Call for Congress to Address 'Sue and Settle' Abuse

Fri, 26 May 2017

US - If family ranching operations and rural economies are going to survive another generation, Congress must address the problem of so-called "sue and settle" abuse. That’s the message that Darcy Helmick, Land Manager for Simplot Land & Livestock, stressed to Congress in subcommittee testimony earlier this week.

 

Strong Cattle Trade Evident

Fri, 26 May 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said the cattle trade remains reasonably strong with the base price for steers at €4.10 and some top prices of €4.15/4.20.

 

Central Govt Bans Cattle Sales for Slaughter at Animal Markets

Fri, 26 May 2017

INDIA - The Central government on Thursday banned the sale of cows and buffaloes for slaughter at animal markets across India.

 

Belarus to Build Commercial Dairy Farm in Egypt; Plans to Supply Belarusian Beef, Poultry Underway

Fri, 26 May 2017

EGYPT - Belarus has plans to build a 1,000-head commercial dairy farm in Egypt, Aleksei Bogdanov, the head of the main division for foreign economic affairs at the Agriculture and Food Ministry of Belarus, told the media on 25 May.

 

Renegotiating NAFTA Leaves Room for Optimism

Fri, 26 May 2017

CANADA - The Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute suggests, as the renegotiation of NAFTA gets underway, a key message to the United States must be that Canada is a fair trading partner and a strong ally, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

CME: Participants Actively Preparing for COF Report

Thu, 25 May 2017

US - The next "Cattle on Feed" report will be released during trading hours on Friday, which is a bit unusual and something that market participants likely are actively preparing for, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Union Disappointment at Latest 'Stall and Fall' in Milk Prices

Thu, 25 May 2017

SCOTLAND, UK - NFU Scotland has called the latest stall and fall in milk prices as disappointing and ill-judged.

 

Pakistan Values Partnership with OIE for Livestock Development, Says Minister

Thu, 25 May 2017

FRANCE - Pakistan greatly values its partnership with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) for its livestock development, disease control and overall poverty alleviation.

 

Arla Appoints Two New Members in Board of Directors

Thu, 25 May 2017

DENMARK - Arla Foods is one of the world’s largest dairy cooperatives, and this week, the Arla Group’s Board of Representatives met to confirm the election of members for the Board of Directors in Arla Foods amba for the coming two years.

 

US President's Budget an Assault on Farm Safety Net, Rural Communities, Says NFU

Wed, 24 May 2017

US - President Donald J. Trump issued a detailed fiscal year 2018 federal budget proposal yesterday (23 May), recommending drastic cuts to agricultural and rural related agencies and programmes.

 

AHDB: Download the New RB209 Today

Wed, 24 May 2017

UK - The new AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) is now available to download as app and interactive digital versions.

 

Dairy Cows Serve as Surrogate Moms for Wagyu Beef Cattle

Wed, 24 May 2017

JAPAN - A start-up in Mie Prefecture is attempting to beef up the breeding of famed "wagyu" cattle through surrogate birthing by Holstein dairy cows in Hokkaido.

 

Dealers Threaten to Stop Bringing Cattle to Lagos

Wed, 24 May 2017

NIGERIA - Cattle dealers, butchers and other stakeholders at the Oko-Oba Abattoir in Agege, Lagos State, have threatened to ensure that no cattle were brought to Lagos State until the state government compensate them for the Sunday demolition at the abattoir.

 

Alliance Boosts Chinese Dairy Industry

Wed, 24 May 2017

CHINA - Despite considerable improvements in the safety and quality of domestic dairy products following the melamine scandal of 2008, China's dairy farmers still face challenges.

 

Cattle Prices Continue to Strengthen

Tue, 23 May 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said cattle prices are continuing to strengthen with the base price for steers having moved up to a minimum of €4.10 all round and some prices of €4.15 to €4.20 paid.

 

Nutramix Introduces Milking Machines for Dairy Farmers

Tue, 23 May 2017

JAMAICA - Drink Real Milk (DRM) conceptualiser Nutramix has introduced milking machine which is expected to significantly reduce milk production time for farmers, improve the quality of milk produced and positively impact earnings.

 

Pakistan’s Dairy Exports Far Below Expectation

Tue, 23 May 2017

PAKISTAN - Pakistan ranks as the fourth-highest milk producing nation in the world as dairy farming is one of the biggest industries in Pakistan with an estimated 42 million tonnes of milk production per year, having an 11.30 per cent share in the gross domestic products.

 

Dairy Development Minister: UP Govt to Focus on Popularising Cow Milk

Tue, 23 May 2017

INDIA - In a bid to revive the dairy industry in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to popularise cow milk and by-products of milk.

 

Cattle Prices on the Up

Mon, 22 May 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said cattle price are increasing again this week, with reports of €4.10 to as high as €4.20 base offered for steers and €4.20 to €4.30 offered for heifers.

 

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A Look at the Economics of Parasite Control

Mon, 22 May 2017

Research and real-life support the economic importance of controlling parasites in grazing cattle.

 

Arla Foods Amba Confirms June Milk Price

Mon, 22 May 2017

UK - Arla Foods amba is holding its milk price for both conventional and organic milk for June 2017, however Arla’s UK price will be adjusted downward, by 0.4 pence per litre, taking the manufacturing standard litre to 27.73 pence.

 

Ruby to Lead Passport Food Safety Solutions' PassTrac Analytics

Thu, 18 May 2017

GLOBAL – Today, Passport® Food Safety Solutions, Inc. announced the addition of a new industry professional to lead PassTrac Analytics.

 

NAFTA: Lobbying Proves Effective

Thu, 18 May 2017

CANADA - The Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute says lobbying efforts from both within the United States and from Canada and Mexico to salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement are showing results, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

Partnership on Ireland’s Contribution to Global Agriculture Development

Thu, 18 May 2017

IRELAND - Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Mr Joe McHugh TD, and TEAGASC Director Professor Gerry Boyle, signed an agreement to renew the partnership between Irish Aid and TEAGASC, to enhance Ireland’s contribution to Global Agriculture Development.

 

Study: Economic Ripple Effect of Livestock Operations in Indiana

Wed, 17 May 2017

ANALYSIS - If you've driven through the US state of Indiana, it’s no surprise that it ranks in the top 10 agricultural states, but what is surprising is that Indiana livestock operations, including beef cattle and dairy, are seeing significant growth and are outpacing the US as a whole.

 

Fonterra Reopens Malaysia Dairy Plant After NZ$7M Upgrade

Wed, 17 May 2017

MALAYSIA - Fonterra has reopened the doors to its milk powder manufacturing plant in Malaysia following a NZ$7 million investment to boost manufacturing efficiencies and ensure it continues to meet world class health and safety, and food safety and quality standards.

 

First Vietnamese Milk Firm Approved for Exports to China

Wed, 17 May 2017

VIET NAM - Viet Nam's largest dairy firm Vinamilk has got the green-light to officially export its milk products to China, the company told Xinhua on Wednesday.

 

Chinese Dairy Firm Looking to Make Moves Into Overseas Market

Wed, 17 May 2017

CHINA - China's biggest dairy producer, Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co Ltd, said it plans to further move into overseas markets in the next three to five years.

 

Belt and Road Brings China's Premium Agri Brands to Serbia

Wed, 17 May 2017

SERBIA - Riding a wave of the Belt and Road Initiative and fast-developing China-Serbia partnership, dozens of Chinese companies are eyeing the Serbian market.

 

Unchanged Nitrogen Loss from Dairy Farms

Tue, 16 May 2017

NEW ZEALAND - The dairy industry's year-three report on its commitment to mitigating the environmental impact of farming shows it has achieved six of 13 goals that were set out in 2013 but hasn't yet made a dent in nitrogen loss, underlining the long-term nature of the task of improving waterways.

 

Arla Opens the Door to its Future

Tue, 16 May 2017

DENMARK - The trends, technologies and products that will shape the worldwide dairy category in the future will be created hand-in-hand with chefs, scientists, consumers and customers at Arla Foods’ new state-of-the-art global innovation center, built in the heart of one of the world’s fastest growing food clusters in Aarhus, Denmark.

 

Study Analyses Foods for Radioactive Substances

Tue, 16 May 2017

GERMANY - "Even though radiation emitting radioactive elements like uranium are only contained in small quantities in food, their chemical properties and radioactivity could pose a risk if they are ingested over a longer period in higher concentrations," says BfR President Professor Andreas Hensel.

 

Cattle Prices Continue to Harden

Mon, 15 May 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said cattle prices are continuing to drive forward with the base price for steers and heifers at €4.10 and €4.20/kg.

 

Researchers Develop Low-tech Method for Environmental Sampling of Campylobacter

Mon, 15 May 2017

UK - A team of researchers from the United Kingdom has developed a novel method for assessing human/pathogen interactions in the natural environment, using citizen scientists wearing boot socks over their shoes during walks in the countryside. In the process, they found that slightly less than half of the socks were positive for the gastrointestinal pathogen, Campylobacter.

 

Trump Declares War on Environmental Regulations

Mon, 15 May 2017

US - Under the Trump administration, budgets are being cut and regulatory powers curtailed for federal bodies across the board – but none more so than the Environmental Protection Agency. What does this mean for US farmers and producers? Rachel Lane asks whether the idea of a return to the old days of smog and pollution holds any water.

 

Farmers Urged to Keep Safety Top of Mind

Mon, 15 May 2017

CANADA - Saskatchewan Agriculture is urging farmers to keep farm safety top of mind as work days get longer and the pressures of spring planting and field work increase, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Dairy Farmers Tackling Environmental Issues, Says Report

Mon, 15 May 2017

NEW ZEALAND - Dairy farmers are tackling environmental issues head on and have made significant progress on their commitment to protecting dairy waterways, according to a new progress report.

 

Dairy Products at Forefront of Iranian Food Exports

Mon, 15 May 2017

IRAN - Dairy products had the biggest share in Iran's food exports in the last Iranian year (ended 20 March 2017).

 

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Zoetis Strengthens its Commitment to Develop Sustainable Livestock Production in Sub-Saharan Africa

Fri, 12 May 2017

Global animal health company receives grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the health and productivity of livestock in Africa

 

OTA Opposes Further Delay of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule

Thu, 11 May 2017

US - The US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is delaying the effective date of the rule published on 19 January 2017, for an additional six months to 14 November 2017, to allow time for further consideration by USDA.

 

Sampling Organic Materials Effectively

Thu, 11 May 2017

UK - Two videos from AHDB demonstrate how to sample slurries and farmyard manures (FYM) for nutritional profiling.

 

Chinese Dairy Giant to Bid for Danone's Stonyfield

Thu, 11 May 2017

CHINA - Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial, China's biggest food and dairy group, plans to bid for the entire stake of Stonyfield, an organic yogurt producer that Groupe Danone holds a majority stake, for about 5.9 billion yuan ($850 million), Yili announced on Wednesday.

 

Drought Still Hurting in Many Parts of Queensland

Thu, 11 May 2017

AUSTRALIA - New drought declaration details highlight that farming families in more than two thirds of Queensland are still battling the devastating impact of drought while primary producers in the north west were now entering the recovery phase, AgForce said today.

 

Farm Bureau Applauds EPA’s Water Rule Outreach

Wed, 10 May 2017

US - Yesterday, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to collaborate closely with governors regarding revision of the Waters of the United States rule.

 

Đà Nẵng Approves First-ever Dairy Project

Wed, 10 May 2017

VIET NAM - Đà Nẵng has approved its first-ever dairy farm on 124ha in Hòa Phong commune in Hòa Vang district.

 

Rising Temperatures Threaten Stability of Tibetan Alpine Grasslands

Wed, 10 May 2017

TIBET, CHINA - A warming climate could affect the stability of alpine grasslands in Asia's Tibetan Plateau, threatening the ability of farmers and herders to maintain the animals that are key to their existence, and potentially upsetting the ecology of an area in which important regional river systems originate, says a new study by researchers in China and the United States.

 

Federal Budget 'Keeps the Faith' on Agriculture Commitments

Wed, 10 May 2017

AUSTRALIA - The Federal Budget has "kept the faith" and delivered on the Coalition’s election commitments to advance agriculture, but Queensland farmers are eager for more details about what is planned for water infrastructure in the Great Artesian Basin and a new Regional Growth Fund.

 

Dairy Herd Up in North Island; Down in South Island

Wed, 10 May 2017

NEW ZEALAND - After a decrease in 2015, the dairy cattle number increased 2 per cent in 2016 to reach 6.6 million, Stats NZ said today. However, this was not back to the 2014 level (6.7 million).

 

CME: Slaughter Cattle Market Wild Ride in W18/2017

Tue, 09 May 2017

US - Last week’s slaughter cattle market was a wild ride. The same could be said for the first week in May of 2016, so it seems that week of the year is prone to some excitement, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Polish Dairy Farmer Looking to Tap Chinese Market

Tue, 09 May 2017

POLAND - Mariusz Marczak is a Polish cow breeder and milk producer. Like many other global businessmen, Mr Mariusz too wants to take advantage of the Belt and Road Initiative to enter the Chinese market.

 

FAO Food Price Index Dips Again in April

Tue, 09 May 2017

GLOBAL - Global food commodity prices fell in April amid expectations of ongoing robust supplies of many key staples.

 

IFA: 10 Reasons Co-ops Must Remain Ambitious When Setting Milk Prices

Tue, 09 May 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary has said there are many good reasons for the optimism for 2017 milk prices, voiced by many industry leaders in recent months, to continue underpinning co-ops’ milk price decisions this month and next.

 

Right R&D Investments 'Good Bets' for Climate, Economies, Say Researchers

Tue, 09 May 2017

GLOBAL - Investing in new ways of utility-scale electricity storage and capturing carbon to store underground should be a priority for governments aiming to meet the greenhouse gas and 'green energy' targets set out in the Paris Agreement despite shrinking research and development budgets.

 

Church & Dwight Acquires Agro BioSciences

Mon, 08 May 2017

GLOBAL - Church & Dwight Co., Inc., the parent company of Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition, is pleased to announce today it has acquired Agro BioSciences™, Inc. of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

 

Cattle Trade Continues to Strengthen

Mon, 08 May 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the cattle trade continues to strengthen with strong demand for cattle from the factories, live exporters and also at the marts.

 

IFA Meets Teagasc on Progress Regarding IFA Proposals on Measurement of Dairy Farmers' Own Labour

Mon, 08 May 2017

IRELAND - Last week, IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy, IFA’s representative on the board of Teagasc, led a delegation from the Dairy and Liquid Milk IFA Committees and Fresh Milk Producers in a an update meeting to review the significant work carried out by Teagasc in response to IFA’s 2016 proposals for an add-on to the National Farm Survey aimed at measuring the actual cost of dairy farmers’ own-labour.

 

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Considerations in Developing a Reproductive Vaccination Program

Mon, 08 May 2017

Protecting calves from disease begins before they are born

 

Arla Foods Launches New Campaign

Mon, 08 May 2017

UK - Arla Foods, the farmer-owner dairy company, is launching a new Arla brand campaign inviting consumers to ‘Eat Monday for Breakfast’. The campaign launched on Sunday night, showing consumers that, when armed with the natural goodness of dairy and the right attitude, they can face Monday morning head on.