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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Working Together To Fight Disease Outbreaks

The European Commission has sent a consignment of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine to Zambia in order to help the African nation's efforts in fighting an outbreak of the disease in the northern part of the country.

The consignment consists of 80,000 doses of FMD vaccine. In late 2010, an epidemic wave in the north of the country has been caused by a newly introduced serotype O of the FMD virus.

In the UK, the Scottish and English industries are working harder than ever to raise awareness of bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD).

The Scottish government has provided funding for screening of herds, in which farmers are encouraged to participate. In a bid to eradicate the disease from Scotland, a consultation is currently being on how to operate compulsory screening for breeding herds in the near future.

Research in the Netherlands has found that feeding too much Vitamin E to cows can lead to an increased incidence of mastitis.

The next newsletter will be sent out on the 7 January 2011. Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

US Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - December 2010
There are good export opportunities for both beef and dairy products in the New Year, according to the latest report from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
Improving Ecuador's Cattle Industry
The second phase of an international project providing technical assistance to improve cattle production and dairy product quality in Ecuador has been completed.
Measuring Natural Resistance In Milk
Research at the University of Wageningen has shown that certain antibodies in milk are more protective against mastitis infections.
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » VLA Publishes Update On Leptospirosis
 » Increased Exports Of Calves To The Continent
 » Campaign Targets BVD
 » Farmers Urged To Screen For BVD

   Netherlands

 » Special Feed Halves Methane Production
 » Detecting Genetic Defects In Cattle
 » Too Much Vitamin E Leads To Mastitis

   Germany

 » BfR Urges Restraint In Antibiotic Use
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   United States

 » November Milk Production Up 3.1 Per Cent
 » Dairy Farmers Face Cost-Price Squeeze
 » Illinois Dairy Summit Addresses Strategic Solutions
 » Weekly Roberts Report

   Ireland

 » Teagasc Launch New Calf Rearing DVD
 » Discussion Groups Increase Efficiency
 » Ninth Milk Quota Trading Scheme Results

   Canada

 » Livestock Producers Receive Feed Assistance
 » Expectations from New Level-3 Biocontainment Lab
   Colombia

 » Urgency to Ratify FTA Highlighted at USGC Trip

   New Zealand

 » Weekend Rain Doesn't End Drought
 » Drought And Storm Aftermath Impact Confidence
 » Natural Dairy Bid On Crafar Farms Falls Through

   Zambia

 » EC Supplies FMD Vaccine To Zambia

   European Union

 » EMB Disappointed With EC Proposals
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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