Fall Tour: Iowa and South Dakota Dairymen Invite Other Producers To See How They Do It

Dairy producers along the I-29 region including Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are invited to attend the “Implementing Technology for Farm and Family Success” tour of South Dakota and Iowa dairies on Monday, November 13. The tour is sponsored by the 1-29 Moo University. The buss will leave the Denny Sanford Premier Center complex in Sioux Falls at 9 a.m. and arrive back at 6 p.m.

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Weekly Hay Auction Report

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Sep 14, 2017

Receipts:  83 loads    Last Week:  75 loads    Last Year:  94 loads

Compared to last week:   Alfalfa sold lower, grass hay steady to lower.  Bedding materials slightly lower.

Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Rounds and Squares, 4 loads 120.00. Good:  Large Rounds and Squares, 8 loads 95.00-112.50.  Fair:  Small Squares, 1 load 105.00; Large Rounds, 11 loads 75.00-92.00.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Squares, 8 load 110.00-125.00.  Good:  Large Rounds and Squares, 18 loads 82.50-105.00.  Fair: Large Rounds, 6 loads 60.00-80.00.  Utility:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 55.00.

Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Good:  Large Squares, 2 load 90.00-105.00. Fair:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 75.00-80.00.  Utility:  Large Rounds, 1 load 60.00.

Straw:  Large Rounds, 3 loads 90.00-95.00, 1 load 70.  Large Squares, 1 load poor 42.50.

Cornstalks:  Large Rounds, 10 loads 40.00-62.50.

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? -Dairy Edition” Set For Sept. 19 & 26

Please mark your calendars for noon webinars on September 19 and 26. Join the ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team as Dr. Larry Tranel, ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist hosts “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. These webinars will include how to analyze a dairy for profits and the profitability of various dairy systems to focus on conventional, hybrid grazing dairy systems on September 19 and the organic and organic “grass-fed” dairy systems on September 26.   Webinars will also include videos from producers in each of these systems.

These webinars are sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and North Central Risk Management Education Center. If you’d like to join the webinar, log onto https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/isuedairy , or if you would like more information contact Larry Tranel at tranel@iastate.edu, 563-583-6496, Jenn Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu, 563-382-2949; Fred Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu , 641- 257-9508, or Leo Timms at ltimms@iastate.edu , 515-291-7371.

Also, we have an excellent collection of dairy budgets across all systems, production levels, etc. as well as a blank budget template and explanatory materials on our website. Feel FREE to visit us at: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/dairyteam/content/iowa-dairy-budgets

WASDE Forecast Milk Production Up; Price Down

The World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates from USDA this week raised the milk production forecast for 2017 as increases in milk per cow more than offset a slower rate of milk cow expansion. For 2017, fat basis exports is reduced from the previous month on slowing cheese shipments, while fat basis imports are raised on increased purchases of butterfat. On a skim-solids basis, the export forecast for 2017 was lowered on weaker than expected skim milk powder sales, while the import forecast is raised due to stronger demand for a number of dairy products. For 2018, the milk production forecast was reduced from the previous month on slower growth in cow inventories. The annual fat basis export forecast is unchanged from the previous month, but the import forecast was reduced on expected declining cheese imports.

The skim-solids basis export forecast was reduced from the previous month as competition in international powder markets is expected to remain strong; imports are reduced on lower milk protein and cheese shipments.

Butter, NDM, and whey prices are forecast lower for 2017 while cheese prices are forecast higher from the previous month.

The 2017 Class III price is raised as higher forecast cheese prices offset lower whey prices.

The Class IV price is reduced on lower butter and NDM. For 2018, all dairy product prices are reduced, resulting in lower Class III and Class IV product prices.

The all milk price is reduced to $17.70 to $17.90 per cwt for 2017 and $17.75 to $18.55 per cwt for 2018.

Future of Leopold Center to be Discussed Sept. 19 At Dordt College

A listening session to gather input on the future of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture will be held Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 6 to 8 pm at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA.

The listening session will be held on the third floor of the Campus Center of Dordt College in rooms CA318 and 319. Parking is available in lot #1 off of 7th St NE. Enter the Campus Center through the main doors located near the clock tower.

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Veterinarians From Denmark Visit Northwest Iowa Dairies

Dr. Nikke Engelbrecht discusses calf issues with Adam Maassen.

Veterinarians Edwin and Rikke Engelbrecht visited three Northwest Iowa dairies on their way to the American Association of Bovine Practitioners annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska last week. The Engelbrechts have a multi-clinic practice in Denmark that specializes in dairy health. They consult with herds across Europe, with Nikke specializing in calf and heifer issues while Edwin focuses on the milking herd.

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