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Summer Feed Status

Corn prices have been on the rise this summer. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more:

August Class I Up 71 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the August Federal Order Class I base milk price at $17.89 per hundredweight, up 71 cents from July, $3.74 above August 2018, and the highest Class I price since January 2015’s $18.58. It equates to $1.54 per gallon, up from $1.22...

Prevented Planting Update

Prevented planting is the failure to plant an insured crop with the proper equipment by the final planting date or during the late planting period.  Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more on this week's Feed Forum Friday:

CWT Update

CWT continues to post strong numbers by assisting member cooperatives in securing contracts to sell dairy products to places like Asia, Central America, the Middle East, Oceania and South America. National Milk's Chris Galen gives us an update on today's Dairy Radio:

Vitamin Power

The role of B vitamins in the dairy cow rations and the impact it has on performance and health:

USDA Agencies Should Stay in DC

The move to relocate two USDA agencies (ERS & NIFA) to Kansas City is being questioned by dairy scientists. Dr. Ken Olson from the American Dairy Science Association joined us on today's Dairy Radio:

Dairying in Russia

The Russian dairy industry proved to be a stark contrast to three other countries recently visited by Dr. Ryan Leiterman. He shares his observations and why he's thankful to be back home!

Encouraging Milk Prices

Encouraging milk prices starts with the supply, according to Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. While he does see higher feed prices ahead due to weather conditions affecting crops in the Midwest, he doesn't see that as...

Managing Capital Costs

Dr. Mike Hutjens addresses some important issues when managing capital costs on the dairy farm:

DMC Signups Underway

Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation updated Dairy Radio listeners on the new Dairy Margin Coverage safety net for dairy producers.

Helping Consumers Understand About Ag

Livestock Industry Contributes Very Little to Greenhouse Gasses

By Patrick Cavanaugh

Sarah Klopatek is passionate about the cattle industry and her academic research, particularly working with greenhouse gasses, air emissions, water quality, water quantity, and how we can turn that into a lifecycle assessment.

Klopatek understands that agriculture is an unknown science to many, so she seeks to convey this message of sustainable practices in the cattle industry to the public. “I want to talk to our consumers and say, ‘Yes, we are living in a sustainable industry.’”

Sarah Klopatek

Sarah Klopatek

“With only one percent of Americans in agriculture,” said Klopatek, “and 99 percent of them not in agriculture, it’s not their fault that they don’t know what’s going on. Plus, consumers are continuously bombarded with negativity about our industry, so it is our role as scientists to communicate the science of agriculture to both the producers and consumers. That is the only way the sustainability of our industry will continue.”

Klopatek explained, “When I discuss greenhouse gasses, I’m discussing the cow/calf in the beef sector, feedlots in the beef sector, as well as, cattle in the dairy sector. But, notably, when it comes to greenhouse gas production, the dairy and beef industries are far down the list.”

“Look at our nations transportation sector—which contributes 27 percent of greenhouse gasses and our energy sector—which is 32 percent of greenhouse gasses. By comparison, is the beef cattle industry—which is 2.2 percent, a problem? Well, I would have to say that we can always improve, and that we always improve.”

“In addition, we have already made vast, vast improvements. Today, we are able to produce more beef with fewer animals, while releasing fewer greenhouse gas emissions per kilogram of beef. Likewise, we produce more milk with fewer animals, while releasing fewer greenhouse gas emissions per kilogram of milk,” noted Klopatek.

“We want to always go back to the primitive beautiful red barn scenario, but we are going to have close to 10 billion people in 2050. We cannot have that [sustain our growing population] with two cows per small plot of land. So, we must convey to the world that it is going to be difficult to feed all of these people, and it’s going to be difficult to feed them with fewer and fewer resources. So that’s my goal,” she said.

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