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
April 17, 2019: Dairy Week in Review
US dairy product exports totaled 160,457 tons in February, up from the previous three months and the second highest volume for February ever, but still down 14 percent from a year ago. Exports were valued at $468.2 million, up 3 percent year-over-year, and equivalent to 14.3 percent of the US milk production in February, the highest figure since October. Read More
MARKETS & MANAGEMENT UPDATE
April 19, 2019: Spring Safety
It’s that time of year! Spring has come and everyone is getting ready for, or has started preparations for, spring planting. As I travel through the Commonwealth, I see farmers spreading manure and turning the soil. As a farmer, spring was always my favorite time of year. The weather was warmer, the cows were milking well, and it was time to get the triticale haylage harvested and the corn seed in the ground. Read More
CENTER FOCUS COLUMN
Going Beyond Our Boundaries
In dairy, fluid milk sales are a hot topic right now. There is a lot of concern, rightfully so, about declining fluid milk sales. The USDA released its Estimated Fluid Milk Products Sales Report in February, fluid milk sales fell 2 percent in 2018 to 47.1 billion pounds. In fact, for the past eight years, fluid milk sales have declined dramatically, falling 14 percent from 2010 to 2018.
With the US total milk production just under 215.5 billion pounds, according to the latest USDA Milk Production Report, domestic fluid milk sales absorbed about 22 percent of the milk produced in the nation last year. So, it’s easy to understand why people are concerned about declining fluid milk sales. However, maybe we all need to think about milk a little bit differently.