West Georgia Creamery, Bowdon

West Georgia Creamery is family o wned and operated by two father and son teams,Billy and Billy D.Bartlett along with Arnold,Winfred and Kenneth Murphy. Combined, these two dairies have 61 years of experience in the dairy industry. The Creamery is located on a fifth generation farm at  444 Cavender Lane,  Bowdon, Georgia.

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Protein Beverages: Dairy leads the jostling herd of competitors. Think beverages for different dayparts.

Many editors attended IFT two weeks ago in Las Vegas. We returned to our computers with slightly different views of highlights from the annual exposition, and now that our July 4th celebrations are over, are writing about them. (Hope you had a lovely and restful holiday!) 

The consensus appears to be that clean-label formulating is a trend with longevity. Unlike in past years when exhibiting suppliers emphasized managing specific nutrients or eliminating individual additives, this year at IFT, that managing and eliminating melded into the bigger agenda of clean-label formulating.

After clean label, editors have different takes on the expo. In my eyes, protein was a leading theme, with animal protein-from cows, eggs and even chickens-in the spotlight. Yes, plant proteins had a very, very strong presence, but when it comes to beverage applications, animal proteins stole the show.

Dairy proteins, followed by fiber, will continue to be key drivers of innovation, specifically in the beverage sector, as convenience grab-and-go lifestyle are only speeding up. It's time to add protein beverages to your product line up. Read more
Rain and clouds helped to keep June a bit cooler than normal across the state
June's heavy rains meant that many Georgia farmers were able to cut back on irrigation, but the rain also contributed to fungal diseases in vegetable crops and hampered vegetable farmers' harvests.

The clouds associated with this rain have kept the temperatures cooler, but some farmers are still trying to plant their last acres of crops. Some fields in low-lying areas have flooded. Irrigation is still needed in areas that missed out o n the rain, and some dryland fields are still suffering from drought.

The highest monthly precipitation total recorded at a National Weather Service station was 8.89 inches in Valdosta, Georgia, 2.83 inches above normal. The lowest monthly precipitation total was 3.28 inches recorded in Alma, Georgia, 2.1 inches below normal.     Read more   
July Dixie Dairy Report

Topics include: Federal Order Pricing, Butter Pricing, Milk Production Across U.S., Fluid Milk Sales in the Southeast

More than 600 acres of agricultural research conducted by various UGA commodity teams, as well as industry, will be on display during the field day. The event is free and registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. Trams depart for the field tours at 8 a.m. and the event concludes at noon.

My First Time on a Dairy Farm

When I first learned I would be visiting Glo-Crest Dairy Farm, I had no idea what to expect because I had never been on a dairy farm before. Part city slicker, part suburbanite, the closest I had been to a farm in adulthood was through scenes in movies and television. While intrigued, as the Dietetic Internship Director for Emory University Hospitals, I was more excited to see the experience through the eyes of my dietetic interns as they enter the world of nutrition.    Read more   
Butter could cost more by Christmas, Arla boss warns
The UK could be facing a butter and cream shortage this Christmas, the boss of dairy giant Arla has warned.

"The first sign we will see of it, is that the price of butter rises very sharply," Peder Tuborgh, chief executive of the farmer-owned firm told the BBC.

There was insufficient milk being supplied by farmers to make the products, he said.
The National Farmers' Union dubbed his comments "scaremongering".

Arla Foods is a large European milk co-operative, owned by dairy farmers including British ones, and is the largest UK milk buyer.   Read more 
The shortfall in butter production in Europe is driving up wholesale prices, and yes retail prices are going to go up. However, the rises are much more dramatic in wholesales terms (doubled in a year) than they will be in retail terms.

Why is there not enough butter?

There is not enough butter because not enough milk was produced this spring - the peak time for milk production in the UK and the rest of Europe.

As well as the UK, this happened in the EU's two biggest milk producing states, France and Germany, which between them produced around a third of the continent's milk.

Europe is likely to end up this year at least 50,000 tonnes short - compared to what it got through last year, according to best industry estimates.    Read more 

Central California's largest rendering plant is overwhelmed by the number of cows that died during a June heat wave, so officials are allowing dairy farmers to bury or compost hundreds of carcasses.

The unusual run of heat last month - including nine straight days of triple-digit temperatures - and a mechanical malfunction at Baker Commodities have contributed to the overload at the plant, the Fresno Bee reported Friday ( http://bit.ly/2tBakVt ).    Read more 
Amish farmers square off against Big Organic in milk battle

This small town has become a landmark in the organic-farm movement, and it has nothing to do with foodies or hippies.

Instead it has been Amish farmers who, in their suspenders and wide-brimmed hats, have helped develop one of the densest clusters of organic farms in the United States. More than 90 operations certified by the Agriculture Department have emerged within a 10-mile radius, producing, among other things, corn, soybeans, eggs and, perhaps most important, milk.

"This is our living and our way of life," said Eldon T. Miller, 71, an Amish dairy farmer here. A little over 20 years ago, Miller began holding informational meetings in his basement about organics, and the idea slowly spread across the area.

The question for small organic dairy farmers is how long they can hold out against growing competition from very big dairies producing large volumes of organic milk that, in the view of many here, does not deserve the label.

A glut of organic milk has sunk prices across the United States, threatening livelihoods and rekindling long-standing suspicions that some of the large organic dairies that have emerged are swamping the market with milk that does not meet organic standards. Over the years, some of these very large dairies, most of them in the West, have been cited for violating organic rules by the USDA or inspection agencies. To the chagrin of many here, most have been allowed to continue operating.   Read more
Soy 'milk'? Even federal agencies can't agree on terminology
Dairy farmers want U.S. regulators to banish the term "soy milk," but documents show even government agencies haven't always agreed on what to call such drinks.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture "fervently" wanted to use the term "soy milk" in educational materials for the public, according to emails recently released in response to a lawsuit. That irked the Food and Drug Administration, the agency that oversees the  rule defining milk as coming from healthy cows.

It's "not a trivial decision," the FDA warned in one of the 2011 emails about the USDA's desire to use the term.

The sour history over who gets to use "milk" reaches back to at least 1997, when a soy foods group petitioned the FDA to recognize the term "soymilk." A couple of years later, the group pointed out that the FDA itself had used the term. Even now, the National Milk Producers Federation says it's working to build support for legislation directing the FDA to enforce the federal standard. The dairy group says both "soy milk" and "soymilk" are inappropriate ways to describe non-dairy drinks made from soybeans, and that the one-word version is just an attempt to get around the definition.

There are plenty of other food names at issue. A European Union court recently ruled that a company named TofuTown can't describe its products as "cheese." U.S. rice producers have railed against " pretenders " like diced cauliflower and said they may take the issue to the FDA.

But the FDA hasn't even always been able to get other agencies to go along, as illustrated in the emails obtained by the Good Food Institute, which advocates alternatives to industrial animal agriculture. The GFI sued the FDA for public records relating to soy milk.

The email exchange started when a nutrition adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services alerted the FDA that the USDA planned to use "soy milk" in educational materials about dietary guidelines.
Organic, grass-fed milk prices listed
From Dave Natzke, Progressive Dairyman Editor

Like their conventional counterparts, organic dairy producers and processors have faced excess supply challenges, according to the  USDA's Organic Dairy Market News. Volumes of organic milk produced have been problematic for some processors to handle, who have reduced pay prices and imposed production quotas. On the demand side, there was notable early year variation in estimated total U.S. sales of organic fluid milk products, although January-April sales were up slightly up from year-ago levels.

The 12-month average mailbox prices (listed below) paid by a national organic cooperative are based on 12.2 percent component levels (3.5 percent butterfat, 3.05 percent protein and 5.65 percent other solids).

Regional 12-month organic milk prices (dollars per cwt)
California Humboldt - $32.72
California North Coast - $33.10
Colorado - $31.85
Mideast - $32.85
Midwest - $31.85
New England - $34.10
Texas-New Mexico - $33.10
North Carolina-Tennessee - $35.10
Northeast - $33.85
Virginia-West Virginia - $33.85
West - $32.72

Regional 12-month organic grass-fed milk prices (dollars per cwt)
California - $36.72
Mideast - $36.85
Midwest - $35.85
New England - $38.10
Northeast - $37.85
Virginia-West Virginia - $37.85

A $180 per-month stop charge applies. Currently, a $1 per cwt inventory management reduction is in effect. Other market adjustment premiums may be applied by the processor. Grass-fed milk producers receive a $1 per cwt soil premium to be used to improve soil conditions. Click here to view story
2017 AgAware Workshop Next Month

AgSouth Farm Credit and AgGeorgia Farm Credit are hosting a free financial training workshop  on August 25 at the Burke County Extension office in Waynesboro. The purpose of the program is to promote and educate the next generation of farmers. This will be the fifth year the program has been  available in Georgia and South Carolina.

Topics covered in the program include: Balance Sheets, Income Statements, Family Finance &  Family Budgeting, Risk Management, Accrual Income, Applying for Financing and Preparing a  Business Plan with bonus video topics on Record Keeping, Marketing, and Technology available  for continued education. The AGAware educational program is also certified for FSA Direct  Borrower Training Credit.

The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch is provided at no cost. To register click here.
Alfalfa Field Day
August 30th at 10 am

WHERE: WDairy, Madison
(4651 Monticello Hwy, Madison, GA 30650)

  • How HarvXtra® Alfalfa may add value to your operation
  • Grower experiences with HarvXtra® Alfalfa, including insight from Everett Williams
  • Introduction of AmeriStand 480 HVXRR
  • General alfalfa management
GA Dairy Classifieds

For Hire:  Dairy in Gay, GA, is seeking an experienced milker/farm hand. Dairy milks two times a day. Housing is provided.  For information contact Jeff Busciglio at 813-220-7072 or email at jsb280@yahoo.com

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 SALE: Kuhn 1014 Manure Spreader for $9,000 - Contact Randall Ruff, Elbert County, at 706-498-4344

20 Calftel Calf Hutches for $200 each - Contact Randall Ruff, Elbert County, at 706-498-4344

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     
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