Dairy cow slaughter in the first quarter of 2020 has been tracking slightly above the five-year average, but below the same quarter in 2019.
Learn the latest information in dairy nutrition and management by attending the virtual 2020 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference on June 10. It will be the same great program as in the past, but in a virtual setting. All presentations will be recorded and available to participants for 60 days after the conference.
Milk production in Iowa during March 2020 totaled 460 million pounds, up 1 percent from the previous March according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during March, at 218,000 head, was up 1,000 from last month but down 1,000 from last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,110 pounds, up 35 pounds from last March.
AMF index down 7.0%, average price US$4,083/MT
Butter index down 3.6%, average price US$4,117/MT
BMP not offered
Ched index up 1.9%, average price US$4,480/MT
LAC index up 12.0%, average price US$1,078/MT
RenCas index down 3.0%, average price US$9,409/MT
SMP index down 4.9%, average price US$2,380/MT
SWP not offered
WMP index down 3.9%, average price US$2,707/MT
Full results have been published on www.globaldairytrade.info.
There are always a few questions that surface about the direct sale of milk and dairy products to consumers, with either raw milk or processed (pasteurized, etc.) Dr. Leo Timms notes the number of calls and inquiries has exponentially grown the past two months with food chain logistics of getting milk moved to appropriate markets, less exports as well as decreased service industries (restaurants and schools) but more being sold at retail stores and markets. With some plants full and milk at the farm level possibly being dumped in manure storage or field applied (regulations apply here so contact you DNR and extension people). Thoughts to direct marketing to consumers is getting attention not only to market that milk but capture more retail value. But there are MAJOR RULES and laws to this also.
Over the past two months dairy producers have seen clouds on the horizon, but nobody could have predicted the storm we are now facing. COVID-19 changed everything.
Increased cow numbers and production per cow signaled lower milk prices for the future, but the disruption caused by COVID-19 bottle-necked the pipeline and sent prices over the cliff. Processors saw buyers walk away from contracts, storage fill, and employees fall sick or not show up due to fears of catching the virus. They finally had to slow down the flow of raw milk coming into their plants. Letters went out to producers calling for production reductions, from seven to 20 percent. Now, producers are left asking how to reduce pounds they ship without destroying their “factories.”
Forgive me for putting a webinar on the long list of things you are already doing, but I wanted you to be aware of a webinar the Center for Ag Law and Taxation is doing this Friday, April 17, over the noon hour. In this free webinar, Charles Brown and Kristine Tidgren from Iowa State University Extension will provide an update for producers on COVID-19 legislation and resources applicable to their farming business. During the one-hour session, they will discuss:
- Economic Impact Payments
- IRS Tax Return and Payment Delays
- Paycheck Protection Program and other loan options
- CARES Act Tax Changes
- Agricultural-Specific Provisions in the CARES Act
- New Sick Leave and Family Leave Requirements
- Other Possible Relief Provisions
The webpage for the webinar is: https://www.calt.iastate.edu/seminar/2020-04-17/update-producers-covid-19-legislation-resources
The direct link to register is: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1919643254744642062
Date and time: Friday, April 17, 12-1pm Central Time
The webinar will be recorded and archived on the CALT and Ag Decision Maker websites.
If you are wondering how to protect your farm, here are some ideas:
Access to the dairy farm by non-essential persons should be limited.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Wash your hands before you eat and after working in the milking parlor or other areas of the dairy.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, both on and off the dairy.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Ask the dairy manager or owner to keep the restrooms stocked with disinfectants and soap.
- Always wear milking gloves.
- Constantly change milking gloves.
- When you get home after working in the dairy, always take a shower and wash your work clothes.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Keep the bathrooms and kitchen area in your workplace clean and disinfected.
- Social distancing should be practiced such as when there is a need to get supplies from a farm and feed store.
Jorge Delgado Alltech’s dairy employee training expert, put together fact sheets in Spanish and English that can help all employees understand the virus and what they can do to help prevent it on the farm.
Dairy farmers and industry professionals are invited to hear Dr. Marin Bozic address the current dairy situation during a free webinar at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 25. The webinar will last one hour and will include questions at the end.
Bozic is an Assistant Professor in Dairy Foods Marketing Economics in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota.
While registration is free, on-line pre-registration is required at:
A link to the webinar will be sent to your email after you register. The webinar is hosted by the I-29 Moo University and Minnesota Milk.