Daily CME Cash Trading on Monday, May 12, 2014











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Turlock Livestock Auction Yard

Dairy replacement sales results from Turlock, Calif., on May 9:


#1 Hol Springers: $1900-$2675

#2 Hol Springers: $1400-$1875

# 1 Jer Springers: $1500-$1950

# 1 Jer x Springers: $1200-$2000


Holstein Bred Heifers

6 Hd. 1410 lbs bred 5-6 mos.: $2085

8 Hd. 1093 lbs bred 4-5 mos.: $1885

8 Hd. 1028 lbs bred 3-4 mos.: $1775


Holstein Open Heifers

10 Hd. 410 lbs. @ $700

13 Hd. 551 lbs. @ $880

7 Hd. 670 lbs. @ $910

36 Hd. 722 lbs. @ $1090


Jersey Open Heifers

8 Hd. 565 lbs. @ $10000

11 Hd. 450 lbs. @ $950

2 Hd. 397 lbs. @ $835


Umpqua Dairy products honored

Umpqua Dairy Products, Co., of Roseburg, Ore. received the 2014 Irving B. Weber Distinguished National Award for Total Quality Excellence from Quality Chekd.

Quality Chekd, a member-owned organization of independent dairy processors, presented the award at its 2014 QCS Leadership Conference held April 27-30 at Nashville, Tenn.

Eligibility for the Irving B. Weber Award requires Quality Chekd member dairies surpass benchmarks in each of the following categories: leadership and commitment to total quality improvement; human resource development and management; facility improvement projects; marketing and customer satisfaction programs; inventory efficiencies and loss control programs; and outstanding plant sanitation.

Still family owned and located in the heart of Oregon’s Umpqua Valley, Umpqua Dairy Products, Co. operates as the largest independent dairy in southern Oregon. 

Source: Umpqua Dairy Products, Co.


Upper Midwest hay market and demand

A summary of hay sales compiled by Ken Barnett, UW-Extension. All hay prices quoted are dollars per ton FOB point of origin for alfalfa hay unless otherwise noted.

For Nebraska, hay prices were $12.50/ton lower on limited alfalfa hay sales. There was light to moderate demand and hay movement. Light rain and hail fell across some areas of central and eastern Nebraska and the panhandle reported snow on Wednesday evening. Almost all alfalfa and pastures continue to be slow to take off and grow.

For Iowa, hay prices were steady on very limited alfalfa hay sales on light test. Some areas have received moisture while other parts remain dry.

In South Dakota, hay prices were $1.55 higher. Currently, demand was light to moderate as we are getting closer to new crop alfalfa and many end users were busy this week with spring field work and planting. Alfalfa fields are greening and beginning to grow now after rain was received across much of the trade area. Warmer temperatures are needed to get the alfalfa and grass to grow. Buyers of hay are only continuing to buy on an as needed basis. There was very little reported trade this week as sellers are having a hard time moving hay at their asking prices. Best demand is seen in wheat straw headed east.

For Missouri, alfalfa hay prices were steady on very limited alfalfa hay sales. Most tractors are busily pulling planters and readying fields for grain crops, but there have been reports of a few cutting hay this week. Missouri's wheat may be behind the five year average, but its condition appears to be better than some other states. While pastures in most regions are in in fair to good shape, other areas of the state are facing a stock water shortage and poor pasture conditions.

In Southwest Minnesota, hay prices were $36.25 higher.

The demand for Illinois hay was good, with moderate to active sales activity. Hay offerings were light to moderate. Hay prices were $15.35 higher.

For Wisconsin, hay prices were $16.20 lower on moderate trading at a quality-tested hay auction in Fennimore. Rainfall diminished from the previous week and milder conditions prevailed. The milder  weather afforded farmers a larger window for fieldwork.