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FarmFirst Welcomes Jeff Lyon as New General Manager

It's always been about dairy producers and their cows.  
As it should be.

Established in 2013, FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative was created out of a deep dairy heritage that always put members first. Today, that farmer focus remains. Whether it's verifying test results, offering leadership opportunities or keeping you up-to-date on legislative issues, FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative works hard to provide quality service, fair representation and timely information for its members. We're member-owned. Member-driven. Member-focused. Because at the end of a long, hard day, what matters most are the people that are standing by you, and your farm.

We're there. That's FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative.

Dozens More Farmers Lose Milk Contracts

Last week, at least two dozen producers who ship milk to Dean Foods in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Ohio were told they have until May 31, 2018 to find a new home for their milk.

“Unfortunately, Dean Foods has made the difficult decision to end milk procurement contracts with a number of farmers in about 90 days,” says Reace Smith director of corporate communications at Dean Foods. “We regret this decision had to be made.”

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CME Butter Moves Up as Global Markets Move Down

Event 207 of the Global Dairy Trade took place on Tuesday resulting in the GDT index falling 0.6%. Products declining included anhydrous milkfat, butter, butter milk powder and whole milk powder. Butter was down a percent to $2.37 per pound while whole milk powder dropped 0.8% to $1.46 1/2. Cheddar added 1.7% to $1.70 1/2 per pound and rennett casein was up 2.2%. Skim milk led all products higher on a 5.5% move to 93 cents per pound. 

CME spot product markets watched butter markets trade 16 loads and move 3 cents higher to $2.27 1/4. Blocks were unchanged at $1.60 1/4 while barrels added a quarter cent to $1.51 1/2 on a single trade. Grade A nonfat dry milk lost a quarter cent after 5 trades and 7 offers. Nonfat dry milk closed at 64 3/4 cents matching the all time low set for the month of December. 

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More Capacity Depends on the Consumer

The cold months of winter are upon us, and all of us in the Upper Midwest look forward to days of green grass and tree buds. Spring brings new life and regeneration.

In the dairy industry, spring has also brought more milk. This is mostly an old adage based on when milk production went up when cows were turned out on new, green pasture. The industry has largely gone away from pasture-based systems, however there is still generally more milk production in the spring than other times of the year.

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