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TheDairySite Newsletter - 24 March 2016

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Thursday 24th March 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell

MSD Animal Health

Dairy Cow Fertility Trends Improve

After 20 years of declining dairy cow fertility in the Australian herd, the genetic trend has turned around and improved every year since 2011.

It is now about 5 per cent higher than cows born in 2011, and similar to cows born in 1996.

This finding and others are reported in the latest Herd Improvement Report, published recently by the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS) and the National Herd Improvement Association of Australia (NHIA).

Michelle Axford from ADHIS said this was an example of the gains that can be made through increased emphasis of fertility in Australian selection indices, particularly in the Balanced Performance Index (BPI) and Health Weighted Index (HWI).

“We can expect further gains as the focus on fertility in indices has increased further in the past couple of years,” she said – click here to read more.

In market news, Arla Foods has cut its amba milk price again, by one euro cent per kilo starting from 1 April.

Arla said the continued growth in milk production across Europe continues to have an impact on the imbalance between conventional milk supply and demand. This is continuing to put pressure on commodity and cheese markets which is having a knock-on effect across other markets.

Arla Foods amba Farmer Board Director, Jonathan Ovens, commented: “The milk price is definitely not at a level that anyone wants it to be, but the business is continuing to work hard to mitigate the negative effects of the hard-pressed global dairy market.

“We believe Arla has the right strategy to get through this, although the current situation is extreme for both Arla and everyone else in the global dairy market.” - Read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Cattle Disease Report: UK Situation, Unusual Cases and Emerging Threats
This 'Emerging Threats' report from the UK's Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) looks at herd size, current economic situation and disease cases in the UK's beef and dairy farms, using data from the end of 2015.

Company News

Dairy Awards Generate High Level of Student Interest
UK - A final year student from Harper Adams University (HAU) is the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers MSD Animal Health Dairy Student of the Year.
Milk Testing for Dairy Cows from Woodley Equipment Company
UK - Woodley Equipment has expanded their range of veterinary diagnostic tests to include milk testing for dairy cows.
Market Reports

USDA Cold Storage - 24 March 2016
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 24 March 2016
Usage of Milk by Dairies in England & Wales – January 2016
USDA Milk Production - 21 March 2016
USDA Cattle on Feed - 21 March 2016
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 17 March 2016

Global Dairy Industry News


Dairy Cow Fertility Trends Improve

   European Union

EU Dairy Price Reports Showing Slight Uplift
Arla Cuts Milk Price Again
EU Politicians Call Again for Country of Origin Labels for Meat, Milk
EU Agri-Food Exports Rise in January
New EU Regulation to Boost Use of Fertiliser from Farm Waste

   United States

US Ag Organisations Optimistic Over Cuba Opportunities
How Do US Agencies Prevent Animal Disease Importation?
Market Volatility Continues to Concern Cattle Producers

   New Zealand

Fonterra Dividends Brought Forward to Help Farmers as Profits Rise


Suspected BSE Case in France

   United Kingdom

New Figures Reveal Scottish Dairy Hub Progress
First Milk Announces Capital Structure Changes
Welsh Farmers Reminded of TB Compensation Changes
Cattle Carcase Rejection Conditions Examined
Disappointment at Dairy Reduction in UK Healthy Eating Guidelines
Milllions of Pounds Earmarked for Dairy Market Development


Creativity in Agriculture Needed to Meet Hunger Goals
Livestock Industry Can Deliver Food Whilst Reducing Emissions


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