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Adding Seaweed To The Ration

Dr. Mike Hutjens explores the idea of adding seaweed to the dairy ration:

NDPO Producer Spotlight

Our monthly producer spotlight from the National Dairy Producers Organization is with Joe Arens, Michigan dairy producer and NDPO board member:

Milk Market More Stable

Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the latest market conditions and where milk prices are heading for the coming year.

China Dairy Imports Strong

China's June dairy imports remained strong and record breaking in some cases, according to Lucas Fuess, Director of Dairy Market Intelligence for Chicago-based HighGround Dairy. He talks with Lee Mielke about it, in light of the Global Dairy Trade auction's continuing...

Colostrum Replacers

Dr. Mike Hutjens gives us a refresher course on colostrum replacers.

Class I Down 52 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the August Federal Order Class I base milk price at $16.90 per hundredweight, down 52 cents from July, $2.88 below August 2020, and the lowest Class I since April. It equates to $1.45 per gallon, down from $1.70 a year ago. The...

Senate Committee Hears Farm Labor Concerns

A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was held this week on farm labor. Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation updated listeners on Thursday's Dairy Radio Now:

WASDE Feed Grains Analysis

USDA's latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report didn't contain many changes on the feed grains side of the ledger. Bill Brooks, Dairy economist and principal of Missouri-based Stoneheart Consulting, talks with Lee Mielke about what it means for...

Round Bale Tips

Dr. Mike Hutjens has some tips on round bale hay:

Farmer Experience A Plus In Congress

Rep. David Valadao, R-CA, shares the latest in a recent NMPF Dairy Defined podcast. The full podcast is here. You can also find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. 

Latest Moos

China Dairy Imports Strong

China’s June dairy imports remained strong and record breaking in some cases, according to Lucas Fuess, Director of Dairy Market Intelligence for Chicago-based HighGround Dairy. He talks with Lee Mielke about it, in light of the Global Dairy Trade auction’s continuing weakness:


Class I Down 52 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the August Federal Order Class I base milk price at $16.90 per hundredweight, down 52 cents from July, $2.88 below August 2020, and the lowest Class I since April. It equates to $1.45 per gallon, down from $1.70 a year ago. The eight month Class I average stands at $16.39, down from $16.42 at this time a year ago and compares to $16.34 in 2019.
Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly

WASDE Feed Grains Analysis

USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report didn’t contain many changes on the feed grains side of the ledger. Bill Brooks, Dairy economist and principal of Missouri-based Stoneheart Consulting, talks with Lee Mielke about what it means for dairy farm profitability:


Proposed Spending Bill Goes To House

The House Appropriations Committee proposes a spending bill for fiscal ’22 that includes a wide variety of assistance and programs. Chris Galen, Sr. VP of Membership Services and Strategic Initiatives with the National Milk Producers Federation gave us an update on today’s Dairy Radio Now:


U.S. Dairy Cows Producing A Lot Of Milk

U.S. dairy cows produced a lot of milk in May, as they did in April. We’ve also produced a lot of cheese, butter and powder from that milk. But we have also consumed and exported a lot of those products as we hear from Matt Gould, editor of the Dairy & Food Market Analyst newsletter:


Another Shot In The Arm

The Agriculture Department announced additional COVID relief, including $500 million in American Rescue Plan funding, in The Emergency Food Assistance Program or TEFAP. It won’t be as generous to the dairy industry as the Food Box program, according to Nate Donnay, director of dairy market insight for StoneX Dairy in Chicago. He talks with Lee Mielke about it on today’s Dairy Radio:


Problems Persist at Ports

Congestion at U.S. ports and the truck shortages within the U.S. has challenged the U.S. dairy industry at an inopportune time. Matt Gould, editor and analyst with the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, talks with Lee Mielke about it on our Mielke Monday:


Cold Storage Reports Good News

The Agriculture Department’s April Cold Storage report had some good news for dairy farmers, according to HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess. He talks with Lee Mielke about it as well as some breaks in feed prices.


Bolsen Safety Foundation Launches Campaign

The Bolsen Safety Foundation, dedicated to educating people involved in forage and grain making on safety, begins a “Keith’s Happy Heavenly Birthday” campaign to gain member donors and sponsors. Learn more at https://www.silagesafety.org/become-a-member-donor.html

Keith Bolsen, who passed away last May, and whose birthday is this week, dedicated his life to the science of silage making. He traveled the world promoting good management practices based on the research he and others conducted. Seeing the tragic loss of life and serious injuries commonly occurring to those he was teaching, he turned his attention to promoting safe practices to go along with better management. As a result, he and his widow, Ruthie, started the foundation that now bears his name.

The Bolsen Safety Foundation is currently run by a board of ten volunteers from across the US, representing academia, farm owners, and agribusinesses. The foundation is developing a Speakers Bureau (meetings, conventions, school lectures, radio, TV, webinar), Written/AV Materials (silage safety guidelines, silage safety employee meeting agendas/kit, high school/college/employer safety book, safety signs for farm posting, safety videos, and Grant Funding (schools, associations for local projects, etc.). Promotion of safe practices is targeted to forage farmers, anyone living near feed storage, animal agriculture students, choppers/harvester operators, pile/storage makers, feeders, and nutritionists.

To learn more and become a member donor to the Bolsen Safety Foundation contact go to www.silagesafety.org.

June Class I: $18.29

The USDA announced the June Federal order Class I base milk price at $18.29 per hundredweight, up $1.19 from May, $6.87 above June 2020, and the highest Class I since December 2020. The six month average stands at $16.13, up from $15.84 at this time a year ago and $15.94 in 2019. It equates to $1.57 per gallon, up from 98 cents per gallon a year ago. Courtesy Mielke Market Weekly

WASDE Recap

Lucas Fuess of High Ground Dairy in Chicago updates Dairy Radio listeners on the latest market conditions on today’s Mielke Monday, with Lee Mielke:


Working With New Administration

In a recent meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, and NMPF’s Chairman Randy Mooney offered to closely collaborate with Ambassador Tai and the entire Biden Administration on trade in order to strengthen the health of the U.S. dairy industry to allow for further expansion of the hundreds of thousands of dairy-reliant jobs across the country. NMPF’s Chris Galen tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio Now:


Love For Cheesemaking

Redhead Creamery has been making artisan cheese on their family dairy farm since 2013.  But the dream for this sustainable and eco-friendly creamery has been a dream of founder (and natural redhead) Alise Sjostrom’s since she was 16.  Today you can tour the creameryhost your event in our private space, or sample cheeses in the cheese shop. Today’s broadcast sponsored by PDPW Dairy Signal:


Federal Milk Marketing Under Scrutiny Again

Federal milk market orders are under scrutiny again as many dairy producers suffered significant losses in income last year due to de-pooling provisions and negative producer price differentials. National milk has called for an emergency hearing on the issue. Lee Mielke talks about it with Hoards Dairyman’s Corey Geiger:


Class III Up $1.52

The Agriculture Department announced the April Federal order Class III milk price at $17.67 per hundredweight (cwt.), up $1.52 from March, $4.60 above March 2020, and the highest Class III since November 2020. That put the four month average at $16.40, up from $15.84 a year ago and $14.71 in 2019.

The Class IV price is $15.42, up $1.24 from March, $4.02 above a year ago, and the highest Class IV since February 2020. It’s four month average is $14.14, down from $14.78 in 2020 and $15.69 in 2019.

Methane Is Unique

Methane has an atmospheric removal process that is not being accounted for by agencies like the EPA, according to Dr. Frank Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis. Excerpts from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal:


March Milk Production

March milk production was anything but bullish. Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter updated Dairy Radio listeners with Lee Mielke:


Drought Concerns

Eric Snodgrass of Nutrien Ag Solutions updated listeners on the concerning drought conditions across the U.S.:


Dairy Data Update

The Biden Administration has elected to end the Food Box program at the end of May but it appears the Dairy Donation program will remain. We’ll get some response to that and a look at February dairy product commercial disappearance data with HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess.


What’s In it For Dairy?

There seems to be no end to the money from Uncle Sam to offset the effects of the COVID. We talked about what’s in it for dairy with Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food market Analyst newsletter:


PPP Worth Another Look

Dairy farmers and Cooperatives can still apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. Interested borrowers can apply for either type of PPP loan or have their first loan reevaluated by their lender until May 31. Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio Now:


Cheesy Discussion

How well do you know your cheese? We talk about Cheddar blocks and barrels in price discovery but what about Mozzarella? Hoards Dairyman’s Corey Geiger talks with Lee Mielke about a recent discussion on cheese on Hoard’s Dairy Livestream:


Global Dairy Trade Auction Recap

Tuesday’s Global Dairy trade saw whole milk powder take a tumble but HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess says powder prices are still high, thanks to China. He talks with Lee Mielke about it and how a shipping container shortage is hurting U.S. exports:


PDPW Conference Invites Walk-Ups, On-Demand

The 2021 PDPW Business Conference, March 17-18, 2021 at the Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells. 42 Expert speakers from around the world will cover a wide array of topics in the areas of dairy production and health, business and finance, leadership and management, natural resources, human resources, food safety, consumer engagement and more. Learn more here.

Every year, there are people unable to attend PDPW Business Conference for one reason or another. This year, PDPW is making conference sessions available in a virtual on-demand format.


Dairy Farmers Face Uncertainty

Uncertainty seems to never end in the dairy industry and right now dairy farmers face some challenging contrasts. U.S. milk output is rising as we enter the spring flush, but will rising demand and exports offset that. Lee Mielke talks about it with StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski:


Research Is Key To Dairy’s Future

Wisconsin dairy producer Mitch Breunig is also advisory chair of the Dairy Innovation Hub based in Wisconsin. He recently shared his comments about the importance of research on a PDPW Dairy Signal webcast:


Thinking Outside The Food Box

Shock waves hit the dairy industry when the Biden Administration announced that it would not be renewing the food box program, a program that has greatly benefited the dairy industry. But the news isn’t all bad, according Matt Gould, editor and analyst of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, who sorts it out with Lee Mielke on Dairy Radio Now’s Mielke Monday:


Class III Drops 29 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the February Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $15.75 per hundredweight (cwt.), down 29 cents from January and $1.25 below February 2020.                       .

The February Class IV price is $13.19 per cwt., down 56 cents from January and $3.01 below a year ago and the lowest Class IV price since September 2020. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly


California Milk Production Lowered

The January Milk Production and Cold Storage reports had a little fodder for the dairy market bulls however some of the milk production data is suspect, according to HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess. He talks about it with Lee Mielke:


Dairy Farmers Are Environmental Leaders

Through commitments like the Net Zero Initiative and efforts like the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, dairy farmers are well-positioned to be agricultural leaders in mitigating climate change, said Dr. Jamie Jonker, NMPF’s Vice President for Sustainability and Scientific Affairs, in an NMPF podcast .


Dairy Market Uncertainty

A lot of uncertainty surrounds the dairy markets which are waiting to see what will happen to government assistance, such as the food box feeding program. StoneX Dairy broker Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about it:


U.S. Milk Production Gushing

U.S. milk output is gushing and several cooperatives have instituted supply management programs, even as milk is being dumped in some regions. Lee Mielke checks in with Matt Gould, editor and analyst of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter: