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**GA Dairy Fall District Start on Monday! Please join us!!**

School is in, farmers are busy harvesting crops and fall is just around the corner. With cooler weather hopefully on our heels (man it's humid!), Georgia Milk Producers and the American Dairy Association of Georgia will kick off the first of eight annual fall district meetings on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.

During the meetings, these organizations will hold elections; report on industry issues and promotional efforts; and announce upcoming events. Dinner or lunch will be served at each meeting depending on the time the meeting is set to begin. To preregister for your district meeting, please contact The Dairy Alliance at 1-800-343-4693. The meetings will be held:

Sept. 10,  Monday      The Plaza Restaurant, 217 S Broad St, Thomasville, at NOON
Sept. 10,  Monday    O asis Coffee House, 314 Spaulding Rd, Montezuma, at 7 PM  
Sept. 11,  Tuesday   Barnstormers Grill, 349 Jonathans Roost Road, Williamson, at 7 PM
Sept. 13,   Thursday   Captain Joe's Seafood, 2115 Golden Isles Hwy E, Baxley, at NOON
Sept. 14,   Friday         McGill Ag Bldg., 136 N by Pass, Washington, at Noon
Sept. 17, Monday    Bonner's Restaurant, 1500 Bonner Lane, Buckhead at 7 PM
Sept. 18,  Tuesday     Western Sizzlin', 501 Legion Drive, Dalton, at NOON
Sept. 20,  Thursday   B urke Co. Extension Office, 715 West 6th Street, Waynesboro at 7 PM

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.
UGA Extension & FSA to Hold Producer Meetings on Direct Payments in September

UGA Extension and the Farm Service Agency will hold producer meetings  next month across the state.  The  meetings will focus on the Wildfire Hurricane Indemnity Program  (WHIP), Seed Cotton, and the Market Facilitation Program (MFP - direct payments due to recent tariffs).

Meetings will be held Sept. 10-12 in Bainbridge, Perry, Statesboro, Tifton, Cartersville and Watkinsville. 
September Dixie Dairy Report

This month's Dixie Dairy Report includes a review of commodity prices, milk production, dairy domestic demand and blend prices. 
Farm Bill's New Dairy Program Would Triple Payments For Smaller Farms
Jim Dickrell, Milkbusiness.com

Analysis of the proposed Farm Bill's Dairy Risk Coverage (DRC) program suggests small dairy farmers (those with less than 225 cows) would see triple the benefit than they did under the Margin Protection Program (MPP), says Marin Bozic, a University of Minnesota dairy economist. Larger farms would be able to receive similar benefits on their first 5 million pounds of production.

"Since the start of [2018], net benefit under MPP averaged $0.83907/cwt. [at a maximum coverage level of $8/cwt.] If we already had the next Farm Bill, with the maximum coverage level at $9/cwt, and premium at $0.17/cwt, then net benefit under DRC from the start of 2018 would have been $1.79435/cwt, or about 95¢ above MPP," says Bozic.
"If we had the current version of MPP since January 2015, net benefit of always electing $8 would have been $0.22/cwt. If we had DRC since January 2015, net benefit of always electing $9.00 would have been $0.71, or $0.49/cwt more than MPP," he says.
These results suggest a trip to your lender is in order, says Bozic. "If increasing your monthly revenue by about 50¢/cwt on average (vs. MPP), and about a $1/cwt in a really bad year will make a difference to your lender as they make their financing decision, then my suggestion is to print this post and show it to them," he says. Read more
 milk at breakfast lowers blood glucose throughout the day

Consuming milk at breakfast lowers blood glucose throughout the day
A change in breakfast routine may provide benefits for the management of Type 2 diabetes, according to  a new  in the  Journal of Dairy Science.

The research was conducted by H. Douglas Goff, Ph.D., and the team of scientists from the Human Nutraceutical Research Unit at the University of Guelph, in collaboration with the University of Toronto.

They examined the effects of consuming high-protein milk at breakfast on blood glucose levels and satiety after breakfast and after a second meal. Milk consumed with breakfast cereal reduced postprandial blood glucose
 concentration compared with water, and high dairy-protein concentration reduced postprandial blood glucose concentration compared with normal dairy-protein concentration. The high-protein treatment also reduced appetite after the second meal compared with the low-protein equivalent.  

Association between noncow milk beverage consumption and childhood height 

Height is an important indicator of children's overall nutritional status, health, and development ( 1- 3). Cow milk is a staple for most North American children and is an important source of dietary protein and fat-2 essential nutrients for optimal growth ( 4- 8). A meta-analysis of intervention studies indicated that children who consumed cow milk daily were taller than those who did not ( 9). Milk proteins (i.e., casein and whey) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in cow milk have been proposed to contribute to gains in linear growth ( 581011).

Many parents are replacing cow milk with noncow milk beverages such as soy, rice, or almond milk, possibly because of perceived health benefits ( 12- 18). Lee et al. ( 19) identified that 12% of urban Canadian children consumed noncow milk beverages. However, noncow milk contains different proteins than cow milk and lacks IGF-1, suggesting that it may not have the same effect on height as cow milk ( 20- 22). Read more here
Unity is the best policy
By  Caitlin Rodgers, Georgia Dairy Farmer, Hoards.com
Dairy farm teams come together like family and get the work done

Some dairies have a staff of four people, while others have a staff of 100 people. I can say, though, that most dairy staffs are like family. Whether they are blood related or not, we are all a family. You'll have some employees who are like your brothers and sisters, some who are like uncles and aunts, and some who are like grandparents to you.

Every now and again you'll get a new team member who doesn't quite know their way around the dairy yet. In those cases, we all come together to push them in the right direction. It gets hot and humid here, and sometimes when its 95°F outside and you've been working in it for nine hours, something can come along and aggravate you. Or you might get stuck on something that you can't quite figure out, and a lot of times it's easy to take it out on a coworker. It happens to all of us. But I've worked on different dairies, and on most of those the employees come together to figure things out. Read more
Which way are the trade winds blowing?
By Mark Stephenson, Center for Dairy Profitability, UW-Madison

I would be the first to tell you that forecasting milk prices is an imprecise science. But I do try to do more than wet my finger and stick it in the air to see which way the winds are blowing. I have economic models that I use to inform my opinions; I wait for the most recent data from reporting sources; and I try to keep abreast of the news articles that report on factors that may be important to the dairy industry.

Forecasting still boils down to supply and demand. My most useful forecast tool is a supply and utilization table where I organize my information and build up things like milk production. If I think that there is a story about cow numbers or production per cow, then that will alter my production forecast.

....." tariffs are a problem, and if they stay in place for a long period of time, they will create lasting damage to our export markets. We will find new overseas customers, and we hope that NAFTA negotiations might be completed quickly so that we can get back to business with our neighbors.

I am forecasting milk price improvements through the rest of 2018 and through most of 2019. Not a meteoric climb, but a steady improvement to a 2019 average that should feel a lot like 2017."    Read here
DPA petition seeks 2 cents of national checkoff for dairy product donation program
From Progressive Dairyman - read here

The   Dairy Pricing Association (DPA) is  circulating a petition asking that dairy farmers be allowed to voluntarily direct 2 cents of the national dairy checkoff to purchase dairy products to feed the needy.

Citing "recurring prolonged adverse market conditions and the ongoing loss of dairy farms in America since the introduction of this act, these producers feel it is time for change on how their checkoff dollars are being used," DPA said.
Specifically, the petition asks that the USDA secretary amend  the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983, giving producers the option to voluntarily send a portion of the 15-cent checkoff to the DPA. The grassroots organization, with members in 10 states, already conducts a voluntary membership checkoff, using funds to purchase whole milk powder for humanitarian efforts.

According to DPA, the purchase of dairy products for feeding programs would help stabilize dairy farmer milk prices and promote consumption of high-quality dairy products by people who do not otherwise have the opportunity to consume them.  
Dairy Foods Innovation: It's time to be better. That's where your advantage lies
By Donna Berry, Berry on Dairy Blog

Data is useful...but it's the analytics and inspiration that follows [that matters].

Never forget the human need and requirement [for the product]. That's where your advantage lies. 

These were thoughts shared by Amy Sizemore, president-client partner, Ipsos North America, at the Advertising Research Foundation's SHOPPERxSCIENCE conference in Chicago on Sept. 6, 2018. The event was held at Google's offices, which motivated me to attend. (They are just as amazing as you would expect. Wowza!)

A lot of what was discussed by the consumer packaged goods experts was beyond the scope of the Daily Dose of Dairy blog-we're talking the head of analytics for Google, director of client strategy at Oracle, and senior leadership at companies such as Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Mars Wrigley, The NPD Group and more-but it was fascinating.

Brad Piggott, senior vice president-revenue, North America, Cuebiq, summed up the current omnichannel world. "The shopper is in the driver seat," he said.

We need to figure out how to make the shopping experience smooth for them in this new world of bricks and clicks and swipes and voice.   Read more
Here's the serious reason the FDA doesn't want almond milk to be called 'milk'

FDA Commissioner Dr.  Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday the federal agency is concerned that consumers are being "misled" about the nutritional value of nondairy products that use the term "milk."

"Are consumers who are using plant-based milk products by seeing the word 'milk' imputing a certain nutritional value into that beverage that they're not deriving?" Gottlieb asked on  "Squawk Box."
Gottlieb argued the current definition of milk is something that comes from an animal that lactates.

 "Obviously, that doesn't fit the definition of a plant-based beverage right now."
The FDA  could soon issue new guidance on what can be described as milk.

Gottlieb spoke about the plans in July, noting there are hundreds of  federal "standards of identity" spelling out how foods with various names need to be manufactured. "An almond doesn't lactate, I will confess," Gottlieb said at a Politico summit in July.

However, he did concede on Friday, "If you look up the definition of what is milk in the dictionary,  the second definition is a substance derived from a nut."

"There's a commercial speech issue here as to whether or not they can call themselves milk," he added.
 Read more  
Investigators Back at Iowa Dairy Farm for Tibbetts Case
By Associated Press, Agweb

Federal, state and local agents on Thursday were at the Iowa dairy farm that employed and housed the man charged with killing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts.
Agents from the Poweshiek County sheriff's office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and federal agencies were seen at Yarrabee Farms in Brooklyn, Iowa. They appeared to be looking around the property and talking to workers.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the agents were investigating the cattle farm's employment practices, the slaying of the University of Iowa student, or both.    Read more    
Perdue: US unwavering in demand for changes to Canadian dairy policy
By Agri-Pulse

The Trump administration remains adamant that Canada shut down its Class 7 milk pricing program as part of an overall deal to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters today.

Perdue's comments came as Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer kicked off a new round of negotiations in Washington in an 11th-hour effort to save the three-country trade pact. Talks broke down last Friday and one of the main sticking points was U.S. opposition to Canada's Class 7 dairy policy, Perdue confirmed.

"The Class 7 has to go away," Perdue said. "If you want a supply-management system for the dairy sector ... we're simply saying you need to manage the supply and not allow your producers to overproduce, which reduces the international price that our dairy people have to compete with ..."

The Class 7 policy, which was introduced in February 2017, allows Canada to raise the floor price for milk and spur butter production. U.S. dairy farmers criticized the policy immediately because it also pushed down Canada's domestic price for non-fat dairy solids and reduced demand for imports from the U.S. Canadian cheese-makers no longer wanted nearly as much ultrafiltered milk from the U.S.

Furthermore, Class 7 also encourages Canadian processors to overproduce non-fat solids like skim-milk powder that U.S. farmers say are saturating the international market.   Read more   
GA Grazing School - Sept. 18-19 in Lyons
From UGA 

UGA Extension will host a two-day Advanced Grazing School on September 18-19, 2018 that will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of two key aspects of their grazing systems. The focus areas will be on choosing the right pasture species, designing a grazing system that works best for your operation, and how to profitably fertilize pastures for optimal performance. The classroom portion of the course will be held at the Vidalia Onion Research and Extension Center in Lyons, GA. Then on the second day, the group will finish up the classroom portion before visiting Newly Halter's farm where participants will take a close look at his rotational grazing systems.
Cost of the two-day program is $150 per person. This registration fee includes a 250-page notebook full of resources on the subject matter, along with lunches and breaks on each day, and dinner on the first night. Registration is limited and participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. So, interested persons should register soon. You can register by contacting the Tattnall County Extension Office at (912) 557-6724. 
For more information on the Advanced Grazing School program,  click here.
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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:  hartagriculture@outlook.com
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  barron.tench@gmail.com     
Upcoming Events:

Sept. 10 - 20
GMP and ADA of Georgia Fall District Mtgs.

September 18-19 GA Advanced Grazing School, Lyons

October 4 - 14 - GA National Fair, Perry

Oct. 16-18 - Sunbelt Ag Expo, Moultrie
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