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Dairy organization leaders took a more contentious tone toward ongoing attacks on the industry during the joint annual meeting of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB)/National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF)/United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA), Nov. 4-6, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Dean Foods has initiated voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization proceedings and is engaged in advanced discussions with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) regarding a potential sale of substantially all of the company’s assets.

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The USDA’s November World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report raised milk production estimates for both 2019 and 2020 and provided a brighter outlook for 2019 prices. Although an increase in cow numbers is expected to slow, stronger-than-expected growth in milk output per cow – despite widespread feed quality concerns – pushed the milk production expectations higher.

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U.S. dairy product export volumes in September 2019 surged ahead of year-ago levels for the first time since October 2018, propelled by sales of nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder (NDM/SMP) and cheese.

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