Sep 2014 Milk Prices Class I: 23.63 Class II: 26.11 Class III: 24.60 Class IV: 22.58 Calif 4a: 22.72 Calif 4b: 22.39 Oct 31, 2014 CME Spot Prices Butter Grade AA Settled/lb: 1.8900 Change: Unchanged Block Cheese Settled/lb: 2.1400 Change: 0.5000 Barrel Cheese Settled/lb: 2.1100 Change: 4.5000 NFDM Grade A Settled/lb: 1.2425 Change: Unchanged Butter Grade AA Settled/lb: 1.8900 Change: 4.0000
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October 31
USDA Extends MPP Enrollment One Week
October 29, 2014 — The fact that the enrollment deadline for the new Margin Protection Program fell on “Black Friday” may have had something to do with USDA extending it a week, to December 5th. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack broke the news to dairy producers attending e National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting.  The program provides financial […]
Idaho’s Dairy Does an Economy Good
October 28, 2014 — Newly-released numbers showcase the thriving dairy industry and its economic impact in the state of Idaho and throughout the world. The University of Idaho’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) studied the industry and completed its economic impact study. The Idaho dairy industry is the 3rd largest dairy-producing state in the […]
The Hourglass is Just About Out of Sand
October 24, 2014 — While dairy traders anticipated yesterday afternoon’s Livestock Slaughter report, they had to weigh whether Monday’s bearish September Milk Production report was overshadowed by Wednesday’s somewhat bullish Cold Storage report. They made their decision loud and clear yesterday morning as one trade plunged the blocks down 21.25¢, to $2.1575/lb. and the barrels […]
Dairy Producers Receive High Marks in Latest Animal Care Assessment
October 23, 2014 — Dairy farmers across the U.S. continue to care of their animals under the highest standards possible, according to a report released by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). “We have a national program in place to demonstrate the commitment that dairy farmers have for their herds,” NMPF’s Chris Galen said on […]
Dairy Markets Tumble: Cash Cheese Drops Over 21 Cents Thursday
October 23, 2014 — The hourglass is out of sand for the “demand” season, according to dairy analyst Matt Gould. One trade saw cash block cheese plunge 21.25 cents Thursday to $2.1575. The Barrels lost another 8 cents to $1.99 on one lone offer. Cheese wasn’t the only price to drop. The spot butter market […]
November FO Class I Slips 13 Cents
October 22, 2014 — The Agriculture Department announced the November Federal order Class I base milk price this afternoon at $24.06 per hundredweight (cwt.), down 13 cents from October but $3.86 above November 2013, and equates to about $2.07 per gallon. That put the 2014 average at $23.35 per cwt., up from $18.70 at this […]
Today's Show
Bill Baker
Beware of Silage Avalanches
October 30, 3014 — It only takes a split second for a chunk of silage to silently break off a face and they can be deadly to anybody underneath them. The Silage Man, Keith Bolsen has seen this first hand and realizes avalanches are going to happen, but so can prevention of death or injury. […]
Prevent OSHA Inspections on Your Farm
October 29, 2014 — Part one of our interview with OSHA Compliance Assistant Mary Bauer as part of our weekly “Your Bottom Line” feature sponsored by PDPW:  
Idaho Producers Prepare For Annual Meeting
October 28, 2014 — Karianne Fallow, the CEO of the Idaho dairy Products Commission, previews the annual meeting coming up November 12-13, 2014 in Boise: