NATIONAL DAIRY CHECKOFF PARTNERSHIPS SELL MORE MILK, DAIRY FOODS 

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Three New Videos Promote U.S. Dairy Exports to Global Customers

Three New Videos Promote U.S. Dairy Exports to Global Customers By Kara McDonald  February 21, 2018 Share these videos on social media and embed them on your website. Partnerships. Supply Security. Growth. These are the themes of three new videos promoting U.S. dairy exports to our business customers throughout the world. The videos were released on ThinkUSAdairy.org, the U.S. Dairy Export Council’s website for global customers. USDEC members and others in the U.S. dairy industry are encouraged to share the videos with customers on social media and embed them on

Electronic trading brings anonymity. Understand how CME dairy spot markets function

Electronic trading brings anonymity. Understand how CME dairy spot markets function Posted on February 11, 2018 By Sherry Bunting, Reprinted from Farmshine, February 9, 2018 CHICAGO, Ill. — The CME dairy spot markets have been evolving since arriving in Chicago after a tumultuous past on the Green Bay Cheese Exchange, writes Ronald K. O’Brien, II, a dairy market risk specialist and geostrategist. He is director of global derivatives for Interfood, multidimensional global dairy risk managers using physical and financial global dairy markets to offset internal sales and inventory risk. Recently, Farmshine

U-Turn From Top Dairy Exporter Sends A2 Milk Shares Soaring

U-Turn From Top Dairy Exporter Sends A2 Milk Shares Soaring   Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd.’s strategic partnership with a2 Milk Co. Ltd. sent shares of its former rival surging and marked a change in attitude toward the company it once dismissed. Auckland-based Fonterra, the world’s largest dairy exporter, entered the wide-raging pact despite its Chief Executive Officer Theo Spierings having previously labeled its competitor just a “marketing concept.”………. READ MORE……… BloomBerg.com U-Turn From Top Dairy Exporter Sends A2 Milk Shares Soaring

Milk price dip of little concern to farmers

Milk price dip of little concern to farmers     In the global dairy auction overnight, the average price fell for the first time this year by 0.5 percent to $3623US dollars a tonne. It had gone up at the three previous auctions. However, whole milk powder prices are up slightly by 0.3 percent to $3246US dollars a tonne. Whole milk powder prices are still at the highest level in nine months, and overall the market is looking relatively stable. Volumes sold were down about nine percent……… READ MORE……….  

Cheese prices still climbing

Cheese prices still climbing Cash block Cheddar cheese closed Valentine week at a slightly more romantic $1.54 per pound, up 3 cents on the week but 4 cents below a year ago. The barrels closed at $1.48, up 12 cents on the week and 14 cents below a year ago, with 13 cars of block trading places and 38 of barrel…….. READ MORE…….. Cheese prices still climbing

PRO-DAIRY Webinars: February & March 2018

PRO-DAIRY Webinars: February & March 2018         – Webinar Spanish Dairy Webinar Practical Considerations for Feeding Dairy Calves Feb 28 | 12:30 – 1:00 PM Rodrigo Molano, DVM, PhD student, Cornell University, Van Amburgh Lab Dr. Rodrigo will review the basic biology and nutrition of the young calf. He will then tie that information with practical consideration for feeding and managing young calves. Join the Webinar Thursday Dairy Updates Milk Quality: It’s Not Just About Cell Counts Anymore March 1 | 12:30 – 1:00 PM Frank Welcome,

GDT Events Results Event 205 / 6 February 2018

GDT Events Results Event 205 / 6 February 2018   Click Here for the full report   Explanatory Notes All information published on this page may be reproduced provided the user acknowledges Global Dairy Trade as the source. Quantity sold is the total quantity sold in a Trading Event across all products, contract periods and sellers. The quantity sold may be less than the minimum supply if the quantity bid on a product in the first bidding round was less than the minimum supply Minimum supply and maximum supply are

Kiwi dollar falls in subdued trading as US, China observe public holidays

Kiwi dollar falls in subdued trading as US, China observe public holidays   The New Zealand dollar has fallen in subdued trading with public holidays in the US and China as traders await this week’s dairy auction and minutes from the Reserve Bank of Australia’s last policy meeting. The kiwi traded at US73.71 cents as at 8am on Tuesday in Wellington from US73.98c late Monday The trade-weighted index dropped to 75.40 from 75.60……. READ MORE…….   Kiwi dollar falls in subdued trading as US, China observe public holidays

Organic Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Low Prices And Production Quotas

Organic Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Low Prices And Production Quotas   Organic dairy farmers are getting paid less because of an oversupply of their milk, a market glut that’s led one major organic buyer to delay signing on new farmers. For years, organic farming was a bright spot in the regional dairy economy. Demand for organic milk was growing, and farmers could earn much more than their conventional counterparts……… READ MORE…….. Organic Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Low Prices And Production Quotas

Spilled milk: Without concerted support, local dairy farms may soon be a thing of the past

Spilled milk: Without concerted support, local dairy farms may soon be a thing of the past Several years ago, we said goodbye to Video Headquarters in Keene. The operation had long served the region’s video, gaming and, eventually, T-shirt needs. It had been a strong local presence, offering valuable service, while its proprietor had contributed to the community through sponsorships, donations and more. It thrived and persevered even when many thought market forces would push it out. Eventually, though, it became apparent the store’s days were numbered, for reasons its

JOIN FDF AT THE FOOD NETWORK & COOKING CHANNEL SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL!

JOIN FDF AT THE FOOD NETWORK & COOKING CHANNEL SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL! The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is an event that can’t be missed. Florida Dairy Farmers will join the world’s most celebrated chefs at the event bringing fresh Florida milk and dairy products to the table, and we are giving one lucky milk fan the opportunity to be there. The event will take place from February 21nd through the 25th in Miami Beach, Florida. The festival attracts 65,000 guests

Dairy Market Overview

Dairy Market Overview Dairy Market Update: Class III Milk Top Futures Expirations Traded On: 02/16/2018 Month Settle Price 16/02/2018 Settle Price 15/02/2018 % Diff Vol OI MAR18 14.1 14.04 0.43% 517 4,558 APR18 14.06 14.1 -0.28% 256 3,130 FEB18 13.49 13.46 0.22% 98 3,220 JUL18 15.31 15.27 0.26% 77 1,651 JUN18 14.75 14.8 -0.34% 63 2,186 Total 1,302 24,445 Top Options Traded On: 02/16/2018 Month Call Vol Put Vol OI Total MAR18 246 134 13,323 380 SEP18 50 1 4,676 51 APR18 43 15 9,381 58 JUN18 50 0 6,997

Local dairy farm wins prestigious award

Local dairy farm wins prestigious award   ALPENA — Butterwerth Dairy recently was given a Platinum Award of Achievement from the National Quality Dairy Awards. The farm is owned by Larry and Paulette Werth and their sons Paul and Jeremy. This award is given to the top six dairy farms in the United States. Paul and Jeremy said the farm has changed and updated its practices after bovine tuberculosis infected their herd three years ago. “In 2015 the herd had a positive for bovine TB. So after a depopulation of

PartnerRe and Farmers Edge Team Up to Advance Global Agriculture by Offering Real-Time Field Data Coupled with Customized Insurance Products

PartnerRe and Farmers Edge Team Up to Advance Global Agriculture by Offering Real-Time Field Data Coupled with Customized Insurance Products   Exclusive, Multi-Year Agreement Will Bring Farmers Edge Decision Agriculture Platform to at least 20 Million Acres Worldwide Audio Interview with Farmers Edge President and CEO Wade Barnes   PEMBROKE, Bermuda, and WINNIPEG, Manitoba – PartnerRe Ltd. today announced an innovative deal with Farmers Edge™, a global leader in decision agriculture, that will help insurers to close the insurance gap among farmers across all continents.   This exclusive, four-year agreement

Hesston by Massey Ferguson to Debut 2370 Ultra High Density Large Square Baler at World Ag Expo 2018

Hesston by Massey Ferguson to Debut 2370 Ultra High Density Large Square Baler at World Ag Expo 2018 Industry’s first Class 8 baler packs 20 percent greater bale density than previous models DULUTH, Ga. — AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural equipment, is debuting the Hesston by Massey Ferguson® 2370 Ultra High Density (Ultra HD) baler to North American producers at the 2018 World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., Feb. 13-15. The industry’s first and only Class 8 baler, the 2370 Ultra HD is designed to

2018 New York Holstein Convention

2018 New York Holstein Convention Enjoy pictures from the 2018 New York Holstein Association Convention Pictures are from the annual meeting, awards presentations, and banquet.         NY Convention ET Sale averaged $5,443 on the live lots. High Seller-Lot 1 Bacon-Hill Blwtrch Masie-ET $18,000 Sold by: Bacon Hill Holsteins Bought by: Eildon Tweed Farm       2018 New York Holstein Convention

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U.S. Dairy Exports Up 14% in 2017

U.S. Dairy Exports Up 14% in 2017

U.S. Dairy Exports Up 14% in 2017 By Alan Levitt February 6, 2018 Strong overseas sales of milk powder, whey products and cheese pace U.S. efforts in world dairy market.   U.S. dairy exports reached $5.48 billion in 2017, up 14 percent from 2016, and the most in three years. In volume terms, suppliers shipped 1.935 million tons of milk powder, cheese, butterfat, whey and lactose last year, up 6 percent, and surpassing the previous high volume exported in 2014, according to U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) analysis of U.S. Department

Progressive Breeders’ Registry Honors Top Registered Holstein® Herds

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PDPW Dairy Wellbeing Workshops Scheduled for Feb 7 and 8 in Green Bay

PDPW Dairy Wellbeing Workshops Scheduled for Feb 7 and 8 in Green Bay Demand for Transparency Increases Focus on Animal Care Practices of Dairy Farmers DAIRY NEWS – Dairy farmers, herd managers and industry professionals will gain new perspective on animal welfare issues like lameness, body condition scoring, and cull-cow management at the PDPW Dairy Wellbeing Workshop, presented by Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW).  Two one-day sessions will be held on Wed., Feb 7, and Thurs., Feb. 8, both at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, Wis., from 8 a.m.

Agreement on Plans to Merge Koepon & CRI

Agreement on Plans to Merge Koepon & CRI SHAWANO, Wisconsin – The boards of directors of Koepon Holding BV and Cooperative Resources International (CRI) have reached agreement on a plan to merge their organizations. The agreement is non-binding, and subject to due diligence and other customary conditions, including receipt of requisite governmental and other consents and approvals. Once completed, final agreement will be conditional upon approval by both boards of directors as well as the delegates of CRI. If successful, the organizations plan to formalize the merger by mid-2018. Both

#Fridaysonthefarm: Louisiana Farmer Reaps benefits of Healthy Soil

#Fridaysonthefarm: Louisiana Farmer Reaps benefits of Healthy Soil Follow USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s #Fridaysonthefarm interactive stories each Friday! Visit local farms, ranches, forests and resource areas where NRCS and partners help people help the land. This Friday, we meet Robbie Howard, who realized one of the biggest benefits of soil health is measured in time. Because now the soybean and corn farmer has more of it for his family and for his new found love – golf. Additional Resources: Learn more about soil health management. Find your local USDA

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Delegates Set Policy for 2018

December 8, 2017 Political News Wisconsin Farm Bureau Delegates Set Policy for 2018 Farm Bureau delegates adopted the policies that will guide the legislative agenda for the state’s largest general farm organization in 2018. Resolutions were submitted by delegates as part of a grassroots policy development process. Read more… More Political News Farmers commend Senate action on tax reform AG Schimel fights to end California’s restrictive farming regulations Tax reform key to preserving our family farm Dairy industry calls on Congress to act on DACA Crop News Potato Researcher Wins Farm

December 8, 2017 | Fun in the Sun “Vegas Style” | Las Vegas, NV

December 8, 2017 | Fun in the Sun “Vegas Style” | Las Vegas, NV Click here to view the sale catalog! Click here to view the sale order! Click here to view the In vitro fertilization records! Click here to view Genomic records! Click here to view images of all lots to sell! The #1 and #2 GJPI heifers of the Jersey breed will be offered! We believe the highest GTPI heifer of the Holstein breed will be offered!   December 8, 2017 | Fun in the Sun “Vegas Style” | Las Vegas,

Air Emissions Update: Reporting Delayed Until at Least January 22, 2018

Air Emissions Update: Reporting Delayed Until at Least January 22, 2018   Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted EPA’s motion for a further stay of its April 11, 2017 decision, which will end the 2008 manure air emission exemption, and trigger air emission reports under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). As a result of today’s court decision no manure air emission reports will be due until at least January 22, 2018.  The plaintiff, the Waterkeeper Alliance, had asked the court

Siemers Holsteins has an Exciting Classification

Siemers Holsteins has an Exciting Classification   Siemers Holsteins has recently classified with some exciting results. 21 new Excellent cows and 52 new VG-2YR olds were scored. Below are some more highlights: Exciting Excellents: SIEMERS MERIDIAN BOMBI-ET EX-93 @4-11 (Meridian x EX-94 Shottle Bombi) SIEMERS DMAN FROSTLANE-ET EX-90 (Doorman x EX-94 Atwood x EX-97 Harvue Roy Frosty) +3.88T Byway Daughter in our flush program SIEMERS OLYN APPLELINI-ET EX-90 (Olympian x EX-91 Siemers Mogul Apple-Star x EX Shottle) Brothers in AI: Agent-Red, Apple-Crisp *RC, Army *RC, Overwing *RC Exciting 2-YR Olds:

Pedigree Analysis of 2017 National Holstein Show Winners Now Online

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Sandra K. (Forys) Blodgett Obituary

Sandra K. (Forys) Blodgett Obituary   Sandra K. (Forys) Blodgett,76, passed away at her home on November 11, 2017. She was the beloved wife of late Peter G. Blodgett, with whom she enjoyed 44 years of marriage. Loving mother to Randall S. Blodgett, Cynthia A. (Ryan) Geschwindt, and the late Pamela R. Blodgett; grandmother to Sara and Katie; sister to the late Gregory J. Roman; she will also be missed by her dog, Lexi. Sandra was born in 1941 to the late Stanley and Cecelia Forys, in Philadelphia, PA. She

DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEW PLANT IN GARDEN CITY

  DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEW PLANT IN GARDEN CITY   Plant Provides a Home for Local Milk, While Also Helping Meet Global Demand for U.S. Dairy   KANSAS CITY, Kan. (November 10, 2017) – Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national dairy cooperative owned by family farmers, recently celebrated the opening of DFA Garden City, a new, state-of-the-art dairy ingredients plant located in Southwest Kansas. DFA Garden City is a partnership between DFA and 12 of its member farms in Southwest Kansas and will help support

New EPA Guidance May Require Reporting of Air Emissions

New EPA Guidance May Require Reporting of Air Emissions Last week EPA released guidance in response to a court decision that struck down EPA’s rule exempting livestock farms from emissions reporting requirements for certain hazardous substances regulated under federal law, such as ammonia and hydrogen sulfide. Now that there is no regulatory exemption, the deadline for farms that surpass EPA’s emissions threshold to notify federal officials of emissions is November 15, 2017. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted to clean up industrial chemical toxic waste dumps, spills

Raamezah Ahmad Joins AFIA’s Communications Team

Raamezah Ahmad Joins AFIA’s Communications Team ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 9, 2017 — The American Feed Industry Association is pleased to welcome Raamezah Ahmad as its new graphic and web design coordinator. Ahmad joined AFIA Nov. 6. Ahmad will be responsible for maintaining the overall brand for AFIA and the Institute for Feed Education and Research. She will develop graphics and other visual materials for the web, social media, print and other uses, including supporting AFIA’s meetings and events team by creating myriad marketing materials and AFIA’s legislative and regulatory team with

Michigan farmers watching closely as tax reform continues to evolve

Michigan farmers watching closely as tax reform continues to evolve November 8th, 2017 – Michigan farmers remain cautiously optimistic with the recent House Ways and Means Committee tax reform package, officially labeled the The Tax Cuts & Job Act. Calling it long-overdue, Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) President Carl Bednarski, a Tuscola County row-crop farmer, says the organization is encouraged that Congress has taken “the first-steps” to tax reform. “Michigan farmers will continue to work with members of Congress on a solution that provides for long-term certainty for all taxpayers,” Bednarksi

National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) recommends dairies DO NOT report air emissions just yet

National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) recommends dairies DO NOT report air emissions just yet By: Karl Czymmek and Curt Gooch Late yesterday afternoon, PRO-DAIRY staff spoke with NMPF legal counsel. There is a lot going on to address a range of concerns generated by EPA’s emission reporting deadline under CERCLA that was announced on 10-26-17. EPA has filed a motion requesting that the court extend the stay on its mandate to end the 2008 exemption, which will trigger the reporting requirement. Specifically, the court asked for the November 15, 2017

CDCB changes to evaluation system (December 2017)

CDCB changes to evaluation system (December 2017)   Publication of AH2 – Second haplotype affecting Ayrshire fertility by Daniel Null, John Cole, Jay Megonigal and Ezequiel Nicolazzi. Starting December 2017, the CDCB will publish the second Ayrshire haplotype affecting fertility. The publication of this important information for the Ayrshire breed is possible thanks to the research led by AGIL researches and the cooperation with CDN, who confirmed the preliminary results obtained in the US population. Dan Null’s presentation at ADSA2017 can be found here. AH2 information will be shared using

In time for winter: New large calf blankets by Udder Tech, Inc. 

In time for winter: New large calf blankets by Udder Tech, Inc.  Lakeville, Minn. – Udder Tech, Inc. announces new large size calf blankets available just in time for winter weather. “Each year we receive special order requests for larger size calf blankets,” says Dana Casto, Udder Tech business manager. “We are excited to announce the large size is now available through our catalog and website.” The new large size calf blankets are a great option for larger, more growthy-type calves, older calves and for those that

Where ARC Thou Program Payments, Part Deux

Where ARC Thou Program Payments, Part Deux by John Newton   There are slightly less than 250 million base acres enrolled in the Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs. Of those acres enrolled, nearly 90 percent are represented by corn, soybeans and wheat. A recent Market Intel article, Where ARC Thou, Program Payments?, highlighted ARC-CO program payment information for corn, soybeans and wheat in 2016. A portion of the remaining acres enrolled in the ARC or PLC farm safety net programs are represented by covered commodities including barley, canola, dry