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Cheese Disappearing Act Continues

July cheese disappearance topped that of a year ago, the third consecutive month to do so, according to HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess. He talks with Lee Mielke about it as well as butter and powder:

Methionine in Dairy Production

Dr. Mike Hutjens shares info about the role methionine plays in dairy production:

CFAP Prepares For Round 2

Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation updated Dairy Radio Now listeners on the next round of payments from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP):

World Forage Analysis Superbowl Goes Virtual

The World Forage Analysis Superbowl will announce winners virtually at noon on September 30 via webcast of the Brevant seeds Forage Superbowl Luncheon. Interested contestants, sponsors, media and forage enthusiasts can register to attend the online event...

2020 Brings Cautious Approach

Ag economist Dr. Mark Stephenson from UW-Madison shares his insights on the dairy industry from a recent Dairy Signal webcast sponsored by PDPW:

Volatile Dairy Demand

Dairy demand remains “extremely volatile,” according to Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter:

Four Pillars of Sustainability

Dr, Frank Mitloehner from the Dept. of Animal Science at UC-Davis shares the four pillars of sustainability. Comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal:

Dairy Market Uncertainty

The dairy markets faces a lot of uncertainty ahead and several opposing forces, according to StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about them:

Heat Stress Impact

Dr. Mike Hutjens discusses the impact of summer heat stress:

CFAP Enrollment Deadline Approaching

National Milk's Chris Galen updated Dairy Radio listeners on the latest news regarding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program:

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Cheese Disappearing Act Continues

July cheese disappearance topped that of a year ago, the third consecutive month to do so, according to HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess. He talks with Lee Mielke about it as well as butter and powder:


Dairy Market Uncertainty

The dairy markets faces a lot of uncertainty ahead and several opposing forces, according to StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about them:

Milk Money Left On Table

A Lot of milk money was left on the table recently and dairy farmers saw very little of it. Hoard’s Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger talks with Lee Mielke about how much:


Peterson Wants Clarification on CFAP Payments

Late last week, House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson sent a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. He’s asking for clarification on how USDA determined the eligibility of different crops, livestock, and poultry species under CFAP. In the letter, Peterson contends that the data used by USDA to calculate CFAP payments was limited to only the earliest parts of the pandemic, missing the full extent of damage to specific commodities. “Some would argue that the full agricultural market impacts of the closure of schools, restaurants, catering, and agricultural processing facilities due to COVID-19 were not fully realized during the CFAP covered period, with losses for many commodities extending well into the second and third quarters of this year,” writes Peterson.


Mixed News From Latest Reports

June U.S. dairy product commercial disappearance was encouraging but some clouds have moved in, in the form of the Global Dairy Trade auction and the July Milk Production report. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about on today’s Dairy Radio:


September Class I Drops But Hits 6 year High

The Agriculture Department announced the September Federal order Class I base milk price at $18.44 per hundredweight, down $1.34 from August, 59 cents above September 2019, and the highest September Class I since 2014. It equates to about $1.59 per gallon and pulls the 2020 Class I average to $16.65, up from $16.51 at this time a year ago and compares to $14.58 in 2018.
Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly

Farmers Focus on Financials

The market volatility of the COVID pandemic forced many farmers to take a closer look at their financial statements, according to Hoard’s Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger. He talks with Lee Mielke about it on Monday’s Dairy Radio:


Shop Online For World Dairy Expo Apparel

For the first time, World Dairy Expo’s Purple Cow Gift Shop is offering online sales. Spurred on by the cancellation of World Dairy Expo® 2020, the online store features Expo apparel and cow paraphernalia. WDE is pledging 10% of all profits from the online store in 2020 to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. WorldDairyExpo.com


Inaccurate Milk Checks

While the June Class III milk price topped $20 per cwt., most dairy farmers won’t see their check that high because of quirks with the U.S. milk pricing system. The Daily Dairy Report’s Sarina Sharp explains on today’s Dairy Radio with Lee Mielke:


Three Areas To Focus On Lameness

Nearly a quarter of our world’s cattle are lame, but there are steps dairy producers can take to alleviate challenges on their operation. Dr. Mike Hutjens shares three critical areas to combat lameness on today’s Dairy Radio:


July Class III: $24.54

The Agriculture Department announced the July Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $24.54 per hundredweight, up $3.50 from June, 6 cents shy of the all-time record $24.60 in September 2014, and $6.99 above July 2019. It put the 2020 average at $17.30, up from $15.58 a year ago and $14.37 in 2018

The July Class IV price is $13.76, up 86 cents from June but $3.14 below a year ago, and the lowest July Class IV price since 2015. Its average now sits at $13.78, down from $16.11 a year ago and compares to $13.73 in 2018. Posted by: Mielke Market Weekly


Summer Feeding

Corn is expected to be a bin buster and soybeans are also up in acreage, according to Dr. Mike Hutjens, who updated Dairy Radio listeners on the latest summer feeding conditions:


Class I Price Jumps $3.22

The Agriculture Department announced the August Federal order Class I base milk price at $19.78 per hundredweight, up $3.22 from July, $1.89 above August 2019, and the highest Class I since December 2014. It equates to $1.70 per gallon, up from $1.42 in July and $1.54 a year ago. The 2020 Class I average stands at $16.42, up from $16.34 at this time a year ago and $14.54 in 2018.  
Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly


Disappearance Data

Nate Donnay, Director of Dairy Market Insight for StoneX Group, talks with Lee Mielke about USDA’s May dairy product commercial disappearance data:


Are High Cheese Prices Sustainable?

Forget gold. Invest in cheese. One could almost say that this past week as the CME Cheddar blocks set another record high Friday, closing at $2.9150 per pound, up 24 cents on the week and $1.13 above that week a year ago. Lee Mielke asks HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess if the bubble will burst and how low will prices fall?


Staying Cool and Comfortable

Optimal air quality and flow tie directly to cow productivity and profits. The Dr. Nigel Cook from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine tells us the different types of ventilation that dairy farmers use to keep their animals cool and comfortable during these hot summer months:


Dairy Price Boost

There was a lot of dairy news to sift through this last week, from a huge jump in the milk price to more government aid on the way. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess sorts it out with Lee Mielke:


June Class III: $21.04

The Agriculture Department announced the June Dairy Month Federal order Class III benchmark milk price Wednesday at $21.04 per hundredweight, up a spectacular $8.90 from May and $4.77 above June 2019. It is the highest Class III price since November 2014 and boosts the 2020 Class III average to $16.09, up from $15.25 at this time a year ago and $14.41 in 2018.

The Class IV price is $12.90, up $2.23 from May but $3.93 below a year ago. Its six month average sits at $13.78, down from $15.98 a year ago and compares to $13.67 in 2018. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly – Dr. Mike Hutjens discusses:


Why Vaccines Fail

Vaccination programs are an important part of herd health, but sometimes a vaccine can fail. This month’s “Ask the Vet” segment, Dr Ryan Leiterman explores why this happens and the importance of booster shots, or repeat vaccinations.


Milk Price Recovery

Last Wednesday’s Hoards Dairyman DairyLivestream program examined the current recovery in milk prices. Managing editor Corey Geiger talks about it with Lee Mielke on today’s Dairy Radio:


Stronger Dairy Prices Ahead

The worst of the coronavirus-induced plunge in the dairy economy may be over. The sharp drop in dairy product prices in April, prompted by the pandemic, has been followed by a strong recovery in cash market prices in May that’s continuing into June. That’s according to the latest Dairy Market Report from DMI/NMPF: Read Here


Dairy Rebound Expected

Higher milk prices and effective federal policies – both encouraged by dairy’s unity in responding to the coronavirus crisis – are presenting positive opportunities, according to James “Cricket” Jacquier, a member of the NMPF’s executive committee and chairman of the board for Agri-Mark. Dairy Defined Podcast


Working Together

Dairy processors are often at odds with dairy farmers but there are times they join together; as the two organizations that represent them worked to offset the effects of the COVID pandemic. That was the topic of last week’s Dairy Livestream from Hoards Dairyman. Managing editor Corey Geiger tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio:


Dairy Industry Looks Beyond 2020

Far-reaching dairy sustainability goals go hand-in-hand with economic opportunity for dairy farmers, according to Krysta Harden, executive vice president, global environmental strategy, for Dairy Management Inc. and Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, in an NMPF podcast:


Class III Hits Bottom

Ironically, while cash block cheese set a new record high the first week of June Dairy Month, the Agriculture Department announced the May Federal order benchmark milk price Wednesday, which fell to its lowest level since September 2009.

The COVID-incited plunge in farm gate milk price hit bottom at $12.14 per hundredweight, down 93 cents from April and $4.24 below May 2019. That pulled the 2020 Class III average to $15.10, up from $15.05 at this time a year ago and $14.25 in 2018.

Class III futures settlements Wednesday portended a rebound in June to $19.83, with July at $18.68; August, $17.36; September, $17.02; October, $16.86; November, $16.66; and December at 16.42.

The May Class IV price is $10.67, down 73 cents from April, $5.62 below a year ago, and the lowest Class IV price since August 2009. The Class IV average stands at $13.96, down from $15.81 a year ago and compares to $13.42 in 2018.
Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly


Knowing Your Calf Vaccines

Young calves need vaccinations to stay healthy and productive; but what type of vaccine should you use? In this June segment of Ask the Vet, Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek tells us the different types of vaccines available and why it is important to always know what type of vaccine you are including in your protocol.


Milk Dumping Stats

Dairy farmers had to dump milk on their farms in March and April due to the COVID pandemic. Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, ran the numbers and made some interesting observations about that milk. He shares what he learned with Lee Mielke:


Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19:
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NMPF’s Chris Galen tells us more about the application process on Dairy Radio Now:


Dairy Producers Optimistic

Dairy producers remain optimistic and determined to get through the COVID-19 pandemic inspired downturn, according to Hoard’s Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger, following last week’s Dairy Livestream discussion. He talks with Lee Mielke about it:


Dairy Market Report

Official U.S. dairy statistics are just starting to register the impacts of the pandemic, provisionally in product
consumption data, stock levels and federal milk marketing order prices. Full Report from DMI


Dairy Prices Showing Recent Strength

Dairy prices have seen some strength recently. HighGround Dairy’s Director of Dairy Market Intelligence, Lucas Fuess, talks about it with Lee Mielke. He also question’s the increase in U.S. milk output spelled out in last week’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report:


Stay Focused

The economic and health risks of coronavirus have many dairy producers on edge – but staying focused on the task at hand and remembering the value that dairy farming provides can help carry farmers through, says NMPF’s Emily Yeiser-Stepp: LISTEN


Recovery Mode

U.S. dairy markets are recovering, though they have a long way to go, according to FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about the three main elements that are driving this recovery.


April Class III: $13.07

The Agriculture Department announced the April Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $13.07 per hundredweight, down $3.18 from March, $2.89 below April 2019, and the lowest Class III price since May 2016. The Class IV price is $11.40, down $3.47 from March, $4.32 below a year ago, and the lowest Class IV price since September 2009. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly