Stories by Normand St-Pierre

Milk prices are about to fall big time

Monday, December 8, 2014

For all of 2015, Class III futures are currently averaging $16.51/cwt, which would put the average mailbox price in Federal Order 33 at about $18/cwt for the year.

Take time to know your feed costs

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Milk prices are still phenomenal and feed prices are far below what you were paying last year. So what am I fretting about?

Dairy prices don’t make sense, for now

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Milk prices are good now, but get ready for a change.

Domestic milk prices strong compared to world markets

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Class III price moved from $24.31 in April to $22.57 in May followed by $21.36 in June.

Battling the phobia of GMOs

Monday, June 9, 2014

The opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is mounting another charge, this time through various state ballots designed to put into law the mandatory labeling of GMO-derived ingredients in food.

Dairy landscape: Back to normal

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Dairymen, expect milk prices to more or less steadily drop, starting next month.

Only the smart survive: Looking for resilient dairy farms

Thursday, March 20, 2014

With current feed and milk prices, a black and white cow producing 22,000 pounds/year could net between $1,200 and $1,600.

What triggered high milk prices? Exports

Friday, February 14, 2014

As a percentage of total U.S. production, we are now exporting more dairy products than corn. (We exported the equivalent of 31.2 billion pounds of milk, or more than the total annual milk production from New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania combined.)

Dairy prices look favorable for 2014, but anything could happen

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dairy prices, while hard to predict, do look favorable for new year.

There will be a farm bill … eventually

Thursday, November 7, 2013

It is always difficult at best to forecast prices more than a couple of months ahead, but judging on current Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) cash and futures prices, dairymen should be enjoying a pleasant pre-Christmas season.

Producers can work on creating value

Thursday, September 12, 2013

America can do more to expand the dairy export markets.

How often should you test forages?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Phone caller: “You tell us to regularly test our forages, but how often should we do that?” Expert: “Um…” Now, there’s an answer.

Squeezing the energy out of your grain!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Some things were tolerable with $2 corn that are out of the question now that we deal with $7 corn. Undigested grain in the manure is one of them. Seeds Corn kernels were not designed to be eaten; they are seeds, and what surrounds the dormant embryo — the endosperm — is there to support […]

Don’t manage your farm like the government manages the country

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

You cannot manage your money like the federal government. Why? Because you can’t print money!

The sky isn’t falling: Good news on milk price horizon

Saturday, October 6, 2012

With skyrocketing feed prices and negative margins to dairy producers, it may seem as if 2009 is repeating itself. But I don’t think that this is the case — there is some sunshine showing up in the currently cloudy dairy skies. The feed situation It was not that long ago the USDA and most experts […]

Good news on milk price horizon

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Integrated dairy farms producing a large amount of the feeds consumed by their cows have a distinct cash flow advantage. This should be very good to Midwestern dairy producers in the long run.

Feeding your herd this year will take planning, strategy and little creativity

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I had the privilege of traveling overseas to conduct research during part of the summer, so I missed all of the hot and dry weather during July. Using the Internet, I could follow the ongoing drama of the rain that never showed. But one can never appreciate the devastation until one sees it with his […]

Don’t blame the weatherman for the black clouds at the dairy wedding

Thursday, June 28, 2012

As I write this column in mid-June, the dairy and feed markets are displaying much uncertainty and even some incoherence. The increase in milk futures over the last two weeks has no fundamentals; it just doesn’t make sense.

Dark, stormy skies over dairyland

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but the sky over dairyland looks to be very stormy with good possibilities of tornados. There is a lot of milk being shipped from U.S. dairy farms right now. Unless the demand for dairy products increases markedly, potential disaster may be looming. As I write […]

It’s time to produce green milk!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I receive many invitations to speak at dairy conferences across the country. I try to participate in these conferences whenever my schedule allows because I learn a lot from listening to other speakers and talking to conference attendees. Recently, I participated in a dairy conference where Dr. Mike Hutjens was also a speaker. Disappearing breed […]

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About Normand

Normand St-Pierre is an Extension dairy specialist at Ohio State University. Questions or comments can be sent in care of Farm and Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460.