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Trace Minerals 101

Today's Feed Forum Friday, Dr. Mike Hutjens looks at recent research from the Netherlands looking at different sources of trace minerals in the feeding program:

December Deadline To Apply For CFAP-2 and DMC

National Milk Producers Federation's first-ever virtual annual meeting was held this week. Chris Galen joined us on Dairy Radio Now with a recap and a reminder of an important December 11th deadline for both CFAP-2 and DMC:

Wisconsin Dairy Farmer On NPR

Wisconsin dairy farmer Rick Roden of West Bend shares his candid thoughts about the election and Covid-19 with NPR's Noel King: Listen on NPR's site

“Biggest Challenge Of Our Lifetimes”

The extreme disruptions and financial upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have created real struggles for dairy producers – and the industry has responded by rising to an unprecedented occasion, said Randy Mooney, chairman of the National Milk Producers...

The Importance Of Animal ID Tags

Animal identification and traceability continues to evolve. Today's guests are Jodi Legge, executive director of the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium and Curt Larson with Equity Livestock Cooperative Sales Assn from a recent Dairy Signal:

Is U.S. Dairy Herd in Expansion Mode?

September milk production was up more than expected. Is the U.S. dairy herd in an expansion mode? Lee Mielke poses the question to HighGround Dairy's Lucs Fuess:

Reducing Methane

Dr. Mike Hutjens has ways to feed cows and also reduce methane:

FARM “Quick Convos” Scheduled

The National Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program will host a series of online informational sessions beginning Nov. 4. The “Quick Convos” will feature FARM staff and industry stakeholders discussing program components, expectations, and available...

Market Update

Strong dairy prices would seem to indicate that dairy product commercial disappearance must really be great. Not necessarily, according to Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. He talks with Lee Mielke about it:

Useful DHIA Records

Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA) helps dairy producers create and manage important records and data about their cows Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more on today's Feed Forum Friday:

July Milk Output Up 0.4 Percent

Farm milk prices remain well below the cost of production, slaughter numbers are up, and so is the thermometer and that combination slowed U.S. milk output in July. The Agriculture Department’s latest Milk Production report shows dairy farms in the top 23 states milked 17.3 billion pounds, up just 0.4 percent from July 2017, still the 56th consecutive month output bested that of a year ago. Revisions added another 40 million pounds to the original June estimate, now put at 17.2 billion pounds, 1.6 percent above a year ago. The 50-state July milk total, at 18.4 billion pounds, was also up a bullish 0.4 percent. 

July cow numbers totaled 8.74 million head in the 23 states, up 1,000 head from June but 8,000 less than a year ago. The 50-state total, at 9.4 million, was down 8,000 head from June and a year ago, first-time cow numbers were below a year ago since May 2016. Output per cow averaged 1,980 pounds in the 23 states, up just 8 pounds from a year ago. 

California output was down 2.5 percent as the heat took a toll on output per cow by 35 pounds and 12,000 fewer cows were milked from a year ago. Wisconsin was up 1.2 percent on a 30 pound gain per cow but 4,000 fewer cows were milked. 

Idaho inched up 0.8 percent, thanks to 6,000 more cows offsetting a drop of 5 pounds per cow. New York was up 0.6 percent, on 20 pound gain per cow outweighing the loss of 2,000 cows. Pennsylvania was off 0.7 percent on 5,000 fewer cows but output per cow was up 5 pounds. Minnesota was down 0.2 percent, on a 20-pound loss per cow and 6,000 fewer cows. 

Michigan was down 0.9 percent, on 4,000 fewer cows. Output per cow was unchanged. New Mexico was down 0.8 percent, on a 10 pound per cow gain outweighing the 4,000 fewer cows milked. Texas continues to roar, up 7.3 percent, thanks to an 85 pound gain per cow and 15,000 more cows. Vermont was off down 3.0 percent, on a 15-pound loss per cow and 3,000 fewer cows were milked. Washington State was up 1.8 percent on a 20 pound gain per cow and 2,000 additional cows milked. COURTESY: Lee Mielke of the MIELKE MARKET WEEKLY

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