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Fiber, starch, and sugars are carbohydrates that supply energy

In lactating dairy cow rations, carbohydrates compose about two thirds of the dry matter. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Another missed opportunity to improve milk quality

When one of our readers heard that the somatic cell count standard in the U.S. won’t be upgraded to 400,000 cells/ml, he responded: “Get in the game folks !!! If other countries can easily achieve and abide by the 400,000 SCC standard and do it within as harsh environmental conditions as any State, then don't use that excuse to say it can't be done. 400,000 SCC is achievable. If there is a will, then there is a way. Get in the game folks !!!” We agree. FULL STORY »

Spot buying interest didn’t translate to futures yesterday

Class III futures traded mostly lower giving up part of Monday’s gains during a quiet, low volume trading session Tuesday. With the substantial price premiums built into the forward Class III curve, even a firm CME spot cheese session — 11 bids in blocks remained — and firming dry whey prices weren’t enough to inspire further futures gains. Slightly over-bought conditions and quiet outside news made for more of a consolidation trade, which can be expected to extend into early trade here today. FULL STORY »

Pew launches “Moms for Antibiotic Awareness” campaign

The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming has launched "Moms for Antibiotic Awareness," a grassroots movement of moms working to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics for their children and families. The campaign also released the results of an online poll of 804 American mothers who are registered voters and have children aged 16 or younger. Eighty percent of the respondents were concerned about giving antibiotics to animals that are being produced for meat and poultry, with 42 percent saying they are "very concerned" about this practice. FULL STORY »

New spreadsheet helps farmers make wise decisions

It’s decision-making time again for farmers, and the recent wet weather only complicates these issues. Should I delay planting corn? If I do, how will that decision affect the yield later? Should I consider switching from corn to soybeans? FULL STORY »

Death of bin Laden not expected to have a long-term impact on markets

Sunday’s announcement of the much-anticipated demise of Osama bin Laden was felt in Monday’s commodity markets, particularly in the oil market and the strength of the U.S. dollar. But even after oil prices fell briefly yesterday morning, prices were already on the rise by noon over trader concerns about retaliation by extremists. FULL STORY »

Dairy markets generally firm to start May

Class III futures kicked off the month of May on a firm note as prices finished Monday between .05 and .16 higher through October of 2012. Just over 800 contracts traded hands as buyers plucked away at light offers largely resting above the market. Though two loads of barrel cheese traded, it was a slightly higher CME spot cheese market that helped ease Class III selling pressure on Monday. FULL STORY »

Disinfectants 101

Six considerations when selecting and using a disinfectant. FULL STORY »

Top dietary trends that could impact dairy

The Dairy Council of California has identified dietary and consumer trends that are likely to impact the dairy industry in the next one to three years. FULL STORY »

Dairy industry defends flavored milk

Chocolate milk is in the headlines again. After a number of schools banned flavored milk from school cafeterias in the past year, these dairy products are returning to some lunch trays, albeit with somewhat modified formulas. FULL STORY »

Milk production grows for 14th straight month

Milk production in the top 23 milk-producing states totaled 15.8 billion pounds in March, up 2.4 percent from the same month a year earlier. FULL STORY »

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