GA Milk Weekly Enews - Feb. 8
our weekly update for the Georgia Dairy Industry
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Record Attendance at GAC Legislative Breakfast
Georgia Milk Producers enjoyed attending another Georgia Agribusiness Council Legislative Breakfast this Wednesday. GAC saw a record crowd at their yearly event. Attendees heard from a number of newly elected constitutional officers including Governor Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, Commissioner Gary Black, Senator John Wilkinson and Representative Tom McCall.
UGA Mastitis Workshops This Month! Don't forget to register for the Waynesboro and Madison events!
The University of Georgia Extension Service will hold 3 mastitis workshops in February in Quitman, Waynesboro, and Madison. The details are as follows:
February 27 Burke Co. Extension Office, 715 West 6th St., Waynesboro, GA
February 28 Morgan Co. Extension Office, 440 Hancock St., Madison, GA
11:00 am Introduction
11:15 am Best Milking Practices and the NMC 10-point Mastitis Plan, Dr. Valerie Ryman, Extension
Specialist, ADS-Athens, UGA
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm The Right Drugs for the Mastitis Bugs, Dr. Emmanuel Rollin, CVM
- Athens, UGA
1:15 pm How Diet Affects Milk Components and Quality, Dr. John Bernard, ADS-Tifton, UGA
2:00 pm Questions and answers
Lunch will be provided. Please register with the Extension office by noon the day before the meeting (or as listed below) to reserve your meal, the numbers for county offices are:
Burke Co: (706) 554-2119
Morgan Co: (706) 342-2214
By Jose Dubeux for Progressive Dairyman
The Southeast U.S. has a tremendous potential to grow forage crops. Its mild winters and the possibility to grow forages 365 days of the year offer numerous possibilities.
Forages are the basis of livestock production systems because feeding costs represent a significant portion of total production costs. Therefore, forages with superior productivity and quality can reduce feeding costs significantly. The forage industry in the Southeast is well developed with many choices in terms of warm- and cool-season varieties.
DEARING (WFXG) - The McCorkle Farm was where an acting member of the president's cabinet made a stop in the CSRA Wednesday. The Environmental Protection Agency's acting Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, was in Dearing, Ga. joined by other EPA officials promoting the president's State of the Union Address and other EPA plans.
Some of the things Wheeler spoke about were the new nutrient reduction policy, water infrastructure and his main talking point, the Waters of the United States rule.
Wheeler wants there to be a clear definition on the difference between federal and state waterways. With that clarification he will also speed up the process for farmers to use water collected their land.
According to Wheeler, it has taken some farmers years for approval or rejection and now he wants to make sure it takes no more than a few months to reach a decision.
By Mark Rodgers, Ga dairyman, via Hoard's Dairyman
Dairy farmers do a lot of dirty work, but it still helps to dress the part and represent our farms well.
My daughter, Caitlin, and I were discussing our switch to robotic milking and our agri-tourism venture. She told me that when we start hosting guests wishing to see robotic milking, I should dress differently.
I asked, "What is wrong with my camouflage field pants or bib overalls?" (In summer, my "uniform" is a combination cargo shorts and a T-shirt.)
She went on to explain that I should consider wearing a polo shirt and khakis. She told me not to be the stereotypical farmer meme. Caitlin said she has had to explain to some of her friends that we don't still milk by hand, and yes, we do use computers.
It's no secret that the fluid milk category has been struggling at retail for quite some time. However, sales of flavored milk and whole milk actually made some impressive gains in the not-too-distant past.
But the party appears to be over for those two subcategories - at least for now. Both flavored milk and whole milk lost ground in terms of dollar sales during the 52 weeks ending Dec. 2, 2018, according to data from Chicago-based market research firm IRI.
Part of the blame can be placed on the ever-growing popularity of dairy-alternative beverages. Nondairy milk sales grew a whopping 61% between 2012 and 2017, global market research firm Mintel noted.
The shift away from traditional dairy products such as cow's milk toward plant-based alternatives is tied to increased concerns on the part of consumers related to health and animal welfare, the Packaged Facts division of Rockville, Md.-based MarketResearch.com noted in its 2017 report titled "Dairy and Dairy Alternative Beverage Trends in the U.S., 4th Edition."
Just a reminder, Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol is next Tuesday, February 12. This complimentary event will begin with orientation at 9:30 am in the Blue Room of the Georgia Freight Depot located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, one block northwest of the Capitol, at Underground Atlanta. After orientation, GFB members will have the opportunity to visit with their legislators in the Capitol and then return to the Freight Depot for a noon lunch program where members will hear a keynote speech from Governor Brian Kemp and comments from Commissioner Gary Black.
Free security parking will be available at the Ramada Plaza Atlanta Capitol Park Hotel's parking deck and a shuttle bus will run from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm.
Involvement of our local members and county leaders is the backbone of Georgia Farm Bureau. Your participation is the key to our legislative success under the Gold Dome, so please come join us!
For questions regarding the event, please feel free to contact the GFB Public Policy Department - www.gfb.org
"Now more than ever, Americans are embracing new and varied approaches to healthy living and wellness," said Chris Brandt, chief marketing officer at Chipotle Mexican Grill, earlier this year when the quick-service chain introduced its Lifestyle Bowls. The four bowl meals were added to the menu to assist patrons with their New Year's Resolutions. The bowls contain real ingredients permitted by certain diet regimens, including keto, paleo and Whole30. There's also a Double Protein Bowl for general low-carb diners.
Chipotle is onto something. More than one in three U.S. consumers are following a specific diet or eating pattern, according to the 2018 Annual Food and Health Survey from the International Food Information Council Foundation. These lifestyle diets are expected to increase in popularity, as they are mostly followed by younger consumers (age 18 to 34). Retailers and foodservice operators recognize that this adventurous demographic is seeking out more lifestyle foods, presenting an opportunity for dairy foods processors to offer more varieties of convenient, on-the-go products.
Sens. Perdue, Isakson introduce disaster relief package
U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-Georgia), and Johnny Isakson, (R-Georgia), introduced a supplemental disaster relief package on Jan. 30 to provide critical funding for Georgia and other states recovering from recent hurricane and wildfire damage.
"Farmers in Georgia and other states across the country are hurting from historic hurricanes and devastating wildfires," said Perdue, who is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. "We cannot wait around for Congress to complete this year's government funding. Federal disaster relief should be considered immediately. In October, President Trump and Vice President Pence both saw the devastation firsthand and promised to help Georgia and other states rebuild. Now, Congress has the opportunity to help them keep that promise. I will continue to fight for disaster relief until our farmers and rural communities have the resources they need to get back on their feet."
GA Dairy Classifieds
Young Stock Supervisor wanted -
Hart Agriculture Waynesboro GA
Grazing 500-1000 animals,
Must be familiar with rotational grazing and breeding
Dairy Manager wanted -
Hart Agriculture Waynesboro GA
Heifers for Sale (SC):
300-700 milking cows,
60 bale rotary, New Zealand style grazing system
18 Bred Registered Holstein Heifers. Big heifers 6 Due in November, 5 Due in December, 3 Due in March
50 years in the Dairy business, Top herd in South Carolina. RHA 25,000, Closed Herd, All AI Sired, all AI Bred, and Vaccinated. Contact: Debbie Glenn at 864-376-8582.
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
FIELD SERVICE TECHNICIAN.
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
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: 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
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.)
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.
Feb 12 - GA Farm Bureau
Day at the Capitol
Feb. 27 - UGA Mastitis Workshop, Waynesboro
Feb. 28 - UGA Mastitis Workshop, Madison