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TheDairySite Newsletter - 7 October 2011

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Editorial: One Step Closer To Understanding Bluetongue

A molecular technique to identify the biting midges that spread bluetongue disease has been developed by scientists in Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITG).

The new technology helps to understand how the disease spreads, and how to control it.

Until recently, it was assumed that only tropical midges could carry the virus. However, when the disease hit Northern Europe in 2006, it was apparent that local midges were capable of transmitting it.

The problem was that there are many species of biting midges, which are almost impossible to differentiate with normal tools. Without knowing which species spread the disease it is hard to tell where the disease will spread or how to fight the midges transmitting the disease.

The new molecular technology is very specific, and can identify several species at the same time - making it easier for scientists to know what they are working against in the fight to eliminate bluetongue disease.

For the first time ever bluetongue has been reported in Israel. In total there have been 106 cases in the North West of the country.

Charlotte Johnston

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France Reflects on Cost of Cheap Food at Any Price
“The real victims of the latest [agricultural] crises are those who have invested the most,” French farm minister Bruno Le Maire told delegates at a day-long conference in Paris to discuss the way agricultural commodity prices develop into retail prices for finished product, writes Peter Crosskey.
Effect Of Garlic Oil On Methane Production In Lactating Buffalo
Including garlic oil in the diets of lactating buffalo can reduce methane emissions according to researchers from India and Iran, write R Zafarian from the National Dairy Institute, India and M Manafi from Malayer University, Iran.
Prevention Of Hoof Disorders Using Footbaths
Dairy cattle are susceptible to many hoof disorders including (but not limited to) digital dermatitis (hairy heel warts), foot rot, laminitis, sand cracks, white line disease, and sole ulcers, writes Taylor Reiter and Jeffrey Bewley, from the University of Kentucky.
Turning On-Farm Waste Into Energy
Managing manure on a large dairy farm takes serious planning, and Brookside Dairy in Indiana County is adopting new technology that that saves money and protects the environment.
India – Livestock and Products Annual 2011
Strong dairy demand continues to fuel herd growth and is expected to continue in 2012. CY2012 combined stocks forecast more than four per cent growth over 2011 at 325 million head, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
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 » BLUETONGUE: Bluetongue Reported In Israel

   Canada

 » Ergot Infection In Saskatchewan Cereal Grains
 » Animal Health Week: Protecting Health Of All Species
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 » Liver Fluke – Remain Vigilant This Autumn & Winter
 » Arla Farmgate Price Increase
 » Changes To Bovine TB Testing
 » NFU Says Milk Price Rises Are Not All They Seem
 » bTB & Brucellosis Compensation Consultation

   United States

 » World Dairy Expo In Full Swing
 » Cattle Outlook: Corn Prices Down
 » Protect Cattle From Winter Weather
 » Bovine Trichomoniasis Update - Test Your Herd
 » CME: Corn Usage Uncertain With Changing Yields
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 » Bale Feeder Choice Can Reduce Waste & Save Money
 » Poor Pastures A Chance To Review Winter Feeding
 » NCBA Supports Legislation To Free Up Corn Supplies
 » Minnesota’s & New Mexico's bTB Status Upgraded
 » World Dairy Expo: Awards For Dairy Champions
 » CME: Strong Beef & Pork Demand This Autumn
 » World Dairy Expo: NY Team Wins 4-H Dairy Judging
 » Weather Leaves Dairies To Struggle With Feed Costs
 » 'Foundation For The Future' Explained At Dairy Expo

   Pakistan

 » Flood Kills 150,000 Cattle

   General

 » Ireland Forges Alliance With France On CAP & CFP
 » Arla To Sell Dairy In Poland
 » IDF & FAO Launch Revised Good Dairy Farming Guide
 » Emerging Economies Key To Global Dairy Trade
 » Partnership To Develop East Coast Fever Vaccine
 » World Cereal Markets Expected To Stay Tight
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   European Union

 » Public Opinion Favourable To CAP Reform Elements
 » EU Ignores Threat To Milk Producers’ Livelihood

   Australia

 » Cattle Market Alert: Stable Cattle Prices
 » Milk Prices Paid To Farmers Are Going Down
 » Dairying Reaps Benefits Of Soil Funding
 » Weekly Cattle Summary

   Belgium

 » New Bluetongue Technology Develops Understanding

   Mexico

 » Care For Those Affected By Climatic Disasters

   Italy

 » OIE: New Outbreaks Of Anthrax In Italy
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That's all for this week!

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