Farm Couples Can Enjoy a Weekend Getaway This Winter

Unwind and Enjoy an Off-Farm Experience with Other Farm Couples

In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team is offering three “Farm Couple Getaways” across Iowa, with one location in Northwest Iowa. The program is for farm couples wanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on farm or family goalsetting or farm transitioning, or who would just like a weekend away to discuss farm and family issues as a couple.

The local getaway will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, at Lakeshore Center at Okoboji, 1864 HWY 86, Milford. The “getaway” will run from 12:30 p.m. on Friday to 3:15 p.m. on Saturday. There is no cost to attend, as food, lodging and other expenses are being paid for by sponsorships; however, there is a $50 per couple deposit to hold each reservation, refundable on the second day of the getaway.

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Global Dairy Trade Event 278 concluded with the GDT Price Index up 3.0%

Key Results

AMF index up 1.1%, average price US$5,527/MT
Butter index up 2.0%, average price US$5,129/MT
BMP not offered
Ched index up 2.4%, average price US$4,268/MT
LAC index up 0.4%, average price US$1,232/MT
SMP index up 0.3%, average price US$3,207/MT
SWP not offered
WMP index up 4.3%, average price US$3,615/MT

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WASDE Lowers 2021 All-milk price Forecast

The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates were released on February 9.

The 2020 milk production, trade, and stock estimates are adjusted to reflect December data. For 2021, the milk production forecast is raised from last month, primarily on higher dairy cow numbers. The 2021 fat basis import forecast is raised on higher expected imports of cheese and butterfat products, while exports are raised on higher shipments of butterfat. On a skim-solids basis, the import forecast is unchanged while the export forecast is raised, reflecting expectations of strong international demand.

Annual product price forecasts for cheese and butter are lowered from the previous month on current prices, increased production, and larger stocks. Nonfat dry milk (NDM) and whey price forecasts are raised from last month on firm demand.

The Class III price is reduced on the lower cheese price forecast and the Class IV price is also reduced, reflecting a lower butter price forecast. The 2021 all milk price forecast is reduced to $17.15 per cwt.

The entire report is available here.

Dairy Goat Webinar to Focus on Kid Management Strategies

Learn how to control and minimize the spread of disease in your goat herd

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team will continue its quarterly dairy goat webinar focusing on “Strategic Kid Management” March 3, 2021, from noon to 1:15 p.m., CST.

This webinar will focus on situating the next generation of replacement does for a successful future. Multiple contagious diseases are transmitted to young goats right around kidding.

During this webinar, Roselle Busch, assistant specialist in Cooperative Extension at UC-Davis, will discuss why recommended management practices help to control and minimize the spread of disease in your herd.

“I will cover the basics for healthy kids in the first month, going over colostrum management, use of automated feeders, and then get into the role that different kid rearing strategies play in mitigating disease transmission,” Busch noted.

Busch’s focus at UC-Davis is on applied research in small ruminant health and disease mitigation.

There is no fee to attend the program; however, registration is required.

This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Program, Antimicrobial Resistance number 2020-04197.

Register by March 2 at or contact Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, at, 563-382-2949.

Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Information will also be provided about future webinars, as dates and topics are announced.

Archived webinars are available on the ISU Extension and Outreach dairy team website.



Global Dairy Trade Event 277 concluded with the GDT Price Index up 1.8%

Key Results

AMF index up 1.3%, average price US$5,463/MT
Butter index up 6.2%, average price US$5,028/MT
BMP index up 10.7%, average price US$3,180/MT
Ched index up 2.3%, average price US$4,178/MT
LAC index up 3.8%, average price US$1,217/MT
SMP index down 1.5%, average price US$3,198/MT
SWP index not available, average price not available
WMP index up 2.3%, average price US$3,458/MT

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Rural Resiliency webinar series to offer advice on stress

Explore ways to manage the day-to-day stresses of rural life

Rural residents and those who associate with them are encouraged to partake in a webinar series called “Rural Resiliency: Caring for You and Yours,” from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, March 2, 9, 16, and 23.

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Iowa Milk Production Up Again

Milk production in Iowa during December 2020 totaled 466 million pounds, up 4% from the previous December according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during December, at 220,000 head, was 1,000 more than last month and 5,000 more than last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,120 pounds, up 40 pounds from last December.

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Iowa Hay Inventory Up From Last Year

All hay stored on Iowa farms as of December 1, 2020, is estimated at 2.43 million tons, an increase of 11% from December 1, 2019, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Crop Production report. Disappearance from May 1, 2020, through December 1, 2020, totaled 1.78 million tons, compared with 1.28 million tons for the same period in 2019.

Virtual Dairy Day to Feature Profitable Practices

Timely updates on dairy issues

 Dairy producers and the industry will have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues during Virtual Dairy Day hosted by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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7th Annual I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course to be March 23rd

The I-29 Moo University Collaboration will host the 7th annual Dairy Beef Short Course online, March 23rd. This educational opportunity will be offered as a webinar rather than face-to-face due in 2021, due to the COVID-19 situation. There will be a morning session from 10:00 a.m. to Noon (CST) with a lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST) followed by the afternoon session from 1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. (CST).

The event is geared toward producers and industry involved in dairy beef production, but it is open to the public.

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