GDMS Scheduled for March 21-23
Improving Milk Quality with the 
            MQ-IQTeaching Parlor


 March 21    9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.                Burke Co. Extension Office, Waynesboro
                                                            ( 715 West 6th Street, Waynesboro, 30830)
        March 22    9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.               UGA Black Shank Pavilion, Tifton
                                                            ( 477 North Carpenter Road, Tifton, Ga  31794 )

        March 23     9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.             Central Georgia EMC, Jackson
                                                             ( 923 S. Mulberry Street, Jackson, GA 30233)

Don't miss out on attending this unique and first in the South training experience to learn how your milking system actually works. See firsthand how milk is moved in a pipeline, how different liners react to vacuum changes, and how the milking system is properly cleaned, plus much more. The Teaching ParlorĀ®, designed and built by Dr. Roger Thomson, a veterinarian specializing in milk quality, simulates a real milking parlor in an educational setting. He will demonstrate a complete National Mastitis Council milking system airflow and CIP analysis. He will illustrate how your equipment decisions can impact milk quality, parlor performance and maintenance schedules. With customer demand for lower SCC milk, don't miss this opportunity to learn how your equipment functions and its impact on your herd's milk. Dr. Thompson is an expert in milk quality and milking equipment performance and Georgia Milk Producers is excited to provide this six-hour workshop to all Georgia dairymen and managers free of charge. A meal will be provided. Please pre-register for meal purposes by calling our office at 706-310-0020 or email at

When it comes to positive tank loads of milk for antibiotic residues, dairy farmers reached a historic accomplishment.

Last year, only 350 loads out of 3,085,627 tanker loads of milk tested positive for antibiotic residues. Yes, a mere 350 loads out of nearly 3.1 million bulk milk pickup tanker samples were positive for antibiotic residues. That's 0.011 percent. Data for this report comes from the National Milk Drug Residue Database.

Most consumers would naturally ask a follow-up question, "What happened to those 350 positive tanker loads of milk?"  Read more  
Key Element of Monsanto Weed Killer Not a Carcinogen, European Agency Says

LONDON - European regulators gave a  Monsanto a boost on Wednesday after  determining that the main ingredient in the company's flagship weed killer should not be classified as causing cancer.

The decision was welcome for Monsanto, coming a day after  unsealed records from a federal court in San Francisco raised questions about the safety of the weed killer, Roundup, and concerns about the company's research practices. The European review was focused on the safety of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup.

"Glyphosate should not be classified as a carcinogen, that is, as a substance causing cancer," Tim Bowmer, chairman of the committee for risk assessment at the European Chemicals Agency, said at a news briefing. "This conclusion was based both on the human evidence and the weight of the evidence of all of the animal studies reviewed."

The safety of glyphosate has been a contentious topic since the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization,  classified the substance as a probable carcinogen two years ago. The classification drew a strong response from Monsanto, and a number of regulatory bodies, including the  European Food Safety Agency and  the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States subsequently differed with the determination.     Read more   
Tightening USDA's Budget

OMAHA (DTN) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture would take a $4.7 billion cut in discretionary programs next year under President Donald Trump's proposed budget, or about a 21% cut from 2017 spending levels.

The budget blueprint released Thursday by the White House proposes a $17.9 billion discretionary budget at USDA, down from $22.6 billion for the current budget year.

The budget does not call for cutting direct farm programs, which are considered mandatory spending programs. USDA's mandatory budget, dominated by domestic food programs, is about $130 billion annually.

Regarding the discretionary cuts, the White House stated USDA's budget proposal protects the department's core function while "streamlining, reducing or eliminating duplicative, redundant or lower priority programs where the Federal role competes with the private sector or other levels of government."   Read more  
Trump's budget directs $2.6 billion to border wall - and that's not all
By Melissa Hart for Progressive Dairyman

WASHINGTON - President Trump's first budget provides more than $4.5 billion in new spending to fight illegal immigration - not just by building a wall along the southern border but by adding more than 1,700 border officers, prosecutors and judges.

Beginning work on the wall comes with the biggest outlay - $2.6 billion - followed by $1.5 billion for expanded detention, transportation and removal of illegal immigrants. The Department of Homeland Security estimates the wall will cost $21 billion.    Read more 
Fundamentals To Cap Milk Prices

Look out below! At least that is what it seems is the cry taking place in the cheese market. Over the past two weeks, block cheese price has declined 19 cents falling to the lowest level since June 2, 2016. The results have been substantially lower Class III futures. In fact, there are no futures contracts above $17.00 over the next two years. It was not very long ago that there were many contracts trading well above that level and not very far from $18.00. That is in the past and it may be difficult for futures contracts to move back to that level as long as current fundamentals.    Read more
Georgia Recognizes Four Companies as Small Business Rock Stars
From Middle GA CEO

The Georgia Department of Economic Development, along with the Georgia Economic Developers Association recognized Georgia's 2017 "Small Business Rock Stars." GDEcD and GEDA hosted a luncheon where four Georgia companies were honored for being an outstanding, unique and impactful small business.

"Georgia's more than 650,000 small businesses have a huge impact in every community in our state," said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. "These companies keep our economy thriving, and help Georgia maintain its status at the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business. This is an incredible opportunity to put a spotlight on Georgia's small businesses and highlight some of our fastest growing companies. It is an honor to congratulate this year's winners for their hard work and dedication."

This year's Small Business Rock Stars winners include: Atlanta Movie Tours in Fulton County, Atlas Turf International in Troup County, Ecolink Inc. in DeKalb County and Sweet Grass Dairy in Thomas County.   Read more  

The Senate Agriculture Committee has set March 23 as the date for Agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue's confirmation hearing.

The former two-term Republican governor of Georgia was announced as President Donald Trump's pick to head the USDA on Jan. 19, and it has been a sore spot for the agricultural industry that it took the White House nearly two months to officially nominate Perdue and send his ethics forms to the Hill.

The Trump administration sent the Senate Agriculture Committee a  memo formally nominating Perdue on  March 9. Perdue's  ethics disclosure forms were filed with the committee and his FBI background check materials were made available the next day.     Read more  
UGA Spring Dairy Show and Dairy Cattle Judging Contest Set for March 24-25

The 54th Annual Spring Dairy Show will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:00 am. This show, in keeping with last year, will be run as an OPEN show with JUNIOR Showmanship. With this, showmanship will be available only to JUNIOR exhibitors while the OPEN show is available to any registered entries. We hope this continues to increase the number of exhibitors in the show to allow for highest quality show and State 4-H Judging Contest we can provide. We thank all exhibitors for welcoming this new format last year and we look forward to seeing exhibitors old and new at this year's show. 

The show will be held at the UGA Livestock Teaching Arena on South Milledge in Athens. This will be a one day show for Holstein, Jersey and Brown Swiss breeds. The Georgia State 4-H judging contest will be on Friday March 24th at 2:30 PM. Animals will be released following the show Saturday.

Click here for rules and entry form.  Entries must be postmarked by Monday, March 13th, 2017. 
Spring has arrived early this year and the Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation 7th Annual Golf Tournament is a great way to enjoy the warmer temperatures! Make plans to join us at the Lane Creek Golf Club in Bishop, GA, on  Friday, March 31   Click here for tournament information.   

Mark Your Calendars:
March 21-23: GA Dairy Managers Series - Click Here
March 25: UGA Spring Dairy Show, Athens
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 150 high quality Holstein cows. Milking 82 lbs per day low scc 35 yrs AI breeding  Ray Ward 706-473-8789, Eatonton

Bullcalves Wanted : Looking for Bullcalves to purchase - Barron Tench 864-844-2295 or     
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