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TheDairySite Newsletter - 07 November 2014

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Friday 7th November 2014.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

MSD Animal Health

Novus International

Update on Dairy Calf Rearing; Dairy Crest Sells Dairies

Many farms have been misguided in their approach to feeding dairy calves, the Global Dairy Calf Symposium heard recently.

For decades, calf rearing principles have worked on restrictive feeding, resulting in generations of heifers being raised for a low plane of nutrition, experts told the Nutreco conference in Eindhoven.

The livestock sector has learnt that calves are metabolically programmed in the pre-natal stages and in the first weeks of life, an insight which should alter nutrition planning.

This was the message of Professor Martin Kaske, senior lecturer at the Vetsuisse Faculty in Zurich, who said that established calf rearing protocols are far removed from the animals physiology.

The thinking 20 years ago was to push fed milk low, this was for convenience and the belief that it turned the calf onto solid feeds sooner, said Professor Kaske.

However, doing this sends messages to a calfs metabolism, preparing it for a life of sub-optimal nutrition and subsequently lower production.

What you sacrifice early on cannot be made up later in adult life, he told TheCattleSite. He added that dairy calves are capable of amazing growth and that concentrate intake is not suppressed by intensive feeding.

Leonel Leal, ruminant researcher at Nutreco, said: Calves have been shown to benefit from a higher plane of nutrition in early months. Research shows an enhanced pre-weaning diet leads to increased milk production later on.

The first eight weeks of life are instrumental in mammary gland development, he added.

Also at the Symposium, Alastair Hayton, a director at Synergy Farm Health, offered advice to farmers to assess the effectiveness of their heifer rearing system.

Bluetongue has continued its spread through Serbia, Romania and Bosnia and Herzegovina this week.

And finally, in company news this week, Dairy Crest has agreed to sell its Dairies operations to Mller UK & Ireland Group to focus on its cheese and packet butter and spreads businesses.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Ireland's Dairy Story: Expanding Sustainably
Expansion is on the cards in Southern Ireland, but for a County Cork family almost doubling farm output does not mean doubling the negative impact of their holding.

Shorter Grass Opens Up Cows to Green Acorn Poisoning
What is food for squirrels is deadly to cattle, explain Georgia advisers after insect activity has exposed green acorns in many Georgia pastures.

What Does Automated Milking Mean For Families?
Five farm studies will allow farmers to get a 'realistic' idea of what technology could mean to their lives, a University of Sydney researcher hopes.

Welfare Problems on French Dairies: An Epidemiological Approach
French dairy farms are operating at an ?acceptable? level of welfare, a study encompassing 131 dairies has found.

Company News

KSE Will Be Exhibiting in Hall 23 at EuroTier 2014
GERMANY - KSE will be exhibiting in Hall 23/E22 at EuroTier 2014.
Tehran's International Exhibition Supported by CID Lines
IRAN - CID Lines' Vatche S. participated with his distributor at the 13th international exhibition for poultry, livestock and dairy in Tehran at the end of October.
Top Beef, Dairy Thought Leaders Discuss BVDV Eradication at Symposium
US - More than 50 veterinarians, laboratory personnel, researchers and animal health company officials participated in the 'Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus Eradication: Reality or Myth?' Symposium on 13 October in Kansas City, Missouri, according to Life Technologies.
Market Reports

USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 5 November 2014
USDA Dairy Products 4 November 2014
Dairy Australia - Fortnightly Update - 31 October 2014
Irish CSO Reports - Milk Statistics September 2014

Global Dairy Industry News


FAO Food Price Index Stabilises in October
New Guide for Better Detection of Animal Health Risks
Bluetongue Affects 82 Cattle Across Europe this Week
Industrialisation Should Not Come at Expense of Agriculture
Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef: McDonald's Europe Sustainability Efforts
Developing Countries Pushing For Animal Welfare

   United States

NFU Urges Passage of Tax Extenders Package
US Forms New Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Farm Animals
Vesicular Stomatitis Reported in US Horses
American Feed Conference to Discuss Pet Food Trade
Registration Open for NFU?s 2015 Women?s Conference
Novus Highlights Mineral, Gut Health Solutions at EuroTier 2014

   United Kingdom

UK's Dairy Crest Sells Dairy Operations to Focus on Cheese, Butter, Spreads
UK Farm Business Innovation Expo Returns to Olympia
UK's New Animal Disease Research Centre Opened
UK Vets Say Consumers Should Know about Slaughter Methods
British Parents Want More Lesson on Food and Farming in Schools

   Russian Federation

660 German Dairy Cows Flown to Russia


Irish Company Goes National In China


Colombia Getting on Board With Embryo Transfer
Colombian Rabies Outbreak Prompts Vaccination Plea


Bihar Posts 30 Per Cent Growth in Agriculture Production
Afghan Ambassador Meets India's Agriculture Minister

   European Union

Promotion of Agricultural Products in the EU
Study Reveals Differences in Animal Welfare Training across Europe


Cadiz Bluetongue Confirmed as Serotype One
Quota Fears Prompt Spanish Farmer Advice


What Challenges Face Ukraine?


Ecuador Welcomes First A.I. Holstein


We've Been Doing It Wrong: Setting up Calves for High Production


VIV China 2014: Successful Business Week in Beijing


BRF Shows Strong Growth


The Drost Project - A Visual Guide to Porcine, Pig Reproduction.
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