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:
America’s largest milk producer will sell to Dairy Farmers of America:
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
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) invites you to the 2019 Herdsperson Workshops, Oct. 30 in Arlington, Wisconsin, and Oct. 31 in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Presenters include Dr. Laura Hernandez, Dr. Marcia Endres and Dr. Mike Hutjens. Read all about it here
Trade remains a volatile issue with the seemingly never ending dispute with China. FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski reports there is talk is of a purchase by China of $40-50 billion worth of US agricultural products:
Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us on our Feed Forum Friday to discuss the benefits of feeding molasses to dairy cows.
Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation updated listeners on the latest trade talks with Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, and the European Union:
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue didn’t have much of a positive response to a question about plant-based meats at World Dairy Expo. Hoards Dairyman Managing Editor, Corey Geiger talks with Lee Mielke about it and reports on a new study that challenges the negative charges against red meat consumption.
Dr. Mike Hutjens provides tips on handling and feeding waste milk on the farm:
Milk-based beverages for active kids and ready-to-drink lattes with collagen are among the nine finalists announced today in the California Milk Advisory Board’s (CMAB) Real California Milk Accelerator dairy startup competition designed to inspire ideas integrating the values of fluid milk into contemporary products and provide resources to help bring them to market. Read More Here
Jessica Mlsna, dairy energy specialist with Focus on Energy, wrapped up our three-part segment on the Focus on Energy’s role in helping dairy farmers in Wisconsin.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told dairy farmers at World Dairy Expo in Madison last week that they will have to adapt to survive. HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess was there and talks with Lee Mielke about the reaction.
Dr. Mike Hutjens joined us on today’s Dairy Radio to look at the feed situation for the last quarter of 2019 and what is in store for 2020:
Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation joined us on today’s Dairy Radio to preview the upcoming joint annual meeting with the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) and the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA). Nov. 4-6, 2019- more info
The Agriculture Department announced the September Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $18.31 per hundredweight, up 71 cents from August, $2.22 above September 2018, and the highest it has been since November 2014 and compares to California’s September 2018 4b cheese milk price of $15.62. The Class III price equates to about $1.51 per gallon, up from $1.51 in August and $1.38 a year ago.
The nine month Class III average stands at $16.11, up from $14.62 at this time a year ago and compares to $16.12 in 2017.
The September Class IV price is $16.35, down 39 cents from August and the lowest since May, but is $1.54 above a year ago. Its 2019 average stands at $16.21, up from $13.95 a year ago and $15.51 in 2017.
Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly
Fall is an excellent time to review how your calf barn is properly ventilated, especially with colder temperatures upon us. Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek reminds us that shutting everything down is not the answer, but rather controlling the barn’s air flow based on seasonal needs.
Many farms, homes and businesses are benefiting from reducing energy waste by partnering with Wisconsin utilities. Part two with Jessica Mlsna, dairy energy specialist with Focus on Energy:
The dairy industry has lost one of its greatest contributors. Lee Mielke dedicates today’s broadcast to Jerry Dryer whose voice was heard on DairyLine Radio for many many years. Lee and dairy analyst Matt Gould discuss on today’s Dairy Radio :
Dr. Mike Hutjens looks at data from 635 dairy farms related to robotic milking:
A public meeting is being held in Washington D.C. tomorrow, Sept. 27, 2019, to hear feedback on FDA’s effort to modernize food standards of identity. FDA is particularly interested in horizontal changes, to provide flexibility for manufacturers to develop healthier foods. The dairy industry is warning the FDA to proceed with caution:
Focus on Energy offers financial incentives for energy efficient improvements in Wisconsin. Dairy energy specialist Jessica Mlsna joined us on today’s Dairy Radio to tell us more.
Lee Mielke checks in with High Ground Dairy’s Lucas Fuess as they review USDA’s recent milk production and U.S. dairy product commercial disappearance.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the deadline to September 27 for dairy producers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for 2019. The deadline had been September 20.
Dr. Mike Hutjens toured four dairy farms in China recently. He joined us on today’s Dairy Radio to share his thoughts and observations:
The Agriculture Department announced the October Federal Order Class I base milk price at $17.84 per hundredweight, down a penny from September but $1.51 above October 2018, and the highest October Class I since 2014. The price equates to $1.53 per gallon, up from $1.40 a year ago. The 2019 Class I average stands at $16.64, up from $14.76 a year ago and $16.41 in 2017. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly
With sign-up for the 2019 Dairy Margin Coverage program ending Friday, the National Milk Producers Federation urged all dairy farmers to enroll in the program, which guarantees a payout for producers that’s higher than program premiums in 2019. NMPF’s Chris Galen provides more info:
Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. Crowds of more than 65,000 people, from nearly 100 countries, will return to Madison, Wis. for the 53rd annual event, October 1-5, 2019. General Manager Scott Bentley gave Dairy Radio listeners a preview on today’s broadcast:
Block Cheddar cheese hit the highest price in almost five years and is the highest priced cheese in the world. It closed “Friday the 13th” at $2.2050 per pound, up an astounding 20 3/4-cents on the week, the highest since October 22, 2014. FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski explains why:
Dr. Mike Hutjens provides great information on the upcoming harvest season and managing high moisture corn:
Returning from a whirlwind seven-day trip to China and Japan, USDEC President and CEO Tom Vilsack said he is optimistic about the long-term health of U.S. dairy exports despite challenges caused by current trade disputes:
Matt Gould, editor and analyst of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, talked with Lee Mielke about this week’s July Dairy Products report and the latest U..S dairy export data:
The Agriculture Department announced the August Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $17.60 per hundredweight, up a nickel from July, $2.65 above August 2018, and the highest Class III price since December 2014.
The 2019 Class III average stands at $15.83, up from $14.44 at this time a year ago and compares to $16.09 in 2017.
The August Class IV price is $16.74, down 16 cents from July but $2.11 above a year ago and the highest August Class IV since 2014. Its eight month average stands at $16.19, up from $13.85 a year ago and $15.46 in 2017.
Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly
Dr. Mike Hutjens looks at the payment numbers of the new Dairy Margin Coverage program:
The National Milk Producers Federation is pushing for quick passage of the U.S. – Mexico – Canada Agreement when Congress returns. NMPF’s Chris Galen has more:
Keeping calves healthy is like riding a bike. Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek shares the six “spokes” of a healthy calf wheel Calf Wheel of Health; a more visual way of explaining healthy and sick calves.
Results from this year’s Pro Farmer Tour were made public on corn and soybean yields. FC Stone’s Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about its message on dairy feed prices:
We need to have forage for our animals in the coming year. Dr. Mike Hutjens gives us some tips on how to properly manage your feed inventory before it’s too late.
World Dairy Expo is October 1-5, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. If you are entering cattle to compete on the legendary colored shavings, entry fees increase on Sunday, September 8 after 11:59 p.m. (CST). Electronic entries will remain open through September 19, with paper entries continuing to be accepted until the day of the show, both for an increased fee. Read More
Rhonda Strebel joins us again with an update on the Rural Health Initiative, a program that focuses on the health and well being of Wisconsin farmers.
Competition for the dairy industry is not new. Imitators were a challenge
years ago and plant based beverages are not the only foe dairy faces
today. Hoards Dairyman editor, Corey Geiger, talks with Lee Mielke about it on today’s Dairy Radio:
Dr. Mike Hutjens updates Dairy Radio listeners on corn silage conditions in the Midwest.
70 dairy companies sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Rep and Sec. of Ag asking the U.S. government to quickly finalize a strong trade deal with Japan in order to secure critical market access for the dairy industry here at home. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation tells us more:
The Agriculture Department announced the September Federal order Class I base milk price at $17.85 per hundredweight, down 4 cents from August but $3.00 above September 2018 and the highest September Class I since 2014. It equates to $1.53 per gallon, up from $1.28 a year ago. The nine month average stands at $16.51, up from $14.58 a year ago and $16.41 in 2017. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly
There is a lot of misinformation thrown around these days, especially online. In Hype, Dr. Nina Shapiro distinguishes between the falsehoods and the evidence-backed truth.
Established in 2004, the Rural Health Initiative (RHI) is a nonprofit, community-supported program designed to help remove the barriers of understanding and managing health and healthcare for the agricultural community. Executive Director Rhonda Strebel tells us more:
Bob Gray, editor of the Northeast Dairy Farmers Cooperative’s newsletter joined us on today’s Dairy Radio program with Lee Mielke to discuss proposed change to the H-2A program. Link to Newsletter
In a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, the dairy industry is asking the U.S. government to capitalize on the conclusion of Japan’s national elections and quickly finalize a strong trade deal with Japan in order to secure critical market access for the dairy industry here at home. Read More
Dr. Mike Hutjens updates Dairy Radio listeners on the latest acreage planting conditions.