World Dairy Diary

Have You Started Planting Yet?

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What’s your favorite use for Easter eggs?”

Deviled eggs is a clear winner in last week’s ZimmPoll. Personally, it is my favorite way to eat boiled eggs too. This Easter I was reminded of my husband’s family tradition of egg tapping. Each person takes a dyed boiled egg and taps the pointed end of their egg with that of another person. The last person left with an egg that is still in tact is the winner. When there is a couple dozen kids running around, this keeps them occupied for awhile. The catch is if you want to play you had better like hard boiled eggs, because when you loose you must eat it.

Our poll results:

  • egg salad – 16%
  • deviled eggs – 37%
  • unpeeled & plain -21%
  • special recipes – 5%
  • not a boiled egg fan – 8%
  • only use plastic – 5%
  • for hunts – 8%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Is corn planting underway in your area?”

Farmers across the country are busy in the fields. For some, planting is well underway. For others Mother Nature hasn’t quite cooperated. Let us know where you are in your corn planting.

ZimmComm Team Looking for Summer Intern

zimmcomZimmComm New Media is now taking applications for a summer intern. Students in the agricultural communications field interested in attending and learning how to “agri-blog” some of the most important industry events held every year should apply.

The opportunities will include all-expense paid trips to one or more industry events where students will assist in the compiling of photos, audio, video and posting of activities on pertinent websites. Interns will learn and develop communication tools, techniques and technology to gather and distribute information through various social media channels. Per-diem and college credits may also be available.

YES! I’m interested in learning how to do some agri-blogging. Apply here.

CWT Assists Export Sales

CWTCooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 15 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Association, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), O-AT-KA/Upstate-Niagara, and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 198,416 pounds of Cheddar cheese, 4.184 million pounds of 82% butter and 936,965 pounds of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa. The product will be delivered April through September 2014.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 46.330 million pounds of cheese, 38.348 million pounds of butter and 5.141 million pounds of whole milk powder to 33 countries on six continents. These sales are the equivalent of 1.321 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis, well ahead of the year-to-date increase in U.S. milk production through March of 565 million pounds.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program, in the long-term, helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them in the rapidly growing world dairy markets. This, in turn, positively impacts U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

The Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) Export Assistance program is funded by voluntary contributions from dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers. The money raised by their investment is being used to strengthen and stabilize the dairy farmers’ milk prices and margins. For more information about CWT, visit www.cwt.coop.

Login to MyNewHolland.com

MyNewHolland.comToday is the launch of MyNewHolland.com. This new virtual community is set up to provide a meeting place to share information, contribute to farming related discussions and access premium contents and services. It is very simple to create your account by visiting MyNewHolland.com. Then you’ll have access to the features currently active.

A list of features includes:

  • My New Holland: a new online community for all
  • The Spotlight: discussions on a variety of topical subjects in the farming world
  • The first Spotlight: ethanol and renewable energy
  • Valuable information resources: instructional videos, white papers and more
  • Premium content: owners of New Holland equipment and Precision Land Management products gain access to useful materials that will help them get the most from their machines
  • Easy registration and log in through social networks

The Spotlight discussion is a key feature of MyNewHolland.com. Each discussion will feature a guest farmer or industry expert who supports a farming-related topic. All My New Holland members are invited to contribute their comments, opinions, material or images, driving the conversation forward. Each discussion will be open for a number of weeks; subsequently a white paper will be produced and made available for downloading.

Ron Clauson MyNewHolland.comThe first Spotlight discussion topic is “Ethanol: Renewable Energy for America – Profit for American Farmers.” Our guest is Indiana farmer Ron Clauson. His farm has produced corn for ethanol production for the last eight years and he’s passionate about it.

“One hundred percent of the corn and soybeans we produce go into ethanol and biodiesel,” Clauson says. “It makes me proud to be able to say we market our crops to produce fuel that reduces dependence on imports.”

There are several questions being posed in this first Spotlight discussion for you to respond to and your feedback is highly appreciated.

  • Are you producing a crop for ethanol production? If so, what type and why?
  • How would a change in the Renewable Fuel Standard impact your community and you personally?
  • What do you think about the misleading claims against ethanol by critics and what can farmers do about it?

I am very proud to be assisting our long time sponsor in the daily management of MyNewHolland.com in this startup phase. To get some more perspective on it I spoke with New Holland Director of Marketing for North America, Mark Hooper, while visiting headquarters in Pennsylvania recently. He says there are many more features planned for MyNewHolland.com as the community grows and develops.

You can listen to Mark talk about MyNewHolland.com here: Interview with Mark Hooper

So there you have it. The website is live and available for you to create your personal login and let New Holland know what you think, especially about the first Spotlight discussion. See you there.

What do you do with those Easter eggs come Monday?

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Has spring sprung for you yet?”

It looks like many across the nation are still shoveling snow. Good thing Easter weekend looks warmer for most. Here in Missouri the Dogwoods are in full bloom and the grass is getting greener by the day.

Our poll results:

  • Still snow on the ground – 27%
  • Still too cold – 24%
  • Seeing positive signs – 18%
  • Late spring for sure – 15%
  • Same as normal – 3%
  • Too wet – 9%
  • Too dry – 3%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What’s your favorite use for Easter eggs?”

The incredible edible egg is in the spotlight this time of the year, but what do you do with all those hard boiled, multi-colored eggs on Monday? Eat them, toss them or watch them rot?

Experts Talk Video Series Features Groundbreaking Research

Zinpro Corporation announces the debut episode of Experts Talk, an all-new online lameness prevention video series. The inaugural episode features Dr. Dörte Döpfer, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin – School of Veterinary Medicine, one of the world’s most recognized experts on digital dermatitis. This common infectious claw disease in cattle, also known as hairy heel warts, can produce painful (acute) skin lesions and lead to lameness.

In this episode, Dr. Döpfer discusses her team’s recent research on nutritional strategies for the prevention and control of digital dermatitis in pre-calving heifers. Dr. Döpfer’s interest in alternative methods to footbaths to help prevent and control digital dermatitis led her research group to evaluate the potential effectiveness of a nutritional strategy that provides protection against this highly prevalent and costly disease.

According to Dr. Döpfer, results of the first study (experimental infection trial) indicated a trend for decreased size of digital dermatitis lesions, as well as a trend toward fewer painful/acute lesions, which are classified as “M2” lesions. Results from the second study (large commercial Midwest dairy trial) showed a significant decrease in the prevalence of digital dermatitis lesions in dairy replacement heifers before first calving.

Dr. Döpfer said this new research may influence management philosophies in the future, and she highlighted the importance of getting dairy replacement heifers off to a healthy start. “I think we are drawing increasing attention to these pre-calving heifers that are currently really not watched over well when it comes to improving claw health. So if we could focus on their well-being and health as an investment for their first lactation, and make them come into the first lactation even healthier in terms of claw diseases, that would be beneficial for their productive lives.”

She prescribed an integrated prevention and control strategy for infectious claw diseases that comes as early as calf age and continues during all lifetime phases of a cow.

The new Experts Talk online video series, sponsored by Zinpro Corporation, features one-on-one discussions with leading authorities on foot health and lameness prevention in multiple species. Topics to be discussed will range from lameness detection, to treating claw lesions that cause lameness, to best management practices for lameness prevention. A different expert will be featured in each episode as the series unfolds. To learn more, visit the Experts Talk video library.

8.4 Million lbs in Export Sales

CWTCooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 28 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Foremost Farms, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Association, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 5.340 million pounds of Cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheeses, 2.260 million pounds of 82% butter and 837,757 pounds (380 Metric tons of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the South Pacific. The product will be delivered April through October 2014.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 46.132 million pounds of cheese, 34.163 million pounds of butter and 4.204 million pounds of whole milk powder to 29 countries on six continents. These sales are the equivalent of 1.195 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program, in the long-term, helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them in the rapidly growing world dairy markets. This, in turn, positively impacts U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

Groundbreaking for New Holland Pavilions

nh-pavilions-68-editedGround was broke to mark the start of construction on the New Holland Pavilions at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. The 290,000 square foot expansion will create a state-of-the-art multi-use space, replacing again barn facilities.

“We are proud to partner with Dane County to build and provide what will be the premium livestock facility in the country, a tremendous upgrade that will benefit world class dairy, livestock, horses and other livestock throughout the year,” says Ade Hughes, Vice President New Holland North America. “This opportunity is a perfect fit for New Holland, considering the smart haymaking technologies we have brought to the marketplace that benefit so many animals across North America.”

The Alliant Energy Center is home to the World Dairy Expo and Midwest Horse Fair, as well as many livestock and equine shows. The new pavilions will have capacity to house more than 2,000 head of cattle and be versatile enough to include show rings for cattle and horse shows. They can be cleared to create open space accommodating for trade shows, a factor that will allow New Holland to conduct training activities. New Holland equipment will also be featured in the front reception area of the building.

Mark Clarke, Alliant Energy Center general manager, said, “The new space will enhance our ability to conduct world class activities here at the Alliant Energy Center. We’re excited to have New Holland Agriculture as a significant partner in our success moving forward.”

Construction on the project begins today and their goal is to have a ribbon cutting in just 30 weeks. Just in time for World Dairy Expo in early October.

Listen to or download the press conference here: New Holland Pavilions Groundbreaking Press Conference

Checkout photos from the event here: New Holland Pavilion Groundbreaking Ceremony

Is it Spring yet?

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What’s the largest percentage of your 2014 marketing budget?”

It looks like the old faithful form of print marketing tops this week’s ZimmPoll. But what is interesting is that rest of the choices were almost evenly spread across the board, with the newer trends of social media and digital marketing right up there with broadcast and direct mail.

Our poll results:

  • Broadcast – 10%
  • Digital – 15%
  • Direct mail – 10%
  • Print – 25%
  • Social media – 15%
  • Trade show/promo items – 15%
  • Other – 10%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Has spring sprung for you yet?”

If you haven’t got a case of Spring Fever, then you must be living in Florida with Chuck and Cindy. Here in the Midwest we had an 80 degree weekend and now are back into the 30′s. I think Mother Nature is a little confused. Are you seeing any signs of spring in your neck of the woods?

NMPF Praises Introduction of Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill

NMPFLogoPMS281BlueWords44KBThe National Milk Producers Federation today applauded introduction of legislation establishing federal standards for the safety and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

Under the bill, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), the Food and Drug Administration will set standards for companies that wish to label their products as containing or not containing GMOs. In addition, FDA is required to conduct a safety review of all new genetically modified traits and could mandate labeling if there is a health, safety or nutrition issue with a particular ingredient. The legislation is co-sponsored by Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY).

“Rather than create a patchwork of state policies, what this legislation would do is deal with this important issue at the national level,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of NMPF. “And since there is no reason for Congress and the FDA to require mandatory labels on foods produced through GMOs, we need this approach instead: clarifying how companies can voluntarily label their products in a way that reduces confusion at the consumer level.”

Mulhern added that “genetically modified ingredients have been used in foods in this country for two decades. They add desirable traits so that crops are more plentiful and require less water and fewer pesticides. If companies want to highlight their presence, they should be able to do so in a way that enhances trust in the food supply.”

The GMO labeling legislation also addresses another problem by ordering the FDA to define the term “natural” when used on food labels. Right now, there is no uniform definition of natural when applied to foods.

Up to 80 percent of the food available in the United States contains genetically modified ingredients. Agencies including the FDA, the U.S. Agriculture Department, the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization have found no negative health effects from consuming GMOs.

Future Dairy Leaders Take Part in 2014 Dairy Challenge®

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 10.30.24 PMOptimism for the dairy industry’s future filled the convention center in Fort Wayne, Ind., where 264 college students congregated to improve skills, network, and learn about careers and industry innovation. The national Dairy Challenge held April 3-5, 2014, attracted these students from 37 colleges in 25 states and three Canadian provinces.

“Dairy Challenge truly showcases cooperation of farmers, agribusinesses and academia, working together to train future leaders and promote agricultural careers,” said Dr. Maurice Eastridge, 2014 event chair and professor at The Ohio State University.

In Fort Wayne, two programs ran concurrently – the 13th annual Dairy Challenge contest and the second annual Dairy Challenge Academy. The events were coordinated by the NAIDC Board of Directors and staff from the host universities, Purdue University, Michigan State University and The Ohio State University.

The 2014 contest included 32 universities, each with four students on their university team competing for awards. The Academy provided interactive training in dairy farm evaluation for 138 students, generally underclassmen at four-year universities or students in two-year dairy programs. Academy participants were divided into smaller groups, mixing students from various colleges, and their work was guided by Academy Advisors – agribusiness volunteers and university professionals.

The three-day event began with a presentation on getting started in farming by Gary Matteson of The Farm Credit Council, the lead sponsor of Dairy Challenge. Next, a panel of young producers shared insights on joining a family farm business.

Next, students, industry specialists and educators worked in small groups at Bridgewater Dairy of Montpelier, Ohio, to learn how to evaluate specifics like milking protocols, calf care, reproduction and other management areas.

The first evening, each group received data from an operating dairy to analyze and provide recommendations for improvement. Day Two included a thorough visit to the assigned dairy and question-answer session with farm owners. All groups – in both contest and Academy – developed recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, cow comfort and financial management.

On Day Three, students presented their recommendations, visited with sponsor companies at the Career and Innovation Fair, and heard Corporate Technology Presentations from top-level NAIDC sponsors.

In the contest, the college team presentations were evaluated by a panel of five judges, including dairy producers, veterinarians, farm finance specialists and industry personnel. All students, coaches, volunteers and sponsors joined together to celebrate at Saturday evening’s banquet.

In the contest, First Place awards were earned by California Polytechnic State University, Cornell University, The Pennsylvania State University and University of Guelph. Each first-place student received a $200 scholarship.

The team from Cal Poly consisted of Dominic Assali, Hudson Hanlon, Taylor Pires and Justin Roeloffs, and was coached by Dr. Stan Henderson. Representing Cornell was Cassandra Chittenden, Rocco Cunningham, Anna Laggis and Patrick Redmond with coach Dr. Mike van Amburgh. The Penn State team included Kristin Bigelow, Colton Hoffman, Jennifer Royer, Ariel Taxdal and coach Dr. Gabriella Varga. Guelph students were Alan Nanne, Peter Spruit, Hans Van Lith and John Wynands, coached by Dr. John Walton, Dr. Ken Leslie and Mark Carson.

The following teams and students were awarded Second Place, with each student earning a $100 scholarship.
– South Dakota State University: David Berning, Matthew Holdvogt, Chelsey Johnson, Holly Schmitt and coach Dr. Ken Kalscheur
– University of Kentucky: Kara Bekebrede, Meghan Grone, Patrick McCoy and Emily Morabito with coaches Dr. Donna Amaral-Phillips, Lauren Mayo and Derek Nolan
– University of Wisconsin‐Platteville: Sarah Endres, Josh Joseph, Levi Martin, Darcy Steffes and coach Dr. Tera Montgomery
– Washington State University: Helen Floren, Kevin Gavin, Jessica Levy, Hannah Symonds and coach Dr. John Swain

Five dairy farms opened up their farms for analysis and in exchange, received a wealth of ideas from students and judges. Host farms for the 2014 Dairy Challenge were:
– Beer Dairy, Inc., Fred, Jeff and Regg Beer, Milford, Ind.
– Perkins Twin Creek Dairy Farm, Inc., Jim, Rod, Kirk, Todd and Eric Perkins, Wolcottville, Ind.
– Sun Mountain Dairy, Kent and Ted Sonnenberg, New Bavaria, Ohio
– Blue Stream Dairy, managed by Jon Morrison, Convoy, Ohio
– Bloom Dairy, Inc., Doug & Bruce Bloom, Coldwater, Mich.

PortaScience Team Educates Rwandan Dairy Farmers

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 7.13.53 PMPortaScience, Inc. president, Michael Gavin just returned from Rwanda. There he participated in the educational segment of a program funded by a grant from Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation to commercialize a milk quality test for East African small farms. He was joined by David Lee, professor from New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Nathaniel F. Makoni, Ph.D. with African Breeders Services, Total Cattle Management Ltd. Each provided educational resources to Rwandan dairy farmers.

Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation is a program funded by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Fintrac, Inc. The program is focused on finding and commercializing agricultural technology that can help farmers in developing countries. It serves as a bridge that brings new technologies to market, changing the way small farmers do business by improving productivity and income as well as improving milk quality. The Rwandan government is very supportive of these efforts to bring high quality milk to more citizens as well as improving the economics of the small farmers.

PortaScience, Inc., was selected from more than 120 companies worldwide because of their novel technology that enables farmers to test milk quality and screen for udder infection or mastitis in dairy cows. Educating African farmers and providing for the low cost manufacture of the UdderCheckTM LDH test to screen for this costly disease are key aspects of the grant program. PortaCheck, Inc., currently markets UdderCheck in the U.S., and worldwide, in over 65 countries.

“The trip to Rwanda was an unforgettable experience,” Michael Gavin said. “It is a beautiful country, and the people are friendly. Farmers really wanted to learn from us and were very appreciative of our efforts to bring new technologies to their area.”

House Bill Blocking Changes in FDA Feed Regulation

NMPFLogoPMS281BlueWords44KBAccording to Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the organization supports the legislation introduced to stop the FDA from making it harder to use beer by-products in animal feed.

“We need to keep the brew in the moo on our farms, and this legislation is a signal that the FDA needs to rethink the regulation that it is pursuing.”

He said there is no public heath risk associated with the long-standing practice of using brewers’ grains as animal feed.

This proposed FDA regulations would increase costs to dairy farmers. Mulhern said farmers have been using high-protein brewers’ grains in livestock feed for hundreds of years.

“Last fall, the FDA suggested imposing stricter requirements for handling spent grains sold or donated to farmers as part of new feed regulations proposed under the 2010 Food Safety Modernization Act. The changes would require spent grains to be dried and packaged, before being passed on to farmers. Typically, farmers now receive wet grains, which help hydrate livestock.”

“Both the beer industry and agricultural groups, including NMPF, object to the planned changes, and we are encouraged that the FDA has said recently it will review its draft language. In the meantime, we support the legislative approach offered by Reps. Steve Womack (R-AR), Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT), Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to highlight the importance of this issue.”

Registration Open for National Mastitis Council Meeting

NMC Logo_Tag JPEG_low resRegistration for the National Mastitis Council (NMC) Regional Meeting, August 4-6, 2014, is now open. This three day event will be held at Ghent University in Ghent, Belgium.

The regional meeting provides attendees with information and skills necessary to strengthen milk quality programs and increase dairy profitability. The conference also provides an excellent opportunity to network with individuals from around the world who share the common interest of quality milk production. The meeting is being organized jointly with the M-team at Ghent University.

“It is with great pleasure that we co-host the regional National Mastitis Council meeting,” says Sarne De Vliegher, the 2014 NMC regional meeting program chair and associate professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University. “Attendees will have a chance to learn about quality milk production and mastitis prevention while experiencing all that the beautiful city of Ghent has to offer.”

The three-day conference will begin on Monday, August 4 with a session on the use of antimicrobials in prevention and cure of mastitis, focusing on the responsibility of the industry, academia and regulators. An opening reception will be held that evening at the Assembly Hall of Ghent University (Aula) in Ghent, Belgium.

The main program will be held on Tuesday, August 5 and includes 11 speakers covering topics ranging from immunity and mastitis, genetics and mastitis, treatment programs, dry cow management, udder health programs around the world, and an update on milking and milking techniques. Other topics include a look at what has been learned over the years on mastitis and milk quality, as well as updates on contagious mastitis, emerging pathogens, environmental pathogens, and opportunistic pathogens. The conference dinner that evening will be held at the historic ‘Castle of the Counts’ (Gravensteen) in the center of Ghent.

Specialized short courses will be held on Wednesday, August 6. The short courses provide a smaller group setting for the participants, offering the opportunity to interact directly with the instructor and other registrants in the course.

Short course topics to choose from include:
· Failure of mastitis therapy – Is it the drugs, bugs, cows or us?
· Unlocking the potential of precision dairy farming mastitis detection technologies
· The role of the microbiology laboratory in mastitis control
· On-farm culture systems
· Pain and mastitis
· Heifer mastitis
· Mastitis – It’s all about communication and motivation

Rounding out the event will be a tour that includes an on-farm workshop and a visit to Milcobel cheese factory.

“This year’s regional meeting is shaping up to be an exciting event,” says Anne Saeman, executive director, National Mastitis Council. “The organizing committee has put together a strong program that offers both educational and networking opportunities. We are pleased to be working with the M-team at Ghent University to host the upcoming meeting.”

The early bird discount registration deadline is June 1 and the final day to pre-register is July 15. Registration will also be accepted on-site at the meeting, however please note that the short courses may fill up before the deadline. Registration for the short courses is based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To learn more about the NMC regional meeting and to register, visit: www.nmc2014.ugent.be. For additional information contact the NMC office at nmc@nmconline.org; phone (608) 848-4615 or contact the M-team atNMC2014@Ugent.be.

CWT Assists in 6.9 Million lbs of Cheese & Butter Exports

CWTCooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 17 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Association, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 4.556 million pounds of Cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheeses and 2.480 million pounds of 82% butter to customers in Asia, Central America, and the Middle East. The product will be delivered April through August 2014.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 40.792 million pounds of cheese, 31.903 million pounds of butter and 3.366 million pounds of whole milk powder to 27 countries on five continents. These sales are the equivalent of 1.098 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program, in the long-term, helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them in the rapidly growing world dairy markets. This, in turn, positively impacts U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

The Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) Export Assistance program is funded by voluntary contributions from dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers. The money raised by their investment is being used to strengthen and stabilize the dairy farmers’ milk prices and margins. For more information about CWT, visit www.cwt.coop.

Landmark Services Coop Launches ProfitEDGE Program

Landmark Services Cooperative introduces ProfitEDGE, a new program to help dairy producers be most profitable and efficient. ProfitEDGE is a full-service approach to dairy production, with the Landmark team of nutritionists and agronomists collaborating with a group of industry partners to help dairy producers establish management and production goals and create timelines for achieving those goals.

Through the program producers learn and utilize new technologies and build a toolbox of management practices from seed to feed to the milking parlor.

“Producers today have several tools to be most efficient and profitable on their operations; new technologies are available, new strategies can always be learned and new studies improve productivity. ProfitEDGE brings these pieces together, helping the producer decide which tools are right for their operation and then creating a plan for implementing these tools,” says John Binversie, Dairy Team Leader for Landmark Services Cooperative.

“Through the program, we sit down with farm managers, discuss their goals and create a plan to help them achieve those goals,” Binversie says. “Writing down the plan with dates for farm visits, trainings and measurable objectives helps keep the producer moving forward through a team approach.”

The ProfitEDGE program includes a variety of tools and strategies that are customized to the individual dairy, with some dairies utilizing all services and others making use of specific expertise based on needs.

Potential components include:
– On-farm audits from the fields to calf and heifer facilities and the milking parlor.
– Ration formulation and adjustments based on herd performance and available feedstuffs.
– Bunker density and feed inventory assessments.
– Field planning, nutrient management and crop sampling programs.
– Grain marketing and purchasing guidance through marketplace analysis.
– Fuel and energy purchasing and planning programs for efficient purchases.
– Software training for maximized investment of herd and forage management computer programs
– Workforce development training opportunities for optimal employee involvement, growth and leadership.

“Our main focus is to find areas of opportunity for increased operational efficiency for dairy farms,” says Joe Gier, Animal Nutrition Team Leader for Landmark Services Cooperative. “Through the ProfitEDGE program, producers are able to work with experts from Landmark’s five divisions along with our industry partners to learn ideas for improved efficiency. This ongoing team approach between the producer, the Landmark team and our industry partners creates a team of proven expertise – giving producers an edge in the industry and an edge in profitability.”

After creating a ProfitEDGE plan, the Landmark team works with the producer to follow the plan and achieve goals by scheduling on-farm visits and consultations. Any dairy producer involved in animal agriculture can sign-up for the ProfitEDGE program.

Where Does Your Marketing Budget Go?

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Do you think farm movies can help the public image of agriculture?”

It looks like the majority polled believe these farm movies can play a positive role in improving the agricultural industries image. Getting people to theaters to watch them might be tricky, but the old fashioned word-of-mouth advertising could be the ticket. I, personally, am eager to watch them and share with friends and family.

Our poll results:

  • Definitely – 38%
  • Maybe – 27%
  • No – 11%
  • Not sure – 4%
  • Can’t hurt – 15%
  • Other – 5%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What’s the largest percentage of your 2014 marketing budget?”

Next week is the annual Agri-Marketing Conference in Jacksonville, FL. Agribusiness/agency/media and more will be networking and participating in professional development activities. We’re pretty sure this question will be a part of the conversation.

The Great American Milk Drive

Right now, 1 in 6 Americans face hunger. Many rely on food banks for nutrition assistance, including more than 12 million families. Across the country—and in your community—these families are missing out on the important nutrients found in milk.

While milk is one of the top nutritious items requested by food bank clients, it’s rarely donated.

That’s why Milk Life is partnering with Feeding America to launch The Great American Milk Drive, a national campaign to secure highly desired gallons of nutrient-rich milk for millions of hungry families—made possible by the nation’s milk companies and dairy farmers.

With a small donation, you can help get fresh, nutritious milk to hungry families in your community. There have been 21,536 gallons of milk donated to date.

Bull Stubs Form Marketing Agreement

AccelGen_4C_BlkWisconsin-based Accelerated Genetics announces a joint marketing agreement with United Kingdom-based Cogent Breeding Ltd.

Under this new agreement Accelerated Genetics is the exclusive distributor in the United States and Canada for Cogent’s elite range of dairy and beef sires. The agreement also extends to sexed semen from selected sires. Cogent is the pioneering business behind sexed semen technology and supply, and is the UK market leader in this field.

Accelerated Genetics President and Chief Executive Officer Joel Groskreutz states, “The formation of this marketing agreement with Cogent reinforces Accelerated Genetics’ long term commitment to assist today’s producers in achieving their ultimate herd goals by providing superior quality sires.”

Through this marketing agreement Accelerated Genetics can offer producers in the US and Canada exclusive access to Cogent’s elite range of dairy genetics, which includes 224HO02881 Cogent Supershot.

Cogent International Sales Manager, John Cochrane comments on this agreement, “Accelerated Genetics has built an excellent reputation for innovation and customer service in North America. Cogent is delighted that producers in the US and Canada will have access to our elite product line up.”

For more information about the sires available from Cogent in the US and Canada, please contact your local Accelerated Genetics sales representative, call 800.451.9275, email info@accelgen.comor go to www.accelgen.com.

Joint ABI/ADPI Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago

The 2014 Annual Conference of the American Butter Institute & the American Dairy Products Institute will be held April 27-April 29, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The 2014 Conference promises to be truly educational and informative, and will feature two days of speakers and programs on various industry topics. As in the past few years, record attendance is expected.

“This meeting is a great opportunity for not only networking and interacting with industry leaders, but it also presents a great venue to meet with customers. The dairy industry’s landscape has changed considerably, not just domestically but internationally, and the sessions presented at the meeting provide attendees insight into how to prepare for these changes,” said David Riemersma, President of Butterball Farms, who also serves as President of ABI.

The meeting will kick off Sunday evening with two keynote speakers. First will be Anthony Morgan, former wide receiver who played six seasons in the NFL, first for the Chicago Bears (1991–1993) and then the Green Bay Packers (1993–1996). Second, we will welcome Otis Wilson, a former linebacker for the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Raiders. Mr. Wilson won a Super Bowl as a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears team where he was a featured soloist of the “Shuffling Crew” in the video The Super Bowl Shuffle in 1985. Both Morgan and Wilson work to spread the message about Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign. NFL PLAY 60 is the league’s youth health and fitness campaign.

Monday’s session will begin with opening remarks by Craig Alexander, President, ADPI and David Riemersma, President, ABI. Mary Ledman, Tim Hunt and Jon Davis will lead a panel discussion on the industry’s current market conditions and outlook. Next will be a panel discussion and review of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was passed by Congress on December 21, 2010 to ensure food supply by shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding to contamination, to preventing it. Hear from leading speakers who will provide an update on proposed rules on FSMA and their impact on the dairy industry.

The 2014 ADPI Award of Merit recipient was announced last week by Dave Thomas, Executive Director, ADPI. Mr. Thomas noted that the ADPI Board is pleased to announce that Jerry Kozak, who served as ABI Executive Director for over 22 years, and recently retired President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the ADPI Award of Merit. The award luncheon will be held on Monday, April 28th.

After 20 years of use in the U.S. market, genetically-modified foods continue to generate controversy, at least among certain segments of both consumers and food marketers. More states are expected to consider laws mandating the labeling of foods with GMOs, even as food marketers are working to create a voluntary labeling system. A panel discussion of stakeholders from across the value chain will discuss GMO use, and the stakes for the dairy industry. That panel will be followed by a session on Dairy Risk Management, where attendees will hear about the new rules and regulations from the CFTC mandated by Dodd-Frank.

Tuesday’s program begins with a morning breakfast with Ross Christieson, U.S. Dairy Export Council, who will present opportunities and challenges for dairy ingredient sales in the Middle East and North Africa. This will be followed by a CEO Panel on the challenges and opportunities in the dairy ingredient sector.

The Industry Luncheon will feature Paul Grave, managing director of GlobalDairyTrade (GDT). Separate Board of Directors meetings for ADPI and ABI, as well as several committee meetings, will be held during the afternoons on both Monday and Tuesday.

The complimentary social hours held each afternoon in the exhibit hall and the sizeable receptions held on Monday and Tuesday evenings will provide abundant opportunities to network with over 750 senior-level dairy executives, including manufacturers, marketers, suppliers, distributors and brokers of manufactured dairy products. Tuesday’s reception will also allow attendees to taste test a variety of world championship cheeses.


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