2021 | Sept 10 Enewsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
Fall District Meeting Tonight in Montezuma; Next Week's Meetings are in Thomasville, LaGrange and Dearing

SEPTEMBER 10
Yoder’s Deitsch Haus Restaurant, Montezuma at 7 PM - 5252 GA Highway 26 E, Montezuma, GA 31063

SEPTEMBER 13
The Plaza Restaurant, Thomasville at NOON - 217 S Broad Street, Thomasville, GA 31792

SEPTEMBER 14
Troup County Agricultural Center, LaGrange at 7 PM - 21 Vulcan Materials Road, LaGrange, GA 30241

SEPTEMBER 17
Hillcrest Farms, Dearing at NOON - 3705 Iron Hill Road, Dearing, Ga 30808

Dairy producers, managers and industry affiliates are invited to attend the annual Fall District meetings for Georgia Milk Producers and The Dairy Alliance this month. The meetings will be held in seven locations across the state. Our organizations will hold elections; report on industry issues and promotional efforts; and announce upcoming events. Dinner or lunch will be served at each location depending on the time the meeting is set to begin. RSVP to Farrah Newberry by email at gamilkproducers@gmail.com! See you soon!!
By Corey Geiger, Managing Editor

After posting a record 55.4 billion pounds in total sales in 2009, it’s been all downhill for the beverage milk category. Last year, fluid milk sales totaled 46.4 billion pounds. Not only did those sales cap off an 11-year sales slide, those 46.4 billion in combined sales marked the lowest point in 62 years. Keep in mind that the U.S. population totaled 175 million in 1958 compared to 330 million last year.
Let’s dig deeper into the breakdown by listing bright spots, a product treading water, items in dwindling sales, and a category that should be given a mulligan due to the pandemic.

Bright spots . . .
• Whole milk sales totaled 16.6 billion pounds. The category continued its rebirth by posting the best sales since 2005 when whole milk netted 16.9 billion pounds. Even so, whole milk isn’t even close to the 36.2 billion pounds in 1975.
• Reduced-fat milk yielded a three-year high with 15.8 billion pounds in demand. However, just one decade earlier, reduced-fat milk had been at 19.1 billion pounds.
NEXT WEDNESDAY: SEN GILLIBRAND, CHAIR OF THE AGRICULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE ON LIVESTOCK AND DAIRY, HOLDS HEARING TO ADDRESS VOLATILE MILK PRICING AND FEDERAL MILK MARKETING ORDER SYSTEM MODERNIZATION
From American Dairy Coalition

Gillibrand to Emphasize Need For Federal Milk Marketing Order System Reforms To Keep Up With The 21st Century Market

WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, September 15TH at 9:30 AM: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Local Food Systems, and Food Safety and Security, will hold a hearing to address milk pricing improvements and reforms. Gillibrand will convene a panel of witnesses to receive testimony on the growing need to modernize the Federal Milk Marketing Order System to bring the nation’s dairy pricing into the 21st century market.

Even before the pandemic, dairy farmers across the nation were struggling to make ends meet due to declining milk prices and an increasingly unstable dairy market. Unfair trade practices from foreign countries, increasing production costs, and the drop in fluid milk consumption have all led to the volatility in the market. Since 2003, the United States has lost more than half of the nation’s licensed dairy operations, with nearly 40,000 licensed dairy herds exiting dairy production.
Witnesses to be released prior to the hearing.

DATE:      Wednesday, September 15th
TIME:      9:30 AM
WHERE:   301 Russell Senate Office Building
WATCH:    The hearing will be live-streamed on CSPAN and online here.<https://www.agriculture.senate.gov/hearings/milk-pricing-areas-for-improvement-and-reform>
USDA to provide COVID-19 aid to farm, slaughter, grocery workers
The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced today that the Agriculture Department will make $600 payments to farmworker and meatpacking workers to help with pandemic-related health and safety costs.

The $700 million in competitive funding will be available through the new Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) grant program.

The money will be distributed by nonprofit and labor group-related entities that can prove they can reach the workers. It may take as long as one or two years to reach everyone who deserves the payments, Vilsack said in a call to reporters. The workers will not have to show receipts to prove they are entitled to the aid. Vilsack said that the number of workers affected by the pandemic is “sobering.”

Vilsack said he could not say whether undocumented workers can get the payments, because there are legal issues that have to be resolved. But he said personally he believes that as many workers should be helped as possible.

There is no requirement in terms of vaccination status, Vilsack said.
Additionally, to recognize the essential role and costs borne by front-line grocery workers, $20 million of this amount has been set aside for at least one pilot program to support grocery workers, and to test options for reaching them in the future. That program is not large enough to cover all grocery workers, but Vilsack said he hopes Congress will provide more money that could be used to aid other food production workers and grocery store workers. Read more here>>>
September Dixie Dairy Report
From Calvin Covington

In this issue:
  • Fluid milk sales
  • Demand
  • Production
  • Dairy product prices.
  • Southeastern order Class I and blend prices.
  • Feed prices
From Progressive Dairy Editor Dave Natzke

With industry concerns over an imbalance in milk supply and demand, two dairy economists have compiled results of a study evaluating alternative milk production growth programs.

“Analyses of Proposed Alternative Growth Management Programs for the U.S. Dairy Industry” was published in August 2021 by Charles Nicholson, Cornell University, and Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin – Madison. The analysis and a video discussion featuring Nicholson and Stephenson is available on the Dairy Markets and Policy website. They are also in the process of creating an online tool designed to help individual producers consider what such a program might mean for their business.

The analytical models are applied to actual milk production between January 2014 through 2021. The study looked at five primary areas of interest, on and beyond the farm: Milk prices, variation in milk prices, net farm operating income, impacts on domestic and export sales, and government expenditures. Additionally, the study analyzed the potential impact on new farms entering dairying.

Five different growth management plan (GMP) designs were compared with a baseline (no growth management program). Major components of each program compared variable rates of adjustable market access fees (MAF) and percentages of allowable milk production increases (API). Read more here>>>
Register Today for the 2021 Georgia Ag Labor Forum
You don't want to miss this outstanding lineup of ag labor experts!
IN-PERSON EVENT
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. 
Register by October 8 and save $25 on your registration!
Early Bird Price: $225
Sweeping new vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans
By Zeke Miller, Associated Press

The expansive rules mandate that all employers with more than 100 workers require them to be vaccinated or test for the virus weekly, affecting about 80 million Americans. And the roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated.

Biden is also requiring vaccination for employees of the executive branch and contractors who do business with the federal government — with no option to test out. That covers several million more workers.

Biden announced the new requirements in a Thursday afternoon address from the White House as part of a new “action plan” to address the latest rise in coronavirus cases and the stagnating pace of COVID-19 shots. Read more here>>>
White House Blasts Meatpackers for Grocery ‘Profiteering’
By Josh Wingrove and Mike Dorning, Bloomberg

The Biden administration is taking aim at major meatpackers, charging that “pandemic profiteering” is squeezing consumers and farmers alike, with a few companies that dominate the industry raking in record profits.

White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese said Wednesday that increases in the prices of beef, pork and poultry are responsible for half the jump in food prices since late 2020, yet farmers have seen little gain in what they are paid by giant meat companies.

“It raises a concern about pandemic profiteering, about companies that are driving price increases in a way that hurts consumers who are going to the grocery store,” Deese said. What’s happened “isn’t benefiting the actual producers, the farmers and the ranchers that are growing the product.” Read more here>>>
Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
GA Dairy Classifieds

TO ADVERTISE: EMAIL AD AND CONTACT INFORMATION TO FARRAH NEWBERRY at gamilkproducers@gmail.com

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.
Contact:
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