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EPA Awards Almost $9 Million to Improve Water Quality

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

US - US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy has announced grants to four research institutions for innovative and sustainable water research to manage harmful nutrient pollution. Nutrient pollution is one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems, and is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways.

 

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Growth in Nicaraguan Milk Production

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

NICARAGUA – Milk production data shows a 4.2 per cent increase in national production for 2013. This took national output to 224.8 million gallons.

 

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Central American Brucellosis Programme Underway

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

COLUMBIA –Brucellosis workshops took place in Panama earlier this week as part of a multilateral veterinary programme.

 

Biggest Ever Jersey Choice From Genomics Supplier

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

UK - Cogent’s new Jersey catalogue will be landing on doormats this week and bringing milk producers their widest choice of bloodlines for this Channel Island breed.

 

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Forecast Shows Weather Still Impacting on Farming’s Bottom Line

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

UK - Weather conditions have again had a significant impact on farm incomes, according to new figures out this week.

 

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Angola, Brazil and FAO Sign Cooperation Agreement

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

ANGOLA & BRAZIL - Angola, Brazil and FAO are to work closely together to strengthen food security in the Southern African country by boosting its agricultural and veterinary research.

 

Soybean Could Be The 'Exciting' Market This Year

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

GLOBAL – Strong soybean demand from China will mean growing stocks are bought and a tight market will run through the year, leaving a bearish outlook.

 

Daily Dairy Trading: Spot Market Reports Further Cheese Gains, Thursday

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

US – Cheese is continuing to soar in the spot markets, adding another 1-2 cents by the close on Thursday.

 

Bullish Outlook Complicated By Dairy Steers and Other 'Minor Irritations'

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

US - Producers can be certain of cattle supplies remaining tight for 2014, while other factors, including the Californian dairy herd, muddy the waters on how markets will pan out.

 

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Different Perspectives on Cattle Basis

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

US - Early in the year, a common marketing practice is to take a look at basis levels, writes Professor Matthew Diersen of North Dakota State.

 

Dairy Reform Progress Welcomed By Producers

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

US - New dairy legislation is taking place in the US which will provide a 'safety net' for farmers, while not imposing production limits.

 

Feed Survey Reports Slight Increase in Global Feed Production in 2013

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

GLOBAL - Results from the 2014 Global Feed Tonnage Survey released this week revealed a one per cent increase in feed production, with global feed tonnage reporting in at 963 million metric tonnes, up from 954 million metric tonnes last year.

 

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Feed Regulators and Industry Discuss Critical Issues

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

GLOBAL - The 7th Annual International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) organized by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) brought together feed industry representatives and government officials from around the world together with IFIF and the FAO to discuss critical issues facing the feed sector.

 

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FMD Outbreak Affects Russian Livestock

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

RUSSIA - The Russian veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Zabajkal'skij kraj, affecting cattle, pigs and goats/sheep.

 

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House Passes Farm Bill, Union Praises Efforts

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

US - The US House of Representatives passed the H.R. 2642, the Agricultural Act of 2014, by a 251-166 vote yesterday (29 January) morning.

 

Daily Dairy Trading: Spot Cheddar Keeps Up New Year Form, Wednesday

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US – Class III milk settled lower as Cheddar continued it rampant start to 2014.

 

Whey Included in Carbon Leakage Scheme

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

EU – Whey and all modified powder forms have been included in the ‘carbon leakage’ scheme by the European Commission.

 

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Cattlemen Voice Farm Bill Opposition

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has announced its opposition to the Agricultural Act of 2014 as it does not address ‘priority issues’.

 

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NFU Responds to State of Union Address on Energy

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraged by the president’s commitment to our country’s energy future, said NFU President Roger Johnson following President Obama’s State of the Union address.

 

Mexico Announces 2014 TRQ for Milk Powder Imports

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

MEXICO - On 30 December 2013, the Secretariat of Economy (SE) announced in the Diario Oficial (Mexico’s Federal Register) the modification to the rules to import milk powder duty-free from Most Favored Nations (MFN) as part of its World Trade Organization (WTO) commitment.

 

CME: Canada, Mexico Play Huge Role in US Pork, Beef Markets

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

US - The timely completion of US farm legislation (ie. The Farm Bill) appears to be in grave doubt. The houses of Congress had passed different versions of the legislation and a conference committee was charged with reconciling those differences and arriving at a final bill that would then go back to each chamber for a simply yes-no vote. No further modifications would be allowed, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

 

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Eurogroup Urges Greek Presidency to Prioritise Animal Welfare

Thu, 30 Jan 2014

GREECE - Eurogroup for Animals has launched a Memorandum outlining its position on animal welfare related policies that will be discussed as part of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union and it will be formally presented to the Presidency on Thursday, 30 January 2014.

 

Daily Dairy Trading: No Let Up from High Cheddar Values

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US – Spot market Cheddar prices continued soaring, up a further cent for Blocks which settled at $2.3200 per pound on Tuesday.

 

Wrong Picture Painted over Antibiotic Use

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The animal agriculture industry has wrongly been painted as being irresponsible in its use of antibiotics, writes Chris Harris from the International Production and Processing exhibition in Atlanta.

 

Grazing, Preparation and Endophyte Choice Key To Good Pasture

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

NEW ZEALAND – The secrets to a good sown pasture are good grazing management, careful preparation pre-sowing and the right endophyte.

 

No Place For Lapses in Animal Welfare

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

NEW ZEALAND – There is no room for bad animal welfare in New Zealand and the bottom percentile of farmers ‘can shape up or get out’, says a Farming spokesman.

 

Jerry Smolinsksi Welcomes Dairy Bill

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US – Dairy policy reform agreements have been welcomed by the International Dairy Foods Association as an ‘efficient safety net’ for farmers and avoiding limiting production.

 

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Farm Minister Meets To Sign Foot and Mouth Action Plan

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

BRAZIL – An action plan for foot and mouth has been signed to improve the eradication status of the Roraima region.

 

Rotting Zebra Bacteria Can Kill Anthrax

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

NAMIBIA – A Zebra carcass has yielded a team of bacteriologists with a possible solution to anthrax bacillus.

 

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Alliance Launches New Interactive, Mobile-friendly Website

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The Animal Agriculture Alliance has unveiled a new website, the product of an almost nine-month redesign effort focused on providing Alliance members, media and consumers with the most relevant, up-to-date and pertinent information in an easily navigable and mobile-friendly format.

 

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NFU Board Calls on Congress to Pass 2014 Farm Bill This Week

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - The National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson, under direction from the NFU Board of Directors, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House John Boehner calling for the 2014 Farm Bill to be called up and voted on this week.

 

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Tips for Livestock Farmers as Weather Turns Harsh

Wed, 29 Jan 2014

US - When Minnesota's weather turns extreme, the pressure is on for livestock farmers.

 

Daily Dairy Trading: Strong Gains For Near Term Class III Futures, Monday

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

US – February Class III Milk closed 33 cents higher, settling on a contract high of $22.78 on Monday.

 

Farm Payment Advice Reminders for Saturated South

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

UK – Subsidy payment and farm management advice is being given to farmers after exceptional rainfall has left vast swathes of south and south west England under water.

 

Agriculture Sector Grew in 2013 Despite Typhoons

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

PHILIPPINES - With poultry, palay, and a host of other key subsectors posting healthy growth rates, agriculture in the Philippines managed to expand by a respectable 1.15 per cent from January to December last year, notwithstanding the series of natural catastrophes that hit the country during the period.

 

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Initial Read of Farm Bill Conference Report Pleases Union

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

US - The 2014 Farm Bill Conference Committee has released its latest report "The Agricultural Act of 2014".

 

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Daily Dairy Trading: Class III Up 10 Cents, Friday

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

US – An already high February Class III milk contract made further gains on Friday, closing up ten cents to $22.45.

 

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Hay Supplies To Remain Tight While Price Relaxes

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

US - U.S. hay prices were at record high levels last spring, and have been declining since, writes Tim Petry, Livestock Economist at North Dakota State University.

 

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Angus Genetics Get Chinese Screening

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

ARGENTINA – Animal health officials have screened Angus genetic material for disease with a view to it being exported to the Chinese market.

 

Agricultural Commodity Prices Expected to Remain Firm

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

EU - Based on a number of assumptions, a new report from the European Commission forecasts that agricultural commodity prices will remain firm over the medium term, supported by growing global food demand, the development of the biofuel sector and slow growth in productivity.

 

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New High Sugar Grass Mix for 2014

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

UK – Producers are looking forward to growing a new high sugar grass mix this year following the Germinal Seeds announcement of a new tetraploid variety.

 

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Cows Yield More For Daughters ,Study Finds

Mon, 27 Jan 2014

US – Holstein dairy cows produce significantly more milk for daughters than sons, a joint study between Kansas State and Harvard Universities has found.

 

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Daily Dairy Trading: February Class IV Milk Back as Class III Recovers, Thursday

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

US – February Class III milk recovered after Wednesday’s losses as Class IV fell further, Thursday.

 

Vaccine Has 'Strong' Link With Bleeding Calf Syndrome

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

EUROPE – A highly fatal new born calf condition has had links with a Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) vaccine confirmed by a research consortium.

 

Fertility Headway Being Made in Southern Hemisphere

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

NEW ZEALAND - Dairy cow fertility has been the watchword in Oceania this week as industry leaders have underscored fertility as critical to cost control.

 

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Novus Receives Best of NAMA – Region II Awards

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

US - Novus International had the great honour of receiving two Best of NAMA awards for Region II at the awards ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

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Livestock Handling Reports Tighten Up Exports

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

AUSTRALIA – Six reports into animal handling have been released by the Department of Agriculture concluding that allegations of improper animal handling were founded in live cattle exports from Australia.

 

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Dry Weather Promotes Fieldwork, Slows Winter Forage Growth

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

US - Except for a very few showers, Texas remained dry during mid-January, according to the National Weather Service and reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

 

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NFU Reiterates Farm Bill Priorities, Urges No Changes to COOL

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has sent a letter to the members of the farm bill conference committee emphasizing the importance of finishing a five-year, comprehensive farm bill as soon as possible.

 

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Trends in Initial Evaluation of Veterinary Medicines in 2013

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

EU - In 2013, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use started the evaluation of a record number of 23 marketing-authorisation applications for new veterinary medicines, almost twice the volume in 2012 (12). The majority of applications (16) are for immunologicals.

 

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Good Practices Feed Manual Published in French

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

FRANCE - The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) together with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have launched the French language version of the “Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry”.

 

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Phase II of Surveillance Project Kicked Off in Colorado

Fri, 24 Jan 2014

US - After successful piloting in four states—Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas—the Enhanced Passive Surveillance (EPS) system will be piloted in all major animal industries and at least 15 states over the next three years.

 

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Co-investment Claims Majority Share in Turkish Dairy Giant

Thu, 23 Jan 2014

TURKEY – An EU based development investor has decided to invest in Turkey’s $3.6 billion a year dairy market.

 

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Indian Welfare Outrage As Plastic Bags Endanger Cattle

Thu, 23 Jan 2014

INDIA – A private agency is on the lookout for street cattle after animal rights activists reported cattle deaths due to discarded plastic bags in Navi Mumbai.

 

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Dairy Must Help Satisfy Nutrition Message and Food Security

Thu, 23 Jan 2014

ITALY – Consumer nutrition and food security is at the forefront of Europe’s dairy agenda, a leading European Commissioner has announced.

 

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Webinar Looks To Help Judicious Antibiotics Use

Thu, 23 Jan 2014

US – Limiting antimicrobial usage in food animals is to be the subject of a producer oriented webinar, to be run by the University of Illinois.

 

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Brushes Could Reveal Cow Welfare and Health

Thu, 23 Jan 2014

ISRAEL - Automated scratching brushes could offer a route to early treatment of health and welfare problems, say welfare scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

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Daily Dairy Trading: Prices Retreat Slightly, Wednesday

Thu, 23 Jan 2014

US – Soaring dairy values topped out on Wednesday, with losses seen across futures and spot market floors.

 

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Denieul Elected President of SPACE

Thu, 23 Jan 2014

FRANCE - The Board of Directors of SPACE, who met in Rennes on 20 January 2014, unanimously elected Marcel Denieul President of SPACE. He succeeds Jean-Michel Lemetayer.

 

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Croney to Head Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science

Thu, 23 Jan 2014

US - Purdue University associate professor of animal sciences Candace Croney will lead the newly created Purdue University Center for Animal Welfare Science.

 

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Daily Dairy Trading: Dairy Values Close Higher After Day Off, Tuesday

Wed, 22 Jan 2014

US – Dairy values showed no signs of letting up after the trading break for Martin Luther King Day.