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Fun in the West Sale Brings $1.9 Million

            With 20 Holsteins over 2800 GTPI, the 49 lots of Holsteins and Jerseys sold for a total of $1,917,000 on Feb. 24 in Paso Robles, Calif.  The 42 Holstein lots averaged $40,060 while seven Jersey’s, the first of that breed in this sale series, averaged $33,500.  The lineup featured young calves all sold in absentia and the sale was held in at the Paso Robles Inn in the heart of California’s Central Coast wine region.  Bidding was active on site and there was plenty of activity online and on the phones.  This sale series was begun and continues under the management of The Cattle Exchange, featuring the breed’s highest value genetics sold in attractive locations.  Dave and Merry Rama as sale managers and hosts always help those attending enjoy the event.

            The high seller here at $170,000 was Ms Terra-Linda Mod 188-ET, lot 48, a +2898 GTPI late December Modesty daughter from a +2598 GTPI Yoder dam.  Ranking 35th in the world when combined with the…

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by BlodgettCommunication.com Intern Siana Barrett

What a gorgeous, sunny day it was today in California! Today in Modesto at 9 am, kids started their day by attending the Invest in Your Future Youth Workshop. The workshop had 6 speakers focusing on all aspects of showing, and over 175 kids attending.

Stephen Mast, from Denair, California, taught kids how to bed their dairy cattle at fair.…

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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.

U.S. milk production started 2017 well above a year ago as cow numbers and output per cow remain strong. The Agriculture Department's preliminary data showed January output in the top 23 producing states at 17 billion pounds, up a bearish 2.7 percent from January 2016. The 50-state total, at 18.1 billion pounds, was up 2.5 percent. Revisions lowered the original December estimate 2 million pounds, now pegged at 16.8 billion, up 2.6 percent from December 2015.

January cow numbers…

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            (Clovis, Calif.)  USDA held an information session about its proposed Federal Milk Marketing Order for California here on Feb. 22.  Some 70 people including producers, processors, cooperative officials and government officials attended the half-day session, which was also webcast live in real time.  Dana H. Coale, deputy administrator of dairy programs for USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, headed the delegation of government officials which also included milk marketing administrators from the FMMOs in the West – Cory Hunter of the Southwest region and Bill Wise of the Arizona and Pacific Northwest region.

            Coale said afterwards, “We had an excellent turnout… and we were able to present general information about how the Order would operate”

            AMS…

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2017 WORLD AG EXPO

By BlodgettCommunication.com Intern Siana Barrett

World Ag Expo is celebrating 50 years of being a market place and a celebration of all things agriculture. Where dealers, producers and sellers can converse, invent and innovate new ideas in agriculture.

The World Ag Expo began in 1968, and attracted 157 exhibitors and 28,000 visitors. By the second year, the show doubled in both visitors and exhibitors. Originally named “Tulare’s Field and Row Crop Equipment Show” its name was soon changed in 1969 to “California Farm Equipment Show”. In 1972, the very first foreign manufactures began displaying their products and lead to another name…

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NATIONAL FFA WEEK

By BlodgettCommunication.com Intern Alec Schoof

National FFA Week will begin this Saturday, February 18 through Saturday, February 25. This year marks the 70th year since FFA week was established in 1947 and 69 years since the very first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Annually, the week long tradition encompasses George Washington’s birthday recognizing his legacy as an agriculturalist and a farmer. The FFA emblem displays the broad scope of FFA and agriculture as it consists of five symbols that represent the history, goals, and future of the organization. The five symbols which are the ear of corn, rising sun, plow, eagle, and…

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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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            (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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