NFU set out Brexit priorities and is the UFU milk price indicator set for a return?......
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.........
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.
Mr Buckley (35) was brought up in North Canterbury, where his father Russ was a "part-time" deer farmer.......
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:.......
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.........
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.
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........
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 www.fooddialogues.com.
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 Alz.org or Alzheimer's Association , PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090. To send condolences or for directions please visit www.kidderfuneralhome.com
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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.........
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.........
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........
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. ........
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.”..........
- Dairy farmers to get multi-million dollar support package
- SA dairy farmers in fight back campaign
- Murray Goulburn drops price, threatening Aussie dairy farmers
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..........