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TheDairySite Newsletter - 18 September 2015

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Friday 18th September 2015.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

MSD Animal Health

Is New Zealand Culling Hard?

Anecdotal reports of “heavy culling” on New Zealand dairy farms are fuelling expectations of lower production for the coming season.

Dairy giant Fonterra has forecast a drop of 2-3 per cent, caveated to possibly be greater, setting the tone for the industry as it heads into its flush period. read more

Lower farmgate prices, the equivalent of 12 pence per litre down on last year, have been the starter’s gun for some analysts predicting a fall of 10 per cent, said levy board Dairy Australia in its fortnightly report.

A spokesperson said “deteriorating expectations” for the New Zealand 2015/16 season are offering “some hope” of market fundamentals improving.

Is Cow Slaughter Increasing?

New Zealand Meat Board figures reveal weekly cow slaughter in late August over 100 per cent higher year on year.

South Island cow slaughter was 259.9 per cent higher for the week ending 15 August.

This has supported gains in beef production ahead of the pace of prime slaughter.

Total cattle slaughter has been running well ahead of last year’s monthly figures, with Beef and Lamb New Zealand forecasting the trend to run into August and September.

UK Dairy Day

One of the biggest agricultural events in the UK farming calendar took place in Telford this week. 

Promar International's top analyst told farmers processors can do for them and what the indsutry needs from farmers. 

Mobility scoring is all too important, found a study investigating foot trimming around calving and the subsequent effect on lameness. 

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

More Than Just Supplier Number Fifty: Promoting Good Rancher, Processor Relationships
When communication abounds and shared goals between packer and supplier are understood, both can benefit. A Canadian meat packer reveals eights steps to fostering a good relationship between a meat processor and a ranch.

Market Reports

USDA WASDE - 14 September 2015
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 11 September 2015

Global Dairy Industry News


No Cow Comfort Threat from Large Dairies, Say Australians


Colombians Subsidise Sorghum to Beat El Nino

   New Zealand

Scientists Strive to Con Protective Shell off Parasites
Lower Fonterra Production Outlook Could Move Lower
Farmer Beef and Sheep Levy Board Get 84 Per Cent Support
Theileria Veterinary Handbook 2 Now Available

   United Kingdom

New Grants Available to Boost Farm Productivity
NFU Calls for Transparent Timeline on CAP Payments
Study Demonstrates Importance of Mobility Scoring
British Labour Party Appoints Vegan to Deal with Farming Issues
Infographic Sheds Light on What Food We Need
Monitoring Wellbeing of Animals through Precision Livestock Farming
Targeted Technology to Solve Agricultural Challenges
Scientists Find Welsh, Scottish TB Regimes Effective
Farmers Ask for Fairer Sharing of Scotland's Record Food Returns
Farm Environment Subsidies Have Positive Effect

   European Union

Mission 2020: Europe Needs Innovation and Milk Marketing
Guidelines Issued on Use of Antimicrobials in Veterinary Medicine
EU Vote Supports Expansion of Animal Cloning Ban


Nutreco Opens New Indonesian Animal Nutrition Plant


Fonterra Auction Makes it Three Gains in a Row
FAO Food Price Index Registered Steady Meat Prices in August

   United States

US Milk Price Would Double Without Migrant Labour, Says NMPF


Lidl Announces Milk Price Increase for German Suppliers


Bluetongue Found in Central France


Further Bluetongue Cases Reported in Romania, Hungary
Bluetongue Strikes Again For Romanians


Urban Sprawl Wrecking Italian Farmland through Landslides


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