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TheDairySite Newsletter - 29 July 2016

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Friday 29th July 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell

MSD Animal Health

Dairy Companies Look to Expand in Africa

The world’s top 20 dairy companies took their shares from a smaller overall dairy market last year, the Rabobank Global Dairy Top 20 report showed.

2015 proved to be a difficult year for most, with the strong US dollar and currency volatility, together with low commodity prices, reducing turnovers for most companies.

Mergers and acquisitions continued as companies sought additional value from domestic markets and new opportunities elsewhere, such as in Africa.

According to Rabobank’s Global Dairy Strategist Kevin Bellamy: "The big story in this year’s top 20 list of dairy companies - based on turnover - is the shrinkage of the overall size of the pie.

"Low dairy commodity prices and currency movements have had a dramatic downward effect on company sales values." – Click here to read more.

In research news this week, scientists have shown that a hormone known for making humans feel happy also plays a role in cows’ milk production.

The study, published in the Journal of Endocrinology, showed that increased serotonin hormone levels lead to increased calcium levels in Jersey and Holstein cows. Low calcium levels in cows can cause health problems known as milk fever.

"Because we looked at both breeds, we were able to see that the calcium regulation is different,” said one of the study’s authors, Laura Hernandez.

"Now we're working to understand how this works on a molecular level and translate these findings into treatments for milk fever." - Read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Why Rodeo Bull Breeding is Bringing in the Big Bucks
The US cattle industry as a whole might be suffering market volatility, but one surprising sector is bucking the trend. A select group of ranchers and stock contractors who breed and train bulls for rodeo shows across America is riding high in a lucrative market, writes John Wilkes.

Company News

Molecular Biology Paves the Way for Gut Health Innovation in Livestock Sciences
GLOBAL - Several narrow, advanced fields of study that examine the cellular metabolism of living organisms are setting the foundations for genuine innovation relating to gut health and performance in animal production in the years ahead. Breakthroughs may help define future nutrition strategies and the substitution of antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs).

Global Dairy Industry News

   United Kingdom

UV Light Treatment Could Provide More Vitamin D for Milk Drinkers
Farm Trespass Warning for Pokémon Go Players
Union Questions Benefits of Voluntary Milk Reduction Plan

   United States

Scientists Call for More Funding for Sustainable Farming
Happy Hormones Improve Cow Health
CME: Cattle Slaughter Largest for June Since 2013

   European Union

Countries Asked to Cut Use of Last-Resort Antibiotic in Animals


New Tests Could Protect Cowpat-Eating Animals

   New Zealand

NZ Farmer Confidence Hit by Brexit Vote


Dairy Companies Look to Expand in Africa


Friesland Campina Holds Milk Price


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