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by BlodgettCommunication.com Intern Siana Barrett

What a gorgeous, sunny day it was today in California! Today in Modesto at 9 am, kids started their day by attending the Invest in Your Future Youth Workshop. The workshop had 6 speakers focusing on all aspects of showing, and over 175 kids attending.

Stephen Mast, from Denair, California, taught kids how to bed their dairy cattle at fair.……

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This Week in Dairy - Lee Mielke

Lee Mielke is a veteran dairy journalist and broadcaster, currently carried in a dozen Ag newspapers nationally. This column is prepared especially for the readers of DairyBusiness. Based in Lynden, Wash., he can be reached by email at lkmielke@juno.com or by phone 360.201.4033.

U.S. milk production started 2017 well above a year ago as cow numbers and output per cow remain strong. The Agriculture Department's preliminary data showed January output in the top 23 producing states at 17 billion pounds, up a bearish 2.7 percent from January 2016. The 50-state total, at 18.1 billion pounds, was up 2.5 percent. Revisions lowered the original December estimate 2 million pounds, now pegged at 16.8 billion, up 2.6 percent from December 2015.

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            (Clovis, Calif.)  USDA held an information session about its proposed Federal Milk Marketing Order for California here on Feb. 22.  Some 70 people including producers, processors, cooperative officials and government officials attended the half-day session, which was also webcast live in real time.  Dana H. Coale, deputy administrator of dairy programs for USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, headed the delegation of government officials which also included milk marketing administrators from the FMMOs in the West – Cory Hunter of the Southwest region and Bill Wise of the Arizona and Pacific Northwest region.

            Coale said afterwards, “We had an excellent turnout… and we were able to present general information about how the Order would operate”


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