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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
High Ground Dairy’s Lucas Fuess discusses China’s latest import data with Lee Mielke:
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.
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:
Hoard’s Dairyman managing editor Cory Geiger recaps last week’s annual meeting in New Orleans.
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.
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
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:”
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:
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.
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.
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 :
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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
Tom Wedegaertner, Director of Cottonseed research with Cotton Incorporated, reports cotton crop “looks fantastic.”
June trade data is indicative of China’s continuing increase of dairy imports, unfortunately it is of small benefit to U.S. dairy farmers, according to Lucas Fuess, director of dairy market intelligence with HighGround Dairy in Chicago:
The outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in China continues to have ramifications for dairy farmers, according to Corey Geiger, managing editor for Hoard’s Dairyman:
The U.S. dairy market is in its own little world, pretty much ignoring
the global market. FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski talks about it
with Lee Mielke:
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.
Consumer concerns from the recent headlines of animal abuse allegations is our topic this week with Lee Mielke and guest, Cory Geiger from Hoard’s:
FC Stone’s Dave Kurzawksi recaps last week’s market news with Lee Mielke:
High Ground Dairy’s Lucas Fuess discusses the latest trade data on today’s Mielke Monday:
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:
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.
Matt Gould, analyst of the Dairy & Food Market Analyst newsletter joined us on today’s Mielke Monday to update us on African swine fever in China and how it may impact the dairy industry.
FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski discusses China’s latest import
HighGround Dairy’s (HGD) Lucas Fuess joins us on today’s Dairy Radio to update us on U.S. dairy exports.
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:
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:
Lee Mielke discusses the current state of the industry with Corey Geiger, Managing Editor of Hoard’s Dairyman:
FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski reports on January U.S. dairy exports:
High Ground Dairy’s Lucas Fuess joined Lee Mielke on Monday’s Dairy Radio Now to discuss the latest milk output.
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:
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
More than 1,800 dairy cattle died from the recent winter blizzards in Eastern Washington. Matt Gould, editor and analyst of the Dairy & Food Market Analyst newsletter joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now to discuss:
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:
The U.S. Dairy Export Council’s latest outlook is positive for 2019. Alan Levitt, VP of Communications & Market Analysis joined us on our Mielke Monday to discuss:
Not a lot of of optimism taken from last week’s annual Dairy Forum in Orlando. Jerry Dryer discusses the details with Lee Mielke:
The partial government shutdown has cost the dairy markets some regularly supplied information from USDA. How important was that info? FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski discusses with Lee Mielke on today’s Dairy Radio Now.
HighGround Dairy’s director of market intelligence, Lucas Fuess, says “the unthawing” of trade relations with China is good news for U.S. farmers but the U.S. has its work cut out for itself.
Matt Gould, editor, and analyst with the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter reports the GDT lends some optimism, even though the dairy industry and others still face the “trade war” left over from 2018. He also tells Lee Mielke that U.S. restaurants faced a challenging year.
FC Stone’s Dave Kurzawski joined us on the last day of the year with a recap of 2018 and what is in store for ’19:
As of midnight December 21, a partial shutdown of the government went into effect due to the failure of a House-passed continuing resolution in the Senate. At issue is President Trump’s insistence of funding for a border wall with Mexico. The Agriculture Department announced a contingency plan for its services. It will continue to publish its weekly National Dairy Products Sales Report but will not produce the monthly NASS Milk Production, Cold Storage, or Dairy Products reports. Monthly milk price announcements will also continue. The last time a shutdown impacted dairy programs was October 2013.
Matt Gould, analyst, and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter joins Lee Mielke on this Christmas Eve broadcast:
The USDA’s latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook show overall milk use in October was higher than year-earlier levels but FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski tells Lee Mielke on today’s Dairy Radio Now that the data speaks volumes to what has happened on the cheese futures and spot market. American cheese demand was down 9.9 percent from a year ago, unusual for this time of year, he said, but up 2.5 percent from September. The problem is that we price milk on American cheese, though he believes that will turn around. Listen Here:
Jerry Dryer, analyst, and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter joined us on today’s Mielke Monday to give a small preview of his December forecast. He believes we will see some $17 milk by the end of the year and, if his hunch on milk supply becomes reality, “We could see $20 milk by the end of next year.”
HighGround Dairy’s Director of Dairy Market Intelligence, Lucas Fuess, talks with Lee Mielke about the hope for any rebound in milk prices ahead:
Stewart-Peterson, Inc. Market Advisor John Heinberg joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now to update listeners on the latest U.S. dairy market activity and what to anticipate for 2019:
The nation’s Number 1 milk-producing state became a part of the Federal Milk Market Order system on November 1st. FC Stone dairy broker, Dave Kurzawski, talks with Lee Mielke about the ramifications of that additional 3 million plus pounds of milk per month being added to the Federal order for dairy producers in other states, and does he see higher dairy prices after Thanksgiving from the Christmas buy?
Matt Gould, an analyst of the Dairy & Food Market Analyst newsletter joined us on today’s Mielke Monday to see if there is any silver lining in the down milk prices that producers are facing.
HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess pointed out on today’s Mielke Monday Dairy Radio Now broadcast that, even though dairy commercial disappearance and exports are strong, that hasn’t been enough to help the barrel cheese price. Most exports are blocks, he said, and that has contributed to the big price spread between them.
FC Stone’s Dave Kurzawski says we may not be accurately assessing profitability on the dairy unless we consider the so-called “fixed costs.” He chats with Lee Mielke about it on Monday’s Dairy Radio Now:
The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement doesn’t have a lot of great news for U.S. dairy farmers, according to analyst Jerry Dryer of the Dairy & Food Market Analyst Newsletter. He talks with Lee Mielke about it on today’s Dairy Radio Now.
HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess reacts to the U.S. Canada agreement on trade announced last week and takes a peek at what he sees in 2019 for U.S. dairy:
Matt Gould, editor, and analyst with the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, says you might not know it from dairy product prices but domestic demand has been very strong or firm. He talks with Lee about it and the latest salvo in the China tariff war.
Matt Gould of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter discusses the messages from the August Milk Production report and how the light at the end of the tunnel may have been pushed backward
by the latest tariff war salvo with China.
How are the dairy markets reacting to the recent headlines? FC Stone’s Dave Kurzawski discusses with Lee Mielke.
The Trump administration appears to have worked a deal with Mexico and while talks continue with Canada, High Ground Dairy’s Lucas Fuess tells us the latest U.S. dairy export data:
It was Labor Day, 1988 when Lee Mielke launched DairyLine, a radio network devoted entirely to the dairy industry. Since then, DairyLine has transformed to Dairy Radio Now with MIelke providing weekly reports on the latest market conditions. On this anniversary we had a chance to look back at 30 years of providing info to the dairy industry.
Dairy and Food Market Analyst Matt Gould discusses the latest USDA Milk Production and Cold Storage reports released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The bulls were fed the week of August 13. Barrel cheese marched higher, commercial dairy product disappearance looked solid, the U.S. and Mexico appeared to be coming together in their trade spat, and even China’s commerce ministry stated that its commerce vice-minister had been invited by the U.S. to discuss economic and trade issues. And, for the first time ever, the USDA announced that it will purchase $50 million in pasteurized fluid milk.
HighGround Dairy’s Lucas Fuess tells Lee Mielke on Dairy Radio Now – that reports of heat stress in the Western U.S., Europe, Australia, and Japan is a cause for concern, and CME barrel cheese trading above the blocks for the first time since December 19, 2017, bodes well for prices and “we could have a trade deal with Mexico yet this month.” Listen here:
FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about the strength in June U.S. dairy exports.
FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski gives some perspective on the lost U.S. dairy export sales to Mexico and China and how they might offset during his talk with Lee Mielke:
Uncle Sam is coming to the aid of farmers hurt by the ongoing trade and tariff wars. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced July 24 that the USDA will “take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation,” according to a USDA press release. The plan “authorizes up to $12 billion in programs, which is in line with the estimated $11 billion impact of the unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods.”
HighGround Dairy’s director of market intelligence, Lucas Fuess, talks with Lee Mielke about the plan. A big question is, would direct payments to farmers be WTO acceptable? Fuess says that’s another issue and “there has been pushback in Congress on how this plan will be carried out. WTO has frowned upon some of these subsidies that the government is planning on making,” he concluded. “HighGound hopes for a full-scale reduction of the overall tariff situation and for farmers to compete better in the world market without subsidies.”
Global trade turmoil remains in the spotlight and FC Stone’s Arlan Suderman wrote in his July 16 Morning Commentary that “Europe and Japan have signed a trade agreement to fight against the protectionist efforts of the United States, failing to mention protectionist efforts of their own in recent decades.” He talked of the “battle of public opinion and political persuasion, with most countries decrying protectionism while fully engaged in the same, and aggressively so.”
FC Stone’s Dave Kurzawski, in the July 23 Dairy Radio Now broadcast, said the ultimate question is, “Are we in this to build walls and barriers to slow global trade or expand it?” He said our actions right now appear to want to minimize global trade, which would be troubling for U.S. agriculture.
“One thing is clear,” he said, “The U.S. has no trade agreement with Japan and it looks like all the other major exporters now have at least some advantage, or will have an advantage, in the coming years.” Suderman adds that “Few countries are willing to fully eliminate tariffs and other protectionist mechanisms, although most want you to believe that is precisely the environment in which they operate.”
Kurzawski sees the Administration’s actions as an exertion of power and leverage to “essentially better our place at the negotiation table and although things over the past eight weeks have been fairly grim as far as the trade wars are concerned, and it may still get worse before it gets better, but I do think there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Listen to Lee Mielke’s interview with Dave Kurzawski here:
The tariff war is starting to hurt dairy producers but, when it comes to trade, there are no simple answers, according to Matt Gould, editor, and analyst with the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. He talks with Lee Mielke about it on this week’s Mielke Monday:
The dairy markets have been trading off headlines for some time and reality is beginning to set in, according to HighGround Dairy’s AlyssaBadger. She talks with Lee Mielke about those headlines and how
Fonterra’s latest predicted milk price may be wishful thinking.
FC Stone’s Dave Kurzawski addressed the global markets on today’s Dairy Radio Now, stating “A majority of the talk surrounding the recent and drastic sell-off on Cheese and Class III (futures) revolves around President Trump’s newly imposed tariffs on the likes of China and Mexico. However, putting the blame solely on the administration is a bit of a stretch.” “A larger issue at play here seems to be the current oversupply of barrels in the marketplace, which is not an abundantly exportable cheese.”
Kurzawski admitted that, while the Mexican tariffs sent jitters throughout the market and are not good when trying to grow U.S. dairy exports, the reality is that those tariffs are only projected to effect a 4-5 cent reduction in the cheese price and not the 25-30 cents that we saw in the barrel market over the last couple weeks. “The seeds of this precipitous decline in the spot cheese market, particularly on the barrel side in the month of June, were sown probably a month or two ago,” he argued. Global dairy demand was great the first four to five months of 2018, he said, but in mid-May “the spigot was turned off, things calmed down, and the markets were of the mindset that we have enough milk for the time being. We had really good demand that was eating away at that milk, allowing us to make cheese, but now we have a lot of fresh cheese sitting out there and the phone stopped ringing.”
“The sellers got really aggressive and said, we can bleed out slowly at $1.40 (per pound) or we can go down and try to find a bid and I think they found a bid at the low $1.20s,” he said, though he doesn’t believe prices will stay that low for long. Summer heat can change this in a hurry, he said, as can other factors like cows coming off rbST in key areas, labor issues, poor income-over-feed margins, and continued good global demand. “This is not 2009,” he concluded, “even though we can see a price on the spot barrel market that we haven’t seen since 2009.”
The retaliatory tariff war with Mexico may not be as devastating for dairy as some fear, according to FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about it and reports dairy’s latest commercial disappearance data.
We’re hearing about the retaliatory mood of global trade because of the Trump administration, but ironically the latest trade news from the dairy industry is encouraging. Lee Mielke discusses the current situation with Lucas Fuess, director of dairy market intelligence with High Ground Dairy in Chicago.
Friday was the first day of June Dairy Month, but it arrives with a lot of apprehension among dairy producers. The cash dairy markets ended the Memorial Day holiday-shortened week with block Cheddar at $1.5975 per pound, down 1 1/4-cents on the week, 10 1/4-cents below a year ago, and 6 1/4-cents lower than it was on May 1, as the week’s global politics may have influenced traders some. More on that ahead. The barrels finished at $1.52, down 2 1/2-cents on the week, 3 cents above a year ago, but 8 1/4-cents below its May 1 perch. There were 7 cars of block that traded hands on the week at the CME and 26 of barrel.
Matt Gould, editor, an analyst with the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter says the second half of 2018 will be better than the first half – but he says that still doesn’t mean dairy producers will be profitable. Listen to his conversation with Lee Mielke of the Mielke Market Weekly on today’s Dairy Radio Now.
New Zealand officials are working on a plan to eradicate an outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis. M bovis causes illness in cattle including udder infections or mastitis, abortion, pneumonia and arthritis. “The disease was discovered last July and since then 41 farms have been confirmed as infected,” according to Radio Radio New Zealand. “That has since dropped to 37 farms, with more than 11,000 cattle slaughtered,” Alyssa Badger, manager of dairy market intelligence with High Ground Dairy in Chicago tells us this is the first time that M bovis has been reported in New Zealand.
According to Radio New Zealand: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a 10-year phased eradication, although most of the work will happen over the next one to two years, and will cost about $886 million.
Recent data shows food restaurant sales are up and that’s good news for the dairy industry. Jerry Dryer, editor, and analyst of the Dairy & Food Market Analyst newsletter joined Lee Mielke on Monday’s Dairy Radio Now to share the latest numbers.
U.S. dairy exports set a new record high in March on a total volume basis surpassing the previous record high set in March 2014. Exports of whey protein concentrate and lactose each hit all-time highs. Suppliers shipped 204,453 tons of milk powder, cheese, butterfat, whey, and lactose during the month, up 26 percent from March 2017. U.S. exports were valued at $510 million, 8 percent greater than in March 2017 and the highest total value since April 2015.
Ingredient sales drove much of the gains. Shipments of nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder (NDM/SMP) to Southeast Asia were nearly double the prior-year level and sales to Mexico were the second-most ever. Shipments of lactose to China increased by 57 percent during the month and were at a record high.
FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski tells Lee Mielke that on a total milk solids basis, exports were equivalent to 17.3 percent of U.S. milk production.