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EDITORIAL: Partnership to Measure Environmental Impact of Livestock Farming

The International Dairy Federation has joined forces with FAO along with a number of governmental and non-governmental organisations to improve how the environmental impacts of the livestock industry are measured and assessed.

This FAO-led partnership is seen as a necessary first step in improving the sustainability of this important food production sector.

Currently, many different methods are being used to measure and assess the environmental impacts of animal raising, making it difficult to compare results and set priorities for the continuous improvement of environmental performance along supply chains.

FAO and governmental, private-sector, and non-governmental partners will work together on a number of fronts to strengthen the science of environmental benchmarking of livestock supply chains.

"We must establish a shared understanding of how to assess the environmental performance of the livestock sector," said Pierre Gerber, a Senior FAO livestock policy officer.

"The goal is to improve that performance, and create more sustainable forms of production that will continue to provide food and income. To do that, we need reliable quantitative information on key environmental parameters along livestock supply chains, as an evidence base from which to drive improvements."

In his declaration, Nico van Belzen, IDF Director General, quoted the pioneering work of IDF regarding the LCA methodology on carbon footprint* to enable effective management and reduction of GHG emissions within the dairy sector.

"IDF is committed to providing nutritious dairy products to a growing population in a way that is environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable," he said.

"Common and robust indicators and guidelines for environmental assessments will lead to shared understanding of environmental impacts and better policy-making."

Among the founding members of the partnership are: the governments of France, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand, The European Feed Manufacturers' Federation (FEFAC), the European Vegetable Oil and Proteinmeal Industry (FEDIOL), the International Dairy Federation, (IDF) the International Meat Secretariat (IMS), the International Egg Commission (IEC) the International Poultry Council (IPC), the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH), and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

In the UK, dairy farmers are furious following cuts in the price paid to them for their milk by the processors.

Wisemans, taken over by European dairy giant Mueller in January of this year, cut the price paid to its farmers by 2p per litre in June and is following that up by a further 1.7p cut for August. For an average Wiseman supplier, producing around 1.4 million litres of milk a year, these two cuts equate to a potential reduction in annual income from milk sales of more than £50,000.

The decision follows a collapse in the value of the cream in each litre of farm-gate milk over the last 12 months. From its peak, the commodity fell in value by the milk price equivalent of more than 5ppl.

Wiseman had hoped that the need for further adjustment to its milk price following a 2ppl reduction which took effect in June could be negated by a sustained and significant rally of commodity market values.

But whilst markets have improved from the lows of recent weeks, they remain at levels not seen since early 2010, when the average DEFRA milk price in the UK was 24.19ppl. Wiseman’s standard litre price from August will be 24.73ppl.

The move by Wiseman's was quickly followed by similar cuts by Arla Foods and Dairy Crest.

Crisis talks were being held this week between the National Framers Union, the action group, Farmers for Action and the processors in a bid to haul the industry out of the situation that is crippling the UK industry.

The unions have called for all milk price cuts imposed on farmers since April 1 to be restored by August 1.

The unions have also called on farmers to show their strength of feeling by turning out in force at a crisis summit in London on Wednesday leaving retailers, MPs, processors and the public in no doubt about the scale of the problem.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Florida and the Dairy Industry
There are four areas most dairy farmers are interested in: milk price, milk sales, milk production, and dairy policy. Calvin Covington, former CEO with Southeast Milk Inc looks at these four areas for the Florida dairy industry.
Anaplasmosis in Iowa
In 2010 there was an increased number of cases of Anaplasmosis from submissions to the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISU-VDL). Although the disease is not enzootic in Iowa it is observed regularly. Environmental conditions in 2010 may have enhanced the spread of anaplasmosis within the state, writes Dr Grant Dewell, Iowa State University Beef Veterinarian.
Prevention of Contaminations with Clostridia in Silages Using Inoculants
Clostridia are endospore-forming anaerobic Gram-positive bacteria which ferment carbohydrates, lactic acid (LA), as well as amino acids and proteins, thus causing problems such as reduction in feeding value and the production of biogenic amines (McDonald, 1981;Oude Elferink et al., 1999).
Dairy Cows Continuously Housed in Tie-stalls Failed to Manifest Activity Changes during Oestrus
Changes in behaviour around oestrus by cows in tie-stalls are not pronounced enough for pedometers to be of practical use for heat detection in this type of housing system, according to new research from Alberta, Canada.
* Market Reports

 » USDA GAIN: Agricultural Biotechnology - Germany Annual
 » USDA Dairy Products - 4 July 2012
 » Irish CSO Milk Statistics for May 2012
 » NAB Rural Commodities Wrap - June 2012
 » GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - May 2012

* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Spain

 » Retailers, Processors Abuse Spanish Dairy Producers
 » New Bluetongue Vaccination Requirements Approved

   United Kingdom

 » Food Standards Body for Scotland
 » NFU Turns Spotlight on Supermarket Policies
 » Downward Spiral of Milk Prices is Unacceptable
 » Changes to bTB Controls in England Come into Effect
 » AssureWel Project Provides Agreed New Measures
 » Farming's GHG Action Plan Delivers
 » NFU Condemns Milk Price Cuts, Calls for Action
 » Minister Points Way Ahead on Bovine TB
 » FMD NEWS: $3M Earmarked for Coordination of World Reference Labs
 » NFU Concern at HSE Plans to Charge Farmers
 » NFU, Farmers for Action to Tackle Dairy Crisis
 » $3M Earmarked for Coordination of World Reference Labs
 » ForFarmers Acquisition of BOCM PAULS Approved
 » Milk Contracts Should Allow Two Month Get Out
 » Farming Leaders Lay Down Demands on Dairy Prices
 » Dairy Processor Margins Falling
 » Global Conference Tackles Livestock Drug Resistance

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   Global

 » Expert Shares Global Weather Outlook
 » Measurement of Livestock’s Environmental Impacts
 » FAO Food Price Index Falls Again

   United States

 » USDA Reports Show that Focus Remains on Weather
 » Be Vigilant for Anthrax in Northern Great Plains
 » Uncertainty About Corn Supply & Demand
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Indiana Drought Affecting Commodity Markets
 » Illinois Milk Producers to Host Dairy Tech Showcase

   Australia

 » Industry Hopes President's Visit will Repair Live Export Trade
 » Cattle Medicine Under Investigation
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   Thailand

 » More Than 100 Nations Support FMD Strategy

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   Peru

 » Agricultural Production Figures Boosted by Livestock

   Ireland

 » Bad Weather Causes Winter Fodder Sacarcity Threat
 » Warning to Glanbia, Dairygold Over Plant Proposals

   New Zealand

 » DairyNZ, Fonterra Welcome ETS Decision
 » NAIT Welcomed as Milestone for Livestock Industries

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   Fiji

 » Fiji Dairy Sells for $10million

   China

 » Food Safety Becomes National Priority

   Brazil

 » Embrapa Rondônia Certified as Brucellosis, TB Free

   European Union

 » Is EU Really Getting Tough on Animal Welfare?



That's all for this week!

Ed.
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