February 23, 2024: US Dairy Exports Lackluster in 2023

Prices on the Global Dairy Trade auction have been trending up since the beginning of the year. The Global Dairy Trade platform is the largest online trading platform for core dairy products and has buyers and sellers in more than 60 countries across the world. Commodities are traded through the GDT platform every first and…

February 16, 2024: DMC Signup in March

If anything, this week taught us to expect the unexpected. On Monday, it was 50 degrees outside and seemed like spring was right around the corner. We woke up Tuesday morning, and there were 4 inches of snow outside. Weather reports were warning about the impending weather, and we all thought the ground was far…

February 9, 2024: Cattle Prices Not Likely to Subside

If you’re like me, you probably appreciated the cull cow prices we received in 2023. When milk prices fell to their lowest in the summer months, you could still count on a decent price per pound if you sent a cow to auction. For those who are using some type of beef on dairy program…

February 2, 2024: Milk Production Flat, Prices Rally

Class III and IV milk futures prices saw their first significant rally this year coming off the heels of a lackluster USDA Milk Production Report that showed total milk production was essentially flat in the U.S. in 2023. For the month of December, total milk production was down 0.3% from a year ago to 18.843…

January 26, 2024: On Learning Something New

Last week Rob Goodling from Horizon Farm Credit joined me for our “Protecting Your Profits” Webinar to share highlights from the 2023 Annual Performance Indicator Review compiled from Pennsylvania dairy herds participating in Horizon and Penn State’s benchmark programs last year. The review looked at 17 dairy performance indicators that could help your dairy farm…

January 19, 2024: Fluid Milk as a Staple

Have you ever had to go to a grocery store right before a snowstorm? Anytime there is more than an inch of snow forecasted, it seems like everyone and their brother rushes there to buy the essentials for their household – bread, eggs, milk, toilet paper – whatever they perceive they can’t do without in…

January 12, 2024: DMC, Dairy Product Production, Global Trends

USDA announced the November margin under its Dairy Margin Coverage Program last week. With feed costs falling 4 cents from October and the all-milk price up 10 cents, the November margin was announced at $9.58 per cwt., up 14 cents from October and the highest margin in 2023. The November margin is eight cents above…

January 5, 2024: Milk Prices, Class Utilization and the Controllables

USDA isn’t announcing the December Class III and Class IV milk prices until Thursday of this week, but Class III went off the CME board at $16.08 per hundredweight while Class IV went off at $19.19 per cwt. If these prices hold true, that will mean the Class III milk price averaged $17.02 per cwt…

December 22, 2023: School Milk and Milk Production

Last week was a great week for both our dairy industry and for school children across the country. That’s because the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act” with a resonating 330-99 bipartisan margin. This measure, which was led by Reps. GT Thompson and Kim Schrier, will increase the varieties…

December 15, 2023: On Reflections and Planning

Warren Buffet once said that “risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” While that statement seems blunt, it is true. In dairy farming, there is no way we can possibly predict every missed opportunity, every catastrophe, and every hardship we’ll face in any given year. We simply must navigate our business through the unpredictable…