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TheDairySite Newsletter - 09 November 2012

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Friday 9th November 2012.

Chris Harris - TheDairySite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

EDITORIAL: India Heading to be Leading Dairy Nation

India is expected to become biggest dairying nation within 10 years according to the International Dairy Federation.

In a report to the World Dairy Summit it is predicted that as populations grow and milk production becomes more formal India will rise to the top of global dairying.

The International Dairy Federation previously reported that one in seven of the world's population live on dairy farms and the FAO predicts that over the next 10 years, there will be another billion growth in population, with over 600,000 of this being in Africa and India.

The milk market in these two countries is mainly 'informal' relying on small holders producing single churns of milk in many instances.

Sometimes groups of small holders form a co-op to cater for pasteurisation and better transport of product. The dairy systems can involve cows being tethered in stalls and feed being brought to them or indeed grazed. Calves also tend to be suckled so milk yields are typically 2000 to 3000 litres per year. This milk never gets to a processor, hence it is referred to as informal.

In Brazil, the minister of agriculture, Mendes Ribeiro, has been presented with a list of issues that dairy farmers believe are currently hampering dairying.

The main priority is to maintain bilateral agreements so competitiveness and product competition are not lost. Other demands requested reinforcing sanitary controls of imports and creating export quotas for dairy products to Uruguay.

Globally, the FAO Food Price Index fell by one per cent in October 2012, and for the first 10 months of the year food prices were on average eight per cent lower than in the same period in 2011.

The Index dipped two points to 213 points from September's revised level of 215 points. The decline was largely due to lower international prices of cereals and oils and fats, which more than offset increases in dairy and sugar prices.

Meanwhile, the FAO Food Outlook, a bi-annual global market report, noted that lower international prices and freight rates, together with lower cereal purchases, could push down the world food import bill in 2012.

Global expenditure on food imports was forecast at $1.14 trillion in 2012, 10 per cent lower than last year's record level.

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   United States

New Farm Labour Programme Proposed
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Processor Reports Strong Growth for Third Quarter

   United Kingdom

£1 Million Welfare Grant to Boost Industry Skills
UK Farmgate Milk Price Drops
Competition for Distillery Co-Products a Concern for Livestock Producers
Welsh Government, Farmers to Work in Partnership
Scots Must Plan for Schmallenberg Risk
NFU Says Summer Turmoil Must Not be Repeated
Combatting Cattle Scab Spread From the Continent
Clearer Food and Drink Labelling for Consumers
Insurance Deadline Looms for High Plains Farmers


Spain Amends Quota Management System
Science in the Service of Animal Welfare: Priorities Around the World


Women Pivotal for Global Livestock Diversity
World Dairy Report Shows Growth
GLOBALG.A.P. Summit 2012 Makes Major Milestones In Supporting Global Trade
Nations Reviewing Industry Direction
New Zealander to Head World Dairy Organisation
Eastern Europe Conference Discusses Livestock Production Prospects for CIS Countries
IDF Presents Award
FAO Food Price Index Falls Slightly in October


1042 Hectare Dairy Farm Goes for Sale in Uruguay


Industry Made Progress During 2011, Export Earnings Up


Government Assists Hay Donating Initiative


Lion Promises Pay Rise for Dairy Farmers
New Approach to Deliver for Australian Dairy Farmers


Thousands of Cattle Succumb to Drought


$74 million Sought for Agricultural Rejuvination in Wake of Hurricane


Ambitious Danish Plan for Animal Welfare, Reduction of Antimicrobials Use


Agricultural Production Sees Increase of 4.6 Per Cent


Brasil Foods, Carbery Group Partner to Process Whey
Dairy Leaders Give Minister Action Plan


Milk Production Increases in Chile

   European Union

Summit Discusses Quota Removal and Impact on Production
Creation of Bilateral Group for Jobs and Growth


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India to be World's Biggest Milk Producer in 10 Years

   New Zealand

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