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October 18, 2019

Week in Review: In with the Old, Out with the New (and Wet)

 |  By: Brittany Bowman

Fall is a season of change, and this week brought several changes to the dairy industry.

Out with the old

While European milk production has been expanding rapidly, year-over-year growth slowed in 2019 to only 0.3% from year-ago levels. Find out what that means for the U.S. dairy industry here. 

Well, maybe this is “more of the same.” A Missouri dairy has been in a multi-year legal battle over expanding from 1,500 cows to 3,000 cows. Now, the case has encountered another delay because greenhouse gas emissions were not considered in legal proceedings. Follow the case here.

In with the new

Meanwhile, one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the U.S., Agri-Mark is implementing a new fee system if dairy farmers produce more than their contract allows. Previous Agri-Mark efforts to curb over-production include closing membership and expanding a butter plant, but more was needed. Full story here.

The U.S. Dairy Export Council has announced a new chairman, a dairy farmer from Texas, replacing Paul Rovey who led for 11 years. Learn more about the new USDEC chairman here.

Technology of the future: have you considered installing videos on your dairy farm? Get first-hand advice from a dairy farmer, IT specialist and dairy Extension specialist here.

Wet corn

With late-planted corn, many farmers are bringing in wet grain. Dairy farmers who had to sacrifice silage acres for alfalfa have a good opportunity for partnership with grain farmers. Get details on how to build such a partnership here.