Overview of training offered by MPO’s IDT
Dr Jan du Preez of the MPO’s Institute of Dairy Technology (IDT) gave an overview of technical training recently offered by the IDT to dairy farm managers in an interview on RSG. To listen to the interview click HERE.
Absa Agri Trends published
Absa has recently published its latest Agri Trends,
an overview of the local and international trends in various commodities. To download the report, click HERE.
US exports cows and heifers to Russia
Despite the ban on most meat and dairy products from the US, the EU-28, Canada, Australia and Norway to 6 August 2016, Russia still imports cows and heifers from the USA. The US Department of Agriculture released trade figures indicating that Russia has imported 2 222 cows and heifers from the US in May 2015. Total US cow and heifer exports were 3 342 head in May, which is the highest monthly export total since August 2014.
Woes of Irish dairy farmers
Irish dairy farmers are currently concerned about the low producer price and superlevy fines. The producer price paid buyers paid to producers in May 2015 amounted to €0,28 (R3,89) to €0,30 (R4,16) per litre, down by €0,09 (R1,25) to €0,11 (R1,53) from mid-2014. The lower producer prices will have a significant effect on farm income for 2015, since farm production costs remain on the same level as in 2014. In addition to lower margins in 2015, Irish dairy farmers face a substantial superlevy bill accrued for the 2014/2015 milk quota year. Ireland exceeded the quota by 4,34%, taking butterfat content into account and will have to pay a superlevy fine of €68 million (R944 million). To read more, click HERE.
Lithuanian dairy farmers protest
Lithuanian milk producers protested against an unsustainably low producer price of €0,10 (R1,39) per litre by discarding 30 000 litres of milk on 1 July 2015. The Lithuanian dairy market is dominated by five major milk processors who purchase milk from local and foreign milk producers. Following the approval of a new law aimed at ensuring fair trade practices in the milk supply chain, processors offered to buy locally produced milk labelled as “surplus” at €0,10 per litre. Cooperative farmers in Lithuania are currently paid an average price of between €0,16 (R2,22) to €0,17 (R2,36) cents per litre. To read more, click HERE.
Agri SA shares concerns with Eskom
Johan Pienaar, Agri SA executive gave feedback in an interview about a meeting the organisation had with Brian Molefe at Eskom to share the concerns of farmers about the negative effect of power interruptions and the increase in the cost of electricity. To listen to this interesting interview, click HERE.
ARC wants pregnant heifers and first-lactation cows
The ARC Animal Production Institute is urgently seeking pregnant dairy heifers or pregnant first-lactation cows in good condition for stocking the new village dairy enterprises. These are components of the rural dairy value chain (DVC) system, a livelihood and economic transformation strategy within the National Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP). Sell us your pregnant heifers and contribute towards transformation in the dairy industry in South Africa. Small- to medium-sized breeds and dairy crosses are preferred. Please contact Dr Florence Nherera-Chokuda, DVC project leader, at 012 672 9335 or 078 745 5727, Claude Muya, DVC project manager at 012 672 9122 or 078 739 1495, or Sandra Erasmus, dairy herd manager at the ARC at 082 372 6055.
Pasture inputs for optimal outputs
To achieve optimal outputs from a dairy, it is essential to have the best inputs. In a pasture-based operation, the major inputs are pasture availability and quality, balancing the total diet and managing these inputs. Although the dairy cow can efficiently convert poor-quality inputs (such as roughages) into milk, the quality of these inputs affects the quantity of milk produced as well as the type and cost of other supplements needed to achieve the desired output. Turn to page 70 of the July edition of The Dairy Mail
for an interesting article in this regard by Rob Philips, sales manager at Meadow Feeds. To read the digital version of TDM, go to www.agriconnect.co.za
Milk Producers’ Organisation
The Dairy Mail
Dr Chris van Dijk
– Manager: Market protection and development
Dr Koos Coetzee
– MPO member services