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U.S. Dairy Farmers Remain Dedicated to Healthy Cows

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...

June Dairy Month Is Not Fake

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...

Corkscrew Claw Syndrome

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:

China Trade Concerns

National Milk's Chris Galen joined us on our Policy Thursday to discuss theongoing trade war between the U.S. and China and the new Dairy Margin Coverage program:

African Swine Fever Strikes China

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.

Improving Animal Welfare

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...

MPP Refunds Available

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...

Dairy’s Global Warming Claim Exaggerated

Dr. Frank Mitloehner, an air quality specialist from the University of California at Davis, dispels some myths on livestock's impact on air pollution.

China Import Update

FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski discusses China's latest importdata:

Prepare For Heat Stress

Warmer weather is in the forecast. Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us with important information on caring for animals during times of heat stress.

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June Dairy Month Is Not Fake

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.

Corkscrew Claw Syndrome

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:

Improving Animal Welfare

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. 

MPP Refunds Available

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.

              

DMC Signup Info


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:

Update On Direct-Fed Microbials

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:

Staffers Briefed On Dairy Issues

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:

Selling The Farm? Maximize Every Acre

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.

Focus On Health & Well Being

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.

 

DMC Is Timely

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:

Will Spring Flush Affect Cheese Prices?

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:

Vilsack Bullish On Dairy Exports

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.

Benchmark Jumps $1.15

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 Has Sprung

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.

FARM 4.0 Deadline Looms

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:

Sign-Ups Underway For LGM & MPP

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.

Strong Support For Dairy PRIDE Act

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:

Disappearance Update

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:

Check For Tar Spot Complex

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.

Guidance To New DMC Program

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

DMC Signups Start Mid-June

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:

Real News About Fake Milk

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.

Benchmark Slips 7 Cents

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

NMPF “Road Map” Petition to FDA

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.)

Class I Jumps 68 Cents

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

NMPF Thanks Chobani

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

Simplify Your Dairy Decisions

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.

No Benefit From GDT Jump

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:

Milk Prices Seeing Slow Rebound

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

1-in-5 Consumers Think Imitators Should be Called Milk

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

Shutdown Continues

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.

Class I Up 18 Cents

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

FSA Offices Reopen Temporarily

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

Leaders Are Made, Not Born

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:

PDPW’s Tracy Probst joins us on Producer Tuesday

Government Shutdown Stymies Farm Bill

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:

 

Effective Fly Control All Year Round

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 Still A Concern

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:

 

Class III Drops 66 Cents

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…

Uncle Sam on “Holiday”

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:

 

Trump Signs Farm Bill

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