Global Dairy Trade Event 340 concluded with the GDT Price Index up 4.6%

Key Results

AMF index up 5.3%, average price US$4,787/MT
Butter index up 3.8%, average price US$4,723/MT
BMP not offered
Ched index down 1.7%, average price US$4,044/MT
LAC index not available, average price not available
SMP index up 5.4%, average price US$2,400/MT
WMP index up 4.6%, average price US$2,799/MT

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WASDE Lowers Milk Production For 2023 And 2024

The milk production forecasts for 2023 and 2024 are lowered from last month. The cow inventory
is reduced, reflecting the average July 2023 cow number reported in the recent Milk Production
report. The reduction in cow numbers is expected to continue through 2023 and into the first half
of 2024 as returns remain under pressure. For 2023, output-per-cow is forecast to increase at a
lower rate than previously expected on recent data and the expected impact of high temperatures during the summer. However, the forecast of milk per cow for 2024 is unchanged.
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Dairy Spanish Webinar El “Break” Info-Lechero Sept 20 & 27, Oct 4 & 11, 2023

To help Spanish dairy workers and the Spanish dairy industry to get the most current and update research information, UW-Extension has developed the Dairy Spanish Webinar El “Break” Info-Lechero. This Webinar is an update on different dairy topics covering reproduction, colostrum management, Fresh cows’ management, and milk quality and more. Join this event in 4 different sessions and take the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experts on the dates below: Continue reading “Dairy Spanish Webinar El “Break” Info-Lechero Sept 20 & 27, Oct 4 & 11, 2023”

June Milk Down $1.60 From May

All hay prices in Iowa averaged $169.00 per ton in June according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Agricultural Prices report. This was $3.00 below the May price but $19.00 above the June 2022 price. The June 2023 alfalfa hay price, at $173.00, was $5.00 below the previous month but $16.00 above June 2022. The average price received for other hay during June was $159.00 per ton. This was $2.00 below the May price but $29.00 above June last year.
The average price for milk was $15.20 per cwt, $1.60 below the May price and $10.50 below June 2022. Prices received for milk cows for dairy herd replacement averaged $1,800 per head as of July 1, 2023.

Milk production in Iowa during June 2023 totaled 492 million pounds, up 3 percent from the previous June according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during June, at 240,000 head, was unchanged from last month but up 6,000 from June 2022. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,050 pounds, unchanged from last June.

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Raw Milk Webinar Scheduled for July 12 Canceled

“It Will Be Legal to Sell Raw Milk in Iowa on July 1; What Do Producers Need to consider?” – the webinar to supply information concerning producing raw milk for human consumption scheduled for July 12 – has been canceled due to low registration.

The Dairy Team encourages potential producers to call them directly for assistance or contact other professional organizations to acquire assistance in developing safe protocols and best management practices for their dairies.

For more information, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Field Specialist in your area: in Northwest Iowa, Fred M. Hall, 712-737-4230 or; in Northeast Iowa, Jennifer Bentley, 563-382-2949 or; in East Central Iowa, Larry Tranel, 563-583-6496 or


The Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey was just released and is available on the ISU Ag. Decision Maker website ( The survey was conducted by Economist Wendong Zhang with assistance from PhD student Jingyi Tong. Since 1989, the survey is conducted every 5 years as required by the Iowa code. The survey this year presents a 40 year perspective (1982 – 2022) on changes in Iowa agriculture with implications for the future.


Dairy Cow Slaughter Above 2022

Year to date calf slaughter totals are down more than 15 percent, and nearly 40 percent below the five year average. Calf slaughter is primarily dairy bred calves that enter the veal market. The veal market has seen declining consumption for several years, and the pandemic accelerated that trend to some extent. Cold storage numbers for veal at the end of the first quarter showed supplies on hand are down 40 percent from last year.

Dairy cow slaughter has been above last year but is tracking very closely with the five-year average.

April’s milk production report from last Friday by USDA NASS showed the U.S. milk cow herd is shrinking. Total U.S. milk cows shed 16,000 head compared to the previous month but are still above a year ago even though milk prices are well below last year’s levels.

Celebrate Dairy Month at Open House Events Across Iowa

Learn about dairy production in Iowa during educational farm visits

AMES, Iowa – Iowans of all ages will have the chance to experience modern dairy farming this June, as the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team celebrates dairy month across the state.

Three dairy open houses are planned, beginning with the Iowa State University Dairy Open House, June 2, at the university farm south of Ames.

Visitors here will learn about cow comfort, dairy production and sustainability, view a live milking parlor in action, and take a guided tour of the farm with campus and extension staff. Tours and dairy treats will be available from 7 a.m. until noon.

Milking holstein cows.

On June 14, the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance and Hickory Hill Farms will welcome visitors to an on-farm dinner and tour of the Meissner family’s farm, located near Hospers. Participants will learn about the history and growth of this family farm, including the milking parlor and cow barns, from 4-8 p.m.

The Meissners started milking in the 1890s, in Sussex, Wisconsin. Today, Steve and Scott Meissner are milking 4,000 cows two times a day, in a double-32 parlor.

“We are excited to invite everyone to celebrate June dairy month with us by touring the farm and seeing where the dairy products they enjoy get their start,” said Steve Meissner. “Great-tasting dairy products start with healthy, comfortable cows, and we look forward to sharing how we care for animals and the land.”

Breakfast on the farm

On June 24, the public can enjoy Breakfast on the Farm, held from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Iowa’s Dairy Center in northeast Iowa, south of Calmar.

Organizers will serve a wholesome breakfast complete with Dad’s Belgian Waffles, sausage and delicious dairy products including milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream – all locally produced and processed. Visitors can take a guided tour of the farm and there will be activities for all ages, including hand-milking a cow, a petting zoo, story time with a local dairy princess, cow inflatables and educational exhibits.

“The open houses help give everyone a better understanding of the principles and practices we use on modern dairies, including animal wellbeing, environmental care and product quality and safety,” said Gail Carpenter, state dairy specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Dairy is the fifth largest agricultural business in Iowa, generating $5.6 billion a year in economic activity from farming to dairy processing, supplying 22,000 jobs with a labor income of $891 million. The annual economic impact of a single dairy cow is more than $25,400 per cow.

Event details

  • June 2, Iowa State Dairy Farm Open House from 7 a.m. until noon, located at 52470 260th St., Ames.
  • June 14, Hickory Hill Farms, 4-8 p.m, located at 4045 400th St., Hospers, Iowa.
  • June 24, Breakfast on the Farm, at Iowa’s Dairy Center, 8:30 a.m. until noon, located at 1527 Highway 150 S., Calmar, Iowa. Breakfast on the Farm will be held rain or shine. Donations are accepted the day of the event and parking is available on-site.

For more information, contact Fred Hall in northwest Iowa at 712-737-4230 or In northeast Iowa, Jenn Bentley is available at 563-382-2949 or Gail Carpenter can be reached at

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