May 15 2023
Dairy farmers’ cost to haul milk within the Upper Midwest jumped 21% when comparing May 2021 to May 2022
March 27 2023
Where do you turn to improve profitability on your farm? A business has five major “levers” they can pull to be more profitable, said Purdue University’s Brady Brewer during the Professional...
Aug. 1 2022
Consumers of goods — a group that includes all Americans — are paying more for everything right now. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose another 1.3% in June after climbing 1% in May
July 11 2022
This month marks a full year of declining U.S. milk production growth. Beginning last June . . . within the space of four months . . . production growth downshifted from 4.6% annual growth to nearly 1
May 10 2022
We look for the sweet spot, but extremes in prices and weather swing dairy farms up and down
April 18 2022
Although cow numbers grew modestly in February to 9.37 million cows and stopped an eight-month slide in herd size, tight milk supplies in the U.S. continue to squeeze processors
Feb. 9 2022
Dairy farmers start each new year with anticipation that milk prices will be better than the year before. In the case of 2022, it appears that hope will become a reality
Jan. 1 2022
Anyone purchasing feed for livestock knows that hay prices have been on an upward trajectory. In fact, the average alfalfa hay price reported by USDA-NASS for September 2021 was $209
Dec. 23 2021
Whether you are trying to fertilize fields, heat a home, or both, you know the bills for those products have gone through the roof this past year
Nov. 29 2021
Sorry, in a click bait world I feel like I have to open with a title to grab reader’s attention.However, the statement is true
Oct. 25 2021
Agronomists are scrambling to meet customer needs as requests for prepaid fertilizer have begun flooding into offices. Normally this type of activity gets rolling in December
Dec. 17 2018
It is easy to cut feed costs, but it’s harder to cut costs without sacrificing milk production. This webinar discusses controlling expenses by selecting cost-effective ingredients, grouping cows...
July 9 2018
It’s no surprise that just about everything that goes into making milk is expensive
June 12 2017
Either way you slice it . . . on a per cow or per hundredweight basis . . . dairy farms lost money in all seven Western states
Feb. 10 2017
As is always the case, the key factors affecting milk prices this year will be demand and supply. On the favorable front for U.S. prices is a likely continuation of last year’s robust domestic demand
Jan. 3 2017
Here at the beginning of 2017, the U.S. dairy picture looks far better in two key ways compared to a year ago: Class III prices are much higher
Dec. 15 2016
Mother Nature can be good and bad. This year saw amazing examples of both, starting with winter storm “Goliath” that pounded key dairy areas in eastern New Mexico and the West Texas Panhandl
Dec. 12 2016
If 2015 was a nightmare for Western dairy farmers’ checkbooks, certainly the beginning of 2016 was even worse, according to numbers provided by Frazer, LLP
Oct. 17 2016
These days, dairying isn’t for the financial faint of heart. Wild and scary price swings have become normal in the industry, occasionally plunging below the cost of production long enough to be...
July 18 2016
In a bad year, Jerseys lost less. There's really no way to sugarcoat what kind of year 2015 was for dairy owners: it was bad. After setting an all-time high in 2014, average Class III prices plunged by...