2019 | Sept 27 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
Playoff Loss Births Nutritional Program At Morgan County High School
Not every football loss lies within the x’s and o’s, and this case is true for the Morgan County football team. 

Morgan County lost to Lovett High School 40-7 in the first round of the Georgia High School Association playoffs on Nov. 9, 2018. It was a long night that defensive coordinator Brett Bell anticipated before the first snap of the game. 

“I started looking at our kids during pregame warmups and thought it might be a pretty tough night for us,” Bell said. “Everyone on Lovett’s side looked bigger, healthier, thicker, more muscular and had more definition.” 

As soon as the contest concluded, Bell approached athletic director Doug Connelly with a solution to the problem. 

“I told our athletic director after the game, ‘We have got to start giving our kids more nutrition,’” Bell said.   Read more here>>>
Coming Soon! Dress-A-Cow Contest at GA National Fair
The Georgia National Fair along with the Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation will once again host the Dress-A-Cow Contest. The contest will be held on October 5th at 4 pm in the Foster Rhodes Show Arena. Following the contest we will have a raffle for a Yeti Cooler and two other great prizes donated by Georgia Farm Bureau.
We can't wait to see the creative costumes! 
Dairy Prices Should Average $1 Higher Next Year
By JIM DICKRELL , Milkbusiness.com
Dairy prices will likely average a $1/cwt higher—or more—next year, believe University of Wisconsin dairy economists Bob Cropp and Mark Stephenson. Both are much more optimistic than current future market levels, which have Class III prices tanking to $16 at the start of the year and not recovering back to $17 until next August.

“We will not have a one-month burst to $19 milk [this fall] and then have a collapse. There is no event that would make that happen,” says Stephens.
Cropp says prices could dip to the mid-$17s in the first quarter, but he sees them rebounding to $18 fairly quickly and staying there for the rest of the year.
The Beyond Meat burger is coming to McDonald's in a Canadian test
By Jordan Valinsky, CNN Business
McDonald's  will begin testing a Beyond Meat burger, giving the plant-based meat craze a major endorsement.

The P.L.T. (plant, lettuce, tomato) burger will go on sale in 28 McDonald's locations in Southwestern Ontario, including Canada's largest city, Toronto, for a limited time. The 12-week test will begin Monday.

Beyond Meat's ( BYND ) stock shot up 11.5% on Thursday. Some food industry insiders had speculated that McDonald's could  partner with Nestle  to bring a vegan burger to market in North America. Nestle made McDonald's  vegan burger , the Big Vegan TS, in Germany, one of McDonald's top 5 international markets.

McDonald's ( MCD ) said it is testing the P.L.T. because of customers' growing interest in plant-based alternatives. The company said it's still in  "learning mode,"  so it will review the test's results before adding the Beyond Meat burger elsewhere.  Read more here>>>
ICYMI: 2019 September GA Milk Review
From the GA Milk Producers

This edition covers: Baby Barn a “Must See” at GA National Fair, GMP and ADA of GA Hold Fall District Meetings, Meet ACCM Chairman, Paul Johnson, Modernization of Cattle Identification, and the September Dixie Dairy Report
U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Overtime Rule
By Denise Bode, Michael Best Strategies
This week, the Trump Administration published a  final rule  to raise the salary threshold under which all employees, regardless of occupation, are eligible for overtime pay.

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 requires that full time employees whose jobs do not primarily involve executive, administrative or professional duties are paid at least 1.5 times their regular rate of pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week. Subject to certain exemptions, the standard also applies to every employee regardless of role who earns a salary below a certain threshold.

The Department is:
  • raising the “standard salary level” from the currently enforced level of $455 to $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568 per year for a full-year worker);

  • raising the total annual compensation level for “highly compensated employees (HCE)” from the currently-enforced level of $100,000 to $107,432 per year;

  • allowing employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) that are paid at least annually to satisfy up to 10 percent of the standard salary level, in recognition of evolving pay practices; and

  • revising the special salary levels for workers in U.S. territories and in the motion picture industry.

The final rule will be effective on January 1, 2020. You can read more at the Department of Labor>>>
Ranger Nick: Toy Tractors Are Great, But…
Ranger Nick says, toy tractors are great, but ones that actually do farm work are even better. Ranger Nick interviews Carlton Hale, a third-generation dairy farmer from Watkinsville, Ga., and his son, Russell, on Georgia Farm Monitor this weekend. Hale and friends built several implements for his son, Russell, to enjoy around the farm. 
Dairy Foods Innovation: A Sneak Peek to the Flavors and Colors of Foods and Beverages to be Trending in 2020
By Donna Berry, Berry on Dairy
Vegan leather. I just have to share this new phrase I learned yesterday from a friend’s daughter raving about the material her new water-proof boots are made from. In case you were curious, vegan leather is the new term for plastic! Yes, plastic. Moving on…

It’s been a great week for milk and meat. 

In case you missed the big news about milk: Cow’s milk and water have been singled out as the best beverages for youngsters. That’s right. Leading medical and nutrition organizations issued healthy beverage recommendations on Sept. 18, 2019, for children from birth through five years old. The panel included health experts from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association. They came to consensual agreement that children under one year should be fed breast milk/infant formula and water, and after, up to five years old, should consume only cow’s milk and water. They cautioned against an array of beverages, in particular those with added sugars and caffeine, as well as plant-based/non-dairy milks that provide no unique nutritional value. Read more here >>>
Which drink is best for hydration? Hint: It isn't water
By Lisa Drayer, CNN
When you're thirsty and in need of a drink, which beverages are best at keeping you hydrated?

Sure, you can always reach for a glass of water -- but plain H20 isn't the most hydrating beverage around,  according to a study from Scotland's St. Andrews University  that compared the hydration responses of several different drinks.

The researchers found that while water --  both still and sparkling  --does a pretty good job of quickly hydrating the body, beverages with a little bit of sugar, fat or protein do an even better job of keeping us hydrated for longer. Read more here >>>
Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
Meet Dr. John Ferry, a Tuesday session speaker for the 2020 GA Dairy Conference. Dr. Ferry has 35 years' of experience in dairy practice in northern New York State. He emphasizes cost control and design of efficient and successful labor systems, minimizing culling losses and effective young stock programs. Learn more about the GA Dairy Conference at  www.gadairyconference.com   #2020GDC
Animal Waste Operator and Planner Certification Training in November
A waste planner/operator certification training will be offered in Athens at the UGA Livestock Arena classroom on November 13 & 14, 2019. All permitted livestock operations (other than dry poultry operations) must have a certified animal waste systems operator and an implemented nutrient management plan written by a certified planner. In previous years this has been held as separate trainings, one to certify farm owners/employees to properly manage animal waste systems and the other to certify people to write nutrient management plans.

This training has been combined into one training with break-out sessions on day 2 for topics specific to each group. Both certifications require completion of this course and passing of the exam. This is the final operator/planner certification course this year. The next training will be in March 2020. Click here for registration form and information>>>
Upcoming Events >>>
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. 

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 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:   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