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Summer Feed Status

Corn prices have been on the rise this summer. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more:

August Class I Up 71 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the August Federal Order Class I base milk price at $17.89 per hundredweight, up 71 cents from July, $3.74 above August 2018, and the highest Class I price since January 2015’s $18.58. It equates to $1.54 per gallon, up from $1.22...

Prevented Planting Update

Prevented planting is the failure to plant an insured crop with the proper equipment by the final planting date or during the late planting period.  Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more on this week's Feed Forum Friday:

CWT Update

CWT continues to post strong numbers by assisting member cooperatives in securing contracts to sell dairy products to places like Asia, Central America, the Middle East, Oceania and South America. National Milk's Chris Galen gives us an update on today's Dairy Radio:

Vitamin Power

The role of B vitamins in the dairy cow rations and the impact it has on performance and health:

USDA Agencies Should Stay in DC

The move to relocate two USDA agencies (ERS & NIFA) to Kansas City is being questioned by dairy scientists. Dr. Ken Olson from the American Dairy Science Association joined us on today's Dairy Radio:

Dairying in Russia

The Russian dairy industry proved to be a stark contrast to three other countries recently visited by Dr. Ryan Leiterman. He shares his observations and why he's thankful to be back home!

Encouraging Milk Prices

Encouraging milk prices starts with the supply, according to Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. While he does see higher feed prices ahead due to weather conditions affecting crops in the Midwest, he doesn't see that as...

Managing Capital Costs

Dr. Mike Hutjens addresses some important issues when managing capital costs on the dairy farm:

DMC Signups Underway

Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation updated Dairy Radio listeners on the new Dairy Margin Coverage safety net for dairy producers.

Latest Moos

August Class I Up 71 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the August Federal Order Class I base milk price at $17.89 per hundredweight, up 71 cents from July, $3.74 above August 2018, and the highest Class I price since January 2015’s $18.58. It equates to $1.54 per gallon, up from $1.22 a year ago. The 2019 Class I average stands at $16.34, up from $14.54 a year ago and 3 cents shy of 2017’s average.

Prevented Planting Update

Prevented planting is the failure to plant an insured crop with the proper equipment by the final planting date or during the late planting period.  Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more on this week’s Feed Forum Friday:

CWT Update

CWT continues to post strong numbers by assisting member cooperatives in securing contracts to sell dairy products to places like Asia, Central America, the Middle East, Oceania and South America. National Milk’s Chris Galen gives us an update on today’s Dairy Radio:

Encouraging Milk Prices

Encouraging milk prices starts with the supply, according to Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. While he does see higher feed prices ahead due to weather conditions affecting crops in the Midwest, he doesn’t see that as being catastrophic. 

Class III Milk Price Jumps To Yearly High

The Agriculture Department’s monthly benchmark milk price has reached the highest level in over a year and a half. The May Federal order Class III price was announced at $16.38 per hundredweight, up 42 cents from April, $1.20 above May 2018, and the highest Class III price since November 2017.

It equates to $1.41 per gallon, up from $1.37 in April and $1.31 a year ago. The year to date Class III average stands at $15.05, up from $14.25 a year ago and compares to $16.05 in 2017. By the way; California’s 4b cheese milk price was $14.90 in May 2018.

The May Class IV price is $16.29, up 57 cents from April, $1.72 above a year ago, and the highest it has been since August 2017. Its five month average stands at $15.81, up from $13.42 a year ago and compares to $14.92 in 2017.
Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly

Cow Numbers Continue to Decline

Market analyst Jerry Dryer said he expects U.S. cow numbers to continue to decline and looks for milk output to fall below a year, possibly even in April from revisions we will see next month. Listen here:

Farmers Get Trade Package Relief

From National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern:

“Dairy farmers have been harmed substantially by disrupted markets. We know that USDA is concerned about the damage being done to dairy farmers by ongoing tariff battles. We hope it will use the full range of tools available to provide a large segment of the payment in the first tranche to appropriately assist milk producers who have experienced a prolonged downturn in prices because of these conflicts,” he said. “We appreciate USDA’s concern for dairy’s needs, and we look forward to working with USDA, Congress and the White House as the department further develops its plans.”

NMPF estimates that producers have lost at least $2.3 billion in revenues through March due to higher tariffs against U.S. dairy, which has lowered milk prices for all producers.

June Dairy Month Is Not Fake

Hoards Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger echoes our belief that June Dairy Month is not fake milk month. A growing number of consumers believe drinking a beverage from a plant is more beneficial than what comes from a cow. Geiger tells us if consumers really knew the whole story, they probably wouldn’t be drinking fake milk.

Corkscrew Claw Syndrome

Hoof health is our topic this week with Dr. Mike Hutjens, retired dairy extension specialist from the University of Illinois. He tells us about a UW-Madison study that examines a hoof condition in young heifers:

Improving Animal Welfare

The U.S. dairy industry continues to evolve by using best management practices to care for their animals. Dr. Jennifer Van Os, assistant professor of dairy science at UW-Madison, joined us on PDPW’s Producer Tuesday to tell us about understanding and improving the welfare of dairy animals from a biological perspective. 

MPP Refunds Available

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that dairy producers who had coverage under the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which provided payments to producers when the price of milk fell below the feed costs to produce it, are eligible to receive a repayment for part of the premiums paid into the program. Read more from USDA site.

              

DMC Signup Info


The National Milk Producers Federation continues to encourage farmers to prepare for Dairy Margin Coverage signup, scheduled to begin June 17. The USDA’s decision tool, designed to help farmers determine their appropriate coverage level, is now online here. Later this week, letters will be sent to producers informing them of their premium refunds under the previous Margin Protection Program. NMPF’s Chris Galen tells us more:

Update On Direct-Fed Microbials

Live bacteria can benefit your dairy animal. Today we learn about direct-fed microbials or DFM’s, particularly for calves on liquid milk replacer. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us the different types and benefits of DFM’s on today’s Feed Forum Friday:

Staffers Briefed On Dairy Issues

Bob Gray, executive director of Northeast Dairy Farmers Cooperatives, is briefing agriculture committee staffers on important dairy issues. He tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio:

Selling The Farm? Maximize Every Acre

Choosing the right service and auction structure specific to your property is the key to selling for value. Joe Gizdic, president of Ranch & Farm Auctions joined us on today’s Dairy Radio to explain how their service enables rural land buyers to bid concurrently live onsite, live online and by phone-in bidding in real time in all 50 states.

Focus On Health & Well Being

Just like big city stress – dairy producers have a lot on their shoulders  Dr. Josie Rudolphi, Associate Research Scientist with the National Farm Medicine Center joined us to spotlight the resources available and what Congress is doing to put farmers first.

This is the second part of our interview with Dr. Rudolphi, brought to you by the PDPW, dairy’s professional development organization.

 

DMC Is Timely

Safety nets have been a part of dairy’s financial landscape for many years but the net has changed since the old price support program and keeps changing. Hoard’s Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger talked about the new Dairy Margin Coverage on today’s Dairy Radio Now broadcast:

Will Spring Flush Affect Cheese Prices?

Jerry Dryer, analyst and consultant with JDG Consulting, says cheese prices popped higher earlier than he expected this spring, although he warns the price could slip due to the spring flush, which USDA says is occurring in parts of the West and Southern Central regions. Listen here:

Vilsack Bullish On Dairy Exports

Tom Vilsack, President and CEO of the U.S Dairy Export Council updates Dairy Radio listeners on an initiative that hopes to build U.S. dairy export volume from 15 to 20 percent. The former ag secretary spoke at today’s Oregon Dairy Industries Conference in Salem, Oregon.

Benchmark Jumps $1.15

The Agriculture Department announced the March Federal order Class III milk price at $15.04 per hundredweight, up $1.15 from February, 82 cents above March 2018, and the highest Class III since October 2018 and equates to $1.29 per gallon, up from $1.19 in February and $1.22 a year ago.

The three-month average is at $14.30, up from $13.87 a year ago but compares to $16.49 in 2017.

The March Class IV price is $15.71, down 15 cents from February but $2.67 above a year ago, and the highest March Class IV price since 2014.

Its three month average stands at $15.68, up from $13.01 a year ago and $15.37 in 2017. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is an excellent time to plan your upcoming construction projects. Some of the more common calf barn designs incorporate naturally ventilated, curtain sidewall barns. Dr. Ryan Leiterman reminds us how to properly use curtains, eves and ridge vents as we ease out of the colder months.

FARM 4.0 Deadline Looms

The public comment period for FARM 4.0 ends Sunday, March 31st. Review the standards outlined in the charts, download informational PDFs, and leave your feedback on FARM’s webiste here. Dr. Mike Hutjens has more:

Sign-Ups Underway For LGM & MPP

Bob Gray from Northeast Dairy Farmers Cooperatives tells us dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for 2018. Previously dairy producers who enrolled in the LGM-Dairy Program in 2018 were ineligible to participate in the MPP. Changes made in the 2018 Farm Bill allows producers who enrolled in LGM-Dairy last year to now retroactively enroll in last year’s MPP.

The MPP dairy program offers payments to producers when the all milk price and the national feed cost – – the margin – – fall below a certain dollar level selected by producers.

The highest margin level for the MPP in 2018 was $8.00. Most importantly, sign up started March 25, and ends on May 10th, 2019. Please make a note of this if you are eligible.

Strong Support For Dairy PRIDE Act

The National Milk Producers Federation voiced strong support for the DAIRY PRIDE Act, calling it another means toward a crucial end for consumers: the end of mislabeled non-dairy products as “milks” in the marketplace. NMPF’s Chris Galen joined provides an update:

Disappearance Update

2018 total disappearance was higher across all commodities. High Ground Dairy’s Lucas Fuess talks about it with Lee Mielke on Monday’s Dairy Radio:

Check For Tar Spot Complex

Farmers should be checking for Tar Spot Complex, a brand new fungus problem that has occurred in the corn-belt and other areas of the U.S. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio Now.

Guidance To New DMC Program

With the U.S. Department of Agriculture reporting the first month of data applicable to farmer payments under the new Dairy Margin Coverage program, the National Milk Producers Federation commended USDA for helping farmers understand the scope of DMC program and offered its own example to illustrate the potential benefits of maximizing coverage under the new top margin-coverage level of $9.50 per hundredweight. Read More

DMC Signups Start Mid-June

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says signups for the new Dairy Margin Coverage program will start on June 17th. Bob Gray from Northeast Dairy Cooperatives joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now with more info:

Real News About Fake Milk

Lauren Brey runs a dairy operation with her husband in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and also works for Dairy Edge Cooperative in Green Bay. She joined us recently to share her concerns over products that are being labeled milk – but don’t come from a cow.

Benchmark Slips 7 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the February Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $13.89 per hundredweight, down 7 cents from January but 49 cents above February 2018 and the first month that The Class III price topped the previous year’s price since November 2017. It equates to $1.19 per gallon, down from $1.20 in January and compares to $1.15 a year ago.

The February Class IV price is $15.86, up 38 cents from January, $2.99 above a year ago, and the highest Class IV price since August 2017.

The four week average cheese price used in calculating the month’s Class prices was $1.3940 per pound, up 0.7 cents from January. Butter averaged $2.2644, up 3 cents. Nonfat dry milk averaged 98 cents per pound, up 2.9 cents, and dry whey averaged 45.45 cents per pound, down 2.6 cents from January. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly

NMPF “Road Map” Petition to FDA

The National Milk Producers Federation today filed a citizen petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, outlining a labeling solution to the use of dairy terms on non-dairy products as the agency considers public input from a recently concluded comment period.

The petition reinforces current FDA labeling regulations, with some additional clarification, to show how marketplace transparency can be enhanced and consumer harm from confusion over nutritional content can be reduced. It also addresses several specious arguments raised by marketers of vegan foods as part of the ongoing debate on dairy labeling, such as the false idea that creating consistent, clear labeling of non-dairy products would somehow limit the use of dairy terms on products that clearly aren’t marketed as dairy substitutes, such as peanut butter. (The petition may be accessed here.)

Class I Jumps 68 Cents

The March Federal order Class I base milk price is $15.98 per hundredweight, up 68 cents from February, $2.62 above March 2018, and the highest Class I price since October 2018. It equates to about $1.37 per gallon, up from $1.15 a year ago. The three-month Class I average is at $15.47, up from $14.35 at this time a year ago and compares to $17.03 in 2017. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly

NMPF Thanks Chobani

In a letter to Hamdi Ulukaya, chief executive officer of Chobani, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President and CEO Jim Mulhern thanked the company for supporting transparency in the use of dairy terms on food-product labels, the subject of a recently ended FDA comment period. Read More

Simplify Your Dairy Decisions

Connect and visualize your data and make better decisions faster with My Dairy Dashboard. That’s according to CEO Mitch Norby, who joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now to share the latest.

No Benefit From GDT Jump

The big jump in the latest Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction was good news for the global dairy market but the U.S. is not benefiting as much from it. Lee Mielke talks with HighGround Dairy’s director of market intelligence, Lucas Fuess:

Milk Prices Seeing Slow Rebound

U.S. milk prices are beginning a slow rebound but have a long way back to profitability. The Agriculture Department announced the January Federal order Class III benchmark price at $13.96 per hundredweight, up 18 cents from December but 4 cents below January 2018. It equates to $1.20 per gallon, up from $1.18 in December and compares to $1.20 a year ago.

The January Class IV price is $15.48, up 39 cents from December, $2.35 above a year ago, and the highest Class IV price since September 2017.

The four week USDA surveyed cheese price used in calculating the month’s Class prices averaged $1.3868 per pound, up 1.3 cents from December. The butter price averaged $2.2343, down 0.8 cent. Nonfat dry milk averaged 95.13 cents per pound, up 4.9 cents, and dry whey averaged 48.05 cents per pound, up 1.2 cents from December. Courtesy of the Mielke Market Weekly