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Dairy Outlook: April 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: April 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Pennsylvania dairy cash flows continue to be upside down as income over feed cost and milk margins shrink and are below breakeven levels. More
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Dairy Outlook: February 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: February 2018

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

All milk price for December 2017 showed the anticipated drop from the previous month. Feed price were steady, created a slightly smaller Income over Feed Cost opportunity. More
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Dairy Outlook: March 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: March 2018

Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler, David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr.

With cow numbers steady, increasing domestic milk production, robust inventory of dairy products, and other factors, there are no market signals to indicate strength for future milk prices. More
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Dairy Outlook: January 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: January 2018

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Current predicted Class III price for the first 11 months of 2018 is averaging $14.57/cwt. To face the year with optimism is to be sure dairy producers really understand their cost of production. More
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Dairy Outlook: December 2017 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: December 2017

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

The milk price forecast for 2018 is starting to solidify, and good news is hard to find. U.S. milk production growth has slowed, but global supply is still hampering future price increases. More
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Dairy Outlook: November 2017 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: November 2017

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Markets continue to move sideways with little prospect for forecast price improvement. None of the factors that are well known give much optimism for price improvement More
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Milk Price, Feed Cost, and Margin: A Historical Perspective - Articles Articles
Fluctuating milk prices and feed costs stress dairy operations' cash flow. Making decisions based on milk margin and income over feed cost are crucial to profitability. More
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Dairy Outlook: October 2017 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: October 2017

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

October dairy outlook: little potential for increases in milk price; feed prices trending downward; harvests provide breathing room to milk margin/IOFC for Pennsylvania producers. More
Cash Flow Planning Cash Flow Planning - Articles

Cash Flow Planning

Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck, Robert C. Goodling, Jr.

Keys to managing your operation for dairy profitability. More
Tools for Making Economic Culling Decisions
Tools for Making Economic Culling Decisions - Articles Articles
Successful culling strategies utilize economic and production data. This article discusses metrics that incorporate the current test day and current lactation. More
Do You Know Your Costs to Grow Feed?
Do You Know Your Costs to Grow Feed? - Articles Articles

Do You Know Your Costs to Grow Feed?

Robert C. Goodling, Jr.

Feed costs tend to be the largest expense on a dairy operation and managing those costs contributes to a dairy’s ability to be profitable. More
Top 5 Dairy States Vary in Production, Feed Cost, and Income over Feed Cost
Top 5 Dairy States Vary in Production, Feed Cost, and Income over Feed Cost - Articles Articles
In 2015, over half of the milk produced in the U.S. came from five states: California, Wisconsin, Idaho, New York, and Pennsylvania. More
Navigating the Dairy Data Highway
Navigating the Dairy Data Highway - Articles Articles

Navigating the Dairy Data Highway

Robert C. Goodling, Jr.

It's been said, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there." The same can be true for the information highway, and it's easy to get lost. More
Four Common Dairy Business Oversights Using QuickBooks™
Four Common Dairy Business Oversights Using QuickBooks™ - Articles Articles
Tips to help you get the most out of your financial records. More