Iowa Milk Production Up

Milk production in Iowa during October 2017 totaled 437 million pounds, up 17 million pounds from September and up 4 percent from the previous October according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report.

The average number of milk cows during October, at 219,000 head, was the same as last month and 4,000 more than
last year.

Monthly production per cow averaged 1,995 pounds, up 75 pounds from September, but only up 40 pounds from last October.

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Weekly Hay Auction Report

 

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

Receipts:  71 loads    Last Week:  58 loads    Last Year:  66 loads

Compared to last week:   All classes sold firmer.

Alfalfa:  Supreme: Large Squares, 1 load 185.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 170.00. Premium:  Large Squares, 1 load 155.00; Large Rounds, 3 loads 147.50- 157.50.  Good: Large, 4 loads 140.00-145.00; Large Rounds, 7 loads 135.00-145.00.  Fair: Large Squares, 3 loads 137.50; Large Rounds, 3 loads 127.50-132.50.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Squares, 2 loads 142.50-145.00; Large Rounds, 5 loads 140.00-150.00.  Good:  Large Squares, 2 loads 127.50-132.50.  Large Rounds, 13 loads 125.00-135.00.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 9 loads 115.00-122.50.  Utility: Large Rounds, 4 loads 95.00-110.00.

Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Good: Large Rounds, 1 load 142.50.

Oat Hay:  Large Rounds, 1 load 112.50.

Rye Hay:  None.

Millet Hay:  None.

Straw:  Large Squares, 1 load, 97.50; Large Rounds, 1 load 110.00.

Cornstalks:  Large Rounds, 9 loads 45.00-55.00.

 

 

 

 

 

I-29 Moo University Fall Dairy Tour Featured Farm and Family Success

 

Dana Metzger explains how employees are trained to milk in the rotary parlor.

Thirty-five dairymen and industry people traveled to dairies in South Dakota and Iowa on November 13 to hear producers share how they used technology to improve profitability and incorporate the next generation into the family farm.

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Weekly Hay Auction Report

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Nov 9, 2017

Receipts:  58 loads    Last Week:  60 loads    Last Year:  63 loads

Compared to last week:   All classes sold firmer.

Alfalfa:  Supreme: Small Squares, 1 load 160.00; Large Rounds, 2 loads 165.00.  Premium:  Large Squares, 2 loads 150.00; Large Rounds, 5 loads 145.00- 152.50.  Good: Large Squares, 2 loads 140.00; Large Rounds, 3 loads 130.00- 140.00.  Fair: Large Rounds, 2 loads 120.00-125.00.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 175.00.  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 150.00.  Large Rounds, 9 loads 135.00-145.00.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 15 loads 125.00-132.50.  Utility: Large Rounds, 2 loads 117.50-120.00.

Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Premium: Large Squares, 1 load 160.00.  Good: Large Rounds, 2 loads 130.00-135.00.  Fair: Large Squares, 1 load 125.00.

Oat Hay:  Large Rounds, 1 load 107.50.

Rye Hay:  Large Rounds, 1 load 105.00.

Millet Hay:  Large Rounds, 1 load 115.00.

Straw:  Large Rounds, 3 loads 87.50-105.00, mostly 102.50-105.00

Cornstalks:  Large Rounds, 1 load 57.50.

First Siouxland Dairy Lenders Seminar Is In The Books

 

 

UNL Agriculture Systems Economist Robert Tigner makes the point on how many dairymen do not use the risk management tools available to them.

Ag lenders from across Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota heard top professionals in commodity markets, weather prediction, enterprise evaluation and federal policy share their insights on November 2 in Rock Rapids, IA.

Forty-one lenders from four states, representing 14 lending institutions plus four other industries attended. From those that returned program evaluations their attendance translated to 65 dairies, 69,725 milking cows and 97,400 acres producing feed for those cows.

November WASDE Report Shows Corn Bushels Up And Milk Down

The milk production forecast for 2017 and 2018 was lowered from the previous month on an expected slower pace of growth in milk per cow and slightly lower cow numbers. For 2017, the fat basis import forecast is lowered on recent trade data and the expectation of slower cheese imports in the fourth quarter; the forecast is raised for 2018 on higher expected shipments of whole milk powder and butter.

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Weekly Hay Auction Report

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Nov 6, 2017

Receipts:  16 loads    Last Week:  NA    Year Ago:  26 Loads

Compared to last week:  Market was mostly steady on light offerings.

Alfalfa:  Premium: Large Rounds, 2 loads 137.50-142.50.  Good:  Large Rounds, 1 loads 120.00.

Grass:  Premium: Large Rounds, 3 loads 130.00-132.50.  Good: Large Squares, 1 load 125.00; Large Rounds, 2 loads 122.50-125.00.

Alfalfa/Grass: Premium: Large Squares, 1 load 132.50.

Millet:  Large Rounds, 1 load 95.00.

Rye: Large Rounds, 2 loads 87.50-90.00.

Oat Hay:  None.

Straw:  Large Rounds, 1 load 97.50.

Corn Stalks:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 47.50-50.00.

 

Spencer Livestock Hay Auction for Tuesday, November 7

Large Rounds: Alfalfa 1 load, $140 /T; mixed hay 6 loads, $60 to $85 /T; Corn Stalks 2 loads, $25 /bale

Large Squares: Mixed hay 1 load, $19 /bale

Small Squares:  Mixed 12 loads, $2.50 to 5.00 /bale; Alfalfa 6 loads, $4.25 to $5.50 /bale

Straw: Small squares, 1 load, $4.50 /bale

Oat Hay, 1 load, $300

Weekly Hay Auction Report

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Nov 2, 2017

Receipts:  60 loads    Last Week:  63 loads    Last Year:  74 loads

Compared to last week:   All classes sold steady to stronger.

Alfalfa:  Supreme: Large Squares, 1 load 150.00.  Premium:  Large Rounds, 7 loads 120.00-132.50, individual load at 140.00.  Good: Large Squares, 1 load 107.50; Large Rounds, 5 loads 110.00-115.00.  Fair: Large Rounds, 3 loads 100.00-105.00.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Squares, 1 loads 130.00; Small Squares, 1 load 140.00; Large Rounds, 8 loads 130.00-135.00, individual load at 150.00.  Good:

Large Rounds, 7 loads 120.00-125.00.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 6 loads 107.50- 117.50.  Utility: Large Rounds, 1 load 80.00.

Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Premium: Large Squares, 1 load 132.50; Large Rounds, 1 load 125.00.

Oat Hay:  Large Rounds, 1 load 80.00.

Rye Hay:  Large Rounds, 4 load 95.00-100.00.

Millet Hay:  Large Rounds, 1 loads 92.50.

Straw:  Large Squares, 1 load 115.00; Large Rounds, 6 loads 92.50-102.50, mostly 97.50-102.50.

Cornstalks:  Large Squares, 1 load 50.00; Large Rounds, 3 loads 57.50-65.00.