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TheDairySite Newsletter - 04 November 2016

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Friday 4th November 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

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Compost Bedding Better for Cows’ Foot Health, Researchers Find

A study conducted by researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna has shown that the use of wood shavings and sawdust in dairy barns instead of straw bedding is especially good for cows’ claw health.

Dairy cows kept in barns often develop claw damage because of humid and unsuitable roaming areas. These disorders can affect the animals’ fertility or their milk production.  But a comparison with other barn types demonstrated that cows kept in these compost-bedded barns exhibited a lower frequency and lesser severity of claw disorders.

The compost bedded barns exhibited about one half the number of claw disorders, such as foot rot or white line disease, as the freestall barns.

Using wood chips or sawdust as bedding instead of straw binds the excrement, and daily aerating incorporates the manure and starts the composting process – click here to read more.

In market news, the latest Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction saw the Price Index climb 11.4 per cent this week, its largest increase since August, according to UK levy board AHDB Dairy.

This was mostly driven by a 19.8 per cent rise in the Whole Milk Powder (WMP) Price Index, with WMP making up nearly half of the product sold.

Recent reductions in New Zealand milk production forecasts are likely to have helped drive up prices, and product volumes at this week’s event were already around 20 per cent lower than this time last year. Less product on offer, combined with concern about upcoming volumes appears to have put upward pressure on prices – read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms Reveals the Secrets of ‘Beyond Organic’ Farming
Polyface Farm, an alternative “beyond organic” operation is situated in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Its operator, Joel Salatin, has been called by TIME magazine “the world’s most innovative farmer” and “the high priest of pasture and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since US President Thomas Jefferson”, writes John Wilkes.

Market Reports

UK Price, Volume and Composition of Milk – September 2016
Usage of Milk by Dairies in England & Wales – August 2016
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 27 October 2016

Global Dairy Industry News


New Tool Gives Financial Incentives for Dairy Farms to Go Green
Global Dairy Trade Prices Ramp Up


Compost Bedding Better for Cows' Foot Health, Researchers Find

     United Kingdom

Global Milk Production Continues to Fall
Cattle Botulism Prompts Renewed Call for Poultry Litter Solution in Northern Ireland
Check Protein Levels in Silage to Keep Cattle Healthy This Winter
Fall in UK Farm Incomes Continues

     New Zealand

NZ Dairy Farmers Fine-Tuned Farm Management to Deal with Hard Times

     United States

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