2021 | Oct 8 Enewsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
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By Jayne Sebright for Progressive Dairy

The phrase, “The gorilla in the room” is often used to describe something that is obvious yet ignored.

The “gorillas” in milk marketing have grown more obvious due to disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) system designed for a different time.

Marin Bozic, dairy economist at the University of Minnesota, identified those gorillas during a presentation at the 2021 Dairy Financial and Risk Management Conference, hosted by the Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence. More than 100 lenders, financial consultants and others attended the September 2021 conference, held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Bozic shared results of research conducted with Christopher Wolf, a Cornell University dairy economist. The study, recently published in the Journal of Dairy Science, took a comprehensive look into factors driving changes in producer price differentials (PPDs) in FMMOs. Read more here>>>
Senator Warnock Cosponsors Legislation to Provide Financial Relief to Small Farmers
From the Office of Senator Warnock

Iashington, D.C. – Last week at the Senate agriculture committee, U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) emphasized the importance of Congress supporting small farmers, including passing the Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act — legislation cosponsored by Senator Warnock that will support America’s small farmers through financial relief to mitigate losses suffered due to chain disruptions and lost sales during the coronavirus pandemic.

“USDA must do more to address underlying issues at the Department of Agriculture, and better support our small-scale farmers, the ones I’ve been seeing, all throughout Georgia, who were suffering even more as a result of the pandemic,” Senator Warnock said during the hearing. “There’s also work here for the Congress to do, which is why I’m proud to support legislation like the Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act, which would boost all of our nation’s small farmers through debt relief, and uplift their operations.”

Small farms received minimal assistance from previous federal pandemic relief efforts and have struggled to access emergency federal farm aid that has been allocated to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including multiple rounds of assistance through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. These measures have failed to adequately support small farms and keep them operating throughout the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. The Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act would directly address this crisis and help these farmers get back on their feet by providing a one-time debt forgiveness of up to $250,000, across three types of USDA FSA loans: Direct Farm Operating, Direct Farm Ownership, and Emergency Loans.  Read more here>>>
Not Just Another Nut Milk: How One Brand Is Tackling Wealth Inequality
By Nikishka Iyengar

Nijil Jones still remembers the first time they discovered pecan milk. It was 2013, and they had just dropped out of Georgia State University. As a result, they were kicked out of their college housing, and living temporarily in a friend’s basement when they took a job as a barista to get back on their feet. The low wage job, coupled with a recent transition to veganism, meant a lot of experimenting in the kitchen to find recipes that were filling and nutritious on the cheap. Potato sandwiches, pancakes made with just flour and water, and lentil burgers became trusted staples, with homemade nut milks as an occasional treat to break up the monotony.

“The first time I made almond milk, it just tasted so much better than any almond milk I had ever bought at the store,” Jones recalls. They also noticed that it kept them feeling full a lot longer than store-bought versions since the thick hand-strained milk contained no extraneous emulsifiers—just a generous serving of high-calorie nuts, water, and a pinch of sea salt. Read more here>>>
Is The Market Changing And Will Milk Pricing Change?
By Robin Schmahl, Dairy Herd Management

Recent price moves have been very positive for dairy markets and one that has long been waited for. In about 1 1/2 weeks, Class III milk futures have eliminated 2 1/2 months of losses. Block cheese price finally broke outside of the lengthy sideways trading pattern it had been in while barrel price has been trending higher for the past month. Is this the beginning of a change in the market? It is too early to tell as there are many factors involved in price trends.

The time of year is right for increased demand which generally results in higher prices. However, increasing buying interest and higher trending prices generally begin earlier during the year rather than late September. Historically, milk prices peak in September or October before trending lower after the surge in buying for the holidays subsides. This year, price strength has been delayed and could possibly last longer in induration depending on the level of demand experienced as the last quarter of the year progresses. The past two years, we saw higher prices reached in November with a few years prior to that showing stronger prices through November and in some cases through the end of the year. So it is not out of the realm of possibility that price could strengthen through the end of the year. If current Class III futures prices can hold, October both October and November will be above $18.00. The last time the Class III price was above $18.00 was the month of May. Read more here>>>
How Much Milk is Being De-pooled? Lots!
From John Geuss, MilkPrice Blog

In the Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMO), Class I milk for drinking cannot be de-pooled. However, all other Classes of milk can be de-pooled. When milk is de-pooled, it is not counted in the Federal Order statistics and it is not subject to the Federal Order processes, pricing, or statistics.

When is milk de-pooled? When it is advantageous financially, milk will be de-pooled. As an example, when the Class III milk is higher priced than the Class I milk the Producer Price Differential (PPD) will likely be negative. To avoid a negative PPD, the Class III milk will be de-pooled. When milk is de-pooled, it is not subject to Federal Order pricing, but Federal Order pricing nevertheless is typically used for the de-pooled milk.

How much milk is being de-pooled? It varies by Federal Order as the de-pooling rules and Class usage mix varies among Federal Orders. This post will review de-pooling of Class III milk in four of the major Federal Orders. This includes California, the Southwest, the Upper Midwest, and the Northeast Orders.

The analysis is based on state-by-state cheese manufacturing data used in the prior post. The amount of Federal Order cheese produced is estimated by totaling the states or partial states included in each Federal Order. The amount of milk used for cheese is estimated based on a conversion of eight pounds of milk for each pound of cheese. That amount of milk needed for cheese production is then compared to the amount of Class III milk listed by that Federal Order. The data used is for the first seven months of 2021.
October 2021 Dixie Dairy Report
Calvin Covington

In this issue:
  • Per capita consumption increases in 2020.
  • Milk production increase slowing.
  • Blend Prices

Calvin Covington, industry consultant and author of the Dixie Dairy Report, will close out the GA Dairy Conference on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. Covington provides useful insight into the SE dairy market and helps producers prepare for the upcoming year. To learn more about the 2022 Georgia Dairy Conference,
visit our website at http://www.gadairyconference.com/
Register Today for the 2021 Georgia Ag Labor Forum
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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. 
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CoBank: Adapting to Persistent Supply Chain Disruptions

The U.S. economy is on a strong growth path and cash-rich consumers are spending robustly on both services and goods.

Roughly 80% of the U.S. adult population has now received at least one vaccination shot, leading to renewed participation in many public activities.1 But while the U.S. economy is running hot, it is still very much in the grips of the pandemic. Its negative influence, however, has steadily shifted from curtailing demand to derailing supply chains.

According to a new Quarterly report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange, supply chains are arguably in the most dire condition since the start of the pandemic, as lead times for manufacturing inputs recently reached record highs. Persistent supply chain disruptions and labor shortages are adding significant costs to business operations, and consumers will feel these effects through higher prices for months to come.
USDA Proposes to Reapportion Membership for the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board

The USDA is seeking comments about a proposed rule to amend the makeup of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. The proposal would modify the number of Dairy Board members in two of the board’s 12 geographic regions. If adopted, the proposal will increase Region 8 (Idaho) representation from two members to three members and will decrease Region 10 (Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia) representation from two members to one member. The total number of domestic Dairy Board members will remain the same at 36 and the number of regions will remain the same at 12.

The proposed rule for this action was published in the Federal Register on September 21, 2021. Written comments must be received by October 21, 2021. Comments may be submitted through the Federal e-rulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov or emailed to Whitney.Rick@usda.gov. Comments should include the document number AMS-DA-20-0060 as well as the date and Federal Register page number of the proposed rule. All comments submitted in response to this proposed rule will be included in the record and will be made available to the public.
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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