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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. 

NMPF Update: Dairy Supply Is Safe

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.”

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