Michigan Milk committed to sustainability

The Michigan Milk Producers Association is working to highlight sustainability efforts of farmer members.  President Ken Nobis says MMPA’s sustainability mission focuses on high-quality dairy products and what happens before milk leaves the farm. “That involves sustainability at our plant level, our operations level, and administration level.”  He tells Brownfield they will also be gathering… Read more »

Global Dairy Trade index declines another 2.2%

The overall price index fell another 2.2 percent at the Global Dairy Trade auction Tuesday.  This is the fifth-consecutive decline putting the Index at 714; the lowest it has been since August of 2009.  In just over two months the index has lost 251 points. Compared to the May 5th sale: rennet casein was down… Read more »

April milk production higher

  Milk production in the United States in April totaled 17.8 billion pounds up 1.7 percent from April of 2014.  The nation’s dairy herd was 9.3 million cows in April up 65,000 from a year ago and production per cow was 1,911 up 19 pounds from last April. Milk production in the 23 major dairy… Read more »

Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalists announced

This year’s Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalists have been announced. Sherry Newell of the Midwest Dairy Association calls Minnesota’s annual dairy princess contest a recognizable part of the state’s culture going back 60 years. She says Princess Kay needs to have a passion for the dairy industry. “When we look across the 65… Read more »

Dairy farmers excited for Race Day

In a little over a week two of Indiana’s dairy farmers will present the winner of the Indianapolis 500 the most storied sports prize in history – the Bottle of Milk. Fourth generation dairy farmer Alan Wright of “All Wright Farms” in Delaware County says he’s proud to take part in the tradition of presenting… Read more »

Nobis Dairy receives sustainability award

The Innovations Center for U.S. Dairy has recognized Nobis Dairy Farm as one of three Outstanding Sustainability Farm Award winners.  Ken Nobis farms with his brother Larry in St. Johns, just north of the state Capitol.  He says on their 1,050 cow dairy they’ve tried to do what is right, including conservation tillage. “We’ve always… Read more »

Nebraska intensifies dairy expansion efforts

In order for Nebraska to grow its dairy sector, the state will need more dairy processing—that was the main message coming out of the recent Grow Nebraska Dairy Summit in Lincoln. Bill Thiele, a dairy farmer from Clearwater and president of the Nebraska State Dairy Association, says more competition for milk will benefit all producers…. Read more »

Slight change to CAFO permits

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced changes this week to permits on large farms.  Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) are farms with typically 1,000 animals or more in Michigan.  Gordon Wenk, Chief Deputy Director for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, says during January through March, farms that are not permitted as… Read more »

Dietary Guidelines comment period

The deadline to submit comments on the proposed dietary guidelines is this Friday, May 8. Kristina Butts, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says NCBA is in the process of finalizing their comments. “We are weighing in and making sure that the secretaries have a lot of the science that… Read more »

More cheese made in March

Total cheese production in the United States in March was 987 million pounds up 1.8 percent from March of 2014.  Italian-type cheese production increased 1.5 percent to 433 million pounds.  American-type cheese production was 1.7 percent above March of last year at 388 million pounds. Wisconsin produced 255.8 million pounds of cheese in March up… Read more »