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TheDairySite Newsletter - 23 April 2010

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

A report from the FAO has been welcomed this week, which suggests that the dairy industry is responsible for around four per cent of all global greenhouse gas emissions.

The figures include emissions associated with the production, processing and transportation of milk products as well as emissions related to meat produced from animals originating from the dairy system.

The report has been received well by the industry, some of which have said that the report provides motivation to further reduce emissions.

In a landmark report in 2006, the FAO claimed that 18 per cent of all greenhouse emissions were caused by the livestock sector.

In the US, scientists are looking at using hops to reduce the amount of ammonia produced by cattle.

The use of hops could restrict the bacteria which break down amino acids and produce ammonia in the rumen. In one study, hops also had a positive effect on volatile fatty acid ratios.

This research could be a breakthrough in rumen nutrition and efficiency, as well as leading to the way to reduce the dairy industry's carbon footprint.

Intervet/ Schering-Plough has opened a new vaccine plant in the Netherlands. The state-of-the-art production centre will produce vaccines to prevent bacterial infections.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Developing Nations Lead Way Out of Recession
The growth of biofuels and their importance on food prices will be one of the major factors as the world emerges from the effects of the banking crisis and recession, writes TheCattleSite editor Chris Harris.
Energy Effieciency On Dairy Units
Rising energy costs and environmental concerns are causing dairy farmers to alter their management practices. This publication by ATTRA provides an overview of how dairy farms can implement efficiency improvements and energy-saving technologies that can reduce energy consumption and energy-related costs.
Fertiliser Use In Ireland On Grass And Arable, 2004-2008
This survey uses National Farm Survey (NFS) data on the amount and types of chemical fertiliser used by the farmers for different crops to determine the amounts of nitrogen(N), potash (P) and potassium (K) nutrients and types of fertiliser used on grassland and arable crops.
UK Milk Statistics
The latest report on the UK milk statistics shows that wholesale milk deliveries have fallen slightly over 2009/10. Butterfat content for 2009/10 has been conistently lower whilst protein content also appears down.
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* Company News

Intervet/Schering-Plough Opens New Vaccine Plant
NETHERLANDS - Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health announces that it will open today a state-of-the-art production center for veterinary vaccines against bacterial infections.
Boehringer Ingelheim Net Sales Grew 10 Per Cent
GERMANY - In 2009, Boehringer Ingelheim grew faster than the pharmaceutical market for the tenth time in succession. It also continued a high level of investment in R&D and the market launches of five innovative medicines are planned.
VIV Europe Takes Place as Scheduled
NETHERLANDS - As of Saturday 17 April, 17:00 hours: VIV Europe will take place as planned in Utrecht on 20 to 22 April.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD News: Two FMD Outbreaks in Korean Cattle
 » Dairy Industry Responsible For Four Per Cent Of GHG's
 » The Southern Cone Continues To Fight FMD

   United Kingdom

 » Consultation On Draft Animal Health Bill
 » Call For Action After Decision On Welsh Badger Cull
 » NFU Attacks Milk Buyers, Saying Enough Is Enough
 » Good Prospects For The Yorkshire Show
 » More Info Demanded On Animal Health Proposals
 » New Grant to Improve UK Farm Animal Welfare
 » Trailer Launch Boosts School Visits
 » UK Slaughter Statistics: Cattle And Beef - April 2010
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   Ireland

 » The Importance of Farm Health and Safety
 » Irish Grass-Based Milk Production Has Small Carbon Footprint
 » Plans For Simplification Of Cattle Records

   United States

 » Milk Production Falls In First Quarter
 » Production Expectations Weigh On Crop Prices
 » Animal Health Research Facility Opened
 » Hops Helps Reduce Ammonia Produced By Cattle
 » USGC Discusses Turkey’s New Biosafety Law
 » New Booklet on Anaplasmosis

   European Union

 » Human and Animal Health Sectors Must Co-operate
 » World Veterinary Day On 24 April
   Australia

 » New $5M Five-Year FMD Preparedness Programme
 » Post-Easter Livestock Price Falls

   Ukraine

 » Ukrainian Census Reveals Fewer Cattle

   Japan

 » FMD NEWS: MAFF Reports FMD Case In Japan
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   Philippines

 » Optimism Expressed For Philippines' Livestock Sector

   France

 » Joint Note Published on Human-Animal Health Risks

   China

 » China Reports New Outbreak of FMD

   Jordan

 » DDGS Feeding Trial Starts on Jordanian Dairy Farm

   Korea, South

 » SK Reports New FMD Outbreak in Swine
 » Two FMD Outbreaks in Korean Cattle
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That's all for this week!

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