Hay Quality Indicators

Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us on our Feed Forum Friday to update us on the latest hay conditions.

Ag Labor and Trade Priorities

As public impeachment hearings kicked off in Washington, the National Milk Producers Federation continues to push congress to pass the U.S. Mexico Canada trade deal and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan immigration bill that advances agriculture...

Dean Foods Files For Bankruptcy

America's largest milk producer will sell to Dairy Farmers of America:

Geek Out on Calves

Geek out on calves at the PDPW Calf Care Connection® training, repeating in three locations, Nov. 19, 20, and 21, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. in Chilton, Eau Claire, and Fennimore, Wis. Click Here For More Info

NMPF Annual Meeting Recap

Hoard's Dairyman managing editor Cory Geiger recaps last week's annual meeting in New Orleans.

Immature Corn Silage

Dr. Mike Hutjens looks at immature and frost damaged corn silage:

Annual Meeting Wraps Up in New Orleans

NMPF’s main policy conference of the year, featured discussions of the state of the dairy industry and economy, with remarks from the organization’s chairman, Missouri dairy farmer Randy Mooney :

Don’t Limit Winter Barn Circulation

The Crystal Creek® approach to calf barn air circulation challenges the long standing belief that calf barns should limit ventilation in the winter to 4 air exchanges per hour. Dr. Ryan Leiterman explains in this month's installment of "A Breath of Fresh Air" on Dairy...

China and Japan Trade Update

The U.S. dairy industry stands to benefit from purchases made by China and Japan, according to HighGround Dairy's Lucas Fuess. He talks with LeeMielke about it.

Corn Stalk Update

Utilizing corn stalks for cow feed is our topic with Dr. Mike Hutjens:

April Milk Production Up Just 0.7 Percent

The slowdown in U.S. milk output was more obvious in April, though it still bested previous year output for the 52nd month. USDA’s preliminary data put output at a bullish 17.3 billion pounds in the top 23 states, up 0.7 percent from April 2017. The 50-state total, at 18.4 billion pounds, was up 0.6 percent. Revisions lowered the March estimate 9 million pounds to 17.8 billion pounds, up 1.4 percent.

April cow numbers in the 50 states totaled 9.4 million, unchanged from March and just 8,000 above a year ago. Output per cow averaged 1,961 pounds, up 9 pounds from a year ago.

California topped its year-ago output for the fourth consecutive month but not by much, up just 0.4 percent on a drop of 19,000 cows from a year ago. Output per cow was up 30 pounds. Wisconsin inched 0.7 percent lower on a 5-pound loss per cow and 5,000 fewer cows milked.

A 55-pound drop per cow took New York output down 2.4 percent, though cow numbers were up 2,000. Idaho was up 3.5 percent, thanks to a 40-pound increase per cow and 9,000 more cows. Pennsylvania was down 1.7 percent on a 30-pound loss per cow. Cow numbers were unchanged. Minnesota was down 2.2 percent, on 5,000 fewer cows and 20 pounds less per cow.

Michigan output was also down, 1.4 percent on a 15-pound loss per cow and 3,000 fewer cows. New Mexico was up 2.6 percent on 6,000 more cows and 15 pounds more per cow. Texas producers saw a 100 pound gain per cow propel their overall output 7 percent higher and the extra 10,000 cows helped as well. Vermont was down 3 percent on a 30-pound loss per cow and 2,000 fewer cows. Washington State was up 3.1 percent on a 45 pound gain per cow and 2,000 more cows milked than a year ago.
Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly



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