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Mixed Markets on Mercantile Exchange Wednesday

On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange milk futures traded mostly higher Wednesday while cash markets were mixed. Class III milk showed some strength in Wednesday’s trading. May moved lower late in the day falling  2 cents to $16.27/cwt, June gained 5 cents to $16.24 and July gained 10 cents to 16.41. Second half months gained as many as 13 cents to finish with an average of $16.68/cwt

Butter led the market again on Wednesday in the CME spot dairy product trade. Gaining 2 ¼ cent on 8 trades to finish at $2.37 ¼.  Dry whey unchanged at $0.34.  Blocks down $0.0025 at $1.6575.  One trade was made at that price. Barrels up $0.0125 at $1.61.  Four trades were made ranging from $1.61 to $1.6125. Nonfat dry milk down $0.0075 at $1.05.  One trade was made at that price.

Grain markets were up strong early following yesterday’s gains, however, lost some momentum as we closed trading. May corn was up ¾ cent to 3.69 ½, May Soybeans finished up 4 to 8.35 ½ and July Soybean meal gain $1.80 to $299.80/ton.

Western Australia’s biggest dairy farm set to end milk production

Milk production is likely to cease on WA’s biggest dairy farm and the land put to other uses, according to owner Ross Woodhouse.

Mr Woodhouse, who put his Scott River farm on the market earlier this year, said the sale wasn’t yet settled, but frontrunners for a purchase included a blue gum tree operator.

There were also several neighbours interested in buying separate properties under his operation, mainly for avocado trees and beef production, with just 20 per cent retained for dairy production.

Mr Woodhouse, who produces 20 million litres a year, or 6 per cent of WA’s production, is selling 4000 hectares over 13 properties, including a $1.3 million milking shed.

A price rise following Woolworths’ axing of $1 a litre milk in February, equivalent to an extra 2.5¢ a litre across his full production, had been a big help. But Mr Woodhouse said he was still struggling to break even because of low farm gate prices and a string of dry seasons meaning big feed bills.

“Although the land itself is in demand, milk production is not considered an attractive option to buyers, demonstrating how tough things are across the industry,” he said. “While it would mean some farmers can increase production, more and more, good farmers will exit the industry, and fresh milk could soon become a niche product.”

From July 2018 to March, WA milk production is down 2.6 per cent from a year earlier, according to Dairy Australia.

Australia wide, production is down 6.7 per cent, with NSW and Queensland hit hardest because of drought conditions.

Mr Woodhouse said several other dairy farmers in his area planned to sell or were in the process of selling. These included one property which was under offer by a blue gum tree operator.

Adding to woes, farmers are bracing themselves for another dry season and hefty feed costs, particularly north of Busselton where there had been no meaningful rain to stimulate pasture growth.

“We are in a better position than most as our area had some rain in early April,” Mr Woodhouse said.

“If we get some more rain soon the pastures will really get going in our area. But some areas further north have not had any good rains and there’s a lot of angst out there.

“Many dairy farmers won’t be able to last through another very dry year that requires big feed costs and the volume of milk could really fall.”


Wisconsin Officially Sets New Milk Production Record in ’18

America’s Dairyland stayed true to its name last year as the state set another record for total milk production. The latest government figures from the USDA confirmed that Wisconsin produced 30.5 billion pounds of milk in 2018, about one percent more than the previous record of 30.3 billion harvested in 2017. Milk per cow also rose to an all-time high of 24,002 pounds, up 277 pounds from the year earlier.

As of January 1, there were 8,110 licensed milk cow operations in the state. That was down 691 from a year ago, and the fourth consecutive year that the herd count was below the 10,000 mark in generations.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s overall livestock inventory decreased slightly last year. As of January 1, about 3.5 million head of cattle were counted in the state.

The total number of milk cows at year’s end was around 1.27 million head, about 5,000 less than the previous year–keeping Wisconsin second behind California for number of milk cows.

Source: USAGnet

Dairy farmers continue to struggle as USMCA stalls

 American Dairy farmers are struggling to survive. Literally.

“We’re seeing suicides at all-time high in the dairy industry,” said Michael McMahon, a dairy farmer from upstate New York.

While help is on the way, it’s not coming fast enough for too many in the business of putting milk on American tables.

According to McMahon, these are dreadful times for him and his fellow farmers.

“Emptying out their retirement funds and going the limit on their credit cards just to stay in business,” he said.

The price of milk has been below the cost of production for five years, forcing many small and medium-sized dairy farms out of business. McMahon says international trade disputes are just making things worse.

“When NAFTA was put on the shelf to be dissolved, all of a sudden these trade wars and tariff barriers went up between U.S. and Mexico and U.S. and Canada,” he explained.

“In the past year, you saw more than seven dairy farms failing every day in the United States,” said Alan Bjerga, senior VP of communications for the National Milk Producers Federation.

Bjerga says there’s optimism that the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, which would replace NAFTA, could provide some relief by expanding market access to Canada and ending some Canadian policies that were problematic for U.S. producers.

But Congress must first approve the USMCA and right now it’s stuck in both the House and the Senate.

Congressman Anthony Brindisi, D-New York, says while he knows dairy farmers need help now, the USMCA still needs work to ensure dairy farmers get a fair shake.

“We want to make sure that trade deals are enforceable and Canada is just not changing the name of the program and still doing the same thing that they’ve done in the past,” Brindisi said.

“Give us back our trade markets,” McMahon declared.

McMahon says a truce in the trade war could ease the dairy crisis and save both businesses and lives.


82 year old legend Mr. Tsutomu Nakagawa leads Sanchez daughter to Victory at Nemuro Black and White Show in Japan

Nemuro Black and White Show, or one of the largest spring shows in eastern Hokkaido, was held yesterday. Grand Champion was the 1st place cow from the Aged Cow Class, and she was 8 years young, 6th lactations, Sanchez daughter, Center-Land Barley Sanchez EX-93-4E-JPN. The highlight of the day was the leadperson of this Grand Champion cow. This 82-years-young well-respected legend is Mr. Tsutomu Nakagawa, of Center-Land Holsteins, of Nemuro. Center-Land Barley Sanchez EX-93-4E-JPN – Sanchez x Rudolph x Martel(Southwind son) x Mystical(Chairman son) x Alliance Ace(Telstar Ace son) x Prince Valiant x Confidence x El Toro x Worry x Tippy x Harvue Elevation Sadie x Harvue Astronaut Gale VG-85-USA(bred by John O. Hardesty & sons, of VA), exhibited by Miss Kayo Nakagawa, of Center-Land Holsteins, of Nemuro. Mr. Yoshinori Kimura, of Engaru, was the judge of this show.


Pictures taken by Mr. Mizuguchi, of Dairyman, the magazine.

Tariff battle with China hurting Pacific Northwest dairy industry

The ongoing tariff battle between the United States and China is already having a ripple effect on farmers and business owners right here in the Pacific Northwest.

More than 450 Northwest dairy farms in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana rely on Darigold to process their milk into products that ship all over the United States and the globe.

“Large amounts of the ingredient gets marketed and sold and distributed around the world – 20 countries, of which, China is one of them,” said Stan Ryan, the president and CEO of Darigold.

But the trade war and increasing tariffs have shot Darigold’s duty to 25 percent, and even higher on some products for the $50 million of business they were doing in China.

“Our competing origins, the countries we compete against to earn customers in China don’t have those same duties so the market dried up for us overnight,” said Ryan.

Other Northwest crops are impacted too – apples, cherries, potatoes and much more.

Kara Kostanich | Tariff battle with China hurting local dairy industry

Kara Kostanich | Tariff battle with China hurting local dairy industry

“If they can’t sell their products overseas, it means less money, which means fewer jobs, and that really impacts our livelihood and the livability of our families in the state of Washington,” said former Washington Governor Gary Locke, who is also a former U.S. Ambassador to China and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Ryan says the tariffs are preventing the already troubled dairy industry from seeing improvement.

“The environmental contributes to already depressed farm prices – so it hurt our local farmers,” said Ryan.

The depressed farm prices are due to chronic oversupply.

Just last year Darigold opened an office in Shanghai because of what Ryan calls an unbelievable long-term growth opportunity.

So for now, since business has all but stopped, the office remains busy with potential future customers so they are ready when the tide turns.

“We are investing in it and we have the faith that our U.S. trade representative in the administration will see this through and will come out with a good logical outcome,” said Ryan.


Raw milk regulations need ‘a little bit of flexibility’

Farm Fresh South is a boutique dairy farm at Woodlands, specialising in raw milk sales.

Owned by Logan and Melissa Johnson, they milk about 30 cows, and calve four times a year on their 21ha farm.

While they are not certified organic, they operate organically.

The milk they do not sell goes to their calves or gets made into butter for their own use.

They also took part in the Ministry of Primary Industries’ (MPI) recent survey of suppliers and clients’ views on current regulations around the supply and sale of raw milk.

Mr Johnson said for the most part, the regulations and their intent were good and worked well, but some of the requirements inhibited small business growth.

”We want our business to be successful, and there has to be room for small businesses to grow,” he said.

”A little bit of flexibility is needed.”

He would like to see changes to the requirement that a wordy health warning be included in every advertisement.

”I have no issue with the warning display required on advertising on the bottle or point of sale,” Mr Johnson said.

”However, at present, if we wanted to support the local school and put a wee ad in their newsletter, the whole ad would be only the warning.”

They would also like to be able to sell their milk from the farmers’ markets but are unable to do so.

Customers can either have it delivered to their door or buy from the vending machine at the farm.

”We would like to deliver milk to customers’ work for them to take home, but we can’t as only home deliveries are allowed.”

He would like to be able to sell raw milk to cafes for use in coffees and would be keen to set up a ”Milk Lovers Club” type system where cafe customers who want raw milk receive a card and they can only get that milk when showing their card.

”That allows traceability.

”The customers get what they want and the cafe gets what it wants.

”It can be done properly but at the moment the regulations do not allow that”.

He would also like to see the ministry’s information about raw milk to be balanced and in context.

”The information MPI puts out about raw milk on its website talks about cases where raw milk was a risk factor in health breakouts, but doesn’t clarify whether it was direct from a vat intended for pasteurisation, or what other risk factors were.

”At the moment it is not balanced,” he said.


Source: Otago Daily Times

Future cartons will track milk from farm to fridge

Cornell food scientists are designing the milk carton of the future that will give consumers precise “best by” dates and improve sustainability by reducing food waste.

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research(FFAR), the New York State Dairy Promotion Orderand Chobanihave given $1.56 million to Cornell’s Milk Quality Improvement Program to develop milk carton technology that gives wholesalers, retailers and consumers accurate shelf life information.

“We can apply digital agriculture tools directly onto the milk cartons to decrease food waste, since consumers get rid of milk too fast,” said Martin Wiedmann, the Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety and the project’s principal investigator. “We can accomplish this while improving the sustainability of our food supply.”

The best by date imprinted on milk cartons and other foods indicates when a product is likely at peak quality, but consumers often interpret the dates as an expiration and discard the milk without realizing it’s still safe to drink, according to FFAR.

FFAR was established by the Agricultural Act of 2014 – better known as the Farm Bill – to support agricultural research, foster collaboration and complement the mission of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Wiedmann said milk cartons of the future will likely have a QR code that would offer specific information about that milk, such as the originating farm, the fluid milk processing plant and possible microbial influences, as well as a separate indicator that records carton temperature and time. Retailers and consumers could scan both the QR code and the indicator; an app would then quickly calculate how much longer the milk will last.

Renata Ivanek, associate professor of epidemiology in Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will collaborate with Wiedmann on creating the models that synthesize scientific literature. “It’s predictive modeling to show how much shelf life is left and which interventions could extend it,” said Ivanek. “The model will account for conditions and processes, from the farm to the processing plant to retail handling and to homes.”

Aaron Adalja, assistant professor of food and beverage management at the School of Hotel Administration, focuses on applied economics and policy. For this grant, Adalja will examine the retailer and consumer sides of improved shelf life dates.

“If a retailer can accurately predict when food is going to spoil, for example,” he said, “this may be an opportunity to use dynamic pricing to incentivize consumption before the milk spoils.”

Said Adalja: “At the same time, we don’t want to create a price incentive for consumers to waste milk, so we need to study economic interests to understand how precise shelf life dates can affect consumer behavior and waste.”


Milk Markets Lower in Chicago Tuesday

On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange milk futures traded higher Tuesday while cash markets were under pressure.  Class III milk markets ranged from 3 cents lower in May and 7 cents higher in both August and September. June up three cents at $16.19.  July three cents higher at $16.31.  August up six cents at $16.62.  September through January contracts were four to seven cents higher.

Dry whey unchanged at $0.34.  Blocks down $0.0075 at $1.66.  Five trades were made ranging from $1.66 to $1.6625. Barrels down $0.0375 at $1.60.  Ten trades were made ranging from $1.60 to $1.63. Butter down $0.01 at $2.35.  Five trade was made ranging from $2.3325 to $2.35. Nonfat dry milk down $0.0025 at $1.0575.  One trade was made at $1.06.

Holstein Australia Youth UK Exchange returns for 2019 – Entries now open

The search is on for the Holstein Australia 2019 Youth UK exchange scholarship recipient, with applications now open.

The scholarship winner will visit and work on dairy farms throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, staying with Holstein UK members, visit AI companies and businesses allied with the UK dairy industry and take part in two of the UK’s biggest dairy events of the year.

At the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show and South West Dairy Show, they will play an active role in the preparation and showing of calves. The All Breeds All Britain Calf Show is one of the highlights of the UK Holstein Young Breeders year and includes classes not only for Holstein calves but also for six other dairy breeds, including: British Friesian; Jersey; Guernsey; Brown Swiss; Ayrshire & Dairy Shorthorn breeds. The South West Dairy Show is the UK’s largest dairy show.

Former scholarship winner, Amabel Grinter from Muckatah in Northern Victoria, says: “My exchange visit to the UK was the most incredible experience and I would encourage anyone with a passion for the dairy industry to apply. I made great friends, learnt so much, and have been able to apply a lot of the knowledge I gained on our family farm.”

Graeme Gillan, Holstein Australia Chief Executive Officer, says: “With learning, development, practical working on-farm, skills development and networking the focus of the trip, plus some sightseeing, our Holstein Australia Youth UK exchange winner will gain first-hand knowledge of how dairy farming in the UK compares to that of Australia, bringing back vital understanding to develop their own career in agriculture.”

The exchange, now in its third year, runs from Saturday 21st September to Monday 21st October 2019. The scholarship  winner will receive return air fares and hosted accommodation on Holstein UK member dairy farms throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, as well as playing an active role at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show and South West Dairy Show.

Who can enter?

Entry is open to all Australian residents aged 18 to 30 years who can demonstrate a tangible connection with the Australia dairy industry.

How to enter?

Send your written application by email to Adam Sawell at including a covering letter of up to 300 words and a two page (maximum) resume and tell us:

  • A bit about your knowledge and experience of Holstein breeding and dairy farming
  • Your current involvement with the dairy industry
  • A bit about your passion for and knowledge of breeding Holstein cattle
  • What you hope to learn from the Holstein Australia Youth UK exchange
  • Why you would make a good ambassador for the Australian dairy industry in the UK

Key dates

Entries must be received at the Holstein Australia office by 5pm on Friday 31st May. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on Wednesday 12th June, with the winner notified week commencing Monday 17th June.


Source: NewsMaker

CWT assists in sales of 1.6 million pounds of whole milk powder`

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) member cooperatives accepted 4 offers of export assistance from CWT that helped them capture sales contracts for 1.627 million pounds (738 metric tons) of whole milk powder. The product is going to customers in Asia and South America. The product will be delivered during the period from May through July 2019.

These contracts bring the year-to-date dairy product totals to 27.137 million pounds of American-type and Swiss cheeses, 3.962 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat), 1.973 million pounds of cream cheese and 25.911 million pounds of whole milk powder. The products are going to 24 countries in six regions and are the milk equivalent of 544.2 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program positively affects all U.S. dairy farmers and all dairy cooperatives by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price. It does this by helping member cooperatives gain and maintain world market share for U.S dairy products. As a result, the program has significantly expanded the total demand for U.S. dairy products and the demand for U.S. farm milk that produces those products.

The amounts of dairy products and related milk volumes reflect current contracts for delivery, not completed export volumes. CWT pays export assistance to the bidders only when export and delivery of the product are verified by the required documentation.

All dairy farmers and all dairy cooperatives should invest in CWT. Membership information is available on the CWT website,


Source: CWT

Minnesota loses one dairy farmer every day

On May 7, the Civc Buzz of the Minneapolis League of Women Voters had two speakers discussing, “The Urban/Rural Struggle for a Sustainable Future.” Meg Moynihan, an organic milk farmer from southern Minnesota described the struggles of today’s famers. In addition to her job as a Senior Advisor with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, she and her husband Kevin Stuedemann operate a 70 cow organic dairy farm – with an assortment of other animals – between New Prague and Henderson, Minnesota.

The farm is 170 certified organic acres, plus 100 rented organic acres in Rice County. They were qualified as an organic producer but then out of the blue their cooperative buyer of their milk announced they would no longer pick up milk from “small producers.” This resulted in them dumping the daily milk output, 1,000 gallons, for two months until they could find another buyer. That search turned out to be an agonizing adventure, with her husband threatening to go back to over-the-road trucking to provide an income. With all the resources she had through the Department of Agriculture, it still was a difficult quest.

“All of our milk now goes to Organic Valley as organic. After our first organic buyer stopped our route in April 2016, we dumped milk for two months. Then we got on a conventional milk route at the end of May, so we were then selling our organic milk as conventional. And at a conventional price, too. Milk is priced per hundred pounds (hundredweight, or CWT) Our price per 100 lbs dropped from $39 per CWT to about $14 — but at least the milk was leaving the farm and some cash was coming in the door. We limped along that way until December 2016, when Organic Valley started picking up our organic milk to use as organic (and paying us an organic price for it). Our price is about $28 per CWT now,” said Moynihan.

Moynihan described the agonies and obstacles in today’s farming and the mental set of farmers, their concern for family, community, land even though, “Farmers in just about all sectors of agriculture have been losing money for the past 4 or 5 years.”

She also described how a friend in Watonwan County told her when why moved there in 1977 she could look out her window and see 17 farms, today there are two. Moynihan said that the state loses one dairy farm every day.

Amanda Babcock is with the Land Stewardship Project (LSP). LSP has about 4300 household members in Minnesota and parts of Iowa and Wisconsin. Babcock talked about the efforts to increase stewardship of the land recognizing sometimes divergent interests of farms, municipalities, and state ownership. Membership is about 1/3 family farmers, 1/2 rural communities, and 1/3 urban areas. “There are more farmers over the age of 65 than under the age of 35 right now.” She went on, “The average farm income in Minnesota is the lowest in 23 years and were losing about one dairy farmer per day right now.”

Babcock went on to describe efforts to bring about change in rural communities without destroying them or losing land integrity.

According to their website, the Land Stewardship Vision is:
“The Land Stewardship Project wants more successful stewardship farmers raising both livestock and crops on the land.”


Prayer Requests for Carlie Ostrom

Jim Ostrom and family from Milksource in Wisconsin, are needing our thoughts and prayers at this time.  Jim’s daughter, Carlie was in a bad car accident.  Here is the Facebook post Jim shared below.

Six days ago, just ten days prior to graduating from Wharton, we received a call that Carlie was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk near campus. She has been in an induced coma with a traumatic brain injury ever since. Surgeons quickly removed a large part of he skull to make room for brain swelling. Since then, Carlie has battled severe brain pressure, pneumonia and fever. Early tests were positive. However, we are now in a very dark period of peak brain swelling. Minutes feel like hours.

Carlie is a bright, caring, thoughtful, hardworking, adventurous, insightful young lady. This world needs Carlie. I need Carlie.


Ettrick family struggles to grow their herd amid the dairy crisis


Wegnerlann Dairy Farm LLC, increased its herd from 500 cows to 800 in 2016, before the market turned.

At the time, farm owners Jeff and Betty Wegner of rural Ettrick decided to add to their herd because they wanted their son, Tom Wegner, to have the opportunity to make a good living as a dairy farmer.

“That’s why many family farms decide to expand, because they want all family members to have a role,” said Annaliese Wegner, a fifth-generation farmer and Tom’s wife. “If you just had 100 cows, it might be hard to provide an income for every family member.”

“At the time [milk] prices were looking really good,” Tom said. The farm took out loans to purchase the new additions to their herd, but when it came time to pay the bank back, milk prices started to plummet, and their business began to feel the impact of the market fluctuation.

“It’s hard to make a profit,” Annaliese said.

Wegnerlann calf
A young calf eats grain while in its pen on the Wegnerlann Dairy farm. 

Wegnerlann Dairy LLC produces conventional milk, which is shipped through Dairy Farmers of America and bottled and sold to Kemps in Rochester and surrounding towns.

Sales of conventional milk dropped 4.5% nationwide in March, compared to 2018, while milk production increased 0.4% in Wisconsin when compared to the previous year, according to USDA reports.

“You have to make cuts where you can, when you can,” Tom said. The farm had to put off repairs and the purchase of new equipment.

“We’re just getting by, really. Trying to do the best we can with what we have and wait for the milk price to go back up,” Annaliese said.

In 2018, Wegner Dairy Farms collected close to $50,000 through USDA subsidy programs.

Of that, $30,000 was from the Margin Protection Program for dairy, which is meant to support producers when the difference between the milk price and the feed cost falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer, according to the USDA. The remaining $20,000 the farm received was from the Market Facilitation Program, implemented to help agriculture and dairy producers who were impacted by the 2018 trade war between the U.S. and China.

Wegner Cow
A cow stands in a free stall barn at Wegnerlann Dairy farm.

Regardless, the subsidy programs have had minimal impact on the industry, Tom said.

“I think the general public sees the [total amount paid out to subsidy recipients] as ‘wow, farmers are getting all these millions of dollars from the government to keep themselves going’ but really we’re not, divided amongst us all it doesn’t add up to much,” he said.

Tom’s parents, Jeff and Betty Wegner, built their business in 1986 in a shallow valley. Tom, a second-generation farmer, and Annaliese, who was raised on a dairy farm in Baldwin, began working Wegnerlann in 2011 after they graduated from UW-River Falls with degrees in dairy science.

Today, Wegnerlann Dairy can milk 16 cows at one time, with the help of new technology, and each of the 800 cows is milked three times a day.

Nine full-time employees work and live on the farm in addition to the four members of the family and one part-time employee. It takes roughly eight hours to milk the entire herd. The Wegners get feed for the cows from a custom harvester as their land is dedicated to maintaining and raising the herd.

Calves are born on the Wegner farm, and once they’re weened at 8 weeks, they’re assigned to a pen where they eat grain and drink water until they reach a certain age. The family works in partnership with a custom heifer raiser who cares for the calves at a separate facility not owned by the dairy, where they mature in a pasture.


“It’s just another way to make things easier on us,” Annaliese said.

“Less labor for us, less land-based need for a herd, less feed you need to have on hand,” Tom said.

Despite market setbacks, Tom is confident the price of milk will go back up. “It has to” he said, and sees evidence of a price increase to take place during the second half of 2019.

Annaliese and Tom attribute that possible market price increase to a decrease in milk supply due to area dairy farmers who were forced to sell off their herd and abandon the dairy business after experiencing income loss year over year.

“Many dairies have sold or quit milking cows in the state of Wisconsin last year, so there’s less milk on the market and that’s helped increase the price a little bit,” Tom said

Source: La Crosse Tribune

Abigail Martin Selected as 72nd Alice in Dairyland

Abigail Martin has been selected as Wisconsin’s 72nd Alice in Dairyland. As Alice, Martin will work as a communications professional for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Her job will be to educate the public about the importance of agriculture in Wisconsin.

Martin, of Milton, has a passion for all things Wisconsin: good cheese, the Wisconsin Badgers, and her Wisconsin farm family. She is the fourth generation on her family’s registered Holstein farm. It was there that she found a love for dairy cattle, and long summer days at the county and state fairs. Her interest in agriculture led her to pursue a degree in dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On campus, she was involved in the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and was on the intercollegiate dairy judging team. She has held previous roles in marketing at the Rock County 4-H, East Central/ Select Sires, and the Babcock Hall Dairy Store. Upon graduation in May 2018, she accepted a role with DeLaval Inc. in their North American marketing and communications department.

“Being chosen as Alice in Dairyland is an extreme honor,” said Martin. “As Alice, I will demonstrate a strong commitment to learning and sharing about our great state and its robust agriculture industry.”

Martin was selected at the culmination of three days of final interview events in Green County. The events included agribusiness tours, speeches, a public question-and-answer session and media interviews. The other candidates were: Sarah Achenbach, Eastman; Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills; Mariah Martin, Brooklyn; and Tess Zettle, Juda.

Martin will start working as Alice on June 3. She succeeds 71st Alice in Dairyland Kaitlyn Riley, of Gays Mills. As Alice, Martin will travel upwards of 30,000 miles speaking at events and giving media interviews. She’ll also work with the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin to educate children across the state about dairy and agricultural products.

A number of other Wisconsin organizations contribute to making Alice in Dairyland visible and recognizable to the public. For example, Martin will wear a custom mink garment to promote Wisconsin’s fur industry, and she’ll drive an E-85 flex-fuel Ford Explorer to promote the state’s ethanol industry. While working, Martin will wear a 14-carat gold and platinum brooch or tiara, both of which feature amethysts and citrines, gems indigenous to Wisconsin.

To schedule the 72nd Alice in Dairyland for an event or classroom visit, contact Program Manager Ti Gauger at 608-224-5115 or 


Milk Markets Mostly Lower Monday in Chicago

On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Monday except for butter which had a strong day, milk futures and cash dairy prices fell, especially block cheese. Class III milk fell 3 cents in May to 16.30, June fell 15 cents to $16.16 Second half months traded 3-10 cents lower with an average at 16.53/cwt. Dry whey was down $.0075 at  $.34 cents per pound. Two sales were recorded at that price. Forty-pound blocks were down $.0125 at $1.6675 per pound.  One sale was recorded at that price. Barrels were down $.0725 to $1.6375 per pound.  Seven sales were recorded from $1.6375 to $1.67.50. Grade AA Butter was up $.02 at $2.36 per pound.  Four sales were recorded from $2.35 to $2.36. Nonfat dry milk was down $.0075 at $1.06 per pound.  One sale were recorded at that price.

Third time lucky for NZ Dairy Industry Award winners

Persistence has paid off for the Northland couple who took out the top award at the 2019 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards.

In front of a capacity audience of 580 people at Wellington’s TSB Arena on Saturday night, Colin and Isabella Beazley from Northland were named the 2019 New Zealand Share Farmers of the Year.

Canterbury’s Matt Redmond became the 2019 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year and Nicola Blowey, also from Canterbury was announced the 2019 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year. 

The Beazleys had entered the Awards twice previously and were third placegetters last year in the same category.  

Share Farmer head judge Kevin McKinley, from DairyNZ, said the Beazleys impressed the judges with their resilience, team work and attention to detail.  

“They are such a great team and complement each other with their roles on the farm,” he said.

The Beazleys, both aged 31, are 50/50 Sharemilkers for Neil Jones and Wendy Crow-Jones, milking 330 cows on the 163ha Wellsford property.  

The Beazleys impressed the judges with their use of social media to “spread the good word about dairy farming”, and their strong family values and attention to detail in all areas of their business stood out.

“Everything was well thought-out and well-planned. They are super organised and hold their staff in high esteem.”

Dairy Manager title winner, Matt Redmond was described by the judges as a “real all-rounder who benchmarks himself against others in the industry across all aspects of farming”.

The 25-year-old is the farm manager on Craigmore’s Pahau Flats Dairy Ltd – Landsend 232ha, 830-cow property at Culverden.

The judges described the 2019 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year, Nicola Blowey, also from Canterbury, as a confident, mature and compelling young woman. 

She is employed by Matthew and Vanessa Greenwood as an Assistant Herd Manager on Kieran and Leonie Guiney’s 600-cow, 175ha Fairlie property.

Taranaki farmers Damian and Jane Roper won the 2019 Fonterra Responsible Dairying Award and received the John Wilson Memorial Trophy.

The prestigious award recognises dairy farmers who demonstrate leadership in their approach to sustainability and who are respected by their fellow farmers and their community for their attitude and role in sustainable dairying.


Source: Newshub.

Iowa department investigating livestock manure spill

State environmental officials in eastern Iowa are monitoring the cleanup of a livestock manure spill north of Charlotte.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it investigated a complaint Wednesday about manure overflowing a concrete storage structure at D&D Dairy. The agency said it found the manure running overland to a small tributary of Bear Creek. The agency says dairy owner Darryl Banowetz told investigators the overflow began April 22. He had built an earthen berm to retain it.

Field tests showed elevated levels of ammonia in the creek, but no sign of dead fish.

The department says it will consider appropriate enforcement action.

Source: Houston Chronicle

Research and Innovation Key to Wisconsin Dairy’s Future

From the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0’s early meetings, members highlighted the need for research and innovation to maintain Wisconsin’s world leadership in all things dairy. Across the 51 recommendations that members have developed and approved in the past seven months, there is a consistent emphasis on the need to look to the future.

One of the first recommendations that the Dairy Task Force 2.0 passed was for increased investment in research through an initiative called the Dairy Innovation Hub. Members identified four critical research areas: steward land and water resources, enrich human health and nutrition, ensure animal health and welfare, and grow farm businesses and communities. The Dairy Task Force 2.0 recognized that research has been crucial for the dairy industry’s advancement for more than a century, and research is key for the next century and beyond.

The Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research (CDR) has been described as our crown jewel and the nation’s dairy industry is envious of the advantage its work provides Wisconsin. The Dairy Task Force 2.0 recommends CDR conduct a staffing analysis to optimize the capability of the new facility. Members also recommended additional technical staff to support innovation, working with companies to develop new cheese varieties and other value-added dairy products.

To make the most of completed research, the Dairy Task Force 2.0 recommended increased collaboration within the UW System and with private industry. The group recognized the need to leverage the cross-disciplinary expertise and work to get research benefits out quicker to farmers and processors. To get this research done, the Dairy Task Force 2.0 also recommended additional support for public and private partnerships, such as the Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants.

Implementing new and emerging technology on the farm or in the processing plant is essential to innovation in Wisconsin’s dairy industry. Unfortunately, access to capital can be a hurdle when it comes to incorporating these new technology systems. The Dairy Task Force 2.0 passed a recommendation asking for a loan guarantee program and developer grant program for producers and processors to incorporate new technology systems and adaptations in their operation.

In the 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress and signed into federal law at the end of 2018, there was language and authorization to establish no less than three dairy product and business innovation initiatives across the country. The Dairy Task Force 2.0 recommends that Wisconsin be one of those sites. In partnership with the University of Wisconsin System, DATCP, industry associations, and others, Wisconsin plans to submit an application when the opportunity is available. This will complement the work already being done in research, product innovation, and market development in Wisconsin.

In dairy, the only thing we know for certain is that the industry will continue to change. Research and innovation are key to navigating that change and setting the course for the future. The Dairy Task Force 2.0 recognized Wisconsin’s strengths and identified areas of potential growth. I hope you will take the time to read more about the recommendations on research, innovation, and other important topics at .


Farmers speak out on genomics

“How I use genetic information to better manage my herds” will be the focus of a dairy farm breeder panel at the National Genetics Conference on June 26 to June 27. Holstein Association USA’s Lindsey Worden will moderate the panel as conference attendees hear first-hand perspectives from four dairymen hailing from California, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin.

Here’s a little more about the panelists:

Patrick Crave, Crave Brothers Dairy, Waterloo, Wis., has been conducting genomic testing on the family’s 2,600-head Holstein dairy for a number of years. With a keen interest in genetics, Patrick has developed a system of protocols that include genomic testing the farm’s heifer calves born from the herd averaging over 30,000 pounds of milk. Patrick also uses sexed semen to get more females from the herd’s top genetics. The farm’s approach to genetics also closely aligns to its work producing cheese at Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese.

Jeff King, Kings-Ransom Farm, Schuylerville, N.Y., does 100 percent genomic testing on all the farm’s heifer calves. An on-farm IVF facility supports an active embryo transfer and genetic program for the 1,100 cows and 1,200 head of young stock. With a focus on sales of embryos, females and bulls to A.I., Jeff will share his philosophy on getting the most from genetics. In addition, the family matches their genetic goals with products produced for their retail business King Brothers Dairy.

Tom Oesch, Swisslane Dairy, Alto, Mich., has employed a great deal of technology to develop a more productive family dairy business. In addition to milking 25 percent of the farm’s dairy herd with robots, the Oesch family uses activity monitors to collect data on his dairy cows. Given this situation, genomic testing of DNA from his family’s dairy animals also was a logical step to improve the herd’s genetic potential. The farm also has on onsite lab to better incorporate embryo transfer with a keen interest in selecting with high rankings for Net Merit and Dairy Wellness Traits.

Simon Vander Woude, Vander Woude Dairy, Merced, Calif., has run over 10,000 genomic tests on his Golden State dairy farm. These tests have been run on every female through the fourth lactation. Along with fully using genomics, Vander Woude uses embryo transfer, in-vitro fertilization, and sexed semen on his dairy herd. After being in growth mode for 18 years, Vander Woude is smart-sizing the dairy by breeding genetically inferior cattle to Angus to plan his salable animals. This is done by looking at the breeding age population and anticipating conception rates to make the best economic decision.

In addition to this panel, ten additional speakers will present at the National Genetics Conference:

  • The ten-year genomics report card, Dr. Mike Lohuis, Semex
  • The state of dairy genetic programs today, Dr. Dan Weigel, Zoetis
  • The truth about inbreeding, Dr. John Cole, USDA-AGIL
  • Where is milk going in the future? Dr. Bruce German, University of California Davis
  • Precision dairy’s impact on animal breeding, Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, Alltech
  • Epigenetics: different environments, different reactions, Dr. Jack Britt, EarthCast Technologies
  • We live in the genetics era, Jim Rohl, Choice Genetics
  • The evolving role of breeders in the genomics era, Dr. Tom Lawlor, Holstein USA
  • Hay burners versus hay converters, Dr. Kent Weigel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • The genetic supercow isn’t in sight, Dr. Chad Dechow, Penn State

Registration: Thanks to generous sponsorships from Zoetis and Holstein Association USA, dairy cattle enthusiasts can attend this dynamic meeting as guests of the 2019 National Holstein Convention. All organizers ask is that you sign up for your name badge to gain admission. To register for the entire National Holstein Convention, place online ticket orders at Please register by May 25 to avoid late fees.

For more information about the event, contact:

Corey Geiger


2019 National Holstein Convention

902 8th AvenueBaraboo, WI 53913


Lindsey Worden

Executive Director

Holstein Genetic Services

1 Holstein Place

Brattleboro, VT 05302-0816


Help us make the 2019 National Holstein Convention legendary. Visit for sponsorship information, convention registration and event details. Also, sign up online for the convention enewsletter to stay current with schedule updates.

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Dean Says It’s Turning the Corner With Dairy Drain Set to End

Investors are forgiving Dean Foods Co. for a third straight earnings disappointment after the top U.S. dairy company said a cash burn is over as it adjusts to lower demand.

The Dallas-based company, which is the worst-performing stock among North American packaged food producers this year, said on Tuesday that while there’s plenty of work left to do, it has “passed the inflection point” as actions taken over the past year take effect. Shares gained.

In a mixed bag of quarterly results and outlook, the company reported a wider-than-expected loss, missed on sales, reported free cash flow that was the worst in six years and reduced its outlook for capital expenditures. But it expects to generate cash in the second quarter and for the year, with results improving in each month of the first quarter. The company said it gained some “big” ice-cream sales wins in the quarter with restaurants.

Shares and bonds gained on Tuesday after tumbling since late February when the company announced a review under the burden of heavy debt and a consumer shift away from milk. As it continues to explore strategic alternatives, the company said it refinanced loans, giving it a lifeline to continue the turnaround.

“We are encouraged by the underlying trends that we are seeing in operations,” Chief Executive Officer Ralph Scozzafava said.

Dean’s shares gained as much as 11 percent on Tuesday, the most among packaged food peers. The company is trading at about half its book value, while the peer group fetches an average of 3.1 times book.

Debt holders cheered the prospect of positive free cash flow for the year. The company’s senior unsecured notes were among the top gainers in the U.S. high-yield market on Tuesday after the results. Dean’s bonds due 2023 jumped beyond 7 cents on the dollar to around 58 after the earnings call, according to Trace bond trading data.

Dean has “ample liquidity to execute” on its plan which “we are embarking on right now,” Chief Financial Officer Jody Macedonio said on a call to discuss the results.

The company said it’s not disclosing liquidity levels at this time.


Source: Bloomberg Quint


How dairy farmer Bloyce Thompson became the real star of P.E.I.’s election

The farmer with a sense of humour, a knack for publicity and a love for cows (and cow photography) toppled the province’s former premier, Wade MacLauchlan.

Election day in P.E.I. began like any other for dairy farmer Bloyce Thompson. He got up at 5 a.m. to milk his beloved Holsteins, as he’s done for 25 years, since graduating from university. He went out to his red barn and flicked the lights on two rows of gleaming black-and-white cattle. All 100 clambered to their feet expectantly for breakfast, including the one at the end of the barn known as Olivia—whose bottomless brown eyes were seen in a glamour pic taken last year by a photographer Thompson had hired. The shot of Olivia, hock-deep in water on a P.E.I. beach, went viral.

Thompson, a candidate for the Progressive Conservatives, felt more nervous energy that morning than he ever had. More than the time he led a raucous rally opposing Canada’s concessions on dairy imports in the North American Free Trade Agreement. More than in 2011, when his cow Missy won top Holstein in the world.

Later that day, he unpacked a new 55-inch Toshiba television in the living room of his yellow Cape Cod-style farmhouse, and with a daughter on each knee, watched as the returns rolled in and he—a humble farmer from Frenchfort, P.E.I.—stole the show.

April 23 was a night of upsets in Canada’s smallest province, and of history-making. Some pollsters had predicted the Tories would finish last, but in an outcome that surprised the nation, they and the Green Party whupped the incumbent Liberals. The PCs won a minority of 12 seats, while the Greens took eight, more than they had before in any province, forming the nation’s first official Green opposition. The Liberals took just six.

But it was Thompson who defied the greatest odds by toppling former Liberal premier Wade MacLauchlan. “I was the giant-killer,” he crowed the day after to Maclean’s. “It was quite a feeling.”

Thompson had previously gained renown by arranging glam-style photo shoots of his cows in exotic settings—a whimsical approach to marketing his purebred herd that he has used for more than two decades. The cows of Eastside Holsteins have been photographed in P.E.I.’s most breathtaking places: Greenwich Beach, Province House and, of course, the home of Anne of Green Gables in Cavendish. Thompson himself was a self-styled artistic director, planning the locations and setting off in his truck up his long, straight driveway towing a brushed-down beauty in the trailer.

Olivia, one of newly elected P.E.I. MLA Bloyce Thompson’s Holsteins, hock-deep in water on a beach, in the shot that went viral last year (Vicki Fletcher)

The photo of Olivia that became a viral sensation last year happened almost as an afterthought. After a sweltering photo shoot on the beach, Thompson led Olivia to the ocean to cool her down. He was about to throw water on her when the photographer yelled “Stop!” and came running in to take the photo. “It was just perfect timing,” Thompson said, admiring the shot in a book of photos he’s seeing for the first time.

The picture gained national attention after a local freelance writer spotted it and wrote a story. It was clear that Thompson’s marketing acumen and nose for the spotlight was suited to politics, and he’d soon be seen as the guy who stands up for farmers. He got fired up about public issues last fall when he led a protest of more than 100 farmers at a local infrastructure announcement to protest the NAFTA trade deal. The group shouted down the former federal agriculture minister, Lawrence MacAulay, a long-time P.E.I. MP, criticizing the Trudeau government’s concession in negotiations to open a portion of the Canadian dairy market to U.S. competition. “The Liberals threw us under the bus, it felt, as an industry,” he says.

Two of Thompson’s cows visited Province House 21 years before he showed up for work there (Vicki Fletcher/CLPI)

When the PC caucus approached him to run, he agreed. Many thought it was a steep hill to climb, but about a third of families in his riding of Stanhope-Marshfield, a 15-minute drive outside Charlottetown, have connections to agriculture. He figured he had a chance.

His anomalous first name proved an asset: in P.E.I. ridings, it’s not uncommon for candidates from opposing parties to share the same first or last names. Bloyce is an island first name, he says, one that turns up on the east side of P.E.I. where his mother is from. (The name also appears with an apparently French spelling, Blois, on the west end of the island.) He hated his name as a child, he adds, “but now I’m the only Bloyce Thompson, so it’s kind of unique.”

The night of the election, as Thompson opened up his 100-vote lead over the premier, his daughters jumped up and started dancing in front of his new TV. His campaign team was close by, in an office on the second floor of one of the red barns on his sprawling property. In Charlottetown, where the PC Party was headquartered, the revelry was just starting as Thompson walked up the front steps of the Victorian hotel for the victory celebration. Throngs were waiting to thump him on the back and pump his hand. “Did you milk the cows this morning?” one supporter joked.

Four blocks away stood Province House, the birthplace of Confederation, where 21 years earlier, Thompson led two of his prettiest Holsteins up the concrete walkway to be photographed side by side, munching feed before the sandstone columns. While showing the photo, he chuckles in disbelief at the thought that he’s now going to work there—this time without his cows.

Source: Maclean’s

New Zealand court rules dairy factory illegal

Synlait remains committed to its $250 million Pokeno plant despite a court ruling it was built in breach of covenants restricting use of the land, chief executive Leon Clement says.

SYNLAIT remains committed to its $250  million Pokeno factory despite a court decision that means the plant was built in breach of covenants restricting use of the land.

The milk powder maker says it is confident it can find a solution to the ownership problem now afflicting most of the land on which the factory stands because of the Court of Appeal decision.

That ruling effectively means the factory was built in breach of covenants on the land.

When Synlait bought the 28 hectares of land in February 2018 it was conditional on the seller, Stonehill Trustee, obtaining removal of that restricted its use to grazing, lifestyle farming or forestry.

A High Court decision in November removed the covenants but the owner of adjacent land, Ye Qing and his company New Zealand Industrial Park, has won an appeal against that decision.

“Synlait will continue to engage with all parties involved and is confident the covenants issue should be able to be resolved by the parties, Synlait chief executive Leon Clement said.
“The company remains committed to the location.” 

Synlait shares fell as much as 6% to $9.90 in morning trading but recently recovered to $10.28.
The company says it has acted in accordance with legal advice at all times in respect to the land at Pokeno.

That land was rezoned from rural to industrial and other industrial developments including another dairy plant have been built on nearby land, it says.

The Yashili NZ Dairy Company has built a milk processing plant on land across the road from Synlait’s land but which isn’t subject to the same covenants affecting Synlait’s land.

Another dairy company, Winston Nutritional, is planning to build a milk products factory on the other side of the Yashili property on land that is also not subject to such covenants.

Synlait says it had been confident the land covenants were no longer relevant and that was confirmed by the High Court decision removing them.

“It made sense that, as a result of zoning and proper planning that allowed for industrial zoning, that the land covenants would be removed by the court, which they were,” Clement said.

Synlait took legal title to the land only after the High Court decision. 

“We intend to continue with our plans at Pokeno.”

However, the judgment said Synlait started earthworks in March last year and started building the factory in May after gaining resource consents.

The Pokeno plant is due to be commissioned for the 2019-20 dairy season. – BusinessDesk

Source: FarmersWeekly

The healthy choice is milk: food scientist

Dairy milk is a “nutritional powerhouse” which trumps plant-based milk products, according to a leading health scientist who is calling on the re-invention of milk marketing to promote the industry.

Anneline Padayachee, a Queensland-based nutritional food scientist, is highlighting opportunities for dairy brand reinvigoration in an effort to fend off the rise of alternative “mylk” varieties.

Ahead of speaking at Western Dairy’s 20th annual innovation day next Thursday at Northcliffe, Dr Padayachee told Countryman it was critical for the sector to champion dairy milk’s nutritional importance.

“When it comes to nutrition and health, milk is extremely beneficial,” she said.

“Comparing the value proposition of plant-based milks and what they offer consumers (to dairy milk) allows the dairy sector to understand how to repositions itself as a nutritional powerhouse.

“From a nutritional perspective, dairy milk is extremely high quality in terms of the nutrients to be absorbed, broken down and utilised — we have to message that to consumers.”

Australia’s traditional dairy milk industry is facing increasing threats from alternative milk products, known as “mylk”, including soy milk, almond milk, oat milk and rice milk.

The growing demand for alternative varieties has been primarily driven by millennials seeking products with superfood status and the mounting popularity of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.

Dr Padayachee said milk offered more than calcium benefits, deeming it a “great source of proteins and healthy fats”.

Dr Padayachee called on milk processors and dairy farmers to be transparent during the supply chain to market the industry’s importance.

“Consumers are not what they used to be,” she said.

“Consumers want to know about the health side but they also want open transparency from the processor and the farmer.

“It is important for processors and producers to understand who it is their product is going to and while they might not be involved directly in marketing, they can influence that.”

More than 400 farmers and industry representatives are expected to attend Thursday’s Western Dairy innovation day at Bannister Downs and Westland Acres dairies in Northcliffe.

Source: The West Australian

Wisconsin farms see upturn in women and millennial producers… and goats

The United States Department of Agriculture has released its 2017 agricultural census, and it documents a large and diverse farming economy in Wisconsin, but also one in flux. The census is conducted every 5 years, with the results intended to inform federal policy decisions. The periodic surveys are also useful for understanding trends within the industry. Five of these shifts — in the demographics of farmers and the types of products they sell — illustrate where agriculture is heading in Wisconsin.

1. More women producers were counted

The number of women producers in Wisconsin counted by the census jumped to 38,509 in 2017, an increase of 16%. Part of the increase is a result of the USDA using a more inclusive approach in its probing of producers’ demographics. The 2017 census allowed for more producers to be counted per farm and for more than one person to be designated as a principal producer, which is defined as the chief decision-maker.

Even accounting for the new format, though, the role of women on Wisconsin’s farms appears to have grown significantly. The USDA determined that 13,132 women were the primary decision-makers on their farms in 2017, representing a nearly 79% increase from 2012.

2. Farmers continued to age

For the first time since the 1970s, Wisconsin saw an increase — albeit small, at 3.5% — in the number of chief farm decision-makers younger than 35.

But that small increase did little to change the larger demographic story within Wisconsin’s ag industry: a rapidly aging population. In fact, the aging of Wisconsin’s farmers accelerated between 2012 and 2017. During that time, the number of primary decision-makers in all age groups between 35 and 65 fell, with those between 45 and 54 dropping by a third.

At the same time, the proportion of farmers over retirement age has ballooned: one in three primary decision-makers counted in 2017 was over 65, up from a quarter in 2012 and one-fifth in 1997.

3. Fewer total farms, but more small and large operations

Wisconsin is continuing to lose farms. The 2017 census counted 64,793 farms in the state, down from 69,754 in 2012. The majority of farms lost between 2012 and 2017 were in mid-size categories between 50 to 500 acres.

Bucking the trend was a nearly 29% increase in the number of farms smaller than 10 acres. Many of these smallest farms are hobby-based, according to Greg Bussler, the USDA’s state statistician for Wisconsin, meaning they don’t produce significant agricultural commodities.

Still, one in two farms smaller than 10 acres harvested cropland in 2017, and the number of acres of harvested cropland on these very small farms increased more than 36% from 2012. Bussler said some of this increase is likely related to a growing local food movement.

“A lot of those farms are fruit or vegetable growers,” Bussler said, including farms that sell directly to local consumers via farmers’ markets or community supported agriculture.

Meanwhile, the number of farms over 500 acres grew a more modest 6%, and the proportion of very large farms in Wisconsin, though growing, continues to lag behind neighboring states like Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.

“The small to mid-sized farms are still an important part of Wisconsin agriculture versus some other states where farms are a lot larger and more consolidated,” Bussler said.

But a large and growing proportion of cropland in Wisconsin is harvested on these largest farms, showing the effect of ongoing farm consolidation in the state.

4. Organic agriculture grew

With more than 1,500 certified organic farms, Wisconsin maintained its status as one of the top states for organic production. Only California has more organic farms.

The number of organic operations in the state grew more than 26% between 2012 and 2017, and the value of organic sales more than doubled to $248.6 million.

“Organic farms are clearly an important component of Wisconsin agriculture,” Bussler said.

A handful of states with fewer organic farms than Wisconsin posted higher values of organic sales, including Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, reflecting the relative value of the organic products grown in each state. A large proportion of Wisconsin’s organic production is in the dairy sector.

5. Dairy goats grew even more

As Wisconsin’s traditional cow-based dairy industry continues to take it on the chin, another dairy sector is coming into its own within the state. The number of milk goats in Wisconsin exploded more than 60% between 2012 and 2017, from 44,543 to 83,570.

“There’s a bigger demand for goat cheese and goat milk and those types of things,” Bussler said. “Farmers are looking for an alternative to regular dairy, so there’s been a big increase in production of goat milk.”

The production is concentrated in only a handful of the state’s counties, largely in its southwestern corner. There are several goat cheese processors in the region, with one in Lancaster planning an expansion that could make it the largest goat cheese plant in the nation.


Source: The Cap Times

Scientists breed goats that produce spider silk

Goats that produce spider silk protein in their milk could enable researchers to collect large quantities of the silk. Image credit: National Science Foundation.

Researchers from the University of Wyoming have developed a way to incorporate spiders’ silk-spinning genes into goats, allowing the researchers to harvest the silk protein from the goats’ milk for a variety of applications. For instance, due to its strength and elasticity, spider silk fiber could have several medical uses, such as for making artificial ligaments and tendons, for eye sutures, and for jaw repair. The silk could also have applications in bulletproof vests and improved car airbags.

Normally, getting enough for these applications requires large numbers of spiders. However, spiders tend to be territorial, so when the researchers tried to set up spider farms, the spiders killed each other.

To solve this problem, Randy Lewis, a professor of at the University of Wyoming, and other researchers decided to put the spiders’ dragline silk gene into goats in such a way that the goats would only make the in their milk. Like any other genetic factor, only a certain percentage of the goats end up with the gene. For instance, of seven goat kids born in February 2010, three have tested positive for having the silk protein gene. When these transgenic goats have kids and start lactating, the researchers will collect the milk and purify the spider silk protein into “much, much higher quantities,” Lewis said.

Other than their ability to produce the silk protein, the goats do not seem to have any other differences in health, appearance, or behavior compared to goats without the gene, the researchers said.

In the future, the scientists plan to incorporate the silk into alfalfa plants, which they say could produce even larger quantities of silk. They explain that not only is alfalfa widely distributed, it also has a high (20-25%) protein content, making it an ideal crop to produce silk protein.

Primary Teacher and passionate environmentalist named Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year

Primary Teacher and passionate environmentalist Trish Rankin from Taranaki is the 2019 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year.

The prestigious dairy award was announced the Allflex Dairy Women’s Network’s conference gala awards dinner in Christchurch this evening (WED 1 MAY).

The other finalists were Kylie Leonard who farms north of Taupo, Julie Pirie from Ngatea in the Waikato and Southlander Emma Hammond.

Dairy Women’s Network Trustee who heads up the judging panel Alison Gibb said “What impressed the judges was Rankin’s self-awareness, her preparedness to grow and focus her ‘make it happen’ attitude towards problem solving environmental issues.”

Rankin balances teaching part time at Opunake Primary School and being on farm full time in South Taranaki with her husband Glen and their four boys. A passionate environmentalist, she has undertaken the Kellogg Leadership Programme this year with the main purpose being a research project focused on ‘how can a circular economy model be developed on a NZ dairy farm.’

Rankin says she is both a farm assistant and CEO of their farming business, having learnt over the years to milk, drive tractors, feed stock and do fences as well as sort the Health and Safety and human resources out.

An active Dairy Enviro Leader (DEL) and member of the NZ DEL network Rankin is also Chair of the Taranaki DEL group. In 2018 she was elected onto the National Executive for the NZ Dairy Awards and last year was selected as a NZ Climate Change Ambassador as part of the Dairy Action for Climate Change.

Gibbs said the strong message from this year’s finalists was although each was very passionate about their own farming operation, they all had an inner drive to go beyond and make the dairy industry a better place for all and future generations.

“They all want to make their mark in the dairy industry and feel a real need to get out beyond the gate to make a difference and to do their bit to leave the dairy industry better than it was before.”

All the women are heavily involved in business and community networks while finding time to work on professional development and spend time with family.

The award was presented by Mike Cronin, Fonterra’s Managing Director of Co-operative Affairs.

“It was my absolute pleasure to present Trish with the 2019 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year award,” Cronin said.

“Her passion for the environment, sustainable farming and community leadership represent the finest qualities of our Co-operative. I would also like to congratulate the other finalists for their dedication and commitment to our Co-op and the wider industry.”

As Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year, Rankin receives a scholarship prize of up to $20,000 to undertake a professional business development programme, sponsored by Fonterra.


Source: Dairy Women’s Network

Thanh Hoa to have $162.6 million dairy cow farm

TH Group on Wednesday started construction of its high-tech concentrated dairy cow farm cluster project in the central province of Thanh Hoa.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Located in Yen My and Cong Binh communes of Nong Cong District, the VND3.8 trillion (US$162.6 million) project is set to house 20,000 cows.

The farm cluster will use modern technology to help TH Group meet the increasing demand for fresh milk in the domestic market.

Its milk products under TH true MILK have met with international standards from dairy cow management of Afimilk (Israel), veterinary management of Totally Vets (New Zealand) and financial management of SAP (Germany).

At the ceremony, the group also introduced sustainable development model of the dairy sector with farmers under high-tech co-operatives.

Accordingly, TH Group will help farmers apply high technologies such as cloud computing and internet of things into its production through co-operative model. Its first model has been implemented in Da Lat through the Dalatmilk brand. Dalatmilk has installed electric chips in cow herds at each farmer household to monitor cows’ health through computers or smartphones. It also provides medicine and food and buys milk from households in the programme.

The model will be implemented in Thanh Hoa, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Cao Bang, Quang Ninh, Cu Chi (HCM City) and Ba Vi (Ha Noi).

Thai Huong, TH Group’s founder, said she hoped to support farmers with some 200,000 cows through the high-tech co-operative model by 2025. Meanwhile, the group also aims to double the number of cows under its close breeding chain to 400,000.

TH Group and Wuxi Jinning International Food City, China’s largest wholesale unit last month signed a deal on consumption of food products, agro-product and dairy products in the Chinese market.

Its milk brand – TH true MILK accounts for 40 per cent of market share in Viet Nam with more than 70 products. Its fresh milk capacity growth rate was over 22 per cent and total revenue of VND7 trillion last year.


Source: Viet Nam News

USDA Announces New Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today the availability of a new web-based tool – developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

The 2018 Farm Bill authorized DMC, a voluntary risk management program that offers financial protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. It replaces the program previously known as the Margin Protection Program for Dairy. Sign up for this USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) program opens on June 17.

“With sign-up for the DMC program just weeks away, we encourage producers to use this new support tool to help make decisions on participation in the program,” Secretary Perdue said. “Dairy producers have faced tough challenges over the years, but the DMC program should help producers better weather the ups and downs in the industry.”

The University of Wisconsin launched the decision support tool in cooperation with FSA and funded through a cooperative agreement with the USDA Office of the Chief Economist. The tool was designed to help producers determine the level of coverage under a variety of conditions that will provide them with the strongest financial safety net. It allows farmers to simplify their coverage level selection by combining operation data and other key variables to calculate coverage needs based on price projections.

The decision tool assists producers with calculating total premiums costs and administrative fees associated with participation in DMC. It also forecasts payments that will be made during the coverage year.

“The new Dairy Margin Coverage program offers very appealing options for all dairy farmers to reduce their net income risk due to volatility in milk or feed prices,” said Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin, Madison. “Higher coverage levels, monthly payments, and more flexible production coverage options are especially helpful for the sizable majority of farms who can cover much of their milk production with the new five million pound maximum for Tier 1 premiums. This program deserves the careful consideration of all dairy farmers.”

For more information, access the tool at For DMC sign up, eligibility and related program information, visit or contact your local USDA Service Center. To locate your local FSA office, visit


Source: USDA

Milktech startup MoooFarm to work with Microsoft to help Indian dairy farmers

The biggest bane of the disease is that farmers often do not realise that the cattle has been affected by it. “They just know that the udder is swollen, and the quality and the quantity of milk has gone down,” Aashna says.

MoooFarm Co-founder Aashna Singh is working to help dairy farmers tackle mastitis, a disease in cows that leads to poor quality and quantity of milk.

Over the next year, MoooFarm India, in association with Microsoft, will develop a platform within their existing app to help detect mastitis in cattle through ‘image labeling’. The farmer just has to click photos of the udder and milk; the app will then detect if the cattle is afflicted by the disease.

Even if a single cow gets the disease, it results in a loss of around Rs 5,000 per month for the farmer, due to factors such as lower production, poor quality, veterinary expenses etc., according to MoooFarm.

Launched in February by Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, the MoooFarm app helps in tracking the health, productivity, and breeding cycle of cattle.

Every 21 days, cattle come in heat, which is when they are to be inseminated. But according to Aashna, farmers don’t keep records and miss out on the cycles, which lead to losses. “Through the app we send them alerts and tell them the right time. These alerts are also accompanied by e-learning videos,” adds the 27-year old entrepreneur. 

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Alerts and e-learning videos are sent to dairy farmers on the MoooFarm app regularly

The app will soon also have a live feature, where the farmer can get real-time help from a vet or an expert. The company also has on-the-ground staff in villages, called Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs), to help and educate farmers on best practices. One VLE is assigned for every two-three villages and oversees 100-150 farmers.

MoooFarm’s pilot project kicked off from Sangrur in Punjab. Over the next two months, it will expand to five other states: Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Haryana. From 2,000 farmers on the platform currently, Aashna sees a massive rise to two lakh farmers as these states are on-boarded.

Why B2B is the right ‘moo’

The company operates in a B2B format where it ties up with corporates, dairy cooperatives, milk companies, and governments to reach farmers. MoooFarm currently works with corporate giant Hindustan Unilever in Rajpura, Punjab, and Sumerpur, UP. It has also signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Maharashtra’s Prabhat Dairy to collaborate on increasing farmer income.

Param Singh, 37, the other Co-founder of MoooFarm, says, “Our aim is to increase the income of two lakh farmers by 2020. And for this, we will utilise cloud technology to reach even farmers who are far off.”

MoooFarm Co-founder Param Singh says his company wants to reach and help dairy farmers everywhere.

The company has also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Google and Tata Trusts’ Internet Saathi programme to train women farmers. The Internet Saathi initiative imparts digital literacy to women in rural areas and teaches them to better their livelihoods by using the internet.

India is the world’s largest producer and consumer of dairy; it has been the largest milk producing country globally since 1997.

The Economic Survey of India states the country produces 160 million tonnes of milk per year. A study by Research and Markets pegged India’s dairy industry at Rs 5 lakh crore in 2016. Co-operatives and private dairies have access to only 20 percent of the milk produced, and 34 percent of milk is sold in the unorganised market while 46 percent is consumed locally. Compare this to most developed nations where almost 90 percent of surplus milk goes through the organised sector.

India’s milk sector has seen a flurry of activity in recent times. Numerous startups are riding the demand for fresh milk, including Milkbasket, MilkMantra, Mr Milkman, Woohoo Milk, Country Delight, and others. The organic milk sector has companies like the Good Cow Company, Shudh Farms, Akshayakalpa, and Satvik that are scaling up across India.

Clearly, it’s time that MoooFarm works to milk this demand.

Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) Elects New, Recognizes Outgoing Officers

New officers for the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) were elected at the recent meeting of the Board of Directors, when CDCB also expressed appreciation to the outgoing leadership.

John Meyer of Holstein Association USA, Brattleboro, Vt., retired from the CDCB Board after serving multiple terms as Director and as CDCB Chair from August 2017 to April 2019. Chuck Sattler of Select Sires, Inc., Plain City, Ohio, has also completed a two-year term as Secretary and remains on the CDCB Board.

“We are grateful for the leaders like John Meyer, Chuck Sattler and many others who have been instrumental to advance U.S. genetic and information programs,” stated João Dürr, Chief Executive Officer of the CDCB. “These officers and the entire CDCB Board have been strong leaders who dedicated countless hours and steered the organization to further its reputation as setting the gold standard globally for genetic improvement.”

With his tenure on the CDCB Board coming to close, Meyer was presented a painting and plaque with this inscription: “With deep appreciation and gratitude for serving on the Board of Directors of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding for multiple terms. Your insight, perseverance and dedication to the launch of the CDCB as a business operation was guided by your allegiance to the dairy industry. Your leadership chairing the Board of Directors from 2017 to 2019 helped the CDCB to reach new levels of excellence.”

New Officer Team

Neal Smith of American Jersey Cattle Association, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, was elected to serve as CDCB Chair for 2019-2021, representing the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association (PDCA). Smith has been engaged on the CDCB Board as Director and Treasurer.

Joining Smith on the executive team are:

  • Vice Chair: Jay Weiker, Madison, Wis., representing National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB)
  • Secretary: Dan Sheldon of Woody Hill Farm, Salem, NY, representing Dairy Records Providers (DRPs)
  • Treasurer: John Clay of Dairy Records Management System, Raleigh, NC, representing the Dairy Records Processing Centers (DRPCs)

“The CDCB staff looks forward to working with this new officer team to advance key initiatives and continually enhance the U.S. genetic system and evaluations to deliver the highest-possible value to dairy producers,” said Dürr.

Worden Joins CDCB Board of Directors

Lindsey Worden of Holstein Association USA, Brattleboro, Vt., was elected to a first term on the Board, representing the PDCA. Three other Board members were re-elected to additional terms:

  • John Clay, Dairy Records Management System, Raleigh, NC
  • Jay Mattison, National Dairy Herd Information Association, Verona, Wis.
  • Katie Olson, ABS Global, DeForest, Wis.

These individuals round out the current CDCB Board of Directors, totaling 12 voting members.

  • Pat Baier of AgSource Cooperative Services, Verona, Wis.
  • Lee Day, Amelicor, Provo, Utah
  • Chuck Sattler, Select Sires, Inc., Plain City, Ohio
  • Boyd Schaufelberger of Schaufine Farms, Greenville, Ill.
  • Bill Verboort of AgriTech Analytics, Visalia, Calif.

The CDCB Board represents the four collaborating sectors of the U.S. dairy industry, each having three seats on the Board: Dairy Records Providers, Dairy Records Processing Centers, National Association of Animal Breeders and Purebred Dairy Cattle Association.

About Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB)

The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB), in Bowie, Md., provides premier dairy genetic information services through industry collaboration centered around a mission to help optimize cow health and productivity in herds worldwide. The CDCB drives continuous improvement and maintains the integrity of the world’s largest animal database, building on a quality foundation with more than eight decades of recorded U.S. dairy animal performance. The CDCB is a collaborative effort between four sectors of the U.S. dairy industry: Dairy Records Providers (DRP), Dairy Records Processing Centers (DRPC), National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) and Purebred Dairy Cattle Association (PDCA).


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As Americans drink less milk, processors fill void with growing popularity of alt-dairy products

Dairy farmers are indignant about beverages calling themselves milks when they are actually made of oats or almonds or sunflower seeds. Even worse, these impostors have been draining away at the market share of what cows produce.

But if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. While farmers loudly voice their complaints about alt-dairy products, conventional processors are starting to churn them out alongside traditional milk, aiming to cash in on their fast-growing popularity in the U.S. One of the country’s oldest dairies, HP Hood, has released a product called Planet Oat. The giant dairy-cooperative Organic Valley is the distributor for a line of almond-based drinks made by New Barn Organics, and a dairy processor handles the packing.

“We wouldn’t exist without Organic Valley,” said Ted Robb, chief executive officer of New Barn, which makes the almond drinks and other nut-based products, including what it calls a buttery spread. “They have a very hard time calling it milk. That really, really bothers them. But they do understand we’re thinking the same way around organic and deeper values.”

For the dairy industry, though, the value that matters most comes from the cow-based products they sell. That is troubled, to say the least. Americans are drinking 40 percent less milk than in 1975, and prices have suffered a rout. The downturn has been a near-deadly blow to stalwarts like Dean Foods Co., the top U.S. dairy company that has been forced to weigh a sale.

Meanwhile, the plant alternatives are hot. Sales of alt-milks were up 8 percent in the year through Jan. 26, hitting $1.7 billion, according to data from Nielsen. Plant-based cheeses and yogurts, while a smaller category, are seeing even bigger gains. Beyond Meat Inc., the maker of vegan burgers and sausages, surged 163 percent on its May 2 trading debut — the biggest U.S. listing since at least 2008 among initial public offerings that raised at least $200 million.

Outwardly, the dairy industry has harsh words for the plant-based competitors that are eating into their profits.

The National Milk Producers Federation is fired up about the Dairy Pride Act, legislation introduced in the Senate to force the Food and Drug Administration to police labels. In public comments to the FDA last September, yogurt-maker Chobani said using dairy terms on labels for plant-based alternatives was “improper,” “illegal,” and “poses a public health risk.”

At the same time, dairy producers can’t help but get in on the zeitgeist. Chobani recently launched non-dairy products that are coconut-based. Notably, though, the products aren’t labeled as “yogurt.”

The new products aren’t “a replacement to dairy — dairy and yogurt aren’t ever going to be replaced,” the company said in an emailed statement.

Even dairy-icon Dean is in the plant business, and owns almost 70% of Good Karma Foods, a maker of flaxseed milk and yogurt.

“Plant-based becomes a cool opportunity to diversify our portfolio so we can be more relevant to consumers,” said Marissa Jarratt, senior vice president of marketing and general manager of the frozen business unit at Dean Foods. Jarratt said she doesn’t see a conflict between plant-based and dairy.

“We want consumers to have options they can choose from,” she said.

Or take the case of Elmhurst Milked in Brooklyn, which made waves a few years ago by transforming from a dairy processor to an alternative maker. It now supplies some Starbucks Corp.’s reserve locations with oat milk. It doesn’t advertise that it has the same ownership as dairy processor Steuben Foods. Steuben also serves as its co-packer and co-manufacturer, blending and bottling their ingredients, said Pete Truby, Elmhurst’s VP of marketing.

For HP Hood, one of America’s oldest dairies at 170 years old, the “horse is out of the barn” when it comes to labeling, said Chris Ross, vice president of marketing. Soy milk launched decades ago and no one challenged the label then, and forcing a change now probably won’t do much to stop the trend.

“Consumers still have a relationship with dairy, but at same time, their relationship with plant-based like almond isn’t going to end anytime soon,” Ross said. “It’s growing and has not peaked by any stretch of the imagination.”

Michele Simon, executive director at the Plant Based Foods Association, said that while it looks like there’s a fight on the surface, there’s an embracing of milk alternatives by traditional dairy companies because, particularly for processors, it’s “a huge economic opportunity.”

“From a processor perspective, they don’t care what goes into the cartons, they just want the cartons filled,” she said.


“I wouldn’t be in the industry if I didn’t love my cows”: The reality of working on a dairy farm.

Where I live, if I take the back road to Byron Bay around 3pm I’ll be stopped by a man and his cows.

They fill the road as they move from their grazing paddocks to the milking sheds. As consumers we don’t often think about who the people are that grow or produce our food, but coming face to face with a bunch of cows really makes you think.

This is how I get milk on my table. This man got up at 4am this morning, and has done for all of his farming life.

It’s a lifestyle a lot of Australians don’t come into contact with directly, so there are naturally some preconceptions people have about the responsibilities and challenges of running a dairy farm.

I spoke to Ebony King, a 21 year old (pictured above) who works on a dairy farm run by Wes and Rita Hurrell in Yankalilla in South Australia.

Ebony helps with the day-to-day running of the farm, which includes implementing strict practices around animal welfare and environmental sustainability.

“Some people think dairy farmers don’t care about or love their cows and that they treat them poorly. We do everything we can to keep our cows happy and healthy,” Ebony tells Mamamia. “They have us looking after them 24/7. And we have a vet who is always on call. They even have a nutritionist.

“Yes, it is a business. But if we didn’t look after and love our cows then they wouldn’t produce quality milk.”

Working on the land: Ebony King and her boss Wes Hurrell. Image: Supplied.

She explains further: “I wouldn’t be in the industry if I didn’t love my cows, because it’s hard work not just on your body, but social life and relationships [too], because of the hours worked.

“I love watching cows do well, see them calve, and then go on to do great production when you have raised and bred those cows. [It’s] rewarding.”

Ebony’s employer, Rita Hurrell, agrees that it’s a job you can only do if you really love it.


Contracts favouring farm owners are the ‘dark side’ of dairy industry

A Waikato dairy farmer, husband and father of four says his family lost everything this season after a contract milking agreement went “completely wrong”.  He shared his views on condition of anonymity. 

OPINION: I am a contract milker.  I have also been lower order sharemilking.

While I think these are great avenues for dairy farmers to progress or build themselves up to farm ownership, there is a dark side to this industry that we don’t like to talk about.

As a contract milker, I am paid a fixed amount for every kilogram of milksolids I send to the factory.

As well as the normal expenses that go with operating a business, I have an agreed set of additional expenses.

The norm would be power, labour, shed detergents, rubberware, fuel and motorbikes.

I rely heavily on the farm owner to provide me with figures as to what those costs may be but in my experience, farm owners often don’t know or are reluctant to provide those figures.

We are lucky in this industry that we can often find others in our position who are willing to share this information with their fellow contract or lower order sharemilkers.

But what happens if we can’t find those figures? We give it our best guess and we take those figures to the bank, where finance is approved based on those numbers.

So the bank has approved our lending, we have signed the contract and started work.  We’ve managed to drag ourselves through calving and mating and can see light at the end of the tunnel.

Now those figures, those numbers, those best guesses are actuals – they have meaning and substance and they are wrong.

The situation only gets worse.  What happens to those that get it all wrong or were given wrong information? Surely if the owners gave them those numbers, they must be entitled to some sort of compensation?

No, they are not, because the contracts and the current legislation are structured in a way which protects the farm owners and not the little guy.

Not the guy who has put his family’s whole livelihood on the line. Not the guy who has workers depending on him to pay them on time. Not the guy out in the rain, working long days to keep the farm running.

What rights does he have? None. He can lose everything. Because he is not an employee, he has no employment rights, so he does not get holiday pay or weekends off.

He does not have the right to subcontract out his job or determine how performs his duties.

When you look at the difference between an independent contractor and an employee, you can see that contract and lower order sharemilking is a grey area that falls into both categories. 

That being the case, we need a complete overhaul. We need rights.

We need to be able to expect to be paid for our work, regardless of whether or not that person has the skills or ability to guess what his power bill will be.

He should not have to have his spouse work every weekend, holiday and public holiday just to earn his expected wage.

This is the dark side of dairy and the industry cannot afford to lose these young, energetic and passionate people. 

We are better than that.  We pride ourselves on being the backbone of this country.

Do we not as a community gather together and support each other, share our knowledge with one another? Help one another when our neighbour is in trouble?

Even if we have no legal obligation right now, surely we have a moral obligation to our new generation of farmers to give them the opportunity to make their mark on our industry.

We are asking – demanding – that the legislation and contracts are changed so these farmers have the chance they deserve to provide for their families and continue to grow our industry.

Let’s leave this dark side of dairy behind us once and for all.


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Danone CEO Says Plant-Based Could Become as Big as Dairy in U.S.

Danone’s U.S. plant-based business could become as big as its traditional yogurt business there in 10 years, according to Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Faber.

The unit, which includes Silk and So Delicious, currently generates less than $1 billion in sales, compared with the $2 billion in dairy. But the category is growing faster as consumers race to adopt vegan alternatives to everything from yogurt to hamburgers.

“Penetration is very high and it’s very widely adopted already,” Faber said in an interview at a company event in Barcelona.

Danone placed a $10 billion bet on veganism with its 2017 acquisition of WhiteWave Foods and plans to triple its total plant-based revenue to about 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) by 2025. The company has been expanding the Alpro brand in Europe with new products like vegan ice cream. Danone will start selling plant-based yogurts under Activia, its largest brand, in countries like Spain, France and the U.K. within the next 12 months.

Dairy isn’t dead, though, with Faber pointing to fast-growing yogurt segments like high-protein and probiotics that have been making a comeback among consumers.

Coffee High

Faber is also eyeing coffee for further growth as the company takes aim at bigger rivals like Nestle SA and JAB Holding Co. Danone is adding more ready-to-drink options to the Alpro line, such as soy-based Ethiopian coffee with caramel, and expanding it in new markets in Europe.

In the U.S., it’s focusing on Stok, a cold-brew coffee brand that came with the WhiteWave purchase. Stok’s revenue rose to $50 million from $3 million in two years and continues to grow at a double-digit rate. Faber said Stok will focus on the U.S. market in the next couple of years before possibly extending to other markets, such as the U.K.

Faber said he couldn’t rule out creating additional coffee brands in the future.

Source: Bloomberg 

High Ranking TPI® Genomic Females – May 2019

Top 200 females receiving their first genomic evaluations in the current month.

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Wisconsin TB Herd Remains Under Quarantine

The Wisconsin dairy herd that tested positive for Bovine Tuberculosis will continue to be tested for about another year.  It was the first case of bTB detected in the state in 20 years.  State officials confirmed the bovine tuberculosis case last October. Ag Department officials say the Dane County herd near Madison continues to be the only TB-affected herd in Wisconsin and is following a test and remove protocol to eradicate the disease.  

Animals from this farm can only move directly to slaughter, rendering, or a restricted feedlot. Testing of the affected farm will continue on a monthly basis into 2020, and the herd will remain under quarantine until testing protocols show the herd is free of bTB.  Once the quarantine is removed, the herd will be tested annually for five years to assure there is no disease recurrence. 

Division of Animal Health and USDA’s APHIS staff continue to conduct trace investigations of sales from the affected herd. Since the confirmation of the TB-affected herd, there have been several hundred traces located in Wisconsin and 15 other states. Currently, there are 26 premises in Wisconsin that have some type of animal movement restriction due to exposure from the affected farm, says DATCP officials.

Bovine TB is a zoonotic disease, meaning animals can infect people. But people can also be a source of infection to cattle. The disease is most commonly spread through respiratory secretions, but can also be transmitted through unpasteurized milk from infected animals.

Dairy Markets Down Thursday in Chicago

On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange milk futures and cash dairy prices were mostly down Thursday. Class III milk fell 6 cents in May to 16.35/cwt and 8 cents in June to 16.35. Second half months fell 9-16 cents finishing Thursday with an average of 16.64/cwt.  The milk futures from September through next April ranged from zero to fifteen cents lower.

Dry whey was unchanged at $.3475 cents per pound. No sales sales were recorded. Forty-pound blocks were down $.0050 at $1.6975 per pound. One sale were recorded at that price. Barrels were down $.0125 to $1.7250 per pound. Two sales were recorded at that price. Grade AA Butter was up $.0250 at $2.31 per pound. One sale was recorded at that price. Nonfat dry milk was down $.0050 at $1.0675 per pound. No sales were recorded.

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