Chatter Over Pricing Formula Changes

There’s been some chatter about how we price milk in this country and changes are being discussed, according to Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. He talks with Lee Mielke about it, and has a warning on what's coming in...

Fuzzy Cottonseed’s Popularity

Dr. Mike Hutjens provides the positive aspects of having fuzzy cottonseed in your feed inventory:

Dietary Guidelines: Make Every Bite Count

Newly released federal dietary guidelines will benefit dairy, even as work remains to be done, said Miquela Hanselman, NMPF’s regulatory affairs manager, from a Dairy Defined podcast. More info on the new guidelines:

Calf Feeding Success

Our guest today, Dr. Ryan Leiterman, director of technical services with Crystal Creek. If you have a question for Ryan, email him at

Succession Planning 101

Attorney George Twohig provided PDPW Dairy Signal viewers the latest in farm succession planning:

High Ground Analysis

2021 had a good start with a strong Global Dairy Trade auction and word that Uncle Sam will continue USDA’s Food Box program. HighGround Dairy's Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about it and also analyze the November Dairy Products report:

Feed Bunk Management

Cows spend a lot of time at the feed bunk. Dr. Mike Hutjens provides some tips on optimal feeding strategies in this week's Feed Forum Friday:

More Stimulus For Farmers

Setting non-dairy issues aside after a rough week in Washington D.C., Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation gave us an update on more stimulus heading to dairy farmers:

Understanding Winter Ventilation

While it has been a mild winter in some parts of the country, cold temps are upon us as we head into the remaining weeks of January. Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek provides some insight on how to properly ventilate calf barns when the mercury drops:

Top Ten Issues On ’21 Radar

Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company addresses the top ten issues for dairy producers as we head into a brand new year. Basse's comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast:

Class III Falling

The Agriculture Department announced the March Federal order Class III milk price at $16.25 per hundredweight, down 75 cents from February but $1.21 above March 2019 and the highest March Class III since 2014. But that’s where the good news ends. More bloodletting is to come, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The three month average stands at $16.77, up from $14.30 a year ago and compares to $13.87 in 2018 but that average is about to fall as well.

Class III futures have been pulled sharply lower and Wednesday’s settlements portended an April price of $14.45; May, $13.12; and June at $13.56, with the peak in October of just $15.14.

The March Class IV price is $14.87, down $1.33 from February and 84 cents below a year ago and the lowest Class IV price since September 2018.  Its three month average is at $15.91, up from $15.68 a year ago and $13.01 in 2018.
Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly



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