The Daily Livestock Report indicates cow slaughter in October was 563k head, down 5.2 percent compared to a year ago. Even when adjusting for the diﬀerence in marketing days, cow slaughter was still 0.8 percent lower than the previous year and the ﬁfth consecutive month of lower cow slaughter. The decline was entirely due to fewer dairy cows coming to market. With cheese and milk prices on the retreat, it will be interesting to see how long this trend continues.
The monthly Iowa State University Dairy Team webinar scheduled for Wednesday, December 18 has been re-scheduled due to a death in the presenter’s family. Dr. Koltes’ presentation “What is new in the December Sire Summaries” has been rescheduled for 1 pm on Tuesday, December 8.
The presentation will be part of the virtual Dairy Directions program. The free program link is:
The virtual program will feature updates to the December Genetic Evaluation. Dr. Koltes will focus on the development of the “feed saved” genetic evaluation and the “heifer livability proof, and how these will be incorporated into the SNM index in April. Plus, he will review the calving ease changes from the August proofs. In addition, Fred Hall will present a short milk market review.
For questions or more information contact Fred Hall at 712.737.4230 or email@example.com.
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Tuesday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. The program is sponsored this year by EcoEngineers, a renewable energy consulting and auditing firm headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The program will be virtual due to health concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s focus is on manure management systems, opportunities in renewable natural gas (RNG) to maximize profitability in the dairy industry, and the benefits of co-locating a dairy near a biofuel facility in the Midwest. The presentations will include a case study for an Iowa dairy and the minimum project size to make RNG project economics work.
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues on Wednesday, November 18 from 12 noon to 1 pm. This program “What’s Changing on the New Sire Summaries?” features a presentation by Dr. James Koltes, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University.
AMF index down 0.5%, average price US$4,110/MT
Butter index up 3.3%, average price US$3,678/MT
BMP not offered
Ched index up 3.0%, average price US$3,803/MT
LAC index down 8.0%, average price US$1,087/MT
SMP index down 0.2%, average price US$2,851/MT
SWP index not available, average price not available
WMP index up 0.3%, average price US$3,037/MT
Full results have been published on www.globaldairytrade.info
Milk production in Iowa during September 2020 totaled 439 million pounds, up 3% from the previous September according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during September, at 219,000 head, was 1,000 more than last month and 2,000 more than last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,005 pounds, up 35 pounds from last September.
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues on Wednesday, October 21 from 12 noon to 1 pm. This program “What does this season’s corn silage look like?” features a presentation Neal Wininger, Feed and Forage Consultant, Dairyland Labs Arcadia, Wisconsin.
Neal Wininger, Feed and Forage Consultant, Dairyland Labs will discuss what the lab analysis from this year’s corn silage samples are telling him about the quality of the crop and what producers can anticipate about how it will convert into milk in the tank. Producers, dairy consultants and industry representatives can attend the webinar at:
No registration is required and there is no fee.
For more information contact the Iowa Extension Dairy Field Specialist in your area:
Region 2 – Jennifer Bentley- email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 563.382.2949
Region 3 – Larry Tranel- email: email@example.com phone: 563.583.6496
Registration Now Open for Upcoming Seminar
Due to COVID-19 concerns, The Siouxland and Tri-State Agricultural Lenders Seminars have been combined into one virtual seminar set for Tuesday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lenders who serve agricultural clients – especially those who work with dairymen across the Upper Midwest – are encouraged to attend as the seminar will focus on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy, plus include a focus on exports and trade issues.
ISU Agronomist Brian Lang reports:
Alfalfa is Included in Second Round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2)
Alfalfa is included under the “Flat-Rate Crops” category in CFAP 2 which includes crops eligible for a $15/acre payment for all acres certified to that commodity for 2020. FSA will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.
Webinar for dairy producers and affiliated industry members Aug. 25
The I-29 Moo University Consortium welcomes Rabobank’s global dairy strategist Mary Ledman and Vice President of Dairy Research Ben Laine for a discussion on the outlook for the global and United States dairy markets during a webinar at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 25. There is no charge to attend the webinar, and it is open to all interested parties.