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Waikato milk is becoming increasingly contentious.

Open Country Dairy (OCD), which is the second largest milk processor in the country, is trying to get more suppliers.

In order to get suppliers away from Fonterra, OCD is also giving new and existing Waikato suppliers a new milk payment option that is similar to the co-but op’s better.

Its new “milk price plus” programme guarantees farmers 5c/kgMS more than they would have made with Fonterra’s farmgate model and a better advance rate.

Steve Koekemoer, the CEO of OCD, says that the company is giving Waikato farmers two payment options because some farmers are used to working with traditional farmgate milk price models that are based on the markets.

“Right now, we pay our farmers in full every three months. This keeps up with the market prices and gets cash back to the farmers faster. We’ve always thought that farmers should get their money back more quickly,” he says.

OCD’s Waharoa plant just got a new cheese capacity upgrade and a lactose plant, but it needs more milk to fill it.

Yashili, another Waikato milk processor, is also looking for new cow, goat, and sheep milk suppliers. The Chinese company runs a factory in Pokeno that makes milk powders and cream, most of which are sent to China.

On its website, the company tells Waikato farmers that they can join “one of the world’s leading producers of premium products” if they are interested.

Yashili had a site at the National Fieldays for the first time.

Olam, a Singaporean company, is on track to start processing milk at its new plant in Tokoroa in August of next year. The company is working hard to get farmer suppliers on board.

Happy Valley Milk is trying to raise money in Otorohanga to build a new plant.

Andrew McGiven, who used to be president of Federated Farmers, told Rural News that it seems like competition is heating up again in Waikato.

McGiven, who works with Fonterra, says that competition can be good for farmers if they live in the right areas. But he is worried that Fonterra will lose too much milk to competitors.

“I think that if Fonterra’s milk supply gets too scattered, we may lose a co-op that can set the national milk price. If this role/responsibility falls to a corporate processor, milk premiums for farmers may go down, just like in the Australian dairy industry.

“But I also think we have a long way to go before we have to think about that possibility.”

McGiven says that no processor has reached out to him yet, but he has heard radio ads for Open Country.

The last day to cover dairy margins is January 31.

DMC is a voluntary risk management programme that protects dairy farmers when the margin between the all-milk price and the average feed price falls below a certain amount of money that the farmer chooses.

Zach Ducheneaux, administrator of the Farm Service Agency (FSA), said, “We know this is a busy time of year with many competing priorities, so we’ve extended the DMC enrollment deadline to make sure every producer who wants coverage for 2023 has a chance to sign up for the programme.”

“Early estimates suggest that DMC payments will probably happen for the first eight months of 2023. We all know that markets change, sometimes quickly and sometimes without any warning, so now is the time to make sure your business is protected. Please don’t throw away this second chance.”

Nearly 18,000 businesses that signed up for DMC for 2022 have received a total of $76.3 million in margin payments for the months of August and September. Risk coverage through DMC is a relatively cheap investment, costing $0.15 per hundredweight for $9.50 of coverage.

DMC offers different levels of coverage, including one that is free for producers (except for a $100 administrative fee). If they ask, farmers and ranchers who are just starting out, have limited resources, are socially disadvantaged, or are veterans of the military do not have to pay the administrative fee. Producers can use the online dairy decision tool to figure out what level of DMC coverage is right for their dairy operation.
Supplemental DMC

Supplemental DMC was started by the USDA in 2021. It gave $42.8 million in payments to help small and medium-sized dairy farms that had grown over the years but hadn’t been able to enrol the extra production. There is also supplemental DMC for 2023. The deadline to sign up for Supplemental DMC for 2023 has also been moved to January 31.

For the years 2021, 2022, and 2023, you can get extra DMC coverage. Dairy farms that are eligible and have a history of producing less than 5 million pounds can enrol additional pounds.

For producers who signed up for Supplemental DMC in 2022, the extra coverage will be added automatically to their 2023 DMC contract, which already had a history of supplemental production.

If a producer didn’t sign up for Supplemental DMC in 2022, they can do so now. Before signing up for DMC in 2023, producers should finish signing up for Supplemental DMC. To sign up, producers will need to tell FSA how much milk they actually sold in 2019. This is how FSA figures out how long they have been making milk.
DMC Payments

FSA will keep using updated feed and premium hay costs to figure out DMC payments. This will make the programme more like what dairy farmers actually spend. The new calculations for feed use 100% premium alfalfa hay instead of 50%.

Visit the DMC website or call your local USDA Service Center for more information.

All-American Dairy Show Seeking Fundraising Coordinator

The All-American Dairy Show, a leading event on the East Coast for dairy cattle enthusiasts is seeking a Fundraising Coordinator to join their team.  The event showcases nearly 2,000 head of cattle exhibited with over 1,000 participants. Along with open class competitions and awards presentations, an array of youth events including the Premier National Jr Show, Showmanship, Invitational Youth Judging Contests and the Junior Dairymen’s contest headline the week.


  • Organize and execute initiatives to solicit and secure funding/resources to help the show continue to thrive by serving current customers and developing new relations
  • Attend at the show to execute donor commitments and assist where needed.
  • Handle all donor recognition
  • Work with sponsors to fulfill trade show commitments
  • Assist with promotion of the show and its events by updating the website and Facebook page with photos, sponsor levels and information
  • Provide post-show thank you correspondence

Position Requirements:

  • Knowledge of the show/industry
  • Outstanding oral and written communication and customer service skills
  • Exceptional administrative and clerical skills
  • Knowledge or willingness to learn Word, WordPress, Excel, and digital marketing. Advertising and design experience is a plus
  • Strong work ethic with a positive attitude and the ability to work well independently and with others

The Fundraising Coordinator will work closely with AADS Staff, Executive Committee and Bookkeeper (who does the invoicing).

This is a part-time position with the ability to work from home and create your own hours. Time each month will vary with an estimated total of 850 hours. Compensation will be both a monthly stipend based on qualifications as well as incentive bonuses.

Please send your resume or questions to Allen Hess at

Deadline to apply is February 24th.

Michael Kennedy Obituary

Michael Roger Kennedy, age 63, of Garnett, Kansas passed away on January 16, 2023 at home.

Mike was born on June 3, 1959, at Chanute, Kansas. He was the first of two children born to Howard and Maurine (Ashcraft) Kennedy. Mike graduated from Erie High School. Following High School, Mike worked on the family dairy farm as well as at the Anderson County Sales Company, Chanute Regional Stockyards, Alert Construction, and Beachner Construction.

Mike joined Ratliff Jerseys in Garnett, Kansas in 1992. There, he fed cattle, milked cows, and helped Al breed cows. He also helped manage a beef herd used to put embryo’s in. Mike was involved in getting cows ready for the shows, in addition to helping with the transportation and helping at the shows.

He had a big impact on the winning of the awards of Ratliff Jerseys. Mike helped get the only three time National Champion, Ratliff Price Alicia EX 95 ready. With Mike’s help, the herd won several Jug Futurity’s. Mike bred and owned Ratliff Dorie Dean Allie EX96, a Jersey Jug winner. Ratliff Jersey won many Premier Breeder and Exhibitor awards at World Dairy Expo and All American Louisville Kentucky.

In his free time Mike enjoyed going to Chiefs games, car races in Kansas City, fishing and deer hunting, and watching western movies. He also enjoyed driving country roads, looking for deer, and checking on cattle; he would often sit and watch the Brahma cow herd. Mike loved baling hay in the summers.

Mike had several nick names including Red and Crow. Christy called him her bird dog the last two years because he would find things while he was out driving around, he would then alert her to what needed attention.

He was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Maurine Kennedy.

Mike leaves behind a son Bryan Michael Kennedy of California, and his sister and brother in law Christy and Ron Ratliff.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM, Monday, January 23, 2023 at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, 219 S. Oak Street, Garnett, Kansas 66032. Memorials to the Mike Kennedy Memorial Fund (to sponsor Junior Classes at State and National Jersey shows) may be left in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left at

PA Farm Show Butter Sculpture Recycling Shows Positive Impact Dairy Farmers Have on Planet

The Pennsylvania Farm Show’s 32nd butter sculpture, “Pennsylvania Dairy: Rooted in Progress for Generations to Come,” celebrated the proud traditions of the Commonwealth’s farm families who have worked together for generations to produce wholesome food for their community in a sustainable way. The deconstruction and recycling of the 1,000 pounds of butter showcases how dairy farmers make a positive impact on the planet.

American Dairy Association North East, in conjunction with Reinford Farms and the Friendship Community 4-H Club of Dauphin County, dismantled the 1,000-pound sculpture today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. Dairy farmer Brett Reinford then transported the 1,000 pounds of butter to his dairy farm in Mifflintown, Pa.

Among the 1,350 acres of land and 800 cows at Reinford Farms are two methane digesters.  The butter, along with thousands of pounds of food waste from nearby retailers, is broken down in the digester to create renewable energy. In the course of one year, the Reinfords divert about 35,000 tons of food waste from landfills turning it into a resource while also reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

“It’s the perfect example of a sustainable and cyclical operation,” said Brett Reinford. “Our digesters provide an ideal solution for our farm and retailers to turn waste into energy.”

About American Dairy Association North East

The American Dairy Association North East (ADANE) is the local affiliate of the National Dairy Council®and the regional consolidation of three promotion organizations including the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc., Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program.  Committed to nutrition education and research-based communications, ADANE provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier nation, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. Funded by dairy checkoff dollars from more than 9,000 dairy farm families in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and northern Virginia, ADANE works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™ to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the North East region.  For more information, visit

SOURCE American Dairy Association North East

Idaho legislator ’embarrassed,’ apologises for comparing women to dairy cows

Idaho legislator ’embarrassed,’ apologises for comparing women to dairy cows

Nelsen admitted to being “embarrassed” and “offending people.”

“The way I expressed my comments regarding women and reproductive rights yesterday utterly missed the target,” Nelsen stated in an emailed statement. “I really apologise. I own my error and promise to do better in the future.”

During the first meeting of the House Agricultural Affairs Committee of the parliamentary session, Nelsen stated that he is a “lifelong dairy farmer” who has “milked a few cows” and spends “much of my time wandering behind lines of cows.”

“So if you want some suggestions on repro (reproduction) and women’s health, I have some solid opinions,” he joked.

The remark garnered harsh criticism on social media as well as national media coverage.

“Let us be clear: Politicians like Jack Nelsen have no business forcing our reproductive health care decisions. “Period,” declared the Idaho Democratic Party in a tweet.

Nelsen is a Magic Valley music instructor and former county planning and zoning and water resource commissioner. Nelsen ran on local control of water and schools, as well as the preservation of agricultural property, before beating Democrat Karma Metzler Fitzgerald in one of Idaho’s few swing districts in November.

During his candidature, he also stated that the government should not be involved in abortion care, separating himself from fellow Idaho Republicans who established a near-total ban on abortion.

Nelsen apologised, saying that the ladies in his life showed him “strength, perseverance, honesty, hard work, joy, and love.”

“I completely support women’s freedom to chose their own health care,” he stated. “I have always and will continue to work under the premise that the government has no place in a doctor’s office.”

BC Dairy and Alberta Milk lean into weird

Who: BC Dairy and Alberta Milk, with Taxi for strategy and creative, Dear Friend for production (directed by Grayson Whitehurst), Vapor Music for audio, and OMD for media.

What: “Make it With Dairy,” a campaign that reminds Gen Z of how bad some favourite foods would be without dairy.

When & Where: The campaign launched in digital, social and out-of-home on Oct. 31, but a TV buy began this week, running until March 5.

Why: Like other milk marketers, both BC Dairy and Alberta Milk are eager to connect with young consumers who have been drawn to the large number of dairy alternatives that have proliferated in recent years.

“While previous generations already view dairy as a key ingredient for making food and drinks taste delicious, Gen Z’s didn’t have the same associations amongst a sea of options in today’s grocery aisles,” said Jennifer Woron, director of market development at BC Dairy, in a release. “So, we wanted to show this next wave of food lovers—in a humorous way—that without the incomparable taste of dairy, some of our favourite staple dishes are just plain disappointing.”

How: Taxi, as it put it in the release introducing the campaign, “dialed up the weird factor,” with a series of 15-second videos comparing different food options served without milk—a mango lassi, a cookie and cereal—to other equally jarring scenarios, like sliding (squeakily) down a dry water slide, dunking a cookie in a glass of water, and eating a bowl of nuts and bolts (like cereal without milk). All very cringe, as the kids say. (We think. Not sure anymore. Hard to keep up.)

It’s the kind of untraditional, subversive humour that resonates with Gen Z, according to Taxi. “Research showed quirky and weird is a good way to cut through so we leaned into that,” said James Sadler, executive creative director of Taxi Vancouver. The ads are the same in both markets except for the closing logo of each organization.

BC and Alberta together? Last fall, the Western Milk Pool—comprised of BC Milk, BC Dairy, Alberta Milk, SaskMilk and Dairy Farmers of Manitoba—agreed on a new governing model that would see them work more closely together on certain initiatives. “As part of our effort towards greater collaboration, BC Dairy and Alberta milk made the decision last year to work together on marketing initiatives, which is the reason for our new joint campaign,” explained Woron in an email to The Message.


2022 Milking Shorthorn All-American Nominations

The American Milking Shorthorn Society recently announced the animals nominated in the 2022 All-American and Junior All-American contests! Shoutout to everyone involved in these animals’ success. Congratulations!

All-American Nominations

Spring Calves
Dream Chaser Lotto Serena – Willow Upchurch, Hebron, IL
Hillholm F Wildflower EXP ET – Allen Hess & Ellie Fleming, Hagerstown, MD
KNH-Endres Comanche La-Di-Da – Tyler Endres, Reedsburg, WI
Maunesha Creek Odessa – Mena Schmidt, Lake Mills, WI
Lazy M Deuce Fancylike EXP ET – TJ & Jazmine Wingert and Colton Gregory, Kent, IL
Old-N-Slow Lapdance EXP ET – McKenzie Pedigo, Epworth, IA

Winter Calves
Topp-View Mykola Apple EXP – Jacob Fisher, Warner, NH
All-In Deuce Liza EXP P*TC – Ellie Fleming & Allen Hess, Hagerstown, MD
Lazy M Wild Ginger ET – Joe Gibbs, Epworth, IA
Circle B Rockstar Get Lit – Matthew Borchardt, South Beloit, IL
Lazy M Lars Gametime EXP – Randy & Matthew Winch, Fennimore, WI
Woodsey-Dell Lran Chopper EXP – Alora Sprout, Springville, PA

Fall Calves
Henkeseen Cyr Rebellion EXP ET – Trent & Matt Henkes, Luana, IA
BDF PV Rockstar Margarita ET – Suton Paulson, Rockford, IL
Molehill Lars Mrln Monroe EXP – Mike Gregory, Michelle Upchurch, Brandon & Shianne Ferry, Hebron, IL
Lazy M Bender Back EXP – Lazy M Farm, Stitzer, WI
BDF PV Rockstar Marsha ET – Suton Paulson & Sage Dornan, Rockford, IL
Lands-Brook KNH Chilli Pepper – Peter Vail, Englewood, FL

Summer Yearlings
Idalee Zeus Thunder ET – Tristan Upchurch, Hebron, IL
KNH-Endres Zeus Good As Gold – Mikayla Endres, Reedsburg, WI
Hazelbrush Comanche Ammo – Adhyn Schell & Jamie Gibbs, Lewiston, MN
Corstar RW Lovelli EXP – Redwillow Genetics-Eric Seifert, Long Prairie, MN
Old-Bankston Badgerluna EXP ET – Peter Vail, Englewood, FL
Top Shelf Presto Laney – Tristan & Willow Upchurch, Susan Lee, Hebron, IL

Spring Yearlings
Idalee RU Tipsy EXP ET – Allen Hess, Susan Lee & Ellie Fleming, Hagerstown, MD
Hasheider Camero Roseann – Elizabeth Hasheider, Bryn & Blake Agnew, Sauk City, WI
Mapleton Vly Rockstar Moxie – Mapleton Valley Farms, LLC, Oconomowoc, WI
Maunesha Creek Princess Opa – Ron and Christy Ratliff, Garnett, KS
Cold Springs St Em Jaguar – Peter Vail, Englewood, FL
Halpins Rockstar Dixie – Owen or Colt Halpin of Halpin Farms, Buckingham, IL

Winter Yearlings
Heavenly Zeeks Sunshine – Suton Paulson & Makenna Reed of Oak Grove, Rockford, IL
Jon-Ann Delux Rosea Bean – Kyle Bonavita, Meshoppen, PA
Weissmann Motown Celebrity – Shocking Genetics-Katie Schultz & Jeffrey McKissick, Chambersburg, PA
Krauses Money Saida 878 – Rick Heslinga of Krause Dairy, Como, TX
Heavenly Ice Pop – Sarah Hill, Bristol, VT
Heavenly Lookin Good ET – Brian, Traci and Landon Neely, Utica, PA

Fall Yearlings
Maunesha Creek Coors On Tap – Mena Schmitt, Lake Mills, WI
Brightside Lott Sriracha EXP – Kalan McDaniel, Perkins, OK
Lazy M Petrone Equisitely – Lazy M Farm-Herman and Michael Maier, Stitzer, WI
Cold Springs Lottery Lullaby – Matt Henkes, Luana, IA
Halpins Rockstar Mysterious – Owen or Colt Halpin or C. Makinson of Halpin Farms, Buckingham, IL
Elite HP Showtime Fireflame EXP – Peter Vail, Englewood, FL

Yearling In Milk
Corstar Badger Ladybug – Matthew Borchardt, South Beloit, IL
GMC Rockstar Dairyzone – Brooke Clark of GMC Farm, Cornish Flat, NH
Rough Road Adventure Lily EXP – Mccoy Kinslow & Gracie Logsdon, Smith Grove, KY
Molehill Mykola Myrtle EXP – Mike Gregory, Michelle Upchurch, Greg Clark, Hebron, IL
Garys Christos Saffron – Allen VanGorder, Glenn McNeil, Gram Rozler, Little Falls, NY
Heavenly Hushpuppy – Tyler Endres, Reedsburg, WI

Junior Two-Year Old
Na-Mor-Dale Rockstar Iggy Pop – Na-Mor-Dale Genetics, Morgan & Nate Kliebenstein, Darlington, WI
SF HC Lad Payment EXP ET – Keith & Donnette Fisher, New Enterprise, PA
Big Time Ricochet Macarena – Matt Linehan & Laura Holtzinger, Lena, WI
KNH-Endres MD Devil Anse Cece – Tyler Endres & Mike Gregory, Reedsburg, WI
Mikes-Dar Trans Rebecca – Tristen Upchurch, Hebron, IL

Senior Two-Year Old
Lazy M Jekyll Zella EXP – Britton Allen, Stitzer, WI
Cold Springs Ant Buttercup – Charlie & Will Hackman & Sim & Sam Florine, Brownstown, IN
Elm Roc Lecom Stella 426 – Tanna Luchterhand, Neillsville, WI
Mikes-Dar Zeus Serenity EXP ET – Mike Gregory, Hebron, IL
GMC Robin Desire ET EXP – Brooke Clark of GMC Farm, Cornish Flat, NH
Elite HP Fire Spark – Peter Vail, Englewood, FL

Junior Three-Year Old
GMC Clearly A Lucky Lady ET – Brooke Clark of GMC Farm, Cornish Flat, NH
Brand-New Z Fallin In Love ET – Colton & Ashley Brandel, Lake Mills, WI
Halpins Lapdog Misfit – Owen or Colt Halpin of Halpin Farms, Buckingham, IL
Lazy M Lethal Justice EXP ET – Scott Wolf, Epworth, IA
Lazy M Presto Eska EXP – Mike Gregory, Michelle Upchurch, Holbrich Holsteins, Hebron, IL
Henkeseen Royalty Reason EXP – Trent & Matt Henkes, Luana, IA

Senior Three-Year Old
Heavenly Juice Box – Matt & Abbey Opland, Mindoro, WI
Hard Core Lottery Fireworks – Payton Towe, Scottsville, KY
Hard Core Jstice Ramira EXP ET – Chriselle Fisher, New Enterprise, PA
Cold Springs Lottery Peri – Mike Gregory & Kingsdale Farm, Hebron, IL
GMC Jeff Reese Puffs EXP – Brooke & Lindsey Clark of GMC Farm, Cornish Flat, NH
Lazy M Wildside Genette EXP – Peter Vail, Englewood, FL

Four-Year Old
Heavenly Badgers Lime – Mike Gregory, Hebron, IL
Ourway DL Alisha 15th EXP – Ourway Cattle Co., Brooklyn, WI
Lands-Brook Christianna EXP – Cory & Kristen Salzl, Ariana Everle, Litchfield, MN
DND Pirelli Onsight EXP – Jaxon Burris, Mabel, MN
Heavenly Zora ET – Dillon Freeman, Bremen, IN
Hard Core C-Tie Sundance – Keith & Donnette Fisher, New Enterprise, PA

Five-Year Old
Elm-Dell Demi EXP – Brayley Fortin & Sadie Thume, Ellenburg Center, NY
Circle B Limarita EXP P*TC – Matthew Borchardt, South Beloit, IL
Lazy M Jekyll Arizona – Tyler Endres and T.J. Wingert, Kent, IL
Triple S Lad Laidbacknlazy EXP – Triple S Genetics, Strawn, IL
Molehill Lottery Caliente – Mike Gregory & Tyler Endres, Hebron, IL

Aged Cow
Redwillow Presto Mara EXP – Eric Seifert, Long Prairie, MN
Taylor Farms Rubens Spitfire – Greg, Marcia, and Brooke Clark of GMC Farm, Cornish Flat, NH
Corstar Presto Lulu ET – Cory & Kristen Salzl, Litchfield, MN
Millcreek Lottery Ladyluck – Taylor Graves, Danville, KY
Lazy M PS Ladylump EXP ET – Ritschard, Davis, Young of Heavenly Show Cattle, Monroe, WI
Pine-Valley P Junebug EXP – Cory & Kristen Salzl & Jason, Leah & Jessica James, Litchfield, MN

Lifetime Merit
HC-HP Red Rob Fireball EXP ET – Peter Vail, Englewood, FL
Storytown Dap Ruben Rampage – William Solberg, Oregon, WI
HC-HP Frolic Dixie ET – Keith & Donnette Fisher, New Enterprise, PA
B-D-F Polaris Abbi – Tre Wright, Kadyn Gibson, Dakota Thompson, Eminence, KY
Maple Fudge of 12 Oaks*CV – Ashley Brandel, Lake Mills, WI
Corstar Presto Lulu ET – Cory & Kristen Salzl, Litchfield, MN

Junior Best Three Female
Top Shelf Genetics, Hebron, IL
Heavenly Show Cattle, Monroe, WI

Best Three Females
GMC Farm, Cornish Flat, NH
Ourway Cattle Co., Brooklyn, WI
Hard Core-Keith & Donnette Fisher, New Enterprise, PA
Lazy M Farm-Herman & Michael Maier, Stitzer, WI


Raw Milk’s Potential Benefits and Why It’s Becoming More Popular

I’m not providing you any health advise, but as a friend, I want you to know that there’s something fishy going on with practically every part of what “experts” say about a balanced diet, including milk.

I’m no dairy expert, but I am a concerned citizen committed to becoming a more aware consumer in this crazy world where politicians, government bureaucrats, elites, and large businesses all work together to earn money with little regard for our actual well-being.

What drew my attention to the ban and demonization of raw milk in America was that it avoided the main problem (unsanitary conditions, rotting feed for dairy cows, resulting in harmful milk, and more), while also causing a new problem: depriving drinking milk of nearly all nutritional value and health benefits.

I recommend that all students and concerned individuals affiliated with Turning Point USA check into the following sites for their own good:

Step One: Listen to the Old Fashioned On Purpose audio episode “Why We Milk a Cow & Drink Raw Milk” with Jill Winger.

Step two: Be inspired by the family milk cow at Ballerina Farm. Hannah, her husband, and their seven children bring mason jars of maple syrup and cinnamon to the field, milk their dairy cow directly into the mason jar, and drink it right away.

Step Three: Learn about the benefits of raw milk from Carnivore MD, one of my favourite health sites!

During such a turbulent moment in our society, I feel the habits and decisions we make every day at home with our families are becoming increasingly influential, particularly in terms of what we consume. Raw milk should be embraced by Patriots.

Dairy giant Danone aims to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030

Danone (DANO.PA), one of the world’s biggest dairy companies, said on Tuesday that it plans to cut absolute methane emissions from its fresh milk supply chain by 30% by 2030 by working with farmers, other companies and governments on regenerative practices.

Methane emissions have emerged as a top threat to the global climate, with scientists and policymakers calling for aggressive action to curb them.

At the 2021 U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, more than 100 countries pledged a 30% cut from 2020 methane emissions levels by 2030. However, few have since carved out clear plans to reach that goal.

Danone, which works directly with 58,000 dairy farmers across 20 countries, expects to remove 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent of methane emissions by 2030. Between 2018 and 2020, the French company had reduced its methane emissions by about 14%.

Danone said it will launch four new initiatives this year for methane reduction in Africa, Europe and the United States. It is also launching a partnership with U.S. non-governmental organisation Environmental Defense Fund, and working with the United States Department of Agriculture and the European Commission-funded Climate Neutral Farms project.

Simple techniques can have a big impact, said Chris Adamo, vice president of regenerative agriculture policy at Danone.

“In Belgium and Spain, for example, we’re looking at a variety of different manure options. We’ve been finding that, for example, with one technique that is just different management of manure, you’re literally removing the liquids so that the solids dry — the solids then become a better substitute, actually, in many cases for synthetic fertiliser on the crop side as well. But that mere separation itself can have anywhere from a 25-35% reduction in methane from the manure itself,” Adamo told Reuters on a phone call.

Danone declined to comment on how much it would spend on its plans.

“The costs are really, frankly, somewhat unknown, or early days in terms of estimating because these are new technologies that are coming out,” Adamo said.

About 60% of the methane in the atmosphere comes from industrial sources, including oil and gas pipelines and drill sites, as well as feed lots, croplands and landfills.

Dairy production from cattle makes up an estimated 8% of total human-caused methane emissions, as part of agriculture and livestock activities which represent approximately 40% of global methane emissions, Danone said.

Going forward, the company will report on its methane emissions as part of its extra financial disclosure


CentralStar Coop Hires Nine Summer Interns

CentralStar Cooperative, serving dairy and beef producers in the upper Midwest, will host nine interns, this year, in their genetics, laboratory, and research and development business units.

Six students will join the genetics and artificial-insemination (A.I.) team as A.I. Specialist Interns. Averie Sieverding, Bellevue, Iowa, is a junior at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, majoring in animal science with a minor in business. Sieverding comes from a fifth-generation crop and cattle farm. Her passion for large animals and reproduction started young. Today, she raises beef cattle with her sister, utilizing both embryo transfer and A.I.

University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Platteville, Wis., is the school of choice for Austin Rider, who’s a junior majoring in dairy science. He grew up on a family hobby farm in Sauk City, Wis., showing dairy cattle at the state, national, and world levels. Alyssa Derks was raised on a 60-cow, tie-stall dairy farm in Cadott, Wis. She attends Northeast Iowa Community College, Calmar, Iowa, pursuing a degree in agricultural business. Taylor Mulder, Fremont, Mich., is a junior studying animal science at Michigan State University, Lansing, Mich. Her agriculture background includes growing up on a cow-calf operation, showing pigs, and overall involvement in FFA.

Jake Baumgartner, Genoa, Wis., is the fifth generation to continue farming, and he takes great pride in that. Baumgartner attends Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Fennimore, Wis., for agribusiness science and technology with an emphasis on animal science. As a student at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Sydney Schroeder, Lancaster, Wis., is also studying agribusiness science and technology with an emphasis in animal science. She’s involved in The F.A.R.M. Club, Professional Agricultural Students, Community Action and Public Safety Club, the livestock-judging team, and student senate. Schroeder grew up working with her uncle and grandpa on the family’s dairy farm, Pitzen Family Farms, Dickeyville, Wis. She was involved in FFA, raising her own swine, beef, and lambs, as well as serving as an officer and competing on the livestock- and soils-judging teams. Schroeder serves her community on the local fire department and with emergency medical services.

CentralStar’s Kaukauna, Wis., laboratory looks forward to welcoming Maddie Smith, this summer, as their laboratory intern. Smith says her life revolves around agriculture. She grew up on her family dairy farm in Bonduel, Wis., which has been in the family for four generations. Some of her passions include showing dairy cattle, horses, pigs, poultry, and rabbits at the county fair. Smith is currently attending St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wis., for a degree in organismal biology; she wants to be an animal geneticist.

The research and development business unit at CentralStar foresees and studies opportunities for helping dairy cattle be healthier and more productive. Two interns will join the research group this summer.

Growing up in Mason, Mich., Irene Nielsen was involved in 4-H, showing dairy and beef cattle, as well as lambs. Dairy cattle have always been a primary interest of hers, and she developed a small herd of registered Holsteins she shows on a state and national level. Nielsen attends Iowa State University with a dairy-science major and minors in public relations and international agriculture. She’s involved with the Dairy Science Club, Honors Program, undergraduate research, An-Cy Guide Program, and the Center for Food Security and Public Health.

Evan Ma, Dublin, Ohio, is a sophomore at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, pursuing a Bachelor’s in animal science with a minor in computer science. Ma says, “I’m excited to work with dairy cows, because I love everything dairy, and I think they’re generally great to work with. I also enjoy molecular biology, so I’m really excited to get to know everyone I’ll be working with this summer!”

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Holstein Canada 2022 Master Breeders Announced

In an engaging and well-organized online event presented on Saturday evening, January 14th, Holstein Canada announced 20 breeders from Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta that earned a Master Breeder Shield for 2022!  They will be further celebrated at the Master Breeder Gala on April 15th in Montreal, which will be the final celebration at the 2023 National Convention. Congratulations to all of the following breeders on this tremendous accomplishment!

Aquarel – St. Lazare, Quebec
Arcroix – St. Michel, Quebec (2nd Master Breeder Shield)
Belmoral – Teeswater, Ontario (2nd Master Breeder Shield)
Breezy – Brussels, Ontario
Christhill – Tara, Ontario
Elm Bend – Brantford, Ontario (2nd Master Breeder Shield)
Havenvalley – Wallenstein, Ontario (2nd Master Breeder Shield)
Jeanlu – St. Georges, Quebec
Lauzonniere – St. Pierre Les Becquets, Quebec
Louidgi – St. Joseph Beauce, Quebec
Magami – Ange Gardien, Quebec
Mirabel – Mirabel, Quebec (2nd Master Breeder Shield)
Parkhurst – St. Patrice De Beaurivage, Quebec
Pellerat – St. Roch Des Aulnaies, Quebec
RJF – Corbyville, Ontario
Rubis – Lochaber Ouest, Quebec (3rd Master Breeder Shield)
Spruce Lawn – Drayton, Ontario
Vriesdale – Mountain, Ontario
Wendon – Innisfail. Alberta (3rd Master Breeder Shield)
Yorellea – St. Eugene, Ontario

The Master Breeder Award is the most prestigious accolade awarded by Holstein Canada. Each year, since 1929, the association has recognized breeders among the membership for their cumulative breeding efforts. This award is the pinnacle of success for any Holstein Canada member. Since its inception, over 1,000 Master Breeder shields have been bestowed to Holstein Canada members. These “Master” breeders are recognized for having the best ratio for breeding cows that possess the complete package— high production and outstanding conformation, with high proficiency in reproduction, health, and longevity.

Wisconsin dairy cows numbers continue to fall.

As has been the case every year since the 1930s, the number of dairy cows in Wisconsin decreased in 2022. Down from 6,533 a year earlier, the 417 herd losses this year were around average.

I noted a decline from 71,000 dairy farms in our state in 1968 to 23,000 in 1998 in an article I penned back in those days. In 30 years, that’s a decrease of 48,000, or 1,600 year, or 4.3 herds every day. Wow!”
So, to recap

An article from around the same period cited a research by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) that stated “a stiffer, harsher economic climate was blamed for many of the losses.”

Hold on a second…is it really a tougher, harsher business environment to go from milking cows twice a day with a bucket-style milker in an old wooden stanchion barn with small, narrow dairy stalls to a modern dairy operation, where you don’t have to climb a silo every day and where you don’t have to lift every bale of hay? For many farmers in the dairy industry, investing in themselves financially was like buying freedom.
Not out of the ordinary

The Oncken dairy herd’s decline was fairly typical of the era (and what is still happening today). When I was in high school, my father would periodically bring up the idea of expanding the farm by purchasing the next property, expanding the barn, and increasing the number of cattle by 50%. As a high school athlete, I too don’t recall being very enthusiastic about the prospect. I always simply figured it would work out that way and that I’d be the one to purchase the property someday. When first presented with this concept, I didn’t give it much attention.
Not that I attempted to hide the fact that I

After I had finished high school in the month of August, I approached my father with my question regarding the farm’s future expansion. He finally decided against it after much deliberation, he explained. He said that he had been in debt for the better part of his agricultural career, and that he didn’t feel like taking on any more debt now that his farm was paid off.

I didn’t disagree with his choice but understood that my destiny was out of his hands. Fortunately, I had a scholarship from the University of Wisconsin–Madison that would cover my education costs for a number of years and help me get a foot in the door professionally.
Calculating the odds

Dairy herds decreased by 48 thousand during the 30 years between 1968 and 1998, or by an average of 1,600 year, or by an average of 4.3 herds every day. Only 6,116 herds remain, down about 17,000 since 1998 (1.5 herds each day over the past year), and more, smaller decreases are virtually certainly inevitable in the years to follow.
Three generations of the Meinholz family have taken what began as a small barn with dirt floors and a handful of cows and expanded it into three successful Blue Star Dairies.

Many of the 300 mega dairies started when dads and sons merged their modest farms or grew their existing farms to include new generations of farmers. One piece of labor-saving technology replaced numerous sets of antiquated, outmoded, labor-intensive rubbish, resulting in a larger farm.

“Many farms that couldn’t compete ended up as (failed) farm statistics,” the NMPF stated. Hold on a second! When they say you “couldn’t compete,” what do they mean? None of the farmers I know have given up the trade because they felt they couldn’t “compete” with others in the industry. Many farmers I know have given up the lifestyle because they wanted to retire and, thankfully, a family member or friend offered them the means (money) to do so.

Many farmers give up the profession because they can’t make a living on the land they formerly farmed. However, the most likely competitors for their property are not other farmers, but rather real estate developers, industrialists, city planners, highway construction crews, and wealthy city dwellers.

Like electricians, plumbers, attorneys, authors, computer professionals, and even physicians, some dairy farmers inevitably fail. Divorce, illness, family strife, bad weather, and…incompetence un one’s chosen field are just few of the numerous factors that can lead to financial ruin. Simply put, most dairies do not collapse, but the cows have been sold and the business has closed.
Small dairies, if well run, have a long future.

The fact that two or three cousins succeeded where one had previously failed by opening a new dairy and shutting down three older ones is not indicative of failure on their part. It’s an affront to the forward-thinking farmers who put in the time, effort, and resources to create successful dairy businesses. There is a good chance that the new, state-of-the-art facility will be a huge success, both in terms of improved quality of life and profits.

Many dairy farmers’ offspring went on to further education and flourish as professors, business executives, and other professionals. They made the decision not to farm, and eventually sold the homestead to a new farming family or even the city next door. An additional notation in the “farm loss” statistics.

Dairy farming today is founded on technology, business planning, and lifestyle choices that result in larger farms, and successful farmers realise this. However, it’s not a picnic: there’s a lot of hard work and long hours involved, a lot of money is required (as in many enterprises), not everyone is cut out for it, mother nature still has the final say, success is seldom guaranteed, and failures occur despite the best of intentions.

True, it pains me to see the abandoned barns and farmhouses where I once sipped coffee and reminisced with farmer friends who are no longer working the land.

Before we go to battle over the worrying news of shrinking dairy herds, I’d like to know how many dairy farms Wisconsin needs and who should be in charge of them. That is something both I personally and a whole sector of the economy would benefit from knowing.

Adapting to the new raw-milk laws in the United States

Meadow Creek Dairy is different from most American cheesemakers because it uses unpasteurized, or “raw,” milk to make its cheese. Its brown-and-white cows graze on a grassy hillside high in the Appalachians.

In the US dairy market, which is dominated by industrial cheesemakers who only use pasteurised milk, the small family business in the east is unusual.

Helen Feete and Ana Arguello wear blue overalls and caps to work. They stand in front of huge vats of milk that each hold hundreds of gallons.

Feete and her husband started the dairy in the 1990s. She told AFP that when they began, “there were no models for us to follow” because not many small dairy farms were trying to make cheese from raw milk.

On the other side of the Atlantic, methods that are considered traditional in Europe and even a source of regional pride are almost taboo.

The main difference is that pasteurised milk needs to be heated, either to 63 C for 30 minutes or 72 C for 15 seconds.

That kills the microflora in the milk, which has a big effect on how it tastes—and not in a good way, say people who like raw milk.

Liz Thorpe, an American who writes books about cheese, said that unpasteurized milk gives cheese its “complexity and uniqueness of flavour.”

On the other hand, people who don’t like unpasteurized cheeses say that raw milk is more likely to have bacteria and microbes that can cause diseases like salmonella and listeriosis, which can be fatal.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that “all milk and milk products in their final package form that are meant for direct human consumption must be pasteurised.”

But since the 1940s, the agency has allowed the sale of raw-milk cheeses as long as they have been aged for at least 60 days at temperatures above 2 C.

Kat Feete, who has worked at Meadow Creek with her parents and brother for most of her life, said, “That’s not so much a problem as it is something we have to build our cheeses around.”

The FDA’s 60-day rule is meant to give all dangerous pathogens in raw milk enough time to die off. However, it prevents the sale of soft cheeses made from raw milk that are ready to eat before 60 days are up.

Kat Feete said, “It can be frustrating that we can’t make certain kinds of cheese.”

“Many people would love to have a raw-milk brie or something small like that.”

Most of the cheeses at Meadow Creek are semihard. Seasonal cheeses are made based on what the cows eat at different times of the year. They age in the cellars of the dairy, where the temperature and humidity are controlled.

Grayson, which is one of the most popular cheeses, is a semihard cheese that is similar to Reblochon from the Alps or Maroilles from the north of France.

“Not right.”

Meadow Creek Dairy and other US companies that make raw-milk cheese face another problem: many Americans are still afraid to buy something they think might be dangerous.

“So many people in the US think it’s illegal to eat cheese made from raw milk, but that’s not true,” said Thorpe.

“There are a lot of false ideas,” Thorpe said.

She said that she works hard to let people know that these cheeses are “perfectly healthy, safe, and good.” She also said that it’s important for a consumer to know where a cheese comes from.

In the beginning of Meadow Creek, “it was a little harder to teach the market about what we were doing because they thought it wasn’t very safe,” Kat Feete said.

But, she said, things are starting to change.

“I think people are starting to realise that making cheese with raw milk is safe and a good way for a small cheesemaker on a farm to make cheese,” Feete said.

The heat is on for NZ Dairy Farmers

The world, including New Zealand, is getting hotter, and as it does, weather patterns are changing.

The Earth’s temperature is rising at a rate that has never been seen before in its history, and New Zealand farmers must act now to avoid the worst effects.

At the NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM) Climate Change Seminar for Rural Professionals in November, this was the message.

“Some people say that New Zealand doesn’t care about climate change, but that’s not true. It will have effects around the world and on us. Sinead Leahy, Principal Science Advisor at the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC), said at the seminar, “It will cost us to mitigate, but it will cost us a lot more if we don’t.”

“There are still many different ideas about climate change, such as the idea that the climate isn’t getting warmer and we shouldn’t worry.

“However, it’s hard to argue against the data that shows temperatures have been rising since the 1950s and are rising at a rate that has never been seen before on Earth. “It is now clear that people are changing the climate, and everyone on Earth needs to be very worried about it,” Sinead said.

Phil Journeaux, an agriculture economist with AgFirst and a fellow presenter, said that as New Zealand’s climate changes, we might not be able to farm the same way we do now.

“A couple of degrees of warming might not seem like much, but it can have a big effect on pasture and crop growth, as well as on pests, diseases, and animal welfare. If it’s warmer than 25 degrees, ryegrass won’t grow.

“The climate of the upper North Island could change from subtropical to semi-monsoon, with rainy winters and hot, dry summers. In this case, Friesian, Hereford, and Angus cattle would have been gone for a long time.

“Farming will be very different, and we need to figure out water policies because irrigation will be important in many places.”

The all-day seminar brought together 25 rural professionals from all over the country to learn more about climate change, why agricultural greenhouse gas emissions are important in NZ, how they can be estimated within the farm system, and how they can be reduced on different farms. Since the middle of 2019, more than 670 people have gone to nearly 40 of these seminars.

The seminar tried to answer some of the questions about animal emissions, methane, and carbon sequestration that people who work in rural areas hear most often from farmers.

People often said that there have always been a lot of ruminant animals on Earth, which give off greenhouse gases.

“There have never been more ruminants in the world than there are right now. Phil said, “There used to be about 70 million bison in North America, but now there are more than 200 million cattle there.”

“There were no ruminant animals in New Zealand a few hundred years ago. Today, there are about 40 million people in New Zealand, and this kind of growth is happening all over the world.”
This map shows average temperatures and shows in black the places where it is too hot for people to live right now. Crossed-out black shows where it will be too hot for people to live by the year 2070. Some of the most populated parts of the world are in this category. “Future of the human climate niche,” by Xu et al., published in PNAS 2020.

Another point of view was that methane doesn’t matter or that methane and nitrous oxide don’t make a big difference and shouldn’t be the focus of any national plan to cut emissions.

Sinead said that even though methane (CH4) is a gas that doesn’t last long, it does matter if we want to stop global warming from getting worse.

“Methane can be a very important part of the solution to climate change. New Zealand is the first country in the world to admit that not all greenhouse gases are the same. New Zealand has different goals for different gases because different gases have different effects on how much the atmosphere warms.

The government has set long-term goals to reduce New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. For example, by 2050, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, which are called “long-lived” gases, must be at net zero. By 2030, methane emissions will be 10% less than they were in 2017, and by 2050, they will be 24–47% less than they were in 2017.

But in the plans to reach the goal of keeping warming well below 2°C, carbon dioxide emissions do not play a role, while methane emissions do.

not need to go to zero. Methane comes from places like wetlands, garbage dumps, forest fires, farming, and the extraction of fossil fuels. In New Zealand, about 95% of all methane comes from animals that burp and fart. This kind of gas is called “enteric methane.”

The average dairy cow makes about 98 kg of methane a year, while the average beef cow makes about 61 kg, the average deer makes about 25 kg, and the average sheep makes about 13 kg.

Nitrous oxide is released into the air when naturally occurring microbes break down nitrogen that has been added to the soil through manure, urine, and fertiliser. In 2020, 11% of all greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand came from nitrous oxide. Livestock urine and dung were the main sources of this gas.

Sinead said that New Zealand dairy farmers had become very good at increasing milksolids per cow by doing things like improving genetics and managing pastures.

“We do know that if farmers still farmed the same way as they did in 1990, our total agricultural emissions would have gone up by about 40% instead of 17%. Farmers have made a lot of changes that help their bottom line but have nothing to do with climate change. “Improving efficiency is still important for lowering total emissions,” she said.

Overall, New Zealand’s emissions are small, making up only 0.17 % of the world’s gross emissions (22nd among developed countries). But per person, we have the sixth most pollution in the world.

Sinead said that some people say it’s crazy to try to cut New Zealand’s emissions.

“They say that if we reduce production here by putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, other, less efficient producers will increase their production, and the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions around the world will go up. But things aren’t quite that easy.”

Many of NZ’s competitors produce the same amount of pollution per unit of product and have to meet national goals for reducing pollution. If they grow more crops, they must cut emissions in some other part of their economy. Even competitors in the developed world are limited in how much they can make. There are ways to keep making things and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.

“We are a country that trades and makes more food than the 5 million people who live here need. We export almost all of the food we grow, so we have to make sure that our customers are happy. Big clients like McDonald’s, Nestle, Danone, and Tesco all have to follow rules about the environment.

Many of NZ’s customers will get a big chunk of their greenhouse gas emissions from the farmers they buy from, so it’s likely that they will give those farmers goals to meet to cut their emissions.

Phil said that some farmers asked why they couldn’t use the grass they grew to get carbon credits.

“As grass grows, it takes carbon dioxide out of the air, but when it’s cut and used, it puts carbon dioxide back into the air,” he said.

Trees do the same thing. But grass grows and is harvested in a matter of weeks, while trees may not be harvested for decades or even centuries. At the beginning and end of each year, grass stores the same amount of carbon. As a tree grows, the amount of carbon it has increases from year to year.

The seminar made it clear that New Zealand’s gross emissions are going up and why it’s important to take steps to cut them.

In 2020, New Zealand’s gross emissions were 78,778 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2-e), which were made up of 44% carbon dioxide, 44% methane, 11% nitrous oxide, and 2% fluorinated gases. This means that emissions have gone up by 21% since 1990. (which is when international reporting obligations for greenhouse gas emissions began).

In 2020, enteric methane from ruminant animals made up 73.1% of New Zealand’s agricultural emissions. Nitrous oxide made up another 20% of agricultural emissions. Most of it came from nitrogen in animal urine and dung, but a smaller amount came from using synthetic fertilisers. In 2020, most of the rest of the emissions from agriculture came from methane (4.4% of the total) and carbon dioxide from fertiliser, lime, and dolomite.

See for more information about the things that were talked about at this seminar.
Forecasts for New Zealand’s climate change

By 2100, many places will have more than 80 days a year with temperatures above 25C. This will have a big effect on how well ryegrass grows (it likes temperatures between 5 and 18C) and how well animals do.

During winter and spring, it is likely to rain more in the western parts of the North and South Islands and less in the eastern parts.

In the summer, it is likely to rain more in the east of both islands and less in the west and centre of the North Island.

All areas are likely to get more extreme rain, especially shorter, stronger storms.

Many parts of New Zealand are experiencing more droughts, and farmers in dry areas can expect up to 10% more drought days by 2040.

AMSS All-American Nominations Announced

The American Milking Shorthorn Society has announced their All-American and Junior All-American nominations! 
Congratulations to those individuals who received a nomination:

Select Sires adds Ziegler to communications team

Hannah Ziegler has joined Select Sires’ corporate communications department as a multimedia communications specialist. Ziegler will be responsible for website management and will provide support for video production and social media strategy. She will collaborate with various departments to create e-newsletter campaigns and connect field staff with educational resources. Ziegler’s contributions will amplify Select Sires’ voice across multiple media platforms to strengthen the cooperative’s brand image.

“Hannah has a vast skillset, strong agricultural background and a vibrant work ethic,” said Leslie Maurice, director of communications, Select Sires Inc. “She joins our team with a passion for Select Sires and the success of our farmer-owners.”

In 2022, Ziegler graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University where she majored in agricultural communication and minored in animal science. She was named an Outstanding Senior in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Throughout her undergraduate career, she leveraged internship opportunities to expand and refine her skillset. She is an accomplished writer with numerous articles published in the AgriNaturalist magazine. Ziegler also has experience creating engaging content and boosting brand performance on social media.  

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.


Dairy producers in Ontario are going to look at their policies and share their financial losses due to the recent milk dumping during the snow.

The Dairy Farmers of Ontario is going to look at its policy for dealing with emergencies or times of crisis like the blizzard over Christmas, which caused producers to throw away thousands of litres of milk.

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During Dairy Day at Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week on Thursday, dairy farmers talked a lot about this problem. DFO board member Mark Hamel said the organisation wasn’t ready for such a large-scale emergency and could have communicated with producers better.

Hamel said that he and others at DFO, which buys all the milk in the province and handles its transportation, processing, pasteurisation, and distribution, are responsible for how it was handled. The DFO has decided to use a compensation and cost recovery plan to spread the losses from the dumping among all of its more than 3,300 members in the province.

“We didn’t have a good plan in place in case of a crisis,” Hamel said. “I will own that, not all of it, but what belongs to me. We didn’t have a plan for what to do.”

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Hamel, who is in charge of DFO Region 11, which includes the counties of Grey and Bruce, said that the DFO has a plan for dealing with problems like skim milk overproduction. In the spring of 2020, for example, dairy farmers in the province and across Canada dumped milk on a rotating basis because demand had dropped a lot after COVID-19 shutdowns forced restaurants to close.

But Hamel said that the policy wasn’t set up to deal with what forecasters said would be a “generational storm.”

What happened in the province over the Christmas weekend, when many roads were closed between December 23 and 26, affected a lot of producers and caused milk to be dumped quickly over a large area. Grey-Bruce was one of the places that got hit the hardest by the storm. All county roads and provincial highways were closed, and sometimes county and municipal snowploughs had to be pulled off the roads. Police heard about a lot of abandoned cars and drivers who were stuck.

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Hamel said Thursday that the storm hurt close to 45% of the province’s more than 3,300 producers. Late in December, milk producers posted pictures of their milk being dumped on social media. Some farmers who can’t store much milk because their cows keep making it and it goes bad quickly said they lost thousands of dollars. The DFO said that many people had never had to dump milk before.

Paul Vickers, a dairy farmer from Meaford, spoke out Thursday about how upset he was with the way the DFO handled the situation and how it went against its usual policy. He said that he isn’t worried about the money that was lost, but about what he called a “swirl of governance” within DFO.

“I’ll be honest with you, I’ve dumped milk before and no one really cared or gave it a second thought,” Vickers said. “Why does it matter if one or two people do it instead of a larger percentage of producers?”

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Murray Sherk, the chair of the DFO, wrote a letter to producers this week about how the organisation plans to share the costs of missed pick-ups among all producers, not just those who had to dump milk because trucks couldn’t get through.

Hamel said that this time, the direction from DFO was not a change in policy but a one-time order for a special situation. Hamel also said that the DFO’s current policy for dumping milk is still in place and has worked well in Grey-Bruce in the past.

Hamel, a dairy farmer in Bruce County, said, “It is a good plan for winter storms, power outages, or whatever the case may be, and I am strongly in favour of keeping that plan in place.” “What changed with this announcement was that it was done to let all producers know that we don’t have enough extra space in our transportation.

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Hamel said that the DFO has learned from what happened and that it needs to make changes, such as updating its policy.

Hamel said, “In the past, we’ve tried to do a better job, but it’s clear that we didn’t do a good enough job this time.” “We’re getting rid of that, and we’re going to try to fix the situation by making sure that there are better plans in place for emergencies and crises and that producers, transporters, and processors can all see what those plans are.”

Hamel said that there will be a lot of review, and that the whole transportation system will be looked at.

Hamel said, “We are working as quickly as we can.” “We don’t want to do it too fast or without getting enough feedback.”

Hamel said that the decision to make all the producers pay the same amount of money was also based on their mental health.

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He said, “We wanted to try to find a way to treat every producer fairly and equally.”

Producers who had to dump their milk will get their money back, and the DFO will cover the loss by lowering the price of milk blend by about $2.50 per hectolitre. Hamel said Thursday that the price drop would last for a month. He also said that the price would have gone down by $1 to $1.50 per hectolitre even if the storm hadn’t happened.

Hamel said that the board decided to pay the producers because they thought they had to be responsible and answerable to them after telling them to throw out their milk.

“In some ways, I’m proud of that decision, because it shows that we can all work together to fix things,” Hamel said.

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After the whole system was shut down for three days, he said they did something about it even though some roads were still closed, trucks were in ditches, and plants had more work to do.

“Everything was back to normal two days after the storm,” said Hamel. “Every farmer was picked up regularly and consistently, and I think our industry did very well to recover and keep going after a storm of that size and power.”

Ron Groen, a dairy farmer from Bruce County who led the discussion on Thursday, liked what the DFO had done.

“We dumped all of our milk at once, and some of it would have been there on the third day when the trucks were back on the road,” Groen said, adding that they are only three kilometres from a Gay Lea plant in Teeswater.

“The way I saw it, I had to file an insurance claim, and everyone’s premiums were going to go up whether you had to dump or not for the next 10 years because of it. Now DFO is covering it and everyone is affected, so we won’t be affected on the insurance side, but we will be affected on the blend side for one month.”

The DFO has said that consumers probably won’t notice any change because of this.

Mypolonga family will sell their dairy farm because it is completely underwater.

One Murraylands family has to sell their dairy cows and farm because their whole property flooded because a levee broke.

The Smart family spent almost 40 years building up their dairy business, but it was gone in just a few days.

David Smart, his three sons, and his son-in-law run the Mypolonga farm. All of them are now looking for new jobs and a new way of life.

At nearby Mannum, floodwaters have just reached their highest point, and SES satellite data shows that more than 3,400 properties have been flooded by the River Murray.

Katrina Moore, David Smart’s daughter, said that even though her family worked hard to protect their farm, things changed faster than anyone expected.

“We thought we had a few days, but one night we got a phone call saying the levee bank had broken and water was coming in fast,” she said.

“From that point on, everyone had to work together to get the cows to higher ground.”
Farm was completely flooded.

As the hole in the levee got bigger, Mrs. Moore said that her family had to play “a waiting game” to see how much higher the water would get.

As a safety measure, the family started to clean out the milking robots and office on the dairy farm.

But soon, the water would cover the whole property.

“Everything.” “Everything is under,” Mrs. Moore said, pointing to the ground.
After their farm in Mypolonga flooded, a family is in a lot of trouble.
After their farm in Mypolonga flooded, a family is in a lot of trouble.
(Supplied: Katrina Moore)

After the flood, the Smart family had to make the hard decision to sell their dairy farm.

Mrs. Moore said, “No one really wanted to sell the farm.”

“It’s what we have to do to stay alive, because we can’t keep going the way we are.

“Dad always told us kids that he was improving the farm for our future.

“Once the [milking] robots came, we thought our kids would be fine in the future… It’s hard for all of that to just go away.”
Finding work elsewhere

The Smart family doesn’t know what the future holds as they deal with the loss of their dairy farm and their way of life.

“My husband and all of my brothers will have to look for work elsewhere,” Mrs. Moore said.

“No one knows what they want to do or where they want to go for sure.

“We’ve lived on the farm together for our whole lives, but now it’s all over and we have to go our separate ways.”
The flood, says the Smart family, has forced them to sell their home.
The flood, says the Smart family, has forced them to sell their home.
(Supplied: Katrina Moore)

The family will slowly start to sell their dairy cows, milking robots, and any other equipment from their dairy business while they wait for the water to go down, which could take years.

Mrs. Moore said, “We can’t sell the paddocks yet, but we can sell everything else.”

“It’s terrible that this is now the case.

“Most people out there probably think it’s just some swaps, but it’s more than that to us.”
Getting 500 cows to safety on foot

David Smart, Katrina’s dad, has lived in Mypologna for 43 years.

He said that the loss of his family’s dairy farm was very sad.

Mr. Smart said that when the levee broke, his family needed help from the community to walk more than 500 of his dairy cows 3.5 kilometres to a higher paddock on another farm where they would be safe.

“Every time we made a plan, water closed another road, so we kept having to change it,” he said.
More than 500 dairy cows from Mypolonga were walked to higher ground.
More than 500 dairy cows from Mypolonga were walked to higher ground. (Supplied: Katrina Moore)

“We are on a neighbouring farm a little further up the road, and milking is taking forever and is very hard work.

“That was one of the main reasons why we decided [to sell the farm].”

Once, the cows would walk themselves into the dairy shed to be milked by a robot. Now, the Smart family is having trouble milking the animals with a rotary system, and there are problems with infection.

Mr. Smart said that the main goal right now was to get the cows milked and healthy enough to sell.

“I’d hate for them to go to meatworks after 40 years of breeding, but it might be the only choice,” he said.
“a nothing figure” for aid money

In areas of South Australia that were hit by floods, the federal and state governments have teamed up to offer an extra $126 million in relief funds. Primary producers can get up to $75,000 in recovery grants.

But Mr. Smart said that money wouldn’t make a difference.
The Smart family’s dairy farm was mostly flooded because a levee broke.
The Smart family’s dairy farm was mostly flooded because a levee broke.
(Supplied: Katrina Moore)

He said, “It’s not much of a number at all. Our day-to-day costs have quadrupled, and $75,000 won’t even last us a week.”

“It won’t bring back my farm.

“Trying to keep the family together was one of the main reasons we decided to sell the farm. If we had kept going the way we were, we might have broken up the family.

“I’m just not able to keep going like this.”
“Everyone came out and helped”

During the whole thing, Mr. Smart said, the local community came together to help.

“When we needed help moving the cows, everyone just showed up,” he said.

“I have relief milkers coming in tomorrow morning to give two of us a morning off… Even though they are small, they are very important.

“One of the hardest things is that when we built our house, we made sure it had a view. Every time I walk out the door, I see water, and it breaks my heart.”

Primary producers who were hurt by the floods can get recovery grants by calling 1800 931 314 or going to the website of the South Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regions.

USDA ERS – Fluid Milk Consumption Continues Downward Trend, Proving Difficult to Reverse

Fluid cow’s milk has long been a grocery staple for most U.S. households. However, as dietary habits change, individuals are drinking less milk on average. The USDA, Economic Research Service (ERS) Food Availability (Per Capita) Data System shows that U.S. daily per capita consumption of fluid milk decreased over each of the past seven decades. Between 1990 and 2000, it fell from 0.78 cup to 0.69 cup (an 11.5-percent decline). By 2010, it was down to 0.62 cup (10.1 percent lower than it had been in 2000). Compared with each of the previous six decades, U.S. daily per person fluid milk consumption fell at its fastest rate in the 2010s. In 2019, it was 0.49 cup (20.7 percent lower than in 2010).

A bar chart showing the average cups per person per day of fluid cow’s milk consumed in the United States by decade, from 1970 to 2019.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020–2025, recommend individuals consume 2- to 3 cup-equivalents of dairy products per day depending on their age, gender, and level of physical activity. One cup of fluid cow’s milk, 1 cup of yogurt, 1.5 ounces of natural cheese, or 2 ounces of processed cheese each contribute 1 cup-equivalent toward meeting daily dairy recommendations. One cup of fortified soy beverage also counts as 1 cup-equivalent of dairy product. Other plant-based products bearing two-part names (almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, oat milk, hemp milk, and others) are not included as part of the dairy group because their overall nutritional content is not similar to that of dairy milk.

Despite Government and industry efforts, about 90 percent of the U.S. population does not meet the Dietary Guidelines’ dairy recommendations. Although U.S. per capita cheese and yogurt consumption has more than tripled since 1970, U.S. per capita consumption of all dairy products peaked in 1987 at 1.57 cup-equivalents per day. People drank less milk during the 1990s and 2000s, more or less offsetting increases in consumption of other dairy products. In 2009, consumption of U.S. dairy products was 1.55 cup-equivalents per person per day. By 2019, it was 1.49 cup-equivalents, weighed down by the faster rate of declines in milk consumption.

The future of U.S. fluid milk consumption depends not just on the overall trend but also on which consumers are reducing their consumption most and how they do so. To investigate U.S. fluid milk consumption trends among age groups, ERS researchers recently examined dietary intake surveys cooperatively planned and conducted by USDA and the National Center for Health Statistics (part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) between 2003 and 2018. In these surveys, participants reported their food and beverage intake during a 24-hour period. They recorded what and how much they ate and drank and whether they consumed foods and beverages as standalone items or in combination with other foods. ERS researchers also studied scanner data collected between 2013 and 2018 with detailed information about which products a panel of households bought over that time period at retail stores. This study helped to better understand the evolving relationship between households’ purchases of fluid dairy milk, plant-based milk alternatives, and other potentially competing beverages.

Milk as a Beverage

Dietary intake surveys from 2003–2018 confirm that people in the United States primarily consume fluid cow’s milk as a beverage. Even so, during this same period, individuals of all ages significantly decreased their consumption. This includes plain and flavored milk as well as malted milk, eggnog, and hot chocolate, among other milk-based beverages. Per capita daily consumption among children (ages 12 years and under) initially fluctuated over the 2000s. Children’s consumption of milk measured 1.07 cup-equivalents in 2003–04 and 1.10 cup-equivalents in 2009–10. However, during the 2010s, per capita consumption of milk as a beverage declined steadily among children, falling to 0.79 cup-equivalent per day in 2017–18. Steady declines also occurred in per capita consumption among teenagers (ages 13 through 19) and adults (ages 20 and older) after 2011–12.

A line chart showing the cup-equivalents of milk consumed per person per day as a beverage in the United States by children, teenagers, and adults from 2003–04 to 2017–18.

Milk with Cereal

People also pour fluid cow’s milk on hot and cold cereal. Between 2003 and 2018, U.S. per person consumption of milk in this manner fell, with the steepest drop occurring among children. Among children, it fell from 0.39 cup-equivalent in 2003–04 to 0.25 cup-equivalent in 2017–18. A smaller decrease occurred among adults. Changes in consumption among teenagers were statistically insignificant.

Line chart showing per capita cup-equivalents of milk consumed with cereal by children, teenagers, and adults from 2003-04 to 2017-18.

Milk in Other Beverages

A third way people use fluid cow’s milk is by adding it to beverages such as coffee and tea. No statistically significant changes were detected in the amount of milk that individuals use this way over the 2000s and 2010s. In 2017–18, adults consumed an average of about 0.09 cup-equivalent of milk with non-dairy beverages each day, much as they did in 2003–04.

Line chart showing per capita consumption of milk in non-dairy beverages by adults, teenagers, and children from 2003-04 to 2017-18.

What Has Contributed to the Downward Trend?

Underlying the long-run downward trend in milk drinking are differences in the eating and drinking habits of newer and older generations. A 2013 ERS report shows that newer generations are consuming less fluid milk than preceding generations. Individuals born in the 1970s, for example, drank less milk in their teens, 20s, and 30s than individuals born in the 1960s did at the same age points. Those born in the 1980s and 1990s, in turn, appear likely to consume even less fluid milk in their adulthood than those born in the 1970s. These differences across generations reflect in part their unique eating choices as children. Every decade brings a wider selection of beverage choices at supermarkets, restaurants, and other food outlets.

Nutritionists have pointed out that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks and juice drinks increased during the 1980s and 1990s and appeared to be replacing milk. However, in recent years, U.S. per capita consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages also has declined. Using data on households’ beverage choices between 2013 and 2018, ERS researchers examined households’ purchases at retail grocery stores of milk, soft drinks, 100-percent juice and juice drinks, bottled water, and coffee and tea drinks. They found little evidence that consumption of one beverage was offset by consumption of another. That is, competition between milk and these other major beverage categories was found to have little effect on milk purchases over those years.

There was, however, evidence that plant-based milk alternatives, such as almond milk and soy milk, do compete with fluid cow’s milk. ERS research using household scanner data confirms that sales of these beverages are negatively affecting purchases of fluid cow’s milk. Still, the increase in their sales is much smaller than the decrease in sales of fluid cow’s milk, so plant-based milk alternatives can explain only a small share of overall sales trends. Sales of plant-based milk alternatives may be contributing to sales trends for fluid cow’s milk but are not likely to be a primary driver of those trends.

USDA Supports Dairy Consumption

Several USDA programs encourage consumption of fluid cow’s milk and overall dairy consumption, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC; and the Special Milk Program. Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program, for example, must offer students 1 cup of milk with each lunch.

When analyzing the 2003–18 dietary records of teenagers and children, ERS researchers found that children aged 6 through 12 years obtained 35 percent of their fluid milk at schools while teenagers aged 13 through 18 years obtained 25 percent of their fluid milk at schools. Consumption of fluid milk was also higher for both groups on weekdays, when schools are generally in session, than on weekends.

Dairy farmers and fluid milk processors also invest in checkoff programs that operate with oversight from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Program, funded by fluid milk processors, was designed to maintain and expand markets and uses for fluid milk products produced in the United States through generic advertising (designed to promote a general product rather than a particular brand). The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, funded by dairy farmers and dairy product importers, seeks to increase sales of, and demand for, all types of dairy products and ingredients.

ERS research in 2017 found that thousands of new beverage products are introduced in the U.S. market each year, which may compete with fluid milk. This mix of new products includes a variety of milks, carbonated soft drinks, fruit drinks, juices, energy drinks, sports drinks, and waters with fruit flavoring, among others. Competition among these products is based in part on price. Product packaging may also highlight attributes, including flavor or whether the product is USDA Organic certified, is natural in origin, contains probiotics, contains calcium, is lactose-free, is non-GMO, or is without artificial sweeteners. Future milk-drinking trends in the United States may be shaped by the abilities of milk processors and other beverage manufacturers to gauge and anticipate the mix of attributes most appealing to consumers.


Jersey All American Winners Announced By American Jersey Cattle Association For 2022

The official Jersey All American and Reserve All American winners of 2022 have been announced by the American Jersey Cattle Association. The All American events are held annually in Louisville, Ky., in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition. There were 435 Registered Jerseys through the ring in Louisville, Ky., on November 6-7, 2022.

The winners in each class were:

Milking Winter Yearling

Ratliff Lo Lalala Dancer-ET, Ron and Christy Ratliff, Garnett, Kan., All American winner

Miss Lovelys Kid Rock Layla-ET, Mike Berry and Michael Heath, Westminster, Md., Reserve All American winner

Milking Yearling

Intense Video Shelby-ET, Mortimer Jerseys, Smithfield, Utah, All American winner

Heaths Grandious Winner, Frank and Carol Borba and Frank and Diane Borba, and Keightley Core, Salvisa, Ky., Reserve All American winner

Summer Junior Two-Year-Old Cow

Pacific Edge VIP Escort, R&R Dairy, Tillamook, Ore., All American winner

Maker Gentry Arielle, Kilgus Dairy, Fairbury, Ill., Reserve All American winner

Junior Two-Year-Old Cow

SSF Casino Brie, Peter Vail and Budjon Farms, Lomira, Wis., All American winner

Pacific Edge Gentry Zelda {6}, Brent L. Rocha, Tillamook, Ore., Reserve All American winner

Senior Two-Year-Old Cow

Arethusa Andreas Sunlight-ET, Vierra Dairy, Hilmar, Calif. All American winner

OEH-My Victorious Parade, Chase and Willow Oehmichen, Abbotsford, Wis., Reserve All American winner

National Jersey Jug Futurity

Budjon-Vail Jordan C Shaneese-ET, Carly and Rebecca Shaw and Kash-In Jerseys, Tulare, Calif., Winner

Cowbell Shoes Cleopatra, Chase R. Rozler of Cowbell Acres, Canton, N.Y., Reserve winner

Junior Three-Year-Old Cow

Rivendale VIP Eloise, Vierra Dairy, Hilmar, Calif., All American winner

Pine Haven Victorious Margaret, River Valley Farm, Tremont, Ill.,. Reserve All American winner

Senior Three-Year-Old Cow

Pacific Edge Premier Diva-ET, Brent L. Rocha, Tillamook, Ore., All American winner

J-Kay Colton Fiona, R&R Dairy, Tillamook, Ore., Reserve All American winner

Four-Year-Old Cow

DC Comerica Sasscee, Kash-In Jerseys and Lilah Utterback, Tulare, Calif., All American winner

Milk & Honey Vaden Fern-ET, Vierra Dairy, Hilmar, Calif., Reserve All American winner

Five-Year-Old Cow

Seacord Howacres Tesla, River Valley Farm, Tremont, Ill., All American winner

Sugar Brook Bartender Bridgett, Ernest Kueffner, Terri Packard, Adam Fraley, and Rodney Hetts, Boonsboro, Md., Reserve All American winner

Aged Cow

Edgelea Tequila Sheraton, Peter Vail and Budjon Farm, Lomira, Wis., All American winner

Sugar Brook Joel Jeopardy, Kash-In Jerseys, Tulare, Calif., Reserve All American winner

Lifetime Cheese Production Cow

Stoney Point Impression Blenda, Vierra Dairy, Hilmar, Calif., All American winner

LC Success Abilene, Taylor, Erin, and Sophie Leach, Linwood, Kan., Reserve All American winner

Spring Heifer Calf

Freedom Lane Kid Rock Gisele-ET, Rodney Bollenbacher, Clancey Krahn, Mandy Sell and Scott Stanford, Watertown, Wis., All American winner

MM-T Pockets Nuance Gloria-ET, Glamourview – Iager and Walton, Walkersville, Md., Reserve All American winner

Winter Heifer Calf

Vierra VIP Veritgo-ET, Triple-T, Michael Heath and Peter Cipponeri, N. Lewisburg, Ohio, All American winner

Big Guns A Victory Lap-ET, Madison S. Fisher, Frostburg, Md., Reserve All American winner

Fall Heifer Calf

Stookeyholm Gentry Treasurer, Mallarie Stookey, Milford, Ind., All American winner

Sheratons Andreas Shania-ET, David Jordan, Dan Upchurch, and Franchise, Ashville, Ohio, Reserve All American winner

Summer Yearling Heifer

Shots VIP Shot of Love-ET, Brad and Jessica Gavenlock, Tallygaroopna, Vic., Aust., All American winner

Vierra Femme Fatale, Vierra Dairy, Hilmar, Calif., Reserve All American winner

Spring Yearling Heifer

Roc-N-Roll BillieJean, Vierra Dairy, Hilmar, Calif., All American winner

Schulte Bros Colton Frankie-ET, Kaleb, Cole, and Carter Kruse, and Gene Henderson, Dyersville, Iowa, Reserve All American winner

Winter Yearling Heifer

Whitdale Colton Ginny-ET, T&L Cattle and Vierra Dairy, Hilmar, Calif., All American winner

Schulte Bros Gentry Clarabelle-ET, Zach, Blake and Mitch Schulte, Watkins, Iowa, Reserve All American winner

Results from The 70th All American Jersey Show are posted on the USJersey web site at, with complete show coverage published in the January 2023 issue of the Jersey Journal.

Photos of the winners and reserve winners are available on the official website of The All American Jersey Shows and Sales at:

An annual production of the American Jersey Cattle Association, the All American is held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. More than 100 Jersey breeders and enthusiasts from across the United States donate their services to planning and staging the three shows, two sales and youth awards program that make up the most exciting weekend of dairy breed promotion in the world. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact All American Coordinator Kim Billman at 614/322-4451 or

World Dairy Expo Accepting Nominations for 2023 Recognition Awards

Nominations for the 2023 World Dairy Expo® Recognition Awards are being accepted through February 1, 2023. Expo is once again honoring dairy industry leaders in three different categories: Dairy Producer of the Year, Industry Person of the Year, and International Person of the Year. Organizations, academic staff, producers and others involved in the dairy industry are encouraged to nominate individuals to recognize their outstanding work and dedication to the dairy industry.

Qualifications for each of the three awards being presented include:

Dairy Producer(s) of the Year: Presented to an active dairy producer whose primary source of income is derived from his or her dairy enterprise. This producer excels in efficient production and the breeding of quality dairy animals while incorporating progressive management practices. Award recipient’s community, government, marketing and World Dairy Expo involvement will also be considered.

Industry Person(s) of the Year: This award is presented in recognition of an individual’s excellence in research, development, education, marketing, manufacturing or other fields, which are a part of an industry or institution that provides goods or services to the dairy industry. A resident of the United States, this award recipient may be an active dairy producer whose primary achievements are industry focused.

International Person(s) of the Year: Living primarily outside of the United States, the individual who receives this award will be recognized for his or her contribution to international research, development, education, marketing, manufacturing or other fields, which are a part of an industry or institution that provides goods or services to the international dairy industry.

The nomination form is available at or by contacting the Expo office at 608-224-6455 or The individuals selected to receive these prestigious awards will be recognized on Wednesday, October 4 during World Dairy Expo 2023 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

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. The global dairy industry will return to Madison, Wis. for the 56th event, October 1-6, 2023, 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. Download the World Dairy Expo mobile event app, visit or follow WDE on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Spotify, Instagram or YouTube for more information.

U.S. and Chinese markets are tightening, putting pressure on dairy farmers and manufacturers of infant formula.

Danone, Abbott, and Wyeth, the three biggest makers of baby food in the world, all have factories in Ireland. They are all facing a major change in the market, which could have bad effects on jobs and dairy processors.

China is the biggest market for infant formula in the world, and these three exporters put a lot of effort into selling there. However, China has become hard to sell to because of restrictions on Covid-19, a low birth rate, registration requirements, and fierce competition from Chinese manufacturers who have won back consumers’ trust.

Euromonitor says that Chinese brands have quickly gained market share in recent years. Based on retail sales, Feihe will have 20% of the market in 2022, up from 12% in 2019. Yili, the other top Chinese brand, will have 14%.

Compared to this, imported brands like Danone, which is down to 12%, and Nestle, which owns Wyeth and is down to 10%, followed by Abbott at 3%, have lost a lot of market share.

The Covid pandemic and the problems it caused with shipping goods around the world were especially bad for European companies that sold to Asian markets.

This year’s problems are made worse by the fact that the Chinese government will start to use a new national standard for infant formula next month. Many companies, including European manufacturers, are still waiting for approval.
International companies have to deal with a lot of competition from Chinese companies that are regaining the trust of consumers.
International companies have to deal with a lot of competition from Chinese companies that are regaining the trust of consumers. Image by: STR/AFP/Getty

Industry experts think that China’s new standards will cause up to a third of all formula brands to go out of business this year. This is likely to make Chinese consumers trust local brands that meet the new standards even more.

Changes to the Chinese market are still a big question for the more than 1,000 dairy farms on the island of Ireland that supply quality milk to these big companies that make baby food.

Baby formula is mixed, pasteurised, and dried at the Abbott Cootehill plant, the Wyeth Askeaton factory, and the Danone Macroom and Wexford plants. Once they are packaged, they are sent to Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Canada, but not the US.

The US Food and Drug Administration does not allow European companies to sell baby formula in the US because they are not regulated by it (FDA).

In the past year, some of the problems in the Chinese market have been lessened by the FDA’s decision to loosen controls on imports. This was done to make up for manufacturing problems, product quality recalls, and supply chain disruptions caused by Covid in the tightly controlled US market.

The United States is the second biggest market for baby food. But about 90% of the US market is controlled by just four companies. Nearly half of the market is made at Abbott’s US plant. Mead Johnson Nutrition, Nestlé USA, and Perrigo are also in the game.

Only 2% of formula comes from other countries, and it’s hard for new companies to get into the market because of FDA rules.

Because there are so few companies, when one shuts down, it starts a domino effect that has led to major shortages over the past two years. Mothers all over the US have been unable to buy when they need to because of these shortages.

In the past year, the FDA had to give temporary import exemptions to a number of non-US production facilities, such as Abbott in Cootehill and Danone in Macroom, in order to fix a serious shortage that had become a political hot potato.

But all exemptions for foreign suppliers were set to end at the end of December. Even if technical food safety standards are approved, US importers will have to pay tariffs of up to 17.5% on sales to the market.

The push for organic baby food around the world, especially by young parents, is another problem for the industry.

Many companies are trying to make baby foods that don’t come from animals but have the same nutrients as breast milk. This could help them make more money in the future, but it could also speed up the decline of the dairy processing industry in Ireland.

John Whelan is an expert on Irish and global trade.

Junior Jersey All American Winners Announced By American Jersey Cattle Association For 2022

Twenty-four Jersey youth between the ages of nine (9) and 20 from nine states have been recognized by the American Jersey Cattle Association as the owners of the Junior All American winners for 2022. There were 173 youth exhibiting 274 Registered Jerseys in the national junior show on November 4, 2022, in Louisville, Ky.

The winners in each class division are:

Spring Heifer Calf

Z-Class Frothy Cappuccino, Mason Ziemba, Durhamville, N.Y, Junior All American winner

Freedom Lane Kid Rock Goldie-ET, Lauren Albright, Willard, Ohio, Reserve Junior All American winner

Winter Heifer Calf

Miss Gayles Grace-ET, Kendall Thomas, North Lewisburg, Ohio, Junior All American winner

HC-Rader Gentry Sage-ET, Shelby Rader, Linesville, Pa., Reserve Junior All American winner

Fall Heifer Calf

Hi-Poits-LLF Cheers Lovely Lies, Katelyn Poitras, Brimfield, Mass., Junior All American winner

Annettes VIP Annie-ET, Caroline Powers, Columbus, Wis., Reserve Junior All American winner

Summer Yearling Heifer

Kash-In Joel Knockin Boots-ET, Sophia Bollenbacher, Argos, Ind., Junior All American winner

Win-Top Mamacita, Jasenko Gavranovic, New Ulm, Minn., Reserve Junior All American winner

Spring Yearling Heifer

Four-Hills Velocity Precious-ET, Emory Jo Bewley, Susquehanna, Pa., Junior All American winner

Schulte Bros Colton Frankie-ET, Carter Kruse, Dyersville, Iowa, Reserve Junior All American winner

Winter Yearling Heifer

Schulte Bros Gentry Clarabelle-ET, Zach Schulte, Watkins, Iowa, Junior All American winner

SBF Jeronimo Andi, Regan Johnson, Northwood, N.H., Reserve Junior All American winner

Milking Yearling

Impression Misty-ET, Caroline Arrowsmith, Peach Bottom, Pa., Junior All American winner

Graybill Victorious Valentina, Eli Graybill, Freeport, Ill., Reserve Junior All American winner

Summer Junior Two-Year-Old Cow

Kilgus Fizz Deborah, Carla Kilgus, Fairbury, Ill., Junior All American winner

Sarahs Scent VIP Skittles-ET, Olivia Finke, London, Ohio, Reserve Junior All American winner

Junior Two-Year-Old Cow

K&M Victorious Glad-ET, Carla Kilgus, Fairbury, Ill., Junior All American winner

SLJ Colton Geneva, Treasure Clark, Mountain Grove, Mo., Reserve Junior All American winner

Senior Two-Year-Old Cow

Kilgus Victorious Meadow-ET, Carla Kilgus, Fairbury, Ill., Junior All American winner

Kilgus Casino Teal, Gigi Polikowsky, Byron, Minn., Reserve Junior All American winner

Junior Three-Year-Old Cow

Paullyn Victorious Maya, Grace Sauder, Tremont, Ill., Junior All American winner

Cowbell Casino Dorsay, Chase Rozler, Canton, N.Y., Reserve Junior All American

Senior Three-Year-Old Cow

ZBW Masons Fizzy Cola, Mason Ziemba, Durhamville, N.Y., Junior All American winner

Cowbell Shoes Cleopatra, Chase Rozler, Canton, N.Y., Reserve Junior All American winner

Four-Year-Old Cow

DC Comerica Sasscee, Lilah Utterback, Jefferson, Md., Junior All American winner

Ho-Crawf Andreas Joplin, Sophie Leach, Linwood, Kan., Reserve Junior All American winner

Five-Year-Old Cow

Seacord Howacres Tesla, Grace Sauder, Tremont, Ill., Junior All American winner

Meadowridge Vitality Strawberry, Alleah Anderson, Cumberland, Wis., Reserve Junior All American winner

Aged Cow

LC Success Abilene, Sophie Leach, Linwood, Kan., Junior All American winner

OEH-My Valentino Patiences, Matthew Thompson, Darlington, Wis., Reserve Junior All American winner

Results from The 70th All American Junior Jersey Show are posted on the USJersey website at, with complete show coverage published in the January 2023 issue of the Jersey Journal.

The Junior All American and Reserve Junior All American’s are showcased at:

The All American Junior Jersey Show is an annual production of the American Jersey Cattle Association. For information on sponsorship opportunities or to make a contribution to the Maurice E. Core Jersey Youth Fund in support of Jersey junior exhibitors, contact the AJCA Communications Department at 614/322-4451.

Premier Select Sires Scholarship Deadline is January 31, 2023

The deadline to apply for the 2023 Premier Future Ag Leaders Scholarship Program offered by Premier Select Sires is January 31, 2023. Premier will award up to $20,000 to students within the cooperative territory through this program, and students meeting the eligibility requirements below are encouraged to apply. Students can access scholarship forms under the “News” tab of, by calling (570) 836-3168, or by emailing

Two exemplary students will receive $2,500 scholarships through either the Johnny Daniel Memorial Scholarship or the Wayne Dudley Scholarship. Several other students will receive scholarships of $750-$1,000 in value.

Eligible students include high school seniors through college seniors presently enrolled or planning to enroll in an undergraduate agriculture-related major. The student or his/her parent or guardian must reside in the Premier membership area and must be an active Premier customer in good standing. Previous scholarship winners remain eligible during subsequent award years; however, a student can only receive a $2,500 scholarship once in his/her school career.

The Premier Future Ag Leaders Scholarship Program provides financial support to eligible college undergraduates in agricultural majors. The program provides additional return to the cooperative’s member-owners by supporting the next generation of young people desiring to study and work in the agriculture industry. The Premier Select Sires, Inc. board of directors has made a commitment to providing money to support this scholarship program on an ongoing annual basis.

Premier Select Sires is a farmer-owned cooperative that serves beef and dairy producers in its 23-state member area. Dedicated to providing its members with all they need to achieve success, Premier provides:

  • Industry-leading genetics from the Select Sires, Accelerated Genetics, and GenerVations brands
  • Effective herd health and management products, as well as artificial insemination supplies
  • Reliable services and programs backed by years of success
  • Knowledgeable industry experts who are easily accessed for consultation, advice, and on-farm assistance

Together with its five sister cooperatives across the United States, Premier owns and controls Select Sires Inc., the world’s most recognized name in bovine genetics.

Milk Futures Down in Chicago Tuesday

On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday, prices for milk futures and cash dairy products were mixed for the next few months. January Class III milk was $19.53, down $0.17 from December. February was $0.05 less, coming in at $19.10. At $18.67, March was down $0.04. At $18.85, April was up $0.02. From May to December, contracts were either the same or went up by 15 cents in October.

At $0.3525, dry whey was down $0.0375. There were eight sales between $0.3525 and $0.3750. The cheese market lost some of the gains it made on Monday, with blocks dropping $0.0150 to $2.1825. There were four sales between $2.15 and $2.1825. Cheese barrels were down $0.0250 at $1.80. There were 11 sales between $1.80 and $1.8275. At $2.43, butter went up by $0.01. $2.44 was the price of one sale. At $1.2775, the price of nonfat dry milk didn’t change. There were no sales.

Trans Ova Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Trans Ova Scholarship Program is now open! College students interested in areas including beef, dairy, swine, sheep, goat or veterinary are encouraged to apply.

Click here to start your application. Apply before March 15, 2023.

Friends of Expo Honored at Annual Event

On Wednesday, November 30, World Dairy Expo hosted its annual Friends of Expo celebration, honoring the hundreds of volunteers, paid workers, and partners who make World Dairy Expo possible. Highlighting the evening was the presentation of the 2022 Friends of Expo awards. Receiving recognition this year were Bob and Marge Kaether, Berta Hansen and Adam Alesch.

Bob and Marge Kaether, Waunakee, Wis., have been essential in the success of World Dairy Expo, specifically in the Purple Cow Gift Shop and WDE’s School Tour program. After a two-year hiatus of school tours, no one was more excited to see them return than Bob, who has led numerous fourth-grade students around Expo grounds, sharing his passion for the dairy industry. Marge can be found in the Purple Cow Gift Shop throughout the week, doing everything from sorting hangers and inventory to helping customers find the perfect gifts for their loved ones.

For over 20 years, Berta Hansen, Evansville, Wis., has served as the International Registration Coordinator. During this time, she has personally greeted over 58,000 international guests and manages the on-site interpreter team. Hansen has created a team that is compassionate, dedicated and essential to creating a memorable experience for Expo’s international guests.

The final friend honored was Adam Alesch of Madison, Wis. As an employee at Alliant Energy Center, Alesch touches every part of Expo and ensures its success. From setting the Showring and booths for the Trade Show to creating a home for dairy cattle and their exhibitors in the New Holland Pavilions, his work begins weeks in advance of the event and concludes weeks after the last cow goes home.

Why I worry for dairy-deprived mums and kids

Standing in the queue for my morning cappuccino has recently become a troubling experience for me. It is because of the frequent requests I hear from young women, particularly those who are obviously pregnant. They are asking for an almond, soy or oat milk coffee as an alternative to standard cow’s milk.

Plant-based milks have become more popular with coffee drinkers.
Plant-based milks have become more popular with coffee drinkers.Credit:Fairfax

I am troubled because these women are very likely putting the developing brains of their unborn babies at risk of suffering intellectual impairment and other neurological disorders. Not because the plant-based alternative milks are naturally harmful, but unlike dairy milk, these products do not contain the micronutrient iodine that is essential for optimal maternal thyroid gland function that regulates normal foetal brain development.

As Angus Dalton highlighted in his article I’ll have a half-oat, half-soy decaf in The Sun-Herald last week, a quarter of the customers in the cafés he canvassed had ditched dairy milk in their coffees for plant-based alternatives. This causes me a great deal of concern for future generations of Australian children.

Last week’s story in the Sun Herald.
Last week’s story in the Sun Herald.Credit:Fairfax

The World Health Organisation states iodine deficiency during pregnancy and early infancy – the first 1000 days of life when development of the human brain is so critical – is the commonest global cause of preventable intellectual disability.

Added to this, there is also good evidence implicating iodine deficiency during pregnancy – as a causal or possible contributory factor – in the development of other neurological disorders such as ADHD and autism, which are on the increase in Australia without any plausible explanation. These consequences are not simply theoretical. Recent studies performed in Tasmania, where dietary iodine deficiency has been more prominent than elsewhere in Australia, have confirmed that children born to women with mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy had a 10 per cent reduction in literacy and numeracy performance, compared with children born to mothers who had a sufficient iodine intake.

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Unfortunately, follow-up of these affected children has shown impaired school-performance has persisted and is irreversible. When you see these results, it is not unreasonable to ask: is iodine deficiency the reason for the continuing decline in the academic standards of Australian schoolchildren compared with their peers in many other countries? As with the increased rates of ADHD and autism, no plausible explanation has been advanced for the comparatively poor performances in these international examinations.

Iodine in the Australian diet comes mainly from dairy milk, iodised salt, and to a lesser extent seafoods. There is good evidence from studies of pregnant women in Sydney that dairy milk has been the main source of iodine for the great majority not taking an iodine supplement.

Iodine deficiency re-emerged in Australia several decades ago because of a decline in the content of iodine in dairy products, coupled with decreased household use of iodised salt and it not being used by the food manufacturing industry.

This problem continues as it is frequently difficult to find any iodised table salt on display in our grocery stores, where the shelves are dominated by un-iodised crude, pink crystalline salts imported from salt mines in Pakistan and labelled as “Himalayan salt” – somehow conveying some mystic qualities on these products. When I get the opportunity, I furtively look for the iodised salt products and bring them to the front of the shelf and push the un-iodised products to the back.

More people are buying plant-based alternatives such as soy, almond or oat milk.
More people are buying plant-based alternatives such as soy, almond or oat milk.Credit:iStock

In response to a national survey of children in 2005-2006 by Westmead Hospital and Sydney University, which established widespread insufficient dietary iodine intake in the Australian population, WHO labelled Australia as an iodine deficient country. State and federal health departments eventually mandated iodine fortification of food in 2009 requiring that all salt used in the making of bread and such products must be iodised salt.

While this initiative has been successful in raising the intake of iodine to satisfactory levels in most of the population, it is insufficient to meet the natural increased requirements of iodine during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

To address this deficit in 2009, our National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommended a daily supplement of 150 ug of iodine for women during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Unfortunately, this message has not been well promoted as current research indicates approximately 50 per cent of pregnant women in Australia are still not getting enough iodine.

We know from very good studies conducted in pregnant women before mandatory fortification of bread with iodised salt in 2009, that the principal source of iodine in the diet of pregnant women in Australia was dairy products.

Given the increasing preference for plant-based milks it is likely that this new fad, coupled with the consumer preference for non-iodised salt in the home and by the food industry, will likely contribute to a further decline in iodine intake in vulnerable sections of our population.

It is unquestionable that the outcome will be some degree of impairment of normal brain development in the most critical first 1000 days of life, leading to lower IQs, lifelong disability, and disadvantage in a large section of our population, unless we take action to prevent it. We know what the problem is, how to fix it, and we should do it now.

Creswell Eastman is a Professor of Medicine at Sydney University Medical School, Principal of the Sydney Thyroid Clinic and Consultant Emeritus to the Westmead Hospital.


Holstein Association USA Announces 2022 Top BAA Herds

Holstein Association USA recently released the lists of top Holstein Breed Age Average (BAA%) herds for 2022 classifications. Members utilizing the Classic or Standard options of the Holstein classification program receive an overall BAA for their herd. The BAA value provides a way to compare an animal’s score to breed average, taking into account the age of the animal and their stage of lactation. The calculation puts cows of all ages on the same playing field.

”Providing recognition to breeders of outstanding Registered Holstein cattle across the country is one of the more enjoyable activities we perform at Holstein Association,” said Lindsey Worden, Executive Director, Holstein Genetic Services. “Earning recognition as a high BAA herd on any of the various lists is a notable achievement. It shows a commitment to breeding quality Holstein cattle, paired with outstanding animal husbandry and management that allows those cattle to express their genetic potential.”

In 2022, 970 herds had a BAA value eligible for inclusion in these lists. The average number of cows included in the BAA calculation for the entire group was 68, and the average BAA% was 107.7. Herds must have a minimum of 10 cows to be included for calculation on the list.

Topping the 2022 highest overall BAA list are Delbert W. and Heather D. Yoder from West Salem, Ohio, with a BAA of 116.3. Also earning honors in the top five spots on the list are Matthew T. Mitchell, Tennessee; Juniper Farm, Inc., Maine; Conant Acres, Maine; and G. Alpheaus Stoltzfus, Pennsylvania.

Lists are broken down in several different ways to recognize members across the country with herds of all sizes. Lists of the Overall Top 200 BAA Herds, Top 25 BAA Herds by Region, Top 25 BAA Herds by Herd Size, and Top 15 BAA Herds for Colleges & Universities can be viewed at Find the page under the Popular List section on the homepage or directly at Congratulations to all herds on these lists!

U.S. dairy exports have been going up for seven months.

Zach Myers, the risk education manager for Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence, said that as of October 2022, U.S. dairy exports have gone up for seven months in a row. He said this in a presentation about profitability in December.
Also, for the first time, nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder had a year-over-year increase. This is the most-exported type of dairy. Myers said that exports “continue to be on track to set new records for both volume and value.”
In fact, the USDA’s “Dairy: World Markets and Trade” report from December 2022 said that in 2022, the value of all dairy exports broke records. Strong prices for dairy products around the world are what’s driving these exports.
The report goes on to say, “Through October, the value of dairy exports is up 25%, with strong growth across the major product groups, such as skim milk powder (NDM/SMP), whey, lactose, cheese, and butter. However, the average growth in export volume is only 5%.”
Myers also said that the U.S. made 18.25 billion pounds of milk in November, which was 1.3 percent more than in November 2021. In that year, the number of cows went up by 0.4%, to 9.42 million. Each cow that was lactating made 74.3 pounds of milk per day.
In terms of prices, the CME price for butter in November was $2.93, up from $1.99 the year before. The price for block cheese was $2.18, up from $1.86. The price of nonfat dry milk around the world is $1.41, but it will be $1.56 in 2021.
Myers said that the latest predictions for Class III and Class IV futures milk prices show that Class III has started to go down again after stabilising in the first part of November. As of December 15, the 12-month average for Class III was $19.80 per cwt, which was 79 cents less than it was in mid-November. Class IV, on the other hand, has been going down for months, with a 12-month average price of $20.39.
But Myers said that even though those average milk prices went down, the prices now are still much higher than the average prices for the past five years, which were $17.66 for Class III and $16.78 for Class IV.
In October, the dairy margin coverage of $19.71 per cwt did not cause an indemnity to be paid out. The cost of feed went down by 59 cents to $15.19 per cwt, while the price of all milk went up by $1.50 to $25.90 per cwt.
Myers made a point of saying that the USDA has made the sign-up period for 2023 last until January 31, 2023. He looked at the value of dairy margin coverage as a risk management tool every year since it started in 2019 by giving enrolled dairy farms a net benefit.
Since margins are expected to be much lower in 2023 and indemnities are expected from January to August, dairy managers who have not yet joined the programme may want to do so. Signing up must be done at a Farm Service Agency office near you.
The USDA report on trade summed up the conditions for milk production and several other products so that exports from major countries could be predicted for 2023.
In Argentina, milk production is expected to go back up in 2023 because the weather will be back to normal after a dry summer and cold fall hurt yields in 2022. Also, better access to concentrates, fertilisers, and fuels, as well as investments in technologies that make animals more comfortable and better ways to care for them, should help increase milk production.
Even though record milk, low hay and grain prices, and above-average rainfall are all good signs that could lead to more dairy cows and more milk production, Australia’s milk production is expected to go down.
Due to a lack of workers and rising energy and fertiliser costs, dairy farmers are reducing the number of cows they have and switching to beef cattle production.
In 2022, there was a drought across the European Union. This made it harder to make feed for animals and less milk. Also, higher costs for energy, fertiliser, and feed to make milk cancelled out higher prices at the farm gate. Consumer demand for dairy products like goat cheeses and buffalo mozzarella, as well as local milk production for products with a protected geographical indication, helped the Mediterranean member states do better.
But French and Italian farmers couldn’t meet GI feeding standards because they didn’t have enough feed.
Even though milk production has stayed the same, the number of dairy cows in the EU has gone down, which has hurt EU production. Also, the new Common Agricultural Policy and the Farm to Fork Strategy, which will go along with it, are likely to add more uncertainty to their dairy sector. In 2023, milk production in the EU is expected to go down.
Due to a smaller dairy herd and slightly less milk per cow, New Zealand’s milk production is expected to go down a little bit in 2023. Cow yields are likely to be affected by a third consecutive La Nia weather pattern, a smaller feed base because of a cold and wet winter that slowed spring pasture growth, and a smaller winter forage crop because of long periods of dry weather in the first half of 2022.
The number of cows is also expected to go down, which will continue the trend of their herds getting smaller. Rising costs of inputs and problems in the global supply chain also hurt producers.
In October, the value of U.S. dairy exports rose to $818.7 million. This was due to more shipments of high-value cheese and butter. At the end of the first 10 months of 2022, the value of U.S. dairy exports was a record $8.08 billion, beating the previous record of $7.7 billion set in 2021.
In Myers’s report, he said that U.S. exports from that time until 2022 were still on track to break records for both volume and value.

Thesing named associate vice president at Select Sires

Brandon Thesing has accepted the role of associate vice president of corporate accounts for Select Sires Inc. Thesing has dedicated nearly 12 years to the Select Sires federation, first working as a key client specialist in Minnesota and most recently as a corporate account manager for the I-29 region. In his new role, he will be responsible for maintaining, growing and developing business relationships. Thesing has a keen business sense and expert knowledge of genetic and reproductive management. Sizeable operations that span multiple states will benefit from Thesing’s move to this new role. He will work closely with these herds to leverage genetic opportunities and to create cohesive strategies that encompass the entire operation, including satellite facilities. Thesing will also collaborate with Select Sires’ corporate account team and member marketing personnel to best serve the needs of Select Sires’ farmer-owners.

“Brandon’s years of industry experience and dedication to Select Sires make him the perfect fit for this new role,” said Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development, Select Sires Inc. “He will serve some of the nation’s most progressive dairy operations as a trusted advisor and help them maximize genetic progress and reproductive efficiency.”

Thesing is a 2011 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in animal science and a 2021 graduate of the Krannert School of Business Executive Masters of Business Administration program. In 2015, he was awarded the Select Sires Activity System Specialist of the Year award and in 2016 he was honored as Select Sires’ Select Reproductive Specialist of the Year.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.

CDCB Database Now Holds More Than 7 Million Genotypes

More than 7 million genotypes reside in the CDCB database – with the 7M milestone recorded December 19, 2022.

The first U.S. Holstein sires were genotyped in 2008. In the first 7 years, 1 million genotypes were submitted. Since then, the database has grown exponentially with 6 million genotypes added in 8 years.

Among all genotypes at CDCB, 92% are female. Genomic evaluations have become a valuable tool for mating, culling and management decisions worldwide. In 2022, 95% of the genotypes submitted to CDCB were female. 87% of the genotypes are Holstein, 12% are Jersey, and 1% are other dairy breeds. As of December 2022, 73 countries have submitted genotypes to CDCB.

As the world’s largest animal database, this set of dairy phenotypic and genotypic information was hosted by USDA AGIL* and has been managed by CDCB since 2013. Learn more at

Source: United States Department of Agriculture Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory

Fire at Wisconsin dairy plant leaves storm drains clogged with butter

Bring in the toast.

A fire at a dairy plant in Wisconsin left storm drains and a historic canal clogged with butter.

The fire took place at an Associated Milk Producers facility in Portage on Monday, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Approximately 20 gallons of butter flowed into the adjacent Portage canal via a storm sewer, says the department. The butter has since been removed from the canal and the storm sewers were clear as of Thursday.

Environmental impacts are “minimal,” officials said in the news release.

“Most of the butter that left the facility exited via the sanitary sewer and traveled to the wastewater treatment plant,” according to the department. “Wastewater plant personnel have been clearing butter out of the plant since the incident. The treatment plant has operated effectively without disruption, though some temporary exceedances are anticipated.”

The fire started in a room that was used to store butter, according to a Facebook post from the Portage Fire Department, which was first responded to the incident. Butter runoff and heavy smoke made it difficult for personnel to enter the facility. It took several hours and help from other fire departments in the area to contain and extinguish the fire, the department added.

In a statement to CNN, Associated Milk Producers thanked local fire departments and first responders for controlling the fire.

“We appreciate their professionalism and hard work, as well as that of our employees, under difficult circumstances,” wrote the company.

They added that responders blocked the street drains and placed “absobent materials in the canal to minimize milkfats.”

An investigation is ongoing into the origins of the fire, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

P.E.I. farmers still picking up the pieces 3 months after Fiona

Some farmers on P.E.I. are still cleaning up and rebuilding what they lost more than three months after post-tropical storm Fiona left the Island battered and bruised.

Some looking for new ways to mitigate damage from future storms

Farmer Andrew Smith.
Andrew Smith of Smith Farms in Newton, near Kinkora, P.E.I., says while the weather has co-operated with his rebuild, it has been a challenge to find workers to rebuild these barns in New London. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC)

Some farmers on P.E.I. are still cleaning up and rebuilding what they lost more than three months after post-tropical storm Fiona left the Island battered and bruised.

Andrew Smith remembers the destruction all too well. The roof was torn off his potato storage building in New London, the walls had collapsed and debris was strewn across the property.

“Sick, just sick, this was four or five days before harvest, the thought of ‘What are we going to do, where are we going to put our crop?'”

Other farmers in both P.E.I. and Nova Scotia pitched in, helping him find storage space. 

Now Smith is focused on the cleanup. He has insurance, but he said it won’t cover all the damages. He said he could be out as much as $1 million.


The weather, at least, has been on his side. 

Storage building damaged by Fiona.
The roof blew off this storage building at Smith Farms. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC)

“Normally it could be –20 and a blizzard every second day, so if that was the case we’d be at a standstill. Right now we’re able to carry on, bit by bit, and hopefully, at least, get all of the old stuff torn down and get some protection on the concrete before it gets too cold and then be ready to build when we’re able.” 

No milk lost

Gordon MacBeath of Marshfield, chair of the Dairy Farmers of Prince Edward Island, said remarkably, there was no milk lost in the days after Fiona. Every day, there’s about 330,000 litres of milk produced on P.E.I., he said, and all of that was picked up and processed without any losses.

But the cleanup has been “massive,” and farmers are looking for ways to minimize the damage from future storms.

“Maybe dairy farms have to get their lines buried from their transformer to the buildings, so take that variable out of it,” he said.

“There will be small changes like that I think we can make that will be a long-term benefit for everyone.” 

Gordon MacBeath, chair Dairy Farmers of P.E.I.
Gordon MacBeath, chair of the Dairy Farmers of P.E.I., says the cleanup has been massive. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC)

Smith plans to rebuild his wooden structures with steel and cement.

But with the planting season only a few months away, he’s facing a new challenge — finding workers to help. 

“We’re having a very hard time finding locals that will stand the elements and come out and work with their hands. It’s hard work.”


2022 All Ontario Jersey Results

Jersey Ontario has announced the 2022 All Ontario winners! To view the complete results, click here. Congratulations to the breeders and exhibitors for bringing these animals to the top!

Locals pitch in to assist a dairy farmer load sandbags when a levee in Pootompa collapses.

As the River Murray rose, a private levee that had just been built broke under the weight of the water.

The levee broke late Wednesday, letting floodwaters into valuable land for dairy cows to graze. The low areas quickly filled up with murky water and the occasional carp.

All of the people who came to help knew someone at the Smart Dairy, which needed extra help protecting one of the farmhouses.

Steve Hein, who is the president of the Mypolonga Progress Association (Mypolonga Community on Facebook), said that the small town has been great during the flood crisis.

“Our rallying cry is that Mypo, Wall Flat, and Toora are strong and tough, and every day of the week shows that this is true. “Every day, people in the community, residents, and shackies live up to that,” he said.

“We were putting sandbags around the houses on the farm, and the people in Mypolonga and the nearby towns have been so helpful throughout the whole process. Yesterday, about 20 people came to help, and then the Mypolonga cricket club came and helped make about 400 sandbags and add to the stockpile.

“The community has been great, with people helping each other and watching out for each other.”

The first group of people who came to help fill sandbags at 1 p.m. were all different ages. (Senior reporter Lauren Thomson, in the middle, also helped fill and move sandbags.)

It was the fourth working bee in the past month.

The flood peak was expected to affect most of the Smarts’ 250-hectare property, so efforts were made to move the milking robots. Since then, attention has turned to a house on the property that was in danger because water kept coming in from the Murray.

David Smart, who owns a dairy farm, spent more than $100,000 to protect it from the growing Murray River. But the three-meter-high levee that had just been built broke, and there is no government grant money to cover the cost of the levee, the loss of milking time, and other costs like extra haylage because there isn’t enough grass.

Floods cost Smart Dairy a lot of money, so they decided to leave the business. The cows and milking systems have been sold.

Milk prices go up a lot.

On Monday, most dairy futures and cash prices went up on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. In January, the price of Class III milk on the market went up 39 cents to $19.70/cwt. February prices went up 56 cents to $19.15/cwt, and March prices went up 27 cents to $18.71/cwt. April through August of 2023 also went up by more than 10%. On Monday, all Class IV markets went down until 2023.

Most CME spot product markets were up to start the week. At $0.39, dry whey stayed the same. There were no sales. The cheese market did well, with blocks going up by $0.1425 to $2.1975. At $2.18 and $2.1975, two sales were made. Cheese barrels were up $0.10 at $1.8250. There were seven sales between $1.80 and $1.8275. At $2.42, butter went up by $0.0375. At that price, one sale was made. At $1.2775, nonfat dry milk was down $0.02. At that price, one sale was made.

Cooperation between the beef and dairy industries is essential for their continued development.

I’ve always worked in the dairy business. Pat and Peggy started Sustaire Dairy in Winnsboro, Texas, in 1966. When I was growing up, my parents expected me to help out wherever I could. In 1990, I bought 17 heifers to add to the 100 cows we already had. Today, my son Garrett and my daughter Jordan run Sustaire Dairy as the third generation.

A lot has changed in the dairy business in the nearly 33 years I’ve worked there. There are fewer small family-owned dairies, more large operations, computerised milking technology, and changing consumer tastes, just to name a few. Another big change is that dairy cattle are now a common part of the beef marketing chain of today.

Most people don’t know that the dairy industry and the beef industry have been working together for years, with dairy steers being fed to cattle to make beef. In fact, the amount of dairy beef in the U.S. beef supply has been between 18 and 24 percent since 20021. So that the dairy industry can get the most out of the Beef Checkoff’s ability to promote, research, and educate, dairy producers like me sit on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), where we currently hold 12 percent of the seats.

Crossbreeding dairy cows with beef genetics is becoming more and more common as the dairy industry continues to change. Because of this, it is thought that between 2.5 million and 5 million beef-on-dairy cross calves will be born this year, and these numbers are likely to stay the same in 2032. In addition to dairy and beef crossbreds, beef is also made from dairy finished steers, cull cows, and finished heifers.

But some beef producers are worried that crossing beef with dairy could take market share away from “traditional beef.” As a CBB dairy farmer, I can understand that worry. But the U.S. dairy herd stays the same at about 9.3 million heads, and dairy farmers need a lot of replacement heifers every year to keep their businesses running. Because of these things, it’s not likely that the number of beef-on-dairy cattle will grow to the point where they threaten the market dominance of traditional beef.

Even though the trend of crossbreeding doesn’t change the number of calves and feeders in the feedyard very much, it does change the quality of the beef these cattle produce. Dairy farmers get more money for their calves on the market, and people in the U.S. and other countries benefit from having more Choice and Prime-grade beef to buy.

Also, beef-on-dairy crossbreeding can help the whole beef industry and make beef production less harmful to the environment. These results were found by researchers from Cargill and Nestle3:

Calves raised on milk produce high-quality beef without affecting how well milk is made.
Because they have more higher-quality beef carcasses, feedyard owners have more chances to sell beef based on its value.
Beef-on-dairy calves also use their feed more efficiently than purebred dairy calves, which reduces the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) that are released into the air.

I think that crossbreeding can be good for both dairy farmers and beef farmers. Crossbred cattle can help the beef industry make sure there is a steady supply of high-quality carcasses. And since drought and other things are making the number of beef cattle in the United States go down, we need these beef-on-dairy crosses to help meet the growing demand for beef. Also, the farmers I know who have started their own beef-on-dairy crossbreeding programmes say it helps their cash flow because the animals are easier to sell than the traditional dairy breeds.

People like me who sell cattle and calves have to pay two checkoffs: the Dairy Checkoff and the Beef Checkoff. Our contributions help with promotion, research, education, and information for both dairy and beef, which drives demand for our goods. It is important that dairy farmers have a voice on the CBB because dairy cattle are a big part of the beef industry.

Dairy farmers and beef farmers live close to each other, and we have many of the same goals, problems, and opportunities. By working together on the CBB, beef and dairy producers can continue to find ways to save time and money that will help both industries and give consumers more of the high-quality products they want and need.

32nd Butter Sculpture Unveiled: “Pennsylvania Dairy: Rooted in Progress for Generations to Come”

American Dairy Association North East, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, revealed the highly anticipated butter sculpture, a tableau that showcases the importance of the dairy industry’s traditions and its focus on sustainability.

“Pennsylvania Dairy: Rooted in Progress for Generations to Come” is the theme for the 32st butter sculpture. The sculpture depicts several generations of a dairy farming family, enjoying a moment together amid the background of their family farm, celebrating how they work together to produce wholesome food for their community in a sustainable way.

Dairy farmer Steve Harnish of Central Manor Dairy in Washington Boro, said, “The butter sculpture is a creative way to showcase the important role agriculture plays in our lives. Producing nutritious milk and dairy products, and feeding people, is what I love most about being a dairy farmer.”

“This sculpture could be my own family,” Harnish said. “This is a meaningful way to show how dairy farmers work with their loved ones on land where they have deep roots, but always farming for the future.”

The sculpture was constructed over several weeks by artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, using more than 1,000 pounds of butter donated by Land O’ Lakes in Carlisle, Cumberland County.

“Creating art that showcases the hard work of dairy farmers is an immense source of pride for us,” said Jim Victor. “We also enjoy knowing that the sculpture tells an impactful story about the importance of dairy farming,” added Marie Pelton.

The butter sculpture is on display in the Farm Show’s Main Hall. Following the Farm Show, the butter will be moved to the Reinford Farm in Juniata County to be converted into renewable energy in the farm’s methane digester.

Half a million people are expected to visit the butter sculpture at the PA Farm Show during its eight-day run from January 7th through January 14th.

SOURCE American Dairy Association North East

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