Big Data Shows Weak Link Between Badgers and Cattle for TB Spread

Tue, 27 Sep 2016

UK - The largest simulation to date of the numbers of cattle and badgers infected with tuberculosis (TB) casts serious doubts about the extent to which badgers cause TB in cattle, according to research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

 

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Union Concerned Over Scottish Government Cattle Movement Changes

Mon, 26 Sep 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - Scottish Government has announced that significant changes to Scotland’s system of recording cattle movements are to be introduced at the end of the year.

 

Liver Fluke Control Plans Essential as Weather Creates High Risk

Fri, 23 Sep 2016

UK - Farmers are warned to be proactive with liver fluke management this autumn to ensure no adverse effects on cattle performance are seen, given the high liver fluke risk this year.

 

Glowing Bacteria Could Improve Food Safety

Fri, 23 Sep 2016

US - Scientists looking for traces of a type of E. coli bacteria contamination in foods soon could have a new detection method on their hands - turning off the lights to see if the bacteria glow in the dark.

 

Fonterra Results Positive News for New Zealand's Dairy Farmers

Fri, 23 Sep 2016

NEW ZEALAND - Dairy company Fonterra’s annual results will increase certainty and security for dairy farmers, in what has been a positive week for the industry, according to New Zealand's Federated Farmers.

 

Migrant Labour Shortage Post-Brexit Could Mean Structural Change for Farming

Fri, 23 Sep 2016

UK - The potential reduction in migrant labour post-Brexit may catalyse structural change in the agricultural and horticultural sectors, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

 

World Leaders Agree Action to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance

Thu, 22 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - World leaders have signalled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines, in a pledge agreed by 193 countries at the United Nations headquarters in New York yesterday.

 

NZ Dairy Farmers Urged to 'Lock In' Price Gains with Good Pasture Use

Thu, 22 Sep 2016

NEW ZEALAND - Dairy organisation DairyNZ is encouraging farmers to lock in the gains achieved in the past two seasons, as a pasture-first farm system will continue to provide payback as the milk price rises.

 

Selective Dry Cow Therapy - Is It Right for Your Dairy?

Wed, 21 Sep 2016

ANALYSIS - Dr Pamela Ruegg, extension milk quality veterinarian for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, speaks about new concepts in the use of dry cow therapy, especially the concept of selective dry cow therapy.

 

Milk Processors Urged to Pass On Improving Milk Prices to Farmers

Wed, 21 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - Tuesday's Global Dairy Trade auction saw dairy price indices rise by 1.7 per cent, the fourth auction in a row in which prices have risen.

 

US Milk Production Forecast to Increase

Wed, 21 Sep 2016

US - The latest US Department of Agriculture (USDA) World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report marginally increased the forecasted figure for US 2016 milk production, UK levy board AHDB Dairy has reported.

 

Cash Flow Warnings as Northern Ireland's Cattle Forced Indoors After Bad Weather

Wed, 21 Sep 2016

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Ulster Farmers’ Union president, Barclay Bell, has warned that many farmers in Northern Ireland are facing a long winter – with all the cash flow implications that has for businesses already under pressure because of poor prices.

 

Data Sharing Needed to Improve Dairy Industry for Future

Tue, 20 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - The world milk price increased by 35 per cent to a level of around US$30 or €27 per 100 kilograms of milk since June 2016, according to recent monitoring data from dairy organisation the International Farm Comparison Network.

 

Australian Beef Exports Set to Fall with Supply Limited

Tue, 20 Sep 2016

AUSTRALIA - The gross value of Australian farm production is forecast to increase to $58.4 billion in 2016-17, according to the latest analysis released in the Agricultural Commodities report from ABARES, the research arm of Australia's agriculture department.

 

Bayer, Monsanto Agree to Merge

Tue, 20 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - Bayer and Monsanto have announced a merger agreement under which Bayer will acquire Monsanto for $128 per share in an all-cash transaction, writes Sarah Mikesell.

 

Top Performing Dairy Farms Earning Hundreds of Pounds More Per Cow

Mon, 19 Sep 2016

UK - Rural Business Research, the group of universities and colleges behind the Farm Business Survey, have found that dairy farms in the top 25 per cent performance category made £450 more profit per cow in 2015.

 

Next Generation of Dairy Farmers Getting Involved with Policy Work

Mon, 19 Sep 2016

UK - Plans to engage with younger dairy farmers have been unveiled by the National Farmers Union NFU with the launch of its new Dairy Development Group.

 

UK Government Sets Targets to Cut Antibiotic Use in Farming

Mon, 19 Sep 2016

UK - The UK's government has pledged to continue the fight against antimicrobial resistance to drugs by working together with other countries to create a global strategy to tackle the problem and investing in research to find new antibiotic substances.

 

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Pay Close Attention to Rumen Conditions to Get the Most out of Forage this Winter

Fri, 16 Sep 2016

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.

 

Upturn in Dairy Returns Boosted by Winter Payments in Northern Ireland

Fri, 16 Sep 2016

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Ulster Farmers’ Union dairy chairman, William Irvine, has welcomed a commitment from United Dairy Farmers to pay suppliers a significant winter milk production bonus.

 

Will New Food Labelling Regulations Build Trust and Confidence?

Fri, 16 Sep 2016

ANALYSIS - The UK’s vote to leave the European Union could allow some flexibility in the way that new European food labelling regulations are implemented.

 

Importance of Antibiotic Resistance in Farming Stressed Ahead of UN Event

Thu, 15 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - Good farm hygiene and animal health practices can greatly reduce the need to use antimicrobial medicines, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation said in its new Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance.

 

American Farmers Seek More Support as Incomes Remain Low

Wed, 14 Sep 2016

US - Bolstered by the US's National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farm Aid, 275 family farmers are uniting this week at the US Capitol to ask for emergency assistance and increased funding to address the harsh economic realities brought on by historically low prices and too high production costs.

 

Farmland Wildlife in Decline, but Union Says Intensification Not to Blame

Wed, 14 Sep 2016

UK - Over one in ten species assessed are under threat of disappearing altogether in the UK, according to a new 'State of Nature' report published by a number of organisations, including the RSPB, the National Trust and the World Wildlife Fund.

 

Global Dairy Groups Angry Over Canada's Proposed Rules on Imports

Tue, 13 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - Dairy organisations in the US, Australia, the EU, Mexico and New Zealand today issued a joint letter to their respective trade and agriculture officials, expressing indignation about Canada’s recent actions to encourage the use of domestic over imported dairy ingredients.

 

Heightened Risk of Bluetongue Virus Outbreak in UK Leads to Ongoing Monitoring

Tue, 13 Sep 2016

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.

 

Irish Farmers Welcome First Live Cattle Exports to Turkey

Tue, 13 Sep 2016

IRELAND - Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) President Joe Healy has said the first shipment of live cattle to Turkey is expected to depart early next week.

 

Murray Goulburn Lifts Milk Prices

Tue, 13 Sep 2016

AUSTRALIA - Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited (MG) today announced a step-up in milk prices by the equivalent of $0.15 per kilogram milk solids (kgms).

 

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BIOMIN Renames Digestarom Product for Dairy Calves and Beef Cattle

Mon, 12 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - Digestarom® Bos is the new name for the popular phytogenic feed additive for calf milk replacer, calf starter and beef diets globally.

 

EU Milk Production Hits Lowest Level Since End of Quota

Mon, 12 Sep 2016

EU - EU milk production this June fell to its lowest daily rate since milk quotas were abolished, according to UK levy board AHDB Dairy.

 

Dairy Stocking Rate Research Challenges Pollution Perceptions

Mon, 12 Sep 2016

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

 

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UK Chief Veterinary Officer to Speak at 2016 OV Conference

Mon, 12 Sep 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.

 

Northern Ireland Farmers Encouraged to Take Advantage of €150 million Dairy Aid Scheme

Fri, 09 Sep 2016

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Details of a €150 million European Union aid scheme to incentivise farmers to voluntarily reduce their milk deliveries has been announced by Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen.

 

Free Online CPD Offered at the 2016 Official Veterinarian Conference

Fri, 09 Sep 2016

UK - Improve International, the organisers of the 2016 Official Veterinarian Conference, are offering all delegates an extended free trial of their new online learning platform Bitesize.

 

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BIOMIN Sponsors Nutrition and Gut Health Summer Academy at Vetmeduni Vienna

Fri, 09 Sep 2016

AUSTRIA - Gut health is becoming increasingly important in farm animals, and throughout the first week of August, 19 young researchers and professionals working in the area of animal nutrition and animal gut health took part in the ‘Summer School in Nutrition and Animal Gut Health’ program.

 

Cattle the Primary Reservoir for New Virus - Influenza D

Thu, 08 Sep 2016

US - The executive committee of the International Committee of Taxonomy of Viruses has approved the naming of a new virus as influenza D.

 

Food Security and Agriculture Essential in Preventing Conflicts

Thu, 08 Sep 2016

AFRICA - Food security and agriculture have an essential role to play in preventing conflicts and crises on the African continent, blunting their impacts and acting as engines for post-crisis recovery.

 

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Nutriad Strengthens Digestive Performance Team

Thu, 08 Sep 2016

BELGIUM - Nutriad, Belgium based multinational feed additives producer, appointed Daniel Fernando Ramírez as Business Development Manager Digestive Performance. The digestive performance platform focuses on the digestive system as the key towards healthy and performing animals.

 

G20 Challenged to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

Wed, 07 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - A paper challenging global business leaders to recognise the complexity of the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenge in humans and animals and the role of agriculture, has been circulated at the G20 Summit, which took place at Hangzhou, Zhejiang in China on 4 and 5 September.

 

Global Dairy Trade Prices Up Again

Wed, 07 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - Price indices at the Global Dairy Trade auction on Tuesday rose by 7.7 per cent, indicating continuing recovery in dairy prices.

 

Farmgate Milk Prices Lifting Globally

Tue, 06 Sep 2016

GLOBAL - A growing number of major New Zealand and EU dairy companies are increasing their farmgate milk prices, following improvement in dairy’s global supply and demand balance, UK levy board AHDB Dairy has reported.

 

New App to Help Producers Deal with Heat Stress in Cattle

Tue, 06 Sep 2016

US - The US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has launched a new smartphone app that forecasts conditions triggering heat stress in cattle.

 

India Invests to Increase Livestock Production

Tue, 06 Sep 2016

INDIA - In order to increase livestock and fishery production in the country while providing livelihood opportunities to farmers, India has earmarked over 1000 crore (10 billion) rupees to fund different projects under various programmes run by the union government, writes Basudev Mahapatra.

 

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MSD Animal Health Supports Young Veterinarian in Tropical Animal Health Research

Tue, 06 Sep 2016

ETHIOPIA - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US and Canada) today announced it will sponsor veterinarian, Wudu Temesgen Jemberu, who will present data on the economic impact of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Ethiopia at the combined meeting of the Association of Institutions for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (AITVM) and the Society of Tropical Veterinary Medicine (STVM), in Berlin, Germany, September 4-8, 2016.

 

Union Calls for Cross-Party Bovine TB Debate

Mon, 05 Sep 2016

WALES, UK - The Farmers’ Union of Wales has called for a cross party debate at the Welsh Assembly for elected members to discuss the urgent need for a change to the current Bovine TB eradication programme.

 

Australia's Dairy Supply Chain Under Scrutiny

Mon, 05 Sep 2016

AUSTRALIA - Following questions about the functioning of Australia’s dairy supply chain, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will launch an investigation into the dairy industry, UK levy board AHDB Dairy has reported.

 

India Considers Housing Over 5 Million Stray Cattle in Cow Shelters

Fri, 02 Sep 2016

INDIA - The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) of India has embarked on an ambitious plan to build cow shelters across the country to house over 5 million of its stray cattle, writes Basudev Mahapatra.

 

New Bluetongue Test to Help India's Poor Improve Livestock Productivity

Thu, 01 Sep 2016

INDIA - Researchers at the UK's Pirbright Institute have developed field tests for Indian strains of bluetongue virus (BTV) that are reliable, rapid and simple to use.

 

More Cows Give Birth at Full Moon

Thu, 01 Sep 2016

JAPAN - A popular belief that there is a higher number of births around the full moon has been shown to be true for dairy cows by a group of University of Tokyo researchers.

 

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ADM Debuts Customisable Feed Solutions Platform at 2016 Farm Progress Show

Wed, 31 Aug 2016

US - ADM Animal Nutrition™, a division of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), has launched a new customisable feed solutions platform for livestock producers that helps animals adapt to nutritional stresses, enhances animal well-being and productivity and ultimately helps increase profit potential for producers.

 

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Complimentary Mycotoxin Test Available from AB Vista at UK Dairy Day

Wed, 31 Aug 2016

UK - A complimentary mycotoxin test has been added to AB Vista’s offer of free on-the spot analysis for any silage and grass samples brought to the 3rd UK Dairy Day event, to be held in Telford on 14 September.

 

Australian Exporters Welcome Resumption of Japan Live Cattle Trade

Wed, 31 Aug 2016

AUSTRALIA - Japanese authorities announced last week the reopening of the $14.6 million trade in feeder and breeder cattle from Australia, following agreement on improved export certification processes for all consignments.

 

Cattle Farmers Asked to Assess Antibiotic Use for Research

Wed, 31 Aug 2016

UK - All cattle farmers are being asked to help compile an accurate assessment of antibiotic use within their herds by completing a major national survey carried out by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers and the University of Bristol.

 

Cows in Glass Boxes Help Scientists Reduce Methane Emissions

Wed, 31 Aug 2016

FINLAND - A recent study using cows in glass boxes to measure their emissions found that methane emissions can be linked to genotypes, which may allow scientists to speed up the breeding of more climate-friendly cows.

 

Scientists Create Edible Food Packaging Made from Milk Proteins

Tue, 30 Aug 2016

US - Plastic food packaging is unsustainable, creates a lot of non-biodegradable waste, and is not that good at preventing spoilage, but scientists may have found a new solution in the form of milk proteins.

 

Cheaper Test for Foot and Mouth Disease Developed

Tue, 30 Aug 2016

UK - Scientists have found a new way of diagnosing foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) which is more cost effective and relies less on the use of small animals.

 

New TB Controls Include Further Badger Control Licenses

Tue, 30 Aug 2016

UK - New measures have been announced by the government to tackle the spread of bovine TB in England, including additional licences for the controversial badger culling programme.