The Callicrate Bander Is Our Newest Sponsor

Chuck Zimmerman

The Callicrate BanderI’d like to welcome The Callicrate Bander as the newest regular sponsor of World Dairy Diary. Thank you Rachel. The Callicrate Bander from No-Bull Enterprises was our first charter sponsor last fall when we started the website.

In this new year World Dairy Diary is taking on a new look and attitude. You’ll see more stories and features as we continue to develop this dairy industry news blog. It’s a whole new media world and we’re determined to make sure we bring the news to you when and where you want it. Just subscribe to World Dairy Diary using our RSS Feed. If you’re using a news reader or some of the new search engine personalized home pages like Google and Yahoo just type in our RSS Feed URL: feed:

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Callicrate Bander

A Milk Message For Young Skiers

Chuck Zimmerman

Wisconsin Milk Marketing BoardI ran cross country in high school and it’s the only sport I lettered in. I lived in Florida. If I had grown up in Wisconsin I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been on the cross country ski team. Hopefully these kids will do well and learn to drink their milk and ski harder.

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has signed on as a major sponsor of the 2006 Wisconsin High School State Cross Country Ski Championships. The event, held in Trego on February 10-11, will play host to more than 300 athletes from around Wisconsin. “These games are a great opportunity for us to reach a young demographic with important dairy nutrition messages,” says Dave Bavlnka, WMMB local promotions. WMMB also sponsors the Badger State Games, and WIAA basketball tournaments. Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, a nonprofit organization of Wisconsin dairy producers, promotes the consumption of milk, cheese and other dairy products made in America’s Dairyland.

Dairy Group, Milk, Promotion

DFA's Hallon On Marketing Order Amendment

Chuck Zimmerman

DFA Radio TalkI thought I’d share a little DFA Radio Talk on the “. . . controversial hearing regarding amendments to the Pacific Northwest and Arizona-Las Vegas milk marketing orders spanned four months and three cities in late 2003 and early 2004 – but it’s finally resulted in USDA’s announcement of a final decision. Elvin Hollon – Market Analyst for Dairy Farmers of America – says the decision means producer-handlers who have more than three-million pounds of sales in an individual federal order marketing area – will be subject to the pooling and pricing provisions of the Pacific Northwest and Arizona-Las Vegas milk marketing orders. Hollon explains.”

Audio, Dairy Group, Government, Milk

Butter Kicks Off PA Farm Show

Chuck Zimmerman

Pennsylvania Farm Show Butter SculptureA little butter makes things better. In this case The Farm Show got kicked off in Pennsylvania with a sculpture crafted from 800 pounds of butter that was donated by the Land O’Lakes plant in Carlisle, PA.

The theme for this buttery work celebrates the Farm Show’s 90th Anniversary and recognizes the progress made in Pennsylvania’s dairy industry. The sculpture depicts an old-time milk delivery wagon pulled by a horse, ready to unload a modern milk vending machine. The Pennsylvania Farm Show and the Commonwealth’s dairy industry have worked hand-in-hand throughout the past 90 years. By working with the state’s dairy promotion organizations, four milk vending machines have been permanently placed in the Farm Show Complex, providing another way for visitors to enjoy dairy while enjoying the various shows held throughout the year.

You can listen to Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff describe the sculpture here. You can also see a short video clip here.

Audio, Butter, Farm Show, Government, Video

Bravo! Inks Deal With Jasper Products

Chuck Zimmerman

Bravo! Foods  InternationalBravo! Foods International Corp., a brand development and marketing company that manufactures, promotes and distributes vitamin-fortified, flavored milks, announced today that it has signed a multi-year distribution agreement with Jasper Products, L.L.C. of Joplin, Missouri, one of only three dairy processors in the United States that has approval of the United States Food and Drug Administration to produce aseptic shelf-stable milk in bottles.

Bravo! has contracted with Jasper, which has produced its flavored milks, including Slammers, since 2001, for the continued production of Bravo!’s products through September 2010. Under the terms of the agreement, the parties have agreed to annual volume commitments for the ordering and production of Bravo!’s various lines of shelf-stable, single-serve flavored milk beverages. The scheduled production commitments with Jasper will be realized on a ramp-up basis, commencing in April 2006, with the installation of additional processing equipment at Jasper’s Joplin plant. These production commitments will satisfy the agreed upon supply obligation of Bravo! to Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., under Bravo!’s Master Distribution Agreement with CCE by the summer of 2006.

Agribusiness, Production

USDA National Hearing On Federal Milk Orders

Chuck Zimmerman

USDAUSDA will be holding a “national” public hearing on a proposal to seek changes to the “Class III and Class IV milk price formula manufacturing allowances for all Federal milk marketing orders. USDA will take evidence at the hearing to determine whether emergency marketing conditions exist that would warrant omission of a recommended decision.”

Agri-Mark Dairy CooperativeThe hearing was requested by Agri-Mark Dairy Cooperative to reconsider the manufacturing cost allowances provided for in the pricing formulas for cheese, whey powder, butter, and nonfat dry milk powder. The proponent stated that the current fixed allowances were calculated using 1998-2000 California and Department of Agriculture Cooperative Service surveys. While the product price formulas have been amended since 2000, the proponent claims that manufacturing costs have continued to increase, leaving them unable to recoup these additional costs from the marketplace.

The hearing will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 24, 2006, at the Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria, 801 North Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314.

I guess that since it’s a national hearing the whole nation is invited. Can we all fit into the Sheraton Suites?

Dairy Business, Government

Go Online For Dairy Certificate

Chuck Zimmerman

University of Illinois OnlineThe University of Illinois is offering an online series of training modules as part of their Dairy Certificate Program. The next one kicks off at the end of this month. You can find out more here.

The Dairy Certificate Program in Dairy Science includes a series of structured courses delivered by the Internet using an interactive course delivery system and supplemented by CDROM modules.

AnSc 423: Advanced Dairy Nutrition
Time: Mondays, 7:00-8:00 pm (CST)
Starts: January 23, 2006
Ends: April 10, 2006

AnSc 499: Milk Secretion, Mastitis, and Quality
Time: Tuedays, 7:00-8:00 pm (CST)
Starts: January 31, 2006
Ends: April 18, 2006


Education, Training, University

7th Annual Missouri Dairy Forum

Chuck Zimmerman

Missouri Dairy AssociationIf you’re in Missouri later this month you might want to attend the seventh annual Missouri Dairy Forum. The event is sponsored by Missouri Dairy Association, Missouri Holstein Association, Missouri Guernsey Breeders Association, Sho-Mo Dairy Heifer Growers Association, Missouri Brown Swiss Association and the Missouri Jersey Cattle Club. It will be held at The Resort at Port Arrowhead (formerly the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort) at Lake Ozark.

The Forum kicks off on Friday January 27 at 9:30 a.m. Speakers include Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Doyle Childers and Dr. Tyler Bramble of Alltech with an “Industry Outlook for 2006”.

The Sho-Mo Dairy Heifer Growers Association will conduct their annual meeting at 2:15 p.m. followed by MHA committee meetings at 4:00 p.m. and MGBA committee meetings at 5:00 p.m. Both groups will have board meetings later in the evening.
On Saturday, January 28, the Forum resumes with the MHA and MGBA Annual Meetings in the morning. There is also a Youth Activity Room and Resort indoor pool available for families attending the Forum. The Saturday Awards Luncheon features the crowning of the Missouri Holstein Princess along with a fun auction of items furnished by the Missouri Holstein Districts.

The Forum trade show contains 15-20 allied industry exhibits with the latest developments in the dairy industry of interest to Missouri dairy producers and heifer raisers.

There is no registration fee. The Forum is open to all dairy producers and allied industry. But meal reservations for the Friday and Saturday luncheons must be made by calling one of the Dairy Breed Associations or MDA at 636/519-9300 before Wednesday, January 25. Hotel reservations may be made by calling The Resort at Port Arrowhead directly at 800/532-3575 and ask for the Forum room block.

Dairy Group

DFA Announces New Management Structure

Chuck Zimmerman

Dairy Farmers of AmericaWith new leadership sometimes comes some staff changes. That’s the case at DFA. They announced some changes today, “Rick Smith, president and chief executive officer of Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. has announced a new management structure effective immediately.” The new management team looks like this:

John Wilson, senior vice president, marketing and industry affairs, oversees DFA’s national milk marketing system, customer relations, economic analysis, forward contracting, regulatory initiatives and governmental and public affairs.

David Geisler, senior vice president, legal and administration, is responsible for DFA’s activities related to legal, safety and risk management, crisis management, human resources, and communications and public relations.

Mark Korsmeyer, president, Dairy Food Products Group, supervises all manufacturing, sales, marketing, and research/development of dairy products and formulated milk beverages produced through DFA plants.

Joel Clark, senior vice president, accounting, manages DFA’s financial reporting and accounting services, credit management as well as producer payroll and information systems.

David Meyer, senior vice president, finance, directs DFA’s corporate finance, treasury and internal audit functions. Meyer serves as the primary liaison between DFA and the financial community.

Continuing to serve DFA’s senior management team and reporting to the CEO are DFA’s seven chief operating officers (COOs). They include: Jim Hahn, Southeast Area, Knoxville, Tenn.; David Jones, Southwest Area, Grapevine, Texas; Randy McGinnis, Central Area, Kansas City, Mo.; David Parrish, Western Area, Corona, Calif.; Glenn Wallace, Mideast Area, Fairlawn, Ohio; Greg Wickham, Northeast Area, Syracuse, N.Y.; and Greg Yando, Mountain Area, Thornton, Colo.

Also announced today:

Gerald L. “Jerry” Bos, chief financial officer of Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA), said that he will retire as head of the cooperative’s financial operations effective December 31, 2005. Jerry will, thereafter, serve in a consulting capacity to DFA.

Dairy Group

New FDA Approvals For Rumensin

Chuck Zimmerman

Rumensin 80Elanco Animal Health announced some new FDA approvals for it’s Rumensin products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval for feeding Rumensin to dairy cows in component-feeding systems. These systems include supplements that are fed in the parlor, in electronic feeders or as a topdress. The minimum feeding rate for these supplements, which can be fed both to dairy cows on pasture and dairy cows in confinement, is one pound per head per day. The new label for Rumensin has updated mixing and feeding directions for these supplements, which the FDA calls Type C medicated feeds.

The FDA also has expanded the Rumensin label to allow feeding to dairy replacement heifers that are raised in drylots.