US Government Agrees to Buy Cheese to Support Dairy Farmers

Wed, 24 Aug 2016

US - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation.

 

Microbe Population in Raw Milk Changes During Processing

Wed, 24 Aug 2016

US - Findings from a new study, reported in the journal mBio, may help food companies improve the quality of dairy products.

 

Dairy Farm Profitability Impacted by Future Climate Change, Models Show

Wed, 24 Aug 2016

AUSTRALIA - On current 2040 climate projections, all three farms modelled in Dairy Australia’s three year-long Dairy Business for Future Climates (DBfFC) research project would be less profitable if they continued to farm exactly as they do today.

 

TB Badger Culls to Expand in England

Wed, 24 Aug 2016

UK - Badger culls are to be carried out in five new areas of England, as part of government efforts to control bovine TB.

 

EU Agri-Food Exports Rise Despite Milk Powder Decline

Tue, 23 Aug 2016

EU - The value of EU agri-food exports for the 12-month period from July 2015 to June 2016 amounted to just over €129 billion, a 2.1 per cent increase compared to 2014-2015, according to the latest monthly report on agricultural trade.

 

Indiana Bovine TB Case Prompts Cattle Restrictions in Wisconsin

Tue, 23 Aug 2016

US - A case of bovine tuberculosis (TB) was formally diagnosed in a white‐tailed deer in Franklin County, Indiana, last week, prompting extra testing of cattle in the state.

 

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What Strategic Foresight Means to the Future of Agribusiness

Mon, 22 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - Q&A with Tamara Carleton, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Innovation Leadership Board, a global leader in the design of tools and processes that enable radical innovation based in Silicon Valley, California.

 

Rabobank: Largest Increase in US Meat Consumption Since '70s

Mon, 22 Aug 2016

ANALYSIS - The US had a momentous year for animal protein in 2015 with the largest increase in US meat consumption since the food scares of the 1970s, according to a new report from Rabobank.

 

Foot and Mouth Reports: Mongolia, Zimbabwe Hit by Disease

Fri, 19 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - Few outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease have been reported in recent months, but Zimbabwe and Mongolia are the countries that have reported the disease, in cattle and goats.

 

Fonterra Milk Price Transparency Improving, Report Suggests

Fri, 19 Aug 2016

NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand's Commerce Commission has released its draft report on Fonterra’s base milk price calculation for the 2015/16 dairy season.

 

CCTV in Slaughterhouses is Cost-Effective and Feasible, say Experts

Fri, 19 Aug 2016

UK - A new report published by a team of independent experts headed by Sheffield Hallam University Professor Ian Rotherham, has found that the cost of independent monitoring of CCTV inside England's slaughterhouses is likely to cost between £150,000 and £370,000 a year.

 

Concern Over Animal Feed Mislabelling in Ireland

Fri, 19 Aug 2016

IRELAND - The President of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA), Patrick Kent, has expressed his concern following revelations of the mislabelling animal feed products.

 

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Animal Nutrition Advancements to be Showcased at WNC Pre-Conference Symposium

Fri, 19 Aug 2016

CANADA - Industry experts will share research and expertise on how to leverage tools and ingredients for animal performance and environmental benefits, at the Western Nutrition Pre-Conference Symposium in Saskatoon, Canada, on September 20th.

 

Union Urges 'Culture Change' in Dairy Supply Chain Over Milk Prices

Thu, 18 Aug 2016

UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland has said it is seeking to meet with retailers and milk processors on the urgent need for the dramatic upturn in dairy markets to speedily feedback to farmers.

 

CME: Large Soybean Harvest to Improve Feed Prices

Thu, 18 Aug 2016

US - High protein feed cost prospects for livestock and poultry producers improved last Friday, with the USDA-NASS estimate of record large harvests for corn and soybean, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

Chinese Dairy Industry Recovering from Scandals, Report Suggests

Thu, 18 Aug 2016

CHINA - Following eight years of tightened regulation and an industry overhaul, Chinese dairy products are emerging from the shadow cast by high-profile safety scandals, according to a report released by the Dairy Association of China (DAC).

 

Australian Politician Calls for Laws to Prevent Dairy 'Claw-Backs'

Thu, 18 Aug 2016

AUSTRALIA - An Australian politician has called for greater regulation of milk pricing following problems suffered by many dairy farmers during the slump in prices.

 

Researchers Investigate Manure Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Thu, 18 Aug 2016

DENMARK - It is currently not possible to quantify emissions of methane from livestock manure, which is a problem when countries are making commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

 

Price Slump Declared Over as Dairy Auction Shows 13% Jump

Wed, 17 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has said that dairy's two-year price slump is "well and truly over" after a nearly 13 per cent leap in the overall price index at the Global Dairy Trade auction on Tuesday.

 

Further Calls for Post-Brexit Revolution in British Farm Funding

Wed, 17 Aug 2016

UK - A new report released today by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) argues that farming in England needs to become more diverse to prove environmentally resilient over the coming years.

 

European Labs Train Up on Lumpy Skin Disease Detection

Tue, 16 Aug 2016

EUROPE - Training is beginning for experts from 22 countries across Europe at the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency’s laboratories, on how to quickly detect lumpy skin disease – a highly infectious cowpox virus that is spreading through herds on the continent.

 

US Government Asked to Help Dairy Farmers by Buying Cheese for Needy

Tue, 16 Aug 2016

US - As America’s dairy farmers endure low milk prices, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has asked the US Department of Agriculture to provide relief by purchasing at least $100 million worth of cheese products for donation to the needy.

 

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AB Vista Welcomes New Technical Sales Manager for Australasia

Tue, 16 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - AB Vista has expanded its global team with the appointment of nutrition expert Dr. Ken Greaney, who joins the company as technical sales manager for Australasia.

 

Britain's Dairy Herd Declining

Tue, 16 Aug 2016

UK - The size of the milking herd in Britain has decreased by 2 per cent over the past year, the biggest annual drop in the last four years, levy board AHDB Dairy has reported.

 

Record US Crop Production Forecast Good News for Feed Prices

Tue, 16 Aug 2016

US - The USDA's August Crop Production report, which provides the first official government estimates of the corn and soybean harvests, suggested record yields are on their way for these important feed ingredients.

 

UK to Maintain Agriculture Funding until 2020 Despite Brexit

Mon, 15 Aug 2016

UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has opened its largest consultation in a generation, to find out what members think is needed from a future domestic agricultural policy for the British farming sector post-Brexit, whilst the Treasury has confirmed it will match EU levels of funding until 2020.

 

US, Mexican Dairy Industry Leaders Pledge Renewed Cooperation

Fri, 12 Aug 2016

US, MEXICO - Concluding a two-day summit, leaders of the US and Mexican dairy industry organisations pledged to work together to boost trade between the two countries, address mutual challenges and increase dairy production and consumption on both sides of the border.

 

McDonald's Under Pressure Over Antibiotics Use

Fri, 12 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - Fast food company McDonald's has been targeted by an online campaign aiming to halt the 'excessive use' of antibiotics in its supply chain.

 

Irish Farmers Call on Co-ops to Make Further Milk Price Moves

Fri, 12 Aug 2016

IRELAND - Irish Farmers Association (IFA) President Joe Healy today welcomed Lakeland Dairies’ decision to increase their July milk price by one euro cent per litre, and he said he expects all co-ops to follow suit, in recognition of the growing recovery in dairy markets.

 

Research Adds More Evidence to Role of Dairy in Weight Loss

Fri, 12 Aug 2016

AUSTRALIA - Recent research findings add to the growing body of evidence showing the beneficial role of dairy foods in managing weight.

 

Adding Meat, Milk to Diet Dramatically Improves Nutrition for Poor Zambians

Thu, 11 Aug 2016

ZAMBIA - Since 1961 in Zambia there has been a notable decline in the availability of milk, meat, eggs, and beans, and an increase in cassava and vegetable oils.

 

Rapid UK Milk Production Fall to Mean Processing Changes

Thu, 11 Aug 2016

UK - UK milk production continues to run significantly down on last year, according to levy board AHDB Dairy.

 

Maximum Copper Levels in Cattle Feed Lowered

Thu, 11 Aug 2016

EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed modifications to the maximum levels of copper in feed for some animal groups.

 

Ear Tag Measuring Vital Signs Aims to Improve Livestock Productivity

Wed, 10 Aug 2016

MEXICO - A young Mexican has developed an ear tag for cattle that measures the vital signs of the animal to identify early stages of disease.

 

Union Targets Improved Self-Sufficiency for UK Food After Brexit

Wed, 10 Aug 2016

UK - Yesterday (9 August) marks the day in the calendar when the British larder would run bare if we fed the nation only British food from the start of January.

 

New Zealand's Beef Cattle Herd Up Despite Trying Season

Wed, 10 Aug 2016

NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand’s beef cattle herd increased by 2.8 per cent to 3.7 million during the 2015–16 season, at the same time as the country’s sheep flock decreased 3.0 per cent and now totals 28.3 million.

 

Victoria State Offers More Support for Dairy Farmers

Wed, 10 Aug 2016

AUSTRALIA - The government of Victoria state has announced further support for dairy farmers with $6.7 million of new programmes to help them get through the dairy crisis and improve the long term resilience of dairy farm businesses.

 

Farmers Disappointed with Lack of Price Increases from Müller

Tue, 09 Aug 2016

UK - Last week Müller announced it was holding its base price for September at 18.66ppl for its Müller Milk Group and 18ppl for the Direct Milk group.

 

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Nutriad Appoints Sales Manager South America

Tue, 09 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - Multinational feed additive producer Nutriad appointed Angela Maria Mejia Vargas as Area Manager for all South American countries outside Brazil.

 

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Leading Mycotoxin Experts Map the Current, Future Scientific Landscape

Tue, 09 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - While several highly publicized incidents related to mycotoxins in food and feed have attracted worldwide media attention in recent years, including the 2013 aflatoxin contamination in Europe, new findings suggest that mycotoxins have a significant impact on livestock production in less headline-grabbing ways, such as impairing gut health.

 

Consumers Prepared to Pay More for Milk, Study Reveals

Tue, 09 Aug 2016

IRELAND - A recent study by Mintel showed that more than three in five consumers on the island of Ireland believe farmers are not being fairly paid for their milk.

 

Processing Stops Lower Dairy Prices Reaching Consumers in Full

Tue, 09 Aug 2016

ANALYSIS - Between October 2014 and April 2016, US dairy farmers watched the prices they receive for milk fall by about 40 per cent, weighed down in large part by rising domestic production, falling exports, and growing imports.

 

California Now Free from Bovine TB

Mon, 08 Aug 2016

US - The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has upgraded California to accredited free status for bovine tuberculosis (TB).

 

Beef, Dairy Producers: Considered Sorghum Lately?

Fri, 05 Aug 2016

ANALYSIS - Sorghum is growing in popularity with beef and dairy producers, not only in the US but globally, because of its drought and heat tolerance and diversity as a feed ingredient, writes Sarah Mikesell.

 

Polymer Coatings Could Aid Food Safety in Processing Plants

Fri, 05 Aug 2016

US – One of the keys to preventing food-borne illness and food waste is making sure that the surfaces at production facilities remain free of contamination between scheduled cleanings.

 

Nanostructures Aid Mastitis Fight in Brazilian Research

Fri, 05 Aug 2016

BRAZIL - A product based on nanotechnology is the new focus of agricultural research to tackle bovine mastitis - inflammation of the mammary gland that affects dairy herds worldwide.

 

US Dairy Farmers to Receive Millions in Financial Assistance

Fri, 05 Aug 2016

US - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced approximately $11.2 million in financial assistance to American dairy producers enrolled in the 2016 Margin Protection Programme for Dairy.

 

Global Dairy, Meat Price Indices Rise

Thu, 04 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - The international prices for major food commodities saw a modest decline in July, following five consecutive months of increases.

 

Big Price Increases at Global Dairy Trade Auction

Thu, 04 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - The Global Dairy Trade Price Index rose by 6.6 per cent this week, after being almost flat since the beginning of June.

 

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Rumen Function Vital for Greater Gains in Beef and Dairy Herds

Thu, 04 Aug 2016

GLOBAL - Optimising rumen function is a primary way to unlock greater gains for beef and dairy producers, according to a nutritional expert.

 

National Trust Comments on Farm Financing Cause Debate

Thu, 04 Aug 2016

UK - Landscape protection charity the National Trust has said that in the wake of the Brexit vote, the subsidy system that supports farmers should be fundamentally changed.

 

No Health Risk from Natural Hormones in Milk, Researchers Find

Thu, 04 Aug 2016

SLOVENIA - Female hormone oestrogen occurs naturally in cow's milk, with levels rising when a cow is pregnant, due to production in the placenta.

 

Dairy Processors Urged to Raise Prices

Thu, 04 Aug 2016

UK, IRELAND - Dairy commodity prices have risen, and two farming unions on the island of Ireland have urged processors not to delay passing this on to farmers, who have faced months of cash flow pressures in their businesses.

 

Former Contract Milker Convicted after Ramming Cow

Wed, 03 Aug 2016

NEW ZEALAND - A former contract milker has been banned from working in the dairy industry for 12 months for ramming a dairy cow with a quad bike, causing it severe pain and distress.

 

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Nutriad Targeting Growth in Indonesia

Wed, 03 Aug 2016

INDONESIA - Indolivestock, which is one of the largest livestock tradeshows in the region, was held in Jakarta from 27-29 July 2016. For the first time species specific elements were incorporated; Indo Fisheries 2016 and Indo Dairy 2016.

 

Milk Powder Demand Fragile in China

Wed, 03 Aug 2016

CHINA - China’s dairy imports showed some positive signs in the first half of the year, with Whole Milk Powder (WMP) volumes increasing by 24 per cent compared to 2015, reported UK levy board AHDB Dairy.

 

Processing Key When Substituting Maize with Wheat in Cattle Feed

Tue, 02 Aug 2016

US - With wheat prices in some areas dipping below corn values, some beef or swine producers are considering substituting wheat into livestock rations in place of corn (maize).

 

NZ Dairy Farmers Improve Efficiency

Tue, 02 Aug 2016

NEW ZEALAND - Industry body DairyNZ says New Zealand dairy farmers have sharpened their systems and reduced costs through this sustained low milk price period.