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Purdue team gets $1M for cattle disease rapid sensor technology

Josiah Davidson, a graduate student in Mohit Verma's Purdue University lab, collects a nasal swab from a calf to test for bovine respiratory disease. Verma received a $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to develop a biosensor that will rapidly test for the costly cattle disease. (Photo courtesy Suraj Mohan)



WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Bovine respiratory disease (BRD), one of the most prevalent and costly illnesses in the beef and

dairy industries, accounts for about half of all feedlot deaths in North America and costs producers as much as $900 million a year. Quickly diagnosing the illness could improve the well-being of animals and save producers significant money. Current tests don’t offer results for four or more days. Purdue University researchers, led by Mohit Verma, an assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, are developing technology to reduce diagnosis time to about 30 minutes. Their work is being funded by a $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Inter-Disciplinary Engagement in Animal Systems (IDEAS) grant. “Bovine respiratory disease can be triggered by a number of bacteria and viruses, making treatment decisions difficult. By the time a test comes back in four or five days, the disease may have killed the calf or spread to many others in the feedlot,” Verma said. “Over

the next three years, we will develop a test that addresses the bacterial side and have a prototype to use in the field.” Jennifer Koziol, a clinical assistant professor in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine and co-investigator on the project, said veterinarians currently treat BRD with antibiotics that are effective against the most common bacteria that causes the disease. But it’s possible the bacteria is resistant to the chosen antibiotic, making treatment ineffective. Expediting quick and accurate diagnoses while aiding in choosing the correct antibiotic the first time can save calf lives and reduce unnecessary antibiotic usage. “When we have BRD going through multiple animals in the herd, we need to know exactly what bacteria we are up against and exactly which antibiotics will be useful quicker than four to five days so we can make good choices about the antibiotics we use the first time,” Koziol said. “Having a rapid test that

we can use is good for the animals and good for antibiotic stewardship.” Verma learned about the need for better BRD testing from Aaron Ault, a senior research engineer in Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who farms 3,200 acres of corn and soybeans and manages 3,000 head of cattle near Rochester, Indiana. Ault, who will work with the team on engineering components of the technology, said he may spend weeks pulling two or three dozen sick calves per day from his herd for treatment during a bad BRD outbreak. “The No. 1 struggle I have in farming is BRD. I believe it’s the biggest problem in the beef industry,” Ault said. “This technology can change that. But there’s also an opportunity to collect much better data about the health of our cattle through machine learning, looking at the types and amounts of bacteria normally present in a calf’s respiratory system and using that information to predict potential issues down the road.” Verma believes the biosensor technology his team is developing for BRD could be the base technology for detecting other animal and human illnesses. Prior to receiving the USDANIFA IDEAS grant, Verma had started adapting the platform to identify the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID19. “To accurately diagnose a BRD infection, our sensors will need to be versatile enough to identify many bacteria and viruses,” Verma said. “It’s entirely possible we’ll be able to adapt these sensors rapidly to address other health issues, potentially even new viruses that require quick detection to prevent global pandemics.” In addition to Verma, Koziol and Ault, the research team includes Jacquelyn Boerman, Candace Croney, Timothy Johnson and Jon Schoonmaker from the Purdue Department of Animal Sciences; Deepti Pillai from the Purdue Department of Comparative Pathobiology; and Hwanseok Song from Purdue’s Brian Lamb School of Communication. The preliminary research Verma’s team conducted to obtain the $1 million USDANIFA grant was funded by a startup Agricultural Science and Extension for Economic Development (AgSEED) grant. AgSEED was established through Crossroads funding from the Indiana legislature to foster the state’s leadership in plant and animal agriculture and rural growth. Verma also received funding from the PI4D Indiana Disease Diagnostics Challenge.

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Soybean demand linked to economic recovery

Wet and warm conditions over some key soybean growing regions pressured soybean prices recently. The prospect of a good soybean crop places added emphasis on demand over the next year, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs. “Soybean consumption in 2020-21 shows a substantial increase driven mostly by expanded exports in the recent WASDE report. A robust recovery in domestic and world economic growth looks necessary to meet the higher consumption forecast,” Hubbs says. Current marketing-year ending stocks moved up to 620 million bushels in the WASDE report released on July 10. Despite the crush estimate increasing by 15 million bushels to 2.155 billion bushels, changes in the soybean residual drove stocks higher, Hubbs notes. In conjunction with the increase in this marketing-year’s crush estimate, the USDA increased crush prospects for the 2020-21 marketing year to 2.16 billion bushels. Total use for 2020-21 sits at 4.345 billion bushels, up 488 million bushels over this marketing year. “Even with the expanded-use totals, ending stocks come in at 425 million bushels for the 2020-21 marketing year,” Hubbs states. “An expectation of higher soybean export totals and continuation of a healthy crush pace, while feasible, requires a better economic outlook than the current reality indicates.”

Soybean crush appears on pace to meet the current marketing-year estimate, Hubbs notes. Estimates of monthly soybean crush from the USDA through May totaled 1.63 billion bushels. From March through May, soybean crush levels eclipsed the previous year’s amount by 7.5%. “To hit the USDA estimate, crush over the last three months needs to total 527.12 million bushels. Last year over the same period, crush came in at 514.4 million bushels. As slaughter rates continue to improve in the livestock sector, meeting current crush projections looks good,” Hubbs says. “Weak livestock prices impacting herd levels and plentiful vegetable oil supplies may inhibit further expansion in crush demand in the next marketing year. Economic activity affected by the coronavirus may lag current projections and hurt domestic meat consumption in the process,” he adds. Soybean exports remain on pace to hit the USDA estimate of 1.65 billion bushels this marketing year. As of July 2, exports for the year equal near 1.43 billion bushels. Outstanding sales sit at 302 million bushels. USDA’s forecast for soybean export in 2020-21 sits at 2.05 billion bushels, up 400 million bushels 2019-20 estimates. “Chinese buying under the phase one trade deal remains crucial to meeting this forecast,” Hubbs explains. “In general, soybean demand seems to rely on China over the next year as expanded meat and soybean exports hold importance for U.S. soybean consumption.” China’s hog herd fell around 40% during the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak and production is yet to recover completely, Hubbs explains. Recent updates from the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) indicate the disease continues to show up in Asia and parts of Eastern Europe. In Asia, reports of ongoing outbreaks of the disease in Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, and North Korea point toward a long-term continuation. Recent flooding in southern China led to reports of the disease resurgence in parts of the country and causes concern.

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“A vaccine for ASF seems unlikely in the near term, so expanded disease issues could hamper China’s domestic hog industry,” Hubbs states. “USDA’s projected soybean imports by China in the 2020-21 marketing year sit at 3.53 billion bushels and rely on recovery in Chinese hog and poultry numbers for higher domestic crush. “Hog prices remain strong in China due to the protein shortfall and recent restrictions on meat imports due to coronavirus concerns. Expectations of increased pork imports seem reasonable over the next marketing year. The potential for increased soybean imports by China from the U.S. looks certain. The magnitude remains in question.” Soybean outstanding sales for the next marketing year sit at 269 million bushels with 155 million bushels slated for China. Hubbs notes that sales of this magnitude last occurred in the 2016-17 marketing year for this point in July. “While a positive sign, geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and China continue unabated and insert a substantial amount of uncertainty into potential trade flows over the next year. Recent comments from the administration indicate that a phase two trade deal is unlikely,” Hubbs says. In conjunction with the expanded uncertainty with the world’s largest soybean importer, soybean production in South America’s major exporters is forecast up 4.7% in 2021 to 7.23 billion bushels, Hubbs notes. Brazil’s production forecast sits at 4.81 billion bushels, up 184 million bushels over the estimate for the 2019-20 crop. Another good crop year in South America creates a highly competitive export environment in 2021. “Soybean crop potential will continue to be a significant factor in soybean price movements through harvest,” Hubbs concludes. “Without a crop shortfall, higher soybean prices rely on demand prospects over the next year. Increased demand is linked to the nascent economic recovery and recent developments provide limited support for economic growth prospects.”



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Sheep producers account for $26.6 million in CFAP payments American sheep producers have collected more than $26.6 million in payments from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program according to numbers released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week. Payments for lambs and yearlings accounted for more than 91 percent ($24,366,284.11) of money paid to the American sheep industry. Producers also benefitted from wool payments – $1,368,303.22 for non-graded wool and

$894,354 for graded wool. “America’s sheep producers are struggling just like everyone else during this difficult time for our country,” said American Sheep Industry Association President Benny Cox. “We thank the Trump Administration, Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for not only recognizing those struggles, but for taking action to assist the industry financially.” ASI played a key role in showing loss-

es and projected damage – $125 million at the farm gate – within the sheep industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That information was part of the decision-making process as USDA worked to develop this vital assistance program. And ASI continues to reach out to USDA and congressional supporters to address additional losses within the industry – specifically coverage for replacement and cull ewes. USDA announced this week the addition of a handful of specialty crops not covered in

the original program announcement, and it is expected to do the same for livestock in the near future. As of July 6, the CFAP program had approved 365,262 applications and paid out $5.364 billion to American agricultural producers. Livestock accounted for just more than 50 percent of all CFAP payments at $2.7 billion. USDA releases updated data on CFAP payments each Monday at



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Rural Point of View Chewing the Cud

We've got to stand for something Amanda Radke

Rancher & Former National Beef Ambassador

On my personal Facebook page, I’ve felt a strong urge to use my platform to promote this country that I love. Our nation is in turmoil and is more divided than ever, and beyond the beef and agricultural industry that I love, as a patriot, I have felt compelled to use my voice to promote unity, patriotism, faith and the fundamental truths that make us all Americans. In doing this, I’ve shared some of my favorite patriotic country songs, with strong lyrics that thank our troops and remind us to be grateful to have been born in the land of the free. I’ve also started a fundraiser for my favorite organization, the All-American Beef Battalion. And while it’s just small gestures, I’ve felt that in doing this, I can continue to bring people together to have important conversations instead of further dividing us and reminding us about what

One of my mom’s sayings growing up was the old familiar adage, “slow and steady wins the race.” She would say it when we were in a big hurry to get somewhere or if there was a snowstorm and we were trying to get home. She always admonished us to slow down and take our time and we would arrive safely. Last summer when I was trying to get to the Minneapolis airport to make my flight, I told my daughter who was driving in rush hour traffic, slow and steady wins the race. When we were driving in a snowstorm at 3 am last January to make a flight to Ft. Worth, I reassured my passengers, slow and steady. To this day, whenever I find myself driving in bad weather or heavy traffic and I’m in a hurry, I continue to recite to myself, slow and steady wins the race. More often than not, I get to my destination safely and on time. But when I’m in the middle of fighting time, traffic or weather, I’m convinced I will never arrive and act as if the world might come to an end if I don’t get there. It’s not unlike the feeling many people are experiencing today. Some are anxious about where we are headed. Some are unsure about their personal future or the future of their business. And others are fatigued from the constant barrage of information that changes every day and they just want their lives to be mundane again. Slow and steady wins the race. We will get back to normal. You will survive. And our country will continue to be a beacon of light to the world. The freedom-valuing citizens in our

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our differences are. Isn’t that really the plight for so many of us? Even in the agricultural industry, we have polarizing political views on so many issues. The divisiveness has become very clear in 2020, and I’m certain that won’t go away anytime soon. I’m not here to tell you what to think or which issues you should fight for, but what I am telling you is that we can no longer stand on the sidelines and hope the issues work themselves out without our active participation. This year is unlike any other, and the election only conflates our issues further. Now is not the time to shy away from a challenge. Instead, we must face difficulties head on, just like we do a difficult calving season, broken equipment, acquiring land or building a cow herd. It takes guts, determination, grit and laser focus.

Today I want to share song lyrics for you to ponder. It’s an oldie but a goodie from country crooner, Aaron Tippin. His hit, “You’ve Got To Stand For Something,” reminds us that we all need to look internally at our views, our morals, our ethics and how we want to do business doing forward. So here’s the lyrics to Tippin’s song from 1991. I hope they inspire you as they do me. “Now Daddy didn't like trouble, but if it came along Everyone that knew him knew which side that he'd be on He never was a hero, or this county's shinin' light But you could always find him standing up For what he thought was right He'd say you've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything You've got to be your own man, not a puppet on a string Never compromise what's right and uphold your family name You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything.” If corruption exists, it should be exposed. If something is morally wrong, justice should be served. If you feel something in your heart, you should voice it without fear of recourse. If the status quo is broken, then work

Truth From the Trenches

Slow and steady wins the race Melissa Hart

Dairy Farmer, Farmer's Wife & Writer

50 states are continuing to seek knowledge and exercise their unalienable rights endowed by our Creator, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. While people are enjoying their freedom of speech, it’s easy to be dismayed by those who demonstrate in a way that would cause our grandmothers to grab a switch from a nearby tree and take after Another white horse just rode by. I guess I saw him comin' I felt him breathin' down my neck, I heard his hoofbeats drummin'. I've seen 'em pass this way before. They mark the separation Of mossy horns from yearlin' bucks. Each one's a generation. I saw one pass at seventeen, at thirty-five and fifty They rode by loud and brave and bold or snuck by sly and shifty. They had no time to stop and talk or ponder gettin' older They pushed their elders for a while then pushed 'em off the shoulder. They stamped their feet and scraped their horns and kept the turmoil brewing With no regard to consequence or history they're undoing. Another white horse just rode by. The crowd is gettin' thinner. I've got no urge to follow 'em, I'd rather go eat dinner

them. It’s easy to be downcast by what is happening in our nation, especially when our hope is displaced. But examining where your hope is found may lead you to placing your trust in the One who never loses hope in us. Are you trusting in people to make your world right? Are you trusting in systems or formulas to pull you out of the


to make it right. And if you want to fight to save your industry, in light of so much uncertainty and ongoing challenges, you should put every ounce of your being into the arena. I don’t fault fresh ideas. I don’t fear constructive criticism. I don’t resent someone for speaking out, even if it’s against the status quo. I’ve seen many cattlemen organizes rallies to speak out for what they believe in. Many are calling their elected officials daily, so these politicians know their names and understand their views on a topic. That’s how we get things done in this country, and no matter what your views are, individual voices are needed, not just talking heads of major organizations and companies, to remind our Congressmen and women who they are working for. Pick up the phone. Write a letter. Post on social media. Choose your battles wisely. Decide what your ranch and your family’s mission statement is, and as Aaron Tippin reminds us, “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.” Amanda Radke is a South Dakota rancher, a writer, and motivational speaker, specializing in the beef industry, social media and consumer trends. Contact her at pit of fear and anxiety? Are you waiting for decision-makers to tell you your next move? There is one Shepherd who can be trusted to lead you on to solid ground. There is one Shepherd who can pull you out of the miry clay and set your feet upon a rock. Turn to the one Mighty Fortress who can be trusted to lead, guide, protect, provide for and love you. He is slow to anger, steadfast in his love and you will always win the race with Him. Melissa is a farmwife, mom and freelance writer residing on a dairy farm in southern Michigan. She is available for speaking engagements by contacting her at Visit her weblog at www.knolltopfarmwife.

On the Edge of Common Sense

Another white horse Baxter Black, DVM

Cowboy Poet & Former Large Animal Veterinarian

And spend my time with folks I love who'd care if I was missin'. Where I can tell the things I know and likewise, sit and listen. See, time has worn my edges smooth, a temporal erosion, That keeps me outta useless fights and outta constant motion. Oh, I still get my dander up and I still tell my stories But you won't find me wishin' I could re-ride long gone glories. Another white horse just rode by but you won't see me mopin'.

My grandkid's home from school at three... I'm takin' her a'ropin'. Baxter Black is a cowboy poet, former large animal veterinarian and entertainer of the agricultural masses. Over one million books and audios sold, a weekly column, a weekly radio program, a weekly television program ...there’s no place to hide if you live in the country! He has poked his head above the horizon long enough to attract urban followers (gentiles, he calls them), through National Public Radio, public television, Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, Random House and USA Today. You can find him in Benson, Arizona at


While most county and state fairs are Covid casualties this year, a giant, buzzing Ferris wheel—America’s relationship with China—continues to spin at such a dizzying pace that, sooner or later, it will break to harm riders and bystanders alike. While that idea may fly in the face of current beliefs, it doesn’t fly in the face of current facts. China, after all, plays a bigger, more encompassing role on the world stage than just a market for U.S.—and increasingly, Brazilian—farmers. In the last year alone, China has sparked or fueled new or ongoing trouble in Hong Kong, the South China Sea, India, and Taiwan. These aggressive actions have become so overt that even the “Art of the Deal” Trump Administration has had enough. On July 13, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “declared formal opposition to a swath of Chinese claims… in an unusually direct challenge to Beijing’s efforts to assert control” in the South China Sea, reported the Wall Street Journal. Unusual or not, two sharp-eyed China watchers beat Pompeo to the punch. Urban Lehner, the former editorin-chief at DTN/The Progressive Farmer, spent nine years as a Hong Kong-based newspaper editor and publisher before taking over at DTN. Now retired, Lehner used his July 10

This year is testing the endurance of nearly everyone in the US and around much of the world. It’s still too early to tell how the co-occurring crises stemming from the COVID pandemic, the protests about racial and economic inequality, and recent efforts to dominate the world by China and Russia through currency manipulation, digital stealth and sophisticated weaponry, will pan out. However, it’s never too soon to implement basic principles to guide us through tumultuous times. Fundamental principles that fortify our navigation through uncharted territory if we integrate them into our daily lives include: finding hope, relying on faith, and practicing charity. Finding hope is a good place to start, even though hope is difficult to explain. Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary defines hope as to believe or trust. Hope was demonstrated by a 69 yearold farmer with whom I communicate periodically. He considered suicide after losing most of the family farm several years ago. He explained, “I had given up trying, when I remembered what I had learned in religion classes: God will never forget you and will hold you in His hands.” “I would be selfish if I committed suicide,” he said. My wife helped me figure that out. What was happening to me was miniscule compared to what some people go through and what I will find out after I pass.” We often learn hope best when we are “bottoming out.” When we realize


column to ask a simple—and simply loaded—question: “Can the U.S. and China be both serious rivals and big-time trade partners?” Part of the answer he offers comes from a “Chinese analyst with affiliations to the government” who told the Wall Street Journal, “‘You can’t keep asking us to buy your stuff and at the same time keep beating up on us. That’s not how it works.’” Worse, Lehner writes, China’s “heavy-handedness” in Hong Kong “suggests the Chinese Communist Party has given up on acquiring Taiwan through peaceful persuasion.” That means “China’s only way of winning back Taiwan, which it clearly wants to do, is by force.” Such an aggressive act by China would be an unfathomable disaster for the U.S., the Trump Administration, and China’s biggest, happiest grocers, American farmers and ranchers. “I hope my pessimism proves unwarranted,” concludes the seasoned editor, and “I don’t know many China experts [that] share it.” But, he adds ominously, “I know some do.” The next day, July 11, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat not only tackled China’s new taste for regional bullying, he also chastised U.S. presidents past and present for their “active

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Farm & Food File

'Chinese century' or 'Chinese decade'? Alan Guebert

Agricultural Journalist & Expert

collaboration” with “China’s ruling party” wherein China “reaped the benefits of globalization without paying the cost…” Douthat is no lily-livered liberal; he’s a bona fide conservative who, like Lehner, sees China’s aggression toward Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South China Sea neighbors as “an attempt to reach greedily for Greater China goals because the odds of success look better now than in the further future.” In fact, he adds, “China itself is peaking” and its legendary iron-fisted control is slipping. By the 2040s, Douthat notes, China’s “slowing growth rate may leave it short of the prosperity achieved by its Pacific neighbors” and its fast-aging population won’t be able to grow the economy quickly enough to ever catch up—especially to its hated rival, India. He then delivers his swift coup de grace: “Instead of a Chinese Century…

Farm & Ranch Life

Finding hope during an era of multiple threats Michael Rossman, Ph.D.

Rural Psychologist & Consultant

there is nothing to depend on except beliefs in a higher purpose, we rely on faith. We learn charity through caring for others. A wanderlust friend I referred to in a 2012 column, and who was living in Thailand when we last connected face-toface, explained more. He had spent several months working with Mother Teresa, the Albanian nun who devoted her life to caring for the most destitute in Calcutta, India. Tom said he wanted to learn compassion from Mother Teresa during his sojourn at the hospital operated by the Missionary Sisters of Charity. Periodically he repeated his request to Mother Teresa; she did not answer him. Tom’s patience was running out, and he was planning to move on with his life when Mother Teresa asked him to meet her at 4:00 a.m. the next morning by the hearse the sisters used to haul the sick and dying to the hospital. She asked Tom to drive the vehicle. As they traversed the streets of Calcutta before the city woke up, Mother Teresa directed Tom to pull next to a


sickly man on the curb who was too weak to speak but who opened his eyes when Mother Teresa approached him. She gathered the gravely ill man in her arms and told him, “My brother, you are saved.” Together, she and Tom maneuvered the dying man onto a gurney and lifted him into the hearse. After delivering the sick man to the hospital, the two set out to find other indigents in great need of care. They spotted an emaciated man lying on a sidewalk in his vomit and covered with flies. Mother Teresa directed Tom to pick up the man. When he approached the deathly ill man, Tom was so repulsed by the man’s odor and filth that he convulsed with urges to puke; he began to cry. After a few minutes Tom regained his composure. He cradled the sick man in his arms and easily lifted him into the hearse by himself, gently voicing, “Be comforted my brother.” When Tom thanked Mother Teresa for teaching him, she said, “Thank the man you just cared for.” Our own insights into what is most important in life might not be as powerful

the coronavirus might be ushering in a Chinese Decade, in which (General Secretary) Xi Jinping’s government behaves with maximal aggression because it sees an opportunity that won’t come again.” That relatively good news—that China’s global influence may be cut short by its regional thuggery—could be bad news for American farmers and ranchers who would be on the wrong side of that fight. In fact, maybe that’s why China is buying up every loose bushel of grain it can get its hands on right now: The bin doors might close soon and its leaders know it. The Farm and Food File is published weekly through the U.S. and Canada. Past columns, events and contact information are posted at

as Tom’s experience. However, learning is most likely to occur when we struggle. We acquire hope when we surrender self-importance and honestly say, “What do You, God, want from me?” Personal peace signals if hope follows. We find faith when we implement “Not my will but Thine” to a higher purpose than ourselves. We behave charitably by helping others, especially when we assist those in greatest need. Several practical suggestions for learning more about these fundamental principles include the following: • Look out for others as well as ourselves by sharing our goods, skills, and checking on their welfare • Open up ourselves to alternative thinking, especially by asking for thoughts from persons with whom we disagree, and sort out what we feel is right • Recognize that we can learn the most from challenges we don’t want to face • Ask how to turn unwanted circumstances into opportunities to change ourselves into better persons • Laugh at ourselves because it’s fun for us and for others; humor calms us and can change our outlooks and the outlooks of others; it stimulates creative thinking • It’s okay to make mistakes, if we acknowledge and apologize for them, and even better if we don’t repeat them. All of us are works in progress who need hope, faith, and charity. Dr. Mike is a psychologist at Harlan, Iowa. Contact him at:

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Pandemic changes lamb's role in scape of foodservice

Photographs entered in the contest will be judged on clarity, content, composition and appeal. More than $1,000 will be awarded, with awards of $125 going to the firstplace photographer in each of the five categories; $75 for the runner-up in each category; and a $50 prize for third place in each of the five categories. Again, entries must be received in the ASI office by 5 p.m. mountain time on Monday, Aug. 3, to be considered. Only the top three photographers in each category will be notified of their winnings.

• Projected loss of American Lamb sales with single wave of coronavirus in 2020: -35% • Projected loss of American Lamb sales with two waves of coronavirus in 2020: -45% With the shut-down of dine-in restaurant services, many restaurant operators pivoted to expanded delivery, take out and grocery markets to survive. Quick service restaurants – especially burger, chicken and pizza – weathered the storm better than others due to wider availability of off-premise options. Unfortunately, restaurants where lamb is most likely menued (fine dining/casual dining, cruise ships, resorts and hotels as well as independent restaurants in general) were most impacted. An estimated 25 percent of restaurants will permanently close due to the COVID19 upheaval. States are now reopening restaurants with some level of on-premise dining. As restaurants reopen, they will be expected to display enhanced sanitation practices, masks, greater social distancing and limited capacity. How restaurants and diners adapt to the COVID-19 upheaval is still playing

out. While many diners are anxious to socialize again and visit their favorite restaurants, others say they will avoid eating out. Further, many diners are anticipating a recession as result of COVID-19. Tightened consumer spending will likely further impact the foodservice industry. Recognizing social distancing in kitchens will necessitate simplification of cooking, thus industry experts predict that menus will be simplified with focus on core menu items. As with the previous recession, it is expected that consumers will seek comfort foods as well as continued use of takeout meals and delivery. Restaurants are also expected to offer value pricing. As culinary and chef events have been cancelled, the American Lamb Board’s (ALB) foodservice program will shift to support promotions for restaurants committed to using American Lamb. Promotions as well as media relations will highlight simplified comfort dishes with lamb with a new family takeout meals element. And, as always, ALB will focus on telling the industry story and encouraging foodservice operators to support local, fresh American Lamb.




It has been approximately 4 months since COVID-19 took hold in the United States and the U.S. foodservice industry was hit hard. An estimated 40 to 50 percent of American Lamb (pounds) has traditionally been sold to the foodservice industry. As the coronavirus pandemic has devastated the foodservice industry, it has also greatly impacted this important sales channel for the American Lamb industry. According to the foodservice impact model created by Datassential/IFMA, the

foodservice industry will experience sales losses of 23 percent in 2020 as compared to sales in 2019 based on a single wave of COVID-19. If there is a second wave, Datassential predicts that foodservice sales will be down 30 percent in 2020 versus the previous year. Using this same Foodservice Impact Model and entering the estimated percentage of American Lamb sales by segment, the American Lamb industry will suffer greatly due to the shutdown of restaurants:

Mark your calendars now, as the deadline for the 2020 ASI Photo Contest is Aug. 3. All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. mountain time on that date. The top three finishers in each category will receive a cash prize and be featured in the October issue of the Sheep Industry News. ASI made a change in adding a working dog category in 2019 and it was well received. This year, the association would like to invite those with other protection animals (llamas, donkeys, etc.) to submit photos in that category, as well. Otherwise, rules and prizes for the 2020 contest are the same as last year.

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Shephard, Cletrac & Leader Add: HOSTING: The Oliver Gang Show 3rd gathering of Oliver 500 & 600 Tractors & 18th annual Leader Brockway Tractor Meet. Steam Plowing - Threshing - Sawmills - Model Engine Tables - 125 HP 13”x:16”; Erie Steam Engine - Trucks - Toy Show - Parade - Buy & Sell Trading Post - Large Flea Market & Indoor Art & Crafts Area - Garden Tractors - Ferguson (FENA) display area - Baker farms - Tractor Activities & Evening Entertainment - Farm Stock Fun Only Antique Tractor Pull 9 AM Saturday - weigh-in Friday after parade to 9 PM & Saturday to 9 AM. - Ladies Programs Friday & Saturday, Northern Indiana Garden Tractor Club Displays.


All feature exhibitors will receive a collector button, all exhibitors will receive a plaque.


Good Food - Camping & Showers on Grounds Motels Nearby - Don’t Miss This Show. All Exhibitors FREE Admission.




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HOSTING: Michigan Allis-Chalmers Enthusiast Gathering FREE admission to exhibitors Gate admission $5 ~ Children under 12 FREE Primitive Camping on Grounds $10/night ~ $30/entire show Old Rome Museum • Lost Arts in Barn Saw Mill • Daily Parade Kids Pedal Tractor Pull-Saturday Non-Denominational Church Services Sunday followed by a Tractor Road Tour Petting Zoo • Children’s Activities

FALL/WINTER SHOWS WILL STILL TAKE PLACE!! $5 per car gate fee Show Information: Jason (517-404-2242) Vendor Information: Judi (248-804-8507) Pull Information: Joe (517-545-0322) Camping Information: Judi (248-804-8507) Visit our website: Follow us on Facebook

Fall Antique Tractor Pulls September 12-13, 2020 Pumpkin Pull - Munsell Farms October 3-4, 2020

Hanover Horton Area Historical Society Antique Farm Equipment

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Shingle Mill, Sawmill, Threshing, Blacksmith Shop, Daily Tractor Games and Parades, Bake Sale, Children’s Activities, Pedal Pull, Penny Scramble & Games, Garden Tractor Pull August 8

Adult Spectator Admission $5 Children 12 and Under FREE w/adult Exhibitor plus one helper FREE Flea Market Vendors Are Welcome 20’x30’ lots are $5 a day or 2 days for $10

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JULY 22, 2020

Crop Progress


EAST LANSING, MI -- Many areas received much needed precipitation late in the week, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending July 12, 2020. Soil moisture levels across the State showed a significant increase as several weather stations reported receiving between 0.5 and 3.0 inches of precipitation during the week. Several reporters detailed improvement in crop conditions, although areas that did not receive significant precipitation were still showing signs of stress. Corn and soybean fields with adequate moisture continued to progress nicely as above aver-

age temperatures aided growth. Oats and barley continued to head out as wheat harvest began. The first cutting of hay was nearly complete as growers continued to make progress on the second. Other activities included scouting for pests and spraying herbicides and insecticides in row crops as conditions allowed. Hot dry weather continued until the end of the week when much needed rain finally arrived and helped to provide respite to parched fruit. Growers had been spending much of their time addressing irrigation prior to the rains. Apples in the East continued to size well despite the dry weather. Most apples there were between 1.625 and 1.75 inches. Hand thinning was underway. In the

Southwest, apples ranged from 1.5 to 2 inches. Peaches in the East were between 1.375 and 1.5 inches. Pit hardening was complete. Green peach aphids continued to be found. Early peach varieties in the Southwest were coloring. The second flight of oriental fruit moth began. Tart cherry harvest in the Southwest began. The crop was very light. In the Northwest, tart cherries raced towards harvest with fruit sizing between 3 and 7 millimeters in the past week. Fruit were beginning to color and harvest will commence soon. In the Southwest and West Central, harvest of early blueberry varieties continued. Spotted wing Drosophila were trapped with counts high in some blocks. Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower har-

vest were all underway in the East, while cabbage harvest advanced in the Southeast. High temperatures continued to impact crops. Limited bee activity may have a possible impact on pollination in squash and pumpkins. Hoop house tomatoes, eggplant and peppers have potential for some blossom drop with the sustained hot conditions. Producers scouted for powdery mildew as vine crops started to set fruit and flower. Most potatoes in the South were in bloom stage. Potato leafhopper pressure remained high statewide and some damage to plants was observed. Risk of late blight (Phytophthora infestans) in potatoes and tomatoes was assessed as low to moderate due to the prolonged warm, dry weather.

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Scattered rainfall brought relief to some parts of the State, particularly in the south, while other areas continued to yearn for rain after another hot week, according to USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Field Office. Soil moisture levels decreased slightly from the previous week. The average temperature for the week

was 78.2 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.3 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 2.42 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.02 inches. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 12. Spotty rains replenished soil moisture levels in some fields last week, while others

struggled amid dry and hot conditions. The percent of corn silking caught up to the fiveyear average last week, but corn crop conditions declined slightly. Meanwhile, the percent of soybeans blooming continued ahead of schedule, and the crop conditions remained stable. Winter wheat harvest was in full swing last week, as progress moved ahead of the five-year average. Growers

were also able to make significant progress with hay harvest, aided by the hot and dry weather. Heat stress was a concern for livestock last week. Other activities for the week included fungicide and insecticide applications, herbicide spot treatments, irrigating where possible, scouting fields, and attending Extension programs.

REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Timely rain events helped to break up what was an otherwise hot and dry week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture increased from 30 percent adequate or surplus last week to 43 percent adequate or

surplus this week. Average temperatures for the week were approximately 6 degrees above historical normals, and the entire state averaged less than 1 inch of precipitation. There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 12. Farmers baled straw and hay, applied

herbicide to soybeans, and applied manure to wheat stubble. Winter wheat harvested was at 85 percent, ahead of the five-year average by 17 percentage points due to hot and dry weather continuing. Soybeans blooming was at 48 percent, ahead of the five-year average by 16 percentage points.

Oats headed reached 100 percent, ahead of the previous year by 15 percentage points. Fifty-one percent of corn was considered good or excellent and 70 percent of pasture and range was considered good or excellent compared to a five-year average of 57 percent.



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You’re Always There for Me

May your hearts be encouraged

By Joanna Fuchs

By Gail Malick

In times of joy and bliss, When things are going right, You lift me even higher, And fill me with delight. You listen to my prayers; You hear my every plea; I’m safe because I know You’re always there for me.

fair during the summer is a major part of this season. I understand the reason behind the cancellation and kind of expected this. But it still just doesn't seem "normal". Isn't it interesting that many sayings were circulating at the beginning of the year about having perfect vision in this year of 2020? All of us can probably say now that nothing can be seen clearly nor do we totally understand what all is going on. We have everything BUT 2020 vision on this year. What we do know is that summer is here. It's hot, often dry, and sometimes

Some years ago the cover of Time magazine asked an intriguing question on its cover: “What ever happened to ethics?” The subtitle continued saying that we have been, “Assaulted by sleaze, scandals and hypocrisy, America searches for its moral bearings.” There is little doubt that there has been a loss of moral sensitivity and responsibility. That is very obvious. It is difficult to watch television and not be offended by the language or scenes of indecency. A new language has been introduced that has no respect for God or godly principles. The only way to solve this problem of moral decay or it can be reversed would be through a national revival. If those of us who profess to trust God’s Word and believe in the fact that He will do what He says He will it is not unreasonable that revival will come. A spiritual awakening will visit our nation if we have enough faith, persevere in prayer and regain a sense of the holiness of God. Psalm 99:1 describes what would happen if we did regain a new sense of the holiness of God. Because “the Lord reigns, let the nations tremble, He sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth tremble.” This awesome picture of God that the Psalmist presents to us describes His holiness, power, might and majesty. This description of God is not one that we are familiar with since our minds have become so “clouded” with the things of this world. Certainly we can blame the producers for the programs we watch, but they would not produce what they do without us watching and enjoying it. Visit us at

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You lift me out of trouble You comfort me in pain; You nourish, heal and cleanse me, Like cool, refreshing rain.

Wedding showers, baby showers, church re-gatherings, "kids' moving, gardening, "kids" traveling, food pantry distributions, wedding plans ever changing... on and on our days go. Yes, we have a wedding in our family soon. More details in a few weeks. Life is on the move and changing often. I received the sad news that our local fair is not a go this year. Saline Fair is always the highlight of the year for entering projects done and enjoying the smells, sounds, and sights of a fair. Where shall we get our yearly "lube"? We joke about all the greasy fair food which lubricates our inner bodies and keeps them running smooth and turned. We know that's far from the truth though. But truly, the yearly tradition of attending a

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When the world comes crashing in And chaos rules my mind, I turn my heart to you, Lord, And pure, sweet peace I find.


stormy. The season of summer came regardless of life's events and current world happenings. God promised this in His Word, the Bible. So to honor this season of summer and encourage during this season of "great challenges" due to the Covid-19 virus, I share a poem (left) I found. May your hearts be encouraged with its words and truths. Gail loves the Lord most of all. She delights in her calling to be a wife to Ed Malick and a mother to seven children ages 21-37 and grandmother of nine. Ed is 6th generation on the homestead family farm in Ypsilanti Township, MI.

1. Is the book of Galatians in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Luke 8, Jesus caused swine to rush into what body of water? River Jordan, Dead Sea, Nile, Sea of Galilee 3. In which gospel does Jesus say the scripture cannot be broken? Matthew, Mark, Luke, John 4. From Matthew 17, what did Peter find with a coin in its mouth? Ram, Fish, Viper, Raven 5. Who was Jacob’s firstborn as mentioned in Genesis 35? Reuben, Ehud, Joshua, Elah 6. Zacchaeus climbed what type tree to see Jesus? Fig, Carob, Sycamore, Box ANSWERS: 1) New; 2) Sea of Galilee; 3) John 10:35; 4) Fish; 5) Reuben; 6) Sycamore “Test Your Bible Knowledge,” a book with 1,206 multiple-choice questions by columnist Wilson Casey, is available in stores and online. © 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. Is the book of Galatians in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Luke 8, Jesus caused swine to rush into what body of water? River Jordan, Dead Sea, Nile, Sea of Galilee 3. In which gospel does Jesus say the scripture cannot be broken? Matthew, Mark, Luke, John 4. From Matthew 17, what did Peter find with a coin in its mouth? Ram, Fish, Viper, Raven 5. Who was Jacob’s firstborn as mentioned in Genesis 35? Reuben, Ehud, Joshua, Elah 6. Zacchaeus climbed what type tree to see Jesus? Fig, Carob, Sycamore, Box ANSWERS: 1) New; 2) Sea of Galilee; 3) John 10:35; 4) Fish; 5) Reuben; 6) Sycamore “Test Your Bible Knowledge,” a book with 1,206 multiple-choice questions by columnist Wilson Casey, is available in stores and online.


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USDA announces initial vaccine bank purchase The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced July 9 the initial purchase of vaccine for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank. APHIS will invest $27.1 million in foot-and-mouth disease vaccine, which the agency would use in the event of an outbreak to protect animals and help stop the spread of disease. “While we are confident we can keep foot-and-mouth disease out of the country, as we have since 1929, having access to vaccine is an important insurance policy,” said USDA Marketing and Regulatory Programs Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “Vaccines could be an important tool in the event of an incursion of the disease in the United States, but their use

will depend on the circumstances of the incursion and require careful coordination with the affected animal industries.” The American Sheep Industry Association worked with all of livestock to ensure the vaccine bank was included in the 2018 Farm Bill. ASI greatly appreciates the efforts of Under Secretary Ibach and the USDA to secure this vital resource. This vaccine bank ensures sheep producers will have access to a critical lifeline if they ever need it and is a major component of the industry’s Secure Sheep and

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Parcel #1 Parcel #2 Parcel #3 Parcel #4 ± 101 Acres with older house & ± 80 Acres with older house & buildings ± 6.5 Acres with 2 homes & **NOTE: Due to the fact that this storage buildings building parcel has no frontage, it can Mostly tillable Homes will need repair & updates only sell with Parcel #3 or to a Mostly tillable Building included Location: 1320 E. State Rd., neighboring land owner whose land Older home & buildings included Location: 6600 E. Cloverdale Rd., Hastings, MI is contiguous with Parcel #4** Location: 6615 E. Cloverdale Rd., Nashville, MI(Across the road from ± 14.8 Acres of wooded land Parcel #1) Nashville, MI Location: 1320 E. State Rd., Offered in 4 parcels individually, in any combination of parcels or in its entirety Hastings, MI (SW of Parcel #3)


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23: 4-H at 4 on Thursdays, 4-4:45 p.m. meeting every Thursday via Zoom, theme: appreciation, gratitutde and thank you notes, registration is now open at events. 26: ALB Lamb Jam, Austin, TX, www. 27-31: Viticulture Virtual Field Days, canr. 29: Eat Healthy, Be Active Webinar: Eating Healthy on a Budget, 1 p.m. via Zoom, register at eathealthybeactive. 29: Summer Celebration, part of the online Sizzling Summer Series, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 19, presentations are free but preregistration required at 29: Pantry Food Safety - It's Your Job, 9 a.m.-noon (session 1 & 2), 2-part workshop covering the topics of handwashing, personal hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing, receiving food and produce, storing food, re-packaging and legal issues, geared for volunteers and staff working in food pantries and food banks, participants who complete both sessions will receive a certificate of completion, register online at register/WN_scafFSniRiivu9uz9VjBVA 29: Bay Area Vegetable Trials Virtual Field Day, online event featuring educator Ben Phillips who will discuss vegetable trials for pickles, cucumbers, sweet corn, and onions, virtualfielddays/register.

21: Manure Management Virtual Field Day, 10 a.m.-noon, online event featuring several pre-recorded educational videos and a Q&A session, educators Erica Rogers and Sarah Fronczak will host a virtual tour of Swiss Lane Farms and discuss topics including manure technology, comprehensive nutrient management plans, dragline manure application and the Michigan Manure Hauler Certification Program, virtualfielddays/register. 22: Fill Your Pantry: Processing Tomatoes at Home, 1 p.m., free webinar but registration required as space is limited, learn about canning salsa, the variety of ways to water bath or pressure can tomatoes, dehydrating, and how to freeze for best results, email chuth2@illinois. edu. 22: Eat Healthy, Be Active Webinar: Quick, Healthy Meals & Snacks, 1 p.m. via Zoom, register at eathealthybeactive. 22: Commercial Ag Webinar: Mid-Season Insects, 3 p.m. CST, Nick Seiter, U of I ACES crop science professor, discusses scouting for and managing mid-season insect pests to help protect the yield potential of your corn and/or soybean crops, register online at jfe/form/SV_b3F3XiN3dq9OS6F. 22: Hydration Motivation: Rethink Your Drink, part of the online Sizzling Summer Series, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 19, presentations are free but pre-registration required at npavirtual.


5: Root Crop Research Update Virtual Field Day, MSU Extension educators will

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Cheddar blocks set another record high price

Forget gold. Invest in cheese. One could almost say that this week as the CME Cheddar blocks set another record high Friday, closing at $2.9150 per pound, up 24 cents on the week and $1.13 above that week a year ago. In contrast, the Cheddar barrels, after

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Fresh Cows & Heifers...................... $1,400.00 to $1,800.00 Springing Heifers ............................ $1,000.00 to $1,300.00 Breeding Age Heifers............................. $600.00 to $900.00 Yearling Heifers ..................................... $400.00 to $600.00 Heifers Calves........................................ $150.00 to $350.00 Service Age Bulls................................ $900.00 to $1,200.00


limping to $2.40 per pound Wednesday, closed Friday at $2.34, down 7.5 cents on the week, 60 cents above a year ago, but a record 57.5 cents below the blocks. 23 cars of block traded hands on the week at the CME and only 2 of barrel. The continuing gains in cheese lit fires under Class III futures even before Friday’s




SLAUGHTER CATTLE 148 HEAD (SOLD AT 3:30) CHOICE STEERS & HFRS ....................... $94.00 TO $104.50 SELECT STEERS & HFRS......................... $70.00 TO $93.00 CHOICE HOLSTEINS ................................ $83.00 TO $93.00 SELECT HOLSTEINS ................................ $72.00 TO $82.00

Hay............................................................... $2.00 to $4.00

UTILITY COWS ........................................ $56.00 TO $74.00

Back to Farm Calves (124 Total Head)... $80.00 to $115.00 Hogs 200-250# (74 Total Head)................ $33.00 to $51.00 Fat Lambs & Feeder Lambs (57 Total Head)..... $160.00 to $215.00 Goats (by the head) 42 Total Head........ $170.00 to $235.00

CANNER COWS ....................................... $20.00 TO $58.00


Choice Steers 250-600# ...................... $120.00 to $142.50 Holstein Steers ..................................... $70.00 to $100.00

BUTCHER BULLS...................................................... $88.50

FEEDER CATTLE 3 HEAD BEEF STEERS 600-800 LBS ................................... $105.00


Choice Steers & Heifers.......................... $90.00 to $101.00 Holstein Steers .......................................... $85.00 to $95.00 Bulls (5 Total Head).................................. $80.00 to $90.00

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spot closings. The early Friday morning July contract was at $24.20 per hundredweight (40 cents shy of the $24.60 per cwt. record of 2014). August was at $23.61 and September was at $20.75 before prices slip below $20. Those glowing milk prices have resulted in fewer dairy cows being slaughtered. StoneX reports that “Cull prices are staying high and still we have seen dairy cows share of total beef slaughter drop below 8% this week. Until milk prices lose strength, we will probably see dairy cow slaughter lag year ago numbers.” Central cheesemakers continue to report mostly positive demand for most varieties, particularly blocks, according to Dairy Market News. Barrel producers say demand is somewhat steady. Milk is available but below Class III mid-week. DMN adds that the cheese market tone “remains hearty” and “With government buying programs in place, along with steadfast retail demand during grilling season, buyers are still active and willing to pay prices very few contacts would have expected when markets were near $1 in April.” The government buying programs have been a godsend. The Daily Dairy Report says the “Farmers to Families Food Box program had delivered 32 million boxes through July 7. The program is currently slated to run through August and purchase more than $2 billion in agricultural products, with the option to increase purchases to $3 billion. Many analysts speculate the entire $3 billion will be spent, which would likely result in $1 billion in dairy purchases,” DDR stated. The western cheese market however is “fighting to maintain its strength,” says DMN. Sales are lively but increasing prices have put a little break on demand. The start of the second phase of the food box program is helping fuel the cheese industry, says DMN, but restaurant and hotel intakes are mixed and retailer demand was unchanged this week. The increase in the number of coronavi-

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rus cases at several western localities has some halting the reopening process while others are closing back down. DMN warned this is likely to impact cheese demand from caterers, retailers and other consumers. Cheese inventories are still tight but production is ramping up. Butter continued its meltdown, though it inched up a quarter-cent Friday. It closed at $1.69 per pound, down 4.75 cents on the week the fifth consecutive week of decline, and is 72.25 cents below a year ago. 12 cars exchanged hands. Butter makers were mixed on what post-holiday cream availability would look like. They got their answer this week, as availability dried up and once again cream was pulled out of their reach, fiscally speaking. Butter demand is steady on the retail side, while food service orders are notably lower than this time in previous years. Some contacts suggest cream supplies out of the West are limited due to the heat, as suppliers are leery of sending cream elsewhere when temperatures are reaching 90 and even 100 plus in many parts of the country. Butter churning in the west has been low even though cream supplies were more available this week. Retail butter sales remain above expectations but have recently softened. With the new restrictions on reopening, food service sales have dropped back after increasing the past weeks. Other buyers are taking steady loads. Butter stocks are available and some retailers are looking to contract for the fall, although they believe supplies may not be tight at that time. Grade A nonfat dry milk drew strength from the GDT and climbed to $1.0325 per pound Tuesday but finished Friday at $1.0150, up a half-cent on the week and 1.25 cents below a year ago, with 26 sales on the week, 24 on Tuesday alone. Dry whey finished Friday at 28.75 cents per pound, down 4.25 cents on the week, lowest CME price since November 12, 2019, and 3.5 cents below a year ago. There were 8 cars that exchanged hands on the week. Meanwhile, the Agriculture Department lowered its milk production forecast for 2020

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Cheddar blocks set another record high price

from last month, in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report issued Friday, blaming slower growth in milk per cow. The 2021 milk production forecast was raised on expectations of dairy herd rebuilding and a recovery in growth in milk per cow. USDA’s Cattle report, to be released July 24, will provide a mid-year estimate of the dairy cow inventory and producer intentions regarding retention of heifers for dairy cow replacement. Price forecasts for cheese, butter, and nonfat dry milk were raised on recent price strength and anticipated demand strength however the whey price forecast was lowered. 2020 production and marketings were estimated at 221.5 and 220.5 billion pounds respectively, down 1 billion pounds on both from their June estimate. If realized, 2020 production would still be up 3.1 billion pounds or 1.4% from 2019. 2021 production and marketings were estimated at 225.6 and 224.6 billion pounds respectively, up 300 million pounds on both. If realized, 2021 production would be up 4.1 billion pounds or 1.9% from 2019. Class III and Class IV milk price forecasts were raised for 2020. Look for a 2020 Class III average of $18 per hundredweight, up $2.35 from the USDA forecast a month ago, and compares to the $16.96 average in 2019 and $14.61 in 2018. The 2021 Class III average was projected at $16.20, up $1.10 from last month’s estimate, and would be $1.80 below the projected 2020 average. The 2020 Class IV milk price average was projected at $13.95, up 40 cents from last month’s estimate and compares to $16.30 in 2019 and $14.23 in 2018. The 2021 Class IV average was projected at $13.80, up 45 cents from last month’s estimate, and would be down 15 cents from the 2020 projected average. It compares to a $16.30 Class IV average in 2019 and $14.23 in 2018. Whole milk powder led the way but significant gains in most products offered propelled the July 7 Global Dairy Trade auction’s weighted average up 8.3%, following its 1.9% jump on June 16, and orchestrated the biggest spike since November 1, 2016 when it jumped 11.4%. Sellers brought 56.6 million pounds of product to market, highest since March 3, and

up from 47.2 million on June 16. Whole milk powder shot up14.0%, following a 2.2% climb last time. Buttermilk powder was up 3.8% and skim milk powder was up 3.5%, after leading the gains last time with a 3.1% jump. GDT Cheddar was up 3.3%, after gaining 1.4% last time, and butter was up 3.0%, after slipping 1.0%. Lactose was up 1.9%. Anhydrous milkfat was off 0.2% after inching up 0.8% in the last event. StoneX equated the GDT 80% butterfat butter price to $1.6450 per pound US, up 5.3 cents from the last event. CME butter closed Friday at $1.69. GDT Cheddar cheese equated to $1.7065 per pound, up 6 cents, and compares to Friday’s CME block Cheddar at a world high $2.9150. GDT skim milk powder averaged $1.2219 per pound, up from $1.1834, and whole milk powder averaged $1.4553, up from $1.2833. CME nonfat dry milk closed Friday at $1.0150 per pound. Speaking of the global market, July 1 began the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) but US dairy farmers are not celebrating, according to the National Milk Producers Federation. NMPF says farmers are concerned about possible bad-faith actions from Canada as the agreement gets underway. At issue is Canada’s announced TariffRate Quota (TRQ) allocations which NMPF says “undermines the trade deal by thwarting the ability of the US dairy industry to make full use of the trade agreement’s market-access opportunities and violating some of the treaty’s provisions on TRQs.” “USMCA implementation caps years of hard-fought negotiations to break down trade barriers and institute fairer rules to improve the flow of US dairy products throughout North America,” says NMPF, “and US dairy farmers and cooperatives stand ready to increase deliveries of US dairy products to Canada. The TRQ action undercuts the agreement by effectively limiting agreed-upon US access.” “US farmers will bear much of the brunt of this bad-faith approach by Canada to implementing USMCA’s dairy provisions.” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF president and CEO. “Canada needs to change its course and abide by its commitments.” Meanwhile, as I reported last week, US

dairy exports in May were the strongest for the month on record, amounting to a combined 498.2 million pounds, driven by demand for milk powders, according to HighGround Dairy (HGD). Cheese exports totaled 78.5 million pounds, up 28.9% from April and 7.5% above a year ago, almost a record high, according to HGD. Cheese imports fell in May, down 6.2% from April and 22.5% below a year ago. Butter exports, at 3.3 million pounds, were up 29.9% from April but 1.1% below a year ago. The US imported 12.3 million pounds of butter, up 44.6% from April, second largest monthly volume on record according to the Daily Dairy Report, and were 27.7% above a year ago. Nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder exports totaled a whopping 174.5 million pounds, up 12.8% from April and 24.5% above a year ago and set an all-time record high, according to HGD, which also reported that “Southeast Asia led May’s surge. The Philippines bought almost 30 million pounds, a 195% jump from year-ago levels. Vietnam and Indonesia imported 66% and 45% more NDM, respectively, than in May 2019. Mexico, typically the largest buyer of US NDM, imported 52 million pounds, a decline of 28% from last year,” says HGD. Dry whey exports, at 36.1 million, were down 6.1% from April but 24.7% above a year ago, with product to China up 158% from last year, though they remain below 2015-2018 May volumes, according to HGD. HGD’s Lucas Fuess reported in the July 13 “Dairy Radio Now” broadcast that retail dairy sales remain strong but he warned that the higher farm milk prices are an incentive to farmers to increase milk output to recover some of the losses of the COVID induced lows a few months ago. He said that restaurant demand remains as much as 50-70% below that of a year ago, as many restaurants are at reduced capacity so there are “cautionary signs as we look toward the second half of this year and, if milk production ramps up too quickly or the second wave of the COVID pandemic continues to keep restaurants closed, we certainly expect prices will come off current highs.” He said it’s difficult to predict how much prices will fall, but cheese can’t continue at current levels, though he doesn’t believe they’ll fall to levels seen in April.

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) member cooperatives accepted seven offers of export assistance from CWT this week to help capture sales contracts for 152,119 pounds of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, 661,387 pounds of whole milk powder and 177,472 pounds of cream cheese. The product is going to customers in Asia, Central and South America through December. That put CWT’s 2020 export sales to 22.01 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 6.246 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat), 1.96 million pounds of anhydrous milkfat, 3.78 million pounds of cream cheese, and 19.11 million pounds of whole milk powder. The product is going to 28 countries and are the equivalent of 566 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis. Members of Congress representing dairy districts from across the country have called on US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to “work together to build upon the successes secured in a Phase One agreement with Japan.” A letter sent this week asked them to “swiftly pursue a Phase Two agreement that addresses any remaining gaps and inequalities in market access and establishes robust commitments on nontariff issues that can significantly impact dairy trade.” NMPF also praised the Agriculture Department this week for “taking a critical step in modernizing foot and mouth disease (FMD) preparedness for US dairy farmers. An initial purchase was made of $27.1 million in foot-and-mouth disease vaccine for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank. The USDA’s latest Crop Progress report shows the nation’s corn crop at 71% with a good to excellent rating, as of the week ending July 5, up from 57% a year ago. US Soybeans are looking good, with 31% blooming, up from just 8% a year ago and 7% ahead of the five year average. 71% are rated good to excellent, up from 53% a year ago. Cotton is rated at 43% good to excellent, down from 54% at this time a year ago. Lee Mielke is a graduate of Brown Institute in Minneapolis, MN. He’s formerly the voice of the radio show “DairyLine,” and his column appears in agricultural papers across the U.S. Contact him at lkmielke@

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**TRAVEL/GATHERING RESTRICTIONS DUE TO COVID-19 MAY AFFECT THESE DATES. PLEASE CHECK WITH THE AUCTIONEER BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO ATTEND!** JULY 21 ONLINE ONLY. Farm Machinery Consignment Auction. Consign your equipment today!-Sheridan Realty & Auction-Visit - Sheridan Realty & Auction Co (517) 676-9800. JULY 22 ONLINE ONLY. Douglas Lundstrum Estate Equipment Auction - Loader Tractor, Combine, Head & Cart; Log Skidder, Logging Truck & Bucket Truck; Tractors (For Parts or Repair); Motorhomes; Grain Handling Equipment; Vehicles (Running); Loaders, Dozers & Rough Terrain Lift; Also Selling Several Non-Running Vehicles, Farm Support Equipment & Miscellaneous Equipment; Plus Much More. For Detailed Information & to bid Visit or call 866-672-4806. Sale Conducted by: Miedema Auctioneering. JULY 23 4:30 PM - HILLSDALE, MI. 2411 S Sand Lake Road - The late Rob & Dena Berger Estate. Tractors, Implements, Antiques, Tools, Vehicle, Snow Mobiles, Trailers, Household, 5th Wheel Travel Trailer, Generators, Backhoe,

Paddle Boat and Misc. Log onto www. for more photos and information. Sale Conducted by: Spieth & Satow Auctioneers & Real Estate, Hillsdale, MI. JULY 25 10 AM - SARANAC, MI. Farm Machinery Auction - 7344 Grand River Ave., Saranac. Tractors, Tillage Equipment, Skid Steer Loader, Hay Equipment, Misc. Equipment. For more information visit Sale conducted by Stanton’s Auctioneers and Realtors. JULY 28 10:30 AM. 150 Head Brown Swiss Dispersal. The Gordon Speirs Family, Brillion WI. 50 Cows, 39 Bred Heifers, 63 Open Heifers and Calves. Sale will take place at the Great Northern Sales Arena, W4226 Hwy 23, Fond du Lac, WI. Catalog: www.brownswissusa. com. Sale Conducted by Brown Swiss Enterprises Inc., Beloit, WI. ONLINE ONLY. Online Auction - Marvin Gauss Collection - Inspections: Wednesday July 8th (12PM-5PM) Monday, July 27th (1PM-6PM)

4900 Iosco Rd. Webberville, MI Load Out: Thursday, July 30th (10AM-2PM) Sales Manager: 517-256-3427 www. sale conducted by Sheridan Realty and Auction Co. ONLINE AUCTION. Farm and Agriculture Equipment. Tractors, plows, trucks, trailers, irrigation pipes, tractor & combine tires, livestock feeders, and more. Items located at Repocast in Wayland, MI. For detailed info & to bid, visit or call 616261-4988. JULY 30 3 PM. 200 Acres of Real Estate will sell through LIVE auction on Thursday, July 30 @ 3pm. Visit for details. Sale Conducted by: Miedema Auctioneering. JULY 31 9:30AM - BARNESVILLE, OH. Complete Liquidation - 66214 Mount Olivett Road ,Iron Mountain Specialized - Late Model Construction Equipment, Aerial Lifts, Dump Trucks, Truck Tractors, Winch Trucks, Oil Field & Pneumatic Trailers, Mobile Home Movers,

Attachments, Support and more! Go to www. for more details. sale conducted by Alex Lyon and Son, Bridgeport, NY AUGUST 7 & 8 9 AM - EATON RAPIDS, MI. Ted Klee Preestate Collection Auction - JD and more tractor parts, toys, collectibles, literature and 40+ tractors and implements -for online bidding, terms, listing and photos: www.polkauction. com - sale conducted by Polk Auction Company New Paris, IN AUGUST 11 ONLINE ONLY. Consignments Wanted, PreHarvest Equipment - Advertising Deadline July 16th - Call or text Robert Mishler 260336-9750 or Eric Ott 260-413-0787 or visit ONLINE AUCTION. Raymond Alber Estate Tractors, vehicles, implements, tools, and household contents. Inspections: Wednesday, July 29 (11am-2pm), Monday, August 10 (2-4pm). 3345 Burkhart Rd. Jackson, MI. Load Out: Thursday, August 13 (10am-3pm). 517-676-9800. www.SheridanAuctionService. com


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JULY 22, 2020


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144 South Main St., P.O. Box 146 Vermontville, Mi 49096 Selling real estate & all types of property, at auction, anywhere

Inspections: Wednesday, July 8 (12pm-5pm) Monday, July 27 (1pm-6pm)

Phone: (517) 726-0181 Fax: (517) 726-0060

Email: OH-0001248777


4900 Iosco Road, Webberville, MI

The Gordon Speirs Family, Brillion, WI * 920-371-4403 Cathy

Brent Leininger 49 E. Carleton Rd, Hillsdale (517) 437-7619

Tuesday, July 28 * 10:30am * Fond du Lac, WI Great Northern Sales Arena * W4226 Hwy 23 * 920-923-6991


Load Out: Thursday, July 30 (10am-2pm) Sale Manager: Jason Buher (517) 256-3427


Questions? Call us!

(517) 676-9800


50 Cows – 39 Bred Heifers – 63 Open Heifers and Calves 19 cows over 100#/day. * Ave. 88 lbs. 3x DHIR. 4.1%f / 3.3%p. NICE UDDERS… Come see for yourself! * Free-stall/lockups Top A.I. Sires Used and Bred at Shiloh * Genomic Testing. 30,000m Swiss 2 yrs. with high components! A top ranked Brown Swiss herd that won’t back down. They excel in a 4500 head Holstein commercial dairy. 30 head sell PG to Sexed * Heat Tolerant! * Tested negative for Mycoplasma, Staph, Strep. Low SCC. Quality Brown Swiss milk makes for higher milk checks!! View the catalog and make plans to… Buy at Your Price!

"Your Farm & Auction Weekly Since 1898"



Brown Swiss Enterprises Inc.

T.B. & Bangs Tested

800 Pleasant St, Beloit, WI 53511

Excellent Herd Health

608-365-4474 * 414-916-2428 cell


Thelen AG Products St. Johns, Michigan • 989-224-7073 Supplies Are Getting Tighter – Don’t Miss Out!

Knocken McKay 7” & 9” Sweeps $4.50/pc. Until Gone!

Bellota 7” and 9” Sweeps - Great Prices - Free Knock On Clips

We Stock Dominator pts! Vertical Tillage Blades!


Replacement Tillage Parts

We Have It At Competitive Prices


Dominator 9 Shanks ........................$39,000


JD XP openers ...................................$35.50

Roto Grind Tub Grinder Really Nice ..$14,500

JD 18” drill blades .............................$28.00

84 used 20” 13 wave notched blades 2” hole-acres left .............................. $10 EACH

16 - 2 Plus 2 Plus 2 Plus Fertilizer Attachments fits White Planter 8000 Series. Brand New...................................Make Offer

Several used fans & sweep augers, 1 centrifugal, large.......................Make Offer

New Summer’s 45’ Landroller, vertical fold, 42” drums .............................Call for Details.

Kverneland land plow, 5 bottom in furrow, good sod plow ...................................$1,200

Stocking Ritchie waterers - Ecofount & Omnifount & Parts in stock

Hardi 500 gal. sprayer, tandems, 45’ booms, very nice............................................$3,800

Westfield & Mayrath augers, power sweep augers also available

Duetz-Fahr Discbine Nice..................$1,200 Yetter 15ft Rotary Hoe very nice.........$1,000

New Saylor Beall Air Compressors, 80 gallon, 5 hp, 2 stage, starter, 1 phase ready to go, last a lifetime.....................................$2,300

Cultipackers Old School 12ft Main & 2 Pups ..........................................................$1,400

Knowles Gears & Parts

JD 750 boots ...............................still $25.00 JD 1590 boots ...................................$31.00 17” no-till 13 wave ............................$28.00 Salford blades, 17”, 20” & 22” in stock Vertical tillage blades.............................. Call

911 W. CHICAGO ROAD STURGIS, MI, 49091 269-651-1426

120 SOUTH PINE BRECKENRIDGE, MI, 48615 989-842-5855

1201 W. MICHIGAN AVE. THREE RIVERS, MI, 49093 269-278-3885

Field cult. sweeps - 7” & 9” Bellota 5/16 Mega dealer - big volume, low price! Call for others!! Clearance on Dominator Chisel Points Knocken Belota 7” & 9” Sweeps $9.50 a Piece USED EQUIPMENT

Winco Generator PTO on a 3 pt cart......$800

NH 851 Round Baler original owner, hasn’t been used in 15 years, shedded.........$1,000

WE HANDLE: • Westfield Augers • Mayrath Augers • Hutchinson products • Summers Tillage • J&M Wagons • Seed Tenders

Mayrath 10-71 Auger. Nice! ...............$5,200


Hardi 500 gal sprayer, tandems, 45’ booms, very nice............................................$3,700

Belt NL2020 11’ belt, good lacing .................$500

• Rolling Harrow • Taillage Parts

JD 3 pt. post hole digger.......................$450

• Planter Parts • Ritchie Waterers

Call ~ We Can Get It!!! Thelen Ag Products 5 miles north on US-27, St. Johns, MI 989-224-7073 OH-0001248514


JULY 22, 2020





522 Stokes Road Coldwater, MI 49036



August 7 & 8, 2020 at 9:00 AM EST 11707 E Bellevue Hwy - Eaton Rapids, MI 2 Days that You Don’t Want to Miss!

OVER 500 LOTS OF GAS ENGINES, LITERATURE, MEMORABILIA & TRACTION & GAS ENGINE PARTS!! STEAM ENGINES Advance 35HP, sn.14651, 1 of 2 known Advance-Rumely 25 HP, sn. 14639, 1 of 9 known M. &J. Rumely 8 HP Portable, sn. 1377, reportedly the oldest Rumely Product steam engine in existence! Advance 26 HP, sn. 14598 (M Rumely Smoke Box Door Ring and Advance Banner Boy Door) Advance 22 HP, sn. 9977 Gaar Scott 20 HP, sn. 15539 Double Cylinder Gaar Scott 18 HP, sn. 13192 Single Cylinder Nichols-Shepard 25-85, sn. 12577 Double Cylinder Rack & Pinion Steering, 1 of 2 known Nichols-Shepard 20-70, sn. 12201, Single Cylinder


IH Plow 2-14” For Titan Or Mogul

Nichols-Shephard 20-42, overhead cam engine, 1 of 5 known

Huber Threshing Machine 32-54, Rumely Six

Rumely Oil Pull 30-60 E, sn. 8711 Plow Gearing

IHC Mogul 10-20

Rumely Oil Pull 30-60 S, sn. 233 Rumely Oil Pull 30-50 Y, sn. 110 Rumely Oil Pull 25-40 X, sn. 1565 Rumely Oil Pull 20-40 G, sn. 2708

IHCTitan 10-20 1928 International Truck 1 Ton W/ Grain Racks McCormick Deering 10-20 1” Year Tractor McCormick Deering WK40

RumelyOil Pull 16-30 H

McCormick Deering W30

Rumely Oil Pull 16-30 H, sn. 4190

McCormick Deering 10-20 For Parts

Rumely Oil Pull 25-45 R, sn. 329

John Deere R

RumelyOil Pull 20-35 M, sn. 3316

IH 3588 2+2, Low Hours

Rumely Oil Pull 15-25 L, sn. 4723


Ted Klee Pre-Estate COLLECTOR AUCTIOn JD & More Tractor Parts - Toys - Collectibles Literature - 40+ Tractors & Implements

Excellent Original Paint

John Deere Plow 12 Bottom Gang Plow John Deere Plow 10 Bottom Gang Plow P &O 5 Bottom Gang Plow

Case 75 HP, 80 HP boiler, sn. 354465

John Deere Plow 3-14”, Clutch Lift

Case 65 HP Boiler W/Brackets / Dome

John Deere Plow 3-16”, Clutch Lift

Advance Water Wagon With Pump

Rumely Grand Detour Plow 4-14”, Chain Lift

Advance Water Wagon With Pump

Rumely Grand Detour Plow 3-14”, Chain lift




For Online Bidding, Terms, Listing & Photos, See Our Website



8042 U.S. Rt. 20 - Perrysburg, OH 7 Miles South of Toledo, 3 Miles East of I-75 OR Exit 5, Ohio Turnpike



E-mail us at


(800) 537-3346

Check our Website for Color Photos, Inventory List, & LIVE Auctions! •

2014 Freightliner M2, ISB Cummins 280 HP, Allison Automatic, Rear locker, New Swaploader SL240 with adjustable jib ..$64,500

2007 Mack day Cab, Mack AC 410 HP, 8LL trans, Air Ride, 512K miles. .......................................................$18,500

2012 Volvo Day Cab with Wet Kit, Cummins ISX, 400 HP, 10 spd, 259k Miles .......................................................$29,900

2015 Ford F250 4x4 Crew Cab, 6.2 L gas Auto 8’ Knapheide utility body 86k miles .......................................................$27,500

2014 Freightliner M2, Cummins ISB 260 HP, Allison Auto, under CDL, air brake, air ride, 24’ Flat bed with drawtite tarp, new tarp on system. 199K miles, very clean truck ran in the south.. $39,500

2012 Ford E 350 Passenger bus 5.4 L Gas, Automatic, 6 sear seats plus wheel chair securement 143k miles .......................$14,900

1997 Kenworth T800, M 11 Cummins, 9 Speed, air ride, 407K miles .............................................................. $16,500

2014 Ford F250 4x4, 6.2L gas, Automatic, AC, Extended Cab, 8’ Knapheide Utility body, 72k miles ............................ $26,500

2013 Mack Vision, Mack MP7 395 HP, MDrive Automatic Transmission, Air Ride 498K miles.....................................$22,000

2011 International 8600 Transfer, Cummins ISM 350 HP, Allison Automatics, Air Ride, Stationary 5th Wheel, 421K ........................ $29,500, ONLY 1 LEFT

2007 Mack Single Axle Day Cab, Mack AC 350 HP, Allison Auto, Air Ride .......................................................$11,500

2011 Freightliner M2, Cummins ISB, 220 HP, Allison Auto, 2000 Gallon Water Tank, 214K Miles ......................... $22,500

2012 Kenworth T270 Paccar PX6 220 HP, Allison Auto, 24’ Flatbed, 132K Miles, under CDL ....................................$29,500

2012 Ford F550, 6.7L Powerstroke, Auto, 16’ Morgan insulated body with Carrier 30S, Cooler, 186K Miles ...............$19,900

2014 Chevy 3500 Express, 4.8 L Gas, Automatic, 11’ Reading utility body, 180K miles. .............................................$12,500

2006 International 7600, ISM Cummins 355 HP, 10 spd, Air Ride 390K miles. .......................................................$24,900

International 7600, C11 CAT 315 HP, 7 Spd, New 20’ Scott Aluminium Grain Body and hoist, tarp................................$49,500

2017 Chevy 3500 4x2, Crew cab, 6.0L gas, automatic transmission, air conditioning, 9’ flat bed, only 15,000 miles ............. $37,500

2001 INT 4700, T444E, 230 HP, Allison MD 3060 P Trans, 33K GVW, 20’ Dry Van. LOW Miles 65K, Southern truck ................ $13,500

2009 Case IH 160 Crumbler 20’ ..... $6,800




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