Weekly dairy cow slaughter under federal inspection

Week ending March 1: 61,200 head

Year-to-date (YTD) 2014: 531,200 head

YTD compared to same period 2013: -49,300 head

Highlights: Midwest culling as a percentage of the U.S. total picked up. For the week, 29% came from USDA Zone 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI); 26% came from USD Zone 9 (AZ, CA, HI & NV).

Source: USDA Weekly Cow Slaughter Report


USDA Prospective Plantings, Grain Stocks reports due March 31

On March 31, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will release Prospective Plantings, the first survey-based projection of 2014 acreage based on producer planting intentions as of early March. NASS will also release the Grain Stocks report, which will provide the March 1 stocks estimates for the feed grains.


Saputo names new president of U.S. dairy division

Saputo Inc. named Paul Corney as president and chief operating officer of its Dairy Foods Division (USA), effective April 1. Corney has been with the company since 2001, most recently as senior vice president – national retail sales, Dairy Division (Canada).


AMPI annual meeting is March 24-25

Continued increases in cheese, butter and powdered dairy product sales are among the performance highlights to be shared at the Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) annual meeting, set for March 24-25, In Bloomington, Minn.

Some 400 people, including AMPI dairy farmer-owners from six states, industry leaders and guests, are expected for the milk marketing cooperative’s annual business review. Headlining the program is a panel discussion of the 2014 Farm Bill’s impact on the dairy industry. The panelists include Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation; Steve Etka, Washington representative for the Midwest Dairy Coalition; and Phil Plourd, president of Wisconsin-based risk management company Blimling and Associates Inc.

AMPI members will also hear from South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch, who will share how he is aggressively promoting the Midwest as the ideal region for dairy farming. Jim Spain, dairy nutritionist at the University of Missouri, will discuss strategies for managing transition cows to maximize production and reproduction efficiencies. Terry Fleck, Center for Food Integrity, will explain new consumer trends and implications for the dairy industry.

During the annual business meeting, AMPI President and CEO Ed Welch and Chairman of the Board Steve Schlangen, a dairy farmer from Albany, Minn., will detail the progress that contributed to positive sales and earnings in 2013. Member delegates will also vote to determine AMPI’s position on issues and policies affecting the cooperative. The deliberations are the culmination of the cooperative’s grassroots policy-making process.

AMPI is a dairy marketing cooperative owned by 2,600 Midwest dairy farm families who operate farms in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. AMPI members own 10 manufacturing plants and market a full line of consumer-packaged dairy products. In 2013, these dairy farmer-owners marketed 5.8 billion pounds of milk, resulting in $1.8 billion in sales for the cooperative.