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Growing menace: animal-rights terrorism

The phenomenon of increased violence committed by some extremists in the name of animal rights is a growing cause for concern. In a major conference organized by Europol and Eurojust, 58 experts from law enforcement and prosecution authorities, plus representatives from 35 private sector organizations, met last week at Europol's new headquarters in The Hague to discuss the issues behind this new trend. FULL STORY »

Calculating the cost of production (audio)

What does it cost you to conduct the agricultural enterprise(s) you do and why should you care? Extension Dairy Specialist Jack McAllister has some answers. FULL STORY »

Block cheese closes at $2.155

Class III futures closed the week with solid gains as the spot market continued to pick up. On the week, blocks gained 9.75 cents to 2.1550 with 19 trades on the week, while barrels picked up 1 ½ cents to 2.1250 on just one trade, which we believe goes to show that the barrel market is much tighter at the moment than the block market. The continued strength on the spot market has caused the August-December Class III pack average to rise 52 cents to 19.43 from 18.91. The heat wave which gripped much of the country last week caused production to plummet across much of the Midwest and East Coast, with some producers in Wisconsin reporting production declines ranging from 8 to 20%, with the USDA reporting 10% declines across the country. FULL STORY »

Farm liquidity – A buffer for volatile revenue and costs

Commodity price volatility and yield uncertainties combined with large swings in input costs have resulted in high but volatile farm earnings. In general, the profitability of farms in the U.S. and Cornbelt has been strong the past decade. FULL STORY »

Tips for handling an increase in calves

Gary Geisler, Land O'Lakes Purina Feed Calf and Heifer Specialist offers tips for handling an increase of calves during the summer months. FULL STORY »

Importance of quality colostrum and water availability

Sheila McGuirk from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine shared the importance of quality colostrum and water availability in pre-weaned calves at the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association conference in early April. FULL STORY »

Commentary: One less thing to worry about

If you were worried about teaching your kids good eating habits, don’t be. There is absolutely no need to worry about instilling good eating habits into your children anymore because the government is going to take care of that for you. At least that appears to be the gist of some potential regulations on food and beverage advertising for children. Oh, and if any business tries to sell your child anything unhealthy, it will probably be sued. FULL STORY »

Markets still focused on the hot weather

Heat remains the topic of choice and it’s not going away as DMN cited large drop-off in milk production and a recovery that might not materialize until fall. But weather markets often fade as quickly as they emerge. Still, sellers have stepped this week back on concerns over product availability later this year. In order for prices to cool, the weather might have to do so first. FULL STORY »

Investments worth cultivating: Employees and training

Chuck Schwartau, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota was recently asked, “Is employee development a cost or an investment?” Find out what he had to say. FULL STORY »

Dairy cash markets stable Wednesday; futures consolidate

Many dairy market participants began pricing August milk yesterday, and as such they brought August futures up from their discount to move toward the still firm cheese market pricing calculations. There were no price increases in spot today — a break in the upward trend that began last Friday, but they were unchanged with two remaining bids. Right now, though, heat is the talk of the town, and it has brought to mind that some buyers are “stockpiling” just in case production decreases hit hard. FULL STORY »

Bulls lose steam amid modest news Tuesday

Class III futures traded mostly lower early as the heavy volume trade continued. The spot market once again saw an uptick as buyers were aggressive but sellers brought more product to the exchange. When we settled, the block was up 2 cents at 2.1400 with 5 trades and barrels were up ½ a cent at 2.1150 with no trades. The spot sales that hit bids seemed to have deterred futures from rallying hard and instead helped inspire more of a consolidation trade at these lofty levels. Heat in the Midwest also underpinned futures. FULL STORY »

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