Industry News

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Education is the key to healthy and vibrant dairy communities. The dairy community is controlling its own destiny and addressing its ongoing needs through the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation (PDPF) competitive grant program. PDPF funds educational programs and initiatives that are consistent with its strategic vision of a professional, proactive and prepared dairy community.

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The Klussendorf Memorial Association is pleased to announce the Wolfe family of Ovaltop Holsteins in Richfield Springs, New York, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Robert “Whitey” McKown Master Breeder Award.

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A three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling that Arla Foods can no longer continue its advertising campaign implying its cheeses are safer than their competitors’ because its milk is sourced from cows not supplemented with recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), according to Courthouse News Service.

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Editor's note: Market commentary from Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Bob Cropp, dairy economics professor emeritus, has been added.

May 2018 U.S. milk production posted another small year-over-year increase, but cow numbers reversed course, moving higher again, according to the USDA’s monthly Milk Production report, released June 19. At 19.1 billion pounds, May U.S. milk production was up just 0.8 percent from a year earlier. USDA also revised April 2018 production downward slightly. The April revision represented a decrease of 18 million pounds, or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.

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RaboResearch, a division of Rabobank, recently released an extensive report, “Dare Not to Dairy: What the Rise of Dairy-Free Means for Dairy … and How the Industry Can Respond.” Progressive Dairyman Editor Dave Natzke reached out to RaboResearch and the report’s lead author, senior analyst for dairy Tom Bailey, to dive deeper into the research and its implications.

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Digest Highlights

• April fluid milk sales stable

• National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board appointees named

• Video: 650 million reasons for U.S. dairy's long-term investment in Southeast Asia

• China retaliation to hit dairy

• Zoetis, Holstein Association USA partner to publish Dairy Wellness Profit Index high-ranking female lists

• New blood test reveals mastitis susceptibility

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