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TheDairySite Newsletter - 18 November 2011

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Editorial: Global Pressure To Reduce Antimicrobial Use

Antibiotics are used on farm to treat disease, prevent disease and in some countries to increase growth-rates and productivity.

The EU banned the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in 2006, however the practice still continues in the US.

Resistance to antibiotics is a growing problem. There is some evidence that resistant bacteria is passed from animals to humans through the food chain.

With this in mind, the EU has launched an action plan for the next five years to limit the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

The plan aims to limit the spread of antimicrobial resistance and develop new anti-microbial treatment.

It includes advice for veterinarians to use antimicrobials more appropriately in animals and increase the monitoring and surveillance of their use.

More specifically, it has been announced that EU laws on veterinary medicines and medicated feed will be strengthened and recommendations for the use of antimicrobials will be introduced.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied pleas to ban the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Instead the agency says that a voluntary approach will lead to a more judicious use of the drugs.

The agency proposed draft guidance for achieving judicious use in June 2010. The guidance essentially says that antibiotic use in food animals should be limited to what is necessary for ensuring animal health and should take place under veterinary oversight.

It should be noted that the FDA has not said that the use of antibiotics in animals needs to be reduced, rather that withdrawing them would be too expensive.

Clearly something needs to be done to reduce antimicrobial resistance, however a complete ban of antibiotic seems an extreme option - especially in a country that heavily relies on them for production.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Short Feed Supplies Requires Extra Management
Drought has taken a toll on forage and hay supplies, leaving dairy producers searching for feed. Texas AgriLife Extension Service dairy specialist Dr Ellen Jordan said they need to begin following a systematic approach to forage management.
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The Legend Heat Detection System from Animart was awarded a place in the Dairy Herd Management top 10 innovative products of 2011. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite editor finds out more about the product.
Bid To Ban Export Refunds For Live Cattle
Eurogroup for Animals is calling on the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States to eliminate all subsidies for the export of live animals to third countries with immediate effect.
Feed Outlook - November 2011
US feed grain production estimates have been lowered for 2011/12, according to Tom Capehart and Edward Allen in the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - November 2011
While beef and broiler production forecasts for 2011 are lowered, pork and turkey production are increased, according to the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) for November.
Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook - November 2011
Drought has increased the number of cattle to slaughter, whilst beef exports continue to grow. In the dairy industry, milk output increases, however greater supply of dairy products worldwide will put pressure on prices in the coming year, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service.
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   European Union

 » €214M Earmarked To Protect Human & Animal Health
 » Ag Council Discusses Direct CAP Payments
 » Need For A More Flexible And Productive CAP
 » Small Farmers Could Neglect Welfare Under CAP
 » EU Cracks Down On Antimicrobial Use

   Pakistan

 » Farmers Advised To Adopt Global Gap Principles

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   United States

 » USGC Begins Lower-Oil DDGS Education Efforts
 » Cattle Outlook: USDA Corn Crop Estimates Down
 » CME: Cheese Markets Move In Different Directions
 » Corn & Soybean Prices Continue To Struggle
 » New Antibiotic Residue Prevention Manual Available
 » CME: Cheese Tops $2, All Futures Higher
 » FDA Denies Pleas To Ban Antibiotic Use
 » Orange Can Reduce Foodborne Pathogens In The Gut
 » Wisconsin bTB Tests South Dakota Cattle
 » CME: GDT Auction Prices Higher
 » Drought & Exports Tighten Cattle Supplies
 » US Forest Policies Threaten Livestock Grazing
 » Winter Cattle Feeding That Doesn't Break The Bank
 » CME: DEC Milk Futures Sell Off
 » Feed Costs Put The Squeeze On Dairy Margins
 » EPA's Regulatory Burdens Threaten Family Farms

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   United Kingdom

 » Wiseman Dairies Profits Fall
 » CAP Proposals Fail To Make Farming More Productive
 » NFU & Badger Trust: Joint TB Vaccination Project
 » NFU Calls For Action On Cattle Scab Timebomb
 » Get Ready To Protect Cattle For Winter
 » Rural Action Programme Supports Dairy Sector
 » Green CAP To Hit Livestock/ Dairy Farmers

   Kuwait

 » Special Programme For Cow Herders Organised

   Australia

 » Looking For The Next Big Innovation In Dairy
 » Grain Prices Stay High As Feed Grains Remain Tight
 » Market Alert: Strong Prices & Top Quality Cattle
 » Cranky Cows A Growing Problem For Oz Farmers

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   France

 » France Launches Cattle Export Group
 » France To Reduce Antibiotic Use By 25 Per Cent
 » Innovation Key For French Agriculture

   General

 » TPP Talks To Open Market For Beef & Dairy Producers
 » Fonterra Announces New Director

   Korea, South

 » S. Korea Reports Suspected Case of FMD

   Ireland

 » On-Farm Investment Crucial For Dairy Expansion
 » Payments To Start Soon For Suckler Welfare Scheme

   New Zealand

 » Opportunities And Challenges, But Future Is Strong
 » 'Resource Rentals' Convert To Dairy

   Denmark

 » Automatic Monitoring Of Dairy Cattle



That's all for this week!

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