Wisconsin accepting comments on Richfield Dairy

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is taking public comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for Milk Source’s proposed Richfield Dairy in Adams County.  The dairy would house 4,300 cows and 250 steers. The company plans to convert 115 acres of existing cropland to farm buildings and production areas. Richfield Dairy has an approved… Read more »

Another record-high butter price

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange cash butter price increased three-quarter cent on Wednesday to close at $3.01 per pound.  Dairy Market News reports butter manufacturers are producing at a steady to higher rate but demand remains strong despite the high prices.  Domestic bulk butter prices are ranging up to 7 cents above market.  Butter is being imported… Read more »

Idaho’s June cheese production questioned

Some question regarding the June cheese production numbers from USDA last Friday.  Eric Meyer with Highground Dairy notes the 21.2 percent drop in Idaho cheese production compared to a year ago.  American type cheese production was down 37.6 percent.  Meyer says they question the plunge and have asked the ag department for a clarification.  He… Read more »

Milksource Durham Giggle-ET tops Wisconsin Junior Dairy Show

The Wisconsin State Fair Junior Dairy Show wrapped-up with the selection of Milksource Durham Giggle-ET as Supreme Champion Cow exhibited by Chloe Vosters of Outagamie County.  Reserve Supreme Champion Cow was Sellcrest S Candy Apple-Red exhibited by Andrew Sell of Dodge County.  Candy Apple was the Supreme Champion Bred and Owned Dairy Female. 19-year-old Valerie… Read more »

We made a little more cheese in June

Total cheese production in the United States in June was 916 million pounds up a half-percent from June of last year.  This follows two consecutive months of 2.5 percent increases.  Italian-type production was 4.4 percent higher at 409 million pounds while American-type cheese production was 3.8 percent lower at 349 million pounds. Wisconsin cheese production… Read more »

Dairy markets hold strong

Cash cheese increased a little on the Chicago Board of Trade on Thursday.  Class III futures followed suit.  The cooler temperatures across the country has milk production holding steady in the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions.  Dairy Market News says production is declining in the Southeast as cow comfort declines.  No loads exported out of… Read more »

Base milk prices increase

There will be a little more in the milk check this month, after declining for the last two months, the base milk prices increased a little for July.  Class II base is $24.41 per hundredweight up 47 cents from June and $5.19 above July of 2013.  The Class III base for July is $21.60, up… Read more »

California drought affecting Pacific NW organic dairy

Even though the California drought does not stretch up into Oregon and Washington it is having an impact on organic dairy producers in the Pacific Northwest.  Washington and Oregon do not raise quite enough organic hay to meet demand, organic dairy producers are finding they have to bid against California organic dairy farmers for the… Read more »

Emmi Roth to expand New York yogurt capacity

Another expansion of the yogurt business in New York State.  Emmi Roth USA will expand operations in Orangeburg and Penn Yan, New York, to grow its market share in the U.S.  The Penn Yan facility produces Siggi’s yogurt as well as bag-in-box milk and creamers for foodservice dispensers.  Cheese Market News says the $11.6 million,… Read more »

Property taxes are big topic in Nebraska

Property taxes being paid on farm and ranch land in Nebraska continue to skyrocket.  Laura Field, director of legislative affairs for Nebraska Cattlemen, says those taxes increased an average of 29 percent statewide over the past year. Field says her group will resume its push for property tax relief in the 2015 legislative session. That… Read more »