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Friday 14th October 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

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Dairy Farms’ Production Costs Substantially Lower

Dairy farmers substantially decreased their costs of milk production in 2015, according to new results in the International Farm Comparison Network’s (IFCN) Dairy Report 2016.

Strong cost reductions took place in Western Europe and Central and Eastern European countries due to exchange rate and post-quota effects, while costs were stable or rising in China, India and the US, mainly due to inflation rates, labour and feed costs. However, reductions in milk prices had a stronger effect than the decline in costs. As a result, farm income experienced a serious drop in 2015, which continued in 2016.

According to Dr Amit Saha, who leads farm analysis at IFCN: “Worst hit dairy farmers in terms of profitability in 2015 were in Western Europe, North America and Oceania, where over 75 per cent did not cover their full economic costs. In other regions the situation was less dire, with roughly 30 per cent of farms not covering their costs.” - Click here to read more.

In other news this week, the US Department of Agriculture has agreed to purchase cheddar cheese worth $20 million. The purchase aims to reduce a private cheese surplus that has reached record levels, while assisting food banks and other food assistance recipients.

Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack said: “While our analysis predicts the market will improve for these hardworking men and women, reducing the surplus can give them extra reassurance while also filling demand at food banks and other organisations that help our nation’s families in need.” - Read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Prevent Disease Spreading: Give Calf Jackets a Hot Wash
As winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, dairy farmers are being reminded by UK levy board AHDB Dairy to disinfect calf jackets and put them through a hot wash between calves to prevent the spread of cryptosporidiosis.

Company News

Nutriad Continues to Invest in USA
US - Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, that opened its’ new USA production facility in Hampshire (IL) less than one year ago, continues to invest in the American market.
Global Dairy Industry News


Dairy Farmers Cut Production Costs Substantially in 2015
Chilean Dairy Installs World's Largest Robot System
Dairy Price Jump Fuels Global Food Price Rise

     United States

Think Hard About Winter Nutrition for Cows for Long-Term Benefits
Cattle Donations Work to Reduce Poverty, Improve Diets
US Government to Purchase Surplus Cheese
New Vaccine Against Cattle Diseases Could Help Reduce Antibiotics Use


Markets Improving but Challenges Remain for Australian Dairy Farmers

     New Zealand

NZ Study Confirms Benefits of Dairy-Beef Integration


India Acts to Curb Unsafe Milk Production

     United Kingdom

Antibiotics Could be Cut By Up to a Third, say Dairy Farmers


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