U.S. dairy exporters moved good volumes of nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder (NDM/SMP) and whey products in May, but struggled to maintain sales of other products, according to USDEC’s latest trade data report.
Pennsylvania dairy farmers saw milk income over feeds costs (IOFC) improve in June, according to the latest Dairy Outlook report from Jim Dunn, Penn State University dairy economist. However, falling milk prices and, especially important, perhaps less home-produced feed due to the difficulty harvesting hay, are a bad combination.
Johne’s disease, also called paratuberculosis, is caused by Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis (MAP) and results in inflammation and damage to the intestinal wall that negatively affects absorption of nutrients and overall performance of cattle worldwide.
Much of the country has finished up first cut alfalfa and grass hay or silage. At Miner Institute we have received almost daily rainfall, resulting in challenging conditions for our farm crew to finish up the first cut on our hay crop forage for silage. Soon enough though, the farm crew will begin harvesting second cut.