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Friday 21st October 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell

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US Dairy Farmers at Odds with Dannon on Sustainability

This week, American dairy product company Dannon came under fire from a number of US farming organisations for its new policy on genetically modified feed.

Dannon recently announced that all its cows will be fed non-GM feed by the end of 2018, which will involve the conversion of an estimated 80,000 acres of farmland to produce non-GM crops, according to the company. Dannon says the move will bring greater transparency and choice to customers.

However, the farming organisations jointly sent a letter to the head of Dannon, saying that sustainability goals cannot be achieved without the use of modern agricultural practices such as GM technology.

Two dairy organisations, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), also spoke out this week against the inclusion of cheese in sodium reduction guidance recently introduced by the Food and Drug Administration.

The guidance aims to help consumers reduce sodium intake through encouraging the food industry to reduce sodium content of food, but the organisations said: “In good faith we cannot agree to the proposed targets when we cannot be assured of technology to achieve those targets within the given time-frames without compromising on product safety and quality.”

In market news, this week’s Global Dairy Trade auction showed an increase in the average price across dairy commodities of 1.4 per cent, continuing the recent positive mood in dairy markets.

Whole Milk Powder prices rose by 2.9 per cent, while Skimmed Milk Powder prices fell by 0.3 per cent. The biggest rise was in lactose, at 5.6 per cent. Butter prices rose by 2.6 per cent.

Pointing to this and other price rises in recent weeks, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has said dairy co-operatives have been too conservative in setting prices recently.

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Company News

Chief Veterinary Officer Highlights Official Vet Welfare Role
UK - The importance of the Official Veterinarian (OV) in safeguarding animal welfare and sharing best practice was highlighted in the address made by Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer, at the annual OV Conference, which took place on 29 and 30 September 2016.
8 Reasons to Use Broad Spectrum Mycotoxin Protection
GLOBAL - In livestock and aquaculture, feed additives are commonly used to counteract the negative effects of mycotoxins. There are many different kinds of products available on the market, the majority being binders. Some products tackle one specific mycotoxin, while others claim deactivation of several classes of mycotoxins.
BIOMIN Recognizes B.R.A.I.N. Award Winner Rudolf Krska at 2016 World Nutrition Forum
CANADA - To the applause of 800 delegates, Dr Rudolf Krska of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) was awarded the biennial B.R.A.I.N. award on the second day of the scientific conference hosted by BIOMIN in Vancouver, Canada.
BIOMIN Aims to Be Phytogenic Feed Additive Market Leader by 2020 - World Nutrition Forum
CANADA - The World Nutrition Forum 2016 starts today. Over 800 industry professionals, researchers and academics from across the world have travelled to Vancouver, Canada to attend this BIOMIN-hosted event, taking place in the Americas for the first time.
Market Reports

USDA WASDE - October 2016
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 14 October 2016

Global Dairy Industry News


Global Dairy Trade Prices Continue to Lift
Agriculture Key to Curbing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
GRSB Conference Continues Sustainable Beef Conversation

     European Union

New Study Shows Ways to Reduce Ammonia Pollution from Cattle

     New Zealand

New Zealand Ready to Confront Any Foot and Mouth Incursion
New Zealanders Asked to Work Together to Tackle Emissions from Farming

     United States

Dairy Organisations Urge Cheese Exemption from Sodium Reduction
European Sales of Animal Antibiotics Continue to Decline
US Farmers At Odds With Dannon on Sustainability

     United Kingdom

Dairy Farmer Survey Investigates Migrant Worker Contribution
Wales' New Bovine TB Plan Targets High-Risk Areas
EU Market Access Vital for UK Dairy Exports


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