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Lost Export Markets Boost U.S. Cheese
Inventories & Erode Prices (p. 1):
Jan Shepel details how lost export sales for cheese during
2018’s final seven months caused a build-up of inventories –
particularly for American-style cheeses (like Cheddar).
Inventories up, prices down.
Dean Foods on Financial Tightrope: March 1, 2019
Deadline Looms: The nation’s biggest fluid
milk processor is in violation of covenants with lenders and has
until March 1 to straighten out matters, or … (A Story of
“Furloughed” Dairy & Farm Data to Slowly Resuscitate
(p. 2): The 35-day federal gov’t shutdown means
many important USDA dairy reports were not available. USDA
personnel will belatedly be issuing these reports.
UW’s Stephenson: Challenges Continue for Dairy (p. 2):
Jan Shepel eports on the dairy forecast offered by University of
Wisconsin-Madison’s Dr. Mark Stephenson at the recent UW=Madison
Agricultural Outlook Forum.
Jan. ’19 Class III Price Rose $0.18/cwt. to $13.86 (p.
2): The January ’19 Class III (cheese) milk
price rose modestly, according to USDA.
Record Meat Supplies & Trade Tensions Will Depress
Cattle Prices (p. 3): Dr. Brenda Boetel,
agricultural economist at UW-River Falls, gave the outlook for
the meat industry. She projects record supplies sof beef,
pork and poultry will be sent to market in 2019. Trade
wars will keep a lid on livestock prices this year, she
expected. Reported by Jan Shepel.
Rep. Kind Weighs in on Trade Issues, Government Payments
to JBS (p. 3): Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind
(D) is hammering USDA for paying $5 million to JBS for pork
purchases, using funds that were supposed to help U.S. farmers
and processors financially weather the trade wars. JBS is
Dairy Cow Slaughter: Big Surge in Late December (p. 3):
Recently released USDA numbers show a big jump in dairy cows
sent to slaughter during the weeks of December 15 and December
22. Farmers are culling cows to try to boost year-end farm
DFA Heavily Exposed to Collateral Damage at Dean Foods
(p. 4): As Dean Foods’ financial stability is
under a cloud, that firm’s single biggest supplier of raw milk
is Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).
Phony Miyoko’s “Butter” Draws Legal Challenge (p. 5):
A lawyer in New York State has filed a class action lawsuit
against Miyoko’s Kitchen butter product. That “butter”
contains no dairy ingredients.
Taking a Closer Look at Miyoko’s Kitchen’s Butter (p.
5): The ingredients on this product defy FDA
standards of identity for butter. In late January or early
February, Miyoko’s Kitchen’s on-line store was suddenly out of
Dr. Robert Bradley Unveils Better Butter II (p. 5):
UW-Madison emeritus professor of Food Science Dr. Robert Bradley
has issued an updated version of his butter book. The new
title is: Better Butter II. Dr. Bradley offers insights
gained from a long professional career in this fact-packed book.
Organic Dairy Farmers Struggle to keep Milk Market (p.
6): Jan Shepel revisits the Uebersetzig
family of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. Their organic dairy
markets have been disrupted during 2018, but they’re now back –
shipping to Cedar Grove Cheese.
Is Use of Glyphosate in Crop Production Leading to a
Variety of Health Problems in Dairy Cows? (p. 7-8):
Dairy Nutrition consultant Dieter Harley has assembled a wide
body of research suggesting that Glyphosate residues in crops
and water and impairing the health of some bovines.
Bioremediation Neutralizes Soil Glyphosate Residues (p.
9-10): Writer Paris Reidhead describes a mineral
tea product sold by Bio Minerals Technologies (Logan,
Utah). This firm’s products – derived from fermenting
ancient humus from Alaska – help remove Glyphosate residues from
soils. This product is important for numerous reasons,
including the fact that later in 2019, China will start limiting
Glyphosate residues on foods and commodities imported into that
Some Plant-Based “Milks” Are Nutritionally Closer to
Pepsi-Cola than to Dairy Milk (p. 11): The staff
of The Cornucopia Institute – the organic industry’s watchdog
group – is compiling an analysis of various plant-based products
that compete with beverage milk. The full report will be
out in March. The Milkweed enjoys a sneak preview.
In many instances, the nutritional quality of these plant-based,
“milk”-type beverages is inferior.
California’s “Stop QIP” Going on the Road (p. 11):
Organizers of the petition seeking a referendum to vote on
California’s milk quota system are organizing a “road show” to
visit major dairy regions of the state and seek signatures on
Not a Swan Song! The Future of Organic Farming (p.
12): Our friend John Bobbe is retiring at the end
of February from his post as executive director of O=FARM (a
marketing agency for organic grain producers’
cooperatives). John offers his “parting wisdom,” but warns
he isn’t going away.
2018 Farm Law Boosts Funds to Fight Organic import Fraud
(p. 12): The 2018 federal farm law provides new
teeth (and financial resources) for USDA to track the integrity
of organic foods – particularly imports. Credit for this
added funding should go to Wisconsin senator Tammy Baldwin and
Montana Senator Jon Tester.
Cheddar Prices Rising, Butter & Milk Powder Holding
(p. 13): The dairy commodity complex is
steady (butter, nonfat dry milk) to rising (Cheddar).
That’s good. We see good legs under nonfat dry milk prices
as 2019 ensues. U.S. production is down and Europe’s mountain of
aged, surplus Skim Milk Powder is virtually gone.
No Improvement in Dairy Livestock Prices (p. 14):
The headline says it all.
Slaughter of the Innocents: Nationwide, Hundreds
to Thousands of Dairy Calves Killed Weekly (p. 14):
There is no market for many dairy calves right now – even
females. By the hundreds, and perhaps thousands, many
calves are being killed each week across the U.S. We’ve
become the “Land of Milk and No Money.”
Dairy Policy Proposal: The National Dairy Disaster
Assistance Program (p. 14): Mark Spurgeon,
who milks cows near Seymour, Indiana, offers his novel solution
for the U.S. dairy industry. Spurgeon proposes a “National
Dairy Disaster Assistance Program” that would paya dairy
produces in emergency conditions a premium to send their herds
to slaughter. Spurgeon proposes to pay for these herd
acquisitions by a $.40/cwt. deduct from all milk
production. He theorizes that removing herds from
disaster situations (fire, flood, tornado, human health, etc)
would reduce surplus milk production and give a graceful exit to
Suicide Try by WI Organic Producer: Market Failure (p.
15): Following an attempted suicide by a Wisconsin
dairy farmer, Mark Kastel – director of The Cornucopia Institute
– urges depressed dairy farmers to seek out help. This
producer had lost his organic milk market and then shipped to a
small cheese plant that folded – owing producers unpaid milk
Caputo Cheese’s “Grated Parmesan Style Cheese”is
Suspicious (p. 16): The list of
ingredients for this product is enough to gag a maggot.
Yet on the back panel, the firm marketing this product brazenly
refers to the product as “Parmesan.” Parmesan is a cheese
with an FDA standard of identity. Parmesan may not legally
contain ingredients such as “milk protein,” water, modified food
starch, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, citric acid, guar
gum, etc. Parmesan it ain’t.
“Down Under” Milk Trends: Kiwis Up, Aussies Down (p.
16): On the opposite side of the world, the
two major dairy nations are seeing opposite milk production
trends. New Zealand milk output this season is up – milk
solids are up about 6% over last year. (Note: Last year,
NZ was below the 2016-17 season.) Meanwhile, Australian
dairy farmers are facing a terrible drought and heat wave –
widespread deaths of milk cows have been occurring.
Australian dairy farmers are facing very scarce, expensive
supplies of hay.