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Dairy markets: Barrels roll back

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.


March dairy exports hit 9-month high

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.


National DHIA honors Sechrist, Beane

The National Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA) honored some of its early leaders during the association’s annual meeting earlier this spring in Columbus, Ohio.


Wright, Dague ready to deliver 2015 Indy 500 milk

When the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 is concludes on Sunday, May 24, one of the race’s most beloved and long-standing traditions is the celebratory Bottle of Milk in Victory Lane.


DHM Numbers: March Dairy Products Report

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%.

Calf and Heifer

Calves with Sam: Are your bottles and pails food-grade clean?

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.


Tips for negotiating farmland rent

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.


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