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Dairy processor Burra Foods has announced it will lift milk prices for its suppliers. 

The Victorian company is increasing its forecast closing price 10 cents per kilogram, to a range of $4.50-$4.70 per kilogram of milk solids.

It comes days after rival processor Murray Goulburn cut its forecast final price due to a loss of suppliers and wet weather.

Burra Foods CEO Grant Crothers said he does not think the weather will have as significant an effect on his company.

"We've come off the bottom," he said.

"We've been scraping along the bottom for a while, and this is a vote of faith in the markets strength, and that we won't be going backwards in price.........

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Sand and milk: Dairy farming in the desert

Sand and milk: Dairy farming in the desert

By Sally Rae

4:00 PM Monday Oct 24, 2016
Almarai dairy farm in Saudi Arabia. Photo / Clayton Buckley
Almarai dairy farm in Saudi Arabia. Photo / Clayton Buckley
Dairy farming in the Saudi Arabian desert is a far cryfrom the lush, green pastures of New Zealand.

For Clayton Buckley, the past 12 years working for Almarai - the world's largest vertically integrated dairy company - have been quite an experience.

Suffice to say, it was "not like farming here", he said during a recent visit home.

During the peak of summer, it feels like you've got your head stuck in an oven with fan-force on.
Clayton Buckley
Mr Buckley (35) was brought up in North Canterbury, where his father Russ was a "part-time" deer farmer.......

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The long-term viability of the family farm is under threat from the IRS. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the IRS has proposed changes to the way business assets would be valued for estate tax purposes when they are part of a family-owned partnership, LLC or corporation.

These proposed rules will make it much more difficult for families to pass businesses on to the next generation of owners. Farmers and ranchers who operate in a family-owned partnership, LLC or corporation would lose a valuable estate planning tool that could result in increased estate taxes.

Farm Bureau officials say members need to raise their voices and make the Treasury Department withdraw these proposed regulations.

Under current rules, the value of inherited family business assets can be discounted (reduced) because of the following:.......

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A fire Saturday at a dairy farm in Turin destroyed the milk parlor but not the entire barn, Lewis County officials report.

The fire at the East Road farm owned by Matt and Don Partridge was reported at 10:38 p.m. Saturday, and multiple fire departments were called to the scene along with the Lewis County Sheriff's Department and Turin and Constableville ambulances, according to an official fire report.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the milk parlor, and keep it away from two interconnected barns, despite high winds which created additional difficulties, the report states.........

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Pregnant Cows Returned to Farm

STRATFORD, WI (WSAU-WAOW) -- Seven pregnant cows have been returned to a Stratford farm.

The cows are collectively worth around $15,000, and they were found on another farm about thirty miles from Maple Ridge Dairy. Brian Forrest, the owner of Maple Ridge, believes that the cows were stolen, but no charges have been filed.

Forrest tells Newsline 9 the older cows have lost some weight but overall they're all in good condition. The Marathon County Sheriff's Department declined to comment on their investigation.

The cows were part of a group of 30 cows that had gotten loose back on October 4th, though Forrest is sure that all of the gates had been closed. The farm crew found that seven cows were still missing once they took inventory on October 17th.


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Dairy cows feed in Chino, California.
Happy cows may come from California, but their farts could be overheating the atmosphere. 
A new state law aims to reduce methane from cows, but the cattle industry thinks the regulation stinks.  

"I don't have a whole lot of hope that common sense will prevail," said Rob Vandenheuvel, general manager of the Milk Producers Council, a industry group in California. The Golden State has the most dairy cows in the nation with a herd of 1.7 million animals churning out milk. There are also nearly 4 million beef cattle. 

Vandenheuvel may not have much to worry about. The law leaves a lot of wiggle room, and it will take so long to kick in that there's a chance it could end up as little more than a burp in the road. "Any regulation is a ways off," said Dave Clegern, spokesman for the California Air Resources Board.....

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Report: NY has 3rd most organic farms in U.S.

New York has become a leader in organic farming nationwide, according to new data from the state Comptroller’s office. New York has the third most certified organic farms in the country. Their sales rose faster than the nationwide rate last year.

Only California and Wisconsin have more certified organic farms than New York, according to New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office. The state’s 917 organic farms sold more than $220 million in products in 2008-2015. New York ranks second nationally in organic milk, beef, and pork production, and third in organic maple syrup........

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October 2016 - In This Issue:
Job Opportunities with CDE
Scholarships for Women in Dairy
AgBiz Masters Scholarships
PDMP Fall Issues Forum
On-Farm Student Internships
December Roundtable Meetings
Driving Dairy Discussions
Grants for PA Preferred
Dairy Transition Workshop
Summit Sponsorship Options
PYP Recording Now Available
Sam Miller, managing director of agricultural banking at BMO Harris Bank, spoke about the skills needed by dairy farmers to adapt their management style in difficult financial period. Miller was a guest speaker at the 2016 Dairy Financial and Risk Management Conference hosted by the Center for Dairy Excellence at the end of September. 
Register for Driving Dairy Discussion Workshops 
When you hear comments like "I won't eat anything made with milk because it's full of hormones and GMOs," do you think we can do a better job of explaining what we do? 
Misinformation abounds, but it's up to the dairy community to set the record straight. Join us for a Driving Dairy Discussions workshop to learn how to lead positive conversations about tough issues, such as GMOs, alternative beverages, and hormones or antibiotics in milk.

Dates include: 
  • October 19 in Williamsport
  • November 15 in Syracuse, NY
  • November 17 in Eastern Shore
All trainings are scheduled from 9-2 p.m. To register, contact Amy Yeiser Leslie at or 410-353-2418.  
Grants, Resources Available for "PA Preferred" Promotion
The center offers grants for processors and retailersto promote "PA Preferred" and locally-produced dairy products. 
Grants are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be used for labeling changes, point-of-sale or advertising and marketing efforts. Four $2,500 grants are available for first-time applicants, and an additional ten $1,000 grants are available to any applicants. 
To qualify, the recipient must be a member or apply to be a member of the PA Preferred program in good standing and meet the criteria in using the PA Preferred brand.
To learn more, click here
Registration Deadline Oct. 31 for Transition Workshop
Farm family
Transition planning can be a challenge for any farm family. To help dairy farm families navigate the process, the Center for Dairy Excellence and Penn State Cooperative Extension will host a workshop on Dairy Farm Family Transition Planning on Thursday, November 17, at Celebration Hall in State College from 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. The workshop is designed to better equip participants to work through the complex steps of transferring ownership and management of a dairy business to the next generation. Learn more here

Summit Sponsorship
Options Now Available
Companies can now take advantage of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities available for the 2017 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, planned for February 8 - 9 at the Lancaster Marriott in Lancaster, Pa. New options are available for the 2017 event. Be part of the premier dairy event in Pennsylvania by securing your spot now. Click here for more information.  

October Safety Share: 
Prevent Fires on Your Farm
October's Safety Share is courtesy of Nationwide. Click here to learn what you can do to reduce the risk of fire on your farm.
      Monthly Safety Shares serve to remind producers and others in agriculture of how closely we have all come to tragic accidents on the farm. If you have a Safety Share to offer, please email it to Jayne Sebright.
Protecting Your Profits Recording Now Online
If you missed this month's "Protecting Your Profits" conference call with Alan Zepp, dairy risk management program manager, you can access a recording of the webinar by clicking here to receive an update on dairy markets, risk management options and industry dynamics.
       Next month's Protecting Your Profits conference call is planned for Wednesday, October 26, at 12 p.m. To register, call 717-346-0849 or email


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Job Openings with the Center
Part-Time Office Assistant and Birthing Center Project Manager Needed
OFFICE ASSISTANT; The Center for Dairy Excellence is seeking applicants for the role of Office Assistant. This part-time hourly position serves as an administrative assistant and office coordinator for the Center for Dairy Excellence in order to further and facilitate the staff's collective efforts to foster collaboration and provide support for Pennsylvania's dairy industry. This individual will provide specific administrative, clerical, and project assignment support to center staff.
BIRTHING CENTER PROJECT MANAGER: The Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association and Center for Dairy Excellence are leading an effort to develop a Dairy Cow Birthing Center for the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show. The two entities are in search of a Birthing Center Project Manager who will report to the Dairymen's Association Executive Director and be responsible for the planning, coordination and overall management of the Dairy Cow Birthing Center.
Application period for both positions closes October 31, 2016.
Visit to download the application. 
Scholarships for Women in Dairy Conference
Bi-Annual Event Hosted by Penn State Planned for Wednesday, November 2, in Harrisburg
The center is offering twenty $50 scholarships for dairy producers to attend the upcoming Women in Dairy Conference coordinated by thPenn State Extension Dairy Team. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2at thRed Lion Hotel in Harrisburfrom 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Breakout sessions focus on an array of management topics and issues pertinent to dairy.
The first twenty dairy farm women from within Pennsylvania who register will receive the scholarship, up to two scholarships per farm. The scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and will reduce the registration fee by $50. To take advantage of the center's scholarship opportunity,you must register through the Penn State Extension's Women in Dairy webpage. 
Monday, October 17 is the deadline to register. To register or learn more, click here or call Lisa Holden at 814-863-3672. 
Center Offers AgBiz Masters Scholarships
On-Farm Resource Teams and Allies for Advancement Affiliates Encouraged to Apply by October 31
Financial Management Conference
The Center for Dairy Excellence offers scholarship reimbursement for Pennsylvania dairy farmers who are registered to participate in the upcoming AgBiz Masters class hosted by AgChoice Farm Credit. The seventh annual class begins November 2016 through March 2017. AgBiz Masters delivers hands-on business and financial management training to young and beginning farmers.
The AgBiz Masters application fee will be reimbursed at the full rate for dairy farmers participating in the center's On-Farm Resource Teams and up to $50 for participants recruited by the center's Allies for Advancement. To see if you qualify for the reduced scholarship, visit to find a list of the center's Allies for Advancement.
The registration fee of $225 must be received by October 31. The center will issue scholarship reimbursement to qualifying farmers upon completion of the AgBiz Masters program in March 2017.
The deadline to register for the AgBiz Masters class is Monday, October 31. Visit to learn more or complete the application.
PDMP to Host Fall Members Meeting and Issues Forum November 10
Dairy Producers Encouraged to Attend Lancaster Meeting to Learn about Connecting with Consumers
Dairy farmers interested in learning about communicating with consumers are encouraged to attend Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania's (PDMP) Annual Members Meeting and Issues Forum on November 10 starting at 8 a.m at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center.
Board members will be elected during the annual meeting help prior to the Dairy Issues Forum program. During the Issues Forum, a panel of dairy producers will share their insights and experiences in taking action to connect with consumers on behalf of the industry, as well as what resources and tools they use to get the facts on modern dairy to the non-ag community. The day will wrap up with a tour of Oregon Dairy in Lititz.
To register or learn more, visit or email registration@pdmp.orgby November 5th. 
On-Farm Student Internship Enrollment Now Open
Scholarships Available for Students and Farms to Engage in Summer On-Farm Internships
2016 On-Farm Interns and Advisors
The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania, along with Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association, invites students and farms to participate in the On-Farm Internship Program. 
The internship program provides the opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience with a host farm that is committed to mentoring and teaching the next generation. Interested farms and students are required to apply for the program. Deadline to apply is November 30, 2016.
Visit for guidelines and applications.
Save the Dates for Farmer Roundtable Meetings
Center to Host Six Meetings in December
Join us in December for an update and discussion on Pennsylvania and global markets, in addition to information about industry programs and available resources from the center.
Save the date for the Dairy Producer Roundtable Meeting near you:
  • December 9 at 12 noon in East Earl, Pa.
  • December 13 at 11:30 a.m. in Duncansville, Pa.
  • December 13 at 7 p.m. in Meadville, Pa.
  • December 15 at 8:30 a.m. in Lewisburg, Pa.
  • December 15 at 12:30 p.m. in Towanda, Pa.
  • December 16 at 12 noon in Carlisle, Pa.
Registration details will be posted on the "Programs and Events" tab at in coming weeks.  

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Canadian Jersey Cow of the Year Nominees





Canadian Jersey Cow of the Year Nominees



Finalistes pour la vache de l’année



Avonlea Mischief’s Magnolia ET



Green Hectares Extreme Vallie



Maughlin Jamaica Durango


Cow of the Year

More information on each nominee will be available in the December issue of the Canadian Jersey Breeder and on the Jersey Canada website in November.

November 4, 2016 – voting opens

January 9, 2017 – voting ends

There are three ways to vote: on-line, email and in-person, and although each prefix/farm/person can only submit one vote, you do not need to be a Jersey Canada member.


Vache de l'année

Plus d’information sur chacune des finalistes sera disponible dans l’édition decembre de l’Éleveur de Jerseys canadien et sur le site internet de Jersey Canada vers la novembre.
4 november 2016 – debut de scrutin

9 january 2017 – fin du scrutin

Il y a trois façon de voter : en ligne, par courriel ou en personne. Même s’il n’y a qu’un vote par préfixe/ferme/personne, vous navez pas besoin d’être membre de Jersey Canada pour voter.


Canadian Jersey Cow of the Year Nominees

Not a contest for any ordinary cow!

Jersey Canada is pleased to announce three nominees who have been selected to compete for the coveted Canadian Jersey Cow of the Year. The inaugural award began in 2011 and annually recognizes the achievements of Jersey cows who compete to win the title of Cow of the Year.

The nominees are Canadian born purebred Jerseys who showcase longevity, production, genetic merit, and strength of pedigree – both the nominees and winner of this interactive contest are great ambassadors of Canadian genetics.

The nominees selected for the 2016 Canadian Jersey Cow of the Year competition are as follows:


Finalistes pour la vache de l’année

Pas pour les vaches ordinaires!

Jersey Canada est fière d’annoncer les trois finalistes qui ont été sélectionnées pour le concours du titre convoité de Vache Jersey canadienne de l’année. Le prix inaugural a été décerné en 2011 et reconnaît annuellement les accomplissements des vaches Jerseys qui rivalisent pour le titre de Vache de l’année.

Les finalistes sont des Jerseys pur-sang, nées au Canada et qui démontrent la longévité, la production, le mérite génétique et la force de leur héritage – les finalistes et la gagnante de ce concours interactif sont de merveilleux ambassadeurs pour la génétique canadienne.

Les finalistes pour la compétition 2016 de la Vache Jersey canadienne de l’année sont:


Avonlea Mischief’s Magnolia ET


SUP-Ex 92-4E

Breeder / Éleveur: Avonlea Genetics Inc., Brighton, Ontario

Owner / Propriétaire: Unique Stock Farm, Rochester, Alberta & Robert Jarrell, Corbyville, Ontario


Green Hectares Extreme Vallie


SUP-Ex 91-5E

Breeder / Éleveur: Stan Coleman, Innisfail, Alberta 

Owner / propriétaire: Bramville Jerseys, Nokomis, Saskatchewan


Maughlin Jamaica Durango


SUP-Ex 93-8E

Breeder & Owner / Éleveur et propriétaire: Maughlin Farms Inc., Rockwood, Ontario

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Letter to Dannon Protests Environmentally-Damaging Move to Deselect GMOs


ARLINGTON, VA (October 17, 2016) – Leaders of the nation’s top farming organizations joined together today in urging food companies to recognize that their sustainability goals, intended to reduce the use of natural resources, cannot be achieved without the use of modern agricultural practices, despite any misleading assertions to the contrary.

This focus on deceptive food company marketing claims is in response to Dannon’s recent pledge to eliminate the use of safe and proven crop technology to feed the dairy cows that supply milk for its yogurt products. Dannon is one of several prominent food manufacturers and retailers that in recent years has taken steps to eliminate genetically-modified ingredients from its supply, claiming that such a move improves the sustainability of its products. 

In a letter sent today to Mariano Lozano, head of Dannon’s U.S. operations, the farm groups said that the company’s strategy to eliminate GMOs “is the exact opposite of the sustainable agriculture that you claim to be seeking.  Your pledge would force farmers to abandon safe, sustainable farming practices that have enhanced farm productivity over the last 20 years while greatly reducing the carbon footprint of American agriculture.”

“This is just marketing puffery, not any true innovation that improves the actual product offered to consumers,” said Randy Mooney, chairman of the National Milk Producers Federation, and a dairy farmer from Rogersville, Missouri. “What’s worse is that removing GMOs from the equation is harmful to the environment –  the opposite of what these companies claim to be attempting to achieve.”

The letter was cosigned by the farmer leaders of the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, American Sugarbeet Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Milk Producers Federation and U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Collectively, the six organizations represent hundreds of thousands of farmers and food producers across the U.S.

The groups agree that biotechnology plays an important role in reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture, and challenged as disingenuous the assertion that sustainability is enhanced by stopping the use of GMO processes.

During the last 20 years, advancements in agricultural technology have allowed farmers to use less pesticides and herbicides, fossil fuels, and water, and prevent the loss of soil to erosion. Taking away this technology is akin to turning back the clock and using outdated 20th century technology to run a business.

“Farming organizations are standing up for the technology that supports continuous improvement in farm sustainability. Farmers and ranchers have grown GMO crops over the past 20 years precisely because biotechnology helps farmers preserve resources for the future,” said Nancy Kavazanjian, chairwoman of U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), and a corn, soybean and wheat farmer in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. “When food companies are making sourcing decisions, farm groups encourage them to recognize that modern, conventional agriculture is sustainable.”

Numerous, conclusive studies have come out over the last 20 years proving the safety of GMO food and the environmental benefits of growing GM crops. Most recently, 109 Nobel laureates announced their support of GMO technology, citing a study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine saying, “the study committee found no substantiated evidence of a difference in risks to human health between current commercially available genetically engineered (GE) crops and conventionally bred crops, nor did it find conclusive cause-and-effect evidence of environmental problems from the GE crops.”

“Despite overwhelming evidence supporting the safety GMO crops and their benefits to the environment, marketers of some major food brands, such as Dannon, have aligned themselves against biotechnology,” said Wesley Spurlock, President of the National Corn Growers Association. “Farming organizations believe in open and honest communication with consumers, and allowing people to make informed choices in the market.  But we cannot sit by while certain food companies spread misinformation under the guise of a marketing campaign.”

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance CEO Randy Krotz also adds, “When food companies directly mislead consumers, as has been done in this example with Dannon, individual farmers as well as farm organizations will continue to assertively defend our critical technologies.”

For more information on sustainability in agriculture visit  

Find this news release on our website.

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Obituary for Alfred A. Dunklee

Alfred A. Dunklee

1929-2016 VERNON, VT Alfred A. Dunklee, a longtime owner and operator of Vern-Mont Farm, LLC, a thriving dairy farm in Vernon, VT, died Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in Greenfield, Massachusetts at the age of 87 years. A lifelong resident of Vernon, VT; Alfred was married to his wife, Martha Whitney, on May 31, 1962 in Manchester, MD; they were married for 54 years. He was born on August 4, 1929 in Northfield, Massachusetts, the son of Warren and Mildred (Lackey) Dunklee. He graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1947. Alfred also attended Vermont State Agricultural School later known as Vermont Technical College and graduated in 1946. He then joined his father in running the family dairy farm. Over the years he continued to expand its operation and was always striving to be a good steward of the land. In later years, he could often be found touring the farm on a golf cart. A longtime supporter of the Boston Red Sox, he was ecstatic when they won the World Series in 2004. He said that he didn't know if he would live long enough to see the Sox win a World Series in his life time. He had a passion for owning John Deere tractors and farm equipment. Alfred was a people person and enjoyed talking to people in person and frequently on the phone. He took great pride in growing tall, green corn and was often a winner of the National Corn Growers Yield contest for the state of Vermont. Alfred served on the Board of Directors of Yankee Farm Credit Bank or one of its predecessors for 33 years. He was Chairman of the bank board for 17 years. He served his community as a town lister in the early 1970's. He was active in numerous agriculture organizations: Holstein Association USA, National DHIA, New England Milk Promotion Board and Vermont Farm Bureau. Besides his wife, Martha, he is survived by his son, Jeffrey and his wife Kelli of Vernon, VT and granddaughter Whitney, and his sister Martha (Dunklee) LaMoria of Newfane, VT and his many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his dog, Maggie. Alfred was predeceased in death by his mother and father and two sisters, Ruth (Dunklee) Johnson and Alma (Dunklee) Mankowsky. Friends and family may call on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Avenue, Northfield, MA. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 10:00 am at Vernon Advent Christian Church, 4554 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT with Reverend Bruce C. Burks officiating. Burial will follow at South Vernon Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held after the burial at the farm. Memorial donations can be made to Alzheimer's Association at or Alzheimer's Association , PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090. To send condolences or for directions please visit

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The 2016 HOKKAIDO HOLSTEIN NATIONAL SHOW was held September 24th & 25th 2016, Abira, Hokkaido, Japan
444 head shown  (388 Holsteins, 30 Jerseys, 26 Junior Cup)
Official Judge
HIDEO MATSUBARA (Breeder from Shimizu, Hokkaido)
Associate Judge & Official Judge of the Jersey Show
JUN HOSONO (President of Alta Japan)
Judge of the Junior Cup & the Showmanship Contest
TADASHI TAKAHASHI (President of All Japan Breeders Service)
This is a show that is held every year, and for the Holstein show, only animals that placed high at their county qualification shows, can be exhibited.
The Junior Champions were selected out of 7 heifer classes.
Out of these 7 heifer classes, only daughters of bulls that were progeny proven in Japan could be exhibited in the first class.
There were 2 milking classes (2 yr olds & 3 yr olds), where only daughters of bulls that were progeny proven in Japan, could be exhibited.
Intermediate Champions were selected out of these 2 classes, plus Jr 2, Sr 2, Jr 3, Sr 3 classes; total out of 6 classes.
Senior Champions were selected out of the 4yr, 5yr & Aged cow classes.
The JUNIOR CUP held at the end of the 1st day, had two heifer classes, and the heifers could only be led by exhibitors 20 yrs old and younger, and the exhibitors needed to have prepared the heifers. 
The Junior Cup Champion & Junior Cup Reserve Champion were selected out of these two classes.
A Jersey show was held at the beginning of the 2nd day. Jr Champions were selected out of 2 heifer classes and Sr Champions were selected out of 2 milking classes.
In addition, a showmanship contest was held on the 2nd day, after the Jersey classes.
The Golden National Sale was held on the night of the 24th. 
21 head were sold at an average of 1,520,000 yens (Approx. $14,500). 
Highest selling animal was sold for 3,580,000 yens (Approx. $34,000).



#922 TMF Morsan Missy Goldcoast ET (Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood ET)
Owner: Live-Field (Obihiro)
Breeder: Mark Butz (U.S.A.)
1st place Jr 2 yr old
It is many years since a 2 year old has been selected as Grand Champion at this show.
(Granddam: Eastside Lewisdale Gold Missy)
#1417 Grandale Astro Rudy Roy (UFM-Dubs Goldroy-ET)
Owner: Masahiko Iwata (Kitahiroshima)
Breeder: Eiji Kagayama (Horonobe)
1st place 4 yr old
#521 Water-Dream Lystel Chip ET (Mr Chassity Gold Chip-ET)
Owner: Katsuhide Mizusaki (Nakasatsunai)
Breeder: Koichi Sato (Hiroo)
1st place Middle Yearling Heifer
(4th dam: Comestar L Or Black)
#312 TMF Maple Brokaw ST Camomile ET (Mr Atwood Brokaw-ET)
Owner: Koichi Sato (Hiroo)
Breeder: Jeff Butler (U.S.A.)
1st place Junior Yearling Heifer
(Dam: Silvermaple Damion Camomile)
#1517 Essence Gold Apollo L Durham ET (Braedale Goldwyn)
Owner: Kazutaka Kuriki (Toyotomi)
Breeder: Ichinori Kuriki (Toyotomi)
1st place 5 yr old
#1217 Amida Princess Gold Chip Rosa (Mr Chassity Gold Chip-ET)
Owner & Breeder: Amida Farm (Rikubetsu)
1st place Jr 3 yr old
#2007 Light-Hope Minister Reggins (Select-Scott Minister-ET)
Owner: Tokachi Kato Farm (Obihiro)
Breeder: Makoto Fujiuchi (Shihoro)
#1904 Seno-Farm Valentino Cherry (All Lynns Louie Valentino-ET)
Owner & Breeder: Seno Farm (Iwamizawa)
#1802 Asanabe VB LV Quick Valentine (Arethusa Verbatim Response-ET)
Owner:  Esteria Dairy Service (Hiroo)
Breeder: Daigo Tsutsui (Okayama)
#1712 Green-Pasture Tequila Iatola (Tower Vue Prime Tequila-ET)
Owner & Breeder: Masanori Watanabe (Kunneppu)
#J217 DH Skutch Marlin (De-Su BKM Mccutchen 1174-ET)
Exhibitor: Mizuho Yamauchi (Kitami)
Breeder: Makoto Yamauchi (Kitami)
#J211 Ladys-Manor Blake Love Heroine (Walnutlawn Blake ET)
Exhibitor: Momoka Fujiwara (Obihiro)
Breeder: Yoichi Amano (Sarabetsu)
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Dairy leadership, communication training

JUNEAU, Wis. — Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) brings dairy farmers the PDPW Dairy’s Visible Voice® Winter Series, leadership development through effective communication.  This professional development curriculum will run five training dates, November 2016 through April 2017.  The training is designed to empower dairy farmers and other industry professionals with the skills needed to lead the industry while protecting their farm’s brand.

The 5-part leadership series will provide attendees a peer-group experience.  The focus of this training is to offer proven communication skills to position the dairy business for success, while enabling positive interaction with one’s local community. Namely, attendees will have great emphasis on common elements that are key to developing and implementing a comprehensive communication plan for their individual farm.........

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Bluechip Genetics dispersal tops $50,000

COWS sold to a top of $50,000 at the Bluechip Genetics dispersal at Zeerust today.

Halfway through the sale of up to 188 lots, the highest price lot was this year’s intermediate champion at the Victorian Winter Fair selling for $50,000.

Bluechip Goldwyn Frosty-IMP-ET VG89-Max had calved in June and was open.

Among her number of show accolades she was also third place in the three years in-milk class at this year’s International Dairy Week.

This Holstein was offered for sale by Bluechip Genetics, Toi Toi Genetics and Averill Leslie and purchased by the Crawford family who operate stud Holstein operation Coolea Holsteins at Numbaa, NSW.........

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Pawnee Farm Arlinda Chief was one of the most prolific bulls in the history of Holstein cattle breeding — but he also introduced a lethal gene into the population, responsible for an estimated half million spontaneous abortions worldwide. Now researchers have identified the mutation responsible, enabling ranchers to test for and avoid it. 

Born in 1962, Chief produced 16,000 daughters, 500,000 granddaughters, and more than 2 million great-granddaughters. His sons were also popular sires. As a result, Chief’s chromosomes account for almost 14 percent of the genome in the current Holstein population in the United States........

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ROCHESTER, Minn.—The Sheehan family of Sheeknoll Farms didn't know how their Holstein Thomas would do at the World Dairy Expo.

They've been attending the expo regularly for years and knew the cow was the best of the best.

"If you go down to Expo expecting to do well, you'll be humbled in a hurry," Robert Sheehan said.

At the same time, he and his wife Jeannette had seen the success Thomas, who's called Sheeknoll Durham Arrow in the show ring, had achieved all summer. They brought her to Madison for the big Oct. 4-8 expo, after winning at the Minnesota State Holstein Show and the Midwest Fall National Holstein Show. ........

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FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys continue to come up with innovations for their new home at The Star – extending all the way to the way they eat.

On Thursday morning, the organization announced a new partnership with Dairy MAX – a first-of-its-kind venture in the NFL. The newly created nutrition partnership provides an additional touchpoint outside of schools, complementing the already successful teamwork between Dairy MAX and the Dallas Cowboys through Fuel Up to Play 60.

“As many of you know, we like to be innovative and like to have an opportunity to be first in everything that we can do. This extension with Dairy MAX and the nutrition program as it relates to Fuel Up to Play 60 is no exception,” said Cowboys executive vice president Charlotte Jones Anderson. “As you saw this morning, it’s the first time that an NFL team has ever branded inside a facility – especially around the health and nutrition space.”..........

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DEBT-RIDDEN dairy farmers are being denied loans to keep their businesses afloat because misinformation from the State Government is deterring applications, industry leaders say.

Only two of the state’s 65 suppliers to Murray Goulburn and Fonterra milk companies have received a low-interest dairy concessional loan funded by the Commonwealth.

This means only $2 million of the $15 million available to South Australian dairy farmers has been lent, while Victorian farmers have already received $30 million and the Federal Government has made a further $20 million available..........

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