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TheDairySite Newsletter - 08 January 2016

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Friday 8th January 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell

MSD Animal Health

Badger Culls to Expand, but Politicians Disagree on TB Science

The UK government agriculture secretary and her shadow counterpart were at loggerheads this week at the Oxford Farming Conference on the best way to tackle bovine TB.

Liz Truss said that the action the government is taking in tackling the disease is working and the number of new cases is levelling off, Chris Harris reported from the event.

Ms Truss also announced that the areas where badger culling has taken place would be extended this year.

However, the government’s action to tackle bovine TB came under fire from the shadow agriculture minister Kerry McCarthy, who challenged the validity of science behind the trial badger culls as part of the eradication programme - click here to read more.

In market news this week, the Global Dairy Trade (GDT) Price Index showed a fall of 1.6 per cent compared with the previous trading event.

Both the previous trading events, on 1 and 15 December 2015, showed increases in the price index, whilst the three events before that showed a downward trajectory.

The biggest price fall was for Whole Milk Powder, with a fall of 4.4 per cent. Skim Milk Powder prices fell by 0.8 per cent - read more.

Meanwhile, Netherlands-based dairy company Friesland Campina has announced a move to prevent milk supplies from rising, by paying farmers €2 per 100 kilos of milk if they maintain or reduce milk production.

Sieta van Keimpema, Vice-President of the European Milk Board (EMB), said the move showed how drastic the dairy crisis situation is.

"This instrument ought to be applied not just at individual dairies, but throughout the EU and thus managed centrally,” she said in a statement.

"Initiative on the part of individual dairies is not enough. It is up to politicians in particular to establish the proper legal framework for this, stipulating a market volume that enables prices to cover producers’ costs." - Read more.

In case you missed it: read our special holiday article, Top Ten Dairy Features of 2015.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

How Do I Decide which Mould Inhibitor Should be Included in My Feeds?
There are many mould inhibitor brands in the feed additives market which claim to work better than all others, writes José Luís Laparra (Nutriad) Mexico. However, not all of them are as efficient as suppliers might claim. What should you look for when selecting a product?

How DNA Parentage Testing in Cattle is Done
We’ve all seen the pictures of DNA that looks like a spiral staircase, but in fact DNA is made up of units called base pairs and there are four different base pairs represented by the letters A, T, G and C. Cattle have 2.8 billion base pairs and humans have 3 billion, writes Angela Lovell.

Quorum Sensing as a Tool for Selecting Feed Additive Ingredients
Nutriad has demonstrated the use of Quorum Sensing (QS) as a tool in the development of new feed additives for livestock and aquaculture application.

Market Reports

USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 7 January 2015
USDA Dairy Products - 7 January 2015
UK Price, Volume and Composition of Milk – November 2015

Global Dairy Industry News

   United Kingdom

OFC - Badger Culls to be Stepped Up in Fight Against Bovine TB
OFC: Research Investment to Make British Agriculture More Competitive
OFC: Call for More Entrepreneurship on Farms
First Milk Cuts Farmgate Prices
Arla's Milk Price Maintained Through January
Branded Cheddar Sales Improved Through Reduced Prices
Research Finds Improved Land Use Efficiency Helps Climate
Müller Acquisition of Dairy Crest Completed
Help Extended for Flood-Hit UK Farmers
Rodent Control Hub to Help Farmers Gain New Certification
Animal Medicines Sector Responds to O’Neill Antimicrobials in Agriculture Report
Vets Urge Disease Data Innovation After Lab Closures
London Buses Get Greener by Running on Meat Waste
Poster Campaign Halves Dog Fouling on Farmland
How Can Farmers Live With Volatility?
Farmers Reminded of Changes to Welsh TB Testing Regime for Common Land
Ear Tag Testing Could Help Eradicate BVD
Union Calls for Better Retailer Support for Scottish Farming

   European Union

Most Europeans Think CAP is Important
Dutch Dairy to Pay Farmers to Limit Milk Supply
Fight Against Food Fraud Strengthened by New Research
Food Safety Concern as Infections Still Rising in EU
Dairy Farmers Sending Milk to EU President in Protest
Growing Global Import Demand to Drive EU Dairy Sector


Food Prices Fell in 2015 as Global Economy Dwindled
Latest Foot and Mouth Reports: Iran, Saudi Arabia
Global Dairy Trade Auction Price Falls
What's the Biggest Challenge for Sustainable Beef?
Climate Change and Your Food: Ten Facts
Top Ten Dairy Features of 2015
Merry Christmas to All Our Readers!
El Niño Lowers Early Production Outlook in Southern Africa
Global Trade Ministers Move to End Agriculture Export Subsidies
Latest Bluetongue Reports: More Outbreaks in France, Hungary
Vaccination Push in South Africa as FMD Outbreak Reported

   United States

CME: US Beef Exports Down
CME: Heavy Winter Weather Affecting Beef, Dairy Production
Home for the Holidays – A US Family Farm

   New Zealand

New Zealand Farmers Expecting More Tough Times Ahead
Dry El Niño Summer Expected to Cause Problems for NZ Dairy Farmers


Five More Bluetongue Outbreaks Reported in France


Dairy Farmers Warned Against Market Prediction Pessimism
Farmers Urged to Prioritise Safety in 2016


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