Fonterra will increase GDT offerings

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra says it will hold the farmer pay price for milk at $4.70 (NZ) per kilogram of milk solids for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. Some had expected the co-op to raise the prices a little in response to higher global commodity prices.  Whole milk powder has increased 45 percent… Read more »

No decision on California Federal Order request

USDA has yet to determine if it will conduct a hearing on a petition from three dairy cooperatives to form a Federal Milk Marketing Order for California. California Dairies, Dairy Farmers of America and Land O’Lakes, the three largest dairy co-ops in the Golden State filed the petition on February 5th requesting the ag department… Read more »

Milk production up 2.1 percent in January

Milk production in the United States totaled 17.6 billion pounds in January up 2.1 percent from January of 2014. The nation’s dairy herd increased 96,000 head to 9.3 million cows and production per cow was 19 pounds higher at 1,895. Milk production in the 23 major dairy states totaled 16.5 billion pounds in January up… Read more »

Penalties levied in Wisconsin raw milk case

Wisconsin dairy producers Roland and Diana Reed have agreed to penalties for distribution of unpasteurized milk. The Pepin County farmers provided raw milk for a potluck meal for the Durand High School football team last September.  Thirty-two students and coaches became ill from foodborne Campylobacter traced to the milk. The Reeds will have their Grade A… Read more »

More milk, less sugar in Yoplait original

General Mills is tweaking the formula for its Yoplait Original yogurt. The company announced it will reduce sugar content by 25 percent and increase the amount of milk used.  As a result, calories in a 6-ounce cup will be reduced from 170 to 150 while protein will increase from 5 grams to 6 grams.

California processors ask for a Federal Order

The three largest dairy cooperatives in California have petitioned USDA to have milk producers market under a Federal Milk Marketing Order. California operates under a state pricing mechanism which has consistently provided the lowest farm milk prices in the country. As an example: the January 4b price is $13.75 per hundredweight while the comparable January… Read more »

Farm Bill implementation one year in

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It’s been a year since the 2014 Farm Bill began to be implemented and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says it’s been a great undertaking. Farmers joined him on a call with reporters to talk about how the new Farm Bill provisions have helped them. Ben LaCross is a grower in northern Michigan whose cherry crop,… Read more »

The passion behind Fairlife Milk

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One of the big news stories in the dairy industry these days is Coca-Cola pairing with Select Milk Producers to market Fairlife milk. The product was developed by Mike and Sue McCloskey.  It all started when they lost a well on one of their dairy farms in 1990.  Mike says they tried to drill a… Read more »

Cheese production up for the month and year

Cheese production in the United States totaled 1 billion pounds in December, 2.5 percent above December of 2013. Italian type cheese production was up 4.2 percent from a year ago at 444 million pounds and American type cheese production was 1.5 percent higher at 387 million pounds. Wisconsin produced 251 million pounds of cheese in… Read more »

More dairy cows and replacements

USDA’s National Ag Statistic Service reports there were 9.3 million dairy cows in the United States on January 1st, up 1 percent from a year ago.  Replacement heifers were up 1 percent at 4.6 million head with nearly 3 million expected to calve within the year. California started the year with 1.78 million dairy cows,… Read more »