Is the 2015 milk price forecast naughty or nice? Mark Stephenson, director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Bob Cropp, dairy economics professor emeritus, share insights into what’s on their list of factors when projecting their dairy forecasts.
Class III and cheese futures continued to rally last Friday ahead of November’s USDA Milk Production report, as trader’s positioned themselves ahead of the report and the Christmas holiday. The milk production numbers fell short of expectations, up 3.4% nationally.
UW Center for Dairy Profitability, University of Wisconsin-Platteville and University of Wisconsin-Extension are offering a workshop to help farm families plan for a son, daughter or partner to return to the farm and eventually take over the farm business. The four-day workshop will be offered on the UW-Platteville campus. The dates are Jan. 16 and 17 and Feb. 13 and 14, 2015.
Dairy producers are encouraged to attend one of the, one-day workshops, focused on Raising Your Best Calf Ever, hosted by the I-29 Dairy Outreach Consortium. The workshops will be held in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota beginning January 5, 2015.
The University of Georgia’s Teach Dairy received an early Christmas present: six well-pedigreed, 9-month-old Jersey heifers. This early holiday gift represents the first Jersey cattle on campus in more than four decades, and a unique learning experience for animal and dairy science students.