July 10 2015
Last year was a blast from the past for dairies: feed costs dropped below 50 percent of income
June 3 2015
They've dropped by more than half since October, almost entirely because of milk prices
March 30 2015
After a milk price year for the ages in 2014, producers knew 2015 would be worse. And it has been so far.But low feed and high beef prices have made it manageable, and indications are growing that this...
March 23 2015
Don't be fooled by the quick turnaround in Class III price futures the last two months. Milk producers aren't out of the woods yet, says a Rabobank analyst
March 9 2015
"High hay prices and corn silage costs have kept California milk production and cow numbers at bay," Seth Hoyt told those attending the opening session at the 12th bi-annual Western Dairy Management Conference....
Feb. 10 2015
Milk prices less than last year, but better than 2009. Last year was an extraordinary year for U.S. dairy farmers. A combination of very strong demand for dairy products by the major dairy importing countries,...
Jan. 10 2015
A dairy "bellwether" drops prices again. Just how much milk could be available globally in 2015? Plenty, is the short answer. New Zealand believes the demand-supply balance has tipped and created a buyer's...
Sept. 12 2014
Low prices for corn and other feed grains are expected to last for the rest of the decade, according to a recent forecast by a leading agricultural research group
Aug. 1 2014
What a crazy, incredible turnaround. Huge 2014 crop outlooks in the U.S. and other major grain-producing countries have destroyed the high prices for feed grains that made life so painful for anyone with...
June 13 2014
Steady growth in the number of Jersey herds in the U.S., particularly among large dairy owners in the West, naturally leads to the question of how do they do financially? It's not an easy question to answer,...
April 25 2014
It's shaping up to be an expensive summer for hay in the West. By mid-April, prices for supreme and premium quality alfalfa were already over $300 per ton in some of the region's largest dairy states,...
Feb. 3 2014
It costs money to raise your calves and heifers. Should you invest in facilities and raise your own replacements? Would you be better served utilizing a custom grower? Should you raise every heifer, or...
Jan. 10 2014
DDGS prices have actually gone up since last summer. If the price goes down for a commodity whose processing waste is a by-product feed for cows, then the price of that feed will go down too, right? So...
Dec. 30 2013
Through June, cash flow on milking cows ranged from minus 59 to positive 80 cents per hundredweight. Net farm incomes in the West have been varied, according to mid-year reports assembled by Frazer, LLP....
Dec. 6 2013
The Class III futures average has jumped 58 cents in just a month. The early Christmas cheer that dairy producers received two days ago - November's announced Class III price of $18.83 per hundredweight...
Nov. 29 2013
How does $10 per hundredweight income over feed cost sound? Even among other dairy market forecasters, predictions by marketing consultant Jerry Dryer are known for having a strong track record of accuracy....
Nov. 22 2013
No one else comes close to making as much milk per capita. Twenty-seven U.S. states border either the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, or Gulf of Mexico. This makes them candidates to be international dairy...
Nov. 14 2013
Know your numbers to better know your financial standing. Gary Sipiorski shared his wealth of banking experience within the dairy and agricultural community on the Hoard's Dairyman webinar on Monday,...
Oct. 25 2013
Getting a firm handle on farm financials will be critical to long-term business success. If your operation needs to get up to speed, now would be a good time as milk prices are favorable by historic standards...
Oct. 18 2013
Buy land, build a plant and start processing milk, right? Ha! Every state, county and city likes to claim it is "business friendly" in hopes of attracting new companies and the economy-sustaining jobs...