An (almost) daily recap of dairy information: April 6, 2011
Policy debates are currently dominated by the budget, and the heat has been put on ag spending – specifically farm programs – in many recent popular press articles. Nick Paulson and Gary Schnitkey, with the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, provide perspectives on where ag spending fits in the overall budget discussion. Hint: The U.S. spends more in interest payments than it does for commodity and crop insurance programs.
Targeting livestock operations, more than 20 organizations filed a petition, April 6, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), calling for an “endangerment finding” for ammonia gas and requesting EPA list ammonia as a Clean Air Act criteria pollutant. The criteria pollutant program requires EPA to establish air quality standards to protect public health and the environment.
The effort is led by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), and includes organizations that advocate for environmental protection, public health, animal welfare and rural economies and communities. For the full text of the petition, go to http://environmentalintegrity.org/04_06_2011.php.
Thursday: NMPF on New Jersey raw milk legislation
In Thursday’s DairyLine broadcast, National Milk Producers Federation’s Chris Galen reports on NMPF’s efforts, in conjunction with the International Dairy Foods Association, in opposition to legislation legalizing raw milk sales in New Jersey. 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.”
Numerous ‘culprits’ exist on dairy farms, robbing herd performance and injuring the dairy’s bottom line. Identifying and arresting the offender isn’t always easy, and often requires a full investigation, gathering and analyzing evidence on the farm and in the lab. In this mystery, two investigations into unexplained butterfat depression reveal a common offender.
Cows and conditions have changed since the Temperature Humidity Index (THI) was created. Researchers are looking at earlier starting points for management intervention, and new cost-effective cow-cooling methods.
MARKETS: A ‘steady’ day
Closing on Wednesday, April 6:
Cheddar barrels: unchanged, at $1.5225/lb.
Cheddar blocks: unchanged, at $1.5775/lb.
Butter: up 0.25¢, to $1.9725/lb.
Extra Grade nonfat dry milk: unchanged, at $1.80/lb.
Grade A nonfat dry milk: unchanged, at $1.67/lb.
Class III milk futures: +4¢ to +20¢/cwt. through December 2011.
Corn futures: -3.6¢ to +1.6¢/bushel through September 2012.
Soybean futures: -3.4¢ to +2.4¢/bushel through September 2012.
Soybean meal futures: -$1.50 to+$2.00/ton through September 2012.
A new Genex Cooperative, Inc. program can determine the best mating option for a cow or heifer based on the animal’s genomic PTAs (GPTAs) rather than phenotypic scores, performance, parent averages or pedigree indexes. This genomic mating program, G-MAP, is the newest technology available in the genomic revolution.
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Dave Natzke, Editor