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 ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, is accepting nominations for the sixth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards honoring exceptional dairy farms, businesses and partnerships for their socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound practices.


“Communities – urban and rural – benefit from the individual and collective efforts of dairy farmers and dairy companies that work to advance sustainability,” said Barbara O’Brien, president of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. “We are excited to collect and share success stories that exemplify this commitment, and we continue to depend on people to nominate themselves, their business partners and their neighbors.”


Nominations are open through March 3. All segments along the U.S. dairy value chain and those who promote dairy-related health and wellness are eligible to submit nominations in the following categories:


  • Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability: Recognizes three farms that serve as examples of socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound dairy production. Successful nominees take a holistic approach to sustainability and provide replicable results that can inspire greater industrywide change.
  • Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability: Recognizes dairy processors and manufacturers whose businesses exemplify the triple bottom line of sustainability. Successful nominees have demonstrated both measurable progress and corporate commitment.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Resource Stewardship: Recognizes dairy operations (both on and off the farm) that have measurable success in managing their resources with optimal efficiency and quality. Successful nominees have implemented efficiencies or innovations in areas such as energy, water and soil conservation, manure and waste management and/or renewable energy generation.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Community Partnerships: Recognizes collaborations (both on and off the farm) that improve lives and communities by making positive impacts on health and wellness, hunger relief, workforce development and/or environmental stewardship. Successful nominees will demonstrate instances in which organizations collaborate with other stakeholders in their community to develop practical and effective solutions for shared challenges and goals.


Winner Benefits

The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards have honored 39 businesses in the past five years. Help us celebrate others who make sustainability a reality every day. The 2017 winners will receive:

  • An expense-paid trip to Chicago for the awards ceremony and dairy sustainability events in June
  • National and local recognition of their stories and passion for sustainability
  • A featured case study on to share insights and lessons learned with peers
  • Opportunities to work with others in the dairy community to help advance sustainability


Program Details

The awards are part of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s commitment to Americans to ensure a socially responsible and ever-improving dairy community.


An independent panel of judges evaluates all nominations based on measurable results and the potential for other dairy farms and businesses to adopt the practices. Nominations also are evaluated for demonstrated learning, innovation and improvement as well as scalability. Judges and sponsors will be announced soon.


Visit to submit your nomination by March 3. There is no fee to enter. Winners will be announced in June.

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McCammon Share A Heifer Program

McCammon Share A Heifer Program 

About the man that made this program possible.

Nelson McCammon was born September 29, 1919 and passed May 21, 2012.  He was raised on a diversified dairy farm in southwest Indiana. He graduated from Carlisle High School and attended Purdue University. He earned a Bronze Star during his four years of service in the 38th Infantry Div. of the U.S. Army while stationed in the Pacific, New Guinea, and the Philippine Islands.

Nelson worked for the Curtiss Candy Company Dairy in Chicago for seven years. He mainly worked with their show cattle and became Herdsman for their Brown Swiss and Holstein Herds. He later managed Rolling Acres Guernsey’s in Illinois, CB Farms Brown Swiss of Connecticut and Indiana. Nelson was in charge of the show herds for Norvic Farm Brown Swiss in Lake Mills WI, as well as Cold Springs Brown Swiss, Monroe, WI, and Red Brae Brown Swiss, Eagle, WI. He and his wife Lois bought her parents farm in Clarno Township, Monroe, WI which he named Nelsland. There he bred and developed several All American winning Brown Swiss.

 In 1959, Nelson won the prestigious Klussendorf award which honors ability, character and sportsmanship in the dairy show ring.

A mentor too many, Nelson was always willing to help youth interested in Brown Swiss. He spearheaded the WI Brown Swiss Breeders Share-A-Heifer program which gave WI youth practical experience with dairy cattle. He also annually supported national youth involvement through the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association.


Norman C. Magnussen

McCammon Share-A-Heifer Committee


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Wisconsin Brown Swiss Association, Barb Muenzenberger, Secretary/Treasurer

Coon Valley, WI 608-486-2297

Nelson McCammon Youth Heifer Program accepting applications for 2017.

Mission statement:  To help youth from all breeds, interested in working with dairy cattle gain hands-on experience with high quality Registered Brown Swiss.  By working with Brown Swiss in this manner, it is our hope that youth will learn to appreciate the many outstanding qualities and rewards the Brown Swiss breed offers.

It is intended for this to be a two year program with the applicants being between the ages of 9 and 18 for cows and 9 to19 for heifers as of January 1.  Applicants must be residents of Wisconsin and become members of the Wisconsin Junior and the National Junior Brown Swiss Associations.

Award recipients will receive a grant for 50% (up to a $1000 total) of the purchase price of a Registered Brown Swiss female of any age. Example: If you are selected and purchase an animal for $1500 you will receive a check in the amount of $750.

Nine youth have purchased Registered Brown Swiss heifers since the project started in 2013.

Applications and project reports will be due to the WI/McCammon Youth Heifer Program Committee % Norman C. Magnussen, PO Box 146, Lake Mills, WI 53551 by Feb. 1st. Winners will be presented at the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Annual Meeting March 4, 2017 at Fond du Lac, WI.

Applications and more information about this and other programs can be found at the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Association website at

Norman C. Magnussen

McCammon Share-A-Heifer Committee

PO Box 146

Lake Mills, WI 53551


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2017 Winter Dairy Management

2017 Winter Dairy Management
Don't Be Lame
Register now with your local CCE office to attend!
Winter Dairy Management meetings provide local access to current research and topics that impact the profitability of New York dairy farms. Register with your local Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) office. Farm Service Agency borrower credits are available.

(Order of presentations subject to change at individual site)
10:00 a.m.Identifying Lameness ASAP - Strategies and Protocols for Consistently Identifying Lameness
Vic Daniels - Vic’s Custom Clips Quality Hoof Care, Ontario CA 
Chip Hendrickson, Technical Expert - AgroChem Hoof Care
11:00 a.m.Economic Impact of Lameness - Lameness Impacts Your Bottom Line in More Ways than Just Involuntary Culling
Neil Andrew, Northeast Account Manager - Zinpro Corporation
1:00 p.m.Facilities Impact on Lameness
Lindsay Ferlito, NNY Regional Dairy Specialist - Cornell Cooperative Extension 
Curt Gooch, Sr. Extension Associate - Cornell University PRO-DAIRY
Tim Terry, Regional Farm Strategic Planning Specialist - Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY Team
1:45 p.m.Managing Facilities for Lameness Prevention
Lindsay Ferlito, NNY Regional Dairy Specialist – Cornell Cooperative Extension 
Dr. Rob Lynch, DVM, Dairy Herd Health and Management Specialist - Cornell University PRO-DAIRY
2:30 p.m.Humane Culling Decisions and Transportation
Dr. Rob Lynch, DVM, Dairy Herd Health and Management Specialist - Cornell University PRO-DAIRY
Dr. Jerry Bertoldo, DVM, NWNY Dairy Specialist - Cornell Cooperative Extension
3:00 p.m.Adjourn


Date LocationRegistration Information
January 19
Tally Ho Restaurant
156 Main St.
Richfield Springs, NY 13439
CCE Herkimer County
(315) 866-7920
February 15Frank Bratt Agricultural Center
3542 Turner Road
Jamestown, NY 14701
Lisa Kempisty
(716) 664-9502
March 7Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center
36 Center St, Suite B
Warsaw, NY 14569
Cathy Wallace
(585) 343-3040 x138
March 8CCE Broome County
840 Upper Front St.
Binghamton, NY 13905
Jen Atkinson
(607) 391-2662
March 9Cayuga- Onondaga BOCES
1879 West Genesee Street Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021
Peggy Lillie
(315) 255-1183 x238
Register online
March 10Farm Credit Office
25417 NY Route 12
Burrville (Watertown), NY 13601
Tatum Langworthy
(315) 788-8450
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"Improving Performance Through Better Cow Well-Being" is the theme of the Maryland Dairy Convention set for Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, FSK Mall, in Frederick, Md. All dairy farmers, supporters and industry people from all over are invited to attend an exciting day program hosted by the Maryland Dairy Industry Association and evening event hosted by the Maryland Dairy Shrine. The convention moves to Wednesday this year to accommodate exhibitors and dairy farmers with weekend family events.
The event begins with registration and trade show at 8:30 a.m. and program at 9:20 a.m. The meeting features Nigel Cook, DVM, of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who will keynote the morning program and give an afternoon presentation focusing on barn construction and remodeling, topics requested by previous convention attendees. Two breakout sessions take an in-depth look at the needs of today's dairy producers, including positive conversations about dairy topics, calf housing and a FARM program update.
During the day program, MDIA will recognize Dairies of Distinction. An afternoon workshop, "Telling Our Story on Social Media," will be presented by the American Dairy Association Northeast. The Maryland Dairy Shrine will host the evening banquet, starting at 6:30 p.m. with social time and silent auction. Shining stars of the industry will be inducted into the shrine, while outstanding students will be awarded scholarships.
Room rates at the Holiday Inn are $99 per night, mention Maryland Dairy Convention. Attendees should contact the hotel by January 22 at 301-694-7500 and ask for in-house reservations. 
For more information on the convention, call 301-349-0750, e-mail, visit or go to and search for Maryland Dairy Convention to pay via credit card. Attendees requesting vegetarian meals should call ahead.


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Bayer successfully acquires Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica's US Cydectin product line

SHAWNEE, Kan., Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Bayer today announced the completion of the purchase of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica's CYDECTIN bovine and ovine endectocide products in the U.S. Currently the market leader in livestock insecticides, Bayer now enters into the farm animal endectocide space in the U.S. for the first time with the purchase of CYDECTIN.

"We are pleased to announce the addition of the CYDECTIN products into the Bayer Animal Health portfolio. This transaction underlines a significant milestone for Bayer as we commit to strengthen and invest in our Animal Health business through external opportunities," said Joyce J. Lee, President of Commercial Operations for Animal Health, North America. 

The acquisition includes the transfer of CYDECTIN Pour-On, CYDECTIN Injectable and CYDECTIN Oral Drench. These endectocides with the active ingredient moxidectin offer persistent killing of internal parasites at multiple stages, including the most economically devastating parasite, Ostertagia ostertagi(brown stomach worm) and controls external parasites including lice, grubs and psoroptic mange mites on beef and dairy cattle.

"The CYDECTIN product line will enable Bayer to offer veterinarians and cattle producers more robust insecticide solutions to meet their needs in a dynamic environment," adds Lee. "The integration success of these products into our customer offerings is a key priority for Bayer." 

The CYDECTIN product line will be integrated into Bayer's customer offerings immediately.  Financial terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.

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USDEC offers a preview of the new year, identifying the factors that will shape U.S. dairy export opportunity. 

After most political prognosticators so spectacularly botched their predictions during this year's presidential election, forecasting the future feels even more treacherous than usual. With that in mind, rather than offer a prophecy for dairy exports in 2017, the following five points are more akin to indicators.

These five factors will shape the strength of the U.S. dairy export supply opportunity in the new year. 

1. The European Union (EU) spring flush. It took more than a year for EU milk output to respond to the global oversupply. Even as European commodity prices hit their lowest level in nearly a decade, farmers kept producing more milk, in many cases cushioned (at least temporarily) by processors offering additional support to maintain volumes at levels necessary to maximize the efficiency of manufacturing investments made in the run-up to quota removal.

After 14 straight months of year-on-year milk production gains, EU dairy farmers finally bowed to persistently negative market signals in June 2016. Milk production declined 1.8% from June-September, compared to the previous year. That trend is likely to carry through the fourth quarter, particularly given that farmers fully subscribed to the bloc's voluntary milk reduction scheme, which pays them to produce less milk in October-December (with a small bit of spillover into January). Simply signing up for the scheme does not bind them to reduce output, but many are doing so already anyway.

Heading into 2017, however, the picture becomes less clear. EU farmgate prices are rising—up 10% from July-October—and all that new stainless steel didn't just disappear. European butter, powder and cheese prices rose 22-68% since their trough in the spring.

The question is: Will the turnaround be enough to reinvigorate farmers in 2017, particularly in those states that contributed the biggest gains over the past two years, including Denmark, Ireland and the Netherlands.

While New Zealand production remains an important swing factor, the EU is the 800-pound gorilla in the room. A 1% shift in EU milk production equates to 1.5 million tons of milk. Ongoing declines and shrinking global shares, have made incremental production shifts in Argentina and Australia less impactful..........

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CDFA News Release


Release #16-055

SACRAMENTO, January 4, 2017 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded $257,000 to four organizations for projects that enhance agricultural education and leadership opportunities for students, teachers and youth under the 2016 California Special Interest Plate (CalAgPlate) grant program.

“The CalAgPlate program helps to support agricultural education and leadership opportunities,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “Every purchase and renewal of a CalAgPlate provides funding for activities that enrich the lives of students through exposure to farming and ranching across the state.”

Funded projects include school farm tours with the Dairy Council of California; ‘LearnAboutAg’ assemblies at elementary schools hosted by California Foundation for Ag in the Classroom; an agricultural leadership program in Monterey County for community leaders and professions; and support for California Future Farmers of America’s (FFA) leadership and development programs.  Each of these projects provides educational and leadership opportunities connected to the agricultural sector.

The CalAgPlate program is funded with proceeds generated through the sale of specialized, agriculture-themed license plates through the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

CalAgPlate project abstracts are available online at

Help to support agricultural education and the CalAgPlate program by purchasing a special interest license plate at your local DMV office or online today.

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January 4, 2017

CAFO updates at four WI locations

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation updates are scheduled at four places in east central Wisconsin counties during the mid-winter. » Read more... 

Manure manipulation

Manure is going to be producers’ license to farm in the next generation, says Amber Radatz, co-director of the University of Wisconsin’s Discovery Farms program. » Read more... 

Nutrient plan assistance available in OH

The Ohio State University Extension has four nutrient management plan writers who will be on hand on select days this winter to work with farmers to prepare a free nutrient management plan. » Read more...
Feature News

Farming with a conscience

It’s 102 Fahrenheit at Bateman’s Mosida Farms in Elberta, Utah, 60 miles outside Salt Lake City. The heat is taking its toll on the dairy cows. Fans and soaker hoses run. But the heat is also taking a toll on the farmers and the community as the conflict over water usage grows. 

The Batemans don’t take the water issue lightly. They continue to improve their processes, work hard to create a sustainable farm, and continually educate people about what it takes today to be a food source. Their hard work is one of the reasons they received an Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability award from the Innovation Center for the U.S. Dairy.
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2017 South Dakota Pork Congress 

Jan. 11-12, 2017
Location: Ramkota Exhibit Hall, Sioux Falls, SD
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Manure Management Update 2017 

Jan. 16, 2017
Location: Lethbridge Lodge Hotel, Lethbridge, AB
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2017 Minnesota Pork Congress

Jan. 17-18, 2017
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
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NYFB on minimum wage hike

NY Farm Bureau is state's largest agricultural lobbying/trade organization

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Cuomo on minimum wage increase

As 2017 begins, minimum wage increase has officially gone into effect

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Heart of America Dairy Expo

Fifth annual expo January 19-21 features four nationally known dairy speakers

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Alice in Dairyland apps available

Application materials are due Monday, Feb. 6

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting applications for the 70th Alice in Dairyland, Wisconsin’s agricultural ambassador. Application materials are due Feb. 6.

In this highly visible and fast-paced position, the 70th Alice in Dairyland will cultivate relationships with various television, radio and print media outlets across the state, write and deliver speeches at large and small events and utilize social media to tell the stories of Wisconsin agriculture. Additional duties include developing and executing marketing plans, delivering educational presentations and networking with industry professionals. Alice must also learn and retain information about the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture and be able to tailor that information to educate both urban and rural audiences.

Alice in Dairyland is an honored guest and speaker at many notable Wisconsin events, including State Fair, World Dairy Expo, county fairs, dairy breakfasts, conferences and more. She completes hundreds of television and radio interviews each year and has a daily presence on multiple social media platforms. This public relations position serves as a premier spokesperson and is ideal for a professional woman eager to step into the limelight to promote Wisconsin agriculture.

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Analyses combination helps nutritionists diagnose problems on dairy farms

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Dairy calf respiratory disease

Treatment in the aftermath of cold weather

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Cold weather is not just hard on the people taking care of animals, it can be tough on the animals themselves. Consider respiratory disease (pneumonia) in dairy calves. It’s not just our imagination that cold temperatures often bring with them an increase in sick calves; there are physiologic reasons why cold weather increases the risk of respiratory disease.

Cold weather enhances the growth of certain respiratory germs on the inside of a calf’s nose and upper respiratory tract. The more bacteria present in the upper respiratory tract, the more likely they’ll reach the lower lung and cause pneumonia. Cold weather also thickens up mucus and impairs the work of the “ciliary escalator” – the fine hair-like cell structures that sweep bacteria and foreign material from the lower airways up to the throat to be coughed up. All these factors increase the risk of pneumonia in calves.

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Posted on January 1, 2017

It’s a New Year’s Day tradition for millions – watching the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game. And each year a million or more from all around the world converge in Pasadena to see one or both, up close and personal.

When watching the parade this year, South Valley residents will want to pay close attention and watch for the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) float – where they may just see some familiar faces. Local dairymen, Joe, Joey and Joseph Airoso, and brothers Mario and Joe Simoes were chosen to appear on the float.

This year’s parade theme is “Echoes of Success.” The CMAB chose “Legacy of Generations” as its float theme, and 11 individuals from five long-time California dairy families will ride on the float, representing the 1,300 dairy families within the state..........

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From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of NMPF, and Matt McKnight, Senior Vice President of Market Access, Regulatory and Industry Affairs for USDEC


ARLINGTON, VA – “America’s dairy farmers and processors welcome the opportunity to work closely with Robert Lighthizer as the new U.S. Trade Representative. The role of the U.S. Trade Representative is critical to successful U.S. engagement with growing global markets. Mr. Lighthizer’s previous experiences as Deputy USTR, Chief of Staff for the Senate Finance Committee, and his direct private sector engagement in enforcing trade rules on behalf of his clients will serve him well in forging a path forward on trade policy that will benefit this country. 

“The U.S. dairy industry, like most other agricultural sectors across America, has significantly benefited from the agricultural provisions of prior U.S. free trade agreements. At the same time, however, we face a growing wave of nontariff barriers that threaten to impede overseas sales. Our NAFTA partners epitomize both sides of that story: Our dairy agreement with Mexico has created an export market worth well over $1 billion a year, while on the other side of the border Canada has at every opportunity decided to flout its dairy trade commitments to the U.S.

“A focus on preserving and growing what is working well, while cracking down further on what is not, will help to expand global markets for U.S. dairy farmers and the companies that turn their milk into nutritious dairy products shipped all over the world. Given that every $1 billion in U.S. dairy exports translates into over 23,000 jobs in the dairy sector and related industries, expanding dairy sales abroad is a strong job-creation strategy. 

“USDEC and NMPF look forward to continuing our dialogue with the incoming Administration on the importance of pursuing well-negotiated trade agreements that bolster our ability to serve consumers in foreign markets.”

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(CNN)Former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado is the front-runner to head the US Departure of Agriculture, a source familiar with the transition process told CNN Tuesday.

The owner of a vineyard in California, Maldonado has a farming background. He grew up picking crops with his parents who were agricultural workers themselves. 
Maldonado is Mexican-American. His father is from Mexico while his mother was born in New Mexico. The source stressed putting a farmer in the agriculture secretary spot is key as many of Trump's supporters hail from rural America. Farmers want a farmer in that spot, the source added...........
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University of Minnesota Extension, in collaboration with the Minnesota Dairy Initiative — South Central Region, is staging the Winter Dairy Series in an effort to bring dairy production education to the region.

The 2017 “Women in Dairy” event takes place 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Crow River Winery & Vineyard, three miles east of Hutchinson along State Highway 7. Featured speakers include Alise Sjostrom of Redhead Creamery and Betty Berning from UMN Extension.

This event is designed to inspire women with ties to the dairy industry through networking, education and empowerment. It begins with a registration/social gathering followed by dinner and program speakers at 7 p.m. Advance registration is required. The cost is $20, if received by Jan. 9, or $25 after..........

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DAIRY farmers will not be given the opportunity to vote on cutting the $35 million in annual levies they pay to Dairy Australia this year.

That’s the in-principle decision of the new Dairy Levy Poll Advisory Committee, which for the first time has been granted the power to decide whether a poll should be conducted.

Dairy farmers have previously had the right to vote on the levy rate every five years, with the last poll conducted in 2012.

However, federal Parliament passed legislation last year to form a levy poll advisory committee, which was urged by Dairy Australia in October not to support a poll given it faced a significant drop in income on the back of declining production.........

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