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Iowa Cattle Market Situation and Outlook
With two reports released recently by the USDA observing cattle inventories, Lee Schulz from the University of Iowa looks at them in more detail. ...
DairyCo July report - Production Peaks in EU
There appears to be more confidence in European dairy markets as we move through the EU milk production peak and milk supply moderates, according to DairyCo, the UK levy board. ...
Priorities that Impact Feedlot Health
Jeremy Schefers from the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory lists the top 10 priorities that impact feedlot health....
Irish Shinagh Farm Looks to Boost Dairy Production
An increase in milk quota allocation from less than 100,000 litres to more than one million litres in 2014/2015 has given dairy production the green light in County Cork, Ireland reports Stuart Lumb for TheDairySite....
Rabobank Dairy Quarterly: Slow Squeeze Coming
Dairy commodity prices fell through April and May before a small rally in June brought a 14-month bear market to at least a temporary end. However supply growth is expected to lose momentum through the second half of 2012 as farmers see further reductions...
Large Herd Seminar Continues to Break Records
“Many dairy farmers forego very significant profit opportunities in the false pursuit of reducing input costs,” Steve Eicker, an expert in farm financial performance and the use of data to monitor current dairy herd performance, told delegates attending...
US Dairy Outlook: May Milk Production Increased
May 2012 23 major dairy states milk production increased 2.1 per cent. Production per cow was up by 22 pounds from one year ago, writes Kristen Schulte from the Iowa State University....
European Meat Processing Industry Slowly Evolving
Over the last number of years, some of the major European meat processors were at a crossroads in terms of the direction their business was heading with the majority having no operations outside their domestic country, writes Peter Duggan, Strategic Information...
Know your Cattle, Grid Conditions
Commodity cattle are priced by weight class, sex or average carcass grade, but some are worth a lot more or less....
Dynamic and Positive Climate for Beef
In the long term demand for beef globally is expected to be good writes Chris Harris. ...
High Feed Prices, Low Milk Prices - What Can You Do?
Current economic conditions are causing intense frustration throughout the dairy industry, writes Bob James, Extension Dairy Scientist, Virginia University....
Private Industry Invests Heavily into Agricultural Productivity
Over the past several decades, private-sector firms have become major players in developing new innovations for agriculture worldwide ,writes the USDA Economic Research Service. ...
Immigration Policy and its Possible Effects on US Agriculture
Changes being considered would affect the market for hired farm labour. Analysis by the Economic Research Service looks at the possible effects of a decrease in the supply of unauthorised labour in all sectors of the US economy – including agriculture...
Fall in Milk Prices, Increased Feed Prices Puts Pressure on Dairy Producers
Dairy producers have experienced volatility with decreased milk prices and sustained high feed prices so far in 2012, writes Kristen Schulte, Extension Farm & Agribusiness Management Specialist with Iowa State University....
A Viable Progression Path in the Dairy Industry
This report, put together by AgFirst and Federated Farmers looks at the progression path for those wishing to progress from a farm employee to farm owner, after concerns that this traditional progression is under threat, and the path to succession more...
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