Top Dairy Industry News Stories from January 13th to January 19th 2018

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2018 Associate Judges Bring International Flair to the Colored Shavings

World Dairy Expo is pleased to announce the eight individuals selected to serve as associate judges during the 52nd annual event, October 2 through 6. Spanning the globe, these judges bring a world-wide perspective to the colored shavings, with international judging experience. It is the duty of the associate judge to assist the official judge in evaluating each class of cattle that enters the Showring.

The complete 16-judge roster for 2018 is as follows:

International Ayrshire Show:

Official: Callum McKinven, Canton de Hatley, Quebec

Associate: Dean Malcolm, Victoria, Australia

International Brown Swiss Show:

Official: Steve Wagner, Richford, Vt.

Associate: Christopher “Chip” Savage, Union Bridge, Md.

International Guernsey Show:

Official: Brian Schnebly, Hagerstown, Md.

Associate: Mike Hickman, Shelbyville, Tenn.

International Holstein Show:

Official: Carl Phoenix, Sunderland, Ontario

Associate: Joel Phoenix, Cannington, Ontario

International Junior Holstein Show:

Official: Chris Hill, Thurmont, Md.

Associate: Robert Teixeira, Keyes, Calif.

International Jersey Show:

Official: Pat Conroy, Angola, Ind.

Associate: Justin Burdette, Mercersburg, Pa.

International Milking Shorthorn Show:

Official: Brian Behnke, Albany, Wis.

Associate: Carla Stetzer, Alma Center, Wis.

International Red & White Show:

Official: Blair Weeks, Pleasant Valley, Prince Edward Island

Associate: Tom DeGroot, Rosedale, British Columbia

Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. Crowds of nearly 70,000 people, from 100 countries, will return to Madison, Wisconsin for the 52nd annual event, October 2-6, 2018, when the world’s largest dairy-focused trade show, dairy and forage seminars, a world-class dairy cattle show and more will be on display. Visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or YouTube for more information. 

Milk prices paid to dairy farmers for 2018 is deplorable!

By: Arden Tewksbury

After consultation with government and industry personnel, it’s very clear that milk prices paid to dairy farmers in 2018 still will not be pretty.

The price in Federal Order #1 could average between $16.40 per cwt. and $16.60 per cwt. (hundredweight) for this year. This is deplorable, and this time, something must be done.

What happens to dairy farmers in Federal Order #1, will also happen all across the United States. These prices should not be happening, and action must be taken to soften this blow to all dairy farmers, and I don’t mean tinkering with the ill-fated Margin Insurance Program.

Does anyone remember the Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act that was introduced by the late Senator Arlen Specter and Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA)? 

Many politicians and dairy farmers turned their heads away from this proposal. If it had been passed, chances are that the present mess that dairy farmers are facing could have been avoided.

At a listening session conducted by Pennsylvania Congressman GT Thompson (R-PA) and several other US Congressmen, no one less than Congressman Colin Peterson (D-MN) admitted that he worked with the National Milk Producers Association in developing the Margin Insurance Program, and Congressman Peterson admitted that program failed.

If anyone can remember, I wrote several editorials predicting the Margin Insurance Program would turn out to be a failure, and it did.

Maybe it’s time for Congressman Peterson and other elected officials to listen to some other people besides always depending on National Milk and IDFA. 

Pro-Ag and other people are proposing temporary solutions to the dairy farmers’ crisis until either Congress or the USDA can come up with a feasible pricing system that would allow dairy farmers an opportunity to cover their cost of production.

Certainly Congress has the ability and responsibility to either peg the Class I price to a level of at least $20 per cwt. or, more feasible, place a floor price under all milk used for manufacturing dairy products, which would also raise the Class I price.

These actions would stabilize prices paid to dairy farmers.

Source: Wisconsin State Farmer

Sell or keep the herd? Low milk prices tax dairy farmers

Dale Austing sold the cows off his dairy farm in Freeport a couple months ago and is still coming to terms with the major life change. 

Austing kept 120 cows for 30 years, and his wife worked off the farm, he told about 50 farmers and agribusiness representatives Wednesday at an event in Albany called Farming in Tough Times. 

“We did a lot of thinking, crunched a lot of numbers,” Austing said. “Is it right or wrong? I don’t know. Everybody’s different.”

It is a tough time for Minnesota dairy farmers. Farmers leave the industry every year, due to industry challenges and because they’re reaching retirement age, said Emily Wilmes, an educator for University of Minnesota Extension, which put on Wednesday’s event.

The price of milk destined for a glass fell 8.5 percent this month over last, to less than $16 per 100 pounds, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the price of milk is not expected to rise much in coming years. That price fell, in part, because other parts of the world have increased milk production. 

“Europe is really making milk right now,” said Jim Salfer, regional diary extension educator. He and other educators shared data on milk trends, brought in an expert in mental health and asked farmers to share their stories and lessons Wednesday. 

Austing, who’s 55, decided to shut down farm operations because of his age and the economy. 

“It doesn’t pay to invest more. Will you get that investment back in 5 or 10 years,” he said. “I can’t talk about life after cows, it’s only been two months. … We’ll see what the future brings.”

Getting rid of a herd and changing lifestyles is difficult decision, just as staying in the business is difficult, said Ted Matthews, a rural mental health specialist. 

“If you don’t like stress, don’t farm,” Matthews said, mentioning the early and long hours and the lack of vacation time. “Dairy farmers have to be born diary farmers.”

Family time and communication are important, he said. “You need time to recuperate. You need time to have fun.”

Wednesday’s event emphasized moral support alongside insights into farm management.

In the 1960s, hard work was a key to profit in the dairy industry, Salfer said. In the 2000s the focus was on the comfort of the cows. And in the future, efficiency will be a cornerstone of success, Salfer said. Farmers need to milk more cows with the same amount of labor they’re employing now. 

Dan Roerick has about 100 cows near Upsala. He’s looking into a robotic barn to increase efficiency at his farm, but the low projected milk prices and a rise in dairy farms could be a roadblock. 


“It’s kind of a scary future right now,” Roerick said. 

Isaak Hinnenkamp already has robotic milkers on his farm north of Melrose. In addition to a herd of 140, he keeps hogs. Hinnenkamp, his wife and his mother run the farm and have found ways to cut costs. They spray their own crops and they do their own breeding, he said. 

“Diversification is an OK option,” Salfer said. 

The news is not all grim. Milk prices are expected to trend up slightly from 2017 to 2025, Salfer said. 

In 2016 data, dairy farms had a 4 percent operating profit margin and a 1 percent return on investment, said Extension Ag Economist Joleen Hadrich. Dairy farmers as a group are solvent and making positive returns, she said of her analysis.

Hadrich encouraged farmers to calculate what new investments will end up costing them per cow or per acre.

“You make more money, you can expand — not a shocking revelation,” she said. She hopes to learn more from the farmers who are succeeding despite the market challenges. 

“We know it’s difficult to farm right now,” Hadrich said. 

The 2017 Ayshire All-Americans have been announced!

Palmyra Berkely P Ruth-ET Grand Champion Female WDE 17 All American Senior Three Year Old

Spring Heifer Calf

AA Old-Bankston JC Banner 12

                 Glamourview Farm – Iager & Walton, Walkersville, MD

RAA Old-Bankston JC Barricade-ET 32

                 Kurt Wolf & John Cannon, Epworth, IA

HM Woodman Farm Barrel Gabby 33

                 Tyler Woodman, Claremont, NH

NOM Nor-Bert Reinholts Anique 38

                 Dalton, Dillon & Breanna Freeman; Dennis, Nancy, Thomas,                                       

                 Rex, Jordan & Trenton Reinholt, Bremen, IN

NOM P&A Rockstar Josey 50

                 Ridale Genetics – Ryan & Marjorie Rida, Worthington, MA

NOM Royale-Divide Gentle Starzky 56

                 Alaina Dinderman, Orangeville, IL

Stillmore Free B Simone 69

                 Stillmore Cattle Company – Steve Searles, Pine Island, MN

Margot Kanata 75

                 Frank Lookout, Diane Borba & Jason Hebert,

                 Canton de Hatley, Que

Designer-TA Dreamcatcher-ET 95

                 Ann Lerum & Tammy Voegeli, Arlington, WI

Toll-Gate Special K Storm 99

                 Megan Davenport, Litchfield, CT

Maple View’s Benevola Shiloh 109

                 Melanie Sweeney, Appleton, NY

Vales-Pride Roush Jelisa-ET 112

                 Carrie Miller & David Drayton, Belleville, PA


Winter Heifer Calf

UAA Old-Bankston Brdt Jiselle-ET 11

                 Steve & Deb McDonald, Princeton, IL

RAA Bavaroise Dreamer Adele-ET 25

                 Amelie Hardy Demers, Quebec

HM Old-N Lazy V Melania-ET 34

                 Blue Spruce Farm, Bridport, VT

NOM Myline PR Sweet Emotion-ET 40

                 Katie Schultz & Jill Kopfer, Dillsburg, PA

NOM Bavaroise Dreamer Abella-ET 57

                 Exhibited by Amelie Hardy Demers, Quebec

                 Now owned by Ashley & Kelly Hawvermale, Wooster, OH

NOM Sco-Lo Vicking McKenzie 68

                 John Cannon, Dyersville, IA

Halls Marksman Spice 73

                 Dalton Hall – Hall’s Ayrshires, Cushing, OK

Old-Bankston JC Brinley-ET 88

                 Jeffrey Winkler, Woodbine, MD


Fall Heifer Calf

AA Lazy M Dream McKenzie-ET 18

                 James D. Ward, Vestal, NY

RAA Old-N-Lazy Gentleman Whammy-ET 22

                 Glamourview Farm – Walton & Iager, Walkersville, MD

HM Sweet Pepper Predator Shale 26

                 Kylie Jordan, leasee, Hope Valley, RI

                 Craig & Bonnie Hawksley, owners, West Kingston, RI

NOM Miss Bikini of Iowayside 46

                 Dana & Madison Sickles, Marengo, IA

NOM Stillmore Burdette Mowet 56

                 Peter Vail & Mike & Linda Hellenbrand, Copake, NY

NOM Maple-Dell Boo Betty 68

                 Morgan Ann Murray – Maple-Dell Farms, Woodbine, MD

Old-Bankston LB Chrystal 78

                 Angela Fuller & Kelly Wilcox, Attica, NY

Pair-of-Aces Enter Parachute 90

                 Elizabeth Acel, Glen Rock, PA

Mainstream Roush Beronica 91

                 Mark Kortus, Lynden, WA

Summer Yearling

AA Grand-View Dream Daquiri-ET 13

                 Steve & Deb McDonald, Princeton, IL

RAA Yellow Briar Pick Me Up 20

                 Ridale Genetics & Paragon Acres, Worthington, MA

HM Glenmar-Dale Maxum Delilah 33

                 Mark & Becky Brown, Stitzer, WI

NOM Locust-Spring Predator Tuaca 47

                 Eric Bogardus, Sloanville, NY

NOM Family-Af-Ayr Leader Design 52

                 Sarah Borchardt, Caledonia, IL

NOM Valley View Maxxx Ashtyn 69

                 Jason & Kayla Steinlage; Dan & Pam Zabel, Lawler, IA

Elite HP Pat Pajamas 84

                 Peter Vail & Mike & Linda Hellenbrand, Cross Plains, WI

Wingerts Gibbs Jules 92

                 Trent “TJ” Wingert, Kent, IL

Down-N-Dirty Double Dee 97

                 Stillmore Cattle Company – Steve Searles, Pine Island, MN

Lazy M Distinct Rosie-ET 108

                 Ann Lerum & Tammy Voegeli, Arlington, WI

Annes Petunia 116

                 Anne Rawn, London, OH

Toll-Gate Simbad Sophie 127

                 Megan Davenport, Litchfield, CT              


Spring Yearling

UAA Old-N-Lazy Gentle Wipeout-ET 11

                 Peter Vail, Mike & Linda Hellenbrand, Frank & Diane Borba,                                        

                 Cross Plains, WI

RAA Marilie Reality Mellini-ET 22

                 Brady McConnell, Lancaster, WI

HM Hawver-Crest Scarlet-ET 34

                 Izzy Bohrer & Glamourview, Walkersville, MD

NOM Family-Af-Ayr Lucky Diva 43

                 Mark & Becky Brown, Stitzer, WI

NOM Grand-View HP Gibbs Dips-ET 56

                 Exhibited by Tim Busch & City Slickers, Cecil, WI

                 Now owned by Matthew Hanson & Kelsey Petit, Goodridge, MN

NOM Royale-Divide Star Jumper 73

                 Zachery, Collin & Madolyn Costello, Long Grove, IA

Myline D Secret Obsession 75

                 Joel Younker; David & Jill Kopfer, Blandon, PA

Toll-Gate Doublewhammy Spice 82

                 Megan Davenport, Litchfield, CT


Winter Yearling

UAA Edgebrook Remington Pistol-ET 10

                 Leslie & Linda Bruchey, Westminster, MD

RAA Stone Springs Rolling the Dice 23

                 Duncan Bailey & Jeff Atherton, Fillmore, NY

HM Mackinson Double Dare-ET 34

                 Kurt Wolf, Michelle Downerd & Glamourview, Epworth, IA

NOM Hawver Crest B A Star-ET 37

                 Glamourview – Iager & Walton, Walkersville, MD

NOM Palmyra Dreamer B Rosy-ET 54

                 Palmyra Farm, Hagerstown, MD

NOM Misty-Boy G String-ET 60

                 Tyler Boyer & Monica Schwittay, Peshtigo, WI

Lazy M Aint Love Grand-ET 62

                 Joseph Hubbard, Thurmont, MD

Fall Yearling

AA Glenmar-Dale Burdette Booyah 12

                 Mark & Becky Brown, Stitzer, WI

RAA Mill-Valley Burdette’s Faith 21

                 Trevor, Lane & Blake Greiwe, Sidney, OH

HM Old-Bankston C Jemma-ET 33

                 Leslie & Linda Bruchey, Westminster, MD

NOM Foggy Valley Gman Zenith 44

                 John & Shauna Offer, Auburndale, WI

NOM I Rainbow Rckstr Marquee 55

                 Reed Franke, Richland Center, WI


Fall Yearling in Milk

AA Haynes-Farm Brachiosaurus 12

                 Molly Doty, Fort Edward, NY

RAA Palmyra Dreamer R Breanna-ET 23

                 Palmyra Farm, Hagerstown, MD

HM Good-Vue Dempsey Gizel 33

                 Mathew & Steven Hanson, Goodridge, MN

NOM Mackayr Reese 46

                 Glamourview – Iager & Walton, Walkersville, MD

NOM Four-Hills Gibbs Angie 5985 55

                 Britney, Megan, Bradley, Jonathan & Sara Hill, Bristol, VT

NOM Myline Malibu Dreams 388 62

                 Jill Kopfer, Blandon, PA


Jr. 2-Year-Old

UAA De La Plaine Vicking Lady 11

                 Glamourview – Iager & Walton, Walkersville, MD

RAA Old-N-Lazy Dream Of A Diva 22

                 Rosedale Genetics & Michael Maier, Stitzer, WI

HM P&A-Mack-Els Free Beer Welcome-ET 34

                 P&A Ayrshires – Kruse Family, Dyersville, IA

NOM Stillmore Gentle Ina 44

                 Stillmore Cattle Co. – Steve Searles, Pine Island, MN

NOM Blue-Spruce Prime Little B-ET 62

                 Blue Spruce Farm, Bridport, VT

NOM Misty River Burdette Jaciee 73

                 Monica Howe, New Braintree, MA

Onword Lazy M Special Agent-ET 77

                 Jacob Worden, Oelwein, IA

Mowry’s Ryder Gollee 83

                 Shultz Cattle Co., Dillsburg, PA

Waite’s Dozer Sophia 93

                 Carrie Miller, Belleville, PA

Locust-Spring Poker Topanga 106

                 Eric Bogardus, Sloansville, NY


2017 Ayrshire All-American Contest Results

Sr. 2-Year-Old

UAA Blue-Spruce Nemo 12821-ET 11

                 Blue Spruce Farm, Bridport, VT

RAA Yellow Briar Petula 2 23

                 Jessica Peter & Garrett Schmidt, Melrose, WI

HM Sunny-Acres Dreamer’s Vendetta 35

                 Doug Evans, Georgetown, NY

NOM Four-Hills Gibbs Shay 5484 45

                 Britney, Megan, Bradley, Jonathan & Sara Hill, Bristol, VT

NOM Iow-Ayr Burdette 5806 60

                 Yarrabee Farms, Brooklyn, IA

NOM Maple-Dell Dreamer Destinee-ET 71

                 Susan Edwards & Donna Mertz, Blair, NE

Iow-Ayr BJ Love 74

                 Yarrabee Farms, Brooklyn, IA

Cond-Ayr Burdette Andi 77

                 Brad, Lacy, Jaxon & Logan Conder, Brazil, IN


Jr. 3-Year-Old

AA Ridale Nemo Serenity-ET 11

                 Ridale Genetics – Ryan & Marjorie Rida, Worthington, MA

RAA Onword Lazy M Distinct Arrow 25

                 Mackenzie Ullmer, Tyler Boyer & Monica Schwittay,

                 Peshtigo, WI

HM Hawvercrest Etgen Sizzle 27

                 Kurt Wolf; Matt & Megan Lawson, Epworth, IA

NOM Ridale Burdette Shique-ET 37

                 Ridale Genetics – Ryan & Marjorie Rida, Worthington, MA

NOM Sathre Dempsey Savanah 52

                 Cristy Sathre, Adams, MN

NOM Sunny-Acres Dreamer’s Poetry 62

                 Gregory Evans & Kathy Mahon, Georgetown, NY

Family-Af-Ayr Dare to Dream 73

                 Mark & Becky Brown & Cheyenne Hughey, Stitzer, WI

Hi-Ayr-View Burdette Melody 80

                 Alaina Dinderman, Orangeville, IL

Family-Af-Ayr Rem Dallyn-ET 91

                 Family-Af-Ayr Farm LLC, Caledonia, IL

Vales-Pride Pedro Verity 99

                 Mark & Jessica Valentine, Thurmont, MD

Deer-Hill Ballerina 104

                 Beverly Donovan, Benton, ME

Locust-Spring Burdette Trixie 119

                 Eric Bogardus, Sloansville, NY


Sr. 3-Year-Old

UAA Palmyra Berkely P Ruth-ET 11

                 Palmyra Farm, Hagerstown, MD

RAA De La Plaine Bingo Stringer 24

                 Blue-Spruce Farm, Bridport, VT

HM Reinholts Burdette Anneka-ET 38

                 Dalton, Dillon, Breanne Freeman; Dennis, Nancy, Rex,                                   

                 Thomas, Jordan & Trenton Reinholt, Bremen, IN

NOM Blue-Spruce Wingnut 11991-ET 50

                 Blue-Spruce Farm, Bridport, VT

NOM Trinkle Farms Bjack Emily 51

                 Bridey Nolan, Eagle Bridge, NY

NOM Family-Af-Ayr Burdette Destiny-ET 63

                 Kristin Allen, Gillett, WI

Heineman Poker Bazinga 71

                 Angela Fuller, Attica, NY


UAA Marilie Gentleman Karmina 10

                 Peter Vail; Mike & Linda Hellenbrand, Cross Plains, WI

RAA Toppglen Prime’s Wish 27

                 Kurt, Ted & Scott Wolf; Adam Ludwig, Epworth, IA

HM Mowry’s Popo Mistletoe 29

                 Glamourview – Iager & Walton, Walkersville, MD

NOM Hi-Ayr-View Free Beer Me 39

                 Exhibited by P&A Ayrshires – Kruse Family, Dyersville, IA

                 Now owned by Hailey & Audrey Souza, Milbank, SD

NOM Hazcroft GiGi Gabriella-ET 56

                 David & Steven Hanson; Palmyra Farm, Hagerstown, MD

NOM Old-Bankston JC Bri’s Bikini-ET 67

                 Landree Fraley, Muncy, PA

Hall’s Burdette Ha Ha-ET 73

                 Britney, Megan, Johnny & Bradley Hill, Bristol, VT

Hi-Ayr-View Prime Marroon 5-ET 77

                 Brian & Kristi Dinderman, Orangeville, IL

Agawam Burdette Embry 83

                 Dakota Hall – Hall’s Ayrshires, Cushing, OK

Yellow Briar Burdette Panama 100

                 Peter Vail; Mike & Linda Hellenbrand, Cross Plains, WI

Heineman Burdette Classic 105

                 Angela Fuller, Attica, NY

Trinkle Farms Drew Ginger 114

                 Bryan Trinkle, Buskirk, NY


AA Bear-Ayr Burdette Ray 12

                 Peter Vail; Mike & Linda Hellenbrand, Cross Plains, WI

RAA Cedarcut Burdette Clove Colata 28

                 Erin Curtis Szalach, Cazenovia, NY

HM Miss Brianna of Iowayside 35

                 Dana & Madison Sickles; Sydney & Jack Carroll, Marengo, IA

NOM Grand-View HP Calimero Dane-ET 48

                 Tim & Katie Busch; City Slickers Farm, Cecil, WI

NOM Sunny-Acres CA Ginger 51

                 Greg & Andrew Evans, Georgetown, NY

NOM Forest-Park Percy Swag 62

                 Richard & Julie Vomastic, Pulaski, WI

Blue-Spruce Showstar 10819 74

                 Blue Spruce Farm, Bridport, VT

Starlight Acres Edge Cinabun 86

                 Sydney Kleingartner, Gackle, ND


Aged Cow

UAA Sunny-Acres Riggins Ramona 11

                 Kathryn Evans, Georgetown, NY

RAA Mowry’s Burdette Summer 23

                 Jason Mowry, Garrett, PA

HM Four-Hills Abush Sammy 3559 36

                 Britney & Bradley Hill, Bristol, VT

NOM Hi-Ayr-View Burdette Andie-ET 50

                 Brian & Kristi Dinderman; Lisa Oellerich, Orangeville, IL

NOM Hardy Farm Rio Verify 50

                 Ridale Genetics – Ryan & Marjorie Rida, Worthington, MA

NOM Sathre Reality Shelby 68

                 Cristy Sathre, Adams, MN

Kler-Vu Ramius Kendallynds 79

                 Lyndsay Snyder, Sloansville, NY

Hall’s Potter Tri-Opal 80

                 Dakota Hall – Hall’s Ayrshires, Cushing, OK

CR Farm Ansel Honor 98

                 Theresa Lawton, Foxboro, MA                                 


100,000 LB. Cows

AA Right-Angle T Harley 16

                 Yarrabee Farm & Ski Pal Ayrshires, Brooklyn, IA

RAA Four-Hills Tdent Snoopy 2634 24

                 Britney & Bradley Hill, Bristol, VT

HM Lone-Elm Modem Lady 40

                 Daniel Hoppaugh, Columbia Cross Roads, PA

NOM Legacy-Lane Sam’s Bloom 45

                 Beverly Donovan, Benton, ME

NOM Moy-Ayr Poker Lavender-ET 55

                 Moy-Ayr Farm – Steve, Pauline, Rebecca & Emily Schmidt,                                            

                 Delavan, WI


Jr. Best 3 Females

AA Stillmore Cattle Company 13

                 Pine Island, MN

RAA My-Line Ayrshires 23

                 Blandon, PA

2017 Ayrshire Jr. All-American Contest Results

Spring Heifer Calf

AA Nor-Bert Reinholts Anique 16

                 Dalton, Dillon & Breanna Freeman, Bremen, IN

RAA Woodman-Farm Barrel Gabby 20

                 Tyler Woodman, Claremont, NH

HM Mueller’s Predator Georgette 45

                 Hayden, Allison & Abby Adrain, Cuba City, WI

NOM Royale-Divide Gentle Starzky 47

                 Alaina Dinderman, Orangeville, IL

NOM JSB Acres Coors Cookie 51

                 Madison Davis, Hardyville, KY

NOM Four Hills Burd Sassy 64671 62

                 Johnathan Hill, Bristol, VT

SL-Acres Free Beer On Ice 74

                 Starlight Acres, Quentin Scott & Jacob Schaefer,

                 Little Falls, MN

Toll-Gate Special K Storm 88

                 Megan Davenport, Litchfield, CT

Maple View’s Benevola Shiloh 92

                 Melanie Sweeney, Appleton, NY


Winter Heifer Calf

UAA Hi-Ayr-View Michelob Golden 10

                 Addison Steinlage, Lawler, IA

RAA Hall’s Marksman Rosetip 23

                 Rachel Hefel, Epworth, IA

HM Halls Marksman Spice 33

                 Dalton Hall – Hall’s Ayrshires, Cushing, OK

NOM Ridge View Loch Callie 36

                 Shaelyn Scoon, Lancaster, MO

NOM Hawksfield Brandi 54

                 Elise Mercer, Bryant, IN

NOM Old-Bankston JC Brinley-ET 55

                 Jeffrey Winkler, Woodbine, MD

Old-Bankston D Mabelline 69

                 Alexis Diemel, leasee; Adrianna Schneider, owner, Cecil, WI


Fall Heifer Calf

UAA Sweet Pepper Predator Shale 11

                 Kylie Jordan, leasee, Hope Valley, RI

RAA Miss Bikini of Iowayside 22

                 Dana & Madison Sickles, Marengo, IA

HM Maple-Dell Boo Betty 33

                 Morgan Ann Murray – Maple Dell Farms, Woodbine, MD

NOM River-Valley Lochinvar Legz 49

                 Sarah, Bradley & Johnny Hill, Bristol, VT

NOM Blue-Spruce Gentleman Red Rose 60

                 Johnathon Clark, Cornish, NH

NOM Allen Farms Dixon Popcorn 65

                 Nikayla Peters, Cochranton, PA

Pair of Aces Enter Parachute 68

                 Elizabeth Acel, Glen Rock, PA


Summer Yearling

AA Wingerts Gibbs Jules 12

                 Trent “TJ” Wingert, Kent, IL

RAA Maulfair Acres Maxum Holly 28

                 Angelina Horack, leasee, Harrington, DE

HM Canoe-Ridge Dixon Providence 41

                 Cody Zidlicky, Decorah, IA

NOM Maple-Dell O’Jane 44

                 Alexis Ann Winkler, Woodbine, MD

NOM Annes Petunia 53

                 Anne Rawn, London, OH

NOM Muellers Free Beer Road Trip 59

                 Hayden & Allison Adrian, Cuba City, WI

Toll-Gate Simbad Sophie 71

                 Megan Davenport, Litchfield, CT

Spring Yearling

AA Hawver-Crest Scarlet-ET 16

                 Izzy Bohrer, Walkersville, MD

RAA Royale-Divide Star Jumper 20

                 Zac, Collin & Madolyn Costello, Long Grove, IA

HM Myline D Secret Obsession 33

                 Joel Younker, Blandon, PA

NOM Toll-Gate Doublewhammy Spice 47

                 Megan Davenport, Litchfield, CT

NOM SL-Acres Showstar Isabelle 49

                 Starlight Acres – Quentin Scott & Jacob Schaefer,

                 Little Falls, MN


Winter Yearling

UAA Lazy M Aint Love Grand-ET 11

                 Joseph Hubbard, Thurmont, MD

RAA Vallowhill Prime Thyme 22

                 Kenzie Emery, Sullivan, WI

Fall Yearling

AA Mill-Valley Burdette’s Faith 17

                 Trevor, Lane & Blake Greiwe, Sidney, OH

RAA I Rainbow Rckstr Marquee 19

                 Reed Franke, Richland Center, WI

HM Brone-Ayr Skid Tiffany 27

                 Hayden, Allison & Abby Adrian, Cuba City, WI

NOM Palmyra Dreamer R Brilee-ET 39

                 Jeffrey Winkler, Woodbine, MD

NOM Clover-Key Double River 48

                 Dale & Serenity Hetke, Ladysmith, WI

Fall Yearling in Milk

UAA Haynes-Farm Brachiosaurus 11

                 Molly Doty, Fort Edward, NY

RAA Four-Hills Gibbs Angie 5985 22

                 Britney, Megan,Bradley, Jonathan & Sara Hill, Bristol, VT

HM Mackinson Burdette Dynamite-ET 36

                 Alexis Williams & Adhyn Schell, Mabel, MN

NOM Spring-Vale Apple Butter 41

                 Joseph Hubbard, Thurmont, MD

Jr. 2-Year-Old

UAA P&A Mack Els Free Beer Welcome-ET 11

                 Kaleb, Cole & Carter Kruse, Dyersville, IA

RAA River-Valley Cowboy Bethany 27

                 Analise Stover, Mercersburg, PA

HM Misty River Burdette Jaciee 36

                 Monica Howe, New Braintree, MA

NOM Stil-Dreamn Burdette Candy 45

                 Brynn, Kenzie & Ian Emery, Sullivan, WI

NOM Hall’s Millionaire Catalina 49

                 Dakota Hall – Hall’s Ayrshires, Cushing, OK

NOM Steel-Lane Prime Ribbon 66

                 Tyler, Cole & Mikayla Endres, Lodi, WI

Vales-Pride Dreamer Elizabeth 80

                 Cadin Valentine, Thurmont, MD

Muellers Leader Rozzy 82

                 Hayden, Allison & Abby Adrian, Cuba City, WI


Sr. 2-Year-Old

AA Four-Hills Gibbs Shay 5484 10

                 Britney, Megan, Bradley, Jonathan & Sara Hill, Bristol, VT

RAA (tie) Old-N-Lazy Rondo Momentum-ET 25

                 Brynn, Kenzie & Ian Emery, Sullivan, WI

RAA (tie) Myline D Copy Cat 815 25

                 Austin Kopfer, Blandon, PA


Jr. 3-Year-Old

UAA Onward Lazy M Distinct Arrow 11

                 Mackenzie Ullmer, Seymour, WI

RAA Hi-Ayr-View Burdette Melody 25

                 Alaina Dinderman, Orangeville, IL

HM SL-Acres Homerun ItsOuttaHere 35

                 Starlight Acres – Quentin Scott & Jacob Schaefer,

                 Little Falls, MN

NOM Vales-Pride Pedro Verity 39

                 Arianna Piper, leasee, Thurmont, MD

Sr. 3-Year-Old

AA Reinholts Burdette Anneka-ET 13

                 Dalton, Dillon & Breanne Freeman, Bremen, IN

RAA Trinkle Farms Bjack Emily 21

                 Bridey Nolan, Eagle Bridge, NY

HM Four-Hills Lure Bieber 4772-ET 32

                 Britney, Megan, Bradley, Jonathan & Sara Hill, Bristol, VT



AA Hi-Ayr-View Free Beer Me 12

                 Kaleb, Cole & Carter Kruse, Dyersville, IA

RAA Old-Bankston JC Bri’s Bikini-ET 25

                 Landree Fraley, Muncy, PA

HM (tie) Agawam Burdette Embry 35

                 Dakota Hall – Hall’s Ayrshires, Cushing, OK

HM (tie) Hall’s Burdette Ha Ha-ET 35

                 Britney, Megan, Johnny & Bradley Hill, Bristol, VT

NOM Trinkle Farms Drew Ginger 49

                 Bryan Trinkle, Buskirk, NY

NOM Onword Crosby Angel 54

                 Garrett Lovstuen, Decorah, IA

2017 Ayrshire Jr. All-American Contest Results


AA Cedarcut Burdette Clove Colata 15

                 Erin Curtis Szalach, Cazenovia, NY

RAA Miss Brianna of Iowayside 20

                 Dana & Madison Sickles; Sydney & Jack Carroll,

                 Marengo, IA

HM Starlight Acres Edge Cinabun 34

                 Sydney Kleingartner, Gackle, ND

NOM Mueller’s Burdette Renee 43

                 Hayden & Allison Adrian, Cuba City, WI

NOM Trinkle Farms R Abbie 53

                 Bridey Nolan, Eagle Bridge, NY


Aged Cow

UAA Four-Hills Abush Sammy 3559 11

                 Britney & Bradley Hill, Bristol, VT

RAA Hall’s Potter Tri-Opal 23

                 Dakota Hall – Hall’s Ayrshires, Cushing, OK

HM Sharwards Oblique Sheena 34

                 Mackenzie Ullmer, Seymour, WI

NOM Hall’s Vern Cat 42

                 Kascen Humble – Hall’s Ayrshires, Cushing, OK

100,000 lb. Cows

AA Four-Hills Tdent Snoopy 2634 11

                 Britney & Bradley Hill, Bristol, VT 

Dairy farmers left behind again

According to many officials in Washington DC, the economy in the United States is really taking off. This may be true. Maybe millions of people will be benefiting from the new tax bill. However, who is being left behind?

I don’t hear anything from DC from either party that will benefit area dairy farmers. What politicians must realize is, that dairy farmers do not want a hand out from anyone. All they want is a fair price for the nutritional milk their great dairy animals produce. This milk is one of the most nutritional foods that consumers need.

Now is the time that dairy farmers support the efforts of the people that really want to generate a fair price for all dairy farmers.

There are certain things that Congress and the USDA can and must do.

1) Congress could and should peg the Class I price and all Federal Orders at least at $20 per cwt. (hundred pounds).

2) An alternate to number one, would be for Congress to place a floor price under all milk used to manufacture dairy products. This could be done in two increments, and reach $20 per cwt.

3) The USDA should and must call a national milk hearing and give the dairy farmers a chance to testify.

4) Sooner, not later, the industry must give credence to a reasonable milk supply management program that is fair to everyone.

5) Members of Congress and the USDA must answer the question, “Why does the Federal Milk Marketing Orders Formula allow a make allowance (nearly $2 per cwt.) to be credited to milk handlers when they convert milk into dairy products, but neither the USDA nor Congress will listen to a cost of production formula for dairy farmers?” Isn’t this a double standard, with dairy farmers being on the short end of the stick again?

6) Advertising and promoting milk: Let’s be honest, while neither of the two major political parties have been fair to the American dairy farmers. However, the past administration certainly did harm to our dairy farmers by developing unwise standards for our school lunch program. Don’t they realize that the present school lunch program is ruining future milk drinkers by not having good tasting whole milk? All dairy farmers must immediately confer with members of Congress and the current administration to correct the inequities in the school lunch program; especially milk. It’s high time that schools be allowed to have the choice to serve whole milk, both white and flavored. Whole milk certainly belongs in our school lunch program. Please get after all of our elected or appointed officials.

Do you need a reason to do the above? The reason is that the milk you produce in December and January will go way below $17 per cwt. It’s time to get with it.

Pro-Ag can be reached at 570-833-5776.


SourceMadison County Courier

‘It’s a lifelong dream’: Bonshaw family wins top award for dairy farmers in Canada

It’s like winning the Academy Award for dairy farmers in Canada — being named a Master Breeder by Holstein Canada. 

And a P.E.I. family has now entered the club.

“It’s pretty awesome, it’s a chance in a lifetime to get for a dairy farmer, we’re pretty excited,” said Allan MacQuarrie, who has operated MacTalla Farms in Bonshaw with his wife Coleen since 1981.

Holstein Canada has been giving out the Master Breeder award since 1929, and there have been only 19 winners from the Island.

This year, the MacQuarries are the only winners in the Maritimes. They’ll be among 20 winners from across Canada honoured at the Holstein Master Breeder banquet in Quebec City, on April 14. 

A representative from Holstein Canada scores the cows from poor to excellent. This cow, named Kerry, was rated excellent. (Nancy Russell/CBC)

Ann Louise Carson, CEO of Holstein Canada, said it’s the most prestigious award, “bar none,” in the Canada’s dairy industry.

You get screams and tears and sometimes dead silence and you’re afraid the person has fainted.— Ann Louise Carson

“It’s my favourite day of the year because I can’t wait to make those calls, you get screams and tears and sometimes dead silence and you’re afraid the person has fainted,” she said.

Dairy farms are ranked, based on their size, into seven categories, with two or three making the final list.

“It’s a very rigorous system, you have to accumulate points continuously over the years both in production, so how much milk your animals give and confirmation of your animal, how they look,” Carson said.

“Because it’s accumulating points over the years, you have to stay good every year because if you have a bad year then you slip behind.”

One of the cows at MacTalla Farm enjoys a scrub from an automated brushing machine. (Randy McAndrew/CBC)

The MacQuarries knew they were close in 2017, after a couple of years in the top 10, out of 750 Holstein breeders in their group.

“Ten years ago, we were about 150th and last year we were in the top 10,” he said.

 “They don’t tell you what place you’re in, just top 10.”

New barn for cows

Just over a year ago, the MacQuarries built a new barn for their cows, something they believe contributed to the win. 

“They have good air, they have good light, we can keep feed in front of them all the time,” said Coleen MacQuarrie. 

“I think if you look around, I think my cows are pretty comfortable looking.”

Son Jeff agrees. 

“A happy cow goes a long way to making more milk,” he said. “When they’re comfortable, they’re going to look better too.”

Coleen, Allan (middle) and Jeff MacQuarrie say they are excited, proud and still a bit shocked by the news that they have earned the distinction of Master Breeders. (Nancy Russell/CBC)

It was Coleen who received the call from Holstein Canada.

“It’s a lifelong dream and we’re still in shock,” she said.

“I told them I could die a happy girl now, ‘Oh no, don’t die,’ they said, ‘you want to come to Quebec.'”

Off to Quebec City

The entire MacQuarrie family hopes to go to Quebec City to accept the award, but that means finding someone to take care of the cows.

“It’s not like a little store that you could shut it down and turn the cows off for a week so it’s going to be a big thing for us to get away,” Coleen said. 

The MacQuarries built this new barn about a year and a half ago and it allows the cows easier access to their feed, meaning more comfortable cows. (Nancy Russell/CBC)

The MacQuarries will bring home a special shield to display at the farm and will get to call themselves Master Breeders.

“Every time we advertise an animal or advertise the farm in any way, this little plaque will be down in the corner so it’s quite a big thing,” Coleen said.

“We’re pretty happy over this.”

The stalls have padded floors for the cows to rest in comfort. (Nancy Russell/CBC)

The MacQuarries now start over earning points toward another shield, but under the rules, they can’t win again for 14 years.

“Chances are it’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing,” said Jeff, who is thrilled to share the honour with his parents.

“It means the world, I was hoping we would win it now rather than later.”

Source: CBC

The Real Nafta Problem Is With Canada, Not Mexico, Ryan Says

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the biggest problem with the North American Free Trade Agreement “comes from the North,” with Canadian dairy producers dumping low-cost products on the market to compete with Wisconsin farms.

Ryan said Jan. 12 that NAFTA needs to be “updated,” but the U.S. should work within the framework of the deal that took effect in 1994, rather than pulling out. Speaking at an event sponsored by WisPolitics, a Wisconsin outlet for political news, Ryan said ending the free trade agreement would risk higher tariffs for cheese that American producers export to Mexico.

Reuters reports that trade relations between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. have been rocky since President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign bucked traditional Republican support for free trade and dubbed NAFTA “the worst trade deal in the history of the world.” Congressional Republicans, especially those from border states whose economies depend on trade, have urged the Trump administration to modernize NAFTA, rather than risking the economic consequences of ending it.

Dairy has long been one of the sticking points in Canada-U.S. trade, especially for Ryan’s native Wisconsin. Canada’s system of tariffs and quotas, known as supply management, restricts much of its market. The U.S. is proposing in NAFTA talks to blow up that system, but the Canadians argue the U.S. still has a leg up.

In a letter last year sent to the governors of New York and Wisconsin, the Canadian ambassador to Washington, David MacNaughton, cited data showing dairy trade between the countries benefits the U.S. by a five-to-one margin.

Agriculture, including dairy, has been one of the main focuses of several rounds of NAFTA negotiations, according to Reuters.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Trump was updated Thursday on the status of NAFTA talks, and he’s “very pleased on where things are going.” Mnuchin said, “we are expecting that will be re-negotiated or we will pull out.”

Trump also this week repeated his claims that the U.S. “has been treated very, very badly” under NAFTA, citing trade deficits with Canada and Mexico. He said he’s willing to be “flexible” but wants a fair deal, which he described as a “Trump deal.”

Source: Reuters

Lititz Jersey dairy cow wins honors at PA Farm Show

A “curious cow” named Milady gave her owner an unforgettable birthday present Friday by winning the prestigious Supreme Champion Dairy Cow honors at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The 4-year-old Jersey, owned by Spatz Cattle Co. of Lititz and shown by Jacob Spatz, beat 275 other cows from seven breeds to win Supreme Champion Dairy Cow honors, considered the Miss Pennsylvania of the bovine industry.

“This is my birthday,” beamed Spatz, now 32, as he stood with his wife, Megan, and Milady. “It’s my 10th Farm Show and my first supreme champion. I thought she had a good chance of winning.”

Judges spent the day evaluating all the cows, eventually selecting seven breed champions. Those champions then competed for supreme champion honors by lumbering into the Equine Arena with their owners. Three judges evaluated them, conferred then agreed on a winner.

Spatz grinned when the judges selected Milady and looked even happier when state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and some dairy princesses gave him a purple and gold banner. Spatz also received a $1,000 premium.

“My wife and I are going out for a steak dinner to celebrate,” said Spatz, who is sales director for New Holland Auto Group. The Spatzs milk 60 Jerseys and have 100 Jersey heifers.

“It’s the only breed to have,” said Spatz, who started showing Jerseys from his grandfather’s farm in Fredericksburg when he was a little boy. “They’re sweet, small and milk good. Milady is a good, curious cow.”

Nevaeh, a two-year-old Milking Shorthorn owned by a Cumberland County dairy farmer, won the grand champion Milking Shorthorn award and competed for supreme champion honors.

Nailor, who works for JDK Group Catering of Camp Hill, grows corn, soybeans and wheat on 130 acres. He also milks 25 Milking Shorthorns, which he called “a healthy, durable breed.”

Also contending for the top award were:

An Ayrshire owned by Audrey Gay Rodgers of Belleville.

A Brown Swiss owned by Abby Sterner of Barto.

A Guernsey owned by Aaron Gable of New Enterprise.

A Holstein owned by Jacob Kline of Myerstown.

A Red & White owned by Jacob Kline of Myerstown.

Technology has changed forages used in dairy industry

To get a good feeling for what the dairy industry looks like in Kansas and surrounding states, one would have to look back at how it used to be. Dairy farms in the 1950s were pasture based, herds were small and there was a lot of hard manual labor. A dairy farm in 2018 looks much different, Mike Brouk, Kansas State University Extension dairy specialist, said Dec. 12 at the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council’s winter conference and annual meeting in Salina, Kansas.

Sixty years ago, some corn silage was put up for winter feeding, but the majority forages used in the dairy cattle diets came from pastures, Brouk said. Now, cattle are in larger herds, and some with automated milking machines. Robotic milkers are set to milk 24/7 and cows make their own choices as when to come in. Everything is recorded electronically.

“That’s drastically changing what we are thinking in terms of forages,” Brouk said.


Source: High Plains Journal

Mixed results Thursday on trading at CME

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Thursday results where mixed. January milk was down $.01 at $13.83.  February was down $.15 at $13.54.  March was down $.23 to $13.52.  April was down $.29 closing at $13.73.  The rest of the 2018 milk futures were all down.

Grade AA Butter was down $.0175 closing at $2.1325.  Two carloads were sold at $2.13.25 and $2.1350. Barrels were up $.0275 to $1.35.  Seven carloads were sold ranging from $1.35 to $1.3750. 40-pound blocks were up $.0275 to  $1.55.  One carload of blocks was sold at $1.5550. Nonfat dry milk was up $.0075 at $.7150 per pound. Three carloads were sold, one at $.7125 and two at $.7150.

Rockbridge dairy farm goes robotic

Sometimes it looks like Wall-E has gone into the dairy business.

An automatic milker – the Astronaut – that lets the cows choose when they’re milked.

“Some people say they’re kind of like an athlete,” says Jennifer Leech of Ingleside Dairy Farm. “You have special diet for them, try to make sure they’re always comfortable, and make sure they have regular visits with the veterinarian.”

And reduces the people time required.

“We don’t have to worry about milking the cow,” Leech says. “We just have to clean up after them basically and check on them.”

The cows have radio tags that not only open the gate, but keep track of everything from amounts and quality of milk to how they ruminate – there’s a tiny mic in there listening to the chewing.

“It’s open 24 hours a day,”Leech explains, “And it’ll get read, her collar will get read and determine whether she needs to be milked or not.”

The cold hasn’t been much of a problem — there is still some work to be done — aside from the risk of water from the steam cleaners freezing, and the cows seems to like setting their own schedule. Some even seem to like it too much.

“We had one one time that went through 30 some times, just going through, making circles,” says Leech. “It didn’t milk her 30 times. It milked her maybe four times that day, but she tried 30.”


Source: WDBJ7

Penn State Extension Dairy Outlook January 2018

Current predicted Class III price for the first 11 months of 2018 is averaging $14.57/cwt. To face the year with optimism is to be sure dairy producers really understand their cost of production.

Is There Any Optimism on the Horizon?We closed the books on 2017 with an annual Class III price of $16.17/cwt. Looking ahead through 2018, the current predicted Class III price for the first 11 months is averaging $14.57/cwt. How does this difficult price outlook compare to the very difficult year of 2009, which most of us in the dairy industry remember well. The Class III price for 2009 was $11.36/cwt. If you adjust it to current dollars to account for inflation over the past 9 years, the Class III price in 2009 would equate to $13.06/cwt. So, the predicted Class III price for 2018 is 11.5% higher than the Class III price in 2009. However, many of the expenses incurred on dairy farms have increased more than 11% in 9 years, and the majority of premium programs offered to dairy producers in 2009 are no longer available, so milk price basis is lower. Adding all those factors together paints a very difficult picture for 2018.

The only way to face the year with optimism is to be sure dairy producers really understand their cost of production. There are still a great many dairy producers in Pennsylvania that do not know their cost of production/cwt and have done very little to benchmark their costs to industry recommendations. Penn State Extension, the Center for Dairy Excellence and many lenders are skilled in helping producers determine their cost of production. After a producer knows their numbers, then extension educators, private consultants, and dairy profit teams can work with producers to control costs to meet cost of production goals and examine opportunities to improve income. This is the only way to have optimism for the future.

The other factor that provides some optimism is that corn and soybean prices are the same or lower than in 2009. Basis (transportation, processing, etc.) is higher, but inventories are high, the 2017 harvest numbers set records for bu./acre, so grain prices are predicted to be subdued for the year. At this point, the only upward momentum for grain prices would come from weather patterns that threaten the South American grain crops.

The January 2018 edition of the Penn State Extension Dairy Outlook is available here.

Dairy markets up for the second day in Chicago

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange the Dairy market trading was all up except for butter for the second day in a row. January milk was up $.07 at $13.84.  February was up $.32 at $13.69.  March was up $.32 to $13.75.  April was up $.21 closing at $14.02.  The rest of the 2018 milk futures were all up from four to eighteen cents

Grade AA Butter was down $.01 closing at $2.15.  One carload was sold at that price. Barrels were up $.0475 to $1.3225.  Sixteen carloads were sold ranging from $1.30 to $1.3225. 40-pound blocks were up $.0550 to  $1.5225.  Two carloads of blocks were sold at $1.50 and $1.5225. Nonfat dry milk was up $.0175 at $.7075 per pound. Ten carloads were sold ranging from $.70 to $.71 cents per pound.

Jersey Registrations And Memberships Soar In 2017

Joy, thanksgiving and excitement are key words to describe attitudes in Canadian Jersey circles!

Outstanding 2017 results from Jersey Canada reflect incredible upward momentum for the breed. Over 2016, Jersey Canada experienced an 8.5% increase in memberships and a 7.5% increase in registrations! These increases led to the highest membership and registration total for Jersey Canada since 1965, fifty-two years earlier.

Leadership of the Guelph, Ontario based breed association attributes the phenomenal accomplishments to a bevy of reasons. “The Jersey cow of this era excels in efficiently producing high value milk and in adapting to modern management practices,” says Russell Gammon, Interim Manager of Jersey Canada. 

President Tim Sargent commented on the hard work by Jersey Canada staff and regional Jersey associations as another key contributor to historic success in recent decades. In addition, the expanding number of Jersey owners in all regions of the country see the crucial value of accurate, verified identification and the value-added component of registered animals.

Overall, activity levels are soaring as membership totals and registrations have both grown by 20.5% since 2014! 

As exciting as 2017 year-end totals are, Jersey Canada forecasts that the best is yet to be – and the Canadian Jersey celebration continues at full force!

Australian farmer convicted for speeding to hospital after cutting his own finger off

A Clunes farmer who was speeding to hospital after he cut the top of his finger off has been convicted and fined $550.

A road safety camera clocked Benjamin Dimond travelling 95km/h in a 60km/h zone in Service Road, Clunes, on September 20, 2017.

Dimond told the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Friday he was working on a farm north of Clunes when he cut the top of his finger off.

“I was worried I would lose my finger. I was losing quite a lot of blood,” Dimond said.

He said police stopped him speeding in Blowhard but was let off after he explained his situation.

“I realise I put the lives of others at risk,” he said.

Magistrate Ron Saines suspended Dimond’s licence for one month. He was ordered to pay $81.10 in court costs.

Dimond pleaded guilty to one count of speeding.

Source: The Land

Bluetongue disease zone lifted but China still shuns dairy heifer exports from northern Victoria

The lucrative trade of exporting live dairy heifers to China continues to be on hold for some farmers despite authorities declaring northern Victoria free of bluetongue disease.

Agents say hundreds of cattle have been rejected from export to China, costing the industry hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Bluetongue is an endemic disease to northern Australia but is not found in southern regions.

Countries like China do not accept live animals from bluetongue zones unless animals are for immediate slaughter when they arrive in the country.

Bluetongue was discovered in northern Victoria when on October 14, 2017, authorities declared a bluetongue zone.

Upon the declaration, all cattle within 100 kilometres of Lockington in northern Victoria where immediately banned from export.

However, after extensive testing by Victorian Government, veterinarians and staff from Agriculture Victoria tested more than 2,500 animals for the disease which resulted in the lifting of the bluetongue zone on December 6.

Even though governments have declared Victoria bluetongue-free, Chinese authorities have not.

The continuing ban on animals from the now-former bluetongue zone has surprised farmers and agents from the region.

ABC Rural has learned that a number of agents had already organised dairy heifers and other beef cattle destined for boats soon to leave for China.

One company alone was expecting to send at least 200 cattle to China and is now scrambling to find a solution.

Agriculture Victoria has referred media enquiries to the Federal Government.

The Federal Department of Agriculture said in a statement it is trying to resolve the situation,

“Australia continues to work closely with all importing countries, including China, to ensure importing country requirements are met for every commodity,” the statement said.

Warm up cold weather calf management skills

Calf management impacts a heifer’s survival and future success in the milking herd. Calves’ nutrition and health needs become increasingly important as the temperature drops. Follow these management tips to help set a successful foundation for your future herd.

Maintain energy requirements with proper nutrition.

Make sure calves’ calorie intake keeps pace with energy requirements. Ensure calves receive adequate nutrition with the following tips:

  • Feed calves enough colostrum within two hours of birth, followed by another feeding eight hours later, to help provide them with the necessary level of protective antibodies to achieve successful immunoglobulin transfer.
    • Colostrum intake should amount to 10% of a calf’s body weight.
    • Holstein newborns require about four quarts per feeding.
  • Provide enough calories and protein based on weight, size and climate.
    • Feed a balanced starter in addition to either milk replacer or pasteurized whole milk.
    • Ensure milk replacer is mixed properly and that milk is fed at the same time for each feeding to help achieve a consistent diet.
  • Increase milk feeding from two meals per day to three during cold weather.
  • Encourage starter intake by offering small amounts of fresh starter each day beginning at two to three days of life.
  • Offer fresh water after each feeding to drive starter intake.
  • Take regular weight and height measurements to make sure calves are hitting growth benchmarks.

Monitor calves for respiratory disease.

Cold temperatures can put extra stress on calves’ immune systems. Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is one of the leading causes of dairy calf mortality.1 This means it is important to make the following a priority:

  • Vaccinate with INFORCE™ 3 respiratory vaccine at birth to help calves build strong immunity against respiratory disease-causing pathogens.
  • Provide draft-free ventilation that allows for fresh air exchange.
  • Watch for BRD symptoms by performing daily health assessments using the Calf Health Scoring Criteria developed by Dr. Sheila McGuirk and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Monitor calves daily for droopy ears, nasal discharge and eye drainage.

Keep calves warm.

In addition to ensuring adequate nutrition and monitoring calf health, keep calves warm and comfortable.

  • Dry off newborns with a clean towel or a calf warmer before moving them outdoors.
  • Provide fresh, warm water after every milk feeding.
  • Maintain clean, dry bedding daily that is deep enough for calves to nest into.
  • Dress calves with calf blankets and coats. And don’t forget their ears!

Consult with your veterinarian and nutritionist for additional opportunities to help keep calves healthy in cold weather.

Source: Zoetis

New Zealand’s a2 Milk expands U.S. business to north east

New Zealand’s a2 Milk Company Ltd said on Tuesday that it was expanding its operations in the United States to include the country’s north-east region.

The dairy company said in a statement that it aims to expand to states such as New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and that the a2 Milk brand has been accepted by retailers in the region including Safeway, H-Mart and Fairway Foods.

Following the expansion, a2 Milk’s products would be available in potentially 5,000 retail stores across the U.S. from January, up from about 3,600, the company added.

The expansion will be funded by the higher sequential marketing investment mentioned at the annual meeting in November 2017 for the second half of the fiscal year 2018, it said.

Shares in the dairy firm ended Tuesday 3.8 percent higher at NZ$8, while New Zealand’s main index added 0.5 percent.

In 2017, the company’s shares gained more than 275 percent and were among the country’s top gainers.


Source: Reuters

Select Sires’ Proven and Young Sire Jersey Offering Excels Across the Board

Select Sires’ Jersey lineup offers producers elite proven and young sires that excel in total performance, fertility and type. Following the results of the December sire summaries, Select Sires’ Jerseys ranked very well in the industry. Of the top 15 active proven non-JX sires for Jersey Performance Index (JPI), eight carry the 7JE stud code and four carry the 14JE stud code from the Accelerated Genetics product line.

Proven Sires
For sires without a JX prefix, 7JE5004 CHROME (+182) ranks third in the breed for JPI, while 7JE1331 VARICK (+519), and new graduate 7JE5011 MEGAPOWER (+519) join CHROME (+576) in the top 15 for Net Merit (NM$).

MEGAPOWER (+124) also ranks third for Combined Fat and Protein (CFP) among bulls without a JX prefix and transmits high Type (+1.6). From a cow family that delivers results, MEGAPOWER is a Megatron son from Excellent Hi-Kel Tbone Pfennig-ET (E-90%).

This excellent lineup of proven sires excels in health and fitness traits. 7JE1274 AXIS and CHROME rank among the top 10 for Somatic Cell Score (SCS) +2.76 and +2.77, respectively. When JX bulls are removed from the rankings, CHROME (+7.4), 7JE1038 VALENTINO (+6.6) and VARICK (+6.4) rank in the top 20 active sires for Productive Life (PL).

7JE1219 OLIVER-P (+2.4), 7JE1294 BARNABAS (+2.3), 7JE1354 TEXAS (+2.3) and CHROME (+2.2) hold top five spots for Type. TEXAS (+29.3) and CHROME (+28.9) also rank in the top ten for Jersey Udder Index (JUI).

Select Sires continues to be the leader in high-fertility sires having the most active proven sires greater than or equal to +100 JPI with an SCR greater than or equal to +1.0. Leading this group are sires like TEXAS (+3.6), 7JE1242 NITRO (+3.2), BARNABAS (+2.3) and 7JE1332 RENO (+1.9).

Super Samplers
For JPI leaders, look to 7JE1600 JX FOURNETTE {3} (+210), 507JE1569 AVON KLAY {3}-P (+205) and 507JE1604 JX MALDINI {4} (+204).

For CFP, Select Sires has high-ranking JX sires and non-JX sires. Highlights from this listing include 7JE1503 JX RONALDINHO {3} (+154), 7JE1607 JX HAWK {5} (+149), and JX MALDINI {4} (+142). Non-JX bull highlights include 7JE5069 CHEDDAR (+131) and 7JE1545 DREW (+128).

Sires like 7JE1528 DISCO and 7JE1547 DIEGO are standouts in health and fitness traits for non-JX sires. Both sires rank very well for PL at +9.9 and +8.1, respectively. DISCO also boasts elite Livability (LIV) at +2.6 and SCS at 2.79.

7JE5032 VICTORIOUS (+32.9), DISCO (+31.5) and 7JE1605 MR SWAGGER (+31.4) are among the breed’s best sires for JUI. VICTORIOUS and 7JE5020 STRIKER rank in the top 15 non-JX sires for Type, both with +2.0 PTAT.

Accelerated Genetics highlights
14JE673 JX AVON {2} (+226), 14JE652 JX MARLO {2} (+218) and 14JE648 JX LEONEL {3} (+218) lead the breed as the top three proven JPI sires. These three sires also lead in the NM$ rankings with JX MARLO {2} in the top spot at +773, JX AVON {2} in second at +728, followed by JX LEONEL {3} at +719.

Exciting young sires in the Accelerated Genetics product line, include high-JPI sires 14JE769 JX STONEY {3} (+210) and 14JE742 JX PRIAPUS {3} (+208). Among the top 20 sires for JUI are 14JE749 JX DENTINE {3} (+30.2), 14JE764 JX NAPOLEAN {3} (+29.0) and 14JE707 JX CAMPEONE {3} (+28.9).

For the complete list of Select Sires’ Jersey lineup, please visit or contact your Select Sires sales representative.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc. is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of nine farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.

Holstein America: All-new Television Series Broadcasts Feb. 8 on RFD-TV

It’s a convenience far too easy to take for granted. A quick run to the grocery store for a gallon of milk, package of cheese or quart of ice cream. Always available, always fresh.An entire industry makes that purchase possible — hundreds of thousands of dairy cattle and their caretakers who provide quality products for consumers worldwide.

Holstein Association USA pays tribute to dairy farmers from coast to coast during the premiere episode of Holstein America, 9 p.m. CST, Thursday, Feb. 8 on RFD-TV. Mark the calendar or set your DVR to record this anticipated television broadcast.

“The Holstein breed’s story is among the most successful in U.S. agriculture — and it’s written by generations of passionate dairy producers,” says John Meyer, CEO of Holstein Association USA. “We’re honored to introduce these individuals and families in the Holstein America series.” 

The hour-long program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, shines a spotlight on the nation’s Holstein producers — from California’s lush central valley to the fall treetops of Vermont. Meet those who have dedicated their lives to U.S. Registered Holsteins®; each cow an improvement on the past.

“No other breed can do the things that the Holstein breed can do,” Meyer says. “That’s why it’s the world’s perfect cow.”

The iconic, black-and-white Holstein cow provides the world with high-quality, nutritious dairy products that are the cornerstone to most modern diets. Today, the breed accounts for more than 90% of milk production in the United States. Levels made possible thanks to continuous improvements in efficiency and productivity. 

Like each distinctive animal, each Registered Holstein operation is unique. Each family motivated by their own goals and aspirations. In Holstein America, learn about modern-day dairy production and hear from those with a passion for the Holstein breed of cattle.

A few featured in the upcoming show are: 

Crave Brothers Farm
 near Waterloo, Wis., a family operation that’s a key cheese supplier for Whole Foods Market; Maple Grove Farm in Derby, Vt., where a young couple labors long hours together raising Registered Holsteins®; Maddox Dairy near Riverdale, Calif., a large-scale operation at the heart of California’s central valley; Pappy’s Farm, Farr West, Utah, home to a family of Greek immigrants who are living out their American dream; and many more

Again, join us for Holstein America at 9 p.m. CST, Thursday, Feb. 8. 

RFD-TV is a leading independent cable channel available on DISH Network, DIRECTV®, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Spectrum, Cox, Comcast, Mediacom, Suddenlink and many other rural cable systems. Reference your local listings for more information.


Vegans attacking via Facebook should be accountable says stud operator

The “militant vegans” whose “hearts are just black” should be held to account when they attack primary producers on social media, one cattle stud operator says.

Over Christmas, three bull calves and one bullock were killed by lightning at the Onward Murray Grey Stud near Dorrigo on the NSW Australia mid-north coast.

Onward owner Sue Francis said she found the dead animals while checking an electric fence for possible faults.

It was after she posted pictures of the dead animals and wrote about the loss that a storm erupted on the stud’s Facebook page.

“I know that my page is on the radar of some of the more militant vegan groups. I know they follow the page,” Ms Francis said.

“If they are offended by something, which happens quite regularly they jump on and start putting out their misinformation and their criticism of what we do.”

Facebook page makes the connection

Ms Francis has maintained the Facebook page, using it to explain “our day-to-day life and what it entails” and connect with the “urban” part of the community.

“With that post following the lightning strike story, that post took on a life of its own and I didn’t have time to moderate it at all,” she explained.

Tackling the issues

Ms Francis argued the industry as a whole had to be more active in countering the stance taken by some opponents of the industry.

“We do need to put our stories out there. I don’t think they are taking it seriously at all. I think they are trying to sweep it under the carpet and it is not the way to tackle such an issue,” she said.

“I think our parent bodies have to be more aware and far more proactive in showing the positive and truthful side.

“I think our industry bodies are falling behind in raising consumer awareness. We cannot let this ill-informed minority go uncontested.”

While Ms Francis was critical of industry representatives, she had been buoyed by fellow producers who also took to her Facebook page.

“Fellow producers came in and stood up for our industry,” she said.

Producers show support

“Perhaps not always in the most polite manner — but at times I think the anger was well deserved and justified.

“Some of the producers have been on there debating beautifully what we do and why we do it.”

Despite this recent chapter causing angst for Ms Francis, she planned to continue her writing on Facebook.

She said if a particular comment affected her, a day on the tractor allowed her to think it through.

“I go from being angry to thinking through a constructive debate and coming up with a rebuttal and by the end of the day I am in a cheerful headspace.” 

French police raid dairy giant Lactaclis amid baby milk scandal

French police raided the headquarters of dairy giant Lactalis and a nearby factory on Wednesday amid a salmonella scare that has resulted in 18 babies being hospitalised.

At least 37 babies in France are known to have fallen sick and another in Spain, while Greece has also seen one unconfirmed case.

Of the babies taken ill in France, 18 were hospitalised. All are now recovering well, according to the public health agency.

Hundreds of lawsuits have already been filed against Lactalis by families who say their children got salmonella poisoning after drinking powdered milk made by the company.

Reporters at the scene said police arrived early on Wednesday at the embattled company’s main officers in Laval, western France, and the factory in nearby Craon, identified as the source of the tainted milk.

The French government has laid the blame for the widening crisis squarely on both Lactalis, one of the world’s largest dairy groups, and on retailers who sold the tainted products despite a recall.

“When you have a case of milk on the market which has clearly caused complicated health problems for children, it means at some point there was negligence,” Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Sunday.

Lactalis CEO Emmanuel Besnier said at the weekend that more than 12 million packages of Picot, Milumel, Celia and other brands of powdered baby milk had been recalled in 83 countries.

The CEO offered to compensate the affected families.

Buy victims silence?

An association of victim’s families, which met with the government on Monday, has firmly rejected the compensation, accusing Lactalis of trying to buy their silence.

The association’s president Quentin Guillemain said the explanations given by Besnier fell far short of expectations.

“We still don’t know where they are, we don’t know if they have been destroyed or if they’ve been drunk,” he said.

Guillemain said it also remained unclear when the salmonella outbreak at Lactalis’s Craon plant first occurred, suggesting it could have been before 2017, the period initially covered by the recall announced in December.

His group has disputed health authorities’ tally of 37 children sickened by the salmonella outbreak in France, saying that without systematic testing of babies brought to doctors, the true figure remains unknown.

Salmonela discovered in August

Anger has been growing since it emerged that Lactalis’s own tests had discovered salmonella at the Craon site in August and November, but did not report the findings because it had no legal obligation to do so.

Besnier denied claims that Lactalis had lied about the dates and number of stocks affected by the salmonella outbreak.

Created in 1933 by Besnier’s grandfather, Lactalis has become an industry behemoth with annual sales of some 17 billion euros ($20.6 billion), with products including Galbani ricotta and mozzarella in Italy.

With 246 production sites in 47 countries, its list of products also features household names like President butter and Societe roquefort.

Two of those brands, Picot and Milumel baby milk, were the subject of chaotic international recalls issued in mid-December after dozens of children fell sick.

Source: France24

International Dairy Week 2018: Youth numbers up at Tatura

RECORD-breaking entry numbers in the youth show headline a line-up for stud and commercial dairy farmers at this year’s International Dairy Week.

All roads will lead to Tatura, with action kicking-off on Sunday with the Holstein Australia Victoria youth challenge trials and the Victorian Agricultural Shows’ state junior judging final.

The highest number of entries — 253 — have been recorded for the national all breeds youth show on Monday. This is up 16 on last year and four more than the previous highest in 2009.

IDW director Brian Leslie said the high youth show numbers prove the importance of holding the event in January.

“The main reason to have the show then is because the kids are on school holidays,” he said.

The youth show had been a focus since IDW first started in 1990 — when it was just a Holstein and youth show, according to Mr Leslie.

The extra numbers in the youth show has resulted in the youth challenge trials being moved to Sunday.

A total of 192 cattle exhibitors from right across Australia (including 900 cattle and a total of 1100 entries) will compete across the seven shows next week. This is down a little on last year, which had 208 exhibitors and 950 cattle.

Mr Leslie said a mix of judges from across the globe showed why IDW was a little different, it didn’t just focus on attracting judges from North America and Canada. He said Holstein judge Kiichi Matsushima, from Key Holsteins in Kumamoto, Japan, has extensive judging experience. It will be the third time a Japanese judge has officiated at IDW.

But IDW is not just about shows and cattle sales, according to Mr Leslie. He said the 14 seminars meant the event had something for all dairy farmers.

Following a tumultuous time in dairy during the past 20 months, in the wake of shock farmgate milk price cuts, Mr Leslie said an event like IDW was crucial for dairy farmers to be social.

Sales will be held for four breeds during the week in what Mr Leslie said was a “shop window” for Australian cattle, advertising them to the world.


SUNDAY January 21

9.30am Non-denominational church service and morning tea — Blackmore & Leslie complex

12.00pm Holstein Australia Victoria youth challenge trials — Blackmore & Leslie complex

3.00pm VASA state junior judging final — Blackmore & Leslie Complex

6.00pm Exhibitor BBQ — Wilson Hall

MONDAY January 22

8.00am ABS Australia/Ridley all breeds national youth show — Blackmore & Leslie complex

3.00pm The IDW youth showmanship classes — Blackmore & Leslie complex

TUESDAY January 23

8.00am Australia’s national Ayrshire show — Blackmore & Leslie complex

8.00am Australia’s national Illawarra show — Blackmore & Leslie complex

9.00am Dairy farm and machinery field days — main oval

9.30am IDW seminars commence — tennis club rooms

11.30am IDW elite Ayrshire sale (following Ayrshire judging) — Blackmore & Leslie complex

1.30pm Australia’s national Guernsey show — Blackmore & Leslie complex

1.30pm Australia’s national Brown Swiss show — Blackmore & Leslie complex

6.00pm IDW national Guernsey sale — Blackmore & Leslie complex

7.00pm Power of Women in Dairying function — Wilson Hall

7.00pm National Herd Improvement Association of Australia annual dinner — Cellar 47, Shepparton

7.30pm IDW virtual farm tours — Blackmore & Leslie complex

WEDNESDAY January 24

8.00am Australia’s national Jersey show — Blackmore & Leslie complex

8.00am IDW seminars commence — tennis club rooms

9.00am Dairy farm and machinery field days — main oval

11.30am IDW Jersey showcase sale — Blackmore & Leslie complex

12.30pm Jersey Australia futurity — Blackmore & Leslie complex

1.30pm National Jersey show continues — Blackmore & Leslie complex

7.30pm IDW World Wide Sires evolution sale — Blackmore & Leslie complex

THURSDAY January 25

8.00am RASV dairy leaders’ breakfast — Ballantyne Centre

8.00am Australia’s national Holstein show — Blackmore & Leslie complex

9.00am Dairy farm and machinery field days — main oval

11.30am RASV interbreed — junior champion presentation — Blackmore & Leslie complex

12.30pm The MaxCare challenge — Blackmore & Leslie complex

2.00pm Presentation of Lex Bunn memorial award — Blackmore & Leslie complex

3.00pm RASV interbreed — intermediate champion presentation — Blackmore & Leslie complex

4.30pm Grand champion parade and presentations — Blackmore & Leslie complex

5.30pm Presentation of Australia’s grand champion — sponsored by the Royal Agricultural Show Society — Blackmore & Leslie complex

Last year’s IDW champion is expected to hit the ring, but this year she has different owners.

Jersey Bushlea Van Fernleaf 10, EX 93 was sold by the Kuhne family of Bushlea Jerseys Leongatha South in October at the Global Impact Sale, Camden NSW. The reigning IDW champion set a new “Australasian” record price when she was sold for $50,000 to a syndicate that included Bradley Cullen from Launceston in Tasmania and US partners Cybil Fisher and Matt Senecal. The previous record was set 36 years ago when Warwick Daisy Lee made $34,000 at auction.

Mr Cullen explained there had been a number of partners join the syndicate since the auction and now the champion Jersey was 80 per cent owned by overseas interests.

He said it was “exciting” for Bushlea Van Fernleaf 10, EX 93 to return to IDW as she was not only looking good, but it would be the first time one of the international owners would get to see her. Additional partners in the IDW reigning champion include Canadian couple Andrew and Jennifer Vander Meulen of Avonlea Genetics.

Mr Cullen explained Mr Vander Meulen was a judge at the NSW state fair — the show held in conjunction with the Global Impact Sale last year — and approached the group to buy into the cow after the auction.

Other partners to join the syndicate after the auction include Jake Hanford from New York, who “hasn’t owned many cows but has a background in cattle” and US couple Diane and Frank Borba, who “invest in cows all over the world” according to Mr Cullen.

The Borba’s were part owners of the 2016 IDW senior champion Holstein cow Windy Vale Contender Rose, which then went on to win the grand champion title at the Victorian Winter Fair at Bendigo later that year. They were also part owners of Meadow Green Abso Fanny-Red-ET, the winner of last year’s US International Red and White Show at the World Dairy Expo, Madison, and the Royal Red and White Holstein Show held in Toronto, Canada.


Source: The Weekly Times

ICE arrests two dairy workers in Washington County, immigrant rights group says

Two dairy workers were detained by immigration authorities at separate farms in Washington County Friday, an immigrant rights group said.

Voces de la Frontera identified the men as Agustin Aguirre Villa and Firo Jesus Gamboa Hernandez and demanded their release. A third man who was not identified was also taken into custody.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the agency is not raiding dairy farms. She said officers were looking specifically for the individuals.

Two of the men are married and both have two United States-born children, according to Voces de la Frontera Executive Director Christine Neumann-Ortiz. She led a news conference and protest outside the ICE field office in Milwaukee.

Neumann-Ortiz said Hernandez has been a farm worker for six years and worked at a farm in the Town of Farmington while Villa has lived in the United States for 12 years and has been a dairy manager for nine years. He worked at a farm in the Town of Wayne.

She said the group was notified of the arrests by the wives of the men.

“We suspect from preliminary information that these are due to traffic infractions, no serious charges,” she said.

The third man was also arrested in Washington County near his home, ICE said.

“ICE officers target specific individuals based on investigative leads,” an ICE statement said. “The three men were arrested based on recent contact with the criminal justice system, and they all have pending criminal charges.

“All three men were served with a notice to appear before a federal immigration judge in immigration court. They are in ICE custody pending disposition of their immigration cases,” the statement said.

Source: Journal Sentinal

Embryo Transfer Activity in Canada: A Snapshot Look

Embryo transfer (ET) has been commercially available for over 40 years as a means of increasing the number of progeny from a given female. The main objective has always been for breeders to select the best animals in their herd and use ET to produce more daughters as herd replacements and perhaps also sons for entry into A.I. The purpose of this article is to take a snapshot look at the usage of ET in the Holstein breed in Canada.

Trend in ET Usage

Figure 1 shows the trend in percentage of registered Holsteins born since 2000 that resulted from embryo transfer. For females, this percentage has been very stable ranging from 3 to 4.4%. On the male side, however, a significantly higher percentage of those registered were the result of embryo transfer. From 2000 to 2013 this percentage gradually increased from roughly 40% to 60% but this trend has been decreasing in recent years to the 50% level in 2016 and 2017.

2016 Snapshot

Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) recently analyzed the existing data associated with embryo transfer flushes for Canadian Holsteins in 2016, for which a summary is presented  in Table 1. In total, there were 7,656 successful flushes during the year from 4,061 different donors, which translates to an average of 1.89 flushes per donor during the year. In terms of the frequency of ET flushes during the year, 68% of donors had only one flush. On the other end of the spectrum, there were ten donors with 20 or more flushes during the year and a total of 90 donors with at least 10 flushes in 2016. To achieve such high frequencies of ET flushes, these donors must have been on a routine program using IVF (in vitro fertilization).

In terms of the service sires used for these flushes in 2016, there were a total of 453 involved and 532 of the flushes involved more than one sire. The fact that multiple sires are more frequently used for embryo transfer flushes stems from the current use of genomics. Each progeny born from such flushes can now have their sire accurately identified as a by-product of genomic testing. Table 2 lists the ten most common service sires involved with the ET flushes in 2016, led by Doorman at 5.7% as a proven sire and Solomon at 3.5% as a genomic young sire.

Perhaps one of the biggest changes over time, which has resulted from the introduction of genomics, has been the significant shift towards the use of younger females as ET donors. As shown in Table 1, 73% of the donors had a genomic evaluation and 58% were heifers that had not yet calved for their first lactation. While the average age of all 2016 donors was 38 months, Figure 2 shows the distribution of all flushes by the age of donor. 23% of all flushes involved a donor that was less than 12 months old and another 25% were yearling heifers. This means that almost half of all flushes (i.e.: 48%) during 2016 involved heifers under two years of age. Another 28% of the donors were between 2 and 4 years of age and 25% were 5 years or older.


For various reasons, the adoption rate of embryo transfer has not grown for several decades representing less than 5% of registered females each year. Based on an analysis of the 7,656 flushes during 2016, which involved 4,061 donors and 453 different service sires, the impact of IVF technology and genomics are evident. Almost half of all flushes in 2016 were from donors under two years of age and the use of IVF allowed some heifers to achieve over 20 flushes during the year. Since 73% of all donors were genotyped, the use of genomics has helped breeders better identify their genetically superior animals for embryo transfer.


Source: CDN

Global dairy prices surge as New Zealand production wanes

Global dairy prices surged in the second auction of the year as buyers anticipated sluggish supply from the world’s largest milk exporter, New Zealand.

The Global Dairy Trade Price Index climbed 4.9 percent – the largest gain in more than a year – with an average selling price of $3,310 per tonne, in the auction held early on Wednesday. The lift was largely on the back of the world’s biggest dairy processor, Fonterra , slashing its New Zealand milk collection as the country struggles with unusually dry weather.

The index had risen 2.2 pct at the previous sale, according to GDT Events, snapping a losing streak that had left farmers worried that they would receive a lower payout in 2018.

Nevertheless, analysts cautioned the gains might ease off in coming months given global supply for some products remained strong.

“Poor milk production from NZ should be supporting prices for WMP (whole milk powder) … as NZ is the key supplier,” said Amy Castleton, analyst at AgriHQ.

“But global milk production is continuing to grow – notably that coming out of Europe and the U.S. – so plenty more SMP (skim milk powder), butter and cheese will make its way onto the global market in coming months.”

Whole milk powder jumped 5.1 percent at the latest auction, and skim milk powder also posted strong gains of 6.5 percent.

Auction results can affect the New Zealand dollar as the dairy sector generates more than 7 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.

Despite the stellar result, the currency slipped 0.34 percent overnight to $0.7273 as it consolidated after a rally in
the past week.

A total of 23,319 tonnes was sold at the latest auction, falling 8.2 percent from the previous one, the auction platform said on its website.

A number of companies, including Dairy America and Murray Goulburn , use the platform to sell milk powder and other dairy products, with roughly half of buyers based in China as traders there seek to supplement flagging domestic milk supplies.

The auctions are held twice a month, with the next one scheduled for Feb. 6.

Source: Reuters

Cows killed in Wisconsin barn fire

Two cows died in a barn fire in the 6600 block of Outagamie County JJ on Tuesday morning. 

There were about 60 cows inside the barn when the fire started, Ellington Fire Department Chief Jim Bentle told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. 

The fire was reported about 9:35 a.m., according to police call records. A passerby on County JJ saw smoke and flames coming from the back of the barn and pulled in to alert the farmer.

The structure is a total loss, and the cows have been moved to another farm. 

How the fire started is under investigation.

There were no injuries, Bentle said.  

Source: Post Cresent

Dairy markets were all up except for butter Tuesday at CME

On trading on Tuesday at CME Dairy markets were all up except for butter. January milk was up $.01 at $13.77.  February was up $.30 at $13.37.  March was up $.27 to $13.43.  April was up $.27 closing at $13.81.  The rest of the 2018 milk futures were all up more than four cents.

Grade AA Butter was unchanged at $2.16.  There were no sales recorded. Barrels were up $.0575 to $1.2750.  Sixteen carloads were sold ranging from $1.2275 to $1.2750. 40-pound blocks were up $.0125 to  $1.4675.  Two carloads of blocks were sold at $1.4450 and $1.4675. Nonfat dry milk was up $.0225 at $.69 per pound.  Three carloads were sold at that price.

Wisconsin outstanding Holstein Boy & Girl are best of the best

Since they were fledgling members of the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, Carley Krull and Joseph Opsal have looked up to the older members in the statewide organization—each harboring hopes that one day they would be tapped to receive the highest honor conferred on a junior member.

“When I was 4 years old, I remember sitting there and looking up to the Outstanding Boy and Girl receiving their award,” an emotional Krull told Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association (WJHA) members gathered at the annual conference last weekend. “I was thinking, ‘I just know that will never be me because I’m me’. Anyone out there who thinks they can’t achieve this, you can!”

Each year at the annual convention, two individuals who have excelled and grown throughout their experience as a junior member are selected to receive the WJHA’s Outstanding Boy and Girl award. 

“I have always kept this goal in mind as I have progressed in my junior career,” said Opsal. “There were several other amazing juniors in contention who also deserved this award. I was very humbled that I was selected.”

Carley Krull

The Wisconsin Holstein Association has always been a part of Carley Krull’s life. The Lake Mills native says her parents, Cindy Krull-Begeman and the late Brian Krull (a former WHA director) were active members of the association and shared their enthusiasm with their children.

“The time and dedication that my parents had for the WHA showed me just how important it was to be involved,” Krull said.

That bond with the WHA and WJHA was never more evident after Krull’s father passed away nearly eight years ago in a farm accident at the age of 44.

“The outpouring of love and support I felt through that tragic time in my life from the WHA and WJHA friends was indescribable. I knew then that this was a place I could call home,” Krull said. “Even though he was not able to see me receive this award, I know my dad lives on through each one of the Juniors in our association as that is where his passion lay—with the youth of our industry.”

Joseph Opsal

This aspiring photographer and cattleman says his success in the WJHA hasn’t come naturally. The Blue Mounds native said stepping out of his comfort zone was a bit “terrifying” at first.

“I have always been very introverted and WJHA has taught me to step out of my comfort zone,” Opsal, 19, said. “I’ve always been terrified of public speaking but I decided to run for the Junior Activities Committee two years ago, and since then I have been exposed to so many amazing experiences, and met so many new people that I am grateful for.”

Even as a young Junior, Opsal knew WJHA was for him.

“I’ve always known it was a right fit for me. We are like a giant family. At every WHA event I attend I am greeted by everyone and welcomed by all,” he said. “Although some may have differences, all of the members have one common love—the Holstein cow.”

In their own right

Both Krull and Opsal are grateful for past Juniors and adult members who have mentored them in the past, and have helped to develop them into leaders in their own right.

“It was always fun to go and watch the older kids and be with them because I knew they were the best of the best,” Krull said. “And through all of those people I learned to never give up, stick with it and be kind to others. The WJHA has truly shaped me into the person I am today.”

Opsal says that all of the leaders, coaches, volunteers and advisors have provided the tools he needs to step into the future.

“They all have had my back and helped me whenever I needed it,” he said. “They are always just a phone call away whenever I have any questions or need any advice. Without their encouragement and support I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Whether WJHA members hail from the farm or not, Krull says the young members in her organization are all exceptional.

“That is what it is all about; being an outstanding person that is excited for the future of our industry and our youth,” she said.

A new chapter

Opsal is currently attending Madison College and is working towards an associate degree in commercial photography.

“I plan to take over my parent’s —Troy Opsal and Jane Sarbacker—dairy farm Opsal’s Ridge Registered Holsteins while also having a small photography business on the side,” he said.

Krull, 20, is a sophomore at Iowa State University majoring in dairy science with the intent to pursue a career in the dairy industry following graduation.

“I’m thinking of something in the dairy industry within reproduction, animal health or farm management,” she said. “Honestly, I would be happy anywhere within the industry where I am able to have a positive impact on farmers and their cattle.”

Moving forward

Opsal encourages younger members to try all of the events, competitions and leadership roles the WJHA has to offer.

“There are so many different, amazing opportunities in our association and every Junior can find something they love,” he said.

Krull says she is excited to continue her journey into the adult association next year as she ends her junior career this coming year.

“I become extremely emotional as I realize just how much this association and the people in it mean to me,” she said. “I cannot wait to transition into my adult membership role and give back to the youth however possible so that they have the same, if not better experiences that I did throughout my junior career.”


Source: Wisconsin State Farmer

New dates for 2018 Supreme Dairy Show

The 5th edition of the Supreme Dairy Show will be held on Wednesday august 22th (in the evening) until Friday august 24, 2018 in Saint-Hyacinthe. Dairy cattle breeders are invited to come and present their most beautiful animals at this event, which will host the Quebec Dairy Bovine Provincials Finals.

Listening to the breeders, exhibitors and partners, the members of the Board of Direction of the Supreme Dairy Show made the important decision to move foward the dates of the event. After numerous discussions with involved people in the community, this change aims to optimize the event and to promote the marketing opportunities of elite subjects.

In addition to judgment, the trade show component, networking activities and conferences will be redesigned to provide excellent visibility and a meeting place of choice for all partners in the industry. An improved formula offering flexibility and accessibility will be proposed.

The Supreme Dairy Show is evolving and will be a great late summer event. This contest of choice will set the stage for all fall events.

This change will allow the Supreme Dairy Show to continue his mission and thus remain an international event and a must for all dairy producers.

The event aims to create trades and business opportunities for all dairy stakeholders including farmers, cattle producers, traders and all the dairy industry.

2017 All Canadian Jersey Contest

Jersey Canada is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 All Canadian Contest!

In its 62nd year, the All Canadian Contest is a Jersey Canada award program that recognizes top cows on the show circuit. Traditionally these cows enjoy the attention and prestige of being named All Canadian.

The Champion Cow of the 2017 All Canadian Contest, for the third year in a row, is MUSQIE IATOLA MARTHA ET (photo above), owned and exhibited by Milk Source Genetics, Kaukauna WI, USA and Fernando Jarquin. 

The Champion Heifer of the 2017 All Canadian Contest is Tierneys Comerica Lady A, owned and exhibited by Lookout Jerseys, Frank & Diane Borba, Blair & Jaime Weeks and Parrabel Genetics. 

Jersey Canada would like to thank Agri-Brands Purina as premier sponsor.  Scroll down for official results. 

Jersey Canada est fière d’annoncer les gagnantes 2017 du concours Tout canadien!

À sa 62e année, le concours Tout canadien de Jersey Canada est un programme de récompense qui reconnaît les meilleures vaches sur le circuit des expositions. Traditionnellement, ces vaches jouissent de l’attention et du prestige rattachés au titre de Tout canadien.

Pour la troisième année consécutive, la vache championne du Concours 2017 Tout canadien est MUSQIE IATOLA MARTHA ET, appartenue et exposée par Milk Source Genetics, Kaukauna WI, É.-U. et Fernando Jarquin. La génisse championne du Concours 2017 Tout canadien est Tierneys Comerica Lady A, appartenue et exposée par Lookout Jerseys, Frank & Diane Borba, Blair & Jaime Weeks et Parrabel Genetics.

Jersey Canada aimerait remercier son commanditaire principal, Agri-Brands Purina, ainsi que Barney Printing pour leur appui généreux au programme Tout canadien. Voici les résultats officiels.

Winning Jerseys by Class & Owners/Exhibitors

4-H Jr/Int Calf – Génisse Jr-Int 4-H

All Canadian: Paullor Tequila Novelle – Paullor Farms / Paul and Lorraine Franken ~ Kailey Hallahan

Reserve: Paullor Re-Action Radiant – Paullor Farms / Paul and Lorraine Franken ~ Landon Hallahan

Honourable Mention: Beslea Joel Spring Fling – Beslea Farms ~ Cohen Brown


Sleegerholm PJ Victorious Jen – Paul and Lorraine Franken, Mike Sleegers ~ Emma Lewis

Sleegerholm Joel Vixen – Mike Sleegers ~ Kyla Lewis

Caliber Raze A Lil Hell – Caliber Jerseys ~ Carrie Stockdale

4-H Senior Calf – Génisse Senior 4-H

All Canadian: Avonlea Fizz’s Vendetta – Avonlea Genetics, Taylor and Will Vander Meulen ~ Will Vander Meulen

Reserve: Paullyn Tequila Eliza – Paullyn Farms ~ Micaela Hill

4-H Summer Yearling – Un an d’été 4-H 

All Canadian: Glenholme Irresistable Aspect – Glenholme Jerseys / Robert and Bruce Mellow ~ Curtis Ruta

Reserve: Paullor Ace’s Follow – Paullor Farms / Paul and Lorraine Franken ~ Emily Franken

Honourable Mention: Bell City Trident Leather – Bell City Jerseys Ltd, Hollylane Jerseys ~ Bryce Seaborn

Nominated: Joren Nevada Gizmo – Joren Jerseys ~ Keeton Jones

4-H Junior Yearling – Un an Junior 4-H

All Canadian (tied)Cedarvilla Jade Tiddlywinks – Caliber Jerseys / Randy and Tara Bullock ~ Kyle Stockdale

All Canadian (tied): Locust Edge Naughty Tequila – Sharpelane Farms / L & D Sharpe, G & S Burgess ~ Brett Pattn

Junior Calf – Génisse Junior 

All Canadian: Intense Gentry Deesse – Real-IT Holsteins, Katie Kearns 

Reserve: L’Ormiere Tequila Roxe – Christine Desrosiers, Julien & C A Sicard 

Honourable Mention: Beslea Velocity Lion – Beslea Farms 


Bridon RKR Essence – Bridon Farms

Campbell TB Gentry Rosetta – Campbell Jersey & Trail Blazer Jerseys 

Belfontaine Tequila Payton – Real It Holstein, Ferme Vinbert 

Intermediate Calf – Génisse Intermédiaire

All Canadian: Arethusa Impression Krimson ET – Arethusa Farm 

Reserve: Lothmann Joel Lavander – Markus Lothman 

Honourable Mention: Arethusa Premier Starlight ET – Arethusa Farm 


Elegance Barnabas Chipits – Ferme Elegance 

Hickory Acres Krash Colton – Cybil Fisher, Jack Hanford, Avonlea Genetics 

Drentex Tequila Gambit – Jenna James 

Senior Calf – Génisse Senior

All Canadian: Avonlea Fizz’s Vendetta – Avonlea Genetics, Taylor and Will Vander Meulen

Reserve: Riview Ready Set Glo – Alana Mckinven, Emilie and Charlotte Borba 

Honourable Mention: Glenholme Ressurection Allis – Glenholme Jerseys / Robert and Bruce Mellow 


Maughlin Tequila Excitement – Laurent Lambert, John Weaver, Ferme Beaudoin 

Arethusa Colton Vapor ET – Arethusa Farm 

Dulet Joel Brianna – Ferme Dulet 

Summer Yearling – Un an d’été 

All Canadian: SV Colton Highway ET – Milksource Genetics / Shelby Ostrom

Reserve: Schulte Bros Teq Dare ET – Avonlea Genetics, Juan Carlos Hurtado, Taylor Vander Meulen 

Honourable Mention: Dulet Joel Brioche – Ferme Dulet 


Drentex Getaway Patty Cake – Jenna James 

Charlyn Perennial Venue Nutela – Charlyn Jerseys, Brian Weldrick 

Charlyn Perennial Venue Nitro – Charlyn Jerseys, Brian Weldrick 

Junior Yearling – Un an Junior

All Canadian & Champion Heifer: Tierneys Comerica Lady A – Lookout Jerseys, Frank & Diane Borba, Blair & Jaime Weeks, Parrabel Genetics 

Reserve: Charlyn Showdown Estatic – Charlyn Jerseys 

Honourable Mention: Willow Creek Hired Gun Voila – Yellow Briar Farm  


Locust Edge Naughty Tequila – Sharpelane Farms / L & D Sharpe, G & S Burgess 

Campbell TB Reviresco Jojoba – Campbell Jersey & TrailBlazer Jerseys 

Pleasant Nook Apple Dumpling – Pleasant Nook 

Intermediate Yearling – Un an Intermédiaire 

All Canadian: Golden Getaway Exotica – Golden Jerseys / Glen and Sheila Burgess 

Reserve: Edgelea Drentex Cdn Pharoah – Joel Bagg, Mike Bols 

Honourable Mention: Aland Perfect Ryker – Alan & Julie Cunnington 


Alexvale Vivitar Goodielicious – Jamie Alexander, Mark McPhedran

Payneside DBR IT Ping – Kingsdale Jersey Farm 

Hollylane Trident Marvel – Hollylane Jerseys 

Milking Yearling – Un an en lactation 

All Canadian: Maker Applejack Get Over It – Budjon Farms, Peter Vail   

Reserve (tied): Marbro Tequila Kristianne – Pleasant Nook Jerseys 

Reserve (tied): Rescator Firepower Alyssia – Pleasant Nook, J and P Black, Crackholm Holsteins  


Lencrest Exciting Quinn 2 – Kingsdale Jerseys 

Edgelea Glenholme TQ Vacation – Carol Ruta, Joel Bagg 

Golden Tequila Moolah – Golden Jerseys / Glen and Sheila Burgess 

Junior Two Year Old – Deux ans Junior 

All Canadian: Pleasant Nook Premier Jellyroll – Pleasant Nook 

Reserve: Pleasant Nook/WR Premier Volia – Pleasant Nook, Jamie and Petra Black 

Honourable Mention: MB Lucky Lady Path to Fame – Lookout Jerseys, Frank and Diane Borba 


Golden Dragon Moyrah – Golden Jerseys / Glen and Sheila Burgess 

Riview Premier Sophastar – Kristie, Kyle, Chelsea and Jaclyn Rivington  

Lookout River Baby – Lookout, B. McKinven, F and D Borba 

Senior Two Year Old – Deux ans Senior

All Canadian (tied): Lookout Honey Here I Am – Lookout, T McKinven, Frank and Diane Borba 

All Canadian (tied): Rollingriver Press Release – Adam Fraley, Frank and Diane Borba 

Honourable Mention: Stoney Point Grand Bea – Avonlea Genetics, Cybil Fisher, Jake Hanford 


Edgelea Tequila Sheraton –  Budjon Farms, Peter Vail, David Jordan 

Marlau Premier Tabernack – Laurent Lambert, John Weaver  

Glenholme Affirmed Truth – Glenholme Jerseys / Robert and Bruce Mellow 

Junior Three Year Old – Trois ans Junior 

All Canadian: Fairvista Koop Ferocious – Ferme Intense, Ferme Jacobs, William Morille 

Reserve: Arethusa Vespera – Arethusa Farm 

Honourable Mention: Charlyn Impression Bindy – Charlyn Jerseys 


Masonvale Joel Superstar – Alicia and Justin Veronneau, Fleury Holsteins 

Morningmist B E Groovy 228B – Morningmist Jerseys / Jim and Cathy Mason 

RJF Premier Champagne – RJ Farms / Robert Jarrell 

Senior Three Year Old – Trois ans Senior

All Canadian: Glenholme Maestro Takoda – Curtis Ruta, Adrian Franken 

Reserve: Genesis Excitation Hannah – C. Desrosiers, J and C Sicard, P. Boulet  

Honourable Mention: Drentex Gentry Gizmo – Jenna James 


MB Lucky Lady Fired Up – F and D Borba, Lookout, Elite Haven  

Golden Irwin Dazzle – Golden Jerseys / Glen and Sheila Burgess 

Bridon Velocity Ramble – Bridon Farms 

Four Year Old – Quatre ans 

All Canadian: Schulte Bros Tequila Shot ET – Budjon Farms, David Jordan, Peter Vail 

Reserve: Avonlea Premier Chocolate Chip – Avonlea Genetics Inc. 

Honourable Mention: Rich Valley GG Adalida 241 – Pleasant Nook 


Bri-Lin Karballa Salvia ET – Bri-Lin Jerseys 

Bridon Rocket Amuse – Bridon Farms 

Charlyn Perennial Impress Netty – Charlyn Jerseys, Bryan Weldrick  

Five Year Old – Cinq ans 

All Canadian: Pleasant Nook Tequila Daiquiri – Pleasant Nook  

Reserve: JL Vincent Sapphira – C. Desrosiers, J and C Sicard, P. Boulet

Honourable Mention: Paullor Vivitar Ramble – Paullor Farms / Paul and Lorraine Franken 


Pleasant Nook Vincent Cupcake – Pleasant Nook 

Arethusa HG Victoria ET – Arethusa Farm 

Pleasant Nook Action Posh – Pleasant Nook 

Mature Cow – Vache Adulte

All Canadian Champion Cow: Musqie Iatola Martha ET – Milksource Genetics, Fernando Jarquin

Reserve: Pleasant Nook Sultan Jetta – Pleasant Nook 

Honourable Mention: Marlau Socrates Arcadios ET – Cybil Fisher, Patty Jones, Avonlea Genetics 


Pleasant Nook Action Frisky – Pleasant Nook 

Brothers Nevada Karamel – Riley, Linden & Parker Masters 

Dutcholm Excitation Lucita – Morningmist Jerseys / Jim and Cathy Mason 

Lifetime Components – Des composantes à vie 

All Canadian: Pleasant Nook Happy Birthday – Pleasant Nook 

Reserve: Huronia RBR Bree 37R – RJ Farms / Robert Jarrell 

Honourable Mention: RJF Comerica Charity ET – RJ Farms / Robert Jarrell 


Hometown Black Magic – Hometown Jerseys / Neil and Melanie Hunter 

Bridon Jade’s Procure ET – Enniskillen Jersey Farm 

Junior Breeder’s Herd – Troupeau d’éleveur Junior 

All Canadian: Arethusa Impression Krimson ET; Arethusa Premier Starlight ET; Arethusa Colton Vapor ET

Reserve: Avonlea Fizz’s Vendetta; Avonlea Fernleaf Flirtatious; Avonlea Velocity Kiki

Honourable Mention: Charlyn Perennial Venue Nitro; Charlyn Perennial Venue Nutela; Charlyn Keeper Satisfied


– Glenholme Vivacious Fizz; Glenholme Gentry Technique; Glenholme Ressurection Allis

– Dulet Joel Brioche; Dulet Joel Beyonce; Dulet Joel Brianna

– Campbell TB Reviresco Jojoba; Campbell TB River June Carter; Campbell TB Gentry Rosetta

Breeder’s Herd – Troupeau d’éleveur 

All Canadian: Pleasant Nook Action Frisky; Pleasant Nook Sultan Jetta; Pleasant Nook Daiquiri

Reserve: Arethusa Vesperra; Arethusa Impression Sunshine ET; Arethusa HG Victoria ET

Honourable Mention: MB Lucky Lady Path to Fame; MB Lucky Lady Fired Up; MB Lucky Lady Feliz Navidad


– Charlyn Tequila Emmie; Charlyn Impression Bindy; Charlyn Perennial Impress Netty

– Bridon Val Silk;  Bridon Velocity Ramble; Bridon Rocket Amuse

– Avonlea Premier Chocolate Chip; Avonlea CF Supreme; Avonlea Velvet’s Vogue

Holstein Association USA Recognizes Top BAA Herds

Holstein Association USA has released the lists of the top Holstein Breed Age Average (BAA%) herds for 2017 classifications. The BAA value provides a way to compare the score of a herd average to the average of the breed, taking into account age of the animal and stage of lactation. Herds participating in the Classic or Standard options of the Holstein Classification program receive an overall BAA for the herd.

Several lists have been created to recognize members of all herd sizes and all areas of the country. Find the 2017 Overall Top 200 BAA Herds, Top 25 BAA Herds by Region, Top 25 BAA Herds by Herd Size, and Top 10 BAA Herds for Colleges & Universities on . To appear on these lists, a herd must have at least 10 cows included in the BAA calculation. If a herd classified more than once during the year, only the most recent BAA was considered for inclusion. All eligible herds are automatically evaluated. 

The average BAA for all herds in 2017 was 106.5. Six herds had a BAA of over 114.0, and Matthew T. Mitchell of Tenn. earns the recognition of having the highest BAA in the U.S. last year at 116.5 on 10 cows. Rounding out the top five include Milk Source LLC, Wis.; Eaton Holsteins, N.Y.; Michael J. Garrow, N.Y.; Michael & Julie Duckett, Wis.; and Timothy M. & Sharyn W. Abbott, Vt. 

2017 Overall Top 200 BAA Herdsspacer

Rank Herd Name State BAA # Cows
1 Matthew T. Mitchell TN 116.5 10
2 Milk Source LLC WI 115.0 38
3 Eaton Holsteins NY 114.8 20
4 Michael J. Garrow NY 114.4 69
5 Michael & Julie Duckett WI 114.1 47
6 Timothy M. & Sharyn W Abbott VT 114.0 36
7 Triple-T Holsteins OH 113.7 18
8 Brian J. Oster NY 113.6 34
9 Gordon Jr. & Gordon Cook III MA 113.5 54
10 Dan Moon IA 113.4 49
11 Jeffrey Wallace Sharts NY 113.3 10
12 Rocco Cunningham CA 113.1 18
  Juniper Farm Inc ME 113.1 27
  Michael & Chris McCullough WI 113.1 54
  Ocean View Genetics WI 113.1 54
16 Esperanza Cattle Co. MN 113.0 13
  Kenneth & Charles McEvoy NY 113.0 26
  Topp-View Holsteins OH 113.0 28
19 Adam John Liddle NY 112.9 58
  Ridgedale Farm NY 112.9 100
  Willolea Holsteins MN 112.9 36
22 Lloyd M. & Denise M. Pease PA 112.8 42
23 Crisdhome Farm, Inc. WI 112.7 107
  Craig B. Krohlow WI 112.7 36
25 Erbacres Holsteins IL 112.6 50
  David K. Hoese MN 112.6 26
  Frederick & Dori Wolf CT 112.6 15
28 CLF, LLC NJ 112.4 42
  Paul S. Engleking IN 112.4 49
  Bruce R. Gingerich IN 112.4 38
  Ryan Griffin MN 112.4 10
  Jeffrey A. & Kate Hendrickson WI 112.4 102
  Kevin M. & Annetta R. Herrington NY 112.4 20
34 Vance Calvin Proctor, Jr. NC 112.3 22
  Rosedale Genetics Ltd WI 112.3 18
36 Douglas S. & Jennifer K. Boop PA 112.2 33
  Lookwell Farm IN 112.2 20
38 Ourway Holsteins WI 112.1 28
39 Richard Nisen IN 112.0 38
40 Lynn & Bonnie Miller PA 111.9 11
  Randell D. Rummage, Jr. TN 111.9 36
42 Arethusa Farm, LLC CT 111.8 75
  Gregory A. & Marcia L. Clark, JT NH 111.8 20
  Clover Hill Farms IA 111.8 36
  Wilstar Holsteins WI 111.8 55
46 Timothy Baker MI 111.7 59
47 Keith & Wendy Bott & Tiffany Bott MI 111.6 24
  Joseph A. Brantmeier WI 111.6 99
  Allen L. & Carolee McClure NY 111.6 32
  Hendrik W. Van Dyk WI 111.6 117
51 Bulldog Holsteins MD 111.5 44
  Joseph Pavelski PA 111.5 36
53 Mikel L. & Daniel Brasch MN 111.4 18
  Gary G. Van Doorn WI 111.4 14
  Humdinger Holsteins NY 111.4 35
  Thomas J. Kestell WI 111.4 126
  David C. & Julie P. Marcks WI 111.4 33
58 Brandon Ferry WI 111.3 69
  Scarlet Summer Holsteins PA 111.3 74
  Christopher J. Van Dyk WI 111.3 36
  Whittier Farms, Inc. MA 111.3 97
62 Dennis V. Christoph WI 111.2 75
  Nelson Dairy OH 111.2 13
  Daniel L. Vandertie WI 111.2 31
65 Gildale Holsteins WI 111.1 51
  Greg Resler IN 111.1 10
  Mark J. Ryan WI 111.1 82
68 Brian & Koral Harbaugh IA 111.0 55
  Riley Miller WI 111.0 19
  Pineland Farms, Inc. ME 111.0 84
71 Circle Drive Holsteins MN 110.9 15
  Thomas & Lisa Hurley MN 110.9 17
  Dean W. & Rebecca Jackson PA 110.9 76
  Mikelholm Holsteins NY 110.9 35
  Loren & Luke Olson MN 110.9 50
  Richard & Julie Vomastic WI 110.9 27
77 Trent Henkes IA 110.8 56
  Todd Adam Hoesly WI 110.8 66
  Dale & Sherri Rupprecht MN 110.8 49
  Justin R. Simpson PA 110.8 55
  Andrew D. Stuewe MN 110.8 82
82 Adam T. Borchert WI 110.7 67
  David E. Butler IL 110.7 81
  Dale J. Christoph WI 110.7 57
  Jeff Jauquet WI 110.7 55
  Plum-Line Holsteins PA 110.7 80
87 Sarah E. Campbell PA 110.6 25
  Anthony B. Crothers NY 110.6 18
  Trent & Kelsey Hendrickson WI 110.6 98
  Adam J. & Lisa Ann Sonnen PA 110.6 60
91 Eric W. Evans ID 110.5 29
  Weis Way Dairy WI 110.5 41
93 Mark O. Brantner PA 110.4 43
  Bur-Wall Holsteins WI 110.4 50
  Jessica L. Gatton-Dixon MO 110.4 12
  Thomas F Murphy MA 110.4 23
  William M. Neal, Jr. PA 110.4 27
  Michael A. & Kathy D. Stiles TN 110.4 35
  Walk-Era Farms, Inc. WI 110.4 101
100 Rick & Linda Frozene WI 110.3 18
  Howard W. Wolfe NY 110.3 81
102 Eric J. Havens LLC OH 110.2 35
  Randy E. Freeland MI 110.2 21
  Jim & Janet Kappers MN 110.2 45
  Jeffery Alan Knoop OH 110.2 57
  Cindy L. Krull WI 110.2 35
  Michael Lee McCullough WI 110.2 43
  Skyhart Farms WA 110.2 10
  Tim R. Smith WI 110.2 55
  David K. Stoltzfus PA 110.2 48
  Anna Titera MN 110.2 15
112 Kenneth John Beneke NY 110.1 93
  James R. Bertsch IN 110.1 18
  Michael A. Doody MD 110.1 15
  Rustin J. Herr PA 110.1 35
  Molly J. McGuire OH 110.1 17
  Ronny Rohloff WI 110.1 36
  Glenn Ubbelohde WI 110.1 59
119 Canary Dairy, LLC NY 110.0 47
  Ralph Lamar Petersheim WI 110.0 74
  Douglas & Joanne Wesneski PA 110.0 45
122 Duane Andrews PA 109.9 49
  Coltan Brown WI 109.9 10
  Nick Depew NY 109.9 23
  Glenmar-Dale Farms WI 109.9 39
  Steven & Debra Heuer MN 109.9 30
  Douglas James Lyons IA 109.9 45
  Richard A. Schweer SD 109.9 36
  Ben Sloan WA 109.9 16
  Van Dyk-K Holsteins WA 109.9 29
  Waterman Farms, Inc. ME 109.9 54
  John Mark Weaver OH 109.9 39
133 Charles L. & Brenda L. Charron, JT VT 109.8 45
  Lowell J., Jr. & Karen D. Davenport NY 109.8 13
  Jenna & Don Fahey WI 109.8 20
  Fischerdale Syndicate WI 109.8 65
  David T. & Donna Gaige NY 109.8 45
  S. Lee, Jr. & Dale L. Heizer VA 109.8 35
  Danny Hoover PA 109.8 31
  Iland-Acre Holsteins MN 109.8 46
  Irwindale Farms IL 109.8 26
  Steven R. Landis IN 109.8 26
  Glen F. Lyford IL 109.8 63
  James M. Ripp SD 109.8 10
  Shawn & Steven Styer WI 109.8 10
146 Angela Davis Brown WI 109.7 18
  Christopher Roth WI 109.7 18
  Denise V. Saxton NY 109.7 23
  Austen Schmidt WI 109.7 72
  Dale L. Zimmerman PA 109.7 90
151 Carpsdale Farms Ltd. VT 109.6 70
  Dogwood Farm, L.P., LLP VA 109.6 77
  Portmann Dairy Farm WA 109.6 99
  James R. Putman NY 109.6 89
  Joe Vanderfeltz PA 109.6 100
156 Lowell J., Jr. & Karen D. Davenport NY 109.5 46
  Elm-Spring Farm LLC NY 109.5 94
  Robert A. Johnson MD 109.5 22
  Eric & Lorelle Sherman NY 109.5 67
  William L. Stoltzfus ID 109.5 78
  Wide Open Holsteins WI 109.5 17
162 Bur-Le-Acres PA 109.4 28
  Harold K. Christensen, Jr. WI 109.4 63
  Robert H. Cramer, Jr. WI 109.4 43
  Daniel P. Esh PA 109.4 65
  Chris & Stephanie George NY 109.4 42
  James R. Hudson NY 109.4 18
  David L. Klingensmith OH 109.4 61
  James R. & Jeffrey B. McQuaide PA 109.4 58
  Velvet-View Farms OH 109.4 58
171 Louis Courtney IA 109.3 58
  Leroy C. Eggink IA 109.3 49
  Hooters Holstein VT 109.3 20
  Paul R. Meyer MI 109.3 63
  Kenneth & Julie Moret WI 109.3 18
  Greg Peters IN 109.3 36
  Eugene M. Poirier NY 109.3 67
  Douglas Post SD 109.3 36
  Alfred & Mark Schmitt MN 109.3 79
  William L. & Susan S. Sellers PA 109.3 21
  Walhowdon Farm, Inc. NH 109.3 46
182 Albert W. Buckbee II NY 109.2 41
  Dennis & Kalyn Buse SD 109.2 45
  William H. Calvert WI 109.2 69
  Boyd & Karen Ferguson IA 109.2 22
  Robert M. & Judi A. Hauck PA 109.2 45
  James T. Holland NY 109.2 25
  Gregory B. Johnson MN 109.2 66
  Joleanna Holsteins LLC NY 109.2 126
  Keystone Farm PA 109.2 62
  Don & Dianne Langmaid VT 109.2 40
  James A. & Dennis L. London PA 109.2 54
  Kaylen Rae Miller IL 109.2 18
  Kyle C. Reid NY 109.2 79
  David S. Sears MA 109.2 14
  Matt Watson PA 109.2 40
  Ronald C. Wood PA 109.2 114
198 R. Paul Buhr, Jr. WI 109.1 59
  Matt Conners MI 109.1 12
  John Slocum Bennett PA 109.1 25
  Lenkaitis Holsteins IL 109.1 36
  Robeth Holsteins, LLC VT 109.1 98
  Estate of John R. Stookey IN 109.1 42
  Utah State University UT 109.1 102
  Scott & Amanda Williams WI 109.1 44


French Dairy Recalls Infant Milk from 83 Countries

More than 12 million boxes of French baby milk products are being recalled from 83 countries for suspected salmonella contamination.

The recall includes Lactalis’ Picot, Milumel and Taranis brands.

The head of the French dairy Lactalis on Sunday confirmed that its products are being recalled from countries across Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia after salmonella was discovered at one of its plants last month. The United States, Britain and Australia were not affected.

Emmanuel Besnier told weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche that his family company, one of the world’s biggest dairies, would pay damages to “every family which has suffered a prejudice.”

The paper said 35 babies were diagnosed with salmonella in France, one in Spain and a possible case in Greece.

Salmonella can cause severe diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting and severe dehydration. It can be life-threatening, especially in young children.

Lactalis officials have said they believe the contamination was caused by renovation work at their Celia factory in Craon, in northwest France.

France’s agriculture minister said products from the factory will be banned indefinitely during the investigation.

Source: VOA 

China rejects Murray Goulburn milk, formula

Beleaguered dairy processor Murray Goulburn is blaming administrative errors for the rejection of shipments of its milk and infant formula in China last year, dismissing suggestions it was being punished for bypassing Chinese bidders in favour of a $1.3 billion takeover offer by Canadian giant Saputo.

Murray Goulburn confirmed the incidents, which saw as much as 32 tonnes of milk in one shipment, turned back, due to “process failures” but said they took place before the deal with Saputo was announced in October.

Dairy analysts and media in China have suggested the decision to choose Saputo over Chinese firms looking at buying the dairy co-operative could have repercussions for Murray Goulburn’s sales of milk and milk powder in China. However, sources said there was no link to the co-operative’s change of ownership and problems with shipments between June and September last year.

Murray Goulburn, which produces about 1 billion tonnes of dairy product annually, agreed to a $1.3 billion takeover bid by Saputo in October. Chinese company The Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group had also been looking at the business and was considered a front-runner at one stage. China Mengniu Dairy was also reportedly looking at the company.

A November monthly report by China’s Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine, published last week, said 32 tonnes of Murray Goulburn’s Devondale milk brand was rejected because it did not have the required documentation. An August report noted a small amount of milk powder was not allowed to offload at a port in Shanghai because it was over the expiry date and an incident in September when three batches of milk were returned.

“These incidents are rare failures of process and involved shipments of products dispatched from Australia many months prior to the announcement of the Saputo transaction on 27 October 2017.”

Song Liang, a Beijing-based independent diary analyst, said the decision to sell Murray Goulburn to Saputo instead of a Chinese bidder was strange given the importance of the Chinese market.

“It would have given much easier access to the huge Chinese market. Murray Goulburn would have entered into a golden development period. However, this did not happen. The Chinese government and Chinese companies are not happy with the deal to sell to Saputo,” Mr Liang told The Australian Financial Review.

Murray Goulburn is one of dozens of companies reporting incidents with shipments into China, often due to clerical issues or problems when loading products at the country of origin. However, exporters are wary of any sign that the Chinese authorities will clamp down on dairy imports. China is seeking to revive its domestic dairy industry although demand for imports remains robust.

New regulations for infant formula brands came into force on January 1, which means many of the foreign brands competing in the Chinese market could be locked out. However, Australian exporters believe their higher-quality brands are not at risk.

Saputo wants to restore Murray Goulburn’s status as the nation’s biggest dairy processor after the co-operative ran into trouble under former chief Gary Helou, who resigned in March 2017. The deal, which is expected to be finalised early this year, still requires Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and Foreign Investment Review Board approval.

Source: AFR

A new Dairy Australia farm safety starter kit to contribute to safer industry.

Michelle Golder a “Legendairy” farmer from Jervois has been part of a committee guiding a new Dairy Australia farm safety starter kit.

Keeping Pre-weaned Dairy Calves Healthy and Growing in Cold Weather

The most critical and most expensive period of calf growth in raising dairy calves is the pre-weaning period. During this period calves are highly susceptible to cold stress with a lower critical temperature of 50°F for newborn calves and 32°F for older calves. Cold stress can result in calves turning to stored body fat to generate body heat, essentially losing weight. In addition, calves experiencing cold stress will have compromised immune systems making them more susceptible to disease.

Three main areas to focus on for winter calf care include:

  1. Overall nutrition and feeding requirements.
  2. Management.
  3. Calf environment.

Nutrition and Feeding

  • Feed more milk or milk replacer daily if using individual bottle or pail feedings in one of three ways: 1) add a feeding or a third meal, 2) increase the volume fed by 1/3 or 3) increase the total solids fed. Producers should work with a nutritionist to make sure they are not exceeding 15% total solids in the milk replacer.
  • Traditional calf milk replacer should contain a minimum of (air dry basis) 20% protein, (22 to 24% protein if it contains non-milk proteins such as soy protein or fish meal) and at least 15% fat. Fat sources in milk replacers such as milk fat, tallow, choice white grease or lard are preferred over vegetable oils, which are poorly utilized by calves. Replacers containing 15 to 20% fat are preferred, especially for calves housed in colder environments. Milk replacers containing all milk products generally are better than those containing vegetable proteins, vegetable oil, or fish proteins. If milk replacers containing non-milk protein sources are going to be fed, it is recommended not to start before 3 weeks of age. After the third week, calves should be able to better digest formulations with non-milk protein sources. Calves also can be fed mastitis/antibiotic milk if it appears wholesome and if it is not from a cow with staphylococcal and/or coliform mastitis. If calves are going to be fed discard milk, pasteurization of the milk is recommended. Milk should be fed at a minimum of 101.5°F or body temperature.
  • If you are following an accelerated program you will be using a milk replacer with an increased protein content (26-28%) and a decreased fat content (15-20%).
  • Addition of a commercial fat supplement to increase the energy content in your milk or milk replacer may be utilized, however, it is recommended to use products that are made to mix specifically with liquids.
  • Studies now recommend that small breed calves consume 1.3 lbs. of Dry Matter (DM) with 0.3 lbs. of fat and large breed calves consume 2.0 lbs. of DM and 0.5 lbs. of fat per day in addition to calf starter and fresh water.
  • Offer fresh clean water daily and during extremely cold weather it may be necessary to do so several times a day due to freezing conditions. It should be warmed to body temperature prior to feeding during cold periods. Consumption should be at the rate of 1 gallon/day for the first month and 2/gallons per day for the second month prior to weaning.
  • In addition, to milk or milk replacer, give calves free access to a calf starter grain mixture a few days after birth. Calf starter should contain a minimum of 18% protein and be palatable to encourage the calf to begin eating at an early age. Additionally, there are now calf starters on the market with 22% protein content available for accelerated growth. Overfeeding total protein in the diet may lead to scouring or loose stools. Physical form of the starter is also important; coarse and/or pelleted are better than finely ground starters. By two weeks of age the calf should be eating approximately one-half pound of starter. Top quality hay should also be offered starting around weaning time. The Calves are typically weaned between 6 to 8 weeks of age but they should not be weaned unless they are consuming a minimum of 2.0 lbs. of calf starter and drinking water for at least three consecutive days.
  • Utilization of electrolytes may be necessary if calves become dehydrated when ill.


Calf management takes dedication and extra time, especially during cold weather. Extra labor or time will be needed for increased feedings, additional bedding, and cleaning. Calf coats requires extra time for utilization and laundering, during cold weather to help provide extra protection. Weaning calves during extreme cold conditions provides added stress to the animal and consideration should be given to delaying weaning until temperatures are less extreme.


Whether you are using individual pens, hutches, or group housing for calves there are some key principles to remember regarding young calf housing.

  • Newborn calves have limited body fat reserves and a minimal hair coat.  When moving newborn calves first make sure they are dry. Keep them warm by either transporting them in a trailer or covered device with clean bedding.  If a wheel barrow or open bucket is used for transport putting a clean calf blanket on will with clean bedding underneath will help maintain body heat.
  • Deep, dry bedding is essential. Straw is preferred, especially during the colder winter months as it allows calves to nestle down into the straw to maintain body heat better. Make sure the bedding is dry by kneeling or placing your knees on the straw for 20 seconds, if they become wet you either need to change the bedding or add more.
  • Adequate ventilation that provides fresh clean air, while keeping humidity down, without allowing for drafts is essential for calf barns. Draft prevention is key to keeping calves from catching respiratory diseases.
  • Calf blankets may be utilized during cold weather to help provide extra protection, however it is critical to clean the blankets between each use to minimize disease spread.
  • Sanitation of bottles and equipment is key to minimize diseases being spread between calves.

In summary, taking the time to properly manage dairy calves during cold weather is critical to keeping young calves healthy and growing at adequate levels.


US appeals court: Idaho spying ban at farms unconstitutional

Idaho’s ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violated free speech rights, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

“The panel held that the subsection criminalized innocent behavior, was staggeringly overbroad, and that the purpose of the statute was, in large part, targeted at speech and investigative journalists,” wrote U.S. Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown in a 56-page ruling.

Idaho lawmakers in 2014 passed the law making it a crime to surreptitiously videotape agriculture operations after the state’s $2.5 billion dairy industry complained that videos of cows being abused at a dairy two years earlier unfairly hurt their businesses.

The measure passed easily in Idaho, where agriculture is not only one of the leading businesses but also the occupation of many state lawmakers.

Animal rights activists, civil rights groups and media organizations quickly sued once the bill received the governor’s signature, arguing the law criminalized a long tradition of undercover journalism and would require people who expose wrongdoing to pay restitution to the businesses they target.

In Thursday’s decision, the appeals panel upheld a prior federal judge’s ruling that the ban was an unconstitutional infringement of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution safeguarding free speech.

The panel also ruled the law correctly criminalized those who made false statements to either obtain records at an agricultural facility or to obtain employment with the intent to inflict harm.

“We are sensitive to journalists’ constitutional right to investigate and publish exposes on the agricultural industry. Matters related to food safety and animal cruelty are of significant public importance,” McKeown wrote. “However, the First Amendment right to gather news within legal bounds does not exempt journalists from laws of general applicability.”

The panel then reiterated a federal judge’s point that there are already state and federal laws on the books that protect private property.

The Idaho attorney general’s office was reviewing the decision and planned on discussing it with state officials, said spokesman Scott Graff.

According to the opinion, the panel particularly took exception to the law’s ban on audiovisual recordings but not photography, rejecting the state’s argument that the act of making a video or audio recording is not protected by the First Amendment.

“Without some legitimate explanation, we are left to conclude that Idaho is singling out for suppression one mode of speech — audio and video recordings of agricultural operations — to keep controversy and suspect practices out of the public eye,” the opinion stated.

The Idaho Dairymen’s Association — a trade organization that represents Idaho’s dairy industry — wrote the measure after the Los Angeles-based animal rights group Mercy For Animals released videos that showed workers at Bettencourt Dairy beating and stomping cows in 2012.

At the time, one legislator supportive of the bill dubbed animal rights groups as terrorists while another described videos depicting animal abuse were used to publicly crucify a company and as a blackmail tool.

A separate lawmaker noted that if the Mercy For Animals video had never been published, the bill wouldn’t have surfaced.

Seven states have similar measures — Kansas, North Dakota, Montana, Iowa, Utah, Missouri and North Carolina. Legal challenges are pending in Utah and North Carolina.


Source: AP News

Australian dairy industry to rank in top five industries this year

A PEAK market research company has predicted the dairy industry to rank in the top five performing industries in 2018 with an eight per cent revenue increase, but Gladfield dairy farmer Kevin Bourke said it would take a change in consumer buying attitude to shift the dial on the Southern Downs.

IBISWorld’s senior industry analyst William McGregor said the predictions were based on rising demands and returns for domestic dairy products.

“With the Australian dollar projected to depreciate this year, we anticipate local dairy products will become more competitive in export markets,” Mr McGregor said.

“We’re also expecting an increase in the size of the national dairy cattle herd, which will drive up milk volumes, and contribute to an expected eight per cent increase in revenue in 2017-18,” said Mr McGregor.

After an industry downturn brought low prices and depressed milk production, this prediction might come as good news to some dairies, but Mr Bourke said it wouldn’t be enough to revive the local industry.

He said good seasons in previous years had been a terrific help, but Southern Downs farmers were yet to see any improvements to returns on Queensland milk.

“It costs more to produce milk in Queensland, and processors can freight the milk back in from NSW and Victoria for the same price,” Mr Bourke said.

A number of Queensland dairy farmers have left the industry in recent years due to ongoing dry weather, increasing power prices and the rising price of grain.

But Mr Bourke said dairy was still a viable industry and slow, sustainable growth was the key.

“We’re committed to the industry and have built a new dairy and a lot of other infrastructure to try to

make our business better,” he said.

“An increasing demand for fresh milk would represent an opportunity for us to increase our production and our cattle numbers.

“I hope that people drink more branded milk that comes from a processor.”

The total number of dairy cattle in Queensland rose two per cent from 2015-16 according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.


Source: Warwick Daily News

CanWest DHI Elects Board Chair & Vice Chair

Ed Friesen was re-elected Chair of the Board of Directors and Matthew Flaman was re-elected Vice-Chair at a regularly scheduled Board Meeting of CanWest DHI held January 10, 2018 in Toronto, Ont., following CanWest DHI’s 37th Annual Meeting.

A milk producer from Kleefeld, Manitoba, Ed Friesen is serving his twelth year on the CanWest DHI Board and eighth as Chair.

Matthew Flaman, a milk producer from Vibank, Saskatchewan, is serving his seventh year on the CanWest DHI Board and his second as Vice-Chair.

Joining Ed Friesen and Matthew Flaman on the CanWest Executive Committee are Directors Harold Kress of Lucan, Ontario, and Bob Matzek of Rosedale, British Columbia.

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