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TheDairySite Newsletter - 23 December 2011

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Friday 23rd December 2011
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: A Round-Up Of 2011

Global dairy markets

Free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, announced earlier this year, are expected to provide a benefit of $400 million a year to US dairy producers.

Milk production in New Zealand, the EU and the US is continuing to increase.

Global milk prices are strong and are likely to remain this way in 2012.

On another note, Fonterra made the decision not renew any of its organic contracts as and when they expire.

Retail and processors pricing strategies

Australian retailers slashed retail milk prices earlier in the year, which forced an enquiry into a milk price war between Coles and Woolworths. The Australian Competition and Consumers Commission said that supermarket Coles had not broken any competition laws by selling home brand milk for A$1 per litre.

In July, Dean Foods in the US, paid out $140 million in compensation to dairy farmers after establishing anti-competitive practices to suppress farm milk prices in 2007.

Fairer policies for EU producers

The EU dairy package, launched earlier this month, will aim to boost dairy farmers' bargaining power and ensure fairer prices.

Whilst prices have stabilised over the last year, many producers are still struggling due to rising input costs.

The dairy package will encourage producers to negotiate contracts on price and quality, as well as allow producers' organisations to negotiate raw milk prices for the farmers they represent.

"Factory farms" and animal welfare

In the UK, it was a year of ups and downs for Nocton Dairies, who submitted a planning application for an 8000 dairy herd.

The general public were outraged that cows would be housed indoors all year around and questioned the welfare of large scale farm units.

Plans were resubmitted for a smaller, 3,770 herd, but were eventually withdrawn because of objections from the Environment Agency.

Animal health

Foot and mouth disease spread mercilessly across Asia - particularly China and Korea, although the situation is now under control the affects on the industry will be seen over the coming year, as breeding herds were wiped out.


The European Union (EU) decided to relax the rules on genetically modified (GM) feed coming into Europe. With the prices of feed soaring, allowing low levels of GM organisms in feed is one way of lowering costs for producers.

Severe global weather conditions pushed the price of corn and grain up, substantially increasing producers' costs.

There has been a lot of friction between US livestock producers and the bioethanol industry this year, as for the first time a higher percentage of corn went to bioethanol production, rather than into livestock feed.

Whilst there are many challenges facing the global dairy industry in the coming year, global trade, production efficiency and growing demand will present many opportunities.

TheDairySite and 5M Publishing wish everyone a very merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

The next newsletter will be sent out on Friday 6 January.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Feeding The Dairy Cow In Spring
Researchers from Teagasc, Ireland, looks at supplementation requirements for feeding the dairy cow in Spring.
Feeding Strategies For Heifers
Replacement heifers are the future of the dairy herd, but very little research is focused on these animals.
Agricultural Commodities: Dairy
World prices for most dairy products are forecast to average lower in 2011/12, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) December Agricultural Commodities report.
Dairy: World Markets and Trade - December 2011
Global dairy markets in early 2011 experienced a surge in prices as strong global import demand for dairy products outpaced available supplies. As a result, major producing countries, responding to high returns, expanded milk production significantly which increased the supply of available exportable dairy products, according to the USDA's World Dairy Market Outlook.
Genus - Value through science and genomics
* Company News

Rainbow Calf Scour 5 Released
BELGIUM - Bio-X Diagnostics has just released Rainbow Calf Scour 5 on the market. This quick test for detecting the main causes of calf scour uses vertical-flow immunochromatography for reliable diagnosis of the causal pathogen in just 10 minutes.
Pneumonia Threat Highlighted
UK - Nearly 60 per cent of farmers have lost calves to pneumonia in the last year with over half seeing the disease in more than five per cent of their youngstock.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » CME: Beef Supplies Remain Tight
 » CME: Whey, NDM Futures Hit New Highs
 » Dairy Trade To Remain Strong
 » CME: More Cattle On Feed Than Market Expected
 » CME: November 50-State Milk Production Up
 » November Milk Production Up 2.2 Per Cent
 » Call for Federal Action on Antibiotic Use
 » CME: On-Farm Expansion Slows Down
 » CME: Markets Steady Over Christmas
 » CME: Cheese Stocks Draw Down
 » Watch Dairy Output & Exports In 2012

Pfizer Animal Health
   New Zealand

 » Dairy Cattle Numbers Exceed Six Million ‎


 » Graziers' Alert - Wormy Weather Ahead
 » Senators Concerned over FMD Virus
 » New Grain Buying Guide
 » Dairy Farmers Hardest Hit By Carbon Tax


 » Brazil's Milk Production Set To Increase


 » Access To Milk Marketing Chains
 » Groups Warn Poultry & Dairy Sectors 'Face Disaster'


 » WSPA Aims To Get Welfare On UN Conference Agenda

   European Union

 » Ag Council Discusses Welfare, Bluetongue & MRLs
 » De Castro: Need For A Flexible And Productive CAP
 » €236 Million Reallocated For Disease Control
 » Agricultural Income Per Worker Up 6.7 Per Cent
 » €14M For EU Reference Laboratories In 2012
 » Agricultural Incomes - Not as Bright as They First Appear

Cow Signals Training Books
   United Kingdom

 » EBLEX Notebooks Are Vital Tools For Producers
 » New Weight Bands To Improve Auction Pricing
 » EU Cattle Prices League Table
 » BTV: Preventative Vaccination Cleared


 » 2011 Another Good Year For Farm Incomes
 » Minister Awards Funding To Animal Welfare Groups
 » BVD Eradication Scheme Details Announced


 » Supply Management: Clear, Consistent & Transparent
 » Market Access For Live Cattle To UAE


 » Chinese Meat Industry & Economy Continue to Grow


 » Nearly 100,000 Cattle Marketed In Q4
 » Livestock & Crop Sector To Grow In 2012

Animax Veterinary Health

 » Farmers Income Stabilises After Positive 2011

   Saudi Arabia

 » Almarai Acquires Fondomonte For Feed


 » Taiwan Culls 1,000 Pigs in FMD Outbreak

That's all for this week!

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