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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Momentum Builds to Change European Milk Price Regime

Protests over the European milk price regime continued this week ahead of the decision of the European Parliament's Agricultural Committee discussions on the James Nicholson Report.

The decision on the proposals for the new European Commission milk market regime will be taken on 24/25 May.

However, the European Milk Board is concerned that the current draft contains clear weaknesses and will not be able to bring about the strengthening of the producers’ position in the milk market that the Parliament and milk board want.

But the board has said there are good chances of improving the report with concrete amendments.

To back this, the EMB demonstrators went to Place Luxembourg with 14 life-size cows in the national colours of the members of the European Milk Board (EMB).

In Scotland, more than 120 dairy farmers packed into the opening meeting of NFU Scotland’s nation-wide dairy roadshow to hear about a milk price proposal that could transform the fortunes for all dairy farmers in the country.

The union believes that if a market-related pricing formula were incorporated as a baseline into producer contracts, it would break the cycle of market failure in the dairy supply chain. Such a move could allow dairy farmers, irrespective of whom they sell their milk to; to move forward with improved confidence and greater certainty. It would also deliver sustainability, which is in the best interest of whole supply chain.

The union proposal is part of a wider package of milk measures including the moves in Europe to strengthen the position of dairy farmers and the need for a supermarket adjudicator in the UK to help police supply chains.

On the disease front, outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease have been reported in Israel and Botswana.

Chris Harris


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Indonesia/ Australia Live Cattle Export: Slaughter
Australia and Indonesia have developed a strong bilateral relationship in livestock trade that has resulted in important commercial partnerships between industries in both countries. This section of an independent report, studying animal welfare conditions, looks at welfare at slaughter.
Irish Dairy Producers Using Genomically Selected Sires
Using genomically selected sires in Ireland will improve the rate of genetic improvement but producers should use several bulls to reduce the risks
Milking The Benefits For Smallscale Vendors
Evidence-based research to inform policy change in Kenya's dairy industry has resulted in formal licensing for small scale milk vendors previously excluded from retail markets.
Breeding Heifers For Profit
The anticipated expansion in milk production, following the removal of EU Milk Quotas in 2015, will not be achieved without adequate numbers of AI bred, high EBI, early born and well-reared replacement heifers. Now is the time to start breeding the dairy herd for milk production after milk quotas. Breeding decisions taken in 2011 will result in heifers entering the herd in 2014, provided they are reared to calve at 24 months, writes Tom O'Dwyer, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer at Teagasc.
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Veterinarian Dr Robert Glock Honoured
US - Dr Robert Glock has been honoured for service to colleagues and the industry by receiving last month the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) Outstanding Service Award, sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health.
VIV Sets World Standard In Animal Protein Production
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Botswana

 » FMD NEWS: New Outbreak of FMD in Botswana
   Japan

 » Livestock & Feed Production Resume
 » Checking for Radioactive Contamination in Grass

   General

 » Quality Of Livestock Data Improves In Africa
 » Feed Additive Market Estimated At $19 Billion In 2016

   Kenya

 » Livestock Insurance Scheme Wins Innovation Award

   United States

 » Cattle On Feed
 » DFA Improves Environmental Impact
 » Improving Welfare: Management Training Programme
 » DGS Research Helps Livestock Industry
 » Dairy Herd Owners Cut Replacement Heifer Costs
 » Total Red Meat Production Down In 2010
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » CME: Slow Start to Corn Planting Season
 » Farmers See Profits Drying Up
 » FDA Seeks Injunction Against Dairy
 » Cattle Care Top Priority For Cattlemen
 » Corn And Soybean Prices Continue Erratic Pattern
 » Workshop Aimed To Improve Animal Disease Control
 » Weekly Roberts Report

   New Zealand

 » National Policy Statement Threatens Farming

   United Kingdom

 » Sharing Responsibility For Health, Welfare Policy
 » Battle On Unfair Milk Contracts To Step up
 » Local Dairy Farmers To Hear About Price Plan
 » NFU: Success Depends On Board Members
 » Meeting Looked In Depth At Beef & Dairy Markets
 » Dairy Farmers Call For Fairer Milk Contracts
 » DARD Clarifies Its Position On CAP
 » NFU Tells MPs Dairy Pricing System Is 'Exploitative'
 » Huge Dairy Turnout Endorses Price Formula Proposal

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   Switzerland

 » First BSE Case In Switzerland For Four Years

   European Union

 » Biological Sciences Reinforced To Tackle Big Issues
 » EU To Target Antimicrobial Resistance In 2012
 » Protests by European Milk Prodcuers

   Turkey

 » Turkey Moves to Protect Itself from Bulgaria's FMD Outbreak

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   Korea, South

 » FMD Breaks Out in South Korean Pigs

   Australia

 » Abortion Parasite Found In SA Cattle Herds

   Zimbabwe

 » Zimbabwe Reports FMD in Cattle

   Ireland

 » Greenfield Dairy Open Day On Wednesday

   Denmark

 » Professor Suggests How To Cut Ammonia Emissions

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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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