Don't forget the milk on Christmas Eve!
Merry Christmas from the Georgia Milk Producers

The Georgia Milk Producers Board of Directors would like to extend heartfelt wishes for a wonderful holiday to you and your families.  We consider the opportunity to work with all of the many dedicated and hard-working people who make up our great dairy community a blessing. Thank you for all that you do. The Georgia Milk office will be closed Dec. 25-27.
Merry Christmas!!
Don't Forget!! Book Your Room for the GA Dairy Conference by Sunday, Dec 24th!!

Make Your Hotel Reservation by this Sunday, Dec. 24, to take advantage of special room rates for the 2018 Georgia Dairy Conference.  There are a  few rooms left in our block so if you call and it is full, please go ahead and book a room at the hotel at their normal rate.  GMP staff will be able to pull your room into the block after you make the reservation - just email or call our office to let us know.   However, we may not be able to do this once Dec. 24th passes!!

It's shaping up to be a great conference with dairy farmers attending from many states outside of Georgia. 
So make plans to join us today!!  Conference information is online at
AFBF Market Intel Report: What Do the Tax Cuts Mean for Farmers and Ranchers?

With passage of major tax reform, AFBF Economist Veronica Nigh explains what the new provisions mean for agriculture

Benjamin Franklin is credited with the astute observation that "nothing is certain except for death and taxes." On Dec. 20, Congress voted to pass a sweeping tax reform bill that won't change Franklin's sage guarantee, but does seem certain to lower federal taxes paid by most farmers and ranchers.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) will deliver modest tax reductions for W-2 earners in the form of modified individual tax brackets, which are included below. The bill attempts to simplify tax preparation for taxpayers by eliminating deductions that impacted a fairly small number of filers and replacing them with a higher standard deduction. In 2017, the standard deduction for a joint return was $12,700. In 2018, the figure will climb to $24,000. In addition, individual rates have been adjusted downward and the brackets expanded so that a larger amount of income is subject to lower rates. Figure 1 compares the 2017 and 2018 individual tables.  Read more from American Farm Bureau Intel Here
Dairy Farmers of America takes 2017 Dairy Processor of the Year honors
From Dairy Foods

Honored for its investments in the dairy industry, strategic partnerships, product innovation and commitment to sustainable dairy processing

For Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the definition of success is simple. It means delivering value back to its 13,000-plus dairy farmer owners and adding value to the marketplace by increasing demand for U.S. dairy products.

But fulfilling that two-pronged mission isn't so simple. It requires substantial investments in - and commitments to - infrastructure, employees, product innovation and strategic partnerships. Fortunately for DFA's farmer owners and the greater dairy industry, the Kansas City, Kan.-based cooperative has not held back when it comes to making those investments and commitments.      Read more 
EPA: Glyphosate Unlikely Carcinogenic
By Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

The herbicide glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans. That is the conclusion reached by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its draft risk assessment released this week. The assessment is set for a 60-day public comment period early in 2018.

The EPA said in a news release this week that a proposed interim registration review decision for glyphosate is set for publication in 2019. That decision would propose a variety of mitigation steps to reduce glyphosate risks, if measures are needed.

"The draft human health risk assessment concludes that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans," EPA said in a news release. "The agency's assessment found no other meaningful risks to human health when the product is used according to the pesticide label. The agency's scientific findings are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by a number of other countries as well as the 2017 National Institute of Health Agricultural Health Survey."     Read more   
ICYMI:  December Edition of GA Milk Review

Click Here to Read - This Issue Includes: 

By Caitlin Rodgers, Georgia dairy farmer,

A simple check on a calving cow led to an unexpected discovery.

I have pulled many newborn calves since coming home from college. I am usually the go-to person when one of our employees sees a cow or heifer struggling to calve. Most of the time, it's because the calf is in a position that is making it very difficult for the cow to deliver the calf on her own, if she even can at all.

A couple of weeks ago I had a cow that was off by herself calving in the close up pasture. We check this group periodically throughout the day, so after about an hour of steady pushing and nothing really progressing I decided to get her up into the barn to take a look. Read more
From Dave Natzke, Progressive Dairyman

Milk prices improved somewhat in 2017, but price announcements don't tell the whole story. Market deductions are cutting into the totals dairy farmers actually receive in their milk checks.

"Basis" continued to shrink for a third straight year in the Upper Midwest No. 30 Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO), according to Mark Linzmeier, owner of MarginSmart, a dairy financial and marketing information company headquartered near Green Bay, Wisconsin.

For this purpose, basis is the difference between an announced price and the price actually received by the dairy farmer. Historically, the Upper Midwest order has been one of the most competitive for milk. As a result, basis in the region has also been one of the strongest.

With milk processing capacity stretched, and the milk supply-demand balance out of whack, basis is being pressured lower.

Where deductions to basis are being made on producer milk payments are not always clear. Individual dairy farm basis may differ from others' due to differences related to the dairy plant's premiums, hauling charges, deductions and other payment factors.

The basis also can differ between farms based on items controlled by the dairy farms themselves - most notably, individual component percentages and somatic cell counts. Read more
Trends in Beverage Milk  Consumption
By   Dr. John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 signed by President Obama in late 2010 reauthorized funding for school lunch programs. A key piece of the legislation that has churned the dairy industry ever since was the limitation on milk served to nonfat white and flavored milk or 1 percent white milk. By 2012, low-fat flavored milk was no longer an option in the school meal programs.  

Recent  legislation and an  interim final rule  seek to reverse this trend by allowing schools to offer low-fat flavored milk, in addition to the current offering of fat-free flavored milk, to participants in the federal school lunch and breakfast programs through the 2018-2019 school year. Today's article reviews trends in fluid milk sales and considers the on-farm financial implications associated with higher fluid milk consumption.   
Undercover Animal Abuse Video Released from Fourth Florida Dairy

A fourth dairy farm in Florida has been accused of animal abuse after an animal rights group released an undercover video.

Animal Recovery Mission, a Miami-based animal rights group, alleges the abuse happened at Davie Dairy near Okeechobee in July and September. The group also says the alleged abuse happened prior to Hurricane Irma.   Read more
NFU: Disaster aid package offers first steps for cotton, dairy fixes
From Wisconsin State Farmer

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee unveiled an $81 billion disaster aid package on Dec. 18 that includes important provisions for cotton growers and limited support for dairy producers. Farmers in both industries are in need of appropriations fixes prior to the start of the next farm bill. 
Certified waster operators can receive one certified waste operator continuing education credit hour during the Georgia Dairy Conference.  To obtain your attendance certificate, you must  attend Dr. Joe Harner's presentation, titled Economics of Various Manure Systems,
 on Tuesday, January 16 at 8:45 a.m.

Veterinarians attending the 2018 Georgia Dairy Conference can earn up to five (5)  continuing education credit hours.  Registration and certificate of proof  can be found at the UGA Veterinary Diagnostic Lab exhibit table in the GDC Trade Show.

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!
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!
Southeastern Soil Summit in January

  Georgia is hosting the  Southeastern Soil Summit  in Atlanta on January 21-22, 2018 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. This Summit will allow the  FDA  to give an overview of where they are with the development of Subpart F Biological Soil Amendments as well as give the  produce, composting, and compost material suppliers  the opportunity to provide input and discussion on what this part of the Rule needs to look like.    Click here for full details and registration.

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 (ONLY A FEW TABLES LEFT)!
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.

Mark Your Calendars:

Dec. 25-27, 2017: Merry Christmas , GMP Office is Closed
January 15-17, 2018: Georgia Dairy Conference, Savannah
Jan 30 - Feb. 7: UGA Ag Forecast Meetings Across GA - Click Here
GA Dairy Classifieds

WANTED:  L ooking 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 200 cow dairy in Eatonton, Georgia ; selling choice of 100 head.  SCC low 200,000's.  Cows mostly AI sired for last 30 years primarily Holstein, few Jerseys and cross breeds.  Cows in milk tank average 70 lbs. 3.9 fat test on low input feed.  Complete DHIA info. on all cows.  Nearly 100 head in first lactation or springing now.  Also offering 50 bred heifers to start calving late January thru Summer.   Call 423-506-2621

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     
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