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TheDairySite Newsletter - 17 December 2010

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Friday 17th December 2010
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Editorial: EU Ministers Agree Contractual Arrangements over Milk Products

European agriculture ministers have backed European Commission proposals over contractual arrangements relations in the milk and milk products sector.

The arrangements were discussed at the European Agriculture Council meeting earlier this week, where the council said that most delegations welcomed the Commission proposal highlighting the measure allowing the producers to join together to negotiate and establish contracts with the dairy companies.

The importance of the role of inter-branch organisations and of increased transparency were also stressed.

However, the commission said that some countries also said that the proper functioning of the single market should in any case be guaranteed.

However, while the politicians were debating contractual arrangements, the plight of dairy farmers in Scotland was highlighted this week as farmers gave milk away in protest over the prices they have been receiving for their products.

The Scottish dairy farmers gave away hundreds of pints of free milk to Christmas shoppers at supermarkets in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The farmers entered into the festive spirit at stores in Govan and South Queensferry but there was a very serious side to their Christmas message.

The farmers said that while supermarkets and consumers continue to enjoy and appreciate the wide range of milk, cheese and dairy products on their shelves, the price being paid to Scottish farmers for the milk going into these products is not covering the cost of producing it on the farm.

Meanwhile, DairyCo in the UK has called on the sector to put out more positive stories to improve the image of the dairy industry.

In Canada, Alberta's cheese industry is set to see its first major expansion in decades - bringing an opportunity for Alberta milk producers to increase their yearly revenue by a potential C$15 million.

Global concerns are rising as more cases of foot and mouth disease have been reported this week in South Korea.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

A Dairy Farm's Footprint
Dairy farming systems impact the environment, animal well-being, and the nutritional quality and safety of milk and dairy products in many ways. This report by The Organic Centre evaluates the impacts of conventional and organic farming systems.
Finding the Early Stages of Foot and Mouth Disease
Research by scientists at the USDA have identified where the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) begins infection in cattle.
Is Good Welfare Possible For Housed Cattle?
The following information was produced by FAI Farms, a sustainable farming research company. The aim of this particular research was to objectively examine whether it is possible to provide good welfare for housed cattle.
Feed Outlook - December 2010
Lower forecast corn yields this month reduce U.S. corn production 124 million bushels to 12.54 billion, according to the latest report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - December 2010
The forecast for cattle prices have been raised while milk production has shown little change, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
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* Company News

Benefits of Slow-release Boluses
IRELAND - Dairy farmers in Donegal, who have experienced health issues in their herds resulting from trace element deficiencies, learned more about the benefits of slow-release boluses at a recent meeting in Ballybofey.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Korea, South

 » FMD NEWS: More Cattle And Swine Hit By FMD
 » More FMD in South Korean Cattle
 » FMD Spreads: Two New Outbreaks North of Seoul
 » More Cattle and Swine Hit by FMD

   United States

 » How FMD Virus Begins Infection In Cattle
 » UFU Welcomes EU Plans On Future Of Dairy Sector
 » January Could Be Important For Crop Prices
 » Tight Supplies Of Corn, Cotton And Soybeans
 » CME: Year-end Stocks for Corn and Soybean
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » New England Farmers Union Hosts First Convention
 » CDC: 1 in 6 Sick from Foodborne Illnesses Each Year
 » FDA Report Has Data on Antibiotics Sold, Not Used
 » FASS Webinar On Antibiotics Available On-Line
 » Anniversary of Agreement to Cut Dairy Farm GHG Emissions
 » FDA Publishes Report On Antibiotic Use
 » Antimicrobial Use In US Livestock, Poultry 'Massive'
 » American Humane Appoints Croney To Committee
 » Concern Secretarial Order May Threaten Grazing

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 » Reduction of Dust Levels In Livestock Barns
 » Cheese Industry Expansion Benefits Alberta Milk Producers

   United Kingdom

 » EC Shapes Dairy Industry’s Future
 » NFU Responds To Govt Animal Health Plans
 » Concerns Over Rise In Fertiliser Prices
 » Agriculture Council Discusses Dairy Contracts
 » Independent Report On Animal Health Published
 » Farmers Call Urgent Meeting over Arla Proposals
 » DairyCo Calls for Dairy Farming Stories
 » Farmers In Great Christmas Free Milk Giveaway
 » TB Restricted Store Cattle Sale

   New Zealand

 » NZ Stock Exchange to Track Dairy Pasture Growth


 » Fall In Retail Prices For Dairy Products

Animax Veterinary Health

 » Cattle Farmers Warned over Screw Worm Maggot

   European Union

 » Ministers Agree Milk Contractual Relations
 » EFSA: No Extra Authorisation For Additives In Water


 » Reduced Tariffs on DDGS Spell Opportunity for US


 » Vaarst Appointed To Animal Ethics Council
 » Aarhus Wins Prize For Genetic Pre-Medication Tests

That's all for this week!

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