Milk Output Increased in Latest Outlook

Cindy Zimmerman

In the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report out last week, USDA increased the 2012 U.S. milk production estimate based on increased milk cow numbers and gains in milk per cow. USDA now projects U.S. milk output at 201.1 billion pounds this year, up from 199.7 billion pounds in last month’s forecast. “That reflects more cows and …

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Milk Production Leaps Ahead in February

Cindy Zimmerman

The latest USDA estimate released earlier this week shows milk production in the United States expanding, with February 2012 production up 8% compared to a year ago – partly due to an extra day for Leap Year. According to USDA, Milk production in the 23 major States during February totaled 15.2 billion pounds, up 8.3 percent from February 2011. However, …

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Outllook is Challenging for Dairy

Cindy Zimmerman

At USDA’s 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum last week, one of the agency’s dairy analysts had a sobering outlook for the dairy industry. “2011 was a great year for most dairy operators, but unfortunately I have to talk about 2012,” said USDA economist Milton Madison. First, producers are building their herds, which will expand production for the second year in a …

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USDA Expects Dairy Herd to Decline

Cindy Zimmerman

The January 1 USDA Cattle Inventory Report showed one percent more milk cows than a year ago, but that may not last. “We do expect to see a decline in cow numbers,” said USDA livestock economist Shayle Shagam. While the numbers on January 1 for milk cows totaled at 9.2 million, milk replacement heifers stood at 4.5 million, down 1 …

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January Dairy Outlook

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Gerry Bange expects milk production to increase in 2012. Talking about the latest USDA Dairy Outlook in terms of production and price estimates, Bange says, “U.S. milk production in 2012 is expected to increase about 1.3%. We’re looking now at 198.5 billion pounds.” That’s unchanged from the last forecast, but the 2011 production total …

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USDA Announces Changes

News Editor

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced changes to the department, based on the Blueprint for Stronger Service. These changes are a plan that helps producers continue to drive America’s economy by streamlining operations and cutting costs. “The USDA, like families and businesses across the country, cannot continue to operate like we did 50 years ago,” said Vilsack. “We must …


Rising Milk Production Boosts Corn Sales

Cindy Zimmerman

Milk production is on the rise according to the latest report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Milk production in the 23 major States during November totaled 14.7 billion pounds, up 2.2 percent from November 2010. October revised production at 15.2 billion pounds, was up 2.5 percent from October 2010. The report indicates that production increases came from both a …

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Prices, Cows and Milk All Up From Last Year

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite rising feed prices and a hot summer, milk production continues to increase this year, with forecast milk output rising 1.5 percent in 2011 to 195.7 billion pounds, according to USDA. Cow numbers continue to increase more than expected and output per cow appears to have rebounded from the July and August heat. Cow numbers are projected at 9.2 million …

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USDA Pledges Aid for Dairies Damaged by Irene

Cindy Zimmerman

With three of the nation’s top ten dairy states being impacted by major flooding resulting from the Hurricane Irene last week, the USDA is pledging support for affected producers. “We continue to closely coordinate with many partners to meet the immediate and plan for the long-term needs of those affected by Hurricane Irene,” said Agriculture Secretary Tim Vilsack. “Our thoughts …

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Popular Dairy Insurance Program Exhausts Funds

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is concerned about adequate funding for the popular Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) Dairy plan of insurance. “Congress makes $20 million a year available for all livestock programs,” says RMA administrator Bill Murphy. “The popularity of the newly-designed dairy program exhausted these funds in March, halfway through the fiscal year.” Murphy says the agency has historically …

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