to keep milk products flowing, a subject close to New Zealand's heart as exporter of a third of the world's dairy trade.

The meeting is the ninth session of the Codex Committee on Milk and Milk Products.

Meanwhile, the Ulster Farmers' Union has presented a cautiously optimistic opinion on Northern Ireland milk prices despite Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, announcing a 1.6 per cent fall in the price of Whole Milk Powder (WMP) sold through its Internet auction platform.

UFU Deputy President John Thompson said: "The Fonterra result is more positive than it appears and this slight downward movement reflects the fact that the Dollar has strengthened in recent weeks. Consequently, the price in Euro terms is actually marginally up by €25 per tonne from last month."

Fonterra has announced that it intends to invest in two more dairy farms in China to continue growing a high quality and secure supply of milk on the ground.

In the UK, leading dairy company, Dairy Crest, has reported strong performance in the last three months, which has resulted in a profit before tax ahead of expectations.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Australian Commodity Statistics Dairy 2009
Australian milk production has been increasing over the last 20 years. A fall in herd numbers has been offset by increased production per cow, according to the Australian commodity statistics for 2009, published by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Summarised for TheCattleSite by junior editor, Charlotte Johnston.
Partitioning Of Nutrients During Lactation In Dairy Animals
There are two main objectives of dairy farming. The first is to get optimum milk production and second is to achieve maximum reproductive potential (i.e. a calf a year) from dairy animals, according to Deepak Kumar Dubey, Kemin Industries, Inc.
Dutch Agriculture Sector 2009
Low milk prices left many dairy producers in the red, whilst beef producers were not much better off in 2009. Despite lower feed costs producers have struggled against low commodity prices according to a new report from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
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Help for New Vets on Farm Practice
UK - A series of six hands-on training courses has been developed by the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA), sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, to help recently qualified vets climb the steep learning curve in their first jobs in farm practice.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Czech Republic

 » Czech Meat and Milk Producers Struggle to Compete

   Denmark

 » Tackling Pain In Cattle

   United Kingdom

 » Union Encourages Dairy Farmers To Join Pack Debate
 » UFU Oppose Farm Modernisation Scheme Delivery Proposals
 » Dairy Industry Unites To Tackle Johne's Disease
 » NADIS Cattle Report And Forecast – December 2009
 » Grassland Management
 » Nutrient Management Resource Meets Farmers Needs
 » Dairy Crest Reports Strong Performance
 » Importance Of Animal Welfare
 » Cheese Makers Committed To Lower Salt Levels
 » Calls For Clear And Consistent Bovine TB Advice
 » £260 Million Worth Of SFP Benefit Farmers
 » Check Pipes To Prevent Extra Bills
 » Accurate COOL Is Important To Consumers
 » Supermarket Code Long Overdue
 » UFU Remains Optimistic About Milk Prices Allflex
   United States

 » January Cattle Inventory Down One Per Cent
 » AFBF Urges Increase In Exports
 » Prepare For Farm Operation Tax Appointment
 » Organic Reduces Productivity But Cuts Feed Costs
 » AFBF Urges Ag Committees to Back Trade Agenda
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » US Humane Society Guarantees Animal Welfare
 » Humane Slaughtering
 » Corn Products Reports Drop In Income
 » $24M Grant From NIFA For Animal Health Research
 » Syria Enforces Levy on Imported Corn, Barley
 » Good Japanese Rapport Vital to US Corn Market
 » HFAC Condemns Dairy Farm Animal Cruelty

   European Union

 » EDA Warns Against Intervention In Dairy Supply Chain
   China

 » Quality And Safety Of Agricultural Products In 2009

   Australia

 » Record Online Cattle Sale In Victoria
 » Water Licence Concerns Must Be Addressed

   New Zealand

 » Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
 » Recession Hits Incomes But Future Is Bright
 » Fonterra Invests In China
 » Fonterra Must Be Consistent In Chinese Operations
 » Forum Aims to Set Global Milk Product Standards DuPont Animal Health Solutions
   Ireland

 » Farmers Urged To Participate In Dairy Efficiency Programme

   Russian Federation

 » Russia's President Sets Out Goal Of Self-Sufficiency

   Philippines

 » More Output From Philippines Agriculture In 2009

   Mexico

 » Mexican Industry Copes With Recession

   Greece

 » Growth Expected For Greek Dairy, Not Beef

   Viet Nam

 » ILDEX Vietnam 2010: Solutions for Sustainable Growth Animax Veterinary Health

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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