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TheDairySite Newsletter - 10 June 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Towards A Sustainable Dairy Sector

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has announced that laboratory management systems can contribute to a sustainable dairy sector.

More than 190 experts gathered at the IDF/ISO Analytical Week in Lyon in France to discuss the latest developments and future projects for methods of analysis in the dairy sector, in expert meetings and a mid-week symposium.

Hosted by the IDF French National Committee (FIL France), the joint IDF/ISO event provided a platform for experts to work on topical analysis issues, such as the need for a reference system for somatic cell counting in milk, and initiatives underpinning food safety testing.

The mid-week symposium explored the theme 'How can analysis promote sustainability in the dairy chain?'. IDF and ISO experts presented new initiatives and recommendations that showed for the first time that the analysis sector makes a significant contribution to the advancement of a sustainable dairy industry.

Speakers demonstrated that within-laboratory initiatives reduce the burden on the environment through the use of the ISO 14001 standard as well as through innovative means of recycling or reducing of laboratory consumables and reagents. Furthermore, specifically-developed new testing methodology was shown to also underpin wider sustainability initiatives by the dairy sector such as improving waste water management practices, and animal feeding practices.

Following on from the issues raised by Nocton Dairies' plans to build the country's largest dairy farm, UK welfare organisation, the RSPCA is calling for animal welfare to be a fundamental part of the planning process for new farms.

In Sweden, Arla has announced a proposed merger with Milko, as the result of the latter's critical financial situation.

Also in Sweden, a survey of dairy farms has revealed the most common pathogens in sub-clinical mastitis. Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci were the most frequently isolated bacteria.

And finally, scientists may have a revolutionary new way of measuring how much of the potent greenhouse gas, methane, is produced by cows and other ruminants, thanks to a surprising discovery in their manure.

Researchers from the UK's University of Bristol and the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre in Ireland have found a link between methane production and the level of a compound called archaeol in the faeces of several animals, including cows.

The compound could potentially be developed as a biomarker to estimate the methane production from domestic and wild animals, allowing scientists to assess more accurately the contribution that ruminants make to global greenhouse gas emissions.

Jackie Linden

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* Company News

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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

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 » FMD NEWS: Another FMD Outbreak in Francistown
 » Another FMD Outbreak in Francistown

   General

 » Study Discloses Global Spots Of Disease Risk
 » Improving Feed Options In East Africa
 » Development Towards A Sustainable Dairy Sector
 » No End In Sight For High Food Prices
 » New Biomarker For Methane Production In Cows
   Ireland

 » Dairy Market Improvements Justify Increase In Price

   United Kingdom

 » Are Cows Carrying A Strain Of MRSA?
 » Some AHVLA Office Locations To Change
 » Making The Most Of Home-Grown Cereals
 » Call For Welfare Consideration In Planning Process
 » Prof Fazakerley Takes Up Post As IAH Director
 » Daily Milk Delivery Statistics
 » One Size Doesn't Always Fit All
 » WI Scraps Vote On 'Mega Farms' Resolution
 » Attention To Detail Pays Dividends, Farmers Advised
 » Farm-Gate Milk Price Needs To Move Up

   United States

 » In The Cattle Markets
 » Indiana Dairy Farms Can Manage Input Costs
 » Can Corn, Soybean Crops Overcome Late Planting?
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Beware Of Cattle Health In Warm Weather
 » CME: 2011 Corn Planting Slower Compared to 2010
 » Cal Poly Dairy Science Receives Leprino Funding
 » NFU Foundation Awards Scholarships
 » Kentucky's Livestock Suffer Early Heat Stress
 » CME: Output Of Sorghum, Barley & Oats Falling
 » WASDE – The Numbers vs. Uncertainty
 » Research Makes K-State the Leader, Says President

   China

 » Supervision On Raw Milk Tightened
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   European Union

 » Drought Difficulties In Europe

   New Zealand

 » Mowing In Rain Controls California Thistle

   Australia

 » Future Dairy Industry Is In Good Hands
 » Australia Suspends All Live Exports To Indonesia

   Canada

 » Govt Commits To Continue Supply Management

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Bans Meat From Three Brazilian States

   Sweden

 » Common Pathogens In Sub-Clinical Mastitis Revealed
 » Arla And Milko Discuss Merger

   Kenya

 » NFUS Links With Kenyan Farming Community
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That's all for this week!

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