Dave Natzke

Milk-feed price index highest in six years

A record-high monthly average milk price offset small gains in feed prices, pushing the preliminary February 2014 milk-feed price ratio to its highest level in more than six years. FULL STORY »

Nutrition label makeover will have dairy implications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released proposed changes to “Nutrition Facts” labels and corresponding rules on serving sizes for packaged foods, including dairy. FULL STORY »

Changing (my) perspective

Depending on how you look at it, the U.S. dairy industry is large and growing, or small and shrinking. You’d be correct in both cases. FULL STORY »

Farm Bill, dairy policy go to Senate

Fresh off approval in the House, the 2014 Farm Bill could be brought up for action in the Senate as early as Friday, Jan. 31. FULL STORY »

New York back as No. 3 milk producer?

Preliminary USDA milk production data indicates New York edged out Idaho as the No. 3 milk-producing state in 2013, behind California and Wisconsin. FULL STORY »

ALERT: House passes Farm Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2014 Farm Bill on a 251-166 vote on Wednesday morning. FULL STORY »

TAHC re-evaluating dairy cattle prohibition in two counties

Texas Animal Health Commission staff will conduct a bovine tuberculosis risk assessment in portions of El Paso and Hudspeth counties in the coming months, possibly paving the way to allow dairy cattle back in the area. FULL STORY »

Next LGM-Dairy policy sale is Jan. 31

The next Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy (LGM-Dairy) sales period begins Jan. 31, with insurable margins well above 3-, 5- and 10-year averages. FULL STORY »

Cold storage: Butter inventories shrink 

Dec. 31 butter stocks totaled 111.45 million lbs., down 8% from Nov. 30, and 27% less than December 2012, according to USDA’s Cold Storage report. FULL STORY »

On Wisconsin: Dairy drives ag income engine

Dairy led the way in terms of increasing Wisconsin total farm revenue in 2013. Gross milk sales in 2013 were a record $5.6 billion, about $400 million more than 2012. FULL STORY »

California Dairy Future Task Force update planned

California's Dairy Future Task Force working groups will provide progress reports to the full task force on Wednesday, Jan. 22, according to the latest weekly newsletter from California's Milk Producers Council. FULL STORY »

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