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Friday 14th June 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley
Editor


Regulations Pose Questions For Producers

Romanian agriculture runs the risk of putting its dairy farmers at a severe disadvantage should genomic trading regulations, currently on review, end up on the statute books.

The changes will sever the link between global genetics companies and commercial Romanian cattle units. Instead, transactions will have to occur through a local cattle or animal husbandry association.

Michael Henney of the Council for Agricultural Affairs for Romania told TheCattleSite that this will hinder the development of the sector at a time when fast progress is needed to expand in a post-quota production environment.

"It is pretty evident that if you want to improve the quality of your animal genetics and you don’t have the stocks to do that domestically, you have to infuse better quality genetics from elsewhere,” stated Mr Henney.

“It’s an interesting manoeuvre by the government if their interests really are to make the local livestock sector competitive with the European Union,” he added.

“With the dairy quota set to come off in the next couple of years, if the Romanians don’t improve their genetic stock and improve their productivity they will remain uncompetitive with much more efficient operations in Germany, Denmark etc.”

Not only affecting what enters Romania, the changes could also affect the revenue stream for genetic material leaving the US. Over the past two years semen exports to Romania have increased to 394,147 units last year.

This was twice the amount bought in 2011 and worth $715,000 to the US economy.

The decision is part of a general regulatory review of insemination practice and storage. The ministry is also introducing stipulations on semen quality, including a mandatory verification certificate that can only be issued following serological disease testing.

While government intervention could indirectly affect the US industry, lobbying from farmers this week over market intervention told Senate Agriculture Committee leaders to carefully consider which dairy support scheme is best for the industry.

In a letter written by Wisconsin Dairy Association President, Jerry Meissner, senators were urged to opt for the Dairy Freedom Act, drawn up by congress men Bob Goodlatte and David Scott as opposed to the Dairy Security Act, which includes the Dairy Market Stabilisation Programme.

The DSA causes dread in the industry, explained Mr Meissner, and could jeapardise the passage of the 2013 Farm Bill.

By expanding government influence, the DSA will increase the cost of milk to the consumer. Otherwise, the two approaches are largely comparable in providing insurance against catastrophic risk.


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   Argentina

Disinfection Ruling Introduced on EU Bound Cattle
Argentinian Officials Hold Dairy Trade Discussions With China

   Romania

Breaking Supplier/Farmer Genetics Link Will Hinder Industry

   Colombia

Farmers Relieved as Stabilsation Fund Returns

   Global

FAO Forecasts More Balanced Food Markets Ahead
US Joins Call to End Food Waste
OECD-FAO Expect Slower Global Ag Production Growth

   China

Ceva Invests to Help Control Zoonoses in China
China to Tighten Punishment for Work Safety Crimes
China to Hold Nationwide Safety Overhaul
FMD Outbreak in China Affects Pigs and Cattle

   United Kingdom

Major Funding for Research into Predicting Health, Welfare of Dairy Cows
Use of Antibiotic Discussed Ahead of G8
Drive for Modulation Masks Government Failure for a Fair Deal
UK Farmers Tackle Air Quality
TB Monitoring Under New Quality Control Scheme

   Venezuela

FMD NEWS: FMD Vaccine Programme Still to Treat 70,000 Animals

   Canada

Govts Announce New Research Chair to Focus on Forage
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Canada Lists US Products for Retailiation of COOL Dispute

   Chile

Decline in Chile's Agriculture Sector

   Spain

Government Milk Promotion Scheme Underway

   Honduras

Pan-South American Programme To Target Brucellosis and Leptospirosis

   France

SPACE 2013: Top Livestock Event

   Kazakhstan

More Cattle Affected by FMD in Kazakhstan
800 Cattle Culled As Foot and Mouth Persists

   Russian Federation

FMD Outbreak in Russia Affects Cattle

   Australia

New Livestock Transport Rules Promoted
Bovine Anaemia Detected in Western Australia
Murray Goulburn Helps Rebuild Dairy Farmer Confidence

   Paraguay

SENASCA Holds Briefing on Grant Proposals for Ag Ministry

   Philippines

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   Brazil

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   European Union

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