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A Tradition: Penn State’s Ag Progress Days

The largest outdoor farm show in Pennsylvania just wrapped up. John Clark is with Jesse Darlington at Penn State's Ag Progress Days:

Navigating High Feed Prices

How high are feed prices? "Eye popping levels," according to - Will Babler, Principle at Atten-Babler Commodities, LLC, who recently gave a presentation on PDPW's Dairy Signal:

Butter High Short-Lived

Butter hit a seven-year high on Aug 3rd but was short-lived. StoneX broker Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about it, and how bullish he is on cheese, despite prices falling below $2 per pound.

Update On Calf Requirements

Dr. Mike Hutjens is back with another installment of Feed Forum Friday:

How Many Heifers To Succeed?

Dr. Gavin Staley, Technical Services Director at Diamond V, shares info from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal: on the production lifespan of a dairy cow, and just how many heifers are needed for a successful dairy operation.

Class III Takes A Hit

The news was mixed this past week with the $1.81 drop in the Class III milk price, however U.S. dairy exports remained strong in June. HighGround Dairy's Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about the highlights.

Keeping Cows Cool

Dr. Mike Hutjens shares tips to keeping cows cool on this week's Feed Forum Friday:

Inflation Reduction Act Discussed

Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation joined us on today's Policy Thursday to discuss the revamping of the scuttled Build Back Better initiative:

The Science Behind Heat Stress

We know heat stress affects animals on the ground, but what's interesting is heat stress can actually be multi-generational. Dr. Ryan Leiterman, director of technical services with Crystal Creek, explains on this month's 'Ask the Vet' segment.

Evaluation of Biochar on Anaerobic Digestion

Dr. Joseph Sanford, PhD, Assistant Professor in the School of Agriculture, and UW-Platteville faculty researcher for the Dairy Innovation Hub recently updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on what Biochar is and how we continue to learn more research about it.

The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin

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: