ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- In spite of a lower Class 3 price in June, dairy farmers have seen a slow strengthening of milk prices. Part of the reason is a smaller national herd. Recently the USDA lowered its estimates of the herd by over 16,000 cows putting the herd size now at 9.328 million head. In April dairymen culled over 268,000 head. The most since the buy-out program of 1968.
European dairy production has been under pressure as well this summer as June was the hottest month on record for the European continent. Meteorologists report temperatures across Europe were more than 2 degrees Celsius higher than the 30 year reference period from 1981 through 2010. France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Spain all registered new record highs last month with one town in southern France seeing a high temperature of 115 degrees. The intense heat severely affected crops with many pastures drying up from the heat.
According to DTN, a California judge says he will re-consider a jury's decision to give a cancer victim $80 million in damages from his use of Roundup herbicide. That judge said he would probably reduce but not eliminate entirely the $75 million in punitive damages in spite of the fact that the judge has acted reprehensibly in the case. But he said he doesn't plan to change the rest of the decision which calls for the 70 year old plaintiff to get $200,000 for economic losses, $3 million for pain and suffering and another $2 million for emotional stress.
The Northern Wisconsin State Fair got the jump on some of the judging competition yesterday in Chippewa Falls. Judges started at 9 yesterday morning placing the hogs, goats and poultry from county 4-H and FFA members. Winning the hog show for the second straight year was Dominick Escoto of the Woodmohr 4-H in Bloomer with fellow Woodmohr member Adeline Frank taking reserve champion honors. In Showmanship, Aubrey King of Duncan Creek 4-H won the beginner class with Kennedy Kuhni of Edson Hilltop being the top intermediate showman and Avery Michels of the Hay Creek Ramblers winning the senior division. In the goat show, Sam Steffes of the Sigel Sod Busters showed the grand champion. Today's judging includes, sheep, beef, horses and rabbits.