Foreign Animal Disease workshop planned Jan. 27 in Sioux Center

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa State University will host a workshop at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 27 at Terrace View, 230 St. Andrews Way, Sioux Center. Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m.

The workshop will focus on how to prepare for a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak and steps that can be taken to protect dairies from foreign animal diseases and also diseases already found in the United States. The workshop is free and includes lunch.

Danelle Bickett-Weddle, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, encourages dairy producers, processors, haulers, veterinarians, Extension personnel and emergency managers to attend.

Dairy Goat Management program to be held Dec. 14 in Orange City and Elkader

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.

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Plymouth County Fair to Turn Round Barn into Dairy Destination

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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WASDE Report Forecast 2020 All Milk Price at $18.85 /cwt

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.

Planting a Cover Crop after Reporting Prevented Planting Acres

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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Global Dairy Trade Event 234 Price Index up 0.5%

Key Results

AMF index up 4.2%, average price US$6,126/MT
Butter index up 3.5%, average price US$5,544/MT
BMP not offered
Ched index up 1.4%, average price US$4,319/MT
LAC index down 3.4%, average price US$912/MT
RenCas index down 2.4%, average price US$6,460/MT
SMP index up 0.2%, average price US$2,462/MT
SWP index not available, average price not available
WMP index down 0.7%, average price US$3,269/MT

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How logical is using male sexed semen when breeding beef bulls to dairy cows

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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