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Love For Cheesemaking

Redhead Creamery has been making artisan cheese on their family dairy farm since 2013.  But the dream for this sustainable and eco-friendly creamery has been a dream of founder (and natural redhead) Alise Sjostrom’s since she was 16.  Today you can tour the...

Federal Milk Marketing Under Scrutiny Again

Federal milk market orders are under scrutiny again as many dairy producers suffered significant losses in income last year due to de-pooling provisions and negative producer price differentials. National milk has called for an emergency hearing on the issue. Lee...

Class III Up $1.52

The Agriculture Department announced the April Federal order Class III milk price at $17.67 per hundredweight (cwt.), up $1.52 from March, $4.60 above March 2020, and the highest Class III since November 2020. That put the four month average at $16.40, up from $15.84...

As The Skin Goes, The Immune System Goes

Why is it important to have good skin? Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek says the easiest way to know how your calves are doing is doing is to look at their skin.

Concerning Corn Prices

Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers with the latest on corn prices:

Will Milk Prices Keep Up With Feed Costs?

Rising feed costs are putting the squeeze on dairy farmers bottomline. Will milk prices keep up? Lee Mielke poses that question to StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski:

Dairy Pride Act Takes Aim At Imitators

National Milk's Chris Galen updated us on the latest news in the battle against dairy imitators:

Methane Is Unique

Methane has an atmospheric removal process that is not being accounted for by agencies like the EPA, according to Dr. Frank Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis. Excerpts from a recent PDPW...

March Milk Production

March milk production was anything but bullish. Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter updated Dairy Radio listeners with Lee Mielke:

Drought Concerns

Eric Snodgrass of Nutrien Ag Solutions updated listeners on the concerning drought conditions across the U.S.:

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Love For Cheesemaking

Redhead Creamery has been making artisan cheese on their family dairy farm since 2013.  But the dream for this sustainable and eco-friendly creamery has been a dream of founder (and natural redhead) Alise Sjostrom’s since she was 16.  Today you can tour the creameryhost your event in our private space, or sample cheeses in the cheese shop. Today’s broadcast sponsored by PDPW Dairy Signal:


Federal Milk Marketing Under Scrutiny Again

Federal milk market orders are under scrutiny again as many dairy producers suffered significant losses in income last year due to de-pooling provisions and negative producer price differentials. National milk has called for an emergency hearing on the issue. Lee Mielke talks about it with Hoards Dairyman’s Corey Geiger:


Class III Up $1.52

The Agriculture Department announced the April Federal order Class III milk price at $17.67 per hundredweight (cwt.), up $1.52 from March, $4.60 above March 2020, and the highest Class III since November 2020. That put the four month average at $16.40, up from $15.84 a year ago and $14.71 in 2019.

The Class IV price is $15.42, up $1.24 from March, $4.02 above a year ago, and the highest Class IV since February 2020. It’s four month average is $14.14, down from $14.78 in 2020 and $15.69 in 2019.

Methane Is Unique

Methane has an atmospheric removal process that is not being accounted for by agencies like the EPA, according to Dr. Frank Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis. Excerpts from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal:


March Milk Production

March milk production was anything but bullish. Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter updated Dairy Radio listeners with Lee Mielke:


Drought Concerns

Eric Snodgrass of Nutrien Ag Solutions updated listeners on the concerning drought conditions across the U.S.:


Dairy Data Update

The Biden Administration has elected to end the Food Box program at the end of May but it appears the Dairy Donation program will remain. We’ll get some response to that and a look at February dairy product commercial disappearance data with HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess.


What’s In it For Dairy?

There seems to be no end to the money from Uncle Sam to offset the effects of the COVID. We talked about what’s in it for dairy with Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food market Analyst newsletter:


PPP Worth Another Look

Dairy farmers and Cooperatives can still apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. Interested borrowers can apply for either type of PPP loan or have their first loan reevaluated by their lender until May 31. Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio Now:


Cheesy Discussion

How well do you know your cheese? We talk about Cheddar blocks and barrels in price discovery but what about Mozzarella? Hoards Dairyman’s Corey Geiger talks with Lee Mielke about a recent discussion on cheese on Hoard’s Dairy Livestream:


Global Dairy Trade Auction Recap

Tuesday’s Global Dairy trade saw whole milk powder take a tumble but HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess says powder prices are still high, thanks to China. He talks with Lee Mielke about it and how a shipping container shortage is hurting U.S. exports:


PDPW Conference Invites Walk-Ups, On-Demand

The 2021 PDPW Business Conference, March 17-18, 2021 at the Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells. 42 Expert speakers from around the world will cover a wide array of topics in the areas of dairy production and health, business and finance, leadership and management, natural resources, human resources, food safety, consumer engagement and more. Learn more here.

Every year, there are people unable to attend PDPW Business Conference for one reason or another. This year, PDPW is making conference sessions available in a virtual on-demand format.


Dairy Farmers Face Uncertainty

Uncertainty seems to never end in the dairy industry and right now dairy farmers face some challenging contrasts. U.S. milk output is rising as we enter the spring flush, but will rising demand and exports offset that. Lee Mielke talks about it with StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski:


Research Is Key To Dairy’s Future

Wisconsin dairy producer Mitch Breunig is also advisory chair of the Dairy Innovation Hub based in Wisconsin. He recently shared his comments about the importance of research on a PDPW Dairy Signal webcast:


Thinking Outside The Food Box

Shock waves hit the dairy industry when the Biden Administration announced that it would not be renewing the food box program, a program that has greatly benefited the dairy industry. But the news isn’t all bad, according Matt Gould, editor and analyst of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, who sorts it out with Lee Mielke on Dairy Radio Now’s Mielke Monday:


Class III Drops 29 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the February Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $15.75 per hundredweight (cwt.), down 29 cents from January and $1.25 below February 2020.                       .

The February Class IV price is $13.19 per cwt., down 56 cents from January and $3.01 below a year ago and the lowest Class IV price since September 2020. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly


California Milk Production Lowered

The January Milk Production and Cold Storage reports had a little fodder for the dairy market bulls however some of the milk production data is suspect, according to HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess. He talks about it with Lee Mielke:


Dairy Farmers Are Environmental Leaders

Through commitments like the Net Zero Initiative and efforts like the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, dairy farmers are well-positioned to be agricultural leaders in mitigating climate change, said Dr. Jamie Jonker, NMPF’s Vice President for Sustainability and Scientific Affairs, in an NMPF podcast .


Dairy Market Uncertainty

A lot of uncertainty surrounds the dairy markets which are waiting to see what will happen to government assistance, such as the food box feeding program. StoneX Dairy broker Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about it:


U.S. Milk Production Gushing

U.S. milk output is gushing and several cooperatives have instituted supply management programs, even as milk is being dumped in some regions. Lee Mielke checks in with Matt Gould, editor and analyst of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter:


January Class III: $16.04

The Agriculture Department announced the January Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $16.04 per hundredweight, up 32 cents from December but $1.01 below January 2020. The January Class IV price is $13.75, up 39 cents from December but $2.90 below a year ago. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly

Farmers Assuring Responsible Management

Open to all U.S. dairy farmers, co-ops and processors, the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) Program works to show customers and consumers that the dairy industry is taking the very best care of cows and the environment, producing safe, wholesome milk and adhering to the highest standards of workforce development. FARM program VP Emily Yeiser Stepp updated Dairy Radio listeners:

 

Dry Cow Stressors

“Close-up cows” are a critical phase to complete a successful transition. Dr. Mike Hutjens shares research guidelines from this year’s American Dairy Science Association meeting:


Dairy Science Plays Vital Role

The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) is an international organization of educators, scientists, and industry representatives who are committed to advancing the dairy industry and keenly aware of the vital role the dairy sciences play in fulfilling the economic, nutritive, and health requirements of the world’s population. Dr. Ken Olson updated us on today’s Dairy Radio Now:


New Beginnings

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris became the 46th president and 49th vice-president of the United States Wednesday, as well as the members of the 117th Congress as they embark on their work serving the American people.
NMPF Statement


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 2021 feed costs for dairy farmers:


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:


New Year, Same Pandemic

2020 “Redefined what we thought could happen in the dairy market and what is normal,” says StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He warns that we are still in the pandemic and just because we’re changing the year doesn’t mean the world is going to be a whole lot different. He talks with Lee Mielke about it:


Class III Plunges $7.62

The Federal order benchmark Class III milk price ends 2020 sharply lower and well below that of a year ago. The Agriculture Department announced the December Class III at $15.72 per hundredweight, down $7.62 from November, $3.65 below a year ago, and the lowest Class III price since May. That put the 2020 average at $18.16, up from $16.96 in 2019 and $14.61 in 2018.

Wednesday’s Class III futures had the January contract at $16.06; February, $17.91; March, $17.79; April $17.54; May, $17.50; June, $17.33; July, $17.37; August, $17.39; September, $17.56; October, $17.32; November, $17.17; and December at $17.13, which would portend a $17.34 average in 2021. The USDA’s latest prediction for 2021 was $15.60.

The December Class IV price is $13.36, up 6 cents from November, $3.34 below a year ago, and the lowest December Class IV price since 2008. Its 2020 average is $13.49, down from $16.30 in 2019 and $14.23 in 2018. The USDA is projecting a 2021 Class IV average of $13.60. Courtesy of Mielke Market Weekly

Vilsack Back As Ag Secretary

Some in the dairy industry applaud the pick of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture in the Biden Administration, due to his current position heading the U.S. Dairy Export Council. But that may or may not be totally positive, according to Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. He talks with Lee Mielke about it:


PPD Price Gap Continues

The November Federal order Class III milk price hit $23.34 per hundredweight, up $1.73 from October, but a huge gap remains between Class III and Class I prices and portend continued de-pooling and large producer price differentials shorting dairy farmer milk checks. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about it on today’s Dairy Radio Now:


Benchmark up $1.73

The Agriculture Department announced the November Federal order Class III milk price at $23.34 per hundredweight, up $1.73 from October, $2.89 above November 2019, and the highest Class III since July. The November Class IV price is $13.30, down 17 cents from October and $3.30 below a year ago. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly


Looking Down The Road

With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, the dairy industry wonders what is down the road for dairy product prices. Lee Mielke talks about it with Dairy and Food Market Analyst editor Matt Gould: