2021 | Oct 22 Enewsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
Deans of Ag Colleges Compete in Milking Contest
Dairy Wins Big at 2021 Sunbelt Ag Expo

The Dairy Pavilion at the 2021 Sunbelt Ag Expo was busy serving delicious milk and yogurt, donated by Dale McClellan and M & B Products, and ice cream sandwiches sponsored by the GA ACC for Milk this week in Moultrie.

On Tuesday the most highly-anticipated Sunbelt event, the annual Cow Milking Contest, was held among the agriculture deans of the University of Georgia, the University of Florida and Auburn University. UGA blew away the competition with Dean Place milking each cow at record pace! Click here to watch contest>>>

Throughout the week, Georgia's Mobile Dairy Classroom held milking demonstrations for the public to learn from and provided calves for children to pet. UGA dairy science faculty provided valuable dairy talks and hands-on activities. The Dairy Alliance offered recipes, nutritional dairy information and promotional items as well.

Many thanks to Chip Blalock, Steve Blackburn and Expo staff for making this a great event! We appreciate partnering with The Dairy Alliance, Georgia's Mobile Dairy Classroom and the University of Georgia Animal and Dairy Science Department to tell our dairy story at the Sunbelt Ag Expo! See you next year!
Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program (PMVAP) Update
From FMMA Order 7 Market Info Bulletin

Since the announcement of the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program (PMVAP) in mid-August, USDA has been actively implementing the administration of this program that will distribute up to $350 million in payments directly to dairy farmers. The role of the handler/cooperative USDA is wrapping up one-on-one meetings with approximately 200 handlers and cooperatives that purchased milk and participated in the Federal Milk Marketing Order program during the July-December 2020 period. Handlers and cooperatives are critical to the administration of the PMVAP. They have the proprietary producer production data that determines the eligible milk under PMVAP rules. Further, they are the entities that distribute program funds to dairy farmers. To ensure the integrity of the PMVAP and proper distribution of funds, USDA will enter into an agreement with each handler and cooperative. This process, along with a thorough explanation of the mechanics of the program, is currently underway. Dairy farmer payments As reported when the program was announced on August 19, 2021, PMVAP is designed to provide pandemic assistance payments directly to dairy farmers who received a lower value for their milk due to market abnormalities caused by the pandemic. Funds are projected to be paid to dairy farmers by the end of December 2021. AGI Certification Required by Dairy Farmers Similar to many USDA programs the PMVAP requires dairy farmers to meet either of the following adjusted gross income (AGI) requirements of the program: • Less than $900,000 average AGI for tax years 2016, 2017, and 2018, or • 75 percent of your average taxable income for tax years 2016, 2017, and 2018 came from farming, ranching, or forestry-related activities Your handler or cooperative may have provided you with an attestation statement, which you MUST complete and return in order to receive a payment. Information for handlers and dairy farmers can be found at www.ams.usda.gov/services/pandemicmarket-volatility-assistance-program. For questions not covered in the resources online, please email PMVAP@usda.gov

From AgCentral ESprouts:
TODAY - Midnight - is the pending Application Deadline for Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) producers! (If not DFA, your co-op may vary, check with your co-op or milk handler representative!)  
THIS IS THE CURRENT STATUS, 3:40 pm, Oct. 22, 2021
If you were a previous Dean Foods producer, you MAY have to file two different requests due to changeovers from Dean Foods to DFA during the affected period.
BE SURE you have applied correctly, or check with your DFA field rep!
A recent helpful article on application requirements:
HELPFUL!!  WEBINAR/ VIDEO - 12 minutes, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to view!: (Posted on YouTube)  Video explains that producers must provide Adjusted Gross Income to their handlers / cooperative to receive these payments, and that AGI should be available from previous CFAP paperwork
U.S. Milk Production update
From DFA Today

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Milk Production report for September, U.S. milk production reached 18.1 billion pounds, up 44 million pounds (0.2%) from the prior year. The report additionally revised August U.S. milk production down 101 million pounds to 18.7 billion pounds.
The U.S. dairy herd size was reported at 9.4 million head, up 27,000 cows (0.3%) from the prior year but down 25,000 cows (0.3%) from the prior month. August cow numbers were also revised down to 9.4 million head, weakening 33,000 head from the prior report. September milk production per cow was relatively flat compared to the prior year at 1,918 pounds.
U.S. milk production year to date for 2021 reached 170.8 billion pounds, up 3.2 billion pounds (2.3%*) from the same time frame in 2020.
We still make mistakes
By Caitlin Rodgers, Georgia dairy farmer, Hoard's Dairyman

As dairy farmers, no matter how long we have been doing this career, there are always mistakes we can learn from.

I have been working on the farm since I was able to grab a calf bottle and drive the golf cart to where our calves are. Over the years, though, I have gone from not knowing a whole lot except for the main jobs around here to knowing all kinds of details I never knew existed. For instance, I never knew to keep my ears open to listen to the air compressor pump in the oldest parlor for a reason dealing with the well pump for our farm. I just learned that one about two weeks ago. Other things I learned long ago, like how to prep the parlor and milk cows in high school.

There are many chores that seem so natural to me now that I don’t think about them  I just go through the motions. I notice details now that I know I wouldn’t have noticed 10 years ago. I am aware that this career will teach me something new every day.

With all that being said, boy oh boy do we still make mistakes. That doesn’t change. Maybe I don’t make quite as many as I used to, but I definitely still make them. I think all dairy farmers can relate to me when I say I should have sold that cow earlier in the week on sale day. That’s one of the toughest pills to swallow when you have a fresh cow that doesn’t look all that great, but you are trying everything you can because she was such a good cow last lactation. You decide not to sell her and then boom, the next day you check her again and she has a displaced abomasum and might not make it to the next sale day. Read more here>>>
2021 October Georgia Milk Review

In this issue:

We are excited to host Dr. Angela Rowson as a session speaker in January. Rowson practiced dairy medicine in the Central Valley of California, Florida and Iowa before working for a global animal health and nutrition company where she provided technical support for both nutritional specialty products and autogenous vaccines. In March, she joined Vaxxinova as the Senior Technical Services Veterinarian. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and is board-certified in Dairy Practice.

To learn more about the 2022 Georgia Dairy Conference, visit our website at http://www.gadairyconference.com/
ADM unveils the next big consumer trends
By Jim Cornall, Dairy Reporter

Global nutrition company ADM has published its second annual list of global consumer trends.
Building Better Dairy Foods
By Donna Berry, Berry on Dairy Blog

As a degreed food scientist who focuses on dairy, it is frustrating to see the potential for dairy innovation in today’s marketplace, accompanied by the hesitancy of dairy processors to get out of their comfort zone. Before I delve into future-proofing dairy, I must share a link to an amazing article written by my colleague Monica Watrous at Food Business News. Link HERE to read “Stop marketing products as ‘guilt free.’” My favorite line: Guilt is not an ingredient.

The fact is that the pandemic has made consumers more aware of not only where food comes from, but also how it comes to be. As Monica writes, “Food choices are not a measure of one’s virtue. Cravings do not indicate weakness. Ordering a salad rather than a burger does not confer moral superiority. There are numerous ways to highlight a product’s potential health benefits, identifying measurable attributes consumers may care about, such as high-fiber, low-sugar or gluten-free.”

Those attributes are made possible by food science. Guilt is studied in the scientific field of psychology. Read more here>>>
Five Days In, Here’s How the John Deere Worker Strike Is Already Impacting Farmers During Harvest
By Tyne Morgan, Agweb.com

More than 10,000 John Deere workers have been on strike for five days. Both Deere and United Auto Workers Union (UAW) insist negotiations are ongoing, but the strike is already impacting farmers who are busy with harvest. From sourcing parts to manufacturing tractors and planters, the strike could sting a supply chain that’s already strained.

It’s the biggest private-sector labor strike in more than two years. From Iowa to Illinois to Georgia, 10,000 hourly Deere workers who are part of the union can be seen picketing outside 14 John Deere manufacturing sites. Read more here>>>
Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
Register Today for the 2021 Georgia Ag Labor Forum
You don't want to miss this outstanding lineup of ag labor experts!

UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center 
Tifton, Georgia 
Tuesday, Nov. 9 - Wednesday, Nov. 10
This year the Georgia Ag Labor Relations Forum will be in person in Tifton, Georgia November 9-10. Hear advice from industry experts to help you comply with labor regulations and get updates about OSHA and DOL in this new COVID world. 

This event is suited for all owners, operators, office managers, personnel managers and service providers for the produce, nursery, landscape, dairy, cotton, and any other agricultural professional dealing with agricultural labor relations. 

GA Dairy Classifieds


Looking for calves for 200 head calf barn with auto feeders in Arcadia
FL: Please call Brian 863-444-0060

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