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Prevent Heat Stress

Dr. Mike Hutjens has some useful tips on keeping cows cool and comfortable during the hot summer months.

USMCA Needs Enforcement

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is designed to usher in significant changes to U.S.-Canadian dairy trade, restore certainty to U.S.-Mexico trade relations and establish important protections for common name cheeses. But as Chris Galen from the National Milk...

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...

Operating Globally, Regionally, Locally

Dr. David Kohl, owner of Homestead Creamery and Stoney Brook Farm in Wirtz, VA, and Professor Emeritus at VA Tech, discusses alignment of production and consumer shifts as we go through the phases of a global pandemic (on a recent PDPW Dairy Signal):

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...

Darigold Announces Carbon-neutral Goal For 2050

Darigold, Inc. and the Northwest Dairy Association (NDA) announced their goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Read More

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:

The Power of Magnesium

Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us all about magnesium in this week's Feed Forum Friday:

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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


Dairy Stimulus Coming

Dairy will receive $2.9 billion from the $16 billion economic stimulus package. Economist Ken Olson did an analysis on what dairy producers would receive for a 100, 200 and 2,000 cow operations based on annual milk production of 20,000 pounds and 25,000 pounds for comparison. Bob Gray from Northeast Dairy Farmers Cooperatives breaks it down for Dairy Radio listeners:


Silver Lining?

Matt Gould, editor and analyst with the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, talks with Lee Mielke about the negative media reporting of dairy farmers dumping milk in the U.S. and why that’s happening and what the “silver lining” might be in the current dairy market:


Family Farm Rescue Plan Introduced

Rep. Ron Kind’s (D-La Crosse, WI) Family Farm Rescue Plan calls on the Administration to take the following five actions: 

  1. Purchase excess food supply and deliver to food banks
  2. Ensure farmers are eligible for all small business relief programs
  3. Use Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds to directly support family farms
  4. Reopen the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program
  5. End the trade war and implement USMCA

Wisconsin Dairy Recovery Program Announced

Milwaukee based Hunger Task Force has joined forces with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to help provide relief to the growing numbers of underfed and unemployed by connecting milk to emergency food organizations throughout the state. Brian Winnekins of WRDN radio in Durand spoke with Patrick Geoghegan of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin:


Time For USDA To Act

HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about the joint proposal by the National Milk Producers Federation and International Dairy Foods Association to help save the U.S. dairy industry:

Class III Falling

The Agriculture Department announced the March Federal order Class III milk price at $16.25 per hundredweight, down 75 cents from February but $1.21 above March 2019 and the highest March Class III since 2014. But that’s where the good news ends. More bloodletting is to come, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The three month average stands at $16.77, up from $14.30 a year ago and compares to $13.87 in 2018 but that average is about to fall as well.

Class III futures have been pulled sharply lower and Wednesday’s settlements portended an April price of $14.45; May, $13.12; and June at $13.56, with the peak in October of just $15.14.

The March Class IV price is $14.87, down $1.33 from February and 84 cents below a year ago and the lowest Class IV price since September 2018.  Its three month average is at $15.91, up from $15.68 a year ago and $13.01 in 2018.
Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly


Webinar Looks At Long Range Forecast

Join the PDPW World Class Webinars: “Looking forward in 2020” with Eric Snodgrass, atmospheric scientist with Nutrien Ag Solutions. Snodgrass will analyze how the weather has impacted markets during the growing season. He’ll provide the latest long-range forecasts through the end of the growing season and show you how to forecast excessive heat, rain and drought- factors that have a huge impact on your input costs. The webinar will be held on Wed., Apr. 15, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CT.


Americans Shift to Home Cooking

Last year more than half of Americans did not eat there meals at home. Ag Resource economist Dan Basse says the global pandemic has changed that. He shares his concerns about stocking our nation’s grocery stores and is also keeping his eye on another Black Swan that is affecting the ethanol industry.


Bracing For Decline in Restaurant Food Sales

HighGround Dairy warns that the coronavirus outbreak will result in a severe decline in restaurant and food service sales, which are a key driver of dairy demand, however retail and grocery demand has been exceptionally strong. Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about the situation, as they see it.


Upcoming Dairy Meetings See Changes

  • Dairy Farmers of America postponed its annual meeting, scheduled for March 16-18 in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • The Professional Dairy Producers Conference annual business conference, set for March 18-19, in Madison, Wisconsin, will now be held entirely online. Registration closes on March 17 at 5 p.m. Registrants can also access all recorded sessions, handouts and presentations on-demand, and then take a “walk” through PDPW’s premier suppliers’ digital storefronts on PDPW Prime.
  • The Central Plains Dairy Expo, scheduled for March 24-26 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been canceled.
  • The California Dairy Sustainability Summit, set for March 25-26 in Sacramento California, has been postponed.
  • The Wisconsin Public Service Farm Show, scheduled for March 31-April 2 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been canceled.
  • An annual “Workshop for Dairy Economists and Policy Analysts,” originally set for April 22-23 in Baltimore, Maryland, will not be held.

Let’s Be Careful Out There

Dairymen who are over 65 need to isolate themselves and be creative about how they are managing their usual daily activities with their employees. Non-essential functions by the state have been cancelled and most businesses and state agencies have been working around the clock to comply with the guidance and keep people away from one another.  Western United Dairies thank our farmers for keeping the stores stocked and all their employees who are keeping our consumers fed with healthy and nutritious food.

The State of California has issued the following guidance for self isolation to control the spread of COV-19:
Gathering Guidance English
Gathering Guidance Spanish

Additional information on other self-isolation protocols can be found here:
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Guidance.aspx

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-020s.aspx


Processors Response

Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, released the following statement today on COVID-19 and the availability of dairy products across the nation:

“The International Dairy Foods Association has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation to ensure the safety and availability of dairy products throughout the nation during this time of emergency. Our members, who represent the full dairy supply chain from the dairy cooperatives to dairy processors to the retailers, report at this time that the nation’s dairy industry is experiencing no interruptions and is continuing to supply American consumers with affordable, healthy milk and dairy products even as demand surges.

“Our association is in close contact with federal agencies and the White House to ensure transportation routes and supply lines in different regions of the country remain free of disruption. These routes are crucial to commerce and public safety and must remain unobstructed. At present, at retail facilities across the country, milk—a nutritious family staple—remains affordable and available. We are working closely with the USDA to remain flexible in how dairy processors get milk to schools and school districts who are continuing to provide meals to the millions of children who need them each day, despite closures, through distribution at schools, churches, parks and other community sites.

“And we are working to ensure dairy processors across the nation have up-to-date information about the swift and dynamic nature of COVID-19, including the latest guidance on prevention, so that they can continue to protect the health and safety of their workforce, their goods, and their customers, ensuring our nation can remain food secure throughout this situation.

“In times like these, we are most grateful for our dairy farmers and dairy processors for their great efficiency, commitment to safety, and ability to get affordable, nutritious milk where it is needed.”

NMPF Update: Dairy Supply Is Safe

In response to the continued spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) in the United States and the virus’s potential impact on domestic and international markets, National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern said the following:

“As the organization representing U.S. dairy farmers and the cooperatives they own, the National Milk Producers Federation stands ready to assist its members in addressing coronavirus challenges. From possible damages to domestic and world markets, to supply chain labor disruptions on the farm, at the processing plant or in transporting milk, the potential ramifications for dairy are wide-ranging. We will devote our resources to the best of our ability to helping dairy farmers and cooperatives respond to whatever challenges they may face.

“The good news is that the U.S. dairy supply is safe, and production of high-quality products continues unimpeded. The FDA has confirmed that heat treatment kills other coronaviruses, so pasteurization is expected to also inactivate this virus. In addition, there is no evidence that this strain of coronavirus is present in domestic livestock such as cattle.

“Still, all producers will remain vigilant as what has now been labeled a pandemic continues its path. We will continue to answer questions and offer information to help our members. Policy solutions also may be needed for producers whose operations have been affected by the virus. In keeping with our mission of serving our members, regardless of the challenge, we will work with lawmakers and regulators to ensure a safe and adequate supply of milk and to mitigate potential economic harm to dairy farmers.”

Fly Season Upon Us

It’s that time of year again as warming temperatures bring out those pesky flies. Mark Upton, Director of Sales, Feed Additives with Central Life Sciences joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now with some tips on how to better prepare for the upcoming fly season.

Coronavirus Impact on Dairy

The U.S. dairy industry is being impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, even though it’s not a big exporter of dairy products to China. Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, talks with Lee Mielke about it.


U.S. Dairy Products Sales To China Improving

The trade war with China over U.S. whey products, lactose, and infant formula is over, says Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. He talks with Lee Mielke about it and the additional potential for dairy product sales to China:


Milk Output Up

January milk output hit 18.8 billion pounds, according to preliminary data in the Agriculture Department’s first Milk Production report of 2020. That’s up 0.9% from January 2019. Output in the top 24 states totaled 17.9 billion, up 1.2%. Revisions added 88 million pounds to the original 50-state December total, now put at 18.37 billion pounds, up 1.2% from December 2018.
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