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Morgan Co Extension Offering Fall Mastitis Reproductive Workshop on Thursday

The Morgan County Extension office will host a reproductive techniques workshop titled  "
Dairy and Beef Synchronization Protocols" on Thursday, November 15, 2018.  

The workshop will be held at their office located at 440 Hancock Street, Madison, GA 30650 and will last from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  

To view the meeting flyer, please click here.  Lunch will be provide; please call their office to reserve your meal at 706-342-2214.
Promote Calf Starter Intake
From Dairy Herd Management

This Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (DCHA) Tip of the Week comes from a recent mini-seminar that featured DCHA senior advisor, John K. Bernard. During the discussion, Bernard, a professor in dairy nutrition at the University of Georgia, shared some insights on calf starter intake and growth standards for calves.

Holstein calf growth standards, according to DCHA  Gold Standards I, indicate that newborn calves should double their birth weight by 60 days of age. The target growth rate standards for Holstein calves are:
  • 24 hours to 60 days of age: double birth weight
  • 61 to 120 days of age: 2.2 lbs. average daily gain
  • 121 to 180 days of age: 2.0 lbs. average daily gain
According to Bernard, in order to meet these growth goals, calf starter is required to supplement the energy and protein provided by milk replacer. Rumen development is dependent on calf starter consumption.
Where is Class I Milk Crashing?
By John Geuss, MilkPrice Blog

In the prior post, the decline in Class I milk was examined for the U.S. in total.  That post has raised questions as to where the impact is greatest.   This post will examine the decline in each of the ten Federal Milk Marking Orders (FMMOs).  In summary, all FMMOs are seeing a decline in the amount of Class I milk.  Some are seeing steady declines while other are seeing accelerating declines. 

The charts below will examine the FMMOs with the fastest accelerating declines compared to those with a slower decline.   The amount of Class I milk in each FMMO is always based on the amount processed.  It may not be representative of consumption in that area.  Because Class I milk cannot be de-pooled, the numbers represent an accurate portrayal of the declines.  In all graphs the same mathematical trend-line has been applied.   Read more  

Fluid milk is beyond the crisis point

"Milk prices are top of mind for dairy producers," said Marilyn Hershey, a Pennsylvania dairy woman who is chair of the Dairy Management Inc. board of directors. "In the same breath, dairy farmers want to see innovation," she stated at the annual gathering of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board and the United Dairy Industry Association held on October 31, 2018, in Phoenix, Ariz.

"We are way past the crisis point on fluid milk," said Tom Gallagher, CEO of the National Dairy Board and United Dairy Industry Association. "We don't need any more studies, we need action."

In making that statement, Gallagher pointed to the tailspin in fluid milk consumption in three groups:
* Kids ages 1 to 12: Consumed 38 gallons annually in 2003, dropped to 26 gallons in 2018.
* Teens ages 13 to 17: Consumed 26 gallons annually in 2003, dropped to 20 gallons in 2018.
* Adults age 18-plus: Consumed 11 gallons annually in 2003, dropped to 7 gallons in 2018.
Success story offers hope

"Innovation matters - fairlife has, by itself, outsold the entire growth in the collective plant-based beverage category last year," said Mike McCloskey, co-founder of fairlife. "We need to take back our dairy markets," he urged fellow dairy farmers.   Read more 
November 2018 Dixie Dairy Report

This issue contains information on dairy product prices/sales, class I usage in southeastern federal orders, milk production, and blend prices.  

The humble pint of milk could soon be given a makeover with colour-changing labels to indicate if your fridge is too warm.

The innovative labels use "thermochromic inks", which change colour above or below a certain temperature threshold. On milk, the labels would indicate when our fridges are above 5°C, which causes the dairy drink to spoil prematurely.  

Reducing the temperature of our fridges to below 5°C could stop more than 50,000 tonnes of milk waste every year and save shoppers £25 million, according to estimates from environmental charity  Wrap  Read more 
Survey Shows Consumers Misled by Plant-Based Beverage Marketers
By Jim Dickrell, Progressive Dairyman

In a survey done by IPSOS and commissioned by Dairy Management, Inc., 73% of consumers queried believe almond milk has as much or more protein per serving than milk from cows. It doesn't. In fact, dairy milk has eight times more protein. 

Another 53% believe plant-based beverage marketers label their products as 'milk' because it has similar nutritional value.
And the misinformation was even more common among those consumers who only bought plant-based beverages. Of those, 68% strongly or somewhat agreed that plant-based 'milk' beverages have the same nutrition as dairy milk.     Read more   

Peterson acknowledged that the four lead farm bill negotiators had several issues yet to resolve, including House GOP demands for tougher food stamp work rules. But Peterson suggested House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, has little incentive to block a deal in the upcoming lame-duck session after Democrats won control of the House on Tuesday, assuring that the committee gavel will pass to Peterson in 2019.

If the bill isn't enacted by the end of the year, Congress will be forced to pass an extension of the 2014 farm bill, handling the writing of a new farm bill to a Democratic House that would be more likely to adopt amendments tightening payment limits or eligibility rules for commodity programs and crop insurance. 

"I think we're relatively close. I think we can work this out and get this done before this Congress adjourns," Peterson said Wednesday of the negotiations.    Read more  
As the U.S. dairy sector completes the fourth consecutive year of low or negative farm income, dairy farm numbers are witness to the dire effects of the harsh economic conditions. In early October, the number of licensed dairies in Wisconsin stood at 8,304, or 634 dairies less than at the same time last year. The 7 percent exit rate is the highest observed since 2001. In Minnesota, the exit rate is even higher, at 7.8 percent versus a year ago.
What does the future hold?

Let's discuss five factors that will drive the consolidation rates in the next three years.  Read more   
The objective of farming has remained nearly unchanged for generations - grow quality produce and find ways to increase yield. The means of achieving these longstanding goals remains in a constant state of evolution and innovation.

Improving soil fertility is one area of research that has progressed over the past decade as more and more studies fine-tune the process. But what if progress means taking a step back?

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison asked just that. A recently released study reviewed how fertilizing with manure, versus modern inorganic fertilizer, positively affects soil quality and yield.

Professors Ekrem Ozlu and Sandeep Kumar, along with their research team, conducted a study in two fields in South Dakota between 2003 and 2015. The research centered on the long-term annual application of manure and found that manure maintained the soil pH far better than modern inorganic fertilizers.    Read more

Dean Foods posted a loss of 28 cents per share, or $26.4m in its third quarter. It also closed and consolidated seven manufacturing facilities within six weeks, racking up 'significant transitory costs' that are expected to continue.  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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