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Raw milk problems won’t go away

I know, I keep harping on raw milk to a community of veterinarians who understand food safety and foodborne illness. But it makes me shake my head in disbelief as story after story comes out about continued foodborne illness associated with raw milk from dairy farms. FULL STORY »

Blocks drop again – will barrels follow?

Class III traded firm out of the gate Thursday morning on follow-through buying from Wednesday’s session. As for 2011 contracts, prices traded up to levels of technical resistance (as in the case of August re-testing all-time contract highs) and psychological resistance (as in the case of September trading through $19.00) before cooling during another weak day for spot blocks. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Recharge your batteries

I should have been working tonight. I had cows to milk, this commentary to write, laundry to do, animals that desperately needed practice before the upcoming fair, and many, many more chores on my to-do list for today – all of which seemed to be of extraordinary importance as I tried to speed through the day and cross items off that stupid list. But I didn’t do any of them, at least until now at nearly midnight as I sit at the keyboard. FULL STORY »

Poll: Should the U.S. debt ceiling be raised?

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When Bernanke talks, the markets listen - but should they?

The Class III futures market got a jolt despite more declines on the spot market. The spot market continued to decline with blocks dropping 2 cents to settle at $2.0350 with eight trades and an offer left uncovered, while barrels settled at $2.1025 on no activity. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Importance of feeding earnestly

Food is critical to our own well-being, and to the farm animals producers raise and care for. Yet for all the criticism activists heap on livestock housing, feed is mostly an afterthought. FULL STORY »

Block cheese drops 4.25 cents on the CME

Continued pressure on the spot markets yesterday was the big story as the block dropped 4.25 cents on seven trades. The weekly total of 17 has already matched last week’s volume, which we have noted was the largest since the final week of April. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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