Dairy in the South: Mountain Fresh Creamery
Dairy in the South: Mountain Fresh Creamery
From Holstein USA and RFD-TV

Scott and Jennifer Glover, Mountain Fresh Creamery in Clermont, Ga., say it's their responsibility to promote fluid milk and share their Registered Holsteins with the community. Visit holsteinusa.com to learn more.  

Introducing Dairy Revenue Protection
Introducing Dairy Revenue Protection
Dairy Revenue Protection is Here

Dairy Revenue Protection is an area-based Federal crop insurance product that provides revenue coverage for dairy farmers.
Milk Price Doesn't Tell Whole 

A discussion about marketing milk and managing the risk surrounding milk prices in the current price environment is both easy and difficult all at the same time.  It is easy because the risk of lower prices is evident to all that are willing to take an unbiased look at markets.  It is difficult because price opportunities that are currently being offered do not stack up against the hope that many have for the coming year.  In many producer's minds, prices are too low.  Or are they?

The graph takes a look back at the average price paid in Class III Milk during the first half of all years since the record setting year of 2014.  As of this writing, the average for the first half of 2019 in Class III milk is $15.75 while Class IV is averaging $15.60.  Put plainly, Class III prices for that period are within 37 cents of the highest price average witnessed since the 2014 record.  Today, the Class IV average offering is 52 cents higher than ANY average since 2014. Read more
A News Digest about Michigan's $510 Million Processing Complex: DFA, Glanbia, Select Milk, and Proliant are Partners

On Thursday, August 9, 2018, Michigan announced a monumental project which will fill part of the void in worldwide dairy processing capacity.

Michigan Spartan LLC is the business entity developing a  'world class dairy processing facility'  expected to process over 8 million pounds of milk a day when fully operating, said to be by September of 2020.  American Cheese is projected to be a primary product, with whey permeates, a by-product of cheese production used for food and feed applications, also a product offering.

The new facility is a partnership between Dairy Farmers of America (DFA),  Glanbia, Select Milk Producers, and  Proliant Dairy Ingredients.  The venture is said to be similar to  Southwest Cheese, a previously existing partnership of  DFA, Glanbia, and Select Milk.

Michigan Milk Producers will also be a milk source for the facility.  Read more
Immigration Raids in Nebraska, Minnesota Ag Communities

A large federal law enforcement operation conducted Wednesday targeted businesses in Nebraska and Minnesota that officials say knowingly hired - and mistreated - immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.

The investigative arm of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations - led the operation that saw about a dozen businesses and plants raided and 17 business owners and managers indicted for fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

Of those, 14 were taken into custody Wednesday and three were still being sought. Authorities also arrested more than 130 workers at various businesses, busing them to Grand Island, Nebraska, to be questioned and processed.  Read more

What should you do if ICE shows up at your dairy?

ADC has received reports of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids Wednesday in Nebraska and Minnesota across six separate communities. The impacted facilities included vegetable, livestock and grain-processing plants, as well as farms and ranches.  A reported 133 workers were detained.  This raid was part of a 15-month, ongoing investigation, coordinated with federal, state and local law enforcement, reflecting the largest enforcement action in 15 years. 

This is what it is all about
By Caitlin Rodgers, Georgia dairy farmer, Hoards.com

It is so rewarding to see employees - who are like family to us - learn and grow on the farm.

Our staff is like our family. They might not be related to us by blood, but we respect and care about them like we would our own. Most of our staff members are actually related to one another, so it is like two families working together as one.

We hate to see a good employee go, but we have one who we are excited to send away. This weekend C.J. Martin will be moving away from home to attend college. He has been working for us since he turned 15, and he was even helping out around the farm for a couple of years before that. I can remember when he would be here, following his mom around whether she was feeding calves or milking cows. And when he wasn't with her, he would be shadowing one of us, helping and learning as much as possible.

C.J. has done an excellent job for us. He has definitely learned a lot while working here, from how to do something around the farm to good ol' tough life lessons. Through it all, we watched him become a man. A man with a good work ethic, good faith, and motivation to work toward his life goals.    Read more
More Low Milk Prices - When will Prices Improve?
By John Geuss, Milk Price Blog

July Class and Component Prices were announced on August 1.  The Dashboard of prices (Chart I) shows it all.  The only thing that was up was dry whey, which increased the price of Other Solids, which is a small factor in the Class III price.

The price of Class III milk is stagnant (Chart II).  For the last three and a half years, the Class III price has ranged of $13 to $17/cwt.  That is a record long period for relatively low prices.    Read more  
Jury tells pork giant to pay $473.5M in nuisance lawsuit
From Associated Press

A federal jury decided Friday that the world's largest pork producer should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three North Carolina industrial-scale hog farms for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks.

The jury found that Smithfield Foods owes compensation to six neighbors who complained in their lawsuit that the company failed to stop "the obnoxious, recurrent odors and other causes of nuisance" resulting from closely packed hogs, which "generate many times more sewage than entire towns."  Read more
Register Now for 2018 Ag Issues Summit 
From GA Farm Bureau

The Joint Agriculture Chairmen's Ag Issues Summit is scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry.   

The Summit will be hosted by Georgia's House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen, Senator John Wilkinson and Representative Tom McCall.  The agenda includes several important agricultural issues, including:
  • modifications to the Georgia Ag Tax Exemption (GATE) program
  • the impact of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on water use
  • information on the new Georgia Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation
  • legislation on expanding ag education programs.
This is will be a valuable event for farmers and other members of the agricultural community.  Georgia Farm Bureau is excited to partner with the Georgia Agribusiness Council, Georgia Poultry Federation, Georgia Urban Agriculture Council and the Georgia Forestry Association to provide lunch to attendees at no charge.
The meeting is free to attend, but meeting space is limited so an RSVP is required.  Please respond no later than Friday, August 17.   An agenda will be emailed to all attendees prior to the meeting.
To Register
If you would like to register, contact Leigh Goff at 404-656-5099 or  leigh.goff@house.ga.gov, or Taylor Hartshorn at 404-463-5257 or  taylor.hartshorn@senate.ga.gov
Southeast Milk Price Rallies for June, But Down $0.58/cwt Since 2017 
By Andrew P. Griffith, University of Tennessee

The Southeast Uniform milk price for June was $18.12, up $0.66 from May and $0.58 lower than June 2017. The Appalachian Uniform milk price was $17.81, up $0.61 from May and $0.56 lower than June 2017. June's Class III price was $15.21, up $0.03 from May, and $1.23 lower than June a year ago. The Class IV price was up $0.34 from May to $14.91, and $0.98 lower than June 2017. The Class I Mover price for August is $14.15, down $1.21 from July. The milk/feed ratio for June was 1.98, up 0.08 from May.   Read more
UGA Seeking Senior Farm Manager for ADS Beef and Dairy Farms in Athens/Eatonton 
The University of Georgia Animal and Dairy Science Department is seeking to hire a Senior Farm Manager to oversee management of all ADS Beef and Dairy Farms in Athens and Eatonton areas.  This position reports directly to the Head of the Animal and Dairy Science Department (ADS). Duties of the position include, but are not limited to, 1) providing budgetary management to ensure that all farm units are operated in a fiscally sound manner, 2) providing direct oversight of all the farming and livestock operations in ADS to ensure that each farm efficiently utilizes all available resources, each farm's infrastructure is properly maintained and each farm's practices are in compliance with current industry, governmental and university standards an regulations, 3) working with faculty and farm staff to ensure that the research, teaching and extension missions are accomplished. For additional information click here.

Don't spend your "tariff wars" check from USDA quite yet.

On July 24, USDA officials provided a broad overview of Trump administration efforts to reduce the negative impact of ongoing tariff wars on the nation's agricultural producers.

o offset those losses and relieve the financial stress faced by U.S. farmers, the USDA planned to authorize up to $12 billion for three programs: direct payments to producers to offset losses, government purchases of agricultural commodities for feeding and nutrition programs, and money to assist in the development of new domestic and export markets.

Further details and implementation of those programs aren't expected until September. Despite the lack of details, early forecasts of how much money individual dairy farmers will receive has started trickling out. Those hypothetical payments - in some cases extremely high - are frequently based on an early estimate from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) that the full impact of retaliatory tariffs - based on sharply lower milk futures prices in June - would cost U.S. dairy farmers about $1.65 per hundredweight, or a total of $1.8 billion, through the second half of 2018.

It's important to note the early estimate of financial damages caused by retaliatory tariffs was based on futures prices, not actual sales and monetary losses. Dairy futures have already improved somewhat since the initial impacts were estimated.     Read more 
A suspect ran through a cow pasture - but didn't figure how the herd would help cops
BY Howard Cohen, Miami Herald
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office had an unlikely assist in capturing a fleeing suspect.

A herd of cows.

According to NBC's KCRA 3 , the benevolent bovine, about 16 of them, chased one of the suspects, identified as Jennifer Kaufman, who had run from the SUV. The cows chased Kaufman and herded her toward a fence where officers collared her.   Read more 

The host challenged anyone to insert the phrase "an almond doesn't lactate" into their marriage vows - and a viewer does it - Watch here
GA Dairy Classifieds

For HIRE: Southeast DHIA 
has a position to fill in the 
West Central Georgia area for a 
 Responsibilities include data 
collection on area dairy farms 
during milking time. S
chedule is somewhat flexible 
but the hours are non-typical. S
ome travel and out-of-town 
work likely. 
Applicants should be comfortable 
with computers and software and
have good communication and 
organizational skills as well as 
reliable transportation. Pickup Truck required. I
f interested send a resume to 
For Sale:
  8 high quality Holstein heifers due Sept and Oct. AI bred and AI sired. $1400. Ray Ward 706-473-8789.

Private Herd Disperal: Small herd in Millen is dispersing their herd.  100 milk cows, 30 dry cows and additional heifers for sale.  Holstein/Jersey Cross. If interested please email gamilkproducers@gmail.com for more information.

For Sale: 
WW Livestock Systems Hydraulic Head shoot, never used, excellent condition, kept  under roof.  Listed for $23,041 asking $15,000 or reasonable offer.  Call M
aggie 352-507- 
2042 or email:  hartagriculture@outlook.com
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 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  barron.tench@gmail.com     
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