Jan. 25 2024
Currently, USDA rules for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs only allow schools to offer low-fat (skim and 1%) varieties of milk to students
Dec. 22 2023
Last year, U.S. milk fat production from domestic milk plus the milk fat of imported products used as ingredients in domestically produced dairy products topped 9.3 billion pounds
May 18 2023
As we move fully into spring, it is time to have our butterfat-risk toolkit out and ready for deployment
April 24 2023
This marks the eighth straight year that butterfat levels have set a new record. In 2022, federal order pools with multiple component pricing averaged 4.08% butterfat, reported Peter Fredericks, California’s...
March 23 2023
Why do milk components matter? During the March Hoard’s Dairyman webinar, the University of Illinois’ Mike Hutjens reviewed several reasons why it pays to improve component production
March 13 2023
The butterfat found in milk carries the flavor consumers have grown to savor when eating dairy products
May 26 2022
Just 10 years ago, a good goal for milkfat production in a Holstein herd was 3.75%. Between 2000 and 2012, the average butterfat test in the Midwest was 3.7% to 3.8%
Oct. 12 2020
Just how much U.S. milk goes into U.S. dairy exports? A few readers posed that question after reading the October 10, 2020, Editorial Comment "Should we cull all the cows in Wisconsin?"
July 27 2020
With 84% of all milk in the Upper Midwest Federal Milk Marketing Order heading to the cheese vat, it stands to reason that milk components would hold a higher value in dairy farmer milk checks
April 20 2020
Milk fatty acid metrics are used for routine herd monitoring and to troubleshoot situations where milkfat content is lower than desired
Nov. 11 2019
Butter prices are slipping, with a high likelihood of falling below $2.10 per pound this month for the first time since November 2016
Aug. 5 2019
From 2000 to 2018, milkfat levels in the collective U.S. bulk tank jumped from 3.68 to 3.89 percent
June 10 2019
For back-to-back years, butterfat levels in the collective U.S. bulk tank posted 0.05 percentage growth
Oct. 8 2018
Whether you are dairy farming in America or New Zealand, milkfat is back in a big way