12.5 Million lbs of Cheese & Whole Milk Powder Export Sales

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CWT-logo6Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 8 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 1.210 million pounds (549 metric tons) of Cheddar and Gouda cheese and 11.255 million pounds (5,105 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and South America. The product will be delivered September 2014 through March 2015.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 85.511 million pounds of cheese, 48.188 million pounds of butter and 31.748 million pounds of whole milk powder to 43 countries on six continents. These sales are the equivalent of 2.105 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.

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Study Reveals Cattle Producers’ Most Important Vaccine Concerns

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pfizerThe Zoetis reproductive vaccine portfolio helps deliver what matters most to beef producers and veterinarians, including: infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) abortion prevention, demonstrated duration of immunity and safety, along with fetal protection. The new nationwide study investigates each of the most widely considered attributes when selecting a reproductive vaccine.

Of the surveyed producers and veterinarians, 100% ranked IBR abortion protection, demonstrated safety and duration of immunity important considerations when selecting a vaccine, and 99% answered the same for fetal protection against bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) persistent infection (PI). The comprehensive reproductive vaccine portfolio from Zoetis, including BOVI-SHIELD GOLD® FP®, CATTLEMASTER® GOLD FP® and PREGGUARD® GOLD FP®, helps producers address these challenges.

“Only select reproductive vaccines offer demonstrated performance and flexibility to address varied herd management practices,” said Daniel Scruggs, DVM, Dipl. ACVP, Technical Services, Zoetis. “Operations don’t need to change to fit the Zoetis reproductive vaccine line; this line of vaccines works for producers in all different management situations.”

Safety, one of the top-ranked concerns of both veterinarians and producers, also is a top priority of Zoetis. To help ensure proper use of reproductive vaccines, it is a shared responsibility among veterinarians, producers and the Technical Services team from Zoetis to make sure everyone involved understands labels and administers products correctly.

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New “Dairy Strong” Event Coming

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dbaThe Dairy Business Association has merged their December Annual Business Conference and their February Conference and Trade Show into one Blockbuster Dairy Industry Event that you won’t want to miss. Mark you calendars for January 13-15, 2015 in Madison, WI.

The brand new dairy conference will feature, Mike Rowe, host of “Dirty Jobs” and the upcoming CNN series “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”

The Dairy Business Association of Wisconsin is a statewide organization of dairy producers, vendors, allied industry partners, and professionals actively working to assure that dairy producers, large and small, remain an active, thriving part of Wisconsin’s economy, communities, and food chain. DBA is dedicated to being proactive in helping to create and protect consistent water, environmental and waste management regulation.

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WOTUS Topic of Next Farm Foundation Forum

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farmfoundationlogo3As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers takes public comment on their proposed “Waters of the United States” or WOTUS regulations, Farm Foundation is offering a forum on the issue. Next Wednesday, Sept. 17th from 9 am-11 am at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Farm Foundation hosts a free forum on how the regulation would expand EPA and Corps authority and could impede land-use decisions and farming practices near the waters in question.

The perspective of the regulator will be presented by Tracy Mehan, with Gene Schmidt providing perspectives of farmers/landowners.

Mehan is currently the National Source Water Protection Coordinator for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. He is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law, a member of the Environmental Law Institute and a former assistant administrator for water at the EPA.

Schmidt is an Indiana grain farmer and past president of the National Association of Conservation Districts. In addition to his work at the national level, Schmidt is a member of the Board of the LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District, and has served in numerous leadership position in the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

More information and registration are available here. If you can’t attend in person, Farm Foundation will provide an audiocast of the event on its website.

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How to Understand Tomorrow’s Consumer

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hereford-14-160-editedThe most important element in the chain of the beef industry is obviously the consumers. That is why it is imperative that we understand them. Sounds simple, right? Not always, because we have such a diverse array of consumers. The American Hereford Association brought in two experts to talk to producers about six thought starters to help us all understand the consumer a bit better at last week’s Hereford Genetic Summit.

John Lundeen is the Sr. Director of Market Research for NCBA and Joe Pawlak is Vice President of Technomic. The duo covered two perspectives: the everyday consumer and restaurants. I sat down with them after their presentation and the banter between them will inform us all.

6 Thought Starters:
1. It’s Not Meat & Potatoes Anymore
2. Ground Beef, Ground Beef, Ground Beef
3. It’s a Small Meal
4. Quality Matters…the Broad Definition
5. The Production Story
6. Price

hereford-14-161-editedRoast is being replaced with ethnic flavors, food trucks and one pot meals. Further processed cuts of beef are becoming more desirable. Ground beef was the ‘original convenience food’ and provides a value meal. Burgers allow for customization and creativity. A study showed that 62% of homes are 1-2 person households. People are eating alone and snacking more, therefore the need for smaller meals grows. Quality is still important, but the definition of healthy have changed. It’s all about freshness. Fresh is the new healthy. The production story allows for transparency, shows sustainability, is important to millennials and gives the opportunity for producers to highlight their continuous improvements.

Listen to my interview with John and Joe as they further explain the thought starters and what they mean to the beef industry here: Interview with John Lundeen & Joe Pawlak

Find all photos from the event here: Hereford Genetic Summit Photo Album.

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House Votes to Protect Private Property Rights

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ncba-logoThe House of Representatives passed HR 5078 Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 in an attempt to halt the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the efforts of Rep. Southerland (R-Fla.) to block what is described as the largest federal land grab to date.

“As a small business owner and [part of] a family that is also in the timber business, I understand regulatory creep and what we have seen through the EPA and the Corps of Engineers is the very definition of regulatory creep,” said Rep. Southerland. “The old rule was adjacent wetlands to navigable waters. Now it’s all waters adjacent to wetlands, adjacent to navigable waters. This really facilitates a capture of private property using the Clean Water Act and this onerous authority as a tool for imminent domain.”

Under current regulation, states have primary responsibility for regulating waters within their boundaries and twice the Uniteds States Supreme Court has reaffirmed this authority. The proposed rule strips this balance and expands federal jurisdiction to nearly every water in the country, including ditches, puddles and ponds. Southerland’s bill, which prevents EPA and Corps from finalizing, implementing, adopting or enforcing the proposed rule, has the bipartisan support of 120 co-sponsors.

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Charting the Course & Setting Sail with the Hereford Breed

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hereford-14-30-editedHost of NCBA’s “Cattlemen to Cattlemen” and agribusiness consultant, Kevin Ochsner, opened and closed the Hereford Genetic Summit covering the importance of navigating and setting the course for the breeds future.

“Breeders in the seedstock industry are really the architects of tomorrows beef industry. Because of that we have got to understand where this industry is headed, where are consumers are headed and some of the external factors that are going to impact the kind of cattle that are both profitable and acceptable for consumers.”

As the conference wrapped up, Kevin asked producers to look at their long-term and short-term goals they wanted to go home and implement on their own operations.

“Fundamentally, as a seedstock producer you have to have a plan and I think one of the key messages here is you got to have a clear picture of what you are trying to improve in your cattle You have to move the needle in that direction without chasing and following fads and messing with a lot of other traits in the process. I hope that people heard there is measurement technology, whether it be EPDs or genomic enhanced EPDs, out there that we can employ so we don’t only rely on our eyes to breed and design cattle, but to think about the data.”

Listen to my interview with Kevin here: Interview with Kevin Oschner

Find all photos from the event here: Hereford Genetic Summit Photo Album.

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NMPF and NACWA Sign Landmark Memorandum of Understanding

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nmpfThe National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote increased cooperation and communication between the two organizations in their efforts to make watershed-level water quality improvements. This MOU marks an important milestone in efforts to strengthen ties between urban and rural sectors on conservation activities to improve local water quality and the environment.

The goal of the agreement is to encourage clean water agencies and nearby dairy farms to work together to improve both water quality and environmental benefits produced on dairy farms. Potential projects include cooperation on building anaerobic digesters, which can use manure to generate electricity and reduce methane emissions, and increasing production of water quality benefits through the use of nutrient separation technologies and land management practices such as planting grass buffers near streams and using no-till planting in fields.

Increased collaboration among the clean water and dairy sectors offers a host of mutually-beneficial and cost-effective opportunities to improve the environment, and NACWA and NMPF are excited about this opportunity to work more closely together.

“42 years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, we have reached a point where we must look upstream in our watersheds to realize further water quality improvements. This MOU will help to align the clean water and dairy communities around common and cost-effective approaches to meet the future water quality and energy needs of this country while sustaining two critical industries,” said Ken Kirk, Executive Director of NACWA.

“It’s more cost effective to produce water quality benefits upstream than downstream, which is why we’re collaborating with others like NACWA who share the goal of encouraging best practices in order to maintain a quality water supply,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF.
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Tailgating Brazilian Style

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hereford-14-132-editedHereford breeders from across the country made their way to Springfield, MO to attend the American Hereford Association’s (AHA) Hereford Genetic Summit held on the campus of Missouri State University. After a welcome from AHA leadership and a quick glimpse of how we can navigate our future from Kevin Ochsner, a Hereford Tailgate Party gave us all a taste of Certified Hereford Beef.

Local restaurants served signature beef dishes and we even got grilling lessons from master of the grill, Dr. Flavio Ribeiro, Brazilian meat scientist. We learned that the only seasoning you need is sea salt, easy technics to cooking on an open flame and slicing grilled steaks thin makes anything cut tender.

To become a grilling master yourself, listen to my interview with Dr. Ribeiro here: Interview with Dr. Flavio Ribeiro, Brazilian meat scientist

Find all photos from the event here: Hereford Summit Photo Album.

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NCBA Seeks Intern for Cattle Industry Convention

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ncba-logoThe National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is accepting applications for internships during the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 4-7, 2015. The deadline to submit an application is Oct. 6, 2014.

This year will mark the 117th Cattle Industry Convention, which is the oldest and largest convention for the cattle industry. The convention and trade show create a unique, fun environment for cattle industry members to come together to network and create policy for the industry.

“This convention brings leaders from across the industry together to network and discuss issues important to the beef industry,” said NCBA Public Policy Analyst Mallory Gaines. “Along with helping to see the convention run smoothly, students will be provided time to maximize their opportunities to network and learn throughout the week.”

The annual Cattle Industry Convention boasts over 5,500 attendees and a trade show with more than 250 booths. Interns are offered a unique, behind-the-scenes experience of setting up the trade show, manning the NCBA Political Action Committee booth, assisting with the NCBA-PAC auction, helping members vote on NCBA policy, working with the media and helping to guide cattlemen and cattlewomen to convention events.

To apply, interested college juniors, seniors or graduate students should submit the convention internship application, a college transcript, two letters of recommendation and a resume to internship@beef.org. More information and the internship application are available on NCBA’s website.

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