New Zealand dairy: Out like a lamb, in like a lion

Three weeks ago, in the heaviest time of the year for milk deliveries and production, the Global Dairy Trade auction registered broad-based weakness across the dairy complex. Prices in most categories fell just over 5 percent at that event as heavy volumes and lower [...]

Australian wildfires visible from space

Having burned through over 15.6 million acres, the Australian wildfires have forced thousands to evacuate. Fires have been particularly intense along Australia’s east coast, with New South Wales suffering severe damage and Victoria declaring a state of disaster. Coastal communities, where fires were fanned [...]

Cold November stalls U.S. dairy output

Faced with a series of early winter storms moving their way across the U.S. and temperatures mostly below normal, USDA’s Milk Production report for November showed a stall in dairy herd numbers and yield mostly flat to marginally down from the prior month. In [...]

Farm Bureau tallies cost of Thanksgiving dinner in 2019

The American Farm Bureau (AFB) reports that the cost for a Thanksgiving dinner went up in 2019: By exactly one penny. Per AFB, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is $48.91, up from $48.90 last year. This nominal increase follows three [...]

Higher prices help lift dairy herd

October saw the second consecutive increase in the U.S. dairy herd as higher prices for products like cheese and non-fat dried milk (NFDM) helped lift milking revenues. The November Milk Production report showed that the 24-state number and total U.S. herd recovered by 5,000 [...]

Surge in international dairy prices to new highs

Prices advanced by 3.7 percent in Fonterra’s biweekly auction, the largest jump since February. Nearly 200 participants secured 38,681 MT of products, with many achieving near-record prices for 2019. Most products appreciated in price with the notable exception of cheese and lactose. Core products [...]

Mexico continues to be great trade partner for U.S.

U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico grew over 32 percent from 2009 to 2018, per USDA. In 2018, Mexico was the top export destination for U.S. corn, dairy, poultry meat and eggs, sugar and sweeteners, distillers dried grains, and more. Additionally, the country is in [...]

Fallout from USDA’s move out of Washington

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NAFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) have each lost between 50 and 75 percent of their staff since June 2019. That is when U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue announced these two USDA agencies would be [...]