An (almost) daily recap of dairy information: April 5, 2011
Dr. Roy Ax, Professor of Animal Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona, died suddenly the evening of March 29, 2011.
Dr. Ax was an internationally recognized expert in domestic animal reproduction. At the University of Arizona, he served as Chairman for the Department of Animal Sciences from 1990-2001 and was recognized for his teaching with the Bart Cardon Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010.
Retail milk prices
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s quarterly Marketbasket Survey, shoppers in 29 states reported paying the following average prices for milk in half-gallon containers in the first quarter of 2011:
• regular milk: $2.25, up 1¢ from the prior quarter, but unchanged from the same quarter a year earlier. (The average price for one gallon of regular whole milk in the first quarter of 2011 was $3.46, up 11¢ from the previous quarter and up 3% compared to a year earlier.)
• “rbST-free” milk: $3.23 (about 40% higher than a half-gallon of regular milk), up 13¢ from the previous quarter, but about 10% less than the first quarter of 2010.
• organic milk: $3.70 (about 60% higher than regular milk), up 10¢ compared to the prior quarter and about 1% more than the first quarter of 2010.
MARKETS: Barrels slip some more
Closing on Tuesday, April 5:
Cheddar barrels: down 3.0¢, to $1.5225/lb.
Cheddar blocks: unchanged, at $1.5775/lb.
Butter: unchanged, at $1.97/lb.
Extra Grade nonfat dry milk: unchanged, at $1.80/lb.
Grade A nonfat dry milk: down 1.0¢, to $1.67/lb.
Class III milk futures: mixed in a narrow range, -6¢ to +9¢/cwt. through September 2012.
Corn futures: -0.4¢ to +6.4¢/bushel through September 2012.
Soybean futures: -10.6¢ to -5.2¢/bushel through September 2012.
Soybean meal futures: -$3.80 to -2.10/ton through September 2012.
In Wednesday’s DairyLine “Processor’s Perspective” broadcast, International Dairy Foods Association’s Peggy Armstrong discusses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s testing for radiation in milk, fallout from the nuclear reactor problems in Japan. Tests have indicated “miniscule levels” of radiation in fluid milk, which FDA and EPA say do not pose a health concern. To read the DairyLine broadcast comments, visit www.dairyline.com under “Today’s Dairy News.” Or, listen to the conversation with DairyLine’s Lee Mielke by clicking on “DairyLine Daily Broadcast.”
Having to throw away spoiled silage can be tough: The losses involved are right there to be seen, almost like dollar bills being pitched. Feeding spoiled silage can have more serious consequences, including decreased intakes, reproduction problems and reduced production, leading to bigger losses. As producers and their advisors meet in the conference room (or across the kitchen table), silage quality and hygiene should be subjects of conversation, advises Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s Renato Schmidt, Ph.D. and Bob Charley, Ph.D.
Merial’s Best in Class Dairy website, www.BestInClassDairies.com, features a milker training module as part of a new comprehensive educational initiative. The Web-based audiovisual training module, which addresses pre- and post-milking procedures, is the first in a series offered to dairy operation workers. All materials will be available in both English and Spanish.
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Dave Natzke, Editor