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
July 28, 2017 Dairy Week in Review
US milk production was up 1.6 percent from a year ago to 18.05 billion pounds, the smallest year-over-year growth in eleven months. Cow numbers were up 78,000 head from a year ago to 9.404 million head, despite historically high dairy cow slaughter levels during the same period. Read More
MARKETS & MANAGEMENT UPDATE
July 28, 2017 Markets & Management Update
JULY: The national dairy herd, production per cow and total milk production continue to grow ever so slowly. Cheese production and inventories remain very strong in this country. We made 8% more cheese last May than in May 2014, but there is 20% more cheese in storage than 3 years ago. Read More
CENTER FOCUS COLUMN
A New Market Dynamic
If you ask most any dairy farmer what “counterparty risk” means, they’re likely to look at you with a blank stare. Traditionally, in Pennsylvania, dairy farm families were very fortunate to have multiple options for their milk market. If you lost your milk market because of the dairy downsizing, going out of business or for some other reason, there were usually four or five other markets waiting to pick up the milk. READ MORE.