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Friday 15th March 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley
Editor


Dairy Security Act Remains Vital For Industry

American dairying faces a considerable range of challenges and great opportunities ahead of the new farm bill.

This was the message of the National Milk Producers Federation this week amid calls for a new Dairy Security Act (DSA) – a voluntary dairy programme, which NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney has said will improve the market for US farmers.

“Our members went through a tough year in 2012, with high feed costs and low milk prices putting the squeeze on farmers across the country,” said Mr Mooney.

“Existing federal dairy programmes don’t offer the type of safety net our members need, but the Dairy Security Act does.”

Mr Mooney remarked on the encouragement the industry took from Rep. Collin Peterson of the Agricultural Committee, when he reaffirmed his support for the DSA, highlighting spring as the time when farm bill talks will fully recommence.

The importance of a supportive and stabilising DSA has been clearly stressed by the NMPF for the good of producer and processor if the dairy industry is to adapt to a changing national and international market.

This was amplified by Rabobank in a report released this week that concluded California dairy farmers have to think globally and move away from milk marketing orders as a means of price protection.

The report "California Dairies: Getting More Moola," stated that US processors should follow in New Zealand’s footsteps by tailoring products for foreign markets and not simply relying on domestic demand.

Report authors, Vernon Crowder and James DeJong argued that through processors adding value to products for domestic and global markets, the sector can rise from its 2009 slump.

This is already the case for Missouri processors who have received plaudits this week from industry experts at the University of Missouri.

Joe Horner, co-author of a report analysing Missouri’s dairy manufacturing, praised processors for transforming every drop produced into the state into ‘higher-valued products’ and said that the presence of farmer owned cooperatives in the state allows producers to capture this value.

Milk employs 23,000 people in Missouri, worth $1.2 billion in labour income and annually contributing $7.7 billion to state-wide economic output, according to the report.

But the Missouri Dairy Association (MDA) has expressed concerns stating the picture is far from perfect. With only 50 per cent milk self-sufficiency for all Missouri processing requirements and the continually low producer margins, the MDA has also said it is time to ring the dairy policy changes.


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Effect of Feeding Buckwheat and Chicory Silages on Fatty Acid Profile and Cheese-making Properties of Milk From Dairy Cows
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Irish Food and Drink Exports Pass €9 Billion
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Mastitis Grant to Reduce Antibiotic Dependence
Economic Impact of Missouri Dairying Shown by University Study
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   European Union

COPA Press For Strong CAP in Run Up to Vote

   United Kingdom

NFU, Tesco Discuss Supermarket's New Pledges
Livestock Research Initiative Has Greater Sustainability as Goal
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DairyCrest Announces New 'Non-Aligned' Contract
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   Venezuela

Venezuela Agricultural Future Uncertain, Says USGC Director

   Uganda

FAO Supports Transformation of Uganda's Agri Sector

   Brazil

Ministry Presses for Welfare and Hygiene Changes
Brasil Foods Accelerates Growth

   Italy

2012 Milk Production Rise Confirmed

   Australia

Dairy Australia Fortnightly Update

   China

China's Dairy Market Continues to Grow
Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians in Beijing

   Paraguay

FMD Vaccination Period Extended After Weather Delays

   Canada

Study Could Shed Light on Prion Adaptation

   Thailand

VIV ASIA: Animal Health Summit Sets Direction for Safe and Healthy Production
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VIV ASIA 2013: Opening Ceremony

   Global

Worldwide Conference on Antimicrobial Agents in Animals

   Argentina

Semen Clinics Given China Green Light

   France

France Sets New Course for Agriculture

   New Zealand

Water Reforms Arrive in Time to Distract from Drought Issues

   Pakistan

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