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GA Milk Producers and The Dairy Alliance Join to Promote Ag Careers at CowetaWorks

Georgia Milk Producers joined The Dairy Alliance to promote dairy and careers in Agriculture to nearly 2,000 eighth graders at the Coweta Works Career Expo this week.  Students explored  8 career worlds featuring 37 local industries and corporations.  Special thanks to the Coweta County Extension office for the invitation to attend.  Our industry still has plenty of work to do to reach young adults on the importance of agriculture and the many job opportunities available after graduation. We look forward to joining this event next year!

Longtime Georgia dairy farmer, Earnest Turk, was presented with the 2018 Friend of the Dairy Industry Award on Monday, Jan. 15, at the Georgia Dairy Conference in Savannah.

Turk and his wife, Dixie, live in Eatonton, Ga. They joined the family dairy farm business in 1971 and purchased it in 1976 from Turk's father. They have two daughters and six grandchildren.

Turk has served on many boards over the past 30 years, including the Eatonton Co-op Feed Company, Georgia Milk Producers, F & M Bank and the Georgia Holstein Association. He also served as the Putnam County DHIA president for over 30 years. 

The Turks are strong supporters of their community, hosting field days and judging practices for local and state judging teams for over 20 years. Turk was active as well in the purebred Holstein business for a many years and managed the Southern Invitational Holstein Sale numerous times. 

Earnest Turk is recognized as a top Georgia Holstein breeder, selling cattle and embryos to various AI organizations. His involvement in purebred marketing reached an international level, with him exporting live cattle and embryos to Canada, Italy, England, Holland, and Japan.  Thank you Earnest and family for your contributions to Georgia's dairy industry.  Best wishes as you start your next journey in life!
By Laura Moser,

T he agriculture industry has and will continue to have a shortage of new employees to fill the pipeline of workers needed in the next few years. For that reason, attracting young people to careers in agriculture has been the focus of many organizations and universities. But, as many can attest to, there is nothing  better than developing a love of cows firsthand and using it to propel oneself into a  lifelong passion and career.

For Kayla Alward, all it took was a visit to the University of Georgia (UGA) dairy farm for her to fall in love with cows and the people associated with them. Alward started her education at UGA with the goal of becoming a veterinarian backed by her interest and experiences with horses. But Alward soon realized it was the cows she wanted to learn more about.   Read more

When prices are low, some producers and their nutritionists try to reduce feeding costs wherever possible regardless of the impact on milk components.  Other producers and nutritionists try to "chase the market" by trying to feed to emphasize one component.  In both cases, this means that their herds are fed a very inconsistent diet with inconsistent results on component productivity.  Guessing where the prices of cheese, butter, dry whey, and nonfat dry milk are going and trying to feed to benefit from these changes is impossible.  Two many factors overlap in their impact.  What are global events doing that impact exports?  What is domestic demand for various dairy products doing?  What are processors emphasizing in production?  What positive and negative component changes occur when feeds are changed.  Controlling costs is difficult, but running a dairy to maximize profit is more difficult.   Read more
10 Dairy Issues to Watch

By Mike Opperman,

Dairy producers face a myriad of challenges as they navigate low milk prices and shrinking margins. John Newton, director of market intelligence with the American Farm Bureau Federation, has compiled a list of the top 10 issues facing dairy producers based on his travels and conversations with producers from across the country. He presented this list at the recent Dairy Forum held by the International Dairy Foods Association.

"These are long term challenges the dairy industry is facing that leaders in the dairy industry are going to need to think about moving forward," Newton says. "Some of these are questions and observations that don't have an answer but represent very complex issues that challenge our industry." Read more

Georgia dairy farmers, Scott and Jennifer Glover, received the 2018 GDYF "Larry Guthrie Award" at the Georgia Dairy Conference earlier this month in Savannah. The Glovers
are long-time supporters of the youth foundation, raising money each year within their community and assisting with the GDYF Golf Tournament each March.  Many thanks to the Glover family for their commitment to the future of Georgia's dairy industry!
This quote - F.E.A.R.: Forget Everything and Run or Face Everything and Rise - was the quote of the week on our office memo board. Each week someone writes a Bible verse, a quote they like, or just a challenging thought they had on our dry-erase board.

The F.E.A.R. quote is something I thought about while our family discussed the Class I mover price. What steps would we take as a family farm to survive the projected milk prices? Furthermore, what, if anything, can all the dairy farmers do to stop this devastating cycle of low prices? Ideas including quotas, base/excess, and co-ops penalizing for additional milk are all being discussed. As an industry we face declining fluid sales, challenges with consumer confidence, and labor shortages.      Read more 

Milking with robots is finding its second wind on North American dairy farms, according to industry experts at  Dairy Strong, a conference held yearly in Madison, Wis.

It's a sort of resurgence. Use of so-called box robots started slowly on the continent in 2000, said Matt Daley, senior vice president of sales in North America for GEA, a leading dairy robot manufacturer. Expansion slowed in the recession and in the poor milk market in 2008-2009, he said, but installations on farms "have grown exponentially the last few years."

For 2017, manufacturers reported sales of up to 870 boxes in the U.S. and Canada, Daley said. Canada, which has production quotas and higher milk prices, accounts for at least 500 of them as more farmers there find they can afford the investment.

Daley expects that 40 to 50 percent of U.S. cows will be robot-milked by about 2025, a huge increase from only about 2 percent in 2017 by either boxes or rotary milking robots. The rotary units are massive carousels with 50 to 70 stalls each, and about 300 were sold on the continent last year.    Read more
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Watch this clip from The Weather Channel with Georgia  dairy farmer, Kirk Butcher, to learn. Click here to watch.
Industry Leader Sees Bright Future For Dairy

Michael Dykes has been on the job as CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) for about a year. At the 2018 Dairy Forum he reflected on that first year and provided insights into what's ahead.
In his first year he made it a priority to visit with as many members as possible at their place of business. He made about 58 visits in all and says he learned valuable insights from the experience.

"If we look and listen there are clues to what the future looks like," Dykes says. "If we focus on shared interests we can make tremendous progress." He pointed to some of the successes that have been a part of his first year at the helm.   Read more
Dairy farmers say federal program is little help
Some Minnesota dairy farmers struggling with low milk prices say a federal insurance program created in the 2014 farm bill isn't providing the protection against falling milk prices that it promised.

Dairy farmers pay a premium to buy protection against falling milk prices through the margin protection program, Minnesota Public Radio reported.
"I think the dairy industry was pretty enthusiastic following the 2014 farm bill," said John Newton who works for the American Farm Bureau Federation, a group that lobbies for agricultural issues. "About 80 percent of the U.S. milk supply was enrolled in the program - 24,000 out of 40,000 dairy farmers signed up to participate in the program."

But since milk prices have fallen from their record high in 2014, farmers said they've received little in return for the premiums paid. A gallon of milk cost consumers about $3.85 four years ago. Now that price is about $3.15. Read more

Walmart, the country's largest food retailer, plans to begin selling a new chilled milk this month that bears the cutely clever brand name Milkadamia.

Made from macadamia nuts grown at the edge of the Australian rainforest, then processed into a paste, shipped to the U.S. and turned into milk at a plant near Chicago, Milkadamia is billing itself as a more sustainable, climate-friendly alternative to cow's milk-and to almond milk, the non-dairy milk of the moment.

"We're all about  climate change," said Jim Richards, Milkadamia's CEO. "We're telling the story of regenerative farming. We're talking about micro-organisms in the soil and carbon sequestration."

That narrative, Richards hopes, will resonate with consumers in an increasingly crowded non-dairy milk universe: Plant, grain and nut-based milks now make up 10 percent of the overall milk market, and Milkadamia has joined a growing range of alternative milks that are battling for space in American fridges. In their attempts to gain an edge with consumers, they're not only highlighting their relatively low carbon footprint compared to dairy, they're also trying to stake a claim as the most planet-friendly of all.
Activists Pushing McDonald's to Go Antibiotic Free with Beef, Pork
McDonald's no longer sells chicken treated with medically important antibiotics. Now a health advocacy group wants pork and beef to be next. (Reuters)

A consumer and public health group is pressuring McDonald's Corp to set a concrete timeline for phasing out medically important antibiotics in their beef and pork supply chain.

U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund put out a  press release saying it was calling out McDonald's because it is a major influencer as "the biggest purchaser of beef in the United States."

U.S. PIRG alleges that McDonald's has a vague long-term plan in place to remove the use of medially important antibiotics from their beef and pork suppliers. The organization believes this could lead to more antibiotic resistant bacteria, posing a major health risk to people. 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!

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. 
GA Dairy Classifieds

FOR SALE: 13 Holstein heifers due Feb and March, 5 with dams over 1000lbs fat , 6 bred to sexed semen. Over 30 yrs AI  Ray Ward.  706-473-8789  Eatonton, Ga

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

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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