Let The Kids Drink Whole Milk If They Want

Chuck Zimmerman

I just don’t get why anyone would think that serving kids whole milk causes obesity. How about soda or a sedentary lifestyle in front of a tv set or video game console? The IDFA released a statement today in support of New York City Councilman Bill de Blasio who has introduced a resolution that asks the school board why they’ve limited the milk choices kids and schools have.

De Blasio’s resolution is in response to last fall’s decision by school officials to limit school milk choices to allow some schools to serve fat-free chocolate milk on occasion and all schools to only serve lowfat and fat-free white milk. Prior to the restrictions, a wide variety of milk, including lowfat chocolate and strawberry, were available. The decision’s unintended nutritional consequences for students have not been fully or publicly discussed. In fact, schools have recently reported a five percent decrease in milk consumption since the new milk restrictions were put in place.

“Numerous experts have reported time and time again that milk is critical to good health. We are very concerned that this decision to practically remove lowfat flavored milk will undermine children’s nutrition by not offering them a product they would choose,” says IDFA Senior Vice President Chip Kunde. “We believe the New York City Department of Education should have initiated a public discussion before making any changes in system-wide school milk policies.”

This is just another example of what a friend of mine calls, “ignorance gone to seed.” Let’s get some healthy whole milk back into the school system!

Dairy Group, Milk

Total Milk Output Up in 2005

Andy Vance

Final figures are in for 2005 and it was a whopper.  Total milk production jumped 3.5% last year to 177 billion pounds.  That translates into 19,576 pounds per cow, a gain of 609 pounds per cow on a total herd of 9.04 million head.  Those cow numbers were 29,000 above 2004 as well.

Here’s the kicker – total cash receipts from milk marketing was $26.7 billion… 2.4% lower than 2004.  That total is based on a an average return of $15.20/cwt, 5.8% off of 2004.  176 billion pounds marketed was a 3.6% gain, which led to the decline in price.

Dairy Business, Milk, Production

New Budget For WMMB

Chuck Zimmerman

Wisconsin Milk Marketing BoardSince I’m on Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board news, besides the board election they approved a new budget at its April board meeting. The budget will be invested in local, state and national promotion/marketing programs from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007.

Cheese Business   $15,609,000
Communications/Local Promotions   $ 9,900,000
Administration   $ 1,139,000
Capital Appropriations   $ 9,900,000
Contingency Fund   $ 324,000
Total FY2007 WMMB Budget   $27,155,000

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Dairy Checkoff, Dairy Group

WMMB Elections Coming Up

Chuck Zimmerman

Wisconsin Milk Marketing BoardIt’s election time for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Nine people have been nominated and ballots will be in the mail.

All dairy producers who live within the eight districts up for election will be mailed ballots by DATCP. Elections will be held from May 8 through May 24, 2006. Producers who do not receive a ballot by May 8 should call Noel Favia at DATCP at 800-942-2474. Results will be announced in June.

The nominees are:

District 2 Connie Seefeldt of Coleman
District 5 Kay Zwald of Hammond
District 8 Sandi Cihlar of Mosinee
District 11 Robert Letter of Seymour; Daniel R. Angotti, Jr. of Kaukauna
District 14 No candidates: write-in election
District 17 Rosalie M. Geiger of Reedsville
District 20 Bradford A. McCauley of Viola; Sharon Laubscher of Wonewoc
District 23 Jay Stauffacher of Darlington

Dairy Checkoff, Dairy Group

Be The Top Cheese

Chuck Zimmerman

World Cheese AwardsThis looks like a great show to attend. I can only imagine the quality of the cheeses that get put on display. The 2006 World Cheese Awards are sponsored in part by the U. S. Dairy Export Council.

Judging takes place June 14. USDEC will present an award for the top U.S. cows’ milk cheese. The Council will also support U.S. entries by paying for shipment of cows’ milk cheeses from a consolidation point in New York to the UK.

You can find out more about the contest here.

Cheese, International

Accelerated Genetics Fosters Youth Education

Andy Vance

… by offering six scholarships to young agricultural students. Four scholarships of $500 have been awarded to incoming college freshmen including:

Christina Egner of Shelby, Ohio, who will be studying animal science at The Ohio State University this fall. The current Ohio Queen of Beef, Christina will be minoring in agricultural education and agribusiness.

Cassi Schriefer of Golden Valley, North Dakota, a potential veterinarian/chiropractor, will be studying microbiology at North Dakota State.

Sandra Kirchner of Clintonville, Wisconsin is planning to study both Dairy Science and Agronomy, focusing eventually on crops and dairy feed management, while continuing on at her family’s family Guernsey operation.

Shannon Muenzenberger of Coon Valley, Wisconsin will be attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring both in agricultural communication and dairy science. She owns a herd of Brown Swiss.

Along with these four scholarships, Accelerated Genetics awarded two $1000 scholarships to current college students.

Jarred Huber, a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is majoring in Agricultural Economics.

Rebecca Tokach is in her first year of Animal Science at Kansas State.

Accelerated Genetics, Education, University

Golf In May With WDPA

Chuck Zimmerman

Wisconsin Dairy Products AssociationThe weather is getting nice again and the golf tournament announcements always soon follow.

This time it’s the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association’s Golf Outing which will be held Thursday, May 18, 2006 at SentryWorld Golf Club in Stevens Point, WI.

Once again, the WDPA golf outing will utilize the ever-popular scramble format. Using a scramble format will allow golfers of all levels and abilities to participate and enjoy a fun-filled day. This nationally-acclaimed course, known for its famous 16th hole “Flower Hole”, features acres of birch and pine trees, lakes and over 45,000 brilliantly-colored flowers. For its shear beauty and course design which allows all types of golfers to score well, SentryWorld is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top public golf courses.

Visit their website for registration information.

Dairy Group