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Farm Machine Technology Continues To Evolve

John Shutske, Professor and Extension Specialist in Biological Systems Engineering at UW-Madison recently updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the latest farm technologies:

Dairy Headlines

Last week had plenty of headlines from the disappointing Pulse dairy auction to China's mounting COVID cases and growing government protests, to USDA's disappointing purchases of dairy products and the possibility of national railway strike. HighGround Dairy's Lucas...

Capitalizing On Milk Fat Prices

Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us again to discuss a recent study relating to milk fat:

U.S. To Host World Dairy Summit

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit brings unique opportunities for U.S. dairy as the host nation for the Chicago event, to be held next Oct. 16-19. The global conference returns to the United States for the first time in three decades, at a...

Benchmark Milk Price Drops 80 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the November Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $21.01 per hundredweight (cwt.), down 80 cents from October but $2.98 above Nov. 2021. That put the eleven month average at $22.09, up from $16.96 a year ago and $18.39...

Managing Transition Cows

A lot of research has gone into transition cow nutrition. Dr. Robert Van Saun DVM, MS, PhD,, Professor of Veterinary Science and Extension Veterinarian, Penn State University, has more than 40 years experience on the subject. He presented a recent update to viewers...

Working On The Farm A Lost Art?

Farmer Maureen Torrey discusses the latest labor challenges at the recently held NY Labor Road Show. Our thanks to John Clark for attending this year.

Supplemental Yeast Products In Calves

Yeast products have been used in dairy cows for a number of years, but what about calves? Dr. Mike Hutjens shares the latest research on supplemental yeast products in young calves.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and giving thanks. We are very thankful for today's dairy farmers who put in the hours every day of the year. National Milk's Chris Galen joins us today:

Class I Down $1.51

The Agriculture Department announced the final Federal order Class I base milk price of the year at $22.58 per hundredweight, down $1.51 from November but $3.41 above Dec. 2021, and the lowest Class I since February. It equates to $1.94 per gallon, up from $1.65 a...

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Dairy Headlines

Last week had plenty of headlines from the disappointing Pulse dairy auction to China’s mounting COVID cases and growing government protests, to USDA’s disappointing purchases of dairy products and the possibility of national railway strike. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke:


U.S. To Host World Dairy Summit

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit brings unique opportunities for U.S. dairy as the host nation for the Chicago event, to be held next Oct. 16-19. The global conference returns to the United States for the first time in three decades, at a moment when rising exports and world-leading sustainability gives the U.S. industry a great story to tell, according to three leaders in organizing next year’s events. Listen Here to the NMPF Dairy Defined Podcast


Benchmark Milk Price Drops 80 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the November Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $21.01 per hundredweight (cwt.), down 80 cents from October but $2.98 above Nov. 2021. That put the eleven month average at $22.09, up from $16.96 a year ago and $18.39 in 2020.

The November Class IV price is $23.30, down $1.66 from October, $4.51 above a year ago, and the lowest Class IV since January. Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly

Class I Down $1.51

The Agriculture Department announced the final Federal order Class I base milk price of the year at $22.58 per hundredweight, down $1.51 from November but $3.41 above Dec. 2021, and the lowest Class I since February. It equates to $1.94 per gallon, up from $1.65 a year ago. The Class I average for 2022 is $23.66, up from $16.83 a year ago and $16.91 in 2020.


Waiting For New Milk Pricing

Patience is a virtue – but it could be a long wait while wading through the Federal Milk Marketing Order process. Part two of our discussion with Michigan dairy producer Tom Cook and Mike Eby, board chair with the National Dairy Producers Organization.


Global Dairy Trading Struggling

GDT trading has been struggling and much of that due to China’s absence but global markets are increasingly important to U.S. dairy farmers. But, global markets “have never been more interdependent than they are currently,” says Ron O’Brien, President of New Zealand-based Nui Markets North America. He talks with Lee Mielke about it:


Milk Feed Ratio Numbers Short-Lived

The September milk feed ratio ended seven months of decline but it will be short-lived, according to dairy economist Bill Brooks of Stoneheart Consulting in Dearborn, Missouri. He talks with Lee Mielke about it:


October Class III Jumps to $21.81

The Agriculture Department announced the October Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $21.81 per hundredweight, up $1.99 from September, $3.98 above Oct. 2021, and the highest October Class III since 2014. The ten month average stands at $22.20, up from $16.86 a year ago, $17.89 in 2020, and $16.37 in 2019.

Wednesday’s Class III future portend a November price at $20.68 and December at $19.06.

The October Class IV price is $24.96, up 33 cents from September, $7.92 above a year ago, and the highest October Class IV ever. The ten month average is at $24.82, up from $15.44 a year ago, $13.52 in 2020, and $16.23 in 2019.
Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly

Prices Pulling Back

Butter prices have pulled back and cheese has fallen below $2 per pound. The “elephant in the room is not in the room,” meaning China – but StoneX broker Dave Kurzawski tells Lee Mielke there’s still support under the markets:


Dairy Demand Update

August dairy demand tells a story. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks about it with Lee Mielke and has a warning on the high butter price.


Distressed Borrowers Get Relief

A section of the Inflation Reduction Act provides $3.1 billion for USDA to provide relief for distressed borrowers with certain Farm Service Agency (FSA) direct and guaranteed loans and to expedite assistance for those whose agricultural operations are at financial risk. We hear more from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack:


Nov. Class I Jumps To $24.09

The November Federal order Class I base milk price was announced at $24.09 per hundredweight, up $1.38 from October, $6.11 above Nov. 2021, and the highest November price ever, topping to the Nov. 2014 high by 3 cents. It equates to $2.07 per gallon, up from $1.55 a year ago. The eleven month average stands at $23.76, up from $16.61 a year ago and $16.64 in 2020.

Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly

Milk Production Forecast Up

The USDA has upped its latest milk production estimate in the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. HighGround Dairy’s Lucus Fuess agrees and says the consensus is that U.S. milk output might be a little stronger than normal this fall and into 2023. He talks about it with Lee Mielke.


Joint Annual Meeting Approaching

The 2022 Joint Annual Meeting of the National Dairy Board, the National Milk Producers Federation and the United Dairy Industry Association is approaching quickly, October 23-26, at the beautiful new Gaylord Rockies Resort, which is just a few minutes from the Denver International airport. NMPF’s Chris Galen gave Dairy Radio Now listeners a preview:


Class III Slips 28 Cents

The September Federal order Class III benchmark milk price slipped 28 cents from the previous month but is still $3.29 above September 2021. Unfortunately, it’s the lowest Class III since Dec. 2021. The nine month average stands at $22.24, up from $16.75 a year ago, $17.48 in 2020 and $16.11 in 2019.

The September Class IV price is $24.63, down 18 cents from August, $8.27 above a year ago, and the lowest Class IV since February. The Class IV average is at $24.81, up from $15.26 a year ago, $13.53 in 2020, and 16.21 in 2019.
Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly

New Milk Pricing Discussed

This Producer Spotlight is brought to you by the National Dairy Producers Organization. Our guest is Treasurer Gary Genske, of Genske Mulder Company. He shares the recent gathering his company held to get updated on the dairy industry and how he feels about the recent discussion of reshaping the milk pricing system in the next Farm Bill:


Is Tik Tok Boosting Butter Price?

U.S. butter prices have been in the clouds and part of the reason for that may actually lie in the sometimes controversial Tik Tok social media, according to StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks about it with Lee Mielke:


Conference On Hunger Nutrition and Health

The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health was held Wednesday for the first time in decades. Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Association shares more from our nation’s capital:


Fall Parasite Control

Time for dairy folks to start thinking about fall deworming. Populations of external parasites such as mange and lice typically peak in the winter months, so it’s important to have strategic deworming protocols in place prior to when they can do the most harm. Joining us on today’s Wellness Wednesday is Linda Tikofsky, DVM, senior associate director of dairy professional veterinary services, Boehringer Ingelheim:


Dairy Demand In Driver Seat

The August Milk Production report appears to show a rather large increase in U.S. milk output but StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski puts the numbers into perspective with Lee Mielke.

U.S. Dairy Exports Remain Positive

Krysta Harden, President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now to update listeners on the latest efforts of marketing our dairy products around the globe:


Calf Diarrhea: Two Causes, Two Strategies

This month’s “Ask the Vet‘ mailbag we look into one of the most devastating diseases affecting calf raisers. Calf scours are an economically devastating primarily because scours cause calves to rapidly dehydrate. Providing proper hydration can help shorten the severity and duration of calf scours. Electrolyte therapy should be paired with a prevention plan to address the cause of the scours. Choosing the right electrolyte for the job at hand can be confusing. Crystal Creek® is here to help. Listen as Dr. Ryan Leiterman from Crystal Creek explains:


Global Dairy Symposium In Madison

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will host a Global Dairy Symposium at World Dairy Expo® on Thursday, October 6, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The symposium is funded by the Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports (WIAE), a collaborative project proposed in Gov. Tony Evers’ budget between DATCP and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to promote the export of Wisconsin’s agricultural products.

During the symposium, presenters will share information on trends in production, COVID-19 pandemic impacts, economic fluctuations, supply chain challenges, climate change, sustainability, labor shortages, and trade conflicts. Each speaker will provide a 30-minute presentation and participate in a panel discussion moderated by lead editor of Hoard’s Dairyman, Corey Geiger.

The presenters include:

·         Krysta Harden – Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Dairy Export Council

·         Torsten Hemme – President of International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN), Germany

·         Ad Van Velde – President of Global Dairy Farmers, the Netherlands

·         Sheryl Meshke – Co-President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Milk Producers Inc.

The event is provided at no-cost to attendees. Space is limited and registration is required by September 30, 2022. Participants can register for the event by visiting DATCP’s Global Dairy Symposium webpage. Questions about the event should be directed to DATCP Economic Development Consultant Jennifer Lu at (608) 347-1852 or jennifer.lu@wisconsin.gov.

About the Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports

Wisconsin agricultural exports reached an all-time high of $3.96 billion in 2021. Through the WIAE, DATCP is working collaboratively with WEDC to build on that momentum by promoting Wisconsin agricultural products in the international marketplace. The WIAE provides flexibility to respond to exporting challenges and facilitates unique opportunities that connect exporters with international markets and buyers. For more information on the WIAE, sign up for email updates and visit the DATCP website.

Got Milk? Yes, But Sluggish Output

The Got Milk campaign imagined what a shortage of milk would mean to consumers. With July milk output only up 0.2%, do we face a milk shortage in this country? Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, talks about it with Lee Mielke:


NDPO Returns To World Dairy Expo

World Dairy Expo is fast approaching and the National Dairy Producers Organization will host a booth for the second year in a row. NDPO’s Deborah Mills joins us on today’s Dairy Radio Now to share more:


Butter High Short-Lived

Butter hit a seven-year high on Aug 3rd but was short-lived. StoneX broker Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about it, and how bullish he is on cheese, despite prices falling below $2 per pound.


Class III Takes A Hit

The news was mixed this past week with the $1.81 drop in the Class III milk price, however U.S. dairy exports remained strong in June. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about the highlights.


The Heat Is On

The heat is on in much of the nation and world and that is affecting crops. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more in this weekly installment of Feed Forum Friday:


Ayrshire Spectacular A Success

Some of the best in the breed traveled to NY for the National Summer Ayrshire Spectacular, showcasing top-notch cattle from New York, New England & the Mid-Atlantic:


GDT Down

Tuesday’s GDT weighted average was down 5%. Many point the finger at China and the latest import data would seem to support that. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks about it with Lee Mielke:


Is Dairy Demand Slipping?

The numbers would indicate dairy product demand is slipping however StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski, says you have to put the data into perspective and does so in his talk with Lee Mielke:


Label It!

Not all meals at your dinner table are American made and the National Dairy Producers Organization would like to help consumers point out where there food is coming from. NDPO’s Mike Eby tells us what his group is doing to better identify the origination of food and dairy products.


Post Holiday Blues

Tuesday was not a good day to come back to, following the 4th of July holiday. The GDT dropped 4.1% and CME prices fell as well. Lee Mielke talks about it with Matt Gould, editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst.