Organic Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Low Prices And Production Quotas Organic dairy farmers are getting paid less because of an oversupply of their milk, a market glut that’s led one major organic buyer to delay signing on new farmers. For years, organic farming was a bright spot in the regional dairy economy. Demand for organic milk was growing, and farmers could earn much more than their conventional counterparts……… READ MORE…….. Organic Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Low Prices And Production Quotas
Pardeeville farmer among state’s Cattlemen of the Year Matt Breneman of Pardeeville was named a Cattleman of the Year at the Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association’s annual Winter Conference Feb 9-10 at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Breneman is described by his cattle friends as an innovator that puts his ideas into action. He has spent his career trying to make every diversified venture in the beef industry profitable. From Holstein stocker cattle to custom feeding bulls, Breneman has done his best for Wisconsin’s beef industry………. READ MORE……. Pardeeville
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.
Agreement on Plans to Merge Koepon & CRI SHAWANO, Wisconsin – The boards of directors of Koepon Holding BV and Cooperative Resources International (CRI) have reached agreement on a plan to merge their organizations. The agreement is non-binding, and subject to due diligence and other customary conditions, including receipt of requisite governmental and other consents and approvals. Once completed, final agreement will be conditional upon approval by both boards of directors as well as the delegates of CRI. If successful, the organizations plan to formalize the merger by mid-2018. Both
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
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:
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
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
Game Day with Wisconsin Cheese October 2017 Game Day with Wisconsin Cheese Fall is here and that means football and tailgating are in full swing. Wisconsin Cheese is on top of its game this season with some great tailgating recipes for fans to enjoy. Wow your family and friends with this delicious Bacon Sriracha Football Cheese Ball made with Crystal Farms Cream Cheese and Roth® Sriracha Gouda cheese (just to give it that extra little “kick”). Top it off with “lacings” made with mozzarella from Steve’s Cheese for the full
PDPW Hosts Educational Programming and Dairy Industry Meetings in December Food & Policy Summit, Transition Cow Workshop and Economic Trends Webinar on Tap for December DAIRY NEWS – From improving cow health and nutrition, to identifying industry-wide opportunities to build consumer trust, the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will be offering educational programs to dairy farmers and industry professionals this December. As a producer-led group, PDPW trainings and events bring dynamic education in a variety of mediums to help farmers and industry professionals stay at the forefront of issues impacting their
Select Sires Honors Ripley and Hanson for Industry Contributions PLAIN CITY, Ohio, October 23, 2017—During a ceremony held October 2, 2017, Select Sires Inc., dedicated their Westby, Wis., production facility as the Roger L. Ripley Production Facility in honor of retired Accelerated Genetics President and Chief Executive Officer, Roger L. Ripley. On the same day, the Roger Hanson Laboratory was also dedicated to honor Hanson who served Accelerated Genetics as vice president of production and laboratory manager for nearly 26 years and the industry for more than 40 years.
Wisconsin Holstein to host Halloween Harvest Sale in Fond du Lac Baraboo, Wis. – October 17, 2017 – The Wisconsin Holstein Association will hold the Halloween Harvest Sale on Tuesday, October 31 at 11:00 a.m. at the Great Northern Sales Arena in Fond du Lac, Wis. Over 75 outstanding lots will sell from Registered Holstein breeders across the state of Wisconsin. This sale will feature something for everyone – from fancy calves, to springing heifers and some outstanding young cows. Bidding will be available online through cowbuyer.com, and interested parties should
Applications for 2017 PDPW Mentor Program, Due November 10 College Students Matched with Dairy Producers to Provide Real-World Experiences in Dairy Industry DAIRY NEWS – College students considering a career in the dairy industry or dairy production are encouraged to apply for the 2017 PDPW Mentor Program, brought to you by Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW). The program provides a unique opportunity for students to gain on-the-ground experience on leading dairy farms and network with farmers and industry professionals. Applications are due by Nov. 10, 2017. Once received, students’ applications
Record Set in 2017 WDE Youth Showmanship Contest MADISON, WIS. – A record-breaking 424 youth exhibitors competed in the 2017 World Dairy Expo® Youth Showmanship Contest on Thursday, October 5. Youth showmen from around the globe competed for top honors in Junior, Intermediate and Senior Showmanship Divisions. Winning the Junior Division, the W. Terry Howard Award and clippers from Andis Company was Brianna Meyer of Chilton, Wis.; the Intermediate Division, the Howard Voegeli Award and clippers from Andis Company were won by Taylor Vander Meulen of Brighton, Ont.; and
Leadership Series Provides Tools, Training for Effective Consumer Engagement On-Farm Training Series to be Held in Kewaunee and Clark Counties DAIRY NEWS – In today’s crowded digital and traditional media environment, with more and more consumers generations removed from the farm, it is an ongoing challenge for farmers to tell their story and protect their livelihood. The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) Dairy’s Visible Voice® training series is a five-session leadership series that gives dairy farmers proven communications skills to position their business for success and amplify the value they bring
UW-MADISON DAIRY SCIENCE TO HOLD VISIT DAY APRIL 12 The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Dairy Science invites prospective students and their parents to visit campus on Wednesday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., to explore what the program has to offer. Those attending will get a firsthand look at one of the world’s leading dairy science departments as they tour the UW-Madison campus and Dairy Cattle Center, meet faculty, participate in hands-on workshops and learn about the wide variety of learning opportunities available to dairy science majors.
Colata Conquers Grand Champion Ayrshire of Junior Show MADISON, WIS. – Cedarcut Burdette Clove Colata took home her third title of Grand Champion of the International Junior Ayrshire Show on October 3. The winning Five-Year-Old Cow was named Senior Champion and before going on to be named Grand Champion Ayrshire. Colata, exhibited by Erin Curtis Szalach, of Cazenovia, N.Y., took home the $500 Udder Comfort Grand Champion Cash Award and the Lillian & Keith King and Jim King Grand Champion Junior Show Award. Reserve Grand Champion of the International
Expo Seminars Continue to Highlight Top Industry Topics MADISON, WIS. – World Dairy Expo® is in the midst of featuring all things new and innovative in the dairy industry during Expo Seminars. This year’s Expo Seminars include topics on robotic milking systems, A2 milk, transition cow health, mycotoxin in feedstuffs, consumer perceptions, cover crops and future farm labor. Continuing education credits are obtainable by members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) and the American Association of State Veterinary Boards – RACE Program (RACE). Seminars will be
Blexy Named Supreme Champion of 2017 World Dairy Expo MADISON, WIS. – Rosiers Blexy Goldwyn-ET was awarded the honor of Supreme Champion at the 2017 World Dairy Expo. This winning Holstein cow is owned by Budjon, Vail, Abbot, Van Excel and Woodmansee of Lomira, Wis. Blexy, was the first-place winner in the Six-Year-Old Cow Class and Senior and Grand Champion Female in the International Holstein Show. As Supreme Champion, Blexy received the Gregory Blaska Memorial Trophy, a $2,000 cash award sponsored by BouMatic, a royal blanket sponsored by Agpro,
Nov. 1 deadline for free Dairy Strong registration GREEN BAY, Wis. (October 9, 2017) – This upcoming Jan. 17-18, 2018, hundreds of dairy farmers from throughout Wisconsin, the Midwest and the nation will come to the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis., for Dairy Strong – an exciting conference and trade show. Dairy farmers who register by Nov. 1 are invited to attend Dairy Strong for free. Registration is now open at dairystrong.org. To receive your two complimentary registrations, you must register BEFORE NOV. 1. After Nov. 1, dairies can attend
2017 World Dairy Expo Holstein Show Check back later for more pictures loaded after the show Spring Heifer Calf (32) Petitclerc Solomon Annice, Ferme Petitclerc, Et Fils St-Basile, QC Midas-Touch Solomon Cher-ET, Jennifer King, Waddington, NY Ran-Can Alonzo Cliche-ET, Grace V. Nell, Gettysburg, PA Beemer MagicalMiles, Kanani & Soren Price, Martinton, IL TTripleT-Ent Dor Prize-ET, Colton Thomas, North Lewisburg, OH Petitclerc Doorman Sapphire-ET, Grant Vosters, Freedom, WI Hillpine Doorman ASAP-ETRyan LauberUnion Grove, WI Oakfield Solomon Dandy-ETJonathan & Alicia LambOakfield, NY Ms Maple-Downs A S Gwen-ET, Clarkvalley, Dalton J Faris, Peter
World Classic Sale Starts off with Lot 1 selling for 47,000 World Classic Sale Starts off with Lot 1 selling for 47,000
Champions of the 2017 World Dairy Expo Red and White Holstein Show Click all photos to see larger images Junior Champions of the open and Junior shows Junior Champion Greenlea Ad Annie-Red-ET, Michael P Heath, E William and Mark Iager, Westminster Md. Reserve Junior Champion Ms-Aol DB Raspberry-Red-ET, Jaydn Kimball, Windham, Maine Junior Champion of the Junior Show Ms-Aol DB Raspberry-Red-ET, Jaydn Kimball, Windham, Maine Reserve Junior Champion of the Junior Show Cleland Defiant Kailene-Red, Grady & Lane Wendorf, Ixonia, Wis. Photos by Wisconsin Holstein Association Intermediate Champion
WDE Youth Fitting Contest Breaks Previous Record MADISON, WIS. – The eighth annual World Dairy Expo® Youth Fitting Contest experienced record participation on Sunday, October 1 in the Estrumate Sale Pavilion. The 24 contestants, ranging in age from 13 to 21, were allotted one hour to prepare an animal to show-ready quality. Placing the contest was Trenton Styczynski, a professional dairy cattle fitter and consultant from Pulaski, Wis. Top finishers in the Intermediate Divisions, Elizabeth Stoltzfus, Berlin, Pa. and Tyler London, Center, Ky. and second place finishers in the
This is Expo with Lindsey Worden and Jodi Hoynoski #thisisexpo #wde17 Follow this dynamic team as they walk you through a week at the greatest show on earth. World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin This is Expo with Lindsey Worden and Jodi Hoynoski
Zef Martinho Joins SCR as Application Specialist He will provide technical and application support to enhance long-term customer profitability. MADISON, Wisconsin (September 25, 2017)—SCR announced today that Zef Martinho has joined its team as an Application Specialist. Based in Visalia, California, Zef will provide technical and application support to help grow animal monitoring sales in the Western region for Allflex and SCR in North America. “We are excited for Zef to join our team and look forward to tapping into his expertise in helping partners and customers improve profitability with
Go for the gold with your calves and heifers Learn from the industry’s best at the 2018 DCHA conference, April 10-12 Madison, Wis. – Learn how to take your calf and heifer program to the next step on the podium by attending the 2018 Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) annual conference. With the theme “One team. Gold dreams.” the conference is set for April 10-12 in Milwaukee, Wis. “The DCHA conference focuses on calves and heifers — our future,” says Elizabeth Quinn, DCHA board of
ACT NOW! Seats Filling Up for the DeLaval Technology Tour! Join Us for a Technology Tour! If you plan to visit World Dairy Expo, don’t miss this event! Join us on October 4th in Madison, WI for a can’t-miss, one-day tour of two dairies that have made technology improvements to maximize efficiency. We’ll showcase state-of-the-art solutions, including a DeLaval VMS™ and a DeLaval parallel rotary PR3100HD. You’ll have the opportunity to speak with progressive herd managers about different cow traffic strategies, barn designs and other topics. The bus departs at 7:30 a.m. from the Alliant
East Central/Select Sires offers three summer internships WAUPUN, Sept. 20, 2017 — East Central/Select Sires, based in Waupun, Wis., has three internship opportunities available for summer, 2018: two in artificial insemination (A.I) and one in communications. The A.I. specialist interns will have the opportunity to experience a career in the A.I. industry and work with the breeds’ most elite females to produce the next generation of impact bulls and females. This internship provides the appropriate individuals the opportunity to learn and provide A.I. in both large-herd commercial operations and
Loola’ Named 2017 Cow of the Year Wisconsin Ag Connection – 09/20/2017 Officials at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture have announced the 2017 Cow of the Year. ‘Mapleton Vly LT Borroloola,’ a seven-year-old Milking Shorthorn bred and owned by Mapleton Valley Farms LLC of Oconomowoc, has been selected as this year’s recipient for her excellent pedigree, production record and outstanding showing performance. Classified at Excellent-92…….. Click Here to Read More From WI AG CONNECTION……..
Wisconsin Holstein Seeks Communications Associate Baraboo, WI – September 22, 2017 – Wisconsin Holstein seeks an energetic, creative marketing and communications professional to join our team as a Communications Associate. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with excellent written and verbal communication skills, have experience in event planning, and a desire to mentor the WHA Junior Holstein program. Qualified candidates will be expected to assume these responsibilities: Create and lead an effective communications strategy to develop the WI Holstein brand and implement creative marketing and communication tools Develop and manage
It’s All About Calf Care Surpassing all levels of calf-care success. 6 Dynamic learning opportunities with 3 hands-on sessions. Register Now Calf Care Connection is designed for those who are responsible for the care of calves. With the latest research, this training will challenge even the most seasoned calf manager. This one day workshop is a great opportunity to fill up on research that will improve calf health. General Sessions: Get a step ahead of respiratory disease for stronger growth rates – Dr. Theresa Ollivett Take another look at starter
Barn fire kills 30 cows including record-setting cow Gigi TOWN OF BROOKLYN, Wis. – Firefighters spent hours putting out a barn fire in Brooklyn Tuesday where at least 30 cows died, including a record-setting cow. Brooklyn Assistant Fire Chief Leif Spilde said crews were called just before midnight to Bur-Wall Holsteins, owned by the Behnke Family, which is part of Rolling Hills Dairy Producers Cooperative……. Click Here to see the video and pictures…….. http://www.channel3000.com/news Barn fire kills 30 cows including record-setting cow Gigi
Set Sail for World Dairy Expo® MADISON, WIS. – With just two weeks to go before ‘Discovering New Dairy Worlds’ at World Dairy Expo 2017, now is the time for attendees to finalize plans. WDE offers many tools to help dairy enthusiasts make the most of their time at the must-attend event of the global dairy industry. Expo’s award-winning Trade Show – featuring more than 850 companies – is best navigated with a plan. Interactive maps, available at worlddairyexpo.com, allow attendees to explore the show before and during their
PDPW Introduces Financial Literacy for Dairy Training New Educational Program Will Provide Dairy-Specific Financial Acumen for Strategic Decision-Making in Dairy DAIRY NEWS – The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) announce the newly-launched educational initiative, PDPW Financial Literacy for Dairy™. This dairy-specific financial program was developed to provide and assure access to best-in-class education for dairy farmers and other food system professionals, to make sound short- and long-term business decisions in today’s economic environment. In a continually changing business environment, and with attendees having varying levels of financial understanding, base-knowledge and experiences,
Ostroms Earn Wisconsin Volunteer Award for ‘Dairy Cares’ Project Ostroms Earn Wisconsin Volunteer Award for ‘Dairy Cares’ Project Wisconsin Ag Connection – 09/11/2017 A Brown County dairy farm couple will be honored with the 2017 Wisconsin Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award for their efforts in supporting Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Jim and Annette Ostrom of De Pere, who helped found the Dairy Cares of Wisconsin initiative, will be recognized during a ceremony on November 15 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay……… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE……..
Global Dairy Youth Invited to Compete in Expo Contests MADISON, WIS. – World Dairy Expo® is searching for the best young fitters and showmen in the world to compete in the WDE Youth Fitting and Youth Showmanship Contests. All young dairy enthusiasts are welcome, as these competitions are open to anyone who meets the age requirements. Participants are not required to exhibit in one of the WDE breed shows to qualify; however, to be eligible, contestants must use an animal that will be shown or sold at Expo in
DATCP Hosting ‘Changing Landscape of Dairy’ Symposium Oct. 6th MADISON – The dairy industry, whether in Wisconsin or other U.S. states with strong dairy traditions or internationally, faces new opportunities and challenges as the industry adapts to changing trends in milk production, genetics, processing, consumer demand, and even shifting trade agreements. To help sort out these complex issues, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is hosting a symposium during this year’s World Dairy Expo featuring leading researchers from several top U.S. dairy states who will share insights
Calf Care, Hoof Health, and Financial Training on Tap for October PDPW to Host Workshops, Webinar and Tours to Help Dairy Farmers Improve Animal Care, Bottom Line DAIRY NEWS – From the calf barn, to the milking parlor and in to the office, dairy producers will find professional development trainings to improve nearly every aspect of their operation in events hosted by the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) during October 2017. As a producer-led group, PDPW trainings and events bring dynamic education in a variety of mediums to help farmers and
Te Plate Named GENEX COO SHAWANO, Wisconsin — Huub te Plate joins cattle genetics cooperative GENEX as chief operating officer after more than 15 years in international sales for its parent company, Cooperative Resources International (CRI). “Huub’s quarter century of cattle industry experience, his knowledge of the GENEX product line and his past success managing the cooperative’s international marketing arm will be valuable as this organization continues its mission of meeting the needs of progressive dairy and beef cattle producers across the United States,” said John Ruedinger, president of