April 27, 2017

CWT Assists with 2.3 Million Pounds of Cheese Export Sales

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 15 requests for export assistance from member cooperatives that have contracts to sell 2.335 million pounds (1,059 metric tons) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses to customers in Asia, the Middle East and Oceania. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from April through July 2017.

So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have contracts to sell 28.432 million pounds of American-type cheeses, and 1.427 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) to 12 countries on four continents. The sales are the equivalent of 294.464 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program in the long term helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them. This, in turn, positively affects all U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

The amounts of dairy products and related milk volumes reflect current contracts for delivery, not completed export volumes. CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when export and delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.



Canadian and US Dairy Industries Feud Over Milk

cowsTrade has been an issue of increasing importance since the inauguration of Donald Trump. Much of agriculture has been focused on NAFTA rules, Mexico, and corn, but there’s a new feud brewing between the US and Canada. This time over milk.  At the heart of the disagreement: an obscure quality rule regarding “ultra-filtered milk”, which Canada deems a Class 7.  The newly enforced rules have skyrocketed the price of importing US milk into Canada, leaving Grassland Dairy Products of Wisconsin telling 75 of it’s producers they will no longer have a place to sell their production come month end.

Dairy Farmers of Canada spokesperson Therese Beaulieu says protections for Canada’s dairy farmers were in place before the Class 7 pricing rule, but weren’t being enforced…tape

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She says Canada does not wish ill on Wisconsin farmers, but says there is nothing to blame Canada for…

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When asked about that response, US Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin had this to say:

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Baldwin, along with 2 senators from New York sent a letter to the administration about the situation last week, but Baldwin says not having an Ag Secretary in place has been a tremendous hurdle


Opening China To US Beef No Easy Feat, But It Would Have Rewards – AUDIO

Cow picNews this week that China may open it’s doors to US Beef was met with waves of skeptical optimism through the cattle industry.  China has been closed to US Beef since the announcement of BSE in the US nearly 14 years ago.  At the time, it wasn’t viewed as much of a problem.  China wasn’t importing any beef let alone US Beef.  But that’s changed according to University of Missouri Livestock Analyst Scott Brown:

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This weekends meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping wasn’t the first time the topic of beef trade has come up.  Last fall it was announced that China would be opening its borders to US beef, but so far, nothing. Brown said there might be a will, there’s still some hurdles in the way:

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So while the political rhetoric is there, experts say it could be months before we see any movement.