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When a farm shuts down

It’s always the same story: a barn to rebuild, struggles finding workers, not enough land to reliably grow forage and other crops… the dairy is shutting down. It is a sad story, common to more and more places where dairy

Posted in Farming, Sustainability

MPP: the new safety net for the US milk producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) formally announced enrollment for the new dairy Market Protection Programme (MPP). It’s a voluntary programme which provides financial assistance to the farmers when the difference between the price of milk and feed costs falls

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Posted in Farming, United States

Italian dairy export & import Jan-Apr 2014

Exports of milk and dairy products increased by 6.7% in volume, and by 9.8% in value in the period January-April 2014 compared to the same period of previous year. Fresh Cheeses like Mozzarella and Ricotta were up by 11.2% in

Posted in Dairy export, Italy

The relevance of PDO cheeses for the Italian dairy sector

Cheeses with PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) have a strategic importance for the Italian dairy sector. 51% of total Italian cow’s milk is processed into PDO cheeses and their volume of production is the highest among all PDO and PGI

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Posted in Cheese, PDO&PGI

Italy: Dairy export January-November 2013

Official ISTAT figures show a general increase in the export of Italian cheeses ranging between +2.55% for the category Asiago, Montasio, Ragusano, Caciocavallo and +18.64 % for fresh cheeses including Mascarpone. During the first 11 months of last year, a

Posted in Asiago, Cheese, Dairy export, Gorgonzola, Grana Padano, Italy, Parmigiano Reggiano

China, launching ramp for the world dairy trade

China is one of the dairy import leaders with a continuous upward trend. In 2013 there was a 44.9% increase on 2012 for milk powder, butter and cheese. The increase for fluid milk was 65.58%; it was +14.71% for whey

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Posted in China, Milk

Prices at GDT hits the top

The average price at Global Dairy Trade hit $ 5,025 a tonne, up 1.7% from the previous auction two weeks ago and up 46% from a year ago. This price reflects the increase from higher value products, first of all

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Posted in Milk, New Zealand, Quotations, United Kingdom