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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Focus On Animal Health

With the warmer weather creeping up on us, the high risk bluetongue season is approaching. Today there were reports in Germany that a young calf has been identified with the disease.

With this in mind, livestock associations are encouraging producers to consider vaccinating stock and be wary of importing cattle from areas of high risk.

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) has been found in a herd of cattle in Michigan following routine surveillance. All cattle within a 10-mile radius will be tested within the next six months.

If all return negative then the status of Michigan's Modified Accredited Advanced Zone will not be impacted. Any further positive cases could change the state's disease status which would result in producers undergoing increased testing and tighter regulations.

The Welsh Assembly's decision to go ahead with a pilot badger cull is awaiting a decision from the High Court, after the Badger Trust challenged the method of eradicating and controlling bTB. It is expected a decision will be announced in the next two week's.

Elsewhere in the UK a report has been published concerning the collapse of Dairy Farmers of Britain. 1800 members of the co-operative suffered severe financial losses.

Although highlighting a number of issues which led to the company's downfall, perhaps the most important part of the report includes recommendations that the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs could undertake to ensure that other co-operatives do not suffer a similar fate.

Next weeks newsletter will be sent on Thursday 1st April due to the bank holiday weekend.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Prevention Of Mastitis With Good Milking Procedures
Dr Syed Hasan Raza, an animal nutrition expert from Punjab, Pakistan dicusses how good milking procedures can reduce and prevent incidences of mastitis.
Feeding Flood-Damaged Or Sprouted Crops To Livestock
A guide to feeding damaged and/or sprouted maize, sorghum, soybeans and cottonseed to cattle and pigs from Mississippi State University. The article advises caution and a full analysis.
Mixed Crop-Livestock Farming A Help in Africa
According to new research, African farms with both crops and livestock could be more resilient to climate change than farms that only grow crops.
US Beef and Dairy Outlook Report - March 2010
There is a more positive outlook in both the beef and dairy sector in the US for 2010 according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) March 2010 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook.
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Badger Cull Waiting For High Court Decision
 » UFU Welcome Progress on Country of Origin Labelling
 » Changes to Cattle Passports
 » Union on Bute to Meet Concerned Dairy Producers
 » High Ambitions And Financial Constraints Led To DFB Downfall
 » Will A Voluntary Ban On Imports Save Scotland's Livestock?
 » Monitor Grass Growth For Grazing Plan
 » Conference On Cattle Lameness
 » Animal Health Budget Delay Is Bad News For Scottish Farmers
 » NFUS Puts GM Feed And Animal Transport On EU Radar

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   United States

 » Revised US Food Safety Law Predicted This Year
 » Projects to Help Prevent and Reduce GHG Emissions
 » Climate Change Prediction Research Programme
 » Weekly Outlook: Decline in Soybean Consumption
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Safety Hazards Faced During Manure Pumping
 » Cutting Meat, Milk Intake Will Not Lower GHGs
 » Proper Antibiotic Use Prevents Livestock Disease
 » US Consumers Face Food Price Rises
 » UN Admits Flaw In Meat And Climate Change Report
 » Cargill Dairy Farm Producing Power for 1,100 Homes
 » Producers Ask For An Increase In Support
 » Keeping Cattle Cool And Stress-Free
 » $50,250 Allocated For Jersey-Specific Research
 » Improving Feed Management Plans
 » TB Found In Michigan Herd

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Presents Opportunities for Dairy Exports

   General

 » African Observers for Food Safety and Animal Health

   Ireland

 » Results of Eight Milk Quota Trading Scheme

   Canada

 » Scientists Take Animal Breeding to the Next Level

Claas - Time for new rules
   Australia

 » Jersey Australia Makes Hard Decisions

   New Zealand

 » China Looks to Invest In NZ Dairy Industry

John Deere - Premium Versitality
   European Union

 » European Parliament Pursues Food Quality Legislation

   Iran

 » Iranian Dairy Industry Prohibited By Poor Infrastructure

   Germany

 » Bluetongue Confirmed In German Calf

   Switzerland

 » IBV Confirmed In Switzerland



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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