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TheDairySite Newsletter - 28 October 2016

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Friday 28th October 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell

MSD Animal Health

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NZ Dairy Industry Hit by Further Calf Abuse Allegations

New undercover videos suggesting bobby calf mistreatment have been released by animal welfare organisation Farmwatch, which the organisation says shows nothing has changed in the year since its last investigation into the issue.

The industry has made significant efforts over the past year to improve bobby calf welfare, including the formation of the Bobby Calf Action Group (BCAG), which aims to implement measures to ensure everyone involved with bobby calves applies best practice in their handling and care.

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) said it would be launching a full investigation into the footage.

Chief executive of dairy organisation DairyNZ, Tim Mackle, says cruel and illegal practices are not in any way condoned or accepted by the industry as part of dairy farming. “The vast majority of farmers care about their animals and we are committed to farming to very high standards.” – Click here to read more.

In other news this week, several reports indicate that some dairy farmers are still not benefiting from the upturn in dairy markets.

According to the National Farmers’ Union Welsh Branch, NFU Cymru, the Welsh rural economy is being short-changed by £220,000 a day because milk buyers are failing to pass back the full value of improved market returns to Welsh milk producers.

Aled Jones, NFU Cymru Milk Board Chairman, commented: “This money is vital not just for farmers, but to the agricultural merchants, vet practices, machinery dealers, builders, electricians, plumbers, accountants and others who rely on dairy farmers for a significant part of their income and who, as a result of cash flow problems on dairy farmers, have also suffered through this dairy downturn.”

The Spanish Union of Small Farmers and Ranchers (UPA) also said this week the market gains are not being fairly distributed along the supply chain.

Román Santalla, Livestock Secretary for UPA, said: “The trends in the international markets suggest some recovery, which should be passed on without excuses to dairy farmers, many of whom have spent almost two years producing for below cost price.”

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Global Dairy Industry News

     United States

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     European Union

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