Southern Swiss Dairy, Waynesboro
Call for 2019 GA Dairy Conference Presenters/Topics 

The planning committee for the 2019 Georgia Dairy Conference is seeking relevant, innovative and valuable topics/speakers.  Individuals, companies, universities, organizations and government agencies may submit proposals for consideration by  December 1, 2017 (TODAY).

The Georgia Dairy Conference is held in Savannah in mid-January. More than 300 dairy professionals and farmers from 10 different states attended in 2017 - representing nearly 103,000 cows. 

Coordinated by the Georgia Milk Producers and industry partners, our planning committee works hard to develop a timely and innovative agenda for the conference each year. The 2019 Georgia Dairy Conference is scheduled for Jan. 20-23 at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott. 

GFB Members headed to Jekyll Island for 80th Annual Convention

Livestock farmers have been granted a two-month reprieve in reporting air emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).    Read more
Air emissions reporting delayed until Jan. 22
By Jim Dickrell, Farm Journal's MILK

Livestock farmers have been granted a two-month reprieve in reporting air emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).    Read more
Who's Making Milk?
By Jim Dickrell, Dairy Herd Management Dairy Editor

"The Southeast now has a net deficit of 41 billion pounds of milk production. "We not only do not have enough milk in the Southeast, but infrastructure, which supports that milk production, is eroding. This is becoming problematic," Stephenson says.

In the 1980s, one would have thought the dairy world was ending if your vantage point was the Midwest. Milk production was stagnating, even falling, in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Dairy plants were screaming for milk, and closing when they couldn't get it.

California was booming, increasing production by nearly a billion pounds per year from 1980 through 2010-from 14 billion pounds of milk in 1980 to more than 40 billion pounds by the mid-2000s.    Read more
Over  quantity, in business and in life
By Mark Rodgers, GA Dairy Farmer via

Make it a regular habit to review the business and personal goals of your farm family.

Over the past few months, we have been contemplating the direction in which our family and farm need to be heading. We decided to bring in an outside advisor to review four years of financials and correlate them with our DHIA records over the same period.

We reviewed each family member and staff member's roles, the history of our farm, and discussed what was most important to each family member working on the farm. This process produced a "report card" for our farm.    Read More 
Program Aims to Bring More Veterinarians to Rural Georgia
From GA Farm Monitor

One of the biggest challenges cattlemen and dairy producers face is finding a reliable veterinarian to care for their animals. It's a problem the state is looking to address with the new Vet Loan Repayment Program. Damon Jones has the explains.
Report: Food and agriculture drive one-fifth of nation's economy

From Farm Futures

More than one-fifth -  20.4% - of the nation's economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors, according to a recent  study commissioned by the Corn Refiners Association. The study also found that more than one-fourth of all American jobs - 28% - are similarly connected. Twenty-two food and agriculture organizations commissioned this research, available at .
Among the findings:
  • Total Jobs: 43,311,057
  • Total Wages: $1.9 trillion
  • Total Taxes: $894.13 billion
  • Exports: $146.32 billion
  • Total Food and Industry Economic Impact:  $6.7 trillion  Read more

Registration fees and conference meals are free to Georgia dairy producers and their families. Please let us know if you will be attending the Conference!  All information regarding the conference can be found online at .
Georgia Milk Producers will ALSO deduct $100/night for two nights from each Georgia dairy farm's hotel bill at checkout. It's our way to show our appreciation for your support and to encourage you to attend your annual dairy conference!
Digging Deep for a Climate Change Reversal
By Eric Tegethoff,  SAN JUAN ISLANDER

A pivotal tool for fighting climate change could be hiding deep below our feet.

Researchers have found soil holds more than three-times as much carbon as the atmosphere, and that minerals deep in the dirt are key to its storage. With better land management, they say, this capacity could be used to reverse the increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Marc Kramer, a researcher at Washington State University Vancouver, has been studying farming practices that increase carbon sequestration. He said when a technique involving the rotational grazing of cattle was used, the soil began to stash away carbon - and it quickly started to resemble native forest soils from before heavy land development.

"What we found is that intensive grazing dairy activities in Southeast Georgia were able to restore organic matter content to pre-European levels in as little as six years," Kramer said.    Read More 
China to reduce cheese tariffs
From Dairy Foods

"These types of international relationships will be critical to future U.S. dairy export growth and to achieving 'The Next 5%,'" Vilsack said.

Effective Dec. 1, 2017, China will unilaterally lower its cheese tariffs from 12% to 8%, according to the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), Arlington, Va. The move will immediately boost U.S. export competitiveness in China and help U.S. suppliers take a larger role in meeting the nation's booming cheese demand.

"We are very pleased with China's decision because it will help U.S. cheese exporters and manufacturers chip away the tariff disadvantage with other competitors," said Tom Vilsack, USDEC's president and CEO. "We are even more pleased that the process that yielded the decision helped to further cultivate trust and build critical relationships between the U.S. dairy industry and Chinese official institutions, the nation's dairy industry and customers."

The reduction is part of a broader package of tariff cuts on food and consumer goods China announced in November to bolster consumer choice, USDEC said. But cheese was included among those products only because of three years of bridge-building efforts led by USDEC.  Read more
Register Today for the 2018 Georgia Ag Forecast Seminars!

Predicting markets and preparing for the next growing season can be a tough job, but that's where we can help. Georgia Ag Forecast is an annual seminar series presented by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in partnership with Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

UGA, the state's land-grant and flagship institution, is committed to sharing the latest research and information to help Georgia farmers and agribusinesses. Join our economists as they provide an outlook of agricultural markets for the coming year. Participants will network with UGA faculty and UGA Cooperative Extension agents, local producers and other stakeholders, and will leave the meeting with a copy of the 2017 Georgia Ag Forecast book, which is designed to provide detailed analyses of major commodities produced in the state. Find the closet meeting location near you-click here for info & registration!

During the 2018 Georgia Dairy Conference, Georgia Milk Producers will award the Friend of the Dairy Industry Award to an individual or company that has served as a strong advocate for Georgia's dairy industry during 2017.  This award is open to any individual who is involved with the dairy industry (cooperative officials/field representatives, feed/supply companies or salesperson, veterinarian, etc.). Please send in your nominations today! CLICK HERE to submit nomination.
The dairy dilemma: Is it good for you?
From The Marshfield Clinic via Wisconsin State Farmer

While many fad diets tell you to steer clear of dairy, Jaimee Gregor, a Marshfield Clinic registered dietitian, believes dairy is good when consumed appropriately. In fact, dairy is a key component of the DASH diet, which is designed to keep blood pressure low.

"Milk and yogurt are good sources of carbohydrates, which give you energy," Gregor said. "Dairy also provides protein and important vitamins and minerals."   Read more  

A dairy industry group announced reforms Monday after undercover videos at two Florida  dairy farms showed cows being kicked, punched and beaten with metal bars.

Southeast Milk Inc., which ships and markets milk for dairies in Florida and three other states, will work with members to introduce or enhance 24-hour video surveillance of dairy farm operations, the organization announced at a news conference at Zolfo Springs, in Hardee County.

It will hold mandatory remedial training sessions for dairy owners and operators next month. It will accelerate the adaptation of new, stricter national standards for cow care, which requires more training, closer working relationships with veterinarians and stronger sanctions for farms that fail to comply.
"Southeast Milk has a zero-tolerance policy for animal abuse," said Jim Sleper, chief executive officer of Southeast Milk. "As a cooperative of family-owned dairies, we know that caring for our animals is the right thing to do morally, economically and ethically.   Read more 

The University of Georgia's Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest helps to highlight the state's burgeoning food product scene with its annual competition.Registration for the 2018 contest, which is coordinated each year by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is now open at

Now well into its second decade, the competition serves both food entrepreneurs, assisting them in testing new products and reaching a larger audience, and established brands, helping them break into new markets and receive accolades for established product lines.

To date, more than 1,200 food products have been entered in the contest. Many of these products are sold in regional and national markets. As a result of the contest, some have increased their wholesale distribution or internet sales or experienced better traffic at local farmers markets.

Product categories include barbecue sauces, beverages, condiments and salsas, confections, dairy and related products, honey, jams and jellies, meats and seafood, meat-alternative products, sauces and seasonings, snack foods, and miscellaneous products. There is no limit to the number of products an individual business can submit.

The early registration fee is $100 per entry and continues through Jan. 19, 2018. After that date, the price increases to $150 and remains open until Feb. 8, 2018. 
Sponsor Registration for the 2018 GA Dairy Conference is Open!
Sponsorship registration is now open for the 2018 GA Dairy Conference!  Join us Jan. 15-17 in Savannah, GA,  for the premier Southeastern dairy conference.  

Each year the Georgia Dairy Conference  provides companies with the option to network with dairy producers and industry leaders, while extending a company's brand with several sponsorship opportunities. Dairymen from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia have attended this conference in the past.
Don't wait - register today!  Georgia Milk Producers offers 4 levels of support for companies interested in sponsoring our conference and/or participating in our trade show.

GA Dairy Classifieds

Springers for Sale:   50 head of Holsteins, almost all are AI ID Sired and most are 2nd Generation ID.  All heifers are confirmed AI pregnant.  12 are due in December, 30 early January, & 8 late January.  Also have bred heifers available calving Feb-Apr. Stanley London (706) 969-9282

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

Coastal Hay for sale.  $50 for 4 x 5 round bales or $6 a square bale.  Contact Ryan Keith in Waynesboro at 803-627-0762.

WANTED:  Looking to purchase 300 to 500 lb Holstein heifers. Please call Ray Ward  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