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Friday 1st July 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell

MSD Animal Health

How Will Brexit Affect US Agriculture?

Britain’s departure from the European Union following last week’s referendum vote would have little direct effect on US agricultural trade, Purdue University agricultural economists have said.

Their greatest concerns are whether the current shakeup in the financial markets is short-term or longer, whether the US dollar will continue to rise in value and how access to global markets might be affected.

“The indirect effects will matter the most,” said Philip Abbott, a professor of agricultural economics who researches international trade and agriculture.

“The effects on agricultural trade will be through the exchange rate mechanism and through any negative business cycle effects involving global demand. How big those are depend on whether this is a temporary or longer-term situation and how long the very recent changes in exchange rates and interest rates persist.”

Mike Boehlje, distinguished professor of agricultural economics, pointed out that the vote drew more attention to the issue of globalisation versus nationalisation - essentially, open or closed markets.

“Generally, agriculture is much more dependent on international trade than other parts of the economy,” Mr Boehlje said – click here to read more.

In other news this week, the EU's Commission raised the public intervention ceiling for skimmed milk powder from 218,000 tonnes to 350,000 tonnes.

The original ceiling of 109,000 tonnes had already been doubled in April but due to its quick uptake, the European Commission had announced early on its intention to further increase it to support EU dairy farmers facing difficulties with the agricultural markets - read more.

Despite this, there were further signs of positivity in the dairy industry this week as First Milk raised its milk prices for July - read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Influencing TMR Consumption and Feeding Behaviour in Dairy Cows
Over recent years, Nutriad’s Palatability Business Unit has completed a number of studies, in which the impact of flavours on dairy cow feeding behaviour in relation to TMR diets has been investigated and assessed.

Dairy Stories: The EU Dilemma
The upcoming vote on our membership in the European Union has posed a large dilemma for people all over the UK, writes John Wigley in his regular dairy farming blog.

Company News

Grass to Save Cash
GLOBAL - Grass silage is an often overlooked alternative to purchased grain or corn (maize) silage that can support healthy, high-producing dairy herds while reducing feed costs—provided that it is ensiled correctly. Here’s how to use grass to save cash on your farm.
Livestock Event to Become One-Day Dairy Event from 2017
UK - Livestock Event organiser, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers is returning the event to its traditional time slot with next year’s event scheduled for 6 September at The NEC, accompanied by a name change to the National Dairy Event.
Minister of Agriculture to Answer Brexit Questions at Livestock 2016
UK - Minister of Agriculture George Eustice MP will officially open Livestock Event, the UK industry’s leading show within the sector to be held at The NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 6 July. He will be responding to queries on the Referendum outcome, whilst the following day, farmers will be able question industry influencers on the EU Vote at an Open Forum with RABDF president, Lord Curry of Kirkharle; NFU president, Meurig Raymond; UKTI Agri-Tech specialist, Clive Blacker and RABDF vice chairman, farmer and cheese producer, Peter Alvis.
Heat Stress Management of Dairy Cows
GLOBAL - Lower production and other consequences of heat stress can begin at a temperature of just 22°C. Here are tips to cope with the challenge.
For Agribusiness, Social Media Has Changed Everything Forever, Says Adrian Moss
GLOBAL - The feed and livestock industry is becoming increasingly aware of the opportunities and threats posed by social media.
Market Reports

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USDA Cold Storage - 25 June 2016
USDA Milk Production - May 2016
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 23 June 2016
Usage of Milk by dairies in England & Wales – April 2016

Global Dairy Industry News

   United Kingdom

UK to Promote Beef Exports to Premium Markets Following EU Exit Vote
First Milk Increases July Milk Prices
Tesco Reveals 'Fair for Farmers' Guarantee Label on Fresh Milk
UK Farmers Call for Reassurance on EU Support Schemes
Public Support for Farmers Increasing, Survey Shows
Research Looks Into Preventing Further Resistance to Dewormers
Brexit Vote: Farming Industry Reaction
Scottish Dairy Farmers 'Still a Long Way from Profitabilty'
Arla Holds July Milk Price
Farmers Need Better Returns as Dairy Sector Makes Positive Moves

   European Union

EU Raises Dairy Intervention Ceilings Further
Dairy Cooperatives Praised for Role in Better Milk Pricing
EU Urged to Provide More Measures to Alleviate Market Pressure
EU Compound Feed Production Up in 2015

   United States

How Will Brexit Affect US Agriculture?
US Dairy Groups Hope for Action on Canada Trade at Summit
Mid-West Processing Capacity May be Unable to Cope with High Milk Volumes
Bad Timing for Rule Changes, Dairy Farmers Say
Will El Niño Bring a La Niña Drought to the US Midwest?
CME: More Cull Cows Expected to Come to Market


Brexit Vote 'Should Not Influence Milk Price Decisions'
Researchers Champion Clover for Milk Production Benefits


Expert: US Not Price Competitive in World Milk Market
EU Referendum: What Would Brexit Mean for Farming?


Dairy Futures Project Ends with Better Breeding Opportunities for Australia

   New Zealand

Concerns Over New Zealand's Meat Export Markets if Brexit Happens


Friesland Campina Aims to Expand Dairy Sales in China


Brazilian Dairy Sector Meets Government to Discuss Cutting Red Tape


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