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TheDairySite Newsletter - 05 October 2012

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Friday 5th October 2012.

Charlotte Johnston - TheDairySite Editor

Charlotte Johnston

Fighting Price Volatility

This week's Fonterra Global Dairy Trade auction showed a fall of 0.9 per cent across all products.

This was the first fall in international milk prices for at least two months.

However, whole milk powder, the main product traded, saw an increase of 2.8 per cent.

Farmgate milk prices

At the end of September, Fonterra announced a drop in their farmgate milk price for the 2012/13 season. Chairman Sir Henry van der Heyden said that an oversupply of milk had contributed to the lower price.

The results of the latest Global Dairy Trade auction have led Irish producers to push retailers and processors for a milk price lift, to make up the gap, which has developed.

"The extreme cost/price squeeze compounded by the appalling summer weather, which dairy farmers have faced this year, means that they need more than anything the most rapid possible increase in milk price to return anywhere near profitability," Irish Farmers' Association National Dairy Committee Chairman Kevin Kiersey said.

The UK's voluntary code of practice between processors and producers was given the go-ahead this week. The code hopes to ensure fairer contracts for dairy farmers.

The code includes 30 days notice of change to prices or other contractual terms, encouragement of producer groups, support or options to increase production.

Protecting producers

In the EU, the "Milk Package" became fully applicable this week. The package provides for written contracts between milk producers and processors and for the possibility to negotiate contract terms collectively via producer organisations. It also sets out new specific EU rules for inter-branch organisations, allowing actors in the dairy supply chain to dialogue and carry out certain activities.

It is hoped these measures will boost the position of dairy farmers in the supply chain.

US dairy producers lost a safety net last Sunday as the 2008 Farm Bill expired without a new Farm Bill being passed.

The Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) programme compensated dairy producers when domestic milk prices fell below a specified level.

As Congress will not return until mid-November, because of the elections, many industry organisations are pushing for Congress to pass the new Farm Bill in the lame-duck session prior final adjournment in December.

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Diurnal Pattern of Urinary and Faecal Nitrogen Excretion by Dairy Cows Fed Ryegrass Pasture Twice Daily Indoors
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Meat and the Environment - Future Directions
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Market Trends Justify Milk Price Increase


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Pressure on Processors Continues - SOS Dairy
Aldi Increases Milk Price
New Online Campaign for Freedom Food Scheme
Action Required Against Liver Fluke this Autumn
Update on the Use of Vaccination Against Bluetongue
Farmers Stand Firm Behind Badger Cull
Welfare Group Calls for Fair Milk Price
Dairy Code of Practice Gets Approval
Introducing The Pirbright Institute
Flexibility Sought on Storage and Spreading
NFU Strengthens its Water Resources
Former Agriculture Minister Win Top Prize

   United States

US Senators Seek Support for Dairy Farmers
NFU: RFS is a Benefit to Both Farmers and Biofuels Industry
Colorado Anthrax Update - Quarantine Released
Grain Stocks Estimates Provide Surprises
Pass a Farm Bill in the Lame Duck Session
Who Suffers Most Without a US Farm Bill?
FDA Approves Increased Levels of Toxin in Feed
Congress Leaves Farmers with No Safety Net
What Issues are on the Horizon for Livestock Producers?
Supply Management Will Increase Prices, Decrease Exports
2012 World Dairy Expo Features Parlor Efficiency, Innovation
Plan for Winter Dairy Udder Health Now


Renewed Pressure on Spanish Dairy Sector


Philippine Government Support Dairy Sector


New Antibiotic Laws Introduced in Germany


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   New Zealand

GM Cow Could Reduce Milk Allergies
Agencies Move to Stop Unlawful Exports of Infant Formula
Better Seeds and Plant Species to Improve Efficiencies
Fonterra 2012 Results: Record Supplies Offset Price Reduction

   European Union

EU Milk Package Comes into Action
Improving Sustainable Agriculture

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