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Friday 15th April 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell
Editor


MSD Animal Health

More Research Casts Doubt on Butter's Unhealthy Image

This week, there was good news for the image of dairy, as a research team led by scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health revealed more evidence against the traditional "heart healthy" practice of replacing butter and other saturated fats with corn oil and other vegetable oils high in linoleic acid.

The findings, reported in the British Medical Journal, suggest that using vegetable oils high in linoleic acid might be worse than using butter when it comes to preventing heart disease, though more research needs to be done on that front.

This latest evidence comes from an analysis of previously unpublished data of a large controlled trial conducted in Minnesota nearly 50 years ago, as well as a broader analysis of published data from all similar trials of this dietary intervention.

"Altogether, this research leads us to conclude that incomplete publication of important data has contributed to the overestimation of benefits - and the underestimation of potential risks - of replacing saturated fat with vegetable oils rich in linoleic acid," said co-first author Daisy Zamora, PhD – click here to read more.

Also this week, new rules allowing farmers to jointly and voluntarily limit milk production in the EU have now been finalised.

The move allows agreements between recognised producer organisations, their associations and recognised interbranch organisations to plan milk production for a temporary period of 6 months.

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said legislators should work for speedy implementation, “with a view to ensuring that this measure is used as an effective contribution towards greater market balance in the dairy sector." - read more.

If you missed our three-part video series of hoof care tips from vet Roger Blowey, click here to watch part one, on hoof structures. Part two discusses how hoof damage occurs, and part three shows how farmers can take action.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Could New TB Rules Affect Cattle Entries at Shows?
Defra’s proposed changes in rules for the movement and testing of cattle in the UK raises as many questions as answers for one Lancashire farmer and former barrister, Simon Temple told Neil Ryder.

Heat Stress in Dairy Cows
Heat stress is a natural phenomenon that affects dairy cows and other domestic animals in tropical, sub-tropical and often in temperate regions of the world during the summer months.

Company News

FAI Focussing on Animal Welfare Outcome Measures
UK - Carly Scott is a researcher at FAI farms in Oxford. Here she explains the principles behind welfare outcome measures and the work her and the Science Team are doing in this field.
Market Reports

USDA Dairy Products - February 2016
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 7 April 2016

Global Dairy Industry News

   New Zealand

New Zealand Proposes New Animal Welfare Rules

   United Kingdom

Parasite Risk at Turnout Difficult to Predict this Year
New Project Unites Organisations to Tackle BVD
Investors Urge Food Chains to Tackle Use of Antibiotics in Farming
Hoof Care Tips Part 3: Take Action with Early and Effective Treatment
Dairy Key to Healthy Ageing, Report Shows

   United States

More Research Casts Doubt on Butter's Unhealthy Image
US Dairy Producers Welcome Changes to Safety Net Programme
CoBank: Protein Markets Benefit from Low Feed Costs, But Supplies, Exports Are Concern
American Beef, Dairy Farmers Urge TPP Passage
USDA Provides Millions in Funding for Animal Nutrition Research

   European Union

New EU Rules for Voluntary Limits on Milk Production Finalised
Concerns Over Mercosur-EU Trade Talks Continue

   Canada

Canada Funds Genomics Research to Help Detect Ag Pests, Diseases

   Ireland

Ireland's Ornua Suspends Dairy Farmer Milk Levy

   Global

FAO Food Price Index Up a Notch

   Germany

Reducing Food Waste Could Help Mitigate Climate Change

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