Dairy Companies Look to Expand in Africa

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - The world's dairy market shrank last year, with the Top 20 dairy companies taking slices of a smaller pie, highlights The Rabobank Global Dairy Top 20 2016.

 

Happy Hormones Improve Cow Health

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

US - Serotonin is best known for eliciting feelings of happiness in the human brain, but scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found the hormone plays a role in milk production in dairy cows.

 

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Molecular Biology Paves the Way for Gut Health Innovation in Livestock Sciences

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - Several narrow, advanced fields of study that examine the cellular metabolism of living organisms are setting the foundations for genuine innovation relating to gut health and performance in animal production in the years ahead. Breakthroughs may help define future nutrition strategies and the substitution of antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs).

 

Friesland Campina Holds Milk Price

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

NETHERLANDS - The Friesland Campina guaranteed price for raw milk for August 2016 is 25 euros per 100 kilograms of milk.

 

New Way of Fertilising Pastures Helps Environment

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

AUSTRALIA - James Cook University researchers have shown a way to potentially halve the amount of fertiliser dairy farmers use while maintaining pasture yields, providing improved protection for the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Union Questions Benefits of Voluntary Milk Reduction Plan

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has expressed scepticism that the EU's scheme for voluntary reductions in milk supply will be of long-term benefit to the sector.

 

CME: Cattle Slaughter Largest for June Since 2013

Mon, 25 Jul 2016

US - USDA-NASS has released its June monthly livestock slaughter numbers. Although USDA-AMS reported daily slaughter gives us a fairly clear picture of what monthly slaughter was before the monthly report comes out, the monthly numbers are helpful in terms of putting longer term trends in perspective, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Poultry Litter Blamed for Botulism in Northern Ireland

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has confirmed that cases of botulism continue to occur in ruminants in Northern Ireland following results of tests carried out by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI).

 

Only Half of Consumers Aware of Food Waste Problem

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

US - Even though American consumers throw away about 80 billion pounds of food a year, only about half are aware that food waste is a problem.

 

Livestock Farmers Looking Out for Fluke-Spreading Mud Snails

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - Cattle and sheep farmers have been warned to look out for mud snails and any signs that their animals may have fallen prey to the parasites the snails carry.

 

Arla Holds August Milk Price

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

UK - The Arla Foods amba on-account price for conventional milk is unchanged during August 2016 at 19.05ppl.

 

Global Dairy Trade Prices Unchanged

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - This week's Global Dairy Trade auction on Tuesday showed no change in the GDT index of prices traded for dairy products.

 

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The Truth About Mycotoxin Binders

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - Binding, or adsorbing, specific mycotoxins to limit their negative effects in livestock is a well-established method for mycotoxin deactivation. While a large number of binder products containing clay minerals such as bentonites are commercially available, there is a certain amount of confusion in the market regarding claims authorized by the European Commission.

 

Pastures with More Plant Species Show Better Productivity

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

US - Newly-published long-term research shows multispecies pastures show promise for productivity and drought tolerant improvements.

 

EU Farmers Get €150 Million to Reduce Milk Production in Rescue Package

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

EU - The European Commission has presented a new package of measures worth €500 million from EU funds to support farmers in the face of ongoing market difficulties, particularly on the dairy market.

 

Rapid Extra Heating Process Adds Weeks to Milk’s Shelf Life

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

US - A rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria present, extending by several weeks the shelf life of one of the most common refrigerator staples in the world, according to a Purdue University study.

 

Bluetongue Vaccine Now Available for British Farmers

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

UK - The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed that bluetongue (BTV-8) vaccine is now available from two pharmaceutical retailers to manage the risk of a BTV incursion from France.

 

Beef Farmers Question Fairness of Latest EU Dairy Support Measures

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

IRELAND - The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) president Patrick Kent has questioned the granting of a further EU rescue package for dairy farmers while beef farmers continue to seek fair play for their own sector.

 

Research Identifies Targets for Improved Mastitis Diagnostics

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

UK - Scientists from the University of Glasgow and the Moredun Research Institute have published data from a comprehensive analysis of the changes that occur in milk during mastitis caused by a bacterial infection of the udder.

 

Bovine TB 'Could Put Trade at Risk' Post-Brexit

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

UK - The current status of bovine TB in Wales could put future trade deals at risk, the Farmers’ Union of Wales warned at its Press Conference on Sunday ahead of the Royal Welsh Show.

 

Stray Cattle a Difficult Problem Along Zimbabwe-Botswana Border

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS - Botswana acceded to Zimbabwe’s request to suspend a policy that was going to see the former’s security agents shooting to kill all cattle straying to their territory from the latter, writes Ian Nkala.

 

Competition Opened Up for Cattle Tag Supplies in Ireland

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

IRELAND - The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) president Patrick Kent has welcomed the change of position by Ireland's agriculture department, which now opens up the supply of cattle tags to competition.

 

EU Agri-Food Exports Increased in 2015

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

EU - EU exports for agricultural products reached €129 billion in 2015, an annual increase of 5.7 per cent, securing the EU's position as a top world agri-food exporter with a net trade surplus of €16 billion.

 

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UK Chief Veterinary Officer to Speak at 2016 OV Conference

Tue, 19 Jul 2016

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.

 

Latest German Milk Price Figures Show Large Losses in April

Mon, 18 Jul 2016

EU - New figures from April for milk production in Germany showed an average price of 25.78 cents, with production costs over 44.60 cents per kilogram of milk.

 

Australian Dairy Cow Fertility Genes Improving

Mon, 18 Jul 2016

AUSTRALIA - Genetic selection has played an important role in halting the downward trend in Australian dairy herd reproductive performance.

 

Formal Complaints Over 'Fake' Supermarket Farm Branding

Mon, 18 Jul 2016

UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has written to formally complain to National Trading Standards Institute over the use of ‘fake’ farm branding by retailers on some food products.

 

Poor Grass Quality Contributes to UK Milk Deliveries Fall

Fri, 15 Jul 2016

UK - British milk deliveries seem to have fallen off a cliff, according to AHDB Dairy daily deliveries data, with average production for the two weeks ending 2 July down ten per cent on last year.

 

Public Trust in Agriculture and Freedom to Operate

Fri, 15 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS - Trust is low in the Canadian food system, and this is giving consumers a previously unheard-of degree of input into on-farm and other food system practices, writes Treena Hein.

 

Andrea Leadsom Appointed UK's New Ag Secretary

Fri, 15 Jul 2016

UK - Following Theresa May's appointment as Prime Minister, her former competitor for the top job Andrea Leadsom has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

 

GMO Labelling Bill Passed in US

Fri, 15 Jul 2016

US - New legislation designed to offer consumers more information about genetically engineered ingredients in their food passed in the US House of Representatives yesterday on a vote of 306-117.

 

Dairy Prices Moving up, but Demand Still Weak, Rabobank Says

Thu, 14 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - Global deliveries of milk have started to fall, while dairy markets are showing only modest demand growth.

 

Local Food Standards a Sticking Point in EU-US Free Trade Talks

Thu, 14 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - As free trade talks between EU and USA step up in the fourteenth round of negotiations, EU-wide agricultural organisation Copa and Cogeca said EU standards must be recognised in the transatlantic trade talks (known as TTIP).

 

NZ Farmer Fined for Cutting Teats Off Cows

Thu, 14 Jul 2016

NEW ZEALAND - A Taranaki contract milker has been fined close to $4,000 for amputating the teats of dairy cows by placing rubber rings on them and cutting them off with scissors.

 

Scientists Sequence Genome in Effort to Fight Leptospirosis

Thu, 14 Jul 2016

ARGENTINA - Argentine researchers have sequenced the genome of a pathogen that causes huge losses of meat and milk production in cattle for the first time.

 

US Milk Powder Capacity Increasing Despite Global Supply Glut

Wed, 13 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS - Milk powder production in the US is set to significantly increase capacity over the next two years despite an ongoing global supply glut.

 

Milk Production Responding to Low Prices

Wed, 13 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - There are now solid signs that milk production is slowly responding to lower prices, according to the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS).

 

Global Food Prices Increased Rapidly in June

Wed, 13 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - International food commodity prices shot up 4.2 per cent in June, their steepest monthly increase of the past four years.

 

Diligence Needed in Sharemilking Contracts

Wed, 13 Jul 2016

NEW ZEALAND - Sharemilking career paths are changing in New Zealand, according to the DairyNZ and Federated Farmers-resourced Dairy Progression Pathways report, undertaken by AgFirst.

 

Watch Out for Lead Poisoning in Cattle

Tue, 12 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS - The Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory diagnoses many kinds of illnesses throughout a given year, but the one witnessed frequently this past spring in cattle was lead poisoning.

 

Dairy Australia Developing Virtual Herding Technology

Tue, 12 Jul 2016

AUSTRALIA - Dairy Australia has successfully obtained a grant for the development of virtual herding technology, which will fund research into managing individual grazing animals and better matching their feeding requirements with the availability of feed.

 

Arla Launches 'Farmers Milk' at Asda

Tue, 12 Jul 2016

UK - A new brand of milk passing extra money onto farmers has been launched at Asda supermarkets.

 

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BIOMIN Streamlines Digestarom Product Portfolio

Tue, 12 Jul 2016

GLOBAL - In an effort to focus on major livestock species, BIOMIN has streamlined the number of products within the Digestarom® phytogenic feed additive portfolio.

 

Taiwan Lifts Ban on Canadian Beef

Mon, 11 Jul 2016

CANADA - Just over a week after Mexico lifted its remaining import restrictions on Canadian beef, Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare lifted its temporary ban on Canadian beef. The announcement came Friday, July 8, reports Sarah Mikesell.

 

NZ Dairy Farmers Urged to Improve Bobby Calf Welfare at Calving Time

Mon, 11 Jul 2016

NEW ZEALAND - As the dairy industry’s spring calving kicks off, the Bobby Calf Action Group (BCAG) is reminding everyone who handles calves of the important role they have to play.

 

Sports Nutrition Innovators Sought for Dairy Award

Mon, 11 Jul 2016

UK - The Dairy Council is calling on aspiring sports nutritionists across the country to recognise the role of dairy in sport and exercise nutrition, with a new award.

 

Canadian Farmers More Stressed, Study Shows

Fri, 08 Jul 2016

CANADA - Farmers are among the most vulnerable when it comes to mental health, according to a new study from the University of Guelph.

 

Average Global Dairy Farm Looks Different Than You Might Think

Fri, 08 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS - As of 2015, there are about 121 million dairy farmers around the world. When you think about why dairy and government policy are so closely linked, it’s because so many people are involved in milk production globally, said Torsten Hemme, Managing Director of the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN), to attendees at the Large Dairy Herd Management Conference in early May near Chicago.

 

Researchers Find Gene Mutation Behind Juvenile Mortality in Calves

Fri, 08 Jul 2016

GERMANY - Respiratory diseases are among the most common ailments in calves, and new research has found a gene mutation that causes one type of respiratory problem.

 

Latest Bluetongue Outbreaks: Further Spread in France

Fri, 08 Jul 2016

FRANCE - Several more outbreaks of Bluetongue have been reported on French farms in the past month as the virus continues to move around the country.

 

Trich Prevalence, Impact Discussed at World Buiatrics Congress

Fri, 08 Jul 2016

GLOBAL — Today’s World Buiatrics Congress (WBC) workshop focused on new bovine trichomoniasis (trich) research identifying prevalence in Mexican breeding bulls, the disease’s reproductive and economic impact, the role diagnostics play in disease management and diagnostic requirements for interstate movement of bulls in the US.

 

Promising Progress on Vaccine Against Fascioliasis

Thu, 07 Jul 2016

EUROPE - An international meeting took place earlier this month as part of the project to develop a vaccine against a parasite that reduces productivity in ruminants.

 

Researchers Solve Mouse Milk Allergy with Dead Bacteria

Thu, 07 Jul 2016

ARGENTINA - Scientists have managed to reverse allergic reactions in mice to allergens from cows milk, in experiments using dead beneficial micro-organisms.

 

Will Ireland Have an Autumn Cattle Glut?

Thu, 07 Jul 2016

ANALYSIS - Figures released by the Irish Department of Agriculture has resulted in conflicting reports of a potential cattle glut to be slaughtered in the autumn at Irish meat factories, as Ireland comes to terms with the unexpected Brexit result, writes Eoin McCarthy.

 

US Dairy Farmers Get More Assistance to Protect Margins

Wed, 06 Jul 2016

US - New materials have been unveiled to assist US dairy producers considering enrolment in the third year of the federal dairy safety net Margin Protection Programme (MPP).

 

Farmers Need to See Better Returns from Dairy Price Rises

Wed, 06 Jul 2016

UK - More money should now be coming back to the farm gate as further positive moves take place on the markets, NFU dairy board chairman Michael Oakes has said.

 

Irish Farmers Concerned Over German Post-Brexit CAP Reduction Ideas

Wed, 06 Jul 2016

IRELAND - Following comments by German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who suggested substantially cutting the CAP and reducing the number of EU commissioners post-Brexit, Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) President Patrick Kent urged the Irish government to be proactive.

 

Australian Dairy Farmers Rewarded for Top Quality Milk

Wed, 06 Jul 2016

AUSTRALIA - A number of Australia’s dairy farmers have again been rewarded for producing top quality milk in the 2016 Dairy Australia Countdown Milk Quality Awards.