DairyProfit Update for April 24, 2012
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the nation's fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a dairy cow from central California. The carcass of the animal is being held under state authority at a rendering facility in California and will be destroyed. It was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health. Additionally, milk does not transmit BSE.
Samples from the animal in question were tested at USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa. Confirmatory results using immunohistochemistry and western blot tests confirmed the animal was positive for atypical BSE, a very rare form of the disease not generally associated with an animal consuming infected feed.
A new analysis of the dairy policy changes being considered by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees finds the reforms will have a minimal effect on milk production and dairy product exports, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said.
The new analysis was prepared by Dr. Scott Brown of the University of Missouri and the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), and was commissioned by the House Agriculture Committee, which is holding a hearing this Thursday on dairy policy. Brown’s report analyzes the Dairy Security Act, showing that, on average over the period of 2012-2022, there are only small effects on milk availability if the provisions of the Dairy Security Act are in place. Even with 70 percent of the milk supply participating in the program, the analysis shows that supplies average just one tenth of one percent (0.1%) less than the without the program.
The impact of the Dairy Market Stabilization program on exports is minimal as well. For example, exports of nonfat dry milk would average just four million pounds lower, or 0.3 percent.
Two Midwest dairy producer organizations voted to oppose Senate Ag Committee’s dairy title in its 2012 Farm Bill proposal.
The Dairy Business Association (DBA) board of directors unanimously voted to oppose the Senate version of the 2012 Farm Bill released last Friday. DBA has been vocal in their opposition of the supply control mechanism contained in the Dairy Security Act, which has been included in the 2012 Farm Bill proposal.
The Minnesota Milk Producers Association (MMPA) also voted to oppose the dairy provisions, saying the proposed legislation must remove all language referring to “Milk Stabilization.”
Dairy industry leaders called for the Senate Agriculture Committee to remove proposed dairy policy from its 2012 Farm Bill draft, and instead focus on providing safety-net programs, such as revenue insurance, typically used for other commodities. Miriam Erickson Brown, president and CEO of Anderson Erickson Dairy; Jon Davis, president and CEO of Davisco Foods International, Inc.; and David Ahlem, vice president of dairy procurement and policy for Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc., held a press briefing before heading to Capitol Hill for scheduled meetings with committee members.
The dairy leaders join the International Dairy Foods Association in opposing the milk supply management program, called Dairy Market Stabilization, part of the Dairy Security Act, included in the Senate Ag Committee proposal.
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