June 2011

New Zealand Had a Good Milk Production Year

Favorable weather has helped New Zealand farmers post strong late-season production.    Over the January-April period, New Zealand milk production was up 9.3% from last year (including a 33.3% jump in April), according to industry figures.  
Output for the year ending May 2011 is projected to be up 4-5% from the 2009/10season.   During the first four months of 2011, NZ Whole Milk Powder exports were up 38%.   Exports of Skim Milk Powder and cheese were lower and shipments of butterfat were flat compared with 2010 levels.

Futures Prices Generally Down Last Week

Spot butter was offered 2¢ lower to finish the week 8¢ last week from the previous week.   Butter futures continued to decrease with AUG-NOV falling 9.75¢ from previous week.   Blocks and barrels each increased a penny last week.   Class III futures were down from a week ago in all but the first few contract-months, including a 63¢ drop in DEC.   However, JUL closed at a new high of $20.28 today.  For a summary of the CME spot sales click here.

Farm Safety - Stray Voltage

Stray voltage affects milk quantity, quality, and the health of both cows and people.  What signs can you look for to determine if you might have stray voltage?  If the cows won’t put their mouth in the water to drink, but only lap or just get a mouthful at a time, you might have stray voltage.  If they don’t stand still, once the milking cups have been attached, again, there is a good chance they are feeling stray voltage.  If the cows don’t get enough to drink, several things happen.  The first, and most obvious, result is there won’t be as

Bayer's Injectable FDA Approved To Fight BRD Associated With Mycoplasma Bovis

Leading antimicrobial now labelled for single-injection treatment of all major BRD pathogens including Mycoplasma bovis

Tips on Managing Glyphosate-Tolerant Alfalfa

·         Glyphosate-tolerant alfalfa allows broad spectrum of weed control

·         Glyphosate application can take place at any stage of alfalfa growth

·         Yield potential strongest with dual application


King Farm Dairy Mooseum To Be Part Of Montgomery County Heritage Days

GERMANTOWN, Md. - There’s been a King family farming in Montgomery County for more than 200 years. Now, the current generation of the King farm family will be featured, along with their farm, at Montgomery County’s unique King Barn Dairy MOOseum as a featured part of the county’s Heritage Montgomery celebration during the weekend of June 25-26.

U.S. Animal Expert Calls Europe's E. coli Outbreak "Off the Charts"

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - With 18 dead and 1,600 ill in Europe from an outbreak of what’s being called a “super-toxic” strain of E. coli bacteria, an Iowa State University professor who specializes in food-borne pathogens in livestock is stunned at the toll the rogue bacteria has taken.

European Mastitis Panel Calls For Application Of Knowledge And Tools For Practice

A significant amount of mastitis research has been done and is still going on in Europe. However, better coordination and data sharing is needed, whereas available knowledge and tools have to be adapted and communicated to the dairy farmers. This is the main conclusion from the 4thmeeting of the European Mastitis Panel (EMP). Sixteen veterinary dairy experts from eight European countries attended the two-day meeting with two farm visits in May 2011. This year's meeting was held near Mantua, Lombardy in the northern part of Italy.

Scientists Find New MRSA Superbug In Cows, Humans

(Reuters) - British scientists have found a new strain of the "superbug" MRSA in milk from cows and in swab samples from humans and say it cannot be detected with standard tests.

Researchers said the find was "worrying" but added it was unlikely that the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bug, which is resistant to some antibiotics, could cause infections by getting into the food chain via milk.

Farm Credis Says Northeast Dairies Bounced Back in 2010

After a disastrous 2009, when dairy farms lost an average $386 per cow, the industry bounced back in 2010, earning an average of $396 per cow, Farm Credit East reported.
That represents a $782 swing per cow, according to a report from Farm Credit East, the Northeast’s largest agricultural lending cooperative.

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