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TheDairySite Newsletter - 22 July 2016

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Friday 22nd July 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell

MSD Animal Health

EU Dairy Package Includes Millions to Reduce Milk Production

The European Commission has presented a new package of measures worth €500 million from EU funds to support farmers in the face of ongoing market difficulties, particularly on the dairy market.

The package includes an EU-wide scheme to incentivise a reduction in milk production (€150 million) and aid to be defined and implemented at Member State level (€350 million).

In the UK, NFU dairy board chairman Michael Oakes commented: “In terms of a voluntary management scheme, UK farmers have reacted to market conditions accordingly with production already pulled back significantly - daily deliveries for the last two weeks of June are nine per cent lower than the same period last year. This is without financial incentive.”

Some farm organisations also suggested that €150 million would not be enough for an effective voluntary reduction in milk supply – click here to read more.

In market news, this week's Global Dairy Trade auction on Tuesday showed no change in the GDT index of prices traded for dairy products.

Whilst skimmed milk powder fell in price by 1.1 per cent, whole milk powder rose by 1.9 per cent. Butter prices fell by 5 per cent, and cheddar prices by 1.1 per cent.

Arla announced it is holding its August milk price, with Arla Foods amba board director, Johnnie Russell, commenting: “The strengthening of commodity markets, as well as some European retail markets, indicates that markets are continuing to firm and we believe that the market situation is more stable.”

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Extensive Farming and the Future of Food Production
Farmers worldwide are facing new environmental challenges. According to Dr Juan Villalba, Associate Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University and editor of ‘Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems’, skills learned from raising animals in more extreme environments can play an important role in responding effectively.

Company News

The Truth About Mycotoxin Binders
GLOBAL - Binding, or adsorbing, specific mycotoxins to limit their negative effects in livestock is a well-established method for mycotoxin deactivation. While a large number of binder products containing clay minerals such as bentonites are commercially available, there is a certain amount of confusion in the market regarding claims authorized by the European Commission.
UK Chief Veterinary Officer to Speak at 2016 OV Conference
UK - Nigel Gibbens, the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer; Peter Jinman OBE, Chair of the RCVS Certification Subcommittee and Ian Wright, Head of ESCCAP UK & Guideline Director for ESCCAP Europe, have been announced as speakers at the 2016 Official Veterinarian Conference, ‘Safeguarding Animal Welfare – the role of the OV’ on 29-30 September.
Market Reports

USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 14 July 2016

Global Dairy Industry News

   United Kingdom

Poultry Litter Blamed for Botulism in Northern Ireland
Livestock Farmers Looking Out for Fluke-Spreading Mud Snails
Arla Holds August Milk Price
EU Farmers Get €150 Million to Reduce Milk Production in Rescue Package
Bluetongue Vaccine Now Available for British Farmers
Research Identifies Targets for Improved Mastitis Diagnostics
Bovine TB 'Could Put Trade at Risk' Post-Brexit
Formal Complaints Over 'Fake' Supermarket Farm Branding

   United States

Only Half of Consumers Aware of Food Waste Problem
Pastures with More Plant Species Show Better Productivity
Rapid Extra Heating Process Adds Weeks to Milk’s Shelf Life


Global Dairy Trade Prices Unchanged


Beef Farmers Question Fairness of Latest EU Dairy Support Measures
Competition Opened Up for Cattle Tag Supplies in Ireland


Stray Cattle a Difficult Problem Along Zimbabwe-Botswana Border

   European Union

EU Agri-Food Exports Increased in 2015
Latest German Milk Price Figures Show Large Losses in April


Australian Dairy Cow Fertility Genes Improving


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