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Following in the wake of a $10,100 average for the first four consignments into the ring, the 53rd National Heifer Sale on June 26 averaged $4,547.40 on 44 lots, setting a new record average for the sale series.

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On July 6, a Union County Grand Jury cleared Gary Conklin, co-owner of Conklin Dairy Cattle Sales LLC in Plain City, Ohio, and others, of allegations of animal abuse brought about by the Mercy for Animals YouTube video release on May 26.

Released of all charges, Conklin talked freely with Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee, answering the questions that follow.

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This year’s threatened closure of the Chinese market to food-grade U.S. dairy exports was a wake-up call not only to the United States but to all global dairy suppliers, according to the latest report from the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

Should China, for whatever reason, apply controls to its dairy import regime or should the country’s dairy appetite wane, farmers, processors, traders and all involved in milk production and marketing around the world would feel the effect.

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We had so much fun giving out prizes, seeing the results from our polls and supporting June Dairy Month. We're happy to announce that all of the prize recipients are dairy producers or work in the agriculture industry.

Meet our Proud to Dairy winners:

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USDA and the Department of Justice heard from the Dairy Policy Action Coalition (DPAC) last Friday, June 25 during the joint workshop on dairy markets at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Dennis Wolff, who is now a partner with Versant Strategies and serves as government relations consultant for DPAC, was invited to participate in the panel discussing marketplace transparency.

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