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TheDairySite Newsletter - 17 August 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Adverse Weather Takes it Toll on Producers

It's not just the US which is suffering from extreme weather conditions, recovering from 10 years of drought Australian producers are asking the government for drought relief measures. Meanwhile, European producers are feeling the pinch as feed prices rise rapidly.

In the US, industry is increasing the pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency to waive the amount of corn ethanol that must be produced under the nation's Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). It is hoped this may free up tight corn supplies.

Livestock farmers who rely on corn to feed their animals are struggling to find sufficient corn feedstock, and some dairy farmers are looking to reduce their herd size, which would limit the available supply of farm milk.

However, a study produced this week suggests that corn prices would not necessarily moderate if the federal government's corn ethanol mandate were temporarily suspended.

The range of impact of an RFS waiver goes from zero to $1.30 per bushel for corn," said Wally Tyner, an energy policy specialist and the report's lead author.

With corn crops shriveling in the field and yield projections dropping almost weekly, corn prices have jumped 60 per cent since June 15. A bushel of corn has topped $8.

The drought is not only affecting producers in the US. Despite being drought-free for the first time in a decade, Australian farmers are pushing the government to provide some form of drought relief, as meteorologists predict the return of dry El Niño conditions.

Meetings have taken place this week between industry and government to work through the proposed drought reform measures.

"The Government's drought policy must find the balance between allowing farmers to build self-reliance through their own risk management and preparedness, and ensuring that appropriate assistance is available to farmers in the case of a severe or prolonged drought," said National Farmers' Federation President Jock Laurie.

The adverse weather conditions seen across the world are also affecting livestock producers in Europe, as the prices for wheat and soya rise rapidly.

Drought in North America is driving supply side concerns, and wet weather has meant a delayed harvest in Northern Europe, which has put pressure on domestic supplies.

Note: On the 29th August 2012, 5m Publishing is relaunching TheDairySite.com and TheCattleSite.com. The new format will feature future markets and an expanding knowledge centre, along with international news, analysis and technical articles.

Charlotte Johnston



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Winter Feed - Act Now
There will be two major issues this winter in terms of animal feed – quantity and quality - according to Teagasc advisers in Ireland.

Effect of Nitrogen Underfeeding and Energy Source on Milk Production in Dairy Cows
Reducing dietary nitrogen (N) decreases both milk yield and urinary N excretion irrespective of the dietary source of energy.

Major Discovery in Fight Against Streptococcal Infections
Group B streptococcus, or Streptococcus agalactiae, is responsible for infections of the bovine mammary gland (mastitis), and can also cause serious diseases in humans (e.g. pneumonia, meningitis, septicemia), particularly in neonates.

Early Weaning, DDGS Feed Could Cut Costs for Cattle Producers
If the drought forces producers to feed a larger portion of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), cattle can maintain gains and improve meat quality if the animals are weaned early, a Purdue University scientist has shown.

Pfizer Animal Health
* Market Reports

 » Feed Outlook - August 2012
 » USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - August 2012

* Company News

New Residue Testing for Producers
US - With the recent announcement from the US Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) that it has created new testing analytic measures for meat, dairy and poultry, Dr Gary Neubauer, DVM, senior manager, Cattle Technical Services, Pfizer Animal Health looks at how this will affect dairy producers.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   Global

 » Silver Ions to Destroy E.coli and Salmonella
 » US Grains Council: Global Analysis of Grain Supply
 » Adverse Weather Takes it Toll on Producers

   United States

 » Drop in Earnings for Cargill
 » USDA Sharply Reduces Corn, Soybean Forecast
 » CME: USDA Reports Made Big Revisions
 » US Growers to Produce 13 Per Cent Less Corn
 » Corn and Soybean Forecasts, What's Next?
 » CME: Government Purchases Meat to Stabilise Market
 » Soybeans Could Provide Cow Nutrition in Drought
 » Obama Promotes Farm Bill on Trip to Iowa
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Corn Ethanol Waiver - Effect on Corn Prices Uncertain
 » Federal Ruling on Milk Price Regulations
 » CME: Domestic Meat Demand a Mixed Bag
 » Consumers Ask Vilsack to Oppose Supply Control
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   Viet Nam

 » Ag Sector Shows Stronger Production Growth
 » Livestock Gets Support to Overcome Difficulties

   United Kingdom

 » Ten-point Plan for SOS Dairy
 » Livestock 2012: Farm Safety Demonstrations
 » Feed Crops Could Ease Winter Forage Shortages
 » Welsh Call for Checks to Bovine TB Cattle Controls
 » Feed Price Increases Put Pressure on Producers
 » Morrisons Help Farmers Choose Right Renewables
 » Dairy Crest to Sell St Hubert
 » Dairy Protests Continue to Pressure Processors

   Philippines

 » Agricultural Sector Grows by One Per Cent
 » Nationwide Census on Agriculture to Take Place

   Australia

 » Crash Test Cows Hopes to Reduce Injuries
 » Dairy Profits Dip, Producers Prepare for Tight Season
 » Aussie Farmers Push for Drought Aid
 » Dairy Farmers Vote for Restructure

   Ireland

 » Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme Must be Maintained
 » Nutrient Wheel Offers Grassland and Crop Advice
 » Bad Weather Causes Problems for Irish Producers
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   Denmark

 » Ventilation Reduces Environmental Impact of Housing
 » Exposure to Sun Increases Vitamin D3 in Cows
 » Organic Grasslands Get New Design

   Canada

 » Canada Reviews Milk Import Requirements

   European Union

 » Identify Persistently Infected Animals to Control BVD

   New Zealand

 » New Zealand Aims for World Leading Animal Welfare
 » Fonterra's New Site Ready to Export

   Spain

 » Spain Looks to Rebalance Milk Supply Chain
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That's all for this week!

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