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Most young children shouldn’t drink plant-based milk, new health guidelines say

Most children under the age of 5 should avoid plant-based milk, according to new health guidelines about what young children should drink. Plant-based milk made from rice, coconut, oats or other blends — with the exception of fortified soy milk — lack key nutrition for early development, according to guidelines released on Wednesday by leading health organizations.

They should also avoid diet drinks, flavored milks and sugary beverages and limit how much juice they drink, the guidelines said.
Plant-based milk is made from rice, coconut, oats or other blends that lack key nutrition for early development, according to the Healthy Eating Research guidelines. The recommendations come from a panel of experts with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association.
Limiting plant-based milk was a key change based on drinking trends.
“In the last five to 10 years there has been an explosion of interest in plant-based milk. More and more parents are turning to them for a variety of reasons and there’s a misconception that they are equal somehow to cow or dairy milk, but that’s just not the case,” said Megan Lott, who helped develop the recommendations as the deputy director of the Healthy Eating Research.
She said most plant-based milk doesn’t deliver enough of the key nutrition, like vitamin D and calcium, that growing children need in this vital developmental stage.
“The guidelines do make an exception if a child has a dairy or cow milk allergy or is lactose intolerant or has religious rules or lives in a house that keeps a vegan diet, in that case, the parents should definitely consult with their pediatrician or dietitian,” Lott said.
Even as a registered dietitian, Lott said she had to look closely at what would work for her child. Her son is almost 3 and has a severe allergy to cow’s milk. Based on his normal eating pattern, she had to figure out what kind of milk substitute can fill in the nutritional gap.
“What works for my son may not be the same for another young child, it’s based on individual needs and why we talk about the need for parents to talk to the child’s pediatrician or dietician about it,” Lott said.

Guidelines about what drinks to avoid

A few other drinks to avoid, according to the guidelines, include low-calorie and zero-calorie drinks.
“We are finding more and more of these artificial sweeteners showing up in food marketed to young children and there is no research on these substitutes that show they cause harm, but there’s really no research showing that they are safe,” said Lott.
With children being in a vulnerable developmental stage, it’s good to be cautious, she said.
Toddler milk and flavored milk is also off the menu. In the past, recommendations allowed some wiggle room on flavors, suggesting that chocolate milk would be better than no milk at all, Lott said, but the committee shifted its thinking. She noted this is a key age when a child develops a taste preference and it’s more important to create healthy habits early.
Still off the menu for young children are sugar-sweetened beverages and caffeinated beverages, such as soda.
The other key change involves juice. The guidelines recommend children under 1 year old drink no juice at all. For age 1 to 3, it’s no more than half a cup a day, and for children who are 4 and 5 it’s no more than half-cup to 3/4 a cup a day.

What children should drink

The guidelines say babies need only breast milk or infant formula and once they are 6 months old, small amounts of water. Children should stick to milk, water and occasionally drink juice.
It's not just soda: Drinking too much fruit juice (or any sugary drink) linked to premature death risk
The guidelines recommend children between the age of 1 and 2 years old drink two to three cups of whole milk a day. At age 2 and 3 they should drink no more than two cups of skim or low-fat milk a day. For age 4 and 5 they should drink no more than two and a half cups of skim or low-fat milk a day.
For water, it’s a half-cup to a cup for 6- to 12-month-old children, one to four cups a day for ages 1 to 3, and one and a half to five cups a day for 4- and 5-year-olds.


“When some parents walk into a grocery store they may be overwhelmed by the options, but in daily life, the key message is, what we recommend is doable, even if it does take some persistence and cooperation,” Lott said. “There are lots of opportunities to make great improvements in a child’s nutrition for parents here.”
Source: CNN

Global warming means less milk if dairies can’t keep cows cool

A hell year for milk farmers has gotten even hotter.

As if falling demand and tumbling stock values for publicly traded dairies weren’t enough, rising temperatures have caused some of America’s 9 million dairy cows to produce less milk, sending farmers into a desperate search for efficient ways to cool them off.

“You can’t put air-conditioning units in the dairy barn,” said Rob Barley, co-owner of Star Rock Farms in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County.

When temperatures soared to 95 degrees Fahrenheit in July, milk production on Barley’s farm fell about 8% in a week’s time. That was enough milk to fill a trailer.

“If the cow isn’t comfortable, she’s just going to want to lie down,” Barley said. “She’s not going to want to eat as much,” and she’ll produce less.

Dairy cows like it best when the mercury is from 45 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, but nature may not be cooperating like it used to. The world’s combined land and sea temperature in July was 62.13 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest in records going back to 1880, and August was close behind, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. Milk production starts slowing when the thermometer rises above 70 or 80 degrees, said Jeffrey Brose of the Dairy Cattle Welfare Council. Signs of heat stress include open-mouth breathing, drooling and more rapid respiration.

Rising temperatures are stressing an already struggling U.S. dairy industry. The industry has been in free-fall the last several years as global supplies surge and Americans drink less milk. Exports also have been hurt due to tariffs with Mexico and China. Amid the turmoil, stalwarts such as Dean Foods Co., the biggest dairy company in the U.S., has seen its stock tumble 67% this year.

Many producers, especially small Midwestern farmers, have been forced out of business in the last year by factors including rising labor costs. So many have gone belly up, in fact, that supply has declined enough to raise milk prices, said Dave Kurzawski, a broker at INTL FCStone.

All that’s tough enough for farmers, but the long view isn’t any better. U.S. milk production could fall 6.3% due to climate impacts by the end of the century, according to a University of Washington study. That would cost the industry about $2.2 billion a year.

“Climate change is providing more risk to the dairy industry,” said Dwayne Faber, a dairy farmer in Skagit County in Washington.

Faber is investing in fans to keep his 2,000-cow herd cool in extreme heat, and curtains to protect them from snowstorms. The fans create a 20 mph wind.

In Sharon Springs, N.Y., Phyllis Van Amburgh is spending about $6,000 for fans and heavy-duty clear plastic curtains to keep her 175 milking cows from harm.

“We absolutely have to deal with those variations in weather,” she said. She called the investment “really significant.”

Summers are getting hotter, so cows need more relief, said Nancy Vander Byl, North American manager for Cow Kühlerz, which uses what’s called an evaporative solution involving variable-speed fans and timed mists that work best in dry weather. Vander Byl says competing cooling systems are mainly soaker systems that get cows wet.

“It’s all about cow comfort,” Vander Byl said. “Heat abatement is a big part of maximizing cow comfort. As we’re experiencing this shift in temperature patterns, you need to be proactive.”

Not surprisingly, Southern states including Florida are the ones that will fare the worst in the future, according to the University of Washington study. Florida milk production could fall 25% by the end of the century, whereas a Northern state such as Washington could lose less than 1%. Farmers may be able to boost production through breeding and management methods faster than climate change can depress it.

“This doesn’t mean it costs nothing to the industry but that it is well within our capacity to adapt,” said Guillaume Mauger, who co-authored the study.

Rising temperatures are bugging cows in Europe, too, according to Alex Risen, a spokesman for Lexington, Ky.-based Big Ass Fans, which is seeing more interest from dairies across the Atlantic.

One possible way to adapt to climate change is by providing cool bedding for animals, a project touted by Bob Collier, a University of Arizona emeritus professor. Because today’s cows have been bred to be bigger, it’s harder to cool them off than their less hefty forebears, he said.

Collier and his colleagues found that circulating cold water under sand bedding helped lower body temperatures in dairy cows.

Underground heat exchangers are “just one of the things that a producer could use in addition to shade and fans,” Collier said. “The dairy industry spends a lot of money trying to manage the environment around their cows so that they maximize their production.”


Family farmers turn to gelato to find a future in dairy

As farms across Wisconsin cope with rising production costs and declining milk prices, many have had to look for other options to keep their dairy operations afloat.

That includes the farm Amber McComish and her husband Joe are preparing to take over from his parents.

“We want to keep doing this,” she said. “We love what we do. We want to continue to farm.”

Unfortunately, McComish said passion hasn’t been enough, like many farms, they’ve had to get creative to meet their bottom line.

“Diversifying I think is really the only way that we can stay in business,” she said.

For years, McComish and her husband have been churning up ideas. At first they wanted to start their own cheesemaking business but McComish said they found the overhead was too great and the market was already so saturated in Wisconsin.

That’s when McComish said her friend suggested gelato.

“The more I looked into it, the more I liked it,” she said. “It’s something new with dairy. It’s a fun treat.”

Still, the lifelong farmers said there was a learning curve.

“First off, what was gelato?” Joe said he asked when his wife brought up the topic. “I had no idea.”

The treat is like ice cream, only gelato relies more on milk, something McComish said attracted her to the product.

“The biggest reason we chose gelato is because it’s our milk,” she said. There’s not added cream, there’s no added stuff, we won’t add any other stuff besides our milk and whatever ingredients we have in it.”

McComish said she started experimenting with gelato making in January and started seeing success selling her batches in June.

“Once they do try it every single person I’ve talked to has liked it,” she said.

When she started, McComish was making the product in her kitchen, now that she’s making hundreds of batches a week, she goes out to a center in Platteville to cook it up. Eventually though, she’s hoping to bring the operation back home, purchasing the space for her own gelato storage and manufacturing.

“This’ll be the trailer that when it’s finished will be our small on-farm dairy plant,” she said showing it off.

McComish said it’s an investment in the product’s future and her family’s.

“This is kind of our project, something my husband that I want to do for our family and something that’s going to make our family more sustainable here on the farm,” she said.

So far, she’s been able to sell it in farmers markets in Darlington and Mineral Point and a local deli serves it as dessert. As the business grows, she’s hoping her cow-to-cone operation will keep her farm operating for generations to come.


Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council Annual Meeting RACE ARPAS credits

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) has accepted Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council’s (DCRC) submission for continuing education (CE) credits. Veterinarians can earn up to 14 Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) CEs for attending the DCRC Annual Meeting, Nov. 13-14, in Pittsburgh.

This RACE approval is for the categories of: Medical and Non-Medical, using the delivery method of seminar/lecture. The DCRC Annual Meeting approval is valid in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB RACE. Participants are responsible for ascertaining each board’s CE requirements.

Furthermore, the American Registry of  Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) approved up to 12 CEs for the DCRC Annual Meeting. ARPAS provides certification of animal scientists through examination, continuing education and commitment to a code of ethics

To encourage veterinarian and dairy producer attendance to the Pittsburgh meeting, DCRC provides up to ten $200 travel stipends, on a first-come, first-served basis. If interested in one of the travel stipends, contact JoDee Sattler at

In addition to the DCRC Annual Meeting plenary and breakout sessions, registrants may attend the preconference symposium, which will address Applications of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin for Dairy Cattle Reproduction, and Essential Fatty Acid Impact on Repro and Health. The preconference symposium provides additional instructional time for meeting attendees at no extra charge. Arm & Hammer and Merck provided financial support for the preconference symposium.

To view the meeting agenda or to register, go HERE. Online registration ends Oct. 31. After that date, attendees must register on site.

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

‘Naomi’ Named 2019 Wisconsin Cow of the Year

Milk-n-More Tequila Naomi, bred and owned by Milk-n-More Farms of Cecil, Wis., has been named 2019 Cow of the Year and will be recognized at a special ceremony on Oct. 2 during World Dairy Expo. (Photo: CYBIL FISHER)

Officials at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture have announced the 2019 Cow of the Year. ‘Milk-n-More Tequila Naomi,’ a seven-year-old Jersey cow bred and owned by Ron & Nicolle of Cecil, has been selected as this year’s recipient for her excellent pedigree, production record and outstanding performance in the show ring.

Classified at Excellent-93, Naomi was named 2012 Reserve Junior All American Winter Calf at the All American Junior Jersey Show, and the Reserve Junior All Wisconsin Winter Calf. As a four-year-old, she won 2016 All Wisconsin honors; earned Grand Champion honors at the Junior Show at the Wisconsin Spring Showcase, and she placed ninth in the five-year-old class at the All American Junior Show.

She has a lifetime production record of 115,010 lbs. of milk, 5,068 lbs. of fat, and 3,796 lbs. of protein.

“She was one of our children’s favorite 4-H project animals with her sweet disposition and seeming love to compete at the shows,” said Nicolle Wussow.

Naomi will be recognized at a proclamation ceremony early next month during World Dairy Expo in Madison.

The Jersey breed was selected to receive the Cow of the Year award according to a succession plan among the major dairy breeds, as determined by the Wisconsin Purebred Dairy Cattle Association.


Use of robotics at Creston dairy farm helping preserve way of life

Growing and developing a century-old Creston dairy farm can be attributed to the hard work and long hours put in by Bob Larson’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

But the decision made by the fourth-generation of Larson Farms more than a year ago to largely automate his 350-cow operation by having four robotics booths actually do the day-to-day milking might be the ticket to keeping his dream alive for decades to come.

From noon-5 p.m. Sunday, anybody with interest is invited to attend the Larson Farms Robotic Dairy Open House. Larson said that since automating his operation in late February 2018, a lot of interest has swirled around what exactly is happening on his property. That interest is warranted since, according to Larson, his family’s operation is one of just three in the state utilizing this type of technology.

The thing is, many people hear robotics and dairy farming and can’t really visualize the process. Before learning about how automating a dairy operation worked while seeing milking robots on a 2014 trip to Canada, neither could he.

“When you hear robots, most people think of R2-D2,” he said, referencing Luke Skywalker’s robot pal from the iconic movie series ‘Star Wars.’ “I was still thinking that you would still be in a parlor pushing the cow, that there would be something moving to the cow to do it, not that the cow comes to the robot. That was kind of different in my mind, it just wasn’t the way I was thinking of it.”

The Open House will take place on the farm at 51069 190th Ave., which is located about 1 ½ miles north of the Creston Spur. There will be complimentary ice cream, cheese curds, pork sandwiches and of course, milk, for those who make the trip.

“We’ve had a lot of people who want to see the new robotic dairy and that kind of stuff,” Larson said, who in the past has hosted and gotten praise from the likes of Gov. Pete Ricketts, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and Steve Wellman, the director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

“So obviously we wanted to showcase that, but on the second side of that we wanted to let the consumer come in and see cows, see where their milk comes from, give them a tour, let them talk to me and my family and people in the industry and get a feel for what we are doing.”

With Larson’s father, Rick, well into his 60s and wanting to slow down his role a little on the farm, it forced Larson to start thinking a few years ago about the direction the operation was heading. The facility as a whole was aging, and with that age, its overall efficiency was beginning to decline.

For a time, there was actually some talk about whether it was time for the Larsons to get out of dairy. To reverse the efficiency meter from the red back into the green, it was determined that the operation might have to add another milking parlor.

“You would kind of have to go bigger, just to get those efficiencies,” he said. “Robotics really fit to keep the smaller family size going.”

So on Feb. 26, 2018, 240 of Larson’s animals started receiving daily milking from four Pella, Iowa, built Lely robots. An additional 110 dairy cows still are milked in the traditional way at the family’s old parlor. And though his operation has revved up, its actual staffing needs have decreased from 11 full-time members to six.

“A big driving factor is labor. Labor is very difficult in this area – finding that good quality labor,” Larson said. “That’s another driving force behind it.”

Each day at Larson Dairy looks about the same when viewing the milking process. Cows, unprodded, line up – some almost eagerly – waiting their turn to walk into one of four enclosed robotics milking stations. Each dairy cow is equipped with a tracker – think of a Fitbit device – that monitors whether they went in for milking on a particular day.


Nominations Sought 2019 Curtis Clark Achievement Award

The October 1st deadline is approaching to get your nominations in for the 2019 Curtis Clark Achievement Award. Presented annually at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario, the Curtis Clark Award goes to the Canadian dairy cattle exhibitor who possesses the ability, sportsmanship and character necessary to be respected by their fellow breeders and exhibitors. The award is sponsored by the Alberta Holstein Branch.

To be eligible for the Clark award, the nominee must be an “active” showman, breeder or manager of any dairy cattle breed in Canada who is exhibiting animals at major shows in Canada. The person who wins the award “must be present” at the Royal Winter Fair to accept it. Nominees will be judged on their support of breed activities and ability to breed, manage, develop and exhibit dairy cattle. Selection of the winner is made by former recipients of the award. The 2019 winner will be announced on November 8th during the Royal’s National Holstein Show.

Nominations for the award, which should include a brief résumé on the nominee, should be sent by October 1st to the Curtis Clark Achievement Award Committee Secretary, Bonnie Cooper, 904 – 12 Rockford Road, North York, Ontario M2R 3A2, e-mail:, telephone: 416-663-8515, cell: 416-579-6572. Nominations previously submitted for the award need not be submitted again.

WDE Mobile App is Newest Tool for Dairys Progress

MADISON, WIS. – Launched this month, World Dairy Expo’s mobile event app is the newest tool to help attendees plan their time at WDE 2019, October 1-5. This free app, for both Android and iOS users, is built to easily allow attendees the opportunity to personalize their time at Expo. The app includes features for custom itinerary building, meeting scheduling, interactive maps, efficient lead retrieval and more.

Once downloaded from Google Play or the App Store, users are prompted to create a profile. The information entered is linked to other features throughout the app including Exhibitor Connect – a personalized QR code, and meeting requests. Inside the app are features for attendees to create a personalized schedule using the favorite tool, locate companies in the Trade Show and highlight their booths in interactive maps as well as request meetings with participating companies.

“Expo’s new mobile event app is designed with not only attendees but also Trade Show exhibitors in mind. This new tool will help those at Expo maximize their limited time at the show with easy to use interactive features while providing commercial exhibitors a tool for easy lead retrieval,” remarks Scott Bentley, WDE general manager.

Trade Show exhibitors are encouraged to take advantage of this powerful new tool. Using the “Exhibitor Connect” feature inside the app, company representatives in booths can scan QR codes of attendees to receive contact information. Once scanned, this information will be available to that organization in a free post-show report. Trade Show exhibitors are also encouraged to take advantage of the app’s ability to receive meeting requests from users.

Learn more about the app by downloading it today or by visiting

Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. Crowds of more than 65,000 people, from nearly 100 countries, will return to Madison, Wis. for the 53rd annual event, October 1-5, 2019, when the world’s largest dairy-focused trade show, dairy and forage seminars, a world-class dairy cattle show and more will be on display. Visit or follow WDE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or YouTube for more information.  

Wisconsin dairy farmer finds new purpose

The dairy crisis continues in Wisconsin. In 2018, more than 2,700 dairy farms in the U.S. went out of business, with nearly a third of those closures taking place in Wisconsin, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures. So far this year, more than 300 dairy farms in the dairy state shut down between January and May.

There are many factors involved in the reason farms close. Family farms are at the mercy of trade wars, the economy and Americans consuming less milk. Off of County Road M in Barre Mills in La Crosse County you’ll find acres and acres of farmland on what’s left of the Lane Creek Dairy Farm.

“It’s always kind of a jolt to see it empty,” Johanna Berg said as she walked through what used to be their free stall barn to milk their dairy cows.

In 2017, the Berg’s made the tough decision to quit the dairy business. “The money was not there. The bills were getting larger, the milk check was sometimes at a zero amount when it would come in the mail,” said Berg.

Dairy farming was their life, “farming is everybody’s bread and butter,” said Johanna’s husband Jeff, who grew up on the farm.

“We used to bring our kids out here in their stroller in the middle of the barn as we milked the cows,” said Johanna. The Berg’s raised their four children on the land.

A majority of that land had to be sold. “It was difficult to look out the window out there and know that that wasn’t ours anymore. You lose your animals and what you thought was your legacy to your children and their children.”

And they aren’t the only ones going through this, “used to be everybody milked cows, farm here farm there but now there’s like nobody left,” added Jeff.

It just one year before they sold that the Berg’s hosted the La Crosse County Dairy Breakfast. But even then they knew times were tough.

Today their outlook is still positive. “So we know on one hand even though it wasn’t our decision to sell the animals, the farm, we realize now it’s working out okay. That’s the way it needs to be right now. We couldn’t have kept on going with his health,” said Johanna.

Jeff was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 30 years ago.  “Actually the week before we got married I told her to run. She stayed,” said Jeff with a smile.

They’re tackling life’s obstacles together.  “We sold at a good time… a good thing for us, maybe not what we wanted at the time but now we’re okay with it. Not everybody gets that choice,” explained Johanna.

Their hope for other farmers facing the same circumstances is that they are free to make the choice to close on their own and to do a job they love for as long as they choose. “It’s not your fault. We’re giving it all we can, we gave it all we can and it wasn’t enough.”

For now, they are still seeing the beauty in life and hoping that other farmers can make it through these hard times and find a new purpose like they have.

Johanna and her daughter are re-purposing and selling old barn wood, candles and other barn items as a hobby. The Berg’s sell the items they make in the barn on weekends. You can follow them on Facebook.


Copenhagen farm family recovers from devastating fire; love of dairy shines through

Construction workers lay roofing on the skeleton structure of the Kennel family’s new barn on Thursday in Copenhagen. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

Once the smoke had cleared and the immediate shock wore off after the devastating barn fire that took a family’s main livelihood, new opportunities and a renewed commitment to a tough industry shone through

“I hope I’m farming when it’s all done. That’s where my heart is,” said Walt Kennel the morning of April 27, as the blaze that took 550 of the dairy cows belonging to he and his wife, Doris, was still smoldering, and the family was considering their next steps.

The decision to re-build the barn and replenish the herd didn’t, however, turn out to be the most difficult part, according to Mrs. Kennel.

Weighing options, comparing prices, quality, customer service and myriad other options for every part of the new barn was overwhelming at times for the family.

“Now that all of the decisions have been made, it’s exciting,” Mrs. Kennel said.

Insurance covered rebuilding costs, according to Mr. Kennel, and the company was very helpful.

“Everything just came together,” one of the Kennel’s sons, Tim, said, “Everybody rolls with the punches in dairy. There are always challenges. This was just a bigger challenge.”

In the largest loss of livestock to a barn fire in recent memory, 550 cows were killed in a blaze at Walt and Doris Kennel’s farm at 8711 State Route 12 in Copenhagen. Watertown Daily Times

On Aug. 24, W.L. Moser Construction led by Wendell Moser began the new barn and by Sept. 12, metal panels were being mounted on the 116-foot by 482-foot wooden frame.

“We added about eighteen feet onto the back of the barn,” the younger Mr. Kennel said, “We just needed a few more stalls.”

Rather than rebuild exactly what was lost, the family also decided to invest in adding a separate milking parlor to the farm’s buildings instead of milking in the main barn, which was “cheap but not so efficient.”

“We’re going a bit beyond what we had before. If you’re going to stay in it, you have to keep moving forward,” he said.

The cows will be the biggest beneficiaries of change, Tim Kennel said, with better ventilation and motorized back scratchers because, without happy cows, there is no business.

The family has already bought 250 cows, with 300 still to come, but Tim said it takes time to find the right cattle dealer with the right herd at the right price so the rest of the herd will wait until the barn is finished.

Focusing on surviving the income loss since the fire while they rebuilt and ensuring they haven’t had to let go any of their workers, the family is eager to get milking again as soon as possible and so will move cows in as soon as the first half of the barn is built to get started.

The Kennel family credits their ability to rebuild relatively quickly and survive the financial hardships largely to the people in their lives.

“Friends and family are all pitching in some,” Tim Kennel said, “It’s a testament to our community around here. Lewis County is a great place to live.”

For the fact that both he and his brother had no desire to leave the farm, but wanted to stay with the family, he gave the kudos to two specific people.

“It’s a credit to our parents,” he said, “There are no guarantees, but it’s a great place for a family, to raise kids on the farm. We enjoy the community, we enjoy the work and we have an opportunity to do it.”

By November, the younger Mr. Kennel said, the new barn is expected to be finished and, hopefully, have every stall filled with a happy cow.


NY dairy farmers and legislators having a cow over potential chocolate milk ban

Dairy farmers and local legislators are asking for answers after a recent proposal to ban chocolate milk in New York City schools.

Legislators say the ban would greatly hurt the dairy industry of the Southern Tier. Local dairy farmer Judi Whittaker of Whittaker Farms is concerned about the proposal.

“Why would you consider taking choices from children that is encouraging them to consumer a healthy product, white or chocolate, why would you take a choice away from a child like that,” said Whittaker.

Whittaker Farms has been in business for over 100 years, but the potential ban, would greatly hurt sales.

“It’s all going to affect us, because if they take away the chocolate component, that’s less consumption that’ll be going on. It’s going to lower consumption and the amount of milk they’ll be buying,” said Whittaker.

Legislators on both sides of the aisle, are calling the ban ridiculous, slamming New York City Bill DeBlasio.

“I don’t know how someone running for president expects to relate to folks in rural Iowa, when you’re sticking it to dairy farmers in upstate New York, your home state. Recognize the important nutritional benefits that chocolate milk provides, and make sure it’s an option for students in New York City schools,” said Representative Anthony Brindisi.

Source: WBGN

China’s Mengniu to buy baby formula maker Bellamy’s for $1 billion

Mengniu Dairy offered 1.5 billion Australian dollars ($1 billion) to buy infant formula maker Bellamy’s Australia in an all-cash deal.

One of China’s biggest dairy companies is gearing up for a massive takeover of an Australian baby formula maker.

Mengniu Dairy has offered 1.5 billion Australian dollars ($1 billion) to buy infant formula maker Bellamy’s Australia, the companies said Monday. Bellamy’s said its board had unanimously recommended shareholders vote to accept the all-cash bid, which represented a 59% premium to the company’s closing price on Friday.

The deal is still subject to approval from Australian regulators.

Shares in Mengniu slumped 2.8% in Hong Kong on Monday, dragging down the broader Hang Seng Index (HSI), which was down about 1%. Shares in Bellamy’s soared 55% in Sydney.

Mengniu is «an ideal partner for our business. It offers a strong platform for distribution and success in China, and a foundation for growth in the organic dairy and food industry in Australia,» Andrew Cohen, Bellamy’s CEO, said in a press release.

Bellamy’s brand position and supply chain are «critical to Mengniu,» said Jeffrey Minfang Lu, Mengniu’s CEO, adding that the Chinese company wants to grow Bellamy’s sales in Australia and the broader Asia Pacific region.

Earlier this year, China’s top economic planning body said it wants domestic production of baby formula to be above 60% within three years. Domestic infant and toddler milk formula accounted for about 44% of the market in 2018, according to data analytics company Nielsen.

China’s National Development and Reform Commission also said the country will improve the quality of infant formula to boost consumer confidence, state-run news agency Xinhua reported in June.

Infant formula has been a source of controversy in China in the past.

In 2008, tainted milk in China killed at least six babies and sickened about 300,000 others. Raw milk used to produce powdered baby formula had been watered down and the chemical melamine was added to fool quality checks. More than a decade later, some Chinese parents are still wary of local dairy brands.

The global baby food and infant formula market was worth $52.9 billion in 2018, according to a recent report from China was the largest importer of baby formula, according to the market research firm.

Source: CNN

Dairy industry pushes back against new manure storage rules

The Wisconsin dairy industry raised a stink Monday over potential new restrictions on manure storage, insisting the regulations would make life harder on struggling farmers and force them to relocate.

State agriculture officials have been working for nearly three years on new farm siting standards. If the governor and Legislature approve the standards local governments could impose them as local ordinances or ignore them.

Regardless, industry advocates say the changes would have a chilling effect on factory farm expansion at a time when farmers are already grappling with low milk prices. The new standards would be so onerous that farmers could move to other states, a coalition of agricultural groups said during a state Capitol news conference.

“Adoption of this rule without change will simply put a halt to livestock expansion in the state,” said Cindy Leitner, president of the Wisconsin Dairy Alliance, which represents factory farms.

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection adopted regulations in 2006 that set up a minimum 350-foot minimum distance between manure pits on farms with 500 or more animals and neighbors’ property lines. If a local government permits farms it must apply the state standards. So far 134 local governments have imposed the standards, according to DATCP figures.

Things changed in April when a DATCP advisory committee concluded a 350-foot minimum doesn’t protect residences, schools and other high-use areas such as playgrounds from odors.

Under the proposal, new farms with at least 500 animals as well as farms looking to expand to at least 500 animals to place manure storage facilities between 600 feet and 2,500 feet from neighbors’ property lines depending on the size of the herd.

Farms could reduce the setback by taking steps to mitigate the stench, such as using anaerobic digesters and injecting manure into the ground rather than spreading it.

The agricultural groups sent a letter last week to DATCP arguing nothing shows the new approach will be workable. For example, farmers could be forced to fit manure facilities thousands of feet from a neighbor’s empty field rather than a residence, they said.

They also accused DATCP of not running tests on how the new setbacks would affect farms and lamented that farmers would have to purchase expensive odor-mitigation equipment to reduce setback distances.

“The changes would … send a message that we don’t want modern dairy farms in our state,” Tom Crave, president of the Dairy Business Association, said at the news conference.

Sara Walling, administrator of DATCP’s agricultural resource management division, said the department doesn’t want to run anyone out of Wisconsin. She stressed that the changes would apply only to new farms and farmers looking to expand. Still, the department is poring over public comments on regulations with an eye toward tweaks, she said.

“We intend to take all of this into consideration,” Walling said. “This is a balancing act we’re trying to strike (between) the interest of the farm and the community in which it resides.”

DATCP plans to submit a final version of the regulations to its board in November. If the board signs off the regulations would go next to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers for approval. A green light from the governor would send the package to the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff didn’t immediately respond to an email asking if the governor supports the changes. Mike Mikalsen, an aide to Republican state Sen. Steve Nass, co-chairman of the Legislature’s rules committee, also didn’t immediately respond to an email.


Four farmers die after climbing into a noxious manure tank

This picture shows manure collection vats used to heat a farm in western France. Authorities believe the manure tank that the men drowned in was used to collect fertiliser. Four Indian nationals have died after they drowned in a manure tank near Milan

Four men have drowned in a manure tank on an Italian farm.

Officials believe three of the men, who were all of Indian descent, were overcome by carbon dioxide gases after they jumped in to rescue the man who fell ill while cleaning the tank.     

The accident happened at the Singh dairy farm at Arena Po, roughly 30 miles from Milan.

This picture shows manure collection vats used to heat a farm in western France. Authorities believe the manure tank that the men drowned in was used to collect fertiliser. Four Indian nationals have died after they drowned in a manure tank near Milan 

It is reported that the farm, owned by two of the victims, Prem Singh, 48, and his brother Tarsem Singh, 45, was one of the biggest in the Pavia region. 

Two of their farm workers, Arminder Singh, 29, and Majinder Singh, 28, also drowned.

While the farm produced milk and veal, investigators believe the manure was collected to fertilise the fields. 

The accident happened at the Singh dairy farm at Arena Po, roughly 30 miles from Milan. The dairy farm sold veal meat and milk. The men did not show up for lunch yesterday so their wives’ raised the alarm and found them in the sewage

The four men failed to turn up for lunch on Thursday and their wives rushed to the scene, spotting one of the bodies in the manure. 

They called the fire brigade who recovered them, covering themselves with specialist equipment so they would not succumb to the fumes. 

This year in Italy has seen the highest number of fatalities from work related accidents since 2016 with 486 people dying. 

The BBC reported that all four men were of the Sikh faith and full Indian residents from Punjab. 

Teresa Bellanova, Italy’s new Agriculture Minister, who had worked on a farm when she was younger, tweeted her condolences, adding that ‘safety at work is an inalienable right.’ 

Source: Daily Mail

Masked intruder shoots two workers at dairy near Turlock CA

Sheriff’s officials on Friday were investigating a shooting in which two workers were hit by gunfire Thursday night at a dairy several miles west of Turlock.

The dairy workers suffered injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, said Stanislaus County sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Clayton. He said one of the men suffered a gunshot wound to his face and the other was hit in the leg. Both men were hospitalized.

The shooting occurred about 10 p.m. Thursday at the dairy in the 2300 block of West Fulkerth Road, near South Carpenter Road.

It’s unclear what might have led to the shooting, including whether it was an attempted burglary or some type of dispute that escalated to gunfire. Clayton on Friday afternoon said he didn’t have any information that might indicate a motive.

Source: The Modesto Bee

Life lessons, fresh off the farm: Late summer dairy day a north country treat

High above Lake Superior’s south shore, the Tetzner dairy farm is set against a skyline broken by small woodlots and a handful of grain silos. In this far northern Wisconsin territory oftentimes associated with wild rivers, sprawling forests, and freshwater lakes, a network of family-operated dairies anchor a resilient agricultural community. On one memorable day in August, the Tetzner family propped open the barn doors, welcoming more than a thousand visitors to their property for Chequamegon Dairy Association’s 2019 Dairy Day.

“One of things that’s important to us is that the kids know where their food comes from. Their milk and ice cream comes from these cows, in this place,” said Rachel Pufall of Ashland, attending dairy day with her husband Frank and two young sons. “The kids get a connection to the food that we eat, and learn what our friends and the people that we care about do for a living.”

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Visitors enjoyed a complimentary picnic-style lunch, featuring fresh milk by the half-pint and ice cream dessert produced on the farm. Volunteers served up some 800 hamburgers and bratwurst, plus 100 hot dogs. Additional helpers and family members took up positions at the calf barn, robotic milker, and other stations explaining the how-tos of running a successful dairy.

“Until people see it, they can’t believe that a robot can milk a cow,” said Peter Tetzner, manager of the 99-year-old Bayfield County dairy. “It’s always a big surprise.”

The family made the high-tech transition five years ago. Tetzner said that while the automatic milker can accommodate 65 cows, three times a day, he soon found a sweet spot with 60 animals.

“We get the same amount of milk with 60 as we did milking 80 cows before the robotic milker,” he said. “There were a few bugs to work out during the move to robotic but overall it’s been a good switch.”

While technological upgrades made an impression on grown-ups at Chequamegon Dairy Day, kids found engaging farm-tour favorites from the moment they stepped off the tractor-powered wagon that shuttled visitors from a cut-hay parking area to the home farm. Holstein calves were only an arm’s reach away, the traveling educational exhibit Little Farmhands attracted scores of young children, and Maggie the Interactive Cow proved to be an all-ages draw. A hand-painted fiberglass statue standing more than 5 feet high, Maggie is fitted with pliable synthetic udders that just about anyone can grip and try out traditional milking. For many, it provided a tangible connection to time-honored farm life.

Success on the honor system

Since family patriarch Philip Tetzner first oversaw installation of the farm’s dairy processing facility in 1976, up to one-half of their annual milk production has been dedicated to creating in-house products. A self-serve store on Nevers Road in the Bayfield Peninsula highlands, along with wholesale ice cream and milk distribution to grocers around Chequamegon Bay, offers customers a variety of purchase options.

“Once people find us, learn about our products, we can make a customer for life,” said Peter Tetzner, noting that the balance of their milk yield goes to National Farmers cheese plants. “There’s no antibiotics, no growth hormones. We offer high quality and I think it keeps families coming back for generations.”

At the farm’s self-serve store, patrons write down the items they are purchasing on an envelope, place money inside, and drop it together into a box. It’s an arrangement that keeps the Pufall family returning with their sons David and Auggie.

“There are good lessons here for the boys,” said Frank Pufall. “And it helps them understand they are part of a bigger world.”


New York 4-H Girls “The Git Up” and Drink Milk Video Goes Viral

One of the big benefits of the 4-H Program is team building. And these young ladies with Otsego County Dairy Promotion certainly know how to put a team effort into promoting milk with the help of a little music and dance.

Kendara Hammond, Abbie Ainslie (in cow apron) ( in the back) and Hannah Bonczcowski and Ashlyn Wolfe (in front) took Blanco Brown’s song, “The Git Up” to the barn for “Git Up and Drink Milk”. Watch as the girls put on some nice dance moves while drinking milk and even dunking some cookies in the video above. Watch a second time for the cow’s expression in the background.

A big thank you to Ovaltop Holsteins for sharing the video along with this message:

Had fun producing this with these energetic farm girls…enjoy! Hope it makes you dance along and pour a cold glass of milk!

These girls put our ‘Git Up’ to shame.


Success for Australia’s first European Young Breeders School Team

Australia’s first team of young dairy men and women to compete at the European Young Breeders School in Battice, Belgium has returned home having scored a great team result.

The five strong team – Brady Hore (Leitchville, Vic), Julia Paulger (Kenilworth Qld), Ricky Nelson (Irrewillipe, Vic), Sam Hall (Australind, WA) and Zoe Hayes (Girgarre, VIC) competed against 163 youth from 15 countries in the five-day event which included workshops, judging and clipping competitions and conformation and showmanship classes.

Team Australia had a strong showing with all members placing in the top third of the results. Standout results included Zoe Hayes (7th overall), Ricky Nelson (11th overall) and Julia Paulger (14th overall). Each team was judged on their participation, teamwork and how they cared for their animals.

Team leader, Justin Johnston, says: “I’m really happy for the entire team. This really is a fantastic result in our first year of competing against top teams from around the world.

“There were also some great individual results Ricky won the leading class in his age group, Zoe was awarded third in clipping and second in leading, Julia fourth in leading.

“It was great to see our guys come together and really support each other. They worked hard for the team result, and the support and commitment they gave each other contributed to the individual results. They also made the most of every opportunity provided by the trip. We’ll definitely be back next year.”

The five individuals were chosen for the Australian team following a rigorous selection process earlier this year. Participation in the European Young Breeders School provides young dairy men and women from Australia with a practical hands-on learning experience on the international stage and provides valuable insight into cattle preparation and showmanship best practice from around the world.

The Australian team stayed on after the five-day event for an educational tour that included a visit to K.I. SAMEN, the Netherlands largest private AI station and Holland’s largest dairy farm with 2,500 cows on an 80 stand rotary. They also visited the new floating dairy farm trial site in Rotterdam, which opened earlier this year to demonstrate how food production can become less vulnerable to climate change.

The 2019 Australian European Young Breeders School team was supported by supported by Holstein Australia, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, Jersey Australia, Genetics Australia, Dairy Australia, GippsDairy, Gippsland Dairy Youth, Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Fonterra, STgenetics Australia, Ridley AgriProducts, WFI Insurance, Dick Smith, Smyth Seeds, B. Braun Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Football League.

Principal Partner Quotes

Holstein Australia CEO, Graeme Gillan, says: “It has been great to be part of this initiative. The experience and knowledge gained by every team member will last them a lifetime, and I think that our young dairy men and women have signalled Australia’s arrival at the European Young Breeders School, which sees the best of the best from around the world compete, in the best way possible.

“The other great sign for the future has been the way that the Australian dairy sector has thrown their support behind this initiative,” continues Mr Gillian. “In particular I’d like to acknowledge the huge amount of time and hard work from Holstein Australia member, Justin Johnston, to make the Australian team and this trip a reality.”

Jersey Australia General Manager, Glen Barrett, says: “The EYBS was a great opportunity for our young breeders across the country to participate and compete on the international stage and it certainly comes as no surprise that the team achieved the results that they did. Our industry and people are world class. Jersey Australia certainly thanks Justin Johnston for his drive to make this opportunity a reality and the many sponsors who worked together to make this a reality. Our congratulations to Julia, Brady, Sam, Zoe and Ricky for representing our industry with distinction.

Paul Guerra, The Royal Agricultural Society Victoria (RASV) CEO, says: “The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria were proud to support the inaugural Australian youth delegation to the European Young Breeders School. We are thrilled to learn that the five participants enjoyed and valued the unique educational experience at the European Young Breeders School and trust that their participation will assist greatly in their development as emerging leaders in the dairy industry. We are committed to supporting youth development in in agriculture and in particular delighted with the successful outcomes from partnering with Holstein Australia and Jersey Australia to deliver this initiative.”

124-year-old dairy processor Brancourts goes into voluntary administration

The Brancourts dairy processing company has gone into administration and there will be an immediate impact on jobs at its two factories in Victoria and New South Wales.


A spokesman for administrators PKF Australia said the sales and manufacturing arm of Brancourts had been placed in voluntary administration.

The administrators said the business continued to trade, with the administrators to consider all restructuring options to place the business back on a sustainable footing with the potential of re-commencing production.

The administrators said they were expecting a high level of inquiry.

The Brancourts family business has made cheese for Australian consumers since 1895, and its brand of cottage cheese, sour cream, haloumi, yoghurt, and condensed milk are common fixtures on Australian supermarket shelves.

Thirty-three full-time workers and four casuals have lost their jobs at Brancourts’ Traralgon processing site in the Latrobe Valley.

About 20 employees have been stood down at Brancourt’s Hunter plant at Hexham, near Newcastle.

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes said the Government was working with the administrators and the Federal Government to ensure all employees received their full entitlements.

Ms Symes said reduced national milk volume was driving increased competition among dairy processors to secure supply for their factories.

The Victorian Government was not given any notice that the company was about to go into administration.

Hopeful of sale

Meat Workers Union representative Grant Courtney said employees had been guaranteed their full entitlements.

“We were on site last Friday on a regular visit and were notified by members and by the company of the voluntary administration,” Mr Courtney said.

“They notified the employees that they would be paid until Wednesday, being today, when the administrators take over.”

Mr Courtney said workers were sad to be finishing up with the company.

“We’ve had an industrial agreement on site at Hexham for around five years, we only just renegotiated the agreement last year,” he said.

“The company predominately employs people directly and they were also making a cream product that was being exported to Japan.”

United Dairyfarmers of Victoria President Paul Mumford said the administrators were confident of finding a new owner for the business.

“Essentially they are confident of on-selling the business and hopefully get the business back on track and salvage some of the jobs,” he said.

Mr Mumford said administrators PKF were quietly confident of re-employing the workers, but would need to work swiftly to make that happen.

Milk shortage also to blame

Mr Mumford said the ongoing stress on Victoria’s dairy industry was likely to blame.

“We have seen stress at the farmer level for numerous years and it’s now being transferred to the processing sector, and with the closure of Dennington and Tongala in Victoria the manufacturers are hurting,” he said.

Mr Mumford said there had been a 10 per cent decrease in milk supply nationally due to the number of farmers who have shut their doors.

“Milk is becoming harder to get and we’re seeing that in the current year’s milk price,” Mr Mumford said.

“It’s one of the highest we’ve ever seen at farmer levels, purely because of competition.

“With milk at $7 per kilogram milk solid, I just doubt the company can pass that on to their customers.”

Ms Symes said reduced national milk volume was driving increased competition among dairy processors to secure supply for their factories.

Pressure on industry

The Traralgon workers who have lost their jobs will have access to the Latrobe Valley Authority’s workers transition service, set up after the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station.

Australian Manufacturers Workers Union national food division head Jason Hefford, who represents workers at the Traralgon factory, said the food industry was under pressure.

“Within Victoria we’ve had four or five dairy factories close,” he said.

Last month, Nestle announced it was closing its dairy factory at Tongala, in northern Victoria, and earlier this year Fonterra announced its Dennington plant in south-west Victoria would close.

The Brancourt family business was started in the 1895 by Julien and Alice Brancourt, the great-grandparents of current owner Julie.


Chocolate Milk Outperforms Sports Drink in Strength Test with Teen Athletes

In the first-ever field-based study of high school athletes recovering post workout, chocolate milk outperformed a commercial sports drink by a net strength difference of 6.7%. The study was performed in 2018 and was initiated by Dairy MAX, a regional dairy council covering eight states, as part of research and science-based health initiatives.

The research, conducted in 2018 and published in the 2019  Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, showed that high school athletes drinking chocolate milk lifted 3.5% more than before while the adolescents drinking a commercial sports drink lifted 3.2% less than before.

Previous studies all looked at adults, but never at the nearly 8 million high school athletes in the nation – yet nutrition is especially important for these young athletes, whose bodies are still growing while also handling the heavy physical demands of athletics.

“What we really noticed was, that there was not a lot of research out there on adolescent recovery. Even though it’s the largest group of sports participants in the country, nobody was really looking at that,” said Andy Cheshire, Ph.D., a co-author on the study from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin.


In 2018, The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin studied 103 high school athletes, including a mix of varsity and junior varsity male and female athletes with an average age of 15. The students trained four times per week for five weeks, with both free weights and field agility drills. They were randomly placed into one of two groups: those who would drink chocolate milk as a recovery drink, and those who would drink a leading sports beverage instead.


Chocolate milk was shown to have a more positive effect on strength development – demonstrating that it is an appropriate, welcomed post-exercise recovery drink for adolescents. It’s also particularly helpful to note that this compares results against sports drinks available in stores, demonstrating the difference between the two options for families.


The carbohydrate-protein ratio in chocolate milk was shown to be more beneficial than carbohydrate-only sports drinks in improving athlete performance as part of a strength and speed training at a high-school level.

“While there has been a number of studies that show chocolate milk helps adults to recover following strenuous exercise and to improve strength in a lab setting, this study is the first to test the effectiveness of commercially-sold, readily-available chocolate milk to see if it can help adolescents to increase their strength as a part of their normal, Summer training – which is did.,” said John B. Bartholomew, co-author of the study and Department Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin.

This field-based study builds on the previous research of Dr. John Ivy, conducted with The University of Texas in 2011, on adult male and female athletes that revealed low-fat chocolate milk is an ideal post-workout recovery drink.

Chocolate milk is an accessible, affordable and delicious recovery option for adolescent athletes—and it may give them a strength edge due to the protein-carb ratio, which is optimal for recovery and rebuilding, said Dr. Lana Frantzen, Vice President of Health and Wellness at Dairy MAX. “Our dairy farm families are thrilled this research will provide more reasons to enjoy the natural goodness of dairy.”

About Dairy MAX

Founded more than 40 years ago, Dairy MAX is one of the leading regional dairy councils in America – representing more than 900 dairy farmers and serving communities in eight states: Colorado, southwest Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, western Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. A nonprofit organization, Dairy MAX is part of a nationwide effort to promote American agriculture, support dairy farming and drive impact for every dairy farmer. The organization operates five audience outreach programs: business development, consumer marketing, health and wellness, industry image and relations and school marketing. For more information about Dairy MAX and its team of experts, visit Dairy resources and delicious recipes are available at

Farmers could hit jackpot after Kerry Group ruling

An arbitration process which is understood to have ruled in favour of Kerry Co-op suppliers in a milk-price dispute with Kerry Group plc could see farmers receive significant top-up payments.

The row arose as Kerry’s commitment to pay a ‘leading milk price’ on a ‘like-for-like basis’ came into question in 2015.

Kerry Group offered a payment of 1.75c/l to resolve the dispute in 2017, but this was rejected by the milk suppliers, and an arbitration process ensued last year.

According to local farmers, the arbitrator ruled that the West Cork milk price must be included in any comparison.

Kerry Group had argued against this, stating that as Carbery Group processed milk on behalf of the four West Cork co-ops, it wasn’t a ‘like-for-like’ comparison.

The arbitration ruling also stated that both sides must now negotiate further.

A spokesperson for Kerry Group told the Farming Independent that the Plc needs time to review the findings of the document before it took any further steps.

While it is believed that the arbitration ruling is valid for the calendar year of 2015, some suppliers have questioned whether there will be implications for farmers for the years following 2015.

It remains to be seen whether farmers will benefit from the ruling in the long run.

Some Kerry suppliers believe the dispute will drag on for a number of years, with one supplier saying he is «not counting on getting any money from the ruling», while another said «the only winner from the dispute will be solicitors».

Any claim arising from the information contained on the eDairy News website will be submitted to the jurisdiction of the Ordinary Courts of the First Judicial District of the Province of Córdoba, Argentine Republic, with a seat in the City of Córdoba, to the exclusion of any another jurisdiction, including the Federal.


Dean Foods +28% in enigmatic move

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) is up 27.7% as investors decide the company’s plan to stick with a standalone operating plan provides upside potential.

There are no reports of an activist or institutional investor building a stake, but today’s action suggests that could be a possibility. Another alternative offered by One Hat Research is that speculation on a longer path to a DF bankruptcy is behind the action following the Dean Foods disclosure.

Dean’s statement on its standalone decision: «We will move forward with an increased focus on our customers and leverage our many competitive advantages – including our portfolio of strong national brands, extensive private label capabilities, category leading position and our uncompromising commitment to quality, safety and service – to drive profitable volume.»

Despite today’s push higher, Dean Foods is down over 60% YTD and 80% lower for the last 52 weeks.

Any claim arising from the information contained on the eDairy News website will be submitted to the jurisdiction of the Ordinary Courts of the First Judicial District of the Province of Córdoba, Argentine Republic, with a seat in the City of Córdoba, to the exclusion of any another jurisdiction, including the Federal.


Dairy Girl Network to Host Three Events at World Dairy Expo.

The Dairy Girl Network (DGN), an organization supporting all women in dairy by enhancing lives and creating opportunities, announces three events taking place during this year’s World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.

Once again, DGN will be hosting its annual Connect Networking Event on Wednesday evening. Join us on October 2 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, right across the street from the Expo grounds. This annual networking session offers a welcoming environment with great conversations and connections for dairywomen in town for Expo. Come to learn about the fast-growing Dairy Girl Network and make some life-long connections. A light dinner will be provided during the networking event.

DGN’s latter event of the week, Sharing Wisdom, will be taking place on Friday, October 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Sharing Wisdom Educational Session titled “Recovering from a Downturn” will be hosted in Mendota 3, Exhibition Hall, Alliant Energy Center. Join our expert panel of industry professionals and dairy leaders as we navigate ways and stretch your thought process to build a road to recovery. The dairy industry has experienced an unprecedented downturn in key areas including financial, behavioral and on-farm inputs. Our diverse panel will discuss and emphasize new ideas on how to emerge from challenging times and reset your course. With forward thinking they will share a combination of real-life perspectives and expert sentiments. During the session, you can also look forward to hearing DGN Founder and President Laura Daniels with a welcome and discussion and DGN updates will close the session. The event will also have a networking lunch to conclude.

Registration for the Connect Networking Event and Sharing Wisdom Educational Seminar are now open. Those interested can visit to learn more and register. DGN asks that those who plan to attend pre-register by September 27th to secure their seat.

Finally, DGN will again host the exclusive Expo Family Lounge at World Dairy Expo. Located on the second floor of Exhibition Hall, right up the elevator, the Family Lounge provides a much-needed quiet space for families and new mothers. Amenities in the Lounge include two private nursing/pumping areas and a fridge for temporary storage, a diaper changing station with supplies, toys and play space for little ones and a place to rest and recharge. This quiet space is perfect for families or nursing mothers to escape the hustle-and-bustle of Expo. A Lactation Consultant will also be available to answer any questions on Thursday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. The Lounge will be open all week, October 1 to 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Dairy Girl Network is supported by vision sponsors: Dairy Herd Management and Mycogen Seeds and sustaining sponsors: DeLaval, Diamond V, DMI and Land O’ Lakes, in addition to contributions by event sponsors. Event sponsors for DGN’s World Dairy Expo events include Cargill, Compeer Financial, CP Feeds, Dairy Farmers of America, The National FARM Program, Merck, Papillon, Purina, Star Blends and WinField United. Learn more about the organization and sponsorship opportunities at

The Dairy Girl Network connects all women of the dairy industry, encouraging ideas and camaraderie in an effort to achieve personal and professional development. Designed as a welcoming network of passionate women involved in dairy, relationships will grow through shared experience, support and inspiration.

Team Canada Returns from a Successful EYBS 2019

Team Canada (L-R): Pier-Olivier Lehoux, Frédéric Fortier, Lee Morey, Brooke Boonstopple, Clarissa McCallum, Francis Blanchette, and Brent Sayles. Photo credit: Holstein Canada

Holstein Canada, along with the provincial Branches, was once again pleased to send a team of six youth to participate in the 2019 European Young Breeders School (EYBS) in Battice, Belgium. Team Canada was comprised of Lee Morey (Alta.), Brent Sayles (Ont.), Clarissa McCallum (Ont.), Frédéric Fortier (Que.), Francis Blanchette (Que.) and Brooke Boonstopple (N.B.). Pier-Olivier Lehoux of Lehoux Holsteins accompanied the team to provide leadership and guidance throughout the event.

These six participants competed against 150 youth from 15 European countries and, new this year, a team from Australia. Team Canada had a strong showing with several notable individual results, with all members placing in the top 25 overall: Brent Sayles placed 2nd, Brooke Boonstopple placed 8th, Francis Blanchette placed 13th, Clarissa McCallum placed 16th, Frédéric Fortier placed 17th, and Lee Morey placed 25th.

The five-day event included numerous workshops, Judging and Clipping competitions, and Conformation and Showmanship classes. Each team was judged on their participation, teamwork, and how they cared for their animals.

Holstein Canada and the provincial Branches have been collaborating to send a team from Canada every year since 2013. Team members are selected by their provincial Branches and are winners of provincial competitions and/or successful candidates from an interview process held within their respective provinces.

EYBS is a hands-on interactive event that falls under the “Practical Learning Opportunities” pillar of the Holstein Canada Young Leader Program, with some bonus international travel. Young Leaders interested in becoming members of a future EYBS Team Canada are encouraged to contact their provincial Holstein Branch for more information.

Dairy Farm Losses In Wisconsin Could Mean Trouble For Trump

Wisconsin is again leading the nation in farm bankruptcies. As part of the economic distress, nearly ten percent of the state’s dairy farmers alone may quit the business this year. While analysts say low milk prices don’t help, the Trump administration’s trade and tariff policies are also being criticized.

Dairy farm closings are nothing new in Wisconsin. During just the last decade, about 40% of Wisconsin dairy operations have shut down. Mark Stephenson studies dairy policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and says milk prices have been low for five years.

“It’s not that the low is so awfully low. It’s that it’s been persistent. Normally, theses cycles are about three years in length, not five,” he says.

Stephenson says milk prices are low because supply still outpaces demand. Part of the issue is improved dairy science make cows more productive.The extended low prices come as many farmers have drawn down their financial reserves, he points out.

In Jefferson, west of Milwaukee, farmer Jeremy Chwala says he and his family still grow corn, soybeans and other crops on their 70 acres, plus other properties nearby. But he sold off his milk cows two years ago. Chwala says his hand was forced when he and other farmers lost a contract with a local milk plant that had exported product to Canada.

“We decided to disperse the herd because nobody was taking milk. There was such a glut of milk on the market, and the prices were terrible and had been terrible,” he tells WUWM.

With the loss of dairy income, Chwala now works in town changing tires at a service center. But he still raises calves for other farmers. With Mexico and China cutting back on importing U.S. dairy products in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on imported goods, Chwala, who says he voted for Trump, now questions the president’s trade war.

“I hate to talk politics, but I think we needed a president to stand up to these other countries, because they were taking advantage. But he’s affecting the farm economy, cause we don’t have a market. You know, it’s a global market nowadays. It ain’t United States, it’s global. And, will it help? I think eventually, but how many people are going to suffer before it helps?” he asks.

Chwala says he’s not sure if he’d vote for Trump again.

While many of the Wisconsin dairy farmers who have left the business are small producers, even larger farms say they’re hurt by the trade war.

Julie Maurer’s dairy near Manitowoc that has more than 1,200 cows. Maurer says to eke out a profit, the farm has to be very cost effective.

“That we’re not wasting labor and fuel and getting as much production out of cows as we can, and as much production out of the land as we can. It really makes you take a double and triple-check of everything to make sure you’re being efficient,” she explains.

Even with the bankruptcies, dairy is still a big player. Wisconsin’s remaining 7,500 dairy farms, along with milk and cheese plants, still contribute about $45 billion to the state’s economy.

But parts of the rural economy is suffering. A recent Marquette University poll found tariffs are unpopular in the state. So, while the Trump administration says it’s willing to expand aid to farmers hurt by its trade war, it’s unclear whether that will be enough for the president to again win the support of rural Wisconsin.


Pharma, not dairy, main hurdle to ratifying USMCA

A leading U.S. farmers’ organization says it wants the new North American trade agreement renegotiated to fix a major flaw — one that has nothing do with Canada’s much-attacked supply-management system for dairy.

The National Farmers Union says the new deal’s extended patent protection for new pharmaceuticals must be reduced so that less expensive generic versions of new drugs can be available to consumers sooner.

Patty Edelberg, the vice-president of the Washington-based group, says American farm families that face growing stress and shrinking markets need better access to affordable health care — which includes pharmaceuticals — than a greater slice of Canada’s protected dairy market.

Opening up access to Canada’s supply-managed dairy market was a major U.S. priority during the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was punctuated by fierce criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump that Canadian farmers were hurting their American counterparts with unfair practices.

Republicans are pushing hard on Capitol Hill this week, urging the Democrats to introduce a ratification bill for the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in the House of Representatives, the lower house of U.S. Congress the Democratic party controls.

Before doing that, the Democrats want changes to the USMCA, including the new intellectual-property protections for pharmaceuticals as well as stronger labour and environment provisions, and that push is also supported by the farmers’ union.

Other farm groups, as well as politicians from milk-producing states, are also pushing the Democrats to move forward with USMCA.

Neither Canada nor the U.S. has ratified the new deal with votes in Parliament or Congress. Congress returned from its summer recess this week and the Canadian federal election campaign begins officially on Wednesday, meaning Parliament can’t sit until some time after Oct. 21.

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The Liberal government has said it won’t renegotiate the new deal, considering it closed, but Edelberg echoed the Democratic line that changes will have to be made, especially in the patent-protection provisions for medicines, before the farmers’ group is willing to endorse the new deal.

“Without access to quality health care, and prescription drugs is a huge part of that, it’s a tough sell for farmers,” Edelberg said in an interview Tuesday.

“We have to go back to the negotiating table,” she added. “Why is pharma in a trade deal? It’s never been there before. It didn’t come from Canada; it didn’t come from Mexico. It came from our own big pharma industry here in the U.S. and once it’s in a trade deal it’s never coming out.”

Canadian dairy farmers also don’t like the deal, known north of the border as the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, and are critical of the increased access that it allows for American products.

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“If ratified as is, CUSMA will concede an additional four per cent of our dairy production for U.S. dairy farmers to supply the Canadian market while limiting our ability to export our own dairy products,” Jacques Lefebvre, the chief executive of Dairy Farmers of Canada, said in a statement to The Canadian Press.

“In addition, the agreement includes the elimination of competitive dairy classes. The federal government has said that it is committed to having a thriving dairy industry, yet CUSMA creates significant challenges for our sector.”

Edelberg said the increased U.S. access to the Canadian market is essentially negligible and won’t solve the problems that farmers in her country now face.

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“Your dairy industry is a 10th of the size of our dairy industry,” she said.

“The only thing that we’re going to be doing by increasing our dairy exports to Canada is ruining your system of supply management … and us messing up your dairy industry isn’t helpful for the little bit it’s going to help ours.”

Quite simply, U.S. farmers produce more milk than they can sell, and unless they can find a way to drive up more demand domestically, the number of smaller family farms will continue to shrink while production is consolidated among larger factory farms, said Edelberg.

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“I don’t think there’s going to be enough dairy traded between our two countries to save the U.S. dairy industry. We make and produce way too much milk in this country to be able to rely on a country the size of Canada to fix our dairy program.”

Farmers are a key constituency for Trump and persuading the Democrats to introduce a USMCA ratification bill is important for his own fortunes as he seeks re-election next year. It would give him a win on trade as he pursues a globally disruptive trade war with China.

Trump’s senior economic adviser, Peter Navarro, said Tuesday he’s “100-per-cent” confident the House of Representatives will ratify the new deal by the end of the year, and that its Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the country’s most senior Democrat, will do the right thing and introduce the bill.

“We hope to get this done in the next 30 to 60 days and today is going to be an important day talking to the people of America so that they can encourage their representatives to do the people’s business when they get back to Washington,” Navarro said on MSNBC’s “Squawk Box.”


Coalition seeks moratorium on large livestock operations in Nebraska

A coalition of citizen and environmental groups is calling for a moratorium on large livestock operations in the state.

At a media event in rural Valparaiso on Monday, the groups unveiled a petition seeking support to put a temporary stop to what they call “factory farms.”

Randy Ruppert, a Nickerson resident who has been a frequent critic of the Costco poultry processing plant in Fremont, said such a moratorium is needed because state and local zoning laws are inadequate to deal with large confined animal feeding operations.

Most county zoning regulations “are 40 years out of date,” said Ruppert, who helped to start Nebraska Communities United in 2015.

The event was at Pine Crest Farms Bed & Breakfast in advance of a Saunders County Planning & Zoning Commission hearing Monday night in Wahoo on a proposed poultry farm near Morse Bluff that would raise chickens for the Costco plant that started up this month.

The bed and breakfast also is about 3 miles from the site of a proposed poultry farm in northwest Lancaster County.

That operation, near Northwest 27th Street and West Ashland Road, would have 380,000 chickens in eight barns. It is tentatively scheduled for a public hearing before the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission on Oct. 2, after having two earlier scheduled hearings delayed as it tried to work out issues with county roads in the area.

It’s the second poultry operation proposed in Lancaster County that would raise chickens for the Costco plant.

An operation that would have 190,000 chickens in four barns at 13350 West Wittstruck Road, near Crete, was approved last year. However, that approval was appealed in Lancaster County District Court, and a ruling is still pending after a trial last month.

A citizen task force that met for nearly six months has recommended changes to Lancaster County’s rural zoning rules that would make it harder to site a large livestock operation in the county.

Many of the proposed regulations the task force recommended are in the petition’s recommendations, including increased setbacks, at least a 30-day notice for properties near a proposed operation and proof of financial responsibility for disaster and decommissioning.

Residents who live near the proposed Saunders County poultry operation, which would have 12 barns and more than 550,000 chickens, said they received only five days’  notice of the hearing before the county planning and zoning board.

They said they are particularly concerned about the fact that it does not appear to be a local operation. The farmer who owns the land plans to lease it to a company called Y24 LLC, which is owned by Jody Murphey, an executive officer at North Carolina-based Gallus Capital Debt Fund and Gallus Capital Equity Fund.

According to media reports, Murphey may be involved in nearly a quarter of all the Costco-related poultry applications in Nebraska.


Dean Tumbles as Struggling Milk Company Opts to Go It Alone

Top U.S. milk processor Dean Foods Co. is giving up hopes of selling the company and will go it alone under the direction of new Chief Executive Officer Eric Beringause. Shares reversed gains in after-hours trading.

The Dallas, Texas-based company’s board concluded a review of strategic alternatives including a possible sale, saying in a statement Friday that a standalone operating plan under Beringause is the best way to go.

“We are confident that his oversight of and adjustments to our operating plan will build on the current momentum and drive improved performance in the business,” Chairman Jim Turner said in the statement.

American dairy companies are grappling with a decline in cow milk consumption as alternatives like almond milk erode the beverage’s popularity and retailers such as Walmart Inc. step into the market. Per capita consumption of fluid milk fell for a ninth straight year in 2018 and is about 40% below levels of the mid-1970s, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show.

At the same time, dairy prices are up, increasing costs, with the Dallas, Texas-based set to burn cash this year. Last month it reported wider-than-expected losses for a fourth straight quarter.

Beringause’s surprise appointment in July was an indication to some that Dean would focus on a turnaround instead of a sale. At the time, he pledged to take “a fresh look at the direction of the business.”

In the past year, Dean shares have loss more than 80% of their value, making it the worst performer among 106 global packaged food companies tracked by Bloomberg. The stock, which rose 9.5% in regular trading on Friday, tumbled 10% after hours on the news.


Global Dairy Alternatives Market is Expected to Reach USD 38.9 Billion by 2025

Wide adoption of almond milk, rich in protein, fiber, lipids, and energy content is projected to drive the demand for dairy alternatives. Moreover, rising rate of milk allergies among consumers is also responsible for the growth of the market. The global dairy alternatives market is expected to grow from USD 15.5 Billion in 2017 to USD 38.9 Billion by 2025 at a CAGR of 12.50% during the forecast period 2018-2025, according to the new report published by Fior Markets.

Dairy Alternatives are the products which are prepared from plant-based which include almond, pea, soy, cashew, and others. Dairy alternatives are products with a milk like texture, which are lactose free and are a great substitute of dairy based products. These products offer numerous benefits including lactose-free, gluten-free, sugar free, GMO-free, cholesterol free. They reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetics and other numbers of health gains. Almond milk has a number of benefit such as it is nutritious, low in calories, helps in maintaining the sugar level in the blood, dairy free, & build up bone structure and is high source of vitamin D. For instance, Vitasoy International Holdings Limited (Hong Kong) launched high calcium plant milk in Australia. On international World Plant Milk Day, company launched this product and shared the health benefits of plant milk.

Consumer fondness for a vegan diet is a major factor driving the market. In addition, growing rate of milk allergies among consumers and nutritional applications provided by plant-based dairy alternatives are two factors fuelling the growth of the market. However, uneven prices of raw materials may obstruct the growth of the market. Nevertheless, mounting demand of dairy alternatives products in emerging economies may boost the market in forthcoming years.


Key players operating in the global dairy alternatives market include The Whitewaves Food Company, The Hain Celestial Group, Blue Diamond Growers, Sunopta, Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing Company, Freedom Foods Group, Eden Food, Nutriops S.L., Earth’s Own Food Company, Triballat Noyal , Valsoia S.P.A, Dohler GmBh, Organic Valley, and Panos Brands LLC. To enhance their market position in the global Dairy Alternatives market, the key players are now focusing on adopting the strategies such as product innovations, mergers & acquisitions, recent developments, joint venture, collaborations, and partnership.

  • For instance, In October 2016, Sanitarium opened an office in Shanghai to multiply its products and services globally. The company also launched an international version of Weet-Bix called ‘Nutri-Brex’ into the Chinese domestic market.
  • In 2017, Cognex acquired ViDi Systems SA. This acquisition enabled Cognex to have ViDi deep learning software for developing new innovations in industrial machine vision.

The soy segment is dominating the dairy alternatives market with a market share of 25.40% in 2017

The source segment is classified into soy, almond, coconut, rice, oats, hemp, others. The soy segment dominated the dairy alternatives market in 2017. The segment is dominating because of its high nutritional value of soy protein which helps in reducing the cholesterol level and fighting with heart disease. It is also used in energy drinks and dietary supplements products.

Plain based segment held the largest market share of 64.7% in 2017

Formulation segment includes flavored and plain. Plain based segment is dominating the market and valued around in 2017. Consumer preference towards plain beverage is driving the growth of the market

Protein segment held a market share of 35.80% in 2017

Nutrient segment is divided into segments such as a protein, starch, vitamins and others. Protein segment dominated the market in 2017. Proteins act as a building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Rising health concerns and increase in demand for balanced diet enriched with high quantity of nutrients has forced consumers to incline more towards protein consumption.

Online stores segment valued around USD 4.57 Billion in 2017

The distribution channel segment includes supermarkets, health food stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, online stores and others. The online stores segment held a market share of 29.50% in 2017. The usage of online services has also increased in developed as well as developing markets due to factors such as faster accessibility and cost-effectiveness.

So good segment is growing with the highest CAGR of 14.6% in 2017

The brand segment includes silk, dream, almond breeze, sunrise naturals, so good, so delicious, australia’s own organic, ecomil, alpro and edensoy. The so good segment has grown rapidlyin 2017. It is the kind of soy milk which is highly demanded because it provides all the nutrients and is natural.

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Milk segment held the largest market share of 30.10% in 2017

The application segment includes milk, ice creams, yogurt, cheese, creamers, others. The Milk segment has dominated the segment in 2017 due to health concerns related to lactose intolerance and the hectic lifestyles of the working middle-class population.

Regional Segment Analysis of the Dairy Alternatives Market

  • North America (U.S. , Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe (Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Spain, Rest of the Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan India, Rest of APAC)
  • South America (Brazil and Rest of South America)
  • Middle East and Africa (UAE, South Africa, Rest of MEA)

Asia Pacific region dominated the global dairy alternatives market with USD 6.21 Billion in 2017 where as the North America region held the second dominant position in the market. The Asia Pacific region is dominating because of fast urbanization, diet variation, and liberalization of foreign direct investment in the food sector. Besides this, rise in income level, increase in purchasing power, growth of the middle-class population and increasing consumer awareness are also some of the factors which is leading to growth of the market. North America is the fastest growing region as the production and consumption of dairy alternative milk is increasing day by day in the developed nations such as U.S. and Canada.

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Seven Listeria infections linked to organic dairy products

Seven people in France have been infected with the same strain of Listeria after consuming organic dairy products.

The outbreak was identified by the National Reference Center for Listeria and an eighth case is under investigation.

Investigations by Santé Publique France and the Directorate-General for Food (DGAL) have identified the consumption of organic dairy items by the affected people and made the link with products made by La Ferme Durr following analyses of food samples.

The company, based in Bas-Rhin, Alsace, has withdrawn from sale and recalled all dates of Durr brand organic dairy products including natural yogurt and yogurt with fruit, cream, cottage cheese, and cheese. Products were sold directly at the firm, in markets and stores throughout France. Puddings identified by the name ‘Les Flans’ are not affected.

Production halted

French authorities said all production from the company is shut down until further notice. They added people who have the affected dairy products should not consume them and should bring them back to the point of sale.

Everything will be done to resume production under the required sanitary conditions, according to a company statement.

The firm said it was “dismayed and deeply sorry” for the potential impact the incident could have and added it is the first time such a problem had happened in their history.

The company thanked consumers for their support and said it hoped those affected recovered quickly.

It can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop. Symptoms of the infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are more at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications.


Florida’s milk prices are rising as dairy farmers struggle with tariffs and trade tensions

Dairy farmers are barely breaking even as the price of milk rises at Florida grocery stores. WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

Dairy farmers say their industry has been in trouble for years, and there are only a handful of dairy farms left in Florida.

There are none in Southwest Florida, including Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties.

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They’re blaming it on tariffs and trade tensions with Mexico.

Rising milk prices are being felt by shoppers in Southwest Florida.

Florida consumes more milk than it produces: about 2.4 billion pounds a year compared to the 40 billion pounds produced in California and 30 billion in Wisconsin.

Dairy farmers like Matt Lussier say they’re losing money.

“Dairy farmers are suffering. The current administration’s trade policies have really hurt the dairy industry. The tariffs to China have certainly hurt us,” Lussier said.

Republican Matt Caldwell, a former state representative, said dairy has become a global market. Caldwell ran for State Agriculture Commissioner and comes from a family of Florida farmers.

“Over the past four years, the prices they have been getting didn’t even cover the cost of production. From the farmers’ standpoint, these higher prices are going to mean they can actually stay in business,” Caldwell stated.

With milk prices rising, many people are looking for alternatives like almond, cashew and even oat milk.

Demand for dairy products in the U.S. remains fairly high. Milk is selling for about $4 a gallon in most stores. The price could rise slightly higher in the next couple of months.


Arla introduces supercooling to transport fresh products worldwide

Every year, Arla exports more than 1 billion kilo of products based on milk from the company’s 10,300 farmer owners from across Northern Europe to international markets as far afield as Asia, the US and Australia. While some fresh dairy products are frozen and flown, this method doesn’t suit the majority of Arla’s fresh portfolio, triggering its innovation team to investigate alternative transport solutions. Today, the company reveals it has developed a revolutionary supercooling tool that enables fresh products to travel long distances on ships, opening up international export opportunities.

“An easy and well known way to distribute foods to distant markets is freezing and flying but this destroys the quality of some of our products. We’re seeing more and more markets requesting chilled, fresh tasting and natural products rather than frozen products that require defrosting or products with preservatives. Our new, innovative cooling tool overcomes this challenge, creating possibilities to expand our product portfolio globally,” says Lars Dalsgaard, SVP Product and Innovation.

Arla is investigating the properties of each individual dairy product and understanding the conditions it will encounter during the journey from a European cow to, for example, an Asian consumer. These in depth studies are enabling the company to identify precisely which factors affect product quality during transportation.

“We have found that the relationship between time and advanced cooling is one of the keys to unlocking portfolio limitations in markets outside of Europe. Controlling these variables enables us to put the product into hibernation mode, or ‘to sleep’, a bit like Sleeping Beauty – and deliver it fresh and in top quality at its arrival,” explains Lars.

A supercool new launch in Australia
Expanding the range of Castello® cheeses in Australia to fulfill the needs and demands of Australian consumers has long been on the company’s wish list. Given the country’s geographical location and distance from Denmark, where a large proportion of the Castello range is produced, it’s proved a challenge to bring some of brand’s short shelf-life products to market because they can’t be frozen.

Recently, the first shipment of supercooled Castello® Decorated Cream Cheeses docked in Australia, having been stored in special containers under super cooled conditions.

“We are thrilled by the quality of the product and excited to launch a unique and premium offering of cream cheeses for Aussie consumers. Supercooling has been instrumental for the launch of Castello® Decorated Cream Cheeses, but this is just the beginning!” says brand manager for Castello in Australia, Rucha Sarma.

Coming to more markets
The new process can unlock significant growth opportunities by bringing a broader portfolio of short shelf-life products to markets.

“This may sound simple, but achieving the extremely precise time versus temperature balance, which supercooling requires, demands unwavering persistence and passionate focus from our innovation team. In close collaboration with supply chain, logistics and local markets, they’re making mission impossible, very possible,” says Lars.

The new tool is currently being tested on a range of different fresh dairy products from milk and yogurt to cheeses.


Randall Geiger of Ran-Rose Farms Obituary

Randall Andrew Geiger, age 69, of rural Reedsville, Wisconsin, passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019, at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wis. He was surrounded by his wife of 50 years, his two children, and their spouses following an 18-day hospital stay due to complications of a heart attack. The lifelong dairyman began that final journey from earth to heaven side-raking hay on the family’s 152-year-old farm. A true farmer, he left this earth with his farm boots on.

A fully committed volunteer, Randy worked the Manitowoc County Farm Bureau’s food stand at the county fair just two days before Flight for Life took him to the Milwaukee hospital. In the family’s minds, we paraphrase a quote from Bonnie Ayars about Randy’s life commitment: “An ‘open heart’ in all of life can bring about open heart surgery. While every attempt was made to fix his physical heart, Randy’s ‘real giving heart’ remains unchanged, and it never needed to be fixed.”

He entered this world on January 24, 1950, in Green Bay, Wis., the fifth of thirteen children born to the late Monica (Kopidlansky) and Norbert Geiger Sr. For two years, he attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Oneida and later graduated from Brillion High School Class of 1968. He earned accreditations from the Badger Business School and Fox Valley Technical Institute.

On August 1, 1969, Randy married Rosalie Pritzl at St. Mary’s Church in Reedsville. A unique member of Holy Family Parish, Randy was baptized at Holy Trinity of Kasson; received first communion, confession, and confirmation at St. Mary’s in Brillion; was married at St. Mary’s in Reedsville, and his mother went to school and his parents were married at St. Patrick’s of Maple Grove. Those four churches formed Brillion’s Holy Family Parish.

Dairyman, servant leader, mentor, family man, and devout Christian described Randy’s life mission. Following his father’s untimely death in 1966, Randy began a 50-year career dairy farming as he and his wife, Rosalie, bred and developed a prized herd of registered Holsteins. In 1994, Ran-Rose Cream Spirit amassed lifetime production of 342,000 pounds or 40,700 gallons of milk and then earned the title of Wisconsin’s lifetime milk production leader. Together, Spirit and her three direct maternal descendants made 1.3 million pounds or 155,000 gallons of milk. That achievement stands in rare company in global dairy cattle breeding circles.

With Randy’s compassionate cow care, the milk quality at Ran-Rose Farms, with Randy being the “Ran” and Rosalie being the “Rose,” was among the very best in the nation. From 1996 to 2015, the herd was awarded the Manitowoc County DHIA Udder Health Award each and every year and maintained a somatic cell score — a measure of cow and udder health — under 100,000 cells. In 2013, the herd averaged a “hall-of-fame level” 37,000 cells on all shipped milk to their milk plant. In 2002, the herd was recognized by the National Mastitis Council as a National Dairy Quality Award winner. Over the decades, the herd accrued Progressive Breeder of Registry awards, over a dozen Progressive Genetics Awards, Gold Medal Dams, and Dams of Merit recognitions from Holstein Association USA. Twelve times a cow from the Ran-Rose herd earned Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion honors at the highly competitive Manitowoc County Fair.

Randy also raised outstanding crops on his 376-acre farm. At the World’s Forage Superbowl, held in conjunction with World Dairy Expo, he garnered a second place finish and two fourth-place honors in the extremely competitive Dairy Hay Division. Those “farm crops” he nurtured also included well-over 20 high school students who learned life lessons working on his farm.

It’s also on that farm where he raised his most important “crop,” his children with his wife Rosalie. He was a supportive, loving, and committed husband, father, and grandfather. His joy was in his family, and he wouldn’t miss an opportunity to cheer them on in sports, academics, and in day-to-day living life to its fullest.

At age 27, Randy began a lifetime of service as a community leader when he threw his hat into the school board race for the Brillion School District. He won as a write-in candidate, outpolling five other candidates by 500 votes and defeating two incumbents. That early life story foreshadowed Randy’s future commitment to his fellow citizens. After moving to the Reedsville area, Randy served for ten years on the Reedsville School Board, holding positions as Vice President and Clerk.

Following the bankruptcy of rural Brillion’s Kasson Cheese plant in May 1989, Randy began a crusade to find some way to help the 170 farmers who collectively lost $2.1 million in milk check money that year. After writing well over 250 letters and making countless phone calls to elected officials, Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson signed a bill into law in April 1991 to restore half of the money following potential state negligence in a bonding issue regarding the Kasson plant. “If nobody says anything, nobody does anything,” said Randy in a news interview after standing directly behind the Governor at the bill signing. With that foundation, Randy went on to become a visible and effective voice in local, state, and national public policy, lobbying elected officials at all levels on behalf of farmers and rural residents.

He was the 16-year President of the Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative, and later served as an officer for the FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. For the past year, Randy was employed part-time in the member-services division for FarmFirst.

Nationally, Randy lent leadership to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board for six years and served on both the Wisconsin Beef Council and Eastern Wisconsin Dairy Herd Cooperative boards up until his death. From 2008 to 2013, Randy was on the board of directors of the National Milk Producers Federation and helped guide its Environmental and Milk Marketing Committees, routinely advocating in Washington, D.C.

He also served as a director for World Dairy Expo and gave tours to school children at that international event. Randy gave guidance to the Wisconsin Dairy 2020 Task Force following an appointment by Governor Thompson. He also served on the executive committee for the Wisconsin Agri-Business Council; was president of the Manitowoc County Holstein Breeders; was a delegate to the Cooperative Network; and its predecessor, the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives; and was a board member of Lakeshore Federated Cooperative. He served as a delegate to Equity Livestock Cooperative, AgSource Cooperative, Genex Cooperative, and Northstar Select Sires. Randy was active in the Manitowoc County and Wisconsin Farm Bureau, serving as a delegate for both and as a member of the Farm Bureau’s State Dairy Committee.

Locally, Randy was vice-chair of the Rockland Township Smart Growth and Land-Use Planning Committee. He was a lifetime member of Holy Family Parish and St. Mary’s Parish and served as a confirmation sponsor to over a dozen young people.

While Randy didn’t strive for excellence to earn awards, he appreciated the honors bestowed upon him. He earned the Cooperative Network’s Cooperative Builder Award and received the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Honorary Recognition Award. Randy was presented as a Master Agriculturalist by the Wisconsin Agriculturalist and garnered Lakeshore Technical College’s Dairy Honor Award. He was named Friend of the Manitowoc County Farm Bureau and was bestowed Manitowoc County’s Outstanding Ag Leader Award. Additionally, Randy was recognized with these awards: Outstanding Service from the Reedsville FFA, Honorary Chapter Degree from the Brillion FFA, Outstanding Young Farmer from the Brillion Jaycees, Outstanding Young Farm Couple from the Manitowoc Milk Producers Co-op, and the Community Service Award from the Calumet County Farmers Club.

Survivors include his wife, Rosalie Geiger of Reedsville; a son Corey (Krista Knigge) of rural Mukwonago; and a daughter Angela (Nate) Zwald and their three children, Mary, Allison, and Zachary, all of rural Beaver Dam. Randy’s surviving siblings include Sandy (Michael) Siehr of Mishicot; Norbert (Colette) Geiger Jr., of Brillion; Michael (Karen) Geiger of Greenleaf; Martha (Earl) Haag of Larrabee; Monica (Tony) Schmidt of Brillion; Paul (Karen) Geiger of Forest Junction; Albert (Kay Lynn) Geiger of Brillion; Mary Ann (Steve) Piepenberg of Chilton; Simon (Rhonda) Geiger of Brillion. Also surviving are a sister-in-law Betty Geiger and brother-in-law Dennis Schmitz both of Chilton; a sister- and brother-in-law Annie and Robert Krueger of New London; and a brother-in-law Ken Konop of Brillion. Randy is further survived by 35 nieces and nephews from the Geiger Family and 10 nieces and nephews from the Pritzl Family.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Gerald Geiger; brother James Geiger; sister, Barbara Schmitz; sister-in-law Jacqueline Konop; and brother-in-law Elmer John Pritzl. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Norbert and Monica, and his father- and mother-in-law, Julia and Elmer Pritzl, whom Randy held in high esteem as they trusted him and his wife, Rosalie, with carrying on the family farm dating back to 1867. To say the least, those two couples had a special bond.

There were a number of special people in Randy’s life. Helping young people get started in agriculture was perhaps his proudest accomplishment next to his wife and children. To that end, he holds Dan Dvorachek, Josh Krahn, and Jonathan Petersheim as his “adopted farm sons.” Many other young people learned viable life lessons at Randy’s “farm classroom.”

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 14 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion. The Rev. Tom Pomeroy will officiate with burial to follow at Kasson’s Holy Trinity Cemetery between Brillion and Reedsville.

Friends may call at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion on Friday, September 13, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There will be a parish prayer service at 7:30 p.m. The visitation will continue at the church in Brillion on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations and memorials will be accepted in the name of Randy Geiger. Contributions will be allocated to a scholarship fund in Randy’s name to help young people get their start in agriculture and to the American Heart Association.

Everyone at The Bullvine sends our deepest thoughts and sympathy’s to the family and friends of Randall.


Man accused of killing Tulare County dairy farmer pleads not guilty in court

Action News had the only camera rolling when Jorge Rivera appeared for the first time at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility on Friday afternoon.

The 26-year-old is accused of murdering his dairy farm boss, 56-year-old Tony Dragt on Tuesday afternoon.

Dragt’s family members reportedly told investigators Rivera had been harassing them since June, which is when he was allegedly fired for not showing up for work.

With a court employee by his side, Rivera appeared to question signing paperwork to move forward with the arraignment that was done through video conference with a judge.

“Sir, if you do not want to sign that if you do not want to do the video arraignment that’s your right we would then put the matter over to Monday in department three so those are your option I can do it now or you can wait till Monday,” the judge said.

Instead, Rivera chose to sign the document, and he pleaded not guilty on all counts.

Rivera faces first-degree murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and having an illegal weapon in his vehicle.

If convicted, he could face 50 years to life in prison.

David Alavezos, assistant district attorney for Tulare County, says seeing cases like this impacts everyone.

“Homicides affect the entire community and this case is like any case when it comes to that the whole community when any person’s life is stolen,” Alavezo said.

And in this case, the family of Dragt is still deeply affected. The senseless loss is still fresh and they are asking for privacy during this difficult time.

But for now, the accused killer is expected to appear back in court in two weeks.


Milk brand born from tragedy keeps growing

A few weeks after Sallie Jones’ dairy farmer father took his own life, a crisis struck the industry in which he had worked for decades.

One of Australia’s biggest dairy processors, Murray Goulburn, retrospectively cut its farmgate milk prices and rival Fonterra Australia followed suit.

The cuts in April and May of 2016 meant Sallie’s family friend Steve Ronalds, a fifth-generation dairy farmer who grew up in Gippsland like her, lost $170,000 in a heartbeat.

As Sallie grieved and wondered how to carry on the legacy of her father – who created an ice cream brand in the 1980s – Steve was pondering what to do with his herd of Jersey cows.

A chance meeting at a farming event forged a solution for them both.

“I said, well I’d love to do an honour project for my Dad because he was such a pioneer and so ahead of his time – and you know, to create positive memories, rather than the devastation of what was,” Ms Jones told AAP.

“We had milk in a bottle three months later.”

The pair created the milk brand Gippsland Jersey, with the dual aim of selling milk that gives farmers a fair cut and promoting discussion about mental illness to help break down stigma.

They’re also committed to performing random acts of kindness for farmers.

That included distributing calendars to more than 1000 dairy households in Gippsland last year, bearing a dozen stories of farmers who have experienced mental health issues.

The pair’s leap of faith has paid off in spades, with the business growing by five per cent, month-on-month, since it was launched.

It produced 300,000 litres in its first year, and is now pumping about more than a million litres annually.

The business ensures farmers get a fair cut because it “owns the process” -bypassing big processors and instead using a smaller processing plant.

They have plans to have their own processing plant up and running within months at Sallie’s father’s old factory, having raised $100,000 through a campaign that sold milk in advance at an inflated rate.

Gippsland Jersey also charges major chains such as Woolworths the same for its product as it would a small regional milk bar.

“We’ve got the cows, the farms, the factory, and we sell direct,” Ms Jones said.

Ms Jones said she had known there was a market for more independent milk because she was managing the Facebook page of a farmers market when the dairy crisis broke, with many people contacting it asking what milk they could buy to support farmers.

She credits the authenticity of her and Mr Ronalds’ story with their success, saying they haven’t had to spend a dollar on advertising as the word has spread about Gippsland Jersey organically on social media.

The business also works collaboratively with the roughly 25 other small, independent milk brands in Australia, with representatives from each meeting at Melbourne’s airport a couple of months ago.

“We information-share, because we don’t actually see each other as competition,” she said.

“Our strength is in making sure that we all survive.”

Looking forward, Sallie sees opportunities everywhere, having walked away from a global food conference in Melbourne last week with a swag of potential leads for exporting Gippsland Jersey milk abroad.

“There is so much appetite for Australian dairy in the Southeast Asian market, it’s insane,” she said.

But wherever the milk is sent, their business is determined not to compromise on their values or fair prices.

Australia produced 8.8 billion litres of milk in 2018/19 down, 5.7 per cent on the previous year.

But Gippsland Jersey’s success has served as a source of hope for some dairy farmers, who have reached out to Sallie and Steve expressing interest in following their path.

She stresses to them the importance of getting your name out.

“It’s little brands like ours that are creating some positivity, and bringing some respect back to the dairy industry,” she said.

“I’ll tell you, every farmer is watching our story unfold … and they’re watching with interest.”


Animal Activists Chose the Wrong Farmers to Steal From

Animal activists chose the wrong property to trespass on and were reminded of what some consequences can be when you enter a persons castle uninvited.

Help for dairy farmers

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is one of the biggest dairy co-ops in the United States.

DFA is now promoting a product that is a blend of almond milk (juice) and dairy milk. Dairy co-ops today are one of the many examples of criminal activity. They are supposed to be owned and controlled by the dairy farmer. I think it is time (past time) to stand together and let our co-ops and government know we are done being controlled. The co-ops are stealing our wholesome product and using it to make inferior products, so they can fill their pockets. Co-ops are not doing what they were originally designated to do.

Also, all these insurance programs established to help the dairy farmer are only Band-Aids. The politicians are blind to the real problem: Corruption in the market place. The dairy farmer needs a fair price at the farm. They pay the hauling, advertising, quality control costs, and any other costs the co-op wants to deduct from their check.

I hope the consumer realizes how the dairy farmer is being misrepresented. Grocery stores should not have nut juice in the dairy case. Now, fake milk and fake meat are coming into the picture. How disgusting.

I have been reading that people are liking this junk. All I can say is they have not drank good whole fat milk (97 percent fat free) or ate a good hamburger.

Another problem is getting whole fat milk back into our schools. There is so much red tape and steps that have to be taken to get this done.

Why did our creator give us this Earth and the resources to provide good wholesome food?

Barb Troester,

Farm Women United, board member


2018 WDE Supreme Champion Delilah Sells for Brown Swiss World Record $210,000

📷Alexis Payne

The Elite Dairy Dispersal held on September 4, 2019, enjoyed a record-breaking day as the sale began with WDE Supreme Champion Cutting Edge T Delilah entering the ring to kick off the sale and when the gavel fell she was struck off at $210,000 and was purchased by Dr. Kenny Jo Manion of Kentucky. The sale has concluded with an incredible unofficial average of $8834.

Lot 1: $210,000 … Cutting Edge T Delilah (EX-95), World Dairy Expo ’18 Supreme Champion!

Lot 18: $175,000 … Cutting Edge Thunder Faye (2E-93), Reserve Grand Champion, WDE ’17.

Lot 19: $55,000 … Cutting Edge Fawn (2E-92), Reserve All-American 4-Year-Old ’18

Lot 95: $36,000 – Cutting Edge B Sonny (2E-93), 2X All-American, 2X HM All-American

Lot 149: $27,500 … Cutting Edge F Sydney, Foremost Summer Yearling x EX-91 Agenda from Ensign Sue family

Lot 8: $21,700 … Cutting Edge T Delora (VG-86), Thunder Jr 2 x Agenda Dancer

See more at Cowbuyer

Arrest made in connection to Tulare dairy farmer death

The Tulare County Sheriff’s make arrest in the death of local dairy farmer 56-year-old Anthony Dragt. 

Tulare Sheriff Boudreaux said they arrested 26-year-old Jorge Rivera.

26-year-old Jorge Rivera

Sheriff Boudreaux said Rivera does have a criminal history including time spent in prison.

56-year-old Anthony Dragt (Courtesy of Dragt Family)

It happened around 2 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Avenue 352 and Road 100.

The victim was identified as 56-year-old Anthony Dragt. He died near his home just north of Visalia. Detectives said he was shot several times and died on scene.

Employees said Dragt owned the dairy farms in this area, where several of his them lived. They said it’s tragic news, and described him as a good boss.


Nebraska farmers experience nearly $1 billion loss in revenue from trade wars

The on-going trade war between the U.S. and China has had a massive impact on farmers in the state.

A new analysis, released on Tuesday from the Nebraska Farm Bureau, estimates the total loss for farmers in the state at just under $1 billion in 2019 alone.

“The ongoing trade issues, the weather issues, the blizzards and things, the flooding that occurred this spring. It’s a tough year right now for agriculture, we expect that the financial pressures on farmers and ranchers are going to continue to grow,” said Economist Jay Rempe. 

The analysis utilized USDA data to estimate tariff related losses on a statewide basis, as well as estimating the crops most impacted.

Soybeans and corn have been hit the hardest to date.

Those two crops account for 89 percent of the total revenue loss.

Rempe says the subsidies being paid out by the federal government isn’t doing enough  to help farmers in the short term.

“When we look at the numbers, the losses that farmers are experiencing are exceeding the help that we’re getting from the federal government,” said Rempe.

The report shows the counties most affected by the trade war are Cuming, Custer, Dawson and Lincoln county, with Platte county not far behind.

The farmers are growing increasingly frustrated by the trade wars, and financial pressure will only continue to rise.

“We appreciate the relief, but we want more trade agreements, we want expanded markets. We want to be able to sell our product overseas,” said Rempe.

Rempe says, due to the financial losses, farmers are having to cut back on spending themselves.

Purchases for new farm equipment are being put on hold as families budget for the future.

No one knows when the trade war will end, but the farmers hope it’s sooner rather than later.

“Whatever means it takes, Mr. President, please open these markets for us so that we can continue to sell our products,” said Rempe.

Rempe says that even if the tariffs are lifted in the near future, the ramifications of it will impact the state’s economy for years to come.

A new analysis by the Nebraska Farm Bureau estimates the ongoing retaliatory tariffs imposed by countries on U.S. agricultural exports will cost Nebraska producers $943 million in lost revenues in 2019.

The projected losses would be in addition to tariff related losses in farm level income estimated between $695 million to $1.026 billion in 2018.

The “Nebraska Farm and Ranch Losses from Retaliatory Tariffs 2019 Estimates” analysis was conducted by Nebraska Farm Bureau Senior Economist Jay Rempe as a way to provide an assessment of losses independent of the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) assistance available to farmers to offset trade associated losses.

“We appreciate the administration’s ongoing support for America’s farm and ranch families through MFP assistance, but this analysis shows just how critical it is that we resolve the prolonged trade conflicts that have created the tariff pressures,” said Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president.

The new analysis utilizes United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) data to estimate tariff related losses on a statewide per-commodity basis, as well as estimate total commodity losses on a per-county basis. 

“The analysis shows that Nebraska soybean and corn growers will likely see the greatest cumulative losses. Soybean producers as a group are projected to lose out on nearly $589 million from retaliatory tariffs and corn producers are estimated to lose roughly $251 million,” said Jay Rempe, Nebraska Farm Bureau senior economist.

“Pork producers are projected to see $40 million in losses, while sorghum and wheat growers will collectively experience losses in the mid-$20 million range. Alfalfa growers are estimated to experience $9 million in losses, while dairy producers will likely lose out on roughly $3 million and dry bean growers collectively will lose $2 million due to retaliatory tariffs.”

Export losses of beef, hides and skins, ethanol, and other byproducts of Nebraska’s processing industries were not included in the analysis, but according to Rempe, losses in those areas would also impact producers bottom lines.

“Counting tariff losses for beef, ethanol, and other byproducts could easily push Nebraska farmers and ranchers’ collective losses from trade tariffs over the $1 billion mark,” said Rempe.

In terms of trade related losses estimated on a county-by-county basis, Cuming County is the most impacted county with estimated trade losses exceeding $48 million. Custer, Dawson, and Lincoln Counties followed with losses exceeding $32 million, while Platte County experienced losses of nearly $30 million.

“If you divide the total trade losses in Cuming County by population, we’re talking a loss of $5,300 per-person. That’s substantial when you think about how those monies would be spent in a local community and subsequently flow into our economy,” said Rempe.

The analysis also looked at the overall impact of trade associated losses to the state’s broader economy, projecting a total income loss to Nebraska’s economy of $1.16 billion due to retaliatory tariffs.

“This analysis shows how important trade is for Nebraska farmers, ranchers, rural communities, and our state. It’s vital we eliminate trade barriers and secure trade deals that allow farmers and ranchers to work freely to capture, develop, and grow international markets. Congressional passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, securing a bi-lateral deal with Japan, and progress on the China front would be very good places to start,” said Nelson.


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