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Cattle Feeders Should Understand Grid Marketing
Amy Radunz from the University of Wisconsin looks at the importance of grid marketing for beef and explains what the price for a grid is based on. ...
Raw Milk: Fact or Fiction?
The use of raw milk as a beverage for humans is a hotly debated topic. A simple Internet search using the term "raw milk" yields conflicting claims about its benefits and dangers. Many people base their opinions about raw milk on myths rather than facts....
Bridging the US China Trade Gap
The growing US trade imbalance with China has been a major cause of concern for US policy makers, according to a study by Xiuzhi Wang, Edward A. Evans, and Fredy H. Ballen for the University of Florida....
Dairy Farming in Lithuania
Stuart Lumb writes for TheCattleSite about a recent visit to Lithuania, where he visited the Litagra Group. ...
Reducing SCC Delivers
High somatic cell counts (SCC) and clinical mastitis are costing dairy farmers money through a combination of co-op fines, losses in milk production, treatment costs and potentially higher culling rates. The Mid-Monaghan Dairy Discussion Group,...
Global Beef Outlook: Tough time Ahead for Packers
Speaking to Matt McKamey from Rabo AgriFinance in the US, Charlotte Johnston TheCattleSite editor looks at cattle market projections for 2012....
Global Dairy Outlook: Processors Struggling
The operating environment for dairy processors has changed substantially in the last four years. This is one of the key conclusions coming out of the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory report, “Global Dairy Outlook: Show me the money”....
Irish Meat & Livestock Review & Outlook 2011/12
The combined value of meat and livestock exports grew by an estimated 11 per cent to almost €2.8 billion in 2011. All the main species experienced strong growth with the exception of live exports....
What are the Prospects for Imports from Brazil?
Northern Irish (NI) producers take an ongoing interest in the performance of the Brazilian beef trade and export activity principally because of the potential impact that trade has on the worldwide and local market, writes the Northern Irish Livestock...
Australian Beef Production - An Overview
There are 43,763 farms in Australia producing beef cattle, with a national herd of 26.6 million head, according to the Naitonal Farmers' Federation Australia. These farms produce 2.1 million tonnes of beef and veal each year....
Land Application of Livestock and Poultry Manure
Factors affecting the fertiliser value of manure and recommendations for application are covered by Mark Risse, Extension Engineer at the University of Georgia's Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, as well as practical aspects on how...
Productivity to Mitigate Environmental Impacts of Cattle
It seems to be a common consumer perception that the modern dairy herd and its practices are more damaging to the environment than extensive systems. Speaking at the British Cattle Breeders Conference, Dr Jude Capper presented research that suggested...
Dairy Commodity Report - ABARE
In the short term, world dairy prices are expected to fall slightly according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)....
Australian Dairy Production - An Overview
There are 8,594 dairy farms in Australia, with a national dairy herd of 1.6 million cows, according to the National Farmers' Federation ‘Australia Farm Facts 2012’....
DairyCo UK Dairy Market Update: Butter Markets Weaken
In Dairy Co's monthly update, farmgate milk prices in the UK are at a similar level to Actual Milk Price Equivalent and US producers are shifting to larger herds....
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