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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 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 adjusting for last year’s extra leap day. Revisions lowered the original January estimate 4 million pounds, now pegged at 17 billion pounds, up 2.7 percent from January 2016.

February cow numbers in the 23 states totaled 8.69 million head, up 3,000 from January and 66,000 more than a year ago. Output per cow averaged 1,865 pounds, up 32 pounds from a year ago or 1.7 percent, adjusting for the leap day.

California’s February output slipped below the year ago level for the second month in a row, down 2 percent when adjusting for the leap day. Weather, 21 pounds less per cow, and 15,000 fewer cows were the contributing factors. Wisconsin was up 1.3 percent, with output per cow up 25 pounds, but cow numbers unchanged from a year ago.

Texas continued to “milk it for all its worth,” up 16.3 percent from a year ago, thanks to 40,000 more cows. Output per cow was up 127 pounds but again this is measured against the effects of last year’s Winter Storm Goliath. The other affected state, New Mexico, was up 11.7 percent, on a 130 pound gain per cow and 14,000 more cows.

Michigan milk production was up 4.8 percent, on 11,000 additional cows and 42 pounds more per cow. Idaho also milked 11,000 more cows but saw a 20 pound drop per cow, resulting in just a 0.8 percent increase from 2016.

New York was up 3.8 percent, on a 66 pound gain per cow and 1,000 more cows. Pennsylvania was up 2.9 percent, thanks to a 63 pound gain per cow, but cow numbers were down 5,000 head. Minnesota was up 2.8 percent on a 50 pound gain per cow. Cow numbers were unchanged. Washington was down 2.3 percent, on 2,000 fewer cows, and a weather-caused drop of 30 pounds per cow. HighGround Dairy (HGD) viewed the report as bearish, stating; “Mild winter conditions, high quality feed, and above average income-over-feed margins continue to give producers incentive to drive production growth."

HGD also reported that January marked the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year contraction in EU milk output, which was highly anticipated. “It is not until the second quarter of the year that the industry expects to see a recovery.” HGD adds that, “Even as the herd size is expected to shrink fueled by the Phosphate Reduction Plan in the Netherlands, the European Commission’s economists expect full year 2017 milk production to reflect a gain of 0.6 percent from 2016. The extra milk is expected to flow into cheese and butter while milk powders are expected to show a rather strong loss throughout 2017.”

Speaking of herd size; February dairy cow culling was down from January and a year ago, according to USDA’s latest Livestock Slaughter report. An estimated 253,200 head were

slaughtered under Federal inspection in February, down 15,900 head from January and 3,200 below February 2016, but the data is skewed because of February 2017 having one day less than February 2016.

Hope springs eternal and spring brought a reversal in the March 21Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction. The weighted average for all products offered was up 1.7 percent, after plunging 6.3 percent March 7 and 3.2 percent on February 21.

Skim milk powder again led the declines, down 10.1 percent, following a 15.5 percent plunge in the last event, and 3.8 percent the time before that. Lactose was down 2.7 percent and GDT Cheddar was down 1.0 percent, after dipping 4.2 percent last time.

Butter led the gains, up 4.9 percent, following a 1.2 percent rise last time. Anhydrous milkfat was up 3 percent, after inching 0.8 percent lower, and whole milk powder was up 2.9 percent, after it dropped 12.4 percent on March 7.

In other trade news, Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) accepted 22 requests for export assistance this week from member cooperatives to sell 3.52 million pounds of cheese to customers in Asia and Oceania. The product was contracted for delivery through June and raised CWT’s 2017 exports to 19.1 million pounds of American-type cheeses and 1.38 million pounds of butter (82 percent milkfat) to 12 countries.

We have plenty of product to sell. The February Cold Storage report pegged U.S. butter stocks at a bearish 282.6 million pounds, up 61.1 million pounds or 28 percent from January and 47 million pounds or 20 percent above February 2016.

American type cheese, at 774.1 million pounds, was up 21.9 million pounds or 3 percent from January and 57.7 million or 8 percent above a year ago. The total February cheese inventory stood at 1.26 billion pounds, up 34.9 million pounds or 3 percent from January and 75.1 million or 6 percent above February 2016.

The Agriculture Department announced the April Federal order Class I base milk price at $16.05 per hundredweight, down 85 cents from March, $2.31 above April 2016, and equates to $1.38 per gallon, down from $1.45 in March. It is the lowest Class I since November 2016 and put the four-month average at $16.78, up from $14.30 at this time a year ago and compares to $16.47 in 2015.

The bears found plenty to feed on this week as spring began, yet cheese prices pushed higher. The Cheddar blocks closed Friday at $1.44 per pound, up 4 cents on the week but 4 cents below a year ago. The barrels finished at $1.39, up 2 1/2-cents on the week and 4 cents below a year ago. Nineteen cars of block traded hands on the week at the CME and 23 of barrel.

With the exception of routine plant maintenance, cheese output in the Midwest is active, reports Dairy Market News (DMN). Contractual milk supplies are generally meeting cheese makers' needs. However, spot offers continue to come in at Class to $3.50 under Class. Pizza cheese producers reported a seasonal uptick in orders. Retail orders are steady to

strong. Some suggest increased advertising and promotions have bolstered orders but cheese inventories are long.

Western cheese production is strong and moving steadily through current agreements. New sales appear to be pulling out of the winter doldrums and a few manufacturers suggest sales have drawn down inventories somewhat but the consensus is that stocks are still long, especially for barrel cheese.

Cash butter shed 3 1/4-cents on the week, pressured by large stocks, and closed at $2.0975 per pound, 12 cents above a year ago. That is the lowest it has been since December 15, 2016 but only five cars were sold on the week at the CME.

Butter production is active across the Central U.S., says DMN. Class II interest in cream has yet to affect butter makers' accessibility. Butter demand is reported as fair to strong and some contacts suggest recent butter related news articles have prompted some uptick in ordering.

Western production is active and stable. Demand is steady in advance of spring holidays, but buyers are expressing little interest beyond immediate needs.

Grade A nonfat dry milk climbed to 84 1/2-cents per pound Thursday but it closed Friday at 82 cents, up 1 1/2-cents on the week and 9 1/2-cents above a year ago. Twenty carloads were sold on the week at the CME, 17 on Friday alone.

Checking the bottom line, the latest Margin Watch (MW) from Chicago-based Commodity & Ingredient Hedging LLC says “Dairy margins deteriorated over the first half of March, particularly in Second Quarter, as a sharp drop in milk prices more than offset lower feed costs during the period. Second Quarter margins are now only slightly above a breakeven level after hovering well above the 90th percentile of the previous decade earlier this year.”

“Although deferred margins remain higher than those in nearby periods, they have also weakened recently,” the MW warned. “Milk prices seem to be under pressure from declining domestic demand following the holidays and Super Bowl.

“Corn and soybean meal futures have sold off following the release of USDA’s March WASDE report, which revealed large production increases for South American crops,” the MW reported. Compared to the February estimates, Brazil’s corn crop was raised 5 million tons to 91.5 million, while their soybean crop increased by 4 million tons, to a record 108 million. Argentina’s corn crop was also raised by 1 million tons to 37.5 million.”

FC Stone says grain markets continue to trade under pressure ahead of the March 31 prospective plantings report. “Weather remains near ideal for South American crops and looking favorable for a good start to our domestic planting.”

In politics, as the drama over repealing and replacing Obamacare took the spotlight, Congress is beginning deliberations on the new Farm Bill. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) president and CEO Jim Mulhern testified before the House Agriculture Committee on March 22 that improving the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) must be a top priority.

“While MPP was, and is, the right approach for the future of federal dairy policy, the program in its current form does not provide meaningful safety net support to the nation’s dairy farmers,” Mulhern said, “and a decreasing number have elected to use the program as they saw the program underperforming.”

NMPF has submitted recommendations to change the MPP, including a series of adjustments that will affect the way both feed prices (including corn, alfalfa and soybean meal) and milk prices are calculated.

“The most needed improvement is restoring the feed cost formula to the one originally developed by NMPF,” Mulhern said. “During Congress’s deliberations in 2014, lawmakers implemented a 10-percent cut to the weightings of all three feedstuff components of the MPP feed cost formula, due to what turned out to be an inaccurate budget score from the Congressional Budget Office. The resulting feed formula understates the price to farmers of producing 100 pounds of milk, thereby overstating the actual margins farmers are experiencing,” Mulhern said. “The Agriculture Committee got the calculation right the first time,” he argued, “and thus needs to restore the MPP feed formula to its original level.”

NMPF also asked that Congress direct the Agriculture Department to obtain more precise data for the prices dairy farmers are paying for corn, soybean meal and hay, while also collecting better data for the price farmers receive for milk.

Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), testified that IDFA’s top priority is to “enhance demand for U.S. dairy products, at home and in the global market,” although they no longer support efforts to ban plant-based products from being labeled as "milk”.

He stated that the FDA nor the courts have concluded that to be misleading “so we think this is probably an issue that needs to be resolved in the marketplace."

He also said the industry needs better mechanisms for risk management on both the farm and processor side. He pointed out that processors could also benefit from better tools to protect against the negative impact of price volatility.

“Just as farmers are now looking to improve the MPP and the Livestock Gross Margin insurance program, dairy manufactures also need access to effective risk management tools,” Dykes said. “Forward contracting has provided an important mechanism for manufacturers to directly contract with individual farmers or their cooperatives at a fixed price to reduce price volatility. This program should now be expanded to include all classes of milk and be made permanent.”

He testified that the global marketplace is “critical,” as that is where the U.S. dairy industry can expect the most potential growth and “Exports are driving growth in demand for U.S. farm milk.”

The Progressive Agriculture Association’s Arden Tewksbury however challenged the assertion that the MPP’s problem lies in the feed adjuster. He charged in a March 23 press release that the MPP “only covers about one-half of the dairy farmers’ costs of operating

their dairy farms.” “What about all the other costs that dairy farmers live with every day,” he asked.

Some of the Congressmen related to the problem of losing dairy farmers in their state, none of them challenged anyone to illustrate what can be done to correct the inequities facing dairy farmers, Tewksbury wrote. He stated that Pro-Ag supports the “Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act,” previously introduced by the late Senator Arlen Specter and Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

Lastly; Western United Dairymen (WUD) reports that the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will hold a meeting April 4 in Modesto to gather information regarding quota and how it may operate within a California Federal Milk Marketing Order, if producers vote to approve one.

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The roots of Iowa State originate with agriculture, and more than 150 years later, students still have the opportunity to pursue careers in dairy and food science, keeping with the tradition of providing for Iowa and the rest of the country.........

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By Donny Kwok and Elzio Barreto | HONG KONG

Shares in China Huishan Dairy Holdings plunged 85 percent on Friday, wiping off about $4 billion from its market value before trading was halted in its second suspension in three months.

It was not immediately clear what triggered the slide..........

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Dairy Banquet celebrates area farms

I am pleased to report the 67th annual Ashtabula County Dairy Banquet March 18 at Camp Beaumont in Rock Creek was a great event with 80 persons in attendance. The participants were treated to a wonderful meal catered by the camp staff and to a wide range of activities to celebrate a super year in our local dairy industry. 

We were very excited to be invited to host this year’s banquet at Camp Beaumont. This 1,200-acre Boy Scout Camp located just north of Rock Creek is one of Ashtabula County’s hidden treasures. We were delighted to be able to hold our banquet here and to be treated to the talents of their culinary staff. Thanks to Bill Roloff and his staff for opening their doors to our dairy farmers......

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A quarter-century ago, small farms generated 46% of U.S. agricultural production. Today, the powerhouse of production is the large family farm with more than $1 million a year in gross cash farm income (GCFI). They represented 2.9% of the U.S. farm total in 2015 but were responsible for 42% of ag output, say USDA economists James MacDonald and Robert Hoppe.........

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CONCORD — A $2 million emergency relief fund for the state’s struggling wholesale dairy farms cleared the House of Representatives on Thursday with bipartisan support, despite the protests of opponents who said the proposal was “milking New Hampshire taxpayers.”

The 257-96 vote on SB 10 came after amendments were adopted changing the distribution formula and inserting guarantees against double-dipping by dairy farmers into both the state relief fund and federal crop insurance..........

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News Conference on Immigration Reform

The Idaho Dairymen’s Association believes that Hispanic labor is the backbone of economic vitality in rural Idaho, in large part because of the need for employees on dairy farms there.  The group has been advocating for immigration reform and yesterday held a press conference with Bob Naerebout, executive director of the Association and three others with expertise here.  

Also participating were:  Margie Gonzales, executive director of the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs; Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a Washington D.C. based organization promoting the value of immigrants and immigration; and Charlie Garrison, a Washington based attorney specializing in public affairs in food, ag, immigration and energy policy who represents a number of dairy organizations.

This video was provided by the Idaho Dairymen’s Association.

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Click Here for PDF of Sale Order, Updates and Added Lots

Sale Updates

Lots 1-4 Maternal sisters to Lots 1-4 include:

3 by Redburst EX-90, EX-90 & VG-86

2 by Goldsun VG-88 &VG-87

1 by Alexander VG-87

Lots 6 & 7 Dam is NOW EX-94,2E

Maternal sisters to Lots 6 & 7 include:

4 by Sympatico VG-87, VG-87, VG-85 & VG-85

1 by Fever VG-87

Lot 10-13 Dam is NOW EX-93

Lot 12 3/17 PTA +3.43T +2.11UDC +2.18FLC

Lot 16 Dam is NOW GP-84 @ just 2-01

Lot 17 Maternal sister: Kings-Ransom Door Cassie

*2016 Res. Jr All-NY & HM All-NY

Sisters to Dam include EX-94 Epic, & EX-92 Mogul

Lot 20 Bred 3/19/17 to 507HO12353 Beemer (sexed)

Lot 23 Bred 3/19/17 to 507HO12587 Diamondback (sexed)

Lot 25 Dam is NOW EX-91

Lot 26 Dam is now VG-85

Lot 28 OUT

Lot 30 CORRECTION. Pregs are Due in September

Lot 32 OUT Lot 34 OUT

Lot 37 Bred 3/20/17 to 777HO10146 Solomon (sexed)

Lot 47 now millking 100 lbs/day

Lot 49 OUT Lot 52 Last test- 102 lbs 4.3%F 2.8%P SCC 37,000

Lot 55 OUT

Lot 61 Bred 3/19/17 to 594HO17998 Crush (sexed)

Lot 75 She is polled! Dam spring close & looks great!

Lot 80 *Potential 13th generation VG or EX

Dam will be EX when calbes in June

Dam RIP 2-10 269 21195 3.5 840 3.1 663 inc.

2nd Dam if VG-86 (important!)

Lot 87 Milking 87 lbs/day: Herd DHI code 52-53-0082

Lot 88 OUT

Lot 89 Milking 80 lbs/day; Herd DHI code 52-53-0082

Lot 91 Dam niow milking 170 lbs/day!

Lot 92 26 DIM 3,383M 4.0%F 3.3%P Lot 95 OUT

Lot 96 Carries ultrasound female.

Dam sisters include EX-92 Allen & EX-90 Sept Storm

Dam RIP 269 20412 3.6 726 2.9 592 inc.

Lot 99 DHI herd code: 23-38-0023 Index #1155

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Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding
Application to Serve as Non-Voting, Advisory Member of Board of Directors DEADLINE for submission is 4:00 pm EDT on Monday, April 17, 2017

The CDCB Board would like to appoint non-voting, advisory members of the Board who are able to provide meaningful insight, guidance and perspective to the Board’s work within dairy industry and fulfill traditional board member responsibilities (meeting, attendance and participation, committee service, etc.). Individuals (or organizations that desire to nominate an individual) are encouraged to apply by completing this application (preferred completed PDF file emailed) or by delivering application to:

Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding

4201 Northview Dr., Suite 302 Bowie, MD 20716

The CDCB Board at its sole discretion will select non-voting, advisory members of the Board who will serve until the next annual meeting following the date of appointment or as long as the Board determines in its sole discretion. In evaluating potential non-voting, advisory Board members, the Board will consider, among other things, character, ability to exercise sound judgment, demonstrated leadership, skills (including financial literacy), and experience in the context of the needs of the Board and within the dairy industry.

Name_______________________________________________ Phone_____________________ Organization__________________________________________ Email_____________________ Address_________________________________________________________________________

1. Describe what qualities, skills, experience, employment, and other expertise would aid your service as a non-voting, advisory member of the CDCB Board. (Attach a résumé if relevant.)

2. Why are you and your organization interested in the CDCB? (Please note that organizational/employer support is likely important to successful service as a non-voting, advisory Board member. Most CDCB Board meetings and teleconferences occur during normal business hours. Non-voting, advisory members are not compensated by the CDCB.)

  1. How do you expect to contribute to the CDCB’s mission?

  2. Please address other professional or volunteer commitments that might interfere with your ability to serve as a non-voting advisory member of the CDCB Board.


4201 Northview Drive | Suite 302 | Bowie, MD 20716 | 

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NFU Urges Congress to Vote Against AHCA

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NFU Urges Congress to Vote Against AHCA
Citing the need for family farmers and ranchers to have affordable access to quality health coverage, National Farmers Union urged Congress to vote against the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill is scheduled to be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.
NFU President Roger Johnson sent a letter to the members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, highlighting NFU's primary concerns with the proposed legislation. The organization is troubled by the inclusion of a cap on Medicaid, reforms to the healthcare marketplace, and the proposed system of basing premium subsidies on a person's age, rather than their income.
"NFU's member-driven policy 'affirms the right of all Americans to have access to affordable, quality health care,'" said NFU President Roger Johnson. "We believe the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would have serious negative impacts on farmers' and ranchers' access to affordable health insurance coverage."
The AHCA's proposed system of basing subsidies on age instead of income is particularly troublesome for small farms and younger farmers, noted Johnson.  In 2012, 75 percent of farms sold less than $50,000 in agricultural products and 57% had sales less than $10,000. "Young farm families that don't receive additional income or health benefits from off-farm jobs would find it extremely difficult to purchase health insurance."
Read more in this NFU press release.
The Trump Administration this week released a list of 24 trade practices, including Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), that trade negotiators should prioritize in future negotiations. National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to keep COOL on the list, and to ensure a reinstatement of COOL would be allowable under any renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 

"For thirty years, NFU has championed Country-of-Origin Labeling, and we strongly believe the issue is important to American producers and consumers alike," said NFU President Roger Johnson. "American producers raise the best beef and pork in the world, and they believe consumers should be able to know where the meat at the grocery store came from. The President should stick up for American consumers and producers by ensuring COOL is a priority for his administration's trade negotiations."
Read more in the NFU press release.
Changing Lands, Changing Hands
Land access, agricultural land tenure and farm succession are top challenges for US agriculture. In cooperation with USDA, Land For Good is hosting Changing Lands, Changing Hands from June 13-15 in Denver, Colorado.

This conference will bring together practitioners, educators, policymakers and advocates who work with and on behalf of farmers and landowners of all types, commodities, scales and regions.  While there, attendees will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge, information, and research findings, build professional skills and networks, and collect and disseminate the wealth of ideas, experiences and perspectives from all regions and sectors.
Click here for registration and more information.
Apply for the Beginning Farmer Institute

Beginning farmers and ranchers, the NFU Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) is accepting applications for its 2017/2018 class!

BFI brings together a select, diverse group of new farmers and ranchers from across the country. This group develops leadership and farm management skills together through three in-person meetings throughout the year in Washington, D.C., California, and Missouri.

Learn more about the program by visiting the link below, and apply today! The deadline is fast approaching - March 30, 2017 - so get your applications in quickly!
Applications for next year's BFI are now available on NFU's website. Application postmark deadline is March 30, 2017.
Take the Health Insurance in Agriculture Survey
Health insurance affects family farmers and ranchers and influences their business decisions. Take this USDA-funded survey to help researchers understand how health insurance policy affects farmers' and ranchers' decision to invest, expand, and grow their enterprises.
The study is a joint effort with between the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Policy and the four USDA Rural Development Centers. Findings will be used to develop training materials for professionals who work with farmers and ranchers. The study was originally conducted in 10 states but is now open to farmers across the country until March 31.
New on the NFU Beginning Farmer Column: Gleaning
Hunger is a consistent problem, both globally and nationally. Approximately 12.5% of Americans are food insecure, while 11% of all people are chronically malnourished. While there's no silver bullet for this problem, food producers are in a position to make a difference. On-farm gleaning programs are one option for farmers who want to tackle food insecurity directly.
Check out this post about gleaning on the NFU Beginning Farmer Column. You can also join the Beginning Farmer Forum for more on the conversation!
New on the NFU Climate Column: Gabe Brown's Story
With a focus on building soil quality, Gabe adopted management intensive grazing in 1991, and by 1993, he had converted all of his cropland to no-till. The following year, he began diversifying his crop rotation by adding peas to the spring wheat, oats, and barley that had been grown for many years on the ranch.

The results are remarkable - soil organic matter levels on the ranch have more than doubled and infiltration capacity has increased by 16 times. Brown has used neither insecticides nor fungicides for over a decade, nor synthetic fertilizer since 2008, and he has cut herbicide use on the ranch by 75 percent. Corn yields at Brown's Ranch are 20 percent higher than the county average.
Check out this guest post by Laura Lengnick about  dynamic cropping systems on the  NFU Climate Column. You can also join the NFU Climate Leaders Facebook group for more on the conversation!
NFU Salutes Family Farmers, Ranchers on National Ag Day

WASHINGTON (March 21, 2017) -  Highlighting the important roles family farmers and ranchers play in ensuring food security, National Farmers Union (NFU) joined the agriculture community today in celebrating National Ag Day.

"Family farmers and ranchers play a critical role in providing food, fuel, feed and fiber to both our country and the global population," said NFU President Roger Johnson. "In order to ensure our food security for future generations, we need to be fostering the next generation of family farmers and ranchers today."

The average age of the American farmer is 58 years old, and, according to the 2012 Ag Census, 57 percent of the nation's farmers are within 10 years of retirement age or older. The good news is that the number of young people who said farming was their primary occupation increased by 11 percent between 2007 and 2012.

Read more in the NFU press release.
NFU Lauds Bill to Add USDA to Foreign Investment Committee

WASHINGTON (March 14, 2017) - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today introduced a bill to add the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The Food Security is National Security Act also directs CFIUS to consider U.S. food and agriculture systems when determining whether or not to approve foreign investment in U.S. companies.
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson lauded the bill, citing the importance of maintaining food security for the sake of U.S. national security.
"Potential impacts on global and domestic food security should be a primary consideration for those tasked with ensuring our national security. As we're seeing across the world, food shortages and disputes are leading to massive international crises. Without stability and certainty in our food systems, we can expect similar crises on our own soil." said Johnson.
The U.S. agriculture sector has recently experienced an alarming amount of investment from foreign governments and companies, notably Smithfield's sale to Chinese firm Shuanghui, the Syngenta acquisition by Chinese-government owned group ChemChina, and Bayer's proposed acquisition of Monsanto.
"This foreign investment threatens our domestic food security," noted Johnson. "In the case of biotech, it transfers critical technologies to foreign entities. In meat processing, it has disrupted trade markets, giving foreign competitors an unfair advantage."
"NFU is pleased Sens. Stabenow and Grassley are calling for increased scrutiny on food security implications, and we call on Congress to adopt this commonsense legislation."
Join NFU's Beginning Farmer Forum

The NFU Beginning Farmer Forum is a community of farmers, ranchers, educators, policy makers, and the general public that share common knowledge and interest in helping beginning farmers and ranchers overcome the challenges to starting and sustaining a farming operation in the U.S. It hopes to spread awareness about these challenges, provide insight into how they can be addressed at local, state and national policy levels, and share current resources and tools that benefit.

Join the Beginning Farmer Forum on Facebook to connect with hundreds of other farmers and contribute to the conversation.
NFU Farm Safety Video Series

NFU released a series of farm safety videos in 2016. Through these 10 short videos, we hope to build mass awareness to farm safety issues and contribute to reducing the number of annual farm-related accidents.

The short videos are on these farm safety topics:
  1. General Safety
  2. Power Take-Off
  3. Roll-Over Protection
  4. ATVs
  5. Grain Bins & Augers
  6. Livestock Handling
  7. Transporting Equipment
  8. Handling Chemicals
  9. Electrical Safety
  10. Behavioral Hazards & Child Safety
Visit our website ( to find all of the videos that pertain to your operation, and share with your friends, family and neighbors to help prevent farm-related accidents and casualties! You can also order them here on DVD or USB.
NFU Urges Trump Administration to Avoid Changes that Undermine RFS

In the past couple of  months, there have been reports of a pending executive order to change the point of obligation for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), from refiners to gasoline retailers. NFU urged the Trump Administration to avoid these changes that would undermine the success of the nation's strongest biofuel policy, which has been a boon to rural economies, energy independence, and the environment.
In the past, President Trump has expressed support for renewable biofuels and the RFS, and his administration has stated it's intent to administer the program as written by Congress. Any attempt by the administration to change the point of obligation through an executive order would unnecessarily complicate compliance and undermine the underpinnings of the RFS.
Craig Watts, North Carolina Poultry Grower
NFU Stands with Contract Growers

Contract farmers raise 97% of the chicken consumed in the United States, but they face unfair challenges and hidden risks under the production contracts that are commonly offered by large corporate firms today.

In December, USDA published the Farmer Fair Practices Rules, also known as the GIPSA rules, as an interim final rule and two proposed rules to help balance the relationships between producers and meat packers in the concentrated livestock and poultry industries. NFU was pleased that the long-awaited rules were finally released.

However, the Trump Administration delayed the effective date and comment periods for the three Farmer Fair Practices Rules. In response, NFU President Roger Johnson said, "Family farmers and ranchers have been waiting on the protections provided by the Farmer Fair Practices Rules for far too long, enduring heavily concentrated markets and the unfair practices associated with lack of competition. After having been delayed and obstructed for the past seven years, it's time to end the unnecessary delays to the Farmer Fair Practices Rules and allow these basic protections to be finalized."

There is a common misconception that the Farmer Fair Practices Rules were a "midnight rule" of the Obama Administration. In fact, they are the culmination of nearly a decade of work, having been provided for in the 2008 Farm Bill and undergone the full regulatory process. The USDA went to extensive lengths to ensure public comment was considered and Congress's intent was realized, only to be blocked by riders stuck on appropriations bills in the middle of the night. Though some have disagreed on the policy, both producers and consumers will benefit from the competitive, transparent markets that these rules will help protect. Consequently, in March, NFU President Roger Johnson submitted testimony to the U.S. House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, advocating for the expedient adoption of the Farmer Fair Practices Rules.
Trump Administration Neglects Rural Communities
In mid-March, President Trump issued his fiscal year 2018 federal budget blueprint, calling for a drastic reduction in spending on agriculture- and rural-related agencies and programs.
Among his recommendations is a $4.7 billion cut to USDA, which equates to a 21 percent drop for programs that serve rural and farming communities across the U.S. This huge cut to discretionary spending puts rural development, food safety, conservation and research programs on the chopping block. Additionally, the blueprint provides for a $2.6 billion cut to EPA funding. This 31 percent drop guts the agency's ability to provide essential environmental services and pesticide approval.
Family farmers and ranchers are currently enduring the worst farm economy in well over a decade as well as an inadequate safety net that is hamstrung by $23 billion in budget cuts. Further cuts to agencies and programs that provide support to agriculture and rural communities will compound the difficulties farmers endure, particularly during the current farm crisis. These cuts and the message they send to rural America are deeply disappointing.
To compound these concerns, President Donald Trump failed to mention the words 'rural,' 'farm,' or 'agriculture' in his address to a joint session of Congress in February, even though he touched on a number of subjects that will both directly and indirectly affect American farmers and ranchers.  NFU expressed dismay about the President's statements on trade, immigration, and healthcare. 
The President's plans to replace the "current system of lower-skilled immigration" has many farmers and ranchers on edge, as it neglects the unique and important contribution of immigrant laborers to our national food system and rural economies. Farmers are similarly concerned about the proposed changes in national health insurance policy. Notably, motions to cut support to Medicaid would disproportionately affect farmers and ranchers, a population that is older than average.
To this point, the president has put the needs of rural America and agriculture on the backburner, and, in many cases, on the chopping block. If the President intends to be a champion for all Americans, he must consider the real and lasting impacts of his policy agenda and budget on rural America and family farmers and ranchers.
Member Benefit Highlight: DripWorks

NFU members receive a 10%discount on retail purchases. For discounts up to 25%, NFU members are invited to take advantage of DripWorks' one-step signup process for wholesale pricing. DripWorks provides quality drip irrigation supplies and equipment to people wanting to reap the savings and benefits of using drip irrigation.
Visit to become a member and start saving today.
Visit for a complete listing of all NFU membership benefits.
Call a Doctor 24/7 with Telemedicine
Have you heard the term "telemedicine" recently and wondered what it is? Wonder no more! Telemedicine is a convenient new way to talk to a doctor 24 hours a day 7 days a week when you're having non-emergency medical issues at home or anywhere else not close to a doctor's office.

So how does it work? You get telemedicine when you sign up for the Wellness Access Card for a low $99 yearly fee for the entire family. You will then get access to a 24-hour physician phone line that lets you speak to a real doctor, who will make treatment recommendations and even write prescriptions over the phone for common sickness such as flu, sinus infections, respiratory infections, pink eye and more.

Telemedicine is a great option for those who live in rural areas far away from a doctor's office. You don't need to wait until the morning to visit the doctor if you're feeling under the weather at night.  

There are no age restrictions, and there are even pediatricians available for when your children get sick.  On average we see 97% member satisfaction and 97% physician satisfaction.  On average members receive a call back from the physician in 22 minutes and a guarantee call back within three hours.

All you have to do is sign up for the Wellness Access Card and choose whether you want a monthly or annual membership. Once enrolled you will receive your membership kit, which comes with the telemedicine phone number and specific instructions on how to use it. That's it. No long forms to fill out. Simply call the number and get medical assistance.

To learn more, visit or call (877) 376-8958.
Farmers Union Insurance

Farmers Union Insurance has always been a community-based insurance provider. Founded by Farmers Union leaders in 1945, the company offers personalized, relationship-based service to farmers and rural residents across the Rocky Mountain and upper Midwest states. Last year alone Farmers Union Insurance provided more than 90,000 policies. 
In 2005 Farmers Union Insurance was integrated into the Americas division of the international QBE Insurance Group. As part of the QBE family, Farmers Union Insurance continues to offer quality care and protection to policyholders. Together, QBE and Farmers Union work to maintain the Farmers Union brand to ensure that America's farmers, ranchers and rural residents know that Farmers Union respects and supports their economic needs and livelihoods.
It is an exciting time for Farmers Union Insurance. By working with QBE, Farmers Union Insurance is poised to expand its offerings to new regions and enhance its product line. New products are ready to be rolled out under the Farmers Union brand that will allow family farmers, ranchers and rural residents to choose a policy that is better tailored for their needs. There are imminent plans to expand the geographic offering of Farmers Union Insurance beyond the current footprint and to further support our Nation's rural communities. 
Looking to get the most out of your insurance policy or know a farmer who is? Remember that by choosing a Farmers Union Insurance product you are supporting your state Farmers Union as well as National Farmers Union's 114 year old effort to advocate on behalf of the American family farm.

 Farmers Union Insurance - A QBE Group Partner
Hastings Mutual Partnership

Farmers Union members join for lots of different reasons, but a very fundamental reason is a business reason. They want to get added-value from their membership for their farming operation. In the states where Hasting Mutual Insurance Company operates, the added-value is a very high-quality health insurance partnership that provides many of the insurance products farmers across the country need.

Hastings Mutual provides members top farm insurance products as well as other great coverages including home, auto and commercial insurance. The company operates in six Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Last year alone, the partnership garnered over 500 new memberships in those states.

Know a farmer in one of these six states? Tell them to contact their state farmers union or a Hastings insurance agent in their area to receive discounts on their farm owners policy premium.

Watch the Hastings Mutual/NFU partnership video here.

Visit our website to learn more about your state farmers union. Call Hastings Mutual at 1-800-442-8277 to find an agent near you.
PricebarometerFarmer's Share Price Barometer

February 2017
                           Commodity                            Current        Parity           % of
                           Crops                                        Price             Price            Parity              
Barley (bushel) $5.19 $14.30 34
Corn (bushel)  $3.40 $13.00 26
Cotton, Upland (pound) $0.671 $1.93 35
Flaxseed (bushel) $8.26 $32.10 25
Oats (bushel) $2.31 $8.41 27
Peanuts (pound) $.195 $0.663 29
Rice (cwt) $10.80 $39.50 27
Sorghum Grain (cwt) $4.81 $22.20 22
Soybeans (bushel) $9.71 $31.40 31
Wheat (bushel) $4.02 $17.70 23
Cattle (cwt) $117.00 $320.00 37
Hogs (cwt) $48.10 $161.00 30
Eggs, (dozen) $0.81 $2.94 29
Milk, All (cwt) $18.90 $51.90 37
~Parity prices reflect January 2017 NASS prices 
Taken from "Agricultural Prices," USDA/NASS. 
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Conference features milk quality short courses and presentations, and tours

NEW PRAGUE, MN – Milk quality experts from the Northwest invite you to attend this year’s National Mastitis Council (NMC) Regional Meeting July 19-20 at The Grove Hotel in Boise, Idaho. July 19 features a variety of interactive short courses and dairy farm and meat packing plant tours. On July 20 during the general session, presenters will address milk quality as it relates to parlor throughput, automatic milking systems, organic dairy production, contagious mastitis and beef carcass quality.

“The overall aim of the regional meeting is to help dairy producers produce and market higher quality milk,” said Allan Britten of Udder Health Systems, Meridian, ID, and chair of this year’s regional meeting.  “Five years ago, Idaho and Washington lowered their maximum somatic cell count limit to 400,000 cells/ml for farm milk shipments. State dairy leaders had a strong and visionary milk quality improvement plan. We want to show other dairy producers and their consultants that this milk quality level is achievable and the right thing to do.”

This year’s regional meeting program is targeted toward mastitis/milk quality specialists, dairy producers and their employees, veterinarians, researchers, extension specialists and students who have an interest in high quality milk production. NMC is a Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) provider. Thus, veterinarians attending the meeting can earn continuing education (CE) credits. Additionally, conference attendees can earn American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) CE credits.

Watch the NMC website – – for program updates and registration information. For more information about The Grove Hotel, visit

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has about 1,000 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world.

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Marfady Reduction Sale Updates

Click Here for PDF of Updates

Lot 5     OUT

Lot 12  #2213 pregnant to Golden Dreams. Due 11.11.17

Lot 14  #2479 born 12.8.15 Dam VG 88 Full sister sold for $5100 last week

Lot 21  # 2415 bred 3.16.17 to Solomon

Lot 25  First Lactation 1-10 2x 334d 18344 4.6 845 3.3 607

Lot 35  #2558 is correct HMID not 2559

Lot 43  #2260. DIM is 108 not 180. Fresh 11.15.16 First record 365d 24810 1022f 835p

Lot 47 #2398 Pregnant & due 10-21-17 with ultra-sounded heifer

Lot 56  #2449 OUT

Lot 57  #2394 open to February 9th Ready to breed or Flush

Lot 61  Now registered Marfady Doorman Bianca-ET 840003128182838

Lot 64  #2403 bred 3.16.17 to Solomon

Lot 69  #2392 ultra-sounded bull

Lot 75  #2371 pregnant to Impression. Due 11.11.17

Lot 78a # 2570 HMID is not 2571. Now registered 840003135924083

Lot 81  #2345 due 6.5.17 w/ ultra-sounded bull to Crush

Lot 83  #2413 fresh 3.12.17

Lot 86  # 2437 OUT

Lot 87   #2430    OUT

Lot 91/92  heifer calf HMID is 2565 not 2566

Lot 93  #3727 OUT

Lot 96  #2567 is correct HMID not 2568. Now registered Marfady Golden Dreams Java. 840003135924080 Born 3-1-17

Lot 97  Pregnant First record 1-10 2x 365 23556 4.4 1040 3.5 827

Lot 100  Last lactation SCC 1.2

Lot 106   2nd record 3-2 2x 320d 22519 4.1 923 3.3 751 SCC 1.9

Lot 107   #2317  sells dry Lactation average SCC 2.5

Lot 112a #2566  Now registered as Marfady Bradnick Keepsake 840003135924079

Lot 114  #2542 OUT

Lot 118   First record 2-3 2x 312d 26601 3.9 1041 3.2 863

Lot 120 #2319 bred 3.16.17 to Solomon. First record 1-11 2x 351d 20644 4.0 826 3.5 723

Lot 124   First record 1-11 2x 363d 25156 3.6 909 3.1 771. Open ready to breed

Lot 126    OUT

Lot 130    2-0 2x 365d 21123 3.7 778   3.2 778

Lot 133  #2316  fresh 3.1.17. First record 2-0 2x 365d 24072 4.0 961 3.4 819

Lot 134    First record 2-4 2x 365d 25353 3.9 996 3.3 842. RIP 3-8 2x 90d 9001m 4.2 376 3.0 268/ Milking 107# 5.2 3.1 SCC 2.5

Lot 135   First record 1-10 2x 365d 21213 4.2 899 3.5 753

Lot 139   2-4 record 365d 19141 4.5 852 3.2 621

Lot 140   Fresh 3-18-17. Last lactation SCC 1.5

Lot 143   #10012 Pregnant w/ ultra-sounded heifer. First two records 2-0 2x 300 14864 5.0f 749 3.6 528 and 3-0 2x 313 16412 5.3 873 3.8 619

Lot 147 & 150     OUT

Lot 151A   Calf has eartag #733

Lot 2565   Now registered Marfady Bradnick Tenacious

Sale Order

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PRO-DAIRY Webinars March 2017


Dairy Updates in English and Spanish

Thursday Dairy Updates
PRO-DAIRY in partnership with DAIRYBUSINESS & HOLSTEIN WORLD magazine has launched a new weekly webinar series in English each Thursday from 12:30 to 1:15 pm EST. Registration is not required. Click on the Dairy Webinars section of PRO-DAIRY's website to join. Each webinar is approved for one continuing education unit (CEU) from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS).

March 23, 2017| 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Managing Transition Cows During Heat Stress
Presenter: Dr. Tom Overton, Professor of Dairy Management, Cornell University, Director, PRO-DAIRY, Associate Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Department of Animal Science, Agriculture and Food Systems

Dr. Overton will talk about the effects of heat stress during the dry period on the cow, and also the long-term effects on the calf from new research, and discuss the importance of heat abatement and specific nutritional strategies that may improve transition cow success during heat stress.

Wednesday Webinars in Spanish
PRO-DAIRY is now offering dairy management webinars in Spanish from 12:30 to 1:00 pm the last Wednesday of each month January through April. Registration is not required. Access the webinar link on the Spanish Webinars link on PRO-DAIRY's website to join. 

March 29, 2017| 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Implement Effective Protocols for First Postpartum AI Service in Dairy Cattle
Implementando Protocolos Efectivos de Manejo del Primer Servicio Postparto en Vacas de Leche

Presenter: Matias Stangaferro, DVM, MS, PhD Student

April 26, 2017| 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Second and subsequent AI service management: effective programs combining pregnancy diagnosis and resynchronization of estrus and ovulation

Estrategias de manejo para segundo y subsiguiente servicio: programas efectivos combinando diagnóstico de preñez y resincronización del estro y la ovulación

Presenter: Robert Wijma, DVM, PhD Student

Upcoming Programs

Thursday Dairy Updates and Wednesday Webinars in Spanish
istration is not required. Access the Dairy Webinars and the Spanish Dairy Webinarslinks on PRO-DAIRY's website.

Veterinary Feed Directives
PRO-DAIRY's Dairy Herd Health & Management Specialist, Rob Lynch, DVM, posted a Food and Drug Administration's Veterinary Feed Directive Changes e-Alertabout guidance from the FDA as part of the agency’s policies on judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs.

Q&A with FDA and others on VFD will be held
April 5 at Ontario CCE and April 6 at Saratoga CCE.

CNY Dairy Day

Getting Cows Pregnant Puts Money in Your Pocket 

RESCHEDULED FROM March 14 to March 28 due to weather: Cooperstown, NY

Diversity and Inclusion are part of Cornell's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

For more information about PRO-DAIRY, go to:

Julie Berry, Editor Tom Overton, Director Facebook

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AMARILLO, TEXAS (March 22, 2017) . . .
Producers Ag Insurance Group, Inc. (ProAg), a member of the Tokio Marine HCC (TMHCC) group of companies, today announced a purchase agreement had been signed to acquire crop managing general agent (MGA) International Ag Insurance Solutions, LLC (International Ag). The transaction, which is subject to a number of closing conditions including final approvals by certain International Ag members and regulatory authorities, is expected to close by April 3, 2017. 
Headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, International Ag manages multi-peril crop, crop hail and named peril crop insurance. In 2016, the company managed gross premiums of $67.4 million, as reported by National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS). 
"ProAg believes International Ag provides a complementary platform to add business from a strong group of independent agents, while improving our profitability and enhancing our diversified portfolio. This acquisition shows TMHCC's continued commitment to the U.S. crop insurance space. We are pleased to welcome International Ag's management team, employees and independent agents to ProAg," said Michael Connealy, ProAg's President and Chief Executive Officer. 
"International Ag is excited about the opportunity to join the financially strong and geographically diverse agricultural risk management program of ProAg. Under the guidance and support of ProAg, we will be able to expand our product offerings and elevate the superior service our customers have come to expect," said Rob Boysen, International Ag's Chief Executive Officer. 
"Together with International Ag, we will work through the details to provide a seamless transition for policyholders, agents and employees over the coming months," said Kendall Jones, ProAg's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. 
ProAg is a member of the Tokio Marine HCC group of companies, with a financial strength rating of "A++ (Superior)" from A.M. Best Company, Inc. The company is positioned as a financially strong and well-capitalized crop insurer with over 90 years of experience in protecting the American farmer. ProAg writes multi-peril crop, crop hail, named peril crop and livestock insurance. The company is headquartered in Amarillo, Texas with seven offices spread across the United States. ProAg employs approximately 400 people supporting crop insurance operations in 41 states. For more information about ProAg, please visit ProAg is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 
Tokio Marine HCC is the marketing name used to describe the affiliated companies under the common ownership of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc., a Delaware-incorporated insurance holding company. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Tokio Marine HCC is a leading specialty insurance group with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland. Tokio Marine HCC's major domestic insurance companies have financial strength ratings of "AA- (Very Strong)" from Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC, "A++ (Superior)" from A.M. Best Company, Inc., and "AA- (Very Strong)" from Fitch Ratings; its major international insurance companies have financial strength ratings of "AA- (Very Strong)" from Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC. Tokio Marine HCC is a member of the Tokio Marine Group, a premier global company founded in 1879 with a market capitalization of $31 billion as of December 31, 2016. For more information about Tokio Marine HCC, please visit
Contact: Richard Stinson, Communications & Media Manager 
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Conference features milk quality short courses and presentations, and tours

NEW PRAGUE, MN – Milk quality experts from the Northwest invite you to attend this year’s National Mastitis Council (NMC) Regional Meeting July 19-20 at The Grove Hotel in Boise, Idaho. July 19 features a variety of interactive short courses and dairy farm and meat packing plant tours. On July 20 during the general session, presenters will address milk quality as it relates to parlor throughput, automatic milking systems, organic dairy production, contagious mastitis and beef carcass quality.

“The overall aim of the regional meeting is to help dairy producers produce and market higher quality milk,” said Allan Britten of Udder Health Systems, Meridian, ID, and chair of this year’s regional meeting.  “Five years ago, Idaho and Oregon lowered their maximum somatic cell count limit to 400,000 cells/ml for farm milk shipments. State dairy leaders had a strong and visionary milk quality improvement plan. We want to show other dairy producers and their consultants that this milk quality level is achievable and the right thing to do.”

This year’s regional meeting program is targeted toward mastitis/milk quality specialists, dairy producers and their employees, veterinarians, researchers, extension specialists and students who have an interest in high quality milk production. NMC is a Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) provider. Thus, veterinarians attending the meeting can earn continuing education (CE) credits. Additionally, conference attendees can earn American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) CE credits. 

Watch the NMC website – – for program updates and registration information. For more information about The Grove Hotel, visit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 21, 2017) – This week, more than 1,500 members and guests gathered in Kansas City for the Cooperative’s 19th annual meeting. 

This year’s meeting emphasized what sets the Cooperative apart and those ideals and values that matter most to members, leaders and employees. 

“We’re proud of who we are and what we do, and we want to show the world why,” said Randy Mooney, chairman of DFA’s Board of Directors. “We want to show them what’s behind our pride in our name, pride in our family farmer owners, pride in our businesses, pride in our products that deliver everyday simple pleasures to millions of consumers and pride in our role in society reflected in communities across the country.” 

The meeting kicked off with the chairman’s report, delivered by Mooney, who operates a dairy farm in Rogersville, Mo. Mooney, who also serves as chairman of National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), talked about the importance of the dairy community working together as well as the Cooperative’s ongoing efforts with trade negotiations and regulatory issues impacting the dairy industry. 

An overview of DFA’s business was delivered by President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Smith. His presentation highlighted DFA’s financials for 2016 as well as how the Cooperative strives to take advantage of positive market trends, while also protecting its members from unpredictable market risks. Smith also discussed how the Cooperative remains focused on growing its commercial businesses, in order to better serve and provide value to members. 

“Our dairy farmer members are at the heart of everything that we do at DFA, which is why we want to show the industry, as well as our customers and consumers, why being a part of DFA matters,” said Smith. “As we look to the future, we will continue to look for ways to maximize the milk check, while also identifying growth areas for our commercial businesses and providing on-farm services that make it easier and more profitable for our members to farm.” 

Special guests and additional highlights of the meeting program included: 

  • • A look at the dairy industry’s role in U.S. trade negotiations from Secretary Tom Vilsack, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Dairy Export Council 
  • • Futurist Mike Walsh shared the mega-trends shaping the future of business and lessons learned from successful companies on leveraging innovation, embracing data and transforming agriculture for the digital age 
  • • An overview of dairy promotion activities by Tom Gallagher, chief executive officer of Dairy Management Inc. 

The Cooperative’s Annual Banquet brought a host of recognitions, including the 2017 Members of Distinction. Every year, family members at one farm from each of DFA’s seven regional Areas are recognized for service to their dairies, their families, communities and the industry. 

In addition, outgoing Board Directors Bill Beeman of Kingsley, Pa., Marilyn Calvin of Mount Vernon, Mo., Willem De Boer of Tulare, Calif., Jim Eschliman of Ericson, Neb., Mike Faulkner of Greeley, Colo., Don Gurtner of Fremont, Ind., George Mertens of Sonoma, Calif., Jerry Peterson of Harbor Beach, Mich., Ed Schoen of Phelps, N.Y., and John Woelber of Belen, N.M., were recognized for their contributions to DFA. 

Winners of the 2017 DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship were announced at the banquet. DFA Cares Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students pursuing a career in the dairy industry. This year, 45 recipients will receive a combined total of $53,000 toward their undergraduate and graduate level studies. 

Annual Meeting concluded on Wednesday with the resolutions process, which brought together more than 250 elected delegates from across the nation to vote on a slate of issues that guide the policy position and business activities of DFA for the coming year.

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Turlock Livestock Auction Yard
                       Market Report
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Special Feeder Sale
Receipts of 2637 Hd.

This special sale saw a full house of
sellers and buyers. With a strong test on
most classes of calves and feeders. Weigh
cows and bulls 1-2 cents better than a week ago.

Many thanks to all our Customers for
your quality consignments throughout the
year and a big thanks to all the
 buyers for your continued support.
#1 Med. & Large Frame Steers
300-400 lbs. - $ 155.00 - 177.50
400-500 lbs. - $ 152.00 - 170.00
500-600 lbs. - $ 145.00 - 165.00
600-700 lbs. - $ 135.00 - 150.00
700-800 lbs. - $ 118.00 - 130.00
800-900 lbs. - $ 115.00 - 125.25
#2 Med. & Large Frame Steers
300-400 lbs. - $ 100.00 - 154.00
400-500 lbs. - $ 100.00 - 151.00
500-600 lbs. - $ 100.00 - 144.00
600-700 lbs. - $ 95.00 - 134.00
700-800 lbs. - $ 90.00 - 117.00
800-900 lbs. - $ 75.00 - 114.00
#1 Med. & Large Frame Heifers
300-400 lbs. - $ 135.00 - 159.00
400-500 lbs. - $ 130.00 -149.50
500-600 lbs. - $ 125.00 - 143.00
600-700 lbs. - $ 120.00 - 138.50
700-800 lbs. - $ 112.00 - 121.00
800-900 lbs. - $ 108.00 - 116.75
#2 Med. & Large Frame Heifers
300-400 lbs. - $ 105.00 - 134.00
400-500 lbs. - $ 100.00 - 129.00
500-600 lbs. - $ 80.00 - 124.00
600-700 lbs. - $ 80.00 - 119.00
700-800 lbs. - $ 75.00 - 111.00
800-900 lbs. - $ 75.00 - 107.00
#1 Holstein Steers 
300-400 lbs.. $ 80.00 - 115.00
400-500 lbs.. $ 75.00 - 106.00
500-600 lbs.. $ 70.00 - 87.00
600-700 lbs.. $ 65.00 - 85.00
700-800 lbs.. $ 65.00 - 85.00
800-900 lbs.. $ 60.00 - 89.50
Holstein Barren Heifers
$ 60.00 - 84.00
Weigh Beef Cows 
High Yielding $ 64.00 - $ 74.50
Med Yielding $ 55.00 - $ 63.00
Low Yielding $ 40.00 - $ 54.00
Weigh Dairy Cows 
High Yielding $ 64.00 - $ 72.50
Med Yielding $ 55.00 - $ 63.00
Low Yielding $ 35.00 - $ 54.00
Weigh Bulls 
High Yielding $ 85.00 - $ 95.00
Med Yielding $ 75.00 - $ 84.00
Low Yielding $ 58.00 - $ 74.00
Max Olvera (209) 277-2063
Steve Faria (209) 988-7180
Eddie Nunes (209) 604-6848
Chuck Cozzi (209) 652-4479
Bud Cozzi (209) 652-4480
John Luiz (209) 480-5101
Brandon Baba (209) 480-1267
Jake Bettencourt (209) 262-4019
Tim Sisil (209) 631-6054

Turlock Livestock Auction Yard, Inc.
10430 N. Lander Ave.
Turlock, California 95380

(209) 634-4326
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Early bird rates expire on Monday!

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April 12, 2017 - Syracuse, NY
Presented by PRO-DAIRY and Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance (NEAFA)
Join other feed industry representatives, agriservice personnel, veterinarians, and dairy producers to increase your knowledge of current herd health and nutrition management techniques. 
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. Feeding the Robotic Milking Herd 
Jack Rodenburg, DairyLogix
10:15 a.m. Break 
Exhibits open 
10:45 a.m. Feeding for High Milk Components
Dr. Tom Overton, Cornell University
11:45 a.m. Lunch
Exhibits open 
1:15 p.m. Current Update for Minerals
Dr. Bill Weiss, The Ohio State University
2:15 p.m. Forage Management: Low Lignin Alfalfa, Moisture Content and Leaf Loss at Harvest
Dr. Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin 
3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. High Forage Diets: How to Make It Work (Producer Panel)
Moderator: Corwin Holtz, Holtz Nelson Dairy Consultants
Panelists: Mark Callan, Caledonia, NY and Loren Benware, Madrid, NY 
4:30 p.m. Adjourn
**New in 2017**
Join us on Tuesday, April 11 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. for a pre-conference reception with speakers and sponsors at the Holiday Inn.

(Early Bird Deadline: March 27, 2017)

Early Bird Standard
General Registration $130 $170
CCE/Extension $75 $100
College Faculty $75 $100
Student $35 $50
All fees are per person and may not be split between members of the same company/farm.


Complete conference information is available on the PRO-DAIRY website.

Registration questions? Contact Heather Darrow at (607) 255-4478 or

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