2021 | June 25 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
ACCM Awards Promotion Funding for Fiscal Year 2022

On June 17, The Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission Board of Directors voted to support funding proposals for the Fiscal Year 2022. The directors selected the following:

  • Approximately $1.2 million to The Dairy Alliance
  • $150,000 for a sports celebrity endorsement program through The Dairy Alliance
  • $12,000 for the GA National Fair Dairy Exhibit
  • $12,000 for GA Grown "Fork In The Road" Dairy Video

In addition, ACCM will continue to provide funds to support the Georgia Mobile Dairy Classroom program, the Georgia Dairy Conference, Farm Monitor, and milk/ice cream products at various festivals and events throughout the year.

A 2021 Annual Report will be mailed to Georgia dairy producers in July to provide a detailed report on all ACCM projects funded from July 1, 2020, until June 30, 2021. If any producers have questions regarding this decision or would like to share comments or ideas on state dairy checkoff programs, please feel free to contact ACCM Chairman, Paul Johnson, by email at pjohnson@usa.com or phone at (229) 220-3170.
You Add Value to Your Community
Farrah Newberry, GA Milk Producers

June is National Dairy Month, making it a good time for advocates to highlight the important role family dairies play in our rural communities and the global food system. Each dairy adds value to its community, state, and nation. Dairy has proved to be central to rural communities, providing a crucial source of income and way of life for thousands of Americans. 
Dairy is a cornerstone of American agriculture and from the beginning of time, milk has provided nutrition for the human race. Promotion groups spend a great amount of time and money touting milk's nutritional value, but little is often published on the economic value you add to your communityNews flash - IT'S BIG!
It's important to know your dairy's worth and how it financially contributes to your community. Share your value with elected representatives when discussing proposed legislation, regulations, taxes, and jobs. Whether small, grazing, large or robotic - you count! Your financial contribution to your community keeps local libraries open, adequate police and firefighters on payroll, schools open and so much more.
According to the International Dairy Foods Association, America’s dairy industry supports more than 3.3 million jobs that generate $182.7 billion in wages and has an overall economic impact of $752.93 billion.
In 2020, each Georgia dairy cow had an economic impact of $12,666* and Georgia's dairy industry contributed $1.03 billion to the state's economy (figure provided by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development). A small dairy farm milking 100 cows had an economic impact of $1.3 million and a dairy farm milking 1,000 cows had an economic impact of $13 million!
Milk not only fuels human bodies it fuels the U.S. economy by creating jobs, funding government services, and supporting family-owned businesses. Know your dairy's worth, share the message often and be proud of the impact your family business has on your community.
USDA Supplemental DMC details still pending
DFA Today

While U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $580 million for the Supplemental Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) payment last week, local Farm Services Agency (FSA) offices are not ready to work with farmers to process this program change and payment quite yet. Further program details, such as timing of these payments and the application process, have not yet been released.
In the December 2020 COVID relief bill passed by Congress, a provision was included to provide eligible dairy farmers enrolled in the 2021 DMC program a supplemental payment that reflects 75% of the difference between the producer’s 2019 milk production, up to 5 million pounds, and their established DMC production history. This program will be retroactive to the beginning of 2021. Please note, at this point, no changes will be made to a producer’s DMC production history. More information will be shared when available.
Progressive Dairy Editor Dave Natzke

A year ago, dairy farmers were adjusting to COVID-19-related production restrictions and low milk prices by cutting cow numbers and milk production. That’s been reversed and then some. The USDA’s May Milk Production latest report was released on June 21, and the numbers are growing across the board.

May 2020-21 recap at a glance
Reviewing the USDA preliminary estimates for May 2021 compared to May 2020:

  • U.S. milk production: 19.85 billion pounds, up 4.6%
  • U.S. cow numbers: 9.505 million, up 145,000 head
  • U.S. average milk per cow: 2,088 pounds, up 61 pounds
  • 24-state milk production: 18.941 billion pounds, up 4.9%
  • 24-state cow numbers: 8.99 million, up 152,000 head
  • 24-state average milk per cow: 2,107 pounds, up 63 pounds
Source: USDA Milk Production report, June 21, 2021

The latest report also revised the April 2021 milk production estimate higher, adding another 44 million pounds (0.2%) to last month's preliminary estimate. That means April year-over-year production growth was 3.5%.

Cow numbers: Adding South Dakota
To put the growth of the U.S. dairy herd in perspective, the number of cows added in the past 12 months in the 24 major dairy states (152,000 head) is almost equal to all the dairy cows in South Dakota (153,000 head) in May.

Since bottoming out in June 2020, the 10-month growth spurt has added 156,000 cows in the 24 major dairy states and about 150,000 cows to the U.S. herd. Cow numbers have now reached the highest number since the fourth quarter of 1994.

At 9.505 million, May 2021 U.S. cow numbers were up by 5,000 head from revised April numbers, which were also raised another 10,000 from last month’s preliminary report. In the 24 major dairy states, May 2021 cow numbers were up about 5,000 head from a month earlier; April 2021 Read more here>>>
Call for 2022 GDC Presenters/Topics
GA Milk Producers, Inc.

The planning committee for the 2022 Georgia Dairy Conference is seeking relevant, innovative, and valuable topic and speaker suggestions. Individuals, companies, universities, organizations, and government agencies may submit proposals for consideration by July 22, 2021.

The Georgia Dairy Conference is held in Savannah in mid-January. Over 500 dairy professionals and farmers from 10 different states attended in 2020 and over 250 attendees were present in 2021 despite COVID restrictions and procedures.

Coordinated by Georgia Milk Producers, Inc., our planning committee works hard to develop a timely and innovative agenda for the conference each year.
Accusations Of Anti-Competitive Practices In The Cattle Industry Drive Senate Ag Committee Hearing
By AGDAY TV June 24, 2021

Demand for beef remains high at the grocery store, but some livestock producers say they're losing money.

On Wednesday, the Senate Ag Committee went looking for answers amid accusations of a lack of transparency and anti-competitive practices in the cattle industry. The hearing revealed differing opinions about the cause and solutions to market manipulation claims. 

The committee holding a hearing is inviting a rancher, a leader with the U.S. Cattlemen's Association, economists and researchers. No representatives from the meat packing industry took part.

Among those calling for the hearing was Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Grassley has also proposed legislation that would have 50% of the daily kill come from the spot market. Right now, he says that figure averages less than 20%.

"Does captive supply create more leverage for packers to pay lower prices for fed cattle in the cash market? And how does a lack of cash trade ultimately impact livestock auction markets," asked Grassley during the hearing.

"Thank you, Sen. Grassley, and it definitely is a definite yes," responded Justin Tupper, U.S. Cattlemen's Association."It impacts it hugely when the big four can have all of that captive supply so they do not have to go out and compete for those cattle, then they can push down the prices." Read more here>>>
June 2021 GA Mik Review
From GA Milk Producers, Inc.

In this edition:
  • USDA Announces Additional Aid to Ag Producers and Businesses in Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative
  • Dr. Jillian Bohlen Recieves the Hoard's Dairyman Youth Development Award
  • Milk Production Continues Expanding, Blend Prices Move Higher
  • ACCM Awards Promotion Funding for Fiscal Year 2022
  • GMP Board Elects Jason Martin for Another Term as President
  • Dixie Dairy Report

Power Florida forward: Dairy farmers support renewable natural gas
By Jan Henderson, Gainesville TImes

As a dairy farmer, my goal is to provide Florida families and children with a delicious, wholesome and fresh milk supply to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle. 

There are only 70 dairy farms throughout the state that Florida families depend on for high-quality milk. The dairy industry is a major economic engine of the state, and many thousands of Florida citizens are employed directly and indirectly because of dairy.     

Urban development, price volatility and government regulations challenge the long-term sustainability of this industry. That’s why we’re looking for innovative ways to tackle the challenges we face and diversify our revenue stream. Renewable natural gas is a promising new opportunity that can strengthen the sustainability of dairy farms like mine, while reducing waste and generating renewable energy supply.  
This year, the Florida Legislature passed a measure, SB 896, to pave the way for utilities to better utilize renewable natural gas as a power source. Read more here>>>
‘Adopt a Cow’ program reaches 1.6 million students
By AGDAILY Reporters

As the school year comes to a close, Discover Dairy’s “Adopt a Cow” program has impacted more than 1.6 million students worldwide. With more than 71,000 classrooms that participated, the program offered an exciting learning experience and inside look at dairy farming to elementary students, home school families, scout troops, nursing homes, library groups, and many other organizations. Throughout the 2020-21 school year, the Adopt a Cow program grew by more than 1,500 percent compared to the previous year.

Classrooms from all 50 states participated in the program, and a total of 45 countries joined the movement as well, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and more.

Brittany Snyder, Dairy Education Program Manager for the Dairy Excellence Foundation said, “At the heart of the Adopt a Cow program, and the reason it’s so enjoyable for students, is the ability for them to watch a baby calf grow in front of their eyes throughout the school year. By the end of the program, they feel a strong personal connection to their calf and are able to make connections to their health, where their food comes from, the dairy farms in their community, and so much more.”

The interactive program is free for classrooms that register in order to expose as many students as possible to local agriculture and dairy farming practices. Each classroom that enrolled in the program was paired with a calf from one of 22 dairy farms across the United States that volunteered as host farms. Teachers and students received photos, video updates, and activity sheets throughout the school year that allowed them to watch their calf grow. Read more here>>>
By Corey Geiger, Hoard's Dairyman

When consumers spend $1 on dairy products, dairy farmers receive 30 cents of that dollar. That’s according to the latest research by USDA’s Economic Research Service.

Since 2000, the number climbed to as high as 38 cents from every $1 in 2014 when farm gate milk prices climbed to record highs. The number dropped to a low of 24 cents in 2009 margins hit rock bottom and milk checks fell to a modern-day low.

What happened to the remainder of the money?
It went toward processing, transportation, retailers, and other venders in the supply chain. Not all dairy products are equal, however, as some products return more or less to those producing milk.

Whole milk: Fluid milk represents the high-end of returns for dairy farmers who received 51 cents every time a consumer spent $1 on fluid milk. Just like all dairy product sales, the previous high this century occurred in 2014 when dairy farmers received 61 cents. The low point in the spectrum occurred in 2009 at 40 cents. Read more here>>>
Virtual Continuing Education Opportunity for Certified Waste Operators and Planners

The Georgia Department of Agriculture will host an educational session to discuss Nutrient Management Plans and the components that are needed to have a complete NMP. There are several common components that are missing from NMPs for them to be approved quickly. This session will help educate the producers of the components needed to submit a plan that can be approved in a timely manner.

Continuing Education Hours will be given to any Certified Animal Feeding Operation Operator and Planner in attendance. We hope you will make plans to join us! We are offering this opportunity via zoom at three different dates and times. ***Zoom link will be sent day of event*** Our hope is to be able to accommodate everyone’s schedule with the options:

  • Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, June 24th, 2021 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Continuing Education: CE hours will be provided to certified planners and operators that attend a session.

RSVP: Please make sure to RSVP by close of business on Monday, June 21st, 2021 to Mrs. Courtney Wilson via email at Courtney.wilson@agr.georgia.gov with date and time of the session you would like to attend. Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis and each session has limited spaces so please RSVP as soon as possible
With age, insufficient tryptophan alters gut microbiota, increases inflammation
With age, a diet lacking in the essential amino acid tryptophan—which has a key role in our mood, energy level and immune response—makes the gut microbiome less protective and increases inflammation body-wide, investigators report.

In a normally reciprocal relationship that appears to go awry with age, sufficient tryptophan, which we consume in foods like milk, turkey, chicken and oats, helps keep our microbiota healthy.
A healthy microbiota in turn helps ensure that tryptophan mainly results in good things for us like producing the neurotransmitter serotonin, which reduces depression risk, and melatonin, which aids a good night's sleep, says Dr. Sadanand Fulzele, an aging researcher in the Medical College of Georgia Department of Medicine.
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GA Dairy Classifieds

Milk-N-atural Dairy Complete ONLINE Heifer Dispersal (Portales, New Mexico)
Tuesday June 29, 2021 12-1 PM MT
Bid Online or On The Phone www.kreegerdairy.com
Co-Managed with Bruins Dairy Cattle, LLC
Gerrit Bruins 806-674-8476
Contact Gerrit Bruins for pre-sale viewing
3200 Jersey & Jersey X Heifers Sell in Load Lots - Springers to Baby Calves
Equipment Selling- Tractors, Loaders, Mixers, Calf Hutches, Etc

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