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TheDairySite Newsletter - 12 August 2011

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Editorial: Debate Continues In South Korea Over Farmgate Milk Price

In South Korea, talks have again failed between dairy farmers and milk companies, as they try to to find a middle ground on a hike in raw milk prices. Farmers did, however, agree to lift a ban on shipments, which averted a crippling supply shortage.

Dairy farmers initially demanded a 173 won (US$0.16) rise per litre of milk, but recently said they could accept a rise of 145 won. Dairy companies said they are willing to raise their purchase price by a maximum 130 won from the original 81 won increase they put on the negotiation table.

As well as not being able to agree on a suitable price increase, agreement cannot be reached on when the increase should come into place. Farmers are demanding an immediate increase, but the dairy processors are saying that the increase should start from January 2012.

The average price, per litre of milk, is 704 won - a price that has not changed since 2008.

Dairy farmers say they have a lot of debts as the raw milk price has been frozen for the past three years, despite feed prices increasing by 30 per cent. On top of this, many are still struggling with the after effects of foot and mouth disease.

The dairy companies maintain that a sharp increase in the raw milk price would lift the market price of dairy products, which would produce lower consumption.

In the event of no agreement being reached, the public Korean Dairy Committee has the authority to broker a settlement.

However, farming representatives have said that they will not accept a possible compromise and may use force to prevent the committee from gathering.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Controlling Price Volatility In Food
Concerns over volatility in the food and agriculture market stem from fears over price rises and behind this, fears over food security, writes TheCattleSite editor in chief Chris Harris.
Managing Drought In Mexico
Prolonged drought in Mexico has boosted slaughter and live exports for 2011 as the livestock sector seeks to avoid additional animal losses. Reduced availability of fodder and higher grain prices (domestic and international) continue to pressure the livestock sector; thus, precipitation during July and August, as well as government support, will be key factors driving the sector’s output for the second half of 2011, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Organic Selenium Effects On Dairy Cows
Mario Agovino, from Alltech Italy, looks at the effect of organic selenium (Sel-Plex®) on dairy cow health, fertility, milk production and milk quality.
Mycotoxin Risk Management & The Successful Use Of Enzyme-Producing Microorganisms
Mycotoxin risk management tool involves both the elimination of mycotoxins by adsorptive materials, and the conversion of their toxic structures into non-toxic, harmless metabolites, according to Inês Rodrigues, Technical Manager for Biomin Holding.
Animax Veterinary Health
* Company News

Merck Supports Recovery Of Japanese Animal Sector
NETHERLANDS & JAPAN - Merck Animal Health has donated about US$30,000 (¥2.3 million) to three veterinary and farmer associations in Japan to support recovery of the Japanese animal sector following the earthquake and tsunami.
New BRD Antibiotic Launches In September
GLOBAL - Merck Animal Health is hosting a symposium and reception to launch ZUPREVO® (tildipirosin) — a novel antibiotic for the treatment and prevention of bovine respiratory disease (BRD).
Biomin Hosts 1st National Mycotoxin Symposium
SRI LANKA - The first National Mycotoxin Symposium recently took place in Sri Lanka on the second of June 2011.
BIOMIN Attends 2011 ADSA & ASAS Meetings
US - New Orleans played host this year to BIOMIN USA and others attending the 2011 Joint Annual Meeting for American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS).
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   United Kingdom

 » Half Year Market Outlook Is Optimistic
 » Extend Grazing Season To Cut Costs
 » Don’t Forget Cattle Passport Changes
 » Feed Forums At Dairy Event & Livestock Show
 » Intentions Survey Shows Dip In Confidence
 » Chair Of Health & Welfare Board Appointed
 » UFU To Meet PSNI About Farm Thefts
 » High Rising Jersey Bull Tops £200 PLI
 » New Fertiliser Revealed At Dairy Event
 » Supermarkets & Processors Fined £50 Million
 » Further Light Shed On Antibiotic Resistance
 » UFU Concern Over Leaked CAP Proposals
Alltech provides Natural Cattle Feed Supplements
   United States

 » Dairy Product Price Highlights
 » Dairy Policy Forum For Pricing & Immigration
 » Cattle Outlook: Economic Uncertainty An Issue
 » CME: Demand & Exports Vital For Market Success
 »  Online Course In Nutrient Management
 » CME: August Ending Stocks Will Be Lowest In Years
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » USDA Seeks Comments: Animal Disease Traceability
 » Farm Profits Up Since RFS Expansion
 » Corn & Soybean Production Prospects
 » CME: Beef Prices Up Despite Challenges
 » Premiums Of Almost $45,000 At Jersey Show & Sale
 » IDEXX Launches Bovine Viral Diarrhea Test
 » California Dairies To Capitalise On Global Markets


 » Rent Freeze For NT Cattlemen
 » Farmers Welcome Live Export Assistance Measures
 » Weekly Cattle Summary


 » Fertiliser Value And Proper Management Of Manure
   New Zealand

 » New Milk Price Inquiry Premature & Confusing

   Sri Lanka

 » Veterinary Products Committee Appointments


 » IDEXX Launches Bovine Pregnancy Test


 » Two FMD Outbreaks in Taiwan; Situation Resolved


 » Government To Increase Herdsmen's Income
 » Anthrax Cases Rise After Contact With Cattle
 » Grazing Prohibited As Grassland Deteriorates

   European Union

 » EFSA Opens GM Consultation


 » New Website For Meriden Philippines

   Korea, South

 » Raw Milk Talks Break Down
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