Father Builds Implements For Son's Pedal Tractors
From Farm Show Magazine

Georgia dairy and poultry farmer Carlton Hale says his son Russell's favorite toys have been his favorite toys since he was just a few years old. When he asked for implements to pull just like real farmers. Hale worked with his brother-in-law and machinist, Jon Zuck, and other friends to design and build 3 nearly exact replicas of real farm tools.
Their first project was a yellow box scraper. "I saw this piece of metal in my shop one day and thought to myself it would make a great box scraper for Russell, so we just set about to build it," says Hale.

For his next project, Hale used his 1/16th scale Bush Hog toy mower as a model to build a larger replica for Russell's Christmas gift in 2014. The red portion of the implement is sheet steel and the black frame is aluminum. His brother-in-law machined the gear box from a solid piece of aluminum.

Hale's 3rd and most ambitious project was a spot sprayer that he finished for Russell's Christmas gift in 2015. Hale found an 8 gal. plastic tank to use as the reservoir and designed the frame and cart to carry it.
Russell pulls the sprayer with his pedal tractor and uses an electric switch to turn the sprayer on and off. His son likes using the sprayer so much that he waters the driveway practically every day.   Read more

Proposal for Multiple Component Pricing in Southeast Withdraw
From Milksheds Blog

National All-Jersey has  withdrawn their request  for a USDA-AMS Dairy Program FMMO Hearing to consider implementation of Multiple Component Pricing for the Southeast (FMMO 7) and Appalachian (FMMO 5) Milk Marketing Orders.
The withdrawal of this proposal culminates a process of several years of discussion and evaluations by producer groups and several dairy cooperatives on how Multiple Component Pricing in the Southeast might affect producer pay checks. Read more

More and more dairies are inseminating a portion of the herd with beef semen, but the decision to do so should not be made lightly. Truly adding value to these calves is about much more than changing the color of their hide.

Semen companies like ABS Global are seeing some of their most aggressive herds using as much as 50 percent beef semen. According to Tim Timmons, who manages the company's strategic beef-on-dairy breeding program, it is an effective way for dairy owners to avoid intentionally making dairy bulls and unwanted replacement heifers.  Read more
UGA Seeking Senior Farm Manager for ADS Beef and Dairy Farms in Athens/Eatonton 
The University of Georgia Animal and Dairy Science Department is seeking to hire a Senior Farm Manager to oversee management of all ADS Beef and Dairy Farms in Athens and Eatonton areas.  This position reports directly to the Head of the Animal and Dairy Science Department (ADS). Duties of the position include, but are not limited to, 1) providing budgetary management to ensure that all farm units are operated in a fiscally sound manner, 2) providing direct oversight of all the farming and livestock operations in ADS to ensure that each farm efficiently utilizes all available resources, each farm's infrastructure is properly maintained and each farm's practices are in compliance with current industry, governmental and university standards an regulations, 3) working with faculty and farm staff to ensure that the research, teaching and extension missions are accomplished. For additional information click here.
Why You Should Drink Chocolate Milk After a Workout, and It's Not Just Because It's So Tasty
By Christina Stiehl, MSN

After a tough  workout, you may be feeling ravenous. And it's actually important to refuel your body with protein and carbohydrates to replenish the nutrients lost and aid in your body's recovery. But while some supplement companies tout products that promise to aid in post-workout recovery, the key to an effective  after-workout snack could be one of your favorite childhood treats: chocolate milk.

Chocolate milk contains carbs, protein, and fat, as well as water and electrolytes, which are all  necessary in post-exercise recovery, according to research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The research reviewed 12 studies, 11 of which had data on performance and recovery markers, including perceived exertion (RPE), time to exhaustion (TTE), heart rate, and serum creatine kinase (CK). The studies looked at how  chocolate milk affected recovery compared to a placebo or other sports drinks.

The study concluded that chocolate milk "provides either similar or superior results when compared to placebo or other recovery drinks." However, the conclusion also noted that more trials with larger sample sizes need to be conducted to make a definitive conclusion. Regardless, chocolate milk is an  excellent recovery drink: it provides healthy carbs and protein, it keeps your lean muscle tissue healthy, it has magnesium for muscles, it's rich with vitamins and minerals, and, of course, it's tasty. Read more
ICYMI: June Edition of GA Milk Review
This issue covers:
  • Putham Dairy Festival
  • Dairy Provisions Drafted for Senate Farm Bill
  • GMP Continues to Tackle Key Issues Impacting SE Dairy Industry 
  • Milk Production Growth is Slowing
  • Dixie Dairy Report
By Mark Rodgers, Georgia dairy farmer

There are many considerations to make before automating the milking process.

As our family travels down the path of robotic milking, we continue to learn lessons that I will pass on to you.  Here is a list of items you may not consider when planning to go robotic but really should.

1. Length of the milk lines from the robots to the tank room - It is a big deal to keep these lines short to inhibit bacteria growth. Our manufacturer shortened the length on us a couple of times as we were designing our remodel.

2. Multiple milk tanks - You must know how to switch them when full. We also realized that cool milk will arrive to the tank around the clock at a slower rate than it presently does with our parlor. In the Southeast, we need more than one tank because the milk truck is liable to show up 12 hours late to make the pick up. When the tank fills up in the middle of the night, who will be responsible for changing tanks?    Read more  
In prior posts, the growth of domestic dairy consumption, U.S. population growth, and milk supply growth were reviewed.  Fluid milk consumption is currently decreasing by 3.3% annually and the trend indicates that the decrease will continue to accelerate.  Cheese consumption continues to increase but at a slower rate than prior decades.  Cheese consumption increases have leveled off at about 2% per year.  Butter consumption started increasing around 2009.   Currently, butter consumption growth is increasing by about 2.6% annually.  U.S. population growth has slowed to about .8% annually.  The milk supply is growing at about 1.5% per year.

How do all these numbers reconcile?  The answer is easy.  They do not reconcile, and that is why there is an oversupply of raw milk.

Future domestic consumption is fairly easy to estimate from the above growth statistics.  Exports are the wild cards in this "reconciliation."  Exports can be significantly influenced by international events, exchange rates, tariffs, etc.  
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By Dr. John Newton, AFBF

The  Congressional Budget Office's May 2013 Baseline for Farm Program s projected farm program spending over a 10-year period at approximately $978 billion. CBO's most recent May 2018 baseline for  USDA's mandatory farm programs projected 10-year outlays at $867 billion. The most recent CBO cost estimates for the  House and  Senate committee-passed farm bills show that from fiscal years 2019 to 2023, H.R. 2 would reduce direct spending by $7 million and S. 3042 would reduce direct spending by $107 million - meaning both bills are effectively budget-neutral.

A comparison of the House and Senate committee-passed farm bills to the May 2013 baseline shows a cumulative difference in farm bill spending of approximately $112 billion over a 10-year period - driven by both the 2014 and 2018 committee-passed farm bill reforms.  That's more than $100 billion toward deficit reduction - a strong signal that agriculture is doing its part to reduce the federal deficit by cutting spending in several key farm program categories such as nutrition and crop insurance.   Read more
Trump will protect US farmers from China's trade retaliation
In 2011, a group of Chinese nationals  dug up genetically engineered seeds from an Iowa corn field and planned to steal and send them back to China, so they could be reverse engineered. Those seeds, the result of years of research and millions of dollars of American investment, now stand as one of countless pieces of evidence in the case against China for intellectual property theft and unfair trade practices.

Now, President Donald Trump is standing up to China, which wrongly believes it can bully our farmers to get America to back away from defending our national interests. The president understands that our farmers feed, fuel and clothe this nation and the world, and he will not allow U.S. agriculture to bear the brunt of China's retaliatory tactics.

American producers have benefited from the policies of the Trump administration, including historic tax reforms and reduced regulations. And farmers know that  20 cents of every dollar of their income relies on trade, which is why they are watching the situation with China closely. The simple truth is that when trading partners break the rules, there must be consequences.     Read more 
By Progressive Dairyman

More than 60 companies and organizations representing American dairy farmers and cheesemakers commended President Donald Trump today for his efforts on equitable trade and for insisting that Canada halt its market-distorting dairy practices. At the same time, the companies urged the administration to reconsider its imposition of new tariffs on Mexico in light of that country's constructive engagement in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations and the harm that Mexico's retaliatory tariffs will have on U.S. dairy's trade with its largest and most reliable market.       Read more  
By Melanie Herman for Progressive Dairyman

The summer heat is upon us, and we all know we should be cooling our cows.

Heat stress costs our dairies in numerous ways: lower milk production, poor reproduction, decreased dry matter intakes, rumen acidosis, lameness and more. But with more financial burdens in the current dairy economy, most dairymen face the challenge of where they should spend their money.

A heat abatement audit may be able to identify inexpensive ways to cool your cows while you get through these tough times.   Read more 
From AgDaily

A Georgia farmer said he lost  two mamas and three calves from heat and stress after a state trooper and a sheriff got into it over getting his 40-head of cattle loaded into another  trailer.

From Kroger News

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and Nuro today announced a  new partnership  to redefine the grocery customer experience for Americans by piloting an on-road, fully autonomous delivery experience.

Together, America's largest supermarket retailer Kroger and Nuro, maker of the world's first fully unmanned road vehicle, are working to make the convenience of grocery delivery accessible and affordable for customers everywhere. Through this innovative partnership, customers can place same-day delivery orders through Kroger's ClickList ordering system and Nuro's app. During the test, orders will be delivered by Nuro's fleet of autonomous vehicles.

This is the first application and deployment of Nuro's hardware and software. The pilot market will be announced soon and is expected to begin this fall.

Kroger's expansive retail footprint of 2,800 stores in 35 states combined with Nuro's technology platform will change the status quo of grocery delivery through convenience at a low price. This allows customers to get what they need, when they need it, wherever they are.     Read more   
GA Dairy Classifieds

For Sale:
  8 high quality Holstein heifers due Sept and Oct. AI bred and AI sired. $1400. Ray Ward 706-473-8789.

Private Herd Disperal: Small herd in Millen is dispersing their herd.  100 milk cows, 30 dry cows and additional heifers for sale.  Holstein/Jersey Cross. If interested please email for more information.

For Sale: 
WW Livestock Systems Hydraulic Head shoot, never used, excellent condition, kept  under roof.  Listed for $23,041 asking $15,000 or reasonable offer.  Call M
aggie 352-507- 
2042 or email:
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     
Upcoming Events:
AGAware Workshops Scheduled for Summer   
AgGeorgia and AgSouth are pleased to announce the dates and locations locked down for another round of AGAware workshops. Van McCall will present an exciting and fun-filled, educational workshop on farm finance.  The classes are from  9 am until 4 pm with lunch provided and there is no charge to attend. The workshops are certified for FSA borrower credits as well.   Click here for more information . This is a hands-on workshop with actual projects conducted during the training. 
For more information about AGAware, contact Christy Smith at or  912-764-9091 or Corey Cottle at  or  478-987-8300 x253.
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