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Three Areas To Focus On Lameness

Nearly a quarter of our world's cattle are lame, but there are steps dairy producers can take to alleviate challenges on their operation. Dr. Mike Hutjens shares three critical areas to combat lameness on today's Dairy Radio:

Congress Has Work Before Summer Recess

Lawmakers need to pass a budget before heading to summer recess. NMPF's Chris Galen provides an update, and also reminds us of the public comment deadline for input on the new dietary guidelines:

July Class III: $24.54

The Agriculture Department announced the July Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $24.54 per hundredweight, up $3.50 from June, 6 cents shy of the all-time record $24.60 in September 2014, and $6.99 above July 2019. It put the 2020 average at $17.30, up...

The Heat Is On

This month's Ask the Vet segment, Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek has some important tips on how to mitigate heat stress. If you have a question for Ryan email: askthevet@crystalcreeknatural.com

Dairy Margin Coverage: Buy What You Can

Dr. Mark Stephenson, PhD, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at UW-Madison and Director of Wisconsin’s Center for Dairy Profitability updated dairy producers on the government's Dairy Margin Coverage program and the latest dairy market news, in a recent PDPW Dairy...

China’s Dairy Appetite Increasing

June dairy imports to China were “impressive,” according to HighGround Dairy's Lucas Fuess. He talks with Lee Mielke about them on today's Dairy Radio:

Don’t Cut Corners With Calf Starters

Five different aspects of a good calf starter are discussed with Dr. Mike Hutjens:

Specialty Cheeses Growing in Popularity

Specialty cheeses are discussed with Dr. John Lucey, PhD, Director of Center for Dairy Research, Professor of food Science at UW-Madison. Comments from PDPW's Dairy Signal.

Class III Prices Remain Strong

Ag economist Dan Basse with AgResource updated dairy producers on the latest dairy prices. He says the impact COVID-19 is having on Class III prices remains strong, but the other classes are not performing as well. Comments from PDPW Dairy Signal

Milk Production & Cold Storage Update

Today we take a look at the most recent milk production and cold storage reports from USDA, with Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter:

More Milk Options in School Meals

The National Milk Producers Federation commended Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for returning low-fat (1%) flavored milk as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. The final rule implementing regulatory changes needed to add low-fat flavored milk to more school menus and other nutrition programs serving children was announced today by the USDA and will be published later this month in the Federal Register

“NMPF thanks Secretary Perdue for completing this step that will encourage milk consumption in schools,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the NMPF. “USDA’s own studies have shown that students drank less milk after low-fat chocolate milk was removed from schools. Returning low-fat flavored milk to school menus will help reverse this harmful trend.  Milk has been an integral part of school meals since their beginning, and greater milk consumption equals better nutrition for America’s kids. The new rule is good news for schools, students and American dairy farmers.”

The final rule makes permanent the changes Secretary Purdue implemented last year to streamline the process by which schools can serve low-fat flavored milk. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture eliminated low-fat flavored milk as an option in school meal and a la carte programs, after which milk consumption in schools dropped. Students consumed 288 million fewer half-pints of milk from 2012-2015, even as public-school enrollments grew.

The USDA action will allow schools to offer low-fat flavored milk without requiring them to demonstrate either a reduction in student milk consumption or an increase in school milk waste, bureaucratic hoops that had limited their ability to offer low-fat flavored milk in the 2017/18 school year.

NMPF appreciates the bipartisan efforts of numerous members of Congress who advocated for this change, most notably Reps. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT).

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