DairyHerdNetwork Top Stories: Raw Milk Seized, Dairy Market Outlook, Animal ID

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Raw Milk Seized From Minnesota Dairy Farm
The Star Tribune reports hundreds of gallons of raw milk produced by Gibbon dairy farm after a state order to stop production has been seized Tuesday by State Agriculture Department investigators.

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Michigan State Eyes Cuts To Agriculture College
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A plan to restructure Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources envisions a much smaller, more focused school as it tries to adapt to tough financial circumstances.

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Be Thankful For Staying Busy
Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. For those within agriculture, it brought feelings of ambiguity, since the blessings have been obscured by hardship. The dairy industry has had a particularly tough time the past couple of years.

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NMPF December Dairy Market Outlook
U.S. milk prices rose through 2010, and the all-milk price is projected to average over $16.25/cwt. for the year, 27% higher than in 2009. Cheese prices rose and butter prices soared; but most milk and dairy product prices peaked in October, and are projected to fall through the winter. Based on futures prices, the May 2011 all-milk price is projected at $15.30; this price would have been profitable 10 years ago, when corn was $2/bu. and soymeal was $165/ton; but it is clearly below projected production costs.

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