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Wis. Dairy State Cheese factory owner convicted of stealing more than $20,000 from 83 farmers

The owner of Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese Company was convicted in federal court for stealing $21,250.97 from 83 farmers in Wood County.

Michael Moran was sentenced to one year of probation, 100 hours of community service, and more than $9,000 in fines and other costs.

The clerk of courts received the money Moran stole, which will go back to the farmers who are owed the restitution. Moran then owes a $5,000 fine, plus applicable fees, costs, surcharges, which total about $9,442.65.

“I’m proud of the work Wisconsin Department of Justice did to get justice for these hard-working Wisconsinites,” said Attorney General Kaul. “This case has ensured that 83 farmers got the money they were owed and hopefully will deter future theft from Wisconsin dairy farmers.”

Moran was convicted of forging the names of farmers on underpayment checks. He then would take the checks and put them in the cash register at the cheese store in Rudolph and use them for himself.

“Processors, such as cheese plants, write underpayment checks to producers, such as dairy farmers, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets the price of milk higher than what a processor initially paid for the milk. USDA auditors determine the amount of underpayment and order processors to issue the underpayment checks,” the Wisconsin Department of Justice stated.


Reese Dairy Farm closes after 70 years

Many of his herd are related to the original cow that started the farm, Reese said. And that cow’s DNA was shared around the world — its offspring were shipped all over the U.S. and overseas to Ecuador, Trinidad, Chile, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Turkey. Reese hopes with more time in retirement, he might be able to visit the farms where his herd has landed. At the very least, the ones in the U.S., he said.

“Running a dairy farm is a seven-days-a-week operation,” Reese said. “I never had a day off. Now I’d like to go see some bigger farms out west.”

Reese is also looking forward to fewer 2 a.m. calls when there’s trouble during the early milking.

Over the decades, Reese Dairy Farm weathered many changes to the dairy industry and a decline in the industry in North Carolina. Milk prices have dropped, making it difficult to make a living, Reese said. Still, the toughest challenges have come from changing and increasing regulations, Reese said.

“The regulations have taken a lot of fun out of it,” he said.

The farm let him spend time with his family. Wanda helped out whenever she was needed and even his young granddaughter took an interest in the animals, he said. But the decision to close means even more time for friends and family.

“At some point I knew that it had to go and I wanted to do it while I was still able to do things,” Reese said.


Illinois Championship Holstein Show 2020

The Illinois Championship Holstein Show has concluded with Uber-Haven Defiant Chrome-Red being named Grand Champion for Tyler Carter & Brett Richter.  Ryan Krohlow, WI, judged the show in Bloomington, Illinois on July 10th.

Senior & Grand Champion: Uber-Haven Defiant Chrome (Defiant), 1st 4-year-old, Brett Richter & Tyler Carter, IL
Reserve Senior & Grand Champion: Luck-E Awesome Adventure (Awesome), 2nd 4-year-old, Dennis Engel, IL
HM Senior & Grand Champion: Ms Atwood Lacey (Atwood), 1st 5-year-old, Tyler Carter, IL

Intermediate Champion: Luck-E Doc Azacaboom-ET (King Doc), 1st Jr. 2, Matt Engel, IL
Reserve Intermediate Champion: Carters-Corner WH Presley (Windhammer), 1st Jr. 3, Tyler Carter, IL
HM Intermediate Champion: Schluter Summer Lee-Red-ET (Absolute), 1st Sr. 2, Tyler Carter & Brett Richter, IL

Junior Champion: Schluter Unstp Aspen-Red-ET (Unstopabull), 1st Winter Yearling, Olivia Schluter, IL
Reserve Junior Champion: Bluff-Ridge D Dreamsickle (Dempsey), 2nd Winter Yearling, Kelly O’Connor, IL
HM Junior Champion: Vailwood Dempsey Siri (Dempsey), 1st Fall Yearling, Blake Meyer, Kylie & Cole Saathoff & Finn Faulkner, IL

Luck-E Holsteins of Hampshire, IL were Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor of the show.

2020 Show Dedication

The 2020 Illinois Holstein Championship Show is dedicated to Paula Bovre. This year also marks her fortieth year of membership with Holstein Association USA. While born and raised in Illinois, today she resides in Wisconsin. However, for both states, Paula has been a strong supporter of the association and an advocate for its youth. From organizing and hosting fitting clinics to employing youth, serving as an official judge at a 4-H judging contest or writing questions for dairy bowl, she and her husband, Rick have been incredible mentors to youth while promoting the Registered Holstein breed. The duo has also served as superintendents of the International Junior Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo since its inception in 2004. Paula and Rick own the Great Northern Land and Cattle Company where they have managed over 900 sales over the past 39 years. Paula is also an agent for Merle Howard Insurance Agency that specializes in livestock mortality. At the Illinois Championship Show, you will find her working alongside her family in the Erbacres string. She has donated countless hours to maintain the success of the Illinois Championship Show as a prior co-chairman. We thank Paula for her contributions to our association and the Holstein breed, and most of all, for mentoring generations of Holstein youth.

Spring Calf (20)

1. Wendy-Oaks Crimsonrose-Red, (Rager), Gage Wendling, IL
2. RBR-FRM Altitude Dixie-Red (Altitude), Addison & Jacob Raber, IL
3. Koll-Kreek S-Kick Gummybear (Sidekick), Kasey Clanton & Mackenzie Krausz, IL
4. Carters-Corner Luna-Red-ET (Unstopabull) Tyler Carter, IL
5. Bri-Mel-Acres Abigail (Dundee), Blake Meyer & Kylie & Cole Saathoff, IL

Winter Calf (18)

1. Apple-Pts Alameda-Red-ET (Jordy), Apple Partners LLC, IL
2. Lakeshore Winters Eve (Awesome), Taylor, Layla & Kaylyn Powell, IL
3. Ms Koll-Kreek Bbee Dreaming (Bumble Bee), Mackenzie Krausz, IL
4. R-Homestead Denver Lunie (Denver), N & B Clementz & L & K Hilgendorf, IL
5. Thorman Altitude Sadie-Red (Altitude), Jordan Thorman, IL

Fall Calf (25)

1. Kimball-Way Blake Sandy-ET (Blake), Suton Paulson, IL
2. Carters-Corner U Piasley-ET (Unix), Tyler Carter, IL
3. Lakeshore Cherry Pie-ET (Doorman), Bryce Cullen, IL
4. Quietcove Rasberry-ET (Awesome), Dylan Reed, IL
5. Ms Unix Rainey (Unix), Tyler Carter & Dylan Reed, IL

Summer Yearling (12)

1. B-J-Grove Unix Cherokee (Unix), Kasey Clanton, IL
2. Apple-Pts Cirio Anna-Red-ET (Redburst)
3. Schluter Altitude Ava-ET (Altitude), Olivia Schluter & Kasey Clanton, IL
4. Opsal Ammo Caleesi (Ammo-P), Shana & Drew Lueking, IL
5. Bluff-Ridge Crushin Dreams (Crush), Kelly O’Connor, IL

Spring Yearling (6)

1. Lakeshore Tatoo Elixir (Tatoo), Taylor, Layla & Kaylyn Powell, IL
2. Miss Baru (Apple Crisp), John Erbsen & Colganados Genetics, IL
3. Luck-E Doc Azaza-ET (King Doc), Blake Engel, IL
4. B-J-Grove Fever Jugs (Fever), Kasey Clanton, IL
5. Brems Rager Allison-Red (Rager), Eli Bremmer, IL

Winter Yearling (6)

1. Schluter Unstp Aspen-Red-ET (Unstopabull), Olivia Schluter, IL
2. Bluff-Ridge D Dreamsickle (Dempsey), Kelly O’Connor, IL
3. Carters-Corner TT Seven-ET (Tatoo), Tyler Carter, IL
4. GBM Und Jovanna (Undenied), Blake Meyer, Kylie & Cole Saathoff & Finn Faulkner, IL
5. Silverview-Lane Sky-Red-ET (Avalanche), Brennan Woker, IL

Fall Yearling (7)

1. Vailwood Dempsey Siri (Dempsey), Blake Meyer, Kylie & Cole Saathoff & Finn Faulkner, IL
2. Irwindale Solomon Meadow (Solomon), Dawn Irwin, IL
3. Lakeshore Undenied Emilia (Undenied), Justin Powell, IL
4. Silverview-Lane Avl Sara-ET (Avalanche), Brennan Woker, IL
5. Golden-Oaks Solomon Heiress (Solomon), Ben Bremmer, IL

Junior Best Three Females (5)

1. B-J-Grove Holsteins, IL
2. Carters Corner, IL
3. Bluff-Ridge Holsteins, IL
4. Lakeshore Holsteins, IL
5. Bremmer Farms, IL

2-year-old Futurity (10)

1. Irwindale High Octane Mira (High Octane), Dawn Irwin, IL
2. Erbacres Glory of Liberty (Doorman), Payton & Delana Erbsen, IL
3. Erbacres Doorman Crusie (Doorman), Payton & Delana Erbsen, IL
4. B-J-Grove Crush Rammie-TW (Crush), Kasey Clanton, IL
5. B-J-Grove Doorman Havanna (Doorman), Kasey Clanton, IL

Summer Junior 2-year-old (9)

1. Luck-E Doc Bo Peep (King Doc), Dennis & Beth Engel, IL
2. Lakeshore Doorman Effie-ET (Doorman), Taylor, Layla & Kaylyn Powell, IL
3. Clearfield Crush Del 21 (Crush), Lila Sloan, IL
4. Koll-Kreek Solomon Sharona (Solomon), Miranda Kollman, IL
5. Bluff-Ridge Doorman Divine (Doorman), Sarah Butler, IL

Junior 2-year-old (8)

1. Luck-E Doc Azacaboom-ET (King Doc), Matt Engel, IL
2. Luck-E Doc Azacaboo-ET (King Doc), Matt Engel, IL
3. Irwindale High Octane Mira (High Octane), Dawn Irwin, IL
4. Bluff-Ridge Doorman Bouquet (Doorman), Sarah Butler, IL
5. B-J-Grove Crush Rammie-TW (Crush), Kasey Clanton, IL

Senior 2-year-old (8)

1. Schluter Summer Lee-Red-ET (Absolute), Tyler Carter & Brett Richter, IL
2. Erbacres Glory of Liberty (Doorman), Payton & Delana Erbsen, IL
3. Erbacres Doorman Crusie (Doorman), Payton & Delana Erbsen, IL
4. Irwindale Armani Tori (Armani), Dawn Irwin, IL
5. Koll-Kreek S Goldielocks (Solomon), Miranda Kollmann, IL

Junior 3-year-old (7)

1. Carters-Corner WH Presley (Windhammer), Tyler Carter, IL
2. Erbacres Diamond Sparkle (Diamondback), Connor Erbsen, IL
3. Erbacres G W Atwood Cherri (Atwood), Payton Erbsen, IL
4. Erbacres Libertys Believe (Doorman), Payton & Delana Erbsen , IL
5. Luck-E Ammo Arsenal-Red-ET (Ammo), Matt Engel, IL

Senior 3-year-old (9)

1. Luck-E McGucci Arabel-ET (McGucci), Joe Engel, IL
2. Luck-E Crush Adrenaline-ET (Crush), Matt Engel, IL
3. Erbacres Atwood Chloe (Atwood), Delana Erbsen, IL
4. Luck-E Merjack Asalia-ET (Merjack), Keith Engel, IL
5. Bluff-Ridge Sid Dottie (Sid), Sarah Butler, IL

4-year-old (6)

1. Uber-Haven Defiant Chrome (Defiant), Brett Richter & Tyler Carter, IL
2. Luck-E Awesome Adventure (Awesome), Dennis Engel, IL
3. Luck-E Avalanche Aka-Red (Avalanche), Matt Engel, IL
4. Hostogold Brady Hillsnow (Brady), Matthew Busker, IL
5. Springhill-OH Illusion-ET (Corey), Magen Busker, IL

5-year-old Futurity (2)

1. Bluff-Ridge Atwood Tiana (Atwood), Sarah Butler, IL
2. Erbacres Reginald Livid (Reginald), Payton & Delana Erbsen, IL

5-year-old (7)

1. Ms Atwood Lacey (Atwood), Tyler Carter, IL
2. Bluff-Ridge Atwood Tiana (Atwood), Sarah Butler, IL
3. Luck-E Anaheim Airforce-ET (Anaheim), Kyle, Hope, Blake & Hailey Engel, IL
4. Moroville B-Wire Lava-Red (Barbwire), Chad Zoelzer, IL
5. DoDel Atlantic Jayden (Atlantic), Jackson Brammeier, IL

Aged Cow (5)

1. Ms Queens-Manor Snchz Beau (Sanchez), Sarah Butler, IL
2. Meier Meadows Max Flax (Max), Magen Busker, IL
3. Bluff-Ridge Atwood January (Atwood), Sarah Butler, IL
4. Synergy Pilsner Tipper (Pilsner), Matt Engel, IL
5. Erbacres Atwood El-Cortes (Atwood), Payton Erbsen, IL

Production Cow (1)

1. Ludwigs-DG Goldwyn Emmy (Goldwyn), Justin Powell, IL

Senior Best Three

1. Luck-E Holsteins
2. Bluff-Ridge Holsteins
Produce of Dam

1. Luck-E Holsteins
2. Luck-E Holsteins
3. Luck-E Holsteins

Dam & Daughter

1. Bluff-Ridge Holsteins
2. Luck-E Holsteins
3. Lakeshore Holsteins

Milk Prices Test Historic Highs Following Pandemic Pressure

Jersey cows have their morning ration at the Ballard Dairy in Gooding, Idaho. Cheddar cheese prices are at a record high, but analysts worry that they could drop. Carol Ryan Dumas/Capital Press File

Milk futures traded near $20 per cwt in early January, but the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant effect on milk prices as the demand shift for dairy products left many producers with no processing home through much of April.

Changes in the livestock markets were much reported through March and April, including backed up production and processing. However, the dairy industry has an even more limited shelf life, eliminating the ability to back up production and processing.

Class III milk futures have rallied 208% from pandemic lows. Cheese prices have surged, tightening milk supplies due to COVID-19 disruptions the dairy industry. (DTN ProphetX chart by Rick Kment)

For dairy producers, the inability to sell milk to processors meant one of two things: either «dry up» cows, thereby prematurely ending the production cycle and waiting until the next cycle before that animal will produce milk again; or keep milking these cows and dump the milk. We saw many reports of millions of gallons of milk dumped on fields and plowed into the soil as fertilizer. This pandemic came at the worst time of year in the dairy production cycle. The spring «flush» is considered peak production time and limiting milk output near this peak will significantly affect overall milk production through the rest of the year.

The significant shift in market prices is being driven by differing factors, which makes this move even more volatile and could continue to leave markets plagued with rapid shifts through most of the year. Tighter milk supplies and growing demand for dairy products through the end of last year left prices moving higher into the holiday season of 2019. However, the abrupt change in buyer demand habits during March and April 2020 — due to the coronavirus shutting down the economy — sparked significant disruptions in the way milk and dairy products were processed. For example, the majority of fluid milk demand has traditionally been from the food service industry. This includes school lunch programs, colleges, cafeterias, restaurants and catering venues. A large segment of the processing industry is setup to process and package milk in either small single serving containers (school lunches) or large commercial dispensers. The abrupt and immediate change in the food service industry in March left these production lines dark, with the infrastructure not able to effectively transition to producing milk for retail suppliers (think gallon bottles).

Once the shock to the system set in — and markets tumbled to $11.23 per cwt during the month of April — renewed demand for retail dairy products, such as cheese, butter and other processed dairy products surged as consumers flooded grocery stores and cleared shelves of many products. As a result, barrel cheese prices surged from an April low of $1 per pound to current levels of $2.37 per pound. These cheese price levels are the highest seen since 2014 and near historic levels.

Class III milk futures are currently trading at $23.40 per cwt, which is a 208% rally from April lows, with the expectation that increased demand support through the summer months will continue to drive strong buying in most dairy products, including fluid milk, ice cream, cheese and butter products. Even though the food service industry is still struggling to regain market share due to social distancing and limited consumer demand, schools planning to reopen and return to a semi-normal routine through the fall and winter is expected to keep demand for dairy products strong through the end of the year.

Given current milk and cheese price levels, it is likely the majority of gains have already been priced into the complex, but the effect of the coronavirus on the dairy industry is likely to disrupt the normal milk production cycle for months, if not years.

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National Dairy Shrine to Honor Randy Geiger with Pioneer Award

National Dairy Shrine is honoring four respected individuals with its Pioneer Award this year in recognition of their significant contributions to the dairy industry. Among the 2020 honorees is Randall A. “Randy” Geiger (1950-2019), the highly regarded dairyman and dairy cooperative leader from Reedsville, Wisconsin, who died last September. Geiger will join a distinguished group of industry leaders whose stories and portraits are featured in the National Dairy Hall of Fame at the National Dairy Shrine Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

A lifelong dairyman, Randy Geiger’s love for farming began while growing up on his family’s Wisconsin dairy farm. Following his father’s untimely death in 1966, Randy began a 50-year career in dairy farming when he and his wife Rosalie established their own Ran-Rose Dairy Farms. Together they bred and developed an outstanding herd of Registered Holsteins recognized for its production and high quality of milk. In 1994, Ran-Rose Cream Spirit became Wisconsin’s lifetime milk production leader with a total of 342,000 pounds milk. From 1996 to 2015, the Ran-Rose herd earned the Manitowoc County DHIA Udder Health Award every year for its low somatic cell score. In 2002, the herd was recognized with the National Mastitis Council’s National Dairy Quality Award. Over the years, the Ran-Rose herd accrued Progressive Breeder of Registry awards, Progressive Genetics awards, and Gold Medal Dam and Dam of Merit recognitions from Holstein Association USA. They had three cows who amassed over 300,000 pounds milk lifetime and 21 cows with over 200,000 pounds.

Geiger was a dedicated and committed volunteer throughout his life. He served on dozens of community, state and national committees and boards. He became a visible and effective voice in lobbying elected officials at all levels of government on behalf of dairy farmers and rural residents. As a dairy leader, he was instrumental in positively shaping the dairy business environment. In 1989 when the Kasson Cheese plant at Brillion, Wisconsin, went into bankruptcy and dairy farmers were not paid for their milk, Geiger worked tirelessly to make changes in the Wisconsin Producer Security law to minimize the chances of farmers not getting paid in the future for their milk. He later was asked to give guidance to the Wisconsin Dairy 2020 Task Force following an appointment by the governor.

Geiger was president of the Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative for 16 years (1998 to 2013). From 2011-12, he became the “bridge builder” and driving force behind the formation of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative which brought together three of Wisconsin’s leading dairy cooperatives – Manitowoc Milk, Family Dairies USA and Milwaukee Cooperative Milk Producers – into one powerful entity in 2013. As Jeff Lyon, current FarmFirst General Manager says, “Randy saw the duplication of programs and services by our three predecessor cooperatives, and he recognized that if the three cooperatives were to remain relevant and continue to meet the needs of dairy farmers, a merger was needed to improve efficiencies, programs and services.” Today FarmFirst represents 3,400 Upper Midwest dairy farmers producing nearly 10 billion pounds of milk. Geiger was also very instrumental in creating educational scholarships for farm youth when Manitowoc Milk Producers received a monetary bequest from radio personality Bill Walters. As a result of Geiger’s efforts, FarmFirst has awarded more than $145,000 in scholarships to 165 students.

Geiger was a highly effective participant in national public policy discussions affecting dairy producers through his service on the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Board of Directors from 2008-13 where he also helped guide its Environmental and Milk Marketing Committees. In 2003, he was part of the group of dairy producers who oversaw the formation of the Cooperatives Working Together program, a self-help program aimed at improving dairy farm income. As Jim Mulhern, NMPF President and CEO, states, “In his many local, state and national roles, Randy was a passionate voice for farmers, and a great advocate for their needs.”

Geiger’s unwavering optimism for the dairy industry, and his belief in young people, was contagious. He mentored and helped numerous young people to get into dairy farming. Among the many honors Geiger received during his life were the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural & Life Sciences’ Honorary Recognition Award in 2005, the “Master Agriculturalist” award from the Wisconsin Agriculturalist in 2009, and the Cooperative Network’s Cooperative Builder Award in 2017.

 For more information about National Dairy Shrine, the banquet, or the students and dairy industry leaders being recognized this year, contact National Dairy Shrine’s office at or visit their website.

Mike Hellenbrand Obituary

Everyone at The Bullvine would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Mike.

Michael Herbert “Mike” Hellenbrand, age 67, of Cross Plains, WI, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, after a long illness. Mike was born on Aug. 1, 1952, in Verona, WI, the son of Charles and Shirley (Paradise) Hellenbrand. Growing up in Cross Plains, Mike cultivated his passion for baseball, business, and bovines. In his youth, spending time on his grandparents’ dairy farm sparked a desire that would later become his second career. Mike loved playing baseball. With his father’s coaching Mike became an accomplished pitcher. Newspapers headlined his no-hitter games played at MATC and with local Home Talent Leagues.

Mike graduated from Middleton High School and received a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His successful career began in the banking business in Madison. Mike’s hard work, expertise, and high standards of excellence and integrity, qualities that were a constant in all his endeavors, quickly led to promotions and seats on community boards. His career ambitions took him to Boston, then New York City, where for the next 10 years Mike led the Mortgage Securitization Group at Bear Stearns, a major Wall Street investment bank. At his wedding in NYC where he married his wife, Linda Brown, Mike danced and sang with the band playing “New York, New York.” He made it there, now he could make it anywhere.

Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Mike and Linda decided to move back to his early roots of Cross Plains. Mike gave up the “rat race” of Wall Street for the “cattle race” and a budding new dairy cattle technology called embryo transfer. Their farm called “City Slickers” with a prefix of “Hillpoint” on the cattle registration papers became widely known throughout the industry in a remarkably few short years. Journalists intrigued with the success of the city to farm career shift would often ask Mike during interviews what was most challenging. He would say, “In my old life, I could always negotiate a transaction… but with farming, you are up against Mother Nature, and she doesn’t negotiate.”

Mike’s unbridled Wall Street energy was transferred to creating some of the dairy breed’s best calves that went on to be show and genetic winners in the US and internationally. City Slickers Farm owned Jr. and Grand Champions at the World Dairy Expo along with countless All-American nominations. Yet, Mike’s real joy was helping youth get into the dairy industry through the competitive showing of their animals. Aspiring dairymen and women point to Mike as their “inspiration” in starting their dairy future.

For those that had the fortune of visiting City Slickers Farm at calf feeding, those gentle moos are now silent on the passing of Michael Hellenbrand, a man that achieved astounding accomplishments for the US dairy industry in a short 17 years. Mike had an infectious love of cows. The health, well-being and promotion of dairy cattle were priorities on the farm, with his cattle partnerships, veterinarians, and in his position on the Executive Board of World Dairy Expo. Combine these traits with his leadership, vision, decisiveness, and his tireless support of youth in agriculture and you begin to realize the breadth of Mike’s impact on the lives he touched. He made so many wonderful friends who he would describe as “great people who I learned so much from”.

Mike will be greatly missed by his wife and her family; mother; brothers, Tom (Patti Woodman) Hellenbrand, Paul (Sandy) Hellenbrand, Ken (Beth) Hellenbrand, Greg (Sherri) Hellenbrand and Scott Hellenbrand; seven nieces and nephews; a great-niece and nephew; and many friends, partners, and colleagues. He was preceded in death by his father.

Due to COVID-19, there will be a private family Mass. A celebration of life is being planned at City Slickers Farm for the fall. Please return to the Gunderson webpage for updated details.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in Mike’s name to Agrace HospiceCare or an organization that supports and inspires youth in agriculture. Online condolences may be made at

Will feeding silage to lactating cows give my calves scours?

Many cow-calf producers in Nebraska have become accustomed to using distillers grains as a source of both protein and energy to help meet the nutritional needs of lactating cows from calving until green grass is available, writes Dave Ostdiek University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communications Specialist Panhandle Research & Extension Center.

Due to the ongoing distillers shortage, many producers are considering including corn silage in the ration to help alleviate some of the energy shortfall in their hay resources. However, concerns have been expressed that silage in the diet will result in diarrhea or scours in their calves.

While this is a critical time for the nursing calf, and producers should be ever vigilant for signs of scours, there are actually a variety of reasons a calf might have a very loose stool and not all of them are cause for concern.

Feeding a diet that is highly digestible and fermented, with a high rate of passage through the digestive system will result in manure that is much more wet and loose than manure from a diet of dry hay and supplemental distillers grains. In dairy cows, a high-energy diet has been shown to increase milk production earlier in lactation, and a similar response is likely in beef cows. Increased milk production early in the calf’s life will also likely result in a looser stool.

Additionally, calves begin to nibble at grass and their mother’s feed within a few days of life, and by one month of age, are eating 1 percent of their body weight on a dry matter basis in feed other than milk. Therefore, they will begin to consume a diet that is responsible for a looser stool just like the cow does. However, dietary related scours do not cause illness and dehydration in the calf.

The health- and life-threatening causes of diarrhea in calves are commonly from a list of infectious pathogens that are shed at low levels by individuals in virtually any group of bovines. Most are viral or protozoal, and some are bacterial. These pathogens are picked up by calves, amplified, and shed at much higher levels into the environment, mainly in feces. Calves born later in the calving season are often born into environments that have much higher levels of these pathogens present than the earliest calves experienced, and as a result, the later-born calves are at higher risk of getting sick.

One method that many producers have been successfully implementing in Nebraska for years to break this chain of transmission is called Sandhills Calving. This method involves keeping cow-calf pairs with only calves born in the same one- to two-week period together until the youngest calves are at least a month old. This prevents amplification of pathogens from continuing to accelerate and provides a fresh start for each one- to two-week cohort of calves.

When cow-calf pairs are in pens in the spring, the calves need a clean, dry place to lie down. Usually, this needs to be somewhere that the cows can’t get into. It needs to be out of the wind. Shelter can be beneficial if the ventilation is adequate. Producers demonstrate a lot of creativity in designing and building simple, cost-effective calf shelters. Sometimes it can be as simple as an electric fence stretched diagonally across the corners of the pen, raised high so calves can go freely underneath, but the cows are fenced out. This allows calves an “escape” where they can lay in some clean dry straw or corn stover.

The best way to judge whether a calf with a loose stool needs treatment is by its attitude and appetite. If it is bright, alert, active and interested in eating, it is likely doing alright. If the calf is listless, moving slowly, ears drooping, and does not appear to be interested in eating or nursing, treatment is likely needed. One exception to that would be if there was blood in the feces. That should be treated quickly.

Fluid replacement is the cornerstone of treatment for scours, though antibiotics may also be necessary in certain situations. A calf that can stand may respond well to treatment with oral electrolytes, but a calf with diarrhea that won’t or can’t stand is very likely in dire need of intravenous fluid therapy. Your veterinarian can help you develop a plan for treating scours in calves if the need arises.

Photo credit Troy Walz.

USJersey Staff Changes Announced

Neal Smith, Executive Secretary and CEO of National All-Jersey Inc., recently announced changes in the Southeast and Deep South area representative territories.

Effective July 1, 2020, Jason Robinson assumed the Southeast territory vacated by Erica Davis. In this full-time position Robinson will provide on-farm service in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, east Texas, and Virginia.

Robinson has worked for the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., since December 2011 in strong roles with Jersey Marketing Service and most recently as an area representative in the Deep South.

Prior to beginning his career with the USJersey organization, Robinson had more than 20 years experience in livestock marketing. He established Orion Cattle Services as a professional service provider to purebred cattle marketers in 1998, and steadily grew the business to work from 30 to 35 tie-up and commercial sales annually. Clients of the company included: Guernsey Breeders Association; Modern Associates, St. Paris, Ohio; Brown Swiss Sale Service LLC, Lake Mills, Wis.; and since 2005, Jersey Marketing Service.

Jason has served as a 4-H leader and as secretary-treasurer for the livestock and sale committees in Fayette County, Ohio, and a director of the Ohio Milking Shorthorn Society. He bred and owned the unanimous 2010 All American Junior 3-Year-Old, Blue Spruce HTA Melody Mya. She was Reserve Intermediate Champion of the 2010 International Milking Shorthorn Show at World Dairy Expo.

The American Jersey Cattle Association, organized in 1868, compiles and maintains animal identification and performance data on Jersey cattle and provides services that support genetic improvement and greater profitability through increasing the value of and demand for Registered Jersey™ cattle and genetics. National All-Jersey, formed in 1957, works to increase the value of and demand for Jersey milk and to promote equity in milk pricing. For more information about services offered by AJCA and NAJ, visit USJersey or connect on Facebook at USJersey.

Australian dairy farmer survey shows an industry in recovery

I’m feeling confident about the future of the Australian dairy industry.

Yes, there are a lot of issues affecting us, such as the lingering impact of drought, production costs, discount dairy products, the misleading labelling of non-dairy alternatives as “milk”, and shifts in the global market.

But if there is one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has showed us, with all the panic buying that occurred earlier this year, it is that dairy will always be a staple household item.

And it appears confidence is rising across the industry.

The National Dairy Farmer Survey, conducted annually by Dairy Australia, has confirmed that farmer confidence in their own businesses and the future of the Australian dairy industry as a whole has risen over the past 12 months.

While overall confidence remains lower than in 2018 and 2017, 44 per cent of farmers reported feeling good about the future of the industry.

This is a marked improvement from last year, when just 34pc felt positive about the industry’s future in the survey’s worst ever result, but still far below the historic high of 78pc recorded in the 2008 survey, before the Global Financial Crisis.

Even more encouragingly, more than two-thirds of farmers surveyed (67pc) reported feeling positive about their businesses, a massive 22pc jump from last year.

This is the highest level reported since Dairy Australia started measuring own business sentiment in 2017.

We can feel buoyed by the fact there has been an improvement in farmer sentiment on every score since last year, when the ballooning cost of feed and water eroded farm profitability despite stronger than average opening milk prices.

Nearly two-thirds of farmers surveyed in 2019 said they were concerned about the cost and availability of feed, while just 43pc expect to make an operating profit.

Encouragingly, 70pc of farmers surveyed this year expected to make a profit, while 48pc of farms anticipated an increase in production volumes for the year ending June 2020.

Significantly more farmers in all but one region reported they were expecting higher profits in 2020 than have been achieved on average over the past five years.

Unsurprisingly, regions with the largest share of profitable farmers also reported the highest levels of confidence in their own business.

All of this comes even as prolonged drought, bushfires and high feed and water costs continued to be major concerns prior to the survey.

It seems farmers are ready to invest in their businesses, buoyed by a favourable start to the season.

As has been reported, these statistics show a dairy industry in recovery, although it is unclear whether this confidence will continue to grow in a post-pandemic environment.

What has been confirmed by Dairy Australia’s June Situation & Outlook Report is that demand for dairy remained strong during the panic buying that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic.

But while farmers are feeling more positive about their individual businesses, there has only been a modest boost in confidence since last year for the future of the industry.

Last year, just 34pc of farmers surveyed felt optimistic about the industry’s future – the worst result in the survey’s history.

While there has been a 10pc jump in overall confidence this year to 44pc, there is still a long way to go before we can approach pre-GFC levels of confidence.

That is the challenge facing the Australian Dairy Plan.

A confident industry is one of the Dairy Plan’s key objectives, with a goal to boost milk production up to 9.3 billion litres per year by 2024-25.

This would generate more than $600 million annually in extra value at the farm gate and stimulate the growth of at least 1000 direct new jobs, mostly in rural and regional areas.

There are a lot of factors involved in sustaining a confident industry.

But if the trend in farmer confidence continues, I have no doubt that we will go a long way towards achieving our goal over the next fi ve years.


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Redburst Sr 3 Tops the Duckett Holsteins Celebration IV Sale

After a stormy start to the morning, the Duckett Holsteins Celebration IV Sale took place on Thursday, July 9th in Marshfield, WI. The weather cleared out and a nice crowd settled in to watch plenty of bids from people in attendance and lots of phone and internet bids as well, on a high-quality selection of animals. At the end of the day, 71 lots averaged $4,468 on 71 live lots and choices. 

Toppy the sale was  Lot 4 – Apple-Pts Applejacks-Red-ET, a Redburst senior 3-year-0ld out of the one and only EX-96 4E KHW Regiment Apple-Red-ET. Fresh in June and scored EX-90 last week, Applejacks sold to ALH Genetics, Netherlands.

The 2nd highest seller of the day was  Lot 40 – $14,500 – Duckett Denver Skye – a 4/19 Denver out of an EX-93 Dundee, then EX-94 GMD DOM Goldwyn, and EX-93 Allen.
Buyer: Glamourview, MD

Rounding out the top sellers was $14,300 – 1st choice Select due March 2021 out of S-S-I Doc Have Not-ET VG-89 91-MS out ten generations VG & EX of the MOM Halo/Dellia family.
Buyer: Arizona Dairy, AZ


Asia’s Milk Production Is Expected to Increase by 2% in 2020

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘Asia – Whole Fresh Milk – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

After four years of growth, the Asian whole fresh milk market decreased by -2.1% to $309.6B in 2019. The market value increased at an average annual rate of +4.0% over the past decade. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2010 with an increase of 15% y-o-y. Over the period under review, the market attained the maximum level at $316.1B in 2018 and then dropped slightly in the following year.

Consumption by Country in Asia

India (198M tonnes) remains the largest whole fresh milk consuming country in Asia, accounting for 54% of total volume. Moreover, whole fresh milk consumption in India exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest consumer, Pakistan (47M tonnes), fourfold. The third position in this ranking was occupied by China (35M tonnes), with a 9.6% share.

From 2009 to 2019, the average annual rate of growth in terms of volume in India totaled +5.4%. The remaining consuming countries recorded the following average annual rates of consumption growth: Pakistan (+3.2% per year) and China (-1.2% per year).

In value terms, India ($146.8B) led the market, alone. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Pakistan ($37.3B). It was followed by China.

The countries with the highest levels of whole fresh milk per capita consumption in 2019 were Uzbekistan (339 kg per person), Turkey (281 kg per person), and Pakistan (231 kg per person).

From 2009 to 2019, the biggest increases were in Uzbekistan, while whole fresh milk per capita consumption for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Market Forecast 2020-2030

Driven by increasing demand for whole fresh milk in Asia, the market is expected to continue an upward consumption trend over the next decade. Market performance is forecast to decelerate, expanding with an anticipated CAGR of +2.4% for the period from 2019 to 2030, which is projected to bring the market volume to 477M tonnes by the end of 2030.

According to FAO projections, Asian production is expected to increase by 2% in 2020 due to expected growth in India, Pakistan, and China, while Turkey may experience a decline. India, the world’s largest milk producer, is projected to increase production by 2.6 percent, or 5 million tonnes. The increase expected this year reflects the efforts of the vast network of rural cooperatives that have been mobilized to maintain milk collection despite the pandemic lockdown. Given the loss of sales in the foodservice industry due to the COVID-19 lockdown, large volumes of milk were sent for processing to drying plants, which were reported to operate at almost full capacity.

Pakistan’s milk production is projected to increase by an average of 3% due to an increase in the herd population.

In China, where the sector has been recovering since 2018, it is projected that milk production will increase by almost 3% in 2020, amid ongoing consolidation of farms and increased efficiency of large dairy enterprises. The introduction of stringent food safety standards by the government has also increased consumer confidence in Chinese milk, which has helped support domestic production growth.

According to FAO forecasts, milk production in Japan will grow, which will be supported by the government measures offered to farmers to manage excess milk supplies and stabilize prices. This is despite a drop in milk consumption in the first months of the year after the government declared a state of emergency and closed schools amid concerns about COVID-19.

Production in Asia

In 2019, production of whole fresh milk in Asia rose to 368M tonnes, picking up by 3.8% against the previous year. The total output volume increased at an average annual rate of +3.6% from 2009 to 2019; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2017 with an increase of 4.8% y-o-y. The volume of production peaked in 2019 and is expected to retain growth in the immediate term. The generally positive trend in terms of output was largely conditioned by a moderate increase in the number of producing animals and a tangible expansion in yield figures.

Production By Country in Asia

India (198M tonnes) remains the largest whole fresh milk producing country in Asia, accounting for 54% of total volume. Moreover, whole fresh milk production in India exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest producer, Pakistan (47M tonnes), fourfold. China (35M tonnes) ranked third in terms of total production with a 9.5% share.

In India, whole fresh milk production expanded at an average annual rate of +5.4% over the period from 2009-2019. In other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: Pakistan (+3.2% per year) and China (-1.4% per year).

Producing Animals in Asia

In 2019, the amount of producing animals in Asia expanded modestly to 427M heads, rising by 1.8% against the previous year. This number increased at an average annual rate of +1.5% over the period from 2009 to 2019; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2010 with an increase of 3.2% against the previous year. The level of producing animals peaked in 2019 and is expected to retain growth in the near future.

Yield in Asia

The average whole fresh milk yield amounted to 860 kg per head in 2019, picking up by 2% on the year before. The yield figure increased at an average annual rate of +2.1% over the period from 2009 to 2019; the trend pattern remained consistent, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2014 with an increase of 5.2% y-o-y. Over the period under review, the whole fresh milk yield attained the maximum level in 2019 and is expected to retain growth in the near future.

Exports in Asia

In 2019, after two years of decline, there was growth in overseas shipments of whole fresh milk, when their volume increased by 2.6% to 305K tonnes. Total exports indicated moderate growth from 2009 to 2019: its volume increased at an average annual rate of +3.9% over the last decade. Based on 2019 figures, exports decreased by -27.9% against 2014 indices. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010 when exports increased by 50% y-o-y. The volume of export peaked at 423K tonnes in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2019, exports remained at a lower figure.

In value terms, whole fresh milk exports expanded to $311M (IndexBox estimates) in 2019.

Exports by Country

The shipments of the twelve major exporters of whole fresh milk, namely Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Thailand, China, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, India, Kyrgyzstan, China, Hong Kong SAR, South Korea, and Viet Nam, represented more than two-thirds of total export.

From 2009 to 2019, the most notable rate of growth in terms of shipments, amongst the main exporting countries, was attained by Kazakhstan (+53.2% per year), while exports for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Kuwait ($62M), Thailand ($49M), and Turkey ($25M) were the countries with the highest levels of exports in 2019, with a combined 44% share of total exports. China, Hong Kong SAR, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Pakistan, India, Viet Nam, and Kyrgyzstan lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 41%.

Kazakhstan saw the highest rates of growth with regard to the value of exports, among the main exporting countries over the period under review, while shipments for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Export Prices by Country

The whole fresh milk export price in Asia stood at $1,020 per tonne in 2019, approximately reflecting the previous year.

There were significant differences in the average prices amongst the major exporting countries. In 2019, the country with the highest price was  Hong Kong SAR ($2,147 per tonne), while Kazakhstan ($423 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

From 2009 to 2019, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by Hong Kong SAR, while the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Source: IndexBox AI Platform

Barnum Honored with National Dairy Shrine’s Pioneer Award

National Dairy Shrine is recognizing four respected individuals this year with their Pioneer Award. An award honoring an individual’s significant contributions to the dairy industry, they join a distinguished group of industry leaders whose portraits are displayed at the National Dairy Hall of Fame at the National Dairy Shrine Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Among the Pioneer honorees in 2020 is Harold J. Barnum (1902-1981), a leading authority on milk sanitation and the inventor of the Whirl-Pak® sterilized sample collection and processing bag which transformed quality assurance systems in the dairy and food industry.

Born in Colorado, Harold Barnum earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the State College of the University of Montana (now Montana State University) where he majored in Dairy Manufacturing. He went on to get a Masters’ Degree in Dairy Husbandry from Michigan State University in 1929. Following graduation, for the next 26 years he served as Milk Sanitarian for the cities of Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1947, he became Chief of the Health and Hospitals, Milk Sanitation Division for the city and county of Denver, Colorado. Barnum retired from this position in 1969 but remained actively involved in promoting dairy sanitation all across the country.

Before the 1950s, milk was being delivered from farms to processing plants in “cans” where samples of the milk were then taken for testing purposes. With the advent of bulk milk tanks in the early 1950s, and the co-mingling of milk in large transport trucks, the identity of the milk was being lost when it left the farm. This resulted in milk plants having to send representatives out to each farm to collect milk samples for testing. Barnum began studying this problem in 1954. His vision and leadership led to the “Universal Sampling Procedure” in which the milk truck driver picked up the samples of milk at each farm for use in testing for butterfat, protein, Somatic Cell Count, sediment, added water, etc.

Glass bottles were used initially to collect these samples, but keeping the bottles sterilized and unbroken was a problem. In 1957, Barnum consulted with many authorities in the dairy field to ascertain if they could help him develop a single service, sterile container for milk sampling that would be inexpensive, non-breakable, and meet all the sanitary requirements. Barnum became the “driving force” behind the effort which eventually led to the development of the Whirl-Pak® Sampling Bag. “This revolutionized the entire industry!” says Arthur W. Nesbitt, retired CEO of Nasco International, the company that still markets the product. “This world class system significantly reduced costs for obtaining and transporting samples to testing laboratories. Whirl-Pak bags soon became the iconic, Universal Sampling System.” John Meyer, CEO of Holstein Association USA, says, “Today, the Whirl-Pak Bag is used by dairy farms, food and dairy food processors, hospitals, medical labs, water testing systems and veterinarians. Nasco’s Whirl Pak bags come in 100 different options providing the consumer an opportunity to choose the one for his special needs. Over 30% of Whirl Pak production is exported globally.” As Phil Niemeyer, another nominee supporter, states, “Anywhere a sterile container is needed for lab analysis you will find the product Harold helped design and promote.”

Barnum moved to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, in 1973, where he worked as a consultant for Nasco on Whirl-Pak until his death in 1981. Whirl-Pak marked its 60th anniversary in 2019.

An accessory to Whirl-Pak that Barnum was instrumental in creating was the Nasco Milk Sampling Ice Chest that ensures that farm milk samples are maintained at a constant temperature from the farm to the laboratory. Almost every milk transport truck now has one of these ice chests in their truck.

Barnum was highly respected by his peers in milk sanitation, dairy foods and food quality assurance, and health departments. He was widely acknowledged as a national authority on milk sanitation. He was appointed to the committee that revised the U.S. Public Health Services Milk Code, and in 1962 led a nationwide study of milk standards and regulations. A leader and active member of many organizations in his sector, Barnum was president of the International Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians in 1953. In 1957, he was recognized with that organization’s “Sanitarian of the Year” award. He served as secretary-treasurer of the Michigan Association of Milk Sanitarians for ten years and authored many articles and papers.

For more information about National Dairy Shrine, the banquet, or the students and dairy industry leaders being recognized this year, contact National Dairy Shrine’s office at or visit their website.

Class of 2020 Sustainability Award Winners Announced

The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards, which honor dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose practices improve the well-being of people, animals and the planet, have recognized six winners for 2020.

The program is managed by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, which was established under the leadership of dairy farmers (through their checkoff) and dairy companies. Winners represent U.S. dairy’s commitment to sustainability and demonstrate how transparency and ingenuity lead to sustainable and scalable practices that benefit their businesses, communities and the environment.

More than 70 U.S. dairy farms, businesses and collaborative partnerships have been honored since 2011.

“This year’s winners add to our rich history of recognizing the true innovators and visionaries of U.S. dairy,” said Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) Executive Vice President of Global Environmental Strategy Krysta Harden. “The program shines a light on the many ways our industry is leading the way to a more sustainable future.”

The awards are judged by an independent panel of dairy and conservation experts who consider innovation, scalability and replicability when choosing winners. Among the criteria to apply for the awards is participation and good standing in the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) animal care program and use of the FARM Environmental Stewardship online tool for determining their GHG and energy footprint. Both initiatives are part of the U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment, U.S. dairy’s social responsibility pledge to consumers, customers and other stakeholders.

“Now more than ever we are recognizing the value and the fragility of supply chains, and both companies and producers are looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact while building resiliency,” said World Wildlife Fund-U.S. Senior Vice President, Fresh Water and Food Melissa Ho, who served as one of this year’s judges. “These award winners show that the dairy community is actively working to put its commitment to environmental stewardship into action with the ultimate goal of achieving a healthy and sustainable future for people and planet.”

Added Marilyn Hershey, Pennsylvania dairy farmer and chair of the DMI board of directors: “This class of winners once again exemplifies how farms and companies of all size, scope and philosophy can make a difference that benefits dairy, the planet and our communities. U.S. dairy is more than rising to the occasion to provide consumers and customers with products and practices that meet their expectations.”

The 2020 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards winners are:

Twin Birch Dairy of Skaneateles, New York (Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability)

Dirk Young relies on a combination of practices to maximize his operation’s resources—from using an anaerobic digester to make cow bedding and crop fertilizer out of cow manure to using no-till and strip cropping in his fields. Young explores ways to better adapt to climate change, and the results of his work are evident. He partnered with an environmental group to ensure good water quality in New York’s Finger Lakes. The findings? Water quality immediately downstream of his dairy farm was generally the same, if not slightly better than, upstream water quality. He collaborates with researchers and elected officials—and the next generation of dairy farmers—on sustainable farming.

Rosy-Lane Holsteins of Watertown, Wisconsin (Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability)

Healthy cows and a healthy planet go hand-in-hand at Wisconsin’s Rosy-Lane Holsteins dairy. The emphasis on cow health started with incorporating cattle genetic technologies, breeding cows that live longer and are less susceptible to disease and illness. Genetics has helped the farm produce 1.7 pounds of milk for every 1 pound of feed for the milking herd. The average U.S. dairy attains 1.5, according to Cornell University. Rosy-Lane is at 1.67 for 2019, meaning it produces about 70 more semi-tankers of milk a year using the same inputs as other dairy farms. Another benefit is the farm has not used antibiotics on its milking herd in over seven years.

Threemile Canyon Farms of Boardman, Oregon (Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability)

Oregon’s largest dairy farm produces food with little to no waste, thanks to its closed-loop system. This has been achieved in part with setting high standards in animal care and ensuring the wellbeing of Threemile’s employees and their families. Highlights from the operation’s system include: mint harvest byproducts are included in the cows’ feed, manure is used as fertilizer, and its methane digester produces renewable natural gas. It powers natural gas vehicles, which reduce fuel emissions by 80% compared to diesel fuel. And the farm’s reputable internship program ensures dairy community leaders for the future.

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership, Pennsylvania (Outstanding Supply Chain Collaboration)

Runoff and pollution from six states including Pennsylvania was severely affecting the Chesapeake Bay’s habitat. Turkey Hill Dairy partnered with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative to bring together local farms and the private and public sectors to help dairy farmers develop and adopt conservation plans to better manage soil and water on their farms. Solutions like modern housing for cows, manure storage, tree planting, stream fencing, cover crops, conservation tillage and nutrient management will improve the farms’ soil, water and manure management, improving local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.

Sustainable Conservation, Netafim, De Jager & McRee Dairies, Western United Dairies of California (Outstanding Community Impact)

California dairy farmers are always innovating ways to re-use water. One of those methods includes flood irrigation, where water is applied to the soil surface and distributed throughout a crop using gravity. But applying manure nutrients in this method can be tricky and even pose a risk to groundwater supplies. In 2014, Sustainable Conservation, Netafim and De Jager Dairy got together to develop a new way: a subsurface drip irrigation that uses manure effluent. This system means crops can benefit from manure’s nutrients, which are applied closer to the rootzone for improved growth. It also means less water is applied and drinking water is protected.

Leprino Foods Co.’s Greeley, Colorado Plant (Outstanding Dairy Processing and Manufacturing)

This dairy plant exemplifies environmental sustainability with replicable processes that ensure all precious resources are maximized. Built on an abandoned sugar-processing factory’s site, it relies on a combined heat and power system with electricity from two natural gas turbines—meeting about 75% of the plant’s power needs. The plant also employed technology that uses water from milk during the cheesemaking process to clean the facility, reducing the need for fresh water. Further, that recycled water goes through treatment that results in feedstock for the plant’s anaerobic digester—which in turn creates renewable biogas. This and more adds up to $4.5 million in estimated annual energy cost savings from onsite natural gas turbines after a five-year payback.

Generous sponsors of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards help make it possible to recognize farmers, companies and organizations for their commitment to improving communities, the environment and their businesses. The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is pleased to recognize the following companies and organizations for their support of this year’s awards program: DeLaval, Zoetis, Phibro Animal Health, Syngenta and USDA.

Dairy Farmers Find Ways To Help Cows “Chill” During Summer Heat

While a heatwave continues to blaze across New York conjuring up thoughts of fans, sprinklers, shades and sand, most people may not realize these are the same tools employed by dairy farmers to keep their cows cool and comfortable during the warmer months.

North Harbor Dairy at Old McDonald’s Farm in Sacketts Harbor, N.Y., uses large propeller ceiling fans to maintain an 8-9 mph breeze throughout the barn.
North Harbor Dairy at Old McDonald’s Farm in Sacketts Harbor, N.Y., uses large propeller ceiling fans to maintain an 8-9 mph breeze throughout the barn.

Many farmers use large propeller ceiling fans in barns to help move warm air away from the cows while circulating in fresh air. On Reyncrest Farm in Corfu, N.Y., they have over 250 fans to help keep their cows chill. “The fans automatically turn on when the thermometer hits 65 degrees,” says owner Kelly Reynolds. “Our fans are spread throughout our barns and milking parlor. We have about one fan for every six cows.”

Some farms have sprinkler systems that are automatically activated when the barn gets warm. Like lawn sprinklers only elevated, a series of pipes run the length of the barn above the cows. Sprinkler heads disperse water in a 360-degree radius to provide an even spread of water across the pen. Once the cow’s skin is soaked, sprinklers are turned off to allow for evaporation, which is actually the process that removes heat from the cow.

Other farms use misters to cool cows. While sprinklers and misters both use water, misters actually cool the air surrounding the cows. The cows never get wet, instead, the fog that is produced by the misters evaporates before it reaches the cows and cools the air. The misters produce about a 10-degree drop in temperature in the barn.

Another simple, yet automated feature of many barns that not only keeps cows cool in the summer, but also warm in the winter, are the shades that make up the exterior walls. Shades are controlled by a thermostat to open and shut depending on the temperature. In the past, barns were designed so that exterior walls could be removed during the summer months. Shades are like curtains — they can be opened and shut easily as the climate changes.

This year, Reyncrest Farm installed shades in some areas of the barn. “The activity monitors worn by each cow track panting, which is one way cows abate heat, so the more panting, the hotter the cow is. This really helped us pinpoint a few areas in the pen that were getting hotter at certain times of the day. I think it’s pretty cool that we can respond to what the cow’s activity is telling us.  We installed shades in those areas and have seen a big improvement based on the amount of time they spend resting comfortably,” says Reynolds.

While you might dream of laying on a beach for relaxation this summer, some cows get to do that every day. On average, a cow spends about 14 hours a day just resting, so a comfortable bed is important. Cows are very large and sand beds provide traction and support, allowing them to get up and down with ease. Because sand is so forgiving, it disperses the cow’s weight over a wide area, providing comfort and promoting longer resting times. Sand is also an ideal bedding for cows because it stays cool inside the barn.

Cow care is a priority for dairy farmers all year round as it directly affects milk quality and cow health.  According to Reynolds, many of the decisions made on the farm are a direct result of how the cows are acting. “Monitoring the activity trackers worn by our cows and watching how much they are laying down, eating or their general demeanor helps us to decide where we might need to make an improvement in the barn or change a routine,” says Reynolds. “It’s all about keeping our cows cool and comfortable.”

SOURCE American Dairy Association North East

Cheese Blocks Set New Record and Milk Futures Push Higher in Chicago Thursday

On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, milk futures closed higher Thursday ahead of Friday’s supply and demand report and as cash cheese prices continue to push higher. Class III milk futures popped higher today.  July launched a 51-cent gain to $24.18/cwt.  August and September milk had limit moves today, to $22.28/cwt and $19.82/cwt.  October milk gained 44 cents to $18.37/cwt.  Quarter 4 2020 is now averaging $17.41. Class IV milk futures were softer today.  September lost 4 cents to $14.99/cwt.  October milk suffered a 19-cent loss to $15.22/cwt.

The block cheese market set another record price today, surging 9.25 cents higher to $2.83/lb. on 5 trades.  Barrels unchanged at $2.40.  Butter unchanged at $1.6875.  Three trades were made ranging from $1.6875 to $1.71. Nonfat dry milk unchanged at $1.0325.  Dry whey unchanged at $0.2875. 

The grain complex put together some solid gains today.  December corn added 2.75 cents to $3.57/bushel.  November soybeans gained 4.25 cents to $9.0150/bushel.  July soybean meal increased 3.50 cents to $295.10/ton.  September Chicago Wheat ascended 8.50 cents to $5.25/bushel.  August fats improved 10 cents to $99.25/cwt.  August feeders finished 47 cents higher to $134.52/cwt.  August crude oil declined $1.39 to $39.51.  


Schultz Elected President of PDPW Board

Katy Schultz of Fox Lake, Wis. was elected president of the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 year. Joining her on the executive committee are Janet Clark, Rosendale, Wis. – vice president; John Haag, Dane, Wis. – secretary and Jay Heeg, Colby, Wis. – treasurer.

Schultz owns Tri-Fecta Farms Inc. with her siblings Kari and Nick. Katy is the on-farm manager for daily operations, including livestock and employees. Clark and her husband Travis joined her family’s dairy, Vision Aire Farms, LLC in 2010. Janet manages the financials and calves. Heeg is dairy manager and human resource manager at Heeg Brothers Dairy LLC, which he owns and operates with brothers Mark and Gary. Haag owns and operates Haag Dairy, LLC, with his son Josh.

Other PDPW Board members include Dan Scheider, Scheidairy Farms, Freeport, Ill.; Ken Feltz, Feltz Family Farms Inc. and Feltz’s Dairy Store Inc., Stevens Point, Wis.; Corey Hodorff, Second-Look Holsteins, LLC, Eden, Wis.; Andy Buttles, Stone-Front Farm, Lancaster, Wis.; and Steve Orth, Orthland Dairy Farm LLC, Cleveland, Wis.

The newly elected advisor is Roger Olson, Zinpro Corporation. Joining Olson as advisors are Dr. Paul Fricke, Professor of Dairy Science and Extension Specialist in Dairy Cattle Reproduction, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kurt Petik, Rabo AgriFinance and Andrew Skwor, MSA Professional Services, Inc.

The PDPW board, elected by fellow dairy farmers, meets throughout the year to plan activities and establish other ways to achieve their mission of building a better dairy industry. Each board member, who are also active dairy farmers, serves on boards and committees outside the dairy sector, as well.

PDPW is the nation’s largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.

Congress Urges U.S. Government to Secure Greater Dairy Access in Japan by Swiftly Pursuing Phase Two Agreement

Members of Congress representing dairy districts from across the country joined together today to send a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue asking them to work together to build upon the successes secured in a Phase One agreement with Japan and swiftly pursue a Phase Two agreement that addresses any remaining gaps and inequalities in market access and establishes robust commitments on nontariff issues that can significantly impact dairy trade.

This bipartisan letter was led by Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Josh Harder (D-CA) and Roger Marshall (R-KS). They were joined by numerous House colleagues, amounting to 51 in total, writing, in part:

“Given the fact that our domestic market is a top destination for Japanese exports, Japan must ensure that the terms of trade offered to the United States are better than those offered to other, less valuable, markets. We wholeheartedly endorse Ambassador Lighthizer’s assessment during his testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee in June 2019: ‘You cannot treat your best customer worse than you treat people from all these other countries in Europe and all the other TPP countries.’”

“America’s dairy industry is ready to meet Japan’s growing demand for wholesome dairy products. However, in order to fully secure necessary market access, the U.S. must act swiftly to break down the remaining trade barriers that have left our producers at a disadvantage in this important dairy market. America’s dairy farmers applaud the leadership and engagement of Congressmen Kind, Smucker, Harder and Marshall and their colleagues as they advocate for America’s dairy industry in a fully comprehensive agreement with Japan,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF.

“Congress has made their message clear: A comprehensive agreement with Japan is needed to secure additional opportunities for U.S. dairy and progress should resume on its pursuit,” said Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of USDEC. “The Japanese market is too valuable to America’s dairy farmers and processors to let trade negotiations continue to idle. We appreciate this bipartisan coalition for their robust support of securing additional tariff concessions, science-based sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and enforceable commitments to protect common cheese names.”

A 2019 U.S. Dairy Export Council study underscored the importance of a strong comprehensive trade agreement with Japan, finding that if the U.S. were given the same market access as our competitors, we could roughly double our share of the dairy market.

Announcing the launch of a new journal, JDS Communications

JDS Communications, a new gold open access journal from the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®), invites you to submit your research. An official publication of ADSA, JDS Communications is being launched in response to the rapid growth of Journal of Dairy Science® (JDS) over the past decade.

JDS Communications is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes short, concise original research that relates to the production and processing of milk or milk products intended for human consumption.

“As incoming editor in chief, I’d like to welcome you to submit papers to our new journal. JDS Communications will offer a fresh and different publication option for dairy scientists. We are interested in high-quality research studies that are focused, hypothesis-driven, and designed to answer a specific question on the production or processing of milk or milk products intended for human consumption. We aim for rapid turnaround and a short time to publication,” Matthew Lucy, PhD, said.

As of August 18, 2020, the Journal of Dairy Science® (JDS) will no longer receive new submissions for short communications, hot topics, or technical notes. Instead, these article types will go to JDS Communications. Authors who have an article submitted to JDS and in review will be offered the opportunity to publish their article in JDS or move it to JDS Communications. We are waiving the open access charges for the first 25 articles published in JDS Communicationsas an incentive to our inaugural authors.

“The launch of JDS Communications is further proof that ADSA is strengthening its position and expanding its brand nationally and internationally, attracting dairy scientists who want to publish in our journals and attend our meetings. JDS Communications helps fulfill our goal of promoting science, education, and service for the global dairy sector,” Rafael Jimenez-Flores, PhD, ADSA president, said.

The initial editorial team will consist of Matthew Lucy (University of Missouri), editor in chief and Physiology section editor; MaryAnne Drake (North Carolina State), Dairy Foods section editor; Pam Ruegg (Michigan State), Health, Behavior, and Well-Being section editor; Jennie Pryce (Agriculture Victoria & La Trobe University), Genetics section editor; and John Roche (NZ Ministry for Primary Industries), Animal Nutrition and Farm Systems section editor. These individuals were selected based on their past service as JDS section editors, their extensive expertise within their respective fields, and their broad understanding of dairy science.

“I hope that you as authors, readers, and reviewers will support this exciting new journal for research in the dairy sciences. I appreciate the efforts of the many people who have come together to create this new journal that will serve the global dairy science community,” said Lucy.

About JDS Communications

JDS Communications is an official journal of the American Dairy Science Association and publishes high-impact and concise research that relates to the production and processing of milk or milk products intended for human consumption. Manuscripts for review can be submitted to

About the American Dairy Science Association

The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) is an international organization of educators, scientists, and industry representatives who are committed to advancing the dairy industry and keenly aware of the vital role the dairy sciences play in fulfilling the economic, nutritive, and health requirements of the world’s population. It provides leadership in scientific and technical support to sustain and grow the global dairy industry through generation, dissemination, and exchange of information and services. Together, ADSA members have discovered new methods and technologies that have revolutionized the dairy industry.

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Hellender Champion CORTINA Holstein Switzerland cow of the year

Hellender Champion CORTINA Holstein Switzerland cow of the year

Winner of this year’s Holstein Switzerland cow of the year is the exceptional cow Hellender Champion CORTINA EX 94 3 E GM 7 * and is now owned by Thomas Ender and Eric Schopfer from Métiers. Due to her own and breeding achievements, CORTINA already received seven stars and was awarded the Gold Medal The successful show cow was judged with the classification EX 94 3 E in Switzerland and produced a life performance of 72’213 kg milk with Ingredients of 4.40 % fat and 3.58 % protein.

Cortina was bred and developed at Hellender Holsteins, where she left descendants like Goldwyn GLINNIA EX-93 3E or Goldwyn GILLIE EX-92 3E. She was then sold to Scentic’Way Genetics, where our great friend Eric Schopfer took perfectly care of her and so she continued her success in the show ring. Cortina lives now in the Netherlands, where Aart Blaauw keeps her still in good shape at the age of 15 years. It surely is also a tribute to her incomparable dam Hellender Juror JURGOLIN EX-92 7E GM 38*, that herself left us just a bit too early to be nominated, but that gave those exceptional beeding genes on to her daughter which resulted in this title.

Washfold Mary 215 scores Excellent 96-UK

Washfold Mary 215 Scores EX-96 for Riverdane & Metcalfe Farms

Washfold Mary 215 scored Excellent 96 last week. She was placed 1st in production class at the UK dairy expo in March in her 6th lactation. Well done to all at Riverdane Holsteins for taking such good care of Mary and showing her at her best

Emilio’s Dam Scores EX-95 in France

Wilt Emy (Yorick x Wilt Elena EX-93-CH EX-93-MS 4E (s. Shottle) x Cradenhill Mr Sam Élégance EX-90-FR x Krull Broker Elegance EX-96-USA family), the dam of the elite conformation sire Emilio, has classified by the French classifier with EX-96 udder and EX-95 total. Emy was the Grand Champion of Holstein E-expo for her breeder Gaec Wilt. The Reserve Grand of E-expo, an online show organized by the French herdbook Prim’Holstein, is Maia NTS (sire by Missouri) owned by l’Elevage du Neuhof.

Wilt Emy EX-95-FR EX-96-MS

  • 3rd place Swiss Expo Lausanne 2016 & 2017 & Res. Int. Champion Eurogentique 2017!!
  • Grand Champion Departemental Bas Rhin 2014
  • Dam to: Wilt EMILIO (+3.84 PTAT (4/19)) @ Ascol! – Former #1 PTAT Bull in the breed!
  • EMILIO: PTAT +3.99 – Current #3 PTAT Bull World Wide (12/16)
  • Close family to Wilt Enia VG-88-FR 3yr. – 1st & 5th place Swiss Expo ’12 & ’14
  • Grand dam has 4.0% PROTEIN!
  • 4th dam is sister to famous cows like: Encore Electra EX-95, Linjet Eileen EX-96 & Embrace EX-95
  • Very interesting branch of the Elegance cow family


Jumpstart Tops the Summertime Fiesta sale

Genosource Reia 8462

The Summertime Fiesta sale was held June 26th, all bidding was done online via The sales surpassed $100,000 three times.  Selling was a group of heifers featuring some of the highest GTPI and NM$ individuals from the GenoSource herd along with some impressive consignments from some of the most well known herds in the U.S. The sale was managed by GenoSource, Blairstown, Iowa.

Topping the sale at $142,000 was lot 1 Genosource Reia 8462-ET +2974 GTPI and +903NM$. A young Jumpstart daughter from the Sandy-Valley Robust Ruby family, Reia 8462 is the #1 NM$ & #2 GTPI Jumpshot daughter backed by numerous generations of VG and EX dams from the Snow-N Denises Dellia EX-95 family.

 The next highest seller at $110,000 was lot 32 Genosource Laden 46914-ET +2967 GTPI and A2/A2. Sired by Genosource Guzman-ET, Laden 46914 is backed by numerous generations of VG and EX dams from the Lylehaven Lila Z EX-94 family.

Another Jumpstart daughter, from the Barbies was third high seller at $107,500 was lot 7 Genosource Brina 48109-ET +2990 GTPI. Sired by Farnear Jumpstart-ET, Brina 48109 is the #1 GTPI Jumpstart daughter backed by numerous generations of VG and EX dams from the Regancrest-PR Barbie EX-92 family.

CLICK HERE for a list of all sale prices

Virginia dairy farmers adapting after years of declining market

Virginia’s dairy industry has been declining in recent years as consumer preference has changed. 

“Paying bills was an issue and I guess the biggest one, the next generation, my sons, said they really didn’t want to be tied to this lifestyle for the rest of their lives,” Leigh Pemberton, a former dairy farmer, said. “We’ve been milking cows as a family since 1898, so long history…… see the cows go was emotional, but in the end it was the right decision.” 

Leigh and his sons now raise hay and beef cattle and say they now have less financial worries.  

Hundreds of other families have been like the Pemberton’s and gotten out of the dairy business, and those who haven’t, have been forced to make changes. 

Ingleside Dairy Farms is one of those making changes. They have used technology by installed the state’s first robotic milking system. 

Jennifer Leech, one of the dairy farmers, said they were initially skeptical of robotic milkers until seeing how they worked on farms. The high-tech approach has allowed them to milk more cows and lower labor costs. 


Bringe Honored with National Dairy Shrine’s Pioneer Award

Four respected individuals are being honored this year with National Dairy Shrine’s Pioneer Award in recognition of their significant contributions to the dairy industry. They join a distinguished group of industry leaders whose portraits are displayed at the National Dairy Hall of Fame at the National Dairy Shrine Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
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Among the Pioneer honorees is Dr. Allan N. Bringe (1935-2018), a Dairy Extension Specialist and Professor for the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin (UW) in Madison, who helped drive the adoption of somatic cell testing by dairy producers.

Allan Bringe grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor of Science, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the UW-Madison.

From 1959-66, Bringe served as Wisconsin’s Dairy Youth Specialist, conducting education programs through 4-H, FFA and dairy breed organizations. He developed the District 4-H Dairy Days program that continues to flourish and from 1965-73 was coordinator of the National 4-H Dairy Conference.

After completing his Ph.D. in 1968, Bringe transitioned to work in the areas of milk quality, mastitis, herd health, and milking management as Wisconsin’s Milk Quality Specialist. Under his leadership, Wisconsin became the pioneer in the development of monthly somatic cell testing of individual cows in collaboration with the Wisconsin Dairy Herd improvement (DHI) Cooperative. Dr. L.H. Schultz of the UW Dairy Science Department had developed a novel, low-cost method for determining somatic cell concentration (SCC) in milk. Bringe and Schultz worked together to prototype the test in DHI labs. By 1976, four DHI labs had implemented the test. Bringe worked with DHI staff to develop effective methods of reporting SCC results to dairy producers. Through Bringe’s tireless promotion and education, the program grew rapidly and within 10 years SCC testing had been adopted by 85% of the herds in Wisconsin’s DHI program. Wisconsin was the first to offer statewide somatic cell testing in DHI. As Dr. Mark Mayer, Professor Emeritus, UW-Extension, says, “Bringe was very instrumental in getting dairy producers to adopt SCC testing in Wisconsin. The impact of his actions resulted in the average SCC in Wisconsin dairy herds being reduced by over 50%. This reduction has resulted in higher milk production, better quality milk and increased profits for both dairy producers and cheese makers.” As nominator Dr. George Shook, Professor Emeritus, UW Dairy Science Department, states, “Although Allan did not accomplish this change single-handedly, it is clear that through his vision, energy and position as Extension Dairy Specialist, he mobilized the industry to attain this change.”

Bringe was instrumental in helping Wisconsin Dairies Cooperative become the first U.S. dairy cooperative to implement milk quality premium payments to producers based on SCC in 1976, and then in making both quality premiums and protein payments on a differential basis in 1983. These milk quality premiums were a strong contributor to the rapid growth of monthly SCC testing in DHI herds.

Bringe’s ability to take university research and apply it in a practical way that farmers could understand, and use was one of his greatest strengths. He was a tireless supporter of ongoing professional development for county extension agents. From 1975-87, Bringe conducted milking management seminars in all of Wisconsin’s major dairy counties. In 1987, Bringe created Milk Quality Councils to promote and provide education in quality milk production. Thirty-six Wisconsin counties organized a council. These councils, which utilized local expertise and developed valuable contacts for participants, proved highly effective in changing producers’ management practices. Also, extremely beneficial was Bringe’s approach of bringing together advisory teams of people to solve udder health problems on individual farms.

Late in his career, Bringe became actively involved at the national level in working on drug residue avoidance programs in milk. He was a key player in the development of the Milking Research and Instruction Laboratory that opened at UW-Madison in 1992. The only laboratory of its kind in the U.S., it remains a leading center for research, instruction, and outreach on the principles of milking system function, sanitation, and operation.

Bringe was active in many organizations. He was President of the National Mastitis Council in 1983 and Founding Chair of their Research Foundation. He was presented with the National Mastitis Council’s Distinguished Service Award in 1984. He received the American Dairy Science Association’s Dairy Extension Award in 1988 and the UW Extension Career Excellence Award in 1992.

For more information about National Dairy Shrine, the banquet, or the students and dairy industry leaders being recognized this year, contact National Dairy Shrine’s office at or visit their website

5 challenges for more sustainable dairy

In Cainthus, we view cows as a key part of a sustainable global food system. When you grow an acre of wheat, you also get straw at about ~80% of the weight of grain. Humans can’t eat straw, a ruminant converts it to excellent/high class protein as well as making fertiliser in the form of urea and manure that can help mitigate the environmental problems of synthetic fertilisers.

In this article we will attempt to address five significant challenges with dairy cows as we attempt to move towards a more ecological/circular agricultural system.

1.      Weight based production systems

While this is arguably a bigger problem for crops, the livestock industry is certainly not helped by much of its value being determined by how many litres of milk and kg of meat are produced. Humans run on nutrients, not weight or calorific value of foods. If our food trade was based on valuing the nutritional value/density of food rather than the weight of it, then this would have powerful downstream effects. In the dairy industry, some countries have quality bonuses for Somatic Cell Count, fat, and protein content. This is the direction to travel in, and countries with quality bonuses are correlated with higher animal and farmer welfare standards. Technology could improve this system further by giving us individual animal feed intake nutrition data that can be correlated to the nutritional quality of their milk.

2.      Manure

Manure management remains one of the biggest costs and problems in livestock agriculture and is responsible for 23% of the emissions associated with cows (9.5% directly from manure, 13.5% from applying manure to crops as fertilizer). Additionally, there are social sustainability issues associated with slurry spreading and the manure lagoons common among larger operations draw community complaints related to the odour emitted.

Figure 1 - Cow emissions

For large scale dairies, anaerobic digesters (“AD”) and solid liquid separators(“SLS”) offer a genuine solution to this problem. Anaerobic digesters and SLS’ eliminate much of the emissions associated with raw manure storage (25% and 46%, respectively), while also providing fertilizer. AD also provides energy, which further reduces net emissions. AD in particular is starting to see heavy adoption in places like California. Indeed, California believes that 30 anaerobic digesters have reduced state Ag emissions by 25% or 2.2m tonnes, the equivalent of taking 460,000 cars off the road.

Neither of these technologies have demonstrated lower emissions than mineral fertilizer for field application, but we are seeing some new technologies that may resolve this. Neither AD nor SLS are applicable to pasture systems.

Manure could potentially be used as a feedstock for insects like black soldier fly, with the insect larvae then fed to fish/poultry/pigs/pets, but this remains early stage with little demonstrations of scalability.

3.      Genetics

Modern agriculture is a highly specialised system that has extensively leveraged genetic selection to enable us to create more food with less inputs. This has created extreme genetic uniformity that renders the entire industry highly susceptible to pandemics due to the low level of genetic diversity – a commercial plant or animal is terribly similar no matter where on the planet it may be.

Figure 2 -  IPES Food - From Uniformity to Diversity

With cows, 14% of our species are “international breeds”. Examples of these in dairy are the Holsteins, Friesians, Jerseys that have become ubiquitous in global dairy. In US dairy, Holstein bull genetics can be traced back to just two bulls, and overall the ~9m US dairy cows have a level of genetic diversity that one would expect from a group of 50 cows. The US also has an 8% inbreeding co-efficient, where 8% of an animal’s genetics are direct copies of its parent’s genes. This is increasing at a rate of .3 to .4% per year. This is an unsustainable situation that needs urgent resolution. Cross breeds are becoming more common in response to this and there are companies attempting to create GMO and CRISPR based applications for cows, but these technologies bring their own issues.

capture 3 genetics.png

There remains a lot of potential upside in traditional breeding. Currently most genetics are selected based on milk production. What if you started selecting cows on different factors, such as those that demonstrate stronger immune systems? Animals that need less medical attention can create higher margins for farmers. In 2022, EU countries will no longer be permitted to use human reserve antibiotics in veterinary medicine, nor any unprescribed animal antimicrobials. This follows a general trend of reducing antibiotic use in EU farming. These trends create further opportunity to improve cow genetics to reduce susceptibility to disease. The Roslin institute recently released an atlas of cattle genes to help show what key traits we may leverage.

4.      Value/Price of Milk

There is overwhelming evidence of improved human health in response to moderate dairy intake. In many parts of the world, one can walk into a shop and buy milk at a cheaper price than water, which has no nutritional value beyond hydration. And it transpires that milk hydrates humans better than water! This situation exists for a broad variety of reasons, including government policies to increase intake for health reasons, processors and retailers getting a higher share of the revenue, to supermarkets selling it as a loss leader in order to sell other higher margin products. Whatever the causative reasons, low milk prices have certainly done the farmer no favours.

One of the best ways a consumer can help create a more sustainable dairy industry is to recognise milk for the quality product that is, and consequently pay more for milk that is produced in accordance with consumer values. A more profitable dairy industry is more economically sustainable, enabling it to spend more capital on improving environmental and social sustainability.

Increasingly the consumer is sceptical of BigAg companies (rightly or wrongly) and likes the idea of buying from farmers. There are some wonderful case studies of farmers doing their own branding and bottling (in particular, this Arethusa Farms milk brand from the people behind Manolo Blahnik USA is a great example of what is possible). The dairy machinery company Lely recently released a farm level processing unit, that enables a dairy with as few as 55 cows to process, bottle and brand their own milk. During Covid-19, we have also seen an increase in farms delivering milk direct to the consumer, just like in the old days. Less centralised processing with more automation can also help to improve dairy resilience should another pandemic like Covid-19 occur in the future.

5.      Pastoral systems/system variations.

Dairy efficiency/environmental statistics generally get presented by global averages. This paints a hugely different image of the modern commercial dairy industry versus the reality. Most global dairy cows exist in pastoral environments in lower income countries. This system of production is not in any way comparable to modern dairy practices and makes dairy look like part of our environmental problem rather than a source of environmental solutions. For example, the average dairy cow in India produces 1,200 kg of milk per year, with emissions of 52.4kg of CO2e/kg of protein. The average US dairy cow in a facility with an anaerobic digester produces 10,500kg of milk per year with emissions of 21.4kg of CO2e/kg of protein. If all cows in the world produced with the efficiency of the US, we could reduce the global dairy herd from 268m cows to 69m cows while still producing the same volume of milk.

The Oxford Martin school believe that we can get to net zero emissions for agriculture and can even start using livestock as a source of global cooling. The logic is based on the fact that methane has a half-life of 10 years vs 1,000 years for carbon (even though it is common to incorrectly treat methane as a carbon coefficient with a 1,000 year half-life). As cows operate on a biogenic cycle, their net emissions remain stable while the herd numbers remain stable. If you reduce the global herd numbers, then this has a massive positive impact on total emissions, resulting a net cooling effect:

capture 4 emissions.png

If you take dairy farming today as a baseline, cows look like part of the problem. If you take dairy farming in 1950 as the baseline, it is apparent that dairy farmers are part of the solution and require our support.

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Dairy farmers have demonstrated a remarkable effort in reducing environmental impact and improving standards through what has been a highly volatile operating environment. These farmers deserve our celebration and support. As we enter into a more a digital world, utmost effort must be made to ensure that farmers are given access to the new tools that will enable them to continue to be part of our global efforts to create sustainable abundance for all.

Source: Cainthus

Mixed Markets in Chicago Wednesday

On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, milk futures closed mixed Wednesday with markets trading in a narrow range, cash markets also saw limited activity. July milk climbed 31 cents to $23.75/cwt.  August was up 2 to $21.52.  September milk declined 10 cents to $19.03/cwt.  The quarter 3 average sits at $21.43/cwt.  Quarter 4 2020 average settled at $17.15/cwt.   Class IV milk futures were once again thinly traded, with only September moving 16 cents lower to $15.03/cwt.  Second half average settled at $15.13/cwt.

Blocks and barrel cheese continue its move higher today.   Blocks up $0.0275 at $2.7375.  Five trades were made at $2.7350 and $2.7375. Barrels up $0.03 at $2.40.  Dry whey unchanged at $0.2875.  Butter down $0.05 at $1.6875.  Three trades were made ranging from $1.6875 to $1.71. Nonfat dry milk unchanged at $1.0325. 

December corn added 1.75 cents to $3.5425/bushel.  November soybeans declined 5.25 cents to $8.9725.  July soybean meal fell $1.70 to $291.60/ton.  September Chicago Wheat had an impressive day, jumping 21.25 cents to $5.1650/bushel.  Fats and feeders both trended lower today.  August live cattle fell 85 cents to $99.15/cwt.  August feeders dropped 87 cents to $134.05/cwt. 

U.S. Dairy Exports Continue to Overperform in 2020 with Rising Demand from Asia

Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, released the following statement today on the May 2020 agricultural export data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

“U.S. dairy exports continue to post strong gains in value and volume to destinations around the world, with surging demand from Asian nations accounting for most of the growth. In 2020, we’re beginning to see demand pick up from countries including Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and, of course, China, causing a shift in the top-10 destinations for U.S. dairy exports. Like April, May was another positive month for American dairy, which continues to outperform agricultural exports as a whole. Over the first five months of the year, the value of U.S. dairy exports is 12 percent ahead of the same period as last year, while volume growth is tracking 10 percent ahead of the same period. Dairy exports to China rebounded in May, with the nation seizing the second spot in U.S. dairy export destinations.

“The demand is evident around the world for high-quality, safe, affordable U.S. dairy products. After being a net importer of dairy products a decade ago, the United States is now the world’s third-largest dairy product exporter, sending American dairy products to more than 140 countries and supporting thousands of American jobs. As U.S. dairy production continues to increase over the next decade, new trade agreements will become even more vital to the industry and the American economy. The implementation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, as well as the Phase One China and Japan deals have been instrumental in keeping U.S. dairy export growth on track. However, the United States government must continue to aggressively advocate for the interests of the U.S. dairy industry with trading partners, relying on a market-principled approach to trade that demands the removal of unfair barriers so that U.S. dairy companies can compete on a level playing field.”

Great American Milk Drive Secures Nearly $382,000 to Provide Milk to Families in Need

During National Dairy Month in June, American Dairy Association North East joined the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) and Feeding America to support the Great American Milk Drive that raised $381,926 to get about 96,000 gallons of milk to local families.

“Families need milk all year long, not just during a pandemic, and programs like the Great American Milk Drive help make that happen,” said ADA North East CEO Rick Naczi. “By combining efforts with national organizations and local retailers, we can keep those dollars here to help in our local communities.”

The milk drive secured funds from consumer donations at Safeway stores in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware during June. Last year, Safeway donations totaled $193,000, which is approximately 48,350 gallons of milk.

Dairy farmer Walter Rutledge of Jarrettsville, Md., participated in a video to help promote the campaign in Safeway stores, helping shoppers make the connection between the product on the shelves and the farmer who produces it.

“Local dairy farmers like me are committed to working every day to provide our communities with a nutritious and wholesome product,” Rutledge said. “During this challenging time, we are working harder than ever to ensure that your local dairy aisle and food pantry is stocked with fresh, local milk.”

Since 2014, the Great American Milk Drive has delivered more than 2 million gallons – or more than 33 million servings – of milk to children and families in need through member food banks and pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and feeding programs.

For more information about American Dairy Association North East, visit, or call 315.472.9143.

New State-of-the-art Genomic Analysis Technology Puts New Zealand Dairy Farmers In Stronger Stead For Spring

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor today visited LIC to view its herd testing facilities and new multi-million genomic analysis technology which will ultimately put the dairy industry in a stronger position as it prepares for its role in New Zealand’s economic recovery after COVID-19.

The Minister toured LIC’s Riverlea Road herd testing and GeneMark facility in Hamilton with LIC’s Chief Executive Wayne McNee, Chief Scientist Richard Spelman and General Manager Operations and Service David Chin. He was impressed with the delivery capabilities of the new equipment installed just last week which will test around 300,000 calves this spring, delivering significant benefits to farmers and ultimately New Zealand.

LIC’s Wayne McNee says the newly-installed Illumina technology from the USA will enable dairy farmers to better identify their most productive animals and reduce the risk of culling offspring of top-performing cows.

“Each year around 25% of calves born are either mis-mothered, mis-tagged or mis-recorded. This can lead to farmers accidentally culling the offspring of highly productive cows, or those sired through our artificial breeding programme. It can also lead to the retention of calves of lower genetic value. To stop this happening, and enhance productivity, we carry out whole herd DNA parentage testing providing more accurate ancestry information for each season’s calves, reducing inbreeding and ensuring a true breeding worth (BW) for animals,” McNee says.

“Our new technology allows us to obtain more information from an animals DNA. This will give LIC the scope to tailor our existing parentage offering, using DNA assays, and target discoveries as they arise. It’s a significant investment by LIC but one we expect our farmer shareholders will increasingly benefit from over future seasons.”

Once calving starts in August, LIC will use the new automated technology to better scan and analyse the DNA profiles of calves from across the country captured through a tiny tissue sample (TSU) taken from their ear. The equipment will scan for, and target very specific pieces of genetic information. It will enable more animals to be assessed once the busy spring season commences where typically 20,000 samples a week are analysed.

LIC’s Chief Scientist, Richard Spelman says there has been significant advancements in DNA sequencing and parentage technology in the past decade with higher throughput and data analysis capabilities.

“We’re excited to be the first in New Zealand to use this new technology including the NovaSeq which can sequence entire genomes from DNA smaller than the head of a pin. It’s an incredible leap forward in capability and a huge advancement for supporting better breeding decisions at a critical juncture in New Zealand’s farming history.”

Spelman says the benefits of LIC’s DNA parentage testing will only continue to increase over time with LIC having processed more than three million cow samples since it began DNA profiling in 2009.

“Most of our farmers test their herds annually as the more years they test for, the more animals they have full parentage information on. It means farmers have up-to-date records and more accurate breeding worth information which only serves to add value to their herd. The parentage testing can also be combined with other tests, such as a gene test which identifies what cows produce A2/A2 milk and a test that detects the BVD virus in individual animals.”

McNee says the New Zealand cow population is decreasing and farmers are aware that it needs to be milking better not more cows. “Our technology investment is designed to support this sentiment and allow us to provide greater future insights into positive traits of the New Zealand dairy cow. We’re excited about what it can offer farmers and were delighted to show the Minster the new equipment during his visit.”


VEG Coldav Folbreizh scores EX-95 in France


Fabaceae Génétique Classification Highlights

1st Lactation

  • VEG Caviar Olly VG-87 87MS Just Fresh! 
    (Caviar x Durbin x Gold Ryan)
  • Ferry Gold Chip Nyna VG-87 88MS
    (Gold Chip x Dundee x Shottle)
  • Ferry Gold Chip Nante VG-86 87MS
    (Gold Chip x Dundee x Shottle)
  • VEG Caviar Naviar VG-86 88MS
    (Caviar x Surefire x Felo Isy)
  • VEG Silver Ouest VG-86 87MS
    (ABS Silver x Control x Coldav Isy)
  • VEG Ammo Omo Red P VG-86
    (Ammo-P x Ladd P x Survivor)
  • VEG Solomon Ottawa VG-85 88MS
    (Solomon x McCutchen x Benedik)
  • Fabaceae VEG Frist Naniv VG-85 87MS
    (Frist PJP x Monreal x Gavor)
  • Fabaceae VEG Control Narme VG-85
    (Control x Goldsun x Malicieux) 
  • VEG Extreme Noël VG-85
    (Extrême x Surefire x Malicieux)
  • HH Jordy Jamaïka RC VG-85 Just fresh from a female Diamondback! 
    (Jordy x Jasper x Castel James Jolie EX95) 

2nd Lactation

  • VEG Dominic Naire VG-87 89MS
    (Dominic x Goldsun x Malicieux)
  • VEG Rowan Naurine Red VG-87 88MS
    (Rowan Red x Durham Red x Survivor)
  • VEG Rowan Miss Red VG-87 88MS
    (Rowan Red x Lawn Boy x Lentini)
  • VEG GDreams Melodie VG-87 88MS
    (Golden Dreams x Shout x Ubolster)
  • VEG Extrême Mextreme VG-87 87MS
    (Extrême x Surefire x Malicieux)
  • VEG Rowan Mulwan RC VG-86 87MS
    (Rowan Red x Survivor x Tribute)
  • VEG Dertour Mertour Red VG-86
    (Dertour x Audacity x Lawn Boy)
  • VEG Hortun Mortun VG-86
    (Hortun Isy x Gatsby Isy x Dolman)
  • VEG Ed Nul Red P VG-85 87MS
    (Ed Red PP x Survivor x Tribute)

3rd Lactation

  • Fabaceae VEG McCutchen May VG-89 90MS
    (McCutchen x Goldsun x Malicieux)
  • VEG Control Malouine VG-89 91MS
    (Control x Coldav Isy x Bolton)
  • VEG Mascalese Laure7 VG-88
    (Mascalese x Lavaman x Malicieux)
  • VEG Goldsun Larissa VG-87 88MS
    (Goldsun x Malicieux x Shottle)
  • VEG Confirm Last VG-87 88MS
    (Confirmx Sidney x Morty)
  • VEG Hairoli Lihair VG-87 88MS
    (Hairoli x Ehman Isy x Otto) 

4th Lactation+

  • VEG Coldav Folbreizh EX-95 4E 97MS
    (Coldav Isy x Bolton x Shottle)
  • VEG Fomtoy Jolbreizh VG-89 90MS
    (Fomtoy Isy x Coldav Isy x Bolton)
  • VEG Gatsby Iseki VG-88 91MS
    (Gatsby Isy x Dolman x Okendo)
  • VEG Ladd Jadde P RC VG-88 89MS
    (Ladd P Red x Survivor x Tribute)
  • VEG Felo Hyène VG-88 88MS
    (Felo Isy x Lord Lilly x Galorry) 

Average for 54 cows: 86.7 3 EX 46 VG 5 GP

Baby Lucy needs your help

Recently had a request from Brian Van Doormaal who many of you may know from Lactanet and for many years Canadian Dairy Network, for his granddaughter who is in need of your help.

Lucy was born on April 1st and at 5 weeks of age was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called SMA1, which has a normal life expectancy of 18-24 months. They were devastated! Recently, Scott and Laura learned that Lucy qualifies for a single-dose gene therapy treatment called Zolgensma. While excited about that outcome, that treatment is known as the most expensive treatment in the world. As a consequence, they have come to the conclusion that they have no choice but to start a national fundraising campaign to raise $3 MILLION to save Lucy’s Life. They are looking for hundreds of thousands of people to each give a bit, which means they need Lucy’s campaign to get huge visibility and to go viral.
Scott and Laura were recently interviewed by CTV News and Global News in an effort to help spread the news of Lucy’s need.

Global Dairy Trade Sees Largest Gains Since Beginning of Year

The Global Dairy Trade auction index in New Zealand posted its largest gain since the beginning of the year again this week. Event 263 started our day with an 8.3% move higher than 3 weeks prior to $3,179 per ton. All the products traded higher except anhydrous milk fat that was 2/10 of a percent lower. Demand for whole milk powder carried the trade, up 14 percent.  Butter was up 3%, Cheddar was up 3.3%, lactose traded 1.9% higher, skim milk powder was up 3.5%. 

Celebrate the legacy of Betty Conant

Elizabeth “Betty” Conant died in her sleep Saturday at her Canton home.

Conant was known as the matriarch of Conant Acres, a leader within the community and an accomplished seamstress and cook. She was 78.

Her granddaughter, Natalie Sheller, said Conant was the hardest worker at the farm, equally capable of running a sewing machine or using a jackknife or a whisk.

Conant was dedicated to her family, always making time to attend her children’s or grandchildren’s games, fair showings and graduations, despite seemingly endless work at the farm, Sheller said.

With her death, family and friends are celebrating her long life on the farm and legacy within the community. Those celebrations are in person, over the telephone and on Facebook.

Conant grew up in Canton and graduated in 1960 — as valedictorian — from the local high school. She married classmate Duane Conant shortly after they finished high school.

Conant and her husband began working the family farm established by her in-laws in the 1930s. Sheller said her grandparents worked for years to cultivate a herd of dairy cattle known for their pedigree and conformation.

Sheller said her grandparents would rise at 2 a.m. to begin their work on the farm. They began so early so they could be free later in the day to support their children’s extracurricular activities and athletic pursuits.

Betty Conant Submitted by Natalie Sheller

Conant was involved with every aspect of the farm, from managing the paperwork to feeding livestock.

“Her calloused hands raised babies, prepared delicious meals for our family table, literally built a home and farm, cared for thousands of calves, threw hay bales, tended gardens, picked acres of sweet corn and did anything and everything else that needed to be done,” read a message posted by the family on Facebook.

The only thing she refused to learn was milking the cows.

“She always joked that she didn’t want to learn how,” Sheller said. “If she learned how, then she could be left alone to run everything for the day. It was the one job she wasn’t interested in learning.”

In addition to her work on the farm, Conant was actively engaged in the local community as a 4-H leader, an avid supporter of local sports teams and a caring neighbor.

Nicole Knowles, a family friend and former member of 4-H, knew Conant for more than 30 years. Knowles said she and many other children in the community learned about agriculture, sewing and cooking from Conant.

“There’s not much that we didn’t learn from Betty,” Knowles said. “She had a very influential part in a lot of the young children (lives).”

As Knowles grew older, Conant remained an important person in her life, even sewing her wedding dress.

“It was pretty amazing in 2009 to be fitted and have her work on my dress in the very place that I started sewing with her,” Knowles said.

Sheller said her grandparents have been “cheerleaders” within the community, attending basketball games and other sporting events to cheer on the kids, even after their own children and grandchildren graduated.

“Tournament week was almost like a holiday week for them,” Knowles said. “They made sure everything was done in time to go to Augusta to watch the girls play.”

Beyond supporting local youths, Conant and her husband have also worked to help the community in times of need. According to Knowles, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Conant and her husband gathered people together to raise money so they could provide milk for local food pantries.

Knowles remembers Conant as an independent, strong-willed woman.

“Right up until a couple of years ago,” Knowles said, “you would drive through during harvest, and there’s little old Betty driving a great big truck, like a tractor-trailer body, with a dump on the back filled with corn.”

Although Conant’s eyesight deteriorated in recent years and she was no longer able to drive on the road, she was never one to sit still, Sheller said.

In her final years, Conant would ride around the farm on her John Deere side-by-side to oversee the work being done on the farm.

“Even as recently as a couple weeks ago, it was very common for members of the family to be working in the field and to hear the side-by-side coming,” Sheller said. “Betty wanted to see how things were going and help in any way she could.”

Source: Sun Journal

High Ranking TPI® Genomic Females July 2020

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HO840003216438532200510.5DENOVO 14652 ROYAL-ET580.09940.18219752.944.
HO84000321324820720069.9MELARRY RESOLVE TRY ME-ET590.08890.16215762.836.
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HO84000321643856820059.6DENOVO 14652 ROYAL-ET570.101030.23244762.916.
HO840003207702461200510.4PLAIN-KNOLL SI MAGNITUDE-ET360.10940.29191752.677.
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HO840003216437309200510.2DENOVO 14652 ROYAL-ET560.091000.21242763.
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Idaho dairy industry encouraged by higher prices

When it comes to milk prices, Idaho’s dairy industry has been on a roller-coaster ride since last fall. Right now, the roller-coaster in on a sharp upswing.

That’s good news for Idaho’s No. 1 farm commodity in terms of total revenue.

Farm-gate milk prices – the price that dairies receive for their commodity – for Idaho dairies began rising quickly last fall and hit a five-year high near the end of 2019.

They were still good before the coronavirus outbreak resulted in shutdowns of many foodservice channels, which is where most of Idaho’s dairy products end up.

The shutdowns related to the COVID-19 outbreak sent milk prices downhill quickly and they touched near all-time lows in May.

Idaho ranks No. 3 or 4 in the U.S. most years in total milk production and most of the milk produced in the state goes to the cheese market.

The price that Idaho dairies were receiving for their class III milk – that’s the category of milk used to produce cheese – headed south toward $10 per hundredweight (cwt) in May, which is way below the cost of production.

During the second half of June, many Idaho dairies began receiving plus-$20 per cwt for their milk. Prices are above $22 per cwt on the July futures market, which is not too far behind the all-time high, and August futures are above $20.

“In less than a 45-day period, we went from near-record lows to near-record highs,” said Idaho Dairymen’s Association Executive Director Rick Naerebout.

He said the sharp uptick in farm-gate milk prices has been welcome news for Idaho dairymen, who faced severe economic pressure because of the coronavirus lockdowns.

“The increase has been a significant benefit for Idaho dairymen,” Naerebout said.

He said several factors have led to the sharp uptick in milk prices, including processors requesting that dairies cut back on milk production because of the COVID-related shutdowns.

USDA’s food box purchasing program was another factor.

“USDA became a really big buyer of dairy,” Naerebout said.

“I think that food box program is having a huge effect because millions of people are getting so many pounds of cheese and milk,” said Jerome dairyman Mike Roth.

A large chunk of the foodservice industry reopening at roughly the same time has also helped push milk prices up, Roth added.

Besides the food box program, “The other factor was everything opening up all of a sudden at the same time,” he said. “A 2 or 3 percent change in demand one way or the other can change prices 25 percent or more and I think that’s what happened this time.”

More consumers are beginning to eat out again, Naerebout said, particularly at quick-service restaurants and the menus at those establishments are heavily weighted to cheese.

While the rapid rise in milk prices has been a welcome relief for dairy operations, Naerebout said, dairymen also feel a little trepidation at the prospect of prices turning down again, especially if foodservice channels start to shut down again.

“Not enough time has passed for them to forget about those near-record lows,” he said. “There are so many factors that could result in prices going down as quickly as they came back up.”


High Ranking TPI® Genomic Young Bulls July 2020

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HO840003202768520AOT ROYAL HIGHNESS-ETABS20059.758106241752.944.
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HO840003215425539PEAK 83020-ETPEAK200610.247100217722.756.
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HO840003208952045T-SPRUCE 1433Select200410.74477169752.617.
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HO840003213001153CO-OP 3057-ETPEAK200511.061104243722.895.
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HO840003214292465WINSTAR PRINCE 3000-ETABS200510.256104245762.716.
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HO840003215564871CO-OP 81971-ETPEAK20069.761106242732.735.
HO840003218932131CO-OP 209-ETPEAK200510.46093224742.965.
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HO840003215564861CO-OP 81961-ETPEAK20059.66591228742.806.
HO840003208410839CHERRYPENCOL 826-ETSemex200610.54183198752.717.
HO840003211143978DANHOF GC 13499-ETHO191210.46095222762.905.
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HO840003215743620CO-OP 31885-ETPEAK200510.17789249742.835.
HO840003216859690DENOVO 17269 SHAE-ETABS20059.831103208762.737.
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HO840003212874275IDEAL 90105Select200511.25994221752.795.
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HO840003215568713TERRA-LINDA ENSTIN 10763-ETSemex200510.74698212752.686.
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Lin Huntington & Gordon Huntington Honored with ABA Master Breeder Award

The Ayrshire Breeders’ Association awarded one of its 2020 Master Breeder Awards to the late Linwood “Lin” Huntington Jr. and his son Gordon Huntington of Newbury, VT.

The Huntington family’s involvement with the Ayrshire breed spans almost 90 years with four generations caring for the cows. The Chestnut Ridge herd originated with Lin’s father, Linwood Sr., in Amherst, NH and grew to more than 150 animals. The partnership between Lin and his father developed an Ayrshire herd that earned numerous Constructive Breeder and French Trophy awards as well as grand champion banners at national shows.

Lin moved a portion of the herd to the Connecticut River Valley in Newbury, VT where the CR Farm prefix was born. A partnership was formed between Lin and his eldest son, Gordon. This successful enterprise was built upon mutual respect and acknowledgement of their individual strengths. Lin was the “cow man” focusing on the breeding of the cattle while Gordon’s efforts were devoted to growing crops to provide feed for the herd. Gordon says he provided the labor to allow for his father to participate in Ayrshire activities off the farm.

Throughout the years, the Huntingtons bought and sold many animals. Lin assisted Tom Whittaker with many Ayrshire auctions over time, and then became the manager of the New England Quality Sales. His keen eye for cattle and willingness to share and help others provided guidance to many new Ayrshire breeders spanning decades.

Lin served as director and Vice President of the Ayrshire Breeders’ Association, as well as being a leader in the New England and Vermont Ayrshire Clubs. He was presented with the Ayrshire Breeders’ Association Distinguished Service Award in 2006.

Lin and Gordon Huntington are credited with setting a “Gold Standard” for Ayrshire breeders to focus on breeding a profitable cow while being outstanding stewards of the breed. Dairy producers across the nation knew if they purchased a CR Farm bred animal, they were buying genetics almost guaranteed to provide improvements in their own herds.  

Eubiotics 101: Help maintain normal digestion for long-term calf health

Prebiotics. Probiotics. Essential oils. Organic acids. You’ve probably seen one or all of these ingredients on packaging at the grocery store or in a food advertisement. All four ingredients fall into a category called eubiotics and can be found in livestock feed, too.

“Eubiotics in human nutrition isn’t new – in fact, essential oils and herbs have been used in many cultures to support health and wellness for thousands of years,” says Dan Baum, president of DBC Ag Products. “We didn’t know the science behind eubiotics for best use in livestock until much later compared to human nutrition. But, now, we know there’s much to be gained.”

For more than 35 years, Baum helped bring eubiotics to the forefront of digestive health in livestock, particularly for young calves. His family’s century-old sweet bologna business used eubiotics to help create a shelf-stable fermented sausage, and learnings helped bridge the gap from human to livestock.

Learn the in’s and out’s of eubiotics:

What are eubiotics?

Eubiotics are a class of feed additives including prebiotics, probiotics, essential oils and organic acids. They help provide a healthy balance of microbiota in the animal’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract, supporting normal digestive health and a healthy immune system.

Eubiotics derives from the Greek term eubiosis, which translates to “healthy life” and is associated with bacterial homeostasis. Eubiotics can be helpful for animals of all life stages.

How do eubiotics work?

Traditional livestock eubiotics work as follows:

  • Probiotics deliver viable microorganisms that help maintain a natural population balance of probiotic microorganisms in the GI tract to support normal digestive health.
  • Prebiotics provide a food source for naturally occurring microorganisms in the gut to help maintain proper flora and support digestion.
  • Organic acids help provide nutritional support for the mucosal lining of the digestive tract, which is key to a healthy, active microbiome in the GI tract.
  • Essential oils offer flavoring for appetite, while supporting normal gut health and digestive function.

Combined, these eubiotics work synergistically to help maintain proper digestion, normal digestive health and support a functioning immune system. And, when paired with less traditional eubiotics, there’s even more to gain.

“Other less traditional feed ingredients, like egg proteins, specialized whey proteins, dried kelp, yucca schidigera and psyllium seed husk, have shown the ability to support a healthy gut through eubiosis,” says David Mathes, director of sales and marketing at DBC Ag Products. “When combined with traditional eubiotics, these ingredients help form a total package to help calves perform to their full potential.”

Individual calves may respond differently to specific ingredients. Applying a total package approach (using multiple types of eubiotics) can help ensure each calf gets what it needs.

When is the right time to use eubiotics?

The window to instill good health starts when a calf is born. Introducing eubiotics to calves early-on to help maintain normal GI health, is important to provide support for the developing immune system during the critical first few weeks of life. Approximately 70% of the immune system resides in or around the digestive tract. Maintaining normal digestive health at the beginning of a calf’s life is paramount to raising a fast-growing animal with a healthy, functioning immune system. “In the first few weeks of a calf’s life, the digestive system is still developing and transitioning from milk to grain,” says Mathes. “At the same time, the developing immune system is running off mom’s passive immunity as it transitions over to active immunity.”

How can I deliver eubiotics?

Eubiotics can be delivered via feed, liquid, drenches, boluses, gel or paste. For young, growing calves, a powder containing eubiotics can be mixed into milk, offering an easy delivery mechanism that requires no additional labor. A tube-based gel or paste is an additional option for a convenient, anytime, anywhere quick intake of eubiotics by calves.

“The delivery method is important, but even more important is maintaining a feeding regimen,” says Mathes. “A consistent, daily feed regimen during the first few weeks of life gives a calf’s developing digestive tract the support it needs, when it needs it most.”

Can eubiotics work alongside antibiotics?

Eubiotics have been used more widely in livestock rations, especially as the use of feed-grade antibiotics has dropped following the Veterinary Feed Directive.

“Antibiotics have their place when calves get sick,” says Mathes. “We’re seeing more prudent use of antibiotics today. Maintaining normal, healthy calves plays a role in that equation, and eubiotics can be an integral part of a successful calf health protocol.”

“Selecting a broad-based package of eubiotics, put together in the right combination, can support dairy farmers in raising healthy, fast-growing calves,” says Mathes.

Discover more information about eubiotics at

DBC Ag Products ( specializes in innovative biotechnology solutions that utilize practical research and proven technology to meet agribusiness needs using applied microbiology, enzymology and immunology. DBC offers a broad range of biotechnology-based animal health products for many different species. Products are designed to help maintain a normal digestive system and support a functioning immune system in young animals, including calves, lambs, goat kids, horses, dogs and poultry.

Milk Futures Mixed Tuesday in Chicago

On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, milk futures closed mixed Tuesday as traders work to find a new trading range amid strong cheese prices and growing global demand. Class III milk was mixed during trading. Starting the day higher and seeing a sell-off prior to the 11 a.m. cheese trade and price faded as our day progressed. July finished up 19 to $23.44, August fell 14 to $21.50, and September fell 2 to $19.13/cwt. Class IV milk saw gains nearby. July up 1 to $14.27, August gained 3 to $14.95, and Sept gained 9 to $15.19 /cwt. 

The CME spot market saw Dry whey down $0.0250 at $0.2875.  Eight sales were made ranging from $0.2850 to $0.30. Blocks up $0.01 at $2.71.  Two trades were made at $2.7075 and $2.71. Barrels unchanged at $2.37.  Butter down $0.0075 at $1.7375.  Four trades were made ranging from $1.7350 to $1.7525. Nonfat dry milk up $0.02 at $1.0325.  Twenty-four trades were made ranging from $1.0150 to $1.0325. 

Grain markets saw selling pressure as well Tuesday. Corn fell 1 ½ to $3.45 even, soybeans fell 3 ¼ to $8.95 ¼, and soybean meal slid $2.10 lower to $293.30/ton.

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