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The DairySite Newsletter - 20 July 2012

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Editorial: Drought to Lower Milk Production

There appears to be little relief for US producers as the drought spreads relentlessly.

This week, it was announced that 55 per cent of the US is in moderate to extreme drought, the worst since 1956.

This year's drought is likely to be more detrimental because areas affected by last year’s drought have not been able to recover.

Despite the highest planted corn acres since the 1930s, USDA has slashed corn projections. In June, the USDA was projecting a record 166 bushels of corn per acre to be harvest this fall. That projected yield has been pushed down to 146 bushels per acre as of mid-July.

However the industry is sceptical, with some saying that yields are likely to go even lower, and could be as low as 138 bushels per acre.

While some rain has fallen in parts of the Corn Belt over the last week, it is not enough to make a difference to long term yields. It is too late for the corn crop in the southern areas, and growing areas of the Midwest and Plains could be next if the drought does not recede.

Futures markets were near record levels at around $8 per bushel.

Year-end stocks-to-use ratio are now expected to be around five per cent — the level believed by many to be the minimum possible.

The latest USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook suggests that the higher feed prices will increase dairy herd liquidation over the coming months. Output per cow is also likely to fall as a result of producers feeding less grain but perhaps also due to heat stress.

Charlotte Johnston

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Irish Shinagh Farm Looks to Boost Dairy Production
An increase in milk quota allocation from less than 100,000 litres to more than one million litres in 2014/2015 has given dairy production the green light in County Cork, Ireland reports Stuart Lumb for TheDairySite.
Drought-Damaged Corn Silage Considerations
Drought-damaged corn silage may be worth 75 to 95 per cent the feeding value of normal corn silage, writes Stephen Boyles, Ohio State University Extension Beef Specialist.
Protect Cattle from Heat Stress
Being proactive is the best way to deal with heat stress in cattle.
Rabobank Dairy Quarterly: Slow Squeeze Coming
Dairy commodity prices fell through April and May before a small rally in June brought a 14-month bear market to at least a temporary end. However supply growth is expected to lose momentum through the second half of 2012 as farmers see further reductions in milk prices. Prices are looking to recover in early 2013, according to Rabobank's Dairy Quarterly.
* Market Reports

 » Irish CSO Milk & Milk Products Supply Balance - 13 July 2012
 » USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - July 2012
 » USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 18 July 2012
 » Irish CSO Reports Agricultural Price Indices - May 2012
 » USDA Milk Production - July 2012

* Company News

EBBE Meeting Sees High Yielding Italian Dairy
EU - In May, members of the European Board of Bovine Experts (EBBE) met in Milan, Italy to discuss dairy cow nutrition and how, when done correctly, it can improve milk production.
Best-Selling Authors Unveiled as Guest Speakers at the World Nutrition Forum 2012
SINGAPORE - International best-selling author, John Naisbitt, and the Director of the Naisbitt China Institute in Tianjin, Doris Naisbitt, will deliver their guest speech on Day One of the 5th World Nutrition Forum in Singapore.
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* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   United States

 » Drought Creates Feed Shortages
 » Individual Towns Cannot Modify Pollution Measures
 » EPA Withdraws Farm Database Rule
 » AFBF: Livestock Antibiotic Proposals Based on Theory
 » CME: Total Cattle Slaughter Lower Than a Year Ago
 » High Levels of Iron in Water May Hurt Dairy Industry
 » Expected Price Pattern for Corn and Soybeans
 » Retail Prices for Meat, Dairy and Eggs Decline Slightly
 » CME: Corn and Soybean Situation Equally Bad
 » Congress Fails to Restore Disaster Support, as USDA Visits Struggling Producers
 » Public Food Pathogen Genome Database Created
 » Corn Yield Likely Lower Than USDA Projections
 » CME: Feedyard Inventories Higher Year-on-Year
 » Drought Lowers Milk Production
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » 2012 Drought Impact on 2013 Unclear at This Point
 » Secretary Vilsack Tours Dairy Farm Methane Digester
 » Drought Harms Economics of the Livestock Sector
 » Reform of Ethanol Production Mandate Supported

   European Union

 » Importance of Young Farmers Highlighted
 » Ministers Look at Strengthening Agricultural Markets
 » DNA Vaccines and Future of Disease Control
 » Drop in Environmental Pollutant Dietary Exposure

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   Russian Federation

 » Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus Keep Customs Union

   United Kingdom

 » New Laboratory for Efficient Milk, Disease Testing
 » Milk Protests Pick up, MPs Question Processors
 » Foot Trimming Demonstrations at Livestock 2012
 » Yorkshire Show to Pay out £2m in Compensation
 » Guidance to Wipe out Brucellosis
 » Maximising Grass Intake of High Yielding Cows
 » Agricultural Minister Challenged to Tackle Milk Price
 » 7-Year Liquid Milk Low Highlights Industry Squeeze
 » Smart Solutions at Soil and Water LIVE 2012
 » Farmers for the Future - Breaking Down Barriers
 » Retailers Must End Crippling Approach to Dairy
 » Fresh Start Dairy Academy Launched


 » Changes to National Bovine Johne´s Disease Plan
 » National Food Plan for Australia
 » Farmers Ask for Quarantine Facilities to Stay
 » Next-Generation Cattle Vaccines to Save A$340 million
 » Farmers Call for Better Food Labelling for Consumers
 » New Livestock Traceability Rules Bolster Biosecurity
 » Cattle Prices Increase on Weaker Throughput

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 » Tracking Animal Epidemics Through Road Network


 » Canada Invests in National Traceability System


 » No Long Term Effects of Feeding GM Diets


 » Unions Join Forces to Help Dairy Producers

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