Top Dairy Industry News Stories from February 9th to February 15th 2019

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Australian dairy farmer filmed firing shotgun after heated exchange with animal rights activists

A dairy farmer who was filmed firing a shotgun after a heated confrontation with animal rights activists in Western Australia says the footage does not show his side of the story.

Video: Confrontation between farmer and activists in WA (ABC News)

Jason Parravicini confronted activist James Warden who, along with an unnamed woman, were filming from a car outside his Harvey property earlier this week.

The video shows Mr Parravicini demanding the pair cease filming before lunging for Mr Warden’s keys and accusing the activists of “tormenting Harvey” and telling them to “piss off”.

The video then cuts to the activists driving past Mr Parravicini’s house, where he can be seen firing a shotgun — pointed away from the vehicle — in his backyard.

“[Regarding] the firearm, I honestly thought they had left,” Mr Parravicini, who claimed the video was “heavily edited”, told ABC Radio.

“Every day at 2pm, I let a couple rounds go … a bit of a spray that will scare the vermin away from the young cattle.

“I wasn’t to know they were there.

“For anyone to say I was shooting at them — number one, no-one in their right mind would do that and number two, I have too much to lose to do anything like that.”

Documenting ‘abused animals’

Mr Warden, who describes himself as a “non-apologetic animal rights activist” said he was attempting to film male calves being “dragged from their forcibly impregnated grieving mothers” when the confrontation started.

“We live in a democratic society where we are able to take photos of these abused animals on these facilities,” Mr Warden said.

“We are not going to regress in these sorts of situations.

“The beneficiaries of us not actually taking these photos and exposing this type of abuse is the farmers who are emotionally and physically tormenting these animals.”

Mr Warden declined to reveal how he found Mr Parravicini’s property.

He says he has been receiving death threats ever since the media got hold of the story.

Tension already high after ‘roadmap to grief’ published

Australia’s farming community has been on edge since January, when a website called Aussie Farms published a map revealing the location and details of pastoral operations around the country.

While Mr Parravicini’s property is not listed on the site, industry officials say the fear of this kind of incident is driving up anxiety among farmers.

President of Pastoralists and Graziers Association of Western Australia, Tony Seabrook said the community already felt it was “under attack”, and described the Farms Australia site as a “roadmap to grief”.

“It was unfortunate that it was published and there will be repercussions,” Mr Seabrook said.

“It brings the risk of disease as well as interrupting business.

“It will not be a good thing for the industry.”

Aussie Farms Executive Director Chris Delforce said it was not intended to promote trespassing, rather to “encourage people to drive past and snap a few photos from the road.”

“We’re certainly not encouraging anyone to break the law to get material.”

The group said if requested, the group would remove contact details of farmers.

‘Atmosphere of fear’

Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud urged “calm” in the wake of the incident but linked it to the launch of the Aussie Farms map.

In a statement, Mr Littleproud described the document an “attack map for activists” and said producers “have a right to farm without being harassed.”

Mr Littleproud said he was “genuinely concerned” there would be an incident in which someone would be “seriously hurt or worse”.

“Differences between sections of the vegan and farm communities will not be solved with confrontation,” the minister said.

“I again ask for the owners of the Aussie Farms website to pull down its farm map.

“It’s creating an atmosphere of fear and anxiety on farms around Australia.”


Time runs out for South Australia farmers

The ongoing drought and rising feed prices have been the tipping point that forced Victor Harbor, South Australia, dairyfarmers Stephen Treloar and Colin Dohnt to sell their dairy herd.

“It’s been building for a long time – milk prices and lack of equity, but the drought has tipped us over the edge,” Mr Treloar said.

The duo share farm, alongside wives Helen Treloar and Glenda Dohnt, milking about 440 Holstein cows.

This week they shot to national prominence after a Facebook live video of Mr Treloar’s daughter, third-generation dairyfarmer and journalist Casey Treloar, speaking about the forces behind their decision to sell their cows went viral.

Mr Treloar said in the past two years, grain costs have risen about 50 per cent to $460 a tonne, lucerne hay was up about one-third, and cereal hay has almost doubled from $180/t to $350/t.

He estimates production of hay and silage in their district was down 25pc this year.

Longer term, Mr Treloar said electricity prices had doubled in the past five years, leading to a “tight margin” in their operation.

“Until we get rain we need to feed the cattle and that’s a big cost,” Mr Dohnt said.

They have already reduced the numbers of Holstein cows milked, culling heavily, but Mr Treloar said even cull cow prices were down on a few years ago.

The main support to their business has been selling dairy heifers into China, but they say that with the whole industry in such disarray, this market was feeling pressure also.

“We’ve been very close a couple of times to pulling the pin but we pushed on, hoping things would get better,” Mr Dohnt said.

Mr Treloar said things had been steadily getting worse for about the past decade.

“We’d find a glimmer of hope and run with it, but we’ve run out of options,” Mr Treloar said.

This week Mr Treloar will move into a new job, managing a neighbouring dairy farm, while Mr Dohnt will take on the main responsibility of winding up the operation – they estimate it could take about six months.

The lease on one farm finishes this month, and they will need to find a new home for their autumn-calvers by then.

Mr Treloar estimates, across the year, they will receive about 41 cents a litre from their processor, while it costs about 50c/L to produce the milk.

He said the prices being paid did not reflect the value of their milk, with the bulk of their milk sold into the domestic market in Adelaide or used to make value-added products, such as cheese.

“Why aren’t we getting paid comparative to what they’re getting?” he said.

“In Queensland, they pay a lot higher price than we get here.”

Mr Treloar said they prices they received needed to reflect that the cost of production had risen.

“When grain prices go up, the bread price lifts but we cop the high price and have nowhere to pass it on,” he said.

“The industry could wear the drought and grain prices if the milk price had been solidly profitable in the good years, but it’s been marginal in the best years.

“I’ve talked to the very best farmers around here and they’re questioning the direction they’re taking.

“Some are diversifying into sheep and beef.”

Mr Treloar said the issues in the dairy industry could be traced back to deregulation at the turn of the century, with farmers guaranteed a price linked to the cost of production.

“It’s been a race to the bottom since then, with processors using the $1 a litre milk as an excuse not to pay us more,” he said.

Mr Dohnt said there was an imbalance in the retail world when bottled water cost more than milk.

The two have long shared a love of genetics and breeding dairy cows.

“Stephen’s and my passion for our cows has probably drawn us on longer than we should have,” Mr Dohnt said.

“If we’d been in it for the money, we would have pulled the pin a long time ago.”

Last year Mr Dohnt’s cow Mooway Destry Carmel was sashed interbreed senior champion cow at the Royal Adelaide Show, after winning back-to-back senior champion ribbons in the Holstein section.

They are both concerned about what might happen with their herd – if there will even be a market given the broader issues in the dairy industry.

“When you’ve put 40 years into something, you don’t want to see it just go away,” Mr Treloar said.

Ms Treloar has grown up with dairy cattle her whole life and said she had been considering filming a video like this but had held back.

But as she went out to get the cows “probably for the last time”, she decided to try and get the message out.

She said the response to the video has been unexpected.

It has had more than 1 million since Sunday and attracted attention in media outlets.

“I saw the opportunity to speak up when other people might not have the chance,” she said.

“The crux is getting the message out there and helping people understand we may not be in a drought area but we have been severely affected by drought,” she said.

Ms Treloar said the problem was not solely linked to supermarkets selling milk for $1/L, but that was a contributing problem.

“It has devalued our product at the domestic level,” she said.

“Processors have lost some power in what they expect supermarkets to pay.”

Mr Treloar said it had been heartening to see the support received.

“It might only be words but it means something when people ask if there is anything they can do,” he said.


Source: The Australian Dairyfarmer

Unnecessary Trade War Risks Irreparably Damaging U.S. Dairy

Mexico imports nearly a quarter of the U.S. dairy industry’s exports annually. It’s a critical $1.4 billion marketplace. And it’s one that President Trump continues to risk damaging permanently — and unnecessarily.

Locked in a trade war since May, Mexican leaders are setting aside American business connections that took decades to build as our neighbors to the south find new sources of cheese, butter and other products.

This should have changed in November when Trump declared success with his newly rechristened U.S.-Canada-Mexico Trade Agreement replacing NAFTA. In retrospect, it was a disingenuous statement: The administration has not lifted steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexican and Canadian products, and — in response — those countries are refusing to sign the pact or lift retaliatory tariffs, impacting dairy products and other items.

“If you’re using the tariffs as leverage, if you get an agreement with countries that have come to the table because of that, if you don’t relieve them of tariffs, you’re going to marginalize that as an effective leverage point for other negotiations,” U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, told reporters at a recent press conference.

“The longer this trade war goes on … the greater and more permanent the damage will be,” added Johnson, whose home state saw the dairy-fueled economy lose $139 million through October of last year.

A Pyrrhic victory is defined as one that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat. That’s an apt description of the precipice President Trump stands on today.

His surprise electoral path to victory in 2016 ran straight through the American “Farm Belt,” fueled by Midwest states where agriculture still figures prominently in the day-to-day lives of their citizens. Those same farmers — whether they deal in dairy, livestock, dairy or crops — have generally remained supportive of the president’s efforts to secure more favorable trade deals from nations historically benefiting from lopsided agreements.

However, having won concessions from Mexico and Canada, Trump now risks squandering those hard-fought gains — wiping out thousands of agriculture-related jobs in the process, ignoring one of his core constituencies and, in the most ironic twist of all, irreparably undermining his 2020 re-election ambitions.

A Pyrrhic victory, indeed.

“The president’s trade policies have sent U.S. agricultural exports plunging, exacerbating already difficult economic conditions facing farmers,” Politico’s Ryan McCrimmon recently reported. “Average farm income has fallen to near 15-year lows under Trump, and in some areas of the country, farm bankruptcies are soaring.”

This has been particularly notable in places, such as Wisconsin, where the dairy sector has shrunk by about 1,200 operations — or about 13 percent — from 2016 to October 2018.

Unfortunately, it could get worse. A lot worse: A new report from a national research firm, Washington, D.C.-based Trade Partnership Worldwide, estimates that if higher tariffs remain intact — including those currently in place against China — the country risks 2.2 million lost jobs in the next three years.

President Trump has displayed a willingness to play hardball in order to secure concessions. He is to be commended for his desire to level the playing field in North America and, potentially, beyond. Nonetheless, he has reached a point of rapidly diminishing returns and everyday unnecessary tariffs remain in place, more and more of the very people he claims to be fighting for — American dairymen and farmers — are being pushed into bankruptcy.

President Trump sells himself as a champion for agriculture. However, a good general knows when the day is won and when to remove his troops from harm’s way. If Trump can’t learn the same lesson, he may find few farmers willing — or able — to stand behind him.

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CDC warns consumers over drug-resistant bacteria detected in raw milk

Raw milk being shipped to New York could contain a drug-resistant bacteria.

According to the CDC, Brucella was detected in unpasteurized milk from Miller’s Biodiversity Farm in Pennsylvania.

A similar alert was issued back in December. 

Now, there are more concerns.

Brucella is a drug-resistant bacteria that could lead to severe problems, like meningitis.

Symptoms include fever, sweats, and muscle and joint pain.

If you have raw milk from Miller’s Biodiversity Farm, you’re urged to throw it out.

For more information from the CDC over the raw milk warning, click here.

Source: WHECTV

Dairy producer numbers plummet by record levels in England and Wales

More dairy farmers quit the industry at the start of this year than at any time since March 2007, according to the latest Food Standards Association (FSA) figures.

In total, there were 106 fewer producers registered in England and Wales at the start of February compared with the previous month.

Registrations are administered by the FSA for dairy hygiene inspection purposes, providing the best guide to overall producer numbers.

In the four months since November 2018, 222 dairy farmers, equating to 2.4% of the industry, have quit the sector.

That figure compares with just 79 producers leaving the industry in the 12 months ending October 2018.

The monthly drop was so dramatic, AHDB Dairy said it was working with the FSA to see if something was distorting the statistics.

An AHDB Dairy spokesperson said the number of dairy farmers in the UK was likely correct, but the increased departure numbers could have been enhanced by producers quitting in previous years without telling the FSA.

The recent introduction of new data protection rules could be a factor if the FSA had “cleaned” its database, effectively catching up with these outgoers,” said the spokesperson.

An NFU spokesperson said the figures, despite needing verification, highlighted a worrying long-term trend and only further highlighted the need for greater transparency in the market.

‘It was like someone died’ – dairy leaver Mike Gorton

Former dairy farmer Mike Gorton said quitting dairy is still the hardest decision he has ever had to make, but three years on he knows it was the right one.

The Cheshire-based producer milked 70 cows until the downturn of 2015, when he was receiving just 15p/litre for his milk with processor First Milk. 

“I wasn’t in good mental health. I had had enough. I told myself if things did not pick up by Christmas I would get out.”

Mr Gorton managed to sell his whole dairy operation to a neighbour on a supermarket-aligned contract, meaning that overnight the same milk doubled in value to 30p/litre.

Leaving was like experiencing a death in the family, said Mr Gorton. “You never get over it, but you learn to live with it.

“Father did not speak to me for a number of months, but I think we are OK now,” he added half in jest.

“I think I have been proven right. The dairy cycles are getting bigger and the upturns are getting shorter – there is not enough time for producers to reinvest in their businesses.”

Mr Gorton advised other producers in a similar position not to allow themselves to enter a downward debt spiral and to leave while they can. 

“The longer you leave it, the harder it is to get out,” said Mr Gorton.

Incredible statistics

“In the past four months, 3% of the industry has gone, which is absolutely incredible,” said Mike Houghton, partner at farm business consultant Andersons.

“Whether that trend line carries on or not it is very hard to see.

“Last month suggests a lot of people in the north of England went and in the far West, so it’s people starting to exit from the strong dairy areas, as well as eastern counties and places where cows are a rare breed these days.”

“Whatever happens, we have had over 200 producers gone in the past four months – it has not happened like that before,” added Mr Houghton.

“I thought supply would begin to fall away, but that is not the case at the moment.”

Rising liabilities

By sector, dairy farming has among the highest levels of farm debt in England, according to 2019 Defra 2017-18 farm business performance figures.

These show 38% of the country’s dairy farms had liabilities of more than £400,000. This compares with just 15% for the cereals sector, 23% for pigs and poultry and just 5% for  for both less-favoured area (LFA) and lowland grazing livestock.

Almost half of all leavers in the February figures were in the north of England, with 49 quitting in total.

The far west and north-west of England respectively saw 24 and 22 producers quit.

Wales had an even spread of leavers across most counties, losing 10 producers in total in February, 0.6% of the nation’s total amount. 

Falling producer numbers have not greatly influenced the national dairy herd size.

The latest AHDB Dairy figures for December 2017 shows milking cow numbers actually increased by 0.7% to 1.904 million milking animals compared with the same month a year earlier.

Despite the declining dairy numbers, Mark Suthern, the head of agriculture at Barclays bank, said its portfolios in the traditional dairy regions were holding fast.

“Our experience is of those who have invested in their business and in infrastructure and are committed to milk production in the long term,” said Mr Suthern. 

“We have seen a small number of enquiries in recent months from those in other sectors like beef and sheep or arable looking to enter dairy production, which is a sign of farmers looking for new opportunities and that the management of the industry is changing,” he added.


Source: Farmers Weekly

Price of New Zealand milk hits 19-month low in December

Farmers are facing difficult times, but consumers are benefiting from milk prices dropping to a 19-month low.

The average two-litre bottle of standard dark blue top dropped to $3.49 last month, according to Statistics NZ.

“Supermarket milk prices are highly influenced by the farmgate milk price,” Statistics New Zealand consumer prices manager Caroline White said. “Fonterra’s forecast milk payout was cut multiple times from May last year.”

Farmgate milk price is the price farmers receive from processors for the milk they produce.

“While dairy farmers face tougher times, consumers usually benefit from the lower prices when supermarkets pay less to the suppliers,” she said.

However, yoghurt prices rose 14 per cent and cheese prices rose 4.6 per cent. The price of butter also rose to 2.4 per cent, the report said.

As well, those with plans for a clean, green diet as their New Year’s resolution would have been in for a shock as lettuce and broccoli prices soared over the holidays.

Broccoli prices more than doubled in price last month, and lettuce prices rose almost 80 per cent, the report said.

The average price of a 350g head of broccoli was $2.76 in January, after jumping from seven-year-low of $1.25 the month before.

“A bumper December harvest contributed to particularly low broccoli prices in December,” Ms White said. “As the harvest returned to normal levels in January, we saw a larger than usual price rise.”

The price of a 500g head of lettuce increased from $1.04 in December to $1.86 last month. The January price tag was more than 50c more than the same time last year.

However, avocado lovers enjoyed a price drop. The price of a 200g avocado fell 43 per cent to $1.58 in January compared to the previous year. Prices of the fruit were particularly high early last year because of the small harvest.


Tinder for cows is online dating for cattle breeders to find their stock’s perfect match

It is not just humans seeking love on Valentine’s Day; a new matchmaking app is bringing cows together.

United Kingdom farming startup, Hectare Agritech, has created Tudder, a Tinder-style app that helps farmers find breeding matches by viewing pictures of cattle with details of their age, location and owner.

When users swipe right to show interest or left to reject a possible match, they hear a mooing sound.

Hectare Agritech chief executive, Doug Bairner, said matchmaking through online dating is well-suited for breeding stock — much more so than it can be for humans.

“You can make a decision based on science rather than someone’s self-proclaimed sense of humour,” he said.

“There’s so much genetic data sitting in the background behind breeding stock.”

Farmers that swipe right on the image of a cow, or group of cows, are then directed to the company’s livestock-buying website.

From there they can contact the owner and make an offer.

“We’ve had over 40,000 searches in the last 24 hours so that equates to one in every three UK farmers putting a search into our app,” Mr Bairner said.

“The app takes it out of the hands of a subjective guess of whether you’re going to get on with somebody and puts it into the realm of genetic science, which can only be good for rearing the right stock and having a successful farm business.

Tudder down under

Mr Bairner said given the app’s popularity the company will keep an eye on downloads in other countries and may launch it outside the UK.

Victorian dairy farmer Adam Jenkins said he would have a crack at the app and sees potential for its use in Australia.

“I think it’s hilarious and something you can have a bit of fun with.

“The people in the cow world, particularly the dairy industry, they love their cows and love showing cows.

“But also on a serious side, its matching cows across the continent, which would be pretty attractive — sitting down and having a bit of a swipe left or right.”

As for what would make him swipe right?

“I’d have to talk to Brownie and a few of the girls and see what they’re really wanting,” Mr Jenkins said.

“We’d have to look at what their genetics look like and how that fits in with our cross-bred system.”

Mr Jenkins regularly expresses his love for his “girls” with videos on Twitter and Valentine’s Day was cause for a special shout-out.

“As farmers we really care for animals and I just want to show some love and appreciation for the job they do,” he said.


Source: ABC News

Trump Considers 60-Day Extension for China Tariff Deadline

Trump Considers 60-Day Extension for China Tariff Deadline

President Donald Trump is considering pushing back the deadline for imposition of higher tariffs on Chinese imports by 60 days, as the world’s two biggest economies try to negotiate a solution to their trade dispute, according to people familiar with the matter.

The president said Tuesday that he was open to letting the March 1 deadline for more than doubling tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods slide, if the two countries are close to a deal that addresses deep structural changes to China’s economic policies — though he added he was not “inclined” to do so. The people said that Trump is weighing whether to add 60 days to the current deadline to give negotiations more time to continue.

“I think it’s going along very well,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office this week. “They’re showing us tremendous respect.”

A spokeswoman for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer declined to comment.

Chinese officials had initially proposed an extension of 90 days, but that was knocked back by the U.S. side, people familiar with that request said.

Asian stocks steadied and U.S. stock futures climbed. Treasuries slipped and the yen dipped.

Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are in Beijing for the latest round of high-level talks with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on Thursday and Friday. A meeting between Lighthizer and Chinese President Xi Jinping is being tentatively scheduled for this week. Trump’s willingness to extend the deadline may depend on the outcome of that meeting, one of the people said.

Trump has indicated he will need to meet Xi to agree on a final deal. While no date has been set, a White House aide this week said the U.S. president still wants to meet his Chinese counterpart soon in a bid to end the trade war.

Negotiations this week are focused on how to enforce the trade deal and putting on paper a framework agreement to present to the two presidents.

In the talks, the U.S. is pushing for wide-ranging changes in the way China manages foreign trade and its own economy. Specifically, Lighthizer has zeroed in on China’s alleged abuses of intellectual property and state sponsorship of companies.

Trump has also railed against the size of the U.S. trade deficit with China, and negotiators have made varying demands about how Beijing addresses this. The goal of “reciprocal trade” has been a clear priority of Trump’s policies.

China wants to have the tariffs that have been imposed so far removed. To get the U.S. to do that, negotiators are trying to focus attention on their efforts to reduce China’s more than $300 billion goods trade surplus. Beijing has offered to ramp up its purchases from the U.S. massively over the next six years in order to even the scales.

It is going to take a lot of work to shrink that. While down from the record peak late last year, China still had a $27.3 billion trade surplus in goods with the U.S. in January, according to data released on Thursday in Beijing.

“The outcome of the China-U.S. high-level economic and trade negotiations may be related to the future development and stability of the world economy,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing Thursday in Beijing. “Both parties hope to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. The best thing we can do now is to let both sides concentrate on consultations.”


Milk Futures Drop Sharply Whole Cash Trade Mixed in Chicago Thursday

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange milk futures continued lower Thursday while cash trade was mixed but active. Class 3 markets were down across the board trading anywhere from 3 to 25 cents lower with the most action in the front months. February was down 3 cents at 13.98, march fell 22 cents to 14.56 and April fell 25 cents to 14.46. May down 23 cents at $14.82. June through October contracts five to 13 cents lower. The First and Second half averages are now at 14.54 and 16.12. Class 4 markets were quiet on Thursday as only one month traded and the rest were unchanged. The only month that traded was may which lost 15 cents to 16.15.

Dry whey up $0.01 at $0.34. One trade was made at that price. Blocks down $0.0125 at $1.58. One trade was made at $1.5925. Barrels unchanged at $1.4350. Eight trades were made ranging from $1.4325 to $1.4350. Butter up $0.0125 at $2.25. Ten trades were made ranging from $2.2350 to $2.25. Nonfat dry milk down $0.0075 at $0.9850. Twenty-three trades were made at $0.9675 to $0.9825.

Plan for the New York Spring Dairy Carousel

Time to plan for the New York Spring Dairy Carousel April 4-7 in Syracuse at the New York State Fairgrounds. The 44th edition, sponsored by the New York Holstein Association, will include shows for all major dairy breeds along with top-notch Holstein and Protein Breed sales.

In 2018, over 250 youth from the Northeast participated in the judging contest followed by eight different breed shows featuring 800 head of dairy cattle. Many of the animals have won their respective breed’s All-American contests as “The Carousel” has become known as, “the show of the spring.”

The Carousel officially kicks off Thursday, April 4 at 12:00 p.m. with the fifth annual Richard Keene Memorial Youth Judging Contest. The judging contest is open to youth of all ages and includes a collegiate division as well. This event is sponsored by Farm Credit Northeast. At 3:00 p.m. will be the Youth Showmanship Contest, open to any youth that want to participate in the contest.

New York Junior Holstein members are center stage on Friday morning, April 5, with the NY Junior Holstein Show judged by Nathan Thomas, OH. Friday afternoon starting at 1:00 p.m. the New York Spring Select Sale will take place in the Poultry Barn featuring 80 lots of high quality Holsteins and Jerseys. All American cow families, unlimited show potential, breed leading genomics, and great pedigreed cattle will sell! The day ends with the Protein Breeds Sale featuring Ayrshire and Guernsey Cattle at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday morning 8:00 a.m. finds the Red & Whites in the Coliseum for Thomas’ evaluation. At 8:00 a.m. Chad Ryan, WI will place the Ayrshire Show. The Milking Shorthorn Show will take place at 10:30 a.m. with Pat Conroy, IN officiating. Brown Swiss start off our afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with Ryan placing the big brown cows. The show day concludes with Nathan Thomas placing the Guernsey breed at 3:00 p.m.

The Carousel culminates on Sunday, April 7 with the Northeast Spring National Holstein Show judged by Pat Conroy and the Jersey Show placed by Pierre Boulet, QC.

A complete schedule of events is included below. Cattle will again be released at the end of each breed show. A list of classes and the entry forms are available online at OR by calling the New York Holstein Association office at 607-273-7591. Early entry deadline is March 11th.

If you’re planning to attend, hotels in the area include: Quality Inn & Suites Fairgrounds, 315-457-8700; Best Western Fairgrounds, 315-484-0044; Comfort Inn Fairgrounds, 315-453-0045; Holiday Inn Express Fairgrounds 315-701-5000; and Western Ranch Motel, 315-457-9236. Make your reservations as soon as possible since rooms sell out quickly. Mention the New York Spring Dairy Carousel for special rates.

Camper/RV hookups are available at $35 per day. Reservations, camper license number, and pre-payment are required.

Food is available in the Coliseum and admission is free, so come one and all to the 2019 New York Spring Dairy Carousel. There will be a Basket Raffle benefitting the NYHA Scholarship Auction and sponsor booths in the Coliseum as well.

For any other questions or for online entries & information go to or contact Cattle Superintendent Alan Danforth at 518-231-6597 or New York Holstein Association Executive Manager Kelly Reynolds at 920-728-1596.

2019 New York Spring Dairy Carousel Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 02

8:00 am Barns open-Cattle may move in

Wednesday, April 03

7:00 pm All cattle in place

Thursday, April 04

11:00 am Exhibitor’s Meeting- Showring

12:00 pm Richard Keene Memorial Judging Contest

3:00 pm Youth Showmanship Contest

Friday, April 05

9:00 am NY Jr. Holstein Show

1:00 pm New York Spring Select Sale

6:00 pm Protein Breeds Sale

Saturday, April 06

8:00 am Red & White Show (Ring 1) & Ayrshire Show (Ring 2)

10:30 am Milking Shorthorn Show (Ring 2)

12:30 pm Brown Swiss Show (Ring 1)

2:00 pm Guernsey Show (Ring 2)

Sunday, April 07

8:00 am Northeast Spring National Holstein Show (Ring 1)

8:00 am Jersey Show (Ring 2)

Cattle released at the conclusion of each breed show

Water prices force Australian dairy farmers to cut herds and losses

All too hard: Farmers Scott and Bernice Lumsden with Bernice’s father, John Smith, on their Latchfield farm. Picture: Andy Rogers

High water prices are forcing a new wave of northern Victorian and Riverina dairy farmers to cut back their herds and losses or face leaving the industry.

Murray Dairy reports the annual loss of dairy farmers has hit about 11-12 per cent, as allocation water prices skyrocket from $100 a megalitre 12 months ago to $500/ML today.

The industry had already been weakened by the impact of the April 2016 milk price clawback, but Murray Dairy chief executive Jenny Wilson said farmers were now battling to source water.

“Farmers across the Murray Dairy (GMID) region own (on average) about 60 per cent of the water they use (as entitlement),” Ms Wilson said.

It means dairy farmers must enter the high-priced allocation (temporary) water market to meet 40 per cent of their needs.

Leitchville dairy farmer John Smith said a lot of people had to get out of dairying or cut back.

“I don’t think we’ll see the dairy industry at the level it has been,” Mr Smith said. “Not with a third of our water being taken up by the government, while others play games on the stock market with our water.”

Mr Smith has just closed down one of his dairy farms and sold its 300 milkers, after the resident sharefarmer said he wanted to cut his losses.

“The sharefarmer said they were only going to lose money, because the water I supplied ran out and we had to go back into the temporary market.

“So, they said to me ‘we don’t want to go into more debt’ and they wanted to get out while they could still get something.”

Mr Smith said he would run some beef cattle on the property, plant cereal crops and irrigate “opportunistically”, if and when water prices became affordable.

Even on the main dairy farm, which Mr Smith’s daughter Bernice Lumsden and son-in-law Scott sharefarm, the herd has been cut back from 800 to 600 cows.

“We have to farm differently, because we’re not going to sit there and cop this shit year after year,” he said.

United Dairyfarmers of Victoria councillor John Keely said it was obvious $500/ML was unaffordable.

But he said dairy farmers faced enormous risks if they didn’t irrigate this autumn.

“I’ve got about 400ML left, which I’m not going to sell,” Mr Keely said. “I’m going to keep milking.”


‘Dirty dairy’ farmer Philip Woolley to sue Fonterra for not taking milk

A farmer with a string of environmental offences has won the right to sue Fonterra for more than $2 million for refusing to take his milk.

Philip John Woolley plans to sue Fonterra to recover losses from dumping his milk and paying out his sharemilker, after a court order stopped him from milking the cows at his Glenmae farm in Tuamarina, north of Blenheim, in 2014.

The Marlborough District Council got an order from the Environment Court to stop Woolley from using the milking shed from June 7, 2014, unless he got an engineer’s certificate approving the effluent pond as fit-for-purpose.

Woolley started milking the cows in breach of the order, which he was convicted for in 2015, despite telling the court he was concerned about the welfare of the calving cows.

Fonterra’s sustainable dairying adviser sent Woolley a letter on June 18, 2014, saying the company could not collect milk that season unless the milking ban was lifted.

Woolley told the Environment Court in 2015 he breached the milking ban out of concern for the welfare of the cows. (File photo)

Woolley told the Environment Court in 2015 he breached the milking ban out of concern for the welfare of the cows. (File photo)

Woolley sent the council an engineer’s certificate on September 5, saying it was now fit-for-purpose, but Fonterra still refused to take the milk.

As a result Woolley was forced to dump milk into his effluent systems, and his contract milker terminated their agreement. 

A High Court decision issued in December 2018 said without Fonterra buying the milk, Woolley suffered “serious financial consequences” which resulted in the appointment of receivers. 

Woolley wanted $1.8m from Fonterra to cover the loss of milk, another $629,486 for the cost of paying out his contract milker, and an enquiry to find out how much Fonterra should pay towards the $3.4m cost of receivership and other expenses.

Fonterra sought a summary judgment from Associate Judge John Matthews in the High Court to stop Woolley from suing.

The company had to prove that on the balance of probabilities, Woolley’s suit would fail.

Philip Woolley's property Glenmae, in Tuamarina, north of Blenheim, was visited several times by council compliance staff in 2014.

Philip Woolley’s property Glenmae, in Tuamarina, north of Blenheim, was visited several times by council compliance staff in 2014.

At a hearing in November, Fonterra’s lawyer Murray Branch said the company was under pressure from the council not to collect milk from Glenmae.

Despite receiving the requested certificate, the council’s lawyer Miriam Radich, of Radich Law, said Woolley had not yet met the enforcement order.

Woolley’s lawyer David Clark said the case should be referred to the company’s milk commissioner, appointed as an independent solicitor to resolve disputes between Fonterra and shareholders.

But the milk commissioner was Peter Radich – the council’s lawyer’s father, and partner at the same practice.

“Obviously that cannot happen as he is not independent as far as this matter is concerned,” Clark wrote to Fonterra’s lawyer, Alison Brewer-Shearer.

The council's lawyer Miriam Radich is the daughter of Fonterra's milk commissioner Peter Radich, both of whom work at Radich Law.

The council’s lawyer Miriam Radich is the daughter of Fonterra’s milk commissioner Peter Radich, both of whom work at Radich Law.

She replied that as long as council disputed Woolley’s entitlement to start milking again, Fonterra would also refuse to take the milk.

Clark accused Fonterra of treating Woolley’s livelihood with disdain and in a flippant manner.

Brewer-Shearer said the company was giving “careful consideration” to the issues and would “continue to provide as much assistance as possible”.

She told the court Fonterra did not want to collect milk in breach of Environment Court orders.

The council’s chief executive at the time, Andrew Besley, had issued a warning to Fonterra, saying if the milk was collected, it would breach Environment Court orders.

Judge Matthews said Fonterra’s suspension notice was not the same as a termination of contract, and implied that when the problem causing the suspension was fixed, the suspension would end.

Fonterra knew Woolley had a certificate that “at least arguably complied” with the enforcement order, Judge Matthews said.

Dairy farmer Philip Woolley was banned from milking until he got an engineer's certificate for his effluent pond.

Dairy farmer Philip Woolley was banned from milking until he got an engineer’s certificate for his effluent pond.

Fonterra must also have known that to refuse the milk meant it would have to be dumped, causing “significant adverse environmental consequences”, and at “huge financial cost” to Woolley.

However, Fonterra also knew Woolley had a poor background of compliance with environmental regulations, and had no clearance from the Environment Court until after the end of the milking season, Judge Matthews said.

Fonterra’s application fell “well short” of proving Woolley’s suit would fail, Judge Matthews said.

A trial date for Woolley’s suit has not yet been set.


Flames, smoke race through dairy farm in Pennsylvania

It was all hands on deck at one dairy farm in Chester County, after a fire ripped its way through it early Wednesday morning.

“All I know is I heard something at 1 in the morning. I looked out and there were flames a hundred feet high,” said Lois Stroh, who lives next door to the dairy farm in the 1800 block of Beaver Dam Road, near Route 10, in Honey Brook Township.

A barn on the property was damaged, and smoke could still be seen hours later.

Investigators have ruled the fire an accident, and no one was hurt. They said all the cattle were safely moved from the barn, and damage from the fire tops $300,000.

The owner of the property did not want to share any details of the fire with 69 News, but local contractors were on site for most of the day.

“What’s going through my mind is these are wonderful people,” said Stroh. “Even as we’re going through this right now, they’re rebuilding already.”

Markets Showed Early Gains Then Fell Short in Chicago Wednesday

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Milk futures closed mostly lower Wednesday while cash trade was mixed and weekly European dairy prices were reported mostly lower. Early gains in Class III milk reversed after the CME spot products trade began. Class III milk could not sustain the gains of Tuesday. Only February showed  a gain of 1 cent to $14.01/cwt. The remaining months down 3-14 cents with March finishing the day  at $14.78. Second half is still averaging better, showing a July – December average of $16.21/ cwt.

Dry whey down $0.02 at $0.33. Fifteen trades were made ranging from $0.33 to $0.3450. Blocks up $0.0325 at $1.5925. Two trades were made at $1.58 and $1.59. Barrels up $0.0225 at $1.4350. Seven trades were made ranging from $1.42 to $1.4350. Butter down $0.0175 at $2.2375. Four trades were made ranging from $2.2375 to $2.25. Nonfat dry milk down $0.0075 at $0.9925. Two trades were made at $0.9925 to $0.9950.

Holcomb Named Mid-Atlantic Area Representative

Scott Holcomb, Greene, N.Y., has been named Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Area Representative for the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. effective January 28, 2019.

Holcomb will provide on-farm service to the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He first began his career with the USJersey team in February 2015 as a part-time Type Traits Appraiser. During this time, he became familiar utilizing the association’s software and performance programs while building relationships with AJCA customers nationwide. Scott will continue serving members as an appraiser in conjunction with his new responsibilities as an area representative.

Prior to his employment with USJersey, Holcomb gained additional industry experience working as a field technician for Lancaster DHIA where he dealt with customer relations and a variety of different breed associations. In 2010, he interned at Lavon Farm in Texas. There he not only managed the large 700-head Jersey and Guernsey herd, but also marketed the farm’s own line of artisan value-added dairy products, Lucky Layla.

Holcomb currently works as an assistant herdsman on his family’s dairy, Holcomb’s Guernsey Farm where he helps manage a 120-head herd. He is a 2011 graduate of Morrisville State College and holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in dairy science. He also attended the New York State Junior Dairy Leader Program offered through Cornell University.

“Scott’s prior background with the Association and dairy industry are advantageous for the position he now fills,” said Neal Smith, Executive Secretary and CEO. “We are excited to have him join our field staff full-time and continue to build strong relationships with our customers while helping them make the most of their Registered Jersey herds.”

The American Jersey Cattle Association, organized in 1868, compiles and maintains animal identification and performance data on Jersey cattle and provides services that support genetic improvement and greater profitability through increasing the value of and demand for Registered Jersey™ cattle and genetics.


Dairy industry advocates animal care during transport of cull cows

As the dairy industry continues to put more focus on the welfare of their cattle, progress is being made to ensure cows are fit to be transported when they are culled from the dairy herd. Lily Edwards-Callaway, who is an assistant professor with the Colorado State University Department of Animal Sciences, talked to producers about the welfare of their dairy cattle and safely transporting them during a presentation at the Colorado Farm Show held in Greeley.

Fitness for transport issues are becoming more important as the country becomes more concerned with animal welfare issues, Edwards-Callaway said. “What does fitness for transport mean, what does it look like, and who does it matter to? Dairy cows have a dual-purpose career. It is essential that we consider what is best for them in regards to milk and meat,” she said.

Nearly a third of cows are culled annually from U.S. dairy herds, and most are culled due to health and productivity issues. “More than 75 percent of the cows deviated clinically from the normal condition,” Edwards-Callaway said, referring to a recent study. In this study, 31 percent were lame, 20 percent had mastitis, and 22 percent had wounds, but all of them were considered fit for transport. Edwards-Callaway asks, “When a cow leaves the farm, do we know what her journey will be like?”


Nearly 92 percent of dairy operations have sold some cows through a nearby livestock market, and 37 percent have sold cull dairy cows directly to packing plants. Edwards-Callaway refers to a National Beef Quality Audit completed in 2016 that looked at 154 loads of cull cattle. That report showed, on average, dairy and beef cows were in transit for 6.7 hours, but a few were in transit for more than 24 hours.

Edwards-Callaway reminds producers that once they bring cull cows to the livestock market, they have no idea how far she will be transported once she is purchased. “Road transport can be stressful with multiple handling events, mixing with other animals, handling by various people, no milking and changes in ownership,” she said. During their journey, these cows will have times where they don’t have access to feed or water, and the journey to their destination may be long.

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Because of the stress, Edwards-Callaway believes producers need to be more pro-active in their culling techniques, considering if the animal is actually fit for transport. The condition of the animal and the distance it is expected to travel should be considered, and it may not hurt to have the herd veterinarian play an active role in that decision, according to some research consultation conducted in Canada that Edwards-Callaway shared. The study also stated that producers should train their personnel to become more involved in recognizing and handling animals that need to be culled, she said.

Many times, dairy cows are culled for clinical conditions or weaknesses that aren’t normal or the same as beef cull cows. “Dairy cows have a higher risk of becoming non-ambulatory during a long haul,” she said. “They also have a higher risk of dying, and a higher incidence of becoming dark cutters.”

Edwards-Callaway shared some research showing that dairy cows spend more than 50 percent of their time lying down, and if they are deprived of that time, they will lie down even longer. During transport, animals may be denied the ability to lie down for long periods of time. However, Edwards-Callaway reminds producers this is not unique to the dairy industry.


“What are the financial disincentives for sending unfit dairy cattle to market?” she asked. Producers may profit on the sales price, if the cow makes the trip. There may also be savings associated with euthanasia and carcass removal. Livestock auction markets may worry about losing a consignor’s future business, if they don’t accept their cull cows. “They may just go down the road to the next market where they will take them,” she said.

Processors need to consider how much margin they can make from processing a lean cow, death loss transporting that cow, and the possibility the animal may not pass regulatory inspection. Other considerations are scrutiny by in-plant inspection, alignment with retail and customer expectations, and quality defects, she said.

The 2016 BQA report also showed 64 percent of carcasses from cull bulls and cows were bruised. Edwards-Callaway tells producers that cows and bulls typically show more bruising than fat steers, which may be attributed to the semi trailer being too short for taller dairy cattle. Referring to the report, Edwards-Callaway said looking at the relationship between body condition and bruising, cull cows with a lower body condition score had more bruising. “Only 3 percent of the animals experience a traumatic event at unloading. Nearly 71.4 percent of these bruises were dark red or purple, which means they are not very old bruises,” she said.

Edwards-Callaway shared a statement by her protegee, Gary Smith, who served on the faculty at CSU and Texas A&M. “It all boils down to timely marketing and management. When a cow’s productivity goes downhill, get her to market. When you know her teeth are gone, get her to market. When she’s a little bit lame, get her to market.” The key, Edwards-Callaway said, is in not waiting too long.


Aldi has cheeses named after ’80s hit songs by Def Leppard, GNR, Michael Jackson

First, it was a cheese advent calendars for Christmas. Then, it was heart-shaped cheese for Valentine’s Day. Now, Aldi is playin’ hit songs from the ’80s in the refrigerated aisle.

Humorously named Happy Farms cheeses, inspired by Def Leppard, Guns ‘N Roses, Wham! and Michael Jackson hits from yesteryear, arrive in stores on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The limited-edition goods feature cute, costumed cows struttin’ their stuff in refrigerated section. The 5- to 7-ounce blocks are $3.49, according to the grocer’s website. 

Pour Some Gouda on Me

Oh, in the name of love, chow down on this Gouda wedge and crank up Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” 

Billie Goat Is My Lover

That just doesn’t sound right. Nonetheless, do your best moonwalk and grab a block of this blend of cheddar and goat cheese that does its best to honor of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”

Sweet Cheddar of Mine

Have an appetite for destruction? This sharp and curdled cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” will hit the spot.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fontina

Grab some crackers and serve this to your “galentines” on Feb. 14 and then turn up the volume on the Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”

Wake Me Up Before You Goat-Goat

Pour a nice glass of white, open a packages of these goat-cheese medallions and Wham!, you’ve got a tangy snack. It also pairs well with side of a George Michael singing “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”.

Total Eclipse of the Havarti

Every now and then I like a creamy and mild Danish cheese, especially when it’s inspired by Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart”


Source: Sun Sentinel

Industry’s Passion Motivates New Zealand Dairy Women’s Network Leader

Being in an industry filled with so much passion is an aspect of dairying which Dairy Women’s Network chief executive Jules Benton loves after nine months in the job.

“Obviously it’s not without its challenges but I always say ‘if there is a problem what’s the solution?’ ” she told Dairy News.

“With every challenge we say ‘okay, what are we going to do for our members around this?’

“We are always thinking what does it mean for our members — how can we help them?”

The focus is making sure they are delivering on that. “And keeping that engagement and having some fun. It is a serious industry but making sure we have some fun, and think about wellness and well-being.”

Benton is a newcomer to the industry, having come to the helm of the 10,000 strong network after a recent position as general manager for Wolters Kluwer CCH New Zealand, a research and workflow solutions company. Prior to that she spent ten years consulting to businesses to develop leadership capability, streamline processes and promote professional development and education.

“One thing I have realised about the dairy industry is ‘boy, they are passionate’. They do get a little bit down but they bounce back… when organisations such as our partners DairyNZ… are supporting them.”

It was “fantastic” to see DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle’s recent NZ Herald article which she read as telling farmers “we have your back”.

“There is a lot of negative media on farmers. So if industries and businesses come out and support farmers, if you have support and encouragement around you, it lets you focus on why you went farming. That is because of your love of land, animals and people.”

It’s a tough industry, she says, “but, my God, farmers are tough”.

“Mycoplasma bovis has taken a real toll financially and mentally on many of our members; we need to make sure we support them.

“Having events and having the network say ‘we hear from you, we support you’… DairyNZ and our other partners are absolutely committed to that.” 

Benton says the focus is on people. “And because we are part of the Dairy Tomorrow strategy everything we do anchors DWN back to that; it’s really important.

“We are part of ‘commitment five’ which is building great workplaces for NZ’s most talented workforce…. So it’s challenging to get team members out there. 

“It’s no secret there is a labour shortage, certainly in the dairy sector, so we want to have great employers and employees and bring learning and education to all parties.

“DWN is a good vehicle for getting information out. We have close to 10,000 members and they love coming to our events; it gets them off-farm. 

“Our events and knowledge sharing workshops are all practical, just-in-time learning; we work with our partners on what is happening in industry, what farmers need to know, what is coming up… a bit of thought leadership as well, stretching the imagination and bringing those learnings to them. We want them to have fun learning but we want to get important messages out at key times.”

They will start payroll workshops this month in partnership with payroll provider PaySauce. They will also run workshops on accommodation for employees and their usual calving workshops with partner Seales Winslow.

“We try to get in as much learning as possible before members head off to calving. Then we replan the programme so that during calving we are getting the next modules ready to roll out at the end of October through to early December.”

DWN supports all six of the commitments in the Dairy Tomorrow strategy but she says ‘number five’ (talented workforce) and ‘number six’ (growing vibrant and prosperous communities) have special focus for them.

“We love the people one; it fits well with what we are as an organisation and where we see ourselves in connecting people. We are enjoying being part of that wider strategy.”

Network invests in members

Keeping members healthy is important to Dairy Womens Network, which led to this year’s conference theme of ‘Invest in You’, on May 1-2 at the Christchurch Town Hall.

Changing trends will be one theme of the event.

“But also having time to take a breath and spend two days with like-minded people and sharing and connecting,” says Dairy Womens Network chair Jules Benton.

“We always listen to members but this year we have asked ‘what do you want at the conference?’ With member feedback we believe we have delivered a two day event that will hit their hot spots.

“It’s about food, nutrition, healthy thinking, innovation, animal welfare, family trusts. How many of our members have family trusts that are pretty scary and they don’t get the right advice? What do family trusts mean and how do you make sure they are administered properly?

“We will have Vicki Ammundsen, a leading trust lawyer in New Zealand, is excited about spending time with our members; it won’t be technical talk, but down-to-earth advice and knowledge sharing.

“We have a fabulous new speaker no one will have heard of in New Zealand — Sue Stockdale, from UK — on goal setting. She is a coach and mentor looking at relocating to NZ.”

Stockdale was the first UK woman to ski to the North Pole.

“She will take members through her journey; we are shaking it up a bit,” says Benton.

“The gala event will be the dinner with the Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year award — glitz and glamour and connection. Feedback from members is they want to get off-farm and connect and have a good time.

“It’s red carpet and having a lot of fun. We are hosting it in the newly refurbished town hall in Christchurch which is beautiful. 

“Some people may not have been to Christchurch post-earthquake; some may not have been there at all. It shows when tough times happen there is light at the end of the tunnel and Christchurch is representative of us and there was a strong connection to host the conference there.”


Source: Rural News Group

Dairy Farming as a Business in the Rural Area

Starting a dairy farming business in RURAL AREA is a profitable business idea. It is common question of   “How to Start a Dairy farming business ’’?
Why dairy farming business.
There are lot of reason to start a dairy farming business .
⦁   Dairy farming business is an eco-friendly business ideas.
⦁    You can apply for loan in against of dairy farm.
⦁    To start a dairy farm you and your family get solvency.
⦁    It is great opportunities for unemployed people who are searching a job. Dairy farming business is thousand times better than a job.
⦁    You can play an important role in the total milk production.
How to start a dairy farming business.
Business plan: There is no option to start a business without business plan. In general a successful business plan can help you to get success in any kind of business. Dairy farming is a serious business. Before starting dairy farming business, you should have proper concept about dairy farm. Write a business plan about dairy farm include what is you want to do.
Visit other dairy farm: I suggest you that, you should visit minimum 5 dairy farm. It is very important steps to start a dairy farm. Talk with others how they doing this business. Ask them how they do it. You should try analyze every event of a dairy farm.
Select a location for your farm: It is another important steps to start a dairy farm. Housing and location should be in rural area. When you choose a location you also keep in mind that how you arrange feed. It is better to choose a big area so that your cow can move one place to another place.
Choose a cow breed for your dairy farm: Choosing a cow breed is hardest job to start a dairy farm. There are many kind of cow breeds are available in our Country. Some famous cow breeds Ayrshire, Holstein, jersey, Ayrshire, Guernsey ,etc. I suggest you talk to  a farmer who are already doing dairy farming business.
Feeding: Try to produce green food to get more milk. Along regular food provide clean and fresh water.
Management: As I mention earlier it is a serious business. To avoid risk you should take care and proper management of your dairy farm. You should make stocks proper medicines and other equipment.
Marketing: Marketing of your dairy farm is not a big problem. Contract some shops and also dairy companies that process milk.
Possible costing: It is difficult to say that how much you need to start a dairy farm. Costing is depend on how large your farm is. To start a dairy farm with 5 cows approximately you need atleast ksh 150,000 for calves, mature you will need above half a million.
Possible earning: Dairy farming business is a profitable business ideas. If you can run your business successfully 50 thousands can be earn in a month with 2/3 cows and with 5 cows around 100 thousand. Again it is depend how large your farm is.
Problem to start a dairy farm : The main problem is lack of knowledge. Without proper planning it is hard to start dairy farm. Feeding cost is quit high for this business but if you can provide nature food then it will be easy for you.
Every business have advantage and also disadvantage. On an average dairy farming business is a profitable business ideas.
Best of luck for your success.
Source: The eHub

Semex Part of New Angus Genome Project Aimed at Reducing BRD

This week, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport, announced $56 million in funding to support 37 research projects. This includes Semex’s new joint project with the University of Guelph’s Dr. Bonnie Mallard, the Angus Genetics Inc and Canadian Angus Association dedicated to fighting Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) in Angus Beef cattle. This project received over $500,000 in funding from Genome Canada’s Genomic Application Partnership Program.

“We’ve already done this for dairy cattle with our partner Semex,” says Dr. Mallard. “It will provide three major benefits. The first is to the animal, because healthier animals are better off all the way around. The second is to the producer. They save time and money because they don’t have to spend time treating sick animals with antibiotics or other therapeutics as much as they would under normal circumstances. And the third benefit is to the consumer, of course, because you (the consumer) can sit with confidence when you eat that steak, knowing that it came from naturally healthy animals, that were produced in a healthy and sustained environment.”

BRD is the most common and costly disease affecting feedlot cattle in North America, with estimates to be as high as $1 billion annually. Unfortunately, pharmaceuticals are temporary solutions, with antimicrobial resistance growing and antibiotics are becoming less effective over time. Additionally, the meat industry is facing mounting pressure to phase out antibiotic use, with supply chains responding to consumer demand.

“Semex is taking our Immunity+® technology to the beef industry,” says Dr. Michael Lohuis, Semex Vice President Research & Innovation. “With Dr. Mallard, the Angus Genetics Inc and Canadian Angus Association, we’re developing a High Immune Response test for Angus cattle. BRD is a costly disease, and we think we could reduce those costs by up to 50%! Our goal is to develop a more sustainable beef product for both our clients and the consumer. At Semex we believe that if we’re going to meet tomorrow’s challenges, we can’t do it using yesterday’s tools and these sorts of innovations will get us there.”


Wisconsin Lost Nearly 700 Dairy Herds In 2018

With the government shutdown now over, we finally have answers to a question that is not pleasant to ask: how many Wisconsin dairy operations survived the difficult economic conditions of 2018? According to the state’s agriculture department, there were 8,110 herds milking in Wisconsin during the first week of January. That’s a drop of 691 since the same time a year earlier.

Clark County continues to hold the highest number of herds in the state with 782, followed by Marathon County with 494.

Florence and Milwaukee Counties each registered just one herd as of January 1, with Forest County losing its last remaining dairy farm during the past year.

Despite having less herds, the state’s remaining dairy operations are still milking over 1.28 million head and producing a record amount of milk.

DATCP records show that 89 percent of state dairy operations are Grade A certified, with 11 percent licensed as Grade B.

Wisconsin has been keeping track of dairy farm numbers since 1950. At that time, the state had 143,000 dairy operations and accounted for about four percent of the nation’s total dairy farms.


Vegan activist gloats over dairy farmer forced to shut struggling family farm

Although Joey said he wasn’t in any way trying to attack Casey, he claimed she had been indoctrinated into the industry and had exploited animals. According to the activist, vegans are not going to stop campaigning any time soon as they work to protect the “true victims” of the industry.

“We are going to change the world, that’s how activism works,” Joey continued. “We see an injustice, the dairy industry, we look at it from the victims perspective, not the farmers, although they are victims of conditioning, they are not the true victims like animals.”

He then went to suggest dairy farmers get a new job and leave dairy farming behind once and for all.

“Why don’t you just move industries?” he queried. “You’re going to have to move industries anyway because dairy is going to become obsolete.”

The video, which was first published on Monday, has since received thousands of views with many other passionate vegans calling out in support of Joey. His fellow activists echoed his comments, claiming if farmers really did love their animals, they wouldn’t be working in the industry.

“It’s prime time for dairy farmers to start jumping ship to veganism. Jump or sink, but don’t complain,” one person commented.

“Cry me a river lady. So happy the dairy industry is struggling. Thank you to all the intelligent, compassionate people buying plant based alternatives,” another wrote.

A third added: “If you loved the cows you’d leave them and their children alone”.

Joey’s message comes only days after Casey shed light on the collapsing dairy industry and the dire situation that led to the downfall of her family’s farm.

“We can’t really afford to keep going anymore,” the heartbroken farmer said in a video published on Facebook. “We are forever the optimists that the industry will get better but for our family, we’ve come to a point where we can’t do it anymore.”


Winter storms kills 1,600 dairy cows in Yakima Valley region

Farmers have been devastated across the Yakima Valley, as strong winds of up to 80 miles per hour, and cold conditions have killed about 1,600 cows according to the Yakima Valley Dairy Farmers Association.

Yakima Valley Dairy Farmers are continuing to prepare as more snow is expected to hit the Valley, they’re adding extra bedding to insulate areas for cows to lay in, adding extra feed, and thawing water troughs with hot water.

“Without our employees, there’s no way we, or our cows could survive this storm,” Alyssa Haak , a dairy farmer in Prosser said. “To shield our cows from the wind we stacked straw bales to create a windbreak for our cows. I give a lot of credit to our milk truck drivers, too. Without their bravery, we wouldn’t be able to get our milk off the farm.”

Another farmer in Grandview says he’s been working around the clock to make sure his cows are being protected from the elements.

“These have been the worst few days of my life,” he said. “We’re just devastated. I don’t think we’ve ever been hit with weather like this.”

With severe winter weather continuing to occur in in eastern Washington throughout the next week, dairy farmers are assessing their current losses and preparing for the next round of snow and wind.

Farmers say that they are working together to help each other through these tough times.

Markus Rollinger, a Sunnyside dairy farmer stated, “Saturday was brutal. We put in a 36-hour day, but we’ve been fortunate. I’ve spent a lot of time helping my fellow dairy farmers and supporting what they’re going through,” Markus says. “My brother and I are trying to keep roads plowed for our employees and the milk trucks.”

Governor Inslee has declared a state of emergency for the state of Washington, which the farmers are hoping will lead to further assistance.

The dairy farmers say that they continue to cope with these conditions and over the next few days will be touch and go as they assess the damage and losses to their farm.


Fonterra negotiates termination deal for Darnum JV with Beingmate

Fonterra has officially unwound its joint venture with Chinese company Beingmate, taking back full ownership of the Darnum manufacturing plant in Australia.

While the exact terms of the separation haven’t been revealed, a Fonterra spokeswoman says the deal had been structured to ensure no cash was paid by the co-operative to Beingmate.

“Beingmate will remain a cornerstone customer of the Darnum site. As part of the agreement we have entered into a multi-year supply contract for Beingmate to purchase ingredients from us.”

The original joint venture was created in 2016 as part of the broader partnership that saw Fonterra take an 18.8 per cent stake in Beingmate Baby & Child Food.

Fonterra paid about $755m for its Beingmate shares, while the latter paid A$102m for its 51 per cent stake in the Darnum factory.

According to a recent statement on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, where Beingmate shares trade under a restricted ticker, the joint venture has a current book value of A$119m. That included land, buildings and working capital.

Continuous Disclosure understands that some amendments were made to the original joint venture agreement in April 2017.

This included a product purchase agreement that stipulated the purchase volume of the base milk powder from the plant that Beingmate sold was not less than 750,000 tonnes per year, or 51 per cent of the total annual production capacity of Darnum.

But sales volumes did not meet those expectations, meaning Beingmate had to pay a fixed compensation fee of about A$200m.

Beingmate then decided to withdraw from the agreement and Fonterra was happy to oblige.

Fonterra said taking full control of Darnum will give it more options.

“We will be able to look for new partners, improve efficiencies and produce the optimum product mix that creates the greatest value for our farmer-owners and unit holders,” the spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, Beingmate’s share price is still languishing under 5 yuan despite the company’s return to profit in the last two quarters.

Fonterra paid 18 yuan a share for its stake and has since written down the value of its investment by $433m.


Thanks John, for the milk price!

Dairy farmers have former Fonterra chairman John Wilson to thank for the milk price they enjoy today, says Sir Henry van der Heyden.

In a eulogy at Wilson’s funeral in Hamilton early this month, van der Heyden told of Wilson’s relentless push for a fair and transparent milk price.

“His relentless questioning and his ability to process and retain vast amounts of information means we have a tremendous legacy from him in the milk price,” he said.

“John is the godfather of the milk price… the milk price is all dairy farmers really worry about; it represents security. We should light a candle to John every season.”

Wilson succeeded van der Heyden as chairman in 2012.

Illness had forced Wilson to step down as chairman last July and he died at his Te Awamutu home on January 28. At least 1000 people attended his funeral.

Van der Heyden, who has stayed out of dairy industry affairs since retiring from Fonterra’s board, said he was “more than a little humbled” to be asked to speak at the funeral.

He said Wilson had the ability to “rise to the top the way cream does”.

“All by itself and what put him there was his ability to bring farmers along with him. He had enormous ability to absorb, interpret and use information intelligently and persuasively. 

 “He would turn information into visionary concepts that farmers could believe in. 

“He connected with them in their language and on their terms and they chose him as a director and ultimately as chairman.”

Van der Heyden took exception to a newspaper columnist having recently called Wilson his pupil.

“He got this totally wrong; John was always his own man and plenty of people can vouch for that.”

 Van der Heyden explained Wilson’s work on the milk price before and after Fonterra was formed.  Before Fonterra the New Zealand Dairy Board handled all dairy exports and the co-ops managed the domestic market. 

The NZDB paid farmers for their milk using a basic formula of revenue minus costs; co-ops added a margin depending on how good they were in the local market. 

Van der Heyden said farmers could see how the co-ops made their money but they could never see what drove the revenue line in the Dairy Board.    

“This was a multi-million-dollar business but we could never get a handle on their costs: it was all a matter of faith and it drove John mad. He believed to his core that farmers should be able to see the numbers — warts and all — and know they were absolutely right. 

“So, when we introduced Trading Among Farmers, John was like a terrier in getting the milk price right and, above all, truly independent. 

“He knew it had to stand up to scrutiny from all corners – politicians, competitors, regulators and especially farmers. There could be no possibility of money moving around   to benefit investors over farmers or vice versa. 

 “Today we have a model based on revenue less costs which is fully transparent [in both respects] and independently reviewed by the Commerce Commission. So, for example, farmers today know the milk price has benefitted by 40c/kgMS as a result of efficiencies and savings. They also know the days of lagging behind European dairy farmers are long gone.  That price parity is one of John’s legacies.”


Source: Rural News Group

Toxic algal bloom prevention ‘too expensive’ for Australian dairy farmers to do on their own

A month after toxic algal blooms killed up to a million fish in the Murray Darling Basin, farmers say the cost of preventing similar tragedies in West Australian waterways is “too expensive” for them to handle on their own.

Effluent run-off from dairies is thought to be a significant contributor to algal blooms in regional waterways — something that can be toxic to fish and cause a smelly sludge in build-up in waterways.

To mitigate the risk, effluent systems are designed at dairies to reduce run-off.

But there are concerns the effluent management systems in WA are not up to scratch.

The State Government has been offering grants of up to $60,000 for farmers to upgrade their systems to “best practice” through the Regional Estuaries Initiative and the Revitalising Geographe Waterways project.

But in the two and a half years they have been running, just two people have completed upgrades.

Cash-poor industry prohibiting upgrades

The issue of effluent run-off is not lost on dairy farmers, with many admitting upgrades are needed.

Scott River dairy farmer and Nuffield Scholar Ross Woodhouse has recently spent $160,000 on upgrades of his own.

But he said due to the current state of the industry there was no way he could afford the best practice upgrades that the State Government was supporting.

“You’re getting $60,000 for a $300,000-$400,000 capital spend and farmers just don’t have the capital to commit to the project,” he said.

“I think everyone is conscious of the issue and farmers are doing a lot — fencing waterways, planting trees and distributing fertiliser in responsible ways — but that sort of capital cost is [unaffordable].”

Costs for upgrades vary depending on the size of the farm and the condition of the current system.

What can be done to encourage upgrades?

Mr Woodhouse said a rethink of the incentive program was needed.

He suggested a slurry system, like the one he has implemented at his property, which sprays the effluent onto dry areas of land to avoid run-off as a more affordable alternative.

High hopes for incentive projects

According to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, the systems they design are based on the dairy industry’s code of practice in WA.

Despite the low uptake so far, the State Government believes the programs will still meet its target of 30 farms by 2020.

Kath Lynch from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is heavily involved in both projects and said there were a further 29 people that had put up their hand to be involved in the project.

While these are only expressions of interest, and did not guarantee upgrades will go through, she said she was confident the projects would be a success.

“I think it’s an amazingly good uptake, to be honest,” Dr Lynch said.

Dr Lynch said the code of practice on effluent systems was always open to change with further research, but the State Government could not support effluent systems that were not considered best practice.

“Our commitment to the taxpayer who is funding the incentive [the code of practice] is the minimum standard that we will go to,” she said.

The power of poo

In the interim, residents of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River have another solution brewing — turn the poo into power.

Dairy farmers and the Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee have teamed up with Augusta-Margaret River Clean Community Energy to explore the possibility of building a biodigestor at Scott River.

A biodigestor can turn organic matter into energy and also produces a smell-free manure.

While it is early days, and the business case is still being worked on, deputy chair Ian Williams said it was looking promising.

“The base case is to sell the power into the grid, but the more attractive option is that it’s used behind the meter so that the farmers can use the energy that’s there,” he said.

A biodigestor was recently built at a dairy in west Victoria, and a year on was still looking to be a success.

Mr Williams said it was currently about seeing if those methods could be applied to a region with a different land layout and different diet.

“It’s looking promising, we’ve got a reasonable story to tell. It’s up there for people to look at and kick it around and at this point they haven’t kicked it over.”


Source: ABC News

Government of Canada invests in Quebec dairy processor to help expand operations and improve competitiveness

The dairy processing sector plays an important role in Canada’s economy, producing good, high-quality and nutritious products for Canadians across the country. In 2018, the sector employed over 23,000 Canadians and accounted for over $14 billion in manufactured shipments of milk and dairy products. The Government of Canada knows the importance of ensuring the sector remains productive and competitive, and able to respond to new opportunities.

While visiting the Smucker’s Foods of Canada Corp. factory in Sherbrooke, Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, today announced an investment of up to $1.8 million under the Dairy Processing Investment Fund. The funding will allow Smucker’s Foods to invest in upgrades to equipment which will enable them to introduce production of heavy cream, and process new formats of evaporated and condensed-sweetened milk.

This funding is part of a broader $11.7 million investment by Smucker’s Foods to expand the plant, and introduce new, high-performance equipment and production systems.


The Government of Canada is proud to contribute to the modernization and competitiveness of the dairy processing industry, helping it grow and prosper. We are committed to ensuring our world-class dairy processors stay on the cutting edge and continue to meet growing consumer demand for high-quality products while creating well-paying jobs for Canadians.”
– Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay

“With this investment in Sherbrooke, the company who already supplies Canada with Eagle Brand and Carnation products will expand its offering and, with that, increase demand for Canadian milk by almost 4 million tons. This is good news for our dairy farmers!”
– Minister of International Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau

“We are excited to announce this significant investment in our facility, which will help ensure the sustainability of our operations and expand our capabilities. This investment, funded in part by contributions from the Ministry of Agriculture, will support updates to our equipment which will enable our ability to produce new products and increase our demand for domestic milk.”  
– Dominique Mathieu, Sherbrooke Plant Manager

Quick Facts

  • Smucker’s Foods of Canada Corp. is a dairy manufacturer specializing in the manufacture of evaporated and sweetened-condensed milks. The company’s Sherbrooke plant employs 35 people.
  • To date, 19 dairy processors have been approved for funding valued at over $21.4 million under the $100 millionDairy Processing Investment Fund, for a wide array of projects in cheese, milk drying, yogurt, cream and butter projects.
  • Canada’s dairy sector is also supported by the associated Dairy Farm Investment Program. To date, over 1900 projects have been approved for funding support valued at over $128 million, including over 870 projects and over $49 million in Quebec, in a wide array of projects from small investments in cow comfort equipment to large ones for automated milking systems.


Source: Canada NewsWire

Mixed Markets Tuesday in Chicago

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Milk futures closed mixed Tuesday with sluggish cash trade.  February traded a penny higher to $14.00 per cwt. March jumped 16 cents to $14.88 per cwt. Over the last six sessions April grew 10 cents to $14.85 and the remaining months ranged from even to 7 cents higher. Class IV milk had February milk a penny lower at $15.92 per cwt. March and onward ranged from a penny lower to 11 cents higher in September. 

Dry whey down $0.0050 at $0.35.  Eight trades were made ranging from $0.35 to $0.3550. Blocks unchanged at $1.56.  Barrels up $0.01 at $1.4125.  Butter down $0.0150 at $2.2550.   Nonfat dry milk up $0.0025 at $1.00. 


Kerrygold promoting ‘grass-fed dairy’ in new global campaign

Kerrygold has launched a global advertising campaign as part of a “major expansion drive” for food exports.

A digital campaign called “a true taste of Kerrygold” has been launched to promote Ireland’s grass-fed family farming system and will be rolled out across the UK, the US, Germany and Ireland.

A household name in the Republic, the butter brand established in 1962 has grown to be the market leader in Germany – where it sells faster than any other food brand – and the number-two butter brand in the US. Both the German and US markets performed well in 2017, the latest year for which figures are available, reporting double-digit volume growth. Some 34 new product launches in the Kerrygold range form part of Ornua’s strategy to build it into a €1 billion global dairy brand “in the coming years”.

“For decades Kerrygold has been synonymous with the benefits of grass-fed dairy and has authentically told the story of Irish dairy farming to the world,” said Róisín Hennerty, managing director of Ornua Foods.

Grass-fed grievance

Kerrygold’s focus on promoting its grass-fed product comes after tensions emerged between parent Ornua, and Glanbia, which owns 25 per cent of Ornua, over the latter’s decision to launch a new dairy brand in the US called Truly Grass Fed, a brand that farmers fear may erode Kerrygold’s position in the US market.

Glanbia has launched Truly Grass Fed in the US initially as a cheese brand, but a butter may yet emerge, the company told The Irish Times in November.

Kerrygold’s campaign features three farming families – one from Waterford, one from Monaghan and one from west Cork. Ms Hennerty said the brand had always been an “intrinsic part of the Irish identity” and was owned by a “community of Irish farming families who have passed down their farming values and methods from generation to generation”.

Ornua is the State’s largest exporter of dairy products, with sales of more than €2 billion per year. Kerrygold expects that its new campaign will reach more than 36 million people.


Holstein Canada National Director Election Results for Alberta

Willem Vanderlindeof Lacombe, Alta., has been elected as the new Holstein Canada National Director for Alberta and the Northwest Territories in the election that was held for that position this year. Vanderlinde defeated Debbie Hofstra, Millet, Alta., who had also ran for the post. Vanderlinde will take over the National Director role currently held by Orville Schmidt, Leduc County, Alta., who is retiring from the Board after the Holstein Canada Annual Meeting in Charlottetown, P.E.I., in April.

Italian farmers spill milk in protest at low prices

Sardinian dairy farmers presented an ultimatum on Monday that if no solution is found to the crisis of falling prices for milk, the farmers will block polling stations across the island for the upcoming regional elections on February 24.

Meanwhile, consumer group Codacons said it would file a complaint calling for a probe into whether there is reason to believe market rigging is taking place in the milk industry.

Sardinian dairy farmers have been staging protests, which have included road blocks and the deliberate dumping of milk, against the fact that they are paid about 60 cents per litre of milk and they are demanding 70 cents net, as well as better protection for the DOP protected denomination of origin on milk and better control over imports.

Agriculture Minister Gian Marco Centinaio said he would be in Sardinia on Monday with Premier Giuseppe Conte to “reason together with the Sardinian farmers”.

“I am in complete agreement with them,” Centinaio said.

“The consortium isn’t doing its job to protect Sardinian farmers,” he said.

‘The clock has run out’: Dairy farmer’s viral emotional farewell to cows

A video of a South Australian’s tears for her loved herd of cattle has gone viral after the third generation farmer was forced to farewell the embattled industry.

Hundreds of thousands have watched Casey Treloar’s Facebook video where she says the slashing of farmgate milk prices has made it impossible for farms such as her family’s to stay in business.

“We are getting 38 cents a litre across the year and it’s completely unsustainable. We can’t really afford to keep going anymore,” said Ms Treloar on her farm outside Parawa on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

“It breaks my heart,” she says, visibly fighting back tears.

Ms Treloar, who also works as a journalist, said the slashing of milk in supermarkets to $1-a-litre from 2011 has led to the industry being in the position it is.

“It has devalued our product, milk that we produce is not worth as much as it once was, and it’s to the point where our production is so much that we cannot sustain producing milk the way we have in the past.

“The clock has run out and it’s time to say goodbye.”

She says the industry is getting closer to the point of having to rely on dairy milk being imported from China.

“We call ourselves cow people, we do it because we love the cows and a lot of dairy farmers are like that,” Ms Treloar said.

“We’re forever the optimists that the industry will get better but for our family we’ve come to a point where we can’t do it anymore.”

Ms Treloar said she didn’t know what would happen to her beloved cows, such is the diminished value of the dairy industry today.

“For all we know, they could be worth more at the meatworks,” she said.

She called for government regulation to force the value of dairy to be controlled.

“They need to get off their asses, they need to see that at some stage there is going to be no more family farms in Australia,” Ms Treloar said.

“If you’re watching this, please head down to your supermarket, buy your favourite branded milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice cream because the dairy farmers right now need your support.”

Last year, a long-awaited report into the Australian dairy industry said increasing the price of supermarkets’ $1-a-litre milk would have no impact on the price paid to farmers.

“Dairy farmers are understandably frustrated the retail price of milk has declined in real terms, since retailers adopted their milk pricing policies,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said in a statement.

“The price set by retailers is arbitrary and has no direct relationship to the cost of production for the supply of milk.

“In examining the impact of this on farmgate prices, however, the ACCC found almost all contracts for the supply of private label milk allows processors to pass through movements in farmgate prices to supermarkets.

“Therefore, there is no direct relationship between retail private label milk prices and farmgate prices.”


Hogan to contribute $1.5 million to dairy industry

Gov. Larry Hogan took the opportunity before a big crowd at the annual Taste of Maryland Agriculture event to make a big announcement for Maryland dairy farmers.

Addressing more than 700 agricultural leaders and legislators at the Maryland Agriculture Council’s annual event, Hogan announced his decision to contribute about $1.5 million in state funds to enable Maryland dairy farmers to participate in a new federal funding program, creating up to $17 million in available assistance.

“For months we have been searching for a way to help our dairy farmers who are facing particularly challenging times,” Hogan said. “I want all of you to be the first to know tonight that earlier today I made the decision to put additional state resources that will be combined with federal funds and will mean up to $17 million in emergency funding to assist and support our Maryland dairy farmers.”

Following the announcement, the governor will authorize the state to pay up to $1.5 million to cover the farmers’ share of the premium cost to participate in the Dairy Margin Coverage Program to leverage a significant amount – projected at up to $17 million – of federal funds for Maryland farmers.

The Farm Bill was signed on December 2018 and amended the Margin Protection Program by renaming as Dairy Margin Coverage Program. The program is administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

As dairy farmers in Maryland and across the nation continue to struggle due to low milk prices, forcing many dairies to sell their herds.

The number of dairy farms in Maryland has declined nearly every year since the late 1980s when the state boasted more than 1,400 of them.

There were only 417 in 2017 and Scott Youse, Maryland Agriculture Council President and a Ridgely, Md., dairy farmer said the figure now stands at 364.

In his remarks prior Hogan’s announcement, Youse urged legislators present to fund the Maryland Dairy Emergency Trust Fund, which was created in 2007 but never given any money to operate. The state’s dairy industry has long requested a $5 million investment in the fund to help struggling dairy farms.


Source: American Farm Publications

Cows Get Own Tinder-Style App for Breeding

Cows and bulls searching for “moo love” now have a mobile app to help their breeders.

A U.K. farming startup introduced a Tinder-style app, called Tudder, that lets farmers find breeding matches by viewing pictures of cattle with details of their age, location and owner. Users hear a mooing sound as they swipe — right to show they’re interested or left to reject possible matches.

Hectare, which designed the app, says it “seeks to unite sheepish farm animals with their soulmates.” Selling animals using social media can speed up a process that often involves transporting animals long distances for breeding.

“Tudder is a new swipe-led matchmaking app, helping farm animals across the U.K. find breeding partners in the quest for moo love,” according to the Apple app store description.

Farmers that swipe right on an image of a particular cow — or group of cows — are directed to Hectare’s livestock-buying website, with a chance to contact the owner or make an offer. The listing website includes information on the animal’s character and any health issues.

Working Bull
Profile descriptions range from “nice big strong sorts make nice suckler cows” to “quiet well grown young bull ready to work,” and farmers can also restrict their online search by whether the animal is organic, pedigree or on a farm where tuberculosis has been detected.

Marcus Lampard, a farmer in Carmarthenshire in southwest Wales, has one pedigree beef shorthorn breeding bull listed on the app and says it’s a lot easier to sell livestock online.

“Going to market is a nuisance,” he said by telephone. “If I go to an open market with a bull, and then maybe bring it back, it shuts everything down on the farm for at least two weeks.’’

Lampard, 76, said his daughter lists the cows online for him. “At my age we think we’re quite techy, but our grandchildren think we’re hopeless,” he said.

Hectare raised over 3 million pounds ($3.9 million) from investors including government programs, author Richard Koch and tennis player Andy Murray, according to its website.

About a third of U.K. farms use Hectare’s platforms to trade livestock and cereals, Chief Executive Officer Doug Bairner said by email, after the app was described in the Sunday Times.

“Matching breeding livestock online should be even easier than matching people,” Bairner said. “Sheep breeding is similarly data driven so maybe ‘ewe-Harmony’ should be next.”


Source: Bloomberg

You bet, they got milk: USDA program overwhelms food banks

One after another, Rose Sweeney plopped the half-gallon jugs on a counter at the pick-up window. Cold, fresh milk — long a hard-to-come-by item for the Franklinton food pantry — is suddenly as plentiful as it is popular with needy families.

“We almost never had milk here, and if we did, it was expired,” said Sweeney, a volunteer at the Holy Family Church pantry. “This has almost two weeks left. It’s wonderful.”

Almost all of the families served at the pantry Thursday asked for one or more half-gallons, and Sweeney was happy to oblige. The state’s network of food banks is awash in the nutritional powerhouse, with so much milk flowing into the syste-m that the Ohio Association of Foodbanks is fundraising to help cover extra distribution and refrigeration costs.

But the boon isn’t a reflection of good times for the dairy industry. Pantries in Ohio and elsewhere have lots of free milk because the federal government is buying some $50 million worth of it off the market and, for the first time, making it available through the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the purchase is separate from broader trade-mitigation payments that are providing financial assistance to farmers ensnared in the Trump administration’s trade disputes that have disrupted export markets and led to tariffs on many U.S. agricultural products.

Even before they were caught in a trade war, dairy farmers had been struggling under low prices and vast supply.

“You can’t just lose money every day,” said Scott Higgins, CEO of the Ohio Dairy Producers Association. He said the state has seen about 10 percent of its 2,200 dairy farms shut down in the past year.

Rob Bouic, whose family’s roots in farming go back more than 100 years, doubts his kids will stick with the dairy side. The Bouics have a herd of 120 cows and about 1,200 acres for corn and soybeans. The government payment he received for soybeans is propping up his dairy operation.

“Short term, about all you’ve got is government intervention,” said Bouic, of Milford Center in Union County, about 30 miles northwest of Columbus. “Long term, we need as much open trade as possible.”

The 51-year-old has managed his family farm since 1990, doing a lot of what he calls treading water. “We haven’t had a lot of good years,” Bouic said. “And 2018 is the worst.”

Still, Higgins said, supplying milk for the poor is a bright spot for the industry, one he hopes the government will maintain even after trade issues are resolved.

“Our families and children need good nutrition, in good times and when they find themselves in hard times,” Higgins said. “We’re serving a need in our communities, while also trying to sort our way through these trade wars.”

Fresh milk never had been among the many food products purchased under Section 32, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s long-standing surplus-commodity program. Emergency food sites might have access to items as varied as cranberries and canned salmon through the program, but not liquid milk.

“For as long as I can remember, food banks have been saying, ’We wish we had access to milk,‴ Higgins said.

When they did, it usually was due to a retail purchase or donation.

Now, the Southeast Ohio Foodbank in Logan has “more milk than I’ve ever seen in my life,” said David Keller, development coordinator for the Hocking Athens Perry Community Action Program. “This time last year, we were receiving zero gallons.”

The windfall presents logistical challenges. Some food banks are renting refrigerated trailers while pantries work to get the word out. One preschool program for low-income kids is offering take-home milk for families.

“We are so grateful to have it, but because of the very short shelf-life, we knew we’d have to get very creative,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. “It’s gotta move fast, so it’s required our food banks to be more of a push system.”

Mareious Killestadt left the Holy Family pantry with fresh milk earlier this week. At age 44, he said it still feels like a luxury.

“I grew up on the dry milk, and it wasn’t fun,” Killestadt said. “Not even for your cereal.”


Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Chaney 2019 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader

Rebecca Long Chaney, of Elwood, Neb., is the 2019 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader

Rebecca Long Chaney, of Elwood, Neb., is the 2019 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader recognized by the Holstein Foundation. The Holstein Foundation recognizes one Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) graduate annually who has made noteworthy contributions and applied skills gained during their YDLI experience for the advancement of the dairy industry. Rebecca was a graduate of YDLI Class 2.

“YDLI was the greatest educational program I have participated in with people sharing my same passion — dairy. When I had the opportunity to participate in YDLI Class 2, it was an amazing event. Not only were the featured speakers thought-provoking and powerful, but the breakout sessions and workshops were engaging and educational.

“The dairy knowledge gained, coupled with the new dairy friends and professionals I met, have been true assets during my career in ag journalism and great resources for my volunteer work,” Rebecca Long Chaney states.

A Maryland native, Chaney and her family live on a 3,500-acre ranch where they help manage a Red Angus cow/calf operation. Alongside her twin daughters, she is the author of an agriculture educational book series, “The Chaney Twins’ Ag Books.” Chaney also spends her time as a freelance journalist for the Elwood Bulletin and the Midwest Producer. In the past she has written for Hoard’s Dairyman and many other local, regional and national publications.

Aside from writing she enjoys inspiring youth as the coach of the Nebraska Dairy Judging Team. She serves on the National Brown Swiss Fundraising Committee for the 2020 World Brown Swiss Conference. At World Dairy Expo, she helps evaluate udders for the over-bagging research study.

Chaney was recognized during the YDLI Class 11, Phase 1 program, February 6 – 9, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona.

About YDLI
The Young Dairy Leaders Institute, a program of the Holstein Foundation, is a nationally recognized three-phase leadership and communication skills development program for young adults working in the dairy industry. YDLI’s three-phase approach ensures participants develop necessary leadership skills, apply those skills in real-life scenarios, and then focus on the benefit of influential leadership.

For more information on YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit the Holstein Foundation website or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

Bumpy Ride For Markets Monday in Chicago

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, milk futures closed mixed Monday as the market adjusts to Friday’s USDA reports.  Class 3 markets were mixed on Monday trading anywhere from 8 cents lower to 12 cents higher. February Class III milk up a penny at $13.99. March up a dime at $14.69. April down a nickel at $14.75. The first and half average are now at $14.67 and $16.22. May down 12 cents at $15.10. June through October contracts were two to eight cents lower.

Dry whey down $0.01 at $0.3550. Seven trades were made ranging from $0.3550 to $0.36. Blocks up $0.0325 at $1.56. Three trade were made ranging from $1.54 to $1.56. Barrels up $0.03 at $1.4025. Five trade were made ranging from $1.39 to $1.4025. Butter up $0.0075 at $2.2850. Two trades were made at $2.2750 and $2.2850. Nonfat dry milk up $0.0025 at $0.9975. Three trades were made at $0.9975 to $1.00.

Find my CowTM now available in the United States and Canada

Plain City, Ohio, February 11, 2019 – The CowManager® system’s new module, Find my Cow, is now officially available for sale in the United States and Canada through the Select Sires federation. Using Find my Cow will save you time and money when looking for cows in heat, sick cows, cull cows and even cows in the wrong pens.

During the entire Find my Cow project, CowManager remained focused on the company’s vision to develop smart and easy-to-understand solutions to make producers’ lives easier, saving on labor costs. Find my Cow comes with a user-friendly cow locator device, which enables producers to quickly find cows in the barn and outside on pasture. The installation is very easy. There is no need for extra beacons or calibrations and the module is compatible with all of CowManager’s operational systems.

When using the CowManager web application or mobile app, users can select the cow number(s) they want to find and the ear sensor will receive a signal that makes them visible for the Find my Cow locator. The locator can find cows up to 300-meters (984 feet) in free line of sight.

When walking in the barn or pasture, you will be guided via the easy-to-understand seven-color user interface. Red means that you are far away from the cow with lights changing to orange, yellow and green as you get closer to the cow. Find my Cow also shows which employee found which cow at what time. The daily work-lists available on the locator are easy to use.

To introduce Find my Cow in the United States and Canada, CowManager is offering a 10 percent discount on the software. To qualify for the discount, visit and select the Contact tab. Fill out the form to be contacted by a Select Sires sales representative in your area.

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

Gov. Hogan pledges help for Maryland’s dairy farmers

As dairy farmers in Maryland and across the nation continue to struggle due to low milk prices, Governor Larry Hogan has pledged to contribute approximately $1.5 million in state funds to enable Maryland dairy farmers to participate in a new federal funding program, creating up to $17 million in available assistance and saving jobs and family farms.

Governor Hogan made the announcement on Thursday evening while addressing the annual Taste of Maryland Agriculture dinner in Glen Burnie, Md.

From the governor’s remarks:

“For months we have been searching for a way to help our dairy farmers who are facing particularly challenging times. I want all of you to be the first to know tonight that earlier today I made the decision to put additional state resources that will be combined with federal funds and will mean up to $17 million in emergency funding to assist and support our Maryland dairy farmers.”
–Governor Larry Hogan

Governor Hogan has been proactive in supporting dairy farmers both at the state level and leveraging support from the federal government. The governor signed a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in April 2018 asking to provide disaster relief to dairy farmers. Additionally, Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder signed on to a regional letter from Northeastern state secretaries of agriculture requesting USDA quickly implement dairy risk management programs approved in the current Farm Bill.

The Farm Bill was signed on December 2018 and amended the Margin Protection Program (MPP) by renaming as Dairy Margin Coverage Program. The program is administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

Following yesterday’s announcement, the governor will authorize the state to pay up to $1.5 million to cover the farmers’ share of the premium cost to participate in the Dairy Margin Coverage Program to leverage a significant amount – projected at up to $17 million – of federal funds for Maryland farmers.


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