Cattle

Saikexing will be expanding its Chinese operations thanks to a $125m ADB loan.

Saikexing secures $125m to expand in China

By Jim Cornall

China’s number four dairy farming firm Saikexing has secured a $125m loan to reduce environmental pollution, improve food safety, and expand the supply of milk within China.

Tesco has launched its Tesco Cheese Group similar in principle to its Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group, which pays an above-market price for milk.

Tesco sets up cheese group

By Jim Cornall

UK retailer Tesco has announced it has created the Tesco Cheese Group (TCG), which will guarantee dairy farmers an above market price for the milk they produce for Tesco’s British own-label Mild, Medium, Mature, Extra Mature, Red Leicester and Double...

The Kuban Agro facility in Ust-Labinsk, southern Russia.

Kuban Agro first to produce Holstein dairy embryos in Russia

By Jim Cornall

Kuban Agro, the largest agricultural company in southern Russia, has produced 233 transplant dairy heifers over the last two years, becoming the first Russian agricultural company to adopt embryo transfer technology in the Holstein breed.

Merial and Zoetis are partnering on marketing and distribution for dairy cattle vaccines and medicines in India. Photo: iStock - rvimages

Merial and Zoetis partner on dairy products in India

By Jim Cornall

Merial, the animal health division of Sanofi, and Zoetis India Limited, a subsidiary of Zoetis Inc., have announced they have entered into an exclusive marketing and distribution agreement for medicines and vaccines for dairy cattle in India.

Landcorp has announced it is significantly reducing its dairy expansion plans at Wairakei Estate

Less dairy as Landcorp changes plans

By Jim Cornall

Landcorp, New Zealand’s largest farming company, is revising its land-use expansion program at Wairakei Estate near Taupo to include fewer dairy farms.

More than 850 calf coats have been ordered at cost from Sainsbury's.

Cheap coats for calves at Sainsbury’s

By Jim Cornall

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has made winter cow coats available to its 290 Dairy Development Group (SDDG) farmers at cost price.

Waitrose has pledged that all its non-organic milk will come from cows that spend 100 days or more on pasture

Waitrose issues 100 day grazing pledge

By Jim Cornall

UK chain Waitrose has announced that dairy cows should spend at least 100 days with access to pasture during the grazing season in the summer months.

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Simon Coveney TD with UCD President, Professor Andrew J. Deeks at the opening of the new facilities on January 19 2016 at UCD Lyons Research Farm. Photo: UCD

More research at new UCD facility

By Jim Cornall

The new Dairy Research and Education facility at University College Dublin’s (UCD) Lyons Research Farm in Ireland has been officially opened by the Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD.

cattle methane explosion

Manure may have caused explosion

By Rachel Arthur

Researchers at Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) believe an ‘explosive mixture’ of manure and organic matter was the cause of a blast in a German dairy shed, not gas from flatulent cows. 

dairy cows methane explosion

Dairy cows cause explosion

By Rachel Arthur

Methane gas from a herd of flatulent cows caused an explosion in a German dairy shed, police say.

A gross lesion in a cow with TB

Ban on milk sold from cows with TB

By Fiona Barry

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) claims the risk of tuberculosis-infected milk is “acceptably low” despite the criminal conviction of a farmer who sold milk from infected cattle.

Australian dairy export future may not be so rosy: Analyst

Australian dairy export future may not be so rosy: Analyst

By Ankush Chibber

A new report raises serious doubts about the future prospects of Australia’s dairy exports, citing various reasons why the country's production levels will not be able to keep pace with demand for dairy.

Could clones be hiding out in ice-cream?

Could clones be hiding out in ice-cream?

Ben & Jerry’s campaign to ensure produce from clones is detectable in the food chain shows that bundling biotech in with conventional produce remains unacceptable – but lessons from GM do not seem to have been learned.