Hillcrest Farm, Dearing
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 
                         Dairy  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.      Read more   

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.  Read more   
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.   Read more 

This month's edition features milk production,commodity prices, utilization, blend prices and fluid milk sales  
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."   Read more
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. 
Read more  
Sens. Perdue, Isakson introduce disaster relief package
From GA Farm Bureau

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."    Read more 

Georgia Correctional Industries has a position to fill in the Reidsville Georgia area for a: 
Dairy Manager - Milking
Plant Operator 4- Milk Processing
Plant Operator 3- Milk Processing
Farm and Livestock Specialist 2 -Milking

Applicants should be comfortable with computers and software and have good communication and organizational skills.  Applicants should also have two years experience in dairy processing and excellent knowledge of all Department of Agriculture guidelines pertaining to milk processing.  If interested send a resume to Nicole Gaulthney at:  ngaultney@gci-ga.com    
The United States' dairy surplus has reached a record high, rounding out at 1.4 billion pounds of cheese.  Reportsattempting to quantify this astonishing amount have deferred to metrics like "enough to wrap around the U.S. Capitol." Suffice to say, nobody's suggesting we could consume it all.

The nation eating this much cheese is not only mind-boggling: It's growing less and less likely. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture data, Americans have cut their milk consumption down from 35 pounds to an average of  15 per person  annually. The excess is turned into cheese for storage and longevity (and the enjoyment of delicious cheese products). At the same time, government subsidies have continued to support dairy production, buying up surplus to keep prices steady. That leaves us with more cheese than anyone, even the experts, knows what to do with.

"What has changed - and changed fairly noticeably and fairly recently - is people are turning away from processed cheese," Cornell University agriculture economist Andrew Novakovic said in an  interview with NPR. "It's the same as it is for everything else: If you've got too much of something, the price has to go down until consumption rises."    Read more 
GA Dairy Classifieds

Young Stock Supervisor wanted - 
Hart Agriculture Waynesboro GA
Grazing 500-1000 animals, 
Must be familiar with rotational grazing and breeding
Please contact Maggie 352-507-2042 or  maggie@hartagriculture.com
Dairy Manager wanted - 
Hart Agriculture Waynesboro GA
300-700 milking cows, 
60 bale rotary, New Zealand style grazing system
Please contact Maggie 352-507-2042 or  maggie@hartagriculture.com

Heifers for Sale (SC): 
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 
 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: 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  barron.tench@gmail.com     
Upcoming Events:

Feb 12 - GA Farm Bureau  Day at the Capitol 

Feb. 27 - UGA Mastitis Workshop, Waynesboro

Feb. 28 - UGA Mastitis Workshop, Madison
For registration and more information - click here

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