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TheDairySite Newsletter - 26 August 2011

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Editorial: Fonterra Downsizes Organics

Slow growth in the market has forced New Zealand's Fonterra to downsize its organic operation.

“We understand the big commitment many of our farmers have made to the organics programme and that this transition will not be an easy one to make. The decision to reduce our organics operation was not taken lightly but we need to get the business back into a break-even situation," said Fonterra’s Group Director Supplier and External Relations, Kelvin Wickham.

Mr Wickham says the organics market was hit hard by the global financial crisis and market indications are it will not recover to previous levels.

Fonterra is meeting with its organic famers this week to take them through a four point plan to bring the loss making business into a break-even situation. This includes a reduction in transport and manufacturing costs, focusing on sales of cheese and new markets.

The group has said that it will honour all existing contracts, and support producers throughout the transition out of the organics programme.

Industry organisation, Federated Farmers has said that the decision is disappointing and leaves farmers in the lurch.

“Only last year, Fonterra said publicly that the only way for organics was up even in the current economic climate. It even rescued suppliers from the defunct Taranaki based New Zealand Organic Dairy Farmers Co-operative, so it’s all a bolt from the blue," said Gray Beagley, Federated Farmers Dairy organic spokesperson.

"Fonterra’s organic consolidation is a sobering international assessment of global organic demand. Consumers are seemingly unwilling to pay an organic premium."

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

The State Of The UK Dairy Industry
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has examined the dairy industry in light of the European Commission’s proposed package of measures for the dairy sector. This section of the report looks at the UK dairy industry in more detail, and EFRA's recommendations for the government.
Effect Of DEMP On Fermentation, Digestion And Rumen-Stimulating Fermentors
G Harrison, M Meyer and K Dawson from Alltech looked at the effect of dietary escape microbial protein (DEMP) on the rumen, when replacing soybean meal (SBM).
Livestock, Dairy And Poultry Outlook – August 2011
High feed prices will curb production next year, according to the USDA Economic Research Service in its Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook for August 2011.
Biomin’s Mycotoxin Survey – 2nd Quarter Report 2011
Mycotoxin analysis results for the second quarter of 2011 from Biomin, including more than 2,800 analyses of more than 800 animal feed ingredients. At least one mycotoxin was found in 90 per cent of the samples.
Cow Signals Training Books
* Company News

Weather Could Trigger Lungworm Outbreak
UK - The recent wet weather following the earlier dry conditions experienced by much of the UK may have created a potential lungworm time bomb, warns Merial Animal Health, and farmers need to be vigilant in order to catch the disease early.
CID LINES Shows Dairy Products At Finnish Show
FINLAND - CID LINES demonstrated a range of its hygiene for dairy cattle products at the Finnish "Farmari" show.
DeLuca Appointed President Of Merck Animal Health
US - Merck has appointed Richard R. DeLuca Jr. as President, Merck Animal Health.
The 32,500 Litre Herd: Is More Always Better?
IRELAND - How can we feed and manage a 32,500 litre dairy herd? This is tomorrow’s challenge for many dairy farmers around the world. Alltech’s Ruminant Solutions Seminar, ‘Pushing the boundaries: Performance vs. Profit’, will take place on the 13th and 14th of October 2011, in Alltech’s European Headquarters, Ireland, where this key issue will be discussed by experts across a number of fields.
Alltech Appoints New Asia-Pacific Director
ASIA PACIFIC - Alltech has appointed a new director for its fastest growing region – Asia Pacific.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News


 » FMD NEWS: FMD Breaks Out In East Kazakhstan
 » OIE: Anthrax Outbreak Reported
   United States

 » Cattle On Feed Up Eight Per Cent
 » Cattle Outlook: Placements Up For July
 » Wisconsin Milk Production Drops, Again
 » CME: Continuing Large Cattle On Feed Placements
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Programme Will Help US Grow As Major Dairy Exporter


 » Call For Comment On Raw Milk Products Proposal
 » Positive Future For Tasmania Dairy Industry
 » AB Vista Confirms RCI As Distributor
 » Cattle Market Alert
 » Synchronisied Breeding Programmes Require Labour
 » Reminder: MLA Members Have Chance To Vote
 » Weekly Cattle Summary
 » On-Farm Carbon Mitigation To Be Rewarded


 » CME: Cattle Inventories Continue To Decline
 » Government To Invest In Farming Sector
Animax Veterinary Health
   United Kingdom

 » Labour Launches Campaign Against Badger Cull
 » Business Debates At Dairy Event & Livestock Show
 » AFBI Dairy Research To Improve NI Milk Production
 » UFU Rejects Scottish CAP Redistribution Suggestions
 » NFU Challenges EC Over Leaked CAP Proposals
 » Dairy Event Debate Must Drive Industry Forward
 » Farmers Increase Production & Future Planning
 » Wiseman Dairies Confirms 1.85ppl Increase
 » UFU Reacts To Milk Auction Result
 » LMC Report: Prime Cattle Classification Statistics


 » Support For New Poultry, Dairy, Fish & Meat Projects

   New Zealand

 » Fonterra Restructures Organic Operations
 » Federated Farmers To Work With Organic Members


 » Farmers May Soon Receive First Drought Payout
 » Herders Paid For Conserving Land In New Scheme
Genus - Value through science and genomics

 » US & Canadian Cattle Inventory Down One Per Cent
 » IDF World Dairy Summit 2011
 » BBSRC Awards To Help Tackle Global Diseases
 » Agreement Develops Livestock Biogenetics


 » Cattle Supplies To Remain Tight


 » India Celebrates Freedom From Rinderpest


 » Prospects For Autumn Cattle Trade Positive
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