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Dairy farmers’ walks to the mailbox have not been fun this year. Through the first five months of 2018, average Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) “mailbox prices” – approximating the net price received by dairy farmers for milk after adding any premiums and deducting costs associated with hauling and marketing – was about $1.92 per hundredweight (cwt) less than the same period in 2017 (Table 1). For those with a longer memory, average mailbox prices were running $9 to $10 per cwt less than the record highs of 2014.

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include information on sequestration and establishment of milk production histories for those dairy operations not enrolled in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).

Most U.S. dairy farmers suffering economic losses from the ongoing tariff wars will receive about 12 cents per hundredweight (cwt) on half of their highest annual milk production history in 2011-13, according to a USDA announcement on Aug. 27. Dairy organizations were disappointed in the level of direct aid, estimated at $127.4 million.

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Earlier this summer, dairy breeders gathered for their respective annual meetings and conventions. See some of the highlights from the Holstein, Jersey, Brown Swiss, Red and White, Guernsey and Milking Shorthorn conventions, including association news, award winners and youth recognized for excellence.

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