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A REAL Dairy Guarantee

The REAL Seal stamp of assurance has been around for decades and is now managed by the National Milk Producers Federation. We get an update from NMPF's Chris Galen:

There’s An App For That

Dairy farmers share what apps they use to help them on the farm. Sponsored by PDPW

Strong Dairy Prices Ahead

Dairy prices are strong and will likely be around for awhile, according to dairy analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, Matt Gould. He adds that the resulting higher milk prices will find their way to the farm this time and talks about it...

Body Condition Score Changes

Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us for another Feed Forum Friday, where this week, Mike recaps a recent study focusing on body condition changes in early lactation cows. Sponsored by Feedworks USA, supplier of Agolin Ruminant

Consumers Missing Out On ‘The Good Stuff’

Michigan dairy producer Tom Wing joined us on our NDPO Producer Spotlight to discuss the importance of marketing the best milk possible, not only for great health, but also for long-term consumption. Click here for more details about the National Dairy Producers...

Strong Dairy Prices Ahead

Dairy prices for 2022 are projected at an eight-year high, with supply adjustments and booming exports across a wide range of products shoring up farmer balance sheets that have struggled with volatility during the pandemic era, NMPF Chief Economist Peter Vitaliano...

Regiments To A Healthy Lifestyle

Amy Mydral Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, Founder and President of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting shares some tips on how to improve the new year with a healthier lifestyle. Heard on the Dairy Signal and Sponsored by PDPW.

Soaring Dairy Product Prices

We are off to the races in this new year. High Ground Dairy's Lucas Fuess gives Dairy Radio listeners an update, as well as his reaction to the recent USMCA ruling against Canada.

Study: Protein In Early Lactation Cows

Dr. Mike Hutjens recaps a study of feeding protein variations to early lactating cows:

Trade Win Over Canada

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) celebrated a landmark decision published this week which found Canada is improperly restricting access to its market for U.S. dairy products in violation of its U.S.-Mexico-Canada...

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Strong Dairy Prices Ahead

Dairy prices are strong and will likely be around for awhile, according to dairy analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, Matt Gould. He adds that the resulting higher milk prices will find their way to the farm this time and talks about it with Lee Mielke:


Soaring Dairy Product Prices

We are off to the races in this new year. High Ground Dairy’s Lucas Fuess gives Dairy Radio listeners an update, as well as his reaction to the recent USMCA ruling against Canada.


Trade Win Over Canada

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) celebrated a landmark decision published this week which found Canada is improperly restricting access to its market for U.S. dairy products in violation of its U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) commitments. NMPF’s Chris Galen updated Dairy Radio Now listeners on what this means for the U.S. dairy industry moving forward:


Benchmark Up 33 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the December Federal order Class III milk price at $18.36 per hundredweightup 33 cents from November, $2.64 above December 2020, and the highest Class III since May. That put the year’s average at $17.08, down from $18.16 in 2021 and compares to $16.96 in 2019.

Class III futures portend a January 2022 price at $20.66; February, $22.35; and March at $21.75 per cwt.

The December Class IV price is $19.88, up $1.09 from November, $6.52 above a year ago, and the highest Class IV price since October 2014. The 2021 Class IV average is $16.09, up from $13.49 in 2020, and compares to $16.30 in 2019.
Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly


DMC Changes

Another new year is upon us and we take look ahead, including the changes USDA has made on the Dairy Margin Coverage program with Bill Brooks, dairy economist with Stoneheart Consulting in Deerborn, Missouri:\


 

Inflationary Environment

The last week of 2021 is here. The so-called “highlights,” or “low lights” will likely be the same in 2022, according to StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks about it with Lee Mielke:


Weak Domestic Disappearance

The Agriculture Department gave us the latest on U.S. dairy product demand. According to HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess, it was the weakest October domestic disappearance since 2017:


Impressive Export Numbers

October U.S. dairy exports were “decently impressive,” according to HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess. He talks with Lee Mielke about it and the port congestion issue.


DMC Signups Begin Monday

The National Milk Producers Federation is urging farmers to sign up for maximum coverage in 2022 under the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program, which USDA announced will open for enrollment from Monday, Dec. 13, through Feb. 18. This year’s DMC signup is accompanied by new enhancements that make the program even more valuable for producers seeking protection against unforeseen market risks. NMPF’s Chris Galen updated Dairy Radio Now listeners on Thursday’s broadcast:


Now Hiring: World Dairy Expo GM

The World Dairy Expo® Board of Directors has begun the search for a new general manager after Scott Bentley announced he will be retiring after eight years of dedicated service to the organization.

“We are grateful for Scott’s commitment and leadership to World Dairy Expo and wish him the very best as he begins his retirement. At the same time, we are eager to hire a new general manager and continue planning for the 55th World Dairy Expo and beyond,” shared Bill Hageman, World Dairy Expo Board President. Apply For Position


Mielke Market Talk

Omicron became the buzzword of “Black Friday” and ever since as another chapter is being written in the ongoing COVID saga. What are the ramifications for the dairy industry? Lee Mielke talks about it with StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski.


Class III Up 20 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the November Federal order Class III milk price at $18.03 per hundredweight, up 20 cents from October, $5.31 below November 2020, but the highest Class III price since May. The 11 month average stands at $16.96, down from $18.39 a year ago and compares to $16.74 in 2019.

Wednesday’s Class III futures portend a December price at $18.04, which would result in a 2021 average of $17.05, down from $18.16 in 2020 and compares to $16.96 in 2019.

The Class IV price is $18.79, up $1.75 from October, $5.49 above a year ago, and the highest Class IV price since October 2014. Its 11-month average stands at $15.74, up from $13.50 a year ago and down from $16.26 in 2019.
Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly

Class I Up $1.19

The Agriculture Department announced the December Federal Order Class I base milk price at $19.17 per hundredweight, up $1.19 from November, 70 cents below December 2020, and the highest Class I since December 2020. It equates to about $1.65 per gallon, down from $1.71 a year ago. The 2021 Class I average is $16.83, down from $16.91 in 2020, and compares to $16.99 in 2019. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly

Monitoring Cheese Prices

The European Energy Exchange (EEX) announced the launch of four European cheese indices (indexes) this week. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks about the significance of that and what has happened to U.S. cheese prices. 


Make Every Drop Count

The dairy community will soon be gathering at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas Nov. 14-17 for the 2021 NMPF annual meeting, held in conjunction with the national dairy checkoff organizations overseen by Dairy Management Inc.  With a theme of “Make Every Drop Count,” this year’s event will examine how dairy’s policy and promotion organizations work together globally to build markets for dairy products. The annual meeting website has more information. NMPF’s Chris Galen gives Dairy Radio Now listeners a preview:


Too Little, Too Late

The October Federal Order Class III milk price jumped $1.30 from September but it’s too little, too late for many dairy operations. Matt Gould, editor and analyst for the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, talks with Lee Mielke about it:


GDT Unchanged

The GDT was unchanged Tuesday, but the stability of the GDT is not bearish, according to StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks about it with Lee Mielke:


Gallagher Steps Down As CEO

Dairy Management Inc. announced that Tom Gallagher has decided to conclude his 30-year tenure as CEO to devote more time to teaching and other opportunities. Barbara O’Brien, President of DMI and CEO of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, has been named by the board of directors as the next CEO. For information about the dairy checkoff, visit www.usdairy.com.

Benchmark Milk Price Inches Up

The September benchmark milk price gained 58 cents this week and futures prices are showing a peak around $17.80. Will that be enough for U.S. farmers to stay in business? StoneX dairy broker, Dave Kurzawski, tackles that question.


Dairy Innovation Hub Focuses On Research

The Dairy Innovation Hub provides $7.8M in state funding per year for broadly-defined dairy research at UW–Madison, UW–Platteville and UW–River Falls. The funding will support research personnel, farms and labs in four areas related to dairy that each span many academic disciplines:

  • Stewarding land and water resources
  • Enriching human health and nutrition
  • Ensuring animal health and welfare
  • Growing farm businesses and communities

Learn more about Dairy Innovation Hub funding opportunities at UW-Madison


Dairy Markets Absorbing Latest Reports

The dairy markets had a lot to absorb this week but the smaller than expected 1.1% increase in August milk production and the fact that butter stocks fell below those a year ago for the first time since June 2019 were the top two. Lee Mielke talks about them with HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess.


Class I Up 49 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the October Federal order Class I base milk price at $17.08 per hundredweight, up 49 cents from September, $1.88 above October 2020, and equates to $1.47 per gallon, up from $1.31 a year ago.

The ten month average stands at $16.48, down from $16.50 a year ago and $16.64 in 2019.
Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly


Fuel Up To Play 60 Starts With ‘Fresh’ Approach

The dairy checkoff is positioning the farmer-founded Fuel Up to Play 60 program in a fresh way to help students and educators navigate the school year.

Many teachers are looking for ways to engage students through curriculum and digital learning with an emphasis on wellness for minds and bodies. To meet these needs inside and outside the classroom, Fuel Up to Play 60 – created by the dairy checkoff and National Football League (NFL) – developed an easy-to-navigate website, educator dashboard and an enhanced student app.
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NDPO Producer Spotlight

Michigan dairy producer Tom Wing joins us this week on our monthly Producer Spotlight, sponsored by the National Dairy Producers Organization:


Dairy Products Report Recap

The June Dairy Products report had a few surprises in it but likely isn’t going to influence the market, according to StoneX Dairy’s Dave Kurzawski. He talks about it with Lee Mielke:


Class III Down 72 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the July Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $16.49 per hundredweight, down 72 cents from June and $8.05 below the artificially inflated price a year ago when Uncle Sam’s Food Box program was buying lots of cheese. Last year’s price was the second highest Class III ever, at $24.54, just 6 cents shy of the record high set in September 2014.  

The seven month Class III average stands at $16.90, down from $17.30 at this time a year ago and compares to $15.58 in 2019.

The July Class IV price is $16.00, down 35 cents from June but $2.24 above a year ago. Its seven month average is at $15.01, up from $13.78 a year ago, and compares to $16.11 in 2019. Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly


Eye On Cheese Prices

Lots of eyes are on cheese prices these days and dairy producers have pizza to thank for prices being as good as they are. Lee Mielke talks about it with Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter: