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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

Reducing market volatility with open markets: the opinion of the dairy farmer Andrew Hoggard

From Andrew Hoggard, President of Federated Farmers of New Zealand The world of dairy is an interesting one.  On one hand you have great collaboration from all parts of the dairy sector value chain, globally coming together through organisations such

Posted in Farming, Milk, New Zealand

The Evolution of the U.S. Dairy Sector

From Andrew M. Novakovic, E.V. Baker Professor of Agricultural Economics Emeritus - Cornell University, New York The U.S. dairy farming sector is a miracle wrapped in a tragedy. It is a story of amazing success. Since the middle of the 20th

Posted in Farming, United States

Fewer farms and higher yields per cow: the trends in the U.S.

U.S. farm indicators

The number of farms in the United States continues to shrink, while the farm size is becoming larger. The number of farms in the United States for 2018 is 2,029,200, down 12,800 farms from 2017 and down 70,100 from 2013.

Posted in Farming, Herd, United States

Who will be your future Customer? [VIDEO]

A substantial number of leading speakers from the international agri-food sector attended the CLAL Dairy Forum 2018 and presented the multiple facets of the new consumer to over 200 dairy operators. The topic “Know your future Customer” was addressed in

Posted in Customer, Farming

Corn and Soybean n°12/2015: Canada forecast to produce more, India to produce less

The monthly report of December 2015 released by the United States Department of Agriculture (World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report – WASDE) shows for the season 2015-16 the estimates of a decreasing global production both for Corn (973.9 Mio t, -0.1%

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Market forced us to stop innovation

Toon Hulshof Lievelde – the Netherlands “Melkveebedrijf Hulshof” Dairy Farm Herd size: 236 total, 113 lactating cows 70 hectares of arable land In the current market scenario, which is the biggest constraint that you have to deal with? “On our

Posted in Farming, The Netherlands

Confident in the export strategies of FrieslandCampina

Wim Bos Zuidbroek – the Netherlands “Maatschap Bos-Carabain” Dairy Farm Herd size: 401 total, 210 lactating cows 120 hectares of arable land Wim Bos, your herd size is considerably large. How many people work on your farm? “There are two

Posted in Farming, The Netherlands

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