Hillcrest Farms, Dearing
We are just a couple of weeks away!! Here are a few updates:

Continuing Education Credit Hours:
Certified Waste Operator CE HoursCertified waste operators can receive one (1) certified waste operator continuing education credit hour during the Georgia Dairy Conference.  To obtain your attendance certificate, you must  attend Dr. Rebecca Larson's presentation, titled Manure Irrigation: Controlling Odor On-Farm on Tuesday, January 22 at 3:45 p.m.

Veterinary Continuing Education Credit Hours Veterinarians attending the 2018 Georgia Dairy Conference can earn up to six (6)  continuing education credit hours.  Registration and certificate of proof  can be found at the GDC registration table

ARPAS Continuing Education Credit HoursProfessional Animal Scientists can receive eight (8) continuing education units during the educational program at the Georgia Dairy Conference.  To receive credit, ARPAS members will need to request credit using the ARPAS website at: www.arpas.org

Dairy Spouses Event:
Each year Georgia Milk Producers provides the opportunity for spouses attending the Georgia Dairy Conference to fellowship with other dairy wives. Held on the Tuesday of the conference, this event is a great opportunity for spouses to meet one another and share their dairy experiences while enjoying a relaxing day.  
This year, our spouses will participate in a trolley tour of Savannah and will enjoy a ice cream social featuring a special treat from Savannah's historic Leopold's Ice Cream.,  Please let us know if you plan to participate at the registration table or by email at gadairyconference@gmail.com!


Is the U.S. dairy industry declining? Dairy farmers, especially those with small, organic farms, have been grappling with low prices from  tightened trade and decreasing domestic demand for dairy milk. The U.S. should expect its lowest year-on-year growth since 2013, according to Dairy Quarterly Q4 2018, a Rabobank report.

The 2018 farm bill, recently  signed by President Trump , expands some subsidies for larger dairy farmers and offers lower premiums to participate in a federal program that provides compensation when milk prices drop below a certain level.

China is expected to increase dairy imports by double digits in 2019, according to the Rabobank report. But will it be enough to sustain the U.S. dairy industry?

Tom Gallagher, CEO of  Dairy Management, Inc. is hopeful.    Read more 
From Progressive Dairyman

Dairy-related programs suspended during government shutdown
Several USDA programs impacting dairy farmers continue to be curtailed or suspended during the ongoing government shutdown as USDA employees are furloughed. President Donald Trump had invited congressional leaders for a meeting on Jan. 2, and the 116th Congress was scheduled to convene on Jan. 3.

Nearly two weeks into the shutdown, daily sales of Dairy Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP) policies remain suspended, and the LGM-Dairy policy sales period, scheduled for Dec. 28-29, was cancelled.

Scheduled USDA National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) and Economic Research Service (ERS) reports have not been issued. Those include the monthly Ag Prices report, which is used to calculate Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) indemnity payments for November. It appeared unlikely November prices would generate any MPP-Dairy indemnity payments.

Some farm payments, including Market Facilitation Program payments and other disaster assistance, were expected to continue through the first week of the shutdown (ending Dec. 28, 2018), but unlikely to continue until the shutdown is ended. USDA Farm Service Agency employees remain furloughed.    Read more
By Jeremy Kichler, University of Georgia Extension

Every year county agents get questions from producers concerning if they should burn their Bermuda grass hayfields. There are several benefits to burning your hayfield. Burning can help producers manage thatch in their stands. If the thatch layer becomes too thick over time then this can create several issues. For example, this past year in my area, leaf spot diseases were severe in numerous hayfields. Thatch can tie up nutrients, and be a "spore reservoir" for leaf spot diseases. Thick thatch layers can also hinder or delay green up, reduce water infiltration into the soil, and make establishment of winter annuals a challenge. Other benefits of burning include maybe a cleaner first cutting of hay and managing spittlebugs.  Read more
Rabobank has published its Dairy Q4 Quarterly report, which states the US saw just 1% growth in milk production in 2018, the lowest year-on-year (YOY) growth since 2013. Milk production was also down in the EU and Australia last year, but rose in New Zealand, South America and China.    Read more   
Livestock Haulers Freed From ELD Requirements

The U.S. Department of Transportation officially suspended the requirement that livestock haulers use electronic logging devices (ELDs) in their trucks.

Back in 2012, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act mandated that drivers of commercial motor vehicles replace their paper logs with ELDs by Dec. 18, 2017.

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) requested a waiver from the requirement on behalf of all the U.S. livestock sectors. The NPPC also asked for an exemption from the regulation, citing the incompatibility between transporting livestock and the Department of Transportation's hours of service rules. Those regulations limit truckers to driving 11 hours daily, after 10 consecutive hours off duty and restrict their on-duty time to 14 consecutive hours, which includes non-driving time. NPPC was granted the waiver but a permanent fix was yet to be determined. The NPPC applauds the Trump Administration and its commitment to U.S. agriculture, marking this as a huge win for both U.S. livestock producers and haulers.   
Georgia's Grocery Market Is 'Extremely Competitive'
As Georgia's economy has improved over the past few years, competition in the grocery industry has grown.

Kathy Kuzava, president of the Georgia Food Industry Association (GFIA), said for the fifth year in a row Georgia has been named "No. 1 State for Business" by Site Selection, a leading economic development publication.

"As long as our state's population continues to grow, retailers will continue to expand in our great state," she said.

Georgia's economy ranked as the ninth best among the states in 2018, according to Washington, D.C.-based WalletHub. Read more
Carl's Jr launches vegan Beyond Meat burgers
From Reuters

Plant-based meat company Beyond Meat said on Wednesday burger chain Carl's Jr would add the firm's vegan imitation meat to its menu, the latest big-name restaurant chain to tweak its offerings to attract vegans and vegetarians.

Los Angeles-based Beyond Meat, which counts actor Leonardo Di Caprio and Microsoft Corp founder Bill Gates as investors, sells plant-based burger patties and sausages, heat-and-eat meals and non-GMO foods at grocery chains such as Amazon.com Inc's Whole Foods Market and Kroger Co.

Carl's Jr said it would sell a meatless version of its Famous Star burger for $6.29 at most of its restaurants. Customers can also order Beyond Burger patties on any Carl's sandwich for an additional $2.   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 Women's Health Magazine

On people who say dairy is bad for you...
Christie is definitely not one of those people. She noted that she's a lacto-vegetarian (which means that she consumes some milk products). "I have tried not to eat as many dairy products but hey, there's mozzarella, and pizza, and insalata caprese, and life is short. That's my weakness, what can I say?"   Read more
We will close the conference out strong with
speaker Calvin Covington!!  #2019GDC  

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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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