June FMMO Class I base price dips

The June 2014 federal order milk marketing order Class I base milk price is $22.86/cwt., down $1.61 from the record-high $24.47/cwt. in May, but still $3.93 more than June 2013.

Through the first half of 2014, the Class I base average is $23.02/cwt., up $4.80 from the $18.22/cwt. average for January-June 2013.

Source: USDA Ag Marketing Service


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Next ‘Protecting Your Profits’ LGM-Dairy conference call is May 28

Pennsylvania's Center for Dairy Excellence will host the next “Protecting Your Profits” conference call on Wednesday, May 28, 12-12:15 p.m. (Eastern). Alan Zepp, risk management program manager, will review current dairy markets and margins. The call will include a brief review of risk management opportunities available, and provide an update on USDA’s Margin Protection Program-Dairy.

Anyone can participate in the free monthly conference call series, but pre-registration is required. To register, call the center at 717-346-0849 with name, phone number, and e-mail address. Once registered, participants will receive the call-in number and information.

In addition to participating live, calls are hosted in a webinar format and recorded, available for later viewing. Past Protecting Your Profits calls can be accessed at www.centerfordairyexcellence under “Dairy Information.”

For more details about the monthly conference call learning series, contact the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-346-0849 or by e-mail at info@centerfordairyexcellence.org.


Mammoth Cave Dairy Auction

Dairy replacement sales results from Smiths Grove, Ky., on May 20:

(Holsteins, supreme and approved, unless otherwise noted)

Springers: 2-3 years old, 5-8 months bred

Supreme: 1600-2200

Approved: 1450-1575

Medium: 1250-1400


Fresh Milking Cows: 2-4 years old

Supreme: 1875-1950

Medium: 1400


Short Bred: 2-3 years old, 1-4 months bred

Supreme: 1575-1625

Approved: 1450-1475

Medium: 1250


Open Heifers: (Supreme & Approved)

300-400 lbs. 600-685

400-500 lbs. 735-810

500-600 lbs. 585-910

600-700 lbs. 610-1135


Holstein Heifers Calves: Small 120-190; Medium and Large 200-310 per head.


Weekly ethanol production, corn use

Ethanol production data for the week ending May 16:

Ethanol production: 38.9 million gallons/day

Corn used: 14.03 million bushels/day

DIstillers grains production: 92,033 metric tons/day

Source: Renewable Fuels Association


OSU webinars for veterinarians, farmers to focus on organic dairy

A new series of free workshops and webinars offered by Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) can help veterinarians and livestock producers learn more about and expand their services for certified organic livestock and poultry.

“The objective of this educational series is to help veterinarians and their clients design best herd health management practices that comply with federal and state regulations and organic standards when considering the health and well-being of the animal,” said Gustavo M. Schuenemann, assistant professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Ohio State, and OSU Extension veterinarian.Series participants will learn how to perform an on-farm risk assessment, or audit, to identify and rank risk factors associated with herd health and performance, Schuenemann said.

Dates and topics covered by the 1 p.m. webinars are:

• June 23:  CSI for Dairy: On-Farm Audits to Assess Risk.

• July 10: Certified Organic Livestock Standards.

• Oct. 1: Organic Livestock Inputs. 

In addition, a certified organic dairy tour and workshop is June 26, 1 p.m., at the Pleasantview Farm, 20361 Florence Chapel Pike, in Circleville, Ohio.

Topics to be discussed during the workshop and webinars include:

• Transition cow management, emphasizing calving-related disease prevention and on-farm risk assessment.

• Organic standards for livestock, allowed inputs and the certification process.

• Management of somatic cell counts and mastitis control.

• Parasite management and control.

• Pain management, regulatory medicine and science-based treatments.

• Organic poultry flock health.

• Nutrition-related diseases.

• On-farm health audits to assess herd risk factors.

• Defining, monitoring and recordkeeping of health events.

For more details or to register for scheduled events, go to oeffa.org or vet.osu.edu/extension, call 614-421-2022, ext. 209, or email education@oeffa.org.