2019 | April 5 GMP E Newsletter
Planting time at Barrington Dairy, Montezuma
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
I'm truly grateful from the bottom of my heart for the prayers, cards, messages, meals and gifts from dairy farm families and industry friends. So many of you have touched me beyond words. My recovery is going great. I am blessed with a very supportive family and I appreciate their help as well in caring for me. I will continue to update my Caring Bridge Page over the next few months to share my health journey. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Eberly Family Farm Receives DFA Dairy of Distinction Award
 From Dairy Farmers of America
Dairy Farmers of America’s (DFA) Members of Distinction program honors members who embody the Cooperative’s core values and excel on their operations, in their communities and in the industry. Each year, one member farm from each of DFA’s seven regional Areas is honored during the Annual Banquet at DFA’s Annual Meeting. This year's Southeast Area recipient is Eberly Family Farm in Waynesboro, Ga.

Eberly Family Farm in Waynesboro, Ga., may be a first-generation dairy, but the family sees dairy as an exciting and thriving industry, and is setting itself up to be part of the future of DFA. A 2014 transition from a pasture-based model to a conventional system helped the Eberly family maximize cow comfort, hygiene, management practices, and ultimately, milk quality. Now they’re passing on that spirit of careful attention to quality to the second generation — with the third not far behind . Full Story Here >>>
Georgia Hosts National Dairy Challenge Competition
From DairyBusiness
Collegiate dairy students – 240 in total – from 29 different states and Canadian provinces traveled to Georgia for the 18 th  annual Dairy Challenge. ®  This trip to the Southern Region of the dairy industry was a great chance for students to put to use all they have learned about analyzing dairy farms and learn new things about this unique region for dairy. Full Story Here>>>
WSB-TV Highlights Milk Makes Amazing Kick-off Event last month in Atlanta.
DFA Highlights the Southeast Member of Distinction - Eberly Family Farm in Waynesboro, Ga
Uplifting quotes set the stage
By Caitlin Rodgers, GA Dairy Farmer, Hoard's Dairyman
Every week, one member of the Hillcrest Farms team will choose a quote to write on the whiteboard in our office for all to see. The quotes can range from Bible verses, inspirational quotes, or even just a thought. It can be anything that benefits the mindset of the farm crew. For instance, last week’s quote was, “There is no better example of faith than a man planting a seed in a field.”

There are some hard weeks on the farm throughout the year, that’s for sure. During those weeks, we feel like the days are never ending. It may be one thing after another: losing a member of the herd, equipment breaking down, getting called in to work several nights throughout the week . . . I could name hundreds of reasons.
Georgia Right to Farm Bill Delayed
From GA Agribusiness Council
HB 545 by House Ag Chairman Tom McCall, and Ag's largest priority issue for the session was unable to make it through the Senate this year, but remains available for consideration when we reconvene in 2020. 

 The Senate substitute, carried by Senate Ag Chairman  John Wilkinson , included amendments that attempted to address several concerns by a few rural Senators regarding specific issues that are ongoing in their districts. Now that session is over, our work will begin immediately to continue the discussion regarding the importance of Right to Farm legislation for Georgia farms and agribusinesses as opportunistic trial lawyers continue to “shop” nuisance cases around the state. These frivolous lawsuits have put farms out of business across the country and we need to close the loopholes in our Right to Farm laws to ensure that this does not take place in our state and force Georgia farmers out of the industry.

For over 40 years, the legislature has handled Ag nuisance laws differently than those in other industries and we want to make sure we maintain the original intent while closing some of the loopholes that have been exposed by changes in agriculture technology and updates to best practices on the farm.

The bill was supported by every major agriculture group in the state as well as support from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce as they made this lawsuit reform bill a score-card issue for legislators.  Governor Brian Kemp  also offered his support for this legislation.
AgGeorgia Farm Credit to Distribute Over $13 Million to Membership
AgGeorgia Farm Credit, a Georgia based agricultural lending cooperative, announced today that dividends totaling $13,572,002 have been declared by its Board of Directors, with receipt by members anticipated the first week of April.

“With so many of our members still recovering from the weather events of last year, it is a great pleasure for our board and staff to be able to return our profits to our membership,” said AgGeorgia CEO Jack Drew. Full Story Here>>>
Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
Upcoming Events >>>
April 4-6, GCA Convention & Beef Expo, Perry

April 6 - UGA Spring Dairy Show, Athens - Click here for more information

April 25 - GA FFA State Convention, Macon

June 20 - UGA Corn Silage Field Day, Tifton
GA Dairy Classifieds

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