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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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

  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Iowa Hay Summary    Week Ending  August 24, 2018 This weeks lower prices were reflective of the poorer quality hay and straw that was being sold.  Iowa producers could not catch a break and again most of the hay was wet when it was baled.  Top of the line dairy hay, both cow and goat, was … Continue reading Weekly Hay Auction Report
  • Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index Rises for August
    August Survey Results at a Glance: *  For a seventh straight month the overall index rose above growth neutral. *  Bankers reported a decline in the sale of agriculture equipment and expect sales to decline by another 7.8 percent over the next 12 months. *  More than one-half of bankers supported cutting recently enacted tariffs. … Continue reading Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index Rises for August
  • Iowa Cow Numbers Steady; Per Cow Production Up 10 Pounds Over 2017
    Milk production in Iowa during July 2018 totaled 443 million pounds, up 2 percent from the previous July according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during July, at 220,000 head, was unchanged from last month but 3,000 more than last year. Monthly production … Continue reading Iowa Cow Numbers Steady; Per Cow Production Up 10 Pounds Over 2017
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Aug 16, 2018 Receipts:  84 loads    Last Week:  78 loads    Last Year:  86 loads Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Rounds, 1 load 152.50.  Good:  Large Squares, 5 loads 130.00-147.50; Large Rounds, 3 loads 127.50-137.50. Fair:  Large Squares, 2 loads 120.00-125.00; Large Rounds, 14 loads 112.50-125.00.  Utility: Large Rounds, 7 loads 102.50-110.00. … Continue reading Weekly Hay Auction Report
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Aug 9, 2018 Receipts:  78 loads    Last Week:  90 loads    Last Year:  86 loads Alfalfa:  Good:  Large Squares, 2 loads 137.50-145.00.  Fair:  Large Squares, 3 loads 117.50-125.00; Large Rounds, 11 loads 115.00-130.00. Utility: Large Rounds, 3 loads 75.00-107.50, 1 load very poor 40.00. Grass:  Good:  Small Squares, 1 load … Continue reading Weekly Hay Auction Report
  • Details Of Dairy Revenue Protection Insurance Plan Announced
    On August 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced a new insurance plan for dairy producers that insures against unexpected declines in quarterly milk sales. Sign-up for the new product begins Tuesday, October 9,2018, with the first available coverage starting the first quarter of 2019. “Expanding the Federal crop … Continue reading Details Of Dairy Revenue Protection Insurance Plan Announced
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Iowa Hay Summary    Week Ending  July 20 The quality of second cutting hay continued to exceed the quality of first cutting hay as both first and second cuttings of hay were available across Iowa. Northeast Iowa went nearly the entire week with no rain, which may have been a first for this year. Although hay … Continue reading Weekly Hay Auction Report
  • Calf Management Training Resources Now Available
    ISU Extension and Outreach training videos are available in both English and Spanish AMES, Iowa – Having properly trained employees is critical for the health, growth and development of dairy calves and for the profitability and sustainability of a dairy farm. A new series of resources is available through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach … Continue reading Calf Management Training Resources Now Available
  • Dairy Farm Stress Webinar Series Available On-Line
    To help dairy farmers deal with stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach hosted a series of three webinars that discuss how to recognize the signs of stress, how to deal with dairy farm families experiencing stress, analyzing a dairy for profits, the profitability of various dairy systems and what FINBIN says about production costs. … Continue reading Dairy Farm Stress Webinar Series Available On-Line
  • Tips on Heat Stress in Cattle
    As temperatures and dew points rise it is important to recognize what heat stress looks like in your cattle. Here is the signs of heat stress from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Here Here are tips for reducing heat stress on cows. Heat Stress Tips  
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