2020 | December 31 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
Happy New Year from Georgia Milk Producers!
As we approach a new year, the time has come to close the chapter of 2020. It was an eventful year with many challenges but also many blessings. I hope you take a moment to count those blessings and pray for all in the new year. Wishing you and your family health, happiness, and prosperity! Happy New Year!!
Farrah Newberry, Executive Director, GA Milk Producers
USDA, HHS release dietary guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025
From Feedstuffs

Nutrition in America took a major step forward today with the publication of Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. Jointly published by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services (HHS) every five years, the guidelines provide science-based recommendations designed to foster healthy dietary patterns for Americans of all ages – from birth through older adults. Importantly, this edition expands the guidance, for the first time including recommended healthy dietary patterns for infants and toddlers.

“At USDA and HHS, we work to serve the American people – to help every American thrive and live healthier lives through access to healthy foods and providing nutrition recommendations,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “With the release of the dietary guidelines, we have taken a very important step to provide nutrition guidance that can help all Americans lead healthier lives by making. Read more here>>>
New Dietary Guidelines Reaffirm Dairy’s Critical Role in a Healthy Diet
From: Taylor Leach, Dairy Herd Management

Every five years, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is reviewed to provide advice for consumers on what to eat and drink in order to meet their nutritional needs, promote a healthy lifestyle, and prevent certain diseases. On Dec. 29, 2020, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 edition was released and reaffirmed dairy’s critical role in a healthy diet.

The report, published by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS), was reviewed for nearly two years by a committee of science and nutrition experts. This year marked a historical event, as the 2020-2025 guidelines now include recommendations for children younger than two years of age for the first time.
According to the USDA and HHS, the newly reviewed recommendations mark dairy foods as an important part of a healthy diet for children from 6 months to 24 months of age. Additionally, from 12-23 months of age, the guidelines recommend “higher fat versions of dairy,” which includes consuming whole milk. Read more here>>>
2020-25 Dietary Guidelines for Americans status quo for dairy
By Progressive Dairy Editor Dave Natzke

The long-awaited 2020-25 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), released on Dec. 29, reaffirmed dairy’s critical role in delivering essential nutrients. However, many dairy organizations may be disappointed after a push for inclusion of higher-fat varieties of dairy products did not make the final version.

Jointly published by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) every five years, the guidelines provide recommendations designed to foster healthy dietary patterns for Americans of all ages. For the first time, the DGA includes recommended healthy dietary patterns for infants and toddlers. Beyond providing dietary recommendations, the document is also used as the basis for dairy options served as part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs and other federal feeding programs.

The 2020-25 DGA is available here. A 164-page PDF of the document is available here.

Throughout the process of writing the 2020-25 DGA, dairy organizations and lawmakers pushed for inclusion of higher-fat dairy options, contending scientific research showed favorable health outcomes related to consumption of milkfat, which is different from any other saturated fat. However, the 2020-25 DGA is largely status quo, recommending three servings per day of fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) pledged to continue efforts to broaden consideration of dairy fats in the next examination of the federal guidelines. Read more here>>>
By Katelyn Allen, Associate Editor

Though the new Animal Care Version 4.0 standards for the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program were just released for the beginning of the new year, some are already wondering what topics will be discussed for the next revision. During a recent FARM Quick Convos episode, Emily Yeiser Stepp, vice president of National Dairy FARM Program, described a few of the emerging issues they’re following.

Some of the topics stem out of questions from dairy customers — companies like Kroger, Taco Bell, and Dunkin’ Donuts. These represent just three of what FARM and Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) have identified as the top 25 “movers and shakers” in the dairy retail sector, Stepp explained. Nearly 80% of those brands formally recognize the FARM program and can turn to it or DMI when they have questions about the industry.
“They feel that they have a contact within the dairy industry that can provide insights, give them the full scope of the situation, and help them make the most beneficial decision for both their market and also their suppliers,” she described.

However, in presenting the emerging issues, Stepp recognized that, “This is not indicative of anything the FARM program is going to do, but the importance of having that customer outreach team on the DMI side is to understand where those pressure points are, where those questions are coming from [with] those dairy customers.” Read more here>>>
Mailbox Milk Prices Expected to Normalize in 2021 Following Year of Extreme Volatility
From DairyBusiness

The pandemic in 2020 caused unprecedented market volatility in dairy prices, leading to lower milk checks for dairy producers. However, the price spread is expected to realign in the first half of 2021, bringing normalcy to producer price differentials (PPDs) and mailbox milk prices, according to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange division.

Extreme volatility in cheese and milk prices resulted from supply chain disruptions, government purchasing, and changes in consumption habits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Record-high cheese prices lifted Class III milk prices disproportionately higher than Class IV milk prices, which were held in check by low butter and milk powder prices.

Because of higher Class III milk prices, cheese manufacturers were incentivized to depool milk from Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) marketing regions. The loss of higher-priced Class III milk from the pool resulted in negative PPDs for dairy farmers and lower mailbox milk prices.

“The coronavirus pandemic broke the relationship between monthly mailbox milk prices and monthly Class III milk prices,” said Tanner Ehmke, manager of CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange. “But the spread between Class III and IV milk prices is expected to realign in the first half of 2021, bringing normalcy back to PPDs and mailbox milk prices.”
Let's Meet Safe at the 2021 GDC

This week GMP met with staff at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott to ensure all safety measures are in place for our 2021 GDC next month! We are doing our part for a safe meeting. We need you to do your part too:
  1. Stay home if you are not feeling well
  2. Wear a mask (Savannah has a mask mandate)
  3. Use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently
  4. Wear your social distancing preference bracelet
  5. Bring a smile and willingness to learn

Covid-19 Measures at GA Dairy Conference:

For additional information on safety precaution please click here for our 
safety of our guests is our top priority: Click here for COVID-19 updates and what to expect at our hotel.
By Abby Bauer, Associate Editor, Hoard's Dairyman

More meals at home this year meant people relied heavily on grocery store purchases. Kroger Co., America’s largest grocery retailer with nearly 2,800 stores, released a list of their top 10 trending foods in 2020. The good news is that dairy-related products made the list several times.

These trending items resulted from in-store, pick up, delivery, and shipped sales in 2020. Based on year-over-year sales growth, zero-calorie soft drinks topped Kroger’s list.

Following in second place was an item from the dairy aisle: four-cheese Mexican blend shredded cheese. This trending item has been growing in popularity the last two decades. According to USDA data, varieties of cheese categorized as Hispanic have nearly quadrupled in consumption, from 0.25 pound per person in 1996 to 0.93 pound in 2019. Read more here>>>
January 2021 Class I base: $15.14 per cwt
The Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) Class I base price has a weak start to the new year.

At $15.14 per hundredweight (cwt), the January 2021 Class I price is down $4.73 from December 2020 and $3.87 less than January 2020. It’s the second-lowest January Class I base price in the past decade, just 2 cents higher than 2019.
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GA Dairy Classifieds

UPDATED 12/10/2020

Will Raise Heifers for GA Dairy Farms: Hello we are located in Southern Illinois and have an abundance of pasture and cheap feed available looking to contract with a dairy to grow heifers for them, out location offers mild climate and we are just 558 miles from Montezuma Ga. Please contact 817-528-6645 very reasonable daily rates.

For Sale - Productive 360 Cow Holstein Herd For Sale, Parlor/Freestall/AI Sired/Lots of Young Cows/2X 70# 4%F SCC-160K More information at www.kreegerdairy.com or call Chad at 517-294-3484

For Sale- DeLaval 84 Vacuum Pump on Stand, Oil Reclaimer, 10 HP- 3 Phase Electric Motor. New Bearings, New Oil Seal, New Belts. $2000
For more Information Call Tony Strickland , 229-254-6871; deepsouthai@gmail.com

For sale - Please contact John Felder for more information at 803-682-3425:
  • Dairy Tech Bay Pasturizer - $4,000
  • Tidenberg Hydraulic Hoof Table (like new) - $5,000
  • Mench Sand Trailor - $14,000
  • Hall Stall Sand Leveler (new) - $1,000
  • Claas Silage Choppers - 960 1875 cutterhead hours, 4WD, 600 orbis, HD300 PU - $190,000
  • Fans Cool Aire
  • 18 54" $225.00
  • 20 48" $125.00
  • 20 35" 100.00
WANTED: Peter's Cattle Co. will buy any dairy, beef, and cross, bottle or weaned, bulls, heifers or free martins. Pick up weekly 7 days a week. Chris- 470-255-8515
Bull Calves WANTED:  Competitive pricing with 6 day a week pickup. Brandon Mason Cattle Company 912-632-4490

FOR SALE :  We have a continuous selection of fresh and springing heifers.   Call William at   (706) 768-2857  or visit our website at   crumpdairyreplacements.org  
Farmer to Farmer Support Program Available for SE dairy farmers
Farmers across the Southeast are experiencing uncertain times like never before. All aspects of agriculture have been hit by market losses due to COVID-19, but dairy has reached a level of uncertainty that many have never experienced.

As we navigate through these next few months, dairy producers across the Southeast have come together to introduce the "Farmer to Farmer Support Program." If you find that you need support or would like to talk to a fellow farmer or industry friend, they have several volunteers that are willing and able to help. Georgia Milk Producers has also put together a packet on the program that you can access by clicking here. 

For more information on the program, please reach out to Farrah Newberry at gamilkproducers@gmail.com