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Prospects for Dairy Markets and Income in the EU 2012-2022
Medium term prospects for milk and dairy products appear favourable due to the continuing expansion of world demand, the European Commission has concluded in their latest market forecast. ...
Starting Dairying Through Partnership
Starting a dairy partnership requires; communication, the right balance of experience and qualifications; and appropriate finances, according to Ciaran and Seamus Seery who have doubled their herd size since 2002....
Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2013
A compilation of the reports from the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University published in its 2013 'Animal Industry Report'....
Identifying Investment Opportunities for Ruminant Livestock Feeding in Developing Countries
Investment in the development of feed markets in Africa and South Asia could enable very large numbers of smallholders to participate more in the food value chains according to a report from the World Bank....
The Stability Story in Canada’s Dairy Industry
The fluctuations of the dairy markets and the performance of Canadian dairy farmers are analysed after a turbulent year for milk prices. The effects of industry regulations are investigated by Dairy Farmers of Canada....
Raising Dairy Heifers in the States - An Operations Overview
A report from the USDA has been released on heifer rearing in the US. Covering hundreds of farms in 21 states the report aims to provide an overview of dairy heifer raising operations. The report covers a broad range of facets in the industry such as...
Can Big Be Beautiful? Large-scale Livestock Units
Sustainability, or the 'capacity to endure' has three principal pillars: economic, environmental and social, according to Farmerslivery....
Effects of Dystocia on Subsequent Performance in Dairy Cows
Researchers for TEAGASC have found that dystocia significantly impacts on milk production and reproductive performance. Building on recent work by academics such as D.P Berry and J.M Mee the report sampled over 2 million calving events since 2002 and...
Dairy Outlook – Feed Inputs and Financial Stability
Margins continue to tighten as the 2012 year proceeds, but the milk price outlook provides some relief, writes Kristen Schulte, University of Iowa....
Management and Economic Considerations in Dairy Heifer Development
MIichael Looper, from the University of Arkansas looks at management and economic considerations in dairy heifer development. ...
Studying a Shorter Dry Period
The University of Laval in Canada recently compared the effects of two different dry period lengths on health and reproduction....
DairyCo July report - Production Peaks in EU
There appears to be more confidence in European dairy markets as we move through the EU milk production peak and milk supply moderates, according to DairyCo, the UK levy board. ...
Irish Shinagh Farm Looks to Boost Dairy Production
An increase in milk quota allocation from less than 100,000 litres to more than one million litres in 2014/2015 has given dairy production the green light in County Cork, Ireland reports Stuart Lumb for TheDairySite....
Rabobank Dairy Quarterly: Slow Squeeze Coming
Dairy commodity prices fell through April and May before a small rally in June brought a 14-month bear market to at least a temporary end. However supply growth is expected to lose momentum through the second half of 2012 as farmers see further reductions...
Large Herd Seminar Continues to Break Records
“Many dairy farmers forego very significant profit opportunities in the false pursuit of reducing input costs,” Steve Eicker, an expert in farm financial performance and the use of data to monitor current dairy herd performance, told delegates attending...
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