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Making the first comment for the state’s new Dairy Farmers Task Force on Tuesday, Weare Republican state Rep. Neal Kurk questioned the entire premise of the meeting.

“It’s not clear to me,” he said, “why we’re focusing on the dairy industry.” 

Kurk said that while this year’s drought has clearly affected dairies – many farms have experienced crop losses, reducing the feed available for their animals – he knew there were other farmers, and other industries, also struggling.......

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About 150 young cows died Monday evening in a fire that destroyed a dairy farm building in eastern Ontario.

It happened at about 5 p.m. ET at the Leducdale farm in the North Glengarry, Ont., community of Dunvegan, about 80 km east of Ottawa off Highway 417.

High winds spread the flames quickly throughout the building, which had been built in 1930.

Farm owner Raymond Leduc said the fire was a blow to the dairy farm's production. The farm had 600 cows before the fire, with the rest of the herd housed in more modern buildings........

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Despite multiple inquiries and talk of two separate class actions, Australia's largest dairy processor Murray Goulburn is yet to face direct consequences over its actions in the milk price collapse.

But as suppliers and shareholders prepare for the Murray Goulburn annual general meeting this Friday, investigations into the dramatic and retrospective cuts to farm gate milk prices by Murray Goulburn and Fonterra are ongoing.

At a Senate inquiry into the state of the dairy industry on Wednesday, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) told the committee it expected to deliver a finding on whether Murray Goulburn was guilty of unconscionable conduct before the end of the year.........

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Irish farmgate milk prices could increase sequentially through to the end of March next year, according to IFA Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary.

“We will probably see the co-ops increasing milk prices 1c/L at a time over the coming months,” he said.

“Forward supply contracts being set now will take the market through to the end of March next year. And we do know that the world’s dairy markets are gaining strength at the present time........

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Baby It's Cold Outside
Winter Calf Care Webinar
Calves need extra care when the weather turns cold. We will discuss:
  • Cold weather nutritional needs.
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  • Health concerns when the temperature drops
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For more Information, contact:

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Webinar is scheduled for: 12:30 to 1:15 PM,
October 26, 2016

Registration is not required. Access the webinar link on the Dairy Webinars section on PRO-DAIRY's website to join.

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ARLINGTON, VA – John Ellenberger of Land O’ Lakes, Inc. was elected the new president of the American Butter Institute at the group’s Board of Directors’ meeting in mid-October. The board also designated the first and second vice president of the organization, which represents the companies manufacturing the majority of the nation’s butter products.

The following individuals were elected to a two-year term: 

  • President: John Ellenberger, Senior Vice President/US Dairy Foods of Land O’ Lakes, Inc., in Arden Hills, Minnesota;
  • First Vice President: Randy Robinson, CEO of High Desert Milk in Burley, Idaho;
  • Second Vice President: Craig Alexander, Vice President/Dairy Ingredient Sales & Regulatory Affairs of O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative, Inc., in Batavia, New York

“I am looking forward to serving as ABI’s president during this exciting time for the butter industry,” said Ellenberger. “Butter’s popularity with today’s consumers continues to grow as they seek good tasting and versatile foods with simple ingredient statements. Butter scores high on all of those attributes and ABI is well-positioned to keep delivering that message.” 

ABI’s outgoing president, Irv Holmes of Challenge Dairy Products in Dublin, Calif., was recognized for his term of service to the board. Tom Balmer will continue his role as ABI’s Executive Director.


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At least three WA cheese making businesses have been told they may not get a milk supply from Brownes from next year, just weeks after the company blamed an oversupply of milk for its refusal to renew contracts with dairy farmers.

The cheesemakers, in WA's South-West, received letters from Brownes stating constraints could be applied from January to April next year.

Farmers in Harvey last week became the first in the country forced to tip thousands of litres of milk down the drain, after they were left with nowhere to send their milk.

Milk from two of the farmers was also sent to Victoria as a temporary measure to stop it going to waste.

Brownes had been selling excess raw milk to cheesemakers but now says it is "not in the business of selling raw milk".

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UW-Platteville Dairy Program Gets Financial Gift
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/25/2016

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's new dairy science degree program has received a nice boost from Badgerland Financial. The group presented a $50,000 gift to the school during the UW-P's homecoming football game this month.

School of Agriculture Director Dr. Michael Compton says gifts like these help take financial stress off of the students during times when tuition payments are getting more expensive.

This is the first year a dairy science major is being offered at the Platteville campus, even though the school has been offering a dairy curriculum for over 30 years. Compton says the gift will help the program grow while offering even more experiences for students.

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Dairy Farmers Task Force to meet Tuesday

The Dairy Farmers Task Force will meet for the first time this morning.

House Speaker Shawn Jasper announced Friday that he and Senate President Chuck Morse are creating a joint task force to address the “devastating impact on New Hampshire dairy farmers” due to severe drought conditions.

The Milk Producers Emergency Relief Fund Board recommended in its recent report that the Legislature approve a one-time grant for $3.6 million to help dairy farmers across the state, plus further measures to prevent future challenges.

In addition to the drought causing significant feed losses, milk producers have been struggling with low milk prices for the last two years.

Numerous elected officials have called attention to the issue after state Agriculture Commissioner Lorraine Merrill said 19 of 120 dairies have stopped dairy operations since Jan. 1.........

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Despite heavy pushback from the state's livestock producers, California Gov. Jerry Brown last month signed a law aimed at cutting methane emissions from cattle operations, the largest source of heat-trapping methane in the country's biggest dairy-producing state.     

More than half of California's methane emissions come from dairy and beef operations, specifically from cow manure and belching, mostly from dairy cows. But the state's powerful dairy industry has successfully blocked methane regulation for the past decade. 
Now, as the state works toward meeting the nation's most aggressive greenhouse gas emissions targets, the livestock sector and methane—with its potent atmospheric warming power—will contend with regulation for the first time......
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Feds hit brakes on loans to big farms

The Obama administration is slow-walking the credit it gives to large dairy and livestock farms out of fear that it could get slapped with another big environmental lawsuit, POLITICO has learned.

Big farms in the South, Midwest and Northeast are struggling to get the financing they need because of the slowdown, with applications for loan guarantees languishing for more than a year and a half in some cases, lenders and state farm groups say.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/slow-loans-over-green-woes-put-cafos-in-limbo-230234#ixzz4O7BYthn1 
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A judge has allowed the New York Farm Bureau to intervene in a lawsuit that could dramatically affect farm wages in the state.

A judge has allowed the New York Farm Bureau to intervene in a lawsuit that could dramatically affect farm wages in the state.

The New York Civil Liberties Union in May filed a legal challenge to a state law that prohibits farmworkers from unionizing. The NYCLU claims the law is unconstitutional, while opponents say allowing unions on farms could lead to higher labor costs and strikes among New York's 60,000 agricultural workers.........

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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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 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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