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.
Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly
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
Dr. Heather White from UW-Madison’s Dairy Science Department shares insights on reducing milk production during the short term, and also the option of putting excess milk back into the ration to feed lactating cows. Comments from PDPW’s Dairy Signal:
COVID-19 has impacted supply chains, consumer demand, and changes to the way the food sector adjusts models for the “new normal” of business. Dan Basse, President of AgResource shared his thoughts on PDPW’s Dairy Signal this past week:
Dr. Mike Hutjens offers three choices regarding harvesting small grains as a forage resource on your dairy farm:
Dairy will receive $2.9 billion from the $16 billion economic stimulus package. Economist Ken Olson did an analysis on what dairy producers would receive for a 100, 200 and 2,000 cow operations based on annual milk production of 20,000 pounds and 25,000 pounds for comparison. Bob Gray from Northeast Dairy Farmers Cooperatives breaks it down for Dairy Radio listeners:
More than four decades of dairy-industry experience with bovine coronavirus shouldn’t translate to complacency on farms about the human version, says Mike Lormore, the Director of U.S. Dairy Cattle Technical Services for Zoetis, in a recent NMPF podcast here.
Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, joined us on today’s PDPW Producer Tuesday to share his thoughts on the economic risk of a black swan event like the current global pandemic
Matt Gould, editor and analyst with the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, talks with Lee Mielke about the negative media reporting of dairy farmers dumping milk in the U.S. and why that’s happening and what the “silver lining” might be in the current dairy market:
Rep. Ron Kind’s (D-La Crosse, WI) Family Farm Rescue Plan calls on the Administration to take the following five actions:
- Purchase excess food supply and deliver to food banks
- Ensure farmers are eligible for all small business relief programs
- Use Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds to directly support family farms
- Reopen the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program
- End the trade war and implement USMCA
Dr. Mike Hutjens provides an alfalfa update on today’s Feed Forum Friday:
Milwaukee based Hunger Task Force has joined forces with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to help provide relief to the growing numbers of underfed and unemployed by connecting milk to emergency food organizations throughout the state. Brian Winnekins of WRDN radio in Durand spoke with Patrick Geoghegan of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin:
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) sent a set of recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging the Administration to take swift, comprehensive action to support the U.S. dairy industry through the COVID-19 crisis. NMPF’s Chris Galen joined us on today’s Dairy Radio:
HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about the joint proposal by the National Milk Producers Federation and International Dairy Foods Association to help save the U.S. dairy industry:
Dr. Mike Hutjens shares how Covid-19 is affecting both dairy producers and consumers.
The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) is maintaining contact with global customers, despite challenges posed by Covid-19. President and CEO Tom Vilsack tells more about long-term opportunities for U.S. dairy exports:
FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski admits there isn’t much silver lining for the dairy markets. He reports that milk is being dumped in the U.S. and he warns of the long term ramifications on today’s Dairy Radio Now broadcast with Lee Mielke:
Dr. Mike Hutjens discusses the impact the coronovirus has on the dairy industry:
Legislation Congress passed last week contains provisions needed for dairy. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation updated listeners on Thursday’s Dairy Radio Now:
The Agriculture Department announced the March Federal order Class III milk price at $16.25 per hundredweight, down 75 cents from February but $1.21 above March 2019 and the highest March Class III since 2014. But that’s where the good news ends. More bloodletting is to come, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The three month average stands at $16.77, up from $14.30 a year ago and compares to $13.87 in 2018 but that average is about to fall as well.
Class III futures have been pulled sharply lower and Wednesday’s settlements portended an April price of $14.45; May, $13.12; and June at $13.56, with the peak in October of just $15.14.
The March Class IV price is $14.87, down $1.33 from February and 84 cents below a year ago and the lowest Class IV price since September 2018. Its three month average is at $15.91, up from $15.68 a year ago and $13.01 in 2018.
Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly
People spend a lot of time and elbow grease cleaning their calf facilities and equipment, but how effective is the effort? Dr. Ryan Leiterman from Crystal Creek shares the importance of deep cleaning to reduce pathogen levels that potentially harm calves:
Join the PDPW World Class Webinars: “Looking forward in 2020” with Eric Snodgrass, atmospheric scientist with Nutrien Ag Solutions. Snodgrass will analyze how the weather has impacted markets during the growing season. He’ll provide the latest long-range forecasts through the end of the growing season and show you how to forecast excessive heat, rain and drought- factors that have a huge impact on your input costs. The webinar will be held on Wed., Apr. 15, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CT.
The global pandemic has plunged the world into a time of perplexity and uncertainty. Hoard’s Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger addresses some of the arising concerns for dairy on today’s Dairy Radio.
Dr. Mike Hutjens updates us on the latest spring hay inventory, prices and conditions:
Last year more than half of Americans did not eat there meals at home. Ag Resource economist Dan Basse says the global pandemic has changed that. He shares his concerns about stocking our nation’s grocery stores and is also keeping his eye on another Black Swan that is affecting the ethanol industry.
Dan Basse, President of Ag Resource Company joined us on today’s Dairy Radio to share his thoughts on the global pandemic.
HighGround Dairy warns that the coronavirus outbreak will result in a severe decline in restaurant and food service sales, which are a key driver of dairy demand, however retail and grocery demand has been exceptionally strong. Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about the situation, as they see it.
Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation joins us on today’s Dairy Radio:
- Dairy Farmers of America postponed its annual meeting, scheduled for March 16-18 in Kansas City, Missouri.
- The Professional Dairy Producers Conference annual business conference, set for March 18-19, in Madison, Wisconsin, will now be held entirely online. Registration closes on March 17 at 5 p.m. Registrants can also access all recorded sessions, handouts and presentations on-demand, and then take a “walk” through PDPW’s premier suppliers’ digital storefronts on PDPW Prime.
- The Central Plains Dairy Expo, scheduled for March 24-26 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been canceled.
- The California Dairy Sustainability Summit, set for March 25-26 in Sacramento California, has been postponed.
- The Wisconsin Public Service Farm Show, scheduled for March 31-April 2 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been canceled.
- An annual “Workshop for Dairy Economists and Policy Analysts,” originally set for April 22-23 in Baltimore, Maryland, will not be held.
Dairymen who are over 65 need to isolate themselves and be creative about how they are managing their usual daily activities with their employees. Non-essential functions by the state have been cancelled and most businesses and state agencies have been working around the clock to comply with the guidance and keep people away from one another. Western United Dairies thank our farmers for keeping the stores stocked and all their employees who are keeping our consumers fed with healthy and nutritious food.
Additional information on other self-isolation protocols can be found here:
Your farm workforce is not immune to coronavirus; please begin taking steps to protect yourself and your employees. Richard Stup, Ag Workforce Specialist at Cornell University joins us on Dairy Radio:
Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, released the following statement today on COVID-19 and the availability of dairy products across the nation:
“The International Dairy Foods Association has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation to ensure the safety and availability of dairy products throughout the nation during this time of emergency. Our members, who represent the full dairy supply chain from the dairy cooperatives to dairy processors to the retailers, report at this time that the nation’s dairy industry is experiencing no interruptions and is continuing to supply American consumers with affordable, healthy milk and dairy products even as demand surges.
“Our association is in close contact with federal agencies and the White House to ensure transportation routes and supply lines in different regions of the country remain free of disruption. These routes are crucial to commerce and public safety and must remain unobstructed. At present, at retail facilities across the country, milk—a nutritious family staple—remains affordable and available. We are working closely with the USDA to remain flexible in how dairy processors get milk to schools and school districts who are continuing to provide meals to the millions of children who need them each day, despite closures, through distribution at schools, churches, parks and other community sites.
“And we are working to ensure dairy processors across the nation have up-to-date information about the swift and dynamic nature of COVID-19, including the latest guidance on prevention, so that they can continue to protect the health and safety of their workforce, their goods, and their customers, ensuring our nation can remain food secure throughout this situation.
“In times like these, we are most grateful for our dairy farmers and dairy processors for their great efficiency, commitment to safety, and ability to get affordable, nutritious milk where it is needed.”
The coronavirus will impact dairy demand and prices but it may not be the disaster it might have been 10 years ago. FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about it:
In response to the continued spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) in the United States and the virus’s potential impact on domestic and international markets, National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern said the following:
“As the organization representing U.S. dairy farmers and the cooperatives they own, the National Milk Producers Federation stands ready to assist its members in addressing coronavirus challenges. From possible damages to domestic and world markets, to supply chain labor disruptions on the farm, at the processing plant or in transporting milk, the potential ramifications for dairy are wide-ranging. We will devote our resources to the best of our ability to helping dairy farmers and cooperatives respond to whatever challenges they may face.
“The good news is that the U.S. dairy supply is safe, and production of high-quality products continues unimpeded. The FDA has confirmed that heat treatment kills other coronaviruses, so pasteurization is expected to also inactivate this virus. In addition, there is no evidence that this strain of coronavirus is present in domestic livestock such as cattle.
“Still, all producers will remain vigilant as what has now been labeled a pandemic continues its path. We will continue to answer questions and offer information to help our members. Policy solutions also may be needed for producers whose operations have been affected by the virus. In keeping with our mission of serving our members, regardless of the challenge, we will work with lawmakers and regulators to ensure a safe and adequate supply of milk and to mitigate potential economic harm to dairy farmers.”
Dr. Mike Hutjens shares some tips on dairy feed management practices on this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
Dairy farmers from National Milk Producers Federation member cooperatives and state dairy associations are visiting U.S. Senate offices today and tomorrow as part of a fly-in calling for an agricultural labor bill that could be reconciled with a plan the House approved last year, providing the stable, secure labor force U.S. dairy producers need. Read more
It’s that time of year again as warming temperatures bring out those pesky flies. Mark Upton, Director of Sales, Feed Additives with Central Life Sciences joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now with some tips on how to better prepare for the upcoming fly season.
Dr. Mike Hutjens shares the latest information on oats on this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
This month it is all about spring cleaning. Dr. Ryan Leiterman from Crystal Creek answers a question from the “Ask the Vet” mailbag on the best way to clean calf facilities and equipment.
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There is a lot to take in at the PDPW Business Conference March 18-19 in Madison, Wisconsin. PDPW’s Cassandra Strupp has a preview, including a visit from a family in the Netherlands whose farm was selected as a McDonald’s Model Flagship Dairy.
The U.S. dairy industry is being impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, even though it’s not a big exporter of dairy products to China. Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, talks with Lee Mielke about it.
On our Feed Forum Friday, Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us all about feeding certain fatty acids to our animals.
With the help of your fellow dairy producers, PDPW has put together an agenda for the 2020 Business Conference abounding with leading-edge information and the latest in education, innovations and research. We’ve also got a few new things in store for you. Cassandra Strupp tells us about the keynote speakers on today’s Dairy Radio:
The trade war with China over U.S. whey products, lactose, and infant formula is over, says Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. He talks with Lee Mielke about it and the additional potential for dairy product sales to China:
The variability in milk prices has caused dairy farmers to work harder in making profits. Dr. Mike Hutjens provides some strategies to build a better milk check:
January milk output hit 18.8 billion pounds, according to preliminary data in the Agriculture Department’s first Milk Production report of 2020. That’s up 0.9% from January 2019. Output in the top 24 states totaled 17.9 billion, up 1.2%. Revisions added 88 million pounds to the original 50-state December total, now put at 18.37 billion pounds, up 1.2% from December 2018.
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The U.S. House passage of legislation that helps address dairy’s unique workforce challenges is now awaiting Senate approval. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation updated Dairy Radio listeners on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act: