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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

  • Margin Protection Program Changes: Understanding the Changes, Webinar Offered
      The United States Department of Agriculture made changes to the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for dairy producers within the Bipartisan Budget Act which was signed into law on February 9th, 2018.  These changes included a new signup for 2018 which began April 9th, 2018 and will end on June 1st, 2018. To learn more … Continue reading Margin Protection Program Changes: Understanding the Changes, Webinar Offered
  • Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference set for June 13 and 14
    Learn the latest information in dairy nutrition and management by attending the 2018 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference on June 13 and 14 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This premier conference will feature using new low lignin forages, fatty acids and better ration predictions to improve cow performance and health. Alltech’s … Continue reading Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference set for June 13 and 14
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Apr 23, 2018 Receipts:  34 loads    Last Week:  14 loads    Year Ago:  19 loads Alfalfa: Good: Large Squares, 3 loads 157.50-175.00; Large Rounds, 4 loads 155.00-172.50.  Fair: Small Squares, 1 load 190.00; Large Rounds, 2 loads 145.00-147.50.  Utility: Large Squares, 1 load 70.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 100.00. Grass:  … Continue reading Weekly Hay Auction Report
  • MPP Webinar Set For May 2
  • Weekly Hay Auction Reports
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 Receipts:  46 loads    Last Week:  93 loads    Last Year:  71 loads Alfalfa:  Premium:  Small Squares, 1 load 220.00.  Good: Large Squares, 4 loads 162.50-175.00; Large Rounds, 3 loads 162.50-170.00.  Fair: Large Squares, 4 loads 145.00-155.00; Large Rounds, 11 loads 140.00-157.50.  Utility: Small Squares, 1 load 105.00; … Continue reading Weekly Hay Auction Reports
  • March Production Budgets Show Feed Cost Edging Up
    The March 2018 milk production budgets for Iowa and Nebraska compiled by UNL Extension Educator Robert Tigner shows the 20,000 pound March 2018 budget has a negative $1.70 per cwt, 8 cents per cwt worse than February. When calculating net revenue after all variable costs are paid, there is only $0.595 per cwt to pay … Continue reading March Production Budgets Show Feed Cost Edging Up
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    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Apr 09, 2018 Receipts:  21 loads    Last Week:  20 loads    Year Ago:  44 loads Alfalfa: Good: Large Rounds, 2 loads 167.50-175.00.  Fair: Large Rounds, 1 load 140.00. Grass:  Good: Large Rounds, 4 loads 145.00-160.00. Alfalfa/Grass Mix: Fair: Large Rounds, 1 load 147.50.  Utility: Large Rounds, 1 load 122.50. Rye … Continue reading
  • WASDE Report Gloomy For Dairy
    The April 10 World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates showed the milk production forecast for 2018 is unchanged from last month. The 2018 import forecast is reduced slightly on a fat basis, but is unchanged on a skim-solids basis. Exports on fat basis are unchanged from last month, but skim-solids-basis exports are raised on stronger … Continue reading WASDE Report Gloomy For Dairy
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 Receipts:  72 loads    Last Week:  64 loads    Last Year:  98 loads Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Squares, 2 loads 180.00-190.00; Small Squares, 1 load 190.00.  Good: Large Squares, 5 loads 165.00-177.50; Large Rounds, 14 loads 150.00-170.00.  Fair: Large Rounds, 4 loads 120.00-145.00. Grass:  Premium:  Large Squares, 3 loads … Continue reading Weekly Hay Auction Report
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Mar 29, 2018 Receipts:  64 loads    Last Week:  63 loads    Last Year:  72 loads Alfalfa:  Good: Large Squares, 4 loads 152.50-167.50; Large Rounds, 8 loads 152.50-167.50.  Fair: Large Rounds, 2 loads 130.00-142.50.  Baleage: 1 load 70.00. Grass:  Good: Large Rounds, 2 loads 165.00-175.00.  Fair: Large Rounds, 6 loads 150.00-160.00.  … Continue reading Weekly Hay Auction Report
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