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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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Wisconsin dairy producers and industry members came in from the bitter cold to hear about hot topics at the fourth annual Dairy Strong conference, held at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, Jan. 17-18.

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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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Wisconsin dairy producers and industry members came in from the bitter cold to hear about hot topics at the fourth annual Dairy Strong conference, held at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, Jan. 17-18.

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