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DeLaval at World Ag Expo

            Milking equipment companies make a big investment in their displays at World Ag Expo with lots of space and high tech exhibits including equipment installations.  At DeLaval, Francisco Rodriguez, DVM, explained the wide range of robotic technologies

Photo Caption(A DeLaval VMS robotic unit mounted on a trailer used across the West for demonstrations and training.  A similar unit is used in the East.)

 offered to dairy producers large and small, ranging from the complete robotic milking set-ups to teat spray applicators for conventional rotaries, calf feeders and even body condition scoring.  As integrated robotics manager for North America, he noted that while today there are 40,000 robotic milking units of all brands on farms globally today, he predicts by…

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The Quest For Continued Excellence

HolsteinWorld Exclusive Jan. / Feb. Editorial

by Cheri Oechsle-managing editor

It’s a cold snowy day here in the Midwest with temperatures expected to drop. But my office is warm, I can see the heifers eating hay outside my window and all seems to be right in my little corner after the last few weeks of exciting planning.

It’s a pleasure to be back with the HolsteinWorld Exclusive. Yes, I say back. Many moons ago, more than I care to admit in writing, I was an intern for a summer when the HolsteinWorld was still in Sandy Creek, New York. I met Carol Moyer and Bill Woodruff during those years, along with Joel Hastings and many of the staff that have now moved on to other things. I remember a…

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It’s all about the fun in life

By Cheri Oechsle


All-American nominations come from across the country and from small and large breeders. Pappys Farm in Utah has been building a reputation for breeding these kind in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains that are developing into outstanding individuals.

Greek immigrant Alex Papageorge found a life in America settling in Utah. Owner of a confectionary in town, he purchased a farm outside of Ogden in 1926 and moved the family there to begin milking cows when the children started arriving. The brothers, Harry and Jim, established the registered stock through purchases of cull cows and bulls from one of the greatest breeding…

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This Week in Dairy - Lee Mielke

Lee Mielke is a veteran dairy journalist and broadcaster, currently carried in a dozen Ag newspapers nationally.  This column is prepared especially for the readers of DairyBusiness. Based in Lynden, Wash., he can be reached by email at lkmielke@juno.com or by phone 360.201.4033.

On Feb. 14, USDA did post in the Federal Register its recommended Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) for California, as indicated last week.  The 213-page document proposes to continue the California quota program as administered by the state ag department but would not require mandatory pooling of all Class II, III and IV milk as had been requested in the co-ops’…

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This Week in Dairy - Lee Mielke

Lee Mielke is a veteran dairy journalist and broadcaster, currently carried in a dozen Ag newspapers nationally. This column is prepared especially for the readers of DairyBusiness. Based in Lynden, Wash., he can be reached by email at lkmielke@juno.com or by phone 360.201.4033

The February 7 Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction saw its weighted average for all products offered climb 1.3 percent after inching up 0.6 percent January 17, which followed drops of 3.9 percent on January 3 and 0.5 percent December 20.

Buttermilk powder again led the declines, down 7.5 percent, after dropping 10.1 percent January 17. Cheddar cheese was down 3.7 percent, after a 1.3 percent gain. Rennet casein inched 0.4 percent lower, after leading the gains last…

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This Week in Dairy - Lee Mielke

Lee Mielke is a veteran dairy journalist and broadcaster, currently carried in a dozen Ag newspapers nationally. This column is prepared especially for the readers of DairyBusiness. Based in Lynden, Wash., he can be reached by email at lkmielke@juno.com or by phone 360.201.4033

Federal order (FO) and California benchmark milk prices start 2017 in the wrong direction. The Agriculture Department announced the January FO Class III price at $16.77 per hundredweight (cwt.), down 63 cents from December but $3.05 above January 2016 and 78 cents above California's comparable 4b price. It equates to $1.44 per gallon, down from $1.50 in December and compares to $1.18 a year ago.

Class III futures late Friday morning portended a February price of $16.83 per cwt.;…

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IDFA Dairy Forum – Bright Future for Dairy

            (Orlando, Fla.) Despite the challenges facing processors as well as producers in the dairy industry, many veteran observers here were impressed by the optimism found at the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) Dairy Forum held Jan. 28 – Feb. 1 in Orlando, Fla.  Notable were a number of offshore officials who believe the U.S. industry is well suited to become a truly global force in dairy, with productive and efficient dairy producers combined with an innovative and aggressive roster of processors providing a wide range of high quality dairy products for growing global markets.

            Speaking to the 1000-plus attendees, former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, the newly named president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, said, “I’m incredibly optimistic.” Vilsack said that the industry must “collaborate, cooperate and communicate” to take advantages of international opportunities.  With an eye on today’s headlines and knowing that Mexico is the…

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California Holstein Convention

            A successful sale averaging $5129, a new president, educational sessions and a very active Junior program were highlights of the California Holstein Convention held Jan. 26 – 28 in Fresno, hosted by the Fresno - Madera Holstein Club. 

Events began at the Maddox Dairy in Riverdale, site of the Convention Sale, a RuAnn Genetics tag sale and a barbecue meal with all the trimmings with over 500 attending.  The 60-plus head in the auction and the tag sale cattle were beautifully presented under the direction of Graisson Schmidt.  The high seller at $14,000 was a first-choice female by Doorman from Silvermaple Windham Camille (EX-92, 3y), the Supreme Champion of the Junior Show at Expo last year from an EX-95 and All-American dam.  The consignors were Christian Cunninham and Mile Price of Penngrove, Calif., and the buyer was Ken Melvold of Fresno with Howard Binder and Joanne Evans.

  In keeping with the “carnival” theme of the convention, midway type rides and…

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This Week in Dairy

U.S. Production Up… More Cows, More Per Cow

By Lee Mielke

Lee Mielke is a veteran dairy journalist and broadcaster,

currently carried in a dozen Ag newspapers nationally.  This

column is prepared especially for the readers of DairyBusiness.

Based in Lynden, Wash., he can be reached by email

at lkmielke@juno.com or by phone 360.201.4033 

Market bears are still not hibernating and have plenty to feed on. U.S. milk production, contrary to what’s happening globally, is running strong, thanks to increasing cow numbers and strong output per cow, though most analysts viewed the December Milk Production report as neutral to the…

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Submitted by Terry A. Perotti 

After about two years of preparation, the 100th anniversary of the Virginia Holstein Association came to a celebratory conclusion November 18th and 19th at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference center in Staunton. On Friday, November 18th, registration opened as close to 200 attendees visited the Holstein memorabilia room to look at historical displays, featuring news clippings, pictures, sale catalogs and equipment supplied by members and friends of Virginia Holsteins and coordinated by Cecelia Moyer.  A milk punch was served by the state dairy maids during the social hour before the banquet.

Table centerpieces were created by Beth Grove Foster and Terry Perotti with assistance from the Fort Defiance horticulture class and sponsored by the following farm families:          Brookfield Farm,Clarmay Holsteins, Eastview Farm, Inc, Flatlick and S&D…

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This Week in Dairy

Perdue to be USDA Secretary; Vilsack to Lead USDEC

By Lee Mielke

  Lee Mielke is a veteran dairy journalist and broadcaster,

currently appearing in a dozen Ag newspapers nationally.  This

column is prepared especially for the readers of DairyBusiness.

Based in Lynden, Wash., he can be reached by email

at lkmielke@juno.com or by phone 360.201.4033 

 

 President Elect Donald Trump has become President Trump and, as hearings began on Capitol Hill on appointees to his cabinet, it was announced that former Georgia Governor George E. “Sonny” Perdue is his pick for Agriculture Secretary.

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Click here for the premier issue of the new HolsteinWorld Exclusive! Check out the Holstein All-American Nominations and the All-American Jersey Contest. And enter the Popular Judging Contest online by going to dairybusiness.com/aa. Enjoy the feature story on the Papageorge family in Utah, too.


This is the first of ten very special issues to be published in 2017 under the direction Cheri Oechsle, managing editor of Purebred Publications.


We thank these leading breeders for their advertising support…

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It was  a great turnout by NY Holstein breeders for the sale Thursday night in Liverpool, NY. A great pre-sale happy hour gave everyone a chance to have their favorite libation, great food, and meet with fellow Holstein enthusiasts. People attended from several states, as well as Canada.  Bidding was lively from the room and online for the 23 live lots sold and additional 12 embryo lots sold.
Lot 1 AOT Modesty Hoss-ET was the high seller at $50,000 to Pine Tree Dairy in Ohio. The September Modesty heifer comes in at +2829 GTPI, and was announced as being the #6 heifer in the breed for Feed Efficiency. She is out of a VG-87 (at 2-10) Supersire dam and the granddam is the famous VG-88 Cookiecutter MOM Halo-ET.…
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This Week in Dairy

USDA Raises its Projection for

2017 Class III Price 

By Lee Mielke

 

 Lee Mielke is a veteran dairy journalist and broadcaster,

currently carried in a dozen Ag newspapers nationally.  This

column is prepared especially for the readers of DairyBusiness.

Based in Lynden, Wash., he can be reached by email

at lkmielke@juno.com or by phone 360.201.4033 

 

The Agriculture Department raised its 2016 milk production forecast from a month ago due to a slightly higher…

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THE HOLIDAY HARVEST SALE RESULTS

By HAYLEIGH BERI (Blodgett Communications intern)

The Holiday Harvest Sale was held Thursday, December 22, in East Lansing, Michigan. The sun was shining as a crowd gathered inside the Michigan State Livestock Pavilion, while others watched online from the comfort of their homes.

HIGH SELLER’S 

LOT 1: VIEW-HOME MRDIAN IOWA (VG-86)
GTPI +2576 (DAUGHTERS UP TO +2886 GTPI)
SOLD FOR $27,000 TO AUSTIN YODER,…

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