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Heat Stress Management of Dairy Cows

Mon, 27 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - Lower production and other consequences of heat stress can begin at a temperature of just 22°C. Here are tips to cope with the challenge.

 

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For Agribusiness, Social Media Has Changed Everything Forever, Says Adrian Moss

Mon, 27 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - The feed and livestock industry is becoming increasingly aware of the opportunities and threats posed by social media.

 

Dairy Futures Project Ends with Better Breeding Opportunities for Australia

Mon, 27 Jun 2016

AUSTRALIA - The Dairy Futures CRC industry and research partnership to improve dairy herds and pastures comes to an end on 30 June after seven years.

 

Research Looks Into Preventing Further Resistance to Dewormers

Mon, 27 Jun 2016

UK - Research recently published in the Journal of Preventative Veterinary Medicine looks at the quality of advice and how the uptake of best practice in relation to anthelmintic usage can be improved, and why this is so important.

 

Bad Timing for Rule Changes, Dairy Farmers Say

Fri, 24 Jun 2016

US - Proposed changes to certain administrative rules in the state of Wisconsin could have a major impact on on dairy farms at a challenging time for dairy markets, the Dairy Business Association has said.

 

Brexit Vote: Farming Industry Reaction

Fri, 24 Jun 2016

UK - The votes have been counted, and the UK has voted to leave the European Union. Here we will have all the reaction from food and farming organisations in the UK and beyond.

 

Will El Niño Bring a La Niña Drought to the US Midwest?

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

ANALYSIS - As the US Midwest comes out of its very strong El Niño, it could transition into La Niña. Could that mean drought for Midwest farmers?

 

Scottish Dairy Farmers 'Still a Long Way from Profitabilty'

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - Falling milk production across the UK and Europe, a slight lift in dairy commodity auction prices and firmer spot markets for milk have produced the first glimmer of good news for Scottish dairy farmers in almost two years, NFU Scotland has said.

 

Arla Holds July Milk Price

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

UK - The Arla Foods amba on-account price for conventional milk is unchanged during July 2016.

 

Concerns Over New Zealand's Meat Export Markets if Brexit Happens

Thu, 23 Jun 2016

NEW ZEALAND - Beef + Lamb New Zealand says those who think Brexit won’t have an impact on trade because the United Kingdom (UK) only takes 2 per cent of New Zealand’s exports, are missing the point, it’s the whole of the European trade we should be looking at.

 

EU Referendum: What Would Brexit Mean for Farming?

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

ANALYSIS – Since the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU was announced, many stakeholders in agriculture from the UK and further afield have had a lot to say about whether the country should stay in or leave. Here is an overview of what the experts have been saying about the possible impact of a British exit over the past few months.

 

Farmers Need Better Returns as Dairy Sector Makes Positive Moves

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

UK - National Farmers Union (NFU) dairy board chairman Michael Oakes says with the outlook in the dairy sector looking a little brighter, it is critical that dairy farmers see money going back to the farm gate quickly and not stuck in the supply chain.

 

CME: More Cull Cows Expected to Come to Market

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

US - There has been discussion regarding the Choice-Select spread on the beef cutout value, but for today’s article we are going to focus on the cow cutout value, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Friesland Campina Aims to Expand Dairy Sales in China

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

CHINA - Dutch dairy business Friesland Campina is planning to expand operations in China, including traditional and online markets in both cities and rural areas.

 

Brazilian Dairy Sector Meets Government to Discuss Cutting Red Tape

Wed, 22 Jun 2016

BRAZIL - Minister Blairo Maggi from Brazil's agriculture ministry MAPA has met with representatives of the dairy production chain to discuss ideas to reduce bureaucracy.

 

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Best of British Breeding on Show at Livestock Event

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

UK - The best of British genetics are scheduled to be showcased in front of a line-up of judges and the country’s largest audience of farmers from throughout the UK and beyond at the Livestock Event, staged at The NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July.

 

Mexico Looking for New Markets for Surplus Milk

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

MEXICO - Mexico is looking to the markets of Central America and the Caribbean for opportunities to sell milk when a surplus occurs.

 

Irish Co-ops Asked to Commit to Holding Dairy Prices

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

IRELAND - Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has said that milk prices paid by all co-ops have fallen well under production costs in recent months, so that most dairy farmers were now deep into the red.

 

New Bill to Enable US Dairy Farms to Invest in Manure Recycling

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

US - Legislation introduced last week in the US House of Representatives will help dairy farmers increase their investment in technologies, such as manure digesters, that improve the environment, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said in support of the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act.

 

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NUTRIAD present at World Mycotoxin Forum

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

CANADA - International feed additives producer Nutriad was present in Winnipeg (Canada) where the 9th World Mycotoxin Forum (WMF) combined with the 14th IUPAC, to create the world's largest mycotoxin event with the purpose of increasing awareness of human and animal health risks due to mycotoxin contamination.

 

World's Top 20 Milk Processors Named

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - The world's top 20 processors collect 200 million tons milk equivalent (ME) per year, amounting to 25.4 per cent of milk produced worldwide.

 

NZ Outlook Projects Dairy Export Value Recovery Within 3 Years

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

NEW ZEALAND - The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says the outlook for New Zealand primary industries is positive with strong growth forecast across most sectors and dairy prices expected to gradually increase over the next 2 years.

 

Researchers Investigate Economic Impact of Climate Change on Farms

Fri, 17 Jun 2016

US - An interdisciplinary team from the University of Illinois recently investigated the effects of climate change on farmland values in the Southwestern United States.

 

Global Dairy Trade Prices Unchanged

Thu, 16 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - Prices at this week's Global Dairy Trade auction did not change from the previous event, with the average price at $2,339 (USD/MT, FAS).

 

Glanbia Under Fire After Milk Price Cuts

Thu, 16 Jun 2016

IRELAND - Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) President Joe Healy has criticised Glanbia Ingredients Ireland for cutting their base milk price, saying suppliers feel angry and let down.

 

Scientists Find Reason Behind Cheese Blushes

Thu, 16 Jun 2016

IRELAND - Scientists at Teagasc and University College Cork have identified a heat-loving bacterium as the cause of pink discolouration defects in cheese.

 

EU Milk Production Not Expected to Increase Further This Year

Thu, 16 Jun 2016

EU - The EU appears to have finished its rapid increase in milk production, and little – if any – additional milk is expected to come out of the EU over the 2016/17 milk year (Apr-Mar), AHDB Dairy reports.

 

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Diverging Consumer Demands Put Contradictory Pressures on Producers, Says Prof. David Hughes

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

UK - “Quite clearly, the future is bright for animal-derived protein consumption. However, the further polarization of consumer demands presents a real challenge for the livestock and dairy industry,” warned Prof. David Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London.

 

Risk of Bluetongue Spread from France to UK to Rise as Weather Warms

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

UK - The UK's risk level remains the same, but the risk of Bluetongue spread from France will start to increase with daily average temperatures heading into summer, concludes the latest situation report from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

 

Welsh Farmers Concerned over Cattle TB Figures, Strategy

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

WALES, UK - The worsening Bovine TB disease situation in the county was the major talking point at a recent meeting of the Pembrokeshire NFU Cymru county branch.

 

New Rules Announced to Prevent Bobby Calf Abuse in New Zealand

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

NEW ZEALAND - The 8 organisations that formed the Bobby Calf Action Group at the end of 2015 have accelerated and added to existing measures aimed at ensuring everyone involved with bobby calves applies best practice in their handling and care.

 

Dairy Researchers: Milk Market Recovery Possible This Year

Tue, 14 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - During the IFCN Dairy Conference, an annual think tank of researchers and analysts in the sector farm economics, dairy researchers and analysts agreed that milk price recovery in 2016 is possible.

 

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Livestock Event: The Open Forums

Tue, 14 Jun 2016

UK - Farmers will be able question industry influencers at two Open Forums sessions hosted by Barclays at the Livestock Event, held at The NEC on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July.

 

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Nutriad Introduces MYCOMAN®: Mobile App for Mycotoxin Management

Mon, 13 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - Mycotoxins in cereal crops affect the health and performance of animals all around the world. Changing quality and availability of raw materials lead to an increasing need for efficient ways of measuring the level of mycotoxin contamination, allowing producers to respond quickly.

 

EU Milk Production to Slow for Rest of Year

Mon, 13 Jun 2016

EU - Milk production is likely to slow down in the key dairying regions for the rest of the year, according to new forecasts from the European Commission.

 

Milk Quality Decreases Under LED Lights

Mon, 13 Jun 2016

US - Display cases and grocery stores increasingly use LED lights, and that's bad news for milk drinkers, according to a new study.

 

Watch Out for Parasites and Pests in Wet Weather

Mon, 13 Jun 2016

US - Excessive rains in many parts of the state have Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts concerned about the possibility of increased parasite and pest activity with livestock.

 

£1.5m Grant to Boost Understanding of AMR Bacteria from Cattle

Fri, 10 Jun 2016

UK - A consortium of nine academics from the University of Bristol has been awarded £1.5 million to carry out research on antibiotic resistance (AMR) in animals and the risks it poses to humans.

 

What is the Role of Welfare in Livestock Production?

Fri, 10 Jun 2016

UK - Moves for a total ban on the use of antibiotics in the treatment of animals need to be reined back and vets need to be allowed to use all means available to ensure animal health and welfare.

 

What impact Might Brexit Have on UK Agriculture?

Fri, 10 Jun 2016

UK - With the United Kingdom's referendum on continued membership in the European Union (EU) approaching, experts are considering the impact of a vote to leave ('Brexit') on numerous aspects of UK society, including agriculture.

 

New Study Examines Effect of Dairy Farm Manure Management on Antibiotic Resistance

Fri, 10 Jun 2016

US - Researchers from four US universities are teaming up with dairy farms across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to study the effect of three different manure management techniques on preventing the occurrence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, genes tied to resistance, and antibiotic residues.

 

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MSD Animal Health Unites Veterinary Milk Quality Experts at 9th Annual European Mastitis Panel Meeting to Discuss Udder Health and Dairy Industry Challenges

Fri, 10 Jun 2016

PORTUGAL - On May 4-6, 2016, MSD Animal Health hosted the 9th annual European Mastitis Panel (EMP) meeting in Azores, Portugal, bringing together EMP members, who are established experts in the field, and veterinarians to discuss udder health and milk quality in dairy cattle– topics that remain important to the industry, despite the challenges of decreasing milk prices throughout Europe.

 

Research Brings New Insight into Digital Dermatitis in Cattle

Thu, 09 Jun 2016

US - Iowa State University veterinarians have uncovered new insight into the development of a foot disease in cows that causes more lameness than any other malady.

 

International Report Confirms More Government Vets are Needed

Thu, 09 Jun 2016

AUSTRALIA - The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) commends the government for its ongoing work in biosecurity but says there is still room for improvement. This follows the release of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) review of Australia’s veterinary services, that recognises Australia as a world leader in animal health and biosecurity.

 

Choice of Cow Type Drives Performance at Newford Farm

Thu, 09 Jun 2016

IRELAND - Hundreds of farmers gathered at Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry, County Galway for an Open Day showcasing the achievements and learnings of the farm’s first full year of operations. The farm’s breeding policy is successfully producing calves which gain weight rapidly and will deliver carcass sizes that meet market requirements.

 

New Research Aims to Breed the Ideal Dairy Cow for Africa

Thu, 09 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - A PhD student from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) will combine social science with animal genetics in an attempt to help African dairy farmers breed the ideal cow for their environment.

 

Parliament Calls for EU Action to Help Farmers Fight Unfair Trading Practices

Thu, 09 Jun 2016

EU - MEPs urge the EU Commission to put forward proposals against unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, so as to ensure fair earnings for farmers and a wide choice for consumers, in a resolution voted on Tuesday 7 June.

 

China Lifts Ban on Bovine, Ovine Products from Denmark, France, Germany and UK

Wed, 08 Jun 2016

CHINA - China has confirmed that it is lifting its import ban introduced four years ago on bovine & ovine genetic material from Denmark, France, Germany and United Kingdom due to Schmallenberg virus.

 

Farmer Confidence Sinks as Australia's Dairy Industry Faces Tough Times

Wed, 08 Jun 2016

AUSTRALIA - Many Australian dairy farmers have been hard hit by the impacts of a deep and persistent trough in international dairy markets after late cuts to farmgate prices by some processors in the southern, export-focused states.

 

US Dairy Companies Asked to Reduce Salt in Cheese

Wed, 08 Jun 2016

US - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance to encourage US food companies to reach voluntary sodium reduction targets for their products.

 

Slow Progress on Grass Growth Delayed UK's Spring Milk Peak

Tue, 07 Jun 2016

UK - Throughout March and April, below average temperatures restricted grass growth, hampering spring turnout, according to levy board AHDB Dairy.

 

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MSD Animal Health to Present Important New Data at the World Buiatrics Congress

Tue, 07 Jun 2016

UK - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) will present 45 studies at the World Buiatrics Congress in Dublin, Ireland, from July 3-8, 2016.

 

Bluetongue Vaccine Availability is Great News for British Farmers

Tue, 07 Jun 2016

UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the news that Bluetongue vaccine will be available from mid-July and is now telling farmers to speak to their vets as a matter of urgency.

 

What Canadian Cattle Producers Need to Know About Antimicrobial Use

Mon, 06 Jun 2016

ANALYSIS - The effects would be huge to the cattle industry if antimicrobials were not available for use, said Bryan Thiessen, farm manager at Namaka Farms Incorporated in Canada.

 

European, African Dairy Farmers Call for Dairy Crisis Solution

Mon, 06 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - In a joint statement last week, European and African farmers appealed to policy-makers on both continents to advocate for fair and responsible solutions to the milk market crisis.

 

Dairy Closure Raises Fears for Future of Industry in Scotland

Mon, 06 Jun 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - Muller UK & Ireland confirmed last week that it will close its processing plants in East Kilbride and Aberdeen, with the loss of 255 posts from the sites, affecting 43 dairy farms in the north east.

 

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Livestock Event Forage Field: Making More from Forage

Fri, 03 Jun 2016

UK - All visitors to Livestock Event will be able to find out how to make more from forage, the cheapest form of feed, at the sector’s largest business to business event staged on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July at The NEC, Birmingham. Entry is free to all visitors.

 

Global Food Prices Rose in May with Small Gains for Dairy

Fri, 03 Jun 2016

GLOBAL - Global food commodity markets are on a stable path for the year ahead, with solid production prospects and abundant stocks pointing to a broadly stable outcome for prices and supplies, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said.

 

Guilty Pleas Over Calf Abuse in New Zealand

Thu, 02 Jun 2016

NEW ZEALAND - The man who was charged in March this year over alleged bobby calf mistreatment offences has pleaded guilty to all 10 charges.

 

Russia Prepares to Extend Agri-Food Embargo Until End of 2017

Thu, 02 Jun 2016

RUSSIA - The Russian Agriculture Ministry has prepared a draft decree to extend its embargo on food products from a number of countries including the EU and US until the end of 2017.