The national dairy FARM program (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) works with dairy producers, processors and industry partners to demonstrate the highest standards on U.S. dairy farms. Dr. Jennifer Van Os from UW-Madison joined us on today’s PDPW Producer Tuesday to provide more insight on the program.
Hoards Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger echoes our belief that June Dairy Month is not fake milk month. A growing number of consumers believe drinking a beverage from a plant is more beneficial than what comes from a cow. Geiger tells us if consumers really knew the whole story, they probably wouldn’t be drinking fake milk.
Hoof health is our topic this week with Dr. Mike Hutjens, retired dairy extension specialist from the University of Illinois. He tells us about a UW-Madison study that examines a hoof condition in young heifers:
National Milk’s Chris Galen joined us on our Policy Thursday to discuss the
ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China and the new Dairy Margin Coverage program:
Matt Gould, analyst of the Dairy & Food Market Analyst newsletter joined us on today’s Mielke Monday to update us on African swine fever in China and how it may impact the dairy industry.
The U.S. dairy industry continues to evolve by using best management practices to care for their animals. Dr. Jennifer Van Os, assistant professor of dairy science at UW-Madison, joined us on PDPW’s Producer Tuesday to tell us about understanding and improving the welfare of dairy animals from a biological perspective.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that dairy producers who had coverage under the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which provided payments to producers when the price of milk fell below the feed costs to produce it, are eligible to receive a repayment for part of the premiums paid into the program. Read more from USDA site.
Dr. Frank Mitloehner, an air quality specialist from the University of California at Davis, dispels some myths on livestock’s impact on air pollution.
FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski discusses China’s latest import
Warmer weather is in the forecast. Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us with important information on caring for animals during times of heat stress.
The National Milk Producers Federation continues to encourage farmers to prepare for Dairy Margin Coverage signup, scheduled to begin June 17. The USDA’s decision tool, designed to help farmers determine their appropriate coverage level, is now online here. Later this week, letters will be sent to producers informing them of their premium refunds under the previous Margin Protection Program. NMPF’s Chris Galen tells us more:
Dr. Ryan Leiterman visited Germany recently and shares with us some of the similarities and differences regarding farming practices and social events:
HighGround Dairy’s (HGD) Lucas Fuess joins us on today’s Dairy Radio to update us on U.S. dairy exports.
Live bacteria can benefit your dairy animal. Today we learn about direct-fed microbials or DFM’s, particularly for calves on liquid milk replacer. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us the different types and benefits of DFM’s on today’s Feed Forum Friday:
Bob Gray, executive director of Northeast Dairy Farmers Cooperatives, is briefing agriculture committee staffers on important dairy issues. He tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio:
Choosing the right service and auction structure specific to your property is the key to selling for value. Joe Gizdic, president of Ranch & Farm Auctions joined us on today’s Dairy Radio to explain how their service enables rural land buyers to bid concurrently live onsite, live online and by phone-in bidding in real time in all 50 states.
Education is the key to healthy and vibrant dairy communities. The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation supports various programs by offering two grant cycles per year. Dairy Foundation executive director Janet Keller tells us more on Dairy Radio:
Just like big city stress – dairy producers have a lot on their shoulders Dr. Josie Rudolphi, Associate Research Scientist with the National Farm Medicine Center joined us to spotlight the resources available and what Congress is doing to put farmers first.
This is the second part of our interview with Dr. Rudolphi, brought to you by the PDPW, dairy’s professional development organization.
Safety nets have been a part of dairy’s financial landscape for many years but the net has changed since the old price support program and keeps changing. Hoard’s Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger talked about the new Dairy Margin Coverage on today’s Dairy Radio Now broadcast:
Dr. Mike Hutjens, retired dairy extension specialist from the University of Illinois joins us on Dairy Radio to tell us more about reducing methane emissions on the dairy farm.
An important new study from the European Journal of Nutrition reveals that young children fed a diet relying on plant based beverages “may risk deficiencies of calcium, zinc, iodine, vitamins B2, B12, D, A, and indispensable amino acids.” National Milk’s Chris Galen on Dairy Radio:
Spring is finally here and alfalfa will be ready to harvest before you know it. After a tough winter of flooding and a polar vortex, there are a lot of questions around the topic of winter kill.
Dr. David Combs, professor of Dairy Science at UW-Madison, discusses these questions and more in PDPW’s World Class Webinar Wednesday.
Jerry Dryer, analyst and consultant with JDG Consulting, says cheese prices popped higher earlier than he expected this spring, although he warns the price could slip due to the spring flush, which USDA says is occurring in parts of the West and Southern Central regions. Listen here:
Dr. Mike Hutjens recaps new data from dairy CPA firm Genske, Mulder & Company on today’s Feed Forum Friday:
Tom Vilsack, President and CEO of the U.S Dairy Export Council updates Dairy Radio listeners on an initiative that hopes to build U.S. dairy export volume from 15 to 20 percent. The former ag secretary spoke at today’s Oregon Dairy Industries Conference in Salem, Oregon.
Dr. Josie Rudolphi, associate research scientist at the National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, joined us on Dairy Radio to share some of the research in the area of farmer mental health.
Lee Mielke discusses the current state of the industry with Corey Geiger, Managing Editor of Hoard’s Dairyman:
Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us about new research from the University of Guelph
on feeding young calves:
An administration proposal to close the U. S. southern border with Mexico would send shock waves through the U.S. dairy industry, closing off access to its largest dairy export market, according to leading U.S. dairy organizations. NMPF’s Chris Galen joined us on Dairy Radio to discuss:
The Agriculture Department announced the March Federal order Class III milk price at $15.04 per hundredweight, up $1.15 from February, 82 cents above March 2018, and the highest Class III since October 2018 and equates to $1.29 per gallon, up from $1.19 in February and $1.22 a year ago.
The three-month average is at $14.30, up from $13.87 a year ago but compares to $16.49 in 2017.
The March Class IV price is $15.71, down 15 cents from February but $2.67 above a year ago, and the highest March Class IV price since 2014.
Its three month average stands at $15.68, up from $13.01 a year ago and $15.37 in 2017. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly
Spring is an excellent time to plan your upcoming construction projects. Some of the more common calf barn designs incorporate naturally ventilated, curtain sidewall barns. Dr. Ryan Leiterman reminds us how to properly use curtains, eves and ridge vents as we ease out of the colder months.
Silage-related tragedy knows no age boundary as workers and bystanders of all ages have been injured or killed during silage harvest and feed-out. Dr. Keith Bolson of Kansas State has created a handbook to help farms, dairies, feedlots and silage contractors as part of the Keith Bolson Silage Safety Foundation
FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski reports on January U.S. dairy exports:
The public comment period for FARM 4.0 ends Sunday, March 31st. Review the standards outlined in the charts, download informational PDFs, and leave your feedback on FARM’s webiste here. Dr. Mike Hutjens has more:
Bob Gray from Northeast Dairy Farmers Cooperatives tells us dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for 2018. Previously dairy producers who enrolled in the LGM-Dairy Program in 2018 were ineligible to participate in the MPP. Changes made in the 2018 Farm Bill allows producers who enrolled in LGM-Dairy last year to now retroactively enroll in last year’s MPP.
The MPP dairy program offers payments to producers when the all milk price and the national feed cost – – the margin – – fall below a certain dollar level selected by producers.
The highest margin level for the MPP in 2018 was $8.00. Most importantly, sign up started March 25, and ends on May 10th, 2019. Please make a note of this if you are eligible.
Healthy and productive transition cows
High Ground Dairy’s Lucas Fuess joined Lee Mielke on Monday’s Dairy Radio Now to discuss the latest milk output.
There are options when it comes to feeding minerals to our cows. Dr. Mike Hutjens explains:
The National Milk Producers Federation voiced strong support for the DAIRY PRIDE Act, calling it another means toward a crucial end for consumers: the end of mislabeled non-dairy products as “milks” in the marketplace. NMPF’s Chris Galen joined provides an update:
Janet Keller is taking over the reins as the new Executive Director of the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation. She joined us on Tuesday’s Dairy Radio:
2018 total disappearance was higher across all commodities. High Ground Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks about it with Lee Mielke on Monday’s Dairy Radio:
Today we focus on saving feed costs by managing shrink loss with Dr. Mike Hutjens, retired dairy extension specialist from the U of Illinois:
Working with the media may sound fun until reporters are showing up to cover an accident on your farm. Media veteran Katrina Cravy joined us on Dairy Radio Now with some tips.
Farmers should be checking for Tar Spot Complex, a brand new fungus problem that has occurred in the corn-belt and other areas of the U.S. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio Now.
With the U.S. Department of Agriculture reporting the first month of data applicable to farmer payments under the new Dairy Margin Coverage program, the National Milk Producers Federation commended USDA for helping farmers understand the scope of DMC program and offered its own example to illustrate the potential benefits of maximizing coverage under the new top margin-coverage level of $9.50 per hundredweight. Read More
During challenging times there are places to cut costs but not when investing in fans to power your ventilation tube system. Dr. Ryan Leiterman from Crystal Creek tells us more:
Kwik Trip is a family owned company based in Lacrosse, Wisconsin and home to more than 18,000 associates. Scott Falkenberg, Sr. Category Mgr, joined us on Dairy Radio Now to tell us more and also preview a panel discussion on the future of food at next week’s PDPW Business Conference:
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says signups for the new Dairy Margin Coverage program will start on June 17th. Bob Gray from Northeast Dairy Cooperatives joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now with more info:
Brand new research out of the Miner Institute shows new forage feeding concepts for dairy producers. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more on this Feed Forum Friday:
Lauren Brey runs a dairy operation with her husband in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and also works for Dairy Edge Cooperative in Green Bay. She joined us recently to share her concerns over products that are being labeled milk – but don’t come from a cow.
The Agriculture Department announced the February Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $13.89 per hundredweight, down 7 cents from January but 49 cents above February 2018 and the first month that The Class III price topped the previous year’s price since November 2017. It equates to $1.19 per gallon, down from $1.20 in January and compares to $1.15 a year ago.
The February Class IV price is $15.86, up 38 cents from January, $2.99 above a year ago, and the highest Class IV price since August 2017.
The four week average cheese price used in calculating the month’s Class prices was $1.3940 per pound, up 0.7 cents from January. Butter averaged $2.2644, up 3 cents. Nonfat dry milk averaged 98 cents per pound, up 2.9 cents, and dry whey averaged 45.45 cents per pound, down 2.6 cents from January. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly
Negotiations happen in everyday life. They’re common in business, politics, companies and they’re also a part of relationships among family and friends. Dr. Becky Stewart-Gross, Founder of Building Bridges Seminars joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now to preview a break out session she’s presenting March 14th at the PDPW Business Conference in Madison, Wisconsin:
Dr. David Kohl, President of AgriVisions, LLC, will be addressing dairy farmers next month at the PDPW Business Conference with his keynote theme – Your Time Is Now. He joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now for a preview:
Dr. Mike Hutjens shares with us the five different approaches that dairy farmers are facing in today’s economy :
The National Milk Producers Federation today filed a citizen petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, outlining a labeling solution to the use of dairy terms on non-dairy products as the agency considers public input from a recently concluded comment period.
The petition reinforces current FDA labeling regulations, with some additional clarification, to show how marketplace transparency can be enhanced and consumer harm from confusion over nutritional content can be reduced. It also addresses several specious arguments raised by marketers of vegan foods as part of the ongoing debate on dairy labeling, such as the false idea that creating consistent, clear labeling of non-dairy products would somehow limit the use of dairy terms on products that clearly aren’t marketed as dairy substitutes, such as peanut butter. (The petition may be accessed here.)
The March Federal order Class I base milk price is $15.98 per hundredweight, up 68 cents from February, $2.62 above March 2018, and the highest Class I price since October 2018. It equates to about $1.37 per gallon, up from $1.15 a year ago. The three-month Class I average is at $15.47, up from $14.35 at this time a year ago and compares to $17.03 in 2017. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly
In a letter to Hamdi Ulukaya, chief executive officer of Chobani, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President and CEO Jim Mulhern thanked the company for supporting transparency in the use of dairy terms on food-product labels, the subject of a recently ended FDA comment period. Read More
Introducing dairy’s premiere educational event, the 2019 PDPW Business Conference – March 13-14 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin (See Program). PDPW’s executive director Shelly Mayer joined us for a preview on today’s Dairy Radio Now:
More than 1,800 dairy cattle died from the recent winter blizzards in Eastern Washington. Matt Gould, editor and analyst of the Dairy & Food Market Analyst newsletter joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now to discuss:
Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us once again on our Feed Form Friday to discuss a “real must” on dairy farms – clean colostrum:
Connect and visualize your data and make better decisions faster with My Dairy Dashboard. That’s according to CEO Mitch Norby, who joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now to share the latest.
Keith Engel, dairy farm hygiene & supplies specialist at GEA Farm Technologies joined us on today’s Wellness Wednesday to discuss the importance of consistency and cleanliness when producing high quality milk.
Part three of our conversation with Rhonda Strebel, executive director of the Rural Health Initiative. She tells us that the Wisconsin based organization is ‘one of a kind’ in the U.S.
The big jump in the latest Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction was good news for the global dairy market but the U.S. is not benefiting as much from it. Lee Mielke talks with HighGround Dairy’s director of market intelligence, Lucas Fuess:
Dr. Mike Hutjens joined us on our Feed Form Friday to discuss the recent cold snap farmers are facing in the Midwest.
Will cooler heads prevail to fund the U.S. government? Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation joined us on today’s Policy Thursday:
It is human nature to turn the fans off during the cold winter months, but Dr. Ryan Leiterman says, “What’s the harm? ” He explains in this month’s installment of “A Breath of Fresh Air.”
The U.S. Dairy Export Council’s latest outlook is positive for 2019. Alan Levitt, VP of Communications & Market Analysis joined us on our Mielke Monday to discuss:
U.S. milk prices are beginning a slow rebound but have a long way back to profitability. The Agriculture Department announced the January Federal order Class III benchmark price at $13.96 per hundredweight, up 18 cents from December but 4 cents below January 2018. It equates to $1.20 per gallon, up from $1.18 in December and compares to $1.20 a year ago.
The January Class IV price is $15.48, up 39 cents from December, $2.35 above a year ago, and the highest Class IV price since September 2017.
The four week USDA surveyed cheese price used in calculating the month’s Class prices averaged $1.3868 per pound, up 1.3 cents from December. The butter price averaged $2.2343, down 0.8 cent. Nonfat dry milk averaged 95.13 cents per pound, up 4.9 cents, and dry whey averaged 48.05 cents per pound, up 1.2 cents from December. Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly
A study released today by the U.S Dairy Export Council projects new trade agreements between Japan and other countries will put U.S. dairy exports at a competitive disadvantage, resulting in lost U.S. sales of $5.4 billion over 21 years (Read more). USDEC President and CEO Tom Vilsack joined us on Dairy Radio Now to discuss:
Not a lot of of optimism taken from last week’s annual Dairy Forum in Orlando. Jerry Dryer discusses the details with Lee Mielke:
With the federal government poised to reopen for three weeks after a 35-day partial shutdown that delayed implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill, the National Milk Producers Federation today sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging quick implementation of the law’s dairy provisions. Read More
Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us the importance of proper blood calcium levels in transition cows:
With only six days to go before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comment period on fake milks ends, new consumer research shows Americans widely disapprove of dairy terms being appropriated by fake-milk producers, as well as confusion on the nutritional content of milk versus plant-based imitators, offering further evidence that FDA must enforce long-existing standards of identity on dairy imposters. Read More
Attorney George Twohig joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now to discuss the do’s and don’ts of writing a farm employee manual. Twohig Law
The partial government shutdown has cost the dairy markets some regularly supplied information from USDA. How important was that info? FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski discusses with Lee Mielke on today’s Dairy Radio Now.
Dr. Mike Hutjens is back on to tell us some key factors in determining where future milk prices are heading.
The February Federal Order Class I base milk price was announced by the USDA at $15.30 per hundredweight, up 18 cents from January, $1.05 above February 2018, and the highest Class I price since November 2018.
It equates to $1.32 per gallon, up from $1.23 a year ago, and puts the two month average at $15.21, up from $14.85 a year ago but compares to $17.09 in 2017. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly
Many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21. Read More
Warren McDougal, regional sales manager with Central Life Sciences, joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now to share tips on how to prevent stored grains from costly insect infestations.
Professionals and producers with professionalism can set themselves apart from others by attending Cornerstone Dairy Academy™, a product of Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) and underwritten by the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation (PDPF). PDPW’s Tracy Probst joined us on today’s Dairy Radio to tell us more:
HighGround Dairy’s director of market intelligence, Lucas Fuess, says “the unthawing” of trade relations with China is good news for U.S. farmers but the U.S. has its work cut out for itself.
Dr. Mike Hutjens looks at the importance of feeding vitamins to your cows on today’s Feed Form Friday:
We have a new Farm Bill that will benefit dairy farmers but the government shutdown has put a ‘hitch in the giddy-up’ for the time being. Dairy has been noted as a big winner in the Farm Bill, with new programs that assist dairy producers facing low prices. Chris Galen of the National Milk producers Federation joined us on our Policy Thursday to discuss some of the important policy reforms:
We’re not dealing with many insect pests this time of year but there still should be an effective fly control plan in place. For the most effective control, operators should employ a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM), according to Mark Upton, Central Life Sciences Director of Sales, Ag Products – Feed Additives. He joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now to tel us more:
Salmonella Heidelberg (S. Heidelberg) is a bacterium that can cause severe illness in calves and humans. According to the USDA, calves infected with S. Heidelberg may develop diarrhea or die abruptly without any clinical signs and humans infected with S. Heidelberg can develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, which typically last from 4 to 7 days. An outbreak of multidrug-resistant (MDR) S. Heidelberg was recognized in Wisconsin dairy calves in 2016. Dr. Donald Sockett, a Veterinary Microbiologist with Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory joined us on today’s broadcast with an update:
Matt Gould, editor, and analyst with the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter reports the GDT lends some optimism, even though the dairy industry and others still face the “trade war” left over from 2018. He also tells Lee Mielke that U.S. restaurants faced a challenging year.
Fine tuning our feeding program for 2019 is our topic on today’s Feed Form Friday with Dr. Mike Hujens:
The December Federal order Class III benchmark milk price was announced by the Agriculture Department at $13.78 per hundredweight, down 66 cents from November and $1.66 below December 2017. It equates to $1.18 per gallon, down from $1.24 in November and $1.33 a year ago. It is the lowest Class III price since February 2018 and put the 2018 average at $14.61, down from $16.17 in 2017 and $14.87 in 2016. California’s Class 4b cheese milk price averaged $15.20 in 2017 and $14.27 in 2016. read more…
Telling the Story Project (www.tellingthestoryproject.org) is a collaboration of three regional agricultural safety centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Scott Heiberger from the National Farm Medicine Center tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio Now:
Ventilation options vary according to the calf housing style. Group-housed and individually-penned calf barns face different limitations when it comes to providing good air quality. Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek tells us more on this month’s installment of A Breath of Fresh Air:
FC Stone’s Dave Kurzawski joined us on the last day of the year with a recap of 2018 and what is in store for ’19:
Dr. Mike Hutjens joined us to share the latest data from the University of Wisconsin regarding robotic milking systems.
Despite a government shutdown, there is some optimism for dairy producers when the new Farm Bill is implemented. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation provided us an update:
As of midnight December 21, a partial shutdown of the government went into effect due to the failure of a House-passed continuing resolution in the Senate. At issue is President Trump’s insistence of funding for a border wall with Mexico. The Agriculture Department announced a contingency plan for its services. It will continue to publish its weekly National Dairy Products Sales Report but will not produce the monthly NASS Milk Production, Cold Storage, or Dairy Products reports. Monthly milk price announcements will also continue. The last time a shutdown impacted dairy programs was October 2013.
Matt Gould, analyst, and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter joins Lee Mielke on this Christmas Eve broadcast:
Dr. Mike Hutjens joined us on today’s Feed Form Friday to look at 2019 budgets:
Consumers are intelligent, rational people who care about their families and their nutrition. But they’re also busy — and they don’t have time to be misled by food labels. Lauren Brey, a Wisconsin dairy farmer also works with Edge, #TheVoiceOfMilk, and joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now with more:
President Trump signed the 2018 farm bill that enacts necessary reforms for dairy farmers. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) thanked Trump and looks forward to working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to quickly implement several new programs. With NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney in attendance, Trump praised the hard work of American farmers and noted Congress’s efforts to assist them. Dairy has been noted as a big winner in the bill, with new programs that assist dairy producers facing low prices. Read More