MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THE 2018 DAIRY SCIENCE GOLF OUTING

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THE 2018 DAIRY SCIENCE GOLF OUTING Money Raised Supports Undergraduate Programs   Have you seen flecks of green grass in your lawn yet?  If you’re a golfer no doubt you’ve looked and are anxiously awaiting fun days on the golf course again.  Why not get the rust off your clubs and kick-off your season at the UW-Madison Dairy Science’s Dave Dickson Memorial Golf Classic?  This year’s outing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 at the award winning University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.    University

Applications Being Accepted for Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program Scholarships

Applications Being Accepted for Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program Scholarships Delaware Valley, St. Joseph’s University Students Eligible   Philadelphia – (April 9, 2018) – Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences with a focus in dairy science or an interest in the dairy industry at Delaware Valley University or the food marketing program at Saint Joseph’s University, are encouraged to apply for two $1,500 scholarships offered by the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program. Application deadline is May 11, 2018. Scholarship criteria include academic achievement, experience in the

Secretary Perdue Announces New Senior Leaders at USDA

Secretary Perdue Announces New Senior Leaders at USDA (Washington, D.C., April 19, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the selection of senior leaders in several U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies. Perdue appointed Ken Isley as Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator, Joel Baxley as Rural Housing Service (RHS) Administrator, and Martin Barbre as Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator. In addition, Perdue announced the appointment of Tommie Williams as Minister-Counselor for Agriculture at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.

2018 Delaware Valley University Green and Gold Sale Results

2018 Delaware Valley University Green and Gold Sale Results   April 7, 2018 Equine Arena, Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, PA Sale Co-Managers:  Delaware Valley University Dairy Society and PA Holstein Association Sale Volume – $129,175  (Live Cattle) Lots Sold – 92 Average – $1,404 Sale Volume – $5,775    (Embryos) Lots Sold – 6 Average – $963 Overall Volume – $134.950 Lots Sold – 98 Average – $1,377 Sale Staff:  Matt Lawrence-Auctioneer, David Lentz-Pedigrees, David Bitler, Nick Raggi, Josh Sanders, Eric Smith, Ken Raney Sale Co-Chairs:  Matt Edgin, Morgan Krick,

Perdue Statement on House Committee Passage of 2018 Farm Bill

Perdue Statement on House Committee Passage of 2018 Farm Bill   (Washington, D.C., April 18, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding approval of the 2018 Farm Bill by the House Committee on Agriculture: “I commend Chairman Conaway and the House Committee on Agriculture for passing a comprehensive Farm Bill out of the Committee today. The bill closely aligns with the Farm Bill Principles released by USDA in January and is nearly identical to the legislation first introduced last week. We are encouraged that

Best of the Best: 2018 Holstein Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists 

Best of the Best: 2018 Holstein Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists    BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 17, 2018 – Semifinalists in the 96th Annual Holstein Association USA Distinguished Junior Member contest, a competition recognizing excellence in the Junior Holstein Association, are announced.  Established in 1922, this contest is the longest running Holstein youth program. The Distinguished Junior Member award is the highest honor given to members of the National Junior Holstein Association, ages 17 to 21, in recognition of a commitment to the Holstein breed and involvement in a variety of agriculture

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

Select Sires’ Young Sire Offering Dominates the Industry

Select Sires’ Young Sire Offering Dominates the Industry   PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 18, 2018—The April sire summaries reveal that Select Sires’ Super Sampler™ lineup once again dominates the industry with availability of elite GTPI® and high Net Merit Dollar (NM$) genomic young sires. There are 30 Select Sires Super Samplers and GenerVations young sires that rank among the Top 100 GTPI Active Holstein Genomic Young Sires. If it is Net Merit you seek, Select Sires has you covered there too; with 97 Active Holstein Genomic Young Sires greater than

Secretary Perdue Statement Regarding Chinese Duties on U.S. Sorghum

Secretary Perdue Statement Regarding Chinese Duties on U.S. Sorghum (Washington, D.C., April 18, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding China’s announcement of duties of almost 179 percent on U.S. sorghum imports: “The international grain market is about the freest market there is, and it is ludicrous to even mention ‘dumping,’ because China can buy product from anywhere they choose. This is clearly a political decision by the Chinese and we reject their premise. Our sorghum producers are the most competitive in the

USDA and USTR Finalize Access for U.S. Pork Exports to Argentina

USDA and USTR Finalize Access for U.S. Pork Exports to Argentina (Washington, D.C., April 13, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today announced the government of Argentina has finalized technical requirements that will allow U.S. pork to be imported into Argentina for the first time since 1992. Since the White House announced an agreement with Argentina last August, technical staff from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative have been working with Argentina’s Ministry of Agro-Industry

New Indiana School Focuses on Agricultural Training

New Indiana School Focuses on Agricultural Training 600 Acre Farm to Offer Online and Hands-On Learning   (CARMEL, MARCH 12, 2018) – Online students in Indiana are about to get their hands dirty. Indiana Agriculture & Technology School (IATS) is a new tuition-free charter school that couples online learning with labs and project-based activities down on the farm. “Agriculture is a key to Indiana’s economic foundation,” says Allan Sutherlin, one of the school’s founders. “But many farmers are aging out and the next generation needs more than just an apprenticeship.

Congressional Budget Office Updates Farm Bill Math

Congressional Budget Office Updates Farm Bill Math   On April 12, 2018, the House Agricultural Committee released text of the 2018 Farm Bill. One of the key components of the farm bill negotiations is often what’s called farm bill math. The math underlying the 2018 farm bill was released in early April by the Congressional Budget Office. On April 9, 2018, CBO released projections on expected spending for selected programs for the current budget year plus 10 years, i.e. the 10-year baseline. These baseline projections identify expected outlays associated with a

Secretary Perdue Statement on Release of 2018 Farm Bill

Secretary Perdue Statement on Release of 2018 Farm Bill (Washington, D.C., April 12, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement on the release of the 2018 Farm Bill: “I applaud Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee for their diligence and hard work in crafting the 2018 Farm Bill. The trend of low commodity prices over recent years and headlines about trade disputes have caused anxiety among agricultural producers these days, so this legislation is critically important to give them some much-needed reassurance.  In

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue: “Trump Has Not Forgotten Rural America’s Needs, Contributions”

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue: “Trump Has Not Forgotten Rural America’s Needs, Contributions” “…his administration remains committed to being a voice for America’s farmers, ranchers, producers, and foresters.” Trump has not forgotten rural America’s needs, contributions   By Secretary Sonny Perdue Lexington Herald-Leader April 5, 2018 … While Congress continues its work on the Farm Bill, rural prosperity, and many other agriculture priorities, this administration remains committed to being a voice for America’s farmers, ranchers, producers, and foresters. In the 11 months since I was sworn in as U.S.

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

Select Sires Adds Twelve Graduates to Proven Lineup

Select Sires Adds Twelve Graduates to Proven Lineup   PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 6, 2018— Select Sires adds twelve daughter-proven sires to the lineup following the April genetic evaluations. The graduating class is primarily Holstein but includes one Brown Swiss sire. These exceptionally diverse Holstein graduates are sired by 10 different bulls, offering outcross pedigrees while maintaining elite genetic rank. Seven sires carry Select’s new CalvingPRO™ designation, including 7HO12600 MODESTY, 7HO12533 HOTSHOT and 7HO12450 AMBITION. Five new sires carry the FeedPRO® designation, designed for maximum feed efficiency and increased profit

Margin Protection Program (MPP Webinar on April 9 )

Margin Protection Program (MPP Webinar on April 9 )         – e‑Alert April 5, 2018 MPP Webinar on April 9 By: Andrew M. Novaković, PhD, The E.V. Baker Professor of Agricultural Economics, The C.H. Dyson School of Applied Econ. & Mgmt, Cornell University Significant changes to the Margin Protection Program for dairy producers were made in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The Farm Service Agency has recently announced new implementation rules to accommodate the changes. Mark Stephenson and Andrew Novakovic, from the University of Wisconsin and

Young Dairy Leaders Institute Accepting Applications for Class 11

Young Dairy Leaders Institute Accepting Applications for Class 11 BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 5, 2018 – Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) is the cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation. YDLI is a nationally recognized three-phase leadership and communication skills development program for young adults working in the dairy industry. YDLI’s three-phase approach ensures participants develop necessary leadership skills, apply those skills in real-life scenarios, and then focus on the benefits of influential leadership. YDLI has over 600 alumni that can attest to its merit. The Holstein Foundation is seeking young adults,

New Dietary Approaches to Manage Hypocalcemia in Transition Cows

New Dietary Approaches to Manage Hypocalcemia in Transition Cows           – Webinar Thursday Dairy Updates New Dietary Approaches to Manage Hypocalcemia in Transition Cows April 12 | 12:30 – 1:15 PM Tom Overton, Professor of Dairy Management, Cornell University; Director, PRO-DAIRY; Associate Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Department of Animal Science, Agriculture and Food SystemsNutritional management of hypocalcemia in transition cows continues to evolve. Dr. Overton will share the most current thinking on feeding and nutritional strategies for this important aspect of transition cow programs. Join the

The American Dairy Coalition Reassures Farmers That Help Is on the Way

The American Dairy Coalition Reassures Farmers That Help Is on the Way The ADC recently held an informative seminar covering a new proposed guestworker visa program for the dairy industry, as well as an update on dairy risk management programs The American Dairy Coalition welcomed many dairy producers and allied industry businesses from several Midwestern states to an informative seminar held at last week’s Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls, SD. Presenters discussed important tools to help producers continue to sustain and grow their businesses well into the future.

2018 Pennsylvania Holstein Spring Show

2018 Pennsylvania Holstein Spring Show   2018 PA Holstein Spring Show March 30, 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA Michael Creek, Judge 202 Head Shown Junior Champions – Youth Show Junior Champion – Heart & Soul Gold Runway (Winter Yearling) Sire:  Mr Chassity Gold Chip-Et Owner:  Matthew Boop, Millmont Reserve Junior Champion – Windy-Knoll-View Creamchese (Fall Calf) Sire:  Walnutlawn Solomon-Et Owner:  Reese Burdette, Mercersburg   Junior Champions – Open Show Junior Champion – Ran-Can Alonzo Cliché-Et  (Spring Yearling) Sire:  Norca Silky Alonzo-Et Owners:  Chris & Jen Hill, Frank Connelly,

Introducing Elite Sexed Fertility at Select Sires

Introducing Elite Sexed Fertility at Select Sires   PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 2, 2018— Select Sires continues their commitment to customer-owner success with the introduction of the Elite Sexed FertilityTM product line. Beginning this April, the cooperative will identify sires with superior fertility sex-sorted semen using an Elite Sexed Fertility designation. Data analysis and implementation Select Sires has collaborated extensively in research efforts, leading to improvements in fertility potential of sex-sorted semen, including genderSELECTedTM SexedULTRATM 2M and gender SELECTed SexedULTRATM 4M. However, research trials and field fertility data clearly and

American Lamb Board Establishes Goal of 2 Percent Demand Growth Yearly

American Lamb Board Establishes Goal of 2 Percent Demand Growth Yearly Denver, Colo. – The American Lamb Board (ALB) has approved a new long range plan for 2018-2022 to focus the work of the checkoff and its stakeholders in the areas of promotion, information and research over the next five years – and it boldly sets a demand growth goal. The strategic objective of the plan is to increase demand for American Lamb by 2 percent annually over the next five years, for a total demand growth of 10 percent.

Genetic patent claim an assault on entire Australian livestock industry: O’Sullivan

Genetic patent claim an assault on entire Australian livestock industry: O’Sullivan   By James Nason, 27 February 2018 An extraordinary case in which a giant US meat corporation and a small US shelf-company appear set to be granted a patent over methods of genomic analysis in the Australian cattle industry is set to come to a head this Friday…….. READ MORE…..https://www.beefcentral.com/news/genetic-patent-claim-an-assault-on-entire-australian-livestock-industry-osullivan/   Genetic patent claim an assault on entire Australian livestock industry: O’Sullivan

Dairy Promotion Directors Elect Board Officers

Dairy Promotion Directors Elect Board Officers   ROSEMONT, IL – Leaders of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) and the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) announce the following dairy farmers as new officers.   The DMI and NDB elections were held during the February board meeting of DMI.   DMI officers:   Chair – Marilyn Hershey, Cochranville, Pa. Vice Chair – Steve Maddox, Riverdale, Calif. Secretary – David “Skip” Hardie, Lansing, N.Y. Treasurer – Larry Hancock, Muleshoe, Texas   DMI, which manages the national

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