The center publishes market and industry information regularly to help dairy producers and industry stakeholders stay informed and make better business decisions. This section includes the latest information published by the Center for Dairy Excellence.
DAIRY WEEK IN REVIEW
February 21, 2019: Dairy Week in Review
Milk production in the US was up 0.5 percent in December to 18.155 billion pounds, with 49,000 fewer cows than a year ago. Milk production per cow was up 21 pounds year-over-year to 1,942 pounds. Annually, US milk production grew by 0.9 percent from 2017 to 216.476 billion pounds. Read More
MARKETS & MANAGEMENT UPDATE
February 22, 2019: Class Prices
The USDA assigns milk and milk products into four different classes. Class I is beverage milk. Class II is products like ice cream, yogurt and sour cream. Class III is most cheeses and whey products, and Class IV is butter and most milk powders. Read More
CENTER FOCUS COLUMN
Finding Strength Beyond Yourself
A while ago I was reading through the paper and came across this quote: “The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we know nothing about.” I thought to myself how much this resonated with where we are in the dairy industry right now.
Every day farm families wage their own personal battles – whether it is working through a very challenging financial environment, dealing with increasing regulations in almost every area of their business, meeting the needs of a fickle consumer, or just finding a way to navigate through the dynamics of running a family business and working with family in today’s world. It’s challenging at best, a battle at its worst.