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LIVESTOCK MARKETS: Holiday season disappointing for dairy sector

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A variety of factors could lead to higher prices than already projected for 2019.

In the latest “Milk Production” report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture revised milk production lower for October, reported a year-over-year production decline for November and showed a decline in total milk cow numbers. These factors, as well as the fact that growth is really only occurring in the West (Figure), are all bullish for milk prices, according to Bob Cropp, emeritus professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison department of agricultural and applied economics.

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