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2017 Southeast Dairy Student Symposium Connects Students with Industry
Written by Whitney Dixon, UGA

The 2017 Southeast Dairy Student Symposium was held Jan. 15-16 in Savannah, GA, in conjunction with the Georgia Dairy Conference. There were over 43 students and advisors in attendance representing Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Virginia Tech, Berry College, NC State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Florida.

The SEDSS allows dairy science students from throughout the Southeast to comingle and connect with dairy producers and industry affiliates.

"The Southeast Dairy Student Symposium in Savannah has given me connections and opportunities within the dairy industry that I would not have had otherwise. Getting to hear from people in the industry about their jobs and how they got there as well as any advice they have for us has been amazing and helpful in our pursuit of jobs after graduation in the dairy industry," said Kayla Alward, UGA animal and dairy science student.

On Sunday evening, students were entertained at a social, played Holy Cow Bingo and met other dairy students. During the game, they had to make conversation and interact to find out facts about each other in order to fill up their bingo board. It was a hit!

Three breakout sessions were held for students to hear about internship and career opportunities in the Southeast dairy industry. Speakers discussed everything from personal career pathways to daily farm operations. Students heard from the following speakers: Dr. Ray Nebel, SE Select Sires, Kristi Fiedler, AVP US Technical Services Genex Cooperative, Inc., Natalie Adan, Food Safety Division Director, GA Department of Agriculture, Lindsey Rucks, Milking R Farm, Okeechobee, FL, and Carol Williams, WDairy LLC, Madison, GA.

The students also attended a trade show where they interacted with representatives from companies such as Suwannee Valley Feeds, Balchem, Mycogen Seeds, Alltech, MarSyt, Reid Brothers Irrigation and Equipment Company, and Stuhr Enterprises.

This two-day event was packed full with networking opportunities
 and industry information for the Southeast's future dairymen and dairywomen, and we cannot wait to see how it grows next year!

"The Southeast Dairy Student Symposium is an invaluable networking opportunity that allows students to explore many facets of the industry while getting to talk with industry professionals on a more personal level, both of which allow young people not only to see and learn about opportunities in the industry but provide them with the insight on how to seize those opportunities," said Dr. Jillian Bohlen, UGA assistant professor of animal and dairy science.

We greatly appreciate our sponsors for this event, Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation and Diamond V, as well as the students, advisors, speakers, and trade show exhibitors for participating and making this the best Symposium yet!

Click Here to view our January newsletter, highlighting the GA Dairy Conference.

28th Annual Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium
Gainesville, FL, February 6-8, 

The 28th Annual Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium will be held at the  Best Western Gateway Grand , Gainesville, Florida on February 6 to February 8, 2017. The Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium is recognized as one of the premier conferences for gathering the latest information about advances in nutrition of dairy and beef cattle. The Symposium is designed for people who want to acquire current knowledge of diet formulation and nutritional management of dairy and beef cattle to improve efficiency of nutrient utilization, and animal production, health, and reproduction. Nutritionists, extension specialists, veterinarians, researchers, producers, and allied industry representatives will find the information in this symposium extremely valuable. It is also an excellent opportunity for networking with colleagues specializing in cattle nutrition. Each year a wide variety of topics focusing primarily on areas pertaining to nutrition of ruminant animals are presented. Participants have the opportunity to hear timely topics and novel ideas that impact how dairy and beef cattle are fed.  More Info - Click here
Farm Bureau Working on New Milk Price Insurance

By Jim Dickrell , Dairy Herd Management

A new type of dairy revenue insurance, that would offer regional protection against both milk price and production declines, is being worked on by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) and academic collaborators including dairy economist Marin Bozic.

The product, known as  Dairy-Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP), protects revenue instead of the milk-feed margin.  It is based on the same concepts as crop insurance, and will be submitted for review to USDA's Risk Management Agency this spring.

To gauge interest, AFBIS is hosting an on-line survey for dairy farmers.  The survey is just 12 questions in length, and takes less than a minute or two to complete. Farmer input will be used to improve the design of the product and for market research.  Go here to take the survey.
Vilsack: Mexico needs reassurance that US still wants to do business
Hagstrom Report

Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who this week became president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, told dairy industry leaders here today that they should call their Mexican customers and reassure them that they still want to do business with them. He also said that he left a 24-page memo for Sonny Perdue, President Donald Trump's nominee for agriculture secretary, and that he has spoken with Perdue.

Asked by The Hagstrom Report if he would follow former President Barack Obama and comment on Trump's executive orders, Vilsack declined. But in his speech to the International Dairy Foods Association's Dairy Forum, he told his new colleagues, "It is important to recognize that we all have an opportunity and a responsibility to reassure those we work with in Mexico that we will continue to work with them." Read more
Trump administration circulates more draft immigration restrictions, focusing on protecting U.S. jobs

The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are likely to require public assistance, as well as to deport - when possible - immigrants already living in the United States who depend on taxpayer help, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Washington Post.

A second draft order under consideration calls for a substantial shake-up in the system through which the United States administers immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, with the aim of tightly controlling who enters the country and who can enter the workforce, and reducing the social services burden on U.S. taxpayers.    Read more
By Sadie Frericks, - Minnesota dairy farmer

If there's one thing dairy farmers know well, it's that when prices go up, they'll surely come back down. We've farmed through peaks and valleys in milk, corn, and hay prices. Now, after an almost unbelievable peak, dairy bull calf prices have hit the valley.

The latest prices for dairy bull calves from our local sale barn made us cringe.

To provide some perspective, 18 months ago we were getting $650 to $700 for 125-pound bull calves. A year ago, the price had mellowed some, but 125-pound calves were still bringing $300 to $350.  Read more

Precise gene editing, the stuff of science fiction, has been a reality since 2015. That was when CRISPR-Cas9 came in full force to the scientific field after decades of research. The technology allows scientists to go in and essentially snip and tuck genes from one organism to another to enhance them in some way, and it's  already been done with pigs, fish, mice, and mosquitos, as well as  human embryos.

CRISPR isn't perfect just yet. It's hard to control which genes are inserted or deleted-which means it's not always successful. When researchers from China  first tried to edit human embryos, only 28 out of an initial 86 attempts were altered, and even fewer had the exact change the scientists wanted; others died before they could be tested, or didn't have the right mutations (and the embryos were destroyed shortly after.)   Read more   
Trump's anti-immigration stance could result in a $60 billion food shortage
Written by Leanna Garfield,

Donald Trump has been  very clear about his intentions to deport an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US and  build a wall along the southern border.

Besides  the human cost, Trump's anti-immigration stance could also strain American farms. Of the 1.5 to 2 million people working in agriculture today, at least 50% to 70% of farm workers are undocumented, according to  a recent report by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). 
If the agriculture sector were to eliminate all undocumented workers, the US would be left with a $30 to $60 billion food production loss, the researchers write.

Retail food prices would increase by 5% to 6% on average, with some categories seeing higher jumps than others. For example, the  National Milk Producers Federation expects a 90% increase in milk prices if the country removes the immigrant labor supply, Modern Farmer  reports.
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Milk the secret of Marler's rapid recovery
Written by Julian Guyer, AFP,

Bagshot (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Modern sports science may be a complicated business but England prop Joe Marler said something as simple as drinking gallons of milk had been behind his extraordinary recovery from a fractured leg.

Marler was informed he would be out of action for five weeks after withdrawing from the warm-up of Harlequins' win over Sale on January 7 after getting through their New Year's Day defeat by Worcester with what he thought was a mere calf problem.

It looked as if Marler, 26, would miss the first two rounds of the Six Nations but instead he was named Thursday as England's starting loosehead prop for the Grand Slam champions' opener against France at Twickenham on Saturday.

"I drank lots of milk. And that's it, my body has taken care of the rest," Marler told reporters at England's Bagshot training base on Thursday.     Read more    
By Corey Geiger, Hoard's Dairyman  
From a dairy farmer prospective, high-value beverage sales drive milk prices. That's why Florida, the Southeast, and Northeast traditionally have had higher mailbox milk prices.

For the Northeast Federal Milk Marketing Order . . . think the New England States, New York and eastern Pennsylvania . . . that is no longer the case.

These days, fluid milk sales, known as Class I milk in federal milk marketing circles, dropped 1.6 percent in 2016. That's after tumbling 9 percent since 2010.    Read more
Mark Your Calendars:
Feb. 11: 2016 UGA Commercial Heifer Show, Athens
Feb. 22-25: Georgia Junior National Livestock Show, Perry 
March 7-8: 2016 Southern Dairy Conference, Atlanta
March 15-16:SUDIA Annual Meeting, Stone Mountain        
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