Dairy Business News Team's Posts (1026)

Milk prices on the GlobalDairyTrade auction site hit their highest level in over two years, as the dairy market recovery continues.

Prices at the GlobalDairyTrade auction were up 3.5% from the last event, held two weeks ago.

Prices for benchmark whole milk powder rose almost 5%, to their highest level June 2014.

Before the auction was held, Tobin Gorey at CBA saw the New Zealand futures market pointing to a 3 to 5% rise in whole milk powder prices.

Prices rally

Dairy prices have been rallying since July, fuelled by ideas of tighter world supply, and increased buying from Asia.

Whole milk powder prices are up 73% in the last four and a half months

And whole milk powder prices are increasing their premium to skimmed milk prices, helped by the good Asian demand as well as ideas that the EU may release stocks of skimmed milk powder onto the market.........

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CLINTON, Maine (BDN) -- A cow broke its neck and died last week after vandals targeting two central Maine dairy farms opened pens and set loose part of the herd, among other damage done in the nighttime spree.

Police investigating the vandalism incidents at Misty Meadows Farm and the Wright Place Farm, both in Clinton, said Monday that they have identified people of interest, but have not yet brought charges against anyone. Clinton Police Chief Rusty Bell said he does not believe that the acts were committed by adults or by people who “had it in” for one or both of the farms.

“It could be chalked up to young people not realizing the consequences of their decisions,” he said. “I don’t know that they meant to kill a cow.”

A Facebook post about the vandalism spree from police last week was shared far and wide. One local dairy farm family member who serves on the Maine Dairy Promotion Board said that she had received calls about the trouble in Clinton, known as Maine’s Dairy Capital, from as far away as Washington state and Ontario, Canada.........

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Several years ago I found an old pint milk bottle that had Swan Ponds Dairy on it in blue letters. Some of us may remember having milk delivered to our homes, but most of us have not had that particular privilege. Today we can order anything to be delivered to our homes but we still go to the stores to buy our dairy products, especially milk.

Burke County had as many as 35 dairy farms in the mid 1900s. Several of these had their own processing plants and bottled their own brands.

Whip-poor-Will Dairy on 126 on the western side of Lake James was owned by the Mull family and operated by T.M. Orders and then Tom Dellinger. In 1931 the dairy became totally self-contained with its own artesian wells and electric power plant. They had electric milking machines, cooling facilities and bottling machinery. They added ice cream in 1932. Some of their bottles have ‘Whip-O-Will’ printed or embossed on them.

Swan Ponds dairy off NC 126 on Swan Ponds Road was operated by Warlick Avery, a descendent of Waightstill Avery – North Carolina’s first Attorney General in 1777. Avery descendants reside there today. They produced milk until the early 1970’s and they had their own facility with their printed bottles. Their silos may be the first built in Burke County.

Others that bottled their milk was Icarda operated by the Penlands and located on the Icard Dairy Barn road, Mimosa operated by the Garrisons near the Carbon Plant, Silver Meadows operated by the Riddles on Byrd Road and Brittain Dairy on Jamestown Rd. There was also a Harbison Dairy located where Freedom High School is now, Woodside Dairy in Drexel........

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DNR weighing large dairy project

The state Department of Natural Resources is inching closer to a long-anticipated decision involving the construction of a massive dairy farm that would house more than 5,000 cows in Wood County in central Wisconsin. The DNR’s environmental impact statement on the Golden Sands Dairy — and the decision that would follow — is being closely watched because of the scale of the project and the vulnerability the sandy soil in the region could pose on groundwater.

And it comes as the DNR last Wednesday said it plans to streamline some regulatory functions, including permitting of large farms. Conservationists say they will be monitoring the changes to ensure environmental standards won’t be weakened.

Also on Wednesday, in Wood County in the Town of Saratoga where Golden Sands would operate, the town board approved regulations giving it new inspection authority and other powers for livestock and manure storage practices aimed at large farms.........

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KERKHOVEN — Riverview Dairy LLP of Morris is proposing to construct a fourth large dairy farm west of Willmar.

Louriston Dairy is proposed for a 127-acre site in Louriston Township of Chippewa County near the intersection of County Road 3 and Minnesota Highway 40, which is about seven miles southwest of Kerkhoven. Riverview is seeking to permit the operation for 9,500 animal units, which would consist of 8,670 dairy cows and 1,180 heifers.

The company currently operates three other similar-sized dairies in Kandiyohi and Swift counties west of Willmar: the East Dublin, West Dublin and Meadow Star operations. It also operates two farms each permitted for 5,880 calves known as Chippewa Calves and Hawk Creek Calves in this area. It also operates dairies in the Morris area as well as beef operations in South Dakota and Nebraska.

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Farmers are facing low milk prices and burden from 2016 drought

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire dairy farmers hurt by low milk prices and the drought won’t receive any financial aid from the state before year’s end.

The Dairy Farmer’s Task Force instead wants the Legislature to vote on a funding relief bill early next year in the new session. The group on Monday endorsed a plan that would provide one-time aid to farms based on herd size, feed costs and how badly they were affected by the drought. A total price tag hasn’t been calculated, but Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley said about 100 farms would be eligible for the relief.

“We should devote scarce resources to the farms that can make the case that they need it the most,” Bradley said.

Members of the Milk Producers Emergency Relief Fund had initially hoped to see $3.6 million in aid approved this Wednesday when lawmakers are sworn in.

The drought forced many farmers to spend more on livestock feed, and some reduced their herds to save money. That adds to the financial strain farmers are facing from low milk prices, which state officials say have dropped nearly 40 percent in the past few years. The state had 115 licensed cow-only dairies in October, down from 123 in January, the Concord Monitor reported........

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Survey garnered responses from dairy farms of differing sizes across the state

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — Wisconsin Farmers Union released today the full results of the Wisconsin Dairy Producer Survey, which was sent out this fall to every dairy farmer in the state.

During a press call this morning, WFU Dairy Survey Analyst Gabriel Chapman shared highlights from the survey. Among key findings Chapman noted was that “Sixty-three percent of the dairy farmer respondents indicated a negative profit margin, based on cost of production and price received.”

The survey garnered responses from dairy farms of differing sizes across the state, and additional submitted comments offered insight into the issues impacting farmers’ everyday decisions and concerns. Other survey questions dug in on issues like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Margin Protection Program, supply management programs and the impact milk price volatility has had on farmers.

The average year respondent farmers began farming was 1986, and average milking herd size was 126 cows.

In response to how confident farmers’ felt that they or someone else in their family would still be farming in five years, a score of 1 (not at all confident) was most common. Nearly half of respondents also indicated the unpredictable nature of the markets had impacted their health from undue stress, caused them to consider exiting from dairy farming, and led them to discourage the next generation from farming.........

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Learn successful herd management strategies based on current research

AMES, Iowa — Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues at the 2017 Dairy Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 16 and Feb. 2.

“ISU Extension and Outreach conducts this workshop to provide the latest research to Iowa’s dairy producers,” said Jennifer Bentley, ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialist. “Our goal is to help producers make sound herd management decisions that are backed by current and relevant information.

“This day-long program offers producers an opportunity to hear up-to-date information. They can also talk with our speakers for answers to their specific situations,” said Bentley.

Topics covered at 2017 Dairy Days will include:

  • Colostrum Quality: How Does Yours Measure Up? Jenn Bentley, dairy specialist
  • Millionaire Model Dairies: Show Me the Money! Larry Tranel, dairy specialist
  • Woodland and Wildlife Mgt/Opportunities on your Dairy, Jesse Randall/Adam Janke, forestry/wildlife specialist
  • Keys to Successful Farm Transition, Melissa O’Rourke, farm management specialist
  • Silage, Snaplage and Shredlage: Know your Forages, Hugo Ramirez, assistant professor and dairy specialist
  • Balancing SCC and Milk Quality Decisions, Leo Timms, professor and dairy specialist

Dairy Days will be offered at seven Iowa locations: Jan. 16 in Waverly, Jan. 17 in Calmar, Jan. 19 in Riceville, Jan. 30 in Bloomfield, Jan. 31 in Kalona, Feb. 1 in Holy Cross and Feb. 2 in Ryan. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program will conclude by 3 p.m. Contact an ISU Extension and Outreach county office for more information.

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New LED lights that are being installed in milk display cases across the country do more than just reduce energy bills -- they also help milk taste better, Virginia Tech researchers have found.

The exposure to certain light changes the flavor profile of milk. Milk fresh from the dairy should taste sweet and rich but when people describe milk that was exposed to conventional fluorescent lights, they used words like "cardboard," "stale," and "painty." Researchers found that while the new LED lights reduce those negative profiles, there is still work to be done in packaging to ensure milk tastes like it did back when a milkman delivered freshly pasteurized milk to your grandmother's doorstep.

"We want to help figure out ways to return to the fresh taste of milk that our grandparents experienced when it came straight from the dairy," said Susan Duncan, a professor of food science and technology in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.........

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Oakfield Corners, Oakfield, NY reports on their December 1st classification!

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MONTPELIER: Vermont farmers are facing new rules to prevent runoff into Lake Champlain, which some call the biggest change to the industry in their lifetime. The new agricultural practices, with took effect Monday, include rules for small farm certification, storing and spreading of manure, planting cover crops to improve soil and prevent erosion, and expanding vegetated buffer zones on fields near water and ditches. The rules are part of Vermont's commitment to reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain, which has been plagued by toxic algae blooms. The state........

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Three Columbia County farms have been marked to receive more than $2 million in protection grants from the state, officials announced last week.

In an interview Monday, Columbia Land Conservancy Director Marissa Codey said the sites set to receive the grant money were Widows Creek Farm in Stockport, Millerhurst Farm in Ancramdale and Berkshire Valley Farm in Copake.

Codey said the funds were made available through the state Department Agriculture and Markets Agricultural and Farmland Protection Program, which awards grants to ensure farmland is protected from development.

"The Farmland Implementation Grant Program, or FPIG, assists local governments, land trust organizations and soil and water conservation districts in implementing farmland protection plans," according to the Farmland Protection Program website........

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After all these years, agriculture in America remains overwhelmingly dominated by family farms. A new report by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) shows not only just how dependent America is on family farms, but also how many are independent of government.

“Seventy-two percent of all farms received no farm-related government payments in 2015,” according to the report written by USDA’s Robert A. Hoppe and James M. MacDonald. That figure stands in contrast to the many months and even years that every Congress spends on the big “Farm Bill.”

While farms are often depicted as benefiting from “corporate welfare” as they pursue “factory farming” practices, USDA’s “America’s Diverse Family Farms: 2016 Edition” collects the facts tell a different story. Among those facts are these:.............

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Wisconsin dairy farms are drowning

One of my summer jobs in high school was teaching swimming lessons at the local high school pool.

Have you ever seen a video of someone drowning? I watched a few such videos during my swim teacher training. Someone who is drowning will do almost anything to get his or her head above water, including pushing another human being under the water in order to save him- or herself.

Wisconsin dairy farms are drowning right now — drowning in a global oversupply of milk. Oversupply drives prices down, with tragic but predictable results. According to the National Ag Statistics Service, Wisconsin lost 201 dairy farms in the first half of 2016 — an average of 33 dairy farms per month, or one per day. How many dairy farms are in your county? How long until all but a handful are gone?

Given the level of our desperation, any opportunity to export our over-supply to another country looks like our saving grace. “Maybe,” we think, “those new exports will give us just enough breathing room to get our heads above water.”........

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China’s crop of agricultural data is growing, but the influential commodities player continues to face a stubborn problem: lack of trust in the data’s reliability.

In its latest effort to make more clear what is going on in its agricultural sector, the Chinese government has begun releasing estimates and forecasts on the production and consumption of five agricultural commodities. But Beijing’s numbers differ from those of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, widely seen as the standard-bearer of agricultural data.

For example, China is less optimistic than the USDA about the amount of corn it will consume in 2016-17: Its forecast is 7% lower than the U.S. estimate, while its forecast for how much corn it will import is a third of the U.S. estimate for the same period. China has such a large stock pile of corn that the markets are carefully watching to see how long it will take to reduce this.........

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By John J. Cohrssen and Henry I. Miller

Worries about slow economic growth have shifted the mood of America from "hope and change" eight years ago to "drain the swamp,” which is at least in part a realization that government regulation needs major fixes to spur innovation and job creation.

The economic burden of the accumulating, often inconspicuous mountain of regulatory requirements is almost unimaginable: According to a study earlier this year from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University that used a 22-industry dataset covering the years from 1977 through 2012, by distorting the investment choices that lead to innovation, regulation has created a considerable drag on the economy that amounts to an average reduction in the annual growth rate of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) of 0.8 percent. That translates to a U.S. economy that is a whopping $4 trillion smaller than it otherwise would have been........

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Infectious foot diseases, such as digital dermatitis, heel erosion and foot rot, can easily take hold on a dairy when specific conditions exist. Common conditions for disease development include poor hygiene, skin barrier incompetence, inadequate trace mineral nutrition, biosecurity anddaenvironmental extremes. Two industry-leading, dairy-lameness-management experts recently sat down to discuss infectious foot-disease management and to share results from recent research highlighting the impact seasonality has on disease prevalence.dar

“When we look at findings from our recent hoof-health records study, which contained data from more than 58,000 cows, from 17 confinement dairies, a seasonal trend was detected for infectious foot diseases in northern climates,” says Daryl Kleinschmit, Ph.D., research nutritionist, Zinpro Corporation. “When wet conditions exist on a dairy, manure slurry can accumulate on the feet,” he says. “This softens the skin and increases the risk of infection. The skin serves a critical role as the first line of defense against an infection.”

Cold winter weather in northern climates can limit the frequency of footbath use, due to potentially hazardous (slippery) conditions, according to Dr. Kleinschmit. He adds that mixing footbaths in these conditions is another common, on-farm challenge that can lead to ineffective footbath use and thus increased disease pressure.

Arturo Gomez, Ph.D., D.V.M., dairy veterinarian – Europe, Zinpro Corporation, agrees that winter will normally be responsible for the highest disease prevalence in the Northern Hemisphere. But he adds, “When you travel around the world, what actually determines higher or lower prevalence of infectious foot diseases is what you have on the farm – the conditions that will facilitate the disease to occur.”

According to Dr. Gomez, in hot, arid climates, there is actually more disease present during the summer, mostly because the cows concentrate around the water troughs or under the cooling systems, where conditions are highly conducive to infectious foot disease.
Those responsible for animal care on a dairy need to be on alert for signs of lameness. “As we think of the overall lameness manager on a dairy, we typically think of the hoof trimmer,” says Dr. Kleinschmit. “However, there are multiple workers on the farm interacting with cows throughout the day. We really need to look at it as a team approach.”

Experts Talk is an award-winning online video series, sponsored by Zinpro Corporation, which features one-on-one discussions with leading authorities on foot health and lameness prevention for multiple species. Each episode features a different expert who discusses topics ranging from lameness detection to treating claw lesions to best management practices for lameness prevention. To learn more, visit the Experts Talk video library at www.zinpro.com.

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Genex to Debut New Dairy Health Traits

SHAWANO, Wisconsin — With the December sire summaries, Genex Cooperative, Inc. will publish Subclinical Ketosis, Metritis and Foot Health breeding values for Holstein sires.

“These proprietary breeding values were developed because each condition has a profound impact on cow health and dairy profitability,” states Keith Heikes, Chief Operating Officer of Genex, a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International (CRI). “These new breeding values are prime examples of the cooperative’s dedication to data-driven innovation for the genetic improvement of members’ herds.”

Subclinical Ketosis

The new Subclinical Ketosis (SCK) breeding value is an industry-leading comprehensive measure that takes into consideration both clinical (observed) and subclinical ketosis. When used in conjunction with sire selection criteria, like the Ideal Commercial Cow (ICC$) index, improvement is expected in animal health and profitability. 

Development of the SCK breeding value is the result of industry collaboration between the University of Wisconsin Dairy Science Department and School of Veterinary Medicine researchers and CRI subsidiary AgSource Cooperative Services. They established that the most accurate predictor of blood BHBA (a measure of ketosis) is a combination of milk sample component analysis from cows 5 to 20 days in milk and 14 data points about the cow and her environment. Researchers with the CRI International Center for Biotechnology (ICB) then utilized the phenotypic data collected by AgSource from over 330,000 cows and a database of more than 100,000 genotypes from Genex males and females to develop the SCK breeding values.


A second tool for combatting conditions affecting fresh cows is the Metritis (MTR) breeding value. MTR was developed by CRI ICB researchers based on analysis of the cooperative’s research database, which contains nearly 4 million cows and more than 26 million recorded health events.

Foot Health

Like SCK and MTR, the new Genex proprietary Foot Health (FH) trait was developed to help producers breed for healthier cattle. Foot health or lameness is particularly important today from both an economic and animal welfare point of view. Demonstrating foot health’s impact on dairies, the CRI research database indicates a 14.8% lameness prevalence and industry studies indicate financial impacts can range from $130 to over $450 per case.

“Development of the SCK, MTR and FH breeding values is another example of our commitment to industry leadership and innovation,” states Heikes. “Use of these breeding values, in conjunction with selection criteria like the ICC$ index, will enable Genex members and customers to further improve on the health and well-being of their cows and to positively impact farm productivity and profitability.”

Watch for the SCK, MTR and FH evaluations for Genex Holstein sires to be included in December sire summary materials. To learn more, visit http://genex.crinet.com.

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naabThe National Association of Animal Breeders is pleased to announce that Dr. Rory Meyer is the Assistant Service Director for CSS and the NAAB Assistant Technical Director. Dr. Meyer will begin his duties in early December 2016.

Rory will work closely with the CSS Service Director to carry out the business of the Association with a primary focus on auditing programs and services as well as technical aspects of the association. He will also work closely with the NAAB President and the CSS board of directors to identify, evaluate and engage in new opportunities to expand the CSS services to A.I. companies both domestically and internationally. Rory will be working closely with USDA-APHIS to further develop import and export requirements for bovine semen.

Rory brings a wealth of experience to this position having worked for Alta Genetics the past 8 years as staff veterinarian, overseeing the health and biosecurity of their production bulls in facilities located in the USA, Canada and the Netherlands. Prior to joining Alta Genetics, Rory worked with the USDA-APHIS VS OCIO staff in Fort Collins, Colorado as Analytical Epidemiologist from 2005 – 2007 as well as Veterinary Medical Officer from 2007-2008. Between 2003 and 2005 he was the VMO at the USDA-APHIS office in Olympia, Washington where he was actively involved in implementing programs to monitor and control the spread of BSE as well as diseases of concern in other species of livestock. Dr. Meyer also worked in Australia for a year with the former RAB Australia.

“With Rory’s technical background and international experience, we see numerous opportunities to expand the CSS/NAAB programs domestically and internationally. Rory has been on the CSS Board of Directors since 2009 and his industry experience will be very valuable to all of our existing members” said Dr. Gordon A. Doak, NAAB President.

After earning his undergraduate degree from University of Nebraska, Rory earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. He received his Master of Veterinary Science in Theriogenology in 1998 from the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Meyer will remain based in Wisconsin and can be reached through the new office in Madison, Wisconsin.

NAAB is the national trade association for artificial insemination businesses. NAAB members provide artificial insemination services in the USA and more than 100 countries around the world.

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MILWAUKEE — The trade deal known as the Trans Pacific Partnership has taken a pounding on the presidential campaign trail, but at least one group is holding out hope for the stalled pact: Wisconsin dairy producers.

They see nothing but advantages from the deal negotiated by the President Barck Obama’s administration that could increase exports at a time when their cows are producing more milk than ever in a domestic market that doesn’t have room for all of it..........

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