2021 | Sept 24 Enewsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
American Dairy Coalition supports return to previous Class I pricing while new options explored
“We are in the midst of a modern-day dairy crisis magnified by a Class I pricing change in the 2018 Farm Bill. This system cannot adapt to market conditions and thus is not fairly compensating our dairy farmers. The formula change is a symptom of larger problems in a system that is confusing, convoluted and difficult to understand. We need to put the power back in the farmers’ hands,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) during the September 15 Senate Ag hearing in the dairy subcommittee she chairs. Read more here>>>
By Progressive Dairy Editor Dave Natzke

As calls for reforms to the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) system grow louder, one “hot button” issue remains under fire. At least one dairy organization wants to keep producer pressure on that issue to ensure a long-term equitable outcome.

The change in the FMMO system “Class I mover” pricing formula has drawn the ire of dairy producers for more than a year and was a topic of concern during a recent Senate Ag Committee subcommittee hearing. (Read: Senate hearing focuses on FMMOs, reforms.)

As a quick review, the change in the Class I milk pricing formula was made through the 2018 Farm Bill rather than through a formal FMMO hearing process. Implemented in May 2019, the change converted the calculation of the FMMO advanced Class I base price from the “higher of” the monthly Class III and IV advanced skim milk prices to the “average of” of those prices and adding an adjustment factor of 74 cents.

Based on historical prices, the formula change, with the 74-cent adjustment, was seen as “revenue neutral” to the milk price received by farmers, while providing Class I processors the ability to hedge risks associated with volatile Class III and Class IV prices. 
By Scott Brown, University of Missouri

Where do consumers buy food, home or away?

Do food purchases vary by region?

How much do consumers spend on dairy?

These questions can be answered by delving into the database of consumer expenditures maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That database contains annual consumer expenditure data back to 1984 for various food categories and other household expenses. In addition, the data can be sorted by income level, age, race, region of residence, and other demographic identifiers. With the data recently updated to include 2020 observations, it is now possible to use this detailed data source to study the impacts of the pandemic on consumer food purchasing behavior for numerous categories and areas of the country. Read more here>>>
A Guide to Class I Milk Formula Options
From Daniel Munch, AFBF Market Intel

Since the 2018 farm bill, the price for Class I milk, i.e., milk used to produce beverage milk products, has been calculated using the simple average of advanced Class III (cheese) and Class IV (milk powders) skim milk prices plus 74 cents. In years prior, the formula was the higher of advanced Class III and Class IV skim milk prices. The change was made at the request of dairy industry stakeholders and was intended to improve risk management opportunities for beverage milk. COVID-19-induced volatility combined with the 2018 farm bill formula change resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in Class I pool revenue losses, renewing industry discussions on optimal Class I pricing methods. Dairy farmers are curious about how the multiple circulating proposals of Class I formula options differ and how they would each impact Class I revenues. Today’s Market Intel analyzes three alternatives to the current Class I pricing calculation and their associated revenue impacts for dairy farmers supplying the Class I marketplace. Read more here>>>
ICYMI: September 2021 GA Milk Review
Georgia Milk Producers

  • Senate subcommittee hearing focuses on FMMOs, reforms
  • DMC Margin Drops Again in July; Margin Formula to be Updated
  • GMP Seeking Nominations for the 2022 Bobby Walker Award
  • Blend Prices Fall, Feed Prices Depress Price Further
  • U.S. and Georgia Milk Production Moves Higher
  • House Dems scrap plan to change stepped-up basis, for now
  • Dixie Dairy Report

Click here to read our Executive Director's Blog: Processing Must Return to the Southeast. Multiple Component Pricing is the First Step.
Macon County Velvet Freak Has A Gazillion Points
By Georgia Outdoor News

Benny Overholt's opening weekend bow-buck is anything but just another Georgia deer.

Benny Overholt had seen this buck on his Macon County farm for several years, and the deer was normal until last season when it didn’t shed its velvet and didn’t drop its antlers after the season.

Fast forward to this season, and that velvet rack just kept growing… and growing!
“Having seen this buck of a lifetime opening day evening and not getting a shot caused a very long and stressful weekend,” Benny said. “My next hunt on Monday evening I stayed on the edge of his bedding area. With 30 minutes of shooting light, I caught movement at 65 yards. With one glance through binoculars, I knew it was him. I then focused on remaining calm and getting a shot. I prayed if I was to get a shot that it would be a lethal one. 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!
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!
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2021 Summer UGA DairyFax
From the UGA Dairy Science Dept.

  • Will the genetic evaluation for heat stress be ever implemented in the US?By: Drs. Ignacy Misztal and Valerie Ryman             
  • The use of bio-digester slurry and the inclusion of carbohydrate additives at ensiling on the nutritive value of Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum) silage: A South African Experience By: Drs. Mashudu D. Rambau, Felix Fushai, Todd R. Callaway, and Joseph J. Baloyi
  • Conditioning the heifer for reproductive success, By: Dr. Jillian Bohlen
  • Ruminal degradation of different forages and feedstuffs related to dairy cattle efficiency: TMR, microbes, and you, By: Alexa Harvey, Jenna Farmer, Wenyi Huang, and Dr. Todd Callaway

  • Top 20 DHIA Herds

People who eat more dairy fat have lower risk of heart disease, study suggests
By Amy Woodyatt, CNN

People with a higher consumption of dairy fat have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those with low intakes, according to new research studying some of the world's biggest consumers of dairy products.

An international team of scientists studied the dairy fat consumption of 4,150 60-year-olds in Sweden -- a country with one of the world's highest levels of dairy production and consumption -- by measuring blood levels of a particular fatty acid that is mostly found in dairy foods. Experts then followed the cohort for an average of 16 years to observe how many had heart attacks, strokes and other serious circulatory events, and how many of them died.

After statistically adjusting for other known cardiovascular disease risk factors including age, income, lifestyle, dietary habits and other diseases, researchers found that those with high levels of the fatty acid -- indicative of a high intake of dairy fats -- had the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as no increased risk of death from all causes.

The team then confirmed these findings in other populations after combining the Swedish results with 17 other studies involving a total of almost 43,000 people from the US, Denmark and the UK. Read more here>>>
Lab-grown meat is supposed to be inevitable. The science tells a different story.
By Joe Fassler, thecounter.org

Splashy headlines have long overshadowed inconvenient truths about biology and economics. Now, extensive new research suggests the industry may be on a billion-dollar crash course with reality.

Paul Wood didn’t buy it.

For years, the former pharmaceutical industry executive watched from the sidelines as biotech startups raked in venture capital, making bold pronouncements about the future of meat. He was fascinated by their central contention: the idea that one day, soon, humans will no longer need to raise livestock to enjoy animal protein. We’ll be able to grow meat in giant, stainless-steel bioreactors—and enough of it to feed the world. These advancements in technology, the pitch went, would fundamentally change the way human societies interact with the planet, making the care, slaughter, and processing of billions of farm animals the relic of a barbaric past.

It’s a digital-era narrative we’ve come to accept, even expect: Powerful new tools will allow companies to rethink everything, untethering us from systems we’d previously taken for granted. Countless news articles have suggested that a paradigm shift driven by cultured meat is inevitable, even imminent. But Wood wasn’t convinced. For him, the idea of growing animal protein was old news, no matter how science-fictional it sounded. Drug companies have used a similar process for decades, a fact Wood knew because he’d overseen that work himself.

For four years, Wood, who has a PhD in immunology, served as the executive director of global discovery for Pfizer Animal Health. (His division was later spun off into Zoetis, today the largest animal health company in the world.) One of his responsibilities was to oversee production of vaccines, which can involve infecting living cells with weakened virus strains and inducing those cells to multiply inside large bioreactors. In addition to yielding large quantities of vaccine-grade viruses, this approach also creates significant amounts of animal cell slurry, similar to the product next-generation protein startups want to process further into meat. Wood knew the process to be extremely technical, resource-intensive, and expensive. He didn’t understand how costly biomanufacturing techniques could ever be used to produce cheap, abundant human food.

In March of this year, he hoped he’d finally get his answer. That month, the Good Food Institute (GFI), a nonprofit that represents the alternative protein industry, published a techno-economic analysis (TEA) that projected the future costs of producing a kilogram of cell-cultured meat. Prepared independently for GFI by the research consulting firm CE Delft, and using proprietary data provided under NDA by 15 private companies, the document showed how addressing a series of technical and economic barriers could lower the production price from over $10,000 per pound today to about $2.50 per pound over the next nine years—an astonishing 4,000-fold reduction. Read more here>>>
Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
GA Dairy Classifieds


Wednesday October 6, 2021 
12-1 PM ET

Bid Online or On The Phone 

270 AI Bred & Sired Holstein Springers- The Last Of The Herd !

Auction Coordinator:
Clay Papoi 517-526-1917

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