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Block cheese down slightly; closes at $2.0975

Another flare of European financial worries and a honing in on Italy’s total debt to GDP ratio, which is second only to Greece, shot the U.S. dollar skyward Monday (and again Tuesday). The U.S. dollar posted new highs early Monday morning, which may be a shot across the bow for the dollar bears...and commodity bulls. FULL STORY »

Corn closes sharply higher on Tuesday

Corn futures traded sharply higher on Tuesday. Concern about hot and dry weather and supportive Supply/Demand revisions by the USDA helped support futures. Most hot and dry weather is expected in the Corn Belt through early next week. FULL STORY »

Class III continues sideways, butter curve flattens out

Friday’s session saw prices get off to a stronger start and, after the spot market closed unchanged with no activity, futures prices closed out the week on an uptick. July Class III hit and settled right at the $21.00 mark yet another new high. Early strength seemed to come as a result of price revisions from the USDA to the previous week’s cheese prices. FULL STORY »

Block and barrel cheese prices have been resilient

While the dairy complex was generally weaker Thursday, Class III futures consolidated amid lighter volume and finished modestly higher. While producer selling is light, commercial buy interest appears to be underpinning the market through the first half of 2012. FULL STORY »

More cheese in Chicago, but buyers welcome sellers

Class III finished on a weaker note yesterday on improved volume from Tuesday’s anemic session with over 1,280 contracts trading hands. While the day started off on a high note with prices rallying in pre-spot morning trade, the declining block and barrels prices in the spot session quickly sent futures into negative territory. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Why did I wait so long to be optimistic?

It’s been tough covering the news in this industry over the past two and a half years. Tough economic times have made it difficult on everyone. But I was inspired this week when I read a commentary by Michael Marsh, CEO of Western United Dairymen, based in Modesto, Calif. Marsh said he was optimistic about the future for several reasons, including rising global demand for food, a possible end to the ethanol subsidy, and recent events in California, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of card-check legislation that would have given unions more sway over farm workers. FULL STORY »

Fresh news yesterday leans to market bearishness

Volume was so low yesterday that you would have thought it was still a holiday. There was plenty of data to digest throughout the day, it should have encouraged trading; maybe traders were waiting to see the dairy products report? FULL STORY »

Block price drops for first time in nearly a month

Friday was essentially a trading holiday as market participants were on vacation in mass. Volume Friday was lackluster from a complete trade perspective. But it does appear that for a second consecutive day, sell-side hedgers funneled, or at least tried to funnel, into the market place. FULL STORY »

UN calls for greener food production to feed world

World food production will have to increase by up to 100 percent by 2050 and focus on greener methods to sustain an expected 9 billion population, the U.N. said Tuesday in its annual survey of economic and social trends. FULL STORY »

Lameness: The 'big No. 1' animal-welfare problem

As soon as Caledonia, N.Y., dairy producer Mark Callan got a hint of a lameness problem, he took action. It was a few days before Christmas. Callan recalls it well, because his son, Ryan, had just arrived home from college for the holidays. And, far from having a relaxing time ahead of him, Ryan was assigned the task of removing the brisket boards in the free-stalls. FULL STORY »

Don't miss lame cows

Visual observation for lameness is a good practice, and one that you should employ often on your dairy. However, farmers often only identify about 25 percent of lame cows, says Nuria Chapinal, animal-welfare researcher at the University of British Columbia and the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College. Some of the challenges are that visual assessments are subjective, time-consuming and training is necessary. FULL STORY »

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