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California State Holstein Show & Red & White Show

The weather was perfect, the cattle outstanding and California hospitality was rolled out during the 2017 California State Holstein Show, April 21, at the Tulare County Fairgrounds in Tulare, California. Judge Carl Phoenix of Sunderland, Ontario had his work cut out for him as he placed both the Red & Whites and Black & Whites in a high-quality and high-number show. Below are a few photos from the champions. More coverage will be included in the June issue of the HolsteinWorld Exclusive.

Junior Champion honors went to the Fall Calf in the Red & White show. Elaine Alvanche Holiday Red topped one of the largest classes in the Red & Whtie show of the day for JT Leonardo.…
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2017 California Classic Sale

California Holstein enthusiasts gathered in Tulare, California, this week for the Spring Show and Classic Sale. The sale was held Thursday evening, April 20 with 21 Holsteins and embryo packages and six Jersey and an embryo package selling. The Holsteins averaged $3419 while the Jerseys had a $2833 average.

Top selling female was MS Malarky-LR BKW Lady-ET at $10,000. The silky 87-point Brokaw daughter sold fresh in March and with a Very Good Mammary score. Consigned by Miles, Kanani and Soren Price of Martinton, Illinois, she is backed by an EX-92 Sanchez with…
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2017 Virginia Holstein Spring Show

Reported By Terry Perotti

 

This year’s Virginia Spring Show was held on April 1, at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. The dairy barn was full as it was the largest in years with 86 head placed by Mary Creek, Palmyra Farm of Hagerstown, MD.  Judge Creek also presented a showing and fitting workshop the night before the show to youth from all over Virginia.

Our generous sponsors and volunteers made this a very successful show-Margie Ann Dick, Patty Leonard, Rachel Smith, Mike Hendrix, Emma Brown and Dairy Princess royalty, Jeff Meador, Kristy McComb, and Lindsey Heizer.

The day began 23 participants in the youth showmanship contest, resulting in the following placings:

Peewee: Trey Daubert

Novice: 1st-Maggie Toothman, 2nd Bryer Bryant, 3rd Emery Nuckols

Junior: 1st place- Sarah…

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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 atlkmielke@juno.com or by phone 360.201.4033.

The Agriculture Department lowered its 2017 milk production forecast in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report as "reductions in milk per cow offset increases in milk cow numbers."

2017 production and marketings were projected at 217.3 and 216.3 billion pounds respectively, down 200 million pounds from last month. If realized, 2017 production would be up 4.9 billion pounds or 2.3 percent from 2016.

"Fat basis imports were reduced on weaker imports of cheese and…

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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 atlkmielke@juno.com or by phone 360.201.4033.

The March Federal Order Class III benchmark milk price dropped to $15.81 per hundredweight (cwt.), down $1.07 from February but $2.07 above March 2016. It is the lowest Class III price since October 2016 and equates to $1.36 per gallon, down from $1.45 in February and compares to $1.18 a year ago.
 
The First Quarter Class III price average stands at $16.49, up from $13.75 at this time a year ago and $15.73 in 2015.
 
Class III futures late…

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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 atlkmielke@juno.com or by phone 360.201.4033.

March cheese prices went out like a lion. CME cheese saw a big move to the upside Thursday and Friday, despite a fair amount of product finding its way to Chicago but driven in part by demand for fresh cheese and anticipated increasing exports.

The Cheddar blocks marched to $1.52 per pound the last Friday of the month, 8 cents higher on the week, 5 cents above a year ago, and 3 cents above where it was on March 1. The barrels finished at $1.47, up 8 cents on the week, 1 1/2-cents above…

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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 atlkmielke@juno.com or by phone 360.201.4033.

Preliminary USDA data puts February milk output in the top 23 producing states at 15.7 billion pounds, down 1.0 percent from February 2016, however, when adjusting for leap year, output totaled 16.2 billion pounds, up 2.5 percent. The 50-state total, at 17.3 billion pounds, was up 2.3 percent when…

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Tulare DHIA Recognizes Top Herds

            The Tulare County dairy industry turns out full force for the annual banquet of the county DHI association held this year on Mar. 16 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, with over 300 attending.  The Association has 169 herds on test with an average herd size of 2069 cows, six fewer herds but 11,000 more cows than last year.

            Board president Jared Fernandes thanked General Manager David Brown and Field Manager Tony Nunes who in turn recognized the staff of four office workers, three lab technicians and 27 field supervisors.  After a brief business meeting, the highlight of the evening was the presentation of top herd awards, introduction of youth scholarship winners and recognition of longtime agribusinessman and dairy industry supporter Bob Wasnick, partner in the dairy equipment firm, Wasnick Brothers of…

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Badger Invitational Sale Report

THANK YOU to all of our bidders, consignors, and attendees at today's sale!
Our high seller was LOT 40 at $8,400 SSI Detour Maggie-ET, consigned by Mystic Valley Dairy, LLC bought by Cycle Farm Holsteins.
EXCITING NEWS, We averaged $3,180... the third highest average in Badger Invitational history!

(©From Badger Invitational Sale Facebook…

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Introducing Doug and Matt Boop

From HolstienWorld Exclusive

Pennsylvania Juniors with drive and passion for breeding, developing and exhibiting outstanding Holsteins

     Last fall brothers, Doug R., 20, and Matt Boop, 17, Millmont, Pennsylvania, each won their class at both the International Junior Show at Madison, Wisconsin, and the Premier National Junior Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, plus Champion honors at Harrisburg. These boys got an early start in the show ring at five years of age, and since have garnered more than 30 Junior All-American Nominations to date. 

     Their parents are Doug and Jen Boop, and together they operate Heart & Soul Holsteins, a 40-cow Holstein herd with BAA 112.1 (16 EX and 20 VG) and RHA 27,1020M 3.9% 1,070F 3.2% 858P.  Doug is also a nutritionist for Renaissance Nutrition. His parents, Gerald and Kathy Ann Boop (prefix J&K-Vue) are retired…

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Ohio Holstein Sale & Convention

By Cheri Oechsle

The Ohio Holstein Association hosted their annual sale and meeting March 10 and 11 in eastern Ohio. The two-day event kicked off with the sale at the Holmes County Fairground in Millersburg, Ohio. Managed by the Ohio Holstein Association, Randall Kiko, Ohio Holstein Association president and auctioneer for Kiko Auctions cried the sale with Ted Renner reading pedigrees. The average on 67 head was $3,070. Topping the sale was lot 1, a December 2016 Triplecrown Gatedancer-ET daughter out of OCD Supersire 9882-ET VG-86. Selling as the highest GTPI daughter of her dam and sold to date in Ohio, Pine-Tree 9882 Gate 7345-ET was consigned by Matthew Steiner, Pine Tree Dairy of Marshallville, Ohio. The calf was purchased by Oakfield Corners Dairy of New York for $32.000.

Second-high seller of the day was consigned by Springhill-Joyride of Big Prairie, Ohio. Lot 2, Pine-Tree 6481 Jedi 7055-ET is an April 2016 Jedi daughter with +2771 GTPI out of S-S-I PT 8433…

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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 Agriculture Department announced the February Federal order (FO) Class III benchmark milk price at $16.88 per hundredweight (cwt.), up 11 cents from January, $3.08 above…

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            The Western Dairy Management Conference, one of the nation’s premier educational programs for dairymen, attracted over 1800 dairy producers and those in allied industry from around the West and across the country this week Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 28 – Mar. 2 in Reno, Nevada.  Over three days, leading dairy Extension staff made more than 20 educational presentations with the latest research on all facets of dairy cattle management.  In addition, a panel of dairy-friendly attorneys talked about environmental litigation impacting dairies today and there was a roundtable discussion about training the next generation of dairy managers and an update on the latest dairy promotion activities.

There is no trade show here but a wide range of commercial companies, some 80 in all, provide sponsorships to underwrite the costs with many hosting hospitality suites for customers and prospects.  For the first time, in a pre-conference session Tuesday morning, experts from…

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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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