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Hutjens Discusses Milk Components

Dr. Mike Hutjens topic this week is milk components:

Discussion Continues To ‘Build Back Better’

The Build Back Better Agenda is being debated in our nations capital - and as we hear from National Milk's Chris Galen, the proposed legislation has a hefty price tag to help create jobs, cut taxes, and lower costs for working families.

The Latest In Microbiome Research

This week's Producer Tuesday features Dr. Noelle Noyes from the University of Minnesota, who recently shared on a PDPW Dairy Signal the latest news and research involving the microbiome.

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:

Latest Research On Feed Intake

Dr. Mike Hutjens shares the latest research regarding feed intake in this week's Feed Forum Friday:

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...

Calf Care During Seasonal Changes

Dr, Ryan Leiterman with Crystal Creek reminds us of the seasonal changes taking place and offers tips on proper calf care during the colder months:

Market Update

This week's Producer Tuesday features Ben Buckner, Chief Grains and Dairy Analyst at AgResource, who provided PDPW Dairy Signal viewers the latest domestic and global market conditions:

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.

Hay and Forage Update

Dr. Mike Hutjens updated Dairy Radio Listeners on the latest hay prices and conditions.

Latest Moos

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:


China Dairy Imports Strong

China’s June dairy imports remained strong and record breaking in some cases, according to Lucas Fuess, Director of Dairy Market Intelligence for Chicago-based HighGround Dairy. He talks with Lee Mielke about it, in light of the Global Dairy Trade auction’s continuing weakness:


Class I Down 52 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the August Federal Order Class I base milk price at $16.90 per hundredweight, down 52 cents from July, $2.88 below August 2020, and the lowest Class I since April. It equates to $1.45 per gallon, down from $1.70 a year ago. The eight month Class I average stands at $16.39, down from $16.42 at this time a year ago and compares to $16.34 in 2019.
Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly

WASDE Feed Grains Analysis

USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report didn’t contain many changes on the feed grains side of the ledger. Bill Brooks, Dairy economist and principal of Missouri-based Stoneheart Consulting, talks with Lee Mielke about what it means for dairy farm profitability:


Proposed Spending Bill Goes To House

The House Appropriations Committee proposes a spending bill for fiscal ’22 that includes a wide variety of assistance and programs. Chris Galen, Sr. VP of Membership Services and Strategic Initiatives with the National Milk Producers Federation gave us an update on today’s Dairy Radio Now:


U.S. Dairy Cows Producing A Lot Of Milk

U.S. dairy cows produced a lot of milk in May, as they did in April. We’ve also produced a lot of cheese, butter and powder from that milk. But we have also consumed and exported a lot of those products as we hear from Matt Gould, editor of the Dairy & Food Market Analyst newsletter:


Another Shot In The Arm

The Agriculture Department announced additional COVID relief, including $500 million in American Rescue Plan funding, in The Emergency Food Assistance Program or TEFAP. It won’t be as generous to the dairy industry as the Food Box program, according to Nate Donnay, director of dairy market insight for StoneX Dairy in Chicago. He talks with Lee Mielke about it on today’s Dairy Radio:


Problems Persist at Ports

Congestion at U.S. ports and the truck shortages within the U.S. has challenged the U.S. dairy industry at an inopportune time. Matt Gould, editor and analyst with the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, talks with Lee Mielke about it on our Mielke Monday:


Cold Storage Reports Good News

The Agriculture Department’s April Cold Storage report had some good news for dairy farmers, according to HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess. He talks with Lee Mielke about it as well as some breaks in feed prices.


Bolsen Safety Foundation Launches Campaign

The Bolsen Safety Foundation, dedicated to educating people involved in forage and grain making on safety, begins a “Keith’s Happy Heavenly Birthday” campaign to gain member donors and sponsors. Learn more at https://www.silagesafety.org/become-a-member-donor.html

Keith Bolsen, who passed away last May, and whose birthday is this week, dedicated his life to the science of silage making. He traveled the world promoting good management practices based on the research he and others conducted. Seeing the tragic loss of life and serious injuries commonly occurring to those he was teaching, he turned his attention to promoting safe practices to go along with better management. As a result, he and his widow, Ruthie, started the foundation that now bears his name.

The Bolsen Safety Foundation is currently run by a board of ten volunteers from across the US, representing academia, farm owners, and agribusinesses. The foundation is developing a Speakers Bureau (meetings, conventions, school lectures, radio, TV, webinar), Written/AV Materials (silage safety guidelines, silage safety employee meeting agendas/kit, high school/college/employer safety book, safety signs for farm posting, safety videos, and Grant Funding (schools, associations for local projects, etc.). Promotion of safe practices is targeted to forage farmers, anyone living near feed storage, animal agriculture students, choppers/harvester operators, pile/storage makers, feeders, and nutritionists.

To learn more and become a member donor to the Bolsen Safety Foundation contact go to www.silagesafety.org.

June Class I: $18.29

The USDA announced the June Federal order Class I base milk price at $18.29 per hundredweight, up $1.19 from May, $6.87 above June 2020, and the highest Class I since December 2020. The six month average stands at $16.13, up from $15.84 at this time a year ago and $15.94 in 2019. It equates to $1.57 per gallon, up from 98 cents per gallon a year ago. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly

WASDE Recap

Lucas Fuess of High Ground Dairy in Chicago updates Dairy Radio listeners on the latest market conditions on today’s Mielke Monday, with Lee Mielke:


Working With New Administration

In a recent meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, and NMPF’s Chairman Randy Mooney offered to closely collaborate with Ambassador Tai and the entire Biden Administration on trade in order to strengthen the health of the U.S. dairy industry to allow for further expansion of the hundreds of thousands of dairy-reliant jobs across the country. NMPF’s Chris Galen tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio Now:


Love For Cheesemaking

Redhead Creamery has been making artisan cheese on their family dairy farm since 2013.  But the dream for this sustainable and eco-friendly creamery has been a dream of founder (and natural redhead) Alise Sjostrom’s since she was 16.  Today you can tour the creameryhost your event in our private space, or sample cheeses in the cheese shop. Today’s broadcast sponsored by PDPW Dairy Signal:


Federal Milk Marketing Under Scrutiny Again

Federal milk market orders are under scrutiny again as many dairy producers suffered significant losses in income last year due to de-pooling provisions and negative producer price differentials. National milk has called for an emergency hearing on the issue. Lee Mielke talks about it with Hoards Dairyman’s Corey Geiger:


Class III Up $1.52

The Agriculture Department announced the April Federal order Class III milk price at $17.67 per hundredweight (cwt.), up $1.52 from March, $4.60 above March 2020, and the highest Class III since November 2020. That put the four month average at $16.40, up from $15.84 a year ago and $14.71 in 2019.

The Class IV price is $15.42, up $1.24 from March, $4.02 above a year ago, and the highest Class IV since February 2020. It’s four month average is $14.14, down from $14.78 in 2020 and $15.69 in 2019.

Methane Is Unique

Methane has an atmospheric removal process that is not being accounted for by agencies like the EPA, according to Dr. Frank Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis. Excerpts from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal:


March Milk Production

March milk production was anything but bullish. Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter updated Dairy Radio listeners with Lee Mielke:


Drought Concerns

Eric Snodgrass of Nutrien Ag Solutions updated listeners on the concerning drought conditions across the U.S.: