Jul 2014 Milk Prices Class I: 23.02 Class II: 24.41 Class III: 21.60 Class IV: 23.78 Calif 4a: 23.58 Calif 4b: 18.69 Aug 28, 2014 CME Spot Prices Butter Grade AA Settled/lb: 2.7500 Change: 1.0000 Block Cheese Settled/lb: 2.3200 Change: 2.0000 Barrel Cheese Settled/lb: 2.3250 Change: 2.5000 NFDM Grade A Settled/lb: 1.3250 Change: 0.2500 Butter Grade AA Settled/lb: 2.7400 Change: -1.5000
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August Milk-Feed Ratio Up on Higher Milk Price/Lower Feed
August 29, 2014 – The preliminary August milk feed price ratio was up from the revised July level, according to the Agriculture Department’s latest Ag Prices report issued Thursday afternoon. The August milk-feed price ratio is at 2.55, up from 2.36 in July, and compares to 1.68 in August 2013. The index is based on the […]
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August 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the official startup of the Farm Bill’s new Dairy Title, the Dairy Producer Margin Protection Program (MPP), in a media conference call this morning. He and one of the Bill’s champions, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, emphasized how the program was designed to help “small to medium size […]
California Pricing Reform Put On Hold
August 27, 2014 — Legislation (AB 2730) that was introduced last week to modernize California’s dairy processing system will not be pursued this session, according to CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “I established the Dairy Future’s Task Force to see if we could find commonality amongst two sides that have been separated for quite some time,” […]
Margin Protection Program Survey Participants Sought
August 27. 2014 — USDA’s Margin Protection Program is only weeks away from being implemented. An important question remains unanswered – how much do dairy producers know about this program, and how many plan to participate? Dairy economists Dr. Marin Bozic (University of Minnesota) and Dr. Chris Wolf (Michigan State University) are conducting a national […]
CDC Opposes New Milk Pricing Bill
TURLOCK, CA (August 25, 2014) — California Dairy Campaign (CDC) President Joe Augusto called upon members of the California State Legislature to vote against AB 2730 introduced by Assembly Member Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, and State Senator Christine Galgiani, D-Stockton, and put forward by California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross that would […]
The Sky is NOT Falling……Yet
August 22, 2014 – The sky is not falling, yet. That’s the takeaway from my discussion in Friday’s DairyLine with Jerry Dryer, editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst. I asked if “Chicken little” was right. He admitted that U.S. dairy cows certainly did make a lot more milk in July due to ideal weather and an […]
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Hutjens Provides Feed Outlook
August 29, 2014 — It’s been a tough year for may hay farmers because of the cold winter conditions. Dr. Mike Hutjens, extension dairy specialist at the University of Illinois updates us on the latest outlook with hay, soybeans, corn and corn silage in this week’s Feed Facts DairyLine Radio segment:  
Silage Solutions: Effective Sealing
August 28, 2014 — An important decision in every silage program that involves bunkers and piles is effective sealing. Keith Bolsen, aka ‘The Silage Man’ tells us more in this month’s installment of Silage Solutions:  
Lameness Can Be Prevented
August 27, 2014 — Dr. Nigel Cook from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, begins a multi-part series regarding the best steps to prevent lameness in your dairy herd. The first step is proper bedding. He explains in this week’s “Your Bottom Line” segment brought to you by the PDPW: