June Milk Production Report shows decline in production

June may be National Dairy Month, but last week’s USDA Milk Production Report showed drops in both U.S. dairy herd and total milk output compared to the prior month. Milk production in the 24 major states was down 1.0 percent, showing the first yield [...]

Doesn’t everyone buy milk during a crisis?

Anyone familiar with winter storms or hurricanes can relate to scary weather forecasts and runs to the grocery stores for milk, bread, eggs, and the like. Given the spread of COVID-19 concerns, school closures, and business shutdowns, a trip to the grocery shop now [...]

December milk output shows unremarkable lead-up to 2020

The January milk production report this week showed a modest rise of 0.9 percent in 24-state milk production in December 2019 vs. a year prior. Production per cow (yield) was nearly unchanged YOY, and the total number of milk cows was unchanged from both [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Dairy herd near bottom as seasonal milk production ebbs

Total U.S. dairy cows whether measured across the 24 largest producing states or across the nation have held fairly constant the past three months with the September milk production report showing that total milk output is basically flat compared to last year. After steadily [...]

Near record high butter stocks defies heat of July

USDA Cold Storage Report released on Aug. 22 is showing a near-record high 330 million lbs of butter in cold storage across the U.S. and is the second highest stock level for this time of the year in nearly two decades. Stocks rose somewhat [...]

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