CWT assists with 1.9 million lbs. of cheese, WMP export sales

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) accepted five requests for export assistance to sell 277,782 lbs. of cheddar cheese and 1.587 million lbs. of whole milk powder (WMP) to customers in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and South America.

The bids were accepted from CWT-member co-ops Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers Association and Tillamook County Creamery Association. The products will be delivered August through December 2014.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 80.579 million lbs. of cheese, 48.051 million lbs. of butter and 19.877 million lbs. of WMP to 43 countries on six continents. These sales are the equivalent of 2.024 billion lbs. of milk on a milkfat basis.


Turlock Livestock Auction Yard

Dairy replacement sales results from Turlock, Calif., on Aug. 8. Receipts on 792 head. Market on dairy replacements steady with a week ago. Weigh cows and bulls steady with a week ago. Prices $/head unless otherwise noted:



#1 Holstein: 2000-2750

#2 Holstein: 1400-1975

# 1 Jersey: 1800-2200

# 1 Jersey-X: 1500-2100


Weigh dairy cows

Top yielding: 100-120/cwt.

Medium yielding: 82-94/cwt.

Low yielding: 55-81/cwt.


Next sale Friday, Aug. 15. Special dairy heifer sale, expecting 500 springers, bred & open heifers.


Weekly Upper Midwest hay market demand and price report

Compiled by Ken Barnett, UW-Extension for the week ending Aug. 8. All hay prices quoted are dollars per ton FOB point of origin for alfalfa hay unless otherwise noted. The information presented in this report is compiled from public and private sales and reports in the Midwest.


Demand and sales activity

Compared to the previous week, small square bale prices were down 19%. Large square bale prices were down 8%. Large round bale prices were down 2%. Sales activity was very light to light.


For Nebraska, hay prices were $19.40 lower on limited alfalfa hay sales. The mostly light demand on all forage products are forcing producers to back up their selling price if they want to move product. Dairy hay is mostly steady. Scattered rain across some areas of the state continues to hamper hay production.

For Iowa, hay prices were steady on very limited alfalfa hay sales. There was very limited hay movement this week. Scattered rain showers in some reporting areas are making it very hard for producers to put up top quality hay. Some alfalfa in large squares is sold from $1.38-$1.45 per RFV point delivered to the buyer.

In South Dakota, hay prices were $27.80 higher. There was very good demand for high testing dairy quality hay which has been in tight supply recently, with good demand for high quality grass hay and light demand for low quality alfalfa and grass of which supplies are more abundant. There was rain along and south of I-90 this week generally ranging from 0.50 to 3 inches in spots. This was much needed moisture for these areas, however, north of I-90 rains were lighter with more moisture needed as conditions have become very dry. Some hay producers were able to complete the cutting and baling of their third cutting, with quality reported to be good but tonnage lighter due to the lack of moisture in July. Other producers are hoping to make their third cutting soon so a good regrowth can occur before a fall freeze comes.

For Missouri, alfalfa hay prices were steady on very limited alfalfa hay sales. Hay supply is moderate and demand is light. Relief came as moisture was pretty wide spread over the state this week. Many pastures and hay fields had really begun to show signs of summer and condition ratings have been declining. There was a small amount of chatter that supplemental feeding might not be too far away for a small number of producers, but this should delay any of those thoughts.

In Southwest Minnesota, hay prices were $10.85 higher. The second cutting of alfalfa hay was 76% complete. The third cutting of alfalfa hay was 13% complete. All hay conditions increased to 70% good to excellent. Pasture conditions decreased slightly to 71% good to excellent. Pasture conditions were rated 2% very poor; 5% poor; 22% fair; 56% good; and 15% excellent.

There were no state hay reports this week for Illinois. The second cutting of alfalfa hay was 97% complete compared to the 5-year average of 94%. The third cutting of alfalfa hay was 25% complete compared to the 5-year average of 34%. Pasture conditions declined and were rated at 1% very poor; 5% poor; 29% fair; 54% good; and 11% excellent.

For Wisconsin, hay prices were $17.85 lower at a quality-tested hay auction in Fennimore. Locally heavy showers on Aug. 4 interrupted an otherwise dry weather pattern across the state. Despite a July drying trend, most of the state’s crops are faring well under moderate temperatures and sparse rainfall due largely to adequate subsoil moisture reserves established early in the growing season. Reporters statewide noted that dry soil conditions and a lack of heat units were keeping corn development behind normal, especially for late planted fields. Haying and small grains harvest proceeded, though showers  and heavy morning dews limited the time farmers could spend in fields. The second cutting was 90% complete. The third cutting was 22% complete. All hay condition was rated 84% good to excellent. Pasture conditions declined and were rated at 1% very poor; 8% poor; 24% fair; 56% good; and 11% excellent.