Semi-trailer Rolls Killing Driver and Five Cows in Oregon

The driver of a semi-trailer was killed along with five cattle that were being hauled prior to a rollover accident in Oregon.
( Oregon State Police )

A semi-trailer truck hauling 28 head of cattle crashed Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 84 in northeast Oregon, killing the driver and shutting down the highway for several hours while authorities rounded up loose animals.

The wreck happened on Oct. 16 in the afternoon when according to Oregon State Police, a 2012 Peterbilt semi-truck heading westbound on the highway left the road for unknown reasons and struck a guardrail before overturning.

The driver, identified as Shannon Dwinell, 46, of Great Bend, Kan., was pronounced dead at the scene. Five cows were also killed in the rollover — three died instantly and two more were pronounced dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

According to Oregon State Police, Dwinell was driving westbound on I-84 in Union County when for unknown reasons the truck hit a guardrail and flipped about two miles west of North Powder. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

 A cause for the crash has not been made available by authorities. The Oregon Department of Transportation temporarily shut down the highway eastbound between Pendleton and Baker City, and westbound from Baker City to La Grande. All lanes were reopened later Tuesday evening. 

Culver’s to Send Care Packages to 500 Wisconsin Dairy Farmers

The Culver’s restaurant chain wants to do something special for the state’s struggling dairy farmers who are enduring a period of low milk and commodity prices. Starting October 22, the Wisconsin-based company will take up to 500 nominations of local farmers and show them, their families and employees some appreciation by sending care packages consisting of gift cards and certificates.

Culver’s Public Relations Specialist Alison Wedig says farmers are facing tough times, which has caused more than 650 Wisconsin dairy operations to go out of business since early last year.

“Culver’s got its start with the help of Wisconsin dairy farmers more than three decades ago, and is committed to efforts that help them today and into the future,” Wedig said. “We have long believed in the importance of supporting our neighbors–especially when they’re going through a difficult time.”

Company CEO Joe Koss adds that Culver’s wanted to do something to show farmers that they are appreciated, even if it’s a small gesture.

To nominate a deserving farm family after October 22, go to:

Dairy Outlook: October 2018

Current dairy markets are hinting at potential gradual increase in milk price into 2019. Global trade volatility continues to hinder widespread optimism.

The dairy sector, particularly Pennsylvania, has had a few weeks of some optimism along with continued concern. With the tentative agreement on a new North American Trade relationship with Canada and Mexico, the U.S. dairy industry may be poised to strengthen our export markets. While the agreement must still be approved by Congress, there is optimism that this agreement will pass, and eventually the U.S. dairy markets will reap the benefits. Nearby futures prices have not yet responded to this potential boost to exports because the provisions of the trade agreement will not take effect for at least 6 months. A price bump, due to this trade agreement, will probably be noticed in the fall of 2019.

Class III futures prices for the first 6 months of 2019 are up over a dollar compared to the first 6-month Class III prices of 2018. This is good news, especially considering the general oversupply of dairy markets. However, even with the nice boost in Class III prices, most farm gate prices are still below the cost of production in Pennsylvania.

The Penn State Dairy Extension Team’s cash flow work with dairy producers shows that the average farm gate price for January-June 2018 was $15.10/cwt. However, the range of farm gate prices was nearly $4.00/cwt (High of $17.00/cwt, low of $13.10/cwt). That variation in price occurred due to milk components, the type of markets to which the milk was shipped (mostly fluid, or mostly Class III and IV) and the level of extra location adjustment and marketing adjustment taken by the cooperative to which the milk was shipped.

Unfortunately, this has been a particularly challenging growing season, especially in saturated Pennsylvania. Starting with the miniscule harvest windows for small grain forages, forages have been tough to get harvested at optimal quality and dry matter. This has caused some quality and supply issues in the hay markets, causing statewide greater price fluctuations. The end of the season harvests for corn silage and grains are also proving challenging not only to get into fields to harvest, but quality issues are becoming an increasing concern. Though there are some drops in feed prices nationally, as seen in Table 1, Pennsylvania’s feed costs are currently not decreasing at the same pace. Hopefully this is a temporary fluctuation and not a long-term trend.

Income over Feed Cost, Margin, and All Milk Price Trends

Table 1: 12 month Pennsylvania and U.S. All Milk Income, Feed Cost, Income over Feed Cost ($/milk cow/day)

¹Based on corn, alfalfa hay, and soybean meal equivalents to produce 75 lbs. of milk (Bailey & Ishler, 2007)

²The 3 year average actual IOFC breakeven in Pennsylvania from 2014-2016 was $9.00 ± $1.67 ($/milk cow/day) (Beck, Ishler, Goodling, 2018).

Table 2: 12 month Pennsylvania and U.S. All Milk Price, Feed Cost, Milk Margin ($/cwt for lactating cows)

¹Based on corn, alfalfa hay, and soybean meal equivalents to produce 75 lbs. of milk (Bailey & Ishler, 2007)

²The 3 year average actual Milk Margin breakeven in Pennsylvania from 2015-2017 was $12.33 ± $2.29 ($/cwt) (Beck, Ishler, Goodling, 2018).

Figure 1: 12 month Pennsylvania Milk Income and Income over Feed Cost ($/milk cow/day)

²The 3 year average actual IOFC breakeven in Pennsylvania from 2015-2017 was $9.00 ± $1.67 ($/milk cow/day) (Beck, Ishler, Goodling, 2018).

Figure 3: 24 month Actual and Predicted* Class III, Class IV, and Pennsylvania All Milk Price ($/cwt)

*Predicted values based on Class III and Class IV futures regression (Gould, 2018).

Table 3: 24 month Actual and Predicted* Class III, Class IV, and Pennsylvania All Milk Price ($/cwt)

Month Class III Price Class IV Price PA All Milk Price
Sep-17 $16.36 $15.86 $19.20
Oct-17 $16.69 $14.85 $18.80
Nov-17 $16.88 $13.99 $18.90
Dec-17 $15.44 $13.51 $18.40
Jan-18 $14.00 $13.13 $17.00
Feb-18 $13.40 $12.87 $15.90
Mar-18 $14.22 $13.04 $16.00
Apr-18 $14.47 $13.48 $16.40
May-18 $15.18 $14.57 $16.70
Jun-18 $15.21 $14.91 $17.00
Jul-18 $14.10 $14.14 $16.20
Aug-18 $14.95 $14.63 $16.40
Sep-18 $16.09 $14.81 $18.70
Oct-18 $16.52 $14.97 $19.68
Nov-18 $16.71 $15.33 $19.72
Dec-18 $16.63 $15.51 $19.60
Jan-19 $16.42 $15.49 $19.33
Feb-19 $16.09 $15.48 $19.26
Mar-19 $15.90 $15.53 $19.33
Apr-19 $15.92 $15.67 $18.70
May-19 $16.01 $15.86 $18.74
Jun-19 $16.00 $15.95 $18.88
Jul-19 $16.11 $16.13 $19.15
Aug-19 $16.21 $16.24 $19.26

*Italicized predicted values based on Class III and Class IV futures regression (Beck, Ishler, and Goodling 2018; Gould, 2018).

To look at feed costs and estimated income over feed costs at varying production levels by zip code, check out the Penn State Extension Dairy Team’s DairyCents  or DairyCents Pro  apps today.

Data sources for price data

All Milk Price: Pennsylvania and U.S. All Milk Price (USDA National Ag Statistics Service, 2018)

Current Class III and Class IV Price (USDA Ag Marketing Services, 2018)

Predicted Class III, Class IV Price (Gould, 2018)

Alfalfa Hay: Pennsylvania and U.S. monthly Alfalfa Hay Price (USDA National Ag Statistics Service, 2018)

Corn Grain: Pennsylvania and U.S. monthly Corn Grain Price (USDA National Ag Statistics Service, 2018)

Soybean Meal: Feed Price List (Ishler, 2018) and average of Decatur, Illinois Rail and Truck Soybean Meal, High Protein prices, National Feedstuffs (USDA Ag Marketing Services, 2018)


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Beck, T.J., Ishler, V.A., & Goodling, R. C. 2018. “Dairy Enterprise Crops to Cow to Cash Project,” the Pennsylvania State University. Unpublished raw data.

Dairy Records Management Systems. “DairyMetrics Online Data Report system”. Accessed 9/14/2017.

Gould, B. 2018. “Mailbox Price Forecaster”. Dairy Marketing Tools website. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Accessed 10/8/2018.

Ishler, V. “ DairyCents Mobile App ”. Penn State Extension. #App-1010.

Ishler, V. “ DairyCents Pro Mobile App ”. Penn State Extension. #App-1009.

Ishler, V. “Feed Price List”. Personal Communication. Accessed 10/8/2018.

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USDA National Ag Statistics Service, 2018. Agricultural Prices, Quick Stats version 2.0. Accessed 10/8/2018.

USDA Ag Marketing Serivces, 2018. Milk Marketing Order Statistics. Accessed 10/8/2018.

USDA Ag Marketing Services. 2018. “National Feedstuffs: Soybean Meal, High Protein”. Summary of USDA AMS Grain Reports. Accessed 10/8/2018.


Australian milk levy a mess: Worst hit farmers get nothing

The dairy industry desperately wants to end the supermarket giants’ $1-a-litre milk discounting.

But Queensland Dairy Organisation’s call for a 10-cent-a-litre “drought levy” is the wrong way of going about it.

Trying to use public sympathy over drought to leverage a milk price increase is absurd and the consequent mess we now face was entirely predictable.

Droughts come and go. So it’s no surprise Woolworths and Coles see the 10-cent drought levy as a temporary measure, to be removed once we get a decent break.

This is not what QDO or the Australian Dairy Farmers wanted. As ADF president Terry Richardson recently said: “Ultimately, we must push for a permanent end to discounted dairy products, whether it’s $1 per litre milk or cheap cheese.”

What we have instead is a drought levy that has created confusion, is being collected on some milk containers and not others, depending on the supermarket, and is being unfairly distributed.

We even have Woolworths collecting the 10-cent a litre drought levy on Victorian milk (supplied by Fonterra) and then handing the proceeds on to Parmalat for distribution to its 220 NSW and Queensland dairy farmers. How is this fair? None of the levy is going to NSW Bega suppliers or Victoria’s Central Gippsland and East Gippsland dairy farmers, who have endured two years of severe rainfall deficiencies.

Many of the Parmalat suppliers receiving an extra 10 cents a litre are farming on the northern NSW and Queensland coasts which have suffered the least in the current drought.

To Coles’ credit, its managers appear to have recognised the inequity of simply handing the levy to one processor, and are distributing the levy they collect through a central fund that’s available to all drought-affected dairy farmers.

Finally, a drought levy on drinking milk is inequitable to Victorian farmers, given most of their milk goes into manufacturing.

Just 644 million litres of Victorian farmers’ 5.9 billion litre annual production goes into drinking milk, which means distributing a 10-cent levy would deliver an extra cent a litre to the state’s dairy farmers. Compare that to a Queensland Parmalat supplier who has been promised 10 cents a litre from the levy.

Sadly the whole drought levy campaign simply reflects the disunity of the dairy industry.

Rather than mounting a co-ordinated campaign to increase drinking milk prices across the board, we’ve ended up with a kneejerk response that has turned into a complete mess.

QDO, ADF and the other state dairy farmer lobby groups need to sit down with processors to thrash out a strategy that ends supermarkets’ “down” discounting.


Source: The Weekly Times

Milk Markets Continue to Head Lower in Chicago

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Class III milk futures closed mostly lower Wednesday. Class III milk futures markets had October down 6 cents at $15.56 per cwt. while November through April 2019 dropped 11-13. May 2019 through December 2019 ranged from 3 cents lower to 8 cents higher. The first half 2019 market is now offering $15.82 per cwt. while the full year stands at $16.12 per cwt. Class IV milk was unchanged in 2018, 4 cents lower in January and February 2019, and 1-4 cents higher March through December 2019. The average Class IV first half price is offering $15.34 per cwt. and the full year is trading at $15.70.

Cheddar blocks and barrels found follow-through selling after Tuesday’s GDT event as blocks weakened 3 cents and barrels fell 4 cents. Blocks traded 3 loads and closed at $1.59 per lb. while barrels moved 5 lads and settled at $1.29 and a quarter. Butter was up $0.0150 at $2.2850. Eleven sales were made ranging from $2.28 to $2.2925. Nonfat dry milk closed down $0.0050 at $0.8675. Dry whey was up $0.0050 at $0.5750. Two sales were made at that price.

How to get a holistic view of the dairy world?

IFCN, one of the leading Research Networks in the dairy industry, has released the IFCN Dairy Report 2018 on October 8. In this Report, IFCN covered 115 country profiles which represent 98% of the total global milk production. This Report provides comparable, standardized data on several indicators or national dairy sectors with a focus on the dairy value chain.

Cost of Milk Production on average size typical farms in 2017

On the farm level, IFCN has analyzed 177 typical farm types in 53 different countries. So the complexity of global dairy farm economics got simplified. Overall the IFCN Dairy Report 2018 makes it possible to obtain a comprehensive overview to generate information at farm level and to benchmark.

For the first time, the IFCN Dairy Report contains indicators on the sustainability of economic, social subjects and environmental issues. “The best way to improve sustainability of milk production is to benchmark your farming systems with others”, said Dr. Torsten Hemme, Managing Director of the IFCN.

Latest results show that in 2017, dairy farm numbers decreased by 1% and milk production per farm increased by 3,8%. Globally cost of milk production varied in a wide range from 20-105 USD/100 kg standardised milk in 2017. Based on the IFCN long-term monitoring (since 2000) the IFCN Dairy Report 2018 will provide you with the key drivers for this pattern.

The IFCN Dairy Report 2018 adopt viable information to support organizations better in their strategy and business decision process. With this report and our commitment to excellence, you will get real gold nuggets for your business.

See full report here

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Cow Traffic Systems for Retrofit Robot Barns

Deciding how your cows will move and flow may be one of the bigger choices you make when planning your robotic milking facility.

Yes, there are staunch defenders of both guided and free flow – and DeLaval supports the installation of both – but it’s not as simple as choosing a “side.” Depending on the situation – and more often in retrofits – there are modifications to the systems. We call this cow traffic type modified guided.

Guided to the left, free flow to the right 

There are many possible modifications, but we will focus on one in this article. My goal is to help you understand how free flow and guided systems work and then to understand how one modified system may work better than the others.

Understanding cow movement

Before choosing a cow traffic system, it is critical to understand why a cow eats, why a cow gets up from her stall, and why she moves or flows around the barn. This movement usually leads to her eating at the bunk, the VMS™ or even a feed station. 

The desire to eat and take in feed is heavily influenced by the feed leaving the rumen. Feed leaves two ways: 1) through digestion – nutrients going into the blood to help keep the animal alive, move, stay warm, grow, and make milk, and 2) through passage, otherwise known as manure. When the digestion and rate of passage increases, then the cow will eat more. She will get up more often to eat and she may have bigger meal sizes. When the digestibility of the feed is greater she can eat more, make more milk and be milked more often. 

It doesn’t matter if it is free flow, guided or modified guided, the forages will influence her flow. The gates in a guided system should never influence her flow unless there is a conscious effort from the farmer to do so. DeLaval recommends that cows always be able to visit the bunk unless, of course, she is diverted to be milked. Gates should never stop a cow from walking through them.

What influences a cow in a free flow system to get up and flow or move to the VMS or the feed bunk:

Free flow system with VMS

  1. Cows are lying in their stalls, “on their own” they will get up
  2. They make a choice of going to the bunk or the VMS
  3. Cow traffic to the VMS is driven by higher levels of pellets and lower energy at the bunk:
    • Higher levels of pellets are often consumed (12 lbs or 5 kg/cow/day)
    • As forage digestibility increases these, levels can be reduced
  4. Visiting the bunk six to 10 times per day is driven by:
    • Forage digestibility
    • Cow health (no fever, no metabolic issues, and no lameness)
    • Barn design
    • Cow behaviour (delivery of fresh feed, time of day, buddy system, training)

What influences a cow in a guided flow system to get up and flow or move to the VMS or feed bunk:

Guided system with VMS

  1. Cows are lying in their stalls, “on their own” they will get up
  2. They walk to the bunk via a preselection gate
  3. Cow traffic to the gate is driven by a desire to eat at the bunk; higher energy nutrition at the bunk to meet needs more like a total mixed ration (TMR)
  4. Visiting the bunk six to 10 times per day is driven by:
    • Forage digestibility
    • Cow health (no fever, no metabolic issue, no lameness)
    • Barn design

What influences a cow in a modified guided system:

Modified guided system with VMS

The same as the above two patterns, except you have one row of cows facing the feed bunk and two rows. The partial mixed ration (PMR) is mixed normally with a lower energy or starch than guided but can be higher than with free flow. The nutritionists have to watch what the cows are doing and will adjust accordingly.

System New Build/ Retrofit kg or lbs pellets/cow/day
Free Flow Both 5 kg or 12 lbs/cow/day
Guided More often new builds 3.25 kg or 7 lbs/cow/day
Modified Guided Both 4.25 kg or 9 lbs/cow/day

Why Free Flow:

  • Simple
  • Lower initial investment
  • Feeding more pellets is economically acceptable
  • Feed Advisor has experience

Why Guided:

  • Your focus on highly digestible forages fits so you can reduce pellet consumption in the VMS
  • Labour efficiency is a priority
  • Feed Advisor has experience with this system

Why Modified Guided:

  • You have a three- or six-row barn for a retrofit
  • You like three- or six-row barns
  • This will give you some labour efficiency
  • This may allow you to reduce pellet intake in the VMS depending on the forage digestibility

All systems can work, the question is: what is the right system for you? When you pick the right system, then you will have success. 


CVMA urges Canadian dairy farmers to develop a farm-specific culling strategy with their local vet

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) wants to see a better way of handling compromised cull dairy cows.

It’s calling for greater co-operation amongst producers, their vets, as well as transporters, processors and cattle marketers.

In a resolution adopted at its annual summer meeting, the CVMA says cull dairy cows “have an increased likelihood of suffering when exposed to transport-related stressors.”

Proper handling will come from “on-farm animal welfare-based cow culling decisions and the national standardization of dairy cow best management practices.”

The group said dairy producers bear the primary responsibility for appropriate culling decisions, and should work directly with their herd veterinarian to develop a farm-specific culling strategy. While farmers need to work with their vet on specific on-farm protocols to optimize the welfare of cull dairy cows, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) needs “to continue to develop, enhance, and implement effective on-farm animal welfare programs to improve the well-being of all dairy cattle.”

Co-operation among stakeholders is essential to limit welfare risks to cull dairy cows before and after they are removed from the farm, CVMA said.

Last year, the Canadian Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council also called for improved handling of cull dairy cows so suffering animals proceed to slaughter humanely rather than spending days in transport and handling facilities.

Its report contained 19 recommendations, developed with input from DFC and veterinary experts, on cull cow management and shipment to avoid long journeys.

DFC spokeswoman Therese Beaulieu said the industry has moved to address the situation in several ways during the last few years.

“We have made a proposal for training for farmers, and have asked government if it would like to co-invest in this initiative – and we will do it whether we get funding or not,” she said.

She added that the “chain of custody” during transportation is a very challenging issue.

“Does the onus always fall on farmers who ought to have made better or more timely decisions on culling?” she asked. “Should farmers always have to think cows will spend more than three days in transit for whatever reason or decision that is made after the cow has left the farm? Some cows are fine when they leave the farm, but are not a few days later, because they have been travelled from one spot to another.”

While some provinces have a direct-to-slaughter designation, there are few-and-far-between plants that take cull dairy cows, she said. “There is so much more that has been done and is being done on the topic of transportation – from transporter courses, new federal regulations that we are waiting for – to various initiatives in the provinces.”

The CVMA said emphasis needs to be placed on culling animals before they become compromised and at a higher risk of transport-related deterioration.

“Although dairy cows are commonly culled in good condition, many have pre-existing physical limitations and health conditions that may compromise their welfare during transport and increase the risk of transport-related injury and suffering,” the CVMA statement read.

Producers and veterinarians need to be aware of the potential for multiple journeys and routes as cull dairy cows are moved between auction markets and to slaughter, it said.

“Cull dairy cows must be assessed for fitness prior to each intended journey and only transported and auctioned if determined to be able to tolerate the intended processes without suffering. Cull dairy cows require an evaluation and may require extra precautions prior to and during each transport.

Alternatives to routine marketing through auction markets include transport direct to local slaughter, on-farm slaughter, mobile slaughter, or on-farm euthanasia, CVMA said.

The group said producers should “closely monitor their dairy herds and work closely with their herd veterinarians to cull cows prior to them being at risk during transport. Veterinarians have a responsibility to promote the humane treatment of animals and have a key role in educating their clients on the selection of animals which are fit for transport.”


NAAB Announces Recipient of 2018 Member Director Award

Myron Czech receiving the 2018 NAAB Member Director Award

The 2018 NAAB Member Director Awardee is Myron Czech. Czech has exhibited leadership ability and commitment to the development of the A.I. industry for the past 27 years. He is a founding member of the Minnesota Select Sires Cooperative (1986), having served 26 years as a board member, as a multiple-term President of Minnesota Select Sires, a 15-year board member for Select Sires Inc. spending 9 years as an executive officer presiding over one of the strongest growth periods in company history, and service to other dairy breeding industry organizations as well.

Myron Czech from Little Falls, MN graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1980 and started a career in dairying on his home farm, Pike Hills Dairy, with 23 cows. Myron, with wife Debbie, son Brent and daughter Micki (also U of MN graduates) still actively operate a much larger Pike Hills Dairy operation as he also purchased and expanded two other existing dairy operations in the area called New Heights Dairy. Combined, the Czech family dairy operations total over 3,100 cows. They also operate and manage the crop production for feeding the dairy cows and heifers on over 3,000 acres in central Minnesota.

Along with overseeing these operations, Myron has been very involved in many leadership activities in the community and cattle industry, including: Morrison County DHIA- Board of Directors; Minnesota Holstein Association- Board of Directors and Board Officer and World- Wide Sires Board of Directors, 2013-2016.

Myron was instrumental in the formation and development of Minnesota Select Sires Cooperative Inc. Initially, he was a delegate working with the formation of the cooperative in 1985. In 1989, he was elected by the membership in District 2 to the Board of Directors and served on the Minnesota Select Sires Board until 2016. During that time, he helped lead the cooperative to significant increases in sales growth revenue and market share. Myron also served as a board officer as Vice President from 1996 to 1998 and from 1998 to 2000 he was President of the Board.

In March 2000, Myron Czech was elected to the Select Sires Inc. Board of Directors, serving for 15 years including 2nd and 1st Vice Chairman and then Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. Myron served on the Farm and Building Committee, the Aggressive Reproductive Technologies Committee, the Pension Committee, and the Finance Committee through his tenure. A major accomplishment was his work on establishing the Aggressive Reproductive Technologies Committee in 2008 to allow Select Sires to embrace genomics and be a leader in the adaptation of genomic technologies for the industry.

During his term as Select Sires, Inc. Chairman, he led the organization through one of the strongest growth periods in its history, growing 2.4 million doses in 3 years. He led the expansion of the organization through the construction of important new facilities and acquisitions. He also presided over the redrafting of Select Sires Bylaws, Articles of lncorporation and Federation Membership Agreements. His work as chairman revolutionized Select Sires’ ability to grow and expand to meet the growing needs of dairy and beef producers worldwide. Out of appreciation and respect, his fellow board members elected him to a non-voting position, “Advisor at Large”, following the conclusion of his term.

For his accomplishments, Myron was chosen as the first recipient of the University of Minnesota, Golden Graduate Award, established to honor alumni for making outstanding contributions to the dairy industry.

Myron’s significant contributions through his service to the dairy industry, Select Sires, and NAAB make him a very worthy recipient of t h e NAAB Member Director Award.


CDN Board of Directors Executive Summary – September 2018

The 2018 Dairy Cattle Improvement Industry Forum achieved record attendance with over 120 attendees including industry leaders associated with dairy cattle improvement organizations in Canada. This year’s event was co-hosted by Valacta and held at the Château Vaudreuil near Montreal, Quebec, which provided a fantastic location and facility for participants to interact and discuss the outstanding program of quality topics and speakers. Other meetings surrounding this year’s Forum included the 23rd Annual General Meeting of Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) as well as meetings of the CDN Board of Directors. The following is a summary of key actions and highlights of those meetings.

  • Given the pending partnership between CDN, CanWest DHI and Valacta, which is targeted for early 2019, the CDN membership agreed it was important to have continuity and stability to achieve this pivotal direction for the industry. For this reason, the CDN voting delegates passed a motion to extend the current term for each member of the Board of Directors by one year. At a meeting of the Board of Directors following the AGM, all officers and other appointments were also maintained for the coming year. Therefore, the CDN Board includes Norm McNaughton (from A.I.) as Chairman, Ed Friesen (from Canadian DHI) as Vice-Chairman, Barbara Paquet also representing Canadian DHI, Harry Van der Linden and Gilles Côté from breeds, Robert Wright and Bill Young from the A.I. sector, Gert Schrijver from Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) and David Chalack as a Director-at-Large. As for recent years, Ed Friesen was re-appointed as the CDN representative on the DFC Board of Directors, Gert Schrijver was re-appointed as Chairman of the DairyTrace Advisory Committee, which also includes Robert Wright and Gilles Côté, and David Chalack was reappointed as the CDN Board liaison on the DairyGen Council.
  • The audited financial statements for 2017-2018 were presented during the CDN AGM and subsequently approved by the membership. The year showed a net surplus of operational revenue compared to expenses of $143,118, which increased members’ equity to $442,834 as of March 31, 2018. Operational revenue was +1.7% higher than budgeted at $2,142,545 while expenses were 5.1% below budget totalling $1,999,427, mainly due to lower staff costs. 2017-2018 also marked the first year for CDN to report activities specifically related to the development of the DairyTrace Program, which had revenue and expenses balanced at $165,382. The budget for 2018-2019, as approved by the CDN Board of Directors, was presented to the membership showing a 2.1% increase in operational expenses to $2.042M. Targeting a balanced operational budget for 2018-2019 and planning for an expected reduction in revenue from other sources, the CDN Board approved a 3.5% increase in member funding for evaluation services to $1.927M. For DairyGen activities, revenue remains consistent with last year at roughly $430K and the carryover from year to year is expected to exceed $750K to plan for pending projects submitted for government funding under Dairy Research Cluster 3.
  • The Board considered continued correspondence received from industry partners related to the motion approved in July 2018 to no longer publish Direct Genomic Values (DGV) for any animals with a target implementation date of April 2019. CDN management provided an update on actions taken by CDN including the planning of a significant time slot being allocated for presentation of data analysis and continued discussion during the Open Industry Session to be held in St. Hyacinthe, QC on October 24, 2018, which will be followed by a meeting of the Genetic Evaluation Board (GEB) the next day. In the end, the Board of Directors agreed to allow time for the analysis and discussions to continue via the planned process and to consider any subsequent recommendations that the GEB may bring forward to the next Board meeting in December.

On another topic related to discussions of CDN advisory committees, the Board reviewed actions and recommendations stemming from the Industry Standards Committee (ISC) meeting held on September 5, 2018. The topic of electronic data collection was a major agenda item and the following key points were brought forward to the CDN Board:

  • There seems to be an opportunity for sensor data from at least some robotic systems to be used for herd management information and possibly publishable lactations.
  • Accuracy of sensor data is highly dependent upon the frequency and method of calibration (i.e.: individual cow versus bulk tank averages).
  • There may be a need to implement a strategy to randomly confirm accurate cross referencing within herd between herd management ID and registration number.
  • Routine bulk tank calibration will require producer permission for DHI to access milk payment analysis results controlled by the provincial dairy organizations.

In preparation for the launch of an electronic data collection system, the ISC recommended that CDN assess the current process for assigning lactation publishability status and prepare a proposal for implementing the previously approved concept for labelling lactation records based solely on data collected electronically, including the publication of three distinct parts of a lactation record (i.e.: only kg and BCA milk, addition of kg and BCA for fat and protein, addition of herdmate deviations for milk and components). The Board approved this direction with the understanding that the ISC will plan another meeting early in 2019 to consider the assessment to be completed by CDN with industry partner involvement.

  • Management also provided an update on progress achieved towards the development and implementation of DairyTrace under the vision that CDN becomes the national administrator for dairy cattle traceability. The development by ATQ of the DairyTrace database and associated user interface has continued well as members of the DairyTrace Advisory Committee have completed the process of reviewing and defining the business requirements for dairy cattle traceability. In addition, CDN management has progressed on discussions with other organizations regarding the development of data exchange protocols required for dairy cattle traceability under DairyTrace.
  • The Board of Directors received an update on the status of the development of Compass, in partnership with Holstein Canada, as a genetics-based decision tool for Canadian dairy producers. Given a recent review of the software functionality and the complexity of the technical developments at the root of the decision recommendations, the planned launch date is now expected for some time in 2019.
  • To conclude CDN’s 23rd Annual Meeting, as President of WestGen, Eric Iverson extended an invitation for all industry partners to attend the 2019 Dairy Cattle Improvement Industry Forum and CDN AGM to be held in the Western Canada during the week of September 16, 2019.
  • The CDN Board of Directors confirmed the date of its next meeting as Monday, December 10, 2018 in Guelph, Ontario.

For further clarification regarding these decisions, please feel free to contact any member of the CDN Board of Directors or the management staff.


Ontario dairy farmer continues Canadian milk tour after tragic death of wife

Conrad Van Hierden hosted Henk Schuurmans and his daughter Lize at Hilltop Dairy. The Schuurmans are travelling across Canada to promote Canadian milk and dairies.

Henk Schuurmans is passionate about milk and the Canadian dairy industry.
That prompted the 55-year-old dairy farmer from Ontario to undertake a cross-Canada tour to promote his industry.
Schuurmans and his wife Bettina set out in July on a cross-Canada journey to experience the country and promote Canadian dairy faming.
They were travelling in a John Deere tractor, hauling a large statue of a dairy cow to attract attention.
The Schuurmans stopped at popular tourist attractions, other locations in cities as well as farms to talk about dairy and supply management.
On July 9 on a highway just north of Saskatoon, the Schuurmans’ vehicle was hit by a transport truck.
Bettina was killed and Henk suffered injuries that included a broken pelvis and ribs.
“It’s crazy what happened,” Schuurmans said. “It’s very tragic.”
The family decided it was important to complete the journey to honour Bettina Schuurmans, and the children volunteered to ride with their father.
“It’s kind of a healing thing in honour of my wife and their mom,” Schuurmans said. “We just want to give it a little better ending.”
Henk Schuurmans and his daughter Lize from Elmira, Ont. were in Fort Macleod recently on their Canadian Milk Tour.
The Schuurmans stopped at Hilltop Dairy on Wednesday night, where Conrad Van Hierden hosted a gathering of local dairy farmers.
After taking time to heal from his injuries, Henk Schuurmans resumed the journey on Sept. 8 with support from his five children, to honour Bettina’s memory and finish what they set out to do.
This time, Schuurmans loaded the large cow into a pickup with signs promoting his message to Canadians.
The signs promoted 100 per cent Canadian milk, and keeping family dairy farms in the country.
“Those are the two messages that we give people,” Schuurmans said. “And that we have superior quality, of course.”
Schuurmans said the signs — and the large cow — have caught the attention of Canadians.
“We get a lot of waves and honks, a lot of people taking pictures,” Schuurmans said.
People were quick to share the photos they took with their cell phones on social media, further promoting the Schuurmans’ cause.
“It’s really neat to see that happen.”
Schuurmans immigrated to Canada from Holland and for 25 years managed a dairy farm. Five years ago he bought the operation.
Schuurmans has sons aged 25, 26 and 27 who are interested in dairy farming as their careers.
“They are ready to take over the farm, and we just want to make sure that there is a future for them,” Schuurmans said.
Schuurmans said the cross-country trip was an effective way to get the message out.
“Except the government didn’t listen,” Schuurmans said. “With NAFTA being decided . . . we’re not very happy with what they gave away.
Just three days before Schuurmans arrived in Fort Macleod, Canada and the U.S. signed a renewed NAFTA agreement known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that is expected to open the door to more American dairy imports into Canada.
Schuurmans said consumers were responsive to his message, but told him they want a better labelling system so they can be sure the milk they buy is Canadian.
“We have to do a better job identifying our quality Canadian product.”

Source: Macleod Gazette

U.S.-China trade war could cost 16,000 in dairy jobs alone

A trade war scenario of China thumbing its nose at U.S. dairy products could cost U.S. producers $3.4 billion a year and nearly 16,000 jobs over the next five years, according to a study released Monday by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The good news: The recently announced U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement likely has saved U.S. dairy’s top market, Mexico.

That’s key because Mexican imports of U.S. cheese alone are predicted to rise from $318 million in 2018 to more than $398 million by 2022 as Mexicans increasingly frequent U.S. restaurant chains and embrace U.S.-style foods. Canada is the second leading importer of U.S. dairy; China is the third.

Researchers completed the study at the request of the National Milk Producers Federation in September, before the USMCA was announced as a trilateral replacement to the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. Loss of both the Mexican and Chinese export markets could have cost the U.S. dairy industry up to $6.58 billion a year and more than 32,000 workers.

Texas is the nation’s sixth leading producer of dairy, after California, Wisconsin, New York, Idaho and Pennsylvania; exporting $247 million worth of milk products, some 80 percent of which goes to Mexico.

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Citing threats to national security, President Donald Trump in March announced worldwide tariffs on aluminum and steel and in May removed the exemption for trading partners including the European Union, Canada and Mexico. The tariffs prompted a slew of retaliatory duties on everything from apples to whiskey. Mexico enacted tariffs of 25 percent on imports of U.S. cheese; China put up tariffs on dairy products consisting mainly of whey, dry milk and cheese.

Luis Ribera, an agricultural economist with the university’s Center for North American Studies, said that while the situation with Mexico “was basically resolved,” producers still had reason to fear losing the Chinese market.

The Chinese middle class has been growing, and with it the nation’s appetites for dairy products including cheese and whey for use in baby formula. China in 2017 imported $577 million in dairy markets, making it the third leading market for U.S. dairy. Both the Mexican and Chinese dairy markets have fallen 42 percent since the Trump administration enacted the tariffs.

Ribera’s team weighed three scenarios.

The first was a natural economics-at-play situation where shoppers in the two nations adjust to higher prices by buying less. Ribera likened it to a consumer faced with a 50 percent price hike for avocados making less guacamole and avocado toast but not foregoing the fruit completely.

A second scenario mirrors what has already been seen, which is importers for political reasons either sourcing elsewhere or just stocking less of the commodity.

“In China, it makes a lot of sense because it’s centralized. So everything that’s imported, it’s the government that has the decision,” Ribera said. “That’s what we’re seeing basically with soybeans right now. Even though they need the soybeans, even though they cannot purchase more soybeans from Brazil, they’re still not trying to buy from the U.S.”

In a third, and most dire, scenario, almost all of the two countries’ U.S. dairy imports are replaced by imports from competing places such as the New Zealand and the EU, which is expected to reach a free trade agreement with Mexico by 2020.

“It was basically we lost the market,” he said.


State slaps Lost Valley Farm with $187,000 fine

Even if the controversial Lost Valley Farm cleans up its wastewater problems under a new operator, the Oregon Department of Agriculture will proceed with a permit revocation.

The Lost Valley Farm dairy outside Boardman, Ore., has been fined a record $187,000 for allegedly violating its wastewater permit.

E.J. Harris/EO Media Group File

The Lost Valley Farm dairy outside Boardman, Ore., has been fined a record $187,000 for allegedly violating its wastewater permit.

Wym Matthews, center, manager of the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s confined animal feeding operation program, said the state will revoke Lost Valley Farm’s CAFO permit.

Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Press

Wym Matthews, center, manager of the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s confined animal feeding operation program, said the state will revoke Lost Valley Farm’s CAFO permit.

Oregon farm regulators have issued a fine of more than $187,000 to a controversial Oregon dairy, citing more than 220 violations of its wastewater permit between last December and late August.

Among the alleged violations by Lost Valley Farm of Boardman, Ore., are unauthorized manure discharges, storing too much manure in lagoons, repeatedly applying manure to fields without first installing required soil moisture sensors and keeping excessive numbers of mature cattle.

The dairy has until early November to challenge the civil penalties issued by the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s confined animal feeding program before an administrative judge.

“It is the largest CAFO penalty we’ve ever issued,” said Wym Matthews, the program manager.

None of the violations were that severe on their own, but they added up over time, he said. “The same thing happened continually without repair.”

Lost Valley Farm was recently put under new management after its owner, Greg te Velde, lost control of the facility’s operations in bankruptcy proceedings and the reins were handed to a federal trustee. Two other dairies, both in California, were also put under the trustee’s control.

ODA expects to proceed with its revocation of the dairy’s confined animal feeding operation permit even if the trustee, accountant Randy Sugarman, cleans up the facility’s act, said Matthews.

“Our unwavering aim is to revoke this permit. Whoever’s name is on it, we’re going to revoke it,” Matthews said at an Oct. 11 meeting of the CAFO advisory committee in Salem, Ore.

Lost Valley Farm is challenging the revocation of its CAFO permit through an administrative process, and a hearing on the matter is scheduled for Nov. 13.

Even if the dairy is brought into regulatory compliance, its past actions — such as manure lagoon overflows — warrant the revocation, and the ODA has lost all trust in te Velde’s management, Matthews said.

Even if the facility operated properly over the short term, the agency has no confidence that te Velde could keep up the compliance, he said.

The ODA anticipates arguing in bankruptcy court that its revocation of Lost Valley’s permit isn’t subject to the “automatic stay” that protects the company against adverse creditor actions under the bankruptcy process, Matthews said.

“Do you allow a facility to continue to violate state and federal laws?” he said.

While the facility does have some design flaws, ODA believes the wastewater problems were fundamentally caused by improper operations, he said.

If the dairy is eventually sold to repay te Velde’s creditors, the new owner would have to apply for a new CAFO permit, Matthews said.


Australian dairy farmers prepare to cull up to 15 per cent of herd as grain prices skyrocket

Up to 15 per cent of the national dairy herd could be culled because grain is too expensive, farmers have warned.

The South Australian Dairy Association says the price of grain has doubled, leaving farmers little choice but to send cows to the abattoir.

SADA president John Hunt says the lack of feed in Australia means the numbers just don’t stack up and dairy farmers are losing money.


Source: ABC News

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84000315047246920180719CO-OP ME LANDMINE-ET470.03580.031298742.666.
840003200856052G-DERUYTER MEGAMAN 3039520180826S-S-I MONTROSS MEGAMAN-ET470.01780.081465752.746.
840003148283437LARS-ACRES JAGUAR 2180320180713PLAIN-KNOLL S-S-I JAGUAR-ET500.02550.011431762.596.
840003151589733T-BEACHY KENNEDY 158-ET20180831PINE-TREE MOD KENNEDY713-ET500.08800.17878752.827.
840003201007224TTM-LFD SUNG RAINCLOUD-ET20180812HIGHERRANSOM SAMSUNG-ET500.07890.19964742.976.
840003143099173WALNUT-RI MEGAMAN 1286220180308S-S-I MONTROSS MEGAMAN-ET650.0367-0.011841752.805.
840003149932167SIOUX-RIVER ROOKIE 752020180714DE-SU ROOKIE 11057-ET320.07760.22403772.745.
84000320083678220180811ABS MEDLEY-ET480.03670.071272762.826.
840003149644440MOOODY-SD JOLT 4699020180730FARNEAR TBR DELTA-JOLT-ET500.02770.081482752.726.
840003148283456LARS-ACRES KAMINSKY 2182220180717S-S-I SUPERSHOT KAMINSKY-ET570.08920.181114752.726.
840003151040319TTM PIZAZZ MYRA-ET20180901S-S-I MODESTY PIZAZZ-ET590.06720.071369742.656.
840003200295135SYNERGY YODA PROPHECY20180705CAL-ROY-AL YODA-ET530.081110.261027752.845.
84000320000710920180903PLAIN-KNOLL S-S-I JAGUAR-ET650.03870.061837752.734.11.6-
840003150588095TIGER-LILY KENDY PURTTY-ET20180713PINE-TREE MOD KENNEDY713-ET570.03830.081584752.817.
840003151787858BLUMENFELD TORQUE 632020180802BUSH-BROS TORQUE-ET590.00830.041944742.597.
84000314892453520180811MELARRY JOSUPER FRAZZLED-ET48-0.01860.091651752.687.
840003151787869BLUMENFELD REASON 633120180815BLUMENFELD JEDI REASON-ET700.0560-0.031866742.586.
84000315047235820180627KINGS-RANSOM M DAZE-ET500.04550.031255742.645.
9820004204038919.82E+1420180121S-S-I MONTROSS MEGAMAN-ET400.00520.011354762.706.
84000315033318220180329PINE-TREE BURLEY-ET500.04850.131316742.705.
84000320173392420180810MIDAS-TOUCH JACY PAGEONE-ET320.08650.19334772.645.
84000320083688620180910CLEAR-ECHO JED JARED 745-ET550.02620.001656752.856.
84000319970088520180821PLAIN-KNOLL S-S-I JAGUAR-ET490.05830.141177752.735.
840003148283521LARS-ACRES ZAMBONI LIZA20180730OCD JOSUPER ZAMBONI-ET530.01720.041635762.646.
840003148135653VANDEN-BERGE SUPERSPRING18520180525OCD SUPERSPRING-ET470.08720.15829752.656.
840003149644307MOOODY-SD WINDFALL 4685720180712BUTZ-HILL WINDFALL 54771-ET490.02780.091426752.765.
84000320160263020180813BLUMENFELD JEDI RESOLVE-ET580.06650.051342742.607.
840003151589303S-S-I EINSTEIN 7679 9747-ET20180727OAKFIELD MODEST EINSTEIN-ET560.06580.041243742.746.
840003150607013HOLLERMANN ROMERO 1134-ET20180810HOLLERMANN SILVER ROMERO-ET390.00740.091310752.837.
84000314562661920180808S-S-I JETT JAMOCHA-ET680.0177-0.012158752.785.
84000315000257620180330CO-OP TROY TROJAN-ET460.04860.161123762.715.
84000315136744820180414ZIMMERVIEW TES DARKSIDE-ET380.06600.13667752.797.
840003150588093TIGER-LILY KENDY PINK-ET20180708PINE-TREE MOD KENNEDY713-ET420.04790.15992752.688.
840003199989201RIPPD-VALLEY 9035 SPOCK20180716ROSYLANE-LLC SPOCK-ET510.02940.141478752.894.
840003147223734S-S-I BENZ 11891 12228-ET20180722S-S-I FRANCHISE BENZ-ET550.05660.051364742.867.
840003200856113G-DERUYTER MEGAMAN 3045620180901S-S-I MONTROSS MEGAMAN-ET320.05710.18600752.505.
840003201007219TTM YODA BANANA-ET20180731CAL-ROY-AL YODA-ET560.08850.151138742.715.
84000320173369920180720MIDAS-TOUCH JACY PAGEONE-ET370.06630.13707772.575.
840003149794851MAJR 234 SANTOS 430-ET20180813ST GEN CYPRUS SANTOS-ET470.02780.101362752.687.
840003151555364WALNUT-RI MEGAMAN 1320720180720S-S-I MONTROSS MEGAMAN-ET620.03840.071714752.943.9-
84000314574923720180728AARDEMA RADICAL-ET680.04720.011882752.907.
84000314699790720180818MELARRY JOSUPER FRAZZLED-ET470.03530.021235752.637.
84000320083678720180814S-S-I BG DUKE DELROY-ET410.05820.18855742.845.
840003149644326MOOODY-SD WINDFALL 4687620180714BUTZ-HILL WINDFALL 54771-ET57-0.01820.031948752.866.
840003150607017HOLLERMANN SUPREME 1138-ET20180811S-S-I MODESTY SUPREME-ET530.03920.131452753.
840003151767203JOOK FRAZZLED 1918520180820MELARRY JOSUPER FRAZZLED-ET680.0065-0.062242752.815.
840003151767211JOOK FRAZZLED 1919320180824MELARRY JOSUPER FRAZZLED-ET51-0.01740.021808752.765.
84000320083687920180908WELCOME TARRINO 3181-ET440.04900.181031752.786.
840003148283497LARS-ACRES SLY 2186320180725LANGS-TWIN-B FOX SLY-ET28-0.01530.06983752.576.
840003148283522LARS-ACRES JAXSON FOLKLORE20180730S-S-I HEISENBERG JAXSON-ET490.04770.111207752.804.
84000314798945620180825S-S-I MODESTY MARQUEE-ET550.05610.041305742.887.
840003200856011G-DERUYTER MEGAMAN 3035420180823S-S-I MONTROSS MEGAMAN-ET360.05590.11766752.816.
840003149391768BADGER SSI 15151 15844-ET20180808MELARRY DUKE FIREBOMB-ET550.02870.091610752.955.
840003148283532LARS-ACRES JARED TARIN-ET20180801CLEAR-ECHO JED JARED 745-ET580.05970.151464752.864.5-
84000320039287920180103BACON-HILL PETY MODESTY-ET470.02700.071363772.905.
840003146997905MELARRY 185120180815MELARRY JOSUPER FRAZZLED-ET550.04850.111436752.825.
840003150588110TIGER-LILY MAGIC PAISLEY20180727S-S-I MODESTY MAGICTOUCH-ET660.09830.111374752.786.
84000314930995020180415MELARRY JOSUPER FRAZZLED-ET590.01760.031844752.666.
840003149948903BADGER JAGUAR 998920180424PLAIN-KNOLL S-S-I JAGUAR-ET550.03770.081486752.805.
840003200295147SYNERGY KENNEDY PINK20180715PINE-TREE MOD KENNEDY713-ET430.101070.32517762.776.
840003149391772BADGER SSI 15228 15848-ET20180811PROGENESIS MODEST RAPTOR465-ET420.02760.111214742.797.
84000320173375620180724MIDAS-TOUCH JACY PAGEONE-ET290.04410.07572772.516.
840003149081622MILL-VALLEY TRSHOT 1283020180303PEAK ALTATRUESHOT-ET470.01550.001446752.766.
84000315136747820180701SIEMERS MODESTY HAIL-ET400.07730.18639752.846.
840003146059350FURNACE-HILL KENEDY NEVA-ET20180805PINE-TREE MOD KENNEDY713-ET510.09950.23853762.736.
84000314574923220180722ABS MEDLEY-ET540.0159-0.011648762.866.
84000320039285120180102BACON-HILL PETY MODESTY-ET490.02750.081432772.956.
840003151761429CRMRYCRK OXFORD 4579-TW20180729TIGER-LILY SSHOT OXFORD-ET430.06610.11819752.586.
84000315172196720180806KINGS-RANSOM M DAZE-ET380.07540.11619752.736.
840003143099263WALNUT-RI MEGAMAN 1295220180422S-S-I MONTROSS MEGAMAN-ET430.0045-0.031447752.795.
84000320083688120180908S-S-I BG DUKE DELROY-ET420.05680.12919742.696.

High Ranking TPI® Genomic Young Bulls – October 2018

Registration NumberNameRequesterNAAB codeBirth DateGFIProFatFEYield % Rel.SCSPLLIVFIPTATUDCFLCBWCType % Rel.DCEDSBGTPI
HO840003147536543OCD 45949Select201808268.83566149742.566.
HO840003146773755WESSELCREST 612Select201804289.036101178752.665.
HO840003149602182LA-CA-DE-LE RAP HURLBURT-ETSelect201807219.44284170742.698.
HO840003151589355SSI-DUCKETT 9799Select201808209.64367135742.537.
HO840003200732795CRI 14204-ETGenex201808108.74587198742.788.
HO840003148279717TWIN RIDGE 6423-ETGenex201808158.34687183762.887.
HO840003149758745OCD 46635Select201808089.34695188742.606.
HO840003149602184LA-CA-DE-LE MATARO MO-ETSelect201807238.84695193752.846.
HO840003200767989HENDEL 689Select201808019.54782169742.696.
HO840003150607499DENOVO SKYWALKER 15419-ETABS201808209.24791196752.707.
HO840003133032626CROWELL 127Select201808068.84778167742.576.
HO840003149335172PEAK DIOR FBLUS 81317-ETAlta201807308.74764133752.657.
HO840003199699427WELCOME TRINKLE 3961-ETABS201808209.04771165762.787.
HO840003150910794SSI-LARSON 1058Select201808219.24780180752.678.
HO840003143928884CHERRY-LILY FAB LIKELY-ETSemex201807258.64865148752.526.
HO840003148279735TWIN RIDGE 6441-ETSGenex201808238.44986197742.857.
HO840003148094386SIEMERS FLYER MYLO-ETSelect201808079.24967160752.717.
HO840003148279734TWIN RIDGE 6440-ETSGenex201808238.44986197742.857.
HO840003150607342DENOVO FRAZZLED 15262ABS201808049.24963155752.758.
HO840003149432517WINSTAR SAMSUNG 448-ETABS201808098.55098207753.
HO840003148747721LEANINGHOUSE TNTCH 24627-ETHO201808319.55073172742.787.
HO840003149513902CLEAR-ECHO HODEDOE 1111Select201808059.55065157752.748.
HO840003149336980PEAK GLDMN NITRO 61640-ETAlta201808078.450106221752.885.
HO840003148929131SANDY-VALLEY AIRSPACE-ETABS201808068.65090183752.846.
HO840003199701373OCD 51367Select201807308.95197204742.866.
HO840003146265878TTM YODA BAKER-ETABS201808049.15179173752.787.
HO840003149432556WINSTAR 487Select201808309.35159121742.566.
HO840003148929141SANDY-VALLEY 3756Select201808249.35187190742.797.
HO840003150607310DENOVO SKYWALKER 15230-ETABS201807199.05173160752.836.
HO840003149595835FARIA 182795-ETGenex201808059.25294198752.736.
HO840003139198224COOKIECUTTER GUARANTEE 12654-Semex201808259.05269169752.497.
HO840003151040305TTM SKYWALKER VAGABOND-ETABS201808029.05284190752.876.
HO840003199699428WELCOME TRIPOD 3962-ETABS201808209.05264164752.807.
HO840003151589328SSI-DUCKETT 9772Select201808069.05294199742.546.
HO840003148929139SANDY-VALLEY FT3754-ETSemex201808198.75274172752.816.
HOUSA000144582789LAR-DELL RIO MASON-ETSelect201807249.45277181742.865.
HO840003151589346SSI-DUCKETT 9790Select201808179.25273170742.686.
HO840003201118899PEN-COL JOHNBOY-ETHO201808119.05276167752.586.
HO840003135328442PLAYBALL 43Select201806289.15295192752.686.
HO840003149595814FARIA 182774-ETGenex201808028.85393202752.895.
HO840003200824389PEAK RKSTR FBLUS 61696-ETAlta201808308.65371172752.518.
HO840003199699429WELCOME TEMPERANCE 3963-ETABS201808219.05378184752.797.
HO840003146992089COOL-LAWN FRAZZLED 5203HO201807178.853104207752.677.
HO840003146773750WESSELCREST 607Select201804199.25384178752.666.
HO840003148100426AURORA 681Select201808219.45384186742.905.
HO840003150607322DENOVO SKYWALKER 15242-ETABS201807279.05381190762.737.
HO840003150607357DENOVO SKYWALKER 15277-ETABS201808138.85361158742.728.
HO840003200824859PEAK SAIL FSCNTR 4015-ETAlta201808238.55384190752.927.
HO840003201170063N-SPRINGHOPE MEDLEY 3209ABS201808088.55372176752.677.
HO840003150457488SSI-PRESTON 178Select201808178.95385177742.557.
HO840003148747695LEANINGHOUSE ALCVE 24601-ETHO201808179.25389188742.776.
HO840003150910797LARSON 1061Select201808239.25462157742.777.
HO840003148279751AARDEMA TOPNOTCH 6457-ETSemex201808278.95486192752.836.
HO840003201118901PEN-COL JIMBO-ETHO201808268.65478177752.708.
HO840003149758796OCD ZEB SAMUEL-ETSelect201808158.55486190752.766.
HO840003148279704TWIN RIDGE 6410-ETGenex201808127.75482179742.388.
HO840003148100424AURORA 679Select201808188.354106213742.934.
HO840003200824364PEAK BWTCH FBLUS 61671-ETAlta201808209.05588190742.725.
HO840003143060794DENOVO FRAZZLED 2893-ETABS201807119.55580161762.597.
HO840003199699432WELCOME TRIUMPH 3966-ETABS201808249.15590202762.725.
HO840003199701414OCD 51408Select201808089.05573178752.837.
HO840003150607494DENOVO SKYWALKER 15414-ETABS201808038.65598227762.945.
HO840003150452330FAIRMONT 6373-ETGenex201808168.65593202752.687.
HO840003199699426WELCOME TEXAN 3960-ETABS201808199.25577199752.936.
HO840003150607332DENOVO SKYWALKER 15252-ETABS201807308.55676194752.896.
HO840003150910781LARSON 1045Select201807298.45677173742.857.
HO840003149432537WINSTAR TORQUE 468-ETABS201808227.95677171752.578.
HO840003143060807DENOVO TORQUE 2906-ETABS201807238.65696203752.627.
HO840003146773776WESSELCREST 633Select201807249.45690185742.704.7-
HO840003149432561WINSTAR 492Select201809018.65775191742.716.
HO840003150452342FAIRMONT 6385-ETGenex201808208.75772184762.747.
HO840003149335187PEAK EXCTA FBLUS 81332-ETAlta201808098.35783184752.557.
HO840003147223973SSI-TOG W872Select201808078.65788201742.736.
HO840003145627606DENOVO 14932 ALTOONAABS201803158.95786200752.887.
HO840003200767994HENDEL 694Select201808138.957102211742.766.
HO840003148747729LEANINGHOUSE MVRCK 24635-ETHO201809028.95786194752.926.
HO840003151787882BLUMENFELD SKYWALKR 6344-ETABS201808228.75899215742.647.
HO840003199701356OCD 51350Select201807279.95867179742.876.
HO840003150607319DENOVO SKYWALKER 15239-ETABS201807249.05851151752.897.
HO840003150766099WEBB-VUE BENZ 229Select201808198.55871173742.845.
HO840003149432530WINSTAR SKYWALKER 461-ETABS201808188.858100233752.905.
HO840003148929168SANDY-VALLEY ZEALOUS-ETSemex201808158.95876185742.628.
HO840003148929160SANDY-VALLEY FULTON-ETSemex201808048.05890205762.677.
HO840003149432554WINSTAR 485Select201808318.658105220742.707.
HO840003200059454SSI-TOG W888Select201808129.758101223742.756.
HO840003149335210PEAK DEE FBLUS 81355-ETAlta201808179.35884171742.626.
HO840003149335182PEAK DEE FBLUS 81327-ETAlta201808089.05897205742.626.
HO840003199699418WELCOME TECTRONICS 3952-ETABS201808129.15891207752.885.
HO840003151787876BLUMENFELD SKYWALKR 6338-ETABS201808209.15880198752.866.
HO840003149602180LA-CA-DE-LE JARED MIGGY-ETSelect201807188.45884186752.676.
HO840003150607356DENOVO SKYWALKER 15276-ETABS201808128.95875195752.906.
HO840003149335169PEAK FLSHA NITRO 81314-ETAlta201807299.25988205752.815.
HO840003149758824OCD SKYWALKER MISTER-ETABS201808239.05986199752.927.
HO840003151787873BLUMENFELD SKYWALKR 6335-ETABS201808189.35977177752.567.
HO840003150607314DENOVO TORQUE 15234-ETABS201807209.159101215752.755.
HO840003200270235LADYS-MANOR CASPER 1016-ETSelect201808108.95981195742.716.
HO840003148100420AURORA 675Select201808118.95992197752.945.
HO840003150687208PINE-TREE 7133 SAMSU 324-ETGenex201808148.15981202752.747.
HO840003148747723LEANINGHOUSE FSNTR 24629-ETHO201809019.15996222742.886.
HO840003199699424WELCOME TRICITY 3958-ETABS201808178.85989207762.805.
HO840003150701349PEAK SIRIUS GRNTEE 52111-ETAlta201808258.15984193752.606.
HO840003145661473CO-OP BV KANZO 735-ETGenex201807249.06098196752.506.
HO840003150687198PINE-TREE 7019 SKYWA 314-ETABS201807298.76070186752.628.
HO840003146773753WESSELCREST 610Select201804249.16094207742.795.
HO840003149482689HOLYLAND TOPNOTCH 785-ETSemex201807069.06052159752.677.
HO840003149335177PEAK RM6212 FSCNTR 81322-ETAlta201808048.76086199752.867.
HO840003149335170PEAK HERA MVRCK 81315-ETAlta201807309.06071180752.796.
HO840003200824382PEAK GENE FBLUS 61689-ETAlta201808298.76072170752.636.
HO840003199699405WELCOME MINDBENDER 3939-ETSelect201808038.360108228742.796.
HO840003143060828DENOVO SKYWALKER 2927-ETABS201808159.16091210752.727.
HO840003149335204PEAK EXCTA FBLUS 81349-ETAlta201808158.36087209752.616.
HO840003140185073EILDON TWEED SAM BRIT 15-ETGenex201808168.161106230752.739.
HO840003143060830DENOVO 2929 STEDMAN-ETABS201808179.06155153752.897.
HO840003150452311FAIRMONT FASCINATOR 6354-ETSemex201808049.06186200752.786.
HO840003150997136FLY-HIGHER 125Select201808099.66163160752.877.
HO840003150687215ROSY-TREE 10090 SKY 331-ETABS201808188.76180186752.708.
HO840003150262092PEAK DRAGO 27Alta201804188.561108228763.
HO840003150607351DENOVO SKYWALKER 15271-ETABS201808109.06171190752.837.
HO840003200824852PEAK MD9619 FBLUS 4008-ETAlta201808149.36192204752.845.
HO840003150607343DENOVO SKYWALKER 15263-ETABS201808059.46172178752.926.
HO840003150607350DENOVO SKYWALKER 15270-ETABS201808109.06169186752.865.
HO840003148279723AARDEMA MARIUS 6429-ETSemex201808189.26175195752.767.
HO840003148929126SANDY-VALLEY AIRHEAD-ETABS201808048.86196219752.947.
HO840003200123881SIEMERS MARIUS ROMEZ-ETSemex201809019.06197225742.668.
HO840003149336934PEAK ORCHD FBLUS 61594-ETAlta201807248.96297204742.755.
HO840003149335146PEAK EXCTA NITRO 81291-ETAlta201807188.26288214752.756.
HO840003149432500WINSTAR KANZO 431-ETABS201807288.96293211742.637.
HO840003149335190PEAK HATTIE FBLUS 81335-ETAlta201808108.96273161752.666.
HO840003150687207PINE-TREE 7019 SKYWA 323-ETABS201808109.36295230752.678.
HO840003199701401OCD ROLAN SHIMMER 51395-ETSelect201808059.162121252742.836.
HO840003149336988PEAK ORCHD MARUS 61648-ETAlta201808129.06296215742.776.
HO840003150687209PINE-TREE ERA SKYWAL 325-ETABS201808157.86296230772.667.
HO840003148929142SANDY-VALLEY TRUE GRIT-ETSemex201808308.96286197752.785.
HO840003150452320FAIRMONT FASCINATOR 6363-ETSemex201808098.66283198752.696.
HO840003150607339DENOVO SKYWALKER 15259-ETABS201808029.16287192762.846.
HO840003149432492WINSTAR KANZO 423-ETGenex201807248.06388210742.637.
HO840003150607352DENOVO 15272 SEINFELD-ETABS201808129.06399219752.927.
HO840003149335226PEAK HNGOT FBLUS 81371-ETAlta201808268.66391203752.755.2-
HO840003149335191PEAK JOSETTE FBLUS 81336-ETAlta201808117.86369176752.597.
HO840003149432499WINSTAR 430-ETGenex201807288.96385203742.656.
HO840003150607311DENOVO SKYWALKER 15231-ETABS201807198.96366172752.617.
HO840003149602179LA-CA-DE-LE JARED MICK-ETSelect201807188.86379179752.876.
HO840003151589352SSI-DUCKETT 9796Select201808198.96381198742.736.
HO840003149335215PEAK JOSETTE FBLUS 81360-ETAlta201808208.86373169752.657.
HO840003200767990HENDEL 690Select201808038.96382198742.826.
HO840003199701410OCD 51404Select201808079.06398221742.765.
HO840003200123830SIEMERS FABULOUS MYLINI-ETSemex201808209.46375183752.946.
HO840003199701353OCD 51347Select2018072710.06374188752.724.
HO840003150687216PINE-TREE 7101 SKYWA 332-ETABS201808237.86372188752.877.
HO840003150607315DENOVO SKYWALKER 15235-ETABS201807219.16391206752.896.
HO840003151787846BLUMENFELD FRAZZLED 6308-ETABS201807228.66397212752.758.
HO840003139216940GOLDEN-OAKS RIO RANDALL-ETGenVis201804158.86471181752.638.
HO840003151589350SSI-DUCKETT 9794Select201808188.76498217752.955.
HO840003200824864PEAK MD9619 FBLUS 4020-ETAlta201808289.46493212752.755.3-
HO840003201840924CRI 14250-ETGenex201808208.96477194742.606.
HO840003200824369PEAK ZNITH MNTYA 61676-ETAlta201808219.064104223742.508.
HO840003149758827OCD SKYWALKER LANYARD-ETABS201808248.76484214752.687.
HO840003150607338DENOVO SKYWALKER 15258-ETABS201808029.06477205752.936.
HO840003139198217COOKIECUTTER TOPNOTCH 12647-ESemex201808088.36488203752.746.
HO840003150607495DENOVO SKYWALKER 15415-ETABS201808139.36485210752.876.
HO840003150607330DENOVO PORT 15250ABS201807298.36494201752.695.
HO840003148279744AARDEMA TOPNOTCH 6450-ETSemex201808268.76476191752.777.
HO840003148279736AARDEMA TOPNOTCH 6442-ETSemex201808249.16578185742.706.
HO840003147999507RUANN MAXIMAS-80543-ETHO201807059.46587210752.877.
HO840003200824387PEAK ELCTRA MARUS 61694-ETAlta201808299.565112227752.775.
HO840003151787851BLUMENFELD FRAZZLED 6313-ETZoetis201807278.265111232752.497.
HO840003149432522WINSTAR YODA 453-ETABS201808148.86575192752.597.
HO840003148747697LEANINGHOUSE FSNTR 24603-ETHO201808198.56587192742.965.
HO840003150607344DENOVO PONTIFF 15264-ETABS201807309.36590206752.764.
HO840003149432527WINSTAR YODA 458-ETABS201808179.16677197752.637.
HO840003200824344PEAK GLDMN FBLUS 61651-ETAlta201808127.96685204752.685.
HO840003149335225PEAK JOLIE FORCE 81370-ETAlta201808259.36668188752.777.
HO840003146265877TTM SKYWALKER ALFREDO-ETABS201808018.86696219752.755.
HO840003148279745AARDEMA MARIUS 6451-ETSemex201808269.46669185752.817.
HO840003150687214PINE-TREE 4425 SKYWA 330-ETABS201808188.86675202742.815.
HO840003149758834OCD SKYWALKER LABATT-ETABS201808259.16669192752.666.
HO840003199699425WELCOME KOVAL 3959-ETABS201808179.16664174752.866.
HO840003200824353PEAK J MER FBLUS 61660-ETAlta201808178.66684189752.596.
HO840003200767992HENDEL 692Select201808049.36683184742.785.
HO840003149150019DYKSTRA 31326-ETGenex201808066.96698243752.806.
HO840003149335200PEAK MYSTERY FBLUS 81345-ETAlta201808149.16693207762.646.
HO840003149432508WINSTAR SKYWALKER 439-ETABS201808049.56698227752.667.
HO840003148747685LEANINGHOUSE FSNTR 24591-ETHO201808118.86697217742.934.
HO840003147987833AOT 1085-ETSemex201808078.26699206752.615.
HO840003150687205PINE-TREE ERA SKYWAL 321-ETABS201808078.96788220772.787.
HO840003200824373PEAK ANTDT FBLUS 61680-ETAlta201808218.86784196752.655.3-
HO840003145861266WET SKYWALKER MCGREGOR-ETABS201807278.86774188752.866.
HO840003151040306TTM-LFD SKYW AMSTERDAM-ETABS201808139.16777200752.727.
HO840003149336983PEAK BWTCH FBLUS 61643-ETAlta201808079.96787205742.715.
HO840003199701360OCD 51354Select201807288.66782198742.835.
HO840003139198206COOKIECUTTER FSCNATOR 12636-EABS201807058.96796226742.726.
HO840003200824361PEAK ANTDT FBLUS 61668-ETAlta201808197.56883201752.696.
HO840003149150017DYKSTRA 31324-ETGenex201808057.068106241752.787.
HO840003200824865PEAK SAIL MARUS 4021-ETAlta201808308.66880199752.837.
HO840003150607341DENOVO SKYWALKER 15261-ETABS201808038.66887210742.885.
HO840003150687212PINE-TREE 7101 SKYWA 328-ETABS201808177.968112257752.666.
HO840003149391784SSI-BADGER 15860Select201808179.169122266742.915.
HO840003200824374PEAK ANTDT FBLUS 61681-ETAlta201808219.16988211752.826.
HO840003150607359DENOVO SKYWALKER 15279-ETABS201808138.76977197742.756.
HO840003151040311TTM-LFD SKYWALK ANAHEIM-ETABS201808169.36982204752.757.
HO840003137164546REGAN-DANHOF SW 12789ABS201808099.26986211752.847.
HO840003150607313DENOVO SKYWALKER 15233-ETABS201807208.66989220752.926.
HO840003149798696MAPLEHURST 4782-ETGenex201808118.969105253742.847.
HO840003143060815DENOVO 2914 SLOAN-ETABS201807318.469107244762.947.
HO840003149336968PEAK ZNITH MNTYA 61628-ETAlta201808039.169117247742.716.
HO840003143060808DENOVO SKYWALKER 2907-ETABS201807249.06987215742.806.
HO840003149758850OCD SKYWALKER LIGHTHEART-ETABS201808309.56998237752.747.
HO840003150701330PEAK POSH MNTYA 52092-ETAlta201807319.17081195752.676.2-
HO840003149759669KINGS-RANSOM M 10809-ETSemex201808289.17089216752.886.
HO840003143928880CHERRY-LILY FAB LUCK-ETSemex201807168.37083209752.855.
HO840003150607493DENOVO 15413 PANORAMA-ETABS201808038.87094239762.847.
HO840003151340820FLY-HIGHER 11732-ETSemex201808138.47090205742.696.
HO840003200373343UNITED-PRIDE 1609-ETGenex201807177.17084207742.737.
HO840003151040304TTM-LFD SKYWALKER ARIAT-ETABS201808049.17076200752.777.
HO840003150687201ROSY-TREE 10090 SKY 317-ETABS201808039.07081208752.819.
HO840003200824845PEAK CROWN FBLUS 4001-ETAlta201808048.87187189742.427.
HO840003148929161SANDY-VALLEY FOLSOM-ETSemex201808048.87197231762.944.
HO840003150041375AR-JOY CU MEDLEY AZTEC-ETHO201807308.67168181752.838.
HO840003145661474CO-OP BV TYLER 736-ETGenex201807268.77281209752.818.
HO840003200824366PEAK DOLCE MARUS 61673-ETAlta201808208.57276194752.866.
HO840003149335229PEAK WHSPR FSCNTR 81374-ETAlta201808278.77276190752.887.
HO840003147223744SSI-TOG W878Select201808099.472113268742.887.
HO840003149334778PEAK GENE FSCNTR 1700-ETAlta201808118.87296215752.866.
HO840003149432533WINSTAR 464-ETGenex201808219.27286217752.576.
HO840003149335171PEAK J MER MNTYA 81316-ETAlta201807308.87295207742.895.3-
HO840003200373362UNITED PRIDE 1628-ETGenex201808148.57290217742.856.
HO840003150607327DENOVO 15247 SENECA-ETABS201807308.372113258752.966.
HO840003200824356PEAK OUTLR FBLUS 61663-ETAlta201808188.57371182752.576.
HO840003149336939PEAK DLLH MNTYA 61599-ETAlta201807249.073104232752.765.
HO840003150607345DENOVO SKYWALKER 15265-ETABS201808048.27496237763.
HO840003200824354PEAK DLLH FBLUS 61661-ETAlta201808178.474104236752.746.
HO840003148929130SANDY-VALLEY AIRTIME-ETABS201808058.97498233752.935.
HO840003143060773DENOVO 2872 PENSACOLA-ETABS201806278.774105262762.947.
HO840003150687200PINE-TREE 7101 SKYWA 316-ETABS201808039.074102237752.816.
HO840003151340815FLY-HIGHER 11727-ETSemex201808118.87497231742.794.8-
HO840003149335178PEAK LREAT FBLUS 81323-ETAlta201808048.67499231752.825.
HO840003148929158SANDY-VALLEY FEROCITY-ETSemex201808028.875101243762.795.
HO840003143060814DENOVO 2913 SIERRA-ETABS201807319.07684220762.967.
HO840003149335233PEAK BHLDR MARUS 81378-ETAlta201808299.67685223742.826.
HO840003146265879TTM SKYWALKER ARLINGTON-ETABS201808038.377100234752.874.
HO840003200373346UNITED-PRIDE 1612-ETGenex201807198.87791226752.785.
HO840003148929151SANDY-VALLEY 3766Semex201807159.277102233752.864.0-
HO840003149335230PEAK JOSETTE FBLUS 81375-ETAlta201808278.87882201762.616.
HO840003200824385PEAK RLTT MLKTM 61692-ETAlta201808298.57877196752.596.
HO840003150607337DENOVO SKYWALKER 15257-ETABS201808018.77876202753.
HO840003143060805DENOVO 2904 STANFORD-ETABS201807239.47895238762.866.
HO840003151589337SSI-DUCKETT 9781Select201808168.879103240742.825.
HO840003143060824DENOVO 2923 PRIORITY-ETABS201808108.87998254763.
HO840003147536481OAKFIELD YODA EPIC-ETABS201808058.08065188752.746.
HO840003199701232OCD EINSTE FELISHA 51226-ETSelect201807028.68086235742.976.
HO840003151787884BLUMENFELD SKYWALKR 6346-ETABS201808238.780113267752.994.
HO840003151040312TTM-LFD SKYWALK ATLANTA-ETABS201808169.48085224753.
HO840003151787881BLUMENFELD SKYWALKR 6343-ETABS201808218.38497250742.846.
HO840003146265876TTM SKYWALKER ASHTON-ETABS201807288.68792240752.814.1-

High Ranking TPI® Genomic Young Females – October 2018

Registration NumberNameBirth DateGFISire's NamePTAPPTAP%PTAFPTAF%MilkEff.% Rel.SCSPLIndexPTATUDCFLCBWC% Rel.DCEDSBGTPI
HO840003200393281BOMAZ SKYWALKER 8609-ET201808248.8BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET720.06990.111840238732.797.34.41.851.911.56-0.45702.73.52957
HO840003200824846PEAK MD9619 FBLUS 4002-ET201808099.6PROGENESIS FABULOUS630.07800.091429190752.656.74.82.822.902.200.69734.95.12955
HO840003200824380PEAK ELCTRA MARUS 61687-ET201808289.5PROGENESIS MARIUS800.051330.182181277752.705.
HO840003141434184CLEAR-ECHO FABULOUS 4498-ET201807278.6PROGENESIS FABULOUS690.0370-0.021996178742.647.04.92.602.981.960.68723.43.22950
HO840003199894465840003199894465-ET201808079.5MELARRY JOSUPER FRAZZLED-ET600.031010.141652236752.727.64.41.482.231.63-1.69734.02.72935
HO840003200824851PEAK HTMAM FBLUS 4007-ET201808138.8PROGENESIS FABULOUS580.051070.181465221742.847.03.92.582.332.020.12714.04.22929
HO840003147702992REGAN-DANHOF R COVERGIRL-ET201807029.2PROGENESIS MODEST ROLAN 512590.09950.191150201752.766.03.92.462.812.161.14732.33.72926
HO840003200393284BOMAZ SKYWALKER 8612-ET201808269.3BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET740.05990.091923239732.946.
HO840003150919334WINSTAR YODA 5238-ET201808019.0CAL-ROY-AL YODA-ET620.06990.161456219752.796.43.52.582.761.670.15734.15.22921
HO840003150675160PINE-TREE 4425 SKYW 8088-ET201808078.8BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET580.09890.181062205742.707.
HO840003151787879BLUMENFELD SKYWALKR 6341-ET201808209.4BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET720.13980.191188247742.766.93.31.772.281.30-0.26714.23.02920
HO8400031499414225878201808059.1BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET620.08790.111278192732.777.44.62.352.761.830.52722.14.02918
HO840003150675173PINE-TREE 774 SKYWA 8101-ET201808149.3BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET670.08820.101410200752.818.15.51.662.171.240.72743.63.62916
HO840003145628588DENOVO SKYWALKER 9015-ET201807229.6BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET670.10920.161265213752.777.44.91.941.831.330.96723.44.62908
HO8400031499414385894201808078.7BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET750.071110.151798275732.917.
HO840003150948392DENOVO SKYWALKER 9779-ET201808039.9BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET740.04830.022047212762.916.65.01.761.951.570.04742.33.22905
HO840003199683207429030201808109.0BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET730.081000.131683229752.755.
HO840003148283555SSI-LARSON 21921201808059.7PROGENESIS MODEST ROLAN 512580.07940.171232209742.717.
HO840003150948397DENOVO KENNEDY 9784-ET201808068.2PINE-TREE MOD KENNEDY713-ET690.051040.131767242752.837.93.11.541.680.82-0.57721.83.22902
HO840003150675179PINE-TREE 4425 SKYW 8107-ET201808198.7BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET640.11910.181069227742.827.
HO840003145628617DENOVO SKYWALKER 9044-ET201807298.8BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET660.05830.061739204752.866.
HO840003201118898CHERRYPENCOL LUST-ET201808089.0PROGENESIS FABULOUS770.02880.002340214752.716.52.02.682.631.670.38723.73.92899
HO840003201496869WELCOME SKYWALKER KASSY201809029.1BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET610.07900.131394207752.728.24.21.982.141.320.11732.03.42899
HO840003145628571DENOVO SKYWALKER 8998-ET201807199.3BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET660.09950.171292219752.707.53.51.972.001.660.59723.74.12898
HO840003139969195K-MANOR NOT SO FRAZZEL 586-ET201809048.7MELARRY JOSUPER FRAZZLED-ET600.06840.111393190752.677.25.31.932.121.370.66733.93.52897
HO840003200824359PEAK J MER FBLUS 61666-ET201808198.7PROGENESIS FABULOUS720.08860.091637204752.676.13.52.472.461.471.31703.54.52895
HO840003147223735SSI-TOG W837201807219.3CLAYNOOK CASPER550.02860.081663181752.677.25.12.422.740.990.44724.24.12894
HO840003200824347PEAK RKSTR FBLUS 61654-ET201808148.8PROGENESIS FABULOUS700.04950.081891214752.646.62.22.762.231.960.69723.14.02893
HO840003151040315TTM PIZAZZ MEDIATE-ET201808248.8S-S-I MODESTY PIZAZZ-ET680.05750.031791188742.696.93.42.692.462.070.57722.33.42892
HO840003145628642DENOVO SKYWALKER 9069-ET201808089.0BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET640.081070.201358231752.826.44.01.841.631.340.44732.82.52888
HO840003148747725LEANINGHOUSE ENSTN 24631-ET201809029.5OAKFIELD MODEST EINSTEIN-ET560.06990.181287206742.777.12.52.872.811.650.48713.63.92886
HO840003200824386PEAK RKSTR FBLUS 61693-ET201808298.3PROGENESIS FABULOUS540.00780.041761169752.488.
HO840003200824388PEAK ELCTRA MARUS 61695-ET201808309.6PROGENESIS MARIUS720.071040.141731243752.666.83.01.661.800.77-0.11724.03.82885
HO840003146677807LAMBRECHT IMAX GRACE-ET201803168.6SILVERRIDGE V IMAX550.03890.111526191752.827.33.72.742.841.850.11733.23.82883
HO840003148934447840003148934447-ET201808138.9BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET690.04830.041900208752.717.
HO840003139969190K-MANOR ROLANDA 581201808159.0PROGENESIS MODEST ROLAN 512420.05880.20885177752.847.05.22.613.161.680.05732.83.22882
HO840003144375968SANDY-VALLEY ATMOSPHERE-ET201808108.3BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET710.06940.101740231752.966.
HO840003150919383WINSTAR SKYWALKER 5287-ET201808208.2BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET690.06980.121694228752.737.73.21.671.851.350.04723.04.72882
HO840003150919528WILRA TOPNOTCH 1882-ET201808089.1PROGENESIS TOPNOTCH630.051060.171566222742.776.62.12.682.821.530.61724.65.72881
HO840003200824847PEAK CHROME FBLUS 4003-ET201808098.9PROGENESIS FABULOUS670.03820.041901192752.547.32.72.582.401.790.63723.54.32881
HO840003200824850PEAK MD9619 FBLUS 4006-ET201808129.4PROGENESIS FABULOUS530.04890.131377188752.638.13.82.462.352.150.31734.04.82878
HO840003145628591DENOVO SKYWALKER 9018-ET201807238.7BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET650.06900.111560216742.728.
HO840003151040314TTM SAMSUNG AZALEA-ET201808167.9HIGHERRANSOM SAMSUNG-ET730.061130.161802267752.846.
HO840003149335192PEAK ELCTRA FBLUS 81337-ET201808119.1PROGENESIS FABULOUS660.061020.141629209752.825.12.82.952.371.921.63714.64.62874
HO840003148747718LEANINGHOUSE FABLS 24624-ET201808298.7PROGENESIS FABULOUS680.02790.012076195742.787.
HO840003200824376PEAK GENE FBLUS 61683-ET201808248.7PROGENESIS FABULOUS620.02780.031876175752.687.84.42.332.232.160.82724.65.52871
HO840003199894458840003199894458-ET201807319.2MELARRY JOSUPER FRAZZLED-ET610.04910.111600219752.617.32.91.802.511.73-1.10734.34.62870
HO840003143060811DENOVO SKYWALKER 2910-ET201807309.0BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET600.04760.051630192752.827.55.11.762.391.75-0.69732.43.02868
HO840003149335219PEAK DEE FBLUS 81364-ET201808239.3PROGENESIS FABULOUS710.04760.011953200742.627.42.12.402.771.75-0.04713.94.62866
HO840003149335199PEAK JOSETTE FBLUS 81344-ET201808148.8PROGENESIS FABULOUS650.0173-0.012044173762.567.21.62.912.932.330.72732.03.32864
HO840003145628593DENOVO SKYWALKER 9020-ET201807238.7BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET690.091100.201429263752.855.82.51.561.601.51-1.14732.72.52863
HO840003200274841CLEAR-ECHO FABULOUS 4501-ET201807319.1PROGENESIS FABULOUS660.0271-0.011952184742.666.33.02.863.001.86-0.10723.84.32858
HO840003200824860PEAK MD9619 FBLUS 4016-ET201808259.2PROGENESIS FABULOUS610.04860.091609198752.647.33.62.332.101.890.08733.74.82856
HO840003201602635MELARRY 3406201808188.8BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET700.10780.101369214742.686.93.81.522.231.30-0.25713.03.72855
HO840003148094376SIEMERS DELTA ROZ 29986-ET201808048.7MR MOGUL DELTA 1427-ET810.04880.022229233762.925.42.02.442.791.49-0.34763.84.42853
HO840003149335221PEAK RM6212 TRRNO 81366-ET201808244.9WELCOME TARRINO 3181-ET610.03960.111746216743.
HO840003200274844CLEAR-ECHO FABULOUS 4504-ET201808048.3PROGENESIS FABULOUS68-0.011050.062352219752.755.01.42.732.452.150.31724.04.32852
HO840003145628640DENOVO SKYWALKER 9067-ET201808078.7BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET770.07920.081823236752.926.13.01.702.291.24-0.20733.75.02851
HO840003145697728MORMANN NOBLE 455-ET201808079.0MR SPRING NOBLE-ET430.10590.15512143752.538.
HO840003148135615840003148135615-ET201808219.1MR SPRING NITRO-ET590.04900.121518202752.577.44.41.622.390.860.00735.05.12851
HO840003200498933FARIA 433601-ET201808309.6BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET560.05710.071391170742.686.84.52.312.492.020.32712.23.82851
HO840003148094268SIEMERS FAB CALIA 29878-ET201807159.5PROGENESIS FABULOUS610.04910.111631197732.816.33.12.962.731.430.62694.13.42850
HO840003143060797DENOVO FRAZZLED 2896-ET201807119.4MELARRY JOSUPER FRAZZLED-ET610.0267-0.011842168762.646.
HO840003145628604DENOVO SKYWALKER 9031-ET201807268.9BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET620.071040.181429236752.817.13.91.451.760.87-0.67733.74.42849
HO840003149335183PEAK RM6212 FBLUS 81328-ET201808088.3PROGENESIS FABULOUS600.00830.041934174752.845.
HO840003201005849EILDON-TWEED KA JERSY 1A-ET201808209.2BOMAZ DAMIEN KANZO-ET450.03690.091176169742.549.04.01.993.161.59-1.24713.04.12849
HO840003201748823SPEEK-NJ TARRINO SYNERGY-ET201808289.0WELCOME TARRINO 3181-ET650.04760.031801211752.807.14.71.822.571.05-1.68742.74.62849
HO840003145697749TJR REDROCK 476-ET201808189.5REDROCK-VIEW KLUTCH-ET570.05770.091369190742.726.
HO840003149336979PEAK DLLH FSCNTR 61639-ET201808068.9WESTCOAST FASCINATOR670.051140.171743242752.836.12.41.991.621.720.18724.25.22847
HO840003200498123FARIA 432791-ET201808258.5BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET850.0294-0.012594235753.
HO840003148283540SSI-LARSON 21906201808039.7PROGENESIS MODEST ROLAN 512470.04940.181168196742.867.13.61.942.722.05-0.44711.82.72846
HO840003199681901427724201807319.2BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET740.07790.041792200752.975.24.22.322.041.750.93722.54.02845
HO840003145628599DENOVO SKYWALKER 9026-ET201807258.6BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET640.05710.031646176752.777.54.91.852.111.270.74732.73.12844
HO840003145628624DENOVO MEDLEY 9051-ET201807308.6ABS MEDLEY-ET730.0267-0.062247200752.619.
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Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell responds to claims co-op is a failed experiment

This week, the Herald published an article by industry observer Tony Baldwin, which argued in some depth that Fonterra has been a failed experiment. What follows is a response from Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell to that article.

I took the job of CEO of Fonterra because I believe in the Co-op’s potential and the positive difference it makes to New Zealand and consumers around the world.

It’s clear the challenge is big and we don’t always get everything right. I’ve been open about that with our farmers, unit holders, employees and the New Zealand public. Now our focus has shifted to rolling up our sleeves and getting on with the job.

We are well underway with our business review, which will deliver a balanced portfolio of high-performing investments, aligned to strategy and delivering returns across the short, medium and longer term. We are also undertaking a critical review of our forecasting capability, so that farmers and investors will know more clearly what to expect from us.
Like with any big task, we have to start somewhere and that’s exactly what we’re doing.
It hasn’t stopped people commissioning their own reports and there’s no shortage of vested interests and opinions on where we should go from here.

I understand Kiwis will have an opinion about us. I’m totally okay with that. It’s to be expected when you’re New Zealand’s largest company and so many people are relying on you to get things right.

I have a team of 22,000 passionate and committed people around the world who come to work every day to do our farmers and New Zealand proud – taking our milk to the world and competing against the really big players on the international stage.

As a proud Kiwi, I do hope that New Zealand will get in behind us and be part of something positive.

We’ve never asked for a handout from the public, but we do need a level playing field to shore up the longer-term contribution of the dairy industry to the country and give New Zealand owned dairy companies a fair go on the international stage. New Zealand needs to back Kiwi businesses, big and small, so we can get the most from our dairy industry.
It’s already delivered a lot for the country and Fonterra has been an important part of this.

Last year, alone, we injected over $10 billion into the New Zealand economy and we provide jobs here in New Zealand for around 12,000 Kiwis – from the top of the North to the bottom of the South. The price our farmers earn for their milk is now comparable with their peers in Europe and the US – before Fonterra, our farmers got less than half. That’s good for farmers but it is also good for the country because for every dollar a farmer earns, they spend up to 50 cents in their local community.

Our value-add business, which didn’t exist in any great scale in 2001, is now bigger than the rest of the New Zealand dairy industry combined, and makes up close to half of our volumes. Our Foodservice business is now a $2 billion a year operation.

More needs to be done to lift our performance. That’s my priority. And I hope New Zealand can and will back us in building Fonterra into the national champion we all want it to be.


WFU calls for a dose of reality in trade deal

Wisconsin Farmers Union issued a statement today to clarify the actual impact that the proposed USMCA trade deal will have on the U.S. dairy industry. The U.S. Trade Representative reports that the deal would open the door for an additional $560 Million worth of U.S. dairy products to enter the Canadian market duty-free. That is about 1.5 percent of the total value of U.S. dairy production.

“A 1.5 percent increase in dairy products sold is not going to be the salvation of our dairy industry,” said Wisconsin Farmers Union president Darin Von Ruden. Von Ruden, who dairy farms in Westby, notes that the U.S. has increased domestic dairy production in 18 of the last 20 years, by about 1.5 percent each year. “This small increase in sales to Canada may not even offset our own domestic production increase this year, not to mention where we’ll be at 2 or 3 or 10 years down the road,” said Von Ruden.  “We need to exercise some discipline on our own side of the border rather than looking for salvation outside our borders.”

Von Ruden reiterated Wisconsin Farmers Union’s longstanding call for a federal policy mechanism to balance supply and demand in the dairy industry.

“Wisconsin dairy farmers are losing money each time they walk into the barn, because the flood of milk on the market has driven the price lower than what it costs to produce it. No government bailout or new trade deal is going to solve that problem.  We need a federal framework for bringing milk production in line with demand, and the longer the federal government puts off doing this, the more equity our farms will lose,” said Von Ruden.

Agricultural Financial Advisor (AGFA) data from 2017 showed that the average farm lost $1.04 per hundredweight of milk produced. The USMCA trade deal may provide some additional market for U.S dairy products, but without supply management there is no guarantee that prices will come up to reduce the losses farmers are facing every day.

Von Ruden also noted that the USMCA fails to achieve two other important Fair Trade priorities.  “First, the agreement does not provide for Country of Origin Labeling for U.S. meat products, which is supported by 90 percent of Americans,” said Von Ruden. “Second, the USMCA fails to eliminate the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism.  ISDS allows multinational corporations to overturn U.S. laws that might reduce their profits.   ISDS prioritizes the profits of multinational corporations over the needs of U.S. citizens, and is a direct affront to U.S. sovereignty.”

Source: The Wheeler Report

Markets Soften in Chicago Tuesday

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange class III milk futures closed mixed Monday following the tone of the cash market. October 2018 through December 2019 ranged from 3 cents lower to 5 cents higher. October closed a penny lower at $15.60. November down four cents at $15.72. December down seven cents at $15.73. January four cents lower at $15.72. February through next September contracts closed unchanged to a nickel higher. Class IV markets were unchanged October through February 2019 while March through May added 2 cents and June through December each gained 3 cents. 

CME spot product markets on Tuesday had butter soften 2 cents to $2.27 per lb. following 4 trades, 1 bid and 3 offers. Cheddar blocks traded 1 load and gained a penny to $1.62 per lb. Barrels dropped a half cent to $1.33 and a quarter. Grade A nonfat dry milk closed unchanged at 87 and a quarter while dry whey moved three-quarters of a cent higher to 57 cents per lb. even.

Event 222 of the Global Dairy Trade was released Tuesday resulting in the overall index losing three-tenths of a percent. Products to note included butter, which added 2.4% to $1.82 per lb. Cheddar lost 1.8% and finished at $1.54 and a half cents. Skim milk powder was unchanged and whole milk powder declined nine-tenths of a percent. 

Fire Destroys Barn Killing 47 cows on 200-year-old New York Dairy Farm

A fast-moving fire destroyed a barn and 47 cows at a historic Hudson Valley farm that has been in the area since 1770.


Firefighters were called to the scene at about 7:30 p.m. at 3195 Route 82. When firefighters arrived, they found the 200-year-old farm in flames, according to a GoFundMe page that also said the family lost the majority of their milk cows as the fire burned down their barn and the cows were trapped inside.

Photographer Michael Molinski was driving north on Route 82 on his way back from a photography shoot when he spotted the blaze as he crested the hill before the farm.

Molinski pulled over, grabbed his phone and dialed 911. He got out of his car and tried to help anyone who might be inside and he heard the sound of dozens of cows bellowing inside, he said.

“It was hard to take it all in,” Molinski said. “It was a horrible scene. You can tell there was so much pain happening inside the barn.”

Dozens of nearby farmers in the community offered their support on social media for the Miller family, who own the farm.

“Our hearts are breaking tonight for our friends and neighbors at Millerhurst Farm,” according to a statement from Ronnybrook Farm Dairy on Facebook. “This national bicentennial farm has been in their family since 1770. The farming community shares their grief on the loss of cows and their beautiful barn due to a fast-moving fire.”

A host of families, fellows farmers, and businesses in the community offered their support on social media for the Miller family, who own the farm, including the Columbia Land Conservancy who called for donations: “We’re really heartbroken to hear about this tragedy at Millerhurst Farm – please consider doing what you can to support them,” they said.

Other’s also took to Facebook the owners of Ronnybrook Farm.

“Our hearts are breaking tonight for our friends and neighbors at Millerhurst Farm,” according to a statement from Ronnybrook Farm Dairy on Facebook. “This national bicentennial farm has been in their family since 1770. The farming community shares their grief on the loss of cows and their beautiful barn due to a fast-moving fire.”

According to an article in the New York Times from 1987, the 350-acre farm, has been run by the Miller family since 1770 and is believed to be one of the oldest in the state.

The family said they have been able to hold on, despite the decline in agribusiness due to it being run by the family.

To date, the GoFundMe page has raised almost $28,000 of a $20,000 goal.

Irish farmer donates his last dairy cow to Rwandan family and it has helped to change lives

A farmer from East Kerry has seen first-hand the joy and positivity that his simple act of kindness had on a family in Rwanda.

A few years ago, Tim Moynihan gifted the last cow on his dairy farm to a family in Rwanda and after travelling to Africa with Bóthar, he has seen the transformative effect that this generosity had on the local community.

Tim, from Gneeveguilla, Kerry, gave up dairy farming six years ago and rather than sell his last cow, he decided to donate it through Bóthar to a family near Rwamagana in east Rwanda.

The single cow is just one of an ever growing ‘Bóthar’ herd that is transforming the lives of families across Rwanda – a nation that was savaged by the fastest killing spree in the history of the world almost 25 years ago when up to a million people were killed in its 90-day genocide.

Bóthar has been sending Irish dairy cows and other food-and-income producing animals such as goats, pigs and sheep to Rwanda. The organisation also has projects elsewhere in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.

The cow that was donated by Mr Moynihan has provided a family in Rwanda with a daily source of nutrition that they otherwise would not have received.


Aside from this, the proceeds from the cow’s excess milk and the sale of any calves born to her have enabled this family to educate their children and buy land.

After seeing the difference that the cow has made in the lives of this family, Tim said: “I never dreamt in my life I’d ever again see that cow. I think she recognised me. We took a photograph of that cow before she left the farm and I have that photograph at home. The calf is the spit of her mother, star on the forehead and the stripe on the shoulder.”

Looking back on the charitable donation and the reasons for making it, he said: “My farm is situated in East Kerry. And we milked cows there all my life. And when we decided to give up the cows, we went into suckling. We said we’d donate this heifer to a country that would need it more, and this was the last heifer to come from my farm. I’m delighted. Couldn’t be happier that I made this donation. I would over and over again.”

The donation of Irish cows, which have a yield six times that of the best local cows, have transformed the lives of an estimated 1,000 plus families. Bóthar heifers arrive in calf, with each recipient family agreeing to pass on the first-born female calf to her to another family.

Bóthar returns each year to re-impregnate the cows, so the cycle continues.

Prior to being given a heifer, each family undergoes a six-month programme of training in animal husbandry, water-harvesting and basic horticulture practices.

Here’s hoping that this excellent work and generosity continues.



Cows To Cars? It’s Happening

Creating a highway humming with hydrogen cars has been a dream of scientists, policymakers and environmentalists for decades. Today, thanks to the dairy cow, we are closer than ever to making it a reality.

One of the biggest hurdles in creating hydrogen fuel until now has been the enormous amount of fossil fuel-based energy it takes to extract hydrogen from water or hydrocarbons.

Most hydrogen fuel is produced via steam methane reforming where natural gas reacts with steam in a catalytic converter to produce hydrogen gas as well as carbon dioxide. Water electrolysis, another highly utilized process, uses an electric current to separate H2O into hydrogen and oxygen gas, but it too, requires significant amounts of fossil-fuel derived electricity.

Exit the Cow

It’s well known that dairy cows contribute significantly to methane (a very potent greenhouse gas) release, both from their burps and management of their manure. as waste exits their systems, and some dairy farms have installed anaerobic digesters to capture and use as renewable energy. Inside the digester’s airless tank, organic matter is converted into biogas, which in turn can fuel combustion engines to power the farm or grid.

However, biogas does not have to power a generator. Thanks in large part to California’s emission reduction targets, a financial market is developing for biogas, scrubbed of impurities, to be injected straight into natural gas pipelines as a renewable equivalent to fossil natural gas. One use for this renewable natural gas (RNG) is an input to generate hydrogen gas. While the above-described process has not changed to produce hydrogen, the CO2 emission reductions from this renewable approach are significant.

Enter The Car

Toyota has gone all in with its efforts to take hydrogen gas—sorry—the last mile to zero emissions. Their innovation is to pump the renewable natural gas directly into a fuel cell, which is like a giant battery. This battery, though, generates both hydrogen and electricity, as well as the heat and water to catalyze the reaction.

Not all of hydrogen’s hurdles are solved. For example, there are only 39 hydrogen fueling stations across the United States, and of those, 35 are in California. Hundreds more are required before Americans invest in cars dependent upon this new technology.

Consumers will also presumably want to fuel their cars for less than $5.60 per gallon, the current cost of hydrogen fuel. Additionally, America is far behind the curve when it comes to capturing methane to create biogas. Europe, for example, had 12,496 animal waste digesters in 2016 compared to the 281 in the U.S. as of April 2018.

With the right policies encouraging methane capture from cows, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory calculates that 486,000 metric tons of hydrogen or 477 million gasoline gallon equivalents could be generated annually from dairy digesters throughout the U.S—enough to supply the annual fuel needs of nearly 730,000 U.S. drivers.

With General Motors and Honda partnering to bring their hydrogen model to market to compete with Toyota, the potential is there for huge advances in a hydrogen fuel economy, relying in part on our nation’s dairy cows to commit to their duties on a daily basis.

Source: Regenis

Drought begins to pinch along Murray River as Australian dairy farmers face tough cull decisions

The drought gripping farmers through parts of New South Wales, Queensland and eastern Victoria is starting to affect dairy farmers along the Murray River, who say they are culling herds as food and water become scarce heading into summer.

A combination of poor harvests, competition for feed with NSW and Queensland farmers and soaring water prices is placing great pressure on dairy farmers in northern Victoria.

Farmers near Koondrook told the ABC that tough decisions about how to manage their herds had to be made, with some farmers selling their dairy cows for burger meat.

“Our dairy cows are heading to the abattoir as there’s no other place for them, people are not looking for dairy cows at the moment just with the pressures that are across the state and interstate as well — and the cost of feeding them,” farmer Jodie Hay said.

“It’s a take no passenger kind of year, you are only taking through your highest producing cows.”

Ms Hay and other farmers have joined local organisations in the Gannawarra Shire Council to launch FFS — For Farmers’ Sake — a campaign to lobby for government investment and relief.

Cohuna farmer Gary White said farmers are under pressure from all angles.

“If we cull our cows we reduce our income, if we keep our cows we have to buy in water to grow the feed,” Mr White said.

But water is expensive this season.

“Then you turn to the hay market, but the hay market has been reduced this year, they haven’t been able to grow the amount of hay they normally would because of the dry season,” he said.

And now Victorian farmers are competing with farmers desperate for fodder from NSW.

“It’s going to be a tough season, whatever way you go it’s going to hurt,” Mr White said.

One solution farmers suggest is to stop this season’s environmental water flows to the Gunbower Forest and sell an extra tens of thousands of megalitres to the local farmers.

The idea is backed by Victorian Nationals Leader Peter Walsh, who said the money reaped from the extra sales could be invested in environmental infrastructure.

He said 45-50,000 megalitres of water is being pumped into the forest.

“That 50,000 megalitres, 1,000-megalitre-a-dairy farmer, there’s probably 50 dairy farms that could have desperately used that water,” Mr Walsh said.

“So that’s 50 families in the area that if they had that opportunity to buy that water at a reasonable price would be a lot more viable or potentially would still be in business.”

Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said the state has discussed water allocations with the Commonwealth.


Source: ABC News


Farmers to plead guilty in organic grain fraud scheme

Three Nebraska farmers will plead guilty to knowingly marketing non-organic corn and soybeans as certified organic as part of a lengthy, multi-million-dollar fraud scheme, federal prosecutors revealed Thursday.

Tom Brennan, his son James Brennan and family friend Michael Potter have each agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud. Their plea hearings are scheduled for Friday in federal court in Cedar Rapids

Prosecutors allege the three conspired with the owner of a large Iowa-based company to dupe customers nationwide who thought they were buying grains that had been grown using environmentally sustainable practices.

All three operated an organic farm in Overton, Nebraska, that was certified through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, which requires crops to be grown without the use of fertilizers, sewage sludge and other substances. They also farmed other fields that weren’t certified.

From 2010 through 2017, the trio sold non-organic grain directly to customers and to an Ossian, Iowa-based company, which is identified in court papers only as “J.S.” and as being owned by an unidentified co-conspirator. They knew the grain was mostly non-organic because it came from non-certified fields or from certified fields where they applied pesticides and nitrogen in violation of USDA standards, prosecutors contend in court documents. Any organic grain was mixed with non-organic grain, rendering all of it non-organic.

Court documents indicate that the Brennans and Potter are cooperating, signaling that additional charges may be forthcoming against the owner of “J.S.” Prosecutors said in court documents that the certification for the Nebraska farm was owned by “J.S.” and would have been revoked had its third-party certifier known of the chemicals that were used.

Holly Logan, an attorney for James Brennan, declined to comment. USDA records show that he voluntarily surrendered an organic certification last month. Attorneys for the other two defendants didn’t immediately reply to messages.

The charges were praised by the Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog group that has been critical of the USDA for being too lenient with producers who violate its standards.

Violations are typically handled through USDA enforcement action that can bring fines, revocations and bans, and federal criminal charges are rare, said the group’s director, Mark Kastel.

He said the prosecution will send a message to farmers who may have the opportunity to profit by defrauding the growing organic market.

“These large-scale problems have an impact on the entire market and the reputation of the organic label. It’s really very fortuitous that the prosecution is taking place,” he said. “We want these cases to act as a really strong deterrent. They are not the rule. They are the exception. Now that this is almost a $50 billion industry, it’s so lucrative. Fraud opportunities exist.”

Victims of organic fraud include farmers who buy grain to feed their animals so they can market their meat and milk under the organic label and the consumers who pay a premium for those products, Kastel said. Fraud in U.S. grown crops is believed to be a much smaller problem than those imported from abroad from countries like Turkey, he said.

Each defendant received more than $2.5 million for grain marketed as organic during the scheme, and prosecutors say they are seeking the forfeiture of at least $10.9 million. Wire fraud carries up to 20 years in prison, but the three would be expected to face far less prison time under federal sentencing guidelines. Details of their plea agreements have not been made public.


Woodmansees Harris Jora Wins Grand at Atlantic Dairy Championship Show

October 13, 2018 at Truro, N.S.
Judge: Tyler Doiron, Cap-Sante, Que.
69 Head

Photo by Atlantic Holstein News

Premier Breeder
Cobequid Holsteins
Lower Debert, N.S.

Premier Exhibitor
Weeksdale Holsteins
Breadalbane, P.E.I.

Intermediate Champion and Grand Champion
Woodmansees Harris Jora
Junior 3-Year-Old
Sire: Hazels Ashock Harris
Weeksdale Holsteins, Select Farm & Export Services Inc. & Gerardo & Jose Gonzalez
Breadalbane, P.E.I., Hanover, Ont., & Mexico

Reserve Grand Champion
Wilsoncrest Mistress
Mature Cow
Sire: Regancrest Design-ET
Wilsoncrest Holsteins
Stewiacke, N.S.

Reserve Intermediate Champion
Browntown CQ Doorman Ritzy
Senior 2-Year-Old
Sire: Val-Bisson Doorman
Browntown Farms Ltd. & Cobequid Holsteins
East Hants, N.S., & Lower Debert, N.S.

Junior Champion
Blondin Avalanche Sasha
1st Bred Heifer 18-20 Months of Age
Sire: Dymentholm Mr Apples Avalanche
Diamond Hill Farms
Cornwall, P.E.I.

Reserve Junior Champion
Rotaly Tonka Kane
1st Bred Heifer 15-17 Months of Age
Sire: Claynook Tonka
Weeksdale Holsteins
Breadalbane, P.E.I.

Massachusetts farm reeling from silo collapse that killed one cow trapped thirteen

The owners of Cherry Hill Farm in Lunenburg farm are trying to recover after a silo full of grain collapsed onto the dairy barn Sunday morning, killing one cow and trapping 13 calves.

Sharon Kimball, whose parents own the farm, said it was “amazing” that no workers were hurt when the silo gave way.

One cow died, but the rest of the animals made it out of the barn safely. Sixty-three milking cows and other animals had to be relocated, she said.

She said her parents, Douglas and Marilyn MacMillan, are in their 80s and doing “as well as can be expected.”

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“It was a major shock, obviously,” she said. “We are just currently assessing the situation and moving forward.”

Lunenburg police and firefighters responded to the farm on Leominster Road shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday and found that a large concrete silo containing grain had collapsed onto the face of the main barn, authorities said.

Most of the herd was out in the field, but one cow was seriously injured in the collapse and had to be euthanized, fire officials said in a press release.

Thirteen calves remained trapped inside the barn, and a tech rescue team was dispatched to the scene.

Lunenburg Fire Chief Patrick Sullivan said once they shored up an exit for the young calves, “they coaxed them out with hay,” and guided them out to safety.

It was “certainly an unusual situation,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said the cause of the silo collapse is still under investigation, but preliminary findings suggest that a drainage system in the silo became plugged up and rainwater built up in the silo, which ultimately caused it to break.

Someone from the farm was inside the barn just before the silo broke, he said.

“They heard a noise, creaking and cracking,” he said.

The sounds created by the reinforced metal bands around the silo was the warning signal that something bad was about to happen. It provided a 15 to 20 minute window for the animals to be evacuated, he said.

“They were able to get animals out before it came down,” said Sullivan. “They’re very fortunate that they only lost one.”

Sullivan said the farm is now trying to save the hay and salvage as much of the barn as possible. “It’s got a lot of structural damage,” he said.

What happens next remains to be seen.

“They’re working on what the next steps are going to be,” he said.

It’s not the first time that a disaster has struck Cherry Hill Farm, which has been operating since 1951. The last time was in the early 1990s, when a barn caught on fire. According to the Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise, a newborn calf perished in the Nov. 22, 1993 blaze, which caused $200,00 in damage.

Kimball said that same barn is the one that was damaged by the silo.

“It damaged the barn so much that it’s no longer usable,” she said.

Kimball said her family is thankful for the “overwhelming outpouring of support” they’re received thus far from the town, local residents, and fellow dairy farmers. Well-wishers have provided food and have been there to listen, and dairy farmers offered to help care for their milking cows, she said. The Lunenburg Turkey Hill Family Lions Club also announced on Facebook that it would be collecting money to “assist Cherry Hill Farm in their efforts going forward.”

Jim Lattanzi, the owner of Hollis Hills Farm in Fitchburg, said as soon as he heard about the accident, he headed over to Lunenburg.

“It was quite the mess,” Lattanzi said. “I was relieved nobody was hurt.”

Lattanzi got on the phone and contacted other farmers, and helped coordinate extra cattle trailers to relocate the cows at Cherry Hill Farm. The dairy cows were ultimately split up among four area farms so they could continue on their milking schedule, he said. “Dairy cows need to be milked twice a day,” he explained.

Lattanzi himself took on the 13 calves that had been trapped in the barn after the silo collapsed, as well as 11 other young heifers that were rescued from a part of the barn that wasn’t damaged.

Lattanzi said the community wants to help Cherry Hill Farm get through this.

“It speaks to who the MacMillans are as a family, and it speaks to who farmers are,” he said. “Farmers help each other.”

Sullivan said Cherry Hill Farm is one of the last dairy farms in Lunenburg.


Nestle launches A2 baby formula challenging The a2 Milk Company

Nestle’s new baby formula brand Nan A2, is launching in Australia in October and New Zealand in November.

The world’s biggest infant formula maker Nestle is launching its own brand of A2-only baby formula in Australia and New Zealand as it looks to muscle in on the dominant position of high-growth stock, The a2 Milk Company.

While many dairy makers have held back from selling products that only have the A2 beta-casein protein, perhaps sceptical about its benefits and cautious of undermining their regular milk sales, a2 Milk has proved to be a huge growth story. Revenue has surged from $NZ62.5 million in 2011-12 to $NZ923 million in 2017-18. The company’s market capitalisation has swelled to more than $7 billion.

Now the Swiss giant wants in on the space and is launching its NAN A2 brand in Coles and online in Australia this week. It has plans to sell its S-26 Atwo brand in New Zealand in November at select Countdown stores and online.

A2 milk contains all of the proteins found in standard cows’ milk except for the A1 beta-casein protein. Proponents of A2-only milk say the A1 protein causes indigestion.

This major push by Nestle comes on the back of its launch into China in February with its Illuma Atwo formula brand. The NZ and China formula products are Wyeth Nutrition brands, while the Australian product is labelled Nestle Nutrition.

‘The original manuscript’

Tarun Malkani, Nestle’s global business head for Wyeth Nutrition, told The Australian Financial Review it is still early days in China but it is performing to expectations, while Australia is also an important market.

“We are going to win [market share] on the strength of the brand,” he said. “It comes down to the power of the brand. In this case it happens to be the A2 offering, but its still about the brand.

“The A2 beta-casein protein is the original form of protein before cows were domesticated thousands of years ago. And now cows have both the A1 and A2 proteins. So we are going back to the original manuscript.

“But at the end of the day we have to make sure consumers have a choice. This is a viable lead in the market and consumers have asked for it, so we have a responsibility to give them an option along with the other options in our portfolio.”

The company offers product from starter formulas to toddler milks and cereals.

Citi analyst Sam Teeger said Nestle backed-Wyeth had the largest share of the infant formula market on Chinese e-commerce platforms in 2017 of about 10 per cent, making its entry into the A2-protein category currently dominated by the Jayne Hrdlicka-run a2 as significant.

Another analyst said there will be some nerves around this Australian A2 launch but a2 Milk has a first-mover advantage and “premium platinum status.”

“[For] top brands like a2 and Aptimil, it appears very hard to get product Australia-wide right now,” Mr Teeger said.

Consumer demand

The a2 Platinum baby formula was launched late in 2013 and is the No.1 Australian infant formula with a market share of 36 per cent, according to the company. But it is Chinese mothers who have fanned the company’s success further. China has one of the world’s lowest breastfeeding rates.

Mr Malkani said early success in China had confirmed demand for the product and underlined the decision to expand into new markets. “This gives us reason to believe this is not a gimmicky flash in the pan,” he said. “This is something consumers have a need for and that is why we have taken the step to go outside China to other markets.”

Mr Malkani is mulling the entry of A2 product in the United States, along with other countries. “If we believe the dynamics in the market suggest that A2 is a viable option, then we will put the energy behind this,” he said.

Mr Malkani said he along with all other baby formula makers are awaiting more detailed news from Beijing around China’s new e-commerce law set to come into effect on January 1.

At the end of August the Chinese government passed a new law providing the framework to e-commerce trade covering operators, contracts, dispute resolution and promotion for domestic and cross-border transactions (CBEC). The law covers larger platforms such as Alibaba’s Taobao but also those selling goods via social networks like WeChat.

“Certainly China is very important to us,” Mr Malkani said. “We recognise the government wants to ensure their growing e-commerce channels are operating appropriately. We don’t have any specific details now of this law, I don’t believe anyone does. But we appreciate the importance of it and we will monitor it closely.”

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Butter Higher and Mixed Results for Futures in Chicago Monday

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, class III milk futures maintained mixed results in the end, with the average for the balance of 2018 falling 4 cents to finish at $15.68 per cwt. while the first half of 2019 gained a penny to finish at $15.91. October closed a penny lower at $15.60. November down four cents at $15.72. December down seven cents at $15.73. January four cents lower at $15.72. February through next September contracts closed unchanged to a nickel higher. In the Class IV market. Both periods moved higher, with the average for the remainder of 2018 now resting at $15.03 while the first half of next year advances to $15.32.

Seasonal interest for butter continued to push prices higher on Monday after six loads moved from seller to buyer and 4 cents was added to price. On a per pound basis, butter now finishes at $2.29.  Barrels were down $0.0225 at $1.3075. Eight trades were made ranging from $1.3350 to $1.34. Blocks were unchanged at $1.61. One trade was made at $1.58. Nonfat dry milk closed $0.0050 higher at $0.8725. Dry whey was unchanged at $0.5625.

Robotic Milking: It Doesn’t Need to Be New, It Needs to Be Good

The smell, the feeling, the NEW is always something we love to have or do, however it is not always possible or convenient.

While there are opportunities in life to go with a brand new car, new house, new farm or new equipment, there are also times where the most cost-efficient alternative or the best financial opportunity overwrites the NEW wishes.

Remember dairying is not about speed, it is about endurance, and making solid, mindful, business-driven decisions is the key to that. While in some cases, NEW might be the only right answer, in other cases existing facilities may accommodate robots in a great way. More often than not, it can be an attractive option. 

When adding robots to any kind of facility, the key is always to think of the cow first. It is normal to find some limitations between the “ideal” and the “real,” and this is where we need to find balance and put focus. Always remember that if we need to sacrifice something it cannot be cow comfort and health. Also, keep in mind that management can compensate for some of the limitations, but be realistic about what you sacrifice – plan your work and work your plan.

The most common cow traffic for retrofitted facilities is free flow as it allows a lot of flexibility and simplicity. However, hybrid barns – free flow with pre-selection and one-way gates or modified guided (very common on four-row head-to-head barns) – have gained a lot of popularity in the last five years. They combine the best of both worlds, the flexibility of the free flow with the efficiency of the pre-selection-guided. The good news is that both work. It’s up to you to choose what’s right for you and what can best accommodate your current set up.

Today in North America, several robotic projects are built on existing facilities. At least 50 percent of the robotic projects installed this year in the U.S. have been retrofits, and 41 percent for Canada. I bet you wouldn’t guess there is such a high percentage, but there is, because good dairy farmers always realize that it doesn’t need to be always new, it just needs to be good.


Canadian dairy farmers angry at Trump, terms of trade deal

Workers milk cows at Armstrong Manor Farm in Caledon, Ontario. Computers measure how much milk each cow produces, then shut off the milking process when the flow decreases below a certain amount. Credit: Jason Margolis/The World

The new NAFTA agreement covers nearly 2,000 pages. Its 34 chapters address a wide range of issues, including digital trade, textiles, intellectual property and the environment. But if you were listening to President Donald Trump recently, you might’ve thought the agreement boiled down to one thing: Canadian milk. 

The president has been railing against Canadian dairy farmers in rallies and Tweets for months. 

The new trade agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico, called the USMCA, still needs approval by the legislative bodies in each nation. Under the newly-reached agreement, Canadian dairy tariffs wouldn’t go away entirely, but US dairy farmers would get more access to Canada, a worrying prospect for Canadian dairy farmers.

Phillip Armstrong’s family has been farming the same piece of land in Caledon, Ontario, since 1869. Obviously, dairy farming has evolved a lot since then. It’s also made huge leaps since Armstrong graduated college 37 years ago. Today, each of his 380 cows wears a high-tech collar.

“The collar that they have on them is ID, but it also measures her eating habits, on an individual cow. It measures her rumen, the stomach movements to make sure that that’s going well. It measures her lying down time, it measures her activity,” Armstrong says.

Combine that technology with better breeding and nutrition, and Armstrong says his cows are nearly twice as productive as four decades ago. This might seem great, but it’s also created a problem for the world’s dairy farmers: They’re producing too much milk. To keep things in check, Canada has a system. Put simply: They match supply with consumer demand.

“Each farm has a quota and that’s our share of the Canadian market,” says Armstrong.  

As part of its supply management system, Canada also places high tariffs on foreign dairy imports, up to about 300 percent. Canada does let in some American dairy before tariffs kick in, and as part of the updated trade deal, Canada would open up 3.6 percent more of its market to American dairy. 

“And you go, ‘OK, well, it’s not much,’” Armstrong says. “But that’s growth in income that we’re giving up that allows us to modernize, to expand and everything like that. So, it’s frustrating for us as dairy farmers.”

Canadian dairy farmers have also given up more access to Europe, New Zealand and Australia through other recent trade deals.

The dairy trade between the US and Canada is a sliver of overall trade between the two nations. And Armstrong is annoyed that President Trump singled out Canadian dairy as the major problem.

“He was distorting the facts or maybe didn’t understand the facts, I don’t know,” Armstrong says. “And he said we were hurting their dairy farmers. Well, the Americans had a $600 million surplus with us. But he got into his head that we were mistreating their farmers.”

Many American dairy farmers agree with President Trump and applaud him for standing up for them. They point out that Canada also recently redefined some of its products — protein concentrates called ultrafiltered milk — and created price supports to effectively shut out American products. The new category — called Class 7 — will be eliminated under the new NAFTA agreement. 

The pain on American dairy farms is real. Thousands of small American dairy farms have shut down in recent years.  It’s not all because of Canada though, far from it. American farmers have been squeezed out by consolidation, corporate agriculture, global competition and low prices. People are also simply consuming less milk.

“A lot of milk, in the past, has been dumped because it couldn’t be processed in an appropriate amount of time, or sold at an extreme discount,” says Brian Gould, a professor of agribusiness at the University of Wisconsin. “It’s just too much milk. We have too much milk in the US.”

While US dairy farmers may be in a bad place, Gould says the US shouldn’t be telling Canada how to manage its internal agriculture.  

“We have no right to do that. I really think we’re on thin ice when we demand that they get rid of their quota system.”

Gould says to think of the reverse: Canada telling the US to dismantle its system. The US government sets a minimum price for milk and also provides subsidies to American dairy farmers. 

And, the US has its own high tariffs on certain products — the US sour cream tariff, for example, is 187 percent.

“On other cheeses, you have like 50 percent tariffs,” says Graham Lloyd, the CEO of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.

Lloyd says the whole milk spat with Canada is really about politics.

“Wisconsin being a significant, important state to the Republicans, namely Speaker [Paul] Ryan, and it was a state that carried Trump, became a political lightning rod,” Lloyd says.

Back on the farm, Armstrong says the new NAFTA agreement doesn’t address the fundamental problem: American farmers are producing too much milk. And Armstrong believes opening a little bit more of Canada won’t make a dent in that.

“I feel for the dairy farmer in the United States. I mean, it’s got to hurt,” Armstrong says. The new trade agreement, he says, “is going to hurt us here, but it has no impact on their well-being at all.”

Again, plenty of Wisconsin and New York farmers see things differently. They’re glad to have more access to Canadian markets.  Still, there’s an ironic twist here: Many American dairy farmers and organizations are actually now looking into a supply management system of their own … similar to Canada’s.


Meet the U.S. farmers who love Trump’s China trade war

American farmers are livid with President Trump’s tariffs. But not garlic growers. Reeling after a quarter-century-long war with Chinese garlic farmers, they are thrilled with a trade war that they say could finally give them the advantage on U.S. turf.

Why it matters: Chances are if you’re cooking with garlic (or, less commonly, using it medicinally), it’s from China, which has an iron grip on the U.S. market, controlling more than 90% of the dried garlic trade and killing many American garlic farms. U.S. farmers think Trump’s new 10% tariff could bring them back to life.

There is a “garlic war that has crowded out U.S. farmers,” says Eric Block, a University at Albany professor who has studied garlic for more than 30 years. Pricing pressure from cheaper Chinese garlic has caused a lot of of U.S. farms to scale back production, or shut down completely.

By the numbers: How the price difference ripples through the market can be seen in San Francisco, where the current price of a 30-pound carton of Chinese-grown white garlic is $38–$40, compared with $68 for U.S.-grown garlic, according to the USDA.

Ken Christopher, who runs Christopher Ranch, the largest U.S. garlic producer in Gilroy, California, says that even though the tariff will not equal out the prices, the penalty will make it less profitable for Chinese growers and “it will make an impact, when you’re dealing in millions of pounds of garlic.”

  • The U.S. is the world’s largest garlic importer, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, accounting for 339 million pounds of garlic in 2017. It is also the world’s largest consumer.
  • Cheaper labor, less regulation and overall lower production costs all allow Chinese growers to undercut most of its global garlic rivals. Pricing pressure from cheaper Chinese garlic has caused a lot of U.S. farms to scale back production, or shut down completely.

How they got here

U.S. troubles with Chinese garlic have a deep history. It’s been a three-generation fight, says Christopher, the grower in Gilroy, which calls itself the “garlic capital of the U.S.”

  • Christopher’s grandfather, Don Christopher, was among domestic producers who in 1994 successfully lobbied the government to impose a 377% “antidumping and countervailing” duty on garlic imports.

But China got around those taxes, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which in 2016 found that China’s growers were not paying the duties in full.

  • By the early 2000s, Christopher began selling Chinese-imported garlic, too.
  • “Wholesalers demanded the cheapest products,” said Christopher.
  • Trump’s tariffs will “change the entire game for garlic farmers,” he says, because the tariff will be collected in advance, confounding the past “duty invasion schemes.”

Not everyone is so confident.

  • Louis Hymel, a 50-year employee of Spice World, which packages garlic imported from China, Mexico and Argentina, said the tariffs won’t change the way the company does business.
  • McCormick Spices said the tariffs will drive up the costs of their seasonings, CNN reported last month.

Moo-ve over Smirnoff: This Ontario distillery is making vodka out of cow’s milk

After seeing the amount of skim milk that goes to waste from dairy farms, an Ontario distillery has found a way to produce vodka from cow’s milk.

Omid McDonald, right, the founder of Dairy Distillery, works with Neal McCarten, left, to create vodka made from cow’s milk. (Submitted by Omid McDonald)According to Omid McDonald, vodka made from cow’s milk looks like any other vodka, except that it has “absolutely no burn, a sweet smell and a caramel-y finish.”

McDonald is the founder of Dairy Distillery in Almonte, Ont., and for the past couple of years, he’s been working his new creation, which he’s named Vodkow.

“It’s a very smooth experience,” McDonald told As It Happens host Carol Off.

“You could mix it with all of your favourite cocktails. But what people are telling us is that it’s good to sip on its own, which is pretty rare in a vodka.”

The idea of Vodkow was born out of a conversation McDonald had with his wife’s cousin, Neal McCarten, who grew up around his uncle’s dairy farm.

McCarten had mentioned that skim milk was being wasted due to excess production and unwanted components.

Making Vodkow

McDonald, who had always been interested in how alcohol is made, asked if it was possible to make alcohol out of the leftovers.

He eventually reached a deal with dairy company Parmalat to use its unwanted milk permeate — what is left behind from milk after the fats and proteins are taken out to make products such as ice cream, cheese and butter.

Vodkow is produced out of the Dairy Distillery, a distillery based in Almonte, Ont. (Submitted by Omid McDonald)Permeate contains lactose, or milk sugar, but McDonald said companies often dump it because they have very little use for it.

As a result, McDonald said the unwanted milk permeate ends up becoming both an environmental and a financial problem, because farmers have to pay to safely dispose of it.

“I don’t like to call it a waste, but it’s something that’s being wasted right now,” McDonald said.

In order to create alcohol out of the milk permeate, McDonald worked with the University of Ottawa’s biology department to find a yeast that can consume lactose and produce alcohol.

After finding the right kind of yeast to make the vodka, McDonald and McCarten teamed up to scale up production of the product, and Vodkow was born.


People who are lactose intolerant don’t need to worry if they want to get a shot of Vodkow, McDonald said. 

“The yeast will cleave the lactose into their basic sugars and then eat those sugars. So there is absolutely no lactose in the final product,” he said.

He added that Vodkow tastes great on its own, on ice or mixed with other drinks. Some cocktails — or “moo-tinis” — can also include cream liqueurs and White Russians.

While McDonald acknowledges that the product he’s making is unlike any other on the market right now, he encourages other dairy farmers and distillers to follow suit.

McCarten makes Vodkow from a yeast that can consume lactose. (Submitted by Omid McDonald)He said that many dairy farmers are feeling pressure due to the new trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico.

If the alcohol industry considers using milk in its products, McDonald said could be a significant source of revenue for dairy farmers.

“Right now the alcohol industry, other than us, purchase nothing from the dairy industry,” McDonald said.

“We hope more people will start making use of this lactose, which is currently being wasted. So we will see it as a positive thing if other people also started working with milk-based spirits.”


Controversial large-scale dairy proposal back on the table in Newton County Georgia

A Google map image shows the 2,500-acre farm at 4500 W. County Road 400 North in Newton County where Texas-based Natural Prairie Dairy has proposed a new 4,350-cow operation. A number of residents have opposed the plan, saying it could pollute the water in their wells, adversely affect their property values and hamper efforts to draw in more tourists to nearby public lands. Provided by De Jong family spokesman Charlie Stone

The Texas-based company behind a controversial plan for a large-scale organic dairy in Newton County submitted a new permit application last week to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

The De Jong family withdrew its initial permit application for Natural Prairie Dairy in May, after facing strong opposition from the community.

Though IDEM approved the De Jongs’ first permit in October 2017, the Indiana Office of Environmental Adjudication dealt Natural Prairie Dairy a legal setback last spring by declining to dismiss a resident’s appeal of IDEM’s decision.

The family has been growing alfalfa and various grasses and applying natural fertilizer such as manure at its 2,500-acre property at 4500 W. County Road 400 North near Lake Village for more than three years, said Will De Jong, farm manager and nephew of company owners Donald and Cheri De Jong.

Natural Prairie Dairy wants to house 4,250 dairy cows and 100 dairy calves at the site, records show.

“This same land has been successfully farmed conventionally for over 100 years,” De Jong said. “But as organic dairy farmers, we will not use any pesticides, herbicides and GMOS, and we will be replacing the row crops with organic pasture grass.”

However, it’s the proposed dairy’s waste stream that has residents concerned.

Hoosier Environmental Council, which is representing several residents, said in legal filings the dairy’s previous proposals related to the handling of waste failed to protect human health and the environment.

Kim Ferraro, senior staff attorney with the Hoosier Environmental Council, said Friday she was still reviewing the dairy’s latest proposal.

Thomas Vanes, a member of the steering committee for the group Protect the Kankakee River Basin, referred questions about the new application to Ferraro.

IDEM said it has 90 days to make a decision on Natural Prairie Dairy’s proposal, and there will be a 33-day public comment period.

A lawsuit filed by the Hoosier Environmental Council on behalf of several residents also is pending in Newton County court. The residents want a judge to order the Newton County Board of Zoning Appeals to schedule a public hearing and rescind the special exception it issued to Natural Prairie Dairy in March 2017.

50 million gallons of waste a year

The number of cows the dairy is proposing remains unchanged.

During a meeting in June attended by more than 100 residents, Ferraro said 4,350 cows would produce more than 50 million gallons of waste a year and emit more than 700 pounds of ammonia daily.

“You have a (confined animal feeding operation) that is being proposed in the most ill-conceived site I have ever seen,” said Ferraro, who also represented Valparaiso-area residents in a recent battle against a different confined feeding operation.

The Natural Prairie Dairy property sits entirely in the bed of the former Beaver Lake, which was once the largest natural lake in Indiana, according to a technical review prepared for the Hoosier Environmental Council.

Beaver Lake was drained from 1871 to 1880, as the Beaver Lake Ditch to the Kankakee River was constructed. The area remains wet, with seasonal inundation just below the surface and frequent surface ponding, the review states.

Residents fear polluted water from the dairy could flow into the Kankakee River via two ditches and pollute the groundwater that feeds the private wells from which they draw water for drinking, cooking and bathing. They also worry the smell and flies associated with a large dairy operation could adversely affect their property values.

In addition, any degradation of air and water quality could hamper efforts to draw tourists to several nearby protected public lands.

The Nature Conservancy promotes its Kankakee Sands property, which is located to the east and south of the De Jongs’ proposed confined feeding operation, as “a 7,000-acre jewel in progress.”

Hunters and fishermen frequent the Willow Slough Indiana Fish and Wildlife Area, which is farther south and owned by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Family: Farm not in floodway

In legal filings, the Hoosier Environmental Council said IDEM granted approval of the dairy’s initial proposal in violation of several statutes intended to protect the quality of surface and groundwater.

Natural Prairie Dairy’s new application states its waste management system will be in compliance with some of the statutes cited by Hoosier Environmental Council.

“Pursuant to IDEM regulations, our family organic farm is not located in a 100-year floodplain and/or floodway, and all barns and waste management facilities are two feet above the seasonal high water table,” DeJong said.

The company plans to install a Janicki Bioenergy advanced vapor recompression unit, which is a processor that “separates solid and liquid fractions of dairy manure to produce clean water, dried solids, and a concentrated aqueous ammonia fertilizer solution.”

When asked if the technology has been successfully employed anywhere else at the scale contemplated at the Newton County site, De Jong replied, “This technology has been tested with human waste and indeed works (just ask Bill Gates).”

The family planned to install and test the technology at its organic dairy in Texas before using it in Newton County, he said.


13 calves rescued after silo collapses onto barn in Lunenburg, Massachusetts

A silo full of grain collapsed onto a barn in Lunenburg, trapping 13 calves and leading to the death of one cow.

Crews responding to Cherry Hill Farm on Leominster Road around 11 a.m. discovered that the silo tore the main barn in half.

One cow was struck by the debris and was euthanized by employees before first responders arrived, police said.

The other 13 cows were trapped in an area of the barn that had been severely damaged by the fall, according to officials.

Fire officials determined the building too hazardous to enter and sought assistance from the district eight technical rescue team.

When the team arrived, they immediately began the two-hour long process of stabilizing the structure and safely removing the remaining cows.

No one was injured in the rescue.

The owner of the farm are currently looking for temporary lodgings for their animals.

The incident remains under investigation.

Source:  7 News Boston

a2 Milk becomes first mainstream dairy brand to ditch plastic bottles

Product will be sold in 100% recyclable FSC-certified paper-based cartons

The first mainstream fresh dairy brand to switch from plastic milk bottles to cartons goes on sale in UK supermarkets on Wednesday, in the latest drive to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

With millions of plastic milk bottles disposed of daily in the UK, a2 Milk is switching to 100% recyclable paper-based cartons that use 80% less plastic than bottles and carry the Forest Stewardship Council label. That means they are made with pulp from FSC-certified forests and/or recycled sources.

The UK uses 38.5m plastic bottles every day, of which 15m are not recycled, and they are now standard packaging for mass-produced cows’ milk sold in UK supermarkets.


Source: The Guardian

WFU calls for dose of reality in trade deal response

The Wisconsin Farmers Union in statement clarified the actual impact that the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement trade deal will have on the U.S. dairy industry. The U.S. Trade Representative reports that the deal would open the door for an additional $560 million worth of U.S. dairy products to enter the Canadian market duty-free. That is about 1.5 percent of the total value of U.S. dairy production.

“A 1.5 percent increase in dairy products sold is not going to be the salvation of our dairy industry,” said WFU President Darin Von Ruden. Von Ruden, who dairy farms in Westby, noted that the U.S. has increased domestic dairy production in 18 of the last 20 years, by about 1.5 percent each year.

“This small increase in sales to Canada may not even offset our own domestic production increase this year, not to mention where we’ll be at two or three or 10 years down the road,” Von Ruden said. “We need to exercise some discipline on our own side of the border rather than looking for salvation outside our borders.”

Von Ruden reiterated WFU’s longstanding call for a federal policy mechanism to balance supply and demand in the dairy industry.

“Wisconsin dairy farmers are losing money each time they walk into the barn, because the flood of milk on the market has driven the price lower than what it costs to produce it. No government bailout or new trade deal is going to solve that problem. We need a federal framework for bringing milk production in line with demand, and the longer the federal government puts off doing this, the more equity our farms will lose,” he said.

Agricultural Financial Advisor data from 2017 showed that the average farm lost $1.04 per hundredweight of milk produced. The USMCA trade deal may provide some additional market for U.S dairy products, but without supply management, there is no guarantee that prices will come up to reduce the losses farmers are facing every day.

Von Ruden also noted that the USMCA fails to achieve two other important fair trade priorities: “First, the agreement does not provide for Country-of-Origin Labeling for U.S. meat products, which is supported by 90 percent of Americans. Second, the USMCA fails to eliminate the Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism. ISDS allows multinational corporations to overturn U.S. laws that might reduce their profits. ISDS prioritizes the profits of multinational corporations over the needs of U.S. citizens and is a direct affront to U.S. sovereignty.”

Coles criticised over milk levy fund

Queensland dairy farmers have called the Coles levy a “ridiculous PR stunt” and Woolworths’ Drought Relief milk range a “farce”.

Coles has come under fire from Queensland dairy farmers for refusing to distribute cash from its 10¢-a-litre private-label milk levy through processors.

When Coles announced the 10¢-a-litre price increase on three-litre bottles of private-label milk last month it said 100 per cent of the cash would be donated to farmers through the National Farmers Federation’s drought relief fund. Coles has had a partnership with the NFF since 2012.

However, the NFF has quietly declined to administer the funds, prompting Coles to this week establish a Dairy Drought Relief Fund and invite farmers to apply for grants.

Coles has appointed PwC as an independent auditor to oversee the application process and verify that funds raised are allocated to drought-affected dairy farmers.

The Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation has called the levy a “ridiculous PR stunt” and said there was a simpler way for Coles to get the money back to farmers – by paying its private-label milk suppliers, Norco and Saputo.

“By refusing to engage with the two processors of Coles private label, Coles is ensuring they can pull the levy at an time, irrespective of whether farmers are still being affected by drought,” said QDO vice-president Matthew Trace.

A Coles spokesman said that after consulting with the NFF and other industry stakeholders, it was decided that a fair, efficient and direct way to distribute the funds was to set up the Coles Dairy Drought Relief Fund.

“As the QDO is aware, the Coles Dairy Drought Relief Fund is independently audited and Coles has committed to raising money for the fund through a 30¢ increase on the price of our three litre own brand milk until the end of the year,” he said.

The QDO has also denounced Woolworths’ new “Drought Relief” milk range, which hit the shelves this week, as a “farce”.

The new range is priced at $1.10 a litre, $2.20 for two litres and $3.30 for three litres. The extra 10¢ a litre will be distributed to drought-affected dairy farmers through Woolworths’ supplier, Parmalat, overseen by a committee that includes an independent auditor.

The QDO has called for milk levies to be applied across all brands and all milk bottle sizes nationwide to maximise funds raised. However, Coles and Woolworths believe that by applying the levy to a dedicated brand or particular size of bottle, they are giving consumers choice to support farmers or not.


Cows Fans of Calvin Harris; Produce Award-winning Cheese

A dairy farm in Cheshire that supplies Asda supermarkets with award-winning cheese has revealed that the tantalising tracks of Calvin Harris are the key to its success. The DJ’s music makes its cows happier, meaning they produce better quality milk and therefore better-quality cheese.

Joseph Heler in Nantwich has supplied Asda stores across the North West & Midlands regions with its award-winning cheeses, produced with milk by cows living on the Cheshire Plain, for the last ten years.

Its Cheshire Cheese, Double Gloucester and Blackstone Cheddar all won Gold at the 2018 International Cheese Awards and its high quality can be credited to how the farmers treat the cows.

The cows have their hooves manicured, are given special mattresses to sleep on and even listen to music to help them feel more relaxed and produce better milk – with their favourite tunes by DJ hit maker, Calvin Harris.

Farmers have started playing the DJ’s music in the parlours during milking to help keep the cows happy and relaxed – a recognized ‘cow comfort’ technique – and because they are happier and less stressed, the farmer credits the superior quality of milk to the DJ.

What started as a one-off experiment has become a daily routine. From ‘This is What Moo Came For’ featuring Rihanna to ‘Thinking About Moo’ featuring Dua Lipa, the cows listen to an array of Cow-vin Harris albums on a daily basis – with their milk later transformed at the dairy into award-winning varieties of cheese.

Mark Thornton, the dairy’s Farm Manager explains: “We pamper their cows because, quite simply, happy cows give more better-quality milk. In addition to feeding them well, keeping the temperature comfortable and giving them space to move around; the cows enjoy a few extra luxuries, which in turn also helps to increase the quality of milk they produce.

“It seems their favourite songs are by Calvin Harris, whose tunes seem to hit the spot with the cows so they have been listening to his albums religiously the past few weeks. It just shows the lengths we will go to in making sure our cows receive the very best care possible.”

David Wells, Marketing Manager for the dairy adds: “We are Cheshire through-and-through and our relationship with Asda has gone from strength-to-strength over the last decade. Asda recognise how important regionally sourced products are – because it’s what customers want and because they help support local communities.

“We are really proud of our recent award wins and we believe the quality of our cheese is deserving of the international recognition it’s received. In the last 12 months we’ve seen a real resurgence of interest and appreciation in locally made ‘craft cheeses’ like ours, which is comparable to the popularity that artisan gin and craft beers have experienced in recent times.

“We’re going to keep on doing what we’ve been doing brilliantly for a long time now, but we are always learning and looking to improve – so if that means making a few modern tweaks to keep our cows happy and our milk top quality, then we’ll do it!!”


NAAB Announces 2018 Research Award Recipient

Dr. J. Richard Pursley receiving the 2018 NAAB Research Award

The 2018 NAAB Research Award recipient is Dr. Richard Pursley. Dr. Pursley earned a B.S. in Dairy Production and M.S. in Reproductive Physiology from Kansas State University, followed by a Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his Ph.D. training, Dr. Pursley co-developed with Dr. Milo Wiltbank what is now the world’s most widely used ovulation synchronization protocol called “Ovsynch”. According to Hoard’s Dairyman, Ovsynch is one of the best and most economical timed AI programs ever developed for the dairy industry. In 2007, the impact of Dr. Pursley’s research and extension programs was recognized as one of four USDA-CSREES projects (selected from 400) with the greatest impact in U.S. agriculture. Dr. Pursley’s seminal 1995 paper on Ovsynch was listed recently as one of the 100 most influential science papers you should read before you die (no. 7 in all reproductive biology). The Ovsynch technology caused a paradigm shift in applied reproductive research in dairy and beef cattle. Since the original paper, a significant number of applied reproductive papers presented each year at the American Dairy Science Association have dealt with Ovsynch technology.

Pursley has dairy farmer “roots” and a long-term commitment to extensive dissemination of the results of his research and extension approaches to the dairy industry that together have improved fertility in dairy cows. His extension presentations and Bovine Reproduction and Education (BRED) programs on dairy cattle reproduction have directly educated over 3000 dairy veterinarians representing an estimated 4,000,000 dairy cows.

Dr. Pursley has also garnered more than $4,000,000 in intramural and extramural grants; an impressive accomplishment. Professor Pursley emphasizes modern and in-depth training for his graduate and undergraduate students and visiting scientists, which is critical for the future development of next generation of animal scientists.

He has numerous publications and has given 349 invited and extension presentations during his 21-year career at Michigan State University, coupled with his extensive record of internal and external service. He has been an external tenure evaluator at various universities, on editorial boards, reviewer for several scientific journals and USDA NIFA proposals and has been involved with various USDA Regional Research Projects. He also continues to serve on numerous Michigan State committees including mentoring young faculty in his Department.

His original research idea was to utilize Ovsynch as a model to better understand the principles of improving fertility of lactating dairy cows. His research established that Ovsynch could be used to control follicle and corpus luteum function to enhance the success of fixed-time AI. His subsequent published work demonstrated that a pre-synchronization program for Ovsynch (G6G), enhanced fertility by controlling follicle age, size and function through the strategic use of GnRH. This research helped “pave the way” to a greater understanding of critical markers for fertility of cattle.

It’s been stated that Dr. Pursley’s discoveries related to timed AI of dairy cattle resulted in the most significant adoption of an applied reproductive technology that enhances AI use in the history of the dairy industry. He has also reached a multitude of followers with an innovative website that put his outreach programs at the leading edge of today’s extension efforts. His nationwide workshops and stimulating website illustrate his ability to reach people in multiple ways. Once one sees his two animated cows “Blaze N Star” talk about reproduction, it is easy to see why his extension innovations have been so successful.

Dr. Pursley’s educational and outreach efforts in Michigan, the U.S. and beyond are remarkable and have reached dairy farmers in almost every region of the world. His train-the-trainer seminars, workshops for veterinarians and consultants and on-line websites have been impactful and effective.

Dr. Richard Pursley is an excellent scientist and has worked in other areas including superovulation, oocyte development, and male and female fertility in cattle. His current work on the role of progesterone in fertility of dairy cattle has contributed to the understanding of how to further improve Ovsynch and manipulate the reproductive cycle to improve conception rates in dairy cattle.

Pursley’s entire life has been focused on the dairy cow. It began with his first 4-H project and continued when he was a dairy farmer. His experience growing up on a farm, owning a farm, and managing his farm instilled an indelible framework for his career. His first-hand experience with the dairy industry ensured he would better understand the significance of the issues linked to it in his 21-year academic career as an Extension Dairy Specialist at Michigan State University. Due to his well-established and instrumental role in developing, improving and explaining how to use Ovsynch technology, critical to the enhancement of AI outcomes, he is very worthy to receive the 2018 NAAB Research Award.