USDA March milk production report finally shows increase in herd

After eight months of contraction, the national herd finally showed signs of life and an increase of 3,000 head at the end of February. Hopefully this marks the end of the period of culling as farmers are gearing up for spring flush and improvements [...]

NFDM futures retreat on heavy milk supply

After peaking in early March, global dairy prices ran into resistance, with sluggish performance over the past two and a half months. This past week’s Global Dairy Trade auction results yielded a modest decline of 0.9 percent, bringing the cumulative performance to a drop of [...]

Dairy cows swoon with July summer heat

USDA’s July milk production report showed a continued decline in the nation’s dairy herd as the 24-state dairy total fell by 9,000 head. With the spring flush now over and summer heat curbing milk output, farmers have fewer incentives to keep marginal producers within [...]

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