A Million lbs of Cheese Exported by CWT

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CWT-logo6Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 7 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 1.056 million pounds (479 metric tons) of Cheddar, Colby-Jack and Gouda cheese to customers in Asia and the South Pacific. The product will be delivered December 2014 through June 2015.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 102.545 million pounds of cheese, 53.383 million pounds of butter and 34.384 million pounds of whole milk powder to 45 countries on six continents. These sales are the equivalent of 2.401 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis. Numbers adjusted for cancellations.

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.

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December Dairy Market Report

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Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 1.52.38 PMThe December issue of the NMPF-DMI Dairy Market Report is out. It advises that domestic commercial use of milk is keeping pace with milk production, but that eroding export volumes are causing total consumption to lag behind production growth. That’s keeping downward pressure on milk prices. The dairy futures outlook for the all-milk price for the first half of 2015 has dropped about two dollars per hundredweight in less than two months, while feed costs have rebounded in recent weeks.

The Dairy Market Report is written and produced by the National Milk Producers Federation and sponsored by Dairy Management Inc., in Rosemont. IL. The full report can be found here.

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USDA Drops Plans for Second Beef Checkoff

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Beef checkoffAccording to reports out today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has abandoned his plans to pursue a second beef checkoff.

Just over a month ago, USDA announced it would be seeking input on the development of a new industry-funded promotion, research and information order for beef and beef products. The decision to drop the idea apparently was made as the result of direction from Congress, according to a statement released by USDA.

“(A)s the appropriations bill Congress passed last week directed the Department not to implement a second beef checkoff program, USDA will no longer pursue that solution…USDA encourages the beef industry to work together to determine ways to secure more resources for the beef checkoff program so that it can continue to support cattle ranchers around the country.”

State cattle groups have already commented on the decision, which was reportedly revealed by Secretary Vilsack in an interview with DTN. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) is pleased with Secretary Vilsack’s decision to listen to the outcry from the nation’s cattle farmers and ranchers.

“The Secretary asked for comments and responded appropriately to the concerns expressed by those of us who invest our dollars into the Beef Checkoff Program,” said Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) President Jim McCann. “MCA considers this announcement to be good news.”

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Pork Board’s Strategic Plan – People, Pigs & Planet

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nafb-nortonDuring the 2014 National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk intern, Taylor Truckey, sat down with fellow Michiganite, Dale Norton. Dale is President of the National Pork Board and after they found out they are from neighboring hometowns, they chatted about their new initiative, People, Pigs & Planet that they are using to bridge the gap between producer and consumer.

“This is a five year strategic plan that was developed as a task force and included packers, retailers, producers and academia. The focus now is on the customer. Seeing as many customers are far removed from the farm, it is one was to reconnect them and tell our story.”

The people are our customers and we are happy to show them our pigs and how we treat them. The planet encompasses our environment and producer’s sustainability efforts. Dale said one way they are building consumer trust is through social media. They are also a part of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, who has made great strides to involve the consumer in the food production process.

Pork is the number one consumed protein world-wide. Dale goes on to share what U.S. producers are doing to meet the demand for their product globally. Interview with Dale Norton, National Pork Board

Find photos from the event here:
2014 NAFB Convention Photos

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Advanced Animal Diagnostics Expands Team

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Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 9.58.52 AMAdvanced Animal Diagnostics (AAD) adds Rick Rectenwald to its team as manufacturing operations/customer service manager and Darlene Duarte as sales representative for California and Arizona.

Rectenwald will help AAD maintain the highest level of quality and customer satisfaction as the company delivers diagnostic solutions to livestock producers across North America. Drawing on deep operations experience, he will administer systems to support inventory control, supply chain management and customer service.

Duarte, with her dairy background and pharmaceutical sales achievements, will increase AAD’s presence in the southwestern United States. She will focus on educating producers about the benefits of AAD’s rapid, on-farm diagnostic technologies that enable real-time management decisions, including QScout® MLD test for early mastitis detection.

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 9.58.44 AMAccording to Allen Mocyzgemba, AAD vice president of marketing, the addition of these key employees are in line with company growth and its commitment to bringing lab-quality testing to the farm. “As our business develops, demand for QScout® Farm Lab and QScout MLD grows, and the company introduces new diagnostic tests, Rick will tap his diverse operational expertise to enhance customer success and advance supply management systems.”

Adds Gary Winter, AAD vice president of sales, Duarte’s proven track record in driving human health programs is an asset to the company. “Darlene brings an enthusiasm for focusing on customer needs and providing health solutions. She will work with livestock producers to implement our diagnostic technology and deliver information that helps improve animal health protocols and profitability.”

Rectenwald holds a bachelor’s degree in management from North Carolina State University and a master’s in business administration from East Carolina University. He has held a variety of positions in operations and account management, supply chain management and project management with Parata Systems, Tyco Electronics and Square D Company.

Duarte holds a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness, with a concentration in sales and marketing, and dairy science, from California Polytechnic State University. Duarte developed a passion for livestock when her family operated a dairy in California and then Hawaii. Prior to joining AAD, she worked for GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, most recently as executive immunization sales specialist. She speaks Portuguese and English fluently.

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Last Chance to Apply for Beef Industry Scholarship

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National-Cattlemens-Foundation-logoToday marks the application deadline for the 2015-16 Beef Industry Scholarship, sponsored by the CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry.

The purpose of this program is to identify and encourage talented and thoughtful students who will emerge as industry leaders. Fields of study may include education, communications, production, research or other areas of study related to the beef industry.

Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or full-time undergraduate student enrolled at a two-or four-year institution for the 2015-16 school year. Students applying for the scholarship are required to write a one-page letter expressing future career goals related to the beef industry, a 750-word essay describing an issue confronting the industry and solutions to manage the problem, as well as submit two letters of reference from current or former instructors or industry professionals.

The National Cattlemen’s Foundation will convene a panel of judges to review the applications and select the winners. Applications must be submitted online or by mail no later than midnight (MST) on Dec. 19, 2014. The winning recipients will be announced on Jan. 15, 2015.

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WDE 2015 Dairy Cattle Judges Announced

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Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 8.48.31 AMWorld Dairy Expo is pleased to unveil the slate of lead judges that will be evaluating North America’s finest dairy cattle in 2015. The five-day, annual show attracts exhibitors to compete with their cattle for the coveted breed Champions and Supreme Champion titles. These eight highly regarded judges were nominated and selected by Expo Dairy Cattle Exhibitors.

World Dairy Expo Dairy Cattle Judges for 2015 include:
International Ayrshire Show
Mary Creek, Hagerstown, Md.

International Brown Swiss Show
Paul Trapp, Taylor, Wis.

International Guernsey Show
Lynn Harbaugh, Marion, Wis.

International Holstein Show
Nathan Thomas, North Lewisburg, Ohio

International Junior Holstein Show
Chad Ryan, Fond du Lac, Wis.

International Jersey Show
Michael Heath, Westminster, Md.

International Milking Shorthorn Show
Allyn Paulson, Arlington, Wis.

International Red & White Show
Pat Conroy, Angola, Ind.

World Dairy Expo will be held September 29 through October 3, 2015 and the theme will be “Dairy in our DNA”. Dairy cattle exhibitors and dairy enthusiasts are invited to participate in the global networking event, held annually at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

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New Foodservice App Educates Key Beef Industry Audience

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Beef checkoffA new app for smartphone and tablets is helping foodservice professionals become more knowledgeable about beef and beef production. The BEEFlexible for Foodservice Professionals app was developed by the California Beef Council (CBC) in 2013 and is being upgraded through Beef Checkoff funds, in particular, those managed by the Federation of State Beef Councils.

[A]nalytic tracking on the app was initially limited, the beef production lifecycle element wasn’t as interactive as it could be, and the Beef Cuts for Foodservice section needed updating.

A grant from the Federation Initiative Fund allowed CBC to improve these components, giving users a more robust tool for increasing sales and increasing CBC’s ability to track user behavior on the app, determining which categories and topics are the most important to foodservice professionals.

For the Production Lifecycle section of the app, an interactive approach replaced a static PDF, with graphics provided by the Federation Design Services team and content from the Beef Checkoff Program and information from the Integrated Communications team creating a fun approach to the topic. Finally, the Beef Cuts for Foodservice section was updated and aligned with content available online at the beef checkoff’s www.beeffoodservice.com website.

California Beef officials say the updates have been very successful, seeing a big boost in usage in areas of the updates.

The app is a free download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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WDE Friends of Expo Celebration

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image001Hundreds of volunteers gathered December 8 at the Alliant Energy Center to celebrate the recent 2014 World Dairy Expo (WDE). Attendees enjoyed a reception and banquet provided in appreciation of their hard work and dedication to WDE. Each year over 500 volunteers aid in the planning and implementation of the world’s largest dairy event.

Four individuals were recognized for their outstanding service to World Dairy Expo. Alan Deming, Sandy Horn, Doug Williams and Token Creek Mobile Television, Inc. each received a certificate recognizing their dedication to Expo.

Alan Deming, East Central/Select Sires CEO, has provided leadership and knowledge on many levels to World Dairy Expo. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1991, currently serving on the Executive Committee as Secretary/Treasurer and as Finance Committee Chairman. He was a key person that provided guidance during the recent New Holland Pavilion building project and was the first to volunteer to be a steward for the new cattle facilities. Alan and his wife Betty live in Waupun, Wis.

Sandy Horn has been a key resource to the WDE Dairy Cattle Show for many years. A full-time dairy producer, Horn was previously on the Expo staff for 19 years and has a deep understanding of the cattle show and exhibitors. Since her retirement, she has continued to volunteer by providing data processing of entries and preparation of updated reports for the eight superintendents. In addition, Horn contributed to the development and testing of the online entry system in 2012. Sandy Horn and her husband Dick live near Brooklyn, Wis.

Doug Williams, Kuhn North America Field Support, Shows & Training Manager, has been influencing World Dairy Expo for more than 20 years. A long-time member of the Commercial Exhibitors Committee, Williams has shared his global experience to develop WDE’s Trade Show into a world-class event. Williams has provided guidance through growth in exhibitor numbers and transitions in the Trade Show floor, and has been an integral part of ingress and egress planning with consideration to both commercial and dairy cattle exhibitors. Williams and his wife, Terri, reside in Evansville, Wis.

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Gadget Gift Giving & Receiving

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New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What’s the biggest challenge for the seed industry?”

All of agriculture depends in some way on seed. The long term survival of the seed industry impacts everything. It looks like you think anti-GMO attitudes have the greatest negative impact on the seed industry. Environmental regulations came in with a close second.

Here are the poll results:

  • Intellectual property rights – 4%
  • Anti-GMO attitudes – 33%
  • Trade restraints – 11%
  • Environmental regulations – 19%
  • Innovation progress disruption – 4%
  • Pollinator health issues – 11%
  • All of the above – 11%
  • Other – 7%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, What type of gadget is on your wish or to-give list?

Christmas is right around the corner and gadgets are one of our favorite things to talk about. We want to know what gadget you want to find under the tree this year or what type of techie gift you’re giving. Is it a smart phone, computer, power tool, camera or one of each? I wouldn’t mind seeing a camera under my tree!