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TheDairySite Newsletter -3 February 2012

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Friday 3rd February 2012
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: No Excuses for Residue Violations

Addressing the dairy producers forum yesterday at the NCBA Convention and Trade Show, Dr Mike Appley urged producers to be vigilant

"Residues are a black and white issue," he said, when talking about antibiotic residues in meat and dairy products.

As many will know, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strict rules about tolerance levels of residues in food products.

Yet despite this there are still a number of violations at farm level, said Dr Apley.

One of the main causes of this is due to producers not maintaining animal IDs and medical treatment records.

Another cause is that recommended withdrawal times are not being followed, and often the recommended dose is exceeded without the withdrawal time being adapted.

This, Dr Apley said, is completely unacceptable.

Interestingly 70 per cent of violated residues had no veterinary advice involved. Dr Apley says that it is imperative that each farm has a well qualified veterinarian who keeps up to date with the latest medications.

"If you don't have protocols in place - that is where the problems are."

The global dairy market will offer strong growth prospects in the coming five years, but the uneven spread of this market expansion and an era of elevated pricing will create as many challenges as opportunities for key players along the dairy supply chain, according to the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory report, “Global Dairy Outlook: Show me the money”.

However, in Spain, despite the slight recovery in prices, production costs are stillundermining the profitability of dairy farms.

Throughout this week the dairy industry has been paying farmers for the milk they delivered in December, but the Union of Small Farmers and Ranchers (UPA) stated that the prices have only seen a slight increase from the previous month.

In the UK, a natural feed supplement aimed at producing healthy premium milk all year round is under development in Wales with support from the Welsh Government.

Scientists at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) say it could provide a financial boost for dairy farmers and feed manufacturers.

Cows grazing on fresh pasture in the summer produce milk with high levels of beneficial unsaturated fatty acids – but the levels fall dramatically in winter when they are fed on conserved feed.

Now scientists havee developed the technology to manufacture compounds produced by grazed grass and have proven their efficacy in the laboratory.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Positive Outlook for Irish Cattle in 2012
Cattle prices in 2011 for all animal age categories have been substantially higher than in 2010, and this has led to an increase in the value of cattle production on Irish farms, write James Breen and Kevin Hanrahan in their cattle outlook for 2011/12.
Andersons 2012 Dairy Outlook
The Andersons 2012 outlook studies the consequences of the past year on the UK dairy industry and identifies the key issues that await us in 2012.
Preventing Metabolic Diseases During Transition
Speaking at the second European Board of Bovine Experts (EBBE) meeting, James Husband explains why negative energy balance should be avoided pre and post calving to prevent metabolic disorders.
Winter Cold Stress on Cattle
Factors that create stress during the winter months are cold, wind, snow, rain and mud. The primary effect on animals is due to temperature. All these factors alter the maintenance energy requirements of livestock, writes the Ohio Beef Extension team.
Reducing SFAs to Impove Human and Cow Health
Speaking at the British Cattle Breeders Conference, Ben Bartlett from the National Milk Laboratories in the UK, explains the benefits of analysing saturated fatty acids in milk, not only to improve consumer health, but also cow health. Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite editor reports.
Genus - Value through science and genomics
* Company News

MSD/Merck Animal Health Headquarter in New Jersey
US and NETHERLANDS - MSD Animal Health, known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada, has announced that it intends to centralise certain functions at the existing Merck Campus in Summit, New Jersey, US.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Russian Federation

 » BLUETONGUE: Antibodies Detected in German Imports

 » FMD NEWS: Thirteen FMD Outbreaks in Libya; Research Suggests Gazelles Not to Blame for FMD
 » Daily Dose of Enriched Milk can Help Deal With Gout
 » North America: Where's the Snow?
 » Livestock, not Gazelles, Drive FMD Outbreaks
 » Joint FAO/OIE Global Conference on FMD Control
 » Russia Suspends Cattle Imports From the EU
 » Expert Presents 2012 Global Weather Outlook
 » Rabobank Dairy Outlook: Attractive but unbalanced
 » Family Celebrates 100 Years at World Ag Expo

   United States

 » Applying New Technology to Track FMD Vaccine
 » CME: Less Replacements in the Pipeline
 » Vaccine Protects Against Leptospirosis
 » CME: Cattle Numbers on Farms Smaller than Expected
 » Cattle Producers Show Surprise Interest in Expansion
 » CME: Butter Falls to 21-Month Low
 » 150,000 Breeding Cattle Left Texas due to Drought
 » Semi-Annual Cattle Inventory Summary
 » In the Cattle Markets
 » CME: Is Drought Still a Problem?
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » CME: Farm Profitability Slipping
 » CME: Global Dairy Trade Auction Prices Lower
 » CME: Cheese Production Heavy in December
 » Parental Exemption of Child Labour in Ag Rule
 » NCBA Backs Reconsideration of Child Labour Regs

   European Union

 » EFSA Guidance for Food & Feed from GM Animals
 » Increased Demand for Dairy Products
 » Guidelines for Risk Assessment of Animal Welfare
 » EDA Policy Conference on Saturated Fat
 » EC: How EU can Produce More Sustainably?

   United Kingdom

 » How to Make Better Vaccines for Humans & Animals
 » Final Members Join Animal Health & Welfare Board
 » MP Backs Landscapes Without Livestock Project
 » Feed Supplement for Healthy Milk a Boost to Farmers
 » Monitor Farm Joins Johne‚Äôs Disease Research
 » Schmallenberg Virus: More Cases Expected
 » Dairy Crest's Trading is In Line with Expectations
 » Outlook Conference Date Set

Animax Veterinary Health

 » Portuguese Dairies File Supermarket Price Complaint


 » Govt Allowed Sale of Faulty FMD Vaccine in Paraguay

   Sri Lanka

 » President Calls for Increased Milk Production


 » Schmallenberg Virus Spreads to France


 » Arla's Cows to Eat Sustainably Grown feed by 2015

   New Zealand

 » Farmers Urged to Make the Most of the Rain

Cow Signals Training Books

 » OIE: Thirteen FMD Outbreaks in Libya


 » Weekly Cattle Summary

Pfizer Animal Health

 » Production Costs Undermine Milk Price Recovery


 » Malta's Cattle Population Growing

That's all for this week!

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