Monday’s big jump in cheddar barrels sparked interest in the spot cheese markets, but the price corrected sharply yesterday, closing down 6.25¢. The volume of eight trades was the largest single-day volume going back to the last week of December 2014.
Athens will not back a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union unless the deal is changed to specify that only Greece can use the term "feta" for its salty white cheese, according to a document seen by Reuters.
Global dairy prices slumped to their lowest in nearly six years on Tuesday as milk powder producers struggled to find buyers for their increased production with demand easing in Asia and other emerging regions.
March U.S. dairy export volumes reached their highest level since June 2014, led by record-high shipments of nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder to Mexico, cheese to South Korea, and lactose and whey protein isolate throughout the world.
USDA released its monthly Dairy Products report on May 5, summarizing March 2015 and year-to-date (Y-T-D) production estimates (see table). Compared to a year earlier, March total cheese output was up 1.8%, but butter production was down 3.0%.
On a farm visit just one week before we checked both the bottles used to store the colostrum and the esophageal tube feeder used to deliver the colostrum. We used a SystemSURE Plus luminometer that reports back in relative light units (RLU). These RLU's are highly correlated with standard plate counts from bacteria cultures.
By Dennis Pennington and Dennis Stein, Michigan State University Extension
Negotiating farmland rental rates can be challenging. Generally landowners and tenants want to be fair with each other and don’t want to be taken advantage of. Landowners need to cover the costs associated with owning land like land payment, insurance and taxes. Farmer-tenants need land in order to grow a crop and generate income. Most landowners and farmers alike want an easy way to determine fair rent prices. However, volatility in the market over the past few years complicates the situation.