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Friday 23rd January 2015.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley
Editor


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Spanish Dairy Must Change “Radically” or Face “Dairy Catastrophe”

Spanish Farmer groups are cajoling legislators into amending dairy market agreements to ensure 12 month contracts stipulating clearly referenced prices.

A plea has been sent to the agriculture ministry not to “bow to pressure” and make the contracts mandatory.

If no such deals are met, dairy farmers will have “no weapons to defend themselves” from being “bullied” in light of quota abolition on 1 April. The result will be widespread farm closure and milk shortages, warned the Union of Small Farmers and Ranchers (UPA).

This is despite the milk package, published by the EU in March 2012, designed to strengthen producer position within the market.

Almost three years on from the bill, producer organisations are approaching the imminent quota removal with caution.

But further demands to concentrate supply have been made this week by regional cooperative union Urcacyl. More mergers, cooperatives and partnerships are still the answer in the eyes of many.

And the same week a UK parliamentary committee called on the government to change market laws to protect milk producers, the Spanish media has retaliated to milk sold at a loss. Supermarket chains Eroski and Carrefour have been named and shamed by farming publication agroinformacion.

The retailers are driving down the store price on milk brands such as Lagista, stocking them as a loss leader or “loss sales” putting huge pressure on the industry, according to the paper.

However, Urcacyl has blamed the production levels on the current pressure seen in the market. Last year, European production lifted five per cent on 2013 and quantities of Skimmed Milk Powder, among other commodities, surged 25 per cent in one year.



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Global Dairy Industry News

   New Zealand

Farmers Call for Drought Declaration
Fall in Fuel Prices Should Mean Lower Costs for Farmers

   United States

Issues Stemming from January USDA Reports
Farmers Praise President on Climate Change
Sales in US of Animal Health Products $7.5 Billion in 2013

   United Kingdom

Employee Motivation Day Set to Build Success in Agriculture
UK Appoints Agri Counsellor in China to Help Boost Trade
Nation Hears of Rockbottom Milk Prices Again
Growing Dairy Herd Underpins Beef Calf Recovery

   Global

Paradigm Shift Required for Sustainable Food
More Efficient Food Systems Needed
What’s Left If We Lose Antibiotics?
Lifecycle Assessment: US Beef Sustainability Improved 5 Per Cent
Three in a Row as Global Dairy Index Lifts Again
Calls For Government to Address Milk Crisis
Can Sustainable Intensification Help Feed the World?
Why is McDonald's Passionate about Sustainable Beef?
New Research Finds Many Key Resources Have Passed Their Peak

   China

China-UK Strengthen Agricultural Cooperation
China Boosts Financial Support to Agriculture
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly

   India

Australian Dairy Delegation Visits Gujarat
India Seeks Australian Collaboration in Fisheries, Agriculture and Aquaculture Sector

   Bangladesh

Poultry, Cattle and Sheep Can End Bangladesh Hunger

   Ukraine

Mostly "Good" Ukrainian Winter Crops After Big Export Year

   Canada

Secure Winter Wheat for Feed Before Demand Spikes
Five-point Food Strategy to Support Manitoba Producers

   United Arab Emirates

New VIV MEA Show Becomes Third VIV International Hub

   Ireland

Irish Food and Drink Exports Up For Fifth Year Running

   Chile

Solutions to Save Half of Chile's Dog-Savaged Livestock

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