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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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

  • September Production Budgets Show Little Change From August
    The September 2017 milk production budgets for Iowa and Nebraska compiled by UNL Extension Educator Robert Tigner showed very little change in the budgeted breakeven price for Sept 2017 compared to August. All of the following comparisons will be utilizing the 20,000 pound freestall budget. Total income declined by $0.104 per hundredweight but feed cost […]
  • Block and Bridle Little North American Dairy Showmanship Contest Was Fun For The Judge
    On Sunday I had the opportunity to judge the dairy division of the annual Block and Bridle Club Little North American Showmanship Contest at the Hanson Center in Ames. It was the first time I had attended the event in many years and lots has changed. The event chairmen and there team deserves lots of […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 Receipts:  54 loads    Last Week:  67 loads    Last Year:  72 loads Compared to last week:   Alfalfa, grass and bedding sold steady to firm. Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Squares, 2 load 117.50-120.00; Large Rounds, 5 loads 1115.00-122.50.  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 105.00; Large Rounds, 12 loads 95.00-112.50. […]
  • Oct WASDE Report Predicts Milk Production Up, Cow Numbers Down for 2018
    The milk production forecast for 2017 and 2018 is raised on a slightly more rapid pace of growth in milk per cow. However, forecast cow numbers for late 2017 and 2018 are slightly lower. Fat basis imports for 2017 and 2018 are raised on strength in butter imports but skim-solids imports are lowered for 2017 […]
  • Dairy Cow Slaughter Increased Over Summer Months
      Based on USDA weekly slaughter statistics available through September 23, total cow slaughter for period June 3 – September 23 was 1.842 million head, 161,600 head (+10%) higher than the same period a year ago. While the number of beef and dairy cows slaughtered during this period was evenly divided, dairy cows contributed almost […]
  • Eric Van Wyk Speaks On Western Iowa Dairy Issues
  • IPTV Interview With Galen Fick On Milk Subsidies
    NW Iowa dairyman Galen Fick was part of an IPTV interview on milk subsidies. Listen here:
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 Receipts:  86 loads    Last Week:  103 loads    Last Year:  93 loads Compared to last week:   Alfalfa and grass hay sold with steady to firm. Demand good for all classes of hay and bedding materials. Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Squares, 3 loads 110.00-125.00; Large Rounds, 11 loads 110.00-122.50.  […]
  • Dairymen Can Enroll Or Opt Out Of MPP Until Dec. 15
    Starting Sept. 1, 2017, dairy producers can enroll for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy).  Secretary Sonny Perdue has utilized additional flexibility this year by providing dairy producers the option of opting out of the program for 2018. “Secretary Perdue is using his authority to allow producers to withdraw from the MPP Dairy […]
  • Steps For Being A Good Ag Borrower
    For over a month I have been working on the first Siouxland Dairy Lenders Seminar in November and have talked to lots of lenders; most are excited to have this program in their “backyard” and like the idea of getting the most current market updates and perspective from industry leaders. But they also pointed out […]

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