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A Tradition: Penn State’s Ag Progress Days

The largest outdoor farm show in Pennsylvania just wrapped up. John Clark is with Jesse Darlington at Penn State's Ag Progress Days:

Navigating High Feed Prices

How high are feed prices? "Eye popping levels," according to - Will Babler, Principle at Atten-Babler Commodities, LLC, who recently gave a presentation on PDPW's Dairy Signal:

Butter High Short-Lived

Butter hit a seven-year high on Aug 3rd but was short-lived. StoneX broker Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about it, and how bullish he is on cheese, despite prices falling below $2 per pound.

Update On Calf Requirements

Dr. Mike Hutjens is back with another installment of Feed Forum Friday:

How Many Heifers To Succeed?

Dr. Gavin Staley, Technical Services Director at Diamond V, shares info from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal: on the production lifespan of a dairy cow, and just how many heifers are needed for a successful dairy operation.

Class III Takes A Hit

The news was mixed this past week with the $1.81 drop in the Class III milk price, however U.S. dairy exports remained strong in June. HighGround Dairy's Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about the highlights.

Keeping Cows Cool

Dr. Mike Hutjens shares tips to keeping cows cool on this week's Feed Forum Friday:

Inflation Reduction Act Discussed

Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation joined us on today's Policy Thursday to discuss the revamping of the scuttled Build Back Better initiative:

The Science Behind Heat Stress

We know heat stress affects animals on the ground, but what's interesting is heat stress can actually be multi-generational. Dr. Ryan Leiterman, director of technical services with Crystal Creek, explains on this month's 'Ask the Vet' segment.

Evaluation of Biochar on Anaerobic Digestion

Dr. Joseph Sanford, PhD, Assistant Professor in the School of Agriculture, and UW-Platteville faculty researcher for the Dairy Innovation Hub recently updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on what Biochar is and how we continue to learn more research about it.

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Butter High Short-Lived

Butter hit a seven-year high on Aug 3rd but was short-lived. StoneX broker Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about it, and how bullish he is on cheese, despite prices falling below $2 per pound.


Class III Takes A Hit

The news was mixed this past week with the $1.81 drop in the Class III milk price, however U.S. dairy exports remained strong in June. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about the highlights.


The Heat Is On

The heat is on in much of the nation and world and that is affecting crops. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more in this weekly installment of Feed Forum Friday:


Ayrshire Spectacular A Success

Some of the best in the breed traveled to NY for the National Summer Ayrshire Spectacular, showcasing top-notch cattle from New York, New England & the Mid-Atlantic:


GDT Down

Tuesday’s GDT weighted average was down 5%. Many point the finger at China and the latest import data would seem to support that. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks about it with Lee Mielke:


Is Dairy Demand Slipping?

The numbers would indicate dairy product demand is slipping however StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski, says you have to put the data into perspective and does so in his talk with Lee Mielke:


Label It!

Not all meals at your dinner table are American made and the National Dairy Producers Organization would like to help consumers point out where there food is coming from. NDPO’s Mike Eby tells us what his group is doing to better identify the origination of food and dairy products.


Post Holiday Blues

Tuesday was not a good day to come back to, following the 4th of July holiday. The GDT dropped 4.1% and CME prices fell as well. Lee Mielke talks about it with Matt Gould, editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst.


Keeping Cows Cool

We’re getting into the dog days of summer…meaning heat stress for cows. Dr. Ryan Leiterman provides a refresher course on keeping cows cool during summer.

If you have a question relating to calf health and housing, email Dr. Leiterman at askthevet@crystalcreeknatural.com


Benchmark Milk Price Down 88 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the June Federal order Class III milk price at $24.33 per hundredweight, down 88 cents from May but $7.12 above June 2021.

That put the 2022 Class III average at $22.95, up from $16.96 at this time a year ago, $16.09 in 2020, and $15.25 in 2019.

The June Class IV price set another new record high at $25.83, up 84 cents from May, and $9.48 above a year ago. Its average sits at $24.67, up from $14.84 a year ago, $13.78 in 2020, and $15.98 in 2019. Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly

World Dairy Expo Tix Available Online

The countdown for the 55th World Dairy Expo is on as there are only four months left until the global dairy industry meets once again in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to a new schedule, October 2 through 7, Expo is introducing the ability to purchase digital admission passes for this year’s event before arriving at the Alliant Energy Center, by visiting  www.worlddairyexpo.com.


Straight Talk About Reducing Enteric Methane

There’s a lot of talk about the dairy industry needing to reduce enteric methane. We hear a lot about products that promise to help farmers do just that. At the same time, there’s confusion out there and some hot button issues. Here to talk about it are Peter Williams of Feedworks USA and Dr. Mike Hutjens, professor emeritus from the University of Illinois:


Milk, Feed Prices Set Records

The April All Milk Price set another record high; but feed prices are setting records too. Bill Brooks, dairy economist with Missouri-based Stoneheart Consulting, talks with Lee Mielke about it.


Benchmark Sets New Record

The Agriculture Department announced the May Federal order Class III milk price at $25.21 per hundredweight, up 79 cents from April, $6.25 above May 2021, and a new record high for the Class III. The 2022 average now stands at $22.67, up from $16.91 a year ago, $15.10 in 2020, and $15.05 in 2019.

The May Class IV price is $24.99, down 32 cents from April but $8.83 above a year ago. The five-month average is at $24.44, up from $14.54 a year ago, $13.96 in 2020, and $15.81 in 2019. Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly


Expo en Español Returns to World Dairy Expo

Created for Spanish-speaking dairy owners, managers, and mid-managers, Expo en Español returns to World Dairy Expo this fall with an expanded schedule. Presented exclusively in Spanish, Expo en Español will be hosted at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday during World Dairy Expo, in Mendota 1 of the Exhibition Hall. Each session includes a presentation and a question-and-answer segment.

“We are excited to have Expo en Español as a part of Expo’s educational offerings again this fall,” shares Cassi Miller, World Dairy Expo Attendee Programs Specialist. “This program continues to offer new tools, insight, and opportunities for these key industry members and their operations.”

Here is the 2022 Expo en Español schedule that can be enjoyed in person at WDE or online through ExpoTV at www.worlddairyexpo.com. World Dairy Expo thanks Progressive Dairy for sponsoring the complete 2022 Expo en Español schedule.

A True Family Dairy Farm

Deborah Mills married a dairy farmer more than three decades ago; back when we saw more family dairy operations. She joins us on today’s NDPO Producer Spotlight to tell us about the big changes we’ve seen on the family farm through the years.


WDE Announces Virtual Farm Tours

World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tours have brought some of the best dairy operations from near and far to Madison for over 20 years. The four dairies to be featured during WDE 2022 continue that tradition while showcasing environmental stewardship, quality genetics, technology advancements, community involvement and more. During Expo’s Virtual Farm Tours, dairy owners and managers share a visual presentation with time for questions and an open discussion afterward. Tours are presented daily in Mendota Room 1 of the Exhibition Hall at 10:00 a.m.

The 2022 World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tour schedule can be enjoyed in person at WDE or online through ExpoTV at www.worlddairyexpo.com.

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Fly Season Upon Us

The house, face, horn and stable fly all present challenges on dairies. Reina Lewis, Regional Sales Mgr with Central Life Sciences joins us on today’s Wellness Wednesday to share how these pests impact cow comfort, productivity and the dairy farmers bottom-line. Listen as she shares the best way to address fly infestations on today’s dairy operation:


PDPW Announces Speakers for Weekly Dairy Signal


The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin says another group of speakers are set to take part in the online Dairy Signal program this week.

On Tuesday, Patrick Wood of Ag Methane Advisors, LLC will talk about how carbon markets present a number of opportunities for farmers, but also come with potential risks. There will also be some time for questions and answers.

A group of PhD students and a professor from the University of Florida will be Wednesday’s presenters. they will share research on the impact of choline on hepatic metabolism and performance in dairy cows as well as studies on how a cow’s ability to utilize nutrients can impact her production, health and reproduction.

And on Thursday, Economist Dan Basse of AgResource Company will be back with his biweekly update on news and analysis of agricultural markets that will impact dairy producers and the ag industry.

All episodes are free and available to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. They are streamed live at 12:00 noon or available on demand for later playback. Wisconsin Ag Connection

Dairy Market Insights

Dairy got a boatload of market driving information recently, another big drop in the GDT, insight into where U.S. milk production is headed in the March Milk Production report, and the drop in Chinese dairy imports in March. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks with Lee about it all:


Class I Price Hits Record High, Milk Output Down

The Agriculture Department announced the May Federal order Class I base milk price at another new record high, $25.45 per hundredweight, up $1.07 from April and $8.35 above May 2021. The five month average stands at $22.81, up from $15.70 a year ago, and $16.72 in 2020.

Milk output down 0.5%

U.S. milk production lagged year ago levels for the fifth consecutive month in March however that trend may soon end. The Agriculture Department’s latest preliminary data shows March output at 19.7 billion pounds, down 0.5% from Mar. 2021, and follows the revised 0.9% drop in February. March output in the top 24 producing states totaled 18.8 billion pounds, down 0.4%.

Revisions raised the original 50-State February estimate by 18 million pounds to 17.53 billion, 0.9% below a year ago, instead of the 1.0% reported.

Milk output for First Quarter totaled 56.3 billion pounds, down 1.0% from the same period in 2021. Cow numbers totaled 9.38 million head, unchanged from the October to December quarter, but 85,000 below a year ago.

Farmers are adding cows back. March numbers totaled 9.395 million head, up 15,000 from February, but were still down 87,000 from a year ago. The February count was revised up 10,000 head.

March output per cow averaged 2,096 pounds, up 8 pounds or 0.4% from 2021.

California production totaled 3.7 billion pounds, up 19 million pounds or 0.5% from a year ago, thanks a thousand additional cows outweighing a 10 pound loss per cow. Wisconsin output totaled 2.7 billion pounds, up 6 million or 0.2%. Cow numbers were up 3,000 and output per cow was unchanged from a year ago.

Idaho was unchanged in cow numbers, output per cow, and total production. Michigan was down 2.9% on 15,000 fewer cows, though output per cow was up 10 pounds. Minnesota was down 2.6% on a 15 pound drop per cow and 9,000 fewer cows. New Mexico was down 9.3% on 37,000 fewer cows. Output per cow was up 45 pounds.

New York was off down 1.0% on 6,000 fewer cows though output per cow was unchanged. Oregon was up 1.3% on a 10 pound drop per cow and 1,000 more cows. Pennsylvania was down 2.2%, on 8,000 fewer cows and a 10 pound drop per cow. South Dakota cows put 20% more milk in the tank, thanks to 30,000 more cows being milk and offsetting a 10 pound drop per cow. Texas output, while still a long ways from Number 2 Wisconsin, was up 6.7%, on 22,000 more cows and a 65 pound gain per cow.

Vermont was off 0.9% on a 15 pound drop per cow but cow numbers were unchanged. Washington State was down 4.0% on a loss of 145,000 cows, though output per cow was up 25 pounds.

Inflation At 40 Year High

Good Friday Week gave us some startling news showing inflation at a 40-year high of 8.5%, as fuel and food prices skyrocket. Lee Mielke talks about it with StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski:


PA Push For Whole Milk In Schools

There was a fund raiser for PA State Senator John Lawrence Monday in Lancaster County.  Senator Lawrence is a sponsor in the PA Senate for the bill to allow PA whole milk in schools.  Congressman GT Thompson, Ranking Member of the House Ag Committee was there and John Clark interviewed him.

The current bill has made it through the PA House and is working its way to the PA Senate.  Hopes are high that the Governor will sign it, in time for the kids to get PA Preferred whole milk for the start of the 2022 – 2023 school year.


Mixing Milk Replacer A Daily Task

Mixing milk replacer to feed pre-weaned calves is a daily task on many farms. And it’s a simple task, right? All it takes is adding the correct amount of powdered milk replacer to the correct amount of water, how hard can that be? That’s our question to Dr. Ryan Leiterman on this month’s “Ask the Vet” segment:


Farm Milk Prices Up

Farm milk prices keep heading higher, but they need to. The Agriculture Department announced the March Federal order Class III benchmark price at $22.45 per hundredweight, up $1.54 from February, $6.30 above March 2021, and the highest Class III since Nov. 2020. The three month average stands at $21.25, up from $15.98 at this time a year ago and $16.77 in 2020.

The March Class IV price is a record high $24.82, up 82 cents from February, the previous high, and $10.64 above a year ago. The three month average is at $23.97, up from $13.71 a year ago and $15.91 in 2020. Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly.

Feed Price Concerns

Gary Genske with Genske Mulder & Company, certified public accountants, joined us on today’s Dairy Radio to share concerns about future feed prices: