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Controversy over 25-cent cups of milk

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ALBANY (AP) — New York’s governor is finding out that, in politics, something as simple as a 25-cent cup of milk can turn sour fast.

Just last summer, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo was hailed as a hero for stepping in with a state subsidy to prevent a price hike to 50 cents for the popular cups of white and chocolate milk at New York State Fair’s beloved Milk Bar, which for generations has been a shrine to the state’s dairy industry complete with life-size people sculpted in butter.

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ROCK SPRINGS, WISC. – Following the April sire summaries, International Protein Sires activated five new bulls over +2700 GTPI.  “We are pleased to announce the release of five new genomic tested young sires with superior ratings over +2700 GTPI.  Several of our previously introduced sires made substantial genetic gains; however the new releases came in with still higher numbers.  With each sire summary, the IPS lineup gains stature with genetics that assure farmers of long lasting, profitable dairy cows,” said Ron Sersland, President and CEO of IPS.

Leading the IPS wave of high index releases is 566HO1281 DARK HORSE at +2735 GTPI.  DARK HORSE has outstanding conformation; +3.17 type, +3.20 UDC and + 2.30 FLC.  His milk yield and components are also superior; +1,515 lbs. milk, +69 lbs. fat (+.04%) and +54 lbs. protein (+.03%).  DARK HORSE also excels at productive life with a +6.1 rating.  This genetic leader is backed by a cow family known for exceptional production and type.  His sire stack follows; Hang Time, Mogul, Superstition and Baxter. 

566HO1269 BOOST is another triple plus type bull at +2719 GTPI.  BOOST excels in all major type categories; +3.05 type, +3.09 UC and +2.44 FLC.  The bull is also superior for milk at +1,188 lbs. along with +73 lbs. fat (+.11%) and 52 lbs. protein (+.06%).  The dam of BOOST is a VG, two-year-old Meridian daughter.  His grandam is an EX-94 Shottle daughter with 55,290 lbs. milk and 2,029 lbs. fat.  BOOST traces back to Gypsy Grand who is the grandam of Goldwyn.    

566HO1273 JARGON, at +2724 GTPI, is the milk leader among the new IPS releases at +2,364 lbs.  JARDON is noteworthy for components with +82 lbs. fat and +75 lbs. protein.  His type traits are also admirable; +2.28 type, +1.62 UDC and +1.47 FLC.  And, his credible productive life at +5.2, gives JARDON a +794 NM$ rating.  A son of Montrose Duke, JARGON is from a VG-87 daughter of Jacey, while his grandam is an EX-91 Planet daughter.           

566HO1272 DONT PASS is a shining star at +2712 GTPI.  This genetic pacesetter comes in at +860 NM$ with a sterling +8.2 productive life rating.  DONT PASS is a complete package; milk yield at +1,210 lbs. and type at +1.99.  He is also superior for components, having positive test for both fat and protein.  DONT PASS is sired by Modesty.  His dam is an Excellent daughter of the Superstition son, Day.  And, his next dam is a VG-Gold Medal daughter of Planet.     

Rounding out this elite group of prestigious releases is 566HO1278 MY TIME at +2712 GTPI.  This breed leader shows an impressive balance of performance and conformation traits resulting in a superb +8.8 productive life rating.  MY TIME is +1,392 lbs. milk and double plus for component test with a combined +123 lbs.  His conformation traits are rated at +1.94 for type and +2.09 FLC.  MY TIME is sired by Jedi from a Very Good, high component daughter of Numero Uno.  His grandam is an Excellent daughter of Freddie while his third dam is an Excellent Shottle daughter.

These first-rate additions support the IPS philosophy to provide total performance genetics sought by dairy farmers throughout the world.  IPS semen is available around the globe through company employees and independent distributors.  Located in Rock Springs, Wisconsin, you may obtain additional information about IPS through their website, or by calling toll free: 1.800.542.7593

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The National Dairy FARM Program released in mid-March a new stockmanship training video as part of the program’s partnership with the National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program.

The 27-minute video is divided into several chapters, including “Point of Balance,” “Understanding the Flight Zone” and “Utilizing Tools to Effectively Move Cattle.” Each segment contains reminder points and multiple choice questions to test viewers’ understanding of the content. The video can serve as a training resource to satisfy the FARM Animal Care Version 3.0 requirement for annual employee training.

The video, directed by Dr. Robert Hagevoort of New Mexico State and the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium is available on the FARM Program website and YouTube page in both English and Spanish.

One FARM Program family recently received recognition for their work in stockmanship. Dale and Carol Hoffman were awarded the 2017 National Beef Quality Assurance Award in March. The award is given to outstanding members of the beef industry in five categories: Cow-Calf, Feedyard, Dairy, Marketer and Educator

The Hoffmans (pictured right) are members of Land O’ Lakes, Inc., and hail from Pennsylvania. Their farmbegan in 1976 with just 40 cows and 400 acres, but has since expanded to include 800 milking cows.

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Dairy 101: US Farm Structure 
and Processing Basics 


Last month, dairy professionals from around the world joined us for a look at US farm structure and processing basics. Thanks to everyone who joined us live and to those who watched the recorded presentation.

During the second installment of the Blimling and Associates Dairy 101 series, Duane Banderob and Kathleen Noble will guide you through the magic that happens in dairy plants coast to coast, as manufacturers convert wholesome farm milk into an array of finished dairy products and ingredients.

Topics will include:

  • Regional milk utilization 
  • Basic process flows and product yields 
  • US production trends 
  • By-products and balancing 

As always, attendance is free but seats are limited.

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Webinar Details 

Dairy 101: Milk Utilization and Processing Basics 
April 20, 2017
12:00 PM CST


Kathleen Noble
Blimling and Associates

Duane Banderob
Blimling and Associates


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Visalia, Calif., April 10, 2017 – College dairy students – 230 in total – from 25 states and three Canadian provinces traversed to sunny California for the 16th annual Dairy Challenge®. This was the first time many of the students had visited a western dairy, which provided extra intrigue and challenge in their task as a consultant team for a local dairy.

Visalia, Calif., was home base for the 2017 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge® (NAIDC) held March 30 to April 1, with seven area dairies participating in the educational event. Dairy students from 37 colleges worked to improve their dairy management and communication skills, networked with other students, and explored industry careers.

“The California dairy community really came together to make possible this premier college event – from host dairies, to agribusiness sponsors and dairy product donors, and the more than 100 volunteers that helped plan and coordinate the Dairy Challenge,” explained Chad Wright, DVM, of Bidart Dairy and co-chair of the event planning committee.

Dairy Challenge is a unique, real-world experience where dairy students work as a team and apply their college coursework to evaluate and provide solutions for an operating dairy farm. In Visalia, two programs ran concurrently – the 16th annual Dairy Challenge contest and the fifth annual Dairy Challenge Academy. The events were coordinated by the NAIDC Board of Directors and the western planning committee.

This year’s contest included 34 universities, whose four-person teams competed for awards based on their quality of teams’ farm analysis and appropriate solutions. Their farm presentations were evaluated by a panel of five judges, including dairy producers, veterinarians, finance specialists and seasoned agribusiness personnel.

The Academy provided interactive training for nearly 90 students from four-year universities or two-year dairy programs. Academy participants were divided into smaller groups including students from various schools, and dairy industry volunteers worked as Advisors to coach these less-experienced Academy participants as they assessed the dairy and developed recommendations.

Dairy Challenge Applies Learning to a Real-world Dairy

Over its 16-year history, Dairy Challenge has helped more than 5,000 students prepare for careers in the dairy industry, dairy production and veterinary medicine.

“Dairy Challenge is a tremendous collaboration between universities, dairy producers and agribusinesses – all working together toward a common mission to help develop tomorrow’s dairy leaders and continually improve the dairy industry,” said Amy te Plate-Church of Look East PR and NAIDC board chair. “It’s inspiring to hear the individual stories from participants. Many have gotten jobs through Dairy Challenge, or they decided to work in the dairy industry because of Dairy Challenge. Host farms have implemented solutions that made a real difference, and dairy science curriculums are ever-evolving to teach students the skills necessary for success in the modern dairy environment.” 

The three-day event began with learning stations at Airosa Dairy in Pixley, Calif., where the Airosa team and their consultants helped students better understand California dairy conditions and shared details about reproduction, nutrition, cow comfort, milking protocols and other key areas. Back at the Visalia Convention Center, students participated in educational seminars and enjoyed a Taste of California dinner.

Day One concluded with the contest and Academy participants receiving in-depth management data from a local dairy. The next day, all students had a short time – only two hours – to visit their assigned dairy and witness dairy operations. After a question-answer session with the farm owners, the student teams developed recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, cow comfort, and labor and financial management.  

On Day Three, students presented their recommendations to the judging panel, visited with sponsors at the Career and Innovation Fair, and learned through presentations from top-level NAIDC sponsors. These talks were presented by:

  • Ryan Camara and Chad Van Hofwegen, Farm Credit West – “How to Prepare for Your Lender”
  • Cris Hatch – All West/Select Sires – “Making Your Genetic Investment Work for You”
  • Heather Lee, Genex Cooperative, Inc., and Simon Vander Woude, Vander Woude Dairy – “New Opportunities in Genetics”
  • Josh Ligan, Cargill – “The Interview Process from the Interviewer’s Perspective”
  • Christie Underwood, Ph.D., Purina Land O’ Lakes – “The Growing Dairy Industry in China”

Eight College Teams Earn Top Awards

At Saturday evening’s banquet, the following contest teams and students were announced as First Place winners, with each student receiving a $200 scholarship.

  • Cornell University: Grant Feldpausch, Lauren Hill, Clyde Sammons, Jamie St. Pierre and Dr. Mike Van Amburgh (coach)
  • North Carolina State University: Melissa Helms, Jared Robbins, Aimee Sink, Amanda Smith and Dr. Steve Washburn (coach)
  • University of Minnesota: Johanna Knorr, Andrew Krause, Fredrick Mansfield, Lance Sexton and Marcia Endres (coach)
  • Virginia Tech: Linda Beckett, Whitney Bowman, Daniel Comyn, Mary-Katherine Jones and Dr. Alex White (coach) 

Teams and students earning Second Place and $100 student scholarships include:

  • Kansas State University: Jocelyn Flowers, Stephanie Geven, Michael Rottinghaus, Audrey Schmitz and Jared Johnson (coach) 
  • The Ohio State University: Angela Evers, Greta Stridsberg, Jacob Triplett, Brittany Webb and Dr. Maurice Eastridge (coach)
    • SUNY Cobleskill: Megan Hill, Rachael Marsh, Cheryl Staats, Megan Terrell and Kimberly Tarvis (coach)
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison: Henry Holdorf, Courtney McCourt, Jessica Pralle, Maxwell Shenkenberg and Theodore Halbach (coach)

All Dairy Challenge contest participants received a lifetime membership to National Dairy Shrine, compliments of Allflex USA and Lely North America.

Total Industry Effort

Six dairy farms opened up their farms for analysis and in exchange, received a wealth of ideas from students and judges. Host farms for the 2017 Dairy Challenge were:

  • Dairyland Farms, Tipton, Calif.
  • El Monte Dairy, Tipton, Calif.
  • Fern Oaks Farm, Porterville, Calif.
  • Jer-Z-Boyz Ranch, Pixley, Calif.
  • M.F. Rosa Dairy, Hanford, Calif.
  • Wreden Ranch, Hanford, Calif.

“On behalf of all the students and organizers, we sincerely thank the hundreds of individuals and organizations that made this event possible,” said Wright. “We look forward to hosting the national contest here in the Central Valley again next year, especially with this strong base of support.”

About Dairy Challenge

NAIDC is an innovative event for students in dairy programs at North American post-secondary institutions. Its mission is to develop tomorrow’s dairy leaders and enhance progress of the dairy industry, by providing education, communication and networking among students, producers, and agribusiness and university personnel. Over its 16-year national history, Dairy Challenge has helped prepare more than 5,000 students for careers as farm owners and managers, consultants, researchers, veterinarians or other dairy professionals. The next national event also be hosted in Visalia, Calif., April 12-14, 2018. Four regional events are held in late fall and winter; details are


2017 NAIDC Full Group Photo

Coming from 37 colleges in 25 states and three provinces, 230 students participated in the three-day Dairy Challenge, held March 3-April 1, in Visalia, Calif.

2017 NAIDC First Place Teams

Caption: Earning first place honors at the 2017 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge® were teams from Cornell University, North Carolina State University, University of Minnesota, and Virginia Tech.

First Row Row (L-R): Jared Robbins, Aimee Sink, Amanda Smith and Melissa Helms (all of NC State); Andrew Krause, Fredrick Mansfield, Lance Sexton and Johanna Knorr (all from University of Minnesota).

Second Row Row (L-R): Dr Alex White, Virginia Tech coach; Kas Ingawa, NC State coach; Whitney Bowman, Virginia Tech; Dr. Steve Washburn, NC State coach; Daniel Comyn, Virginia Tech; Linda Beckett and Mary-Katherine Jones from Virginia Tech; Lauren Hill, Clyde Sammons, Jamie St. Pierre and Grant Feldpausch (all from Cornell); Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Coach at Cornell University; Dr. Marcia Endres, Coach at University of Minnesota.

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New Prague, Minn. (April 10, 2017) − Richard Pursley, Michigan State University (MSU) professor of animal science, will provide an update on ovulation synchronization (Ovsynch) programs during the next Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) webinar. Scheduled for April 28, at 1 p.m. Central Time, attendees will learn how to enhance dairy cattle pregnancy rates via Ovsynch.

Pursley and his team at MSU developed a new pre-synchrony method, G6G, which improves synchronization outcomes to Ovsynch and allows more cows a chance to become pregnant. In two studies, G6G outperformed traditional Ovsynch. Adding G6G to an already present Ovsynch program should help optimize timed AI in lactating dairy cows, according to the research. 

To register for this webinar, visit and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate. If you are a DCRC member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar at Special thanks go to Zoetis for sponsoring this webinar.

The 2017 webinar series provides information-packed forums every other month. These highly regarded sessions offer attendees from across the United States and around the world access to high-quality information and interaction with industry experts from the comfort of their farm or office.

For more information, e-mail Pablo Pinedo, DCRC education committee chair, at or e-mail DCRC at

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.




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DAIRY NEWS – The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) announce the 2017 PDPW Youth Leadership Derby®for teens ages 15-18. The two-day event is April 22-23, 2017, with registration at 10:00 a.m. and pick up on day two at 12:15 p.m., from Colby High School. 

As dairy’s premier youth educational event, both farm and non-farm teens will connect with progressive dairy farmers, veterinarians and industry professionals in a two-day, hands-on career-focused environment.  

This event provides on-farm tours, veterinarian labs, breakout sessions and keynote speakers. Line-up includes:

  • JTP Farms, Tom and Jake Peissig, a family owned farm, which utilizes robotic milkers for its 285-cow herd and prides itself on cow comfort.
  • Heeg Brothers Dairy, LLC will showcase calf labs, led by skilled veterinarians to explore calf health.
  • Marieke Gouda Cheese - Penterman Farm in Thorp, Wis., will explore the dairy farm and cheese-making expertise of Marieke and Rolf Penterman.
  • Bryant GillAssistant Farm Report Director for the Wisconsin Farm Report will explain how he is putting his livestock and agriculture experiences to use each day in farm broadcasting.
  • Tasha Schuh, holds a degree in communications studies and theology and is paralyzed from the chest down. She will share her humorous and heartfelt story of inspiration and improving dreams and goals.
  • Kim Bremmer, nationally recognized motivational agriculture speaker and founder of Ag Inspirations, will discuss the science and history of GMOs, their role in agriculture, what the future holds and the keys to answering tough consumer questions. 

Along with exploring agricultural careers, touring dairies, working alongside veterinarians, and listening to some of the industry’s best, participants will have the opportunity to network with youth sharing their goals and passion for dairy. 

Registration is due April 14, 2017 and can be completed online, via mail or by phone. This unique overnight event is limited to the first 100 students and requires a signed waiver from each student. To learn more about the PDPW Youth Leadership Derby and to register, visit or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.

Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed."

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Center Foundation and PA Dairymen’s Offer 10 Student Leader Scholarships


Harrisburg, Pa. – The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania and the PA Dairymen’s Association are offering up to ten scholarships designated for undergraduate students pursuing careers in the dairy industry. These scholarships are awarded annually based on an undergraduate’s character, integrity, leadership qualities, and goals for the future. Applications are due June 1, 2017.

The purpose of these scholarships is to recognize, encourage and financially assist superior students enrolled in dairy related academic programs. Students may apply for one of the 10 scholarships in subsequent years; however, they can only receive it once during their undergraduate career. Additionally, one scholarship will be specifically designed for an incoming freshman.

To be eligible, a student must demonstrate a commitment to working in the dairy industry following graduating. Consideration for these scholarships is given to Pennsylvania residents who are full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an eligible field of study. Qualifying majors include but are not limited to: Animal Science, Agricultural Business, Communications, Engineering, or Marketing as well as Agricultural and Extension Education, Dairy Science, Food Science, or Nutrition. 

“The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation and the PA Dairymen’s Association believe that by investing in the education of tomorrow’s dairy leaders, we are advancing the future of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.” said Mary Foote, dairy education programs manager at the Center for Dairy Excellence. “We are pleased that our organizations can partner together to ensure that the future of the dairy industry remains prosperous in Pennsylvania.”

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year must be postmarked by June 1, 2017. Applicants must complete the official Student Leader Scholarship Application form available at

Questions regarding the 2017 Student Leader Scholarship Program should be referred to Mary Foote by phone at 717-346-0849 or via email

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Corn Replant Considerations

Corn Replant Considerations

When corn stand loss occurs, replanting should be considered if the resulting yield increase will more than cover the cost.

Replanted corn field.

Factors to Consider in Replant Decision-Making

  • Plant density of the current stand
  • Uniformity and health of the current stand
  • Date of original planting and potential replanting
  • Costs associated with replanting
  • Crop insurance provisions
  • In situations such as flooding damage, only a portion of the field may need to be considered for replant
  • Frost or hail can damage a wide area. In this case plant density and health should be assessed across the entire field
Corn seedlings

Replant Yield Potential

  • The expected yield from the current stand should be compared to expected replant yield.
  • The table below shows yield potential for a range of planting dates and final plant populations.*
Planting Date Plant Population (1,000 plants/acre)
10 15 20 25 30 35 40
  ---------- % of maximum yield ----------
April 25 57 70 81 91 97 100 100
April 30 57 70 80 90 96 99 99
May 5 57 69 79 89 94 97 96
May 10 56 68 77 86 92 94 93
May 15 54 66 75 84 89 91 90
May 20 52 64 73 81 86 88 87
May 25 51 63 71 79 84 86 84
May 30 49 61 69 77 82 83 81
June 4 45 56 64 72 76 77 75
June 9 40 51 59 66 70 71 69
June 14 36 47 54 61 64 65 63
June 19 32 42 49 56 59 59 57
Replanted corn field.

Replanted areas in a field that experienced severe flooding damage in 2008.


Profitability of Replant

Even if replanting will increase yield, the yield increase must be sufficient to pay for all of the costs associated with replant such as:

  • Extra herbicide or tillage costs
  • Planting costs
  • Increased grain drying costs

Also consider these factors when making a replant decision:

  • Probability of an autumn freeze prior to physiological maturity of replanted corn
  • Increased susceptibility of late-planted corn to summer drought or disease and insect pests such as gray leaf spot and European corn borer

Hybrid Maturity for Replant

  • The chart below shows the relative profitability of full-season, mid-maturity, and early maturity hybrids in 29 north-central Corn Belt environments over 17 years of DuPont Pioneer research.
  • Results indicate that a grower may consider using a mid-maturity hybrid if replanting after May 17 and an early maturity hybrid if replanting after June 5.
Relative profitability - full-season, mid-maturity, and early maturity hybrids in 29 north-central Corn Belt environments.
Corn field replanted to soybeans.

Replanting to soybeans may be preferable after mid-June, but this will depend on soil-applied corn herbicides that were used.


Carter, P.R., E.D. Nafziger, and J.G. Lauer. Uneven Emergence in Corn. North Central Regional Extension Publication No. 344

Hicks, D.R., S.L. Naeve, J.M. Bennett, and N.B. Bennett. The Corn Growers Field Guide for Evaluating Crop Damage and Replant Options. Univ. of Minnesota.

Lauer, J.G. 1997. Corn Replant/Late-Plant Decisions in Wisconsin (A3353). Univ. of Wisconsin-Extension.

* Replant yield data was interpolated from University of Illinois population response data (E. Nafziger, E. Adee, and L. Paul) and University of Minnesota planting date response data (Hicks et al.).

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Three public stakeholder listening sessions and one webinar are scheduled from April 17 through April 28, 2017 to obtain feedback and comments on CDFA’s Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) framework. The listening sessions are designed to obtain input from a wide group of stakeholders including but not limited to dairy and livestock farmers, environmental advocates, local community members and the general public. 

AMMP receives funding from the California Climate Investments Program - proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CDFA was appropriated $50 million dollars from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, authorized by the Budget Act of 2016, to provide financial assistance for methane emission reductions from dairy and livestock operations. The objective of AMMP is to incentivize the adoption of alternative (non-digester) manure management practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from California's dairy and livestock operations, including but not limited to, scrape conversion, open solar drying and composting of manure onsite, conversion of dairy operations to pasture-based management, and solid separation technologies.

CDFA hopes to gather information about important components of the proposed program including management practices that will be incentivized, potential adverse impacts and community outreach.

The listening sessions will be held as follows:

Monday, April 17, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
California Department of Food and Agriculture

1220 N Street, Auditorium

Sacramento, CA  95814

Information for remote attendance will be posted on the AMMP webpage:


Friday, April 21, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Sonoma County Department of Agriculture

133 Aviation Blvd., Suite 110

Santa Rosa, CA 95403


Monday, April 24, 2017 – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
Energy Education Center 

4175 S. Laspina Street

Tulare, CA 93274


Friday, April 28, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Registration information for the webinar will be posted on the AMMP webpage:

More information about this program is available at:

AMMP is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investment projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information, visit California Climate Investments.

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Elanco Animal Health Seminar Highlighted

Fresh Cow Concerns, Dairy Sustainability and Innovation

Greenfield, Ind. (April 10, 2017) From discussing care of fresh cows to embracing sustainability best practices, Elanco Animal Health recently presented a seminar highlighting the role of innovation in the dairy industry. The pre-conference seminar took place in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls, SD on March 28, 2017.

Elanco experts shared highlights about the full costs of transition disease in the dairy industry, and the impact of sustainability and innovation along the I-29 Dairy Corridor in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota.

“The dairy industry is a highly competitive business and the bar for success is constantly rising. To be successful in this environment requires continued improvement driven by sound decision making and innovation,” said Michael Overton, DVM, MPVM, Advisor Dairy Analytics, Elanco Knowledge Solutions.

At the seminar, Overton presented Transition Diseases: Measuring, Monitoring, and What Do They Really Cost Your Operation? while Roger Cady, PhD, Global Sustainability Lead, Scientific Affairs & Policy for Elanco shared The Positive Impact of Innovation on the I-29 Dairy Corridor.

Highlights from the seminar presentations follow:

Effective Monitoring Programs Critical for Managing, Improving Transition Cow Care

The full financial impact of fresh cow disease is typically undervalued. As such, producers are encouraged to manage with the long-term impact of illness in mind.

“The total costs associated with transition disease issues are far greater than the direct costs such as therapeutics, veterinary fees, and discarded milk,” said Overton. “The negative impacts on future milk production, reproduction, and culling extend well into lactation and usually far exceed the immediate costs of treatment.”

Overton further explained that the “downstream” costs including the risk of subsequent disease equal lost opportunity that is often more difficult to recognize and quantify than the initial out-of-pocket treatment costs. Misclassification of disease issues also leads to underestimating disease costs.

Without good disease recording, it is difficult if not impossible to make appropriate and timely management adjustments, he added. An important step in managing and mitigating disease costs is implementing good monitoring programs.

“It’s simply not enough to measure how many cows were sold or died within the first 30 days in milk,” said Overton. “Producers are encouraged to aggressively and accurately monitor key predictors of future performance.”

Specifically, he encourages a strong focus on parameters such as stocking density, feed quality, urine pH, and days in the close-up pen. Additionally, it is important to keep consistent, detailed records of disease issues that increase the risk of premature culling such as retained placenta, ketosis, mastitis, metritis and milk fever, he added.

“The bottom-line is that accurately monitoring key diseases and their indicators in a consistent, repeatable manner allows producers to detect changes well before issues show up on the culling report,” said Overton. “In turn, producers are much better equipped to make sound management decisions based on quality data.”

Embracing Sustainable Innovation is a Positive for All: People, Animals and the Planet

Sustainability relies on continuous improvement. Producers of the I-29 Dairy Corridor are making significant improvements in remaining sustainable, while understanding that additional opportunities remain within the region for continued progress.

Producers along the I-29 Corridor are recognized as leaders in making milk production and dairy products among the most sustainable in existence not only in the United States, but also in the entire world by embracing the concept of continued progress and innovation,”
said Cady.

For the dairy industry, the key is connecting herd performance factors to accepted key performance indicators. Then, he adds, the next step is successfully communicating sustainability progress to retailers and consumers. Cady explained that retailers have now become a “second gatekeeper” (after regulatory agencies) regarding what they will and will not accept for sale in their outlets based on what they believe is sustainable food production regardless of how sound the basis for those beliefs.

“While sustainability has become a complex issue, at its core, it really is about being a farm operator in 20 years from now and passing a successful farm to the next generation,” said Cady. “What it is not about is regulation and retail mandates. When something is sustainable, all benefit: people, animals and the planet.”

Based on the most widely recognized pillars of sustainability economic, environmental and social Cady shared that the one most important action that will affect all three is energy conservation. During the presentation, he added that this especially includes energy requirements for animals, otherwise known as farm system feed utilization per unit of milk produced, not just the milking animals feed conversion of the milk herd.

“Numerous performance factors relate to growth, reproduction, health and productivity, but when a producer saves energy and enhances feed utilization, the ripple effect is notable,” said Cady. “More productive feed utilization translates to less feed required, less water required, less land used; lower input costs; and better economic returns....all of which contribute to continuous, sustainable improvement.” 

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Enfield, Conn. — Farm Credit East’s recently released Annual Report highlighted four Northeast farm operations representing the diversity of the region’s agriculture and the successful farm businesses the financial cooperative serves. As a result of their strong working relationships with Farm Credit East, these businesses have grown, evolved, and in some cases, withstood downturns.

One such growing business is Stony Hill Gardens, LLC, in Chester, NJ. Since working with Farm Credit East, this business has opened a farm market and then bakery. Today, just about every fruit or vegetable that can be produced in New Jersey is grown on this 400-acre farm, from sweet corn, tomatoes and peppers, to apples, peaches, mums and poinsettias. 

Another featured farm was LaBrie Farms, LLC, in Northern Aroostook County Maine. This fourth-generation family-run potato operation grows 550 acres of potatoes for processing, table-stock and seed markets, and an additional 700 acres of grains for rotation.

Cook Farms, a 270-cow Holstein dairy farm in Lansing, NY, was also featured. Owner Jeff Cook is the second generation on the farm, which today operates on more than 800 acres, growing corn, alfalfa, canary grass and some rye. Jeff also grows all his own bedding and grain corn.

Johannes Barendse and his wife, Karen, opened River Road Farm and Greenhouses, LLC, in Marcy, NY, after years of experience working for other greenhouse operations. They have increased sales more than five times since opening the business, which grows bedding plants and baskets in the spring, mums over the summer and then poinsettias for the holiday season.

It’s the farm, forestry and commercial fishing businesses such as these that are at Farm Credit East’s core. In the face of challenging times for some industries, the region’s agricultural operations exemplify resilience and their entrepreneurial spirit. Through their continued success, Farm Credit East remains successful.

As such, the 2016 Annual Report also highlighted a successful year for Farm Credit East, showing continued growth in loans coupled with strong earnings. These results allow the cooperative to finance customers’ growth and to work with customers through industry cycles. It also enabled for record patronage dividends of $56 million to customer-owners. 

Farm Credit East’s 2016 Annual Report was mailed to customers in March 2017. It is also available on Farm Credit East’s website. Visit to learn more.

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ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 15 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association, which have contracts to sell 2.6 million pounds (1,178 metric tons) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses to customers in Asia, Central America, the Middle East and Oceania. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from April through July 2017. 

So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives that have contracts to sell 26.1 million pounds of American-type cheeses and 1.4 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) to 12 countries on four continents. The sales are the equivalent of 272.9 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program in the long term helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them. This, in turn, positively affects all U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

The amounts of dairy products and related milk volumes reflect current contracts for delivery, not completed export volumes. CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when export and delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (4/03/2017) —The 2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference will be held on June 14 and 15 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This premier conference will focus on nutrition and management topics to improve cow performance, and foot and cow health.

This conference is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

The program starts on June 14 with the Quality Liquid Feeds pre-conference symposium. Dave Barbano from Cornell University will cover how short chain fatty acid content affects milk fat and protein yield. Lance Baumgard, Iowa State University will discuss the effect of leaky gut on transition cow health and using chromium propionate as a mitigation strategy. Other topics include how supplementing methionine during the transition period can enhance health, milk yield and reproduction and final topic is feeding and managing herds for 100 lbs of milk per cow per day.

Four State conference speakers include Richard Erdman, University of Maryland, discussing DCAD for lactating cows. Paul Kononoff, University of Nebraska, will talk about the importance of water quality in dairy production. Bill Weiss, Ohio State Univesity, will show his latest research on using TMR sampling to trouble shoot herds.

Nigel Cook, University of Wisconsin, will discuss how to prevent lamness in dairy herds and new ways to effectively ventilate dairy barns. Karl Burgi, Dairyland Hoof Care Institue will explain the fundamentals for good hoof health. Pamela Ruegg will share the results of a survey on bedding choice, udder health and production on Wisconsin farms.

Select breakout topics include:

* Are all clays equal? Clay utilization in dairy cow diets.

* Amino acids; Roles beyond being the precursers for protein synthesis.

* Feeding strategies and returns for robotic milking systems.

* Mycotoxins in dairy cattle; Who, What and Why.

* Producing more milk using more high quality forages.

* Feeding and management on top producing herds in Minnesota.

* Feeding to minimize lameness.

* Can we feed by-products with confidence?

* Incorporating pen and feed variation into diet formulation.

The post-conference symposium sponsored by Mycogen seeds will include Barry Bradford, Kansas State, discussing uNDF and the synchrony of intake, rumen health and microbial production. Greg Roth, Penn State, talking about silage hybrid selection and Kathleen Emery, Mycogen seeds, discussing using CornPicker to economically evaluate silage hybrids. 5

In addition to the educational program, there is a trade show with 50 companies exhibiting their latest products, evening receptions and plenty of time to network with other participants. ARPAS and veterinary CEU credits are available (contact your state veterinary certifying agency).

For more information and to register, visit or contact Wisconsin Agri-Service Association, 608-223-1111, or Jim Salfer at or 320-203-6093. The conference registration fee is $150 until May 31 and $175 after.


Source: Jim Salfer, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension, St. Cloud, Minnesota,, 320-203-6093


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Grand Champion

Butz-Butler Gold Barbara-ET exhibited by Gold Barbara LLC

Reserve Grand Champion

OCD Bradnick Candy-ET exhibited by Oakfield Corners Dairy

Honorable Mention

MS Absolute Bliss-ET exhibited by Ransom Rail, Robert Landis & Brian George

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New York Holstein Spring Sale Wrap Up

It was a packed house at the New York State Fair Grounds for the Spring Holstein Sale. High type, high genomics, and packed pedigrees in every lot. After a full day already with a great Junior Holstein, Ayrshire, and Guernsey shows. The history books would be rewritten with a new highest ever lot sold at the spring sale. With David Rama and Daniel Brandt in the box lot 90's pedigree was introduced. A January 14, 2017  Bandares named Furnace-Hill BD Patience-ET*CV 2954GTPI the number six female in the world. The highest GTPI female to ever be offered at public auction was sold for $275,000 to PROGENESIS LP of Ontario, Canada in absentia. Next lot 91 sold for $68,000 and was a Jedi sister to Patience. Furnace-Hill Peacemaker-ET*TV 2859GTPI and is the number 67 GTPI Female in the breed(also selling in absentia). Both heifers extreme genomics came from a Fresh Delta named Furnace-Hill Delta Pria-ET*CV 2697GTPI fresh 3/26/2017 . The next dams are McCutchen X Man-O-Man, Bolton, and Durham. The EX-94 3E DOM Durham named Buttwood Durham Perfume*CV was the dam of 10 EX and 24 VG daughters. The sale averaged $8,255.

Lot 64 Cookiecutter Dta Habitan-ET was the live high seller at the sale selling for $35,000. A 2/16 Delta X Cookiecutter Day Haley-ET VG-88 EX Mam X Cookiecutter Mon Halo-ET VG-88

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ITHACA, N.Y. — Andrew Novakovic, the EV Baker Professor of Agricultural Economics in Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, explains how the recent developments in U.S. dairy exports to Canada are threatening dairy farms in New York and Wisconsin.

Novakovic says:

“Dairy plants in New York and Wisconsin have been challenged to keep up with expanding milk production across the Great Lakes region of the U.S. for several years.  One market opportunity that was developed recently took advantage of a loophole in what is otherwise a very tightly controlled dairy trade agreement between the U.S. and Canada.

“U.S. manufacturers discovered that they could sell ultrafiltration, or UF milk to Canadian cheese makers through a loophole in our trade agreement. Canada and its provinces quickly reacted to defend their border and producers from this invasion of U.S. milk ingredients and have now adjusted their system to allow their cheese makers to buy the same kind of product at a competitive price within Canada.

“This has left two companies in New York and one company in Wisconsin with a significant amount of milk that now must find new markets at a time when plants are awash in milk and struggling to find break-even marketing outlets.

“When the original agreement, preceding NAFTA, was negotiated in 1987 both countries had highly protectionist dairy policies and quickly agreed to very limited trade of milk and dairy products. Moreover, the agreement did not anticipate new dairy products that would become available as new technologies created new opportunities. One such product uses UF which is capable of removing water and creating a concentrated milk that is well suited to increase the efficiency of cheese making.

“In addition, the Canadian government has an elaborate system that controls milk production in exchange for higher prices to farmers. Cheese makers in Canada have the capacity to produce more cheese and can sell it, but they are constrained in how much milk they can buy from Canadian dairy farmers.”

–Andrew Novakovic
Cornell University

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Compeer Financial to Serve Agriculture and Rural Communities in Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin

(Mankato, Minn.) (April 7, 2017) – Stockholders have approved a proposal to merge three Farm Credit organizations in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Effective July 1, 1st Farm Credit Services, AgStar Financial Services and Badgerland Financial will become Compeer Financial.

The new organization’s headquarters will be in Sun Prairie, Wis., and each organization’s existing office locations will continue to provide local service. The boards of directors for 1st Farm Credit Services, AgStar Financial and Badgerland Financial began exploring a potential merger in February 2016 and unanimously recommended moving forward in August. Stockholders received ballots and detailed information about the proposal in March, after the Farm Credit Administration granted preliminary approval to proceed.

Votes were tallied at special stockholder meetings in each association’s corporate offices on April 7, with the outcome in favor of the merger. As Compeer Financial, the new organization will operate in 144 counties through 47 offices in parts of Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Compeer Financial will have nearly 50,000 clients, and $18.6 billion in assets.

“We would like to thank each cooperative’s stockholders for their participation in this process and recognizing that together, the three organizations are better positioned to meet the future needs of agriculture and rural America,” said AgStar Financial Board Chair Kaye Compart. “We look forward to continuing the relationships established through our separate organizations and strengthening those connections with enhanced resources and deeper inhouse expertise,” said AgStar President and CEO Rod Hebrink, who also has been selected to lead Compeer Financial. 

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IRON RIDGE -- An act of trade war. That is how one national group is describing the actions of the Canadian government. It is in regard to dairy policy. The group says it is why dozens of Wisconsin dairy farmers are feeling a lot of stress right now.

About 75 Wisconsin farmers got a letter from Grassland, the company that buys their milk. The letter says those sales are about to end because Canadian policy has removed the demand for American milk.

As Mike Buwalda loaded his trailer with milk from the Roskopf family farm Thursday, he openly worried about how Grassland's decision could impact the entire community..........

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INDIANAPOLIS — State representatives recognized numerous area farms today that have been in operation for more than 100 years.

State Rep. Lloyd Arnold, R-Leavenworth, and State Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, honored three southern Indiana family farms.

The Egler farm and Leo C. Welp farm, located in Dubois County, and the Casey farm, located in Perry County, were recognized at the Statehouse with Hoosier Homestead awards for over 100 years of family farm ownership.........

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