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University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences researcher Brenna Ellison, plus Kathleen Brooks, and Taro Mieno of the University of Nebraska completed a study that found for many consumers, buying a gallon of milk is much more complex than finding the preferred fat content and expiration date. They want to know how the cows were treated, what they were fed, whether they received growth hormones or antibiotics, whether the milk is organic, and so on. The recent University of Illinois study ranks which of these production attributes are most important to buyers for four different products: beef, chicken, milk, and eggs.

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Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Mar 27, 2017

Receipts:  33 loads    Last Week:  26 loads    Year Ago:   28 Loads

Compared to last week:  Market was mostly steady.  Majority of offerings was bedding materials.

Alfalfa:  Good:  Large Squares, 3 loads 92.50-105.00.  Fair:  Large Squares, 2 loads 77.50-80.00; Large Rounds, 4 loads 65.00-80.00.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Rounds, 1 load 110.00.  Good:  Large Rounds, 5 loads 70.00-82.50. Fair:  Large Rounds, 4 loads 60.00-65.00.

Alfalfa/Grass:  Fair:  Large Squares, 1 load 65.00.

Straw:  Large Rounds, 6 loads 45.00-60.00.

Bean STraw:  Large Rounds, 1 load 40.00.

Corn Stalks:  Large Rounds, 6 load 40.00.

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While milk production in the USA totaled 16.7 billion pounds or an increase of 2.3 percent above last year when adjusted for the extra day of the leap year, Iowa production stood at 399 million pounds up from 395 million pounds in February 2016.

The report showed February milk cow numbers in Iowa at 216,000, up from 211,000 one year ago. However, milk per cow was down from 1,870 pounds in February 2016 to 1,845 this year. Nationally the average was 1,782 pounds in February, down 33 pounds from the same time in 2016.

The complete report can be found at:

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