Two Dairy cows grazing in farmers field
**THIS MONDAY!**   GDMS Series to Focus on Introducing Beef Genetics to Dairy Herds

Georgia Milk Producers and the Georgia Beef Commission will host a summer Georgia Dairy Managers Series this month that focuses on integrating beef genetics into dairy herds to capture extra dollars in the bull calf market. Speakers will review adjustments producers must make to their genetic strategy, how to understand semen selection and marketing channels, and the importance of calf delivery and care to achieve optimal feedlot performance (UGA Calving Simulator).
Speakers for this series, sponsored by the Georgia Beef Commission, are Dr. Lee Jones with the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and Greg Devine with ST Genetics. Dr. Lee Jones is an Associate Professor and Food Animal Health Field Investigator. He specializes in Herd Health and Reproductive Efficiency and Advanced Reproductive Techniques (ET and IVF) and Recipient Management. Greg Devine is a Large Herd Specialist with ST GeneticsĀ®. ST GeneticsĀ® is a leader in livestock reproduction. Their services include sex sorted semen, embryo production, and beef bull and heifer development
The meetings are scheduled for:

August 27            10 a.m.                Reid Bros. Irrigation Company, Americus
                 (908 Adderton St, Americus, GA 31719)
August 28            10 a.m.                Burke Co. Extension Office, Waynesboro
                 (715 West 6th Street, Waynesboro, 30830)
       August 29            10 a.m.                UGA Putnam County Extension Office, Eatonton
                 (663 Godfrey Rd Suite 101, Eatonton, GA 31024)

Meetings are open to dairymen (surrounding states welcome), managers, and employees - free of charge and will be held from 10 a.m. until noon. Please preregister for meal by calling our office at 706-310-0020.
Comment Period on 'Milk' Labeling Ends August 27

The deadline to submit comments to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) on the labeling of "milk" and dairy products ends August 27th.

Federal Standards of Identity prohibit non-dairy beverages from being labeled as "milk" but FDA has failed to enforce these standards for years. Consequently, soy, almond, rice and other non-dairy beverages have been labeled as milk.
Not only is the practice deceiving, it has led many consumers to believe that non-dairy beverages labeled as "milk" have the same nutritional quality as milk from cows, say nutrition experts from the dairy industry. And the issue goes far beyond just fluid milk, but also reaches into other dairy products such as vegan "butter."
Comments on the enforcement of Federal Standards of Identity regarding milk labeling c an be submitted here. 

CONGRATULATIONS!! Former Madison County Extension agent takes the reins in UGA Extension Northeast District
By Merritt Melancon for CAES News

Bobby Smith's first job was on his family's dairy farm in Boaz, Alabama. He felt right at home when University of Georgia Cooperative Extension hired him to work with farmers in Morgan County, one of the state's most productive dairy regions, 18 years ago.

Almost two decades later, Smith uses his experience from the farm, the Extension office and in administration to help guide and support UGA Extension agents across northeast Georgia.

Since June 1, he has served as the director for UGA Extension's 40-county Northeast District. In this role, he mentors young agents and assists seasoned agents in securing the resources they need to support their programs.    Read more  
U.S. agriculture secretary: Farm aid details to be disclosed Monday
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Thursday that details of a planned $12 billion aid package for U.S. farmers hurt by the Trump administration's trade wars will be disclosed on Monday.

Perdue, who previously told Reuters the plan would include between $7 billion and $8 billion in direct cash relief for farmers, said it was being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.

During a trip to upstate New York, Purdue said he hoped to have the program, which will provide relief exclusively from tariffs, up and running after Labor Day.

"It's not going to make everybody whole. It's not going to make everybody happy," he said at a dairy farm in Schodack Landing.    Read more  
ICYMI: August 2018 GA Milk Review

In this Issue:

- GDMS Series This Month


- Fall District Meetings


- Dairy Revenue Protection Insurance


- Emergency Aid Package


- FDA Accepting Public Comments on Milk Definition


- Dixie Dairy Report

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A decline in cow numbers and a modest gain in milk output per cow helped limit July 2018 U.S. milk production growth to just 0.4 percent compared to a year earlier. Reviewing the USDA estimates for July 2018 compared to July 2017:
  • U.S. milk production: 18.35 billion pounds, up 0.4 percent
  • U.S. cow numbers: 9.396 million, down 8,000 head
  • U.S. average milk per cow per month: 1,953 pounds, up 10 pounds
  • 23-state milk production: 17.3 billion pounds, up 0.4 percent
  • 23-state cow numbers: 8.735 million, up 1,000 head
  • 23-state average milk per cow per month: 1,980 pounds, up 8 pounds
Looking deeper
Cow numbers: At 9.396 million head, U.S. cow numbers dipped below 9.4 million for the first time since last November. U.S. cow numbers were down 8,000 head from both June 2018 and July 2017. Cow numbers in the 23 major dairy states were up about 1,000 head from a year ago, but 8,000 less than June 2018 (Table 1). As of late July, dairy cull cow slaughter was running about 75,000 head more than the same period a year ago.   Read more

Tummy-friendly brand a2 Milk is now in more than 6,000 stores in the US, including Walmart. However, the reception from the wider dairy industry has been "lukewarm at best," claims its US CEO Blake Waltrip: 'There's an irrational fear that this is somehow going to vilify milk, when in fact it's going to bring consumers back to milk."  
Headed down the robotic road

With a plan in place, our farm is now ready to begin construction on a robotic facility.

  Uncertain times in the dairy world make our road to robotic milking scary, but here we go. We are finally finished with our plans to add robots on the sides of our conventional freestall flush barn. It required many conversations with our robotic equipment company (DeLaval), our family, consultants, contractors, and our engineering team at JGM3. We finally have a plan that we all seem to like.

Some of the considerations that we had to think about are different than the robotic farms we toured in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and those under construction in South Carolina and Tennessee. Here are a few of those considerations...      Read more 

Change, it's good, so we've all been told. I'm guilty of saying phooey to that after moving my first born into the dorms at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, my alma mater. I've been a puddle all week. I'm told it gets easier.

But, yes, change is good. This is why for dairy processors, it's time to mix up your offerings to give today's shoppers what they want. For many this means adding plant-based versions of typical dairy products.

Just this week I learned of numerous new plant-based products. Many of them do not sound very appealing, especially to a dairy user, like me and the many others out there, who simply wants to include more plant-based foods to improve his or her diet.

The Hartman Group reports that 54% of consumers would like to eat more plant-based foods and beverages. This does not mean they want to give up dairy. 
  Read more

Progressive Dairyman launched this column: "What happened? What's next?" In recognition of your time, we'll attempt to summarize recent events or actions making dairy headlines and reported in our weekly digital newsletter, Progressive Dairyman Extra. Then, we'll seek out experts and sources, putting that news into perspective and, most importantly, briefly describe how it might affect you.

What happened?
In late July, USDA officials provided a broad overview of Trump administration efforts to lessen the negative impact of ongoing tariff wars on the nation's agricultural producers, including dairy farmers. To 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.

What's next?
Don't spend your "tariff wars" check from the USDA quite yet. 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 started trickling out. Those hypothetical payments were 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 - could 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  
Dairy Employee Arrested In Tibbetts Murder Exposes Immigration Loophole

A dairy farm employee charged with the kidnapping and murder of Mollie Tibbetts used another person's identity and documentation to gain employment.
"Our employee is not who he said he was," says Dane Lang, manager of Yarrabee Farms where the person charged had been employed. Cristhian Bahama Rivera had been employed at the Brooklyn, Iowa dairy for four years and was considered an "employee in good standing." When Rivera was hired in 2014 he presented an out-of-state government-issued photo identification card and a Social Security card.
Lang says they used the Social Security Number Verification Service to verify the documents presented by Rivera at the time of employment, not the e-verify system as previously suggested.  The two systems are similar, but not the same.    Read more
Your Next Steak Could Come From a Vending Machine

The appeal of a vending machine is that it delivers food you can eat on the spot, like peanut M&M's, potato chips, Oreos, or soda. Newer innovations such as the cupcake ATM and the salad-stocked Farmer's Fridge check that box, too.

Most people don't consider raw steak to be ready-to-eat, unless they're following an extreme cave man diet.

But Joshua Applestone, founder of Applestone Meat Co., sees the future in vending machines filled with strip steaks, pork chops, and Italian sausage. He's installed four of them at his four-year-old location in Stone Ridge, in Ulster County, N.Y., near the trendy town of Woodstock. Each is filled with a different type of protein: beef, pork, lamb, and ground meat and sausage. He has to restock the machines constantly to keep up with demand. Later this year, Applestone is expanding to Hudson, where the store will have at least seven machines. By early next year the company will open in Scarsdale, where he's planning for 10 machines, and later in 2019 he'll open in Manhattan, with possibly even more.      Read more 
Milk gets a makeover: Switch to PET bottles just the start of changes for everyday staple

Regular, unadorned milk remains a staple, and that's part of a problem.

"Don't mess with my milk, don't change it," said Marco De Palma, lamenting the typical consumer perception in Canada.

Canadians tend to see milk as fresh, unchanged, sacrosanct, but then they look for other beverages when they get bored with it. So, as general manager of fluid milk and distributor sales at Parmalat's office in Toronto, Mr. De Palma wants to - in fact needs to - make milk more exciting, as does the rest of the industry.

Innovation means bringing in new manufacturing methods, new milk flavours, new formulas into a sector that's aging and somewhat stuck in the past. Made all the more difficult by a product that spoils so quickly.

GA Grazing School - Sept. 18-19 in Lyons
From UGA 

UGA Extension will host a two-day Advanced Grazing School on September 18-19, 2018 that will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of two key aspects of their grazing systems. The focus areas will be on choosing the right pasture species, designing a grazing system that works best for your operation, and how to profitably fertilize pastures for optimal performance. The classroom portion of the course will be held at the Vidalia Onion Research and Extension Center in Lyons, GA. Then on the second day, the group will finish up the classroom portion before visiting Newly Halter's farm where participants will take a close look at his rotational grazing systems.
Cost of the two-day program is $150 per person. This registration fee includes a 250-page notebook full of resources on the subject matter, along with lunches and breaks on each day, and dinner on the first night. Registration is limited and participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. So, interested persons should register soon. You can register by contacting the Tattnall County Extension Office at (912) 557-6724. 
For more information on the Advanced Grazing School program,  click here.
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IF you enjoy a breakfast of milky cereal and tea, then today is your lucky day.
Because scientists now believe that starting the day with a high-protein milk meal could help keep  type 2 diabetes at bay, and even help you to lose weight.

A team from the Human Nutraceutical Research Unity at the University of Guelph (in collaboration with the University of Toronto), have been looking at what effect having milk at breakfast has on blood glucose levels and hunger. 

They've found that having milk with breakfast cereal reduces blood glucose levels more than having water. Read more
GA Dairy Classifieds

Bull Calves WANTED: Competitive pricing with 6 day a week pickup. Brandon Mason Cattle Company 912-632-4490

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: 
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:
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     
Upcoming Events:

August 31 - 
Forage Production Field Day, Greensboro

September 18-19 GA Advanced Grazing School, Lyons

October 4 - 14 - GA National Fair, Perry

Oct. 16-18 - Sunbelt Ag Expo, Moultrie
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