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TheDairySite Newsletter - 13 November 2015

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Friday 13th November 2015.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell

MSD Animal Health

Dairy Farmers Fight Back Against Low Prices

On Thursday 12th November, dairy farmers held protests across Europe, highlighting the depth of the crisis facing the industry.

In Belfast, farmers handed out free milk to symbolise that they are producing at a loss, whilst in Germany, Switzerland and Spain, bonfires represented the dairy industry going up in smoke.

The protests were led by the European Milk Board (EMB) under the slogan “Your policy ruins dairy farmers”.

The organisation is calling on European agriculture ministers to implement its Market Responsibility Programme, which would give the option of voluntary supply restrictions when milk prices fall below production costs.

The EMB said that the price crisis is not a short-term fluctuation and farms cannot absorb the costs, adding that farm-gate prices in most EU countries are now about 10 to 20 cents below production costs.

The organisation added that these prices are the result of a short-sighted policy that is geared only to produce cheap raw materials for export instead of aspiring to sustainable solutions - read more

This week, we also featured a report from Melanie Jenkins, looking at the ways dairy farmers can deal with the extra costs of winter.

Feed comprises the biggest portion of production costs. The warm start to autumn and the lower grain prices this year have been favourable for producers, and good sileage yields should also help.

Producers may prefer to reduce concentrate use and suffer slightly lower yields, if they can retain milk bonuses for butterfat, protein and hygiene, Laurence Gould consultant James Miller said.

“Farmers should get as much from forage as possible – and keep a balanced view on cake because sometimes less is more.” - Read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Adjusting Calf Feeding as the Weather Grows Colder
Helping calves adapt to winter conditions by altering feeding regimes is essential to help calves grow to their full genetic potential, experts from Purina Animal Nutrition say.

Company News

MSD Animal Health to Acquire Harrisvaccines
US - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) has entered into an agreement to acquire Harrisvaccines, a privately-held company that develops, manufactures and sells vaccines for food production and companion animals.
MSD Animal Health Honours New Foot-and-Mouth Disease Research
VIET NAM - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) is proud to announce the presentation of awards to four young scientists at the Global Foot-and-Mouth Disease Research Alliance (GFRA) 2015 Scientific Meeting held in Hanoi Vietnam, in honour of their research in disease-endemic areas.
How French Authorities, Industry Mobilised to Contain the Recent Bluetongue Outbreak
FRANCE - French authorities, veterinarians and farmers have mobilised to manage a recent outbreak of bluetongue virus (BTV), thanks to support from Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Market Reports

USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 13 November 2015
Usage of Milk by Dairies in England & Wales – September 2015
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   United States

US Food Regulators Ask: "What is Natural?"
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   United Kingdom

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Animal Welfare Research Receives Funding Boost
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Lords Look at Creating Resilient EU Agriculture Sector
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   European Union

EU Agricultural Exports Increase in Value
More Protests Highlight Dairy Crisis Across Europe


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