As of September 6,2019, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship noted that Iowa has 1,010 licensed milk producers, down from 1,076 in January. The loss of 66 dairies represents a 6.1 percent reduction. This includes both grade A and B producers. In addition, there are 217 goat milk producers and one sheep milk producer.
Agricultural lenders will receive current useful, research-based information during the Siouxland Agricultural Lender’s Seminar on Thursday, Nov. 7 with registration at 8:45 a.m. and programing from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Triple Box near Orange City. The seminar will present current information to assist lenders and farm financial advisors in their portfolio management, which is especially important in this era of continued market variability.
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in Orange City.
This year’s focus is making genetic decisions profitable, with discussions on crossbreeding, pure-breeding, genomics, sexed semen and how to maximize profitability in the dairy industry.
Dairy outlook with Bob Cropp and Mark Stephenson is here
The Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host “Fine-Tuning Your Dairy Goat Management” as a part of their annual Dairy Directions program on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Orange City and the Keystone AEA in Elkader.
The Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Directions Series Dec. 10 in Sac City and Dec. 11 in Pocahontas.
The series will focus on replacement heifers, risk management, cooling dairy cows and updates on the dairy market outlook and ISU dairy herd.
Even with milk prices trending up and 2020 looking to be be even better, there is lots of uncertainty still in the marketplace. Continuing weather issues, trade and tariff issues plus forage quality and availability all weigh heavy on producer minds as they struggle to finish the 2019 season.
With cow numbers moderating and storage levels slowing or declining, there is the expectation that milk prices will continue to improve. Current domestic consumption seems to be holding but there’s lots of signals out there that point to a decline in the global and USA economic health. A recession in this county would certainly but the damper on things. If negotiators could build a lasting deal for exports, the future would make a dramatic turn-around.
Milk production forecasts for 2019 are raised on higher cow numbers and stronger growth in
milk per cow. For 2020, expected continued gains in milk per cow supported an increase in
the milk production forecast in this weeks WASDE report.
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