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TheDairySite Newsletter - 27th March 2009
Friday 27th March 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: The Ebb and Flow of Milk Markets

The global dairy industry is facing tough times. UK milk production dropped to its lowest level since the early 1970's this week, citing demands for retailers to unlock their horns before any greater damage is inflicted.

Troubles were also afoot in the US, prompting the Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, to announce that the US Department of Agriculture would begin taking supportive steps to aid its recovery. Meanwhile, in Japan, 1,240 farm households are expected to cease raising cows this year.

Suprisingly, France seems to be the exception to this trend. The November 2008 livestock survey showed a slight increase in the nation's dairy herd - the first time that this has occurred since 1994.
Adam Anson

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Production Chains, Skills and Farming
The UK could suffer future food shortages unless the numbers of skilled people entering UK farming increases, writes TheCattleSite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Forage Testing
Forage quality won't be hitting it out of the park for dairy producers in many parts of Canada this year as an unusually wet growing season reduced nutrient and digestibility levels, writes Joel Bagg - Forage Specialist; and Tom Wright - Dairy Cattle Nutritionist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
Feed-Restriction Programs for Growing Heifers
Over the last 40 years, heifer growing programs have undergone various phases and encountered various issues, writes A. F. Kertz, as part of the proceedings from the University of Florida Dairy Extension 20th Symposium.
US Beef and Dairy Outlook Report - March 2009
Poor weather and export demand are set to hamper the US cattle industries over the course of the next few months, says the USDA's Economic Research Service in its March 2009: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report.
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News


 » BSE NEWS: Finding Early Signs of Mad-Cow Disease
 » BLUETONGUE: IFA Calls for Import Suspension
 » IDFA and NMPF Petition Against Dairy Sweeteners

   United States

 » Dairy Suffers as Obama Cuts Mexican Trucking Funds
 » Antibiotics Vital to Animal Health and Food Protection
 » New Mexico Meets Bovine TB Standards in US
 » Learning to Read the Languange of Cows
 » USDA: Virtual Fence Device Keeps Cattle Moving
 » USDA Steps Up to the Dairy Challenge
 » USGC Reaches Out to Bump Up DDGS Demand
 » Weekly US Cattle Outlook: Beef and Veal Exports Up
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Weekly Outlook: What’s Next For Soybean Prices?
 » US Livestock Slaughter Statistics
 » Cattle on Feed Report
 » In The Cattle Markets

   United Kingdom

 » UK Milk Production at Lowest Level since 1970's
 » Union Calls for Tesco to Clarify Cheese Labels
 » Retailers Lock Horns in Another Milk Price Battle
 » Dairy UK Helps Farmers Benchmark Eco Effects
 » Welsh Vaccines in Jeopardy
 » Dioxin Cattle Cull Begins in Ireland
 » Positive Signs at NI Milk Auction
 » Omagh Dairy Finds Benefits of Health Challenge


 » DNA Tests Put Pressure on Rustlers

   New Zealand

 » Arla Foods Intends to Acquire and Grow


 » Scientists Maximise By-product Nutritional Value
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 » India's Dairy Plan Fueled by 173 Billion Rupees


 » First French Dairy Herd Growth Since 1994


 » Japanese Farm Households Turning From Dairy


 » Weekly Australian Cattle Summary
 » Western Australia Call for Cattle Projects
 » Aussie Association Concerned Over ETS Costs


 » IFA Calls for Immediate Import Suspension
 » Irish Minister Urges EC to Continue Dairy Support


 » Argentina Adopts Fixed Time AI Technology
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That's all for this week!

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