Dairy Business News Team's Posts (766)

The CDN Board of Directors held its regular quarterly meeting on February 28th and March 1st, 2017 at the office of Dairy Farmers of Canada in Montreal, Québec. The following is a summary of actions, recommendations and decisions stemming from these meetings. 

 The Board of Directors received a presentation to demonstrate the new CDN Global web site, which will soon be released and targets international users speaking German and Spanish. The full web site at www.cdn.ca remains the optimal tool available for Canadian dairy producers for all breeds.  The Board of Directors participated in a process aimed at identifying various risks to which CDN may have some degree of exposure, and identified those of highest combination of likelihood and impact. The Board of Directors will continue this risk assessment process and develop an appropriate action plan going forward.  An important area of discussion by the Board of Directors is an opportunity for CDN and other industry partners, to collaborate with Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) in establishing a national traceability system for dairy cattle in Canada. Given the targeted timelines for implementation of the traceability module of the proAction initiative, DFC is assessing various options available for the dairy sector and seeking the most beneficial solution for Canadian dairy producers.  CDN management provided an update on three key issues related to genetic evaluation services:  There is a growing need in Canada for adopting the use of "Single Step" methodology for calculating genomic evaluations, instead of the two-step procedures currently being used. This is particularly important for the development of evaluations for new traits for which there is less phenotypic data in terms of herds and time period. To address this need the CDN Board of Directors approved a proposal from management to pursue a licensing agreement for access to software available internationally that would allow CDN to implement single step genomic evaluations as soon as possible.  Given the recent availability of hoof health data at CDN, the Board of Directors agreed that the development of genetic and genomic evaluations for Digital Dermatitis (DD) in Holsteins is a high priority with targeted implementation no later than April 2018.  Based on presentations at recent international meetings organized by Interbull, as well as preliminary analysis at CDN, the Board of Directors agreed that measures should be taken as soon as possible to eliminate the downward bias of bull proofs that is expected from the pre-selection of young bulls prior to entry into AI based on their genomic evaluations.  The CDN Board considered all correspondence received from industry partners regarding the proposal from the Industry Standards Committee outlining an alternative approach for labelling lactation records. Given the favourable support received from breed associations, the Industry Standards Committee will continue to discuss details associated with the proposed strategy and prepare an implementation plan for presentation to the CDN Board of Directors at its next meeting in May.

 The Board of Directors received an update on the collaboration between CDN and Holstein Canada towards the development of a genetics decision software for Canadian dairy producers. The software specifications have been defined and a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued to four targeted companies. Once the software development company has been identified, more detail about the functionality of the software and the technical calculations based on sound scientific principles will be defined.  The Board of Directors also received a management report on a patent that was recently granted by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (No. 2673174). The claims of the patent, which is owned by Agriculture Victoria Services Pty Limited (AVS) in Australia, essentially include (a) the imputation of SNP genotypes, (b) the calculation of genomic evaluations using the imputed genotypes, and (c) the use of such genomic evaluations for selective breeding. After considering various possible options, the Board of Directors agreed on a strategy and action plan.  Based on 10 months of activity within the current fiscal year, projected total revenue is well above budget (+7.9%), mainly due to an unbudgeted cash contribution from Zoetis for the development of the genetics decision software. Operational expenses are projected to be 3.3% above budget, mainly due to increased expenses associated with the Board of Directors and a higher level of compensation to the Canadian DHI partners for the collection of data used to provide genetic evaluations for various functional and health traits. Overall, without considering the unbudgeted extra revenue from Zoetis, the year-end result is expected to be a slight net surplus of revenue over expenses, similar to the approved budget for the year.  For the 2017-2018 budget, revenue received from Zoetis during 2016-2017 is expected to be fully allocated to the development of the new genetics decision software so this budgeted cost does not affect service fees to member organizations. With this in mind, the Board of Directors approved a budget that balances revenue and operational expenses, excluding the software development project, which leads to a 1.5% increase in the level of service fees for member organizations compared to last year. This magnitude of increase is directly related to the budgeted cost for licensing software required to implement single step genomic evaluations. At year end, Members' Equity is budgeted to be near $245K, which is the same level as it was at the end of 2015-2016. For activities related to the DairyGen Council, the combination of expenses for ongoing and new projects is expected to maintain the level of carry-over reserves at approximately $500K.  As usual at this time of year, CDN has circulated the call for nominations for the 2017 Dairy Cattle Improvement Industry Distinction Award. All industry organizations are encouraged to identify quality candidates and submit the nomination form for consideration by the CDN Board of Directors at its next meeting in May.  The Board also reviewed the schedule of events associated with the 2017 Dairy Cattle Improvement Industry Forum, which will be held at the Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville, Ontario. Meetings involving various industry boards of directors will take place on Monday, September 18th and Tuesday, September 19th with the Forum on Wednesday the 20th and the 22nd Annual General Meeting of CDN will take place during the morning of September 21st.  The next CDN Board of Directors meeting will be held in Guelph on May 30-31, 2017.

Read more…

DCHA E-News: March 15, 2017

Facebook  Twitter  

Can’t Miss Farm Tours

From Jerseys to Holsteins and auto feeders to individual housing, you won’t want to miss the farm tours at this year’s DCHA conference! Hear how these farms have expanded their herds, adapted their facilities and incorporated the next generation. Endres Jazzy Jerseys Dave E...
Read More

Motivate Your Team

Ruby Newell-Legner, certified speaking professional and founder of 7 Star Service, has clients ranging from the world’s only 7-Star Hotel in Dubai, UAE, to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, plus 29 professional sports teams and 60 sports and entertainment venues. Ruby’s talk “7 Sta...
Read More

Member Features

“I like DCHA because we’re all committed to calves and all have a passion for calves. Anytime you get a group of people together who care about calves the ideas flow. We’re here for networking and learning from other people to take new tidbits of information back home to make our operations be...
Read More

Speaker Spotlight: Mike Van Amburgh

Mike Van Amburgh is a Department of Animal Science Professor at Cornell University. Along with teaching multiple courses and advising students, Dr. Van Amburgh leads the Cornell Dairy Fellows Program and is the advisor for the Cornell University Dairy Science Club. For the last 18 years, Dr. Van ...
Read More

Join us on Facebook

Are you engaged in Facebook? Are you a DCHA Member? Become part of the conversation in the DCHA Member Network. This private Facebook group, exclusive to members, makes year-round peer networking available. Members now have a continuous platform to connect with fellow DCHA members, ...
Read More


Read more…

Enter by liking and sharing Evolution Liner posts on Facebook 

Dairy producers now have a chance to win a barn full of new Evolution Square-Bore Milking Liners, up to a $2,500 value, in a new social media promotion sponsored by Conewango. 

To enter, dairy producers can like and share select posts on the Evolution Liners Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/evolutionliners/.  No purchase is necessary. Complete rules are available at EvolutionLiners.com.

“Square-bore milking liners offer many benefits for dairy producers, including minimizing the risk of hyperkeratosis,” said Conewango General Manager Jeff Perkins. “This promotion gives US dairy producers a chance to outfit their milking parlors with liners that can improve teat-end condition without sacrificing milking speed.”

The promotion ends April 26, 2017 at midnight and is open to dairy farmers in the United States.

With a customer base of over 110,000 dairies and 200 dealers across North America, Conewango is a major distributor of milker inflations and dairy rubberware. For more information about Conewango call (800) 828-9258 or visit conewango.com.

Read more…


DAIRY NEWS – Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) introduces Dairy AdvanCE™, a new online, one-stop professional development shop for the dairy industry. “We designed Dairy AdvanCE so farmers can easily take control of their Continuing Education (CE) and position themselves for success,” says PDPW President Mitch Breunig, who owns and manages Mystic Valley Dairy LLC in Sauk City, Wis.

“Consumers’ expectations of farmers and farming are changing, and it’s affecting the entire food chain,” he explains. “It’s never been more important for dairy farmers to be proactive and prepared to demonstrate our dedication to continuous improvement. Dairy AdvanCE makes that easy.” 

At dairyadvance.org, you’ll find vetted, high-quality dairy education and training programs, workshops and accredited CE opportunities on a wide range of topics – from animal care to human resources, financial management to environmental stewardship. This online resource also lets farmers and their on-farm team members easily track their CE credits and advancement toward their professional development goals.

Another Dairy AdvanCE advantage is the ability to print CE transcripts, so farmers can demonstrate their commitment to continuous improvement in their business plans to lenders and partners. “Dairy AdvanCE offers training, tracking and reporting all in one spot,” shares Breunig. “These are the benefits the industry valued most when we tested the concept with dairy farmers, allied industry and education providers.”

PDPW verifies each training for content quality and rigor, including speakers’ expertise and assurance of non-promotional content. There’s no need for farmers to waste time searching for qualified training opportunities because Dairy AdvanCE gathers them all in one spot.

West-central Wisconsin dairy farmer Darci Daniels believes in Dairy AdvanCE. “The idea of an online resource of top-quality training and education offerings is spot on. I can search for something specific or discover programs that I didn’t even know existed,” she says.

Those who market and provide services to dairy farmers could benefit from Dairy AdvanCE. “Knowing the person I’m dealing with has a qualified base of knowledge means productive conversations about our farm,” Daniels adds.

While PDPW developed Dairy AdvanCE for farmers, anyone in the dairy industry can subscribe. This includes allied industry professionals such as veterinarians, nutritionists, technicians, field and sales representatives, as well as food system, legal and public service professionals.

Dairy AdvanCE is free for dairy farmer owners, farm managers and on-farm team members. For all others, there is a $50 annual subscription fee. To learn more or subscribe to Dairy AdvanCE visit www.dairyadvance.org, email mail@dairyadvance.org, or call 800-947-7379.

Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is dairy’s professional organization. As the nation’s largest dairy producer-led, grassroots organization of its kind, it focuses on education, networking and professional development to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.

Dairy AdvanCE, the dairy industry’s new one-stop shop for professional development, will include a wide variety of high-quality training and education opportunities for farmers and allied industry professionals. Access is free for dairy farmers. Find more at dairyadvance.org.

PDPW Board President Mitch Breunig, Sauk City, Wis., owns and manages Mystic Valley Dairy LLC, which milks 430 registered Holsteins and has 450 young stock. “It’s never been more important for dairy farmers to be proactive and prepared to demonstrate our dedication to continuous improvement. Dairy AdvanCE makes that easy,” he says. 

Read more…

Madison, N.J., March 15, 2017 – Today, 34 outstanding veterinary students from around the world received scholarships from Merck Animal Health, in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). Through the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program, the selected second- and third-year students pursuing careers in companion animal or large animal medicine will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to support their educational endeavors.

            “We know that the cost of veterinary education can be a challenge, but want to encourage talented students to pursue their dreams,” said Scott Bormann, Vice President, North America, Merck Animal Health. “We’re honored to support these recipients, as the work they do throughout their careers will have an important impact on the animal health industry, helping to advance the medical care of both companion and large animals.”

            The AVMF, the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association, has supported veterinary students for more than five decades.

            “The AVMF helps ensure the future of veterinary medicine by identifying and supporting outstanding students,” said Debborah Harp, CFRE, AVMF Executive Director. “We are honored to partner with Merck Animal Health in providing these scholarship opportunities.”

Award recipients from U.S. and international veterinary schools accredited through the AVMA were selected based on academic excellence, financial need, leadership and area of interest within the profession. The 2017 scholarship recipients are:

  • Sharmin Akter, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Bryle Jansen Albao, University of the Philippines
  • Kayla Alexander, Mississippi State University
  • Erin Beasley, North Carolina State University
  • Sandra Bernal, University of the Philippines
  • Nitol Chandra Das, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Ericka Datuin, University of the Philippines
  • Syeda Munira Dilshad, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Katie Dirsmith, Colorado State University
  • Laura Eckstrand, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Shakera Fudge, Tuskegee University
  • Jill Grogan, Michigan State University
  • Rachel Hilliard, Cornell University
  • Kelly Hood, North Carolina State University
  • Nazmul Hossain, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Claire Hovenga, Colorado State University
  • Zahidul Islam, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Sohaila Jafarian, Kansas State University
  • Khali Jones, Tuskegee University
  • Lisa Jones, Cornell University
  • Enif Ledesma, University of the Philippines
  • Leslie Lundewall, Purdue University
  • Rachel Madenjian, Tufts University
  • Kristen Malinak, North Carolina State University
  • Imma Mangubat, University of the Philippines
  • Kristy Meadows, Tufts University
  • Ananta Paul, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Gwen Roy, University of Saskatchewan
  • Rahima Akther Ruma, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Jenna Scott, North Carolina State University
  • Brent Sexton, Iowa State University
  • Amanda Stump, The Ohio State University
  • Sudipat Talukder, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Shamsunnaher Yesmin, Bangladesh Agricultural University


About Merck Animal Health

For over a century, Merck has been a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals™, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.merck-animal-health.com or connect with us on LinkedIn,Facebook and Twitter at @MerckAH.


About the American Veterinary Medical Foundation

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. More than 89,000 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. For more than 50 years, the foundation has been helping veterinarians help animals with support for education, advocacy, service, and research programs and activities. Visit AVMF.org for more information.

Read more…
U.S. dairy officials are visiting Mexico City to affirm a mutually beneficial business partnership that still has plenty of upside. 

MEXICO CITY --  U.S. Dairy Export Council President and CEO Tom Vilsack says he is emphasizing four positive messages this week as he and other U.S. dairy leaders meet with Mexican government officials, dairy organizations and media.

“The whole purpose of this trip is to make the point that if the U.S. and Mexican dairy industries stay united, we both win,” says Vilsack. “It’s about celebrating this strong relationship for what it is, a partnership that has benefitted both countries.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Vilsack will address the National Dairy Forum in Mexico City, an annual gathering of Mexican dairy farmers to discuss issues affecting the industry. Mexican state and federal government officials are also scheduled to attend.........

READ MORE........

(© FLICKR U.S. Agriculture Creative Commons)
Read more…

DFA Today: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

View this email in your browser

March 14, 2017


Weekly fuel update

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update for the week of March 13, the current price for a gallon of regular conventional gasoline is $2.24, down 2 cents from the prior week and up 35 cents from the prior year. The current average price for a gallon of diesel across all types is $2.56, down 2 cents from last week and up 47 cents from the prior year.
Year to date, the weekly U.S. gasoline price has averaged within a 10-cent range, while the average diesel price has only varied within a 4-cent range. Since 2016, fuel prices have steadily increased. The largest average price increases have occurred throughout the Mountain and West Coast regions of the United States. 

Global weather update

According to U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin for the week ending March 11, weather conditions throughout key global dairying regions were mixed.
Most regions across Europe experienced warm temperatures during the week, accelerating winter crop growth. Rain fell over France and Germany, improving soil conditions, while mostly dry conditions in Italy promoted seasonal fieldwork. 

Australia experienced a combination of widespread showers and sunny skies throughout the week, which benefited soil conditions. Temperatures were in line with seasonal expectations for the third-consecutive week. 

Across Argentina, heavy rains provided mostly favorable conditions for immature summer grains. Key corn and soybean regions sustained above-average temperatures, promoting late-season growth. 

Daily Market Update

Provided by DFA Risk Management


  • CME Group Class III milk futures increased through 2017, with nearby support from a slightly stronger CME cash block cheese market. The second-quarter CME Class III milk futures average gained 6 cents per hundredweight, the first daily increase in seven sessions. In the last three weeks, this average has declined more than $1 per hundredweight.
  • Despite a stronger CME cash butter market for the first time in one week, nearby CME butter futures declined. Since the beginning of the month, the second-quarter CME butter futures average has declined 11½ cents, settling at $2.19 per pound.
  • At the beginning of March, the CME cash nonfat dry milk (NFDM) market traded below 80 cents per pound for the first time in nine months. The market temporarily strengthened 1¾ cents; however, a weaker cash NFDM market pressured nearby NFDM futures today. These contracts declined more than ½ cent, bringing the second-quarter average to 84¾ cents per pound.

Grains and other markets

  • Since the beginning of the month, CME corn futures have declined sharply with pressure from strong South American crop prospects. Today’s gains were the first in seven sessions, lifting May CME corn futures from the 2017 low of $3.61 per bushel.
Read more…
News and information from UC Cooperative Extension about alfalfa and forage production.
Tractor & Hay bales
Read more…
News and information from UC Cooperative Extension about alfalfa and forage production.
Tractor & Hay bales
Read more…

Dairy farmers should aim for the top

WOOSTER, Ohio — Reviewing the numbers probably isn’t the most exciting thing at your dairy farm. But if you want to be around next year, and the year after, you better know where you stand.

That was part of the message delivered by Gary Sipiorski, dairy development manager with Vita Plus, and Dianne Shoemaker, Ohio State University dairy field specialist, during the Northeast Ohio Regional Dairy Conference March 1 at the OARDC.

Sipiorski told dairy farmers how to manage budgets, feed and operating costs, if they want to be in the top third of dairy producers.

“The financial clock is ticking,” he said. “If you don’t like numbers, it’s time to start liking them. It’s time to start knowing what’s going on, because top-third dairy producers know how to manage money.”.........

READ MORE........

Read more…

U.S. dairy export volume higher

South-of-the-border sales of milk powder and cheese off from year-ago levels.

In January, U.S. dairy export volume topped prior-year levels for the eighth straight month, due to continued gains in sales of milk powder and whey products, according to the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC). Suppliers shipped 149,864 tons of milk powders, cheese, butterfat, whey and lactose during the month, which was 11% greater than a year ago. The overall export value was $412 million in January, up 10%..........

READ MORE.........

Read more…

The dairy industry in Ireland has benefited over the last few years from an improved understanding in terms of the role of nutrition, husbandry and preventive practices in helping cows to recover rapidly after calving.

A cow’s metabolism needs particular support post-calving to help it maintain essential bodily functions and for it to remain healthy..........

READ MORE........

Read more…

For the dairy farmer, business success means balancing a wide range of factors. At the heart of this challenge lies the need to look after your cows and improve productivity, while controlling overall workload and costs.

Calf rearing is one of the most intensive and satisfying aspects of dairy farming and has always been considered important.

But, the true picture of just how crucial successful rearing is to the overall health and performance of a herd is now becoming clear.

Research has shown that high growth rates in the first weeks of life (800-1,000g/day) lead to increased milk production during the first and second lactation.

And, the first eight weeks of a calf’s life provide a huge opportunity to boost the lifetime performance of the cow..........

READ MORE.........

Read more…

TWO men were taken to hospital after their car hit a herd of cows wandering along the Calder Freeway in Sunbury in the early hours of Monday.

The men, aged in their 20s, suffered minor injuries when their sedan hit and killed two cows about 2.30am, according to emergency services sources.

There were reports of up to 100 cows on the freeway on the moonlit night, but acting Sergeant Justin Kaminski from Sunbury police said this was probably an exaggeration.

He said the white Nissan Pulsar was extensively damaged when it hit two cows on the Bendigo-bound freeway lanes near the Vineyard Rd overpass.

He said cows on a freeway were obviously a hazard and he urged livestock owners to ensure their animals were secure.

Diggers Rest CFA captain Tim Welshe, who attended the incident, said the Pulsar’s driver and passenger were lucky not to have been seriously injured.

“Cows are solid beasts weighing up to a tonne each; it was dark and potentially could have caused a fatality,” he said..........

READ MORE..........

Read more…

WHAT:             Join Alltech during Central Plains Dairy Expo for our five-star breakout sessions. Dr. Corale Dorn of Dells Veterinary Services will explain how to maximize calf performance during the first weeks of life. In this hands-on presentation, Dorn will identify some of the anatomical structures involved in maintaining optimum gut health. She will also discuss how to put good calf management practices in place in order to prevent salmonella and potential secondary illness.


WHEN:           Wednesday, March 29 at 9 a.m.

                        Thursday, March 30 at 12:30 p.m.


WHERE:         Central Plains Dairy Expo

           Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

                        Meeting Rooms 12–13

MORE:            For more information about the breakout sessions, please contact teronne@alltech.com.

Visitors to the Alltech booth #A4 will have the opportunity to hear from industry experts on topics such as improving gut health and reducing the risk of mycotoxins.

The Alltech booth will also host a happy hour on Wednesday, March 29 from 4–5 p.m. with Kentucky Ale®.

Read more…


MADISON, WIS. – After a year hiatus – to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of World Dairy Expo – WDE is pleased to announce the return of Expo Recognition Awards and the four honorees selected this year. These individuals were nominated by their peers for their involvement and excellence in the dairy industry and their community.

The 2017 honorees are as follows:

 Dairy Woman of the Year

Marilyn Hershey, Ar-Joy Farm, Cochranville, Pa.

 Dairyman of the Year

Charles Ahlem, Charles Ahlem Ranch, Turlock, Calif.

 Industry Person of the Year

Ben Brancel, Endeavor, Wis., Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

 International Person of the Year

Derrick Frigot, Owner of JISEX International, Jersey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom

A formal awards presentation for these outstanding dairy leaders will take place during the Dinner with the Stars banquet on Wednesday evening, October 4, 2017, in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center. Anyone may purchase tickets to the banquet by contacting the Expo Office at 608-224-6455 or wde@wdexpo.com. Prior to the ticketed banquet, a complimentary reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be held for all Expo stakeholders to celebrate, meet and greet the Expo honorees.  

For over five decades, the global dairy industry has been meeting in Madison, Wis. for World Dairy Expo. Crowds of nearly 75,000 people from more than 100 countries attended the annual event in 2016. WDE will return Oct. 3-7, 2017 as attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to “Discover New Dairy Worlds.” Visit worlddairyexpo.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@WDExpo or #WDE17) for more information.  

Read more…

George Blankenship, Jack Bobo, Peter Diamandis join lineup of innovative leaders for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference

Alltech to showcase barrier-breaking industry leaders at international agribusiness conference  

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] — George Blankenship, former executive at Tesla Motors, Apple Computer and GAP Inc., uses uniquely innovative processes to transform status quo organizations into forward-thinking and dynamic players of the future. And now, Blankenship will use his experience to provide the audience at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conferencewith unmatched insight into building and creating brand loyalty and awareness, competitive positioning in the market and what it takes to deliver superior customer care. 

Jack Bobo, senior vice president and chief communications officer for Intrexon, is constantly assessing the relationship between science and agriculture. Bobo, who was named one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology by Scientific American, will offer his unique perspective on global trends in agriculture, consumer perceptions and science communication.

International pioneer in innovation and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Peter Diamandis will share his insight and strategies for making big impacts on the future. Diamandis, founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation and co-founder and vice-chairman of Human Longevity Inc., was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine.

“This year’s audience should prepare for truly disruptive ideas when they hear from these influential leaders,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech’s founder and president. “From changing the car-buying experience to serving as the architect of Apple’s brand-building retail methodology, George Blankenship has disrupted the status quo in several industries. Peter Diamandis taught us how to go big, create wealth and impact the world through his book ‘Abundance.’ And Jack Bobo is a name synonymous with biotechnology and consumer perceptions.”

Dr. Lyons will deliver an inspiring message on “Realizing Your Dreams Through Disruption.” Through personal stories of perseverance and ambition, he will encourage business leaders to explore goals and define a roadmap to success.

“Nothing will feed your hunger for making a difference more than pursuing your dreams,” said Dr. Lyons.

Other headliners for ONE17 include Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of futurethink, and Damien McLoughlin, Anthony C. Cunningham professor of marketing and associate dean at the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Ireland. In her “Why Simple Wins” discussion, Bodell — whose time-management skills border on an art form — will help agribusiness leaders escape complexity traps and focus on the work that matters. McLoughlin will share what can be expected from the new leadership landscape in Washington, D.C., and how the food chain and global trade could be disrupted in the future, as he discusses “Disruption in Washington.”    

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from Aidan Connolly, Alltech’s chief innovation officer, and Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China for Alltech. Connolly will focus on how organizations and individuals can maintain lasting disruption, and Dr. Mark Lyons will discuss the changing consumer landscape and meeting the demands of the “rising billion.”           

Contributing to the uniqueness and “real-life solutions” approach of ONE17, this year’s conference will include various track sessions. Breakouts on crop science, beef, dairy, swine, poultry and aquaculture — as well as topical sessions on finance, food issues and emerging markets — provide an opportunity for every corner of production agriculture to engage disruption at the ONE17 conference.           

For the full list of sessions and topics to be featured at ONE17, visit one.alltech.com. Register before April 1 to save $300.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #ONE17.

Read more…

DFA Today: Monday, March 13, 2017

View this email in your browser

March 13, 2017


Domestic dairy consumption update

Based on dairy statistics from U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS), domestic consumption of dairy products in January was mixed.
Nonfat dry milk (NFDM) and skim milk powder (SMP) consumption increased 28 million pounds compared to the prior year, and other-than-American cheese consumption increased 31 million pounds. Dry whey consumption also strengthened, increasing 10 million pounds year over year.
Domestic butter and American cheese consumption declined, down 21 million and 7 million pounds, respectively. Despite the weakness in January, American cheese consumption in the United States remained nearly 17 million pounds (5 percent) higher than the five-year average. 

Dairy export update

Based on export data released by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, January dairy exports comprised 13 percent of total U.S. milk production on a milk solids basis for the month. This was up nearly 1 percent from the prior year. Dairy imports represented 3.8 percent of January milk production, down 0.5 percent from the previous year. 

Daily Market Update

Provided by DFA Risk Management


  • The CME Group cash block cheese market traded lower for the fifth-consecutive session, settling at $1.36¾ per pound. Nearby CME cheese futures were pressured lower, while the June-through-September average increased 1 cent to $1.70 per pound.
  • CME Class III milk futures weakened, pressured by commercial disappearance data released by USDA ERS, which indicated total cheese use was down 4.4 percent from the prior month. The CME cash cheese markets also contributed to the declines. April through September futures settled at $16.20 per hundredweight, a decline of 15 cents since March 1 and the lowest average since October 12.

Grains and other markets

  • CME corn futures declined significantly, pressured by last week’s USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report and weather concerns. May CME corn futures declined for the sixth-consecutive session, settling at $3.61 per bushel.
  • CME crude oil futures neared three-month lows due, in part, to reports of growing inventories and increasing drilling activity. May CME crude oil futures settled at $48.94, down more than $5 per barrel since March 1.
Read more…


The Board of Directors of U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Martin Sieber effective January 16, 2017. Martin will work under the direction of President/CEO Michael A. Phillips for a short transition period and then upon Mike’s retirement succeed him as USLGE President and Chief Executive Officer. Martin brings expansive knowledge of animal breeding, international livestock marketing, and USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) programs to the USLGE staff. Born and raised in Germany, he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in animal breeding. He came to Iowa State University in 1985 as a postdoctoral research scholar, studying the relationship of conformation and yield traits in Holstein cattle. Martin’s career includes key positions in international market development with the National Association of Animal Breeders and Minitube USA as well as being founder of AgDevelop, an independent consulting firm for international agricultural market development. His work with livestock producers, international export and import companies, agricultural ministries, and U.S. embassies extends to more than 75 countries. Mike Phillips completed 23 years as the founding President of USLGE at its 2017 annual meeting in Columbus, OH. From a mere 6 members in February 1994, Mike has guided the growth and development of USLGE as an FAS cooperator to include 54 organizations representing all sectors of the U.S. livestock and genetics business plus state Departments of Agriculture, individual seedstock producers, and exporters. He has worked tirelessly to champion the U.S. livestock industry and connect USLGE members with producers and government personnel across the globe. USLGE has been incredibly fortunate to have such a leader and advocate who is widely respected around the world. U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. (www.uslge.org) was incorporated in October 1993 as a nationwide, livestock- specific, industrywide non-profit corporation to represent the international market development interests of the U.S. livestock and livestock genetics industry. As an umbrella organization, USLGE brings together 54 U. S. livestock organizations representing dairy, beef, sheep, swine and horse breeding associations and embryo and semen industries as well as state Departments of Agriculture, individual seedstock producers, and exporters. USLGE is a cooperator with the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of USDA and administers federally funded international livestock market development and promotional programs. USLGE is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Read more…