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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
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 Receipts:  103 loads    Last Week:  118 loads    Last Year:  96 loads Compared to last week:   Alfalfa sold mostly 5.00 lower on varying quality, grass hay 5.00 to 10.00 lower.  Overall quality was average this week.   Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Squares, 7 loads 115.00-140.00; Large Rounds, 14 […]
  • Judging Teams Learn Life Skills Plus Have Fun
    It was mid-March many years ago that my Dad loaded his nine-year-old son up on a Sunday afternoon and they went down to the Telleen’s dairy to judge Brown Swiss cows. It was my first judging workout and it set the stage for what soon became the most exciting thing in that nine-year-old dairy kid’s […]
  • 5.3 Percent Of All Food Sold In USA Is Organic
    Increased consumer demand, drove sales of organic food and non-food products, shattering records and gaining new market share in 2016 ringing up $47 billion in U.S. sales, according to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Annual Organic Industry Survey. Of the $47 billion in total organic sales, $43 billion were organic food sales, up 8.4 percent […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 Receipts:  118 loads    Last Week:  101 loads    Last Year:  94 loads Compared to last week:   Alfalfa sold steady to 5.00 higher, grass steady on a lower quality offering.  This was the first large offering of new crop straw. Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Rounds and Squares, 12 loads […]
  • Farm Lending Conditions Update
    Nebraska Extension Educator Robert Tigner added a new post to his blog that updates current ag lending conditions across 6 Federal Reserve districts. The commercial banks report increased lending demand for 2017 Q2 compared to 1 year ago. Although year over year loan demand is decreasing in total repayment rates show that ag borrowers are struggling […]
  • Dairy Heifer Feed Cost Worksheets Available
    To help better monitor the feed costs associated with raising dairy replacements, University of Wisconsin Extension Dairy Management Specialist Bruce Jones and Dairy Heifer Management Specialist Matt Akins have updated Dairy Heifer Feed Cost Budget worksheet to assist farmers and managers in estimating feed costs of replacement dairy heifers.
  • Iowa June Milk Production Up Two Percent Over June 2016
    Milk production in Iowa during June 2017 totaled 426 million pounds, up two percent from the previous June according to the July 20 USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during June, at 217,000 head, was the same as last month and 4,000 more than last year. […]
  • Thoughts For A First Time Showman
    Many years ago I spotted a poem under the lid of Melvin Scholl’s showbox. Melvin was one of the top fitters in his day and worked for the top herds like Curtis Candy, Maytag and Pabst. He was a great mentor and eventually he gave me a copy of that poem. Over the years I […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Jul 13, 2017 Receipts:  101 loads    Last Week:  54 loads    Last Year:  94 loads Compared to last week:   Alfalfa sold steady to 10.00 higher, grass hay steady to firm.  Alfalfa quality varied throughtout the sale.  Straw was all new crop and met with good demand.  All sales FOB Rock […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Jul 06, 2017 Receipts:  54 loads    Last Week:  106 loads    Last Year:  56 loads Compared to last week:   Alfalfa hay mostly 5.00 higher, grass hay 10.00 higher.  Lighter offerings due to the 4th of July Holiday, with attractive quality available. Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Squares, 3 loads 120.00-127.50; Large Rounds, […]
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