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Dairy Dynamics

Dairy prices remain strong as we hear from Dr. Mike Hutjens on today's Feed Forum Friday:

Fake Milk Labeling Changes Expected

With FDA guidance expected on the proper labeling of plant-based milk alternatives sometime this summer, the National Milk Producers Federation is asking the FDA to rethink plant-based beverages when defining milk. Chris Galen updated Dairy Radio Now listeners on...

Managing Heat Stress During Reproduction

Dr. Paul Fricke from the University of Wisconsin-Madison updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the importance of keeping cows cool.

Breeding Changes On The Farm

Breeding programs on America’s dairy farms are seeing some surprising changes, according to Hoards Dairyman Managing Editor Corey Geiger. He talks to Lee Mielke about it.

Proper Calf Managment

Dr. Mike Hutjens recaps a recent study about getting colostrum to calves early as part of proper calf management:

A True Family Dairy Farm

Deborah Mills married a dairy farmer more than three decades ago; back when we saw more family dairy operations. She joins us on today's NDPO Producer Spotlight to tell us about the big changes we've seen on the family farm through the years.

WDE Announces Virtual Farm Tours

World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tours have brought some of the best dairy operations from near and far to Madison for over 20 years. The four dairies to be featured during WDE 2022 continue that tradition while showcasing environmental stewardship, quality genetics,...

Investing Off The Farm

Having options are important during these uncertain times. On this week's PDPW Producer Tuesday, our topic is "Investing Off The Farm," with PJ Madson, Senior Vice President of Wealth Management, Nicolet National BankBank. These are comments he shared from a recent...

Dairy Product Prices Weakening

Dairy product prices appear to be weakening some - StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski discusses with Lee Mielke:

Adding Protein To Pasture Systems

Dr. Mike Hutjens shares recent research of pasture responses when feeding dairy cows.

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A True Family Dairy Farm

Deborah Mills married a dairy farmer more than three decades ago; back when we saw more family dairy operations. She joins us on today’s NDPO Producer Spotlight to tell us about the big changes we’ve seen on the family farm through the years.


WDE Announces Virtual Farm Tours

World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tours have brought some of the best dairy operations from near and far to Madison for over 20 years. The four dairies to be featured during WDE 2022 continue that tradition while showcasing environmental stewardship, quality genetics, technology advancements, community involvement and more. During Expo’s Virtual Farm Tours, dairy owners and managers share a visual presentation with time for questions and an open discussion afterward. Tours are presented daily in Mendota Room 1 of the Exhibition Hall at 10:00 a.m.

The 2022 World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tour schedule can be enjoyed in person at WDE or online through ExpoTV at www.worlddairyexpo.com.

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Fly Season Upon Us

The house, face, horn and stable fly all present challenges on dairies. Reina Lewis, Regional Sales Mgr with Central Life Sciences joins us on today’s Wellness Wednesday to share how these pests impact cow comfort, productivity and the dairy farmers bottom-line. Listen as she shares the best way to address fly infestations on today’s dairy operation:


PDPW Announces Speakers for Weekly Dairy Signal


The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin says another group of speakers are set to take part in the online Dairy Signal program this week.

On Tuesday, Patrick Wood of Ag Methane Advisors, LLC will talk about how carbon markets present a number of opportunities for farmers, but also come with potential risks. There will also be some time for questions and answers.

A group of PhD students and a professor from the University of Florida will be Wednesday’s presenters. they will share research on the impact of choline on hepatic metabolism and performance in dairy cows as well as studies on how a cow’s ability to utilize nutrients can impact her production, health and reproduction.

And on Thursday, Economist Dan Basse of AgResource Company will be back with his biweekly update on news and analysis of agricultural markets that will impact dairy producers and the ag industry.

All episodes are free and available to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. They are streamed live at 12:00 noon or available on demand for later playback. Wisconsin Ag Connection

Dairy Market Insights

Dairy got a boatload of market driving information recently, another big drop in the GDT, insight into where U.S. milk production is headed in the March Milk Production report, and the drop in Chinese dairy imports in March. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks with Lee about it all:


Class I Price Hits Record High, Milk Output Down

The Agriculture Department announced the May Federal order Class I base milk price at another new record high, $25.45 per hundredweight, up $1.07 from April and $8.35 above May 2021. The five month average stands at $22.81, up from $15.70 a year ago, and $16.72 in 2020.

Milk output down 0.5%

U.S. milk production lagged year ago levels for the fifth consecutive month in March however that trend may soon end. The Agriculture Department’s latest preliminary data shows March output at 19.7 billion pounds, down 0.5% from Mar. 2021, and follows the revised 0.9% drop in February. March output in the top 24 producing states totaled 18.8 billion pounds, down 0.4%.

Revisions raised the original 50-State February estimate by 18 million pounds to 17.53 billion, 0.9% below a year ago, instead of the 1.0% reported.

Milk output for First Quarter totaled 56.3 billion pounds, down 1.0% from the same period in 2021. Cow numbers totaled 9.38 million head, unchanged from the October to December quarter, but 85,000 below a year ago.

Farmers are adding cows back. March numbers totaled 9.395 million head, up 15,000 from February, but were still down 87,000 from a year ago. The February count was revised up 10,000 head.

March output per cow averaged 2,096 pounds, up 8 pounds or 0.4% from 2021.

California production totaled 3.7 billion pounds, up 19 million pounds or 0.5% from a year ago, thanks a thousand additional cows outweighing a 10 pound loss per cow. Wisconsin output totaled 2.7 billion pounds, up 6 million or 0.2%. Cow numbers were up 3,000 and output per cow was unchanged from a year ago.

Idaho was unchanged in cow numbers, output per cow, and total production. Michigan was down 2.9% on 15,000 fewer cows, though output per cow was up 10 pounds. Minnesota was down 2.6% on a 15 pound drop per cow and 9,000 fewer cows. New Mexico was down 9.3% on 37,000 fewer cows. Output per cow was up 45 pounds.

New York was off down 1.0% on 6,000 fewer cows though output per cow was unchanged. Oregon was up 1.3% on a 10 pound drop per cow and 1,000 more cows. Pennsylvania was down 2.2%, on 8,000 fewer cows and a 10 pound drop per cow. South Dakota cows put 20% more milk in the tank, thanks to 30,000 more cows being milk and offsetting a 10 pound drop per cow. Texas output, while still a long ways from Number 2 Wisconsin, was up 6.7%, on 22,000 more cows and a 65 pound gain per cow.

Vermont was off 0.9% on a 15 pound drop per cow but cow numbers were unchanged. Washington State was down 4.0% on a loss of 145,000 cows, though output per cow was up 25 pounds.

Inflation At 40 Year High

Good Friday Week gave us some startling news showing inflation at a 40-year high of 8.5%, as fuel and food prices skyrocket. Lee Mielke talks about it with StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski:


PA Push For Whole Milk In Schools

There was a fund raiser for PA State Senator John Lawrence Monday in Lancaster County.  Senator Lawrence is a sponsor in the PA Senate for the bill to allow PA whole milk in schools.  Congressman GT Thompson, Ranking Member of the House Ag Committee was there and John Clark interviewed him.

The current bill has made it through the PA House and is working its way to the PA Senate.  Hopes are high that the Governor will sign it, in time for the kids to get PA Preferred whole milk for the start of the 2022 – 2023 school year.


Mixing Milk Replacer A Daily Task

Mixing milk replacer to feed pre-weaned calves is a daily task on many farms. And it’s a simple task, right? All it takes is adding the correct amount of powdered milk replacer to the correct amount of water, how hard can that be? That’s our question to Dr. Ryan Leiterman on this month’s “Ask the Vet” segment:


Farm Milk Prices Up

Farm milk prices keep heading higher, but they need to. The Agriculture Department announced the March Federal order Class III benchmark price at $22.45 per hundredweight, up $1.54 from February, $6.30 above March 2021, and the highest Class III since Nov. 2020. The three month average stands at $21.25, up from $15.98 at this time a year ago and $16.77 in 2020.

The March Class IV price is a record high $24.82, up 82 cents from February, the previous high, and $10.64 above a year ago. The three month average is at $23.97, up from $13.71 a year ago and $15.91 in 2020. Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly.

Feed Price Concerns

Gary Genske with Genske Mulder & Company, certified public accountants, joined us on today’s Dairy Radio to share concerns about future feed prices:


Market Volatility With Russia’s Invasion

There’s plenty of uncertainty and volatility in the market these days as the war rages on in Ukraine. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about the dairy side of things, specifically USDA’s latest milk production and milk price projections and January export data:


FARM Program Helps Dairy Industry

Through five program silos, FARM works with dairy producers, cooperatives, processors and industry partners to demonstrate the highest standards on U.S. dairy farms. we learn more on today’s Dairy Radio:


Volatility During Uncertain Times

Volatility is the word of the day as the war between Russia and Ukraine rages on. StoneX Dairy Group broker Dave Kurzawski says the markets are focusing on worst case scenarios. He talks with Lee Mielke about what it means for dairy:


Milk Output Down, Bullish Cold Storage Report

The world witnessed the beginnings of war this past week as Russian troops invaded Ukraine. We also saw a large reduction in U.S. milk output and a bullish Cold Storage report. Lee Mielke talks about it with Matt Gould, editor and analyst with the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter:


Costs Going Up

A much delayed study on updating Federal Market Order make allowances has been released and shows that the cost of processing most products has gone up. That would affect dairy farmer milk prices. StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about it on today’s Dairy Radio Now.


Producers See Class III Bump

Dairy producers saw a nice $2 increase in the January Class III milk price and the latest milk feed ratio inched higher; but there won’t be a Dairy Margin Coverage payment for the month, according to dairy economist Bill Brooks of Stoneheart Consulting. He talks about it with Lee Mielke about it on today’s Dairy Radio Now:


Class III Milk Jumps To $20.38

The Agriculture Department announced the first Class III benchmark milk price of 2022 at $20.38 per hundredweight for January, up $2.02 from December, $4.34 above January 2021, and the highest Class III price since November 2020.

The January Class IV price is $23.09 per cwt., up $3.21 from December, $9.34 above a year ago, and the highest Class IV price since August 2014. Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly

Futures On Roller Coaster

The dairy and futures markets were on a roller coaster this past week but the market did what it was designed to do, says StoneX Dairy’s Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about it.


DRP Opportunities

Kathleen Wolfley, a broker/agent with Ever.ag, joins us on today’s Dairy Radio to discuss another safety net option for dairy producers, the Dairy Revenue Protection insurance program (DRP). She shares how producers currently have some great opportunities to protect their downside risk at historically high prices.


Strong Dairy Prices Ahead

Dairy prices are strong and will likely be around for awhile, according to dairy analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, Matt Gould. He adds that the resulting higher milk prices will find their way to the farm this time and talks about it with Lee Mielke:


Soaring Dairy Product Prices

We are off to the races in this new year. High Ground Dairy’s Lucas Fuess gives Dairy Radio listeners an update, as well as his reaction to the recent USMCA ruling against Canada.


Trade Win Over Canada

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) celebrated a landmark decision published this week which found Canada is improperly restricting access to its market for U.S. dairy products in violation of its U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) commitments. NMPF’s Chris Galen updated Dairy Radio Now listeners on what this means for the U.S. dairy industry moving forward:


Benchmark Up 33 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the December Federal order Class III milk price at $18.36 per hundredweightup 33 cents from November, $2.64 above December 2020, and the highest Class III since May. That put the year’s average at $17.08, down from $18.16 in 2021 and compares to $16.96 in 2019.

Class III futures portend a January 2022 price at $20.66; February, $22.35; and March at $21.75 per cwt.

The December Class IV price is $19.88, up $1.09 from November, $6.52 above a year ago, and the highest Class IV price since October 2014. The 2021 Class IV average is $16.09, up from $13.49 in 2020, and compares to $16.30 in 2019.
Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly


DMC Changes

Another new year is upon us and we take look ahead, including the changes USDA has made on the Dairy Margin Coverage program with Bill Brooks, dairy economist with Stoneheart Consulting in Deerborn, Missouri:\


 

Inflationary Environment

The last week of 2021 is here. The so-called “highlights,” or “low lights” will likely be the same in 2022, according to StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks about it with Lee Mielke: