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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 »

Poll: How is your corn crop doing?

- Great
- So-so
- Too wet
- Too dry
- Had to switch to an alternative crop


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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Use care when regrouping dry cows

Canadian researchers recently took at look at the effect of regrouping during the dry period on feeding, social, rumination and lying behavior for cows that were moved to a new pen and cows that remained in their home pen but had new cows introduced. FULL STORY »

Should you test heifers for Johne’s disease?

Does it make sense to test all of your heifers for Johne’s disease so that you can remove positive animals from your herd earlier? Researchers at the University of Idaho and Michigan State University conducted a case-control study to find out. The results were published in the June Journal of Dairy Science. FULL STORY »

A more accurate methane measure

Researchers from the University of Briston and the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre in Ireland have found a link between methane production and levels of a compound called archaeol in the feces of several fore-gut fermenting animals, including cows, sheep and deer. FULL STORY »

Money-makers in difficult times

Dairy Herd Management asked dairy farmers from across the U.S. to share the top five things they have turned to in recent years to add value to their operations. Here is what they had to say. 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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