2019 | Dec 20 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
Merry Christmas from the GA Milk Producers!
The Georgia Milk Producers Board of Directors and staff would like to extend heartfelt wishes for a wonderful holiday to you and your families. We consider the opportunity to represent those that make up our great dairy community a blessing. Thank you for all that you do. The Georgia Milk office will be closed Dec. 24-26.  Merry Christmas!! 
Don't Forget!! Book Your Room for the GA Dairy Conference by Monday, Dec 30th!!
The Savannah Riverfront Marriott is offering room rates for those attending the 2020 Georgia Dairy Conference from Wednesday, January 15, until Thursday, January 23, at $132.00/room for single and double occupancy rooms. There will be a $8 parking fee per day for our group at the hotel.
Individuals are requested to call the hotel at 912-233-7722 or 800-285-0398 for reservations or follow a link our conference website at http://www.gadairyconference.com/accommodations . Please mention that you are with the“ 2020 Georgia Dairy Conference ” when making your reservation to ensure that you receive the discounted room rate.
PLEASE NOTE: Any reservation received after the cut-off date will be accepted on a space and rate-available basis. Availability and pricing cannot be guaranteed after the cut-off date.
GEORGIA DAIRY PRODUCERS: 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! Registration for the conference is also free for Georgia farmers and their families. Please register online at
http://www.gadairyconference.com/registration or call our office at 706-310-0020.
December 2019 GA Milk Review
By GA Milk Producers

In this issue:

  • GA Ag Forecast Set for 5 Locations Next Month
  • GA Milk Producers to Host GA Dairy Conference 
  • Ray Presented with GACAA Award
  • Research on Cotton Cake in Dairy Cattle Diets
  • Reserve Your Hotel Room for the 2020 GDC
  • Dixie Dairy Report
Partnership to Develop First Nationwide Network of Dairy Waste-to-Energy Project
From T & D World
Dominion Energy and Vanguard Renewables recently announced a more than US$200 million, nationwide strategic partnership to convert methane from U.S. dairy farms into clean, renewable natural gas (RNG) that can heat homes, power businesses, and fuel vehicles. Multiple projects are under development in Georgia, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah with additional projects planned nationwide. Under the strategic partnership, Dominion Energy will own the projects and market the RNG, and Vanguard Renewables’ subsidiary, Vanguard Renewables Ag will design, develop, and operate the projects. Read more here>>>
House passes reworked North American trade deal in victory for Trump, Democrats
By  Erica Werner , The Washington Post
The House of Representatives voted Thursday in favor of a new trade deal for North America, delivering a hard-fought victory to President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a day after Democrats impeached the president.

The legislation passed on an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 385 to 41, with a large majority of Democrats approving the deal. The bill’s success came despite intense partisanship on most other fronts in Washington. But these distractions appeared to create cover for negotiators to finalize a trade deal that Trump and Democrats would support.

The revised pact upended the Democratic Party’s long-standing skepticism toward massive trade bills such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, which the new deal would replace. In a further reordering of the politics of trade, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement has the endorsement of major labor unions including the AFL-CIO. The Senate is expected to act on the package next year. Read more here>>>
December Milk Checks a Nice Christmas Present
BY:  JIM DICKRELL , MILKBusiness.com
It’s going to feel a lot more like Christmas this year than it has in quite some time, say University of Wisconsin dairy economists Bob Cropp and Mark Stephenson.

The announced November Class III price of $20.45/cwt is the highest it has been in five years. For the year, Class III will average almost $17, which is $2.35 higher than last year and $4 higher than the $13.89 low of February.

“But there is a small Grinch in this Christmas story,” says Stephenson. And that’s the  November Producer Price Differential , which dropped 94₵ in the Upper Midwest. It was down $3.39 in California, and down $3 in the Central Order.
The reason is mostly accounting. Cropp explains that Class III and IV prices lag Class I by six weeks. With Class III prices exceeding Class I, cheese manufacturers had to pay into Federal Order pools rather than drawing money out. As a result, several cheese plants depooled, exasperating the problem. “The good news is that Class III prices will catch up, and the PPD will go up next month,” he says. Read more here>>>
By Dave Natzke, Progressive Dairy
After stronger year-over-year growth in September and October, the U.S. milk production increase slipped back below 1% in November 2019, according to the USDA’s monthly Milk Production report, released Dec. 18.

November’s restrained growth was due to a slowdown in milk production per cow. And, cow numbers were unchanged from a month earlier, although that comes with a caveat: The USDA revised October 2019’s preliminary cow numbers higher by 4,000 head. Read more here>>>
PETA Becomes Starbucks Shareholder to Help Vegans Save 80 Cents on NonDairy Milk
B y LYDIA DISHMAN , Fast Company
What do Frappuccinos and furry companions have in common?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)  just announced  that it has become a shareholder of Starbucks Corporation in an effort to be heard at the coffee giant’s annual meetings. The animal-rights group, known for its embrace of theatrics, is planning to protest Starbucks’s upcharge of 80 cents on nondairy milk options for its drinks. Read more here>>>
20 Reasons to Keep Dairy in Your Diet for 2020
By Taylor Leach, Dairy Herd Management
Admit it, we’re all guilty of entering that “new year, new me” mentality when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. According to  The Statistics Portal , eating healthier, exercising more and losing weight were the three most popular New Year’s resolutions in 2019, followed by saving more and spending less money. 

Fortunately, keeping dairy in your diet can help with all of these goals! Here are 20 reasons why: Read more here>>>
UGA Dairy Extension Fall Dairyfax Newsletter
Check out the UGA Dairy Extension, Research & Teaching newsletter. This information is helpful to dairy farmers and dairy related businesses for continued improvement of the Georgia Dairy Industry.

  • Another year - By: Dr. Lane O. Ely
  • Winning at weaning: Utilizing a step-down approach - By: Dr. Brad Heins
  • Monitoring and reducing feed cost - Dr. John K. Bernard
  • The risks of acidifying the prepartum dairy cow below urine pH 6.0 - Dr. Pedro Melendez
  • Using AMH in a dairy herd’s reproductive program - By: Kayla Alward, and Dr. Jillian Bohlen
  • Important dates
  • Top 20 DHIA high herds by test day milk and fat production & low herds for SCC score
Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
Are you a Dairy Science major interested in a industry job or internship? If so - then join other students from across the Southeast at the 2020 Southeast Dairy Student Symposium next month! The symposium will be held on Jan. 19 - 20 during the Georgia Dairy Conference in Savannah. The Southeast Dairy Student Symposium (SEDSS) connects dairy science students with dairy producers and industry affiliates to explore internships and careers in the Southeast dairy industry. To learn more about the symposium and the 2020 Georgia Dairy Conference, visit  http://www.gadairyconference.com/sestudentsym
Univ. of Georgia Seeking
Asst. Dairy Manager in Tifton

The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at the University of Georgia is seeking an Assistant Dairy Manager (Animal Facilities Supervisor) for the UGA Tifton Research Dairy in Tifton.

For more information please visit
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