Dairy farmers benefiting for poor corn yields

Grain farmers seeing yield losses this season are expected to harvest some fields for corn silage. Mark Kies and his family farms in Allen, Michigan near the Michigan/Indiana/Ohio state boarder where his family settled almost 170 years ago. Kies says more silage acres is a good thing for dairy farmers. “My understanding is there’s more… Read more »

New Zealand has the lowest farm milk price in the world

New Zealand agri-information webservice AgriHQ says New Zealand dairy farmers are getting the lowest milk price in the world. An analysis by the firm converted milk prices around the globe to a New Zealand pay formula of NZ dollars per kilogram of milk solids and found New Zealand at the bottom of the pay scale…. Read more »

Global Dairy Trade index increases again

Another nice increase at the Global Dairy Trade auction. The overall index was up 10.9 percent compared to the August 18th sale. After 10 consecutive declines, the Index has now increased more than 25 percent in the last two auctions. This is the highest the Index has been since June. Of the eight products traded,… Read more »

Milk prices lower, dairy cow prices higher in July

The U.S. all milk price for July is $16.60 down 30 cents from June. Florida has the highest price at $21.40 down 50 cents from June. California has the lowest all milk price at $15.12 down 60 cents from June. Other Brownfield states July all milk (compared to June)             Illinois; $17.40 (-.10)             Indiana:… Read more »

New Princess Kay crowned

The 62nd Princess Kay of the Milky Way is a 19 year old from Wright County. Kyla Mauk of Howard Lake is looking forward to representing hard working dairy farmers like her dad. “My dad is the most hard-working man I’ve ever met, and now I get to represent 3,600 dairy farm families that work… Read more »

A mixed week in the dairy markets

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Cheese and Class III futures were mixed, butter and nonfat dry milk lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday. For the week, cash cheese barrels lost 9.5 cents, blocks fell 4 cents, butter is 3 cents lower and nonfat dry milk is down 1.5 cents. Class III futures September lost 61 cents, October fell… Read more »

Missouri State Fair milking parlor upgraded

The Missouri State Fair upgraded its milking facility this year from Grade C to Grade A.  Dairy Superintendent Amy Jo Estes told Brownfield Ag News that the upgrade has been a huge improvement. “We’ve had the barn here for about 10 or 11 years now, but we were Grade C before and couldn’t sell our… Read more »

Farmers encouraged to host breakfast

Breakfast on the Farm has attracted over 11,000 visitors to just four Michigan farms this summer and there’s still one event left. This Saturday, Pleasant View Dairy in Hillsdale County will open their doors to provide a free breakfast and farm tour to the public. Third generation dairy farmer Bruce Lewis farms 2,700 acres with… Read more »

USDA lowers farm income forecast

After several years of good profits, the agriculture sector is facing a much different outlook. In its latest farm income forecast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (or USDA) expects net farm income to fall to $58 billion dollars this year, a 36 percent drop from 2014’s $91 billion. USDA Senior economist Warren Preston says crop… Read more »

A pretty good week in the dairy markets

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Cash cheese barrels and butter held steady on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday, blocks and nonfat dry milk increased 1.5 cents each. Class III futures drifted lower. For the week, cash cheese barrels lost a quarter-cent, blocks increased 4.75 cents, butter jumped 30.5 cents and nonfat dry milk gained 9.5 cents. August Class III… Read more »