Changes & Consolidations in services regarding the Milk Administrators's Offices in Federal Orders, 5, 6, and 7 announced

Effective June 1, 2018, the Office of the Louisville Market Administrator will perform all testing of non-member producer samples from Federal Order 6 and 7 for component testing. The monthly determination of non-me mbers components tests averages will be performed by the Louisville office.

The Office of the Atlanta M
arket Administrator will be responsible for conducting dairy industry laboratory audits for the Louisville office and the Atlanta office.   The Office of the Atlanta Market Administrative will also operate a viable milk tank calibration program capable of providing bulk milk tank calibration services across both marketing areas. Read more
MPP-Dairy Decision Tool Available for Producers to Utilize

USDA has a web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the MPP-Dairy that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure site can be accessed via computer, smartphone, tablet or any other platform.  Click here to view

The first module of the Southeast Dairy Stewardship Program will be held in  Okeechobee, FL, on April 25   and in  Quitman, GA on April 26 .  
Module 1 - New developments in replacement rearing: Welfare and economic implications (April 25th and 26th)
  • 3:00 - Welcome: Colleen Larson (Okeechobee), Michasia Dowdy (Quitman)
  • 3:10 - The success of first lactation is dictated by events that happen early in life (Jud Heinrich, Penn State)
  • 4:00 -Nutritional considerations to improve health, performance, and welfare of postweaned calves (José Santos, Univ. of Florida)
  • 4:50 - Coffee break
  • 5:20 - New developments in housing of dairy calves to improve welfare and performance (Ricardo Chebel, Univ. of Florida)
  • 6:10 - Producer panel: Strategies for raising dairy calves in Florida (Okeechobee: Lindsey Rucks - Milking R Inc. and Claus Haaren - BrooksCo dairy; Quitman: Claus Haaren - BrooksCo dairy and Eric Diepersloot - Full Circle dairy)
  • 7:00 - Sponsored dinner
  • 8:00 - Adjourn
CE CREDITS ARE AVAILABLE. Participants will be given credit by National Milk Producer Federation for the FARM 3.0 Program training.

Please RSVP to Colleen Larson ( , Michasia Dowdy ( ), or Ricardo Chebel ( )  
Sponsored post
Blog: How Electronic Monitoring Improves Labor Efficiency
From SCR

In an electronically monitored herd, labor efficiency monitoring is much easier. A finite list of cows needing attention is provided by the monitoring system. If the listed cows have not been attended to, a process isn't complete.

To ensure that the outcome of a process has been achieved, a monitoring system can be utilized to enable real-time insight to cows' response to the actions of the employees. Read more
A dairy farmer in New York was roughed up by ICE agents on Monday when he confronted them about arresting one of his employees without a warrant.

According to news website, farmer John Collins heard yelling coming from inside his parlor and ran in to find his employee, Marcial deLeon Aguilar, pinned up against a window by armed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.

Collins says the men did not identify themselves at first but later told him they were ICE agents. When asked for a warrant Collins says they didn't have one, pushed him around, handcuffed Aguilar and drug him across the road to their cars while his children watched from a nearby bus stop.

According to Kelly Fortier, a farm immigration attorney with firm Michael Best, you do not have to give private property access to any government official without consent.   Read more 
By Progressive Dairyman Editor Dave Natzke

It's anything but a done deal, but the House version of the  2018 Farm Bill outlines congressional efforts to address federal programs affecting the dairy industry.

Released on April 12, dairy provisions of the proposal are addressed in "Subtitle D - Dairy Risk Management Program and other Dairy Programs" (pages 80-94 of the 641-page document).

As proposed, the House version of the 2018 Farm Bill makes additional changes to dairy safety net programs modified in a federal budget bill in February.   Read more 
Wisconsin dairyland faces auction reality
From Channel3000 - Wisconsin

Wisconsin's dairy farms are dying at an alarming rate, with the state losing over 500 farms just last year. News 3's Leah Linscheid has one young man's story as he said goodbye to his own farm Monday.   

Feeling like a flat squirrel
By Mark Rodgers, GA Dairyman via

Caitlin and I have been writing our "Daddy and Daughter Dairy Together" blogs for Hoard's for a while now. We have enjoyed sharing the challenges and rewards we have faced with all of our family working on our farm. Our family has reached the point that we have to make some decisions about our farm's future. I want to share with you some of the paths we may take and our greatest concerns we face moving forward.
Read more 
Dean Foods Sags to Six-Year Low as Milk Demand Keeps Sinking
Megan Durisin, Bloomberg

The bad news keeps piling up for the milk market.
Shares of Dean Foods Co., the largest U.S. bottler, fell as much as 8.9 percent to a six-year low after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. downgraded its rating on the stock to sell from neutral. Weakening sales volume may limit the benefits of cheaper milk costs, analyst Judy Hong said Monday.

Americans are turning away from milk amid a wealth of other beverage options and as non-dairy substitutes like almond and  oat milk gain popularity. In March, a gallon of whole milk fell to about $2.90 at U.S. grocery stores, the cheapest in 14 years, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dean Foods earlier this year unveiled a  cost-cutting initiative and has planned to end supply contracts with some farmers as the processing sector gets more competitive. Retail chain Food Lion is also  ending a contract with Dean.
Will You Still Be Dairying in 2023?
From The Bullvine
Five years is not long in cattle breeding time. But, it can seem like a long time on the business side of dairy farming when you're losing more money with each successive month.  What the dairy industry will be in five years was on the mind of one Wisconsin  Milk House member when he posted the question  "Where do you see the dairy industry in five years?". It obviously was on many members' minds as there were 364 comments, the most ever for a  Milk House  post. This article attempts to capture the input from the over 11,000 dairy producers members of  The Milk House  on dairying in 2023 (Read more:  Introducing The Milk House - Dairy Breeder Networking on Facebook ).  Read more  
Cornell Research: Moderate Cost for No Antibiotics in Dairy
From Cornell University
Dairy farmers use antibiotics to keep their herds healthy and production high. At the same time, these treatments threaten to harm public health through the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. While the full impact of such antibiotics on humans is not completely understood, a new Cornell University study has pinpointed the financial toll that eliminating antibiotic use would have on dairy farms, a finding that could help guide regulatory policy.

" The Farm Cost of Decreasing Antimicrobial Use in Dairy Production," published in PLOS One, shows the cost of forgoing antibiotics on dairy farms would average out to $61 per cow annually.    Read more
Class III Markets Continue to Climb
Class III milk markets continued it's ascent in the month of April. On Thursday futures markets gained one to seven cents throughout 2018, raising the second quarter average to $14.97, and the second half closed at $16.23 per cwt. 2019 prices settled anywhere from even to five cents higher. Class IV milk dropped 11 cents in May and a penny in June. July added five cents while August and September jumped seven cents each.   Read more
By  Progressive Dairyman Editor Dave Natzke
Last year's cautious optimism has been replaced by financial concern and worry for many U.S. dairy farmers. Here's Progressive Dairyman's "State of Dairy" regional snapshots for early 2018. 

Virginia county's 'signing day' celebrates seniors heading to jobs, not college
By Allison Slater Tate, TODAY
For high school seniors, April means looking forward to graduation and what comes next - which, for many, means  college.

But in Henrico County, Virginia, public school officials decided to share some of that end-of-year focus on seniors who will instead be heading straight to jobs and careers after graduation, armed with training and industry-based certifications they earned in high school. The county held its first-ever "Career and Technical Letter of Intent Signing Day" on March 28 to celebrate those students and their imminent employment.   Read more  
A desire to protect its members, not consumers, is the primary motivation behind the US Cattlemen's Association (USCA) petition to restrict use of the terms 'beef' and 'meat' to products from animals "born, raised, and harvested in the traditional manner" claim leading plant-based and cultured meat companies.  Read more  
AGAware Workshops Scheduled for Summer
AgSouth is excited to announce the dates and locations locked down for another round of AGAware workshops. Van McCall will present an exciting and fun-filled, educational workshop on farm finance.  The classes are from  9 am until 4 pm with lunch provided and there is no charge to attend. The workshops are certified for FSA borrower credits as well.
Click here for more information . This is a hands-on workshop with actual projects conducted during the training. 

Mark Your Calendars:

Week of May 7: MPP Information Meetings - More information to come soon!
May 31 - GA Milk Producers Board of Directors Meeting, Macon - All dairymen invited to attend
June 2: Putnam Dairy Festival, Eatonton
GA Dairy Classifieds

For Sale: 40 high quality Holstein heifers bred to calf this summer and fall. Start calving in July, 40 yrs AI breeding 24,000 herd average. Ray Ward 706-473-8789.

For Sale: Custom manure application and Dryhill manure equipment sales. 
Contact Edwin @ 478-299-0717 with Agboys Custom Services LLC  - 
New 8"x52' lagoon pump with outriggers $24,000 (Pictured right)

For Sale 3000 gallon Surge/Westfalia milk tank and wash system. Three phase condensers. 2002 model. Excellent condition. John B Gay, 478-494-5107

WANTED: DeLaval Westfalia
 Neck Transponders:  TN Dairy seeking used Westfalia neck band transponders. 
Please contact Bill or Peggy Howell if interested at 423-972-9254 or 423-371-3032.

WANTED: Looking for used pasteurizing and bottling equipment in working condition; Linda and Darrell Rankins, Jr.; 334-745-2357 (best times: mid-day and after 8 p.m.)

For Sale: 
Jersey cows, heifers and calves for sale.  Registered with AJCA, all ages! Contact Matt Holton at 770-718-8271, call or text.  Dawsonville, GA.

For information contact Jim Reid at 
or email at

FOR HIRE:  Custom Silage Harvesting.  Late model JD chopper. Will travel. Let me put your quality forage up! Nic Haynes, Muddy H Farms, 678-617-3379.

We have a continuous selection of fresh and springing heifers.
Call William at  (706) 768-2857 or visit our website at 

Bullcalves Wanted : Looking for Bullcalves to purchase - Barron Tench 864-844-2295 or     
GA Milk Producers|706.310.0020

Georgia Milk Producers has been named a 2017 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact , an  Endurance International Group  company and a leader in email marketing solutions. The annual award recognizes the most successful 10 percent of Constant Contact's customer base, based on their significant achievements using email marketing to engage their customer base and drive results for their organization during the prior year.  GA Milk utilizes the Constant Contact marketing service each Friday with their GA Milk Weekly Enews and has received this award for the last three years. Thank you to our many subscribers!!