2020 | Jan 3 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
2020 GA Dairy Conference Producer Update
We are just a couple of weeks away!! Here are a few updates:

REGISTER TODAY!! The Georgia Dairy Conference is the place where all aspects of dairy come together in the Southeast to discuss what's important for today and tomorrow.  Let us know you are joining us - REGISTER TODAY!! Registration for the GA Dairy Conference is here!    As always, registration for GA Dairy Farm Families is free !

Georgia Dairy Farm Families : Georgia Milk Producers will deduct $100/night for two nights from each Georgia dairy farm’s hotel bill at checkout. It’s our way to show our appreciation for your support and to encourage you to attend your annual dairy conference! 
Continuing Education Hours : Certified waste operators can receive one (1) continuing education credit (CEU) hour during the Georgia Dairy Conference. To obtain your attendance certificate, you must attend Dr. Deanne Meyer’s presentation, titled “Managing Dairy Manure in the Central Valley of California” on Tuesday, January 21 at 8:00 a.m. Veterinary (5 hours) and ARPAS (10 hours) CEUs are also available for those interested, registration for these CEUs will be available at the GDC registration desk.

Parking at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott: Parking at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott has been reduced to $8 per day for those attending the Georgia Conference.

Dairy Spouses Event: This year, our spouses will fellowship over breakfast, then participate in a DIY Cheese Board Workshop hosted by Brooke Saye of More Cheese Please . The class will include all of the supplies and ingredients to craft your very own take-home (or enjoy there) cheeseboard spread. Saye will share techniques on how to build your board and will provide a take home cheat sheet that you can use to prepare your next charcuterie spread! Please let us know if you plan to participate at the registration table.
Georgia dairy farm sues Whole Foods over supply deal that soured after Amazon acquisition
By  David Allison   – Editor, Atlanta Business Chronicle
A Georgia diary farm is suing Whole Foods Market after a big deal to supply it with dairy products went sour after Whole Foods was bought by Amazon.com in 2017.

Hart Agriculture, which is based in Richmond County, Ga., near Augusta, contends in a complaint filed Dec. 27 in federal court in Atlanta that it suffered "devastating" losses when a supply arrangement with Whole Foods and  AtlantaFresh , a dairy product processor which is now out of business, was abruptly terminated in August 2017. Read more here>>>
3 Milk Market Factors To Watch In 2020
By Anna-Lisa Laca, Dairy Herd Management
The factors that drive milk prices are often complex. Dairy farmers recently walked through a three-year cycle of low prices, and while they significantly improved in the fourth quarter of 2019, questions about 2020 remain. 

Analysts say prices could range from $16 to $19.50 next year. Monitor the following three factors to determine price direction:
Study hints at the surprising benefits of drinking whole milk
By Mike Wehner , BGR.com
Lots of us would love to cut an inch or two off our waistlines, but just how to go about it can be a struggle. Cutting calories is obviously top of the list, but when it comes to milk, the tendency to opt for reduced-fat milk in an effort to lose weight might be far more misguided than you can imagine.

In a new study published in  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , data from 28 different research efforts was analyzed, with the goal being to explore the potential link between drinking certain types of milk and overall weight gain and obesity risk. What the data shows is that when it comes to staying slim, whole fat milk is the way to go, at least for kids. Read more here>>>
Dairy Makes Leaps and Bounds in Productivity
By Fran Howard , MILK Business
As the U.S. dairy industry becomes more productive, fewer cows have produced much larger quantities of milk. In fact, total output has grown by 40% since 1996 while milk cow numbers have flatlined. Among U.S. agriculture sectors, dairy has been a leader in productivity, but there is still room for further improvement over the next 50 years as dairies become increasingly automated and more dairy producers adopt best practices in genetics, nutrition, cow comfort and handling, and milking.

Bob Yonkers, analyst with the  Daily Dairy Report , notes that in 2019 U.S. dairy producers milked, on average, about 9.4 million cows. “That was the same number of cows they milked in 1996, more than two decades earlier. Yet during that same period, total farm milk production grew by 63.6 billion pounds,” Yonkers says. “Research into factors leading to higher milk output per cow consistently points to improved genetics being responsible for a little more than 50% of this growth in recent decades.” And there is still room for growth.
Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
Earn a waste operator CEU on Tuesday morning of the  #2020GDC  by attending Dr. Deanne Meyer's presentation on managing manure in California's Central Valley. For more info go to  http://www.gadairyconference.com/
Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium in February
The 31st Annual Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium will be held at the  Best Western Gateway Grand , Gainesville, Florida on February 3 to February 5, 2020. 

Georgia Agencies Partner to Host Feral Swine Workshops
From Southeast AgNet
Feral swine have become increasingly detrimental in Georgia, causing significant damage to agricultural crops and natural resources around the state. The economic impact of damage caused by feral swine in Georgia last year is estimated at $150 million.
So a group of agricultural and natural resource organizations, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  Natural Resources Conservation Service  and the  Georgia Association of Conservation Districts , have partnered to host some of Georgia’s top experts on feral swine in a series of educational workshops for farmers and landowners. There will be eight workshops and trapping demonstrations throughout the state, four in Southeast Georgia and four in Northeast Georgia.

The first workshop will be held Jan. 30 at University of Georgia Extension in Lakeland, Georgia.

Topics will include disease issues, swine biology, water quality issues, effective control techniques, transport issues, public health and regulations to be followed by a question-and-answer panel of experts. There is no cost to attend the workshops, but space is limited and preregistration is required. More details and registration information is available at  GACD.us/events .
Upcoming Events >>>
GA Dairy Classifieds

UPDATED 11/20/19

Position Available:
Assistant Dairy Manager (Animal Facilities Supervisor) UGA Tifton Research Dairy for more information please visit

The following are FOR SALE from Archie Felder. For more information call 1-803-682-3426 :
Dairy Tech Bag Pasturizer - $4,000
Tidenberg Hydraulic Hoof Table (like new) - $5,000
Hall stall sand leveler skid steer (never used) - $1,000
Mench Sand Trailer - $14,000
McLanahan 20 x 20 sand seperator - $25,000
Chiller Drake 24 hp, dual 12 hp scroll tank pumps, 3 phase - $10,000
Fans 3-phase w/brackets:
54" - $225/ea (18 available)
48" - $125/ea (20 available)
36" - $100/ea (20 available)
3000 Mueller Milk Tank - $5,000
20 springers 7 1/2 - 8 mos. pg - $1,450/ea (24,000 2x herd average)

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

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 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