Windy Hill Dairy, Senoia
GA Dairy Fall District Meeting in Waynesboro is Sept. 27th! Please join us!!
Georgia Milk Producers will present a Grand Prize of $500 at the conclusion of all meetings to one lucky Georgia dairy farm family attending their district meeting. Additional door prizes and promotional items will be provided by The Dairy Alliance at each district meeting. Producers will also elect Georgia ADA directors in even numbered districts and all districts for Georgia Milk Producers, Inc.

What started as Kirk Butcher's dream to form a camp for fellow youth who shared a passion for cows 35 years ago is today an annual event that draws as many as 100 budding dairy enthusiasts for the Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat.

At the time, Butcher was president of the Georgia Junior Holstein Association. Like many of his peers, Butcher, who grew up on a Georgia dairy farm, often struggled to find friends who shared his passion for cows. He thought, "There's camps for all of this other stuff; why don't we do a cow camp?"

Once he proposed the idea at a Georgia Junior Holstein Association meeting, his mother, Jane Butcher, and another mother, Cindy Newberry, made his idea a reality and, in 1983, they held the first dairy youth retreat at Rock Eagle Center in Eatonton, Georgia.

At this first camp, Newberry says they had around 20 youth, including Kirk and Newberry's four children. Most of the other children were also from Georgia, with a couple from North Carolina.   Read more   
GFB encourages Georgians to vote with I Farm. I Vote. campaign

Georgia Farm Bureau is urging all Georgia citizens to be participants in their democratic process, to make their voice known on Nov. 6, when the state will elect its next governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state, along with many other state and national elected officials. It is a serious responsibility.

"Georgia Farm Bureau is nonpartisan and has a long-standing record of working with officials from all parties," said GFB President Gerald Long. "Our organization is not endorsing any candidate, but we are encouraging all Georgians involved with agriculture or who live in rural communities to take your civic right to vote seriously, research where the candidates stand on issues important to rural Georgia and to vote."

The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9 and early voting begins Oct. 15. GFB has launched a website,, to assist Georgia's voters in these areas. The site will provide information about how and where to register to vote, and the locations of local voting precincts. Read more 
New Type of Mastitis Becoming More Prevalent, Difficult to Treat
From  Jim Dickrell, Dairy Herd Management

A relatively new form of mastitis caused by Lactococcus bacteria is occurring more frequently, and because it is resistant to several types of commonly used antibiotics, it can be difficult to control and contain.

First identified in 1985, Lactococcus bacteria were only considered of importance as a starter culture in cheese and buttermilk production. Recent outbreaks, however, elevate its importance as a mastitis pathogen, says Valorie Ryman, an Extension dairy specialist with the University of Georgia. "Lactococcus mastitis is a serious concern given its resistance to common mastitis therapies such as Spectramast LC, ToDay and even Pirsue," she says.

Because of the way Lactococcus is cultured, it is often difficult for lab technicians to differentiate it from environmental streps. Quality Milk Production Services at Cornell University took an in-depth look at the problem, and found that of 473 non-Strep agalactiae samples, 27% were actually Lactococcus bacteria, explains Ryman. Read more
Application deadline to renew medium and large state land application permits is
By Melony Wilson, UGA Animal Waste Management Specialist

All confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in Georgia with 300 animal units or greater are required by state law to obtain a permit. Most of the CAFOs in the state have either a medium or large state land application system (LAS) permit. Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) review and update these permits every 5 years. The new permits are due to be released in April of 2019. All current permit holders must submit a notice of intent (NOI) form to Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) in order to obtain coverage under the new permit. Failure to
submit a NOI will result in loss of permit coverage. According to the new permits, owners/operators must apply for the new permits 180 days before the release of the new permit. 
Therefore, the deadline to submit the NOI to GDA is October 2, 2018. All permit holders received a letter from EPD explaining the requirement to submit a NOI. The letter also contained a copy of the NOI form with directions on how to complete the form. If you did not receive the letter or misplaced the form, it can be found on the AWARE website at Don't forget to send in the form by October 2, 2018.

In addition to sending in a NOI for the new permit, a new nutrient management plan (NMP) may also need to be submitted to GDA. If the NMP was approved before March 15, 2011, then a new NMP must be submitted to GDA along with your NOI. However, if the plan was approved after that date then it is still valid. All NMPs must be written by a certified nutrient management specialist. Many county extension agents with CAFOs in their counties are certified to write these plans so simply contact the local extension office. It is important to know that a NMP can be fairly complicated and takes a significant amount of time to complete. So the sooner the process can be started the better. Also, soil tests and manure test are required to complete a NMP so these samples should be submitted and results obtained before the process is started. For questions contact
Melony Wilson at
From   Mark Rodgers, GA Dairy Farmer via

The future of the dairy industry depends on farms of all sizes.

There has been a lot of talk lately about the efficiencies of large-scale dairies and concern that the smaller farms can't survive. I believe there are several reasons why we need dairies of all sizes to not only survive but to prosper as well.

1. Political capital - At the national, state, and local level, dairy farm numbers are reducing to a point that we will have little to no chance to have our opinions heard by those who govern us. It does not matter how great of a financial impact dairy has as a commodity if there are only a few votes associated with it.

2. Biosecurity - Heavy concentrations of livestock in too few geographical areas could be a recipe for disaster.
3. Infrastructure and vendors - We all need the equipment dealer, feed company, A.I. salesman, and so forth. As farm numbers drop, we lose these valuable assets and their support of our dairies. More importantly, we lose the competition and price savings we get when they compete.

4. The face of dairy - I have seen some impressive large farms that were clean and well-managed. A few of them do tours and are active on social media, but they will always have a harder time overcoming the "mega-farm" connotation that scale brings with it. There are a lot of smaller farms scattered throughout the country that do a great job representing all farms that are needed to be the face of dairy.

5. University and extension support - It will be more difficult to maintain dairy science programs, research, and degrees in dairy science as farm numbers fall.

6. Diversity - My dad always told me that you can visit any dairy and find some idea they came up with that will help you on your own farm. Each farm acts as its own mini experiment station, trying new ideas, inventing new techniques, and figuring out solutions to problems that plague us all. Read more
Grassman Vlog 1806 - A quick test of prussic acid (cyanide) in forage crops
From   Dennis Hancock, UGA
This video presents a quick field test that can be used by our County Extension Agents for determining if prussic acid content in forage crops is high.   Watch Video Here
Register Now For Dairy Revenue Insurance Webinar

Dairy farmers and risk managers can now  sign up for a free webinar explaining the new  Dairy Revenue Protection (RP) insurance program. The webinar is scheduled for Friday, September 28, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. CDT.

RP insurance was approved by  USDA's Risk Management Agency this past summer, and the first policies will go on sale in October. They will be offered by Farm Bureau and other approved insurance providers. Register here
A Wet 2018 Harvest Could Produce Increased Mycotoxins in Silage
The 2018 corn harvest is fast approaching in the U.S., but like the growing season itself, it's at the mercy of Mother Nature. Even in America's heartland, the effects of hurricanes and flooding can take their toll, producing heavy rains that could delay harvest and force farmers to keep their silage corn in the field for a longer period of time.

Delayed harvests may lead to altered dry matter status of the forage, which could lead to mold growth and stalk and ear rot; both of which may present the opportunity for mycotoxin contamination. 

"There are a number of stressors and diseases, from rots to rusts, that can make silage corn more susceptible to molds, many of which are conducive to mycotoxins," warns Dr. Lon Whitlow, Professor Emeritus from North Carolina State University. Dr. Whitlow indicates that "Penicillium are often the most common molds found in corn silage because these types of molds are acid-tolerant and have a low oxygen requirement. Moldy silage can be a breeding ground for mycotoxins."   Read more
Could the Nuisance Cases in North Carolina Happen in My State?
More than two dozen nuisance cases have been filed by residents in North Carolina against Murphy-Brown, the live growout subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. So far, the juries have returned three cases to the tune of $50 million, $25 million and $473.5 million. Twenty-three more cases are scheduled, drawing international attention to the southwest portion of the state.

In addition to the immediate impact of the cases and what they might mean for North Carolina hog producers, it raises understandable concerns over whether similar cases could be filed in other states. Here's a brief breakdown of the major issues in the cases:

What are the cases about? Plaintiffs' attorneys have recruited more than 500 plaintiffs to file lawsuits against Murphy-Brown. The lawsuits allege Murphy-Brown's pigs are raised on operations that negatively impact the plaintiffs' enjoyment and use of their property due to odors and flies from the barns, lagoons and manure application. The plaintiffs also allege the operations are negligent because they use open-air lagoons and apply manure through spraying, both of which are common agricultural practices in the Southeast.
The judge has divided the plaintiffs into 26 trial groups and set a goal of trying one case per month. The next trial is slated for November.  Read more 
Need cash? Get to FSA office for MFP payments
From Dave Natzke, Progressive Dairyman

With milk prices low and margins tight, dairy farmers seeking a quick infusion of some cash may want to get to the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to apply for payments under the Market Facilitation Program (MFP).

Sign-up period for the payments, part of USDA's Trade Mitigation Program designed to offset negative economic impacts from ongoing trade wars and retaliatory tariffs, opened Sept. 4 and runs until Jan. 15, 2019. Applications are available online and through local FSA offices.  Read more 
Children are drinking less milk and juice as they get older... But what are they drinking instead?

New government data* shows that water accounted for 43.7% of beverage consumption among US kids aged 2-19 in the period 2013-2016, followed by milk (21.5%), soft drinks (19.9%), and 100% juice (7.3%).   Read here  
Got Milk? Try Chocolate After Your Workout
By  Kelly L. Phillips, Fitness Magazine

When it's time to choose a liquid chug after a long, tough workout, there's a slew of options out there. Water? Gatorade, POWERade, or All Sport? Endurox R4? Physiologist Joel Stager, director of the Human Performance laboratory at Indiana University, has even one more potential workout recovery drink to add to the list: chocolate milk. His latest study, published in this month's International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, names this kids' favorite an optimal post-exercise recovery aid.

Before your stomach recoils, take a look at chocolate milk's ingredient list. For a high-endurance athlete, Stager's team sees it as a catch-all workout recovery drink. Compared to plain milk, water, or most  sports drinks, it has double the carbohydrate and protein content, perfect for replenishing tired muscles. Its high water content replaces fluids lost as sweat, preventing dehydration. Plus it packs a nutritional bonus of calcium, and includes just a little sodium and sugar - additives that help recovering athletes retain water and regain energy.    Read more   
GA Dairy Classifieds

Heifers for Sale (SC): 
18 Bred Registered Holstein Heifers. Big heifers
4 Due in October
6 Due in November
5 Due in December
3 Due in March
50 years in the Dairy business, 
Top herd in South Carolina. 
RHA 25,000, 
Closed Herd, 
All AI Sired, 
All AI Bred, and 
Contact: Debbie Glenn at 

Bull Calves WANTED: Competitive pricing with 6 day a week pickup. Brandon Mason Cattle Company 912-632-4490

For HIRE: Southeast DHIA 
has a position to fill in the 
West Central Georgia area for a 
 Responsibilities include data 
collection on area dairy farms 
during milking time. S
chedule is somewhat flexible 
but the hours are non-typical. S
ome travel and out-of-town 
work likely. 
Applicants should be comfortable 
with computers and software and
have good communication and 
organizational skills as well as 
reliable transportation. Pickup Truck required. I
f interested send a resume to 
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 M
aggie 352-507- 
2042 or email:
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 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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