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Friday 4th January 2013.
Chris Harris - TheDairySite Editor in Chief

Michael Priestley

Editorial: MRSA Discovery Prompts Wake-up Call

For the first time in the UK scientists have observed the ST 398 strain of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterium.

Revealed at the University of Cambridge by testing 1,500 bulk milk samples, the bacterium was found to be present on five farms across England, Scotland and Wales.

Originally from the Netherlands in 2003 the MRSA ST398 affected pig farms across continental Europe and North America. The ST398 strain accounts for a third of human MRSA cases in the Netherlands; is responsible for serious human infections and causes of mastitis in cows.

The disclosure has amplified calls to reduce antibiotic use on UK farms and put pressure on Defra to monitor MRSA development, in keeping with requests from the European Food Safety Authority for pig, poultry and cattle farms to be assessed for MRSA.

Richard Young, Soil Association Policy Adviser said: “This should be a wake-up call for Defra. The European Food Safety Authority recently called on all Member States to carry out regular monitoring for MRSA, but unlike other countries, the UK continues to ignore this request."

"Defra must also urgently deal with the problem of waste milk containing high levels of antibiotic residues being fed to calves. There is strong evidence this has contributed to the spread of other superbugs, like ESBL E. coli," added Mr Young.

The safety of consumers is not thought to be at risk as pasteurisation eradicates MRSA bacterium, although industry workers such as slaughterers and dairy workers have been urged to exercise caution.

The 2012 Dairy year ended more positively elsewhere with both the Ukraine and New Zealand Ministries announcing recent progress in the industry.

The Dairying sectors of the Poltava, Khmelnitsky and Vinnytsia regions of Ukraine all grew by over nine per cent, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food announced last month. After annual growth of 3.2 per cent the national milk herd is now at 633.9 million.

Government funding, which is branching into a milk marketing programme for 2013, also subsidised the construction of 68 new dairy farms and the development of over 200 existing enterprises.

Following news of a good New Zealand dairy season, the message of industry growth has been echoed by DairyCo which announced a 20.4 per cent increase in the New Zealand Dairy herd over the last five years.

The rise has allowed the country to meet rising international demand, leading to increases in powders, butter, cheese and casein exports since 2009. The Ministry for Primary Industries has forecast growth to continue until 2015.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Estonia: Animal Production in 2004–2010
The developments in poultry, pig, beef and milk production in Estonia over the period are outlined by Liina Jurgenson, Head of the Bureau of Animal Products at the Ministry of Agriculture in a report entitled 'Animal Breeding in Estonia 2004–2011' from Estonian Animal Breeding Association.

Bedding Material in Dirt-Floor Pens Reduces Heat
During the summer months when 'heat load' is high the use of wheat straw as bedding on dry dirt flooring can lower temperatures, a Kansas State Cow-Calf Unit project has found.

What's Driving the Grain Markets and What to Look out for Going Forward?
David Norris of Noggers Blog explained his view of recent feed ingredient price movements and where they might be heading next at the Pig Farmers' Conference organised by Teagasc in the Republic of Ireland in October 2012.

Evolution of the Market Situation and the Consequent Conditions for Smoothly Phasing out the Milk Quota System
This report comes as the second part of the Common Agricultural Policy health check and evaluates the evolving market situation in the 'smooth phasing out' of the dairy quota system, concluding that the process is 'on track'.

Milk Production Leaps 11.3 per cent for 2011/12 Season
Higher production per cow and per hectare to record breaking levels is the message from a New Zealand Dairy Statistics publication by the Livestock Improvement Corporation and industry-good body DairyNZ.

Company News

ILDEX: Big Success in Myanmar
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Hedging Health Risks on Farm
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Merial to Acquire Animal Health Division of Dosch Pharmaceuticals
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Global Dairy Industry News

   United Kingdom

NI Dairy Farmers Disappointed by Auction
Conference on New Metrics for Sustainable Agriculture
AHVLA Considers Disease Surveillance from 2014
Outdated Farm Labour Laws Abolished
AWB Abolition Necessary and Correct, Says NFU
Superbug MRSA ST398 Found in British Cattle
British Cattle Breeders’ Club Conference Brings Industry Together
Fresh Thinking on Farm Policy is 'Crucial'
Government Launch Food and Farming Youth Scheme
OFC - Study Shows Hidden Contribution of Agriculture
Backing for Welsh Dairy Products
OFC - UK Government Backs GM Development
BBSRC Invests in Future of Livestock Genomics
OFC - Feeding System Wins Practice with Science Award
OFC - Will Farmers Benefit from CAP Reforms?
OFC - Call for Better Implementation of EC Rules


Projects Selected for Action Plan on Animal Genetic Resources
Weaker Demand Growth to Slow Price Recovery
Asia Dairy Network Announces Development Scheme
Investment in Research Growing
Saputo Inc. Finalise Morningstar Foods Acquisition


Manitoba Farmers Encouraged to Prepare for New Environmental Rules

   United States

USDA Issues Final Rule for Animal Disease Traceability
Scout Fields and Sample Soils in 2013 Urges Purdue Specialist
Amendment to Label GE Food Pre-Filed for Consideration
CME: Down Trend for Feedlots, Obvious
Hay Beats Pasture Grass in Dry Spells
IFES 2012: Crop and Livestock Price Prospects for 2013
Weekly Roberts Market Report
IFES 2012: The Impact of Biofuels Mandates on Grain, Oilseed
CME: Highlights of 2013 Price Predictions
Cattle on Feed Down Six Per Cent
US EPA's Jackson Announces Resignation; Leaving After State of Union
Farm Bill Extension Ineffective
Farmers Receive Meager Share of Retail Food Dollar
Testing Reminder Issued by Colorado Department
Congressional Inaction Continues to Leave Farmers and Ranchers Hanging
Farm Bill Extends Dairy Programmes to September
Ohio Forage Yields Respectable Despite Difficult Summer
Fertiliser Application Rule Protects Farmers


Doctorate Reveals Dairy Cow Health Issues
100 Head of Cattle Disappear in Serengeti River


Botulism Cases Confirmed Near Longreach
Welfare Group Criticises Queensland Graziers
Animal Welfare Reforms to Cover 100 per cent of Australia's Livestock Trade

   European Union

Environmental Concerns over Zinc in Feed
Eurostat Publishes Annual Pocketbook
CAP Discussed at Latest Agriculture, Fisheries Meeting
New 'Fair Price' Regulation Arrives

   New Zealand

Dairy Herd Continues to Grow


Dairy Products to Receive Promotion Boost
Farm Supports Lead to Rise in Dairy Farms


Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise
Tariff Cuts Could Help Australian Trade


Maize Predicted to be Better than Expected


OIE: More Cases of Lumpy Skin Disease Reported
OIE: Two Further Outbreaks of Lumpy Skin Disease


FAO Helps Darfur Farmers and Herders Live in Peace


Farm Review Shows Income Has Regressed 20 Years
Sustainability Features in Ministry Spending Plan

   Russian Federation

Moscow Agro-Industrial Complex Budget Announced


Mobile Cattle Health Facilities for Gulbarga District


CAP Negotiations Will Make 2013 a Defining Year for Farming


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