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TheDairySite Newsletter - 27 April 2012

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Friday 27th April 2012
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Passing of Farm Bill Welcomed by Dairy Industry

This week the US Farm Bill got over its latest hurdle by being passed in the Agriculture Committee of the senate by 16 votes to five.

Now the bill, entitled the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, goes through to the full senate for debate and approval.

The bill appears to have been met in general with approval from the dairy industry in the US.

According to the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) the bill contains critically-needed improvements in dairy programmes.

The bill includes a new, voluntary margin protection programme, which has been endorsed by NMPF and is designed to safeguard farmers against disastrously low margins, such as those generated by the low milk prices and high feed costs.

Jerry Kozak, President and CEO of NMPF said: "The Senate has taken a huge step in the right direction by including the dairy reforms modelled after NMPF's Foundation for the Future programme."

Mr Kozak said the dairy title contains a better safety net for farmers in the form of the Dairy Production Margin Protection Programme, which offers them a basic level of coverage against low margins, as well as a supplemental insurance plan offering higher levels of protection jointly funded by government and farmers.

Those who opt to enrol in the margin programme will also be subject to the Market Stabilization programme that asks them to reduce milk output when margins are poor.

The Committee approved two amendments to the dairy title of the farm bill: one that authorises a review of the Market Stabilization programme at the end of the five-year farm bill lifespan and a second that extends the MILC programme until June 2013, at a reduced rate, so there is a safety net in place while the USDA implements the new dairy margin insurance programme.

This week, the US has also been quick to assure consumers and countries around the world that the discovery of a fourth case of BSE in the country is not a cause for alarm.

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said: "On 24 April, USDA confirmed the nation's fourth case of BSE in an animal that was sampled for the disease at a rendering facility in central California. This animal was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States. As the epidemiological investigation has progressed, USDA has continued to communicate findings in a timely and transparent manner."

In Russia, in the first quarter of 2012 the country saw a record growth in milk production and its cattle herd, compared with the same period last year.

From January to March 2012, milk production increased by 279,000 tonnes (4.5 per cent) compared to the same period in 2011.

The greatest gains were experienced in the Republic of Bashkortostan (21.4 per cent), Dagestan (16.5 per cent), Kabardino-Balkaria (12.2 per cent), Voronezh (15.1 per cent), Sverdlovsk (12 per cent), Belgorod (10.2 per cent) and Vladimir (10 per cent) of the region. Total milk production increased in 64 regions.

For Brazil, exports of dairy products to the Arab market grew 60 per cent in the first quarter of the year, as against the same period last year, according to figures disclosed by the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade. Revenues with sales reached US$ 5 million from January to March, against US$ 3.1 million in the first three months of 2011.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Flat rate versus Feed-to-Yield Concentration Allocation
Concentrate allocation strategy has no effect on cow performance, according to research by AJ Dales, CP Ferris and S McGettrick, from Agri Food and Biosciences Institute, Northern Ireland.
Biosecurity in Small-Scale US Livestock Operations
Animal health is closely related to profitability, since healthy animals are more productive and introduction of disease to a naïve herd or flock can have negative economic consequences. This factsheet from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service looks at practices and methods that small-scale livestock farmers can use to minimise the risk associated with poor biosecurity.
The Effect of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) accounting methodology on Emissions estimates from Dairy Systems
Globally, the dairy industry is currently faced with the challenge of increasing production to satisfy growing demand (FAO, 2006), while meeting an international obligation to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Combating Health Issues
Every day, new reports are published in newspapers worldwide reporting about the effects of antibiotic resistant bacteria and their consequences on human health, according to Biomin.
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* Market Reports

 » US Cattle on Feed Up Two Per Cent - April 2012
 » Agricultural Price Indices February 2012
 » USDA Milk Production, Disposition and Income 2011 Summary
 » USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 27 April 2012

* Company News

Teaching Academy Steering Committee Named
US - Four months after its inaugural meeting sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, the Consortium of Western Regional Colleges of Veterinary Medicine announced today that it has established a new Teaching Academy to identify, share and leverage expertise across the five colleges in the Consortium. The Teaching Academy will support the development and implementation of best practices and scholarship in veterinary medical education.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   New Zealand

 » Fonterra to Put Trading Among Farmers to Vote


 » EuroTier 2012 Remains Bound for Success

   United Kingdom

 » Northern Irish Union Concerned at Falling Prices
 » Badger Cull Goes to High Court
 » New Pricing Model for Sainsbury's Dairy Suppliers
 » British Milk Undermines Northern Irish Markets
 » Union Leaders Concerned at Possible Payment Cuts
 » Dairy Crest to Reduce Non-Aligned Milk Price by 2ppl
 » Milk the Potential Profit from Dairy-Bred Beef
 » CAP Reform Report Published

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   United States

 » Dairy Slaughter not Enough to Curb Herd Growth
 » Dairy Policy Reforms Included in Draft Farm Bill
 » In the Cattle Markets: Summer Grazing Potential
 » CME: Cold Storage Supplies Higher than Last Year
 » Europe Blocks US Cheese Exports
 » Expectations for the 2012-13 Corn Marketing Year
 » AFBF Urges Senate to Move Farm Bill Forward
 » Stocks Ample for Milk Supply Outlook
 » US Confirms BSE Case: Beef Products Still Safe
 » CME: USDA Confirms BSE Case
 » Dairy Policy Changes Minimal Affect on Supply
 » Dairy Policy Stifles Growth, Raises Prices
 » BSE in the US - Is it Really a Concern?
 » CME: BSE Blow to Recovering Industry
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Little BSE Fallout - NDPSR Prices Lower
 » Enterprise Based Initiative for Change Launched
 » CME: BSE Follow-Up
 » Ghana Suspends Anthrax Vaccinations
 » Cephalosporins Banned in Semen Extenders
 » Falling Global NDM/SMP Prices Prompt Request
 » Senate Ag Committee Approves Farm Bill
 » USDA Assures Customers over BSE Case
 » Does the Farm Bill Give Farmers What they Want?

   European Union

 » Excessive Bureaucracy under EU Subsidies
 » Short Supply Chains Increase Farm Returns
 » Call for EU-wide Fair Play in Grocery Chain
 » OIE: More Schmallenberg Outbreaks Confirmed

Pfizer Animal Health

 » Chinese Business Could Sustain Milk Prices
 » Difficult Weather Conditions Slowing Grass Growth


 » Government Strengthens FMD Control


 » Stop Lameness Affecting Cows
 » Weekly Cattle Summary

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   Russian Federation

 » Dairy Opportunities when Russia Joins WTO
 » Record Growth in Milk Production in 2012 Q1

   South Africa

 » South Africa Reports FMD Outbreak in Mpumalanga
 » FMD NEWS: FMD Outbreak in Mpumalanga


 » Support for Premises Identification Programme
 » Canada's Food System Sustainability Challenged


 » Brazil Increases Dairy Exports to Middle East


 » Are Feed Costs a Concern for Producers?


 » Japan Remains Composed but Vigilant on BSE Issue


 » Kenya's Milk Production on the Rise

That's all for this week!

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