Global Dairy Trade Event 300 concluded with the GDT Price Index up 4.6 Percent

Key Results

AMF index up 0.6%, average price US$6,720/MT
Butter index up 5.0%, average price US$6,158/MT
BMP not offered
Ched index up 1.1%, average price US$5,546/MT
LAC index not available, average price not available
SMP index up 5.0%, average price US$3,963/MT
SWP index not available, average price not available
WMP index up 5.6%, average price US$4,082/MT

Full results have been published on www.globaldairytrade.info.

Iowa November Milk Production

Milk production in Iowa during November 2021 totaled 451 million pounds, up 3 percent from the previous November according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during November, at 225,000 head, was unchanged from last month but up 6,000 from November 2020. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,005 pounds, unchanged from last November.

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Dairy Directions Series Dec. 7 in Sac City and Dec. 8 in Pocahontas


The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Directions Series Dec. 7 in Sac City and Dec. 8 in Pocahontas.

The series will focus on four topics: cover crops and cocktail mixes as part of your forage system; the difference between cash flow and profitability; stress on the family farm, and a review of the dairy market and federal milk market orders. Continue reading “Dairy Directions Series Dec. 7 in Sac City and Dec. 8 in Pocahontas”

It is Corn Silage Time – Are You Ready?

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 12 noon to 1 p.m., with the focus on corn silage.

The webinar will be led by Luiz Ferraretto who will discuss how to use corn silage to put more milk in the bulk tank and ultimately, more money in dairy producers’ pockets.

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USDA Improves Livestock Crop Insurance Policies with New Options

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is updating livestock insurance policies to improve options for producers and to create additional opportunities for producers to participate. USDA’s Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) updates to the Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) and Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) policies will be effective for the 2022 and succeeding crop years.  Continue reading “USDA Improves Livestock Crop Insurance Policies with New Options”

May 19 Dairy Webinar to focus on Mitigating Heat Stress

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues on Wednesday, May 19 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. with the topic of minimizing heat stress in dairy herds.

ISU Extension and Outreach Agricultural Engineer Brian Dougherty will discuss the elements of ventilation and how to mitigate heat stress in the milking herd. By minimizing heat stress, producers are able to make their cattle more comfortable and better maintain profitability through the hot summer months.

Producers, dairy consultants, and industry representatives can attend the webinar live at

https://iastate.zoom.us/my/dairyteamfredprogram. Registration is not required, and participation is free.

The webinar will also be archived for later viewing at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/dairyteam/webinars.

For more information, contact Dairy Specialist Fred Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu.

Lee Maassen Named ISU Dairy Club Honorary Member

On Sunday, March 14, the Dairy Science Club at Iowa State University hosted the annual Dairy Science Banquet. Animal science faculty, club members, and alumni are invited each year to recognize departmental and club success. One particular award, the Dairy Science Club Honorary Member Award, gets voted on by club members prior to the banquet. This year’s recipient is Leroy Maassen of Maurice, Iowa.

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Iowa Milk Production Up 3 Percent

Milk production in Iowa during January 2021 totaled 468 million pounds, up 3% from the previous January according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during January, at 222,000 head, was 2,000 more than last month and 7,000 more than January 2020. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,110 pounds, up 5 pounds from last January.

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