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Consumer Concerns Over Animal Abuse

Consumer concerns from the recent headlines of animal abuse allegations is our topic this week with Lee Mielke and guest, Cory Geiger from Hoard's:

Transition Feeding and Reproductive Health

Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us about new research in transition cow feeding as it relates to reproductive performance in cow health:

Housing Pre-Weaned Calves

Dr. Sandra Godden at the University of Minnesota joined us on today's Producer Tuesday to share some of the best management practices when housing and feeding pre-weaned calves:

Dairy at a Crossroads

Dr. Mike Hutjens looks at the current dairy situation:

NMPF Welcomes California Dairies

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) welcomed California Dairies Inc., the second-largest U.S. dairy cooperative by volume, into its membership by unanimous vote during its June board meeting. NMPF's Chris Galen has more:

Managing Summer Manure Application

Fall and spring seasons are typical times for manure spreading, but summer can prove to have better weather and soil conditions. We learn more with Aaron Pape from UW Discovery Farms:

Latest Reports Mixed

FC Stone's Dave Kurzawksi recaps last week's market news with Lee Mielke:

Happy June Dairy Month!

Consumers have many choices these days, even when purchasing products in the dairy case. Dr. Mike Hutjens takes a look at June Dairy Month, from the 1930's to today:

Class III Milk Price Jumps To Yearly High

The Agriculture Department’s monthly benchmark milk price has reached the highest level in over a year and a half. The May Federal order Class III price was announced at $16.38 per hundredweight, up 42 cents from April, $1.20 above May 2018, and the highest Class III...

Observations From Europe

Dr. Ryan Leiterman tells us what dairy practices he observed from his recent trip to the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Russia:

Class III Drops 66 Cents

The December Federal order Class III benchmark milk price was announced by the Agriculture Department at $13.78 per hundredweight, down 66 cents from November and $1.66 below December 2017. It equates to $1.18 per gallon, down from $1.24 in November and $1.33 a year ago. It is the lowest Class III price since February 2018 and put the 2018 average at $14.61, down from $16.17 in 2017 and $14.87 in 2016. California’s Class 4b cheese milk price averaged $15.20 in 2017 and $14.27 in 2016. 

Class III futures settlements Thursday portended a January price at $14.32; February, $14.77; and March at $15.14, with a peak at $16.75 in September. 

The December Class IV price is $15.09, up 3 cents from November and 1.58 above a year ago and the highest Class IV price since September 2017. The Class IV averaged $14.23 in 2018, down from $15.16 in 2017 and compares to $13.77 in 2016 

The four-week average cheese price used in calculating the month’s Class prices was $1.3742 per pound, down 7.2 cents from November. Butter averaged $2.2425 per pound, down
2 1/2-cents, nonfat dry milk averaged 90.2 cents per pound, up 1.6 cents, and dry whey averaged 46.85 cents per pound, up fractionally. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly 

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