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TheDairySite Newsletter - 16 September 2011

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Editorial: Carbon Costs Could Hit Competitiveness

New Zealand dairy giant Fontera has raised concerns about carbon charges for on-farm emissions, which it sees could potentially hit competitiveness.

Group Director Supplier and External Relations, Kelvin Wickham said: “Fonterra remains concerned that applying carbon costs on agriculture in New Zealand, when they are not applied elsewhere in the world, would shift dairy production to far less emission-efficient countries. The net result would be no reduction in global emissions.”

He added: “These new costs, that will average over $4,000 a farm from 2017, come on top of the $7,500 in carbon costs on farm fuel and energy and will impact on competitiveness."

In Sweden, imbalances in the dairy market have resulted in lower sales prices.

There have been large differences between milk income and feed costs and milk companies have seen profitability decrease over the last few months, according to the Swedish Dairy Milk Economy Report.

In Australia, Queensland dairy farmers confronted a Coles executive over their fears that their businesses will collapse because of a milk price war between supermarket giants.

The dairy farmers made their views known to Coles director of merchandise, John Durkan, who spoke at the Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation (QDO) conference in Toowoomba.

The price war began when Coles dropped its generic milk price to A$1 per litre, sparking a price war with rival supermarket chain Woolworths.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Irish Dairy: Planning For 2015
Dairy producers need to develop low cost production system based on grazed grass in the future so as to ensure the financial viability of the dairy business in a market environment where there is an increased likelihood of input and output price volatility, say Padraig French and Laurence Shalloo from Teagasc.
Effect Of Heating On Feed Value Of Hay
Hay fires have been a major problem in south-east Australia in recent years. Hundreds of hay shed fires have been recorded in NSW, Victoria and South Australia due to spontaneous combustion. It is also likely that a significant amount of hay has been damaged by heating even though it did not ignite. Australian researchers look at what effect heating may have had on the feed value of hay.
Dairy Cow Welfare Strategy 2011 Report
In a move towards improving the welfare of dairy cows, the Dairy Welfare Strategy was created, setting out targets and guidelines for the indusry. The results of the 2011 report have now been published by the Cattle Health and Welfare Group (CHAWG). The latest report highlights the progress of the strategies so far.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - September 2011
Both milk and beef production forecasts for the US are raised, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
US Feed Outlook - September 2011
The US corn yield has dropped and this is expected to boost prices accoring to the USDA Economic Research Service.
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* Company News

Pfizer Encourages Students In Large Animal Field
GERMANY - As part of the herd scanning initiative in 2011, Pfizer Animal Health is to work with veterinary students, allowing them a practical insight into the daily work of wholesale and farm animals.
Pfizer Forms Vaccine Joint Venture
CHINA - Pfizer Animal Health, a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., and Jilin Guoyuan Animal Health Co., Ltd. have announced that they will create a joint venture programme to develop, manufacture and distribute animal vaccines in China.
CID Lines Re-Brands Top Cleaning Product
BELGIUM - CID Lines has renamed its 'Biorex' cleaning product as 'Keno san'.
Biomin Supports Winners At Annual Fair
CZECH REPUBLIC - The month of August witnessed a fair called Země živitelka which traditionally takes place in Budweis, Czech Republic. The 38th year of the fair took place from 25 to 30 of August 2011.
Biomin.net Now Available In Vietnamese
VIET NAM - Biomin has now launched a Vietnamese version of the corporate web site.
Biomin To Hold Forum In Seoul
SOUTH KOREA - The theme of the Forum will be 'Lessons from AGP-free feeding systems abroad - What we can learn and what we can apply in Korea'.
Alltech Enters Hall Of Fame
GLOBAL, UK - The UK College of Agriculture has inducted the Alltech founder and CEO, Pearse Lyons, into the Animal and Food Sciences Hall of Fame.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Germany

 » Allgäuland Says Yes To Arla

Pfizer Animal Health
   United States

 » NFU Supports Passage of Senate Appropriations Bill
 » USDA Assisting Producers Damaged By Hurricane
 » CME: Small Changes For Yr-End Estimates
 » Hearing Highlights Need For Dairy Policy Reform
 » Smaller Corn Crop Confirmed
 » NFU Kicks Off Fall Legislative Fly-In
 » CME: Grain & Protein Supplies Down
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » OpenGate Capital Aquires Dean's Waukesha Plant

   New Zealand

 » Bright Future For 'NZ Inc' If Fonterra Remains A Coop
 » Nominations Close For DairyNZ Directors' Elections
 » Hunt Is On For The Regions Best Pasture
 » Fonterra Cautious On ETS Recommendations
 » Fonterra Director Retiring

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   Ireland

 » Weanling Farmers Should Explore 'Selective Selling'
 » Future Of Organic Farming Will Be Bright

   Australia

 » Mixed Confidence Amid Global Uncertainty
 » Stock Routes At Risk Under New System
 » Carbon Tax; Consider Cost To Farmers Say NFF
 » Dairy Farmers Confront Coles Executive
 » Calf Care Critical To Dairy Farmers
 » Weekly Cattle Summary

   Italy

 » OIE: Anthrax Outbreak Reported

Cow Signals Training Books
   South Africa

 » Dairy Farmers In SA Could Soon Be Extinct

   General

 » Bluetongue To Increase With Climate Change
 » New UK/US Funding For Disease Research

   United Kingdom

 » Rare Chance To Buy Heritage Breeds
 » Leaked Proposals On Future EU Market Measures
 » LMC Report: Increased Slaughterings In August
 » BSI Publishes Programmes For Better Food Safety

   Sweden

 » Decline In Profitability For Dairy Farmers

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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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