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TheDairySite Newsletter - 11 September 2015

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Friday 11th September 2015.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

MSD Animal Health

Some Farmers Use Pigs to Calm Cattle

Order can be maintained when working with cattle by distracting them with other livestock, real life examples on farms have shown.

Cattle frighten less when there are distractions from the human element, with old sows, llamas and even donkeys used to grab the attention of suspicious bovines, according to Miriam Parker of Livestockwise.

Several examples existed of farmers using other species around their holding, she told delegates at the inaugural Women in Dairy conference at Worcester.

In the case of pigs, she reasoned it was logical for a herbivore to be very wary of an omnivore.

Her message was that a great deal of knowledge of livestock behaviour had been forgotten, and it was time we relearnt it.

“In the UK we have lost the ability to train cattle but elsewhere they still use draft animals,” she said.

“Our challenges are huge, we have to move animals at speed with no stress.”

Referencing alarming health and safety figures, she said the “brutal truth” was that there had been 29 deaths in five years from handling accidents in the cattle sector.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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Global Dairy Industry News

   European Union

EU Vote Supports Expansion of Animal Cloning Ban
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EU Debates Farm Animal Cloning Ban
National Bans on GM Food, Feed Imports Rejected


Bluetongue Strikes Again For Romanians


Urban Sprawl Wrecking Italian Farmland through Landslides

   United Kingdom

Scientists Find Welsh, Scottish TB Regimes Effective
Farmers Ask for Fairer Sharing of Scotland's Record Food Returns
Farm Environment Subsidies Have Positive Effect
Farmers Use Pigs to Keep Cattle Calm
UK Food Export Value Falls
Farmers Waiting on Lactalis and Dale Farm after Morrisons Deal
Half of Surveyed Dairy Farmers Set to Quit


Why Dairy Farming Needs Women
Six Point Plan For Sustainable Dairy Development in Asia
2015-16 El Niño Expected to be Strongest Since 1997-98
New Diagram to Address Antibiotics Confusion

   New Zealand

Dairy Crash Makes Heat Detection Vital for New Zealanders
Farmstrong Looking After New Zealand Farmer Mental Health
Comprehensive Advice on Swedes Given After Mystery Cow Deaths
Fonterra Turns Milk Bottles Black for Rugby Team

   United States

Aviation Administration Praised for Addressing Drone Challenges and Promises


Bluetongue Found in Canadian Beef Cattle


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