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Friday 17th June 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell

MSD Animal Health

Store Displays Decrease Milk Quality

Display cases and grocery stores increasingly use LED lights, and that's bad news for milk drinkers, according to a new study.

Cornell University researchers in the Department of Food Science found that exposure to light-emitting diode (LED) sources for even a few hours degrades the perceived quality of fluid milk, more so than the microbial content that naturally accumulates over time.

Their study determined that milk remained at high-quality for two weeks when shielded from LED exposure, and that consumers overwhelmingly preferred the older milk over fresh milk stored in a typical container that had been exposed to LED light for as little as four hours.

As sellers adopt these light-efficient energy sources in dairy cases and point-of-sale locations, merchants might be unwittingly sabotaging the product they are trying to sell.

"For some reason we love to look across the store and see this glowing case of milk that's shining bright," said Robin Dando, senior author on the paper and assistant professor in Cornell's Department of Food Science. "It's attractive to look at, but we might actually be damaging the quality of the product." – Click here to read more.

In market news, dairy researchers and analysts at the IFCN Dairy Research Network conference agreed that milk price recovery in 2016 is possible.

The researchers estimate that global milk supply will grow by 1.5 per cent in 2016, but global demand is expected to grow by 2 per cent. Although supply outweighed demand for the first 5 months of the year, the experts predicted the situation would reverse by the end of 2016.

However, IFCN chief Torsten Hemme said the speed of the recovery depends on stock holders: “If they keep stocks for a longer time a substantial recovery by the end of 2016 is possible. If stock holders act differently, price recovery will be delayed. But milk price recovery is possible." - Read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Randall Lineback Cattle - The Breed that Saved America
The Randall Lineback is among the oldest breeds of cattle in the US with origins back to the Pilgrim Fathers. The Randall family in Sunderland, Vermont had sustained this heritage breed since 1912, writes John Wilkes.

Company News

Diverging Consumer Demands Put Contradictory Pressures on Producers, Says Prof. David Hughes
UK - “Quite clearly, the future is bright for animal-derived protein consumption. However, the further polarization of consumer demands presents a real challenge for the livestock and dairy industry,” warned Prof. David Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London.
Livestock Event: The Open Forums
UK - Farmers will be able question industry influencers at two Open Forums sessions hosted by Barclays at the Livestock Event, held at The NEC on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July.
Nutriad Introduces MYCOMAN®: Mobile App for Mycotoxin Management
GLOBAL - Mycotoxins in cereal crops affect the health and performance of animals all around the world. Changing quality and availability of raw materials lead to an increasing need for efficient ways of measuring the level of mycotoxin contamination, allowing producers to respond quickly.
Market Reports

Animal Feed Statistics for Great Britain - April 2016
UK Usage of Milk by Dairies in England & Wales – April 2016

Global Dairy Industry News

   United States

Researchers Investigate Economic Impact of Climate Change on Farms
Watch Out for Parasites and Pests in Wet Weather
Milk Quality Decreases Under LED Lights


World's Top 20 Milk Processors Named
Global Dairy Trade Prices Unchanged
Dairy Researchers: Milk Market Recovery Possible This Year

   New Zealand

NZ Outlook Projects Dairy Export Value Recovery Within 3 Years
New Rules Announced to Prevent Bobby Calf Abuse in New Zealand


Glanbia Under Fire After Milk Price Cuts
Scientists Find Reason Behind Cheese Blushes

   European Union

EU Milk Production Not Expected to Increase Further This Year
EU Milk Production to Slow for Rest of Year

   United Kingdom

Risk of Bluetongue Spread from France to UK to Rise as Weather Warms
Welsh Farmers Concerned over Cattle TB Figures, Strategy


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