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Proponents of California’s entry into the Federal Milk Marketing Order system (FMMO) received an unforeseen delay when the USDA announced it would wait for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding administrative law judges before moving forward.

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Contrary to U.S. dairy cattle inventories, statistics for the U.S. dairy goat population are a little harder to come by. Milk goats have been included in the five-year U.S. Census of Agriculture for some time, but it wasn’t until 2005 that the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) began reporting the number of milk goats on its annual sheep and goats report.

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Digest Highlights: Proposed legislation would refund unused MPP-Dairy premiums. CDFA denies milk price hike hearing. Global dairy product prices get a boost. Find a summary of this and other news here.

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Despite mounting pressures on milk prices, the size of the U.S. dairy herd is expected to grow in 2018. It has a head start, with cow and replacement heifer numbers up a combined 80,100 compared to a year earlier, based on USDA’s semiannual estimate of dairy cows and heifers. Meanwhile, prices for both replacement and cull cows have been weaker.

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A year ago, dairy “groundhogs” were poking their heads out of barns and milking parlors, optimistic 2017 would bring better financial times – a prediction that didn’t last. The USDA’s latest price and margin reports foreshadow a more cautious outlook for 2018.

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Digest Highlights: Proposed Indiana dairy doesn’t violate religious rights. Agency to decide California milk price hike hearing request. Midwest co-op gets a new general manager. Find a summary of this and other news here.

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