DairyHerdNetwork Top Stories: Paying Dairy Farmers More, NBAF, October Milk Production

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Fonterra Hopes To Pay Dairy Farmers More To Cover Rising Input Costs
Businessweek reports the world’s largest dairy exporter announced its plans to pay New Zealand farmers as much as it can to counter increasing costs.

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Shake Up Holiday Cocktails With Milk
We all know that good old-fashioned milk is an essential beverage for building strong bones, muscles, teeth, hair and nails. But did you know that it's also a key ingredient to the top cocktails of the season? Just in time for the holidays, the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), the creator of GOT MILK?, has partnered with Mixologist Duggan McDonnell to give drink enthusiasts a delicious way to toast the festivities with family and friends. McDonnell, who has been recognized as one of the "Leaders of the American Cocktail Revolution" by Food & Wine Magazine, conc octs one-of-a-kind drink recipes to keep milk flowing during holiday celebrations.

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October Milk Production Up 3.3 Percent
Milk production in the 23 major States during October totaled 14.8 billion pounds, up 3.3 percent from October 2009. September revised production at 14.5 billion pounds, was up 3.7 percent from September 2009. The September revision represented an increase of 6 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

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Politics Should Not Be Allowed To Derail NBAF
It was a scathing report, one that raised fear and concern among policy makers, producers and consumers. Additionally, the National Research Council’s assessment of the safety of the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan., provided plenty of fodder for the site’s opponents.

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Wisconsin Dairy Academy Aims To Fill Void Of Dairy Workers
WSAU.com reports the Wisconsin Dairy Academy will complete an expansion in a few months adding classroom space on the farm run by North Central Technical College.

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