Farmers Advised to Adjust to Higher Canadian Dollar

Wed, 20 Sep 2017

CANADA - The Chief Agricultural Economist with FCC is advising farmers to be prepared for the impact of increasing interest rates on the value of the Canadian dollar, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

New Dairy Farms to be Among Biggest in Central Europe

Wed, 20 Sep 2017

SLOVAKIA - An agricultural cooperative in Bzovík (Banská Bystrica Region) will invest €6 million in constructing one of the biggest dairy farms in central Europe.

 

CME: Significant Increase in Pace of Cow/Bull Slaughter

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

US - While hog producers have shown few signs of liquidation, the pace of cow/bull slaughter has increased significantly in the last three months, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

IFA Says Positive Change in Sterling Must be Reflected in Higher Cattle Price

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the positive change in sterling from 92p back to 88p must be reflected in stronger cattle prices back to farmers.

 

New UN Report Says World Hunger on the Rise Again

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released Friday.

 

Dairy Industry Urged to Make Most of Brexit Opportunities

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

UK - There are huge opportunities for UK dairy after leaving the EU but the industry must shape up in order to exploit them effectively.

 

Westland Milk Shareholders to Vote on Shrinking Board

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

NEW ZEALAND - Westland Milk Products shareholders are to vote on shrinking the board and improving selection processes after criticism that followed the cooperative's $14.5 million loss last year.

 

USDA Announces TRQ Reallocations for US Dairy Importers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

US - The US Department of Agriculture published last week a list of licenses that were unused by US dairy importers under the 2017 tariff-rate quota (TRQ) system.

 

Largest Ever Micro-insurance Payout Made to Ethiopian Pastoralists

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

ETHIOPIA - More than 2,250 pastoralists received insurance payouts following the extremely poor rains this year in southern Ethiopia.

 

IFA Meets Agri Minister on Beef, Brexit and Budget

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

IRELAND - An IFA livestock delegation led by the President Joe Healy met last week with Agriculture Minister Michael Creed in Dublin to highlight the severe income and price pressure on cattle farmers.

 

Dairy Farms Using Same Amount of Water as 60M People, Experts Say

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

NEW ZEALAND - Using Dairy NZ numbers, economist Peter Fraser and agricultural consultant Dr Alison Dewes calculate the water consumption of New Zealand dairy farms is equivalent to the residential use of 60 million people.

 

Arla Bolsters Online Strategy with New Head of E-commerce & Digital

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

UK - Arla Foods UK, the country’s leading dairy cooperative, has appointed Steve Millard as its new Head of E-commerce & Digital.

 

Canadian Ag Minister Takes NAFTA Message to New Orleans

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

CANADA & US - Canada's Minister of Agriculture took his message of the value of the North American Free Trade Agreement to New Orleans last week, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Cattle Not Subjected to Quarantine Pose Health Risks, Say Experts

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

BANGLADESH - Cattle are being brought in over the borders without being put in quarantine, posing a health risk to humans and livestock for diseases that might arrive and spread undetected.

 

Contaminants in Food: Health Risks of Natural Origin Frequently Underestimated

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

GERMANY - The following are the findings of a representative study recently conducted by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on the risk perception of contaminants in food.

 

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Zoetis Quck Tips: The Upside of Preconditioning Programs

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

Progressive cow/calf producers think about calf health even before the calves are born. Raising healthy, heavy calves is the goal and preconditioning is a critical management step.

 

Review of Fonterra’s 2016/17 Base Milk Price Calculation

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

NEW ZEALAND - The Commerce Commission has today released its final report on Fonterra’s base milk price calculation for the 2016/17 dairy season.

 

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Flexible live IBR Vaccination now available on-farm

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

A mindset change is needed among farmers to address the common perception that vaccination suggests disease is present in a herd.

 

Saskatchewan Crop Yields Looking Better as Harvest Advances

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

CANADA - Saskatchewan Agriculture reports crop yields are looking better than had been feared as the harvest moves forward, Bruce Cochrane writes.

 

FAO Commends High Quality of Belarus' Dairy, Meat Products

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

BELARUS - Belarusian dairy and meat products are of high quality, Raimund Jehle, FAO Regional Strategic Programmes Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia, told the media on 14 September.

 

Turkey to Export More Fruit, Dairy Products to China

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

TURKEY - Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced that obstacles for exporting certain fruits and dairy products to China are to be eliminated.

 

Subsidy for Manure Monofermentation at Dairy Farms

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

NETHERLANDS - It has been made known that Henk Kamp, the Minister of Economic Affairs, has granted €130 million SDE+ subsidy to Cooperative Jumpstart for the installation of 103 manure monofermentation systems at dairy farms.

 

DFA, Third Sun Solar Unveil New Partnership

Thu, 14 Sep 2017

US - Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national farmer-owned dairy cooperative, and Third Sun Solar, an Ohio-based full-service clean energy company serving homeowners, businesses, institutions and government entities across the Midwest, have teamed up to help bring solar panel technology to more DFA member farms.

 

Dairy UK Announces New Chairman

Thu, 14 Sep 2017

UK - Paul Vernon has been elected to succeed Dr David Dobbin, at the Dairy UK Annual General Meeting held today.

 

Canada's Ag Well-positioned to Respond to Rising Interest Rates

Thu, 14 Sep 2017

CANADA - The Chief Agricultural Economist with FCC suggests Canadian agriculture is well positioned to withstand increasing interest rates, according to Bruce Cochrane.

 

Glanbia H1 1C/L Bonus Proves 2017 Market Returns Justify Higher Milk Prices

Thu, 14 Sep 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has welcomed the announcement by Glanbia that, in addition to a 1c/l increase on August milk, they will pay a 1c/l bonus on all milk supplies produced in the January to June period.

 

FeverTags Expands Team to Maximize Use of Novel Temperature Verification Technology

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - FeverTags® LLC welcomes Jeff Baxter to its growing team of bovine professionals. Baxter joins the company as Global Sales and Marketing Manager.

 

Coalition Petitions Department of Transportation for ELD Waiver

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

US - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) yesterday joined other livestock groups in hand delivering to Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao a petition for a waiver followed by a limited exemption from compliance with the Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) rule.

 

Dairy Farmers Milk Power of Data to Improve Feed, Farm Management Practices

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - Cargill is transforming the way its customers manage their farms through Dairy Enteligen™, a new digital platform that unleashes the power of data and insights to help farmers improve their operations.

 

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Merial launches vaccination awareness campaign as survey finds calf pneumonia remains prevalent on UK cattle farms

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

Merial has launched a national vaccination awareness campaign at UK Dairy Day 2017 to encourage farmers to consider vaccinating calves against calf pneumonia. The campaign follows the results of a national cattle survey, which shows that calf pneumonia remains prevalent on farm, and less than 25% of farmers are using calf vaccination as a preventative measure.

 

Hunan Pursues Greener Agriculture

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

CHINA - Central China's Hunan province is pursuing a greener agriculture through transformation and upgrading of its livestock and poultry industry, according to a waste to resource meeting held in Changsha county on 5 September.

 

Open Farm Day Offers First Hand Look at Agriculture

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

CANADA - Manitobans who typically wouldn't have the opportunity to see agriculture first hand are being invited to take in the special events planned as part of Open Farm Day this Sunday, Bruce Cochrane reports.

 

Researchers Discover New, Abundant Enzyme That Helps Bacteria Infect Animals

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

CANADA - Researchers have discovered a new class of enzymes in hundreds of bacterial species, including some that cause disease in humans and animals.

 

Global Cereal Output Heading for New Record

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - Global food prices dipped in August, mainly as the prospect of bumper cereal harvests pushed up expectations for larger grain inventories.

 

IFA Says August Milk Price Increases Must Allow Farmers to Catch Up with EU Returns

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has said that a quick look at the most up-to-date available indices of milk returns in Europe suggests that Irish milk prices have some catching up to do.

 

Irish Cattle Trade More Stable

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the cattle trade was more stable over the last week with the base price for steers at €3.80/kg – some factories quoting less and others paying more.

 

Livestock Production Much Smaller Challenge to Global Food Security

Tue, 12 Sep 2017

GLOBAL - Humans face mounting challenges when it comes to finding ways to sustainably feed an exploding population. As populations become wealthier and more urbanised, the demand for animal products continues to climb.

 

Construction Work Starts for Sustainable FrieslandCampina Distribution Centre

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

NETHERLANDS - On Wednesday (6 September), the construction work for the new distribution centre for dairy company FrieslandCampina in Meppel officially started by driving the first pile.

 

Expert Calls for Brexit to Revolutionise Sustainable Farming

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

UK - Brexit should be used as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to end industrialised farming in the UK and make a radical shift towards more sustainable smallholdings and allotments, University of Sussex Professor Dave Goulson has said.

 

Threats to End NAFTA Expected to Make Negotiators' Jobs More Difficult

Mon, 11 Sep 2017

CANADA - According to Bruce Cochrane, the acting Executive Director of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance says his confidence that the renegotiation of NAFTA will move forward as quickly as desired has slipped.

 

CME: Slight Improvement in US Range, Pasture Conditions in Early-September

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

US - Nationally, as of early September, US range and pasture conditions improved slightly compared to early August's, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

Aussie Milk Makes Easy Entrance Into Guangzhou's Market

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

CHINA - A total of 8,346 liters of pasteurized milk from Australia was flown into Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on Wednesday. The first large batch of milk of its kind was imported through the airport of the city.

 

Cattlemen Launch Monthlong Media Campaign for Comprehensive Tax Reform

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

US - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association this week kicked off a media and advertising campaign that will shine a spotlight on how various federal tax provisions impact America’s cattle and beef producers.

 

Pakistan Exploring Markets for Export of Meat, Dairy Products

Thu, 07 Sep 2017

PAKISTAN - The government is exploring new markets for export of meat and dairy products with a focus on Global Halal Food Trade.

 

Dairy Prices Inch Higher as Milk Fats Gain, Powders Fall

Thu, 07 Sep 2017

NEW ZEALAND - Dairy product prices edged higher at the Global Dairy Trade auction, rising for the second time in six auctions, as gains in milk fats offset a decline in milk powders.

 

OIE Reports FMD Outbreak in Malawi

Thu, 07 Sep 2017

MALAWI - Dr Bernard Chimera, Director of Veterinary Services at the Department of Animal Health & Livestock Development has reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in a town called Chikwawa.

 

CME: Not All Live Cattle Contracts Lower Last Week

Wed, 06 Sep 2017

US - In the livestock futures markets last week, using an average of the daily closing prices, the nearby (October 2017) Live Cattle (fed animal) contract averaged $106.23 per cwt., slipping $0.46 week-over-week, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.

 

At Least 1C/L on August Milk Must be Passed Back to Farmers, IFA Says

Wed, 06 Sep 2017

IRELAND - IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O'Leary said yesterday's GDT auction has again showed the continuing strength of butterfat prices, with butter up 3.8 per cent and AMF 3.6 per cent.

 

Greenlea, AgFirst Launch Dairy Beef Pilot Scheme

Wed, 06 Sep 2017

NEW ZEALAND - A new dairy beef programme has been launched by farm consultancy group AgFirst and Hamilton-based meat processor Greenlea to help promote better use of beef genetics among dairy farmers.

 

Issues on Cattle Trade to be Resolved Soon, Says Minister

Wed, 06 Sep 2017

INDIA - The issues related to the notification on cattle trade, which was stayed by the Madras High Court, will be resolved soon, Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday.

 

Greens Plan Levy on Nitrate Pollution from Dairy Farming

Mon, 04 Sep 2017

NEW ZEALAND - The Green Party says it will pay more than $136 million for farmers to move to more sustainable practices.

 

IFA Demands Urgent Govt Action Plan on Sterling Exchange Rate Crisis

Mon, 04 Sep 2017

IRELAND - Speaking at the farmers’ information meeting in Mullingar on Friday evening, IFA President Joe Healy said the cattle price cuts of over €100 per head in the last month were inflicting severe financial damage on the low income livestock sector and eroding confidence in the trade.

 

Buyers at Dhaka Cattle Markets Wait for Last Minute Price Cuts

Mon, 04 Sep 2017

BANGLADESH - The sale of sacrificial animals in Dhaka’s makeshift cattle markets geared up as customers thronged the different markets to collect their animals on the last day before Eid-ul-Azha on Friday.

 

Chinese Dairy Players Enjoy Healthy Profits

Fri, 01 Sep 2017

CHINA - Chinese dairy major players have enhanced their market presence by focusing on innovation, with China Mengniu Dairy and Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co Ltd exceeding market expectations in their half-year report of 2017.

 

Ottawa Urged to Drop Federal Tax Changes for Small Businesses

Fri, 01 Sep 2017

CANADA - 35 organisations from across the country have come together to form the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness -a unified voice to oppose the federal government's tax proposals that would dramatically change the way incorporated small businesses are taxed in Canada.

 

Approval Lets Tara Milk Dairy Market at Tnuva’s Expense

Fri, 01 Sep 2017

ISRAEL - Food manufacturer Tnuva’s market share in Israel has continued to plummet, and for the first time dropped under 50 per cent of the dairy sector last week.

 

Butterfat Scarcity, Strong Global Demand Suggests Further Milk Price Increases Well-justified

Thu, 31 Aug 2017

IRELAND - Commenting on the fact that Arla Foods have increased their September milk price by a further 1c/kg to 38.3c/kg (around 34.6c/l at 3.3 per cent/3.6 per cent) on the back of an increasingly severe global shortage of butterfat, as well as strongly rising demand, IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary said he would expect Irish co-ops to continue increasing milk prices for August and later supplies.

 

Arla to Launch New Business in Ghana

Thu, 31 Aug 2017

GHANA - Arla is adding another market to its Sub-Saharan Africa business region by establishing a new sales and packaging facility in Ghana. The new subsidiary will begin selling Arla’s branded dairy products in Ghana from September 2017 in response to growing demand for nutritious dairy products.