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Friday 1st April 2016.
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Alice Mitchell

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Bluetongue Impacts Continue in France as UK Farmers on Alert

France has continued to report more outbreaks of Bluetongue in the past month, with eight outbreaks reported on 11 March, three outbreaks on 18 March, and one on 25 March.

In all, there were 23 cases in cattle across these outbreaks, out of a susceptible population of over 3000.

The outbreaks occurred in the Puy-de-Dôme, Loire, Nièvre and Ariège regions - click here to read more.

In the UK, farmers have been urged to remain vigilant, as the chance of the disease spreading is said to be high.

There is an 80 per cent risk of Bluetongue reaching the UK by September this year, according to Defra.

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe said: “There is quite strong evidence that Bluetongue could move to southern parts of the UK by late summer, not dissimilar to the way it moved into East Anglia back in 2007.

“As livestock farmers we should be talking to our vets now about the disease and considering our business options, including vaccination which would be a voluntary, protective measure.”

Although there is no vaccine available for UK farmers at the moment, the NFU has said it is working on the issue - read more.

In market news, FrieslandCampina and Müller have both said this week they will soon be reducing milk prices paid to farmers again.

Lyndsay Chapman, Agriculture Director of Müller Milk & Ingredients said: “Market returns continue to be severely depressed creating an increasingly difficult trading environment as we approach the peak period of milk production.

“Milk prices reflect the balance of supply and demand and all of us in the dairy sector desperately need a significant improvement in this balance to generate better returns.” -read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Nutrition and Immune Status of the Transition Cow
Increased productivity in dairy cows has increased the challenges associated with the transition cow.

Dairy Blog: The White Elephant of Dairy
Dairy blogger Carol Lever discusses the choice of dairy products consumers have in the supermarket chillers.

Company News

Welfare in the Spotlight at 2016 Official Vet Conference
UK - 'Animal Welfare - the Role of the OV' is the theme of the 2016 Official Veterinarian (OV) Conference set to take place between the 29th and 30th September 2016. The programme includes lecture streams and round-table discussions on themes relating to both Large Animals and Small Animals, in addition to a series of lectures aimed at Equine Practitioners.
Combined Mycotoxin Threat to Livestock Rated High in the US, According to BIOMIN Survey
US - Increased occurrence and co-occurrence levels in the 2015 corn harvested in the United States pose a higher risk to livestock production in 2016, according to the latest BIOMIN Corn Survey.

Global Dairy Industry News


Rare Genetic Disorder in Cows Could be More Common than Thought

   United Kingdom

UK Dairy Exports Up, Imports Down in 2015
Müller Reduces Milk Price for May
UK Farmers Urged to Remain Vigilant for Bluetongue Disease
Hoof Care Tips Part 1: Hoof Structures
Exchange Rate Pushes UK Milk Prices Down


France Reports More Bluetongue Outbreaks
French BSE Case Confirmed


Canada Funding More Research to Reduce Farm Greenhouse Gases

   United States

Committee Sets Plans to Strengthen Role of US Dairy
Arla, Dairy Farmers of America to Build Joint Cheddar Plant

   European Union

FrieslandCampina Drops April Milk Price


Improving Farming Boosts Peace Efforts
Industry Insights: Global Trends in Ag Equipment


Farmers Warned Over Calving Safety Fears


The Drost Project - A Visual Guide to Porcine, Pig Reproduction.
Biomin - The Global Mycotoxin threat 2016
Official Vet Conference September 2016



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