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Slightly lower overall feed costs were more than offset by a decline in milk prices, translating into June 2021 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program indemnity payments that will be the second largest of the year.

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Flavor and finances are key factors driving school milk consumption. Innovatively addressing those issues are critical to both the nutritional health of students and the financial strength of school feeding program budgets, according to participants in a recent Your Dairy Checkoff podcast.

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Although U.S. dairy cow numbers remain at a 27-year high, the USDA’s June 2021 Milk Production report is the first signal the size of the nation’s herd may have peaked. June 2021 U.S cow numbers were down 1,000 head from May, according to the preliminary estimate, released July 22. Even with June 2021’s small decline, U.S. cow numbers remain the highest since the fourth quarter of 1994.

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