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:
Dr. Mike Hutjens updates listeners on the latest soybean prices and other alternatives to feeding cows:
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 .
Now is the time to start preparing for fly season. Mark Upton with Central Life Sciences joins us again on today’s Dairy Radio with some important tips as we prepare for warmer weather.
The National Dairy FARM Program (FARM) has published its 2020 Year in Review. Serving as the annual summary of the achievements and program developments of the FARM Program, the Year in Review showcases successes and challenges during a year of change and uncertainty.
More than half of the nation is in some form of drought. Eric Snodgrass with Nutrien Ag Solutions updated Dairy Signal viewers on the Spring forecast:
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:
Dr. Mike Hutjens updates on why the price of corn rose this past year:
Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation updated listeners on the big “to do” list that Congress is facing when they return from break this week.
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated dairy producers on a recent PDPW Dairy Signal about why volatile milk prices are here to stay.
U.S. export data for December left a lot to be desired, but data for the year was record breaking. Lee Mielke talks about it with HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess as well as some export challenges we’re now facing as well as the high dairy feed prices.
While producing twins can be something of a genetic lottery, health challenges can reduce the overall profitability of the dairy operation. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more:
Milk production is increasing faster than demand is recovering, making 2021 a challenging year for dairy farmers, said Peter Vitaliano, NMPF’s chief economist, in an NMPF Dairy Defined podcast. Excerpts on today’s Dairy Radio:
Horn flies alone cost North American cattle producers over $1 billion each year, but as we hear from Mark Upton, director of sales for Central Life Sciences, those costs can be prevented by feeding Altosid IGR:
Dairy farmers are dedicated to healthy cows and wholesome milk, and continue to improve environmental stewardship to help reduce their carbon footprint. Emily Yeiser Stepp with the the national dairy FARM program joined us again to discuss on today’s Producer Tuesday, sponsored by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.
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:
Dr. Mike Hutjens updates listeners on the latest prices and margins affecting dairy producers.
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
National Milk’s Chris Galen updated Dairy Radio Now listeners on the latest confirmation of the former and most likely the next Agriculture Secretary:
Biofilm on the farm can cause a myriad of problems, especially when it contaminates the water supply, according to Dr. Ryan Leiterman, director of technical services with Crystal Creek. He tells us more on this month’s Ask the Vet segment.
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:
The dairy industry got hit with some very bearish data this week. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about it and where there might be a silver lining:
“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:
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:
An old stanchion barn is an excellent space for calf housing, according to Dr. Ryan Leiterman from Crystal Creek:
The renewed Food Box program promises support for dairy prices, “For now,” says StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about it:
Dr. Mike Hutjens monitors calf health on today’s Feed Forum Friday:
Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation joined us on today’s Dairy Radio to discuss the Biden administration’s next 100 days and what it means for the dairy industry:
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.
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:
Dr. Mike Hutjens provides the positive aspects of having fuzzy cottonseed in your feed inventory:
Our guest today, Dr. Ryan Leiterman, director of technical services with Crystal Creek. If you have a question for Ryan, email him at Askthevet@Crystalcreeknatural.com
Attorney George Twohig provided PDPW Dairy Signal viewers the latest in farm succession planning:
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:
Cows spend a lot of time at the feed bunk. Dr. Mike Hutjens provides some tips on optimal feeding strategies in this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
Setting non-dairy issues aside after a rough week in Washington D.C., Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation gave us an update on more stimulus heading to dairy farmers:
While it has been a mild winter in some parts of the country, cold temps are upon us as we head into the remaining weeks of January. Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek provides some insight on how to properly ventilate calf barns when the mercury drops:
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:
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
Dr. Mike Hutjens shares research relating to forage quality on this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
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:
Dr. Mike Hutjens discusses time guidelines for growing heifers:
Mike Eby, Board Chair of the National Dairy Producers Organization joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now to update listeners on producers top priorities for the coming year:
Dairy farmers learn the most from other dairy farmers. “Cow-Side Conversations” is a monthly podcast, brought to you by the Center for Dairy Excellence. Listen here: centerfordairyexcellence.org/
There will be new faces in U.S. agriculture leadership in the coming weeks. Paul Bleiberg serves as Sr VP of Government Relations at National Milk Producers Federation. He updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers on what to anticipate:
Government lockdowns of restaurants across the country has huge ramifications for agriculture, including dairy. StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. talks with Lee Mielke about it:
Dr. Mike Hutjens shares new strategies when using electrolytes in baby calves:
Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) updated Dairy Radio Now listeners on tomorrow’s (12/11/2020) application sign-up deadline for the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program:
As we close out 2020, agriculture economist Dan Basse with AgResource Company updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers on the latest market conditions and what to expect for 2021:
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:
Dr. Mike Hutjens joined us on today’s Feed Forum Friday to highlight a recent seminar by an Illinois grad student regarding ketosis:
The signup deadline is December 11th for the new and improved Dairy Margin Coverage program. Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation updated listeners from a recent NMPF Dairy Defined Podcast:
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
Dr. Ryan Leiterman with Crystal Creek wrapped up his series on ketosis on today’s Dairy Radio:
Most models indicate that the 2020/2021 La Niña is likely to be a moderate to strong event. Eric Snodgrass, Sr. Atmospheric Scientist at Nutrien Ag Solutions, updated dairy producers on a recent PDPW Dairy Signal:
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:
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: