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Mars Exploration and Agribusiness May Learn From Each Other, Says Dr Gernot Groemer

Tue, 31 May 2016

There may be opportunities for the cross-fertilisation of ideas between the Mars exploration research efforts and the agriculture sector, according to Dr Groemer, president of the Austrian Space Forum who heads the PolAres Mars simulation programme.

 

Friesland Campina Raises Cheese Prices on Higher Demand

Tue, 31 May 2016

NETHERLANDS - Dutch dairy co-operative Friesland Campina has announced it will be raising its cheese sale prices, due to improved balance of supply and demand.

 

Processing Investment to Boost South Australia's Dairy Industry

Tue, 31 May 2016

AUSTRALIA - A South Australian State Government grant for a new milk processing facility in Penola is aiming to provide a boost for the local dairy industry as well as providing jobs.

 

NZ Farmers Disappointed with Milk Price Forecast

Fri, 27 May 2016

NEW ZEALAND - Farmers are resigned to another tight season after Fonterra confirmed its milk price at $4.25 for the coming season.

 

EU Politicians Call for More Dairy Help as SMP Intervention Reaches Limit

Fri, 27 May 2016

EU - The EU must quickly take further measures to stabilise milk prices and bring relief to struggling dairy farmers, urged MEPs in Thursday's plenary debate with Commissioner Phil Hogan and Dutch deputy farm minister Hans Hoogeveen.

 

Cattle Treated with Antibiotics Emit More Methane, Study Shows

Fri, 27 May 2016

GLOBAL - An international team of scientists have published a study that highlights how antibiotics given to cattle can have far-reaching effects on an ecosystem, according to the EU's CORDIS (Community Research and Development Information Service).

 

Retailers Asked to Support Farmers with Grab-and-Go Milk

Fri, 27 May 2016

UK - Following a successful farmer-led campaign in Devon, NFU Scotland has written to the nation’s biggest supermarkets asking them to reposition fresh milk in their Scottish stores as a healthy alternative to fizzy drinks.

 

Latest Bluetongue Outbreaks: France, Austria, Botswana

Thu, 26 May 2016

GLOBAL - Bluetongue outbreaks have continued to be reported in France recently, and a new outbreak has been reported in Austria.

 

Spain Recognised as Low Risk for BSE

Thu, 26 May 2016

SPAIN - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has officially recognised Spain as one of the countries with negligible risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

 

More Charges Over Calf Cruelty in New Zealand

Thu, 26 May 2016

NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries has laid a second set of charges in relation to an investigation into alleged animal welfare offences involving bobby calves.

 

Livestock’s Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction

Wed, 25 May 2016

ANALYSIS - As the November 2015 Global Climate Change Conference COP21 concluded in Paris, 196 countries reached agreement on the reduction of fossil fuel use and emissions in the production and consumption of energy, even to the extent of potentially phasing out fossil fuels out entirely, writes Frank Mitloehner.

 

Calls for Improvement to US Dairy Farm Safety Net

Wed, 25 May 2016

US - The challenging economic conditions affecting America’s dairy farmers call for improvements by Congress to the federal safety net program created in the 2014 Farm Bill, according to Randy Mooney, chairman of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).

 

Mexico Safely Receives Live Cattle from Australia to Boost Breeding

Wed, 25 May 2016

MEXICO - Over six thousand live cattle have arrived in Mexico from Australia as part of efforts to support producers' breeding programmes.

 

World Animal Health Organisation Sets Out Action on Antibiotic Resistance

Wed, 25 May 2016

GLOBAL - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) this week presented its national delegates with its plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance, which is considered a major risk by the international community.

 

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The VIP (Very Important Protein) for Dairy Cows

Tue, 24 May 2016

GLOBAL - Between current period of low milk prices, due to global overproduction, and the end of the European milk quota, it is of upmost importance to increase feed efficiency and optimize the biological processes related to milk production. Optimizing rumen function can help maximize metabolizable protein for high producing cows.

 

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New Large Capacity Blood Banking Centrifuges Deliver High-Throughput Sample Processing

Tue, 24 May 2016

GLOBAL - Thermo Scientific large capacity centrifuges designed to provide simplified blood processing to match current and future needs

 

Adding White Clover to Grass-Based Grazing Systems Increases Milk Production

Tue, 24 May 2016

IRELAND - Irish dairy farmers are finding renewed interest in white clover, says Michael Egan, a Teagasc researcher, writes Melanie Epp.

 

European, African Dairy Farmers Work Together to Solve Crisis

Tue, 24 May 2016

EU - Farmers from European dairy organisations including the European Milk Board (EMB) will meet representatives of the dairy industry in Burkino Faso this week to discuss the continuing supply and demand issues.

 

Arla Drops June Milk Price

Tue, 24 May 2016

EU - Arla Foods is reducing its amba on-account price, with effect from 1 June 2016, by 1.3 eurocents per kg.

 

Victorian Government Unveils Dairy Support Package

Tue, 24 May 2016

AUSTRALIA - An $11.4 million support package has been made available for dairy farmers in the Australian state of Victoria.

 

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Vets: Your Opinions are in Demand

Mon, 23 May 2016

Being a vet is pretty hard work: you have to study for many years to qualify, work long hours to apply your competence and skills, then advance your knowledge through continuous professional education and further qualifications. Your clients and employers search and benefit from your brainpower and these skills.

 

EU Agri-Food Exports Up in March

Mon, 23 May 2016

EU - EU agri-food exports to third countries in March 2016 were worth €11.3 billion, about €1 billion higher than in February 2016, according to the latest monthly report on agri-food trade.

 

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BIOMIN Announces 2016 World Nutrition Forum Speakers

Mon, 23 May 2016

CANADA - "The opportunity to bring researchers at the forefront of technology together with leading industry professionals in a scientific forum that stresses networking and the exchange of ideas on this scale in the industry is unmatched," explained Dr. Eva Maria Binder, Chief Research Officer at ERBER Group, speaking about the World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada scheduled from 12 to 15 October 2016.

 

US Dairy Industry Welcomes School Milk Support

Mon, 23 May 2016

US - Dairy leaders have congratulated politicians for including measures to address declining school milk consumption in the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016, which was approved last week.

 

China's Dairy Demand Could be Abating

Mon, 23 May 2016

CHINA - Following on from a 40 per cent increase in dairy imports in Q1 of 2016, there are suggestions that China is entering a ‘cooling off period’, AHDB Dairy has reported.

 

Dairy Central to Lifelong Health, Dairy Council Says

Fri, 20 May 2016

UK - Milk and dairy are central to a balanced diet for lifelong health, The Dairy Council is telling industry experts and consumers today at the BBC Good Food Show.

 

US Dairy, Beef Groups Voice Support for TPP Following Economics Report

Fri, 20 May 2016

US - A study by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) recently found that the US agriculture sector will increase output if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is passed.

 

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Nutriad USA's New Company Video Showcases Core Values

Thu, 19 May 2016

US - Nutriad USA proudly presented its new company video at the Global Sales Conference in Rome.

 

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BIOMIN Reinforces US Market Stance with New Products, Service Offer

Thu, 19 May 2016

US - Direct shipping to customers and two new launches promise to create more value for clients and strengthen the firm’s market position.

 

New Animal Breeding Rules Adopted at EU Council

Thu, 19 May 2016

EU - New rules on animal breeding were adopted at the meeting of the EU's agriculture ministers this week in Brussels, aimed at simplifying and harmonising the rules across the EU.

 

New Way to Detect Adulteration of Grated Parmesan

Thu, 19 May 2016

US - A parmesan scandal reported earlier this year highlighted how easy it is to doctor the cheese when it's grated.

 

Task Force to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance in Agriculture

Thu, 19 May 2016

UK - A review on antimicrobial resistance has been published today, identifying farming as one of the key areas to help halt this global issue.

 

Low-Flow Sprinklers Can Cool Cows Just as Effectively

Wed, 18 May 2016

US - Dairies use intermittent sprinkler systems to cool cows in warm weather, but little experimental work has been done to determine how much water is needed to achieve beneficial effects.

 

Milk Powder Volumes Heading for New Intervention Ceiling

Wed, 18 May 2016

EU - The volume limit for skimmed milk powder (SMP) offers into intervention at the fixed price could be reached within a month, if powder continues to enter at its current rate, AHDB Dairy reported this week.

 

Got Dairy? A Look at Dairy Consumption Trends

Wed, 18 May 2016

ANALYSIS - The local grocery store recently remodelled. The most obvious change was increased real estate in the dairy sections, specifically cheese and yoghurt.

 

Support for Russian Dairy to Boost Production and Stability

Tue, 17 May 2016

ANALYSIS - Milk production in Russia was stable last year reaching 30.78 million tonnes, while the cows’ milk yield rose by 6.9 per cent.

 

Methionine Could be Key to Improving Pregnancy Rate in Dairy Cattle

Tue, 17 May 2016

US - Research at the University of Illinois has shown that adding methionine to the diets of Holstein cows, during the prepartum and postpartum periods, may impact the preimplantation embryo in a way that enhances its capacity for survival.

 

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Emerging Mycotoxins: Overview and Occurrence

Tue, 17 May 2016

GLOBAL - Emerging mycotoxins are a class of compounds that are attracting increasing interest among the scientific community primarily due to their high occurrence in feed and food commodities, sometimes at relatively high concentrations, and potential toxicity towards animals and humans.

 

Report Calls for CAP Reform to Better Support Farmers in Volatile Times

Mon, 16 May 2016

UK - A call has been sent out to the European Commission by a UK House of Lords Committee reform the Common Agricultural Policy to primarily support the provision of public goods, such as increased food security, high animal welfare standards and stewardship of the land.

 

Nutritionally Improved Straw Boosts Milk Yields, Study Finds

Mon, 16 May 2016

UK - New findings from independent trial work carried out by veterinary consultancy company, EBVC suggest replacing dietary fed straw with Nutritionally Improved Straw (NIS) can cost effectively increase yields, whilst maintaining milk butterfat.

 

Arla to Pay Premium for Milk from Cows Fed Non-GM Feed

Mon, 16 May 2016

EUROPE - Arla has said it will soon start to pay a premium for milk that has been produced without the use of GM feeds, on the back of recent developments in Germany, where retailers are increasingly demanding this from producers.

 

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Anti-Inflammatory Pour-On For Cattle Now Licensed For Mastitis*

Mon, 16 May 2016

GLOBAL - FINADYNE® Transdermal from MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) can now be used as a single application to reduce pyrexia associated with acute mastitis.

 

Vets Call for Unrestricted Access to Slaughterhouse CCTV

Fri, 13 May 2016

UK - The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) today re-iterated their call for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses and legislation to ensure vets have unrestricted access to slaughterhouse CCTV footage.

 

Scientists Call for Review of EU Rules Preventing Insect Use in Animal Feed

Fri, 13 May 2016

EU - The EU-funded PROTEINSECT project has recommended a comprehensive review of European legislation to allow for insect larvae to be used as a source of protein in animal feed.

 

EU Politicians Vote to Support Origin Labels on Meat, Dairy

Fri, 13 May 2016

EU - Country of origin labelling should be made mandatory for meat and milk, MEPs reiterated once again in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday.

 

Could Cattle Be Fed on Waste Paper?

Fri, 13 May 2016

COLOMBIA - A new project at the University of Colombia is looking at feeding waste paper to ruminants, as part of an effort to ensure availability of animal feed in times of poor weather.

 

Warnings Over Brexit Impact on Northern Ireland's Ag Exports

Fri, 13 May 2016

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Food and drink exports from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland worth £850 million would face an uncertain future if the UK voted to leave the EU, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss warned on Thursday.

 

New Research: Time to Switch Antibiotic Resistance Focus from Use to Environment

Thu, 12 May 2016

ANALYSIS - Scientists have discovered a “startling” lack of resistance genes in meat, and their new research suggests the need to switch focus from reducing antibiotic use to traffic from humans to animals, and back to humans via the environment.

 

Shadow Ag Minister Takes Aim at Australian Government Over Dairy Crisis Response

Thu, 12 May 2016

AUSTRALIA - Following milk price cuts from Murray Goulburn, Fonterra and Lion, Australian Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon has attacked Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce over his response.

 

Dairy Industry Asks for Change to World Health Guidelines on Milk for Toddlers

Wed, 11 May 2016

US - The US dairy industry today urged the White House to challenge a World Health Organisation (WHO) proposal that would discourage the consumption of dairy products by young children.

 

How Are US Dairy Operations Impacting Water Quality?

Wed, 11 May 2016

ANALYSIS - The tremendous increase in productivity and efficiency in the US dairy industry has also come with an array of negative environmental impacts that are a major challenge from a sustainability perspective, reports Sarah Mikesell, live from the Large Dairy Herd Management Conference held in Oak Brook, Illinois, US.

 

Rules Finalised on US Antibiotic Sales Reporting

Wed, 11 May 2016

US - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalised a rule that revises its annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals.

 

Fonterra Australia Reduces Milk Price

Tue, 10 May 2016

AUSTRALIA - Fonterra Australia has revised its farmgate milk price, meaning that the full 2015/16 season price will be reduced from A$5.60 per kgMS to A$5.00 per kgMS.

 

Global Milk Production Gradually Declining

Tue, 10 May 2016

GLOBAL - Global milk production across the key dairy exporting nations fell between October 2015 and January 2016, according to a report from UK levy board AHDB Dairy.

 

La Niña Now Set to Impact Global Weather

Tue, 10 May 2016

GLOBAL - Experts from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture predict that by the second half of this year it is very likely that climate phenomenon "La Niña" will develop.

 

New Study Presents Strategies for Producing Food for Growing Population

Mon, 09 May 2016

US - Agriculture now produces more than enough calories to meet basic human dietary needs worldwide. Despite this seeming abundance, one out of eight people do not have access to sufficient food.

 

Voluntary Milk Supply Reduction Losing Support in Europe, Union Suggests

Fri, 06 May 2016

EU - Ulster Farmers’ Union dairy chairman, William Irvine, says a plan to allow dairy cooperatives and farmers to agree to cut milk production on a temporary basis is losing support in Europe.

 

Global Dairy Trade Prices Show Slight Fall

Fri, 06 May 2016

GLOBAL - This week's Global Dairy Trade auction showed a reduction in the GDT price index of 1.4 per cent compared with the previous event.

 

USDA Provides $16 Million for Sustainable Agriculture Research

Fri, 06 May 2016

US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $16.5 million in grants to support research into methods for boosting agriculture productivity and ensuring food security in the face of pests, diseases and a changing climate.