Cash Flow Budgeting

As we close out 2020 it is time to focus on farmer financials. On a recent PDPW Dairy Signal, Dr. Kevin Bernhardt is a Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville and UW-Extension Farm Management Specialist. Dr. Bernhardt’s teaching, Extension and scholarly interests...

Mielke Market Talk

Omicron became the buzzword of “Black Friday” and ever since as another chapter is being written in the ongoing COVID saga. What are the ramifications for the dairy industry? Lee Mielke talks about it with StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski.

First Calving Tips

Dr. Mike Hutjens shares a recent webinar focusing on the proper age and weight for heifers first calving:

Class III Up 20 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the November Federal order Class III milk price at $18.03 per hundredweight, up 20 cents from October, $5.31 below November 2020, but the highest Class III price since May. The 11 month average stands at $16.96, down from $18.39 a...

Dairying In Northern Italy

Dr. Ryan Leiterman, director of technical services with Crystal Creek, recently returned from Northern Italy and shares some of the similarities and differences between dairying in Italy and the U.S.

‘Tis The Season For Wisconsin Cheese

Angie Edge with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the latest holiday marketing efforts. More at

Expensive Turkey Day

Dairy market analyst Bill Brooks joined Lee Mielke to recap how consumers reacted to the recent Thanksgiving holiday:

Spotlight on Alfalfa

Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us the advantages and disadvantages of alfalfa:

Giving Thanks

There is plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. National Milk's Chris Galen joined us for a special Thanksgiving broadcast:

Do You Have A Farm Rescue Plan?

You never know when you'll need emergency personnel on your farm. That's why it's important to have a farm emergency rescue plan. A topic worth repeating from PDPW's Dairy Signal:

July Milk Up 1.9 Percent

Preliminary Agriculture Department data shows July milk output in the top 23 producing states cow_go2at 17.2 billion pounds, up 1.9 percent from June 2016. Revisions added 5 million pounds to the original June estimate, now put at 16.9 billion pounds, up 1.7 percent from a year ago. The July 50-state total is 18.2 billion pounds, up 1.8 percent. Cow numbers averaged 9.4 million head, up 74,000 from 2016. 

July milk cow numbers in the 23 states totaled 8.73 million head, down 1,000 head from June but 72,000 more than a year ago. Output per cow averaged 1,969 pounds, up 21 pounds from a year ago. 

California output, while still below a year ago for the sixth consecutive month, strengthened some. The nation’s Number 1 milk producer was down just 0.2 percent, due to 13,000 fewer cows due to intense heat and slaughter houses not being able to keep up. Output per cow was up 10 pounds despite the heat. Wisconsin was up 0.7 percent on a 15 pound gain per cow while cow numbers were unchanged. 

Texas continued to put milk in the tank, up a whopping 14.8 percent, driven by 35,000 more cows and a 130 pound gain per cow. New Mexico, was up 8.4 percent, on 19,000 more cows and a 45 pound gain per cow from a year ago. 

Idaho slipped 0.2 percent, on a 10 pound loss per cow. Cow numbers were up 2,000 head. New York was down 0.1 percent, on a 15 pound loss per cow but milked 4,000 more cows than a year ago. Michigan was up 2.9 percent on 7,000 more cows and a 25 pound gain per cow. Minnesota was up 3.1 percent, thanks to 70 pounds more per cow offsetting a loss of 4,000 cows. Pennsylvania was off 0.4 percent on a loss of 5,000 cows, but output per cow was up 10 pounds. Heat took a toll on Washington State as well, down 1.2 percent on a 30 pound loss per cow and 2,000 fewer cows.




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