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Don't Forget!! Book Your Room for the GA Dairy Conference by Sunday, Dec 30th!!

The Savannah Riverfront Marriott is offering room rates for those attending the Georgia Dairy Conference from Saturday, January 19, until Thursday, January 24, at $130.00/room for single and double occupancy rooms. There will be a $7  parking fee per day for our group at the hotel.
Individuals are requested to call the hotel at 912-233-7722 or 800-285-0398 for reservations or follow a link on our conference website at http://www.gadairyconference.com/accomodations. Please mention that you are with the"2019 Georgia Dairy Conference" when making your reservation to ensure that you receive the discounted room rate.
PLEASE NOTE: Any reservation received after the cut-off date will be accepted on a space and rate-available basis. Availability and pricing cannot be guaranteed after the cut-off date.
GEORGIA DAIRY PRODUCERS: Georgia Milk Producers will deduct $100/night for two nights from each Georgia dairy farm's hotel bill at checkout. It's our way to show our appreciation for your support and to encourage you to attend your annual dairy conference! Registration for the conference is also free for Georgia dairy producers. Please register online at www.gadairyconference.com or call our office at 706-310-0020.
Farm bill to help Central Georgia dairy farms
Farm bill to help Central 
Georgia dairy farms
From WMAZ Channel 13 Macon

Farmers from a variety of commodities across the nation can celebrate thanks to the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, but there may not be an industry that needed more help than dairy.

The bill was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 21 and means big support for dairy farms, especially small ones.

For the small dairy farms, those milking less than 200 cows, it's going to be pretty beneficial," said Benjamin Newberry of the Donacin Dairy Farm.

Newberry said the dairy industry has experienced a lot of loss over the past few years. It's resulted in dairy farms closing, because they could not keep up with lost profit.    Read more 
By Joshua Silavent, Gainesville Times

The closing of a Mayfield Dairy plant in Braselton this fall appears to have prompted a run of late deliveries and shortages of milk to schools in the Hall County School District, according to officials.
On Monday, Dec. 10, the Board of Education voted to end its contract with Mayfield effective Dec. 27. 

The board also approved an approximately $500,000 contract with Borden Dairy, effective Jan. 2, 2019, to fulfill this need going forward. 

Cheryl Jones, director of nutrition for Hall Schools, said Mayfield's service had become "lousy" since September and was not meeting its delivery and quantity schedule.    Read more
2019 Outlook: Lawmakers Gird For Broadband Infrastructure Fight 

Lawmakers head into 2019 intent on bringing high-speed internet to underserved communities across the country, an issue that may see bipartisan action in a divided 116th Congress.

Democrats and Republicans alike want to close the digital divide between rural and urban America. A federal broadband plan would create opportunities for wireless carriers such as AT&T In c., cable providers such as Comcast Corp., cell tower companies, and others to expand into new areas.

"Any infrastructure package in the next Congress should include an expansion of broadband," House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in an emailed statement. Hoyer said he and his fellow Democrats are committed to working with Republicans on the issue.

Still, lawmakers may find it tough to agree on how to pay for infrastructure legislation, lawmakers and telecom analysts told Bloomberg Law.   Read more 
From USA Today

The partial government shutdown that began last week appears all but certain to continue into the new year.

Officially, both the House and the Senate each are scheduled to reconvene Monday, New Year's Eve. 
But those are expected to be little more than pro forma sessions based on the sharply articulated positions both sides have taken on funding of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border: President Donald Trump and most congressional Republicans demand the funding as part of a government spending bill, while most congressional Democrats oppose it.

The House and Senate returned to work Thursday for the first time since Saturday but quickly adjourned after scheduling no votes, signaling once again that little, if any, progress has been made toward resolving the budget impasse that has shut down a quarter of the federal government. Read more
The U.S. government's payments to farmers as part of trade aid relief will temporarily stop next week if the federal shutdown continues, according to the Department of Agriculture.

The federal government went into its third day of a  partial shutdownMonday during a congressional impasse over approving $5 billion in funding for Trump's proposed southern border wall. The stalemate impacts thousands of federal workers.

The so-called market facilitation program payments are part of a larger  $12 billion emergency aid package the Trump administration announced in July to help farmers affected by retaliatory trade tariffs from China and others. The direct payments are designed to provide compensation to producers of soybeans, corn, cotton, almonds, dairy, hogs, sorghum and wheat.   Read more   
Farm Bill Dairy Program Could Put Mid-sized Dairies At Risk
The new farm bill does a wonderful job of protecting smaller dairy farms, those with less than 200 cows. But that also means milk prices might not recover much in the year ahead, especially if the trade war with China and Mexico drags on.
And that could put pressure on mid-sized dairies, those with 500 to 3,000 cows, says Marin Bozic, a dairy economist with the University of Minnesota and associate director of the Midwest Dairy Food Research Center. He spoke this afternoon on a webinar hosted by I-29 Moo University.
Mid-sized dairies are not large enough to fully capture economies of scale that larger dairies enjoy, are more dependent on hired labor and their production history coverage under the new farm bill is a small fraction of the milk they actually produce, he says. "Mid-sized dairies could be the ones who equilibrate the market," he says.
Dairy farmers in this position should begin to immediately look at risk management options for 2019 and 2020. That could take the form of Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) insurance, Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy (LGM-Dairy) insurance or other risk management tools available through the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. (Note: Dairy farmers can take both Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) offered through the farm bill and DRP or DMC and LGM-Dairy.) .   Read more

2018 Farm Bill and Dairy Margin Coverage webinar
2018 Farm Bill and Dairy Margin Coverage webinar

A recording of the webinar from Dr. Bozic and the 
I-29 Moo University is now available to watch online.  

To view, visit: 
Nine Steps to Better Margins in 2019
By Mike Opperman, Dairy Herd Management

Looking ahead to 2019, there aren't any indications the dairy economy will be markedly better than 2018. That means margins will be tight once again. However, there are ways to max-imize revenue and minimize expenses without impacting production, resulting in better margins and stable cash flow. Here are a few steps toward making margins all they can be.

The first, and probably most important, step is knowing your income over feed cost (IOFC) and cost of production (COP). "Producers can go a long way toward managing margins if they understand their cost of production," says Steve Bodart, senior dairy consultant with Compeer Financial. "And they need to know their income over feed costs so they can protect the feed side and revenue side of the margin equation."  Read more

Georgia Correctional Industries has a position to fill in the Reidsville Georgia area for a: 
Dairy Manager - Milking
Plant Operator 4- Milk Processing
Plant Operator 3- Milk Processing
Farm and Livestock Specialist 2 -Milking

Applicants should be comfortable with computers and software and have good communication and organizational skills.  Applicants should also have two years experience in dairy processing and excellent knowledge of all Department of Agriculture guidelines pertaining to milk processing.  If interested send a resume to Nicole Gaulthney at:  ngaultney@gci-ga.com    
From Carrie Dennett  , The Seattle Times

Three years ago, I wrote about antibiotic use in raising livestock, which was a problem - and still is, although much progress has been made. But when someone recently said to me, "I switched to almond milk because I heard that dairy milk contains antibiotics," I realized there's still some myth-busting to do.

It would indeed be bad if we were getting antibiotics in our milk - but we're not. Tens of thousands of retail samples of pasteurized milk, cream, yogurt and sour cream are tested annually. Since 2010, none have tested positive for antibiotic residues (traces of leftover antibiotics), because there are multiple layers of safeguards to make sure that doesn't happen. On dairy farms, if a sick cow must receive antibiotics, that cow's milk will be dumped until the antibiotics have cleared her system. In organic dairy production, the rules are even stricter - if a cow needs antibiotics, her milk can't be sold as organic, even once she's in the clear. When a milk truck comes to pick up a dairy's milk, the driver takes a sample of the milk. Once the driver arrives at the milk plant, another sample is taken and tested. Any batch of milk - no matter how large - that tests positive for traces of antibiotics at any point is thrown out.

What about meat and poultry? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), strict rules mandate that no antibiotics be in an animal's system when it is slaughtered. This further ensures there are no antibiotic residues in the meat or poultry you eat in a restaurant or buy at the grocery store.   Read more
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GA Dairy Classifieds

Young Stock Supervisor wanted - 
Hart Agriculture Waynesboro GA
Grazing 500-1000 animals, 
Must be familiar with rotational grazing and breeding
Please contact Maggie 352-507-2042 or  maggie@hartagriculture.com
Dairy Manager wanted - 
Hart Agriculture Waynesboro GA
300-700 milking cows, 
60 bale rotary, New Zealand style grazing system
Please contact Maggie 352-507-2042 or  maggie@hartagriculture.com

Heifers for Sale (SC): 
18 Bred Registered Holstein Heifers. Big heifers 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  Vaccinated. Contact: Debbie Glenn at  864-376-8582.

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: 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:

Jan. 22 - Feb. 1 GA Ag Forecast Series, click here for more information

Feb. 6 - GA Agribusiness Council's Legislative Breakfast, click here for more information
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