Senior Class Winner "Minnie Pearl" at the GA National Fair
GDYF Hosts Dress-A-Cow Contest 
at Georgia National Fair 
The GA Dairy Youth Foundation held their second Dress-A-Cow contest last Saturday at the GA National Fair in Perry.  Costumes ranged from mac'n'cheese to Minnie Pearl to a jockey and race horse. Spectators were blown away by the creative costumes that the kids displayed during the event. To view the many colorful and creative costumes,  visit the GDYF Facebook page here.
GA Dairy Managers Series to focus on Reproduction Technologies

Georgia dairy  farm families and managers are invited to attend our next GDMS series titled "D o's and Don'ts of   Reproductive Technologies".  The series will focus on new dairy reproduction technologies for cows for first AI, early non-pregnancy diagnosis and for resubmission of nonpregnant cows for second and greater AI.  Our speakers, Dr. Jillian Bohlen and Dr. Roberto Palomares, from the University of Georgia. will also provide do's and don'ts of reproductive technologies used in a reproductive management program. Meetings are open to dairymen, managers, and employees - free of charge and will be held from 10 a.m. until noon.  Please preregister for meal by calling our office at 706-310-0020.

The meetings will be held on:

October 27         10 a.m.      Burke Co. Extension Office, Waynesboro
(715 West 6th Street, Waynesboro, 30830)
November  1      10 a.m.       Reid Bros. Irrigation Company, Americus
( 908 Adderton St, Americus, GA 31719)
November 2       10 a.m.      Andy's BBQ Restaurant, Eatonton
(100 Friendship Rd SW, Eatonton, GA 31024)

Sunbelt Ag Expo is celebrating 40 years!
Sunbelt Ag Expo is celebrating 40 years!
Sunbelt AG Expo Held Next Week in Moultrie

The Sunbelt Ag Expo will be held next week in Moultrie, beginning Tuesday, October 17.

The Sunbelt Ag Expo  is an agricultural-based trade show held at Spence Field in Moultrie, Ga. Known as "North America's Premier Farm Show"® the annual event has more than 1200 exhibitors showcasing the latest in farming technology. Whether you are a large acreage production farmer or a weekend lifestyle farmer the Expo is an event you don't want to miss.

Williams to be Recognized at Sunbelt AG Expo on Tuesday

Everett Williams named the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Farmer of the Year for Georgia 

A special congratulations to GA Milk President, Everett Williams, for being selected as Georgia's 2017 Farmer of the Year this week! Everett, along with his wife Carol and son Daniel, received the award earlier this year from Governor Nathan Deal during the 2017 Flavor of Georgia contest in Atlanta .  

Williams and his family own WDairy, LLC in Madison, Georgia.  He has served as President of Georgia Milk Producers since 2009.  In 2011, Williams received the Georgia Governor's Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Award for his work in manure solids separation and reducing waste water.

Williams will join nine other individuals as finalists for the overall award that will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Sunbelt Expo farm show in Moultrie, Ga.   
Trump's Tough Talk on Nafta Raises Prospects of Pact's Demise

The North American Free Trade Agreement, long disparaged by President Trump as bad for the United States, was edging closer toward collapse as negotiators gathered for a fourth round of contentious talks here this week.
In recent weeks, the Trump administration has sparred with American businesses that support Nafta and has pushed for significant changes that negotiators from Mexico and Canada say are nonstarters. All the while, the president has continued threatening to withdraw the United States from the trade agreement, which he has maligned as the worst in history.  Read More  
GDYF Recognizes Dr. Larry Guthrie at GA National Fair

Georgia's Commercial Dairy Heifer Program has reached it's 20th year! During the GA National Fair, GDYF honored Dr. Larry Guthrie for his contributions in initiating and building the heifer program. This program has impacted so many lives across Georgia and introduced many kids to the dairy industry. Thank you Dr. Guthrie for your commitment and service to the youth of 4-H and FFA!!
No Short-Term Fix to Lack of Processing Capacity

There are no easy or short-term fixes to the lack of processing capacity in the Midwest or Northeast.  That message came out loud and clear here at the 2017 World Dairy Expo, which wraps up Oct. 7 in Madison, Wis.

Simply building plants to process more milk solves nothing if the resulting dairy products don't have  a market. And therein lies the rub. Read more

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) will hold ten teleconferences to hear from stakeholders their recommendations to revise the definition of "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Ag Stakeholder teleconference is scheduled for Oct. 17.    For more information on the webinar click here.  To register for the webinar, click here.
From CBS

A special type of milk first developed in Australia is quickly catching on in the U.S. The makers of a2 Milk claim it's easier on the stomach than regular milk. It contains only A2 protein while regular milk has both A1 and A2 proteins. People who find regular milk hard to digest say this is good news. Don Dahler reports. 
By  Larry Lee, Brownfield AG News

The U.S. Dairy Export Council's leader says he is making changes to its marketing strategy.   CEO Tom Vilsack says the council wants to increase export sales by another 5% totaling 20% of production.  He tells Brownfield, "To do that requires more presence in some of these emerging markets, more people on the ground figuring  out what the market needs, what the market wants, figuring out ways in which we can innovate appropriately to meet that market demand."

Vilsack says putting more boots on the ground in developing markets will cost money, but producers won't see changes in the dairy checkoff program.
    Read more    
Undocumented Workers Are The Backbone Of Dairies. Will Trump Change That?

DANE, Wis. - On a recent summer evening, dozens of farmers, public officials, dairy workers and rural residents took their seats in the lofty pole barn of Ripp's Dairy Valley farm to talk about the health of Wisconsin's dairy industry.

The main topic of the night, pushed to the forefront by the election of President Donald Trump: immigration.

"Well, it's a hot topic, and every night on the news you hear about building a wall and what we're gonna do, like we're gonna kick everybody out," Chuck Ripp,  who owns the farm with his brothers Troy and Gary, told  the group. "First of all, Trump has a lot of power, but I don't think he has that much power. He doesn't quite understand, I don't think, everything that involves in our lives all the time here on the dairy farm."
Read more  
Sponsor Registration for the 2018 GA Dairy Conference is Open!
Sponsorship registration is now open for the 2018 GA Dairy Conference!  Join us Jan. 15-17 in Savannah, GA,  for the premier Southeastern dairy conference.  

Each year the Georgia Dairy Conference  provides companies with the option to network with dairy producers and industry leaders, while extending a company's brand with several sponsorship opportunities. Dairymen from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia have attended this conference in the past.
Don't wait - register today!  Georgia Milk Producers offers 4 levels of support for companies interested in sponsoring our conference and/or participating in our trade show.

5th Annual SQMI  Meeting will be November 8-9 in TN

The 5th Annual Southeast Quality Milk Initiative (SQMI) Meeting will be hosted by the University of Tennessee and held at the Inn at Opryland, Nashville, on November 8-9, 2017. SQMI is a USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative funded grant designed to enable dairy farmers to move profitably toward production practices compatible with the concept of a sustainable dairy industry in the Southeast. This program is being developed by milk quality professionals from six Southeast Land-Grant Universities and targets challenged dairy farms and those operations producing superior quality milk as demonstration herds. To accomplish this, we have integrated outreach, education, and research initiatives to improve milk quality and contribute to lower costs and greater revenues on-farm.  
Registration is now open for the 2017 AG Labor Relations Forum

The latest updates for growers, shippers, processors and other agricultural professionals regarding labor relations matters. Hear advice from industry experts to help you comply with new labor laws.  Click here for more information
GA Dairy Classifieds

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.

HELP WANTED:   Farm and Livestock Supervisor for the Georgia Corrections Industries Dairy
located at the Rogers Farm Operations, Reidsville, Ga. Overview of duties include but not
limited to managing a farm and livestock operation. Supervise staff and inmates. Perform
administrative duties and oversees land, equipment and vehicles. For a more complete detail
of the job and how to apply please go to, Georgia Corrections Industries.

For information contact Jim Reid at 
or email at

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 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     
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