Dr. Mike Hutjens looks at milk components in this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
December 11th is the deadline to register for round two of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and also the Dairy Margin Coverage Program. Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation provided us with an update:
Marin Bozic answers a few questions about USDA’s Dairy Margin Coverage program.
We saw a pretty bearish October Milk Production report last week. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks about the ramifications with Lee Mielke on today’s Dairy Radio Now:
Dr. Mike Hutjens provides the latest feed outlook:
The Agriculture Department announced the December Federal order Class I base milk price at $19.87 per hundredweight, up $1.83 from November, the highest Class I price since December 2014, and 54 cents above December 2019. That put the 2020 Class I average at $16.91, down from $16.99 in 2019 and compares to $14.84 in 2018. Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly
Just because we are entering the cold winter months doesn’t mean to reduce the ventilation exchange rates in your barn. Dr. Ryan Leiterman from Crystal Creek tells us more:
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated Dairy Signal viewers on how the dairy industry is dealing with the global pandemic and government leadership transition.
Cheese prices are falling and will pull milk prices lower but feed prices are rising. StoneX dairy broker, Dave Kurzawski, says last week’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report shows record corn exports and smaller crops. He talks with Lee Mielke about it:
Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us about the safety nets offered to dairy producers as we close out 2020.
National Milk’s Chris Galen joined us with an update from our nation’s capital:
A big “Thank you” to Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson, ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, who was defeated in his re-election bid. Hoards Dairyman’s Corey Geiger called Peterson a “champion for agriculture.”
The U.S. benchmark Class III milk price pole vaulted $5.18, to $21.61 per hundredweight, highest October price since 2014, with more to come, thanks in large part to Uncle Sam’s Farmers to Families Food Box program. The November Class III futures settled Wednesday at $23.77 and December at $20.17. Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly
Dr. Mike Hutjens recaps a Penn State study in relationship to milkfat and rumination times.
Dr Ryan Leiterman from Crystal Creek continues his series on ketosis and offers some recommendations on how to test and treat the disease:
Dan Basse from AgResource Company shared his insights from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast:
Matt Gould of the Dairy Market Analyst Weekly Report newsletter joins us on the day before the general election to discuss the dairy markets:
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:
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 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
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 Federation, to delegates Monday at NMPF’s first-ever virtual annual meeting. He says “dairy is meeting biggest challenges of our lifetime.”
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:
Dr. Mike Hutjens has ways to feed cows and also reduce methane:
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 resources. Visit the FARM Quick Convos webpage and follow the Register link by each session.
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:
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:
National Milk’s Chris Galen joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now broadcast to update listeners on round two of the Coronvirus Food Assistance Program, as well as the new Dairy Margin Coverage Program:
The September benchmark milk price is dropping, however October is poised to shoot back up above $20. StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski talks about it with Lee Mielke; as well as current cheese prices and the government’s Food Box program:
The price of milk protein has been on the rise. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more:
Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison predicts that 40-45% of dairy cows develop ketosis within the first 30 days of milk. Dr. Ryan Leiterman begins a series on why testing for ketosis is crucial for a dairy producers bottom-line.
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated PDPW Dairy Signal attendees on China’s latest purchases of U.S. soybeans:
U.S. milk prices promise to remain relatively strong, however StoneX Dairy warns that government Food Box deliveries are beginning to slow. What does this mean for the dairy complex? Dairy broker Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about it:
Dr. Mike Hutjens highlights a recent study that farmers should be thinking about when feeding transition cows:
Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation updated Dairy Radio listeners on round 2 of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program:
“I think we got it right,” said Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-PA, in an NMPF podcast. The ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management subcommittee discusses the Dairy Margin Coverage program:
The Agriculture Department announced the September Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $16.43 per hundredweight, down $3.34 from August and $1.88 below September 2019. The 2020 Class III average stands at $17.48, up from $16.11 a year ago and $14.62 in 2018.
The September Class IV price is $12.75, up 22 cents from August but $3.60 below a year ago. That is the lowest September Class IV price since 2009. Its 2020 average stands at $13.53, down from $16.21 a year ago and $13.95 in 2018. Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly
USDA’s Economic Research Service latest data shows a 60-year record high for U.S. per capita consumption of dairy products on a milk-fat milk-equivalent basis. Unfortunately, fluid milk is not contributing much to the increase. Lee Mielke discusses with Hoards Dairyman Managing Editor Corey Geiger:
Dr. Mike Hutjens updates Dairy Radio listeners on the latest feed situation:
Chris Atten of Atten Babler discusses the variety of risk management tools that dairy producers have at their fingertips. Comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast:
The Agriculture Department announced the October Federal order Class I base milk price at $15.20 per hundredweight, down $3.24 from September, $2.64 below October 2019, and the lowest October Class I since 2009. It equates to $1.31 per gallon, down from $1.53 a year ago. The 10 month average stands at $16.50, down from $16.64 a year ago and compares to $14.75 in 2018.
Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly
Oversupply of milk production will be an issue moving forward according to Dan Basse, President of Ag Resource:
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.
Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly
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.