Dr. Mike Hutjens discusses the impact the coronovirus has on the dairy industry:
Legislation Congress passed last week contains provisions needed for dairy. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation updated listeners on Thursday’s Dairy Radio Now:
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
People spend a lot of time and elbow grease cleaning their calf facilities and equipment, but how effective is the effort? Dr. Ryan Leiterman from Crystal Creek shares the importance of deep cleaning to reduce pathogen levels that potentially harm calves:
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.
The global pandemic has plunged the world into a time of perplexity and uncertainty. Hoard’s Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger addresses some of the arising concerns for dairy on today’s Dairy Radio.
Dr. Mike Hutjens updates us on the latest spring hay inventory, prices and conditions:
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.
Dan Basse, President of Ag Resource Company joined us on today’s Dairy Radio to share his thoughts on the global pandemic.
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.
Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation joins us on today’s Dairy Radio:
- 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.
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.
Additional information on other self-isolation protocols can be found here:
Your farm workforce is not immune to coronavirus; please begin taking steps to protect yourself and your employees. Richard Stup, Ag Workforce Specialist at Cornell University joins us on Dairy Radio:
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.”
The coronavirus will impact dairy demand and prices but it may not be the disaster it might have been 10 years ago. FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about it:
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.”
Dr. Mike Hutjens shares some tips on dairy feed management practices on this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
Dairy farmers from National Milk Producers Federation member cooperatives and state dairy associations are visiting U.S. Senate offices today and tomorrow as part of a fly-in calling for an agricultural labor bill that could be reconciled with a plan the House approved last year, providing the stable, secure labor force U.S. dairy producers need. Read more
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.
Dr. Mike Hutjens shares the latest information on oats on this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
This month it is all about spring cleaning. Dr. Ryan Leiterman from Crystal Creek answers a question from the “Ask the Vet” mailbag on the best way to clean calf facilities and equipment.
You can ask Dr. Leiterman a question at: firstname.lastname@example.org:
There is a lot to take in at the PDPW Business Conference March 18-19 in Madison, Wisconsin. PDPW’s Cassandra Strupp has a preview, including a visit from a family in the Netherlands whose farm was selected as a McDonald’s Model Flagship 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.
On our Feed Forum Friday, Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us all about feeding certain fatty acids to our animals.
With the help of your fellow dairy producers, PDPW has put together an agenda for the 2020 Business Conference abounding with leading-edge information and the latest in education, innovations and research. We’ve also got a few new things in store for you. Cassandra Strupp tells us about the keynote speakers on today’s Dairy Radio:
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:
The variability in milk prices has caused dairy farmers to work harder in making profits. Dr. Mike Hutjens provides some strategies to build a better milk check:
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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The U.S. House passage of legislation that helps address dairy’s unique workforce challenges is now awaiting Senate approval. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation updated Dairy Radio listeners on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act:
Young adults should save the date for PDPW Stride™ Conference, a transformational experience designed to help students build on their inherent talents and leadership strengths. Held Apr. 4-5, 2020 at Dodgeland High School in Juneau, Wis., the weekend program is for high school students ages 15 to 18. Read All About it Here
FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski gives a state of the dairy industry address and talks about the corona-virus and the Oscar’s slam on the industry.
Dr. Mike Hutjens addresses the issue of calves that just don’t want to grow up.
After serving as president of National Farmers Union (NFU) for over a decade, Roger Johnson will not seek reelection next year. His current term will end at the organization’s annual convention in March, at which point an election for his successor will be held. Three candidates filed to run for the position before the Dec. 31 deadline – Rob Larew serves as NFU’s SVP of public policy and communications, Donn Teske has led Kansas Farmers Union as its president since 2001, and Mike Eby has served as spokesperson and chairman for the National Dairy Producers Organization for the last five years. Eby joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now:
Presented by dairy’s professional development organization – Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the 2020 PDPW Business Conference is held March 18-19 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. The two-day program will bring together dairy farmers, agribusiness and allied industries throughout the value chain.
The recent IDFA Dairy Forum showed a great mix of dairy processors, producers and retailers with more than 1,100 attendees. Corey Geiger, managing editor with Hoard’s Dairyman, shares his thoughts with Lee Mielke:
Dr. Mike Hutjens tackles the issue of low amounts of colostrum produced by some cows after calving.
The Agriculture Department announced the first Federal Order Class III benchmark milk price of 2020 at $17.05 per hundredweight, down $2.32 from December but $3.09 above January 2019 and the highest January Class III price since 2014.
The January Class IV price is $16.65, down a nickel from December but $1.17 above a year ago and also the highest January Class IV price since 2014. Courtesty of Mielke Market Weekly
House Energy and Commerce subcommittee included the DAIRY PRIDE Act on its list of key pieces of legislation related to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for this year. Chris Galen, Sr. VP of Membership Services and Strategic Initiatives with the National Milk Producers Federation joins us on Dairy Radio with an update:
Dr. Ryan Leiterman, director of technical services with Crystal Creek, answers a question from the “Ask the Vet” mailbag on what is the best approach to feeding young calves. Listen to his answer below and email your question to Dr. Leiterman here: email@example.com
The U.S. dairy industry continues to consolidate and move westward, according to Daily Dairy Report editor and analyst Sarina Sharp who talks about it with Lee Mielke:
Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us about Rumen Fermentable Carbohydrate (RFC) needs in this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
USDA just recently made some changes to the school lunch standards to give schools more choices when serving fruits and vegetables and meat. These include slices of pizza and hamburgers and even French fries. Why hasn’t USDA given our school kids the option of having whole and 2% milk in the lunch line? They have the regulatory authority to do this, according to Bob Gray of Northeast Dairy Farmers Cooperatives:
Matt Gould of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst says the December Cold Storage report shows bulging butter stocks. He puts it into perspective in his discussion with Lee Mielke.
Dr. Mike Hutjens focuses on one of the major sources of feed in this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
A flurry of trade legislation activity occurred in Washington D.C. recently and has the U.S. dairy industry optimistic for feeding the world.. Chris Galen, Sr. VP of Strategic Initiatives and Membership Services updated Dairy Radio listeners on the latest news:
PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy™is an application-based leadership program. Applications are due. Jan. 31, 2020. The program will be held March 17-18, 2020 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. PDPW’s Tracy Propst tells us about the three pillars students may choose:
The latest commercial disappearance data appears a bit disappointing; however FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski puts it into perspective and discusses the new block cheese price futures contract with Lee Mielke:
Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us on our Feed Forum Friday with some good news and bad news about the 2019 corn silage crop:
Part two of our conversation with former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council:
President Trump is expected to sign a trade deal with China today and the U.S. Senate is expected to pass the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement tomorrow. Tom Vilsack, President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council says both will be good news for the U.S. dairy industry:
PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy™is an application-based leadership program. Applications are due. Jan. 31, 2020. The program will be held March 17-18, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin in conjunction with the 2020 PDPW Business Conference. PDPW’s Tracy Propst joined us for a preview:
U.S. dairy exports looked good for November with strong performance across most commodities, according to High Ground Dairy’s Lucas Fuess. He talks with Lee Mileke about the numbers.
Mike Hutjens joins us with an update on the corn and soybean harvest.
Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation joined us to discuss the latest on how lawmakers are dealing with the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement:
2019 milk prices reached the highest levels in five years but will they last in 2020? FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski gives Lee Mielke his read on things.
Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us about herd replacement costs in this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
The Agriculture Department announced the December Federal Order Class III benchmark milk price on January 2 at $19.37 per hundredweight (cwt.), down $1.08 from November, $5.59 above December 2018, and the highest December price since 2007. That put the 2019 Class III average at $16.96, up from $14.61 in 2018 and $16.17 in 2017.
The December Class IV milk price is $16.70 per cwt., up 10 cents from November, $1.61 above a year ago, and the highest Class IV price since August. Its 2019 average is $16.30, up from $14.23 in 2018 and $15.16 in 2017. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly
Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us on our Feed Forum Friday to discuss the latest forage research:
The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) praised the House of Representatives for approving legislation implementing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). As NMPF”s Chris Galen tells us, now it’s the Senate’s turn:
The US dairy industry produces some of the best quality milk in the world, though it has been hesitant to lower its maximum allowable somatic cell count standards to global levels. Corey Geiger, managing editor of Hoards Dairyman magazine, talks with Lee Mielke about that and the upcoming Quality Award winners:
Dr. Mike Hutjens updates Dairy Radio listeners on the latest research relating to dairy feed:
Focus on thinking differently in a hyper-paced world and go beyond managing and coaching to empowering others. The 2020 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals program is set for January 14-16, 2020 at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel in Corpus Chrisi, Texas. Shelly Mayer tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio broadcast.
The USDA’s latest dairy product commercial disappearance data helps explain recent prices, according to Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. He talks about with Lee Mielke on today’s Dairy Radio:
The 2019 crop year has been a tough one for most of the country. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us about it on this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038). The bill, the first House-passed agricultural labor reform since a comprehensive immigration plan in 1986, includes critical provisions to address dairy’s unique workforce needs. NMPF’s Chris Galen discusses the issue and also provides an update on the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement:
The 2020 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals program is set for January 14-16, 2020 at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel in Corpus Chrisi, Texas. The 3-day executive-level professional development training and networking program is designed for dairy owners and managers, CEOs, industry directors, processors, marketers and distributors. PDPW Executive Director Shelly Mayer has a preview on today’s Dairy Radio program.
Dr. Mike Hutjens, professor emeritus from the University of Illinois looks at current milk prices and strategies for the coming year:
The US Agriculture Department announced the November Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $20.45 per hundredweight this week, up $1.73 from October, $6.01 above November 2018, and the highest Class III price since October 2014.
The eleven month Class III average is $16.74, up from $14.69 at this time a year ago and $16.24 in 2017.
The November Class IV price is $16.60, up 21 cents from October and $1.54 above a year ago. Its average stands at $16.26, up from $14.15 a year ago and $15.31 in 2017. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly
Dr. Ryan Leiterman is a dairy veterinarian experienced in calf barn air circulation design and analysis. He shares how one system can optimize calf barn air circulation for every season.
One confirmed tuberculosis (TB) test creates a domino effect of confusion, cost and questions. During the PDPW Dairy Insights Summit in Madison this week, Steve Maddox of Ruann Dairy in California will share his family’s story of how reverse transfer – the human-to-animal transmission – changed his family’s dairy and how the government and regulatory system responded.
High Ground Dairy’s Lucas Fuess discusses China’s latest import data with Lee Mielke:
Dr. Mike Hutjens, professor emeritus from the University of Illinois takes a look at current milk and feed prices on this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
Today’s broadcast is with Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation. We hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and most of all, gratitude.
The PDPW Dairy Insights Summit is Dec. 5, 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison, Wiscsonsin. Cassandra Strupp gives us a preview on today’s Dairy Radio broadcast:
Matt Gould, editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst, warns of rising milk output in the U.S. and globally and the downward pressure that will mean ahead, but he is still optimistic about 2020 for dairy farmers. He talks with Lee Mielke about the reasons why.
Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us to look at the 2019 corn and alfalfa crop.
The December Federal order Class I base milk price was announced by the USDA at $19.33 per hundredweight, up $1.19 from November and $4.28 above December 2018 and the highest Class I price since December 2014. It equates to about $1.66 per gallon, up from $1.29 a year ago. The 2019 Class I average is $16.99, up from $14.84 in 2018 and $16.45 in 2017.
Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly
FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski joins Lee Mielke on Monday’s Dairy Radio Now broadcast:
Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us on our Feed Forum Friday to update us on the latest hay conditions.
As public impeachment hearings kicked off in Washington, the National Milk Producers Federation continues to push congress to pass the U.S. Mexico Canada trade deal and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan immigration bill that advances agriculture immigration reform. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation joins us:
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Geek out on calves at the PDPW Calf Care Connection® training, repeating in three locations, Nov. 19, 20, and 21, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. in Chilton, Eau Claire, and Fennimore, Wis. Click Here For More Info
Hoard’s Dairyman managing editor Cory Geiger recaps last week’s annual meeting in New Orleans.
Dr. Mike Hutjens looks at immature and frost damaged corn silage:
NMPF’s main policy conference of the year, featured discussions of the state of the dairy industry and economy, with remarks from the organization’s chairman, Missouri dairy farmer Randy Mooney :
The Crystal Creek® approach to calf barn air circulation challenges the long standing belief that calf barns should limit ventilation in the winter to 4 air exchanges per hour. Dr. Ryan Leiterman explains in this month’s installment of “A Breath of Fresh Air” on Dairy Radio.
The U.S. dairy industry stands to benefit from purchases made by China and Japan, according to HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess. He talks with Lee
Mielke about it.
Utilizing corn stalks for cow feed is our topic with Dr. Mike Hutjens:
Dairy producers are seeing their highest prices in five years and signup in the improved DMC program has generated support. But, two negative factors are the decline of butter prices and the softening of U.S. dairy export volume growth in the past half-decade. The latest issue of the Dairy Market Report for October 2019 is now available online.
The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan immigration bill that advances agriculture immigration reform and helps dairy operators with year-round employment was introduced in the House. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation tells us more on Dairy Radio:
The October Federal Order Class III benchmark milk price hit a five-year high at $18.72 per hundredweight, up 41 cents from September, $3.19 above October 2018, and the highest Class III since November 2014. The October Class IV milk price is $16.39, up 4 cents from September and $1.38 above a year ago. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly
Every year, FFA members nationwide converge on the National FFA Convention & Expo to celebrate their accomplishments and find inspiration for their next steps: https://convention.ffa.org/
An online tool from the Center for Dairy Excellence shows the value of dairy in each county in Pennsylvania: http://www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/pa-dairy-goodness-that-matters/calculate-dairys-value/
Bob Cropp and Mark Stephenson discuss the latest dairy market activity on their podcast link:
The PDPW Herdsperson Workshop is the place to be if you’re a dairy owner, herd manager, nutritionist, veterinarian or a mid-manager making key herd-health and management decisions on a dairy. The conference will be held Oct. 30 in Arlington, WI. and again Oct. 31 in Marshfield. Dr. Marcia Endres joins us on today’s Dairy Radio with a preview:
Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, reports USDA’s latest Milk Production report “represents the fastest growth rate in milk supply in about a year:”
Dr. Mike Hutjens recently visited Tunisia and tells us all about it on this week’s Feed Forum Friday:
The Agriculture Department announced the November Federal order Class I base price at $18.14 per hundredweight, up 30 cents from October, $2.62 above November 2018, and the highest Class I since January 2015. It equates to $1.56 per gallon, up from $1.33 a year ago. The 11 month average is $16.78, up from $14.82 a year ago and $16.41 in 2017.
Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly