2021 | June 11 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
Attention GA Dairy Farm Families:
ACCM Meeting Scheduled for June 17

The Georgia Milk Commission (ACCM) will meet on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at the Macon Farmers Market starting at 9:30 a.m. The purpose of this meeting will be to select funding projects and define our operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year. This meeting is open to all Georgia dairy farmers. If you would like to attend or have questions regarding this meeting, please contact Farrah Newberry by noon on Wednesday, June 16 via email at gamilkproducers@gmail.com or text at 706-207-0168
SMILE Conference Hosted by Southeast MIlk, Inc. This Week in Savannah

Georgia Milk Producers sponsored and attended the Southeast Milk, Inc. Leadership Experience Conference (SMILE) this week in Savannah. The focus of this annual event is to build young farmers into agribusiness and leaders through personal and professional development. Congratulations on a success and well received event!!
Hart Dairy Taps Dairy Industry Veterans Olga Longan and George Konovalov to Executive Team
From Perishablenews.com

WAYNESBORO, Ga.—Hart Dairy, the ethically driven, largest single-source producer of 365 day grass-fed and pasture-raised milk in North America, announces two new members of the Hart Dairy executive team with the addition of Olga Longan as the chief finance officer and George Konovalov as the vice president of sales. Longan and Konovalov bring a collective 65 years of dairy industry experience to the Hart Dairy team to cultivate the dairy’s continued growth through its humane treatment of animals, better nutrition and regenerative farming practices.

Longan has served as chief financial officer for nearly 20 years at various companies and has a track record in implementing dramatic improvements in efficiency,

productivity and business processes. Konovalov has helped nurture and develop U.S. brands throughout his career and his expertise in sales and business strategy proved to be successful in his previous positions in various senior executive leadership roles.
“As Hart Dairy continues to grow and make waves in the U.S. dairy landscape, we are thrilled to attract the industry’s most seasoned talent and welcome both Olga and George to the Hart Dairy team,” said Tim Connell, chief executive officer for Hart Dairy. “With their vast knowledge and experience in the industry, Hart Dairy is well-positioned for extraordinary growth during the next calendar year. Now, with an exceptional lineup in our management team, I am truly excited about our future.” Read more here>>>
UGA Animal and Dairy Science Update
Summer 2021

In this report:
  • Associate Professor Franklin D. West.
  • From the Department Head
  • Associate Professor Jennifer Tucker
  • Associate Research Scientist Shogo Tsuruta
  • Associate Professor Luke Mortensen
  • Student Spotlights 

Water Rule Reversal a Blow to Agriculture
American Farm Bureau Federation

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of its intention to reverse the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.

“The American Farm Bureau Federation is extremely disappointed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of its intention to reverse the environmentally conscious Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which finally brought clarity and certainty to clean water efforts. Farmers and ranchers care about clean water and preserving the land, and they support the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Click here to read report>>>
Meatpacker JBS says it paid equivalent of $11 mln in ransomware attack
From Reuters

Meatpacker JBS USA paid a ransom equivalent to $11 million following a cyberattack that disrupted its North American and Australian operations, the company's CEO said in a statement on Wednesday.

The subsidiary of Brazilian firm JBS SA (JBSS3.SA) halted cattle slaughtering at all of its U.S. plants for a day last week in response to the cyberattack, which threatened to disrupt food supply chains and further inflate already high food prices.

The cyberattack followed one last month on Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline in the United States. It disrupted fuel delivery for several days in the U.S. Southeast.

Ransom software works by encrypting victims' data. Typically hackers will offer the victim a key in return for cryptocurrency payments that can run into hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. The FBI said earlier this month that the agency was investigating about 100 different types of ransomware. read more

The JBS meat plants, producing nearly a quarter of America's beef, recovered faster than some meat buyers and analysts expected. Read more here>>>
Rabobank: Slow production growth ahead
By Dave Natzke, Progressive Dairy

Rabobank recently released their second quarter outlook report. It suggests that while worldwide dairy markets are slowly returning to normal from the pandemic-led channel distortion, risks associated with weather and feed prices are likely to limit overall milk production growth. At the same time, demand from China is expected to slow in the second half of 2021.

According to RaboRearch Food and Agribusiness senior analyst Michael Harvey, farmgate milk prices have been on a higher trajectory for most dairy producers throughout the world. Grain and oilseed market prices are reaching near-decade highs, driven by supply concerns from adverse weather in key growing regions combined with strong demand. Although there has recently been some reprieve, feed prices are expected to remain firm well into 2022, pressuring dairy farmer margins.

As a result, Rabobank forecasts milk supply growth for the “Big 7” to expand by just 1% year-on-year through the second half of 2022, below the previous forecast and the long-term historical growth rate.

“Since the last report, there have been two noticeable shifts in the market. Endemic congestion at ports continues to cause shipping delays and higher freight costs, and higher feed prices will linger well into 2022, keeping farmer margins under pressure,” Harvey said.

China’s healthy appetite for imports was visible in the early months of 2021 and has been the primary pillar of price support. Rabobank expects softer year-on-year import volumes in the second half of 2021, and this remains the key demand determinant shaping commodity dairy prices into 2022.

On an annualized basis, the combined exportable dairy surplus will expand in 2021. The heaviest production growth is occurring in the U.S., after a modest flush in Europe. New Zealand is expected to have a good milk production season, with the usual caveats around the weather. Read report here>>>
New method to measure milk components has potential to improve dairy sustainability
From EurekAlert!

Present in blood, urine, and milk, the chemical compound urea is the primary form of nitrogen excretion in mammals. Testing for urea levels in dairy cows helps scientists and farmers understand how effectively nitrogen from feed is used in cows' bodies, with important economic implications for farmers in terms of feed costs, physiological effects for cows such as reproductive performance, and environmental impacts from excretion of nitrogen in dairy cow waste. Thus, accuracy in testing dairy cow urea levels is essential.

Since the 1990s, mid-infrared testing of milk urea nitrogen (MUN) has been the most efficient and least invasive way to measure nitrogen use by dairy cows in large numbers. In a recent article in the Journal of Dairy Science, researchers from Cornell University report the development of a robust new set of MUN calibration reference samples to improve accuracy of MUN measurement. Read more here>>>
Advocating isn’t optional for us

As farmers, we must be the ones to share good news and real information about dairy.

There are so many articles, shows, and movies that discourage people from eating and drinking dairy products. They say when you drink milk, you’re drinking “puss” and taking in all the antibiotics. We, the actual farmers, know this is not true, and we also know how nutritious our products are.
Have you ever heard the saying, “If you hear it enough, you begin to think it’s true”? That is their way of thinking. My question is, what are we going to do about it? Who has the bigger outreach?
Some may think it would be impossible to take on these big organizations that want to abolish animal agriculture, but this is our livelihood. For my family, dairy farming is all we have ever done. To us, someone saying milk contains puss sounds ignorant, but to the average person outside of agriculture, it’s hard to look over this statement without wanting to know more.

They end up looking for information on Google or asking Siri. Then loads of junk pours through from these large organizations that have a sole purpose of abolishing animal agriculture, no matter how many times they put that cute, lonely puppy dog up on the screen with that Sarah McLachlan song in the background asking for your money. A huge portion of that money is then used against dairy, poultry, swine, and so on.

I have written many blogs about this topic, but it is very important for us as farmers to get our message out there. If you are able, make a farm page on social media. There are many to choose from, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok. Let people see your day-to-day operations. Let them see how family farms are run. Farmers are the backbone of this country, and there are people out there who have never even met a farmer.

The reason people become skeptical is a lack of education. They don’t know anything about farming. But they know how to see what is trending on social media when these organizations are swirling another negative article that is 99% incorrect or worded in a way that turns consumers toward a plant-based product. It would be like asking a doctor how to engineer a train.

I know, we have programs within our cooperatives to promote our product, but we as farmers must do a little leg work as well. When someone asks us what we do and we tell them we are a farmer, stop and take a second to get a little more personal with them. Ask them if they have ever been to a farm before. Ask them to follow your page on social media and, if possible, ask them to come see the farm. Tell them the actual nutritional facts about the food we produce. Be nice and pleasant. Give them a good impression.

Let’s not get salty about what these organizations are doing. Instead, put the correct facts out there and spread the information around. Bring families back, closer to the farm.
Have a happy June Dairy Month!
June is National Dairy Month:
Seven Newsy Items to Power-Up Your Business as the World Opens Up
From Donna Berry, Berry on Dairy

·   Organic dairy production standards
·   USDA's Build Back Better initiative
·   Yogurt's standard of identity
·   Cheese snacking
·   Americans prefer dairy (over plant based)
·   Dairy proteins rock in global innovation
Good corn silage can be made despite drought
By Gonzalo Ferreira, Virginia Tech

During the last couple of weeks, growing conditions have been getting drier than preferred for forages. Looking to the U.S. drought monitor, a great proportion of the western part of the country is under extreme or exceptional drought conditions. Even though not reflected in the U.S. drought monitor, rainfalls are also needed on the eastern side of the country, especially for planting corn after the small-grain harvest that may have depleted water reserves in the soil.

A common question that arises when drought stress occurs is whether dry conditions will affect the quality of corn for silage. In my experience, there is not a simple and direct answer to this question.

Quantity versus quality
The nutritional quality of a forage is determined mainly by the proportion of nonfiber and fiber components, and these components are directly related to the structure of the plant. The grain provides substantial amounts of highly digestible nutrients and, therefore, the energy concentration of the silage is greater when the corn plant has a higher proportion of grain. This means that any drought stress affecting kernel differentiation and development might end up affecting the nutritional quality of the silage.
Virtual Corn Silage and Stored Forage Field Day

The field day features presentations and focuses on corn silage and forage production in the livestock industry

Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
GA Dairy Classifieds


For Sale: Double 8 herringbone bone parlor available in Starr, SC.
Delaval meters, Germania entrance and exit gates with tailboards and indexing tail, Muller plate cooler, receiving jar, filter housing and lowline stainless pipeline. Serious inquiries call 864-617-5911, Iris Barham

Expanding or looking for top quality herd replacement?
Available at all times: 
Fresh two and three year old's and total herds; Also springing heifers and heifers of all ages.  Service age bulls with top genetics available all year round. All different breeds and crossbreds also available. Last two loads of fresh two and three year olds Holsteins went on the trucks averaging 115 lbs and 112 lbs! One load to TN and the other to Wisconsin.
Les McCracken 
608-214-6484. Cell
608-879-2653. Fax

Seeking fulltime farm worker at heifer replacement farm in Eatonton, GA. If interested, please contact Mike Rainey at 706-473-0730.

Seeking Beef and dairy crossed bullcalves/heifers bottled or weaned. Please contact Victoria Rowland at 404-922-0938 or 423-946-5869

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- 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 Archie Felder for more information at 803-682-3426:
  • Dairy Tech Bay Pasturizer - $4,000
  • Tidenberg Hydraulic Hoof Table (like new) - $5,000
  • Claas Silage Choppers - 960 1875 cutterhead hours, 4WD, 600 orbis, HD300 PU - $180,000
  • Koomin John Deere Corn Header adapter for Claus Silage Chopper Used - $6,000
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