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Hay Quality Indicators

Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us on our Feed Forum Friday to update us on the latest hay conditions.

Ag Labor and Trade Priorities

As public impeachment hearings kicked off in Washington, the National Milk Producers Federation continues to push congress to pass the U.S. Mexico Canada trade deal and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan immigration bill that advances agriculture...

Dean Foods Files For Bankruptcy

America's largest milk producer will sell to Dairy Farmers of America: http://www.deanfoods.com/newsroom/news/dean-foods-company-initiates-voluntary-reorganization-with-new-financial-support-from-existing-lenders/

Geek Out on Calves

Geek out on calves at the PDPW Calf Care Connection® training, repeating in three locations, Nov. 19, 20, and 21, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. in Chilton, Eau Claire, and Fennimore, Wis. Click Here For More Info

NMPF Annual Meeting Recap

Hoard's Dairyman managing editor Cory Geiger recaps last week's annual meeting in New Orleans.

Immature Corn Silage

Dr. Mike Hutjens looks at immature and frost damaged corn silage:

Annual Meeting Wraps Up in New Orleans

NMPF’s main policy conference of the year, featured discussions of the state of the dairy industry and economy, with remarks from the organization’s chairman, Missouri dairy farmer Randy Mooney :

Don’t Limit Winter Barn Circulation

The Crystal Creek® approach to calf barn air circulation challenges the long standing belief that calf barns should limit ventilation in the winter to 4 air exchanges per hour. Dr. Ryan Leiterman explains in this month's installment of "A Breath of Fresh Air" on Dairy...

China and Japan Trade Update

The U.S. dairy industry stands to benefit from purchases made by China and Japan, according to HighGround Dairy's Lucas Fuess. He talks with LeeMielke about it.

Corn Stalk Update

Utilizing corn stalks for cow feed is our topic with Dr. Mike Hutjens:

Latest Moos

Ag Labor and Trade Priorities

As public impeachment hearings kicked off in Washington, the National Milk Producers Federation continues to push congress to pass the U.S. Mexico Canada trade deal and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan immigration bill that advances agriculture immigration reform. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation joins us:

Don’t Limit Winter Barn Circulation

The Crystal Creek® approach to calf barn air circulation challenges the long standing belief that calf barns should limit ventilation in the winter to 4 air exchanges per hour. Dr. Ryan Leiterman explains in this month’s installment of “A Breath of Fresh Air” on Dairy Radio.

Latest Dairy Market Report

Dairy producers are seeing their highest prices in five years and signup in the improved DMC program has generated support. But, two negative factors are the decline of butter prices and the softening of U.S. dairy export volume growth in the past half-decade. The latest issue of the Dairy Market Report for October 2019 is now available online.

Guest Worker Bill Introduced

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan immigration bill that advances agriculture immigration reform and helps dairy operators with year-round employment was introduced in the House. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation tells us more on Dairy Radio:

Class III Hits 5 Year High

The October Federal Order Class III benchmark milk price hit a five-year high at $18.72 per hundredweight, up 41 cents from September, $3.19 above October 2018, and the highest Class III since November 2014. The October Class IV milk price is $16.39, up 4 cents from September and $1.38 above a year ago. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly

Class I Will Move Higher

The Agriculture Department announced the November Federal order Class I base price at $18.14 per hundredweight, up 30 cents from October, $2.62 above November 2018, and the highest Class I since January 2015. It equates to $1.56 per gallon, up from $1.33 a year ago. The 11 month average is $16.78, up from $14.82 a year ago and $16.41 in 2017.
Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly

China To Purchase U.S. Ag Products

Trade remains a volatile issue with the seemingly never ending dispute with China. FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski reports there is talk is of a purchase by China of $40-50 billion worth of US agricultural products:

Global Trade Update

Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation updated listeners on the latest trade talks with Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, and the European Union:

Red Meat Study Challenges Negative Charges

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue didn’t have much of a positive response to a question about plant-based meats at World Dairy Expo. Hoards Dairyman Managing Editor, Corey Geiger talks with Lee Mielke about it and reports on a new study that challenges the negative charges against red meat consumption.

Perdue: Adapt To Survive

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told dairy farmers at World Dairy Expo in Madison last week that they will have to adapt to survive. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess was there and talks with Lee Mielke about the reaction.

Benchmark At 5-Year High

The Agriculture Department announced the September Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $18.31 per hundredweight, up 71 cents from August, $2.22 above September 2018, and the highest it has been since November 2014 and compares to California’s September 2018 4b cheese milk price of $15.62. The Class III price equates to about $1.51 per gallon, up from $1.51 in August and $1.38 a year ago.

The nine month Class III average stands at $16.11, up from $14.62 at this time a year ago and compares to $16.12 in 2017.

The September Class IV price is $16.35, down 39 cents from August and the lowest since May, but is $1.54 above a year ago. Its 2019 average stands at $16.21, up from $13.95 a year ago and $15.51 in 2017.
Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly

Remembering Jerry Dryer

The dairy industry has lost one of its greatest contributors. Lee Mielke dedicates today’s broadcast to Jerry Dryer whose voice was heard on DairyLine Radio for many many years. Lee and dairy analyst Matt Gould discuss on today’s Dairy Radio :

FDA Looks to Modernize Food Standards of Identity

A public meeting is being held in Washington D.C. tomorrow, Sept. 27, 2019, to hear feedback on FDA’s effort to modernize food standards of identity. FDA is particularly interested in horizontal changes, to provide flexibility for manufacturers to develop healthier foods.  The dairy industry is warning the FDA to proceed with caution:

October Class I : $17.84

The Agriculture Department announced the October Federal Order Class I base milk price at $17.84 per hundredweight, down a penny from September but $1.51 above October 2018, and the highest October Class I since 2014. The price equates to $1.53 per gallon, up from $1.40 a year ago. The 2019 Class I average stands at $16.64, up from $14.76 a year ago and $16.41 in 2017. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly

Last Call For DMC Sign-up

With sign-up for the 2019 Dairy Margin Coverage program ending Friday, the National Milk Producers Federation urged all dairy farmers to enroll in the program, which guarantees a payout for producers that’s higher than program premiums in 2019. NMPF’s Chris Galen provides more info:

World Dairy Expo Fast Approaching

Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. Crowds of more than 65,000 people, from nearly 100 countries, will return to Madison, Wis. for the 53rd annual event, October 1-5, 2019. General Manager Scott Bentley gave Dairy Radio listeners a preview on today’s broadcast:

U.S. Cheese Prices Climb

Block Cheddar cheese hit the highest price in almost five years and is the highest priced cheese in the world. It closed “Friday the 13th” at $2.2050 per pound, up an astounding 20 3/4-cents on the week, the highest since October 22, 2014.  FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski explains why:

Adjusting to Trade War

Matt Gould, editor and analyst of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, talked with Lee Mielke about this week’s July Dairy Products report and the latest U..S dairy export data:

Aug Class III Up a Nickel

The Agriculture Department announced the August Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $17.60 per hundredweight, up a nickel from July, $2.65 above August 2018, and the highest Class III price since December 2014.

The 2019 Class III average stands at $15.83, up from $14.44 at this time a year ago and compares to $16.09 in 2017.

The August Class IV price is $16.74, down 16 cents from July but $2.11 above a year ago and the highest August Class IV since 2014. Its eight month average stands at $16.19, up from $13.85 a year ago and $15.46 in 2017.
Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly

Pro Farmer Tour Recap

Results from this year’s Pro Farmer Tour were made public on corn and soybean yields. FC Stone’s Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about its message on dairy feed prices:

 

World Dairy Expo Approaching

World Dairy Expo is October 1-5, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. If you are entering cattle to compete on the legendary colored shavings, entry fees increase on Sunday, September 8 after 11:59 p.m. (CST). Electronic entries will remain open through September 19, with paper entries continuing to be accepted until the day of the show, both for an increased fee. Read More

Competing Against Imitators

Competition for the dairy industry is not new. Imitators were a challenge
years ago and plant based beverages are not the only foe dairy faces
today. Hoards Dairyman editor, Corey Geiger, talks with Lee Mielke about it on today’s Dairy Radio:


U.S. Dairy Needs Strong Deal With Japan

70 dairy companies sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Rep and Sec. of Ag asking the U.S. government to quickly finalize a strong trade deal with Japan in order to secure critical market access for the dairy industry here at home. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation tells us more:

Class I Down 4 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the September Federal order Class I base milk price at $17.85 per hundredweight, down 4 cents from August but $3.00 above September 2018 and the highest September Class I since 2014. It equates to $1.53 per gallon, up from $1.28 a year ago. The nine month average stands at $16.51, up from $14.58 a year ago and $16.41 in 2017. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly

Setting The Record Straight

There is a lot of misinformation thrown around these days, especially online. In Hype, Dr. Nina Shapiro distinguishes between the falsehoods and the evidence-backed truth. 

Dairy Industry Asks For Swift Deal with Japan

In a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, the dairy industry is asking the U.S. government to capitalize on the conclusion of Japan’s national elections and quickly finalize a strong trade deal with Japan in order to secure critical market access for the dairy industry here at home. Read More

Silage Safety 101

Keith “The Silage Man” Bolsen is going global with silage safety. Learn more about his non-profit foundation and his goal to save lives.

Common Farm Safety Mistakes

Melissa Ploeckelman, Outreach specialist with the National Farm Medicine Center gives Dairy Radio listeners a refresher course in farm safety:

Eye on China

 June trade data is indicative of China’s continuing increase of dairy imports, unfortunately it is of small benefit to U.S. dairy farmers, according to Lucas Fuess, director of dairy market intelligence with HighGround Dairy in Chicago:

       

August Class I Up 71 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the August Federal Order Class I base milk price at $17.89 per hundredweight, up 71 cents from July, $3.74 above August 2018, and the highest Class I price since January 2015’s $18.58. It equates to $1.54 per gallon, up from $1.22 a year ago. The 2019 Class I average stands at $16.34, up from $14.54 a year ago and 3 cents shy of 2017’s average.

Prevented Planting Update

Prevented planting is the failure to plant an insured crop with the proper equipment by the final planting date or during the late planting period.  Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more on this week’s Feed Forum Friday:

CWT Update

CWT continues to post strong numbers by assisting member cooperatives in securing contracts to sell dairy products to places like Asia, Central America, the Middle East, Oceania and South America. National Milk’s Chris Galen gives us an update on today’s Dairy Radio:

Encouraging Milk Prices

Encouraging milk prices starts with the supply, according to Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. While he does see higher feed prices ahead due to weather conditions affecting crops in the Midwest, he doesn’t see that as being catastrophic.