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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Identifying Opportunities in the Dairy Industry

The US has identified two areas where they can improve dairy trade.

Currently the US plays little to no role in meeting the global demand for whole milk powder (WMP). US Dairy Export Council Executive Vice President, Marc Beck says that in 2011 WMP trade was two million tons at a value of more than $7 billion, with global demand sizeable and growing.

Mr Beck says that having a broad product portfolio in the powder segment provides the opportunity to move milk volume into various end-user segments and manage production. He believes that WMP opportunity lies not only in expected rising demand but in existing business.

Several major US WMP projects are currently under consideration. Among them, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) announced earlier this year that it would build an $85 million plant in Fallon, Nevada, capable of making more than 40,000 tons of WMP and other dairy ingredients annually. The company expects to have it up and running by July 2013.

Milk protein concentrates (MPCs) are another area where US manufacturers could find significant opportunities in export markets and at home.

"Globally, the MPC market is growing, vibrant and dominated in volume and value by higher protein concentrations," says Véronique Lagrange, USDEC senior vice president, strategy and insights.

Initiatives are in progress that could help US expansion, including developing industry standards for US products as well as recommended methods of analysis.

In Australia, Murray Goulburn Co-operative (MG) plans to invest approximately A$200 million over the next three years in leading-edge dairy food manufacturing facilities for UHT milk, butter/spreads and cheese.

The Scottish dairy industry has recognised that "huge potential" exists in world markets for its dairy sector.

Dairy UK’s Scottish Director, Kirk Hunter says: “Research confirms that consumers around the world are increasing their demand for dairy products. If we can get our act together there are exciting opportunities for Scotland’s dairy industry to capitalise on these expanding markets."

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Selecting Cows for Low Methane Emissions
The considerable variation in methane emissions from individual cows raises the possibility of selecting cows for low methane emissions, according to scientists at the University of Nottingham in the UK.

Argentina Looks to Export Markets for Dairy Products
Argentina’s dairy farmers annually deliver about 30 per cent more milk than required to meet domestic demand. Its processing sector has had moderate success in export markets.

Correct Rations of Good Quality Maize Silage Reduces Feed Costs in Dairy Bred Bulls
A feed ratio of 75:25 good quality maize silage and concentrates fed to intensively finished dairy bulls reduces feed costs by 14 p/kg of gain compared to a 50:50 feed ratio, according to a trial that was carried out at Harper Adams University College in the UK, by Simon Marsh.

Canola Possible Forage Crop for Livestock
Canola can be an alternative feed for livestock, but producers need to be aware of the challenges, says J.W. Schroeder, North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist.

* Market Reports

» GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - June 2012

* Company News

Vet Says Copper Supplementation is a Must
US - A vet says Copasure copper boluses are helping ranchers improve the overall health and fertility of their stock by maintaining consistent copper levels throughout the year.
Three Steps to Winning the Battle Against BRD
US - For cattle producers, half the battle to keep cattle healthy is choosing the right vaccine to help prevent bovine respiratory disease (BRD), writes Jon Seeger, DVM, Pfizer Animal Health, Cattle and Equine Technical Services.
DSM to Acquire Tortuga to Strengthen Animal Nutrition
GERMANY - DSM has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Tortuga Companhia Zootécnica Agrária (Tortuga), a Brazilian company specialising in nutritional supplements with a focus on pasture raised beef and dairy cattle.
Copasure Offers Long Term Copper Benefits
US - Cows that had been pushed to the limit on a Californian ranch are now in excellent health after a rescue strategy incorporating Copasure boluses.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

United States

» EPA Asked for Waiver of Corn-Ethanol Mandate
» Drought Disaster Programme Passed by House
» House Approves Disaster-Only Measure
» Prepare for Higher Forage Prices
» Congress Members Urged to Meet Dairy Producers
» Industry Body Opposes Dairy Cow Tail Docking
» Weekly Roberts Market Report
» Purdue Holds Regional Meetings on Drought
» Drought Improves Grasslands in Long-Term
» US Looks to Increase Whole Milk Powder Trade
» USDA Offers More Drought Assistance
» CME: Corn Yields of 127.3 Bushels Per Acre Expected
» Opportunities for Milk Protein Concentrates
» July Hottest Month on Record, El Nino Around Corner?
» Hay Choices for Cattle Producers
» 90 Cattle Die in Barn Fire Cow Signals Training Books
Australia

» Aussie Milk Price Still not Sustainable for Farmers
» Efficient Use of Nitrogen Increases Profits
» A$200 million Investment in Dairy Processing Plant

Pakistan

» PHC Maintains Ban on Export of Cattle & Poultry

Spain

» Urgent Measures Needed to Save Spanish Livestock

European Union

» European Dairy Cattle Innovation Partnership
» Schmallenberg Vaccine not Ready in Time
» MEPs Lodge 7000 Changes to EU Subsidy Reform Biomin - the natural way
Canada

» Government Seeks Feedback on Feed Regulations
» Information on Feed Grain Availability, Price
» Canada and BC Invest in Sustainable Agriculture

Ireland

» Farmers Short of Fodder for Winter Months
» Dairy Farmers' Confidence at a Low
» Society of Dairy Technology's Autumn Conference

Germany

» Dairy Producers Campaign for Market Structure Act

Russian Federation

» Russian Grain Exports to be Maintained
» Russian Dairy Farms Violate Milk Safety Regulations Animax Veterinary Health
New Zealand

» Efficiency with Farm Inputs - Essential for Success

United Kingdom

» Livestock 2012: The Business Debates
» Schmallenberg Still Circulating in UK
» Grass Seed Demand High, as Farmers Abandon Maize
» Next Steps for #SOSDairy
» Badger Trust to Appeal Cull Decision
» Schmallenberg Back in the Spotlight
» Export Opportunities Exist for Scottish Dairy

Global

» Feed Additive Market to Reach Value of $17.5 Billion
» FAO Food Price Index up Six Per Cent

Mexico

» Mexico Boosts Livestock Productivity Genus - Value through science and genomics

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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