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Farm Machine Technology Continues To Evolve

John Shutske, Professor and Extension Specialist in Biological Systems Engineering at UW-Madison recently updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the latest farm technologies:

Dairy Headlines

Last week had plenty of headlines from the disappointing Pulse dairy auction to China's mounting COVID cases and growing government protests, to USDA's disappointing purchases of dairy products and the possibility of national railway strike. HighGround Dairy's Lucas...

Capitalizing On Milk Fat Prices

Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us again to discuss a recent study relating to milk fat:

U.S. To Host World Dairy Summit

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit brings unique opportunities for U.S. dairy as the host nation for the Chicago event, to be held next Oct. 16-19. The global conference returns to the United States for the first time in three decades, at a...

Benchmark Milk Price Drops 80 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the November Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $21.01 per hundredweight (cwt.), down 80 cents from October but $2.98 above Nov. 2021. That put the eleven month average at $22.09, up from $16.96 a year ago and $18.39...

Managing Transition Cows

A lot of research has gone into transition cow nutrition. Dr. Robert Van Saun DVM, MS, PhD,, Professor of Veterinary Science and Extension Veterinarian, Penn State University, has more than 40 years experience on the subject. He presented a recent update to viewers...

Working On The Farm A Lost Art?

Farmer Maureen Torrey discusses the latest labor challenges at the recently held NY Labor Road Show. Our thanks to John Clark for attending this year.

Supplemental Yeast Products In Calves

Yeast products have been used in dairy cows for a number of years, but what about calves? Dr. Mike Hutjens shares the latest research on supplemental yeast products in young calves.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and giving thanks. We are very thankful for today's dairy farmers who put in the hours every day of the year. National Milk's Chris Galen joins us today:

Class I Down $1.51

The Agriculture Department announced the final Federal order Class I base milk price of the year at $22.58 per hundredweight, down $1.51 from November but $3.41 above Dec. 2021, and the lowest Class I since February. It equates to $1.94 per gallon, up from $1.65 a...

Professional Dairy Producers®

PDPW Announces Speakers for Weekly Dairy Signal


The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin says another group of speakers are set to take part in the online Dairy Signal program this week.

On Tuesday, Patrick Wood of Ag Methane Advisors, LLC will talk about how carbon markets present a number of opportunities for farmers, but also come with potential risks. There will also be some time for questions and answers.

A group of PhD students and a professor from the University of Florida will be Wednesday’s presenters. they will share research on the impact of choline on hepatic metabolism and performance in dairy cows as well as studies on how a cow’s ability to utilize nutrients can impact her production, health and reproduction.

And on Thursday, Economist Dan Basse of AgResource Company will be back with his biweekly update on news and analysis of agricultural markets that will impact dairy producers and the ag industry.

All episodes are free and available to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. They are streamed live at 12:00 noon or available on demand for later playback. Wisconsin Ag Connection

Dairy Innovation Hub Focuses On Research

The Dairy Innovation Hub provides $7.8M in state funding per year for broadly-defined dairy research at UW–Madison, UW–Platteville and UW–River Falls. The funding will support research personnel, farms and labs in four areas related to dairy that each span many academic disciplines:

  • Stewarding land and water resources
  • Enriching human health and nutrition
  • Ensuring animal health and welfare
  • Growing farm businesses and communities

Learn more about Dairy Innovation Hub funding opportunities at UW-Madison


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:


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:


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.


Farmers Assuring Responsible Management

Open to all U.S. dairy farmers, co-ops and processors, the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) Program works to show customers and consumers that the dairy industry is taking the very best care of cows and the environment, producing safe, wholesome milk and adhering to the highest standards of workforce development. FARM program VP Emily Yeiser Stepp updated Dairy Radio listeners: