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Friday 16th September 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell
Editor


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Dairy Stocking Rate Research Challenges Pollution Perceptions

An experiment in New Zealand found that more cows per grazing area led to less nitrogen leached into ground water, challenging assumptions on stocking rate, investigators in the Journal of Dairy Science reported.

In dairy farming, particularly on pasture-based dairies, leaching of nitrates from cow urine to groundwater is a primary concern, and some countries have placed limits on dairy stocking rates believing that it will reduce leaching of nutrients.

However, the recent study in New Zealand found that nitrogen intake and nitrogen output per cow declined with increasing stocking rate, challenging these existing assumptions. Nutrient leaching also declined.

What this new research shows is that grazing more cows per acre of pasture, and the associated management strategies that go with this, actually reduces any negative impact of grass-based dairies on water quality, provided no additional feed is imported,” said Journal of Dairy Science editor-in-chief Matt Lucy – click here to read more.

In other news, EU milk production this June fell to its lowest daily rate since milk quotas were abolished, according to the latest data. This is the second consecutive monthly decrease in seasonally adjusted milk production.

July’s official figures for the 28 EU member states are not yet available but there are strong indications a further slowdown is expected.

The UK, Poland and Denmark have all recorded year-on-year reductions for July and decreases are also expected in the two largest milk producing member states, Germany and France – read more



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Listening to Consumers Helps Maintain Agriculture’s Social Licence
Today it seems everyone has an opinion about how food should be grown, writes Angela Lovell.


Company News

Pay Close Attention to Rumen Conditions to Get the Most out of Forage this Winter
UK - With many of the year’s grass silages higher in fibre and lower in energy than in 2015, maintaining ration energy levels and maximising milk from forage could be a challenge this winter, warns Dr Derek McIlmoyle, AB Vista’s Technical Director for GB and Ireland.
Heightened Risk of Bluetongue Virus Outbreak in UK Leads to Ongoing Monitoring
UK - The Pirbright Institute and Thermo Fisher Scientific are closely monitoring and preparing for the potential outbreak of Bluetongue virus (BTV) Type 8 in the UK, where the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) estimates there is a 60-80 per cent risk for the pathogen to reach by the end of the midge season.
BIOMIN Renames Digestarom Product for Dairy Calves and Beef Cattle
GLOBAL - Digestarom® Bos is the new name for the popular phytogenic feed additive for calf milk replacer, calf starter and beef diets globally.
UK Chief Veterinary Officer to Speak at 2016 OV Conference
UK - Nigel Gibbens, the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer; Peter Jinman OBE, Chair of the RCVS Certification Subcommittee and Ian Wright, Head of ESCCAP UK & Guideline Director for ESCCAP Europe, have been announced as speakers at the 2016 Official Veterinarian Conference, ‘Safeguarding Animal Welfare – the role of the OV’ on 29-30 September.
Market Reports

USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 9 September 2016
Usage of Milk by Dairies in England & Wales – July 2016

Global Dairy Industry News

     United Kingdom

Upturn in Dairy Returns Boosted by Winter Payments in Northern Ireland
Will New Food Labelling Regulations Build Trust and Confidence?
Farmland Wildlife in Decline, but Union Says Intensification Not to Blame

     Global

Importance of Antibiotic Resistance in Farming Stressed Ahead of UN Event
Global Dairy Groups Angry Over Canada's Proposed Rules on Imports

     United States

American Farmers Seek More Support as Incomes Remain Low

     Australia

Murray Goulburn Lifts Milk Prices

     Turkey

Irish Farmers Welcome First Live Cattle Exports to Turkey

     New Zealand

Dairy Stocking Rate Research Challenges Pollution Perceptions

     European Union

EU Milk Production Hits Lowest Level Since End of Quota

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