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DairyCast 0458 - How Will Europe's Mess Affect My Grain Prices?

DairyCast 0458 Show Notes:

Markets Make The World Go Around

milk markets Markets Make The World Go Around Markets exist to help smooth the flow of information and make the future more predictable. But sometimes it takes a Ph.D. to figure out what is going on when corn goes above $8 and you are sitting on several thousand bushels.

To help figure out markets in general, look in to the video Backwardation Bullish or Bearish (less than 5 minutes, from The Khan Academy). This is a very simple video but it helps set the tone about markets and what they might do. For a more advanced look at futures markets, check out this Yale University Forwards and Futures class lecture (~1 hour 10 minutes).

Dairies: Cost of Production More Important Than Milk Prices

Profiting from efficient milk production According to the DairyCo (UK) Milkbench+ report, the relationship between cost of production and profit is much stronger than many dairies realize. The report states that cost of production is the most significant factor in determining profit.
Milkbench+ analyst Karolina Klaskova says: “Through robust data and statistical analysis we see that the relationship between cost of production and margin is strong.” Ms Klaskova acknowledges that the findings are challenging. “The report raises many issues, including just how difficult it can be to make a profit from milk production,” she says.

How Will Farms Be Impacted By US EPA Rule?

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure
The US EPA Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule was developed because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. This new ruling applies facilities that have a total capacity to contain over 1320 gallons of oil, including gasoline, crop oil, vegetable oil, or animal fat. Fat can be an element for many feed mills, even fat in 55 gallon drums, and many farm operations can have gasoline or diesel fuel in sufficient quantity to apply. Facilities must have a plan in place to prevent the spill entering waterways. The plan does not have to be submitted to the EPA, but must be in place upon inspection.

DairyCast 0401 - What is the Dairy CWT Export Assistance Program?

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DairyCast Update for December 3, 2010, What Does The Year End Economic Review Show?

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Dairies Are Not Riding Agricultural Profit Wave


While other agricultural products are doing well for growers, U.S. dairy farmers are not doing as well. Feed prices combined with an over supply of milk products are pushing prices and profits down.

Dairy farmers expanded herds following the 70 percent jump in prices to a record in 2007, just before the U.S. began its longest recession since before World War II and unemployment rose to the highest level in a quarter century. Weaker demand was compounded by this year’s drought, floods or freezing weather from Canada to Kazakhstan that ruined crops and boosted competition for U.S. grain that dairies require.

It is anticipated that there will be some dairy operations that will fail in the coming months. It is also believed that the next year will continue to be rough on dairy producers because of continued market pressures from animal feed corn.

Corn futures have risen 48 percent since the end of June, the biggest gain in the Thomson Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index of 19 raw materials after sugar. The U.S. Department of Agriculture cut its estimate for the crop on Nov. 9 for a third straight month because of flooding in Iowa and Missouri and hot, dry weather from Illinois to Ohio.

DairyCast update for October 8, 2010, Why Are Regulators Taking Aim At Animal Health Products?

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