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Editorial: UK Dairy Farmers Call for Price Rises to Meet Production Costs

Dairy Crest Direct (DCD), which represents 1,350 Dairy Crest suppliers, is calling for a minimum price of 27p/litre to be delivered as soon as possible.

DCD has highlighted the rising costs of production which are showing no sign of slow down - wheat prices for instance reached the record high of £200/tonne before Christmas.

According to a report prepared by Kite in November, production costs have increased by between 1.5 and 2p/litre over the 2010/11 winter period.

DCD chairman David Herdman said: "Milk prices on non-aligned liquid contracts are at unsustainable levels, at 24.6p/litre, and below the equivalent European, USA and even New Zealand prices."

In China, the food-quality regulator has called on all domestic dairy companies to renew their production licenses this year or face closure.

The move is the latest bid to ensure food safety following a scandal over melamine-tainted baby formula that killed six babies in 2008.

In the US, Northeast Dairy Farmers have reached a settlement agreement with Dean Foods Company in their class action antitrust lawsuit against Dean, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Dairy Marketing Services (DMS).

The agreement will include $30 million in monetary damages and injunctive relief that calls for Dean to purchase a portion of its raw milk from multiple Northeast sources.

The Indian authorities are investing Rs 50 million to encourage farmers to strengthen and upgrade existing infrastructure to make dairy farming commercially viable.

In the initial phase, 40 dairy farms will be modernised with mechanised equipment as part of the project.

Chris Harris

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Impact Of Feeding DDG On Dairy Farms
The inclusion of distillers grain with solubles (DGS) in the formulations of dairy feed ration is increasing and may continue to grow as the knowledge of these products improves. The cost benefits of feeding Dried Distillers Grains is expected to cause a rapid adoption by feeding programs and nutrient management planning on dairy farms according to advice from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
Bull Beef Production From Holstein/Friesian Male Calves
The most profitable system of bull beef production is one where early born calves have a long grazing season, are well developed at the start of finishing and so require only a relatively short finishing period, say E.G. O'Riordan and M.G. Keane from the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc.
Rodent Control in Livestock and Poultry Facilities
Rats and mice have long been a problem on farms where food and nesting sites are plentiful. These animals consume and contaminate food destined for livestock and other animals, as well as humans, according to Brian Lang from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
Salmonella In Cattle In GB - 2009
Overall, the number of cases of salmonella has increased in cattle in the UK, according to the Veterinary Laboratory Agency.
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* Company News

Pfizer Enters Diagnostics Sector
US - Pfizer Animal Health has announced it is to acquire Synbiotics Corporation and thus enter the diagnostics sector, reaffirming its commitment to providing veterinarians with comprehensive animal health solutions.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Korea, South

 » FMD NEWS: More Outbreaks Near Seoul, East Coast
 » FMD Spreading Rapidly to Pigs in S. Korea
 » South Korea Set To Open Crisis Centre To Curb FMD
 » S. Korea Reports Additional FMD Outbreak
 » S Korea Expands Vaccination Areas to Combat FMD
 » South Korea Reports Eleven FMD Outbreaks
 » S. Korea Confirms More FMD Outbreaks Near Seoul, East Coast

   United Kingdom

 » LAA Calls for Uniform Levy Rate Rises
 » Environment Agency Moves On Milk
 » British Cattle Conference Looks At 'Modern Breeding'
 » Promotions And Price Cuts - The Retail Market
 » Bovine Compensation Payable
 » NFUS Believes DEFRA Vision for Support Flawed
 » Animal Medicines: Changes To Sales
 » New CAP Must Be Fundamentally Different
 » NFU Praises Dairy Crest Direct’s Milk Price Pressure
 » Dairy Crest Direct Calls For 27 Pence Per Litre
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   Czech Republic

 » FVO Raises Some Welfare Concerns After Audit

   United States

 » NE Dairy Farmers Reach Preliminary Settlement
 » Committee Votes For Supply Control
 » Honour To Pledge To Conduct Economic Analysis
 »  Scholarship Encourages Future Dairy Leaders
 » National Brucellosis Programme Revised
 » CME: High Feed Costs Expected To Go Up Higher
 » NY Considers Allowing Antibiotics Only For Therapy
 » Vilsack Urges GE And Non-GE Coexistence
 » Retail Staple Food Prices Edge Higher
 » Nutrient Record-Keeping Important For All Producers

   General

 » Future Feed Supplies Uncertain
 » Landmark Year For Veterinary Profession Ahead
 » Get Involved In World Veterinary Day, Says OIE
 » Russia, Belarus Agree On Meat, Dairy Trade

   Taiwan

 » FMD Outbreak Affects Swine in Taiwan
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   Mozambique

 » More Cattle in Mozambique Hit by FMD

   Algeria

 » Algeria Floats Tender For Dairy Purchase

   New Zealand

 » Volatile Weather Hits NZ

   China

 » China Increases Dairy Import Regulations
 » Substandard Dairy Companies Face Closure

   Fiji

 » Fiji Imports NZ Cattle

   Ireland

 » Farmers Warned About Over-Watering Cattle
   Ukraine

 » Cargill Builds Feed Mill In Ukraine

   India

 » India Extends Ban On Chinese Milk Products
 » Strengthening Dairy Farming Infrastructure

   European Union

 » EU Trade Gap In Meat Forecast To Widen

   Finland

 » Rise in Pork, Dairy Products Prices Forecast

   Bulgaria

 » EC Adopts Protection Measures After Case in Wild Boar
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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