Yoder Family Farm, Barnesville

The 2017 Corn Silage and Forage Field Day sponsored by the University of Georgia and University of Florida will be held at UGA Tifton Conference Center on June 15, 2017. 

This field day is an extension and education program that offers the latest educational techniques and resources for forage producers to improve forage yield and quality, and methods of forage conservation. 

This is an excellent opportunity to network with industry professionals and to listen to the latest research in forage production. For additional information, contact Dr. John Bernard at jbernard@uga.edu or 229-391-6856. 

(Event is free - just need to know if you are attending!)
Article Features Long Hollow Dairy for June Dairy Month

To celebrate June Dairy Month, The Tennessee Cooperators magazine is featuring a cover story on the Millicans,  Southeastern Farmers Cooperative  members who are carrying on a family tradition at Long Hollow Dairy near Chickamauga, Georgia. 

By Caitlin Rodgers, Georgia dairy farmer via Hoards.com

This spring has be particularly bust for Hillcrest Farms

There has been so much going on around the farm I couldn't choose a topic to write about, so I'm going to update y'all on a few things. It's always busy around here, but some unusual stuff has been going on lately.  Read more
Weaker dollar to boost US dairy exports

The US dairy industry is hoping that a weakened US dollar will boost exports in a time of growing domestic supply, writes John Boylan. 

A weaker US dollar may not be what the Federal Reserve wants but it favours the country's dairy farmers as it makes US dairy products more attractive on the world market as milk supply continues to increase.

The US dollar weakened last week with the US Dollar Index, the marker used to track the dollar against six other currencies, hitting a six-month low of 96.797.
Mike North, president of Commodity Risk Management Group, said that dairy markets are not seeing any end in sight for  increasing supply.    Read more  
Why Are U.S. Butter Prices Soaring?

The global market has tightened and U.S. producers are now in a prime position to start meeting the needs of world consumers. Over the past month, the CME spot butter price climbed nearly 13%, from $2.09.25 on May 1  to $2.36  on May 31, and butter futures prices have pretty much followed suit, yet U.S. prices are still competitive on world markets.

"While there may not be overwhelming domestic data to support May's dramatic appreciation of CME cash-settled butter futures and spot prices, there are concerns overseas that could help explain the recent eruption in U.S. butter prices,"  says Sara Dorland, analyst with the Daily Dairy Report and managing partner at Ceres Dairy Risk Management, Seattle.

The European Union, the world's largest milk-production region, is also one of the world's top suppliers of butter, but butter production has been declining in the region. In the EU-28 (excluding Denmark), butter production plunged 5% in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period in 2016, according to Eurostat data.  Read more 
On May 26, 2017, USDA's Farm Service Agency released Results of 2017 MPP-Dairy Enrollment statistics highlighting state-level participation in the farm bill's Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers. For the 2017 calendar year, 20,314 dairy operations covering 138 billion pounds of milk are enrolled in MPP. These totals represent approximately 49 percent of licensed dairy operations and 64 percent of U.S. milk production in 2017. Covered milk and buy-up enrollment in MPP for 2017 is at the lowest level since the program was introduced.     Read more   
Guest workers head to New York, U.S. farms at historic rates
Robert Downen, Times Union

Last week the Department of Labor reported that it approved more than 69,000 H-2A farm job applications in the first three months of this year -- a 36 percent increase over the same period last year, and one that farmers say indicates the need for comprehensive immigration reform rather than crackdowns that can scare off scarce workers and grind production to a halt. (H-2A workers in the country numbered in the thousands only a few decades ago, according to the Brookings Institution.) 

"Farmers who were never touching (H-2A) are beginning to use it," said Steven McKay, a Hudson-based consultant who has worked in the sector for decades. "They just can't find workers. The work pool has dried up."  Read more
This new food label goes further than any previous certification... 
By  Maria LaMagna, Marketwatch.com

Your head may already be spinning when trying to remember the differences between food labels including "organic," "fair trade" and "non-genetically modified."

Here's one more you may start seeing at your local restaurant. It's called "Eat REAL," and it will let you know how animals were treated during food preparation. A nonprofit, the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC), first started working on the label five years ago and announced earlier this month there are nearly 500 restaurants and foodservice providers who are "REAL" certified in 32 states. Those restaurants include chains such as Bareburger, Fresh & Co. and Sweetgreen, as well as some one-location restaurants. REAL stands for the words "responsible," "epicurean," "agricultural" and "leadership."

The label doesn't only signify that companies treat animals well. "Eat REAL" is a points-based system, and each restaurant must receive enough points to qualify in several categories, including whether they serve whole grains to customers, whether the seafood they serve is sustainable and whether they serve healthy food in "appropriate" portion sizes.

Plus, to meet the animal welfare requirements, they must promise an entire food animal category, such as pork, or the most-purchased animal product at their restaurant will be approved by animal welfare certification programs recognized by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) by 2021.     Read more     
Packaging Food With Food to Reduce Waste
From NY Times

A team at a USDA research laboratory in Wyndmoor, Pa., has developed a material from milk protein that can be used to line pizza boxes, encase cheese or create, say, soluble soup packets that can simply be dropped in hot water. 

ICYMI: May Edition of the GA Milk Review 
This issue includes stories on:

- UGA /UF Host Corn Silage Field Day in 


- DMI Launches Undeniably Dairy      


- Perdue Makes Move to Improve School   Lunches

- Packaged Fluid Milk Sales

- Dixie Dairy Report

Click Here for Executive Director's Editorial for May Newsletter


Click Here to View May Newsletter 

Mark Your Calendars:
June 3: State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Competition, Athens
June 3: Putnam Co Dairy Festival, Eatonton
June 15: UGA Corn Silage Field Day, Tifton 
July 9-13: SE Dairy Youth Retreat, Bradenton, Florida
January 15-17, 2018: Georgia Dairy Conference, Savannah
Upcoming Dairy Stockyard Sales

Athens Stockyard -  ATHENS, TN
723 County Road 255,  P.O. Box 67  Athens, TN. 37371
I-75 NORTH  50 miles North of Chattanooga, TN   Exit 52
Graded Holstein Steer Sales Thurs @ 7:00 p.m. on  June 15th,   July 13th, and  August 10th
Cattle may be brought the night before and put on hay/water at no charge.   Check our website for a list of all our sales  www.athensstockyard.com
For more info contact:  Dean Williams (865) 556-5590 or  Office: (423) 745-3582
Job Opening at State Corrections Dairy Farm

Farm and Livestock Specialist position available at the Reidsville State Corrections Dairy Unit. This position will support Rogers Farm Operations - Dairy Unit in a supervisory capacity
GA Dairy Classifieds

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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