2019 | May 31 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
Putnam Dairy Festival Kicks off June Dairy Month Tomorrow in Eatonton!
Tomorrow is the Putnam Dairy Festival! Hosted by the Pilot Club of Eatonton, GA, the annual Putnam County Dairy Festival is an exciting day for the whole family. As a tribute to the dairy industry and local dairy families, the festival acknowledges the success of Putnam County as a leading dairy county in Georgia. People from all over the state gather to celebrate the dairy industry in Putnam County. There will be a parade (10 a.m.), road race, BBQ, free ice cream, arts and crafts, and so much more!
Duvall Selected for 2019-2020 Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Class
Georgia's Mobile Dairy Classroom Coordinator, Nicole Duvall , was recently selected as one of 25 professionals to participate in the 2019-2020 class of Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry (AGL).

Organized by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the purpose of AGL is to educate and empower Georgia’s agricultural leaders to become effective advocates for the largest economic drivers in Georgia — the state’s agriculture and forestry industries.

The AGL program is designed to bring together leaders from all segments of the state’s agriculture, forestry, natural resources and allied industries. Over 16 months, participants will help one another grow through personalized leadership development training geared toward understanding themselves as leaders, analyzing issues facing their industries, and strengthening connections to become catalysts for positive change. Full Story Here>>>
$19.1 billion in nationwide disaster aid stalls in House after single Republican objects
By Jeff Stein and Mike DeBonis, The Washington Post
A House Republican lawmaker blocked a $19.1 billion disaster aid package on Friday, delaying a bill that would send federal funding to disaster-affected areas across the country.

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, voted to block the legislation, which has the support of President Donald Trump and easily passed the Senate on Thursday. His move was met with immediate criticism, including from Republicans representing disaster areas where millions have been waiting for federal help for months.
Roy said he was objecting to the bill because it would add to the country's debt, as well as because it left out $4.4 billion in additional spending for federal operations along the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more here>>>
GA Milk to Run Ads Online for June Dairy Month!
During June Dairy Month, Georgia Milk Producers will run advertisements on our social media sites to highlight our industry's economic impact and to celebrate our dairy farm families.

Please follow @gamilkproducers on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter and share our ads to spread the message!!
Hello summer and heat stress
By Caitlin Rodgers, Georgia dairy farmer, Hoard's Dairyman
Some areas have experienced a lot of rain and cool temperatures in May, but we aren’t one of them.

Each year, we go through rain spells and dry spells, hot spells and cold spells. When it is cold, we are thinking about how nice hot weather would be, and when it is hot, we dream about how good that cold weather felt. It’s just how the world works. We always want what we don’t have. Here in Georgia, it has been in the high 90s and as dry as I have seen it in a really long time. We are really hoping for some rain soon.

While we can’t fix the weather, we can do our best to help our cows thrive through the heat. Some of the main things we really like to focus on during the hottest months of the year include: Far-off dry cows, close-up dry cows, and cows during the first 14 days after calving. The heat impacts these groups the most. We tend to see more retained placentas, metritis, and other fresh cow issues during the hottest parts of the year when the cows are enduring heat stress. Knowing we are up against these issues, we like to take as many precautions as possible to lower the number of cases.
50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists To Point Blame At Fat - BY  C amilia Domonoske, NPR
In the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to  a newly published article  in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to "refute" concerns about sugar's possible role in heart disease. The SRF then sponsored research by Harvard scientists that did just that. The result was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, with no disclosure of the sugar industry funding.

The sugar-funded project in question was a literature review, examining a variety of studies and experiments. It suggested there were major problems with all the studies that implicated sugar, and concluded that cutting fat out of American diets was the best way to address coronary heart disease.

The authors of the new article say that for the past five decades, the sugar industry has been attempting to influence the scientific debate over the relative risks of sugar and fat.
By Beth Newhart, Dairy Reporter
A study commissioned by Noluma International, which offers light protection services and certification for CPG products, suggests that proper light-protective packaging could help stem the decline in fluid milk consumption.

Cows can now be breathalysed to see if they are pregnant, offering farmers a simple alternative to traditional methods. The breathalyser, developed by the start-up Agscent, can detect ultra-small biological compounds and structures which indicate pregnancy, and could help sense respiratory diseases. Source: SkyNews
Check out this Milk On My Mind video featuring Georgia's Hillcrest Farm from Dearing. Follow your state checkoff campaign on Instagram , Twitter and Facebook by searching for @MilkOnMyMind!
Where the 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand on Food and Farming - By  Julia Poska and the Civil Eats Editors
With fewer than 18 months until the 2020 elections, the field is crowded with contenders. There are currently 25 declared presidential candidates, ranging from the well-known (Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren) to the lesser-known (Marianne Williamson, Wayne Messam), and even one candidate who  doesn’t want to win  (Mike Gravel). In mid-April, Republican William Weld became the first Republican challenger to President Trump.

Food and farming haven’t been high on the list of campaign priorities in recent decades, except maybe in Iowa. But this year, that appears to be shifting. With the pivotal role that rural voters played in the 2016 election firmly in mind, many presidential candidates are zooming in to address the challenges that abound in today’s farm country.
Drink all the sludge in your plant “milk”
By Corey Geiger, Managing Editor, Hoard's Dairyman
There are many reasons milk from mammals is called “Nature’s most perfect food.”

Delivering minerals crucial for human life is chief among those reasons.

Casein protein found in milk from mammals has a unique ability to hold calcium and phosphorus in suspension. Copycat, plant-based “milk” beverages lack this attribute.

As a result, when calcium and phosphorus are added or “fortified” to plant-based beverages in order to mimic milk’s attributes, products such as soy and rice drinks fall woefully short on delivering calcium and phosphorus needed to build strong bones and teeth.

“If consumers knew this story, they would not be drinking plant beverages,” stated Lloyd Metzger with South Dakota State University’s Dairy and Food Science Department.
Texas Court Deals Blow to Obama EPA Rule
By Brad Johnson, The Texan
A much-maligned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation broadening the term “waterway” under its regulatory jurisdiction, such that puddles and drainage ditches fell under its purview, was dealt a blow by the Southern District of Texas’ U.S. District Court. The judge, George C. Hanks,   ruled  that the EPA violated the Administrative Procedure Act’s (APA) “notice and comment” provision.

Hanks said the APA was violated by a “deviat[ion] from the Proposed Rule in a way that interested parties could not have reasonably anticipated.” Specifically, that “interested persons [have a right to] an opportunity to participate in the rulemaking through submission of written data, views, or arguments with or without opportunity for oral presentation.”

This, the judge ruled, was not afforded to parties involved. Full Story Here>>>
Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
UGA/UF Corn Silage and Forage Field Day
The 2019  UGA and UF Corn Silage and Forage Field Day  will be held in Tifton, Georgia on June 20. The program starts at 8 AM and concludes with field demonstrations after lunch. The event includes a test plot tour along with educational stops that cover topics like pest control, grazing management and forage quality. A discussion concerning best management practices for making corn silage will also be held. The event will be held at the UGA Tifton Conference Center in Tifton. To register click here - there is no charge to attend, registration is needed for refreshments and lunch . View Brochure and Agenda Here>>>
UGA Advanced Grazing School
The 2019 Advanced Grazing School will be held on July 16 th  and 17 th  at the Livestock Instructional Arena in Athens, GA. This will be an intense two day hands on event that will overlap with the Deep South Stocker Conference on the second day. Registration will include coffee and snacks throughout the day, lunch for both days, a large notebook with handouts and supplemental information, and PLENTY of interactive presentations and hands on learning activities.
Tentative topics for the 2019 Advanced Grazing School will include:
Forage Systems for Stocker Cattle: Cool Season and Warm Season Systems
Economics of Forage Systems
Putting an Entire Forage System Together
Regenerative Grazing: Facts or Fiction?
Grassfed Livestock Production
Data Reviews
Supplementation Strategies
Producer Panel
Fencing and Water Systems Workshop - Click here for registration 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 - $37,500.00. 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

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