Global Trade News Update

A flurry of trade legislation activity occurred in Washington D.C. recently and has the U.S. dairy industry optimistic for feeding the world.. Chris Galen, Sr. VP of Strategic Initiatives and Membership Services updated Dairy Radio listeners on the latest news:

Applications for PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy Due Jan. 31

PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy™is an application-based leadership program.  Applications are due. Jan. 31, 2020.  The program will be held March 17-18, 2020 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. PDPW's Tracy Propst tells us about the three pillars...

Disappointing Disappearance

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:

Corn Silage Crop Concerns

Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us on our Feed Forum Friday with some good news and bad news about the 2019 corn silage crop:

China Increases Appetite For Dairy

Part two of our conversation with former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council:

China, USMCA Rings In Optimism For New Year

President Trump is expected to sign a trade deal with China today and the U.S. Senate is expected to pass the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement tomorrow. Tom Vilsack, President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council says both will be good news for the U.S. dairy industry:

Apply Now For Cornerstone Dairy Academy

PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy™is an application-based leadership program.  Applications are due. Jan. 31, 2020.  The program will be held March 17-18, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin in conjunction with the 2020 PDPW Business Conference. PDPW's Tracy Propst joined us for...

U.S. Dairy Exports Looking Good

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.

Corn And Soybeans in January

Mike Hutjens joins us with an update on the corn and soybean harvest.

A Step Closer To USMCA Approval

Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation joined us to discuss the latest on how lawmakers are dealing with the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement:

Wellness Wednesdays

A Breath of Fresh Air with Dr. Ryan Leiterman

Heard on Dairy Radio Now the first Wednesday of every month. Dr. Ryan Leiterman is Director of Technical Services for Crystal Creek®.  Ryan is a dairy veterinarian experienced in calf barn ventilation design and analysis. He holds degrees in both Agricultural Engineering and Veterinary Medicine.

During his time in practice, Dr. Leiterman experienced first-hand how a properly designed ventilation system could improve calf health and calf raising profitability. He has worked with both new construction and retrofitted existing buildings to improve respiratory health. 

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is an excellent time to plan your upcoming construction projects. Some of the more common calf barn designs incorporate naturally ventilated, curtain sidewall barns. Dr. Ryan Leiterman reminds us how to properly use curtains, eves and ridge vents as we ease out of the colder months.

Comfort Designed For Today’s Cow

Kevin Martin, a sales specialist in barn equipment with GEA joined us on today’s Wellness Wednesday to discuss how dairies are yielding cleaner stalls as cows lay straighter living in the Single Beam Freestall Mounting System. He also tells Dairy Radio Now listeners about GEA’s automated robotic feed pusher, FRone, it moves feed towards the feed fence at the times you define and according to the routes you set:

Winter Housing: Focus On Air Volume Not Speed

Cold temperatures are here and winter is quickly approaching. As the temperatures drop, calf barns are closed up and the ventilation rates are turned down. As an industry we do this reflexively, but is it what’s best for the calves? If it’s not ‘drafty,’ can a calf have too much fresh air? Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek tells us more on this month’s A Breath of Fresh Air on Dairy Radio Now:

Investing In Cow Comfort During Low Milk Prices

Kevin Dole of FutureCow joined us on our Wellness Wednesday to discuss an economical way to keep cows comfortable with the new Stationary Brush – an ideal brush for barns or lots with no electrical access. Dole explains the Stationary Brush is just like a rotation option, it is perfect for keeping your cows clean and happy. Listen here:

Consider Probiotics For Calf Efficiency

Whether you’re having a specific calf challenge or are looking for a consistent way to support immune function and digestive health, probiotics can be a great solution. Dr. Troy Wistuba, Director of Technical Innovation with Land O’ Lakes Animal Milk Products joined us at the recent NAFB Trade Talk to discuss:

Previous Segments:

Nov. 2018: Pneumonia Prevention: Bedding and Nutrition:

Oct. 2018: Old Barns Can Have Cost Effective Calf Space:

Sept.  2018: Focus on the Calf Pen – Not the Barn:

Aug. 2018: Heat Hurts Calves Too:

July 2018: The Calf Wheel of Health:

June 2018: Retrofitting Stanchion Barns For Optimal Ventilation:

May 2018: Staying Consistent in an Inconsistent Environment:


April 2018: Curtains, Eves & Ridges:


March 2018: Building a New Calf Barn?


February 2018: Raising Healthy Calves Saves Time and Money


January 2018: Old Design Parameters Need Updating