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Building Your Milk Check

The variability in milk prices has caused dairy farmers to work harder in making profits. Dr. Mike Hutjens provides some strategies to build a better milk check:

Milk Output Up

January milk output hit 18.8 billion pounds, according to preliminary data in the Agriculture Department’s first Milk Production report of 2020. That’s up 0.9% from January 2019. Output in the top 24 states totaled 17.9 billion, up 1.2%. Revisions added 88 million...

Farm Labor Crisis Needs Attention

The U.S. House passage of legislation that helps address dairy’s unique workforce challenges is now awaiting Senate approval. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation updated Dairy Radio listeners on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act:

Students Step Into Leadership

Young adults should save the date for PDPW Stride™ Conference, a transformational experience designed to help students build on their inherent talents and leadership strengths. Held Apr. 4-5, 2020 at Dodgeland High School in Juneau, Wis., the weekend program is for...

Dairy Markets “In Flux” Over Coronavirus

FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski gives a state of the dairy industry address and talks about the corona-virus and the Oscar's slam on the industry.

Peter Pan Heifers

Dr. Mike Hutjens addresses the issue of calves that just don't want to grow up.

NFU Members Decide On New Leader

After serving as president of National Farmers Union (NFU) for over a decade, Roger Johnson will not seek reelection next year. His current term will end at the organization’s annual convention in March, at which point an election for his successor will be held. Three...

2020 Business Conference Fast Approaching

Presented by dairy’s professional development organization – Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the 2020 PDPW Business Conference is held March 18-19 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. The two-day program will bring together dairy farmers, agribusiness...

Dairy is Not Dead

The recent IDFA Dairy Forum showed a great mix of dairy processors, producers and retailers with more than 1,100 attendees. Corey Geiger, managing editor with Hoard's Dairyman, shares his thoughts with Lee Mielke:

Cow Colostrum Issues

Dr. Mike Hutjens tackles the issue of low amounts of colostrum produced by some cows after calving.

Class III Jumps To $20.45

The US Agriculture Department announced the November Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $20.45 per hundredweight this week, up $1.73 from October, $6.01 above November 2018, and the highest Class III price since October 2014.

The eleven month Class III average is $16.74, up from $14.69 at this time a year ago and $16.24 in 2017.

The November Class IV price is $16.60, up 21 cents from October and $1.54 above a year ago. Its average stands at $16.26, up from $14.15 a year ago and $15.31 in 2017. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly

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