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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: New Initiative to Help Small Holder Dairy Farmers

Trevor Tomkins, Ph.D. and recently retired CEO of Milk Specialties Global, is embarking on a new enterprise-based initiative to help small holder dairy farmers in emerging markets advance milk production through knowledge, technology and capital.

The launch of venture | dairy comes as the global demand for milk continues to rapidly increase, outpacing supply in much of the developing world. Promoting social entrepreneurship and international development, the venture | dairy organization works with partners around the globe to increase the efficiency and productivity of small-scale dairy production in emerging markets, building environmentally and economically sustainable dairy farms that support healthy, prosperous communities.

"venture | dairy was founded to empower dairy entrepreneurs to establish sustainable business practices that can improve their lives and the lives of their families, and better their communities," said Tomkins.

venture | dairy is structured both as a non-for-profit organization and a social investment fund. The non-for-profit operation prepares small holder dairy farmers - sometimes with only two to five cows - to rapidly increase production by supporting technology advancement and training in dairy production and business and value-chain development. The social investment fund provides access to affordable, patient capital in the form of loans or equity that can be used to procure equipment, purchase feed, build infrastructure and oversee operations.

"To have an impact on smaller farmers and poverty and hunger that's endemic all over the world, we're going to have to find ways to mobilize not only their productivity and efficiency, but also mobilize the large amount of capital that can connect small holder farmers with increased productivity to markets," Pierre Ferrari, President and CEO, Heifer International said at the venture | dairy launch event.

venture | dairy's inaugural project in Nicaragua is the formation of a Dairy Hub that will work with Nicaraguan farmers to improve milk production and farm profitability. venture | dairy is also undertaking a feasibility study in Rwanda to determine whether its developing dairy industry can be helped by construction of a dairy processing plant.

Have a great week!

Sarah Mikesell

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Why has the 20:20 Milk Replacer Been the Industry Standard
For many years milk replacers containing 20 per cent protein and 20 per cent fat fed at a rate of 1 lb. of powder per day have been commonly accepted as the best diet for dairy calves, but why? asks RE James, Extension Dairy Scientist at Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Emerging Mastitis Threats on Dairy Industry
Pamela L Ruegg from the Dairy Science Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison looks at oagulase negative staphylococci (CNS), environmental streptococci, Mycoplasma spp, and Serratia spp, which are increasingly common in US dairy herds.

Jatropha as New Livestock Feed Resource
FAO encourages the use of co-products of the energy crop, Jatropha, as new livestock feed resources to reduce food-feed competition.

VLA Quarterly - Schmallenberg Recognised in UK
As well as cases of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) continuing to be found in the UK, there was an increase in the rate of undiagnosed bovine abortion, possibly associated with increased submissions arising from increased awareness of SBV, according to the Veterinary Laboratory Agency's quarterly report (January to March 2012).

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* Market Reports

 » UK Milk Prices and Composition of Milk - Review of June 2012
 » USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 2 August 2012
 » USDA Agricultural Prices - 31 July 2012
 » USDA Dairy Products - June 2012 Highlights

* Company News

Heat Detection Monitor Reduces Labor
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Canada

 » Livestock Transport Training Programme Revised

   United Kingdom

 » Wiseman Confirms No Milk Price Change
 » NFU Frustrated at 'Inconsistency' Over Energy Plans
 » LMC: Tight Cattle Supplies in First Half of 2012
 » Livestock 2012 Host's Feed Science Forums
 » Livestock Feed Additives Analysed
 » Consultation on Cattle Traceability Launched
 » Coalition to Keep Pressure on Retailers, Processors
 » Meadow Foods Drops Milk Price Cut
 » NI MIlk Auction Lift Proof of Market Recovery
 » NFU Scotland Backs Next Steps on BVD Eradication
 » De-Tune Diets to Reduce Daily Losses
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   European Union

 » Advanced Direct CAP Farm Payments Approved

   United States

 » Support for Biofuel Feedstock Producers Announced
 » Altering the Renewable Fuel Standard is Not an Option
 » Cattle Outlook: June Placements, Marketings Down
 » CME: Feed Crisis Deepens
 » Producer Support of Beef Checkoff Remains High
 » Coalition Urges EPA to Waiver RFS Due to Drought
 » Anticipating Size of 2012 Corn, Soybean Crops
 » AFBF, NMPF Oppose Farm Bill Extension
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » NFPA Urged to Protect Facilities from Fires
 » DuPont Pioneer Introduces Inoculant Value Calculator
 » Disaster Relief Not a Replacement for Farm Bill
 » Trade Barriers Removed, Market Access Expanded
 » Early weaning, DDGS Feed Could Cut Costs
 » Dairy Supply Management Would have Started in May

   New Zealand

 » River Stone Beds an Option for Calves
 » Fonterra Director Resigns From Board
 » Fonterra Sees Strong Future for Christchurch
 » Colin Armer's Loss a Big One, say Federated Farmers
 » NZ Stock Numbers Holding

   Germany

 » Germany Reviewing Animal Welfare Standards

   Netherlands

 » Nutreco Reports Strong Momentum

   Global

 » Global Weather Conditions Hitting Grain, Oilseed Production
 » Indonesia Agree Arrangements on US Dairy Imports
 » Marfrig Completes Carbon Emissions Inventory

   Mexico

 » Exports Increase 10.7 Per Cent in First Half of 2012
 » Jalisco Exports First Cattle Shipment to Jordan
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   China

 » The Rapid Rise of Chinese Dairy

   Ireland

 » Relaxing of Brucellosis Controls Sought

   Pakistan

 » Plan Finalised to Stop Cattle, Poultry Smuggling

   Chile

 » Chile and China to Cooperate on FMD
 » Arauco to be Included in TB Control Plan

   Kazakhstan

 » FMD NEWS: Outbreaks Reported in East Kazakhstan

   Australia

 » Dairy Farmers Furious Over Lion Milk Price Cuts
 » Norco Maintains its Milk Prices
 » Industry, Government Discuss FMD Risk
 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary

   Israel

 » OIE: Outbreaks of Lumpy Skin Disease Reported

   Jamaica

 » Ministry Looking to Export Cattle Genetic Material

   Spain

 » Dairy Crisis Causing Farm Closures

   Ukraine

 » Danish Pavilion at Animal Farming Ukraine 2012

   Brazil

 » Marfrig Completes Asset Swap with Brasil Foods

   Syria

 » Syrians Need Food, Crops, Livestock Assistance
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That's all for this week!

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