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TheDairySite Newsletter - 25 May 2012

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Friday 25th May 2012
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Welcome to this week's newsletter


This week I have been working from our 5m office in Chicago, and today travelled up to Wausau, Wisconsin.

Along the way I have experienced some US delights, most of which include eating.

I had my first ever doughnut for breakfast, an iced custard, Mexican food and a tornado scare - all in one day.

Tomorrow I am going to tour around some Wisconsin dairy units and speak to producers about their businesses.

From this, I am hoping to establish what drives their production, what challenges producers are facing and get an overview of the dairy industry in one of the largest producing regions of the US.

On a global market front, there has been some reports that global dairy markets are going to bounce back, however whether they will or not remains to be seen. The situation certainly hasn't changed much, with strong production trending across the board keeping pressure on prices.

The latest USDA milk production report saw a 3.3 per cent increase in milk production in the US in April 2012. Not only is production per cow increasing, but the nation’s dairy herd is up 90,000 from a year ago totalling 9.272 million head.

Out of interest Wisconsin increased milk production by 3.5 per cent.

Charlotte Johnston

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Gold and Nanotechnology Bring Viruses to Light
All that glitters is not gold, but it is in the case of nanotechnology that’s being used to develop detection tools for viruses that affect animals and people. Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service’s Center for Grain and Animal Health Research (CGAHR) in Manhattan, Kansas, and the University of Wyoming are using surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) with gold nanoparticles to design tests that rapidly identify the virus that causes West Nile fever.
Effect of the Nitrification Inhibitor Dicyandiamide (DCD) on Rumen Function
Researchers at Teagasc, Ireland, look at whether Nitrification Inhibitor Dicyandiamide (DCD) has any effect on rumen function.
Living in a World of Decreasing Resources & Increasing Regulation: How to Advance Animal Agriculture
A White Paper based on information from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) on 26 to 29 March 2012.
Status of Animal Nutrition Research and Development in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan
R&D status in research and development organisations and in the feed industries in each country as well as suggested animal nutrition approaches for livestock development are outlined by Harinder P.S. Makkar in a working paper in Animal Production and Health for the FAO.
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* Market Reports

 » USDA GAIN: Mexico Dairy and Products Semi-Annual 2012
 » US Cattle on Feed Down 1 Percent - May 2012
 » USDA Milk Production May 2012
 » USDA GAIN: EU-27 Dairy and Products Semi-Annual 2012
 » USDA GAIN: China Dairy and Products Semi-Annual 2012
 » USDA GAIN: Australia Dairy and Products Semi-Annual 2012
 » Agricultural Price Indices - March 2012

* Company News

US Approves ZUPREVO - New BRD Treatment
US - Merck Animal Health announces the US approval of ZUPREVOTM (tildipirosin) – a novel, new macrolide antibiotic for the management of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) that offers excellent combination of effectiveness and convenience.
Prevent Coccidiosis Losses with Preparation
US - All producers — from cow/calf to feedlot — could be compromising cattle health and performance because of an intestinal, protozoan parasite called coccidia. Coccidiosis is a disease that affects most species of domestic livestock and poultry and results in significant economic losses due to mortality and, more important, decreased growth and feed efficiency due to the damage to the intestinal tract.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Cattle On Feed: Placements Below Forecast
 » Foodservice Drives Asian Cheese Demand
 » CME: Cattle on Feed Report Moderately Bullish
 » CME: Corn Planting Near Record-High Condition
 » Urgent Action Required on Falling Food Productivity
 » Training, Technology to Boost Dairy Cattle Fertility
 » Price Drops, High Input Costs Challenge Producers
 » CME: Few Areas See Exceptional Drought Conditions
 » Registration Open for 2012 Cattle Industry Conference
 » Dairy Month: Consumers Win with Dairy Products
 » Dispute on Claims about Dairy Farm Bill Title
 » Senate Action on Farm Bill Expected in Early June

   New Zealand

 » Milestone in Pasture Evaluation to be Unveiled
 » Trading Among Farmers to Protect not Raise Capital
 » Pasture Growth Fuels Growth in Milk Production
 » Fonterra Payout a Global Economy Reality Check
 » Forecast Payouts for 2011-12 and 2012-13
 » Land and Water Report Welcomed as Way Forward
 » Dairy Farmers to Use Information in Tougher Times
 » Fonterra Wants to Tighten Trading Among Farmers

   United Kingdom

 » UK Farmers Enjoy Boom as Economy Suffers
 » NFU Challenges UK TB Controls
 » Milk Price Cuts Hitting Long-term Investment
 » New Animal Health Initiative Taking Shape
 » Who Will Bear the Cost of Supermarket Promos?
 » Red Tractor Takes Gold for UK Farming
 » Dairy Merger a Boost for the Industry, says the NFU
 » Liver Fluke to Blame for Spread of TB
 » Dairy Crest's £10M Loss, Milk Unit Hits Results


 » Sustainable Livestock at Committee on Agriculture
 » CIWF Accuses OIE of Failing Animals?
 » Arla, Milk Link to Lead UK Market Through Merger
 » FMD Scientist Receives International Award
 » IDF Welcoms New Director General
 » El Nino Risk Rising for Late Summer
 » International Animal Welfare Systems Adopted


 » Milk Feeding Programme Institutionalised


 » Fonterra Opens New Innovation Centre in Shanghai


 » OIE: Anthrax Outbreak Reported in Ukraine

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 » Mexico Accounts for Quarter of US Dairy Exports


 » Govt May Allow Export of Skimmed Milk Powder


 » OIE: More Schmallenberg Outbreaks Reported

   European Union

 » EU Raw Milk Output to Increase by One Per Cent
 » Safety of Enterococcus faecium in Animal Feed


 » OIE: New Outbreak of New World Screwworm


 » Paraguay to Fully Eradicate FMD
 » FMD NEWS: Paraguay to Fully Eradicate FMD

Animax Veterinary Health

 » Agriculture to Benefit from Malaysian FTA
 » Record Rainfall has Helped Boost Dairy Industry


 » Farm Incomes Increased by 32 Per Cent in 2011


 » Livestock Producers Advised to Make Use of Youtube


 » Tunisian Feed Production Leaps Forward

That's all for this week!

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