Commentary

DHM Numbers: June culling hits 6-year low

U.S. dairy cows culled for slaughter in June 2014 fell to the lowest level in six years, slipping below 200,000 head for the first time since June 2008. FULL STORY »

Friday's CME Dairy Market Recap

Class III futures continued to sell off after a rejection of the highs reached earlier this week. Although cheese makers are struggling to build inventory, U.S. milk production is on the rise and will continue to put downward pressure on Class III futures. FULL STORY »

Dairy markets: Class III withstands spot cheese decline

Class III futures prices were double-digit higher early in the day, but pulled back – albeit not too much – on a sharp drop in the spot cheese session. FULL STORY »

Thursday’s CME Dairy Market Recap

Thursday’s Class III market opened up relatively flat, but after a bearish spot cheese session, futures began to sell off. FULL STORY »

DHM Numbers: Cow culling, replacement auctions

Weekly dairy cow culling continued to slide far behind last year's pace; and a week's worth of dairy replacement cattle auctions are summarized. FULL STORY »

Dairy markets: 2014 Class III contracts rally

The Class III bull showed its horns yesterday as 2014 contracts rallied, but 2015 contracts closed mixed on low volume. This move up came on the back of a bullish Cold Storage report for cheese. FULL STORY »

Wednesday's CME Dairy Market Recap

The rally continued in Class III futures Wednesday as contracts settled 16¢-20¢ higher through the end of the year. Cheese futures provided support for Class III by moving higher in each month that traded. FULL STORY »

August Class I base up; dairy income margins flatter

The August 2014 federal order milk marketing order Class I base milk price is $23.87/cwt., up 85¢ from July 2014, and $4.99 more than August 2013. FULL STORY »

Cropp: July Dairy Situation and Outlook

The relative increase in milk production is showing strength. But, that said, no sharp decline in prices well below $18/cwt. is anticipated in the foreseeable future. FULL STORY »

Dairy markets: Shrugging off bearish news

Class III and cheese posted firming futures prices on moderate volume Tuesday after having shrugged off the most recent bearish USDA milk production numbers. FULL STORY »

DHM Markets: May dairy product output grows

Today's post highlights USDA's monthly dairy Products report, Midwest milk-feed price ratios, weekly cow culling and ethanol production/corn use. FULL STORY »

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