Dr. Mike Hutjens explores the idea of adding seaweed to the dairy ration:
Our monthly producer spotlight from the National Dairy Producers Organization is with Joe Arens, Michigan dairy producer and NDPO board member:
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:
Dr. Mike Hutjens gives us a refresher course on colostrum replacers.
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
A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was held this week on farm labor. Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation updated listeners on Thursday’s Dairy Radio Now:
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:
Dr. Mike Hutjens has some tips on round bale hay:
Adam Wehling, Dean of Agriculture, Energy, Construction & Transportation, Chippewa Valley Technical College discusses the popularity of solar technology. Excerpts from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal:
Corey Geiger, managing editor of Hoard’s Dairymen Magazine visits with Lee Mielke on today’s Dairy Radio:
Dr. Mike Hutjens shares some tips on keeping your cows more comfortable on this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
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:
This month’s Ask the Vet question: How can we save on feed prices while still delivering the same amount of energy and protein to the dairy cow? Here’s Dr. Ryan Leiterman, director of technical services with Crystal Creek:
The USDA’s much anticipated Grain Stocks report and acreage data had some surprises and warnings on feed prices ahead. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks about it with Lee Mielke:
Dr. Mike Hutjens is back iwth more tips to combat summer heat stress:
The National Dairy Producers Organization invites you to their weekly national calls every Tuesday night. Gary Genske, NDPO board treasurer, gives us an update on today’s Dairy Radio. The weekly calls are every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. The live call-in number is: 712-775-7035 pin: 330090#
U.S. dairy stocks are growing. StoneX Dairy’s Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about what the May data says about consumption:
Dr. Mike Hutjens discusses a hot topic these days. Heat stress in dairy cattle:
Port congestion problems continue for U.S. dairy exporters. Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation joined us on our Policy Thursday with an update:
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:
As temperature and humidity rise, we need to make sure all of our animals are effectively cooled. A great reminder from Dr. Geoffrey Dahl from the University of Florida, who updated dairy producers on a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast:
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated Dairy Signal viewers on the latest news regarding inflation and how it will affect the dairy industry:
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:
Dr. Mike Hutjens shares some facts about the world’s best producing cow, Stone-Front Leader Hilda from Lancaster, Wisconsin, set the record for most lifetime milk produced:
Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation joined us on today’s Dairy Radio to discuss the importance of personal and planet health as we celebrate June Dairy Month:
Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for National Milk Producers Federation provides an update from our nation’s capital. Sponsored by PDPW.
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:
Dr. Mike Hutjens provides some insight in dealing with mycotoxins in the dairy ration:
Mike Eby with the National Dairy Producers Organization updated Dairy Radio Now listeners on what the organization has been up to.
How can a dairy producer get the most out of their dairy ration while still improving their bottomline? Our “Ask The Vet” question this month with Dr. Ryan Leiterman, director of technical services with Crystal Creek. If you have a question for Ryan, email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Dr. Mike Hutjens discusses replacing starch with sugar on this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
Canada has failed to take the necessary action to be in compliance with its obligations under USMCA by restricting access to the dairy tariff rate quotas (TRQs). Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation tells us more:
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.
Cheese prices fell this week as traders anticipated Thursday’s April Milk Production report. StoneX dairy brokers talks about it with Lee Mielke:
Dr. Mike Hutjens preps us on heat stress on this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
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
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:
Dr. Mike Hutjens checks in on the corn and soybean prices for dairy producers:
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:
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 creamery, host your event in our private space, or sample cheeses in the cheese shop. Today’s broadcast sponsored by PDPW Dairy Signal:
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:
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.
Why is it important to have good skin? Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek says the easiest way to know how your calves are doing is doing is to look at their skin.
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers with the latest on corn prices:
Rising feed costs are putting the squeeze on dairy farmers bottomline. Will milk prices keep up? Lee Mielke poses that question to StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski:
National Milk’s Chris Galen updated us on the latest news in the battle against dairy imitators:
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 was anything but bullish. Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter updated Dairy Radio listeners with Lee Mielke:
Eric Snodgrass of Nutrien Ag Solutions updated listeners on the concerning drought conditions across the U.S.:
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company, updated dairy producers on the latest market conditions, including a big boost for U.S. dairy exports in February. Comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast.
The Biden Administration has elected to end the Food Box program at the end of May but it appears the Dairy Donation program will remain. We’ll get some response to that and a look at February dairy product commercial disappearance data with HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess.
National Milk’s Chris Galen updated us on what is going to replace the Families to Farmers Food Box Program:
Iowa dairy farmer Dan Venteicher tells us about his robotic milking operation – from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast:
FC Stone X Group dairy broker Dave Kurzawski is Lee Mielke’s guest this week:
Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us again with another installment of Feed Forum Friday:
Dr. Ryan Leiterman, director of technical services with Crystal Creek, discusses why it’s important to monitor your cows skin and how it relates to their immune system:
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers says now is not the time to let our guard down as we begin to open more businesses and activities. His comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal webcast:
There seems to be no end to the money from Uncle Sam to offset the effects of the COVID. We talked about what’s in it for dairy with Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food market Analyst newsletter:
Dairy farmers and Cooperatives can still apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. Interested borrowers can apply for either type of PPP loan or have their first loan reevaluated by their lender until May 31. Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio Now:
From a recent PDPW Dairy Signal, a refresher course in risk management with Will Babler, Principal at Atten Babler Commodities, LLC.
How well do you know your cheese? We talk about Cheddar blocks and barrels in price discovery but what about Mozzarella? Hoards Dairyman’s Corey Geiger talks with Lee Mielke about a recent discussion on cheese on Hoard’s Dairy Livestream:
Dr. Mike Hutjens discusses winter and spring kill damages on the field, and how to replace that potential forage:
Tuesday’s Global Dairy trade saw whole milk powder take a tumble but HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess says powder prices are still high, thanks to China. He talks with Lee Mielke about it and how a shipping container shortage is hurting U.S. exports:
Dr. Mike Hutjens recaps a webinar he recently attended that was presented by Dr. Sandra Godden from the University of Minnesota:
Congress is faced with a several issues relating to immigration. NMPF’s Chris Galen provides an update from our nation’s capital:
The 2021 PDPW Business Conference, March 17-18, 2021 at the Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells. 42 Expert speakers from around the world will cover a wide array of topics in the areas of dairy production and health, business and finance, leadership and management, natural resources, human resources, food safety, consumer engagement and more. Learn more here.
Every year, there are people unable to attend PDPW Business Conference for one reason or another. This year, PDPW is making conference sessions available in a virtual on-demand format.
Uncertainty seems to never end in the dairy industry and right now dairy farmers face some challenging contrasts. U.S. milk output is rising as we enter the spring flush, but will rising demand and exports offset that. Lee Mielke talks about it with StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski:
Dr. Mike Hutjens shares the importance of glucose on today’s Feed Forum Friday:
Wisconsin dairy producer Mitch Breunig is also advisory chair of the Dairy Innovation Hub based in Wisconsin. He recently shared his comments about the importance of research on a PDPW Dairy Signal webcast:
Something new at PDPW’s Business Conference this year is Nexus, described as a combination of Shark Tank and Ted Talks. Nexus gives companies with cutting-edge technologies a platform from which they can connect with you – the dairy community’s most innovative and forward-thinking managers. Executive Director Shelly Mayer tells us more:
Shock waves hit the dairy industry when the Biden Administration announced that it would not be renewing the food box program, a program that has greatly benefited the dairy industry. But the news isn’t all bad, according Matt Gould, editor and analyst of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, who sorts it out with Lee Mielke on Dairy Radio Now’s Mielke Monday:
Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us about a recent Kansas State study targeting DCAD balances:
The Agriculture Department announced the February Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $15.75 per hundredweight (cwt.), down 29 cents from January and $1.25 below February 2020. .
The February Class IV price is $13.19 per cwt., down 56 cents from January and $3.01 below a year ago and the lowest Class IV price since September 2020. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly
National Milk’s Chris Galen updated Dairy Radio Now listeners on the latest Dairy Margin Coverage insurance payments to producers, and also Tom Vilsack’s “full plate” in returning as Ag. Secretary:
From the water line to the trough, removing biofilm from the water is as important as anything else on the farm. Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek continues his discussion on how to keep the water safe for all.
Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin will meet March 17th and 18th at Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Executive Director Shelly Mayer discusses the board’s decision to move forward with this year’s conference.
The January Milk Production and Cold Storage reports had a little fodder for the dairy market bulls however some of the milk production data is suspect, according to HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess. He talks about it with Lee Mielke:
Dr. Mike Hutjens updates listeners on the latest soybean prices and other alternatives to feeding cows:
Through commitments like the Net Zero Initiative and efforts like the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, dairy farmers are well-positioned to be agricultural leaders in mitigating climate change, said Dr. Jamie Jonker, NMPF’s Vice President for Sustainability and Scientific Affairs, in an NMPF podcast .
Now is the time to start preparing for fly season. Mark Upton with Central Life Sciences joins us again on today’s Dairy Radio with some important tips as we prepare for warmer weather.
The National Dairy FARM Program (FARM) has published its 2020 Year in Review. Serving as the annual summary of the achievements and program developments of the FARM Program, the Year in Review showcases successes and challenges during a year of change and uncertainty.
More than half of the nation is in some form of drought. Eric Snodgrass with Nutrien Ag Solutions updated Dairy Signal viewers on the Spring forecast:
A lot of uncertainty surrounds the dairy markets which are waiting to see what will happen to government assistance, such as the food box feeding program. StoneX Dairy broker Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about it:
Dr. Mike Hutjens updates on why the price of corn rose this past year:
Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation updated listeners on the big “to do” list that Congress is facing when they return from break this week.
Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated dairy producers on a recent PDPW Dairy Signal about why volatile milk prices are here to stay.
U.S. export data for December left a lot to be desired, but data for the year was record breaking. Lee Mielke talks about it with HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess as well as some export challenges we’re now facing as well as the high dairy feed prices.
While producing twins can be something of a genetic lottery, health challenges can reduce the overall profitability of the dairy operation. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more:
Milk production is increasing faster than demand is recovering, making 2021 a challenging year for dairy farmers, said Peter Vitaliano, NMPF’s chief economist, in an NMPF Dairy Defined podcast. Excerpts on today’s Dairy Radio:
Horn flies alone cost North American cattle producers over $1 billion each year, but as we hear from Mark Upton, director of sales for Central Life Sciences, those costs can be prevented by feeding Altosid IGR:
Dairy farmers are dedicated to healthy cows and wholesome milk, and continue to improve environmental stewardship to help reduce their carbon footprint. Emily Yeiser Stepp with the the national dairy FARM program joined us again to discuss on today’s Producer Tuesday, sponsored by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.
U.S. milk output is gushing and several cooperatives have instituted supply management programs, even as milk is being dumped in some regions. Lee Mielke checks in with Matt Gould, editor and analyst of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter:
Dr. Mike Hutjens updates listeners on the latest prices and margins affecting dairy producers.