(November 24, 2011) Ray Nebel, a reproductive management specialist with Select Sires, discusses issues with transition in this weekly “Reproductive Moment” podcast.
Archive for November, 2011
(November 23, 2011) Part two of our interview with Keith York, dairy producer from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
(November 23, 2011) Dairy producers are faced with uncertainty but opportunity in 2012. Gary Sipiorski, dairy development manager with Vita Plus, tells us in this PDPW podcast that producers who have been successful have the ability to borrow money for land and expansion with some very low interest rates.
(November 22, 2011) — Dairy producers are making great strides in risk management and forward pricing, according to the head of AgStar Financial Services.
“A lot more activity going on with dairy producers after they lost a third of their equity back in 2009,” Paul DeBriyn, President & CEO told DairyLine.
He said the models in the Midwest are working well, with more producers controlling their feed. He added there’s a lot more forward pricing going on for both the revenue side and the expense side. “Which has been good, although it’s been frustrating because people have missed some of the highs that they would have liked, but they also made money and are still in business,” he said.
(November 22, 2011) Are you using electronic somatic cell counters to help you manage your somatic cell counts? It’s a tool that’s readily available to most dairymen as Alan Britten tells us in this weekly Udder Health Update podcast.
(November 22, 2011) October 2011 butter stocks totaled 129.82 million lbs., down 14% from September 2011, but 19% more than October 2010, according to USDA’s latest Cold Storage report.
Total cheese stocks were estimated at 1.013 billion lbs., down 3% from September 2011 and down 4% from October 2010. American cheese, at 614.7 million lbs., was down 3% from September and down 4% from a year earlier.
(November 21, 2011) The National Dairy Producers Organization (NDPO) recently announced their support of the Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act of 2011 (S-1640). Tom Van Nortwick, NDPO’s acting executive director explains why the organization is backing this proposed legislation in this DairyLine podcast with Greg Mills.
(November 21, 2011) From a deep valley caused by global economic recession in 2009, U.S. dairy exports have made a strong recovery.
The idea of consistengly working to build a sustainable U.S. dairy export presences in the global marketplace got it’s start with the founding of USDEC, the U.S. Dairy Export Council.
“U.S. Dairy Export Council was formed by farmers back in 1995 to try to figure out, did we have a role in the world market, could we meet their needs, was it going to become a home for our increasing production?” said Tom Suber who leads USDEC.
Today, the answers to those questinos are clear, and the results speak for themselves. Just 16-years after USDEC was founded, U.S. dairy export volume represents more than 13-percent of total U.S. milk production.
“When you look at how much volume we’re exporting today, and the path that it’s been on.–that when you look back over the last few years – every three new pounds of product that we produce, two of those pounds are heading into overseas markets,” Suber said.
With the help of dairy farmer checkoff dollars, Suber says USDEC has gained ground in a number of markets including Korea, where early efforts could now reach even higher with the new U.S. – Korea Free Trade Agreement.
“When we started in Korea, 1995, we shipped about 30 million dollars worth of product into that market,” Suber said. “When you look now where we are likely to end up at the end of 2011, we’re likely to be close to 220 or 230 million dollars worth of product, seven fold or so increase in shipments.”
“And this is before a free trade agreement. So we have, even with fairly substantial barriers in our path, the industry working with USDEC, working with our government has built already a very substantial business. And therefore, we’re very excited about the upside that comes when the FTA is fully implemented,” he said.
Korea is one of the top markets for U.S. dairy exports, along with Japan, Mexico and the Middle East.
Story courtesy of reporter Brian Baxter
(November 21, 2011) At the joint annual meeting of dairy-farmer funded promotion groups in San Diego last week, one focus was on Innovation – and the progress of a three-year old effort to bring the dairy industry together to solve common challenges.
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy was established by dairy farmers in 2008, as a forum to bring the entire industry together to focus on priorities such as health and wellness and consumer confidence.
Arizona dairy farm Paul Rovey, who chairs Dairy Management Inc., which manages the dairy checkoff, said the Innovation Center is driving
“The Innovation Center gives us a tremendous opportunity to work with our partner companies, to drive change in dairy consumption, to increase dairy consumption. And while those companies and the other companies that we partner with, they’ll win in that equation, — but it’s also a tremendous win for dairy farmers because we move so much more dairy products and remove the barriers to the consumption of dairy,” Rovey said.
More than 200 companies have joined dairy faremrs in the Innovation Center. Missouri dairy farmer and Untied Dairy Industry Association Chairman Bill Siebenborn said it’s been exciting to see a unified effort for the industry.
“There are a number of issues, that the dairy industry faces, that when you get the leadership of the major companies in the industry in the room sitting at the same table, you can make a lot of headway on solving those problems, because it’s for the good of the industry, we all benefit from it,” Siebenborn said.
The Innovation Cener has helped address consumer misperceptions about lactose intolerance, and has worked to restore flavored milk in schools. Siebenborn said these efforts and many others are critical to the future of dairy.
“In years to come, dairy farmers may look back on the Innovation Center as the most important thing promotion has ever done for them,” he said.
(November 18, 2011) The Food and Drug Administration plans on taking 1,800 milk samples from across the United States to guarantee and monitor milk quality. Dr. Mike Hutjens, extension dairy specialist with the University of Illinois has more in this weekly Feed Facts podcast.