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Editorial: Is Volume Control Important For EU Milk Production?

The EU intends to abolish the milk quota system by 2015, under the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Due to the differences and volatility of the milk market across the EU, some countries constantly undershoot their quota, whilst others often exceed quota allowances.

In 2008 milk quota was increaits notsed, however that year saw an overall fall in milk production. Since the increase in quotas, only 10 countries have recorded a rise in milk deliveries to dairies, whilst 11 have seen production for dairies fall.

Exceeding quotas

This week it was announced that Denmark, the Netherlands, and Cyprus all exceeded their 2009/10 milk quotas, triggering super levy fines for a total of €19 million.

Although a large fine, it is substantially less than the €99m triggered last year and €340m the previous year.

Reasons for volume supply

Last week saw over 2,000 dairy producers from across the EU demonstrate in Strasbourg. Producers from Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Ireland demanded support for volume management on the dairy market.

The president of the European Milk Board (EMB) says that whilst some policy-makers still believe in the free market, that has led to unfair prices for producers and consumers in Switzerland and the US.

In fact the Swiss are looking at introducing a new form of milk volume control, after only abolishing milk quotas 16 months ago.

The proposed milk volume control will still allow farmers to produce as much milk as they want. However, an extra charge will be applied on each litre produced above the contracted volume, which would be put towards marketing the extra supply of milk and milk products, which is not required by the domestic market.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Emerging From The Shadow Of Climate Change
The global livestock industry is casting a long shadow in the way the industry is adding to climate change, writes TheCattleSite senior editor Chris Harris.
XL Best Practice Articles: Colostrum Management
Failure to take in a sufficient amount of good quality colostrum is major risk factor which can lead to death and disease in young calves. This first feed contains important antibodies or immunoglobulins necessary to provide the calf with protection from disease. The most common conditions encountered from lack of colostrum are septicaemia and diarrhoea, says XL Vet Group.
Carbon Footprints Of Dairy Farming Systems
As climate change has gained in prominence in the international debate environmental sustainability and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of dairy farming systems are becoming increasingly important aspects of dairy production, even for small-scale systems.
US Livestock and Dairy Outlook - October 2010
Higher corn prices are expected to reduce the demand for lighter weight cattle, as well put producers out of profit in 2011, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Sweden Carries Out Simulation Exercise

   United Kingdom

 » Union To Collate Reports Of Cattle Clipping Injuries
 » UK Farmers Protest Over Poor Milk Prices
 » Sainsbury's Plans £40 Million Investment
 » Intensive Dairy Farming Debate Continues
 » Will Cap Reform Kill Off NI Suckler Herds?
 » More Investment Needed
 » Lower Prices Help Retailers Regain Market Share
 » UK Farm Milk Prices Higher Than Last Year

   Pakistan

 » Vigilence Required To Prevent Disease Outbreaks

   Ireland

 » Positive Prospects For Irish Food & Drink Exports
 » Dairy Expansion Costs Unrealistic
 » Blueprint for Dairy Bull Beef

   United States

 » Corn And Soybean Acres Needed In 2011?
 » $2 Million Grant To Help Improve Food Safety
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » NIAA 2011 Annual Conference
 » $3.4 Million To Assist Wisconsin Producers
 » FDA Awards Grants For Food And Feed Safety
 » Milk That Tastes Of Quality

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   Germany

 » EuroTier: Increasing The Competitiveness Of Cattle

   European Union

 » Proposals For The EU Dairy Sector
 » Milk Producers Demand Volume Control
 » Countries Face Huge Fines For Exceeding Quota

   Norway

 » Do Skin Lesions Indicate Sub-Standard Welfare?

   Sweden

 » Sweden Carries Out Simulation Exercise

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   New Zealand

 » Fonterra To Develop New Dairy In China
 » Fonterra Sells West Australian Dairy Business

   Netherlands

 » Nutreco Reports Quarterly Revenue up 11 Per Cent

   Canada

 » Govt Cracks Down On Livestock Transport Violators

   Switzerland

 » Switzerland Takes Step Towards Volume Control



That's all for this week!

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