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GMP Office Closed for Labor Day
In recognition of Labor Day, our office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3rd. 

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. It is recognized as a federal holiday.
GA Dairy Fall District Meetings Begin September 10th

School is in, farmers are busy harvesting crops and fall is just around the corner. With cooler weather hopefully on our heels (man it's humid!), Georgia Milk Producers and the American Dairy Association of Georgia will kick off the first of eight annual fall district meetings on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.

During the meetings, these organizations will hold elections; report on industry issues and promotional efforts; and announce upcoming events. Dinner or lunch will be served at each meeting depending on the time the meeting is set to begin. To preregister for your district meeting, please contact The Dairy Alliance at 1-800-343-4693. The meetings will be held:

Sept. 10,  Monday      The Plaza Restaurant, 217 S Broad St, Thomasville, at NOON
Sept. 10,  Monday    O asis Coffee House, 314 Spaulding Rd, Montezuma, at 7 PM  
Sept. 11,  Tuesday   Barnstormers Grill, 349 Jonathans Roost Road, Williamson, at 7 PM
Sept. 13,   Thursday   Captain Joe's Seafood, 2115 Golden Isles Hwy E, Baxley, at NOON
Sept. 14,   Friday         McGill Ag Bldg., 136 N by Pass, Washington, at Noon
Sept. 17, Monday    Bonner's Restaurant, 1500 Bonner Lane, Buckhead at 7 PM
Sept. 18,  Tuesday     Western Sizzlin', 501 Legion Drive, Dalton, at NOON
Sept. 20,  Thursday   B urke Co. Extension Office, 715 West 6th Street, Waynesboro at 7 PM

Georgia Milk Producers will present a Grand Prize of $500 at the conclusion of all meetings to one lucky Georgia dairy farm family attending their district meeting. Additional door prizes and promotional items will be provided by The Dairy Alliance at each district meeting. Producers will also elect Georgia ADA directors in even numbered districts and all districts for Georgia Milk Producers, Inc.
UGA Extension & FSA to Hold Producer Meetings on Direct Payments in September.

UGA Extension and the Farm Service Agency will hold producer meetings  next month across the state.  The  meetings will focus on the Wildfire Hurricane Indemnity Program  (WHIP), Seed Cotton, and the Market Facilitation Program (MFP - direct payments due to recent tariffs).

Meetings will be held Sept. 10-12 in Bainbridge, Perry, Statesboro, Tifton, Cartersville and Watkinsville. 
Comment Period Extended to October 11th

The August 27th deadline for submitting comments on Standards of Identity for Dairy and Food has been extended to October 11. For more information on submitting comments, click here .
Mayfield Dairy closing Braselton plant, laying off 108 workers

Mayfield Dairy is closing its plant in Braselton, laying off more than 100 people, according to a letter sent to the town's mayor.

The company, owned by Dean Foods, initially announced it would close the dairy plant's visitor center on July 19. That was three days after a letter was sent to Braselton Mayor Bill Orr, saying all 108 of the plant's employees would be laid off. 

The layoffs will begin Sept. 16 and are expected to be complete by Nov. 30, the letter says. August 31 is the last day the visitor center, which serves ice cream, will be open.  
The Documents You'll Need To Get A Tariff Payment
By   Anna-Lisa Laca, Dairy Herd Management

USDA announced earlier this week that farmers would be able to begin applying for tariff aid at their local FSA offices beginning Sept. 4 as long as their commodities had been harvested and documented. What will you need to complete the application process? 

To participate in the Market Facilitation Program you need to bring:
  • Verifiable and reliable production records by crop, type, practice, intended use, and acres if not already on file. 
For Dairy:
Dairy producers who are not enrolled in the Margin Protection Program need to have proof of production history established using the highest annual milk production marketed during the full calendar years of 2011, 2012, and 2013. If a dairy producer was not in business during those years they can establish production history using one of the following methods, according to DFA: Available full month's marketed milk production for the calendar year the operation first began to market milk, calculated to a yearly amount using a national index based on seasons or estimated actual marketed milk production based on the actual herd size of the dairy operation relative to the national rolling herd average. To participate in the program, dairy operations must have been in operation on June 1, 2018.  Read more
From Progressive Dairyman Editor Dave Natzke

The bad news: July 2018's  Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) margin calculations indicate dairy incomes fell to levels seen earlier in the year. The good news: Milk prices have likely bottomed out.

 price declines
The  July U.S. average milk price dropped 90 cents per hundredweight (cwt) from June to $15.40 per cwt (Table 1). The July 2018 average was $1.80 less than July 2017. Through the first seven months of 2018, the average milk price stands at $15.81 per cwt compared to $17.49 per cwt in the same period of 2017.

Compared to a month earlier, July milk prices among the 23 major dairy states were all lower, with declines of $1 or more in Iowa, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin. Compared to a year earlier, July 2018 milk prices were down $2 or more in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.
Florida's average of $20.10 per cwt remained the nation's high. The lows were in New Mexico and Michigan, at $14.10 and $14.20 per cwt, respectively.

Florida's average of $20.10 per cwt remained the nation's high. The lows were in New Mexico and Michigan, at $14.10 and $14.20 per cwt, respectively.

MPP-Dairy margin moves below $7 per cwt
The lower feed costs weren't enough to offset lower milk prices, sending the national average milk income over feed cost margin to about $6.72 per cwt in July. As a result, dairy farmers who enrolled in MPP-Dairy and elected $7, $7.50 and $8 per cwt margin coverage will all see payments for milk marketed in July. Read more

Dairy farmers in the two largest milk-producing states, California and Wisconsin, could receive about one-third of the initial $127 million earmarked for dairy to offset economic losses resulting from ongoing tariff and/or trade wars, according to analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).   Read more

I'm a farmer, and I wouldn't want to be called anything else.

The last two weeks have been pretty emotional for me. The video " Dear Struggling Farmer" wasn't easy to share. I felt like I had been waiting for months for someone else to say it, then one day I realized that it could be me. It took at least another month to find the words, which for me is unusual. I second-guessed it so many times. Being that open and vulnerable for thousands of people to see isn't an easy thing to wrap your head around.

Then came the messages, hundreds of messages. From farmers and nonfarmers all over the world 
By Michael Nepveux, AFBF Economist

According to  USDA's Economic Research Service, per capita consumption of fluid milk was a record-low 18 gallons per person in 2016, and it's expected to remain low with  fluid milk sales in June 2018 down 4 percent from prior-year levels and down 2 percent year-to-date. At the same time, household scanner data from Information Resources Inc. suggest that sales of plant- and nut-based beverages will reach a record high in 2018.

A recent  analysis by USDA using IRI data revealed that the market share of plant-based milk analogs, i.e. imitation milk made from almonds, coconut or soy, rose from 5.7 percent in 2013 to 7.6 percent in 2015. USDA, however, has not recently updated the market share information of these plant- and nut-based beverages. To provide insight on sales trends for these products since 2015, IRI scanner data from 2015 to July 2018 was used to estimate market shares of dairy and plant- and nut-based beverages, review regional trends in plant- and nut-based beverage consumption and estimate the prices of the competing products.     Read more
It's time to reconsider low-dairy diets, new study suggests

Nutritional guidelines often recommend a low-fat diet, despite a lack of consensus among medical experts as to whether a low-fat diet is beneficial to heart health. This means that dairy products, with their relatively high fat content, are on the "eat sparingly" list.

But  new research, presented Tuesday at the annual congress of the European Society of Cardiology, suggests that the current advice to limit dairy intake should be reconsidered, especially for those who consume yogurt and cheese as opposed to milk.

"The consumption of dairy products has long been thought to increase the risk of death, particularly from coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and cancer, because of dairy's relatively high levels of saturated fat," the society said in a news release. "Yet evidence for any such link, especially among U.S. adults, is inconsistent."      Read more  
A visionary's vision of 2050

Dairyman, veterinarian, co-op CEO, and fairlife LLC co-founder Mike McCloskey discussed the technological innovations he believes will transform the dairy industry by 2050 at the recent Connect 2018 dairy technology summit held in Colorado.

Thirty-two years is a long way in the future, but dairyman Mike McCloskey has some strong ideas about technology tools the industry will use to get there.

He's a visionary who wears many hats - milk producer, veterinarian, cooperative leader (Select Milk Producers), new product innovator (co-founder with Coca Cola of fairlife ultra-filtered milk), industry advocate, and consumer educator (operator of the 15,000-head Fair Oaks Farms Dairy Adventure in Indiana).

With his track record of success and excellence, his predictions deserve serious consideration.

McCloskey was the "set the tone" speaker at the Connect 2018 dairy technology summit in Beaver Creek, Colo., in late June. It was a first-of-its-kind event that examined new technology tools using "big data" that are either here or in development that may transform the dairy industry faster than ever before.    Read more
Survival in Tough Times
By John Geuss, MilkPrice Blog

When the dairy industry is in financial turmoil, it is not the processor or retailer who suffers, it is the producer.  The typical producer approach is to cut all expenses and hold on tight.  Although no surveys have been done on this, the general consensus is that most producers use the "cut all expenses" approach in tough times.

While this post is intended for all U.S. producers, the message is especially important for California producers who will be new to the FMMO formulas for minimum pay.

About ten years ago, this writer developed the website and milkpay apps for mobile users.  It is intended to simplify the analytics of evaluating specific changes, primarily in feed.  The value of milk protein, butterfat, and other solids is updated monthly, so the analytics always show the economic impact at current prices.  If there are additional bonuses for certain components, those can also be added to calculate the true impact for a specific herd.  In this post, the milkpay web site has been used to show the impact of nutritional changes that can have a positive or negative impact on revenue and cash flow. 
   Read more  
Tariffs will cost U.S. dairy farmers $1.5B this year
By Carol Ryan Dumas, Capital Press

A study by Informa Economics found retaliatory tariffs by China and Mexico will reduce U.S. dairy farmer revenue by $1.5 billion in 2018 and $3 billion in 2019 if they remain in place.

While U.S. dairy producers appreciate USDA's plan to purchase dairy products and increase funding to develop foreign markets in its tariff-mitigation strategy, they say the agency's plan to distribute $127 million in direct payments to dairy producers falls far short of what's needed.

Responding to USDA's announcement on Monday of $6.1 billion in assistance across farm country, the National Milk Producers Federation said the direct payments to dairy farmers represent less than 10 percent of U.S. dairy losses due to retaliatory tariffs by China and Mexico.   Read more    
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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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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