UGA Extension Offering Fall Mastitis Workshops This Month

11:00 am             Introduction
11:15 am             Best Milking Practices and the NMC 10-point Mastitis Plan,  Dr. Valerie Ryman, Extension 
                           Dairy Specialist, ADS-Athens, UGA
12:00 pm             Lunch
12:30 pm             The Right Drugs for the Mastitis Bugs,  Dr. Emmanuel Rollin, Clinical Assistant Professor, 
                           CVM-Athens, UGA
1:15 pm               How Diet Affects Milk Components and Quality, D r. John Bernard, Professor, ADS-Tifton, 
2:00 pm               Questions and answers
Door prizes will be awarded and lunch will be provided.  Special thanks to Georgia Milk Producers, AgSouth Farm Credit and Coweta Co. Farm Bureau for sponsoring the meetings. Please register with the Extension office by noon the  day before the meeting to reserve your meal, the numbers for county offices are:
     Macon Co.: 478-472-7588         Coweta Co.: 770-254-2620           Pierce Co.: 912-449-2034
Agribusiness  Council Announces New President

G AC is pleased to announce that Mr. Will Bentley has agreed to become the President of the Georgia 
Agribusiness Council effective November 1. Will has both extensive Association Management experience serving as the Executive Vice President of the 5,500-member GeorgiaCattlemen's Association and the GeorgiaBeef Board. In these roles, he has been extremely active in local, state and federal policy formulation and advocacy, and has direct lobbying experience in our Capital. He is well known in Georgiaby our Elected officials and within the Agribusiness community.

Bentley is originally from Thomaston, GA., where he and his family own and operate Bentley Farms. He is a Shorter College graduate with a major in business marketing and a minor in communications. Will serves on the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Advisory Council. He is also a member of the UGA AgriAbility Board, the Macon Civic Club, the Advancing Georgia's Leaders in Agriculture Board, and is a member of Leadership Georgia class of 2017.

Upon accepting the position Bentley stated, "I am extremely excited to be joining the GeorgiaAgribusinessCouncil and would like to thank the Executive Committee for trusting me with this opportunity. GAC has been a leading voice for agriculture and agribusiness in the state of Georgia and I know that we will be able to continue to grow from those successes."

Will is married to Ember Bishop Bentley and the couple lives in Macon, GA with their dog, Gordon. The Benley's attend Vineville United Methodist Church.
Consolidation of Dairy Industry Is Changing Market Dynamics
Consolidation of farms and more cows per farm in the United States has been going on for decades. But the trend toward fewer, bigger farms is now fundamentally changing market dynamics.
"The new reality is a milk supply that is less responsive to short-term price shocks since that supply is coming mostly from large operations that can withstand lower prices," says Ben Laine, senior dairy economist with CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division.
"Smaller dairy operations are finding it nearly impossible to compete in the commodity milk market against their larger counterparts, so they are forced to either leave the business or find a higher value niche market," he says.
Laine says the consolidation effect is self-perpetuating. Larger dairies are best positioned to keep producing milk during price downturns, which in turn keeps prices low and pressures higher-cost, smaller dairies.
Because the industry doesn't contract milk supply by milking fewer cows, the industry then becomes more demand dependent. And that's exactly what is happening in the current price cycle. Milk prices were poised to increase in the second half of 2018, but retaliatory tariffs from Mexico and China squelched demand for U.S. dairy products.   Read mor e                                                             
EPA finalizes changes to EPCRA emissions reporting

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting administrator Andrew Wheeler was joined by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R., Kan.) and stakeholders from agriculture and emergency management to sign a proposed deregulatory rule Tuesday to solidify the elimination of a needless reporting requirement for animal operators.

The Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act fixed a problem created in April 2017 when a U.S. court of appeals rejected a 2008 EPA rule that exempted farmers from reporting routine farm emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA). Commonly known as the "Superfund law," CERCLA is used primarily to clean hazardous waste sites but also includes a mandatory federal reporting component.

The appeals court ruling would have forced tens of thousands of livestock farmers to "guesstimate" the emissions from manure on their farms and report that to the U.S. Coast Guard's National Response Center, leaving them subjected to citizen lawsuits from activist groups.

EPA's latest proposed rule would exempt farmers from reporting to state and local first responders under the federal Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) - an adjunct to CERCLA - that they have "hazardous" emissions on their farms.

The FARM Act, passed on March 23, 2018, exempted farms from the requirement to submit emergency release reports to the Coast Guard's National Response Center for air releases from manure under the CERCLA.
Reimaging Dairy Foods: Designing New Formats to Play in New Spaces
If your innovation efforts currently do not include exploring dairy-based foods outside traditional dairy spaces, it's time to get out of your comfort zone and get creative. This may require the use of dairy ingredients, everything from simple nonfat dry milk to whey protein crunchies, or just making fluid milk work harder for you.

For example, let me introduce you to Numa Milk Chews, which are milk-based chewy snacks infused with nuts and dried fruit. They are inspired by Taiwanese nougat, an extremely popular Asian treat, which until now has only been available in the U.S. as an imported product. 

The name Numa comes from the Chinese characters for daughter (nu) and mother (ma), and that's who developed this new shelf-stable dairy snack: Joyce (the nu) and Jane (the ma). The all-natural chews are described as tasting like candy but performing like a bar.
  Read more  
By Caitlin Rodgers, Georgia dairy farmer

Through all the construction taking place at the farm, we still found a little time to be festive.

We were hard at work this Halloween. Things are looking a lot different around the farm. We have moved a lot of dirt around the outside of the freestall barn and started pouring some concrete to get ready to add the buildings for the robots.

We still made time to be festive though. We put up our usual Halloween and fall decorations. We have two 55-gallon drums going down the driveway with some spooky Halloween art painted on them. They even light up at night like huge jack-o'-lanterns.

All of our family has definitely been spending more time on the farm trying to prepare for what is coming. I didn't realize how much work was actually involved. I knew there would be a lot of decisions to make, like where to place the robots, cow brushes, new office, and so on. But little did I realize how much more was to be decided. What type and placement of flooring, interior walls, exterior walls, windows, doors, gutters, steps, and lighting . . . those are just a few of the things we have to decide. There is so much to all of this, but it is definitely exciting.   Read more

New research from the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) - coined Dairy Case Dynamics - unveils how the dairy case is one of the most profitable sections of the store, yet, there's often additional/extra unrealized potential hiding within. This article outlines how to leverage the full profit potential of milk, and shares case studies to show how optimizing the dairy case can improve milk sales, total store profit and customer experience.

MilkPEP leveraged national IRI data and top retail industry experts at Prime Consulting and Willard Bishop to uncover the key opportunities for milk at retail. The research found:
  • Milk remains a key trip driver - 95 percent of households buy milk annually, averaging 30 times per year; more than other top categories.[i]
  • Milk is also a key profit driver - Dairy is 20 percent of store profit from only 3% of store space. And, milk ranks No. 2 in true profit out of 227 total store categories.[ii]
  • Baskets with milk are larger and more profitable - On average, a large basket with milk is $7+ more profitable than one without.[iii]
  • Half of the milk category is currently growing - Growth segments include flavored milk, lactose free, value added and whole milk.[iv]
The research also informed two key steps for brands and retailers to tap the hidden potential of the dairy case and help increase sales and drive profitability: fixing the fundamentals and aligning milk more closely to today's consumer demands.   Read more  
EPA Looks to Clarify Livestock Farm Air Emission Reporting Exemption
By Wyatt Bechtel, Dairy Herd Management

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule that would amend emergency release notification regulations, making it clear that air emissions reporting for animal waste is not required for livestock operations.

EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler  signed the provision on Oct. 30 amending the emergency release notification regulations under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). If finalized, the proposed rule would give livestock producers more certainty regarding EPCRA regulations. The proposal would also help shift the focus of emergency response officials to focus on readiness and emergencies, instead of animal waste.

"This proposed rule is intended to make it clear to the regulated community that animal waste emissions from farms do not need to be reported under EPCRA," Wheeler says. "This action provides much-needed certainty and clarity to America's farmers and ranchers. It also ensures our emergency response officials are focusing their time and resources on hazardous waste emergencies and not routine animal waste."

Prior to this proposed amendment, a D.C. Circuit court vacated EPA's 2008 regulatory exemption for livestock reporting under EPCRA in May 2017. Guidance was later issued by the Trump administration stating reporting still does not need to occur from livestock producers based on EPA's interpretation of EPCRA.   Read more
Wisconsin's failing dairy industry means farmers may play vital role in midterms
From ABC News

Wisconsin is known for its idyllic rolling hills and bucolic countryside. The very picture of America's heartland, it's home to most of the dairy farms in the country.
But underneath the surface, historically low milk prices, coupled with a milk surplus, have Wisconsin dairy farmers teetering on the edge, threatening families with bankruptcy and forcing them to give up farms they have run for generations.

Sarah Lloyd, a dairy farmer from Wisconsin Dells, said the western part of the state is leading the nation in claims of agricultural bankruptcy, also known as chapter 13.
"It feels pretty hopeless right now," Lloyd said.

And  President Trump's  trade war and tariffs this summer may have inadvertently made a bad situation worse, with dairy farmers feeling the negative repercussions of Trump's so-called "America First" policies.    
You don't eat the way your parents did. You can probably see that by just glancing at a cookbook from the 1960s or '70s. (So much Jell-O. So much canned food.) But you can quantify those differences more precisely using data from the USDA. Below, in one giant chart, we have compiled how Americans' eating patterns have changed over a generation.

The data shows the change in per capita availability since 1972 of a wide variety of foods that the USDA tracks. (The farthest back that many foods go is 1970, though some go farther; we made it around 40 years, though for select groups indicated on the chart, the data doesn't quite cover that whole period.) This available data doesn't show exact consumption levels - rather, it shows the total supply divided by the number of Americans. However, it does give a good sense of how Americans' eating patterns are changing over time.   Read more
Authentic Kobe beef, among the most sought-after in the world, is low in supply and high in demand. To be classified as Kobe, it needs to come from the Tajima-gyu strain of the Japanese Black breed of Wagyu cattle, which must be born, raised and processed in Japan's Hyogo prefecture (whose capital city is Kobe) in accordance with strict regulations regarding the animal's diet and lifestyle, as well as the quality, weight and marbling of the meat.

Wagyu, the greater category to which Kobe belongs, simply refers to four major breeds of Japanese cattle. It's a legitimate type of beef sold in the United States-unlike Kobe, a term that is unregulated here. While you've probably seen Kobe on menus, it is generally a marketing-driven misnomer.

Enter Georgia chef and restaurateur Linton Hopkins, whose portfolio of Atlanta restaurants includes C. Ellet's steak house and Restaurant Eugene, which holds a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. After recently discerning Athens, Ga., to be on the same latitudinal axis as Hyogo, with a similar warm, muggy climate, he began to wonder: Might Athens be sitting on Kobe-grade beef terroir?   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, 
 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     
Upcoming Events:

Nov. 13-14 - GA Ag Labor Forum, Tifton  - click here for information

December 2-4 - Georgia Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Jekyll Island
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