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Editorial: EU Relaxes GM Feed Rules

The European Union (EU) has decided to relax the rules on GM feed coming into Europe.

At a meeting this week, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) decided to allow up to 0.1 per cent of non-EU approved GM in feed imports.

This move follows increased uncertainty concerning feed supplies and escalating prices.

National Farmers' Union, UK Director of Policy, Martin Haworth said: “The change only applies to the presence of material for which EU import licences have been applied, but not yet approved."

European Milk Board members, who met earlier in the week, have determined that there is a need for farmer representative groups to push through and reform the manner in which milk prices are calculated and paid.

It was also agreed that there is an absolute necessity to supervise and regulate the market on an EU level.

Jackie Cahill, President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) called for a halt to the long term decline in the farmer share of the final retail price.

"In 1995 in Ireland, the milk producer’s share of the retail milk price was 43 per cent. By 2005 that had fallen to 36 per cent and by 2009 that, in turn, had fallen to 26 per cent.

"The trend is unmistakable and unless it is addressed in a way that fixes a fair portion of the final retail price for the milk producer, then the long term future of Europe’s family farm is doubtful."

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Irish Dairy Outlook For 2011
Trevor Donnellan and Thia Hennessy from Teagasc, forecast the expenditure on various input items in 2011, the annual average milk price that will prevail and the likely profit margins on dairy farms in 2011.
New And Emerging Cattle Threats In The UK
The third quarterly report of emerging cattle threats in the UK cattle, produced by the Veterinary Laboratory Agency, identifies that suspected closantel toxicity was investigated for the first time in UK cattle.
Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - February 2011
Beef prices are likely to increase in 2011, whilst rising feed prices will not affect dairy herd production and production per cow, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - February 2011
Beef exports look to increase in 2011, with an increase in demand from Asia. Meanwhile, milk production is expected to be higher in 2011 due to an increase in dairy cow and heifer replacements, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Korea, South

 » FMD NEWS: Damage Worth Trillions; Countering Error
 » More FMD Cases in S Korean Swine
 » S. Korea's FMD Caused by Virus from Viet Nam
 » Mistaken Virus Introduction Theory Leaves Blame on Innocent Farmers
 » FMD Situation in S Korea May be Easing
 » No Pathogens Found in FMD Run-Off
 » Religious Groups Call for Improvement in Livestock Burial
 » Increase in Tariff-free Pork Imports, Powdered Milk
 » FMD-Related Damages Hover Around 3 Tln Won
 » PM Admits to Gov't Error in Countering FMD

   Viet Nam

 » Foot-and-Mouth Disease Returns Across Viet Nam

   United Kingdom

 » Incidence Of TB In Cattle
 » NVZ Regulations Hamper Dairy Farmers
 » FCE Improvements Can Help Dairy Farmers
 » Remarkable Resilience Since FMD Outbreak
 » New Rules On Trace GM in Feed
 » Strong Brands Contribute To Arla's Growth
 » Specialist Training To Eradicate BVD
 » Make A Difference In The Welsh Dairy Industry
 » Reassured By Euro MP’s Stance On Milk Contracts

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   United States

 » Animal Health, Traceability On Top Of APHIS Agenda
 » MSU Projects Receive Agriculture Initiative Awards
 » Is There Enough Acreage?
 » Cost-Effective Organic Forage Production
 » The Costly Consequences Of Regulating Dust
 » Illinois Prof Awarded Prize For Genetic Research

   New Zealand

 » Animal Welfare Is Always A Priority
 » Farmers Should Exploit High Local Food Prices
 » Full Inquiry Into Dairy Prices Needed Now
 » Fonterra Holds Domestic Milk Price Through 2011

   France

 » 48th Salon International de l'Agriculture Opens

   European Union

 » EU Adopts Statement On Germany's Dioxin Incident
 » Council Takes Next Step On Food Labelling Rules
 » EU GM Import Decision a Step in the Right Direction
 » Bovines To Receive Digital ID
 » Proposal Over GM Material In Feed Endorsed
 » Sustaining Europe's Dairy Producers - A Necessity

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   Brazil

 » Brazilian Meat, Dairy Companies Head To Gulfood

   Netherlands

 » Feed Nutrition Course To Be Held By Schothorst

   Canada

 » New Livestock Genomics Research Funding
 » Govt Helps Livestock Producers Access Feed

   Denmark

 » Sensor System To Keep Track Of Silage Quality

   General

 » Vaccines Market In 2015 To Reach US$5.6 Billion

   Syria

 » Boosting Dairy Production In Syria

   Australia

 » Coles To Protect WA Dairy Farmers

   China

 » Growing Middle Class Changing Dynamics In China



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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