Weekly Hay Auction Report

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, May 18, 2017

Receipts:  61 loads    Last Week:  92 loads    Last Year:  74 loads

Compared to last week:   Alfalfa hay sold higher, grass hay was steady.  Very little interest in bedding, straw condition poor.

Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Rounds and Squares 4 loads 115.00-127.50. Good:  Large Rounds and Squares, 11 loads 90.00-110.00. Fair:  Large Rounds and Squares 7 loads 75.00-87.50.  Utility:  Large Rounds, 1 load 67.50.

Grass:  Premium:  Small Squares, 1 load 110.00; Large Rounds and Squares, 2 loads 95.00.  Good:  Large Rounds and Squares, 13 loads 75.00- 87.50. Fair:  Large Rounds and Squares, 9 loads 60.00-72.50

Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Premium:  Large Squares, 1 load 100.00.  Good: Large Rounds, 3 loads 80.00-85.00.  Fair: Small Squares, 1 load 75.00; Large Squares, 2 loads 65.00-67.50.

Straw:  Large Squares, 3 loads Very Poor 10.00-20.00.

Cornstalks:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 37.50-40.00.

April Returns To Management Fall For Dairymen

The April 2017 milk production budgets for Iowa and Nebraska deteriorated compared to March according to the monthly budget study from Nebraska Extension Educator Robert Tigner. Total gross income was down by just under $1 per cwt because of a drop in the PPD, butterfat price, protein price and quality premium. For the 20,000 pound milk budget, total feed costs were down slightly, 0.15 per cwt, because of the drop in hay prices for new crop alfalfa. Total returns to management were down $0.90 per cwt but still positive at $0.67 per cwt. for the 20,000 pound budget.

His detailed report can be found by clicking her:  Copy of April-dairy budget.

Northwest IA Dairy Banquet to Feature Peterson Farm Bros

The Sioux County Dairy Promotion Board’s annual dairy banquet will take place on Monday, June 26, 2017 at Western Christian High School in Hull. The meal will be served from 5:30-6:30 pm, and the Peterson Farm Brothers will take the stage at 7:00 pm. The Peterson Brothers are three brothers from central Kansas who make YouTube videos to promote agriculture. Their YouTube videos have received over 40 million views! The brothers all grew up and still work on their family farm alongside their parents and sister.


To get your tickets for the banquet, click here.

Long-term flooding Can Cause Alfalfa Issues

Our topography and soil types prevent most crop damage during flooding; however, time, temperature and plant growth status are major factors that affect the extent of crop damage after a flood. This may become an issue with a prolonged rainy period. A June or July flood, for example, is often much worse for crop survival than a spring flood. The warmer mid-summer weather increases the rate of damage and death to submerged plants. During spring flooding, temperatures are colder and plants can survive longer under water.

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Iowa Hay Supply Up From 2016

The May USDA Crop Report showed hay stocks as of May 1 at 24.4 million tons, that’s a three percent decline or 750,000 tons less than last May, but remains as the third largest inventory since 2005.

Disappearance from December 1, 2016 – May1, 2017 totaled 71.4 million tons, compared with 69.9 million tons for the same period a year earlier.

With the exception of Nevada, hay stocks in most western States are estimated lower than in 2016. The majority of the eastern States reported higher stocks compared to the previous year due to the mild winter.

May 2017 Iowa hay stocks on farms totaled 630,000 tons, up from 620,000 tons in May of 2016.

Water Concerns For Baby Calves

Clean, fresh water is import for baby calves.

With the arrival of summer temperatures, producers are reminded that water plays an essential role in a healthy calf including rumen development. Healthy calves under heat stress will drink between 6 and 12 quarts of water daily just to maintain normal hydration. Severely sick calves under heat stress sometimes require up to 20 quarts replacing what has been lost. According to the National Dairy FARM program Animal Care Manual Version 3.0 (2016), best practice is to provide calves access to clean, fresh water from the first day of life. However, according to the National Dairy Health Monitoring System (USDA, 2014), the average age of heifers when first offered water in the United States is 17.3 days.

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Dairy Exports Up By 14 Percent In First Quarter 2017

U.S. dairy exports in the first quarter of 2017 were up 14 percent by volume and 17 percent by value compared with a year ago – the best Q1 result since 2014. Exporters realized gains to nearly all markets and across nearly all product categories, with only butterfat and whole milk powder lagging.
Complete report Information from US Dairy Export Council: