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PEAQ helps alfalfa producers capture top dollars

With high-quality alfalfa capturing premiums of nearly $50 a ton, it's time for producers to start measuring their alfalfa in order to determine the best time to harvest the first cutting, says Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois professor of animal sciences emeritus. "There is a science to harvesting quality alfalfa hay," Hutjens explains. "It starts with a good, old-fashioned yardstick and a trip to the field, and ends with a little work on the Internet." FULL STORY »

Lack of price conviction continues during quiet dairy trade

Spot cheese continues to creep higher, and perhaps part of the reason futures traders aren’t “buying” into it, literally or figuratively, is because the barrels have pushed above the block valuation and market participants are not seeing that as sustainable. The market feels lethargic. Expect choppy finish to the weak if volume continues quiet. FULL STORY »

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Commentary: Look at the "big picture" rather than just calories

With renewed debate over chocolate milk in schools, it’s important not to lose sight of the big picture. Although chocolate milk does have added sugar, it is an important source of calcium, protein and essential vitamins. FULL STORY »

Resistance to heat stress is under genetic control

One of the major factors limiting optimal production and profitability in Florida is heat stress. During the summer, cows experience declines in milk yield of 15 to 20 percent and reduction in conception rate to values as low as 10 percent. Recent research supported by the Southeast Milk Inc. Dairy Checkoff Program indicates that a cow’s ability to regulate its body temperature and prevent the negative effects of heat stress on cow function is determined in part by its genetics. What that means is that it should be possible to select cows genetically that are more resistance to the effects of heat stress. FULL STORY »

Wet conditions can spawn more mastitis

Spring opens new windows of opportunity for mastitis infections to take hold. Wet, muddy conditions, especially in areas hit by heavy rainfall or flooding caused by snow melting, make it more difficult to keep cows clean. FULL STORY »

All quiet on the dairy front; grains under pressure

Another very quiet day in the class III market yesterday as futures prices are losing steam to the upside. A total of 794 trades occurred on the day and only two months saw over 75 trades, May and June, which were down 15 and 13 respectively. Other months were steady to eight cents lower, as noted on light volume. Consolidation continues to occur between spot and futures with only spot barrels inching higher Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Mixed trade for dairy products; commodity futures plummet on Goldman talk

Few commodities were safe from selling pressure Tuesday. One of the main reasons for the lower commodity trade was likely the announcement by Goldman Sachs, who told investors that it is time to take profits on long positions. FULL STORY »

Dairy Management: It’s spring cleaning time again

Now is the time to prepare for the long hot summer. FULL STORY »

Help to identify Aspergillus ear rot

Aspergillus ear rot is one of the most important and challenging corn diseases, but a new Purdue Extension publication can help farmers identify and manage its effects. "Diseases of Corn: Aspergillus Ear Rot" is a free, three-page publication that covers disease identification, the danger to livestock, mycotoxin testing, minimizing losses and handling diseased grain after harvest, and disease management. FULL STORY »

Class III rallies

Class III futures were able to post sizeable gains as the path of least resistance was again to the upside, dictated largely by bullish short-term indicators and a producer community that has shown little interest in selling milk this week. No one can tell you when selling will step back in, but with the spread between CME spot and nearby Class III futures at extreme levels right now, we suspect convergence is right around the corner. FULL STORY »

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