This county fair in northwest Iowa will offer hands-on, goggles-on dairy experience for all ages
LE MARS, IA – The Plymouth County Fair will feature a variety of educational dairy and agricultural exhibits for this year’s fair, which runs from July 24-28 in Le Mars.
One of the highlights will be the Mobile Dairy Classroom, a 40-foot mobile milking exhibit provided by the Southwest Dairy Farmers organization.
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The milk production forecast for 2019 is unchanged, but the forecast for 2020 is reduced on slower expected growth in milk per cow. USDA’s Cattle report, to be released on July 19th, will provide a mid-year estimate of the dairy cow inventory and producer intentions regarding retention of heifers for dairy cow replacement.
For 2019 and 2020, the fat basis import forecasts are raised from the previous month on higher expected imports of butterfat products. Fat basis exports for 2019 are reduced on slower expected shipments of butterfat products. The 2020 fat basis export forecast is also reduced on expectations that U.S. butter exports will continue to be less competitive globally. The skim solids basis import forecasts for 2019 and 2020 are unchanged from the previous month. However, skim-solids basis exports for 2019 and 2020 are reduced from the previous month on lower exports of lactose, whey products, and other dairy products.
The 2019 cheese and nonfat dry milk (NDM) price forecasts are increased from the previous month while butter and whey price forecasts are reduced. The 2020 cheese price forecast is raised fractionally as demand is expected to improve, but the butter price forecast is lowered. The whey price forecast is also reduced as export prospects remain relatively weak. The NDM price forecast is unchanged.
The 2019 Class III price is raised as the higher cheese price more than offsets a lower whey price, and the Class IV price is raised as a higher NDM price more than offsets the lower butter price. The 2020 Class III price forecast is unchanged as the fractionally higher cheese price is offset by a lower whey price. The Class IV price forecast reflects a lower butter price.
The 2019 all milk price is forecast higher at $18.20 per cwt, but the all milk price forecast for 2020 is slightly lower than the previous month at $18.85.
On June 20, 2019, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) released Manager’s Bulletin MGR-19-015 providing the following action:
“For the 2019 crop year only: Cutting for silage, haylage, and baleage will be treated the same as haying or grazing. In addition, all references to the November 1 date, as it relates to haying and grazing, in any procedure will be replaced with September 1.”
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The Census of Agriculture has identified Iowa’s top commodities.
I’ve been recommending using beef semen on the bottom half of the milking herd and sexed female semen on the top half of the heifers for quite awhile now. As I’ve watched the market for the resulting calves, I’ve become curious about the differential between the bulls and heifers and if it would pay to use male sexed semen to capture the premium on the steer calves.
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Topics for the 2019 Dairy Beef Short Course will focus on how dairy beef bull calves should be viewed as more than a by-product of the industry. As dairy and beef producers continue to experience economic struggles, increasing the value of bull calves can add value for dairymen, feeders and processors. The short course is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26 in rooms 1 and 2 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It is in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo.
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Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Feb 04, 2019
Receipts: 26 loads Last Week: 16 loads Year Ago: 23 loads Alfalfa: Premium: Large Squares, 1 load 160.00; Large Rounds, 2 loads 160.00-170.00. Good: Large Rounds, 2 loads 130.00. Fair: Large Rounds, 120.00-127.50. Utility: Large Rounds, 1 load 115.00.
Grass: Premium: Large Rounds, 2 loads 145.00-150.00. Good: Large Rounds, 5 loads 130.00-140.00. Fair: Large Rounds, 3 loads 125.00- 127.50.
Alfalfa/Grass Mix: Premium: Large Rounds, 1 load 162.50.
Corn Stalks: Large Rounds, 4 loads 52.50-60.00.
Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Jan 21, 2019
Receipts: 15 loads Last Week: 25 loads Year Ago: No Sale (Blizzard)
Alfalfa: Good: Large Rounds, 1 load 147.50. Fair: Large Rounds, 4 loads 120.00-130.00. Utility: Large Rounds, 1 load 112.50.
Grass: Good: Large Rounds, 5 loads 125.00-145.00. Utility: Large Rounds, 1 load 102.50.
Straw: Large Squares, 1 load 110.00.
Corn Stalks: Large Rounds, 2 loads 57.50-62.50.