June Dairy Month is a WRAP! 
Special thank you to our industry partners for their work in promoting Dairy during June Dairy Month! Today we close the month out with...

SUDIA General Manager Has Passion For Dairy Industry and Producers
From GA Farm Monitor

Doug Ackerman is the General Manager of the Southeast Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA). He spoke to the Monitor recently about his work, and the pride he takes in the industry he works to represent.
By Corey Geiger, Hoards Dairyman

When a consumer purchases dairy products at the store, just how much of that money goes to the dairy farmer?

Last year only 28 cents from every dollar spent went to dairy farmers. That number was down from 38 cents just two years earlier.

The 28 percent figure represents the lowest share of consumer spending since the 2008 to 2009 era when farmers garnered only 24 percent of the retail food dollar, according to data from USDA's Economic Research Service.   Read more 

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.

Farmers in California often  struggle to find enough workers to harvest fields bursting with crops . Now the situation is growing dire as crackdowns on immigrants are leaving tons of food to rot in fields.

Last year some $13 million in strawberries, broccoli, lettuces and other crops  were plowed under in Santa Barbara County alone  for lack of pickers, the Santa Barbara Independent reports, citing the  Grower-Shipper Association of Central California . The situation this year is expected to be far worse. Five years ago the loss was just $4.4 million, the Independent says.   Read more 
Rabobank: Optimism growing faster than supply in dairy industry

Higher farm-gate prices and more favorable weather conditions are providing much-needed relief for the world's dairy farmers after a three-year decline in milk values, according to the "Rabobank Dairy Quarterly Q2 2017" report.

The bank said farm-gate prices in the U.S. continue to track well above the prices in Europe and Oceania, spurred by local demand and, thanks to a slightly weaker U.S. dollar, firmer export trade.

"We expect, given continuing good margins over feed, that milk production in the U.S. will continue to grow and that, after a slight stumble in (the first quarter of) 2017, U.S. consumption of butter and cheese will also continue to drive solid domestic demand growth," said Kevin Bellamy, Rabobank Global Dairy head.    Read more
Progressive Dairyman Editor Audrey Schmitz

Dairy regulators recently launched a new pilot program to watch for tetracycline traces in milk on July 1. The new monitoring program will test milk for tetracycline antibiotics such as oxytetracycline, tetracycline and chlortetracycline.

The tolerance level set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for tetracyclines in milk is 300 parts per billion.

At the National Conference of Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) in 2015, the pilot program was established to expand testing for drug residues. Since then state and federal dairy regulators, with industry input, have spent the last two years developing the new pilot program to go live.

"It is very similar to the beta-lactam program," says Beth Briczinski, vice president of dairy foods and nutrition for the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). "NCIMS built this pilot program to mirror the beta-lactam program."    Read more  

In order to move forward in the dairy industry, as farmers, we must be open to new ideas

Have you ever heard the term "set in your ways"? Well, I have, and I know a lot of people who are. Sometimes this can be a good thing, while other times, not so much.

There are more and more dairy farms going out of business around us. The milk price tends to scare dairy farmers into making safe changes or no changes at all rather than make "risky" changes that could benefit their dairy for the future.

Over the past few years, since I've returned home from college, I have listened to my father, uncle, and grandfather talk about different changes that might happen or that were going to take place around the farm. While dad and my uncle would talk, I would see my grandfather's face smirk and he would say, "That isn't going to work. I've been doing this a long time, and I know what I'm talking about."
Florida Scientist: Calves Conceived in Winter Perform Better
Cows and humans have something in common: If you take better care of the mother during pregnancy, her children are likely to be healthier - and this impact should last a lifetime, a University of Florida scientist says.

In the case of cows, cool conditions are key. A new UF/IFAS study shows calves conceived during winter went on to produce more calves and milk.

That's a critical finding for dairy farmers and for people looking for a nutritious glass of milk because each Florida cow produces an average of 2,408 gallons of milk per year.

"This is important to figure out because maybe we can improve the conditions from conception on in order to get an animal to do as well as possible throughout its existence," said Albert De Vries, a UF/IFAS associate professor of animal sciences. "The current thinking is that the environment plays an important role from at least conception on."   Read more   
The $5.7 billion 'pink slime' lawsuit against ABC was settled, leaving the beef company feeling 'vindicated'
ABC News and Beef Products Inc. reached a settlement in a $5.7 billion lawsuit that claimed a story ABC ran in 2012 misled viewers and caused hundreds of layoffs.

On Wednesday, ABC announced it had reached an "amicable resolution" with BPI. The terms of the settlement are confidential,  the Sioux City Journal's Nick Hytrek reported.

BPI's attorney, Dan Webb, said the settlement "vindicated" the company and its "lean finely textured beef," the product that ABC dubbed "pink slime" in its 2012 reports,  according to HytrekRead more   
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

The Cornell Dairy Executive Program is now accepting applications for its latest class, to begin in December 2017.  This unique educational opportunity, organized by the PRO-DAIRY Program at Cornell University, is a professional educational program in leadership and management principles for progressive dairy executives and agriservice personnel, focused on increasing their ability to run a successful dairy business and enhancing their understanding of the fast-changing dairy industry.  By coming to this program, participants will continue to develop the necessary leadership and business management skills to lead their dairy business into the future. 
Timely topics in dairy business management are presented by a team of national experts from within and outside of the field of agriculture through three multi-day sessions over a 12-month period.  Participants attending the program can expect to develop 1- and 5-year strategic business plans through a comprehensive self-evaluation of their business, while building a network of dairy executives and business relationships.  All sessions take place at The Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus, where a typical day includes presentations, individual study, small group discussions and roundtable discussions with faculty.
Detailed information, including an application, can be found online at http://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/dairyexec/ or by contacting Heather Darrow, Conference Coordinator at (607) 255-4478 or hh96@cornell.edu.  Class size is limited to 30 participants - register TODAY! Registration deadline is October 15.   
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GA Dairy Classifieds

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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