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Friday 14th December 2012.
Chris Harris - TheDairySite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


EDITORIAL: Spain Reaches Agreement with Dairy Sector

The Spanish Government has reached an agreement with the dairy sector over structural reforms.

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Miguel Arias Cañete said the restructuring would halt the loss of farms in the sector.

The new Milk Package will allow producer organisations to concentrate supply and create more market bargaining power.

The package also includes single farm payments amounting to €1,400 per farm.

The draft bill has to be agreed by the parliament, but Mr Cañete said that it will improve transparency in the market.

EU butter and milk powder production is down and a strong season for New Zealand dairy farming has caused dairy commodities to drop on the trade Weighted Index.

Dairy Australia reports that year-to-date production of butter and SMP (skimmed milk powder) remains 2.5 per cent higher over all at 1,339,000 tonnes despite a production drop in August of five and 4.6 per cent respectively. However, annual Whole Milk Powder production is down 3.3 per cent at 481,000 on 2011 levels so far and was down 5.5 per cent in August.

Easing two per cent the Trade Weighted Index of the Global Dairy Trade (GDT) event saw generally 'softer' commodity prices. An exception to this rule, the Authority of Financial Markets (France) was changed by a rise in fat prices and tightened by three per cent.

A strong dairy season in New Zealand has seen commodity prices drop in August. SMP ($3,362/t) maintained its position ahead of WMP ($3,170/t) (down 3.5 per cent) despite Skimmed powder falling one per cent. associated with a strong NZ season to date.

In Australia, processor Lactalis has bought speciality cheese manufacturer Jindi from Menora foods in a deal worth A$20 million. The Australian reported that Lactalis aims to expand the business creating jobs and opportunities at Jindi.


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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Dairy Markets Roundup - Dairy Australia
Butter and SMP production have both fallen in production by around five per cent and the French processor Lacatalis has purchased cheese manufacturer Jindi in a deal worth A$20million in the fortnightly market news update from Dairy Australia.

Effect of Trace Mineral Supplementation on the Reproductive Performance of Lactating Dairy Cows
A TEAGSC report looking into trace mineral presence in pasture based dairying examined the effects of slow release trace mineral (TM) boluses at varying times. The experiment, which surveyed five Irish farms, concentrated on low-input, pasture based herds where cows received

Raising Dairy Heifers in the States - An Operations Overview
A report from the USDA has been released on heifer rearing in the US. Covering hundreds of farms in 21 states the report aims to provide an overview of dairy heifer raising operations. The report covers a broad range of facets in the industry such as feeding practices, welfare, heifer movement, health details and general information on the national herd.

Mastitis Guide: Monitoring Udder Health
The impact of any management changes need to be monitored. There are many ways that udder health can be monitored, but the key aim is to use whatever information is available to help identify when and where animals are picking up new infections, says the sixth part of this essential mastitis guide produced by Pfizer Animal Health UK.

Do Trichothecenes Increase the Incidences of Mastitis and Laminitis?
Since their first discovery, more than 200 different trichothecenes (type A e.g., T-2 toxin and type B e.g., deoxynivalenol) have been documented.

Market Reports

Dairy Australia - Fortnightly Update 7 December 2012
Irish CSO: Output, Input and Income in Agriculture December 2012
USDA WASDE - December 2012
NAB Rural Commodities Wrap - November 2012
Utilisation of Milk by Dairies in England and Wales - December 2012
National Dairy Products Sales Report - 12 December 2012
USDA Feed Outlook - December 2012
USDA Dairy: World Markets and Trade - December 2012

Global Dairy Industry News

   European Union

Commission Delays Start to New Rules on CAP Direct Payments
EU Agricultural Worker Income up 1.0 per cent
Calls for Action to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance
Parliament Votes on Animal Transport Welfare

   Australia

Report on Sustainable Milk Released by WAFarmers and CBG
Progress Made in Controlling Johne's Outbreak
Global Prices and EU Production Down
New Johne's Test Means Faster Results
Strong Year Predicted for Farming and Exports
New CEO for Murray Dairy

   United States

Missouri Farmland Costs at Record High
Conference Focuses on Small Farm Production, Management
Forage Testing Advised for Indiana Farmers
CME: Drought Conditions Not Easing
Will Corn, Soybean Prices Return to Pre-Drought Levels?
2012 Farm Bill Update
Food and Drug Administration in Animal Drug Data Lawsuit
NFU Urges Congress to Do Its Job
Cutting Costs by Proper Post-drought Management
CME: US Corn Shipments Show Progress in 2012
Weekly Roberts Market Report

   United Kingdom

Cow PTAs to Include Additional Health and Fertility Information
NFU Pleased with Governments Investment Allowance
Compact Calving Periods in Suckler Herds to Help Boost Margins
Cabinet Secretary Sees Weather’s Effects on Farming
Scottish Government Commence Dairy Consultation
Value of Growing Maize Questioned on Some Farms
DairyCo Release Profitable Lifetime Index
Farming Minister Announces Cooperative Grants Initiative
Farmers Expect Action on Improved Contracts, Greater Returns
AHVLA Disease Surveillance Report - September 2012
NFU Responds to Farm Visit Report
Assess Silage Stocks to be Aware of Shortfalls
Government to be Advised Over Cattle BSE Tests
Farmers Get Their Say on Stripping Out Red Tape

   Global

EU Appeals to WTO Argentine Import Restrictions
USDA Revises Global Wheat Stocks Upwards
Rabobank: Weaker Demand Slows Milk Price Recovery

   New Zealand

Meat and Dairy Products Lead Manufacturing Rise
Call for Full Trade Liberalisation Through TPP

   Canada

Governments Deliver Assistance for Producers Affected by Drought
Semex Strives for Greater Immunity and Disease Resistance
Nominations Now Open for the Dairy Farm Sustainability Award
Ensuring Extended Winter Grazing Success

   Brazil

Brazil Keeps BSE Status After Prion Protein Scare

   Philippines

Government Sure of Agricultural Growth Despite 'Pablo' Damage

   Ireland

Brucellosis Programme to Save Three Million Euros
Income Drop for Some Farm Systems in 2012 but Recovery Ahead
Glanbia Shareholders, Milk Suppliers Show Strong Leadership with Yes Vote

   Spain

Regional Council Announce Farmgate Price Rise
Cordoba Organisations Speak Out for Dairy Sector
Dairy Regulations Keep Progressing

   Korea, South

South Korea's Agricultural Exports Rise 7.9 per cent in November

   Italy

Recession Affects Farming in Third Quarter

   Paraguay

Industry Meets to Discuss Policy Goals

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