2019 | August 2 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
After corn harvests, farmers should continue managing weeds
From Clint Thompson, CAES News
Georgia corn farmers are preparing for harvest, but they can’t take a break once they ship their crops to market. That time should be focused on staying ahead of weeds that can cripple the next year’s crop.

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension corn weed specialist Eric Prostko says that Palmer amaranth, also known as pigweed, has the potential to produce seed in corn fields up until the first frost. He urges Georgia producers to consider appropriate management options before leaving the field unattended for the winter.

The first frost typically does not occur in Georgia until November. In the three months between harvest and frost, pigweed can continue to grow and reproduce at a high rate. If not managed, a female plant could produce approximately 400,000 seeds.
From Progressive Dairy Editor Dave Natzke
Dairy producers signing up for the highest level of Tier 1 coverage under the 2019 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program are ensured indemnity payments for a sixth consecutive month. And, with feed costs climbing faster than milk prices, the June payment will be the highest since February.

The USDA released its latest Ag Prices report on July 31, including factors used to calculate June DMC payments. The June DMC margin was estimated at $8.63 per hundredweight (cwt), resulting in a gross indemnity payment of 87 cents per cwt on milk covered at the $9.50 per cwt level (Table 1). Producers insured at the $9.50 per cwt margin level have now earned indemnity payments averaging $1.05 per cwt on milk sold between January and June. Read More Here>>>
UGA Animal and Dairy Science Dept. Summer Newsletter
In this issue:
  • Sha Tao’s research at UGA-Tifton helps dairy cattle better deal with effects of heat stress 
  • Faculty Spotlight: Kari Turner - Kari Turner has earned her reputation as one of the best teachers in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Livestock Judging coach and youth extension specialist, Sarah Loughridge, brings a whole new meaning to education out of the classroom.
  • Student Spotlight: Ruth M. Orellana Rivas 
  • Student Spotlight: Madison Fagan 

Estimating Dairy Trade Aid Payments
By Dr. John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation
Due to the multi-year trade disruptions between the U.S. and China, U.S. dairy exports to the country fell by 13% in 2018, and through May of 2019 dairy exports are down 36% from prior-year levels. To assist farmers producing a variety of commodities, including dairy, the administration recently announced details of a second Market Facilitation Program, i.e., trade-related direct payments to producers, including county-level payment rates for field and cover crops as well as per-unit payment rates for specialty crops, hogs and dairy producers ( USDA Announces Details Behind the New Trade Aid Package ). Direct payment assistance to dairy farmers was announced at 20 cents per hundredweight, with total payments capped at $250,000 per farm operation or legal entity.

Payments to dairy farmers will be based on their Farm Service Agency milk production history – a component of the Dairy Margin Coverage program originally established in the 2014 farm bill ( Reviewing Dairy Margin Coverage ). Based on  FSA DMC enrollment data , total production history in the U.S. represents 185 billion pounds of milk, which suggests that if all three tranches of trade aid payments are made, dairy farmers will receive approximately $351 million to $371 million in benefits – potentially more than double what they received in the first round of trade aid payments in 2018 ( Trade Aid Round One: A State Perspective  and  Mapping $8.5 Billion in Trade Assistance ). If all payments are made, the $351 million to $371 million in dairy-related payments will represent 2.4% to 2.6% of all 2019 market facilitation program payments; in 2018 dairy received 2.1% of all trade assistance dollars.  Read more here>>>
Which States, Counties Will Have the Highest Dairy MFP Payments?
By Anna Lisa-Laca, Dairy Herd Management
USDA recently announced the details of the 2019 Market Facilitation Program designed to help farmers cope with income losses due to the ongoing trade war. Direct payment assistance to dairy farmers was announced at 20 cents per hundredweight, with total payments capped at $250,000 per farm operation or legal entity. John Newton, chief economist of the American Farm bureau Federation, took a look at the numbers to determine which states and counties would receive the most payments. 

Dairy farmer payments are based on their Farm Service Agency (FSA) milk production history – a component of the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.
Southeast Dairy Stewardship Module 4:Transition Cows in Quitman, August 13th
Please join us for an educational program addressing transition cow nutrition and housing strategies to improve welfare and vaccination strategies to assure a healthy transition period. Experts (Dr. John Bernard, Dr. Izabella Toledo, and Dr. Vic Cortese) and dairy farmers will provide insights on nutritional strategies, environmental conditions, and vaccination protocols critical to assure transition cow welfare, health, and performance. Completion of this program will count towards annual animal care employee training required within NMPF's National Dairy FARM Program.

Eric Beringause named CEO of Dean Foods; brings a Record of Transformation
From MilkSheds Blog
Eric Beringause is the new CEO and President of Dean Foods, the nation’s largest processor and distributor of fresh fluid milk and dairy case products. He replaces Ralph Scozzafava, who has stepped down. Beringause’s tenure began on July 29, 2019.

Mr. Beringause brings over 30 years of experience in the dairy, consumer products, and food processing industries to his new position. Most recently, he was the CEO of Gehl Foods, the nation’s largest processor of nacho cheese. Through his career, he has worked for a variety of companies such as Nestle, ConAgra, Alcoa, and Pillsbury. His work portfolio includes private-label and branded products.

It is no secret that the dairy industry itself, as well as Dean Foods, has seen its fair share of difficulties in the past two years; Mr. Beringause faces daunting challenges in turning the company around. Jim Turner, non-executive chairman of the Dean Foods Board, expresses confidence Beringause is the person for the job in a news release: “He has a long track record of creating value in dairy and consumer products companies, as well as a unique combination of turnaround and operational expertise.”  Read more here >>>
Reducing Sugar in Dairy Products Often Requires a Multi-Prong Approach
By Donna Berry, Berry on Dairy Blog
Less sugar is the norm. Consumers are reading labels and many use the sugar—and added sugar--content of foods as basis for the decision to purchase and consume. 

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2019 Food and Health Survey shows that four out of five (80%) shoppers are limiting or avoiding sugars in foods. A higher percentage of 65-plus years old consumers use the Nutrition Facts to choose products with lower sugar. 

This IFIC data is reinforced by Innova Market Insights’ research showing one in two U.S. Baby Boomers has been reducing sugar intake or buying more reduced-sugar products, while two in five are cutting back on their consumption of sweet snacks. This includes ice cream. 

This trend is supported by research into the typical shopping basket. 

“Boomers are below-average purchasers of certain sweet products such as chocolate, desserts, ice cream and snack bars,” says Lu Ann Williams, director of innovation at Innova Market Insights. “In contrast, they are markedly more important in the yogurt, sweet baked goods and breakfast cereals categories, so these could offer opportunities for sugar reduction.” Read more here >>>
Oatly’s Path to Alt‑Milk World Domination Starts in New Jersey
By Deena Shanker and Niclas Rolander, Bloomberg
The spring of 2018 was a bad time for baristas across the U.S. The year’s great oat milk shortage had hit its peak, sending caffeine addicts out the door of their favorite cafes in search of any place that could satisfy their fix.

The diehards “are very particular,” says Naomi Morales, the manager of the Upper East Side location of New York City chain Jack’s Stir Brew. They like the creaminess of oat milk—made by blending oats with water, adding enzymes, cooking the mix, then removing the fibers—and claim it has a similar mouthfeel to cow’s milk, but without all the animal welfare and environmental concerns. Almond milk wouldn’t cut it. Soy milk is passé.

Fifteen months later, the dark days have brightened—for baristas, coffee lovers, and especially Oatly AB. In April, the Swedish company widely credited with creating the oat milk category opened a $15 million U.S. processing plant in Millville, N.J.—the first outside Europe. The factory produces about 750,000 gallons of oat base—a thick, lightly sweet liquid that's the main ingredient in all Oatly products—on a monthly basis, according to the company (it won’t disclose total volume).  Read more here >>>
Register Today for the Florida Dairy Production Conference
From Southeast AGNet
Producers are invited to attend the 2019 Florida Dairy Production Conference, Wednesday September 18, 2019 at the Straughn IFAS Extension Center (UF Campus), Gainesville, Florida. The program starts at 9 AM and some of the topics discussed include dairy calf and heifer management, selecting replacement heifers critical aspects for improving reproductive success, nutritional manipulations to improve health and fertility, along with addressing animal welfare concerns in dairy farming and engaging and educating the public about dairy practices. They also will have a session talking about dairy farming and social media. For registration and further details,  click here .
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GA Dairy Classifieds

Registered Brown Swiss dairy cows(6) and heifers(3) for sale. 7 X 24 2004 Featherlight trailer with tack area and 2 cuts $12,000.00 and an Artic 22 semen tank (has a few straws of beef semen inside) $450. Please contact Beth Gearhart, Waynesboro, GA, 352-603-2629 text or call

For Sale: 2016 Tatoma Vertical Twin Screw Mixer. Equipped with Front Discharge and Side Discharge Extension - $35,000.00. 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

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