World Dairy Diary

Hilmar to Build Powder Plant

Hilmar CheeseThe Hilmar Cheese Co. will be building a milk powder processing plant in Turlock, Calif.

Construction will begin this summer. The facility is expected to open during summer of 2015 and will enable the company to enter the powdered milk market.

“We are expanding our ingredients business to meet strong global demand for milk powders,” said John Jeter, Hilmar Cheese’s chief executive officer and president. “The U.S. dairy industry, and specifically California, is well positioned to be a consistent supplier to the world.”

About 50 tanker trucks filled with milk are expected to roll into the Turlock facility every day. Jeter said the Turlock facility will produce milk powders designed to be a primary source of nutrition for developing nations.

Source: Modesto Bee

DBA Symposium

The Dairy Business Association (DBA) will be holding their annual symposium February 18-19 in Green Bay, Wis. at Lambeau Field.

The Access Symposium will focus on closing the relationship gap between producers and regulators through a set of interactive sessions with key state agencies the first day of the event. The second day will focus on best animal handling practices with a focus on “down cow” situations.

Key State Secretaries will provide a “State of the Union” type address regarding current regulations facing producers. After each discussion, producers will have the opportunity to interact with staff members from each Secretary’s office. During these small group interactions, producers will have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions on policy implementation, share some of the challenges they face and work with the staff members to come up with collaborative implementation solutions.

The current Secretaries committing to the meeting include Sec. Stepp from DNR, Sec. Brancel from DATCP and Jimmy Bramblett – USDA NRCS State Conservationist (invited).

The following day, focus will shift to animal handling procedures with a primary focus on down cow situations. Presentations will be given to highlight the challenges around proper cattle handling, employee training and interaction with media when it comes to the improper treatment of animals by employees. This will be a dynamic morning where producers will work in small groups to develop standard approaches for employee training and related matters so as to avoid any misrepresentation by activists as to the concern and affection they have for their cows.

Source: Dairy Business Association

CRV and Alta to Partner

Alta and CRV have announced a new partnership and cooperation agreement that will offer economies of scale.

Clients of both Alta and CRV can count on an even stronger and more varied portfolio of top quality bulls on a GTPI™ basis, while the breeding focus of both organizations will retain their own identity. The partnership between Alta and CRV offers significant advantages in selection processes, but both organizations will continue to make genetic selections based on their own breeding philosophy.

The collaboration between Alta and CRV is an extension and enhancement of their current genetic programs in North America.

“Through the partnership we can strengthen our portfolio of top end GTPI™ bulls both inside and outside the United States. Alta and CRV will do this from their own vision of breeding and with mutual respect. This alliance will strengthen our ambitions” says CRV Executive Director Operations and Development Ate Lindeboom.

According to Alta Chief Operating Officer Paul Hunt “This collaboration enables both companies to make additional investments in genetics to continue to lead genetic improvement in the exciting and competitive era of genomic selection. The results of this collaboration will allow Alta to continue providing unrivaled genetic quality and value to their clients globally.”

Source: CRV

DBMMC Elects Directors

dbmmcMembers of the Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative (DBMMC) announce the election of two positions on DBMMC’s Board of Directors.

Jerry Meissner, a dairy producer from Chili, Wisconsin and Steve Sternweis, a dairy producer from Marshfield, Wisconsin, both won to sit on the DBMMC Board for a 3 year term. Current officers are now John Pagel-WI, Jim Winn-WI, Mitch Davis-MN, Todd Doornink-WI, Ken Verhasselt-WI, and Jerry Meissner – WI, who was reelected to the Board of Directors, and Steve Sternweis- WI was newly elected. This is Steve’s first term with the DBMMC.

Steve Sternweis is from Mara-Wood Farms Inc., a 425-cow facility on 1,435 acres in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He began dairy farming in 1972. His ag-related affiliations include Harmony Country Cooperative Board (8 years), Accelerated Genetics, Spencer FFA Alumni, 4-H Shady Lane, and he is the Director of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

Source: Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative

Janssen Joins ImmuCell

IC_Tucker Janssen_110613Congratulations to Tucker Janssen as the sales and marketing manager for ImmuCell in the southern U.S. region, covering Florida to New Mexico.

Janssen brings an extensive background in the cattle industry to ImmuCell, including 12 years of beef cattle procurement with Cargill, purchasing more than a quarter million head annually. In addition, he has managed a cow-calf operation and most recently served as the assistant manager at Barrett & Crofoot feedyard where he was responsible for the daily operations of a 50,000 head feedyard.

In his position as sales and marketing manager, Janssen will help develop the southern territory by establishing relationships with a vast network of animal health distributors, veterinarians, calf raisers, dairy producers and cow-calf operations. Janssen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and has spent his professional career in Texas.

Source: ImmuCell Corporation

HydroClean Partners with MIOX Corp

MIOX Corporation has announced a strategic global partnership with HydroClean, a newly formed dairy hygiene and sanitation supplier. HydroClean joins sister-companies BouMatic and BouMatic Robotics.

BouMatic approached MIOX in early 2012 to explore the application of Mixed Oxidant Solution (MOS) in dairy farms. Results from 15 months of ongoing lab and farm testing conducted by BouMatic show that MIOX’s flagship chemistry, MOS, is more effective than the traditional disinfectants for controlling Mastitis-causing pathogens. They determined MOS could replace iodine as the primary disinfecting agent in many disinfection products applied at dairy farms ranging from pre- and post- teat dip and udder wash to facility wash and livestock drinking water treatment. HydroClean is the company and product line of new dairy hygiene and sanitation equipment for farm sanitation that incorporates MIOX on-site chemical generators.

“HydroClean ensures the farmer comes first and foremost by providing them with hygiene and sanitation products that keep cows happy. Anything that touches the cow – from liners to chemicals – are carefully designed to make sure the cow is kept safe and healthy,” says Dennie Plomedahl, HydroClean Global Product Manager. “We have carried over the Boumatic ideology of ‘it’s all about the cow’.”

The need to explore disinfection alternatives arose when the price of iodine skyrocketed after the 2011 tsunami in Japan destroyed many of the world’s largest iodine supply chains.

HydroClean brings a new business philosophy by employing a dedicated distributor network. Field representatives for HydroClean perform the installation of the HydroClean system, routine maintenance and all service required. Putting the service and maintenance of this farm innovation in the hands of experts allows farmers to focus on providing healthy dairy products to consumers while maintaining confidence in the health of their cows.

Source: HydroClean

Register for NMC Conference

NMClogoRegister now for the 53rd National Mastitis Council (NMC) Annual Meeting, January 26-28, 2014 at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

The three-day event will highlight the latest advancements in milk quality and mastitis control from around the globe. Milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students are all invited to attend.

The annual meeting will kick-off Sunday with seven specialized short courses. General sessions open on Monday and will run through Tuesday. “New and not-so-new technologies for detection and management of mastitis,” will be the featured symposium Tuesday afternoon. Four additional short courses will be offered Tuesday evening. Rounding out the educational opportunities will be the Technology Transfer sessions held on Monday and Tuesday.

Other key features at the upcoming meeting consist of the National Dairy Quality Awards and the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control, the NMC Scholars and a fun and engaging fundraiser for the National Mastitis Research Foundation.

Source: National Mastitis Council (NMC)

Innovation Dairy Tour

GEA Farm Technologies recently hosted its 2013 Innovation Dairy Tour. Dairy producers from 12 states attended the two-day event to see industry-leading technologies in action on five innovative dairies, including an automatic teat dipping system, a robotic milking system and several other new industry innovations.

“The goal of the Innovation Dairy Tour was to bring producers from across the country onto dairies to see how their peers are operating efficient and profitable dairies,” said Matt Daley, president and chief executive officer of GEA Farm Technologies. “By networking with other dairy producers and the GEA Farm Technologies team, producers learned first-hand how to improve parlor efficiency, milk quality and overall herd performance.”

Dairies visited on the tour and the technologies showcased are as follows:

Gingrich Meadows Dairy, Leroy, Mich.: Owned by Amy Martin and Shawn Gingrich, this new facility was built in April 2012 and now milks 320 Holsteins with two MIone four-box robotic milking systems. Amy Martin shared that the cows have transitioned into the system easily and that they have been able to reallocate labor resources to other areas of the operation.

Hillhaven Farms, Edmore, Mich.: This facility started in 1998 by Mike Rasmussen. At the time, the producers built a 2 x 16 Magnum 40 Herringbone Parlor, and later upgraded to DemaTron 70 detachers. With the goal of improved milk quality and parlor efficiency, the owners recently added the ApolloTM MilkSystem and FutureCowTM Prep System.

Son Rise Farm, Westphalia, Mich.: John and Debbie Feldpausch began this calf facility in February 2010. Today, these calf growers raise about 200 calves in individual calf hutches and 350 calves on four DairyFeed Automated Quattro Calf Feeders. They also utilize a UV Pure, which uses ultraviolet light to purify calf milk – killing harmful bacteria while maintaining the vital nutrients naturally found in the milk. The growers credit the automated feeding system as a more efficient option for calf raising.

Vanderploeg Holsteins, Ithaca, Mich.: This 72 stall AutoRotor Performer parlor was installed in October 2012 by Klaus, Mares and Tony Vanderploeg. Today, 2,250 Holsteins average 87 pounds of milk per head per day in the facility.

Farm managers at the facility say that the rotary parlor has improved efficiency and reduced the number of employees needed in the parlor. Cows enter the rotary parlor one at a time through a system of gates and are then rotated to employees who each have a designated task. Through the system, four employees are able to milk 72 cows in an eight minute span.

Rich Ro Colony, St. John’s, Mich.: Owned by Glenn and Brett Feldpausch, this dairy averages 82.4 pounds of milk per head per day on 2,735 Holsteins. The herd is milked in a 2 x 44 Magnum 90i parallel stall parlor and each cow is prepped with the FutureCow Prep System.

Source: GE Technologies

Superbowl Commercial Leads to $1 Million Donation

FFA The Ram Truck Brand recently presented Clay Sapp, National FAA president, with a $1 million donation.

Dodge Ram declared 2012 as the “Year of the Farmer” with its popular “So God Made a Farmer” commercial aired during the Super Bowl in February. Ram pledged to donate up to $1 million to FFA for views of the “Farmer” video on the Ram Truck brand website. The brand reached the 10-million-view milestone, equating to the $1 million donation, in less than a week.

“To date, ‘Farmer’ has been viewed online more than 22 million times, underscoring America’s interest in and support for the important role farmers play in our country,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “It is a pleasure to present the check to FFA and to be among thousands of dedicated FFA members who convey the spirit of what we at Ram Trucks value most of all – courage, dignity, integrity and example-setting through hard work.”

Since then, the promotion has reached all facets of the industry and raise awareness about the dedication and passion it takes to produce the nation’s – and world’s – food.

In addition to its donation, Dodge Ram also presented Sapp with the first copy of its book, “The Farmer in All of Us” that will soon be published by National Geographic.

The coffee table book features a comprehensive collection of agriculture, farming and family farm photography. Proceeds will go to FFA’s “Give the Gift of Blue” program, which donates traditional FFA blue corduroy jackets to members who would not otherwise be able to own their own.

Source: DairyHerd Network, Chrysler Group LLC

CRV USA Has New Website

CRV USACRV USA launched a newly renovated website showcasing Genetics with a Purpose and our commitment to building herds for higher premiums.

The new website features a blog, as well as an easy to navigate sire directory. Also featured on the new website are pages where dairy producers can learn more about premium milk production and how CRV’s Genetics with a Purpose can help them build a long-lasting, profitable herd.

Source: CRV

New DCHA Logo Unveiled

Dairy Calf Heifer AssociationThe Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) has unveiled a new logo and brand identity.

The new look symbolizes the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association’s goal to update and modernize its vision to be the industry-leading source of calf and heifer nutrition, providing industry standards for profitability, performance and leadership that will help members improve the vitality and viability of their individual efforts and that of their business.

The logo and brand identity were approved by the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association board of directors September 30, 2013 and will be integrated throughout membership and marketing efforts as the organization continues to refocus its efforts.

Plans are underway for the 2014 annual conference, themed “Be a ‘Driver’ of Change.” It is set for April 1-3, 2014 in Green Bay, Wis.

Source: The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association

DCHA Announces New Focus

dairycalfheiferlogoThe Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) has announced a renewed focus and vision for its organization.

A strong and sincere commitment has been made to changing a number of things that challenged the prosperity and sustainability of the Association – including eliminating programs and/or services that don’t deliver value and laying the groundwork for new programs and services that will better meet the collective needs of DCHA members.

DCHA seeks to be the industry-leading source of calf and heifer information, providing industry standards for profitability, performance and leadership that will help members improve the vitality and viability of their individual efforts and that of their business.

“This evolution is – and will continue to be – based on strong and passionate feedback we’ve received from DCHA members and the calf and heifer industry segment as a whole,” adds Ed Peck, management director for DCHA. “We are going to work hard to deliver a great value and a stronger future for the organization.”

“Over the upcoming weeks and months, you will begin to see significant changes being made to help drive us back to the core vision of being the leading source of calf and heifer raising knowledge, insights, expertise and camaraderie for the dairy industry,” says Banker. “Our organization is excited about the future and energized for a bright 2014.”

Source: The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association

N.J. Company to Work with African Dairy Farmers

UdderCheck copyPortaScience, Inc., a New Jersey company, was recently awarded a grant from Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation to commercialize a milk quality test for small farms in Africa.

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.

PortaScience, Inc. was selected from more than 120 companies worldwide because of their novel technology that enables farmers to test milk quality and improve animal health. With this funding, African farmers will receive education concerning mastitis in dairy cattle, plus the UdderCheck(tm) test to screen for this costly disease. UdderCheck is currently marketed under the PortaCheck brand.

UdderCheck is a simple milk dipstick that detects lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) — an enzyme present in milk when cells are damaged during an udder infection. This new tool can help producers screen for mastitis, even at a subclinical level.

“Producers can now detect infection early and inexpensively to begin treatments that improve milk quality and animal health,” says Mike Gavin, the president of PortaScience. “With a growing number of farmers owning dairy cows and the numerous changes in Africa’s agriculture, UdderCheck can help improve both the quality of milk and the productivity of the developing dairy industry.”

Source: PortaScience

DeLaval Sells 10,000th System

Delaval 10,000th system soldDeLaval recently sold its 10,000th Voluntary Milking System VMS™ (or milking robot) to Glenirvine Farms in Fergus, Ontario.

As a pioneer of automated milking systems, DeLaval obtained its first voluntary milking patent in 1982, and through a subsidiary company installed on-farm milking robots in Holland in the early 1990s. The first generation DeLaval VMS units were sold in 1998. Dairy producers have come to appreciate VMS’ innovative design which allows for round-the-clock milking with record-setting milk yields and top milk quality. Other features include accurate quarter milking, an easy-to-use touchscreen, and full system integration and upgradeability possibilities.

Glenirvine Farms will install the 10,000th DeLaval VMS at its new facility early next year. The owners, Doug and Lynda Jefferson and Andrew and Amanda Den Haan, have been milking their 50-cow herd with a double-4 DeLaval herringbone parlor for the last 40 years. According to the owners, they enjoy the quality that comes with DeLaval products and the reliable service they receive from their dealer, Norwell Dairy Systems.

Source: DeLaval

Powel-Smith Joins DuPont

Powel_Smithd1dcbdCongratulations to Bill Powel-Smith, who has joined DuPont Pioneer as a dairy specialist in northern Wisconsin.

In this role, Powel-Smith will work with the Pioneer sales force to help dairy producers reach maximum productivity in growing, harvesting, storing and feeding forage products along with sharing on-farm knowledge and nutritional best practices.

Prior to joining Pioneer, Powel-Smith worked for Northstar Dairy in Lancaster, Minn., as a farm manager. He also has worked for Tuls Dairies and Milksource, LLC. His background includes a broad range of experiences ranging from operations and management to diagnostics and herd treatment. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in animal science at Cornell University.

From planting through feedout, Pioneer uses industry-leading research, agronomic and nutritional expertise to provide the entire range of seed genetics, crop-specific forage additives, silage know-how and local service – all dedicated to the goal of meeting the feed needs of producers’ livestock operations.

Source: DuPont Pioneer

MOU Signed by Two Pa. Dairy Groups

Univ Penn MOUThe Center for Dairy Excellence and Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formally recognize their partnership to help the state’s dairy industry increase profitability.

The memorandum was signed by John Frey, executive director of the Center for Dairy Excellence, and Joan Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, on September 11 at the New Bolton Center campus in Kennett Square, Pa.

The Center for Dairy Excellence and New Bolton Center have worked together for many years and collaborated on a detailed analysis of the dairy industry published last year. The “Pennsylvania Dairy Futures Analysis” recommends a plan of action to improve the profitability of the state dairy industry through 2020.

The memorandum states that Penn Vet and the Center for Dairy Excellence will:
· Partner and collaborate at new levels to the benefit of the broader Pennsylvania dairy industry.
· Provide leadership to identify and coordinate the direction, goals, and resources necessary to ensure a competitive, sustainable, and profitable Pennsylvania dairy industry.
· Develop and implement cooperative partner resources that focus on improving dairy family business profitability and viability. An example of this would be Penn Vet’s Dairy Analyzer Program that would compare dairy herd production and business performance to industry benchmarks.
· Engage in cooperative research projects that would introduce diverse dairy business models to provide information that will assist Pennsylvania dairy producers in increasing business viability and profitability.

Source: Center for Dairy Excellence

Sorrento to be Rebranded

Sorrento Cheese will be rebranded under the Galbani brand, a worldwide brand that has owned the local business since the 1990s.

Sorrento officials stressed that the elimination of the Sorrento brand name will not lead to other changes at the company’s Buffalo, N.Y. factory.

The Buffalo factory is the largest ricotta cheese plant in North America, producing 75 million pounds of ricotta each year. The plant also produces about 68 million pounds of mozzarella cheese annually. The plant’s cheese-making processes consume about 2 million pounds of milk a day, enough to fill about 45 milk trucks, company officials said.

While the Sorrento products will be rebranded and sold under the Galbani name, the cheeses will continue to be produced using the same recipes, company officials said. And Groupe Lactalis said its Lactalis Retail Dairy division will continue to be based at the Buffalo plant.

Source: The Buffalo News

Mastitis Meeting Scheduled

NMClogoThe National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 53rd annual meeting, Jan. 26-28, 2014 at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

The latest advancements in milk quality and mastitis control will be highlighted during this three-day international forum. This event is open to professionals with a vested interest in high quality milk production. Milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students are invited to attend and exchange ideas and information on udder health, milking management and milk quality.

This year’s program will cover:
· Analytical approaches to managing mastitis;
· Treatment and non-treatment approaches to tackling mastitis;
· Milk quality reports from around the globe; and
· New and not-so new technologies for detecting and managing mastitis.

In addition to the main program, specialized short course will be available. The specialized short courses provide learning opportunities in smaller group settings, offering participants the opportunity to interact directly with the instructor and other course registrants.

Cutting edge milk quality research will be highlighted at the conference during the annual poster session, and research and development summaries session.

Source: National Mastitis Council

Dairy Maid Dairy Purchased

dairy maid dairyDairy Maid Dairy, Frederick, Md. has been purchased by Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).

Dairy Maid has been owned and operated by the Vona family since 1946 and is currently led by brothers, Jimmy and Jody. The Vonas will continue to manage the day-to-day operations.

“The acquisition of Dairy Maid Dairy aligns with DFA’s strategy to increase its commercial footprint and expand ownership in the fluid and fresh dairy category,” said Rick Smith, DFA president and chief executive officer. “The Vonas have built a solid business and earned a reputation for quality products and superior service and is business our dairy farmer member owners can be proud of.”

Dairy Maid’s customers include major grocery chains, schools and governmental entities, such as prisons and military installations. Milk to the facility is supplied by a variety of sources including DFA, Maryland-Virginia, Lanco, Land O’Lakes, Cumberland Valley and Dairy Marketing Services.

Despite the change in ownership, there will be no disruption in operations. It is anticipated that Dairy Maid’s 110 employees will retain their positions and milk procurement will not be disrupted, ensuring quality products and service continue for Dairy Maid’s customers.

“We are pleased to be able to become part of the DFA family,” said Jimmy Vona. “DFA shares many of the same values that my family does. This transaction ensures the business we have built over the past four decades will continue to thrive in the future.”

Source: Dairy Farmers of America (DFA)

Valley Pride Purchases Md. Plant

Valley Pride LLC, Harrisonburg, Va. has purchased the former Good Humor-Breyers ice-cream plant in Hagerstown, Md.

Randy Inman, vice president of Valley Pride and Shenandoah Family Farms Cooperative, declined to say how much the cooperative paid for the property.

The company will start production with milk and approximately 10 ice-cream products under the Shenandoah Family Farms label, he said.

The ice-cream line will include up to 3-gallon containers of ice cream and novelty items like ice-cream bars, Inman said. The cooperative expects to add butter to its product line later, he said.

Unilever closed the plant in July 2012.

Source: Herald Mail


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