Mary Keough Ledman
Publisher, Daily Dairy Report
Principal, Keough Ledman Associates, Inc.
Mary Keough Ledman has over thirty years of experience in the dairy industry that includes production, processing and policy. She grew-up on a 160-acre, 50-cow dairy farm in southern Wisconsin and has worked on farms in Germany and Japan.
Mary’s past work experience includes USDA, Kraft and Stella Foods. In 1995, she founded Keough Ledman Associates, a dairy economic consulting firm. In 2012, Mary acquired the Daily Dairy Report from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The Daily Dairy Report provides concise, fundamental dairy, grains and livestock market information and explains why that information is important to your business.
Understanding Your Milk Check Top to Bottom
Where do these numbers come from and what do they mean?
Dairy economist Mary Keough Ledman will walk you through the ins and outs of your milk check. Mary will discuss how CME cash cheese and butter prices are the key drivers of the butterfat and protein prices posted on your milk check. In contrast, international nonfat dry milk and whey prices influence domestic skim and other solids prices. Mary will also discuss premiums and deductions so you will leave this conference knowing where to focus your management efforts to enhance future milk checks.
General Session Talk:
A ticket to ride – where are we on the dairy market roller coaster
An overview of the key market drivers impacting today’s dairy product prices and your milk check.
Dairy markets go up and they go down, which translate into higher and lower milk prices to both dairy farmers and consumers. How each react to the prices further influences the next market moves. Dairy economist Mary Keough Ledman will share her insights on the domestic and global dairy markets and how her past experiences as a dairy farmer’s daughter in Green county Wisconsin, an FFA exchange student to Germany and Japan, an intern for the Secretary of Agriculture, and dairy economist for Kraft Foods prepared her for her career.