February 2011

MTU Onsite Energy Generator Helps Keep Cows Cool and Milk Flowing at West River Dairy

Unit also allows load shedding by local utility, cutting dairy’s electric bill.

Farm Safety - Spring Farm Safety

By Nathan Winter, University of Minnesota Extension

New Crop Cottonseed Could Provide Relief For Dairy Producers, But Old Crop Still A Good Buy, Expert Says Planting Intentions Survey Points To 14 Percent Increase In Cotton Acreage This Spring

CARY, N.C.  -   A bull market for cotton lint could drive 2011 cottonseed production and supplies available to dairies to levels not seen since 2007, says Tom Wedegaertner, director of cottonseed research and marketing, Cotton Incorporated. In the meantime, old crop cottonseed remains a "competitive value, despite rising prices."

Saputo to Acquire DCI Cheese Co.

Saputo Inc., the Montreal-based cheese manufacturer with several Wisconsin plants, will
acquire DCI Cheese Company Inc. of Richfield for $270.5 million.
Saputo said Thursday it agreed to buy DCI’s parent company, Fairmount Cheese Holdings
Inc., in a debt-free transaction to be paid in cash or drawing from available lines of credit. The
transaction, subject to regulatory approval and other conditions, is expected to close in March. For the full story click here.

Last Dairy Industry Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled

The Last DIAC meeting will be held on March 3, 2011. It will be held via conference call. Available conference call-in lines for
the public are limited to the first 100
registered public attendees. All persons
wishing to listen to the meeting via
conference call must register through
DIAC@wdc.usda.gov by March 2, 2011.
An e-mail confirmation will be sent to
each registered public listener providing
call-in instructions for the meeting. Due
to logistical constraints, registration will
close at 11:59 p.m. EST on March 2,
2011.

Corn Price Outlook Not Good for Dairy Farmers

The outlook for global grain supplies and food prices grew more precarious last week as the
U.S. Agriculture Department said it expects U.S. corn supplies to fall to the near-record low
level set 15 years ago.
Red-hot prices aren’t cooling the appetite for U.S. grain as in the past, which means U.S.
supplies are continuing to be drained at a rapid rate to make ethanol fuel, fatten livestock and
meet demand overseas. For the full story click here.

NMPF Predicts No MILC Payments After Feb.

No MILC payments are predicted after February given the anticipate increase in milk prices forecast for the rest of the year. For the full story click here.