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Don’t Let Ageism Kill The Dairy Industry?

“It’s Not Too Late to Capitalize on Dairy’s Biggest Asset!”

Economics, politics and poor business decisions are the excuses we give when dairy dollars are going down the drain.  At least, those are the things we blame. However, even without playing the blame game, we feel justified in forecasting a dire future for dairying.  We think it can’t be helped.

            Unfortunately, with all our knowledge, data and assessment processes, we are turning a blind eye to the biggest asset that we have available to us.  Without a doubt, that asset is the next generation of young dairy entrepreneurs.

            We can’t have a future dairy industry, without the input of young dairy people.

“HEADS UP YOUNG PEOPLE!”

            When we look around, there is much to be excited about concerning young people.  Even though their positive stories rarely lead the news, there are many great successes in science, technology, sports and creativity that deserve glowing praise. For example, the Junior who bred the national champion cow or the college junior who created an app that monitors calf health. However, more often than not, these achievements, unlike murder, scandals and political mayhem don’t lead the news but are usually left for a single good news bit at the end of the broadcast, following the weather and after the final buy-our-product ad. And, if they relate to agriculture, they may not be included at all. Thus it is that the first things you’re apt to hear about younger folks in general conversation are complaints about them burying their heads in technology.

“HEADS DOWN OLD FOLKS!”

            Let’s be honest here and forget the ageism.  It isn’t only the younger generations who are burying their heads in technology. It’s all generations.  I am a senior and, although the specific tech uses may be different, many of my peers are rarely seen without their grey-heads buried in their smartphones.  When was the last time you were in a seniors group, coffee shop or grocery store and overheard one side of a cell phone conversation?  

            While we seniors profess not to be addicted, we often lead conversations with “I read on Google…” or “I saw it on Pinterest.” Confirmation proof is easily found. Recent national data (PEW Research Center June 2019) reveals that Americans are more digitally connected than ever before. It reports that approximately 70% of seniors are now connected to the internet and use devices to stay informed, connect with friends and family, shop, choose travel plans and make reservations for transportation and, not surprisingly, to read the latest news. Most dairy farmers are familiar with digital uses that provide data information for their dairy herd from health, to recording, to feed and employee management. The time for negative finger-pointing from one generation to another is hypocritical.

HARMFUL ASSUMPTIONS:

            “TOO YOUNG TO KNOW ENOUGH.” 

            “TOO OLD TO LEARN MORE”

Not everyone in the dairy industry has grown up in the fast-paced, hyper-connected digital world that those under forty years of age have experienced. Having done so, this age group that has developed the ability to quickly cut through the extraneous noise of repetitive explanations, rationalizations and criticism.  Whatever the label, Generation X, Generation Y or Generation Z, by and large, they are focused on what they want when it comes to work and education they expect interaction to be at their fingertips. If the dairy industry is to remain viable and valuable, it has to accept that digital is here to stay.  Adapting to that reality is going to be the key. 

            Traditional education and the ways we move through dairy processes must be enhanced by technology not held back by the way we did it in the past. Hands-on experience and practical skills can’t be taught by osmosis.  While we argue over whose heads are where, education programs – on farms, in colleges, or through industry – are missing out on the practical internships that could grow the dairy industry.

            Everyone on the modern dairy farm has to be open to learning from the cows and about the cows.  That goes without saying.  We have to be open to working with cutting edge technology.  The sources of knowledge are expanding.  We can’t hoard information from our competition, and we definitely can’t keep it from those whom we must entrust with our future. Peers.  We must open up to unlimited access from the largest educational institutions to the smallest device in our hands. Online e-learning about everything from reproduction to genomics to profitable dairy strategies is the only way to keep up and remain relevant.

ARE DAIRY ENTREPRENEURS FOUND THROUGH ENTITLEMENT OR EDUCATION?

            Most non-agricultural industries – medical, computer, engineering – advance as the knowledgebase and practical instruction are passed down to the next group of industry professionals. But when we talk about entrepreneurship in the dairy industry, whom do we name as those who are actually leading and guiding the next dairy-producing generation? Are academic institutions keeping pace with the changing realities?  Did they ever?

            We, as a dairy industry, are justifiably proud of our dairy farm offspring for their work ethic and understanding of the dairy business. It is a great foundation.  But are we confident enough to urge them to make dairy their ultimate career path?  And if that is the ultimate goal, have they received enough training? Training of the right kind?  Are they equipped for what they have to face in the years ahead?

            In the not-so-distant past, dairy breeders grew their businesses through careful breeding, bull selection, and buying and selling to a discriminating market. Over the last twenty years, this has changed dramatically. The economics of modern dairy breeding has made it difficult for an individual breeder to breed an influential sire, thus all but closing down this income source.  The economics of a profitable dairy herd turns not only on “cow knowledge” but also on “cow science” and when a dairy entrepreneur overemphasizes one at the expense of another, it has a dramatic impact on dairy profitability.

THE ENTREPRENEURIAL BANDWAGON

            We can’t have a dairy future without people experienced enough to run dairy farms. Instead of whining about the downfalls of the next generation, we need to engage with them. We need to be open about the downside of dairy entrepreneurship.  It can be hard, thankless humbling, lonely, and a precarious career choice.  It requires focus and a long term outlook coupled with a commitment to sacrifice.  Ask yourself: “Does that sound like the career you signed up for 20, 30 or 40 years ago?” We must face the fact that future success is not guaranteed.  Share what you have learned about personal freedoms, work-life balance and the risks and rewards of being a dairy entrepreneur.

            When we started in dairying, more than likely, people spoke to us in terms we understood.  We had a vision for what we thought we were facing. Does anyone talk to today’s young dairy hopefuls about being an entrepreneur on their terms?

            Like the other, more traditional professions, we need to aggressively advance our areas of education and training in entrepreneurialism.  Andrew Bachelor a social media influencer and entrepreneur was told by a college professor, “The job you will have ten years from now doesn’t exist today.”  How do we apply that vision to the dairy industry?  “The dairy farm you will have ten years from now doesn’t exist today.” Entrepreneurs in most thriving industries are not born and bred into their positions. We apply the word entitled to the younger generation but aren’t we the living examples of entitlement? We are if we expect to maintain the status quo at the expense of evolving to meet the needs of a changing world and a changing customer.

WHO ARE THE DO-ers? WHO ARE THE BOO-ers?

            And this brings me one more message for older dairy entrepreneurs. You can never overshare your experience.  Share how you learned.  Share how you built your dairy from what it was when you started to what it is today.  While the methods and motivations may be somewhat different, all ages can relate to the passion and will to succeed.  All ages need to be ready to try new things if we want to get from where we are to where we want to be. We need to find a way to combine the cutting edge of technology that will keep us up with new ideas with the steadying business experience that years in the dairy industry provides. When both groups work together, the entire dairy industry benefits.

            Something great doesn’t happen without problems, near misses and even failures. We can’t avoid these hurdles, but they only become full failures when we allow them to become full stops. Instead of hauling out the criticism, we need to praise the doers. Cheer the attempts. Analyze and offer concrete suggestions.

THE FUTURE BUILDERS                         

            All generations need to recognize that the future success of dairying will be built on giving each other – young and old – the opportunity to try … and to fail. All of us have had experience with difficulties.  If someone hadn’t had our backs, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We tend to let the years shine a rosy glow onto everything.  We can’t change the past, but we can accept where we are.  We can hand off to those willing to continue on. The foundation for the future will be built on great dairy cattle and dairy people, of all ages.

THE BULLVINE BOTTOM LINE

We can be justifiably proud of our dairy history even as we recognize that the way forward will hold new issues, challenges and opportunities. We must take big risks if we would reap bigger rewards. The time has come to start something new with people who will stop at nothing to achieve it. Together.

 

 

 

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Regular chocolate milk back on school menus as Obama-era rules are eased

Chocolate milk with 1 percent fat will soon be back on public school lunch menus as the Trump administration eases nutritional standards put in place under President Obama.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday published a new interim rule, due to take effect on July 1 after a period of public comment, which relaxes sodium limits and whole-grain requirements on school lunches and also allows flavored milk with 1 percent back into school cafeterias nationwide.

Currently, public schools are allowed to serve only flavored milk that is nonfat or unflavored milk that is low-fat or nonfat.

“This is not reducing the nutritional standards whatsoever,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters when he unveiled the proposed changes in May. “I wouldn’t be as big as I am today without flavored milk.”

“Schools need flexibility in menu planning so they can serve nutritious and appealing meals,” Perdue said in a statement Thursday. “Schools want to offer food that students actually want to eat. It doesn’t do any good to serve nutritious meals if they wind up in the trash can.”

The rule is meant to provide “regulatory flexibility” for the National School Lunch Program, which is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, reduced-cost or free lunches to children.

Critics say the new rules will roll back the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, who worked to tighten nutritional standards for the program as part of her campaign against obesity.

Source: ABC News

2016 Breeders Choice Awards – Tanbark Trail Edition Results

With all the excitement and difference in results from this year’s Royal and World Dairy Expo there are some very interesting results to this year’s competition. This year’s competition had a record 200,000 votes.

Spring Heifer Calf

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  1. GARAY AWESOME BEAUTY 43%
  2. GLENNHOLME DOORMAN REGGAE 15%
  3. FRAELAND DOORMAN BONNIE 11%
  4. HEART & SOUL JK DEMPSEY GLITZ 10%
  5. VERTDOR DOORMAN MORNING 7%
  6. QUIETCOVE DOORMAN FIJI 3%
  7. PFAFFSWAY DM LITLE LEEZA 3%
  8. ROYAL LYNN GH GOLD CHASE 3%
  9. GENDARRA BROKAW ADELE 3%
  10. MOUNT ELM FINGERS CROSSED 2%

Winter Heifer Calf

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  1. QUALITY SOLOMON LUST 39%
  2. COBEQUID WINDBROOK PIROUETTE 19%
  3. BUDJON-VAIL DRMN ASHLEY 12%
  4. PETITCLERC DOORMAN SYNERGY 7%
  5. BROWNTOWN MARIO MARLO 7%
  6. ALL-GLO GOLD C KAPPUCINO 4%
  7. CERPOLAIT BROKAW ANASTASIA 4%
  8. BUROCO AFTERSHOCK ALANA 4%
  9. MS DOORMAN GILL 3%
  10. RIDGE-FIELD ATLANTA 2%

Fall Heifer Calf

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  1. SICY DOORMAN BRIE 25%
  2. BEN301 CG CHEEZIE 15%
  3. PAPPYS DOORMAN ROUSEY 12%
  4. PETITCLERC MCCUTCHEN SKY 11%
  5. FROHLAND GALAXY CONTRAST 10%
  6. LOOKOUT SID VOODOO 10%
  7. VOGUE OCTANE SUNSTRUCK 6%
  8. MAPEL WOOD DOORMAN STELLA 6%
  9. WINRIGHT GOLDWYN ELDORADO 3%
  10. TRI-KOEBEL A WILDCARD 2%

Summer Yearling Heifer

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  1. COMESTAR HOLIDAY GOLDWYN 40%
  2. NORDALE MCCUTCHEN PIGEON 18%
  3. BARRVALLEY DOORMAN LIZ 11%
  4. JACOBS MASCALESE BALZI 9%
  5. ROBELLA BH DOORMAN LONESTAR 6%
  6. KINGSWAY EQUATION GLOSSIE 4%
  7. MS SID LEAP FROG 4%
  8. MS SAVAGE-BORBA LUSHY 3%
  9. MAROCH DOORMAN INDOU 3%
  10. MS BROOKVIEW SCAREDYCAT 2%

Spring Yearling Heifer

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  1. DAMIBEL AIRLIFT MARISA 22%
  2. MS LISTERINES LUCKYLADY 18%
  3. CRAILA NC DOORMAN LUXURY 17%
  4. RIVERDOWN ATWOOD JIGGALEA 10%
  5. DROLIE DOORMAN MAYCY 8%
  6. BOISBLANC SEAVER ELMA 6%
  7. BROOK-CORNER DOORMAN WONDER 6%
  8. TRENT VALLEY ATWOOD ANETT 5%
  9. SPALLVUE BROKAW ICE CREAM 4%
  10. MICHERET AMASOFT ACROBAT 4%

Winter Yearling Heifer

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  1. MILKSOURCE SID DESIRE 30%
  2. DUHIBOU FEVER PIRANHA 23%
  3. SMITHDEN HILTON IZZY 15%
  4. KINGSWAY GOLDWYN LIP BAL 10%
  5. T-TRIPLE-T PERFECT STORM 6%
  6. KINGSWAY GOLDWYN LADONNA 5%
  7. PLUM-LINE ATTIC KARMEN 4%
  8. BARRVALLEY WINDBROOK LIZZIE 3%
  9. DU PETIT BOIS GD SELSY 3%
  10. CROSS-WAKE MORE ANNALYSE 2%

Milking Yearling

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  1. HIGH POINT GAY IVORY 39%
  2. ARETHUSA DARYL SIENNA 14%
  3. DUCKETT DOORMAN BROOK 12%
  4. VALLEYVILLE GOLDWYN BISSY 10%
  5. VALE-O-SKENE GOLDWYN KARMILLA 6%
  6. EASTSIDE DOUBLE CARAMEL 5%
  7. COMESTAR HOPRA ATWOOD 5%
  8. DESNETTE ADELICIA IMPRESSION 4%
  9. MS APPLE ATARAH 3%
  10. EMBRDALE EXQUISITE LAUTHORITY 2%

Junior 2 Year Old

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  1. TREFLE CHASSEP DOORMAN 36%
  2. IDEE WINDBROOK LYNZI 25%
  3. JACOBS WINDBROOK DELAY 11%
  4. PIERSTEIN ATWOOD GABIGAELLE 8%
  5. ROBELLA SANCHEZ MARABELLA 6%
  6. CANCO DOORMAN MAXIMA 5%
  7. WEDGWOOD HERO PAULA 4%
  8. BUCKS-PRIDE PUMPKIN PIE II 3%
  9. ROYAL LYNN SID ZINNIA 2%
  10. MS UBERCREST LAKE LAYLA RAE 2%

Senior 2 Year Old

  1. LINGLE GOLD FREAKY GIRL 24%
  2. MUSTHAVEN GOLDWYN JAELYN P 17%
  3. LEACHLAND ATWOOD MEGABYTE 12%
  4. KINGSWAY AIRLIFT GOSLING 11%
  5. JACOBS REGINALD KATE 11%
  6. MS ABSOLUTE BLISS 9%
  7. SANTSCHI AFTERSHOCK HOLIDAY 7%
  8. JACOBS WINDBROOK AIMO 5%
  9. HILLPINE B ANYA 2%
  10. T-TRIPLE-T PETUNIA 2%

Junior 3 Year Olds

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  1. JACOBS GOLD LIANN 51%
  2. COMESTAR LAMADONA DOORMAN 17%
  3. WALKERBRAE DOORMAN LOCKET 10%
  4. LOYALYN DUPLEX VANESSA 7%
  5. CRAIGCREST RUBIES RACHELLE 6%
  6. COMESTAR HODREE GOLDWYN 4%
  7. JEANLU STANLEYCUP ALEXIS 2%
  8. MOSNANG SALOON LIQUOR 2%
  9. CRASDALE DESTRY JENNIFER 0%
  10. RIVER DALE BRADY JINX 0%

Senior Three Year Old

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  1. BEAVERBROCK GOLDWYN ZOEY 30%
  2. JACOBS JORDAN CARMEL 21%
  3. WINTERBAY DUDE GUINNESS 19%
  4. AROLENE GOLDWYN DIVINE 9%
  5. WALNUTLAWN MCCUTCHEN SUMMER 7%
  6. SILVER MAPLE GOLDCHIP RAELYN 5%
  7. WENDON GOLDWYN ALLABUZZ 3%
  8. VERTDOR LAUTHORITY MATRIX 3%
  9. EASTSIDE LEWISDALE PERCISION 2%
  10. KARNVILLA FEVER STELLAR 1%

4 Year Olds

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  1. WENDON DEMPSEY PRUDE 33%
  2. BOSDALE GOLD LUSTER 22%
  3. JACOBS FEVER CAEL 17%
  4. WINDY-KNOLL-VIEW PANTENE 12%
  5. TK-PLAIN VIEW RIPLEY 7%
  6. MILKSOURCE GOLDWYN JENAY 3%
  7. ROBELLA GOLDWYN EDGELEY 3%
  8. ELMCROFT ATTIC RETA 2%
  9. KEYLAS SID ROXANNA 2%
  10. QUIET COVE-W W FRIENCHKIS 0%

5 Year Olds

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  1. WEEKSDALE JUDGES HARMONY 32%
  2. BRACKLEYFARM CHELIOS CHEERIO 27%
  3. WEEKS DUNDEE ANIKA 21%
  4. ROSIERS BLEXY GOLDWYN 5%
  5. KINGSWAY SANCHEZ ARMADILLO 4%
  6. PETITCLERC ALEXANDER AMYCALE 4%
  7. T-TRIPLE-T PLATINUM 2%
  8. HOLSBEC GOLDWYN PAULA 2%
  9. GEORGETOWN ATWOOD MADEIRA 1%
  10. ZACH-I SANCHEZ CALLIE 1%

Mature Cow

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  1. SHEEKNOLL DURHAM ARROW 41%
  2. BLONDIN GOLDWYN SUBLIMINALE 14%
  3. BUTZ-BUTLER GOLD BARBARA 13%
  4. LOVHILL GOLDWYN KATRYSHA 9%
  5. TC SANCHEZ KRISTINA 9%
  6. VALE-O-SKENE PURE GOLD ABIGAIL 7%
  7. KINGSWAY SANCHEZ ARANGATANG 6%
  8. LINDENRIGHT ATWOOD BOUNCE 1%
  9. MOR-YET GOLDWYN FAITHFUL 0%
  10. QUIET COVE-W FUTURITY 0%

Production Cow

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  1. LOYALYN GOLDWYN JUNE 36%
  2. MILKSOURCE GOLDWN AFRICA 17%
  3. HUNTSDALE SHOTTLE CRUSADE 12%
  4. DUCKETT ROSS PAMELA 12%
  5. NIPPONIA R D LIZABETH 8%
  6. JACOBS MINISTER AIMA 6%
  7. J&K-VUE GOLDWYN GLAMOUR 6%
  8. LUDWIGS DG GOLDWYN EMMY 2%
  9. GLENWIN GOLDWYN CALYPSO 1%
  10. MILIBRO ROSEPLEX KELLSY 1%

International

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  1. ASHLYN VRAY GOLDWYN (EUROPE) 32%
  2. GALYS VRAY (SWITZERLAND) 24%
  3. HALLOW ATWOOD TWIZZLE (ITALY) 18%
  4. LADY GAGA (GERMANY) 14%
  5. KNOWLESMERE GOLDWYN ABRAKABOOM (UK) 4%
  6. BONS-HOLSTEINS KOBA 191 (NETHERLANDS) 3%
  7. GO-SHOW ALITTLE ROCKNROLL (MEXICO) 2%
  8. PARINGA FEVER OPA (AUSTRALIA) 1%
  9. PACHO GOLDWYN TELVA (SPAIN) 1%
  10. PUTTERGILL GOLDWYN SWEETIE 969 (SOUTH AFRICA) 1%

2016 Breeders Choice Awards – Tanbark Trail Edition Nominations

It is that time of year again, time to decide just who was the best of the best in the 2016Breeder’s Choice Awards – Tanbark Trail Edition. With so many of the top animals in North America not going head to head at both the Royal and World Dairy Expo and with very different results at both shows, and such passion behind some of this years top animals, this years competition is going to be very close. So make your vote count.

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Spring Heifer Calf

Winter Heifer Calf

Fall Heifer Calf

Summer Yearling Heifer

Spring Yearling Heifer

Winter Yearling Heifer

Milking Yearling

Junior 2 Year Old

Senior 2 Year Old

Junior 3 Year Olds

Senior 3 Year Olds

4 Year Olds

5 year old

Mature Cow

Production Cow

International

2015 Breeders Choice Awards – Tanbark Trail Edition Results

With so many of the top animals in North America not going head to head at both the Royal and World Dairy Expo and with very different results at both shows, this years competition is was very close.   This years competition had a record 101,487 votes.

Spring Heifer Calf

1 - Spring Heifer Calf

1- Spring Calf Chart

Winter Heifer Calf

2 - Winter Heifer Calf

2- Winter Heifer Calf

Fall Heifer Calf

3 - Fall Heifer Calf

3 - Fall Half Calf chart

Summer Yearling Heifer

4 - Summer Yearling Heifer

4 - Summer Yearling Heifer chart

Spring Yearling Heifer

5 - Spring Yearling Heifer

5 - spring yearling heifer chart

 

Winter Yearling Heifer

6 - Winter Yearling Heifer

6 - Winter Yearling Heifer chart

Milking Yearling

7 - Milking Yearling

7 - Milking Yearling Chart

Junior 2 Year Old

8 - Junior 2 Year Old

8 - junior two year old chart

Senior 2 Year Old

9 - Senior 2 Year Old

9 senior two year old chart

Junior 3 Year Olds

10 - Junior 3 Year Olds

10 junior three year old chart

Senior Three Year Old

11 - Senior 3 Year Olds

11 senior three year old chart

4 Year Olds

12 - 4 Year Olds

12 FOUR YEAR OLD CHART

FIVE YEAR OLD

15 - 5 year old

13 five year old chart

Mature Cow

16 - Mature Cow

mature cow chart

Production Cow

17 - Production Cow

production cow chart

International

18 - International

international cow chart

2015 Breeders Choice Awards – Tanbark Trail Edition Nominations

It is that time of year again, time to decide just who was the best of the best in the 2015 Breeder’s Choice Awards – Tanbark Trail Edition. With so many of the top animals in North America not going head to head at both the Royal and World Dairy Expo and with very different results at both shows, this years competition is going to be very close. So make your vote count.

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Spring Heifer Calf

Winter Heifer Calf

Fall Heifer Calf

Summer Yearling Heifer

Spring Yearling Heifer

Winter Yearling Heifer

Milking Yearling