Maine Governor Supports More Trade with China

Wed, 23 May 2018

US - Maine is eagerly looking forward to more investment, students and tourists from China, said Governor Paul LePage.

 

Arla Farmers Join Forces to Increase Resilience, Profitability

Wed, 23 May 2018

UK - Over 300 farmers have signed up to Arla’s new R500 programme designed to help future proof their farms and increase resilience to the impact of volatile milk prices.

 

AgriLife Research, Forage Genetics International Sign Multi-year Agreement

Tue, 22 May 2018

US - A greater interest in forage sorghums from the beef and dairy industries has led to a multi-year agreement between Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Forage Genetics International LLC, or FGI, a subsidiary of Arden Hills, Minnesota-based Land O'Lakes Inc.

 

Arla Foods Amba Increases Milk Price for June

Tue, 22 May 2018

UK - Arla Foods amba is increasing its conventional milk price for June by one eurocent.

 

UK Dairy Sector Demonstrates Decade of World Class Environmental Progress

Tue, 22 May 2018

UK - The UK dairy sector has made significant progress in its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, attendees at the launch of the Dairy Roadmap 10th anniversary report in the House of Commons were told today.

 

Dairy Market Update: Markets Have Definitely Turned a Corner

Mon, 21 May 2018

EU - With global milk output growing at much slower rates (just over 1 per cent for March, the level analysts believe is required to re-balance markets), intervention SMP stock shifting more readily, and international commodity price indices on the up, it looks like we may have seen the last of the (base) milk price cuts for 2018.

 

Arla Expands New Fibre Yogurt Range

Mon, 21 May 2018

UK - Following the launch of Arla Fibre earlier this year, Arla Foods is to expand the range with the addition of a new plain variant.

 

Huge Opportunities for Farmer-to-farmer Learning This Summer

Mon, 21 May 2018

UK - UK farmers and growers will have access to more than 50 farmer-to-farmer learning events this summer.

 

Recovery of Dairy Markets More Evident as EU Sells 42,000t of SMP

Fri, 18 May 2018

EU - There is no doubt that dairy markets are now recovering, Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan has said.

 

Market Oriented Dairy Products to Strengthen Rural Economy, Says PM

Fri, 18 May 2018

SRI LANKA - Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the market oriented dairy project launched in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) would strengthen and improve the country’s rural economy.

 

NCBA Urges 'No' Vote on Brat/Blumenauer Farm Bill Amendment

Fri, 18 May 2018

US - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and more than 40 of the nation’s most influential commodity trade associations are urging Congress to stand with farmers, ranchers, and rural communities by voting down the amendment offered by US Reps. Dave Brat (7th Dist. – Va.) and Earl Blumenauer (3rd Dist. – Ore.) to the 2018 Farm Bill.

 

Veris Investments, FrieslandCampina Invest in Holland Dairy Ethiopia

Fri, 18 May 2018

ETHIOPIA - Veris Investments and Royal FrieslandCampina have joined forces by investing in Holland Dairy PLC in Ethiopia.

 

Japanese Dairy Firm to Expand China Factory

Fri, 18 May 2018

CHINA - Japanese dairy firm Yakult has signed a deal to expand its factory in the East China city of Wuxi to become the company's largest plant in China, the local government said Thursday.

 

NFU Scotland Joins Calls for Feed in Tariff Commitment

Thu, 17 May 2018

UK - NFU Scotland joined others in the Scottish renewable sector in calling for the UK Government to commit to Feed in Tariffs (FiTs) beyond 2019 to build on the current success story.

 

Small-scale Dairy Farmers to Get Assistance

Thu, 17 May 2018

TANZANIA - Various stakeholders in the milk industry value chain have vowed to pull their resources to address challenges in the sub-sector and ensure that more small holders benefit more from the industry.

 

Coop Switzerland Launches Locally Sourced Dairy Range

Thu, 17 May 2018

SWITZERLAND - Swiss retailer Coop has launched a new dairy product line sourced from cows fed exclusively on Swiss hay.

 

CME: latest 'Hay Stocks' Report Shows Availability of Pastures Down

Wed, 16 May 2018

US - Last week USDA-NASS released the first week of pasture and range conditions for the US. This weekly update provides a barometer for cattle forage conditions across the country, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

UN Health Agency Aiming to Wipe Out Trans Fats Worldwide

Wed, 16 May 2018

GLOBAL - The World Health Organization has released a plan to help countries wipe out artery-clogging trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years.

 

IFA: Co-ops Must Step Up on Milk Prices as Farmers Continue to Need Support

Wed, 16 May 2018

EU - IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has said for many dairy farmers, spring only started two weeks ago.

 

Livestock Agents Plead Guilty to Non-compliance of Cattle Traceability System

Wed, 16 May 2018

AUSTRALIA - Three Gippsland livestock agents have avoided conviction after pleading guilty to charges relating to the movement of cattle.

 

No MPI Plans for Extra Cattle Movement Restrictions

Tue, 15 May 2018

NEW ZEALAND - Changing farms on so-called Gypsy Day, when large numbers of farmers shift stock, requires extra precaution because of Mycoplasma bovis but the Ministry for Primary Industries won't prevent animal movements beyond the 300 or so farms under some form of restriction.

 

IFA Says China Trade Mission Crucial as Brexit Uncertainty Persists

Tue, 15 May 2018

IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy has travelled to China this week as part of a Ministerial trade mission, following the opening of the Chinese market for Irish beef last month. He is joined by Livestock Chairman Angus Woods and Pigs Chairman Tom Hogan.

 

Dairy Stocks Rally as Parag Milk Talks of Robust Growth

Tue, 15 May 2018

INDIA - Strong growth projections given by the Parag Milk management during the analysts’ meet sparked a rally in the shares of dairy product manufacturers on Monday. Analysts are upbeat on the sector, with expectations of a normal monsoon and fall in milk procurement prices.

 

China's Farm Produce Prices Continue to Dip

Tue, 15 May 2018

CHINA - China's farm produce prices continued to fall in the week ending 13 May, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce.

 

Trade Tensions with China Make US Farmers Fear Losses

Mon, 14 May 2018

US & CHINA - Luck has not been on the side of American farmers in the midwest this year.

 

Mycoplasma Bovis Found in Waikato

Mon, 14 May 2018

NEW ZEALAND - Cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis continues to spread through New Zealand with a farm in Cambridge the latest to test positive.

 

FrieslandCampina’s New Milk Ingredient Obtains EU Approval, GRAS Status

Fri, 11 May 2018

NETHERLANDS - FrieslandCampina DOMO’s new Human Milk Oligosaccharide (HMO) ingredient, 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL), has been officially certified to be used in infant formula in both European and US markets.

 

IFA: Stable Ornua PPI a Sign that Co-op's Dairy Returns Bottom Out

Fri, 11 May 2018

IRELAND - IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan has said the Ornua PPI stabilising for the first time since last October is a clear indication that Irish co-ops have seen the worst of dairy returns and are now able to benefit from the firmer dairy prices being reported by the EU Milk Market Observatory.

 

New Standards for Dairy Products Being Drafted in Azerbaijan

Fri, 11 May 2018

AZERBAIJAN - Azerbaijan's Association of Producers and Exporters of Milk and Dairy Products (ASEB) plans to introduce new standards for these products in the country, ASEB Executive Director Samir Eyyubov said at a meeting of the Association participants in Baku today, 11 May.

 

Greenpeace Exposes Dairy Pipeline Incursion

Fri, 11 May 2018

NEW ZEALAND - Greenpeace has released drone video footage revealing a major dairy incursion into wilderness country in the Mackenzie.

 

New Varieties Added to Recommended Grass, Clover Lists

Thu, 10 May 2018

UK - Farmers wanting to improve their grassland can now choose from 11 new varieties of ryegrass and one white clover variety when planning for reseeding.

 

New Dairy Season to 'Hit a Six'

Thu, 10 May 2018

NEW ZEALAND - The 2018/19 dairy season is expected to "hit a six", with a shaky start possible, but a strong finish anticipated, resulting in a third season with a "milk price starting with a six", according to a new industry report.

 

Influential Co-ops Must Set Supportive Tone for April Milk Price, Says IFA

Thu, 10 May 2018

IRELAND - IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has said that the first milk purchasing co-ops to set the April milk price over the coming days have a responsibility to all milk producers to set a supportive tone for the April milk price.

 

IFA Reports Rise in Cattle Prices

Thu, 10 May 2018

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said cattle prices continue to rise this week with the base price for steers moving up to as high as €4.20/kg and tops of €4.30/kg for heifers.

 

Inaugural Life Insurance Cover for Dairy Farmers

Thu, 10 May 2018

FIJI - The Fiji Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd (FCDCL) today announced a first-ever life insurance package of $10,000 for dairy farmers together with a Vodafone package offered for farmers who are its prepaid customers.

 

Canterbury Dairy Herd Rises as New Zealand Total Steadies

Tue, 08 May 2018

NEW ZEALAND - The number of dairy cattle in Canterbury is continuing to rise, bucking a national trend of stable figures, Stats NZ said today.

 

Fadnavis Govt to Give Rs 3-per-litre Subsidy to Dairy Farmers

Tue, 08 May 2018

INDIA - The Maharashtra cabinet today decided to provide Rs 3 subsidy for every litre of milk to the co-operative and private producers to manufacture milk powder.

 

CME: Decline in March Feedlot Placements from a Year Earlier

Mon, 07 May 2018

US - Weekly data on feeder cattle sales volumes collected by USDA-AMS (Agriculture Marketing Service) and summarized on web page SJ_LS850 is pointing to a second month in a row of year-over-year declines in feedlot placements, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Disease, Forex Shortage Cripple Zimbabwean Dairy Farmers

Mon, 07 May 2018

ZIMBABWE - Dairy production in the first quarter of 2018 has been hampered by the shortage of foreign currency and the prevalence of tick -borne diseases, Business Digest has learnt.

 

Cattle Disease Bill Could be $30k Per Farm

Mon, 07 May 2018

NEW ZEALAND - Farmers could end up paying $30,000 each on average to help cover the cost of eradicating mycoplasma bovis.

 

Lukewarm Response to Online Cattle Trading Project

Mon, 07 May 2018

INDIA - An online cattle trading platform launched by the Malabar Rural Development Foundation (MRDF), a concern of Milma, has failed to attract dairy farmers for various reasons including their reluctance to give up age-old traditional trading practices.

 

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Influence Feed: Lettuce tell you about the farm bill

Thu, 03 May 2018

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Food Prices Hold Steady in April

Thu, 03 May 2018

GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index remained broadly steady in April, averaging 173.5 points for the month, a tiny notch up from March and 2.7 per cent higher than in the same month of 2017.

 

Arla Brings Benefits of Dairy to Soft Drinks Category

Thu, 03 May 2018

UK - Arla Foods is set to launch into the breakfast food-to-go market with the introduction of its new Milk & Oats range of healthy* ready to drink beverages.

 

Farm Bureau Develops Dairy Revenue Protection Insurance

Thu, 03 May 2018

US - The American Farm Bureau Federation, in cooperation with American Farm Bureau Insurance Services, has developed a new risk-management insurance product for dairy farmers.

 

IFA Urges Co-ops to Keep Supporting April Milk Price

Thu, 03 May 2018

IRELAND - IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan this week wrote to all chairmen and CEOs of co-ops on behalf of the Committee, which met on Monday.

 

CME: Dairy Cow Replacement Prices Take Hit in Q1/2018

Wed, 02 May 2018

US - Dairy cow replacement prices took a hit last quarter, tumbling $160 per head from the previous quarter and are the lowest value since 2011 according to USDA-NASS’s Agricultural Prices report, according to Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Cattle Industry Heavied into Paying for M. bovis

Wed, 02 May 2018

NEW ZEALAND - Reports from the cattle industry that the Government is effectively forcing it outside its mandate to contribute towards biosecurity incursions are extremely concerning, National’s Agriculture spokesperson Nathan Guy says.

 

Taoiseach Has to Make CAP Budget His 'Red Line' Issue, Says IFA

Wed, 02 May 2018

EU - Reacting to the EU Commission’s proposals on the next EU Budget, IFA President Joe Healy said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has a big political challenge on his hands, and an increased CAP Budget for Irish farmers has to be a red line issue for him in the negotiations.

 

Dairy Farmers Angered by ACCC 'Dollar-a-litre Milk' Report

Wed, 02 May 2018

AUSTRALIA - Dairy farmers are angry about the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's decision not to take any action on dollar-a-litre milk.

 

MAIL to Build Major Dairy Plant in Kabul

Wed, 02 May 2018

AFGHANISTAN - The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) on Tuesday said they have finalized the plan to establish a major milk processing plant in Kabul which will cost 240 million AFs.

 

IFA Says Future of Irish Farming Depends on CAP Increase

Tue, 01 May 2018

EU - Ahead of Wednesday’s EU Commission’s proposals on the next EU Budget, IFA President Joe Healy said all Irish political representatives should row in strongly behind the campaign for an increase in the CAP Budget, which is crucial for the future of Irish farming.

 

Food Origin Labelling Boost for Local Economies, Sustainable Development

Tue, 01 May 2018

GLOBAL - A new study has found that food products linked to their place of origin are economically and socially beneficial to rural areas and promote sustainable development.

 

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Tue, 01 May 2018

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Synlait And Farm IQ to Drive Insight-Led Dairy Farming

Tue, 01 May 2018

NEW ZEALAND - Synlait Milk has partnered with farm software company FarmIQ Systems to provide certified Lead With Pride™ dairy farmers with a cloud-based farm information system.

 

Companies to be Asked to Start Breeding Cattle for Export

Tue, 01 May 2018

MYANMAR - Live cattle exports have been on the rise since the trade was legalised last year, said U Moe Zaw, a director from the Livestock Breeding & Veterinary Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.

 

Cattle Farmers Beef up Savings to Prepare for Droughts

Tue, 01 May 2018

AUSTRALIA - Recent high cattle prices have enabled Australian beef producers to put more money into Farm Management Deposits (FMDs).

 

Egyptian Dairy Maker Invests 2.4B Pounds in Four Years

Mon, 30 Apr 2018

EGYPT - Egypt’s dairy and juices producer Juhayna for Food Industries says it injected investments estimated at 2.4 billion Egyptian pounds ($135.6 million) into the local market during the last four years.