By Brian W. Gould, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) issued its Global Dairy Market Outlook report for June. USDEC’s outlook calls for continued weak conditions, with ample milk to meet global demand for the rest of the year and into 2016.
Fresh cheese anyone? How about fresh 2015 highs for spot cheese? That was the ignition switch sparking a fresh wave of buying, propelling both Class III and cheese futures to the upper fringe of their recent ranges.
An Oregon federal court issued an important ruling in Schultz Family Farms, LLC v. Jackson County dealing with two very important, hot-button issues in agriculture: genetically modified crops and Right to Farm laws.
High producing cows can become heat stressed at a temperature-humidity index (THI) of only 68. Heat stress causes negative behavioral, productive, and health changes in dairy cattle. An increase in air temperature from about 78 to 104°F reduces eating by 46%, ruminating by 22%, and boosts standing by 34%.