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Dairy in the past decade

A look back at the industry’s top stories in the last 10 years By Krista Kuzma

Now that the calendar has turned to 2020 and we are in a new decade, we looked back on the top dairy stories reported in Dairy Star throughout the last 10 years. May 2010 SDSU Dairy Plant begins overhaul $9 million project funded mostly by dairy industry companies, private donors. South Dakota State University had a groundbreaking ceremony May 7, 2010, to mark the beginning of a major remodel and 3,200-square foot addition project for the dairy processing plant on campus. The renovations would overhaul the processing facility originally built in 1961. “Technology has moved ahead during the past 50 years. We were also starting to see some problems with the infrastructure such as cracks around the doorways,” said Dr. Vikram Mistry, head of the dairy science department at SDSU. “Our new facility will have tremendous exibility. It will be a great place to teach students and conduct labs. Companies will also be able to use this facility to test new manufacturing techniques and develop new products.” June 2010 A year of robotic technology Several dairy producers in the upper Midwest installed

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robotic milkers on their dairies in 2010. DeLaval installed its rst robotic milker in the four states of Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin in January 2007 on a dairy farm in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Lely’s rst in that same area was installed in 2000 in Omro, Wisconsin. “For the predominant amount of dairy farmers looking at robotic milkers, they want a lifestyle change rst. They want to go to their kid’s ball games and enjoy spending time with their wife and family, but that’s not why they buy them. The reason they buy robots is because robotic milkers are a fair exchange for hired milking labor ... and they see with robots, a cow is able to come in to be milked whenever she wants,” said Nick Kunkel, central region robotic specialist for DeLaval. May 2011 The waiting game Wet conditions keep producers out of the eld According to the United States Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service weekly crop reports, crop progress throughout the state was lagging for spring 2011 as compared to the previous year and the ve-year average. As of May 9, 2011, 28% of Minnesota’s corn was planted. On the same date in May 2010, producers had 93% of their corn planted, with the ve-year average at 65%. “The eld conditions are still wet. We have sandy loam


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Ron Durst, a dairy farmer from Mantorville, Minnesota, plowed up all 900 acres of alfalfa on his farm aŌer the majority of it was damaged due to winter kill in the spring of 2013. here, and the corn we did plant was on sand. The elds have been very selective,” said Roger Lanners, a dairy producer from Royalton, Minnesota, who planted the rst of his corn May 3, 2011. August 2011 Iowa dairy producers meet President Obama White house rural economic forum On Aug. 15, 2011, President Barack Obama visited Decorah, Iowa, for a Town Hall meeting along with a White House Rural Economic Forum the next day in Peosta, Iowa. Gary Kregel, a Clayton County dairy farmer, was chosen to take part in the White House Rural Economic Forum in the Promoting Agricultural Innovation and Renewable Energy Jobs in Rural Commu-


nities group. President Obama sat in on the session for about 45 minutes. October 2011 Dairy Security Act introduced In September 2011, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) introduced the Dairy Security Act of 2011. The bill was modeled after the National Milk Producers Federation’s Foundation for the Future proposal; however, it has several differences between the two. The key difference is for producers to choose to participate in the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, designed to help reduce milk output during times of low margins, and the Dairy Margin Protection Program, which provides equity protection for farmers during times of poor margins. Previ-

ously, participation would have been mandatory. “I don’t think (everyone) really understands the stabilization part of the bill. In the past 10 years, 2009 was the only time the stabilization plan would have kicked in. This is about the most benign supply management plan ever,” Peterson said. January 2012 Processors helping farmers meet European Union’s 400,000 SCC limit Effective Jan. 1, 2012, dairy products or ingredients exported to the European Union must be backed up by health certicates stating that the milk they were made from came from herds with somatic cell counts of 400,000 Turn to DECADE | Page 4


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or less. Processors work with patrons to ensure they meet the standard, including getting a temporary variance, if needed. “I don’t see the challenge as too huge,” said Pam Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Extension milk quality specialist. Fixing the problem, especially in smaller herds, might be as simple as culling two or three cows that often are up with mastitis. Also, farmers can ask for variances because of seasonal deviations in their herds’ SCCs, Ruegg said. July 2012 Drought grips 90% of South Dakota Dairy farmers struggle to manage crop loss As of July 24, 2012, the U.S. Drought Monitor has 90% of South Dakota’s land area in a drought. For the rst seven months of 2012, the state’s precipitation reported below 80% of average for most of the state, with some areas closer to 50% of average. The lack of precipitation resulted in many farmers harvesting earlier than usual. Mike Schultz, a crop farmer from Freeman, South Dakota, who sells feed to his sons, John and Jeff, who milk 1,400 cows, started chopping corn silage July 16, 2012. His farm received 5 inches of rain from July 2011 to July 2012. “Everyone around here is giving up,” Schultz said. “We have 2,500 acres of corn and there is nothing there. No ears and just some tassels.” November 2012 Iowa Farmland prices soar Sioux County 80-acre parcel sells for $21,900 per acre According to Iowa State University, the average farmland value in the state surged by 32.5% in 2011, a record rate of annual increase. As of November 2012, Iowa land prices were on track to go up another 20% or more for the year. This was seen in a sale in Sioux County where an 80-acre parcel of land sold at auction for $21,900 per acre. “We still had four bidders in the running after the price passed $21,000 per acre,” said Todd Hattermann, an auctioneer at Vander Werff and Associates, the Sanborn, Iowa, real estate rm that conducted the sale. “There was a lot

of interest in that piece of land, mainly because it’s high quality and is nearly 100 percent tillable.” Melissa O’Rourke, farm and agribusiness management specialist at the Sioux County Extension Service, said most of the land sold in 2012 was purchased by farmers who were going to farm. May 2013 Dealing with the dilemma of winter kill Southern one-third of state hit hardest by alfalfa damage Minnesota’s alfalfa crop was hit hard after a winter of little snow cover over the elds. In the southern one-third of the state, nearly 90% of the stands were impacted, according to the University of Minnesota Extension. The Durst family plowed up all 900 acres of alfalfa on their dairy due to signicant damage. “This is a historic event I think people will remember for a long time,” said Ron Durst, a dairy farmer from Mantorville, Minnesota. “This is by far the worst we’ve gone through.” June 2014 A booming slaughter market Dairy producers receiving record high prices for cull cows Cull cows brought an average of $0.85 per pound in 2014, with many farmers in the Upper Midwest collecting more than a $1 per pound. In the United States, overall cow slaughter numbers were down 12%-15% from 2013 because of recent droughts in large cattle states and the price of corn – both factors contributing to the higher slaughter prices. “The cow herd has been shrinking and we’re nally at the point … where the cattle population is at 1951 numbers,” said Dan Rentschler, American Food Groups. “It’s due to a lot of things. … The overall cattle herd is reduced so there’s quite a bit of demand for that smaller supply.” July 2014 What’s in the future for milk prices? Dairy farmers enjoyed record milks prices as Class III averaged $22.45 per hundredweight in 2014.

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Ken Schefers kneels near a drainage ditch on his farm near Paynesville, Minnesota. In April 2015, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a 50-foot buffer strip requirement along nearly all Minnesota waters. The milk price was inuenced by tighten domestic production, weather which limited production in other countries, and a booming export market. Leading up to 2014, the United States joined the world market and soon became the No. 3 dairy exporter in the global industry. “A weak U.S. dollar is good for exports,” said Dr. Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It makes our goods look less expensive so it has been a help for us. If the dollar strengthens, milk will look more expensive.” August 2014 The crop insurance for milk production Margin Protection Program set to start Sept. 1 The Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers replaced the Milk Income Loss Contract program and the Dairy Product Price Support Program as part of the 2014 farm bill. MPP was designed as insurance for milk, protecting the margins between milk income and feed costs. “There is nothing else to stop milk prices from dropping to $6 or $8 per hundredweight – something ridiculously low,” said dairy economist Marin Bozic. “Dairy producers need to be proactive and decide if they want to participate.”

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The National Milk Producers Federation announced that all producers enrolled in FARM – which is 93% of the U.S. milk supply, whether enrolled as an individual or as a member of a cooperating processor or co-op – would have to eliminate the practice of tail docking by Jan. 1, 2017. This announcement came as a shock to many producers who were anticipating a phase-out of the common practice no sooner than 2022. “Every cow in our barn, except for one, is docked and that’s because the band slipped without us catching it. You can visibly see the difference in cleanliness between the rest of the herd and her,â€? said Curtis Boettcher, a dairy farmer from Wykoff, Minnesota. “We don’t have a plan for next year. Honestly, I don’t see why we can’t continue docking if it’s not causing any harm.â€? February 2016 Coming to a close UW-Madison to discontinue dairy sheep program Since 1995, the dairy sheep program – a unique staple to the University of Wisconsin-Madison animal science department – has been the primary program at the Spooner Ag Research Station; however, it was announced the program would conclude upon the completion of the 2016 milking season. The 20-year program remained successful largely due to the research efforts of UW-Madison professor Dr. Dave Thomas who retired in late 2016. “There are no other dairy sheep programs at other land grants in the country,â€? said Richard Straub, senior associate dean of the College of Agricultural Life Sciences. “As the only research dairy sheep ďƒ&#x;ock in the United States, this is a loss to the industry in that respect.â€?

March 2016 Dairy farmers react to Land O’Lakes base program Co-op’s member owners receive letter about changes starting in 2017 On Jan. 25, 2016, Land O’Lakes sent a letter to its member owners to explain the base program implemented for the Upper Midwest region by January 2017. Each Land O’Lakes member owner is assigned a production base volume established from a 12-month history and equals the highest daily production average achieved for one full month. Members may still produce over their base, but if the cooperative must go to extra measures to market the milk, the producer will cover the additional cost. “The strong milk production has come at a time when the demand for dairy products globally has been challenged with a signiďƒžcant decrease in imports from China, the continued Russian embargo and a strengthening U.S. dollar, which makes U.S. exports less competitive,â€? said Leah Anderson, vice president of Land O’Lakes Inc. member relations. “Creating a base program provides the needed structure for better serving market demand and capacity. December 2016 VFD implementation on the horizon FDA’s directive begins Jan. 1 Dairy farmers, veterinarians and feed suppliers prepared for a change in the Food and Drug Administration’s veterinary feed directive. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, dairy producers, among other livestock raisers, must have written consent from a licensed veterinarian to administer feed-grade antibiotics to animals in their herd. “Previously, dairy producers only needed to have a VFD for tilmicosin,â€? said Dr. Lee Michels, of Freeport Vet-


Terrance Pfa , a dairy farmer from Preston, Minnesota, received a le�er sta�ng his milk would no longer be picked up by Grassland Dairy Products Inc. star�ng May 1, 2017. Pfa was one of several dozen dairy farmers dropped by the processor.

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expand into new markets,â€? said Ed Mullins, CEO of Prairie Farms Dairy. April 2017 Time is running out Dairy producers dropped by processor scrambling to ďƒžnd home for milk by May 1 Grassland Dairy Products Inc., based in Greenwood, Wisconsin, sent letters out to dozens of patrons informing them the processor would no longer be picking up their milk within one-month’s time. The processor said the change in Canadian dairy pricing policies, which halted the northern country from importing ultraďƒžltered milk from U.S. dairies, was the reason for dropping the patrons located in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Turn to DECADE | Page 7

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Doug Simon, Agropur President of U.S. OperaƟons, addresses a gathering of industry and business leaders during a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 27, 2018, at Agropur’s cheese plant in Lake Norden, S.D. situation left the dairies scrambling to nd a new home for their milk at a time when most processors were not taking on new patrons due to an over saturated market. “I don’t know what we’re going to do,” said Richard Johnson, a dairy farmer from La Crescent, Minnesota. “Obviously we can’t afford to dump milk for very long.” May 2017 rbST use in the hot seat again Processors in Midwest pushed to ban tool Many processors announced they would no longer be accepting milk from dairy animals given the synthetic growth hormone recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST) by Jan. 1, 2018, with discontinuation needed Dec. 1, 2017, in order to comply with the January deadline. “Farmers and co-ops are between a rock and a hard place – we have to choose between continuing to use an FDA-approved product or maintaining our customers,” said Chris Galen, National Milk Producers Federation. “We’re working towards a more sustainable food supply, but with trends like this, you can argue we’re moving in the other direction.”

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July 2017 Accelerated Genetics, Select Sires merge The two A.I. companies will keep the name Select Sires On July 1, 2017, Accelerated Genetics and Select Sires Inc. became a unied cooperative with Select Sires acquiring all of Accelerated Genetics’ assets. While Accelerated Genetics was headquartered in Baraboo, Wisconsin, Select Sires is based out of Plain City, Ohio. “It’s kind of sad, when a company goes out with 75 years of history, but it’s better than them going out of business completely. Select and Accelerated already had a marriage with World Wide Sires, it’s not like a foreign company coming in,” said Paul Klinkner, a dairy farmer from Cashton, Wisconsin. March 2018 Agropur expands its Lake Norden cheese plant 85,000 cows needed to meet facility’s capacity Agropur had a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 27, 2018, for a $250 million expansion of its cheese plant in Lake Norden, South Dakota. At a time when many processing facilities were at capacity, Agropur planned for this expansion to beef up its milk intake from 3 million pounds of milk per day to 9 million pounds of milk per day that would require an additional 125 employees. “This announcement is very good news for the growing dairy industry and dairy farmers in the region,” said René Moreau, president of Agropur. April 2018 A new look, name, strategy WMMB becomes Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin Since the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board did not think its name was receiving the type of response it needed, the organization changed it to Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. In addition to the name change, the organization created a new logo along with a renewed focus to market Wisconsin cheese across the country. “The reason we wanted to change our name is so when consumers see our name, they understand who is behind the work – dairy farm families,” said Patrick Geoghegan, senior vice president of marketing and industry relations for Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. “We are an organization of dairy farmers, and we wanted dairy farmers to be prominent in the name. Consumers have a high level of trust of dairy farmers.” Turn to DECADE | Page 8

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July 2018 Quals install 60-stall robotic rotary parlor Labor, family drive decision for upgrade While the reasons for the Qual family’s upgrade to their dairy are like many others in the industry, the type of upgrade is what sets it apart. The Quals constructed a GEA DairyProQ 60-stall robotic rotary parlor – one of the rst in the United States – on their 1,350-cow dairy near Lisbon, North Dakota. “There was no hesitation once we saw it,” Mark Qual said. “Yes, there were unknowns with the newness, but it helped that we were able to understand how it worked because everyone was learning at the same time.” January 2019 DMC offers relief for industry Small farms to benet most from new program One year ago, Dairy Star reported on the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 signed into law Dec. 20, 2018. The most notable changed in the act for dairy farmers was the discontinuation of the Margin Protection Program and the start-up of Dairy Margin Coverage, an insurance-like program that would help dairy farmers protect their rst 5 million pounds of milk if prices dropped too low. “We thought the last farm bill was good, but it turned out to be a op,” said Minnesota dairy farmer Steve Schlangen, who attended the signing at the invitation of U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Min-

nesota, ranking member of the House Ag Committee. “This new bill went the other way. It will help all farms some, but smaller farms the most.” March 2019 Blizzard causes widespread destruction Dairy producers dealing with collapsed roofs, fallen buildings from late February storm The Upper Midwest received a major blizzard Feb. 23-24, 2019, that brought double digit snowfall totals and wind speeds over 50 miles per hour, causing white-out conditions and road closures. The result of this blizzard was dozens of barns collapsing across the region. “We instantly knew (we had to sell the cows) because the roof was not safe and more was going to come down,” said Corey Hoffman, whose family’s dairy suffered a barn collapse near Chateld, Minnesota. The Cafferty family also had a barn collapse. “It was the worst day of farming,” said Kara Cafferty, who farms together with her husband, Paul, and son, Brandon, near Fountain City, Wisconsin. “We live where two valleys come together so we had snow whipping around us like you would not believe. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.” December 2019 Late harvest a time of challenge, stress Farmers work well into December to


Mark Qual demonstrates how the 60-stall roboƟc rotary parlor and areas throughout the barn are monitored with a camera system in July 2018 at his family’s dairy near Lisbon, N.D. get crops off Along with low prices, the unusually wet weather will be the most notably remembered aspects of the last year of the decade. A wet spring that set back planting turned into a late fall harvest that was pushed back even farther by high amounts of precipitation and over saturated elds. According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service, harvest

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As a behavioral scientist and experienced business leader, Holly has worked with the U.S. Navy SEALs, Top Gun Fighter Pilots, Olympic athletes, senior NFL referees, the FBI Leadership Academy, and two U.S. Presidents. Holly will work with attendees on Day 1 of the program line-up to reveal attendee’s cognitive tendencies and revamp their minds with new thinking, ideas and strategies. Attendees will discover the brain’s innate talent for forming patters, creating connections and answering questions, and pivot to make new neutral connections, challenge assumptions and maintain focus. Michael Hoffman, founder and owner of Igniting Performance Inc., specializes in the skill of sales, customer loyalty and leadership. Michael is highly interactive and offers techniques and tactics necessary for leaders to own their jobs “on purpose” with an “own itship” attitude and professionalism. On Day 3 of the program line-up, Michael will reveal the value of a goal-based coaching approach. He’ll highlight that coaching employees to think and do within their realm of inuences will create a culture of ownership. Exploring the management cycle and different types of coaching conversations, attendees will learn strategies to set expectations, conduct meaningful reviews and deliver useful feedback. To learn more about the in-class training, preview the out-of-industry tours held on Day 2 of the program, or to register, visit or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379. UW-Extension is sponsoring Building Our Dairy Future: Robotic Milking Systems Performance and Efciency on Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Abbotsford, Wis. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the program wrapping up at 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The agenda includes : – Automated Milking System Design Considerations, Jouni Pitkanranta, 4dbarn – Economics of Automatic Milking and User Experiences, Jim Salfer, U of M Extension – Labor Efciency in AMS Barns, Jouni Pitkaranta, 4dbarn – Robots: The Good, the Bad, the Unknown, dairy farmer panel. For more information and to register, call 715-421-8440. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension will host workshops in seven locations in January 2020, providing information and resources on farm succession and estate planning. The workshops will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to meet individually with speakers, including attorneys and tax specialists to ask specic questions about their situations. As the average age of U.S. farmers continues to inch upward, the need to plan for the transition of land, livestock, machinery, and management decisions has become a top priority in the U.S. agriculture industry. While the ongoing economic downturn in almost all sectors of agriculture may have dampened the short term outlook for some farms, long term business and estate planning decisions should still be on farm businesses to-do lists. Having intentional conversations around farm succession and developing future plans for the farm provides a better chance of transition success. Even if the owner generation is planning to be a part of the management for 10+ years from now, starting early can help the process go more smoothly. It provides the succession generation time to develop their management skills and provides the farm time to build or increase its nancial stability to include another generation. Follow up meetings will be offered in the host counties in February and March and will be based on feedback from the January workshops’ participants. Farms can also request individual meetings with Extension educators and/or specialists or WDATCP’s Farm Center staff. Registration is $20 per person and includes lunch, refreshments, speakers and workshop materials. For more information on these workshops and the follow up events go to . Workshop locations and dates: Jan. 21: Walworth County Government Center, 100 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn. Contact Jim Versweyveld, Extension Walworth County agriculture educator at Jim.Versweyveld@ or 262-741-4951. Jan. 27: Iowa County Health and Human Services Building, 303 W. Chapel St., Dodgeville. Contact Jackie McCarville, Extension Green County agriculture educator at or 608-328-9440. Jan. 28: Marsheld Ag Research Station, 2611 Yellowstone Dr., Marsheld. Contact Heather Schlesser, Extension Marathon County agriculture educator at Heather. or 715-261-1230. Jan. 28: Kewaskum, location to be determined. Contact Stephanie Plaster, Extension county agriculture educator or in Ozaukee County at 262284-8288 or in Washington County at 262-335-4477. Jan. 29: St. Joseph’s Ridge. 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By Lee Mielke

Class III to be highest December price since 2007

The Agriculture Department announced the December Federal order Class III benchmark milk price on Jan. 2 at $19.37 per hundredweight (cwt.), down $1.08 from November, $5.59 above December 2018, and the highest December price since 2007. That put the 2019 Class III average at $16.96, up from $14.61 in 2018 and $16.17 in 2017. Late Friday morning Class III futures portended a January price of $16.93; February, $17.04; and March at $17.25. The January price was the low for 2020, with the peak at $17.65 in September and October. The December Class IV milk price is $16.70 per cwt., up 10 cents from November, $1.61 above a year ago, and the highest Class IV price since August. Its 2019 average is $16.30, up from $14.23 in 2018 and $15.16 in 2017. Another higher All Milk price and lower feed prices pushed the November milk feed price ratio higher for the fth consecutive month. The USDA’s latest Ag Prices report put the ratio at 2.61, up from 2.39 in October and compares to 2.21 in November 2018. The index is based on the current milk price in relationship to feed prices for a dairy ration consisting of 51% corn, 8% soybeans, and 41% alfalfa hay. In other words one pound of milk today purchases 2.61 pounds of dairy feed containing that blend. The US All-Milk price averaged $21.00 per cwt., up $1.10 from October and $3.80 above November 2018. California’s All Milk price was $19.50, up 60 cents from October and $2.29 above a year ago. Wisconsin’s, at $22.40, was up $1.90 from October and a whopping $5.40 above a year ago. The national average corn price averaged $3.68 per bushel, down 16 cents from October but 27 cents per bushel above November 2018. Soybeans averaged $8.59 per bushel, down a penny from October but 23 per bushel above a year ago. Alfalfa hay averaged $173 per ton, down $6 from October and dead even with a year ago. Looking at the cow side of the ledger; the November cull price for beef and dairy combined averaged $57.70 per cwt., down $3.20 from October, $5 above November 2018, but $13.90 below the 2011 base average of $71.60 per cwt.

The US dairy industry saw many ups and downs in 2019, including the loss of hundreds of dairy farms, despite milk prices reaching highs not seen in ve years which ironically came too little, too late for many. I posed the question whether the supportive milk prices would remain in 2020, even as the December Class III price fell, to FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski in the January 6 Dairy Radio Now broadcast. Kurzawski began by warning that “We’re in highly volatile markets right now,” but added that we need to “strip away the noise of the holidays,” and the weakness that we had in December, and even the high over $2 cheese prices we saw in September, October, and November. “The question we need to think about is; where should dairy commodity prices really be right now,” he said. He believes the answer lies in looking over the previous 12 months. He reminded us that we saw tighter supplies of milk (up just 0.3% through November from 2018), less Cheddar cheese production, we saw problems on dairy farms that haven’t totally been resolved, and fewer cows. “There seems to be some stable reasons out there, even amidst these volatile milk markets that we’ve seen lately,” Kurzawski stated, “That would suggest that prices should be higher than they normally would be as we start a new year.” He said that “The milk markets should be at a level that brings some protability back to dairies because, while it’s taken a couple of years, the signal to tighten up the supply of milk has occurred. It occurred in 2019 and probably in the later part of 2018, and I think we walk into 2020 uncertain of what demand will look like but pretty well certain that we’re not going to see the spigot turn on for milk production in the US any time real soon.” Meanwhile, Chicago-based Commodity and Ingredient Hedging LLC’S latest “Margin Watch” (MW) reports that “Dairy margins improved over the second half of December as milk prices recovered from a mid-month swoon while feed costs held mostly steady in quiet, year-end holiday trading. Margins remain strong, above the 90th percentile of historical protability through the rst half of 2020, and over the 80th percentile of the past decade in the back half of the year. Strength in milk prices continues to be a theme supporting

strong margin.” “USDA reported November milk production at 17.44 billion pounds, up 0.5% from last year with the milking cow herd in November unchanged from October at 9.33 million head, but down 27,000 from 2018. While the milking cow herd continues to decline year-over-year, efciency has increased as smaller operations exit the business and larger dairies expand. Milk per cow during November was estimated at 1,869 pounds, which would be 15 pounds above 2018.” “Growth in milk production has been declining this past year while demand has been robust. Through November, year-to-date milk output was up 0.3% from the prior year, with much of the slowdown occurring in the second half of 2019.” EU milk collections from January through October were up only 0.4% from 2018 while New Zealand milk production lagged the prior year by 0.5%. Drought in Australia also sharply reduced milk output to its lowest level in decades.” “USDA’s Cold Storage report showed November month-end cheese inventories of 1.32 billion pounds, down 2.1% from last year with American cheese inventories of 740 million pounds down 7.4% from 2018. The smaller inventories likely provided support for the CME spot Cheddar market following a recent collapse in spot barrels. November butter inventories meanwhile of 180.7 million pounds were up 17.1% from last year and the largest November stockpile since 1993,” the MW concluded. Cash dairy product prices at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange started 2020 mixed as traders awaited the November Dairy Products report on Jan. 6 and the rst Global Dairy Trade auction on Jan. 7. The Cheddar blocks climbed to $1.91 per pound New Year’s Eve but closed the rst Friday of the New Year at $1.89, up 6 cents on the holiday shortened week and 47.25 cents above a year ago. The barrels hit $1.70 New Year’s Eve but nished Friday at $1.6425, up 4.25 cents on the week and reversing four weeks of decline, 34 cents above a year ago, but 24.75 cents below the blocks. 6 cars of block traded hands on the week at the CME, 37 in the month of December, down from 49 in November. 16 cars of barrel sold on the week and 103 for the month, up from just 16 in November. FC Stone’s Kurzawski expects the Dairy Products report to show overall cheese production growth to be “a bit better.” He looks for a small shift from mozzarella into Cheddar and American, with Italian stocks still running well above last year. Turn to MIELKE | Page 11 CLIP AND SAVE



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mates report Friday morning, January 10, and will include the department’s latest milk production and milk price estimates, and the December Milk Production report is issued that afternoon. Leftovers from 2019 include the ramications of the United Kingdom’s Brexit in 2020, President Trump’s reported singing on January 15 of the Phase One trade deal with China, the hoped for Senate passage of the USMCA trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, and the US Japan trade agreement which went into effect on January 1. By the way, Japan is the second largest net importer of cheese in the world, according to the International Dairy Foods Association, importing nearly $1.3 billion worth in 2018. Hopefully, the US dairy industry will get a bigger share of that purchase in 2020.

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quarter, meanwhile, “The condition of the butter market is within seasonal expectations,” DMN concludes. Spot Grade A nonfat dry milk saw a Friday closing at $1.2325 per pound, unchanged on the week but 25.75 cents above a year ago. 7 cars traded hands on the week, with 27 on the month, down from 69 in November. CME dry whey nished Friday at 31.5 cents per pound, also unchanged on the week but 17.5 cents below a year ago. There were 38 carloads traded on the week, 88 for the month, 28 less than in November. The week after New Year’s will provide plenty of fodder for the markets, starting with the November Dairy Products report and the GDT. The Agriculture Department will issue its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Esti-

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“Butter production growth might slow a little with cheese taking more fat along with whole milk powder and ice cream,” wrote Kurzawski in his January 3 Early Morning Update, “But given how big November butter stocks were, it won’t be surprising to see butter production come in higher than forecast.” Nonfat dry milk and skim milk powder “will be an interesting one,” he said. “We’re lapping over a 3.4% drop last year when a lot of protein went missing, so we could see some pretty strong growth numbers this year.” Central cheese makers told Dairy Market News that orders were slow to return in the second shortened week of the holidays. Blocks and barrels are both readily available and milk for processing is “abundant.” Spot loads were offered at $6 to $8 under Class III. Cheese manufacturers picked up a few extra loads at discounted prices to ll processing runs, says DMN, others scheduled downtime, while other plants ran straight through the week. Western cheese output is also active amid ample amounts of milk. Contacts reported discounted milk was still available in parts of the region. Cheese orders slowed during the Christmas and New Year’s weeks but retail demand leading up to the festivities pulled at cheese stocks. Cheese makers are hopeful that the pro football playoffs will spur the need for more cheese for pizza. Cheese inventories are “in good balance with customer needs,” says DMN. Butter fell below the $2 per pound price tag again, closing the week at $1.95, 8.5 cents lower on the week and 30 cents below a year ago. Only 3 cars exchanged hands New Year’s Week and 29 in December, down from 58 in November. Readily available cream was driving production at butter plants in the Central region, according to DMN, and a slowdown is not likely as manufacturers expect to see high butter output well into the week after New Year’s. Demand varies from at to sluggish, as domestic buyer interest remained light early in the week. Retail orders improved slightly from Christmas Week. Bulk interest was light to moderate as buyers continue to assess their supply situation following the year-end holidays. The market is “unsettled” as prices edge lower, says DMN. Western butter manufacturing was active due to increased cream offers in the New Year’s Week. Cream was moving to any processing plant that had room and was willing to take it. Manufacturing facilities that were open the rst day of 2020 were prepared for the cream churning rush that usually takes place. Butter inventories are adequate to satisfy the needs of buyers, says DMN, and demand for the holiday was good. Market players report that some bulk butter buyers are still looking to get coverages for rst and second

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HELPING GOOD MANAGERS MAKE BETTER TRADING DECISIONS As I write the first Visor View for the new year, I am reminded of a moment of fatherly wisdom from my farming days. Dad was at a public hearing for a young farmer that was seeking a permit to build several large custom hog feeding units. At the hearing the young man accused dad of helping me get started farming, while denying his right to seek a corporate partner. Dad stood up in front of the whole community and said, “Sir you are wrong. Although I care about my son’s success, I have given him nothing more than my father gave me. The freedom to go out into the world and make all the money he can make.” Although it was tough to understand at the time, this freedom helped me learn the disciplines needed to build a successful business that helps others manage risk. As 2020 begins, we have a new “freedom to get rich” year ahead of us, but we need to remain focused to capture the blessings offered. The past several weeks of trading have been disrupted by holiday celebrations, making it difficult to get a good handle on market direction. Over the past month, the front end premium has been taken out of the Class III market as CME Group spot block cheddar

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Avon Avon Avon Freeport Melrose Melrose Paynesville Albany Paynesville St Augusta Holdingford Avon Paynesville Paynesville Freeport Richmond Albany Belgrade Belgrade Richmond Sauk Rapids Albany Belgrade Belgrade Corcoran Delano Delano Paynesville Freeport Freeport Corcoran Freeport

1,525 1,525 1,500 1,670 1,635 1,745 1,625 1,890 1,565 1,720 1,410 1,415 1,480 1,110 1,405 1,065 1,100 1,525 1,415 1,460 1,320 1,325 1,635 1,395 990 1,210 1,220 1,135 1,185 1,380 1,155 1,315

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

50.00 50.00 50.00 50.00 50.00 50.00 50.00 49.50 49.00 48.50 48.00 47.50 47.00 46.50 46.00 43.00 42.00 42.00 42.00 42.00 42.00 41.00 40.00 40.00 40.00 40.00 40.00 40.00 39.50 39.00 38.00 38.00

Delano Bird Island Holdingford Belgrade Paynesville Watkins Kimball St Stephen Holdingford Rice

1,695 1,533 1,450 1,511 1,545 1,565 1,502 1,575 1,483 1,519

4 2 1 7 1 11 29 1 5 10

92.10 91.50 91.50 91.25 91.25 91.25 90.50 90.50 90.25 90.25


Sauk Rapids Sauk Rapids Kimball Darwin Freeport Richmond Sauk Centre Albany Paynesville Rice St Michael St Stephen Albany Annandale St Cloud Littel Falls Freeport Long Prairie LitchÀeld Starbuck Gilman Kimball Melrose Sartell Bowlus Belgrade Cold Spring Eden Valley Gilman Long Prairie Darwin Sauk Rapids Eden Valley Sauk Centre Waite Park Richmond Little Falls Sauk Centre Belgrade Cold Spring Freeport Avon Richmond


1,501 4 1,545 1 1,487 22 1,712 3 H1,588 2 1,490 1 1,525 4 1,675 1 1,506 10 1,557 6 1,543 9 1,571 7 1,615 1 1,546 9 1,526 8 1,459 6 1,470 3 1,478 11 1,750 1 1,577 9 1,515 1 1,468 5 1,553 4 1,445 2 1,414 28 1,685 1 1,513 2 1,480 5 1,425 1 1,441 5 1,645 2 1,495 1 1,419 8 1,367 10 1,540 4 1,450 1 1,367 3 1,440 1 1,409 4 1,330 1 1,420 2 1,420 1 1,240 1

90.25 90.25 90.10 90.00 90.00 90.00 90.00 89.75 89.75 89.75 89.75 89.75 89.50 89.50 89.50 89.25 89.00 88.75 88.50 88.25 88.00 88.00 88.00 88.00 87.75 87.50 87.50 87.50 87.50 87.25 87.00 87.00 86.75 86.50 86.50 86.00 85.75 85.00 84.75 84.50 84.50 84.00 84.00

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Dairy farming in the Alleghenies

Perkins family is West Virginia’s rst organic producers By Jerry Nelson

FRANKFORD, W.VA. – Change has been a constant factor at Perk Farm Organic Dairy. Perk Farm Organic Dairy is owned and operated by Rem and Mary Perkins and their ve children, Lauren, 24, Claire, 22, Ethan, 19, Katelyn, 17, and Trinity, 12. Frankford, located in Greenbrier County, is about 90 miles north of Roanoke, Virginia. The Perkins farm sits

on the western anks of the Allegheny Mountains. “My grandfather, Mason Perkins, started this operation when he purchased a 150-acre farm in 1942,” Rem said. “My father, Harry, was offered a football scholarship at Virginia Tech. When Dad told Grandpa about the scholarship, Grandpa said that he would sell the farm when Dad left. At the age of 19, Dad decided to give up the scholarship and stay at home and join the dairy operation. They were milking 40 to 50 cows at the time.” After high school, Rem


The Perkins family (from leŌ) – Trinity, Katelyn, Rem, Mary, Lauren, Claire and Ethan – milk 300 Jersey cows on their farm near Frankford, West Virginia.


Perk Farm Organic Dairy sits on the anks of the Allegheny Mountains in Frankford, West Virginia. The 300 head of Jersey cows are allowed to graze on lush, rolling pastures that gradually give way to mountainous woodlands. attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He graduated in 1993 with a degree in dairy science and returned home to join his family’s dairy operation. The Perkins gradually grew their herd of Jerseys to about 200 head. “Dad stepped away from the day-to-day operation of the farm in 2001,” Rem said. “But he still kept the books for us. He also stayed busy with projects like building a log cabin and making maple syrup with our local church.” By 2008, Rem and Mary knew something had to change. “We were struggling nancially and couldn’t pay our bills,” Rem said. “We’d heard about organic farming, so I at-

tended a meeting to learn more about it. I was told that our milk price would remain stable throughout the year. Taking a major variable like milk price off the table sparked my interest.” The Perkins family decided to switch their operation to organic. But, not everyone was on board. “Dad was very opposed to the idea,” Rem said. “He told me that I couldn’t go back to farming the way we did 30 years ago. We certainly had a steep learning curve. We had to nd a cultivator and relearn how to cultivate corn. We had to look at weed control from a whole different perspective and stop relying on pesticides

to solve our problems. But, Dad had always been a conservationist and left the land in good shape. He gave us a good starting point.” In 2009, Perk Farm Organic Dairy became the rst licensed organic dairy operation in the state of West Virginia. “Dad became a convert to organic farming in 2010, when he saw what it meant for our milk check,” Rem said. “Organic dairying provided us with enough money to live on with some left over to put back into the farm.” The Perkins’ operation has grown to 880 acres. They have 250 tillable acres where they Turn to PERKINS | Page 15

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The Perkins family uses a roller to a�en out a crop of vetch as they interseed the eld with a no-�ll drill. Soil health and erosion control are top priori�es on the Perkins family’s organic dairy opera�on. grow corn, sorghum, alfalfa, barley, oats, annual grasses and a rainbow of cover crops. They also rent another 150 acres of tillable ground. Much of their cropland is double cropped. They have 550 acres of rolling pastureland and about 80 acres of woodland. “We are close to the mountains at an altitude of about 2,300 feet, so our summers are temperate,” Rem said. “Last summer was the rst time in eight years that we had highs in the 90s.” About three years ago, the price the Perkins received for their milk took a nosedive. They market their milk through Organic Valley, a farmerowned cooperative. “Our base price dropped by $12 per hundredweight,” Rem said. “It hit us even harder because of our high butterfat content. We tightened things up and got back to playing defense. We knew we had to diversify to make ends meet, so we added a 150-head beef cattle operation.” In addition to their 300 Jersey milk cows, the Pekins farm also includes two pairs of turkey barns that each holds a ock of 30,000 birds. The company that owns the turkeys is in charge of operating the barns, but the Perkins get to use the nutrient-rich litter as fertilizer. Lauren attended North Carolina State University and graduated with a degree in poultry science with minors in ag business and feed mill management. She recently became the fourth generation to be part of her family’s farming operation. “People wonder why I would get a degree in poultry management and come back to a dairy farm,” Lauren said. “Dad said that we need to keep diversifying and that it’s good to have different perspectives. I certainly got some new perspectives when I visited a large dairy farm in Petaluma, California.” Working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Perkins family enrolled 462 acres of their farm in a farmland preservation program. The land enrolled in the program can never be developed which will help control the spread of urban blight and preserve the look of the countryside. For several years, the Perkins family has given back to the community and educated the public by bringing cows that are about to calve to the Dairy Birthing Center at the West Virginia State Fair. “It’s fun to watch people’s reactions when they see a cow give birth,” Rem said. “It’s a new experience for many of them. Some of the folks who come to the fair are several generations

removed from the farm.” Lauren has taken over the management of the dairy and the beef operations at Perk Farm Organic Dairy while Rem now handles the cropping side. This fall, Rem planted oats and turnips on one of their elds. After the oats had become several inches tall, they turned their cows out onto the eld to graze. “We soon realized that there were more turnips out there than the cows could ever eat,” Lauren said. “I went on social media and invited people to come out and pick turnips. It should have taken them only a few minutes to ll their bags, but we saw that people were staying out there for hours. They liked to interact with the cows or to simply watch them graze.” This leads to the next change that might soon be taking place at Perk Farm Organic Dairy. “There’s an 80-acre farm on the highway that we hope to buy,” Rem said. “The farm has an old dairy barn that’s still in pretty good shape. We would like to x up the farm and turn it into an agritourism destination. We would milk a few cows, have a few pigs, plant a corn maze and have a pumpkin patch.” Lauren sees the possibilities with the additional farmsite. “People no longer know their farmers,” Lauren said. “We need to reconnect with the public and share the story of farming. It’s important for people to know where their wholesome and nutritious dairy products come from.”

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Lot no. 574 577 578 583 586 587 590 596 598 603 604 609 621 622 623 629 634 635 636 571 573 575 576 581 582 597 612 626 639 569 572 632 589 617 625 594 613 616 566 567 568 592 599 605 606

Mid-American Hay Auction results for January 2, 2020 Desc. Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Rounds Large Squares Medium Rounds Medium Squares Medium Squares Medium Squares Medium Squares Medium Squares Medium Squares Medium Squares Medium Squares Medium Squares Medium Squares

moisture protein RFV 17.3 8.09 90.44 13.39 9.54 110.23 21.04 13.62 86.67 19.1 7.54 79.2 18.53 13.93 105.54 22.07 10.19 84.23 20.23 9.1 83.77 12.54 13.76 111.86 10.32 6.14 83.86 19.1 7.83 87.06 19.88 18.68 109.23 13.53 7.81 98.14 14.06 17.38 113.35 18.94 13.42 95.48 10.78 11.32 92.2 49.43 21.6 188.73 41.38 9.6 70.41 NO TEST NO TEST 19.99 20.31 163.13 17.6 16.47 115.19 16.9 16.7 101.03 19.73 20.59 177.46 20.29 15.31 102.65 23.25 22.25 160.77 16.17 17.15 124.6 17.99 17.26 127.67 12.5 18.75 142.12 NO TEST 17.42 16.59 114.73 15.62 18.47 110.88 13.17 19.25 139.25 14.39 90.86 7.22 13.18 22.07 170.47 14.77 12.08 89.9 17.82 21.99 175.43 13.24 22.28 238.64 13.18 9.36 93.26 15.69 20.32 116.15 13.97 18.51 108.06 12.23 19.34 133.74 12.83 20.91 164.84 NO TEST 14.94 22.56 126.08 NO TEST

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Ld. size 16.46 19.74 17.99 24.69 19.05 23.94 14 24.73 7.19 10.69 16.76 9.09 24.61 24.58 13.02 10.38 11.06 18.79 8.71 24.05 23.53 21.54 24.79 23.34 25.28 27.11 29.13 27.89 38 19.83 20.76 10.39 18.9 26.28 8.31 25.66 27.32 22.52 18.61 18.77 28.21 26.09 24.75 10.49 10.54

price $120.00 $120.00 $120.00 $140.00 $120.00 $95.00 $60.00 $155.00 $145.00 $100.00 $115.00 $160.00 $150.00 $125.00 $170.00 $85.00 $50.00 $125.00 $100.00 $160.00 $135.00 $150.00 $167.50 $145.00 $150.00 $135.00 $125.00 $195.00 $120.00 $125.00 $170.00 $240.00 $80.00 $270.00 $155.00 $275.00 $275.00 $160.00 $160.00 $180.00 $210.00 $260.00 $250.00 $200.00 $135.00

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607 610 614 620 624 630 633 570 580 588 593 615 631 600 585 611 601 602 628 565 579 584 591 608 618 619 595 627 638 637


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21.32 162.86 13.58 83.43 22.97 178.87 21.06 178.79 21.47 128.54 18.09 140.11 22.96 123.23 23.15 143.45 20.16 135.35 19.32 127.35 25.62 208.84 20.47 136.73 25.81 224.26 19.95 152.1 STRAW STRAW STRAW STRAW STRAW STRAW STRAW STRAW STRAW STRAW STRAW STRAW STRAW WHEAT STRAW WHEAT STRAW CORN STALKS


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25.67 10.48 25.04 26.37 21.02 11.07 22.3 21.37 21.66 21.08 25.77 22.6 25.76 25.98 28 21.23 23.58 7.07 25.43 36 78 72 30 82 72 72 10.89 72 72 34

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STEERS 12 Blk Beef Steer 9 Blk Beef Steer 2 Blk Beef Steer 1 Blk Beef Steer 2 Blk Beef Steer 1 Red Beef Steer 13 Red Beef Steer 2 Blk Beef Steer 1 BWF Beef Steer 3 Blk Beef Steer 5 Blk Beef Steer 17 Blk Beef Steer 5 Red Beef Steer 10 Blk Beef Steer 1 Blk Beef Steer 4 Blk Beef Steer 1 Blk Beef Steer 3 Blk Beef Steer 7 Blk Beef Steer 5 Blk Beef Steer 3 Blk Beef Steer 1 Blk Beef Steer 8 Red Beef Steer 14 Blk Beef Steer 1 Blk Beef Steer 4 Blk Beef Steer 19 Blk Beef Steer 3 Blk Beef Steer 1 Blk Beef Steer 8 Blk Beef Steer 2 RWF Beef Steer 1 Red Beef Steer 6 Blk Beef Steer 1 Red Beef Steer 3 Red Beef Steer 2 Char Beef Steer 1 RWF Beef Steer 1 Blk Beef Steer 4 Blk Beef Steer 1 Char Beef Steer 4 Blk Beef Steer 1 Red Beef Steer 22 Mix Beef Steer 8 Blk Beef Steer 2 Blk Beef Steer 12 Blk Beef Steer 17 Blk Beef Steer 3 Blk Beef Steer 1 Blk Beef Steer 1 Red Beef Steer 17 Blk Beef Steer 3 Blk Beef Steer 1 Red Beef Steer 2 Char Beef Steer 1 Char Beef Steer 3 Blk Beef Steer 1 Blk Beef Steer 1 Red Beef Steer 12 Red Beef Steer HEIFERS 1 Blk Beef Heifer 13 Blk Beef Heifer 8 Blk Beef Heifer 4 Blk Beef Heifer 15 Blk Beef Heifer 2 Blk Beef Heifer 2 Blk Beef Heifer 7 Blk Beef Heifer 1 Red Beef Heifer 2 Blk Beef Heifer 1 Blk Beef Heifer 1 Blk Beef Heifer 15 Blk Beef Heifer 2 Red Beef Heifer 4 Blk Beef Heifer 1 Red Beef Heifer 2 Blk Beef Heifer 3 Blk Beef Heifer 5 Blk Beef Heifer 5 Blk Beef Heifer 6 Blk Beef Heifer 8 Red Beef Heifer 9 Blk Beef Heifer 12 Red Beef Heifer 1 BWF Beef Heifer 33 Blk Beef Heifer 3 Char Beef Heifer 9 Blk Beef Heifer 3 Red Beef Heifer 6 Blk Beef Heifer 1 Red Beef Heifer 1 Red Beef Heifer

482 463 440 345 245 210 551 382 505 411 580 562 567 575 360 542 605 585 605 686 581 380 653 684 450 513 575 606 350 608 517 490 755 465 541 385 295 435 572 780 701 700 676 608 720 701 775 495 355 685 805 518 470 472 575 776 735 520 786

174.00 C 170.00 C 165.00 C 162.00 C 160.00 C 160.00 H 159.50 C 156.00 C 154.00 C 154.00 C 153.00 C 151.50 C 150.75 C 150.50 C 150.00 C 149.00 C 149.00 C 148.00 C 147.50 C 147.00 C 147.00 C 147.00 C 146.50 C 146.00 C 146.00 C 146.00 C 146.00 C 145.00 C 145.00 C 145.00 C 144.00 C 144.00 C 143.00 C 143.00 C 142.00 C 142.00 C 141.00 C 140.00 C 140.00 C 139.00 C 138.50 C 137.50 C 137.00 C 136.50 C 136.50 C 136.50 C 136.50 C 136.00 C 136.00 C 136.00 C 135.50 C 135.00 C 134.00 C 133.00 C 133.00 C 130.00 C 130.00 C 130.00 C 130.00 C

305 503 443 430 496 427 342 455 345 402 395 210 493 475 525 415 557 553 541 512 605 588 633 538 440 631 513 617 421 650 530 505

155.00 C 151.50 C 150.00 C 150.00 C 148.50 C 146.00 C 146.00 C 146.00 C 144.00 C 143.00 C 143.00 C 142.50 C 140.50 C 140.00 C 139.00 C 138.00 C 136.50 C 134.00 C 134.00 C 133.00 C 131.50 C 131.00 C 130.50 C 130.00 C 130.00 C 129.00 C 128.00 C 125.00 C 125.00 C 124.50 C 124.00 C 123.00 C


6 Blk Beef Heifer 675 7 Blk Beef Heifer 619 12 Blk Beef Heifer 648 4 Blk Beef Heifer 697 25 Mix Beef Heifer 746 2 Blk Beef Heifer 617 BULLS WADENA MN 2 Blk Bull 447 BERTHA MN 1 Blk Bull 290 BERTHA MN 2 Blk Bull 360 PERHAM MN 5 Blk Bull 562 WADENA MN 2 Blk Bull 580 HEWITT MN 2 Blk Bull 470 PARKERS PRAIRIE MN 4 Blk Bull 537 CLITHERALL MN 2 Blk Bull 652 BERTHA MN 2 Blk Bull 477 PERHAM MN 1 Char Bull 545 HOL STEERS PARK RAPIDS MN 9 Hol Hol Steers 1121 FERGUS FALLS MN 4 Hol Hol Steers 353 NEW YORK MILLS MN 11 Hol Hol Steers 1114 BERTHA MN 1 Hol Hol Steers 410 NEW YORK MILLS MN 3 Hol Hol Steers 500 BERTHA MN 1 Hol Hol Steers 430 PERHAM MN 1 Hol Hol Steers 545 SLAUGHTER COWS DEER CREEK MN 1 Red Slaughter Cows 1940 PARKERS PRAIRIE MN 1 Slaughter Cows 1550 DETROIT LAKES MN 1 Sthn Slaughter Cows 860 SEBEKA MN 1 Hol Slaughter Cows 1435 NEW YORK MILLS MN 1 Blk Slaughter Cows 1435 PARKERS PRAIRIE MN 1 Blk Slaughter Cows 1450 NEW YORK MILLS MN 1 Hol Slaughter Cows 1675 PARKERS PRAIRIE MN 1 Blk Slaughter Cows 1475 NEW YORK MILLS MN 1 Blk Slaughter Cows 1610 DENT MN 1 Char Slaughter Cows 1345 DENT MN 1 Red Slaughter Cows 1580 HEWITT MN 1 Red Slaughter Cows 1745 FRAZEE MN 1 Red Slaughter Cows 1410 FRAZEE MN 1 Hol Slaughter Cows 1470 PELICAN RAPIDS MN 1 Hol Slaughter Cows 1425 FRAZEE MN 1 Hol Slaughter Cows 1695 EVANSVILLE MN 1 BWF Slaughter Cows 1265 VERGAS MN 1 Hol Slaughter Cows 1815 DENT MN 1 Blk Slaughter Cows 1615 FERGUS FALLS MN 1 Hol Slaughter Cows 1090 NEW YORK MILLS MN 1 Blk Slaughter Cows 1470 DENT MN 1 Red Slaughter Cows 1580 SEBEKA MN 1 Hol Slaughter Cows 1595 SEBEKA MN 1 Hol Slaughter Cows 1225 HEWITT MN 1 Red Slaughter Cows 1665 PELICAN RAPIDS MN 1 Hol Slaughter Cows 1435 BLUFFTON MN 1 Mix Slaughter Cows 1635 WADENA MN 1 Hol Slaughter Cows 1995 NEW YORK MILLS MN 1 Hol Slaughter Cows 1580 SLAUGHTER BULLS MENAHGA MN 1 Blk Slaughter Bull 1820 SEBEKA MN 1 Blk Slaughter Bull 1980 SEBEKA MN 1 Hol Slaughter Bull 1265 HEWITT MN 1 Red Slaughter Bull 1175 CLITHERALL MN 1 Blk Slaughter Bull 1230 FAT STEERS SALOL MN 7 Blk Steers Fat 1390 SEBEKA MN 1 Red Steers Fat 1360 FRAZEE MN 5 Blk Steers Fat 1255 MENAHGA MN 3 Blk Steers Fat 1275 BAUDETTE MN 1 Blk Steers Fat 1380 NEW YORK MILLS MN 1 Blk Steers Fat 1325 NEW YORK MILLS MN 1 Red Steers Fat 1665 BULL CALVES PERHAM MN 1 Blk Bull Calves 120 HEWITT MN 2 Hol Bull Calves 157 HEWITT MN 1 Hol Bull Calves 145 PERHAM MN 1 Hol Bull Calves 110 LAKE PARK MN 1 Blk Bull Calves 110 LAKE PARK MN 1 Hol Bull Calves 110 DENT MN 1 R/W Bull Calves 115 PERHAM MN 1 Hol Bull Calves 115 PERHAM MN 1 Hol Bull Calves 100 FRAZEE MN 1 Hol Bull Calves 95 LAKE PARK MN 1 Hol Bull Calves 95 LAKE PARK MN 1 Hol Bull Calves 105 FRAZEE MN 2 Hol Bull Calves 115 LAKE PARK MN 1 Hol Bull Calves 105 LAKE PARK MN 2 Hol Bull Calves 92 PERHAM MN 1 Hol Bull Calves 95 LAKE PARK MN 2 Hol Bull Calves 92 LAKE PARK MN 1 Hol Bull Calves 90 PERHAM MN 1 Hol Bull Calves 95 LAKE PARK MN 3 Hol Bull Calves 98 LAKE PARK MN 1 Hol Bull Calves 85 LAKE PARK MN 1 Hol Bull Calves 90

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Osakis - 50 Blk & Red Steers & Heifers, 600-800 lbs., W, V, HR, P Underwood - 25 Hol Steers, 300-400 lbs. Perham - 25 Blk Steers & Heifers, 500-600 lbs., HR, N, DF Audubon - 8 Hol Bull Calves, 325 lbs. NYM’s - 100 to 200 Small Square Straw Bales Hatton, ND - 30 Round 5x6 bales, 1433 lb avg, Stack 1 Wahpeton, ND - 26 Round 4x5 bales, 1294 lb avg, Stack 2 Verndale - 14 Round 5x6 bales, 1041 lb avg, Stack 3 Verndale - 15 Round 4x5 bales, 930lb avg, Stack 4 Hatton, ND - 30 Round 5x6 bales, 1296 lb avg, Stack 5

123.00 C 122.50 C 121.50 C 120.00 C 120.00 C 120.00 C 150.00 C 147.50 C 147.00 C 144.00 C 142.50 C 141.00 C 132.00 C 131.00 C 131.00 C 130.00 C

62.00 C 59.00 C 57.00 C 57.00 C 56.50 C 56.50 C 56.50 C 56.00 C 56.00 C 56.00 C 55.50 C 55.50 C 55.50 C 55.50 C 55.50 C 55.00 C 55.00 C 55.00 C 55.00 C 55.00 C 54.50 C 54.50 C 54.50 C 54.00 C 54.00 C 54.00 C 54.00 C 54.00 C 54.00 C 76.00 C 75.00 C 72.00 C 67.00 C 63.00 C 118.25 C 117.00 C 114.00 C 113.50 C 112.00 C 109.00 C 108.50 C 125.00 H 100.00 H 90.00 H 75.00 H 75.00 H 70.00 H 65.00 H 65.00 H 65.00 H 65.00 H 60.00 H 60.00 H 60.00 H 55.00 H 55.00 H 55.00 H 55.00 H 50.00 H 50.00 H 50.00 H 50.00 H 45.00 H

• Jan 27th Dairy & Bred Beef Sale Feeder Sale & Hol Steer Special • Hay Sale

Lake Park - 40 Red Angus Bred Cows, Bred Red, Due March/April, Yearly Vac & Pour, Fancy Perham - 4 Reg Hol Heifers, 250-300 lbs.

GEA SP-R-10 Manure Pump - $10,500

Vermeer BP8000 Bale Processor - $13,500



• 2011 GEA 9500 • 2008 GEA 7300 • 2007 GEA 7300

• 2) 6” & 2) 8” GEA Super Pumps • 2) 6” GEA 3 PT Pumps • 3) 52’ 8” GEA Lagoon Pumps

1660 Jordan West Rd., Decorah, IA


86.00 C 79.00 C 78.00 C 77.00 C 74.00 C 71.00 C 70.00 C

• Jan 20th Feeder Sale Hog, Goat, Sheep Special Staples - 2 Boer Goats

Knight 8040 Manure Spreader - $19,900

FIBERGLASS FENCING • GATES • FREESTALLS • FEED RAIL • FEED LOTS New additive in our paint now prevents & protects against the growth of mold & mildew.

Fiberglass freestalls offer a heightened level of comfort which can lead to an increase in milk production!


• All Solid Rail Fencing has a 20 year UV coating to prevent slivers, Colors available • Show Fencing & Pasture fencing • Cattle Panels & Continuous Fencing • 1’’ & 1-1/4 Electric Fence Post UV Protected •13% Chrome Post for Head Locks & Feed Rail • Guard Rail and Fiberglass posts. • Lifetime warranty on our fiberglass products from rusting and rotting

“We installed our posts and 5 wire fencing in spring for our cattle receiving/training pen. Post and fencing were easy and quick to install & fiberglass is long lasting. We want to keep our farm natural looking so this product works well for us and the cattle.” Morris and Debra Weyer, Bethany, MO

Ventilation for Calves

“We have had the freestalls in for about 2 months. We installed them ourselves, they were simple to install. Cows likes the flexibility that the stall has. Should have a long life span.” - Tom & Mark Simons, Farley, IA, Farnear Holsteins 50 FREESTALLS “These gates are very simple to take apart, like calf huts, only bigger. We put 1-3 calves in a pen, which gets them accustomed to group housing. Ventilation is better for the calves having an open pen.We are very happy with our investment in the gates.” Top Deck Holsteins-Westgate, IA, Jason, Derek, Justin Decker

Hwy. 76 • Harpers Ferry, IA

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The candy platters are nally cleared. The cookie stash in the freezer is almost empty. Unfortunately, I think I ate more than my share of treats this holiday season. Now I am craving some simple farm cooking. Looking around the kitchen, I realize I have FFA oranges I need to use up. When I open the freezer door, a bag of frozen cranberries tumbles out. Eureka! Put oranges and cranberries together and you can celebrate Christmas and summer at the same time. Here are some recipes a friend shared with me. She had extras sitting around her kitchen, too. It seemed the perfect gift for us this year was cheese. From dessert cheeses, like blueberry cheese and Applewood sea salt cheese to Gouda and Guernsey cheese, my refrigerator is full. The only problem is that Mark only eats sliced American cheese, so I am looking for different ways to spread the love of cheese. The mufn tin quiches will be one way to use up the holiday leftovers. Enjoy. Cranberry orange relish, Richael Weinand 1 bag cranberries 1 seedless orange including rind 1/4 cup sugar or honey to taste Put in blender and puree. Great on toast or topping in a bowl of oatmeal. Baked cranberry orange oatmeal, Richael Weinand 2 cups old fashion oatmeal 1 cup eggnog Stir together and set aside for 30 minutes or overnight in refrigerator. Then add: 1 teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs, beaten 2 cups cranberry orange relish Pour into a greased 8- by-8-inch pan. Drop six scoops of leftover relish on top. Using a knife, swirl/cut in the relish topping. Cover with slivered almonds. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm, topped with eggnog and nutmeg. Freeze any leftovers in individual servings for breakfast on the go. Cranberry pot roast, “Old Time Farmhouse Cooking” 1 3-pound beef chuck roast 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons our 2 cups cranberries 1 cup water 1 cup red wine or broth (beef or chicken) 1 orange Salt and pepper Coat roast with our, salt and pepper. Sear in olive oil until browned on all sides in a Dutch oven. In a pan, bring one cup water to boiling. Add cranberries. Cook until skins start to pop. Pour over meat. Add orange slices and broth. Cover and simmer on low for about 3 hours, adding extra water as needed. Tender oatmeal cookies, Beverly Nye 1 cup raisins 3/4 cup butter 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/2 cups our 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon cloves

degrees for 8-10 minutes. You could also plump up dried cranberries (Craisins) instead of raisins.

Food columnist, Natalie Schmitt 2 cups old fashioned oats 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional) Simmer raisins and 1 cup water in saucepan over low heat until raisins are plump (20-30 minutes). Drain raisin liquid into measuring cup. Add enough water to make 1/2 cup. Cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in raisin liquid. Mix dry ingredients together: our, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Stir in s old fashioned oats, cooked raisins and chopped nuts (optional). Drop rounded spoonfuls about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake at 400

Mufn tin quiches with smoked cheddar and potato, “Eating Well” 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil 1 1/2 cups nely diced red skinned potatoes 1 cup diced red onion 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided 8 large eggs 1 cup shredded smoked Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat a 12-cup mufn tin with cooking spray. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring until the potatoes are just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Whisk eggs, cheese, milk, pepper and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Stir in spinach and potato mixture. Divide the quiche mixture among the prepared mufn cups. Bake until rm to the touch, about 25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before removing from the tin. To make ahead: individually wrap in plastic and refrigerate for up to three days or freeze for up to one month. To reheat, remove plastic, wrap in a paper towel and microwave on high for 30 to 60 seconds. Breakfast on the go. Natalie, Mark and his brother Al, farm together near Rice, Minn. They milk 100 registered Holsteins under the RALMA prex. Their four children are grown up and all involved in agriculture with hopes of someone returning to the farm. For questions or comments, please e-mail Natalie at mnschmitt@

TRAILER ALERT! We Need Good Used Trade-Ins!


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Coconut oatmeal cookies 3/4 cup soft butter 1/2 cup white sugar 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/3 cups our 2 1/2 cups oatmeal 1 cup coconut

Cream butter, white sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, and mix together. Add baking powder, baking soda, our and oatmeal, and mix well. Fold in coconut. Drop mixture by the teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Do not overbake. N13438 STATE HWY 73 WITHEE, WI 54498

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FEEDER CATTLE AUCTION Tuesday, January 14, 2020 • 11:00 am


Hot chocolate 1/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup cocoa 1 1/2 cups water

LARGEST ORGANIC MARKET IN THE TRI-STATE AREA! 4 1/2 cups milk 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Selling Organic Market Cattle every Monday and Organic Dairy Cattle every Wednesday PREMIUM PRICES PAID!!!


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Mix sugar, cocoa and water in a 2-quart sauce pan. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for two minutes. Stir in milk and heat through, but do not boil. Stir in vanilla.

Upside down fudge cake Batter: 2 rounded tablespoons butter 1 1/2cups sugar 2 cups our 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 tablespoons cocoa 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk

Topping: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 3 tablespoons cocoa 1 1/2 cups boiling water

Cream butter and sugar. Sift our, baking powder, cocoa and salt. Add milk. Mix batter and pour in to a 9-by-13-inch pan. For cake topping, sprinkle walnuts on top. Mix brown sugar, white sugar and cocoa and sprinkle on batter. Pour boiling water over all of it. Then bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

EXPECTING 250-300 HEAD! Serving FEATURE CONSIGNMENT: 22 FANCY Registered Free Soft Serve and Grade Fresh Heifers from TOP shelf dairy Ice Cream! sending us a TOP load of extremely high quality cows from a 31,000#RHA!!! Family farm since 1978, parlor/freestall, will sell on test, current herd avg. 94#, 4.22BF w/1302, 3.26P w/1006, scc under 100, AI sired over 40 years, this load avg is 90# scc 48! all fresh less than 100 days, w/several short serviced, extensive vaccination program, sires include Maxum, Punch, Conquest, Supersire, Corvette, Everest & Lonestar, service sires are Sim/Ang, Kingdoc, Rey, Zamboni & Duke, 75% are registered, strictly TOP end, guaranteed sound! Coming from Legacy Farms, Shell Lake, WI COMPLETE HERD DISPERSAL: 60 Very High Quality Holstein Dairy Cows 90# 3.95BF 3.18P scc 90, on 2x, milked in step up parlor, housed in sand bedded freestalls, herd includes (5) Norwegian Red Jersey Holstein Cross & (1) extremely fancy Red & White Holstein cow, over 30 years of AI w/top sires & service sires used, sires include, McCutchen, Proper, History, Headliner, Franchise, Alexander, Boastful, Watson, Epic, Branson, DaShawn, Cannon, Brook, Durable, Bob, BoyOBoy, Donatello, Petrone and more, service sires include Flagship, Magic Touch, Megaman, Malcon & All-ProÀt! This is deÀnitely one of the nicest herds Premier Livestock has had the privilege of selling! Coming from Steve Leatherberry & Family, Viola, WI 15 Holstein Springing Heifers, AI over 60 years, out of a 29,000#RHA all due in 30 days! Coming from Goodhue, MN 14 Fresh dairy cows, parlor/freestall, 75-115# on test, reputation consignor. Coming from Udderful Dairy 11 Holstein Springing Heifers, AI sired 10 Springing Cows, Holstein & Crosses 4 Springing Dry Cows & Heifers, sires include Butler, Alexander, Beamer & Santiago, service sires are McGrit, Mogul, Kenosha & Dragonheart, due in 3 weeks Holstein dairy cow, fresh 10-01 milking 120# low scc, bred 12-11 to Linderight Moovin, sired by Mr Morningview Aladdin, Dam Our-Favorite Bonita Rae EX 93 best record 42,040# more info on website! Coming from Todd Stanek, Fall Creek, W Always a large run of drive-ins expected, including many fresh cows, breeding bulls, springing heifers & opens that do not make our advertising deadlines!


Taco dip 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 8 ounces sour cream 1/2 pack taco seasoning mix (use more or less to desired taste) 1 cup shredded lettuce

1 small onion, chopped 1 cup shredded cheese Tomatoes, chopped Picante, salsa, taco sauce or western dressing (choose one for desired taste)

Mix cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning mix in bowl. Spread in the bottom of a pan or platter. Top with lettuce, onions and shredded cheese. Just before serving add tomatoes to the top along with picante, salsa, taco sauce or western dressing.

More information and many more pictures online!!!


Weekly Highlights at Premier

Full market report online and all major newspapers!! On Friday we sold a complete milking herd dispersal 500 head parlor/Freestall. Herd avgerage 90 lbs. Most top selling cows milking over 100 lbs. Full house of bidders with many large volume buyers!! Semi loads full of excellent quality supreme cows $1,7502,700. Top Swiss $1,800. Top Jersey $1,500. Many other good quality cows $1,100-1,700. High quality springing heifers $1,2501,600!!! Lower quality and blemished $1,100 and down.

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