Lucas Statement on Status of Farm Bill Negotiations
December 10,2013 — Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement after the four principals met today to discuss outstanding issues relating to the farm bill. “We have made great progress on the farm bill and continue to have productive meetings. There are still some outstanding issues that we are addressing. I am confident we’ll work […]
Butter Consumption at 40 Year High
December 6, 2013 — A headline in the November 25 issue of the Daily Dairy Report (DDR) caught my attention. “Margarine’s Demise Good for Butter.” I recalled how a few short years ago, butter was so maligned regarding health. The DDR’s Sara Dorland talked about it in Friday’s DairyLine, pointing out that while butter is […]
Federal Order Benchmark Milk Price Up 61 Cents
December 4, 2013 — The November Federal order Class III benchmark milk price was announced this afternoon by USDA at $18.83 per hundredweight (cwt.), up 61¢ from October, $2 below November 2012, and the highest it has been since December 2012. It equates to about $1.62/gallon. That brought the 2013 Class III average to $17.90, […]
California Class 4a, 4b milk prices up from October
December 3, 2013 — California’s November Class 4b cheese milk price is $17.30/cwt., up 48¢ from October, but $1.18 less November 2012. The 2013 4b average now stands at $16.28/cwt., up from$15.47 at this time a year ago, and compares to $16.48 in 2011. The Class 4a butter-powder price is $20.63/cwt., up 63¢ from October […]
Latest Commercial Disappearance Report Raising Eyebrows
November 29. 2013 — The Agriculture Department’s latest report of dairy product commercial disappearance is raising some eyebrows. Ditto on its latest milk cost of production data so we have elected not to report it. USDA Economic Research Service economist William McBride, told DairyBusiness Update editor Dave Natzke that they will update the data and […]
Good News From World Dairy Situation Report
November 27, 2013 — There is good news for dairy farmers and dairy companies in the annual World Dairy Situation report, which was released last month by the International Dairy Federation. IDFA’s Peggy Armstrong updated DairyLine listeners in this month’s “Processors’ Perspective.” This year’s report sees a bright future for dairy: “The long run prospects […]
(12/10/13) How are your cows handling the cold weather? Minnesota’s dairy producer of the year, Charles Krause of Krause Holsteins says dry bedding and ventilation are a great place to start.
Spotlight on Bio Tracking
(12/9/13) Today’s Dairybusiness Spotlight is with BioTracking. We spoke with CEO Josh Branen out of Moscow, Idaho about how the business works.
Water Remains Important Issue on Dairy Farms
November 29, 2013 — This week’s Feed Facts segment focuses on water, with Dr. Mike Hutjens, dairy extension specialist with the University of Illinois.