A creamy colored dairy cow walking towards you in a sunlit grassy meadow while more cows meander and graze in the background.
MPP Informational Meeting in Eatonton in Monday, May 14

UGA Extension will finish their recent set of dairy producer meetings on Monday, May 14.  The last of four meetings will be held at 11 am at the Putnam County Extension Office in Eatonton.  All GA Dairy Producers are welcome to attend.  Dr. Levi Russell, UGA Extension Livestock Economist, will review the significant changes made to the MPP-Dairy program in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 and will provide  examples of how the new program will work.  The Putnam County Extension office is located at 663 Godfrey Road, Suite 101, Eatonton, GA 31024.  Georgia Milk Producers will sponsor lunch for those attending.  Please RSVP to Keith Fielder at kfielder@uga.edu or by phone to 706-485-4151. 

A webinar was held on last Monday in Coweta County  - UGA Extension has posted the video online for dairy producers to view at their convenience.  To view the webinar click here:  http://bit.ly/MPPD2018
By Tom Bailey, Rabobank via Hoards.com

G lobal dairy markets continue to teeter on the edge of profitability. This is causing concern for some in the industry and is fueled by uncertainty over mounting trade tensions, ever-growing milk flow, and feed prices that look to increase. As a result, Rabobank's recent rural confidence survey of Oceania farmers showed producer confidence reverting to negative territory as they ponder their near-term future.

U.S. farmers are also facing difficult times as the U.S. All-Milk price dropped to $15.30 per hundredweight (cwt.) in February, marking the lowest level in nearly two years. Feed prices are moving in the opposite direction with corn futures trading above $4 per bushel through most of 2018 and into 2019 . . . the first time since 2014.

A small pricing rally developed in early March as Class III milk futures moved above $16 per cwt. along the 2018 price curve. The rally has been driven by record-high U.S. exports in February (on a daily basis), moving up 20 percent along with strong domestic demand for cheese. However, the escalating prices have been met with skepticism as the looming Northern Hemisphere spring flush is likely to dampen milk prices during the second quarter.    Read more
Dairy farmers form cooperative to generate more ways to bring milk to market

In reaction to changing market conditions, a group of dairy farmers, who have previously marketed their milk independently, have formed Appalachian Dairy Farmers Cooperative and expect to begin operations on June 1. The new organization has entered into an agreement with Piedmont Milk Sales, LLC to market the cooperative's members' milk and manage its day-to-day business under the direction of the cooperative's Board of Directors.  Read more
Dairy farmers form cooperative to generate more ways to bring milk to market

The 2018 Corn Silage and Forage Field Day sponsored by the University of Georgia and University of Florida will be held at the Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, Florida on May 24th. 

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. 

For additional information, visit the field day website at: http://animal.ifas.ufl.edu/corn_silage_forage_field_day_extension/2017/index.shtml or contact Dr. Jose Santos at the University of Florida by email at jepsantos@ufl.edu or by phone at 352-392-1931.
AFBF's Newton on New Dairy Revenue Protection Insurance
Dr. John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation

Dr. John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation's director of market intelligence, talks with RFD-TV about "Dairy Revenue Protection" insurance. It is a new risk-management insurance product for dairy farmers developed by AFBF and American Farm Bureau Insurance Services. 

Multiple Component Pricing, a way to value milk at the farm level based on components found in milk (protein, butterfat, and other non-fat solids),  rather than the skim/butterfat pricing currently implemented, is on the table for the two geographically largest milk orders in the Southeast United States.

Florida and Arizona do not price milk based on MPC, and those areas are not included in this current request for change.

An April 2nd request for a hearing to evaluate the implementation of Multiple Component Pricing for Federal Milk Marketing Order 5 (Appalachian) and FMMO 7 (Southeast) was filed with USDA-AMS by National All-Jersey, Inc.  The 86-page document can be reviewed  here.

A great article concisely summing up the request and important factors has been written by Dave Natzke of Progressive Dairyman; read his perspective  at this link.

The Tennessee and Kentucky Farm Bureaus have joined together to host an information meeting before the request for Multiple Component Pricing is fully evaluated; A Federal Order Hearing on the matter is tentatively scheduled for July 30, 2018

This May 16th meeting provides producers with a means of direct contact with FMMO officials who can explain not only the MCP proposal, but milk market pricing in detail, and how producers' milk checks are affected by various market factors.

The details about this FB Information meeting, scheduled for May 16th in Knoxville, TN, can be found here

The USDA's May  World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report reduced 2018 milk production projections and offered a slightly better price outlook for the year.

Citing lower milk cow numbers and slow growth in milk per cow, the 2018 milk production estimate was cut 300 million pounds from last month's forecast, to 218.7 billion pounds. If realized, it would be up 1.5 percent from 2017. The USDA's April 2018 Milk Production report will be released May 18.

Based on current estimates, USDA raised 2018 projected average prices (midpoint of range) compared to a month ago: Class III - $15.05 per hundredweight (cwt), up from $14.45 per cwt; Class IV - $14.05 per cwt, up from $13.55 per cwt; and all-milk - $16.45 per cwt, up from $15.85 per cwt. Those averages would be down from 2017, but are now higher than prices seen in 2016.    Read more
Would You Rather Get More with Milk?
From The Dairy Alliance
Find out what happens when you grab a crew of kids and let them choose between 3 servings of milk or their counterparts, such as 15 sardines or 38 cups of kale. 
Register for the 2018 SE Dairy Youth Retreat

Make plans to attend the 2018 Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat h  osted by the University of Georgia, on July 8th-12th in Covington, GA.
This year's activities will include:
  • Touring a large, crossbred herd that milks in a rotary parlor and whose owner was named the 2017 Georgia Farmer of the Year.
  • Visit a small, farmstead operation that makes numerous products on site and whose Chocolate Milk won the 2018 Dairy Foods Taste of Georgia award
  • Go behind the scenes at Zoo Atlanta
  • Participate in hands on learning workshops - have you ever explored the inner workings of the udder? Do you know how to make your own butter? Have you seen the inside of a cow's stomach?
America's Biggest Milk Maker Is Eyeing More Flax

The plant-based milk craze is even sweeping up the biggest U.S. dairy producer.

Dean Foods Co.'s Chief Executive Officer Ralph Scozzafava said the company is debating whether to become a majority shareholder in Good Karma Foods, which makes milk and yogurt from flaxseed. The dairy company first  announced a minority stake in Boulder, Colorado-based Good Karma in May 2017, without sharing the dollar value.    Read more
Got Too Much Milk? Dairy Dumping Highlights Production Bottlenecks, Northeast Surplus

In yet another sign of the chronic milk glut that's forced down prices paid to farmers, the federal government has allowed Northeast dairy co-ops to dump milk if they can't find a market.

Nobody likes to dump milk, but sometimes it is necessary says Bob Wellington, a dairy economist and senior vice president with  Agri-Mark, New England's largest dairy co-op.

"It's a horrible, horrible image," Wellington said. "And we worked hard to try to see if there's some way we can get that milk processed, at least to donate it. The problem is there's no plant at all to process it."
Wellington says two kinds of dumping occur.

In one scenario, milk is trucked to a processing plant and the cream is removed to make butter.
But the skim milk that's left is sometimes dumped because, Wellington says, the plants don't have the capacity to make the product into powder that can be stored long term. Read more
Mark Your Calendars:

May 31 - GA Milk Producers Board of Directors Meeting, Macon - All dairymen invited to attend
June 2: Putnam Dairy Festival, Eatonton
GA Dairy Classifieds

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 Maggie 352-507-2042 or email:  hartagriculture@outlook.com
For Sale: 40 high quality Holstein heifers bred to calf this summer and fall. Start calving in July, 40 yrs AI breeding 24,000 herd average. Ray Ward 706-473-8789.

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 information contact Jim Reid at 
or email at jim@reidbros.com

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     
AGAware Workshops Scheduled for Summer
AgSouth is excited 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. 

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