July cheese disappearance topped that of a year ago, the third consecutive month to do so, according to HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess. He talks with Lee Mielke about it as well as butter and powder:
Dr. Mike Hutjens shares info about the role methionine plays in dairy production:
Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation updated Dairy Radio Now listeners on the next round of payments from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP):
The World Forage Analysis Superbowl will announce winners virtually at noon on September 30 via webcast of the Brevant seeds Forage Superbowl Luncheon. Interested contestants, sponsors, media and forage enthusiasts can register to attend the online event here: http://bit.ly/ForageSuperbowl2020
Dairy demand remains “extremely volatile,” according to Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter:
Dr, Frank Mitloehner from the Dept. of Animal Science at UC-Davis shares the four pillars of sustainability. Comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal:
The dairy markets faces a lot of uncertainty ahead and several opposing forces, according to StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about them:
Dr. Mike Hutjens discusses the impact of summer heat stress:
National Milk’s Chris Galen updated Dairy Radio listeners on the latest news regarding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program:
Newborn calves face many challenges and one of the more debilitating is diarrhea. Dr. Ryan Leiterman shares two common types in this month’s Ask the Vet segment.
Mary Ledman, global dairy strategist at Rabobank updated PDPW Dairy Signal listeners on the latest dairy global outlook:
A Lot of milk money was left on the table recently and dairy farmers saw very little of it. Hoard’s Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger talks with Lee Mielke about how much:
On today’s Feed Forum Friday, Dr. Mike Hutjens updates Dairy Radio listeners on the latest corn and soybean harvest.
Late last week, House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson sent a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. He’s asking for clarification on how USDA determined the eligibility of different crops, livestock, and poultry species under CFAP. In the letter, Peterson contends that the data used by USDA to calculate CFAP payments was limited to only the earliest parts of the pandemic, missing the full extent of damage to specific commodities. “Some would argue that the full agricultural market impacts of the closure of schools, restaurants, catering, and agricultural processing facilities due to COVID-19 were not fully realized during the CFAP covered period, with losses for many commodities extending well into the second and third quarters of this year,” writes Peterson.
Jose Carmona is a research coordinator with Pacific Northwest Safety Health Center. His current work focuses on improving health and safety of dairy workers and better understanding heat related Illnesses in tree fruit workers:
June U.S. dairy product commercial disappearance was encouraging but some clouds have moved in, in the form of the Global Dairy Trade auction and the July Milk Production report. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about on today’s Dairy Radio:
Dr. Mike Hutjens discusses research from UW’s Dr. Nigel Cook on providing an optimal ventilation system for your dairy herd:
National Milk’s Chris Galen updates Dairy Radio Now listeners on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and the latest news on the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). :
The Agriculture Department announced the September Federal order Class I base milk price at $18.44 per hundredweight, down $1.34 from August, 59 cents above September 2019, and the highest September Class I since 2014. It equates to about $1.59 per gallon and pulls the 2020 Class I average to $16.65, up from $16.51 at this time a year ago and compares to $14.58 in 2018.
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The market volatility of the COVID pandemic forced many farmers to take a closer look at their financial statements, according to Hoard’s Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger. He talks with Lee Mielke about it on Monday’s Dairy Radio:
Dr. Mike Hutjens discusses the role of water in dairy cattle rations:
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on August 11 that the deadline to apply for CFAP has been extended to September 11. The original application deadline was August 28, 2020. Wisconsin FSA Executive Director Sandy Chalmers updated Dairy Signal listeners:
For the first time, World Dairy Expo’s Purple Cow Gift Shop is offering online sales. Spurred on by the cancellation of World Dairy Expo® 2020, the online store features Expo apparel and cow paraphernalia. WDE is pledging 10% of all profits from the online store in 2020 to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. WorldDairyExpo.com
“The rest of the world doesn’t have a clue what we are talking about,” says UC Davis professor Dr. Frank Mitloehner when discussing where our food comes from. He shares more on a recent Dairy Signal webcast from PDPW:
While the June Class III milk price topped $20 per cwt., most dairy farmers won’t see their check that high because of quirks with the U.S. milk pricing system. The Daily Dairy Report’s Sarina Sharp explains on today’s Dairy Radio with Lee Mielke:
Nearly a quarter of our world’s cattle are lame, but there are steps dairy producers can take to alleviate challenges on their operation. Dr. Mike Hutjens shares three critical areas to combat lameness on today’s Dairy Radio:
Lawmakers need to pass a budget before heading to summer recess. NMPF’s Chris Galen provides an update, and also reminds us of the public comment deadline for input on the new dietary guidelines:
The Agriculture Department announced the July Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $24.54 per hundredweight, up $3.50 from June, 6 cents shy of the all-time record $24.60 in September 2014, and $6.99 above July 2019. It put the 2020 average at $17.30, up from $15.58 a year ago and $14.37 in 2018
The July Class IV price is $13.76, up 86 cents from June but $3.14 below a year ago, and the lowest July Class IV price since 2015. Its average now sits at $13.78, down from $16.11 a year ago and compares to $13.73 in 2018. Posted by: Mielke Market Weekly
This month’s Ask the Vet segment, Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek has some important tips on how to mitigate heat stress. If you have a question for Ryan email: email@example.com
June dairy imports to China were “impressive,” according to HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess. He talks with Lee Mielke about them on today’s Dairy Radio:
Five different aspects of a good calf starter are discussed with Dr. Mike Hutjens:
Specialty cheeses are discussed with Dr. John Lucey, PhD, Director of Center for Dairy Research, Professor of food Science at UW-Madison. Comments from PDPW’s Dairy Signal.
Ag economist Dan Basse with AgResource updated dairy producers on the latest dairy prices. He says the impact COVID-19 is having on Class III prices remains strong, but the other classes are not performing as well. Comments from PDPW Dairy Signal
Today we take a look at the most recent milk production and cold storage reports from USDA, with Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter:
Corn is expected to be a bin buster and soybeans are also up in acreage, according to Dr. Mike Hutjens, who updated Dairy Radio listeners on the latest summer feeding conditions:
Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation updated Dairy Radio Now listeners on the latest Dairy Market Report:
The Agriculture Department announced the August Federal order Class I base milk price at $19.78 per hundredweight, up $3.22 from July, $1.89 above August 2019, and the highest Class I since December 2014. It equates to $1.70 per gallon, up from $1.42 in July and $1.54 a year ago. The 2020 Class I average stands at $16.42, up from $16.34 at this time a year ago and $14.54 in 2018.
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FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) helps dairy producers reassure consumers how responsibly milk is produced. Emily Yeiser Stepp, director of FARM Animal Care, updated some of the priorities with newest version of FARM on a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast:
Nate Donnay, Director of Dairy Market Insight for StoneX Group, talks with Lee Mielke about USDA’s May dairy product commercial disappearance data:
Dr. Mike Hutjens discusses feed additives, what they accomplish, and how to research the products you should be using in your feeding program:
Class III milk is the best performing commodity through this global pandemic, according to Ag economist Dan Basse with AgResource. He gave his latest update on Professional Dairy Producers “Dairy Signal” webcast :
Forget gold. Invest in cheese. One could almost say that this past week as the CME Cheddar blocks set another record high Friday, closing at $2.9150 per pound, up 24 cents on the week and $1.13 above that week a year ago. Lee Mielke asks HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess if the bubble will burst and how low will prices fall?
Dr. Mike Hutjens has some useful tips on keeping cows cool and comfortable during the hot summer months.
The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is designed to usher in significant changes to U.S.-Canadian dairy trade, restore certainty to U.S.-Mexico trade relations and establish important protections for common name cheeses. But as Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation says, the full benefit now relies on robust enforcement of the agreement:
Optimal air quality and flow tie directly to cow productivity and profits. The Dr. Nigel Cook from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine tells us the different types of ventilation that dairy farmers use to keep their animals cool and comfortable during these hot summer months:
Dr. David Kohl, owner of Homestead Creamery and Stoney Brook Farm in Wirtz, VA, and Professor Emeritus at VA Tech, discusses alignment of production and consumer shifts as we go through the phases of a global pandemic (on a recent PDPW Dairy Signal):
There was a lot of dairy news to sift through this last week, from a huge jump in the milk price to more government aid on the way. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess sorts it out with Lee Mielke:
The Agriculture Department announced the June Dairy Month Federal order Class III benchmark milk price Wednesday at $21.04 per hundredweight, up a spectacular $8.90 from May and $4.77 above June 2019. It is the highest Class III price since November 2014 and boosts the 2020 Class III average to $16.09, up from $15.25 at this time a year ago and $14.41 in 2018.
The Class IV price is $12.90, up $2.23 from May but $3.93 below a year ago. Its six month average sits at $13.78, down from $15.98 a year ago and compares to $13.67 in 2018. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly – Dr. Mike Hutjens discusses:
Vaccination programs are an important part of herd health, but sometimes a vaccine can fail. This month’s “Ask the Vet” segment, Dr Ryan Leiterman explores why this happens and the importance of booster shots, or repeat vaccinations.
Last Wednesday’s Hoards Dairyman DairyLivestream program examined the current recovery in milk prices. Managing editor Corey Geiger talks about it with Lee Mielke on today’s Dairy Radio:
Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us all about magnesium in this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
Dr. Ryan Leiterman, director of technical services with Crystal Creek discusses managing heat stress in calves:
Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association and Susan Quam, Executive Vice President of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association discuss, on PDPW’s Dairy Signal, what kind of impact the COVID-19 situation has had on grocery stores and restaurants:
The worst of the coronavirus-induced plunge in the dairy economy may be over. The sharp drop in dairy product prices in April, prompted by the pandemic, has been followed by a strong recovery in cash market prices in May that’s continuing into June. That’s according to the latest Dairy Market Report from DMI/NMPF: Read Here
Dairy product commercial disappearance plummeted in April but things have since turned around. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess chats with Lee Mielke about it on our Mielke Monday:
Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us on our weekly Feed Forum Friday with tips on feeding colostrum to calves:
Higher milk prices and effective federal policies – both encouraged by dairy’s unity in responding to the coronavirus crisis – are presenting positive opportunities, according to James “Cricket” Jacquier, a member of the NMPF’s executive committee and chairman of the board for Agri-Mark. Dairy Defined Podcast
USDA recently updated their milk production numbers and revised their milk price forecast. Economist Dan Basse with AgResource updated dairy producers on a recent PDPW Dairy Signal :
“We’re under a new paradigm of testing in this post-COVID world,” says FC Stone dairy broker, Dave Kurzawski, when asked if the higher milk prices will send the wrong signal to farmers. He talks with Lee Mielke about it:
Dr. Mike Hutjens discusses feeding surplus milk back to your dairy animals:
Dairy farmers are eligible for direct support through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP provides direct financial assistance to agricultural producers, providing them the ability to weather the economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19.
Visit www.farmers.gov/cfap for additional information about CFAP – NMPF’s Chris Galen updates Dairy Radio listeners:
California has reduced methane by 25% using dairy digesters & other technologies; but farmers need more incentives. How can we compensate farmers for their progress against climate change? Frank Mitloehner, UC Davis Professor & CE Air Quality Specialist, on a recent PDPW Dairy Signal:
Eric Snodgrass, Senior Atmospheric Scientist at Nutrien Ag Solutions joined us on today’s Producer Tuesday to update listeners on the latest weather developments, including a big storm named Cristobal – Eric’s full YouTube report is here:
Dairy processors are often at odds with dairy farmers but there are times they join together; as the two organizations that represent them worked to offset the effects of the COVID pandemic. That was the topic of last week’s Dairy Livestream from Hoards Dairyman. Managing editor Corey Geiger tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio:
For the first time in 53 years, there will be no World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin this year: https://worlddairyexpo.com/file_open.php?id=380
Dr. Mike Hutjens shares advice on farm management practices during the transitions of the global pandemic:
Far-reaching dairy sustainability goals go hand-in-hand with economic opportunity for dairy farmers, according to Krysta Harden, executive vice president, global environmental strategy, for Dairy Management Inc. and Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, in an NMPF podcast:
Ironically, while cash block cheese set a new record high the first week of June Dairy Month, the Agriculture Department announced the May Federal order benchmark milk price Wednesday, which fell to its lowest level since September 2009.
The COVID-incited plunge in farm gate milk price hit bottom at $12.14 per hundredweight, down 93 cents from April and $4.24 below May 2019. That pulled the 2020 Class III average to $15.10, up from $15.05 at this time a year ago and $14.25 in 2018.
Class III futures settlements Wednesday portended a rebound in June to $19.83, with July at $18.68; August, $17.36; September, $17.02; October, $16.86; November, $16.66; and December at 16.42.
The May Class IV price is $10.67, down 73 cents from April, $5.62 below a year ago, and the lowest Class IV price since August 2009. The Class IV average stands at $13.96, down from $15.81 a year ago and compares to $13.42 in 2018.
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Young calves need vaccinations to stay healthy and productive; but what type of vaccine should you use? In this June segment of Ask the Vet, Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek tells us the different types of vaccines available and why it is important to always know what type of vaccine you are including in your protocol.
Dairy farmers had to dump milk on their farms in March and April due to the COVID pandemic. Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, ran the numbers and made some interesting observations about that milk. He shares what he learned with Lee Mielke:
Dr. Mike Hutjens presents his weekly installment of Feed Forum Friday on Dairy Radio Now:
Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19:
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NMPF’s Chris Galen tells us more about the application process on Dairy Radio Now:
Global dairy strategist Mary Ledman from Rabobank Finance updated producers on the recent dairy market activity and how the global pandemic continues to impact prices – comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal Webcast:
Dairy producers remain optimistic and determined to get through the COVID-19 pandemic inspired downturn, according to Hoard’s Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger, following last week’s Dairy Livestream discussion. He talks with Lee Mielke about it:
Official U.S. dairy statistics are just starting to register the impacts of the pandemic, provisionally in product
consumption data, stock levels and federal milk marketing order prices. Full Report from DMI
Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us on our Feed Forum Friday to discuss forage needs and some creative alternatives to think about:
CDFA announced a new date for the Chapter 3.5 quota hearing and this week CDFA announced additional details regarding the process. Read More from Western United Dairymen
The American Farm Bureau welcomes the announcement by President Trump detailing how the $16 billion in direct payments to farmers from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will be distributed. Read More From AFBF
Covid-19 has changed the way we live our lives but word of restaurants and other food services slowly opening up across the country is great news, according to economist Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company: Full Podcast on PDPW Dairy Signal
Dairy prices have seen some strength recently. HighGround Dairy’s Director of Dairy Market Intelligence, Lucas Fuess, talks about it with Lee Mielke. He also question’s the increase in U.S. milk output spelled out in last week’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report:
Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us to discuss COVID-19’s economic impact at the farm gate:
Details of the new disaster relief program are being discussed by USDA, NMPF’s Chris Galen tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio Now :
The economic and health risks of coronavirus have many dairy producers on edge – but staying focused on the task at hand and remembering the value that dairy farming provides can help carry farmers through, says NMPF’s Emily Yeiser-Stepp: LISTEN
American Foods Group continues to operate their beef processing facility, but like other plants, at less capacity due to COVID19. Chief Operating Officer Steve Van Lanen updated producers on the PDPW Dairy Signal recently:
U.S. dairy markets are recovering, though they have a long way to go, according to FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about the three main elements that are driving this recovery.
Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us about the Dietary Cation-Anion Difference (DCAD) and whether it negatively impacts colostrum production.
There are several options to feeding the next generation of dairy cows. Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek shares the optimal way of feeding milk replacer in this month’s “Ask the Vet” segment. If you have a question for Dr. Leiterman, email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers says “stay at home” efforts are working and progress is being made but testing for Covid-19 remains a top priority. He shared his comments on a recent Dairy Signal webcast from PDPW:
Dairy farmers are being asked to reduce milk production by their cooperatives. Hoard’s Dairyman Managing Editor Corey Geiger talks with Lee Mielke about Hoard’s new Dairy LiveStream broadcast and what they learned from farmers who participated:
As we start the month of May we are anticipating warmer temperatures. Dr. Mike Hutjens has some valuable tips on how to prepare for the warm summer season:
USDA recently announced a stimulus package for dairy farmers, but where do assistance efforts go from here? NMPF’s Chris Galen joined us today’s Dairy Radio Now:
The Agriculture Department announced the April Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $13.07 per hundredweight, down $3.18 from March, $2.89 below April 2019, and the lowest Class III price since May 2016. The Class IV price is $11.40, down $3.47 from March, $4.32 below a year ago, and the lowest Class IV price since September 2009. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly