2019 | April 27 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
Georgia FFA Hosts 91st Annual Convention
Over 5600 advisors and students attended the 91st Annual Georgia FFA Convention this week in Macon.

Georgia Milk Producers, The Dairy Alliance and Georgia's Mobile Dairy Classroom attended the trade show educating attendees and handing out ice cream that was sponsored by the Georgia ACCM.

Congratulations to all students that competed during the convention this week. It is always a pleasure to visit with students and see all of them proudly wearing their corduroy jackets!
Production May Be Down, But Components Are Still Strong
by   MIKE OPPERMAN , Farm Journal's MILK
The March USDA milk production report showed fluid milk production down 0.4% from last year, mostly because the national cow herd dropped 0.9% and production per cow only rose 0.5%. Production was down for the first time since February 2017. 

But looking at total production doesn’t tell the whole story, according to Nate Donnay, director of dairy market insight at INTL FCStone. 

“The difference between this year, and say 2009, is that the fat and protein in the milk is up significantly from last year,” he says. “So on a component adjusted basis, production was up 1.6% from last year in March.” 

The 10-year average year-over-year component growth is 1.8%, so the adjusted production is slightly slower than average.

So what does all of this mean going forward?
  1. Cow numbers are indeed dropping. “The weekly slaughter numbers into April are still suggesting contraction for the dairy herd,” Donnay says. Economic models suggest the downturn will continue through July, when better margins should slow contraction and even potentially boost herd sizes.
  2. The USDA estimate for production per cow was very weak for March. Usually that’s short lived and due to weather, Donnay says. The upper Midwest did have a late April blizzard that could affect production, but he says even if production is down 35 pounds per cow from trend in April, production per cow would still be 1.4% higher than last year.

“Combine a herd that is down 0.9% with 1.4% gain in production per cow, we should be back to a positive headline milk production number next month,” Donnay says. “Even without a positive headline number, as long as components stay strong there is going to be plenty of fat and protein around to turn into things like butter, cheese and powders.” Full Story Here >>>
GDYF Spring 2019 E-Moos
From Georgia Milk Producers, Inc.
Check out the spring edition of the 2019 GDYF E-Moos to see what activities the Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation has sponsored this spring and to read about the outstanding 4-H and FFA dairy youth we have across the state. If you aren't a member of GDYF, visit here to join today! https://www.gadyf.com/join-gdyf

U.S. House Agriculture Committee to Hold Hearing Reviewing State of Dairy Economy on April 29 - From Milk Producers Council
The Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, April 30 at 10 a.m. titled, “Reviewing the State of the Dairy Economy.” This hearing was called by Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno), Chairman of the subcommittee and member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Agriculture.

The hearing will be livestreamed on the House Ag Committee website at  http://agriculture.house.gov , however the page to listen to the hearing has not been created yet. Be sure to check the website before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30 to find the link to the hearing.
Hart Dairy : Named as First Pasteurized US Dairy Cow Operation to Earn Certified Humane® Designation - From Business Wire 2019
Hart Dairy, the largest single-source producer of 100 percent free-range, grass-fed milk in North America, is proud to announce they have been named the first pasteurized U.S. Dairy Cow Operation to earn the Certified Humane® designation from Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC). HFAC is the leading international nonprofit certification program, whose mission is to improve the lives of farm animals and drive consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by HFAC and proud to have the Certified Humane® label on our Hart Dairy milk bottles,” said Tim Connell, Hart Dairy chief executive officer. 
'Physically And Mentally Draining': The Economic Hardships U.S. Dairy Farmers Face
These are hard times for many Americans. For American dairy farmers, even a bit more. Milk prices are now just two-thirds what they were five years ago. Cows are making more milk, even as plant-based substitutes like soy milk, almond milk, rice milk and others have captured more of the market. Mark Berg, a dairy farmer in Pine Island, Minn., who's in business with his parents, Tom and Penny, posted a video on Facebook to try to explain some of the brutal economics farmers now confront.
By Beth Newhart, DairyReporter.com
The National Dairy Council (NDC) has been involved with the fight to bring back whole milk for several years, investing in research on its health benefits.

Beyond Meat Could Be Valued at Up to $1.2 Billion in IPO
By Michael Hytha and Lydia Mulvany , Bloomberg
Beyond Meat Inc. , the maker of vegan chicken and beef substitutes backed by some of the biggest names in food and technology, is seeking to raise as much as $184 million in its initial public offering.

The company plans to sell 8.75 million shares for $19 to $21 each, according to a  filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. A listing at the top of that range would give the company a market value of about $1.2 billion based on the shares to be outstanding after the offer, according to its filing.

The company is one of several makers of plant-based meat substitutes or lab-grown meats that have attracted  high-profile backers .   Read Full Story Here>>>
Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
UGA/UF Corn Silage and Forage Field Day
The 2019  UGA and UF Corn Silage and Forage Field Day  will be held in Tifton, Georgia on June 20. The program starts at 8 AM and concludes with field demonstrations after lunch. The event includes a test plot tour along with educational stops that cover topics like pest control, grazing management and forage quality. A discussion concerning best management practices for making corn silage will also be held. The event will be held at the UGA Tifton Conference Center in Tifton. To register click here - there is no charge to attend, registration is needed for refreshments and lunch . View Brochure and Agenda Here>>>
Upcoming Events >>>
April 25-26 - GA FFA State Convention, Macon

June 1 - Putnam Dairy Festival, Eatonton

GA Dairy Classifieds

For Sale: 2016 Tatoma Vertical Twin Screw Mixer. Equipped with Front Discharge and Side Discharge Extension - $37,500.00. Please contact Jim or Stephanie Waite 334-222-7957 for more information. 

Calves wanted:  Competitive pricing with a 6 day a week pick up. Will buy bulls and heifers of all ages. Peter's Cattle Co. 470-255-8515

Young Stock Supervisor wanted -  Hart Agriculture Waynesboro GA
Grazing 500-1000 animals,   Must be familiar with rotational grazing and breeding. Please contact Maggie 352-507-2042 or   maggie@hartagriculture.com
Dairy Manager wanted -  Hart Agriculture Waynesboro GA
300-700 milking cows,   60 bale rotary, New Zealand style grazing system. Please contact Maggie 352-507-2042 or   maggie@hartagriculture.com

Bull Calves WANTED:  Competitive pricing with 6 day a week pickup. Brandon Mason Cattle Company 912-632-4490

For HIRE: Southeast DHIA  has a position to fill in the  West Central Georgia area for a  FIELD SERVICE TECHNICIAN.   Responsibilities include data  collection on area dairy farms  during milking time. S chedule is somewhat flexible  but the hours are non-typical. S ome travel and out-of-town work likely.  Applicants should be comfortable  with computers and software and have good communication and  organizational skills as well as  reliable transportation. Pickup Truck required. I f interested send a resume to   brian.winters@dhicoop.com

For Sale: Custom manure application and Dryhill manure equipment sales.  Contact Edwin @ 478-299-0717 with Agboys Custom Services LLC -  New 8"x52' lagoon pump with outriggers $24,000 (Pictured right)

For Sale: 3000 gallon Surge/Westfalia milk tank and wash system. Three phase condensers. 2002 model. Excellent condition. John B Gay, 478-494-5107

WANTED : DeLaval Westfalia  Neck Transponders: TN Dairy seeking used Westfalia neck band transponders.  Please contact Bill or Peggy Howell if interested at 423-972-9254 or 423-371-3032.

WANTED:  Looking for used pasteurizing and bottling equipment in working condition; Linda and Darrell Rankins, Jr.;  334-745-2357  (best times: mid-day and after 8 p.m.)

For Sale:   Jersey cows, heifers and calves for sale. Registered with AJCA, all ages! Contact Matt Holton at 770-718-8271, call or text. Dawsonville, GA.

FOR HIRE : Custom Silage Harvesting. Late model JD chopper. Will travel. Let me put your quality forage up! Nic Haynes, Muddy H Farms, 678-617-3379.

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   

Bullcalves Wanted :  Looking for Bullcalves to purchase - Barron Tench 864-844-2295 or  barron.tench@gmail.com