NATIONAL DAIRY CHECKOFF PARTNERSHIPS SELL MORE MILK, DAIRY FOODS 

NATIONAL DAIRY CHECKOFF PARTNERSHIPS SELL MORE MILK, DAIRY FOODS Quick-serve Restaurants Boost Use and Sales of Dairy     SYRACUSE, N.Y. (February 22, 2018) – Dairy farmer-funded checkoff is ensuring the more than 50 million Americans eating fast food every day have the option to choose milk and dairy foods in top quick-serve restaurants. “Dairy checkoff has developed partnerships with Domino’s, McDonald’s, Taco Bell and others, to put more dairy-based items on the menu and, thereby, sell more dairy,” said Rick Naczi, CEO of American Dairy Association North East. “The

PRO-DAIRY Webinars: February & March 2018

PRO-DAIRY Webinars: February & March 2018         – Webinar Spanish Dairy Webinar Practical Considerations for Feeding Dairy Calves Feb 28 | 12:30 – 1:00 PM Rodrigo Molano, DVM, PhD student, Cornell University, Van Amburgh Lab Dr. Rodrigo will review the basic biology and nutrition of the young calf. He will then tie that information with practical consideration for feeding and managing young calves. Join the Webinar Thursday Dairy Updates Milk Quality: It’s Not Just About Cell Counts Anymore March 1 | 12:30 – 1:00 PM Frank Welcome,

JOIN FDF AT THE FOOD NETWORK & COOKING CHANNEL SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL!

JOIN FDF AT THE FOOD NETWORK & COOKING CHANNEL SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL! The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is an event that can’t be missed. Florida Dairy Farmers will join the world’s most celebrated chefs at the event bringing fresh Florida milk and dairy products to the table, and we are giving one lucky milk fan the opportunity to be there. The event will take place from February 21nd through the 25th in Miami Beach, Florida. The festival attracts 65,000 guests

Boatman and Andrae achieve major A.I.-career milestones

Boatman and Andrae achieve major A.I.-career milestones   Feb. 19, 2018, Waupun, Wis. – In recent months, two East Central/Select Sires artificial insemination (A.I.) technicians achieved significant milestones in their careers. Bob Boatman, Darlington, Wis., made East Central/Select Sires history by being the first to achieve 200,000 A.I. services, and on Feb. 12, we celebrated Rod Andrae, also of Darlington, and his achievement of 150,000 A.I. services. “Both of these men are very successful A.I. technicians and offer their customers the very best customer service in the business,” noted Jerome

PartnerRe and Farmers Edge Team Up to Advance Global Agriculture by Offering Real-Time Field Data Coupled with Customized Insurance Products

PartnerRe and Farmers Edge Team Up to Advance Global Agriculture by Offering Real-Time Field Data Coupled with Customized Insurance Products   Exclusive, Multi-Year Agreement Will Bring Farmers Edge Decision Agriculture Platform to at least 20 Million Acres Worldwide Audio Interview with Farmers Edge President and CEO Wade Barnes   PEMBROKE, Bermuda, and WINNIPEG, Manitoba – PartnerRe Ltd. today announced an innovative deal with Farmers Edge™, a global leader in decision agriculture, that will help insurers to close the insurance gap among farmers across all continents.   This exclusive, four-year agreement

Hesston by Massey Ferguson to Debut 2370 Ultra High Density Large Square Baler at World Ag Expo 2018

Hesston by Massey Ferguson to Debut 2370 Ultra High Density Large Square Baler at World Ag Expo 2018 Industry’s first Class 8 baler packs 20 percent greater bale density than previous models DULUTH, Ga. — AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural equipment, is debuting the Hesston by Massey Ferguson® 2370 Ultra High Density (Ultra HD) baler to North American producers at the 2018 World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., Feb. 13-15. The industry’s first and only Class 8 baler, the 2370 Ultra HD is designed to

Progressive Breeders’ Registry Honors Top Registered Holstein® Herds

Progressive Breeders’ Registry Honors Top Registered Holstein BRATTLEBORO, Vt., December 18, 2017 – Holstein Association USA is pleased to announce the recipients of 2017 Progressive Breeders’ RegistrySM. The Progressive Breeders’ Registry (PBR), established in 1937, recognizes top Registered Holstein® homebred herds based on elite milk production and classification scores. The Association’s longest running award honors over 200 breeders annually. To qualify for the PBR award, a herd must be a member of both their national and state associations, enrolled in the Deluxe or Premier TriStarSM options, and participate in a

PDPW Dairy Wellbeing Workshops Scheduled for Feb 7 and 8 in Green Bay

PDPW Dairy Wellbeing Workshops Scheduled for Feb 7 and 8 in Green Bay Demand for Transparency Increases Focus on Animal Care Practices of Dairy Farmers DAIRY NEWS – Dairy farmers, herd managers and industry professionals will gain new perspective on animal welfare issues like lameness, body condition scoring, and cull-cow management at the PDPW Dairy Wellbeing Workshop, presented by Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW).  Two one-day sessions will be held on Wed., Feb 7, and Thurs., Feb. 8, both at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, Wis., from 8 a.m.

#Fridaysonthefarm: Louisiana Farmer Reaps benefits of Healthy Soil

#Fridaysonthefarm: Louisiana Farmer Reaps benefits of Healthy Soil Follow USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s #Fridaysonthefarm interactive stories each Friday! Visit local farms, ranches, forests and resource areas where NRCS and partners help people help the land. This Friday, we meet Robbie Howard, who realized one of the biggest benefits of soil health is measured in time. Because now the soybean and corn farmer has more of it for his family and for his new found love – golf. Additional Resources: Learn more about soil health management. Find your local USDA

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Delegates Set Policy for 2018

December 8, 2017 Political News Wisconsin Farm Bureau Delegates Set Policy for 2018 Farm Bureau delegates adopted the policies that will guide the legislative agenda for the state’s largest general farm organization in 2018. Resolutions were submitted by delegates as part of a grassroots policy development process. Read more… More Political News Farmers commend Senate action on tax reform AG Schimel fights to end California’s restrictive farming regulations Tax reform key to preserving our family farm Dairy industry calls on Congress to act on DACA Crop News Potato Researcher Wins Farm

December 8, 2017 | Fun in the Sun “Vegas Style” | Las Vegas, NV

December 8, 2017 | Fun in the Sun “Vegas Style” | Las Vegas, NV Click here to view the sale catalog! Click here to view the sale order! Click here to view the In vitro fertilization records! Click here to view Genomic records! Click here to view images of all lots to sell! The #1 and #2 GJPI heifers of the Jersey breed will be offered! We believe the highest GTPI heifer of the Holstein breed will be offered!   December 8, 2017 | Fun in the Sun “Vegas Style” | Las Vegas,

Air Emissions Update: Reporting Delayed Until at Least January 22, 2018

Air Emissions Update: Reporting Delayed Until at Least January 22, 2018   Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted EPA’s motion for a further stay of its April 11, 2017 decision, which will end the 2008 manure air emission exemption, and trigger air emission reports under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). As a result of today’s court decision no manure air emission reports will be due until at least January 22, 2018.  The plaintiff, the Waterkeeper Alliance, had asked the court

Siemers Holsteins has an Exciting Classification

Siemers Holsteins has an Exciting Classification   Siemers Holsteins has recently classified with some exciting results. 21 new Excellent cows and 52 new VG-2YR olds were scored. Below are some more highlights: Exciting Excellents: SIEMERS MERIDIAN BOMBI-ET EX-93 @4-11 (Meridian x EX-94 Shottle Bombi) SIEMERS DMAN FROSTLANE-ET EX-90 (Doorman x EX-94 Atwood x EX-97 Harvue Roy Frosty) +3.88T Byway Daughter in our flush program SIEMERS OLYN APPLELINI-ET EX-90 (Olympian x EX-91 Siemers Mogul Apple-Star x EX Shottle) Brothers in AI: Agent-Red, Apple-Crisp *RC, Army *RC, Overwing *RC Exciting 2-YR Olds:

Pedigree Analysis of 2017 National Holstein Show Winners Now Online

Pedigree Analysis of 2017 National Holstein Show Winners Now Online   BRATTLEBORO, Vt., November 21, 2017 –  Holstein Association USA has released its annual Pedigree Analysis of National Holstein Show winners. These lists provide a picture of the genetics behind the cattle receiving showring accolades at the highest levels of competition. The Pedigree Analysis is updated each fall, following the last National Holstein Show of the year. Included are lists of Leading Sires, Leading Maternal Grandsires, and Leading Sire Stacks of National Show Winners. Each category features separate lists for

DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEW PLANT IN GARDEN CITY

  DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEW PLANT IN GARDEN CITY   Plant Provides a Home for Local Milk, While Also Helping Meet Global Demand for U.S. Dairy   KANSAS CITY, Kan. (November 10, 2017) – Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national dairy cooperative owned by family farmers, recently celebrated the opening of DFA Garden City, a new, state-of-the-art dairy ingredients plant located in Southwest Kansas. DFA Garden City is a partnership between DFA and 12 of its member farms in Southwest Kansas and will help support

New EPA Guidance May Require Reporting of Air Emissions

New EPA Guidance May Require Reporting of Air Emissions Last week EPA released guidance in response to a court decision that struck down EPA’s rule exempting livestock farms from emissions reporting requirements for certain hazardous substances regulated under federal law, such as ammonia and hydrogen sulfide. Now that there is no regulatory exemption, the deadline for farms that surpass EPA’s emissions threshold to notify federal officials of emissions is November 15, 2017. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted to clean up industrial chemical toxic waste dumps, spills

Raamezah Ahmad Joins AFIA’s Communications Team

Raamezah Ahmad Joins AFIA’s Communications Team ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 9, 2017 — The American Feed Industry Association is pleased to welcome Raamezah Ahmad as its new graphic and web design coordinator. Ahmad joined AFIA Nov. 6. Ahmad will be responsible for maintaining the overall brand for AFIA and the Institute for Feed Education and Research. She will develop graphics and other visual materials for the web, social media, print and other uses, including supporting AFIA’s meetings and events team by creating myriad marketing materials and AFIA’s legislative and regulatory team with

Michigan farmers watching closely as tax reform continues to evolve

Michigan farmers watching closely as tax reform continues to evolve November 8th, 2017 – Michigan farmers remain cautiously optimistic with the recent House Ways and Means Committee tax reform package, officially labeled the The Tax Cuts & Job Act. Calling it long-overdue, Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) President Carl Bednarski, a Tuscola County row-crop farmer, says the organization is encouraged that Congress has taken “the first-steps” to tax reform. “Michigan farmers will continue to work with members of Congress on a solution that provides for long-term certainty for all taxpayers,” Bednarksi

National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) recommends dairies DO NOT report air emissions just yet

National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) recommends dairies DO NOT report air emissions just yet By: Karl Czymmek and Curt Gooch Late yesterday afternoon, PRO-DAIRY staff spoke with NMPF legal counsel. There is a lot going on to address a range of concerns generated by EPA’s emission reporting deadline under CERCLA that was announced on 10-26-17. EPA has filed a motion requesting that the court extend the stay on its mandate to end the 2008 exemption, which will trigger the reporting requirement. Specifically, the court asked for the November 15, 2017

AFIA’s EMC Learns to Move with Purpose,  Raises Funds for Scholarship

AFIA’s EMC Learns to Move with Purpose,  Raises Funds for Scholarship   Gary Huddleston provides an update to attendees at the Equipment Manufacturers Conference ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 8, 2017 — The American Feed Industry Association’s annual Equipment Manufacturers Conference (EMC) brought 41 attendees to Orlando, Florida, last week. The event, hosted by the AFIA Equipment Manufacturers Committee, focused on assessing risk management in the equipment manufacturing industry, while providing opportunities to network and raise money for the EMC scholarship fund. Attendees heard from a diverse lineup of speakers on a variety

CDCB changes to evaluation system (December 2017)

CDCB changes to evaluation system (December 2017)   Publication of AH2 – Second haplotype affecting Ayrshire fertility by Daniel Null, John Cole, Jay Megonigal and Ezequiel Nicolazzi. Starting December 2017, the CDCB will publish the second Ayrshire haplotype affecting fertility. The publication of this important information for the Ayrshire breed is possible thanks to the research led by AGIL researches and the cooperation with CDN, who confirmed the preliminary results obtained in the US population. Dan Null’s presentation at ADSA2017 can be found here. AH2 information will be shared using

In time for winter: New large calf blankets by Udder Tech, Inc. 

In time for winter: New large calf blankets by Udder Tech, Inc.  Lakeville, Minn. – Udder Tech, Inc. announces new large size calf blankets available just in time for winter weather. “Each year we receive special order requests for larger size calf blankets,” says Dana Casto, Udder Tech business manager. “We are excited to announce the large size is now available through our catalog and website.” The new large size calf blankets are a great option for larger, more growthy-type calves, older calves and for those that

Where ARC Thou Program Payments, Part Deux

Where ARC Thou Program Payments, Part Deux by John Newton   There are slightly less than 250 million base acres enrolled in the Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs. Of those acres enrolled, nearly 90 percent are represented by corn, soybeans and wheat. A recent Market Intel article, Where ARC Thou, Program Payments?, highlighted ARC-CO program payment information for corn, soybeans and wheat in 2016. A portion of the remaining acres enrolled in the ARC or PLC farm safety net programs are represented by covered commodities including barley, canola, dry

USDA Invests in Broadband Infrastructure in Unserved and Underserved Rural Areas

USDA Invests in Broadband Infrastructure in Unserved and Underserved Rural Areas Residents and Businesses in North-Central West Virginia to Get Internet Access with USDA Assistance   Buckhannon, W.Va., Nov. 6, 2017 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing more than $200 million in infrastructure projects to bring broadband to hundreds of unserved and underserved rural communities. “Broadband infrastructure is vital to our economy and quality of life in rural America. Yet, today nearly 40 percent of rural residents and businesses lack access

Are you protecting your farm?

Are you protecting your farm? If you don’t protect it, who will? Be proactive and prepared – protect your dairy’s brand.   In a NEW on-farm format, join fellow dairy farmers at Pagels Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee County or Boon Farms in Clark County. Why other farm owners and managers have attended: – Needed a go-to crisis plan, in case of an incident – Wanted to be confident, when working with the media – Had social media accounts, but didn’t have content and resources to manage – Always tried to

Monthly Dairy Video Sale Market Report for Friday, November 3, 2017

Monthly Dairy Video Sale Market Report for Friday, November 3, 2017                  Market Report Friday, November 3, 2017 SPECIAL MONTHLY DAIRY VIDEO SALE & SPECIAL DAIRY HEIFER SALE Receipts of 1516 Hd. Dairy Replacements better due to quality and volume  for this special sale.  Weigh Cows and Bull market steady Compared to earlier in the week. Many thanks to all our Customers for your quality consignments throughout the year and a big thanks to all the  buyers for your continued support. Quality Dairy Females from Reputable Producers with records and data

Sara Kitchen Joins Select Sires as Communications Specialist

Sara Kitchen Joins Select Sires as Communications Specialist   PLAIN CITY, Ohio, November 6, 2017 — Select Sires Inc. has hired Sara Kitchen as communications specialist. In this role, she will manage the writing and production of Select Sires’ customer newsletter, Selections; coordinate all press releases; and work closely with the sales and marketing team to promote Select Sires’ many programs and services. Kitchen, a native of Pennsylvania, will join the corporate communications team on November 15. “Sara’s experiences and specialized talents make her a valuable addition to the corporate

Camperdown dairy dispersal: Holstein cow families in demand

Camperdown dairy dispersal: Holstein cow families in demand DEMAND for specific Holstein cow families drove prices at Camperdown on Friday. Registered Holstein breeders mainly from southwest Victoria, dominated the buying as cow families such as Frisky, Whiskers, Broker Candy and Johanna’s went through the ring at the dispersal of Warren Bay Pty Ltd, Panmure. The Warren Bay herd was bred from the renowned Glenlochland Genetics, of southwest Victoria……… READ MORE SOURCE………http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/livestock-sales/dairy-cattle-sales/camperdown-dairy-dispersal-holstein-cow-families-in-demand/news-story/45cb619989c052c059487f0c4cb15187   Camperdown dairy dispersal: Holstein cow families in demand

New England Holstein Convention Shows Off Maine Farms

New England Holstein Convention Shows Off Maine Farms   AUBURN, Maine — Four Maine dairy farms showed off their herds on Oct. 27-28 to visitors of the New England Dairy Summit and Holstein Convention. In addition to viewing modern dairy farm operations, visitors learned fascinating historical facts about these farms, which have been in the area for more than 150 years. Juniper Farms, a large dairy operation in Gray, was the site of the weekend’s first herd showcase and open house. The farm was started in 1981 as an investor partnership

Select Sires is Home to Nearly 50% of Sires on Holstein’s Top 100 TPI List

Summer Internships Available at Select Sires

Summer Internships Available at Select Sires   PLAIN CITY, Ohio, November 3, 2017 — Select Sires Inc., has announced plans to offer five summer internships at its headquarters facility in Plain City, Ohio, during the summer of 2018. Positions are available within the following departments: sales and marketing, communications, semen processing, information systems and veterinary, with applications due by January 1, 2018. “Both practical work experience within the industry and networking are extremely important in helping college students prepare for full-time employment upon graduation,” says Dave Thorbahn, Select Sires president

Dairy group appeals to lawmakers on license plate slogan

Dairy group appeals to lawmakers on license plate slogan   Today, the Dairy Business Association sent the attached letter to all members of the state Legislature in response to proposed legislation by Rep. Scott Allen that would do away with “America’s Dairyland” as the slogan on Wisconsin motor vehicle license plates. Also attached are Rep. Allen’s bill and an email from him seeking co-sponsors. Click Here for the License plate bill by Rep. Allen Click Here for the Rep. Allen’s Cosponsorship Email   Mike North’s Letter: Members of Wisconsin Legislature Wisconsin State

2017 Holiday Harvest Sale

2017 Holiday Harvest Sale The Holiday Harvest Sale will be Thursday, December 21st at 10:30 a.m. EST featuring elite genomic and type offerings from leading cow families of the breed. Exciting offerings include: ·       Several genomic opportunities sell over 2800 GTPI up to 2858 GTPI ·       Many lots sell over 900 NM up to 970 NM ·       Over 20 Delta Daughters Sell of all ages, many fresh! ·       Opportunities for Breeders and Dairymen to make great investment   We are now accepting consignments for the Holiday Harvest Sale.  Contact Jason

IDW 2018 Now Open for Show Entries

IDW 2018 Now Open for Show Entries 2018 | International Dairy Week View this email in your browser AUSTRALIA’S INTERNATIONAL DAIRY WEEK SUNDAY 21st to THURSDAY 25th January 2018 ENTRIES FOR IDW 2018 NOW OPEN IDW showcases the Australian dairy industry and so we again welcome and thank Semex, Ruralco Holdings and The Greater City of Shepparton as naming right sponsors of the week. We also thank the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria for the Interbreed Competition that they now hold at IDW and Country News for their support of the

PRO-DAIRY e-Alert: New Air Emissions Reporting Info

        – e‑Alert PRO-DAIRY e-Alert: New Air Emissions Reporting Info November 2, 2017 Air Emission Reporting – Update 1: New information on the air emissions reporting issue The following is provided as an update to our 11/1/17 e-Alert article. This update includes how to find out if your farm signed the EPA Compliance Agreement in 2005, what National Milk is doing on this topic, and what actions a farm could do now if they didn’t participate in the Agreement. What if the farm is unsure if they

USDA Invests $2.5 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure

USDA Invests $2.5 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure Loans Will Help Create Jobs and Spur Business Growth in 27 States WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2017 – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that USDA is investing $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development in 27 states. “These significant investments will help develop and maintain modern, reliable electric infrastructure that businesses and rural communities need in a 21st Century economy,” Perdue said. “The loans I am announcing today will help utilities and cooperatives build

NMPF Celebrates Industry Collaboration and Innovation at 101st Annual Meeting in California

NMPF Celebrates Industry Collaboration and Innovation at 101st Annual Meeting in California   ANAHEIM, CA – The importance of increased collaboration across the dairy community, defending the good name of dairy foods, and pursuing innovative new marketing strategies were key themes this week here at the National Milk Producers Federation’s 101st annual meeting, where 800 attendees heard from their policy and promotion organizations on how to create more opportunities for the U.S. dairy industry. Hosted jointly by NMPF, the National Dairy Board and the United Dairy Industry Association, this year’s