Due to Hurricane Irma, Georgia Milk Producers and the ADA of Georgia have decided to postpone our district meetings for Thomasville and Montezuma to Monday, Sept. 25
. Locations and times will remain the same.  The safety of your family and animals are top priority.



Please make plans to join us at your district meeting on:
Sept. 12, Tuesday -  Barnstormers Grill, Williamson at 7 PM (   349 Jonathans Roost Road, Williamson)
Sept. 14, Thursday - Cindy's Cafe on Cotton, Millen at Noon (535 Cotton Ave, Millen )
Sept. 14, Thursday - Burke County Extension Office, Waynesboro  at 7 PM (  715 West 6th St., Waynesboro)
Sept. 15, Friday - McGill/Woodruff Ag Bldg., Washington at Noon (1  36 N by Pass Washington)
Sept. 18, Monday - Bonner's Restaurant, Buckhead at 7 PM (1500 Bonner Ln, Buckhead )
Sept. 19, Tuesday - Glo-Crest Dairy, Clermont at Noon ( 5909 Bowen Bridge Road, Clermont)
Sept. 19, Tuesday - Western Sizzlin', Dalton at 7 PM (  501 Legion Dr, Dalton)
**Sept. 25, Monday - The Plaza Restaurant, Thomasville at Noon (217 S Broad St, Thomasville)
**Sept. 25, Monday - Oasis Coffee House, Montezuma at 7:00 PM (314 Spaulding Rd)

With expectations of the extremely powerful Hurricane Irma to impact south Florida this weekend, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is working with all of our state, federal and industry partners to support the safety and comfort of Georgia citizens, their animals and evacuees from Florida.

Efforts to coordinate state-wide pet and pet friendly shelters are underway. Efforts to identify temporary sheltering facilities for evacuated livestock are also ongoing. Effective Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Georgia, will serve as an equine evacuation site for those in the line of Hurricane Irma. For additional information contact Philip Gentry at pgentry@gnfa.com or 478-988-6522. Updated information regarding all animal sheltering locations will be available at  www.agr.georgia.gov/gda-hurricane-response.aspx as it becomes available.

The department is also working with our fuel and food retail license holders to ensure they are informed regarding storm response. 
More information on fuel quality control efforts and food safety tips are available at www.agr.georgia.gov/gda-hurricane-response.aspx.

Stay informed with continuous updates on all of GDA's storm response efforts by visiting facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/georgiangrown/ or follow us on twitter at  https://twitter.com/GeorgiaGrown.

Other important contact information:
Trump ends DACA 
 but gives 
Congress window to save it
By Tal Kopan, CNN

The Trump administration on Tuesday formally announced the end of DACA -- a program that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation.
 
The Department of Homeland Security will stop processing any new applications for the program as of Tuesday and rescinded the Obama administration policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 
Read More   
Dairy economist concerned about NAFTA impact on milk price

A University of Wisconsin dairy economist says milk prices are improving as expected, but changes in NAFTA might end that trend.  Dr. Bob Cropp says the Class Three milk is about $2.75 higher than it was a year ago.  Cropp tells Brownfield that is in part because production growth is slowing.  "The milk production increase over a year ago is slowing.  That's good news.  For three months in a row now, we've been running less than a 2% increase, and if you keep below 2%, you're going to have stronger prices depending upon sales and exports."

And, Cropp says those exports have been very good this year.  "We exported about, a little over 14% of our milk production.  Everything was up considerably and cheese exports up about 24%, butter exports up over 100% from a year ago, and strong exports of nonfat dry milk, skim milk powder, and whey products."
Cropp says that could all change if the U.S. fails to keep the NAFTA agreement.  "President Trump says maybe we have to get rid of NAFTA.  Well, if they do that, it would be quite a blow to the dairy industry.  It would be a loss of exports and would definitely lower our milk price."

Cropp expects the Class Three price to remain around the $16.50 per hundredweight range in the near future, and $17.00 by October.   
Saputo Acquiring Southeast Milk Extended Shelf-life Capabilities
By Mary Elen Shoup, Dairyreporter.com

Canadian dairy producer, Saputo, has entered an agreement to acquire the extended shelf-life dairy product capabilities of Southeast Milk Inc. of Florida in a deal worth US$47m (C$59m).    Read More
 
Hurricanes, floods, or fires

Natural disasters test the strength of dairy farmers and mankind.

I have been watching the news and it seems some kind of disaster has been affecting everyone across the U.S.

Our farm is about 30 miles west of Augusta, Ga., which is located 125 miles upriver from Savannah. We are preparing for heavy rains and some 60 mph winds. It is hilly here so flooding is not usually a problem.

If Hurricane Irma comes at us we know we will be checking fences, running generators, and hauling water to our heifer farm.  

'Peel Back the Label' campaign alerts grocery shoppers 

By Elaine Watson, Food Navigator 

"Rampant fear-based food marketing" - most notably from brands touting their non-GMO credentials - is damaging consumer trust and "jeopardizing the safe, sustainable farming practices that have enhanced farm productivity over the last 20 years" says the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) in a new marketing campaign that's been sharply criticized by leading dairy brands.  Read More   
Dairy Farmers in Florida Prepare for Hurricane Irma
From Florida Dairy Farmers

As Hurricane Irma makes its way toward Florida, dairy farmers across the state are preparing to make sure their animals and farms are safe and ready for what's to come.
  
Almost all are making sure their generators are up and running so that the milking parlors and essential functions of the operation can continue to operate if power is lost. No matter what the conditions, the cows need to be milked every single day without interruption.   Read more  

Georgia Grazing School - 2017

UGA Extension will host an Advanced Grazing School on Sept. 19 and 20 in Athens, GA. This two-day workshop will focus on low-cost fencing options, portable watering systems, soil health measures, nutrient cycling in pastures, and soil, root, and microbe interactions. 

Training will take place in both classroom and field settings. Multiple classroom lectures addressing soil health and grazing management will be combined with pasture exhibitions. Demonstrations of fencing and watering options will highlight valuable management practices for livestock producers.

Cost of the two day program is $150 for the first person from each farm ($75/person for each additional person from each farm/family) and includes lunches and breaks on each day, dinner on the first night, and a grazing school handbook. Participants are responsible for lodging.  Registration is limited to 75 participants and is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
To register
click here .  For agenda and additional information click here
Mark Your Calendars:
 
Sept. 12: District 3 Mtg., Barnstormers Grill, Williamson at 7 PM 
Sept. 14: District 10 Mtg., Cindy's Cafe on Cotton, Millen at Noon 
Sept. 14: District 8 Mtg., Burke Cty Extension Office, Waynesboro at 7 PM
Sept. 15: District 6 Mtg., McGill/Woodruff Ag Bldg., Washington at Noon
Sept. 18: Dist. 4 & 5 Mtg., Bonner's Restaurant, Buckhead at 7 PM
Sept. 19: District 2 Mtg., Glo-Crest Dairy, Clermont at Noon 
Sept. 19: District 1 Mtg., Western Sizzlin', Dalton at 7 PM
Sept. 25: District 9 Mtg, The Plaza Restaurant, Thomasville at Noon 
Sept. 25: District 7 Mtg., Oasis Coffee House, Montezuma at 7 PM
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 gdcjobs.com., Georgia Corrections Industries.

FOR HIRE: Dairy in Gay, GA, is seeking an experienced milker/farm hand. Dairy milks two times a day. Housing is provided.  For information contact Jeff Busciglio at 813-220-7072 or email at jsb280@yahoo.com

For Hire:  Dairy in Gay, GA, is seeking an experienced milker/farm hand. Dairy milks two times a day. Housing is provided.  For information contact Jeff Busciglio at 813-220-7072 or email at jsb280@yahoo.com

FOR SALE:  
TRIOLIET  SOLOMIX 2 1600 ZKT
  • TANDEM AXLE
  • DIGI STAR 3600V SCALE
  • RIGHT-LEFT-REAR DOORS
  • NEW HARD FACING ON AUGERS
  • NEW KNIVES
For information contact Jim Reid at 
229-924-2474 
or email at jim@reidbros.com

FOR SALE:  
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.

FOR SALE
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     
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