Thursday, September 28, 2017

Heading to World Dairy Expo!

Dairy producers, commercial exhibitors and dairy cattle enthusiasts travel to the World Dairy Expo, in Madison Wisconsin next Tuesday, October 3rd through Saturday, October 7th, to network with the entire industry. Over 2,500 head of dairy cattle from across North America compete for the coveted Supreme Champion title. Expo Seminars, Virtual Farm Tours, youth competitions and national dairy cattle judging contests and a spectacular trade show are held during this five-day event.

World Dairy Expo is known as the largest dairy-focused event around the globe. You too could join us as one of the 70,000+ dairy industry enthusiasts who make the trip to World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. It is truly the international meeting place for the dairy industry.

This will be approximately the 28th year that the Association has participated in World Dairy Expo and it’s always something to look forward to.   The purpose for attending is simply to promote forages.  It’s the goal of the Association to gain access to customers that our members may not otherwise have access to on their own. 

I’d like to remind you that whether you are looking to buy alfalfa, grass or other forages or have your own inventories to sell, the Independent Forage Growers can help you.  Membership in the Association is open to all forage producers.  The goal of the Association is to gain access for you to customers that you might otherwise not have access to on your own. 

If you would like additional information regarding hay for sale or membership in the Independent Forage Growers, please give me a call at 800-743-1649 or visit our website at

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

World Dairy Expo 2 weeks away

For the week ending September 17, temperatures averaged four to eight degrees above normal, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Precipitation ranged from half an inch to an inch across a majority of the State. Dry edible bean harvest was underway in western counties. Alfalfa condition rated 4 percent very poor, 10 poor, 34 fair, 40 good, and 12 excellent. Alfalfa fourth cutting was 68 percent complete, ahead of 59 last year and 61 average.  Pasture and range conditions rated 5 percent very poor, 20 poor, 45 fair, 27 good, and 3 excellent.

Prices for dairy quality large and medium squares are $150 – 200 or $.85 to 1.00 per RFV point as a base;   large rounds bales $80 to 95 per ton some $120-125 delivered on short hauls.  Grass in large rounds is $75 to 90 per ton.   These prices are all priced at the stack and are actual sales reported by members of the Independent Forage Growers.

The World Dairy Expo in Madison Wisconsin is just 2 weeks away.  The dates for this year’s show are Tuesday, October 3rd through Saturday, October 7th.  As usual, the Independent Forage Growers will have a booth and will be promoting forages of all types and qualities.  If you would like more information on how you can participate, simply give me a call.

The Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association dba Independent Forage Growers will again be offering a $1,000 scholarship to high school seniors or college students whose parents are members of the Association.  If you are a member and interested in the scholarship program, please contact me ASAP.  The application deadline is November 10th.

If you would like reach potential hay customers both locally and across the country regardless of the quality of hay you have, if you are looking for a good source for hay, grass or other forages, or if you would like more information on the upcoming World Dairy Expo in Madison Wisconsin, simply give me a call at 800-743-1649 or visit our website at