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Friday 20th December 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Crop Production: The Animals or Us?

GLOBAL - Projections of population and diet to 2050 indicate that more crops will be fed to animals than humans in twenty years time.

A new report has concluded that global agriculture will have to produce more crops simply to meet expanding livestock sector demand as feed consumption increases 1.8-2.3 times.

Potentially, this could mean livestock, currently using 40 per cent of crops, would be consuming more than current global crop output even before human consumption is considered.

The figures appear in a joint paper by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the University of Potsdam in Germany.

Experts predict livestock’s share of crop consumption to rise to 48-55 per cent.

The study, led by Dr Prajal Pradhan, a researcher at the institute, calculated spatial distribution of food calories finding that, on average, three quarters of embodied crop energy is lost by animals.

He told environmental research web that, in severe cases, the amount of crop calories can be as high as 10 kcal to generate one kcal of meat.

The paper stressed the issue was complex, with huge variation in current crop usage, food demand and future changes.

Global livestock feed usage centres around Europe and Eastern China. Other major areas are eastern US, the Mid West and central southern Canada.

Livestock feed is of strategic importance in how efficient systems are at producing food. Some regions heavily use by-products or stovers as a primary feed source, another report detailed this week.

Future regional fortunes were predicted. South East Asia, Western Asia and Africa, barring South Africa, will fall into a crop deficit, the report stated.

The revelations have led to a call to lower demand for dairy and meat products, suggesting diet is easier to alter than curbing population expansion.

However, the rising popularity of dairy in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia is being embraced by established dairying nations.

Ireland and Scotland have both targeted a 50 per cent rise in milk production by 2025 and 2050 respectively.

Meanwhile, dairy farming organisations are gearing up for production after quota removal on March 31 2015.

This will reduce the regulation of milk being produced, with analysts also predicting a rise in cattle numbers, milk yield per cow and acres given way to dairying.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, on behalf of everyone at TheDairySite and 5m Publishing. The next newsletter will be mailed out on Friday 3 January.


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Global Dairy Industry News

   United States

Daily Dairy Trading: Prices Build on Week's Gains, Thursday
CME: Lower Fed Cattle Numbers for Foreseeable Future
Daily Dairy Trading: Prices Maintain Ground With Some Gains, Wednesday
US Agriculture Considering Opposition to Partnership Deal
Daily Dairy Trading: Futures and Spot Prices Continue Upward Surge
Daily Dairy Trading: Active Spot Price Action Continues , Monday
Phasing out Antibiotics for Growth Promotion in US: What Are the Consequences?
New Rules Shift Oversight of Feed Antibiotics to Veterinarians
Farming Groups Attack Pollution Reporting Proposals
Daily Dairy Trading: Spot Market Closes Mostly Higher, Friday
Daily Dairy Trading: Reporters Note Drop in Class III, Thursday
Maintaining Calf Growth Rates Through Winter


Global Food Security Relies on Trade
Surge in Animal Diseases Necessitates New Approach to Health
Our Race Against Bacteria: Linking Livestock Production and Human Medicine
Don’t Be Fixated on Active Lesions Alone, Epidemiologist Warns
Global Study Shows Varied Impacts of Farm Animals on Environment
World Trade Organisation Truly Delivers
Key Measures to Ensure Family Farms Meet Growing Food Demand


Filipino Farmers Gifted One Carabao Each


State Subsidies Up to 34 Per Cent Rise for Livestock


Academic Stresses Importance of Tuberculosis Programme
Major Steps Taken To Eradicate TB from Central Dairying Heartland

   European Union

EFSA Evaluates Molecular Typing Methods for Food-borne Pathogens
Yorkshire Cheese Gets European Protected Status
Eurogroup Welcomes Commission's Proposals on Ban of Cloning


Administration to Add Ten New Drug Inspectors in China
FMD NEWS: FMD Outbreak in Tibet; Animals Vaccinated
FMD Outbreak in Tibet; Animals Receive Vaccination


Joint Statement With US Could Bouy Farming Productivity


E.Coli Costs Canada $403.9 Million Per Year

   United Kingdom

NFU: Water Abstraction Reforms Must Deliver Fairness for Farmers
More Than £100k Given Out to Promote Farming in 2013
New Reforms to Improve Management of Water Supplies
Dairy Project to Reduce Carbon Emission by 3,500 tonnes
Farmer Confidence Up, but Regulation Tops Concerns for 2014
Call to Get Tough on Food Fraud
Early Planning Key to Livestock Safety
Recent Dairy Crest Acquisition Up For Sale
Exciting Times Ahead for British Farmers


Romanian Dairy Sector Facing New Challenges


Po Valley Farmers Strive for 'Good and Honest' Milk
October Dairy Production Up Slightly

   Korea, South

Chinese Food Firms Look to S Korea to Improve Image


Farmers Warn Politicians on Funding
Renewal of Agreement to Promote Farm Health and Safety

   New Zealand

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New Zealand Cows Lift to 6.6 Million
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