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Friday 4th March 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell
Editor


MSD Animal Health

Dairy Industry Faces Further Tough Times

Further cuts in milk prices were confirmed this week by Müller, Arla and First Milk as companies continue to struggle to find a market for milk.

Lyndsay Chapman, Agriculture Director of Müller Milk & Ingredients said: “In the current environment where the supply of milk from farms is substantially out of line with demand there are no winners in the dairy supply chain.”

National Farmers Union (NFU) dairy board chairman Rob Harrison says the next few months will be extremely tough and that everyone must pull together for the sake of the future of the industry.

Mr Harrison commented: “I won’t lie – it’s really difficult out there for many dairy farmers and I honestly don’t see the situation changing in the short-term. The market remains extremely tough and buyers are concerned with the impact of the forthcoming Spring Flush.

“We need more milk buyers to show responsibility in trying to match supply and demand – and this needs to be done alongside farmer suppliers.

“We desperately need help from the government and the EU who must both do more to ensure a sustainable future for the dairy sector and help make tools available for farmers to manage volatility.” - Click here to read more.

A report from a cross-party group of UK MPs on farmgate prices, released this week, has questioned the assertion by retailers that that there is no link between the price at which supermarkets sell to their customers and the price supermarkets pay to farmers.

They urged retailers not to make farmers the victims of supermarket price wars – read more.

Meanwhile, the Global Dairy Trade auction showed an increase in prices for the first time this year, by 1.4 per cent.

Skimmed Milk Powder prices rose by 1.3 per cent, whilst Whole Milk Powder prices increased by 5.5 per cent - read more.

This week, we attended the first AHDB Dairy Discover, Innovate and Grow conference to find out about the latest UK research on matters affecting the dairy industry.

Despite the poor market conditions, the mood at the conference was positive as farmers learned new ways to keep costs down and improve business prospects. There were also some interesting insights into the future of dairying, such as how housing might be designed for optimal cow comfort.

Keep an eye on TheDairySite for reports from the conference in the next few weeks.



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Global Dairy Industry News

   Global

Global Dairy Trade Auction Sees Price Increase
Global Food Prices Steady in February

   United States

US Dairy Industry Thanks Government for Honduras Cheese Name Work
Rabobank: Economies of Scale Make Big Dairies Bigger in US
EU Won't Compromise on Antibiotics and Hormones in US Trade Talks

   United Kingdom

Dairy Industry Rallies to Help Hard-Hit UK Farmers
New Inspection Reporting to Improve Livestock Health
Farmgate Prices Report Recommends Action on Rural Payments, Exports
April Milk Price Cuts to Bring Continued Suffering for Dairy Farmers
Industry Appeals for Government Help to Boost Demand for Dairy
Micro-Dairy Conference Showed Profit Possibilities from Small Herds
Would British Farmers be Better Supported Outside the EU?
First Milk Changes Price Schedules to Reduce Complexity

   European Union

Farmers Need Contingency Plan for Brexit
EU Scientists Develop New Ways to Prevent Foodborne Illness

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