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NY Holstein Harvest Sale Setup

It is officially sale week! The Cornell University Dairy Science Club is ready for the NY Holstein Harvest Sale animals. Check back throughout the week for frequent behind-the-scenes updates about sale happenings and of course, tune in on Saturday for complete sale coverage.
Sale Catalog: https://issuu.com/cattlex…/…/catalog__ny_harvest_10-29-16/12

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. and SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national, farmer-owned dairy cooperative recently completed deployment of Anaplan, the leading planning and performance management platform, to strengthen its financial planning and analysis. The Anaplan platform will allow DFA to more precisely budget and forecast financials to better drive accountability within the business and maximize returns for its members.

DFA chose Anaplan over six other vendors based on two key factors: the ability to model complex business scenarios in a diverse business environment without sacrificing speed and end user experience; and its ease of implementation, from integration with existing workflows to its easy learning curve for DFA staff.

"As a co-op, we are continually looking for innovative ways to bring value back to our members," said Marij Kouwenhoven, Chief Information Officer of DFA. "Anaplan is helping forecast and model at a much more granular level across our business, down to plant-level expenses and ingredient-level costs. With Anaplan, we're skipping a decade on a typical technology roadmap, adding value to our business planning process and unlocking new performance insights." DFA is a national dairy cooperative that serves and is owned by more than 14,000 dairy farmer-members across 48 states. DFA produces dairy products under brands including Borden® cheese, Keller's® Creamery butter, and Kemps. DFA also is one of the country's most diversified manufacturers of dairy products, food components, and ingredients, with 41 DFA-owned manufacturing plants, and is a leader in formulating and packaging shelf-stable dairy products.

"From an IT and operations standpoint, the complexity that DFA manages is staggering," said Simon Tucker, Chief Customer Officer at Anaplan. "We're thrilled they chose Anaplan for budgeting and forecasting modeling. It validates Anaplan's versatility across a wide range of industries to enable decision-makers within smart businesses to plan and manage performance on a single platform."

Kouwenhoven continued, "We're looking forward to the benefits of using this tool to empower our users. Anaplan's user-friendliness means DFA teams can be trained and certified on the platform quickly, so they can build complex models that help drive efficiency."

The Anaplan platform enables planning and performance management for companies in all industries and in every part of the business, including financial planning and analysis. The Anaplan App Hub offers specialized apps for financial planning and analysis that enable business users to run what-if scenarios, analyze results, and gain full transparency into financial and operational drivers.

About Dairy Farmers of America

Dairy Farmers of America is a national dairy marketing cooperative that serves and is owned by more than 14,000 members on more than 8,000 farms in 48 states. DFA also is one of the country's most diversified manufacturers of dairy products, food components and ingredients and is a leader in formulating and packaging shelf-stable dairy products. For more information, call 1-888-DFA-MILK (332-6455) or visit www.dfamilk.com.

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Bad weather in New Zealand could push dairy prices higher at today’s Global Dairy Trade auction.

Billed the ‘Big Wet’, the past couple of months has seen unseasonably bad weather, the North Island has been hit with a wet winter, the like of which has not been seen in over 10 years.

Some parts of New Zealand experienced rainfall at 150pc of average September rain fall, with up to 154mm of rain falling in some parts. 

New Zealand Bank rural economist Nathan Penny says it's "two steps forward and one step back" for the dairy industry at the moment.

He said that in the Waikato and surrounding areas production is not doing what it should this time of year and there has been so much rain in recent weeks that some areas have already exceeded October’s rainfall average.......

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It's a familiar sight in most large cities like Chicago: Small, hip brew masters giving large beer-makers a run for their money by micro-brewing small batches of innovative flavors.

Now, at a time when regular dairy farmers are struggling with over-capacity and low prices, entrepreneurs such as 1871 Dairy in Chicago are reinventing milk with micro dairies, and finding consumers willing to pay premium prices..........

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Earlier this year, nine farmers from WA's South West were told by milk processors Brownes and Harvey Fresh their produce was no longer requireddue to a global oversupply of milk.

Harvey farmer Graham Manning's two-year contract with Brownes expired on September 30, but he was given an extra two-week reprieve in a mystery deal struck by lobby group WAFarmers.

However, that arrangement has also lapsed and with no foreseeable home for his product, the fifth generation dairy farmer said he had no choice but to sell his cows and tip the milk out into an effluent pond.

"Currently about 8,000 litres is going down the drain for these three or four days while we organise to sell our cows," he said..........

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By KEVIN REAGAN Staff Writer

STANFIELD -- There is much to be learned about milk at the Shamrock Farms operation near Stanfield.

The 1,000-acre facility off White and Parker Road welcomes tourists from all across the world to find out how the company produces up to 70,000 gallons of milk per day.

Schoolchildren, in particular, are recruited to visit the farm and discover how the milk in their breakfast cereal comes to their family’s fridge..........

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Interbull Newsletter

 

Launch of GenoEx-PSE and Accreditation of DNA Data Interpretation Centres.

 

During the ICAR and Interbull Meetings in Chile at the end of October 2016, two new DNA-based services will be presented and discussed for an official launch by January 2017:

  • Parentage SNP Exchange (“GenoEx-PSE”) – a service for exchanging standardized sets of SNP for genotyped animals to facilitate parentage analysis activities.
  • A service for Accreditation of DNA Data Interpretation Centres.

The main purpose of GenoEx-PSE is to provide a service for exchanging standardized sets of SNP for genotyped animals to facilitate parentage analysis activities carried out by authorized service users of the GenoEx-PSE service. GenoEx-PSE Service Users will be required to achieve Parentage Analysis accreditation from Service-ICAR.

Information on specific scientific, technical and legal issues related to both DNA-based services, which will be provided by ICAR through the Interbull Centre, are now available through the ICAR and Interbull website www.interbull.org

 

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ARLINGTON, VA - Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 23 requests for export assistance from Foremost Farms, Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association. These member cooperatives have contracts to sell 859,803 pounds (390 metric tons) of butter and 2.308 million pounds (1,047 metric tons) of Cheddar, Gouda, and Monterey Jack cheese to customers in Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania the product has been contracted for delivery in the period from October 2016 through January 2017.

So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have contracts to sell 42.260 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 9.453 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) and 19.096 million pounds of whole milk powder to twenty-three countries on five continents. The sales are the equivalent of 742.170 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 impacts 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.

The Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) Export Assistance program is funded by voluntary contributions from dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers. The money raised by their investment is being used to strengthen and stabilize the dairy farmers’ milk prices and margins. For more information about CWT, visit www.cwt.coop.

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 The Distinguished Service Award recipient this year is Dr. Leigh Walton.

As the CDCB Interim Technical Applications Manager, Leigh was instrumental in the process of transferring the distribution of genetic evaluation file postings and results from USDA AIPL's servers to the new CDCB servers in March/April of 2013. The timeline was extremely tight with only a few weeks lead time and the transition went extremely smooth. Leigh provided excellent communication during this process.

      Leigh has provided excellent, pro-active customer service for many years as the IT Specialist for USDA AIPL and then again as the CDCB Interim Technical Applications Manager. Leigh ensured genetic evaluation files were accessible and posted in a timely manner.  He worked diligently to respond quickly to issues as they were identified and was committed to quality control.

       Leigh has worked in a most cooperative manner with the NAAB IP Committee to address genetic evaluation data file exchange process improvement requests and provide timely test files.  Throughout the years, Leigh always maintained a positive "can do" attitude and provided excellent communication and follow up with the IP Committee. Additionally, Leigh has been a strong proponent of enabling easy data access and collaboration throughout our industry by ensuring the perspectives and needs of all cooperators are included and attended to.

      Leigh provided a very valuable service to the industry when he agreed come out of retirement to help with the CDCB transition and share his knowledge with newly hired staff.  Leigh's friendly and humble personality made it very easy and a pleasure to work with him. As a testament to his impact in our industry, Leigh has already been a recipient of the following awards:

2010                              NDHIA Outstanding Service Award

1999          USDA Extra Effort Award for enhancing the genetic improvement of the U.S. dairy industry by improving the efficiency of data processing at AIPL

 

Congratulations, Leigh.

NAAB Board Chairman, Chuck Sattler presenting the 2016 NAAB Distinguished Service Award to Leigh Walton, CDCB Technical Applications Manager (formerly of USDA-AIPL-ARS). 

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The Annual Meeting of the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) was held October 13, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Meeting agenda included the Business session, election of directors, and recognition awards.                                                              

During the business session Board Chairman, Charles Sattler pointed out that the ability of NAAB members to affordably deliver improved cattle genetics to all corners of the world is tremendous.  NAAB’s slogan of “Better Cattle for Better Living” is as fitting today as it was 70 years ago when NAAB was founded. 

Over the past few years, The Board of Directors has discussed leadership transition and office location with the upcoming retirement of Dr. Doak.  On January 1, 2017, Vice President Jay Weiker, will take over the role and responsibilities of President and CEO of NAAB.  Gordon will remain part of the NAAB staff to assist with the transition.  NAAB will also be relocating its offices from Columbia, Missouri to Madison, Wisconsin, in the near future.

Vice President Weiker reported updates on the international activity for NAAB which included seven overseas trips and hosting a delegation from South Korea.  These international programs lead to stronger ties with key markets that import large quantities of genetics from members and also contribute to growth in new and developing markets.   Progress was reported on the programming of the dairy cross reference database to improve the efficiency of handling larger volumes of data and to assist with the increased frequency of genetic evaluations since the incorporation of genomics into the genetic evaluation system.

CSS Board Chairman, Charles Brown II, reviewed topics and issues that came before the CSS Board of Directors in FY 2015-16.  There were meetings held in Bowie, Maryland and Madison, Wisconsin.

Dr. Gordon A Doak, NAAB President, reported that the total dairy and beef unit sales for 2015 decreased 0.4% to 54,237,459 units. Export unit sales decreased 1.3% to 22,748,996 units. The total dollar value for exports decreased 1.6% in 2015, to $170,402,914.  He also stated increase in use of genomic sires is demonstrated in the August 2016 Sire Evaluation. Bulls with a status code G (Genomic) represented 60% of the population of bulls with semen for sale. 

The Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 year are:  Charles Sattler, Select Sires, Chairman; Dr. Nate Zwald, Alta Genetics, Vice-Chairman; and Glen Gilbert, Genex Cooperative, third member of the Executive Committee;  Wayne Glaeser, Glaz-Way Enterprises; Dr. Katie Olson, ABS Global and David Jensen, Hawkeye Breeders. 

Les Hutchens and Jesus Martinez were recognized with a Retiring Board Member plaque for their tenure on the NAAB Board of Directors.

2016-17 NAAB Board of Directors: (pictured left to right) Dr. Gordon Doak (President - NAAB); Dr. Katie Olson, ABS Global; Glen Gilbert, Genex Cooperative/CRI; Charles Sattler (NAAB Board chairman), Select Sires; Jay Weiker (Vice President – NAAB); Dr. Nate Zwald, Alta Genetics USA; David Jensen, Hawkeye Breeders; Ryan Weigel, Accelerated Genetics.  (Not pictured Wayne Glaeser, Glaz-Way Enterprises.)

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ARLINGTON, VA - Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 8 requests for export assistance from Foremost Farms, Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), O-At-Ka/Upstate-Niagara Cooperative and United Dairymen of Arizona. These member cooperatives have contracts to sell 873,031 pounds (396 metric tons) of butter and 136,687 pounds (62 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese to customers in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from October 2016 through January 2017.

So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have contracts to sell 42.408 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 10.326 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) and 19.096 million pounds of whole milk powder to twenty-three countries on five continents. The sales are the equivalent of 763.176 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 impacts 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.

The Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) Export Assistance program is funded by voluntary contributions from dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers. The money raised by their investment is being used to strengthen and stabilize the dairy farmers’ milk prices and margins. For more information about CWT, visitwww.cwt.coop.

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National farm association leaders will unveil plans this Thursday, Oct. 27, for a “Straight Talk” campaign to engage the food industry in a dialogue on sustainable agriculture production, the marketing practices used to reach consumers, and the intersection of both trends. The farmers will be joined by an agricultural academic researcher talking to why sustainability and food biotechnology are linked.

This news conference follows the decision by six leading national farm organizations last week to send a letter to Dannon challenging its misleading assertions on the sustainability of the food industry. Click here to view the press release. 

Who: Crop farmer Nancy Kavazanjian of Wisconsin (U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance chairwoman), dairy farmer Randy Mooney of Missouri (National Milk Producers Federation chairman) and Randy Krotz (USFRA CEO) will discuss the reasons for the campaign and next steps in this effort. Additionally, an agricultural academic researcher will be present to discuss how food biotechnology impacts sustainability. 

When: Thursday, October 27 at 10:30 a.m. EDT

Toll-Free Conference Number: 1-888-619-1583, Conference ID: 484777

News Conference URL (to ask questions): https://usfra.adobeconnect.com/agfoodnewconf/

Primary media contacts for this event:

Christopher Galen, National Milk Producers Federation, (703) 243-6111 ext. 356, CGalen@nmpf.org

 

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Lincoln, Hickenlooper and Ross included at top of Clinton's ag secretary listA former Arkansas senator, a leading local food champion and a beermaker turned governor are among the top contenders to be the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture should Hillary Clinton win on Nov. 8, POLITICO has learned.Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-like-to-deny-things-230165#ixzz4O16rBBpEFollow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on FacebookRead more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-like-to-deny-things-230165#ixzz4O15bzOjIFollow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook
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We have have outstanding group of 60 young people from 17 U.S. states, as well as Canada and Mexico. They will meet for Phase 1 in February 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more about the YDLI program at www.holsteinfoundation.org.

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Futuristic farming

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2016 6:00 am

BARODA — Even when you know what to expect, a first look at Bill Shuler’s robotic dairy farm in Baroda Township is flat-out astonishing.

For the most part, the cows themselves decide when they need to be milked. They amble over to one of the two DeLaval Voluntary Milking System robots, which reads the computerized tags in their ears, sanitizes their udders, connects the milking tubes to the udders – that part is especially like something out of science fiction – and records the time and exactly how much milk it gets from each cow.

And the cows have an added incentive. Once the seven-minute process is done, they automatically get some molasses pellets, which they love.

A small number of his 56 dairy cows could not be trained to go to the machines, but that’s not much of a problem, Shuler said Friday. Either he or one of his two sons, Bill Jr. or Wyatt, rouses the cow and leads or drives her to the machines. Those cows don’t object to the machines, they’re just not much interested in going by themselves.

How do the Shulers know if a cow is overdue for milking? Simple: The computer outlines their names in red.

The milk is pumped to a 2,700-gallon DeLaval computerized tank, which Shuler said cools the milk from its 101.2-degree starting point down to 37 degrees. The well water used in the cooling process then goes to the cows to drink, which works out because “they like warm water,” he added.

Shuler said he’s heard the new set-up, which went into operation this spring, described as a “cow hotel.” He said it’s an apt description.........

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Under the leadership of Secretary Tom Vilsack, over the last five years, USDA has made critical investments to support the farmers, ranchers and growers who are driving the rural economy forward, carry out record conservation efforts, facilitate groundbreaking research, promote new markets for rural products, and provide a safe, affordable and nutritious food supply for American families. Under Secretary Vilsack's leadership, we've achieved record results for the American people while saving taxpayers $1.5 billion in recent years through our Blueprint for Stronger Service effort to improve, innovative and modernize our services.

We're proud of this work - and we know that there is much yet to accomplish in partnership with farmers, ranchers and foresters, small businesses, and those living, working and raising their families in rural America. To learn more about our work and results achieved for the American people since 2009, take a look at the topical factsheets listed below. To see how USDA has invested in your state, check out our state factsheets.

We launched our progressive, year-long, multimedia storytelling effort showcasing the USDA's work on behalf of those living, working and raising families in rural America. Each month, USDA will release a new chapter of the story at www.medium.com/usda-resultsThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website..

Fact Sheets

#RuralMade Across the Country 

Since 2009, the Obama Administration has made targeted investments to help rural businesses grow. The U.S Department of Agriculture has been making record-breaking investments in affordable housing, energy efficiency, roads and bridges, and internet access as well as loans and grants for rural businesses in all fifty states. These investments enable businesses and families to call America's rural areas "home". 

As part of our commitment to strengthening rural economies, USDA announced a new state-by-state "Made in Rural America" report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural communities. Each state factsheet is a snapshot of specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development. They also outline how USDA is building strong rural communities that are attractive places for businesses and families to locate by investing in housing and broadband.

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24 October 2016

SPAIN - Global market prices for milk and dairy products are now rising, but the Union of Small Farmers and Ranchers (UPA) says the gains are not being fairly distributed along the supply chain.

The organisation said that more farms are struggling and going out of business, and the government is doing nothing to help. The UPA urged dairies and large retailers to add value to the dairy products and distribute the value in a balanced way between the different links in the supply chain.

"Only in this way will bring stability and future for the dairy sector in our country," said Román Santalla, Livestock Secretary for UPA. "The trends of international markets suggest some recovery, which should be passed on without excuses to dairy farmers, many of whom have spent almost two years producing for below cost price."..........

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