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TheDairySite Newsletter - 15 January 2016

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Friday 15th January 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell

MSD Animal Health

Farmers Need to Exchange Knowledge to Deal with Volatility

Long-term knowledge exchange and benchmarking farms against peers are important to help farming withstand volatility, farm business experts have said.

Giving evidence to the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-committee hearing on “Responding to price volatility and creating a more resilient agricultural sector”, Sir Peter Kendall, chairman of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board, said that there has been a failure to provide farmers with the instruments to help farmers cope with volatility.

He called for a greater understanding of the commodity cycle and a greater understanding of risk to be shared with in the farming sector.

He said that farmers did not like the concept of benchmarking and he called for a new way of being able to explain to farmers how they should compare their businesses, both at home and around the world.

Other experts called for diversification and other income streams, niche production and better coordinated use of research – click here to read more.

Meanwhile, the UK’s National Farmers Union (NFU) has asked why dairy company Meadow Foods is paying one of the country’s lowest milk prices despite strong profits.

NFU dairy board chairman Rob Harrison said: “It’s morally wrong that a dairy posting pre-tax profits of £13.7 million in a difficult market situation continues to pay an unsustainable price for milk and takes no consideration of the voluntary code of conduct on contracts and has no formal producer representation.” – Read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

How does India's Stance on Cattle Slaughter Affect Farmers?
Hindu hardliners are increasingly clamping down on the potential slaughter of cows in India – so what does that mean for the nation’s dairy and subsistence farmers? Olivia Cooper reports.

Company News

Nutriad Calf Rumen Master Class
NETHERLANDS - On 16 December 2015, Nutriad’s ruminant expert team organised a master class about the relationship between nutrition, rumen development and health in veal, rose, beef and dairy calves for Thewi veterinary practice in Tilburg (NL).
Boehringer Ingelheim to Acquire Merial
GLOBAL - On 15 December 2015, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) announced that it had entered an agreement with Sanofi to swap businesses. The deal will see Boehringer acquire Merial, making the combined company the second largest animal health company.

Global Dairy Industry News

   United Kingdom

UK is Biggest Contributor to EU Milk Production Rise
Farmers Need to Exchange Knowledge to Deal with Volatility
Welsh Dairy Farmers Argue for New Organisation to Improve Industry
Reducing Competition Between Livestock and Humans for Food
Dairy Company Queried Over Low Farmgate Prices Despite Strong Profits
Measuring Yield Alone Fails to Show Full Grazing Benefits, Researchers Say
New Skimmed Milk with Added Protein Aims for Better Taste
OFC - What Strategies are Needed to Feed a Growing Population?
Farmers Warned of Heavy Rain Effects on Cattle Nutrition
OFC - Can UK Farming Afford to Leave the EU?
OFC - Call for Economic Viability for Sustainable Farming


Ireland's Food and Drink Exports Continue to Grow
Biggest Ever Cattle Genotyping Project to Help Breed Better Animals

   European Union

EU Commits Millions to Combat Animal Diseases in 2016
More EU Funding Allocated for School Milk


Zimbabwean Cattle Farmers Destock as Drought Worsens

   New Zealand

Fonterra Exported Record Milk Volume in December
El Niño Impacts to Hit NZ Farmers for Months


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